Thursday, June 14, 2012

"[NEWS] Kim Jaejoong‘s Chinese fans sponsors bus and subway ads in Seoul, shows “Global Popularity”!" plus 24 more

"[NEWS] Kim Jaejoong‘s Chinese fans sponsors bus and subway ads in Seoul, shows “Global Popularity”!" plus 24 more


[NEWS] Kim Jaejoong‘s Chinese fans sponsors bus and subway ads in Seoul, shows “Global Popularity”!

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 08:56 AM PDT


Advertisement done by JYJ's Kim Jaejoong's Chinese fans has became a hot topic.

Kim Jaejoong's Chinese fansite "JaeSmile" has started the bus ads to show their support for MBC drama Dr Jin, which Kim Jaejoong is currently participating in.

Eye catching bus ads show photos of Kim Jaejoong including encouraging messages from fans.

In addition, another Kim Jaejoong fansite from China's portal site Baidu, has set up video advertisements in 10 different stations around Seoul to promote Dr Jin. These ads will air over 100 times a day in Myeongdong, Dongdaemun, Yeongsam, Apgujeong, Express bus terminal stations among others.

Netizens commented saying, "Bus advertising jackpot for Kim Jaejoong!", "Brilliant idea by Kim Jaejoong fans" and "Wow, strong support from fans all the way from China!"


Source: TVReport via Nate
Translated by: Rubypurple of JYJ3

[INTERVIEW] Kikwang and Dongwoon's interview in "There'll Be No Spotlight If You Stop Now"!

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 08:43 AM PDT


Lee Kikwang: "IF THERE'S A 50:50 CHANCE, THEN I BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A CHANCE TO BE RECOGNIZED"

Q1: I know you have been a trainee for a long time. What were you thinking during that time?
A: I thought to myself this was the time I've been waiting for, the time when I could realize one of my dreams, which was to stand on the stage. Whenever I wanted to give up, I always remembered my mother and I could say that it was because of her I continued to hold on.

Q2: What was your dream when you were little?
A: I had so many dreams when I was little. I really liked and respected Bi (Rain) Sunbae, but my dream wasn't to be a singer. But one day, I saw a JYP audition. I was fascinated and from then on I became someone who wanted to keep my dream. It seems that I was lucky too as well.

Q3: I heard that when you were a teenager you adventured a lot, what do you exactly mean by this?
A: When I was a trainee I troubled the director a lot. I didn't practice often, and when we practiced together, I caused more harm to my team. I felt bad about it too, but thinking back on it, I think it was a process for me to become better learner.

Q4: If you didn't become a singer, what would you be?
A: I'm a person who will only focus on one thing once I set my mind on it. Because I had passed the audition, I had the chance to show my ability in this field, making me a singer like I am now. Seeing Rain Sunbae, I was determined that I would only become a singer. I don't even remember my dreams before that.

Q5: It seems like you feel burdened because you were the first want to make a solo debut.
A: I was intended to debut together with Beast. When I was young, I was the one who decided that I wanted to go to this music industry. But still, my heart felt heavy and burdened. My dream was to be a singer, but I didn't know about music, that's why I was worried to start it alone. Two days after debut, I realized that I could adapt to the stage eventually. However, I saw the other members dancing behind me. I felt really guilty towards them. I was sad and felt guilty but I couldn't express it.

Q6: What did you think of your solo debut?
A: Failure. Defeat. I could say that I wasn't satisfied with my stage experience. I think it isn't easy to be a successful singer in South Korea's music industry. Nevertheless, being on stage was still the most precious experience to me.

Q7: Park Jin Young really liked you, Lee Gikwang. Please explain why Director Hong Seung Seong was interested to recruit you too. Was it because of your hard work?
A: I never ever thought of myself as being very great. Until now I realize that I still have many weaknesses. But when I practice, on stage, or wherever I am, I always control my mind. I always tell myself that I can do it. Remembering that I can be the best, I gain more confidence so that I can do better on my performances. That way, I can look at myself confidently. Is that only considered as an alibi? I still lack in so many things, that's why I practice like crazy. People even think that I'm a practice bug. They even ask me to stop practicing.

Q8: During your time as a trainee, have you ever thought that you were inside an invisible tunnel (failure)?
A: Like others, I also thought about that. I was worried if I could debut or not. Even after debut, I spent days with worry asking myself if I could do my best. I tried thinking positively. I believed in the Director and myself. I think that's why I practiced earnestly, because I believed that if I can do my best, then, I think I can materialize my dream.

Q9: What do you think those star trainees should take into account in order to become closer to their dreams?
A: Anyone can say anything but we should never lose that rookie mindset. I see this in many people on television and around me who choose to be a singer. I think anyone who choose to be a singer or dancer will practice immediately hoping for good results. However, we can see that many people fail despite the practices too. But if we have the will, we will be able to materialize our dreams. I also think it is important to see the reality too so that we can practice diligently and earnestly. If anyone can do that, I believe they can see the light soon.

Q10: What is your dream now?
A: My dream is to be an artist. Now, people call me a singer, but I actually want to be a musician that is known worldwide. I hope I can be aligned together with famous artists like DBSK, BoA, and Rain.

Q11: Please imagine yourself in the next 10 years?
A: I want to be a good father at home.

Q12: Please tell the most memorable moment with Director Hong Seung Seong.
A: Building Cube Entertainment together with Director Hong Seung Seong. I gave him my hand because I believed in him. I also tried to keep that faith. I think that's what made me "Beast's" Lee Gikwang.



Son Dongwoon: "I BELIEVE IN MYSELF TO OUTSHINE OTHERS"

Q1: I heard that you decided to study and take a break from the trainee life. Why did you change again?
A : In JYP, I practiced with 2PM and 2AM hyungs, but I make it in the end. Because of that, I decided to end my trainee life. I continue to live without even imagining to come back to my past life. Then, I saw 2PM and 2AM hyungs debut and I was stimulated. In the end, Director Hong Seung Seong gave me his hand.

Q2: What was the hardest thing that made you want to stop and give up your dream?
A: I was very determined when I quitted JYP. I started being a trainee since the 1st year of high school. But three years later, when I quitted being a trainee, I didn't have any friends. During my years as a high school student, I would go to school and after school I would invite my friends to hang out together with me. But they always said they were so busy that they couldn't hang out with me. So I would go to the training center to practice. The trainees are always lonely and are in need of sympathy. Eventually with time, friends from my group moved and I was left alone. When I was back in school, I would sleep during classes. When I woke up, lunch time was over. No one wanted to have lunch with me. Honestly, I was very shocked because of that. There wasn't a single friend who greeted me on the road. My heart really hurt. It was really painful because at such a young age, I had to hold on to that kind of trainee life.

Q3: Then, after you quitted being a trainee, you committed to studying?
A: Three years later, I came back to study. By studying, the recovery was surprising and delightful. Actually, after I stopped training, I saw my test results for the first time. Out of 39 students in my class, all 38 of them passed. I knew that the only student who failed the test was me. I was shocked and since then I focused on studying. After that day, on my next test, I got 5th place out the 39 students in class. I studied by myself at that time.

Q4: What dream made you study to such extent?
A: I didn't have any dreams. For those three years, I threw away my dream to be a singer. There was nothing I wanted to do, and there was no motivation at all. Looking back, I didn't do anything beside studying. When I saw 2PM and 2AM hyungs appear on TV, I gradually started to dream again.

Q5: What about your parents's support, Son Dongwoon?
A: When I felt difficult, my parents knew all about it. That's why they respected and believed in whatever I choose and my decisions.

Q6: According to Director Hong Seung Seong, you grew and improved by studying.
A: It's actually hard to say it like that. Previously, I didn't have the basic foundation and experience. Since I didn't have any knowledge to begin with, I developed more. I am thankful that I could become a star because compared to others who had more abilities, I wasn't born with any talent.

Q7: If you knew that you didn't have the talent, then did you choose this path just because of curiosity?
A: At young age, it's a dream everyone dreams about at least once. It's people's curiosity about singers and entertainers. Director Hong said that if I work hard, I could work up to my potential.

Q8: What do you think is your weakness now?
A: I really can't dance. Other hyungs are really good at dancing. I can only follow them. In people's eyes, I have so many weaknesses. I don't have the talent to dance, so singing really makes me feel more dynamic.

Q9: Communicating with fans made you famous. Do you think you can live a normal life now?
A: It's because of the fans on Twitter. Even though I meet them only through a singer-fan relationship, I know that my fans really like me. But, like anything, some people like me and some others hate me. I consider my relationship with fans to be like a relationship a trustworthy and loving friend would have. I realized that as time passes, my communication with them is no longer just the communication between a singer and the fans, but a more personal one. I feel much more comfortable. Now my fans choose to protect me and I want to do the same. That's why I always say that. Working hard and expressing more seems to be my way of connecting with my fans.

Q10: What is the presence of a fan to Son Dongwoon?
A: I thought of a fan as someone who can see me on TV or meet me coincidentally, and relate with me casually. But now, I think the relationship is warmer because we can support and trust each other. Actually, no one has ever been this close to me. We are very busy sometimes and we have to suffer from the morning. When there's a schedule in the morning, we have to do make up at 4AM. We complained a lot to the make up staff and our managers making them feel even more exhausted. However, if you think about it, our fans are willing to wait for us all night only to see our short performance. When I see them, I feel guilty and worry about them. Everyday, when someone cheers me up when I feel tired, I want to give them energy. I think that is such a remarkable thing. Although I feel tired, I receive a lot of cheer from the fans' Twitter mentions. Also, ever since I debuted, I received gifts like photobooks with my photos. I was really moved by the presents. Because of the fans, I don't feel tired at all. Their presence is like energy to me.

Q11: What is Son Dongwoon's dream now?
A: In Korea, it seems that many people classify certain music genres calling it "idol music". They have the image that idol singers can gain popularity but not make music. However, little by little people see musicality as our color so that we can sing a song that is well received and loved. Now, we sing a lot of songs about love or separation. But later, we want to be singing songs that encourage people who aren't in good condition or are facing difficulties. Even though there is not enough time, as a singer I want my job to be meaningful. Honestly, rather than being known as Beast, we want our presence to be more meaningful to many people.

Q12: How is your relationship with Director Hong Seung Seong?
A: If Beast members and the Director meet, it's interesting. It is strange, but I feel a little awkward whenever consulting with the Director. Of course, Director always gives the best answer. However, I have seen him since my times in JYP and I think that he is a person with an eerie charisma. Some times I can't behave like a baby, but when I'm in the practice room, I often call and text him. He also comes to look for me.

Q13: How does Director Hong encourage you?
A: Since I'm still young, I don't want to trouble the Director. Director's words always encourage me. Recently, we've just finished our Asian Tour Fanmeeting. After the performance in Taiwan, Director came to the backstage and said, "Now, you guys can do well without me, right?" Even though it was brief, it meant a lot to us and gave us a lot of strength. In the beginning of the year, even though we accomplished BEAST's solo encore concert, I think we still lack a lot. We were happy because we're well received in Taiwan. Although it is important to be well received and loved, in the future I will try hard to improve my ability for those who have praised and guided me.

Q14: Are you satisfied in Cube?
A: I am satisfied. Although I have joined a bigger agency and befriended idols from other companies in the past, it is difficult to enjoy time making music and do things I want like when I'm with the Director. Unlike 4Minute members who usually call Director Father, BEAST members can't call him "Father" because we're embarrassed. Still, I feel really comfortable with Director Hong's presence.

Q15: What do you want to say to to-be-singers who wants to be a singer?
A: I want to tell them to not give up halfway. I have given up my dream and stopped being a JYP trainee. I regretted it very much. After spending three years practicing, I noticed that I can sing quite well compared to before. But, after resting for a long time, I started singing again and realized it had been two years. Now, everything goes by easily and I feel my past capabilities has returned. However, it's very difficult for me to ensure if the result is good or bad because I can't make sure if I have done my best. I remember people used to say that each song is like stair step. If we ascend the step one by one, we can feel the improvement anytime. Anyone's opinion can make us feel like we are nothing, but I believe in myself who can outshine others.

CREDITS: There'll Be No Spotlight If You Stop Now (SOURCE); LadyPsyche & YONGISM @ B2STRISING (TRANS)

[NEWS] BTOB, Having fun playing!

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 08:28 AM PDT


2012 Yeosu Expo Commemoration 'K-POP Hallyu Concert' was held on June 9, 7:30PM at the Maritime Stage of Deokchungdong Big-O, Jeonnam Yeosu.

From today's concert, BEAST, who lately have been holding a Europe Tour and Jay Park, whose recently released studio album ranked 4th on the billboard world tour charts, Popular girl group 4Minute, Rookie Group BTOB (Seo Eunkwang, Lee Minhyuk, Lee Changsub, Im Hyunsik, Peniel, Jung Ilhoon, Yook Sungjae) attended and showed colorful stages.

Korea National Tourism Organization (President Lee Charm) and Visit Korean Committee (Chairman Shin Dongbin) held a Hallyu Concert in the face of the 2012 Yeosu World Expo to promote tourism in Korea.


SOURCE: Newsen
TRANS. BY: 
kami-no-kami @ CBZ

[VIDEO] SNSD released Paparazzi MV + Dance version MV!

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 08:11 AM PDT


Check out SNSD's much anticipated full MV for their new Japanese song Paparazzi!


Dance version!

[NEWS] A Pink Son NaEun, shines more than a puppy!

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 08:11 AM PDT


Recently, on an online community, a picture of Son Naeun carrying a puppy was taken and catching attention from netizens.

The picture was taken in the waiting room for KBS2TV 'Music Bank'. Through this picture, Naeun's look which is cuter than the puppy attracts large attention.

Netizens who saw the picture commented, "Seems like Son Naeun is getting prettier", "Compared to the puppy, Son Naeun is more eye-catching" and other responses.

Meanwhile, A PINK is currently promoting 'Hush'.


Source: Osen
Translated by @mrsdoob2uty @ loveindacube.wordpress.com 

[NEWS] K-pop stars in military to perform at Yeosu Expo

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 08:00 AM PDT


K-pop stars who are serving in the military will perform for fans at the Yeosu expo on June 16.

Singers Rain, Park Hyo Shin and KCM will perform at the K-Pop Special Concert hosted by K-Force Media. The show will start at 8:30 PM and run until about 10 PM at the Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea this coming Saturday.

Global star Rain and Park, often called the "king of ballads" by fans, will share the stage with the girl group, Nine Muses who will be performing as well.

The stage is equipped with a hydraulic extension catwalk and protrudes about 50m towards the crowd. The Expo is preparing to accommodate approximately 20,000 guests. A firework show will light the skies at the end of the night's performances.

"The K-Pop performance will mark the start of the Expo K-Pop festival", said a representative from Yeosu Expo. The Expo is planning a string of K-Pop performances, starring idol groups, singers and bands throughout the summer months, from June to August.

Those unable to attend the K-Pop Special Concert in person can enjoy the performance in the comfort of their homes on television, on K-TV, SkyLife CH533, CATV and IPTV.


Source: Koreatimes

[NEWS] Choi Daniel is on the rise in China

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 07:46 AM PDT


Actor Choi Daniel plans to hold a fan meeting via live streaming through Chinese SNS Web site Weibo later this month.

The live event will be hosted by Star TV, the network that yesterday began airing in China the sitcom "High Kick Through the Roof" (2009-10), which features Choi.

For the next two months, the program will be shown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the network thought it would be nice to treat fans to a live chat with one of the show's main characters.

Despite the fact that the show is still in its earlier episodes in China, Choi's popularity in on the rise there as another show, "Ghost," which also stars Choi and is currently airing in Korea, is increasingly watched by Chinese fans online.

"Through live streaming of 'Ghost,' many Chinese youth have become familiar with Choi, and thus, the network decided to host the live chat event," a source from the Chinese broadcaster said.

The 26-year-old Korean actor made his debut back in 2005 in the KBS drama "Golden Apple."


By Carla Sunwoo
Source: JoongAng Daily

[VIDEO] Boyfriend released Love Style MV!

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 07:42 AM PDT

Check out the full MV of Boyfriend's new hit song Love Style,love their new MV?

[NEWS] Ji Hyun Woo & Yoo In Na’s ‘Tip-Toe Kiss’ named the best kiss by singles

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 07:33 AM PDT


The recent 'Tip-Toe Kiss' by Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na in the tvN drama "Queen In-hyun's Man" was chosen as the best kiss by single men and women in their 20~30s.

Dating service Ium carried out a survey of 1083 men and women in their 20~30s in celebration of "Kiss Day" on the 14th of June. The result of the 'best kiss' was Ji Hyun Woo & Yoo In Na's 'tip-toe kiss' with a result of 39% (422).

Next followed SBS TV drama "A Gentleman's Dignity" Kim Ha Neul and Jang Dong Gun's 'cherry blossom kiss' (25%, 271), SBS TV "The Rooftop Prince" Han Ji Min and Park Yoochun's 'teary kiss' (20%, 217) and MBC TV "The King 2 Hearts" Ha Ji Won and Lee Seung Gi's 'refrigerator kiss'.

Promotions manager Kim Mi Kyung of Ium said, "The reason for the 'tip-toe kiss' being the best might be because of the recent love confession which bought the envy and jealousy of all women and men in their 20~30s."

This survey was conducted from the 7th to the 13th on the Ium blog (www.iumsin.com) with a total of 1083 women and men participating. Ium is the number one social dating website that introduces one person everyday at 12:30.


Source: hancinema

[NEWS] U.S. falls for Yoon Mirae

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 07:20 AM PDT


Korea's best-known female rapper Yoon Mirae has made her mark in the U.S. by collaborating with U.S. electronic hip-hop group Far East Movement.

Yoon Mirae contributed her rapping skills to the remix version of the song "Live My Life" featured in the group's album "Dirty Bass," which was released in May.

And it wasn't just Yoon who took part in remixing the song sung by Justin Bieber and the Asian-American hip-hop group. Her husband, rapper Tiger JK, also contributed his talents to the track, showing just why the two are called the Beyonce and Jay-Z of Korea.

Back in September, Yoon was also named one of the 12 best new female MCs by MTV Iggy.

Yoon is currently gearing up for another season of "Super Star K."
Mnet announced last month that Yoon would be one of the show's three judges in the fourth season, which will start airing on Aug. 17.



By Carla Sunwoo
Source: JoongAng Daily

[NEWS] Lee Soo Hyuk opens up about past love

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 07:05 AM PDT


Actor Lee Soo Hyuk appeared on an episode of SBS's "Strong Heart" on June 12 and claimed that dating actress Kim Min Hee really helped his career.

"Regardless of whether you are dating a celebrity or an ordinary person, every relationship experience helps you that much as an actor," said Lee.

Meanwhile, the host of the show, comedian Shin Dong Yup advised the 24-year old model-turned-actor to keep dating for the sake of his career as an actor.

Lee starred in the drama "Vampire Idol" earlier this year and on the talk show, he confessed that he only took the role due to the convincing of his agency head.

Lee and actress Kim dated back in 2008 when Lee was relatively unknown. The two parted ways back in 2010 after two years together.


By Carla Sunwoo
Source: JoongAng Daily

[NEWS] Lim Soo Jung says hello to the cyber world

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 06:48 AM PDT


Lim Soo Jung has launched her official Web site at last on June 12. According to the 32-year-old actress, the online space will be a place where she can converse with her fans directly.

Her official Web site (www.imsoojung.com) was opened with five different segments consisting of "SJ Say" where she will upload pictures and messages directly to her fans; "About" where Lim's profile can be read; "Gallery" where pictures and videos of Lim can be found; "News" where official announcements will be made; and a "SNS Board" where fans can use their SNS accounts to leave Lim a message.

To celebrate the Web site's launch, Lim uploaded a picture of herself and a short greeting message after visiting an art gallery in Germany.

Lim starred in last year's hit movie "All About My Wife."


By Carla Sunwoo
Source: JoongAng Daily

[PICTURE] Character posters for J.Y. Park’s “Five Million Dollar Man” revealed

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 06:33 AM PDT


Official character poster for J.Y. Park's debut film, "Five Million Dollar Man", has been unveiled.

On June 13th, the distributor company, CJ Entertainment, released the poster featuring the five characters of the cast including J.Y. Park, Cho Sungha, Min Hyorin, Oh Jungse and Cho Heebong.

"Five Million Dollar Man", helmed by director Kim Ik-ro, tells the story of an aspiring singer who gets involved in a money-related incident, played by J.Y. Park. Min Hyorin portrays a haughty-looking woman and Cho Sungha plays a middle-aged man, while Cho Heebong and Oh Jungse both plays the role of a gangster.

[NEWS] Gaon Chart releases rankings for June 3 to 9, 2012

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 06:20 AM PDT


Gaon Chart is the national record chart of South Korea. It is complied by the Korea Music Content Industry Association with an aim to create a national chart for Korea similar to the Billboard charts and Oricon charts.

[Rankings for Week June 3 - June 9, 2012]


Weekly Singles Chart

1. Big Bang : "Monster"

2. Wonder Girls : "Like This"

3. Big Bang : "Still Alive"

4. Big Bang : "Ego"

5. Big Bang : "Feeling"

6. Big Bang : "Bingle Bingle"

7. Jung Hyung Don & Defconn : "The Gloomy Song"

8. Wonder Girls : "Girlfriend"

9. G.NA : "2HOT"

10. IU : "Every End of the Day"

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Weekly Album Chart

1. Big Bang : "Still Alive" [Special Album]

2. Teen Top : "aRtisT" [3rd Mini Album]

3. Wonder Girls : "Wonder Party" [2nd Mini Album]

4. EXO-K : "MAMA" [1st Mini Album]

5. Epitone Project : "A Day in a Different City" [Special Album]

6. Lee Eun Mi : "The World's Shortest Drama" [Mini Album]

7. Dal Shabet : "Bang Bang" [1st Mini Album]

8. XIA : "Tarantallegra" [1st Album]

9. Busker Busker : "Busker Busker" [1st Album]

10. B1A4 : "THE B1A4 I IGNITION" [Special Album]

[NEWS] Lee Hyun Woo cast in SBS drama ‘To the Beautiful You’

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 06:07 AM PDT


Lee Hyun Woo has been officially confirmed to star in the highly anticipated drama 'To the Beautiful You' alongside SHINee's Minho and f(x)'s Sulli.

He will be playing Cha Eun Gyul, a handsome and talented soccer player, who is largely popular to girls, but never been in love before.

Furthermore, Lee Hyun Woo's character is expected to create a love triangle with Minho and Sulli.

'To the Beautiful You' is the Korean remake of Japan's Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (Hana Kimi) which will be airing this coming August.


Source: Joynews

[NEWS] Old photos of Lee Min Jung stir up netizens

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 05:54 AM PDT


Actress Lee Min Jung's photos from 8 years ago resurfaced online and have been receiving much attention.

An online community recently posted past images of Lee Min Jung under the title "Goddess Lee Min Jung's shocking past pictures." The images show screen captures from the 2004 movie "Someone Special" where Lee Min Jung came out as Lee Na Young's friend.

In the photos, Lee Min Jung has a chubbier face, different nose and hairstyle, giving a much cuter look than her current feminine image.

Netizens commented, "She looks a lot younger", "Looks like a different person", She looks different, but she was still beautiful", and more.

[NEWS] Lee Hyori appointed 1st Asian model for Swarovski

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 05:39 AM PDT


Lee Hyori has been selected as the new brand representative for globally famous jewelry brand, Swarovski.

According to B2M Entertainment on June 14th, "Lee Hyori has become the first Asian celebrity to model for Austria-based jewelry company, Swarovski, beginning July 22nd."

Swarovski reportedly appointed Lee Hyori for their new campaign as her advocacy over animal rights awareness and other social issues showed her genuine concern and commitment.

Hyori will begin her modeling activities for Swarovski starting with a pictorial for Swarovski's 'Swan Day' on July 22nd.


Source: Nate

[NEWS] BTOB’s Eunkwang becomes new MC of ‘Studio C’

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 05:26 AM PDT


BTOB's leader Seo Eunkwang has been selected as the new MC of SBS MTV's 'Studio C'.

Seo Eunkwang will be joining the show's original MCs, Mighty Mouth's Shorry J and Sangchu starting June 14th. With the rookie idol's casting, congratulatory messages from international fans have flooded Studio C's message boards and SNS.

In addition, fellow members Ilhoon, Sungjae, Minhyuk, and 4minute's Sohyun and Jihyun visited the set of the show to show their support for Eunkwang.

[NEWS] Rookie Actress Jung Ahyul commits suicide

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 05:13 AM PDT


It has been revealed that rookie actress Jung Ahyul has passed away.

A reprepresentative from Jung Ahyul's agency stated on June 14, the actress hung herself in her home on the 12th. Although she was rushed to the hospital, Jung Ahyul didn't make it and was pronounced dead. The police are currently investigating other possible causes and exact reason for her death.

According to Jung Ahyul's acquaintances, the actress was suffering from depression, which may have led her to take her own life.

The 25-year old Jung Ahyul had just started on her career, having previously appeared in KBS's "Love, Love". Her sudden death has shocked her family, friends and entertainment industry.


Source: Nate

[NEWS] Big Bang to donate part of its ‘Alive Tour’ profits to UNICEF

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT


Big Bang will donate part of its profits from its ongoing world tour to UNICEF Korea.

Yang Min Suk, a YG Entertainment representative, and UNICEF Korea secretary-general Ryu Jong Soo signed on the agreement at the UNICEF Korea headquarters on June 14, that Big Bang would donate part of the profits from their 'Alive Tour 2012' to UNICEF.

The donated proceeds from 'Alive Tour 2012' ticket sales will go towards UNICEF's vaccination program. About 600,000 children are estimated to be able to receive vaccinations through this agreement. That means each ticket purchased being able to provide a vaccination for a child in Africa.

In addition, UNICEF and YG Entertainment will be sold special limited collaboration gifts at the concerts and profits from the sales will also go to UNICEF.

Big Bang's leader G-Dragon said, "With the love we're receiving from different countries through this world tour, we wanted to return that love to all parts of the world and so we decided to support UNICEF. We hope that this donation will provide vaccinations for many children, so they can grow healthy without illnesses."


Source: YG Entertainment

[NEWS] Big Bang reveals date and venue for ‘Alive Tour 2012’ in New Jersey

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 04:44 AM PDT


Big Bang, who recently returned with new mini album 'Still Alive', is set to take their "Big Bang Alive Tour 2012" to Asia, North and South America and Europe, performing in 25 cities in 16 countries.

YG previously confirmed the first stops in North America. After releasing the details for Los Angeles concert, date and venue their stop in New Jersey have been revealed. According to the group's official Facebook, Big Bang's New Jersey concert will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark on November 9th.

Though Big Bang first listed New York as a location, it seems the concert will actually be held in New Jersey.

[VIDEO] SM artists promotion videos for ‘I AM’

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 04:31 AM PDT


After having its original date postponed due to audio issues, SM Entertainment's documentary film 'I AM' will be hitting Korean theaters on June 21st. With just a week before its premiere, SM Entertainment's artists released special promotion videos for 'I AM'.

'I AM' movie documents the performances and daily lives of SM artist at the previous "SMTOWN Live in New York" held at Madison Square Garden. The biographical movie, directed by Choi Shinsung, features Kangta, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, f(x) and SHINee.

f(x)



Kangta



TVXQ



BoA



SHINee



Girls' Generation



Super Junior



Various Artists

[AUDIO] ZE:A releases previews of ‘Spectacular’ album tracks

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 04:18 AM PDT


After postponing their return due to the group's leader Jun Young's ankle injury, ZE:A finally confirmed their comeback this coming July. To give fans an early treat, the boys released previews of the tracks from second album 'Spectacular'.

Before making their comeback this July 4, ZE:A will be touring the nation for a showcase performance 'Fighting Project'. The group will be touring over 6 cities starting on June 15th at Busan and end in July 3 in Seoul.

Never End



Daily Daily



Someday



Body to Body



Comeback Hint 3: Fighting Dance

[VIDEO] Girl’s Day and various artists release “Unconditional Love” MV

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 04:05 AM PDT


Various artists including Girl's Day, Choi Jae Hun, Roda, Joyful, Son Jinyoung and more have come together to release a new digital single "Unconditional Love".

"Unconditional Love" was written and composed by Boohwal's leader Kim Tae Won. The special single was released in support of the anti school violence campaign funded by the Korean Ministry of Justice.

[VIDEO] T-ara releases teaser for upcoming concerts

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 03:51 AM PDT


While gearing up for their upcoming comeback, T-ara will also be bringing heat this summer with a nationwide Korean-Japanese concert tour!

On June 14th, Core Contents Media uploaded new teaser video for T-ara's Korean-Japan tour, featuring the tour details and highlights from the group's past concerts.

T-ara will be touring the Japanese cities of Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sendai, Sapporo and Tokyo, from June 19 to July 26 with a grand finale in Seoul on August 11th.