Sunday, June 10, 2012

"[PICTURE] After School unleashed teaser photo for Korean comeback!" plus 24 more

"[PICTURE] After School unleashed teaser photo for Korean comeback!" plus 24 more


[PICTURE] After School unleashed teaser photo for Korean comeback!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 10:10 AM PDT

After School's official Korean website was updated with a new teaser photo featuring new member Ga Eun!

Fans were slightly disappointed as leader Kahi is not featured in the teaser photo,Pledis has just announced that Kahi will graduate from After School in December,so fans are anticipating Kahi's final action with After School.

Anyway,are you excited for their comeback?

[AUDIO] BEAST released Hateful Person for drama Big!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 09:57 AM PDT

Check out BEAST's latest song for drama Big!

Do you like their new song titled "Hateful Person"?

[NEWS] Scary number of views for Big Bang's ‘Monster’

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 08:30 AM PDT


Big Bang's new music video, "Monster," has topped the chart on China's leading music video Web site Yinyueitai.com. The video drew nearly three million views since being released online; it also secured the No. 1 spot on the Web site's weekly K-pop chart, "V Chart."

On the first day, the video was given an average rating of 100 by Chinese viewers. "It is really unusual for a music video within the 'V Chart Korea Chart' to receive a full rating of 100," said a Web site spokesperson.

Ahead of "Monster," the Hallyu band's music video of "Bad Boy" also received a perfect rating by a majority of viewers online. The rating is a combination of the number of views and viewer scores.

Meanwhile on the same chart, the band's music clips "Fantastic Baby" and "Blue" also fared well, placing at eighth and 10th, respectively.

The Web site attracts more than three million visitors daily, making it one of the most popular sites for Chinese music lovers. "V Chart" is divided into selected locales including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and the West.

By Carla Sunwoo
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[NEWS] G-Dragon of Bigbang, which style do you like most?

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 08:00 AM PDT


G-Dragon is a singer, producer, leader of Bigbang and undisputed fashionista. I'm wondering if he has his favorite style.

His name has always been on survey which selected fashionista in Korea. He has received the attention of fashion people because he has always dressed appropriately at the stages and personal situations.

In Bigbang's 5th mini album, he showed us his long and colorful bangs and that shocked (Good meaning) people. G-Dragon turned this style that the others can't fit into his own style and attraction. After this, many comedians and singers parodied this hair style at the show and concerts.

Not long after he showed long-colorful bangs, he showed vibrant red hair in Monster MV and it reminded us of the devil (Because he got red horn and looked like devil on this MV). Besides, he also showed blonde hair which covered his eyes so he showed mysterious appeal too.

Like this, his styles have never let us down. He has always had appropriate dress code and showed us. He is a master of change. After 6 years of debut, he has showed dozens of hair styles and fashions. And there is the most attached style to him.

G-Dragon said to OSEN(Publishing company) that "I think the best style for me is the blonde at Heartbreaker which is my 1st solo album." through one of YG staffs.

G-Dragon said "This was the 1st time to be blonde and it became a big issue(Good meaning). I like blonde because there are a lot of style which can make with blonde. At that time, I needed another style which was different from GD in Bigbang because it's my 1st solo album. So I made my style with many items from Europe and Japan. Personally, I have an attachment to blonde and blonde is memorable hair style to me."

Meanwhile, Bigbang released STILL ALIVE album in Korea on June 3th and they are taking music charts by storm without any promotion. Now they are doing world tour in Japan with 255000 people.

Source: Nate
Translated by lucywinslet@twitter

[NEWS] Lee Min-ho: A 10 million-fan man

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 07:45 AM PDT


Hallyu actor Lee Min-ho's followers online have exceeded the 10 million mark.

According to StarHaus Entertainment, his agency, as of Wednesday Lee's total number of online followers was about 10.4 million, more than any other Korean public figure.

Lee has more than 5.4 million followers on Facebook, 4 million on the Chinese social site Weibo.com, 660,000 on Twitter and 230,000 on the Korean SNS Web site Me2Day. Of the total number of Lee's cyberfollowers, 40 percent are Chinese.

Lee's agency said that his appeal is due to the fact that he is always trying to create novel ideas to communicate and engage with fans. "Lee is always asking his fans how they are, being honest about what's on his mind," said a spokesperson from StarHaus Entertainment.

"The messages that my fans leave me on my various social Web sites have been such an immense source of encouragement," Lee said while on location in Changwon, Gyeongsang, for the upcoming drama "Faith."

By Carla Sunwoo
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[NEWS] Lena Park to release first album since 2009

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 07:30 AM PDT


Singer Lena Park, also known as Park Jung-hyun, will release her eighth studio album next week, her agency announced on Saturday.

T-Entertainment said the 36-year-old diva will release "Parallax" on June 19. It will be her first album since "10 Ways to Say I Love You" in 2009.

The Korean-American, who has been back in the spotlight after being featured on shows like "Survival: I'm a Singer" and appearing as a judge and a mentor on the audition show "Great Birth 2," released a teaser video on her official Web site (www.parkjunghyun.com) and her Twitter account on Saturday and announced the date.

The teaser video is just one minute long, but features how she works with her staff and producers and offers glimpses of her new songs.

Park, who made her singing debut in 1998, also is planning a nationwide concert tour that will include 10 cities. T-Entertainment said she will begin her tour, which will run through August, on June 23 and 24 in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang.

By Joo Kyung-don
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[NEWS] Sungmin wants to try blonde hair?

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 07:00 AM PDT


Super Junior Sungmin might consider blonde hair this time.

On June 10, he uploaded an edited picture of him through his blog and wrote, "Hmm~ i want to do this hairstyle. Is it okay for Daniel with this style..?"

In his update, he is asking for fans opinion if he'll do it or not. Apparently, majority agreed to see him with new look. So let's hope it will turn out as what everyone expected.

So what do you think?

Note: Daniel or Niel is Sungmin. He is using it as his nickname even in his blog.

Source: Sungmin's blog

[NEWS] F(x) release tops the online charts

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 06:30 AM PDT


K-pop girl group f(x) made a successful return over the weekend as songs from their new album, "Electric Shock," topped the online charts.

The five-member girl group released their second mini album online at midnight Saturday and the title song, "Electric Shock," immediately went to the top of the charts, including Melon, Soribada, Bugs, Olleh Music and Naver Music.

The group, consisting of Victoria, Amber, Luna, Sulli and Krystal, is making a comeback after not releasing an album since the mini album "Hot Summer" in June 2011.

"Electric Shock" is a dance track with lyrics that compare electrical shock to the feeling of falling in love.

"The song is very fresh and has its own color of f(x)," their agency, SM Entertainment, said. "Fans can have big expectations."

The quintet has been drawing a lot of pre-release attention with teaser images of its members wearing animal masks.

The agency said that group will begin their comeback with a Thursday performance on Mnet's "M Countdown."

By Joo Kyung-don
Source: koreajoongangdaily

[NEWS] Girl's Day Hyeri thanks fans for her birthday

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 06:00 AM PDT


Girl's Day member Hyeri who just celebrated her birthday didn't forget to express her deep gratitude for the warm greetings and wishes sent by her fans.

On her twitter, she wrote,

To those who wished me a happy birthday! Thank you so so much~~^^ I received all of the presents and letters that you gave me!! To tell the truth, I teared up a bit at the public broadcast yesterday… Thank you so much for always caring for me and loving me…

Original:
생일 축하해주신분들! 너무 너무 감사드려요~~^^ 주신 선물들과 편지들 모두 너무 잘 받았습니다!! 사실 어제 공개방송에서는 눈물이 핑~돌정도였어요.. 항상 챙겨주시고 많은 사랑주셔서 너무나도 감사드립니다..

Thank you for all the birthday congratulations yesterday! (smile) The presents and letters deeply moved me, to Korea from a distance they were sent with love. I am always thankful, I love you ♥

Original:
昨日は、誕生日を祝ってくださって本当にありがとうございます(にこにこ) プレゼントと手紙、感動しました 遠くから韓国まで、愛を送ってくれて…いつも感謝してますー愛してます♥


Along with these messages is a picture of her pouting in front of her cake surrounded by birthday presents.

Trans by Shirina (1) and Rie (2) @ girlsdaydaily.com

[VIDEO] SMTOWN concert in Taiwan was a huge success!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 05:35 AM PDT

SMTown's artists including Super Junior,SNSD,TVXQ,SHINee,f(x),BoA and etc performed in Taiwan yesterday.

The concert attracted more than 28,000 fans,check out the news clip here!


[NEWS] Heechul is enjoying a steamy bath

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 05:30 AM PDT



On June 10, Super Junior Heechul updated his weibo account with a picture of him in a steamy bath.

He wrote, "What is the guy doing here?"

In the photo, Heechul is naughtily posing with a satisfied expression revealing his bare shoulder.
Fans commented, "Ah Heechul, is it relaxing?", "Oppa is enjoying the bath alone", "You must be very tired!" and so on.

Here's another set of photo with his friend who is together with him enjoying their vacation.



Source: Heechul's weibo

[INTERVIEW] After School in Japan’s “Blenda” Magazine

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 05:00 AM PDT



E-Young: The group's maknae. Her cotton-candy-like pale skin is eye-catching, and she has a candid personality. "I can play a variety of musical instruments. My hobby is to watch Japanese movies and dramas"

Lizzy: A member of the group's sub-unit, Orange Caramel. "I'm Lizzy, a ditzy 19-year-old and the comic relief." Her hobbies are baking cookies and bread and cleaning up/organizing.



JungAh: Has a cooperative personality and is the group's counselor. Her hobbies are reading magazines, surfing the web, and watching dramas. "I love shoes. Right now, I'm looking for some black short boots with a floral design in the heels"

Kahi: Leader. Before debuting, she found success as part of a dance team for famous Korean artists. She has a variety of hobbies, including "watching movies, going to exhibits, playing musical instruments, cycling, horse riding, and in the summer, wakeboarding!"

U-ie: With a height of 171cm, she's the tallest member. Starredd in the drama "You're Beautiful" as Yoo Hae Yi. "My personality is feminine. Swimming is my special talent. When I was in school, I was a swimmer"



Nana: A member of Orange Caramel. Has a record of competing in a modelling contest and going as far as the finals. "My special talent is taking care of everyone's skin. I'm good at choosing face masks"

Raina: A member of Orange Caramel. The main vocalist. According to her, she has "a split personality (laughs)." Her hobbies are taking a walk and watching movies, and her special talents are playing the piano and writing poems/lyrics.

Juyeon: She tends to do things at her own pace and doesn't put up a front. "I'm in charge of the visual! Just kidding (laughs)." Her hobby is to take selcas. Her special talent is to decorate photos and such in a cute manner, and she's good with work that requires delicate steps.


Translation: PledisAsTrans + Mag scans: http://ameblo.jp/ys004745/entry-11272028237.html

[PICTURES] JungShin ends his LA pictorial series

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 04:30 AM PDT


In his previous tweets, JungShin promised that he will share a series of pictures from their trip to LA earlier this year. Today, he tweeted 5 more pictures to end the series. But that's not the end, he promised more pictures to come!






TRANS:
"Everybody, lastly, these are the pictures taken in LA. Though I would like to take them handsomely using a DSLR, handphone is alright too ^^ I will upload lots next time too. LA's edition, end!! Have a good weekend. Please stay tuned and watch 'You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly" and "A Gentleman's Dignity"."

여러분 마지막 LA에서 찍은 사진들이예요 Dslr로 멋지게 찍고 싶었지만 핸드폰도 괜찮네요^^ 나중에 또 많이 올릴게요 LA편 끝!! 즐거운 주말되시고 넝쿨당과 신사의품격 많은 시청바랍니다

Source : 1, 2
Translated by: chiffonlau@cnbluestorm

[VIDEO] Sungha Jung wants to collaborate with 2NE1

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 04:00 AM PDT



In the exclusive interview by Korea.com, Sunghae Jung mentioned that he wants to collaborate with 2NE1 among kpop groups.



Sungha Jung a South Korean professional acoustic finger-style guitarist who has risen to fame on YouTube and other sites. His Youtube account is the most subscribed in South Korea and his is known for doing amazing covers, including this one and this one of 2NE1 songs.


Source: VVIP★ @2NE1Baidu | Video from YlWEl
Reuploaded by staff@ygladies.com

[NEWS] XIA Tarantallegra MV (Dance Version) to be released on June 11th!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 03:53 AM PDT


After the release of his first formal solo album, XIA Junsu, who is currently busy with his album activities, is going to release the MV (DANCE VERSION) of the title track—TARANTALLEGRA.

C-Jes, Kim Junsu's management company, said that, "The dance version is to introduce more of the album to overseas fans amid the Asia tour. The MV released previously has created a whole new style through magical, fantastic visual effect and Junsu's homme fatale charm, while the new MV is going to concentrate on Junsu's dance. Junsu's extraordinary dance performance will be seen in this new music video."

Working together with Jeri Slaughter, a famous US choreographer who used to work for Christina Aguilera's, Junsu perfectly mastered the brand-new dance style and once again produced a high-level MV that is rare in South Korea.

The director of the mv said, "If the existing MV attracts people by showing Junsu's homme fatale charm, the dance version mv will focus more on group dance, making it more attractive. The MV is not a continuation of the existing one but a whole new one."

Meanwhile, beginning with concerts in Seoul and Bangkok, album activities such as fansigns and other ways to communicate directly with fans are going on for Junsu to express gratitude to his fans. The dance version will be officially released via JYJ's OFFICIAL YOUTUBE CHANNEL on JUNE 11TH.


Source: thestar@chosun.com
Korean to Chinese Translation By: 雅玲
Chinese to English translation By: Dolphiny

[INFO] North America & Europe YGE Audition Datesare set!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 03:30 AM PDT


Have you got what it takes to be the next Park Bom? Or do you know someone in the US/Canada/Europe who does? We're giving you a heads up, the YG Entertainment Global Auditions is coming your way!

If you are (or if your friend is) between the ages of 11-19, and want a shot at joining one of the biggest entertainment agencies in Korea, here's your chance!

Audition Promo Clip



YG Ent. Global would also like us to spread the word about these auditions so if you do know someone who fits the bill, be sure to let them know about YG Ent's Global auditions in US, Canada and Europe. You, or your friend, could just very well be performing alongside 2NE1 at the next YG Family Concert!


NORTH AMERICAN AUDITION GUIDELINES


EUROPEAN AUDITION GUIDELINES


If you are able to get to London or Berlin this month for the European auditions, be sure to go (and of course tell us all about it). Application forms are available at the Europe Tab on the http://www.yg-audition.com/ website.

Source: YG-Audition & YGE-US
Article by Staff@ygladies.com

[NEWS] 'The Landscape Of The Music Industry Is Being Shaken Up Well'!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 03:23 AM PDT


Recently, a large numbers of rookies have emerged among the talented idols and are taking the lead in the first half of 2012. Apart from possessing strong visuals, idols require skills and ambitions as well if they want to overcome the newcomers who are debuting successfully in the music industry.

B.A.P, who has risen to popularity through their debut song, "Warrior", is now establishing themselves through their follow-up song, "Power".The powerful debut choreography that reminded us of H.O.T, as well as their tough rapping, caused B.A.P to receive much attention from the public. "Power" has also managed to make these popular men look like real warriors. On May 12th, their second single, "Power" has landed them in one of the top 10 spots on the Billboard World Album charts.

EXO-K, SM Entertainment's newly-debuted group, has also made several headlines. Having debuted with their first Korean and Chinese mini-album 'MAMA' on April 9th, EXO-K and EXO-M are currently promoting separately in Korea and China respectively. EXO obtained their name from EXOPLANET, which represents a planet that lies outside the solar system, and possesses the meaning that a new star has come from that unknown world. Since they came from an unknown world, EXO-K describes themselves as the idol group with a totally different concept that has been proven in maintaining the popularity of certain groups for a long time.

With the emergence of these male rookie artists, the landscape of the music industry is being shaken up well.



Source: Newsen
Translator: AzianHana @ CXO
Editor: luluhyung @ CXO


[VIDEO] Yoochun - Ottogi Noodle CF 20 secs

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 03:00 AM PDT


Here's the 20sec version of JYJ Yoochun's Ottogi Noodle CF.
How about we got some close up frame here? Watch below:

[INFO] JYJ Japan Announcement: Apology and correction on the JYJ Membership Week 2nd recruitment!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 02:53 AM PDT


This time, in regards to the 2nd recruitment of JYJ Membership Week to some customers, we gave them information in the participation for the 7/1 Korea fanmeeting.

Regarding this correction, we would like to make a correction.

After the 1st recruitment, we received a lot of inquiries from fans who were not able to get, our staff would like to entertain all Japanese fans even after the capacity has been reached. Previously, it was our sole discretion that we gave information that people can participate in the Korea fanmeetings.

Currently, only Korean fans will participate in the Korean fanmeeting and only Japanese fans will participate in the Japanese fanmeeting.

We gave out wrong information to fans and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

C-JeS entertainment is not involved whatsoever, in our initial decision. Regarding the reservations made during the 2nd recruitment, our agents will contact you again.

We again apologize for the inconvenience.

2012.6.8
LOOK KOREA TOUR


Source: jyjjapan.jp
Translated by: @rubypurple_fan

[NEWS] ‘Girls’ Generation’ Certified by RIAJ for One Million Copies Shipped

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 02:30 AM PDT


As we reported earlier, Girls' Generation's first Japanese album, "Girls' Generation", surpassed one million copies shipped. The Recording Industry Association of Japan has now officially certified the album as a million shipper, making Girls' Generation only the second Korean artist after BoA to receive this certification.

Girls' Generation's first Japanese album was praised by critics and fans alike for its distinct electronic sound that really stood apart from their previous work. The album continues to sell thousands of copies a week, passing over 850,000 copies sold on the Oricon chart and showing how much lasting appeal Girls' Generation has in Japan.

The certification comes just ahead of their next Japanese single, "Paparazzi", set to be released on June 27th.

Source: RIAJ
Written by: MoonSoshi9@soshified
Contributors: SeraphKY@soshified, arghninja@soshified

[NEWS] MBC Concert London with 4Minute, EXO K and Norazo!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 02:23 AM PDT


The concert is to take place on the 23rd of June, this month, at 7PM at the Indigo2 in North Greenwich, London. Performing will be 4Minute – who performed in London at the United Cube concert last December, EXO K and Norazo. Tickets are priced at £17.50 and will be available from 10AM tomorrow on Ticketmaster, here.

You can find a map below with the IndigO2′s location marked in red, click for an enlarged version. To get there from Victoria coach station, exit the coach station at the exit closest to the cafe, turn right at the end of the road and go straight, you should be able to see the station from there, cross the road ahead then cross to the other side of the main road and you're there. Then take the first Circle or District line tube to Westminster from Victoria and change for the Jubilee line headed to Stratford or North Greenwich. Get off at North Greenwich and the IndigO2 is literally right outside the station. For other directions, try the TfL website. Marked in purple are the two main stations you may be arriving from, Victoria or Kings Cross.





source: unitedkpop

[NEWS] Kpop groups to perform at The Military Music Festival on June 23

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 02:00 AM PDT


The Military Music Festival to celebrate The Fallen Patriots & Veterans' Month will be held at 고마나루(Komanaru)'s outdoor stage in Gongjoo City at 5:00pm on June 23, under the sponsorship of the Army TRADOC, the 32nd Division, and Gongjoo City, where there will be a singing competition in which more than 5,000 people such as soldier & civilian contestants, audiences, etc. take part.

Applications are being taken for participation via TJB broadcast in Daejeon City by June 18. Its application is limited to people over 14, and more than two people per team can participate in the competition. The first 30 teams will be taken. (10 soldier teams, 20 civilian teams), 20 teams will get through the preliminaries, and 10 teams will advance to the finals.

An award of two million won and a trophy will be presented to the winner, and
seven other finalists will receive the prizes with some money.

During a pre-event ceremony, there will be a performance by the army band and the Honor Guard Drill Team, special forces' martial arts, army music video, which will be followed by celebrations with concerts featuring singer 'Jang Yun Jeong', female pop group Girls' Day, Rania, Ruby, etc. including PR soldiers such as 'Jung Ji Hoon (Rain), 'Park Hyo Shin', etc,

source : http://news.nate.com/view/20120605n23326

English translation by화니 @ rainlegend

[NEWS] 'Finding A Pearl In The Mud', Who Will Come Out On Top Out Of The Influx Of Boy Groups?

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 01:49 AM PDT


Even now, boy groups are continuing to debut. Now, not only is it difficult to memorize the names of the different group members, it's difficult to remember the group name as well. The idol market is fully saturated.

However, wherever you go, there is always someone who stands out from the crowd. Even out of the numerous idol groups, there are some who are recognized for their talent and have a huge fan base, that are able to stand on stage. Rookies who will impact the music industry in the second half of 2012 are garnering special attention.

SM Entertainment's weapon, EXO-K has made an impact that is not insignificant. Having released their mini-album 'MAMA' in Korea and China last April 9th, EXO-K and EXO-M debuted together and are promoting both in Korea and in China. EXO comes from a planet outside the solar system, EXOPLANET, and signifies the arrival of new stars from an unknown planet. EXO-K, who has arrived from an unknown planet, has proved that they will promote for a long time as they have a completely different concept from other groups.

Thus, among the many compelling boy groups, many are observing who will be able to receive the baton from the top groups such as TVXQ, 2PM, Beast, etc.


source: newsen
translations by: GuardianAngel @ CXO
Edited by: luluhyung @ CXO 

[NEWS] Kim Jaejoong, A Man Whose Charismatic Acting Knows No Boundaries!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 01:27 AM PDT


Group JYJ's member Kim Jaejoong's charismatic acting has stolen the hearts of the audience.

In MBC's weekend drama "Dr Jin", Kim Jaejoong, who plays the character Kim Kyung Tak, who is skillful in martial arts, has enormous pride and a competitive spirit, displayed his strong acting skills in the scene where he placed his sword against Jin Hyuk (played by Song Seung Hyun) after knowing that Young Rae (played by Park Min Young) was still in the village in the episode broadcasted on the 9th of June.

In the drama, Kim Kyung Tak is the bastard son of Kim Byung Hee (played by Kim Eung Soo). He has to bear the pain of his illegitimate status and has to constantly put up a strong front.

In reality, the way he points his sword and gun towards Jin Hyuk without hesitation and with a cold gaze in his eyes gives people the chills and is extremely realistic.

Through his charismatic acting, we can see that he has thoroughly examined his character. For a character such as Kim Kyung Tak who constantly needs to portrayed aggressively, it is not an exaggeration to say that it is with Kim Jae Jung's charismatic gaze that a more perfect character was born.

However, it is wrong to say that he only focuses on charismatic acting. He is also able to show an expression that seems as if he could cry in an instant in front of Young Rae whom he adores. Also, he showed an interesting side in a recent part where he became embarrassed as wanted to grab Young Rae's hand but she pulled away in a hurry.

In particular, this is Kim Jaejoong's first time in a historical drama but because he is able to show his acting skills by using a fluent historical tone and become one with his character, he has received the passing mark from the audience. To be able to understand his character's complicated feelings, Kim Jaejoong's acting skills do not lose out to other actors who are idols.

However, this is a result of his hard work. Before filming started, for the character of Kim Kyung Tak, he went through horse-riding, swordsmanship training and through countless drops of perspiration, he gave his best to show a perfect portrayal of his character.

In the future, the audience will be paying attention to what kind of new image Kyung Tak will show through his duel with Jin Hyuk due to the relationship between Young Rae and Jin Hyuk.


Source: heraldm
Translated by: @_alovelikewar

120610 INFINITE won first place on Inkigayo + other performance!

Posted: 10 Jun 2012 12:58 AM PDT

Congratulations to INFINITE for winning on Inkigayo,check out the performance of today' show!