Friday, July 6, 2012

"2AM’s Jinwoon to possibly join the cast of ‘Laws of the Jungle 2′" plus 19 more

"2AM’s Jinwoon to possibly join the cast of ‘Laws of the Jungle 2′" plus 19 more


2AM’s Jinwoon to possibly join the cast of ‘Laws of the Jungle 2′

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 09:02 AM PDT

There seems to be a high possibility of 2AM‘s maknae Jinwoon joining the cast of the suvival series, SBS‘s ‘Laws of the Jungle 2‘.

On July 6th, a representative of Jinwoon’s agency stated through a phone call with TV Report, “It’s true that Jinwoon is in discussion with producers of ‘Laws of the Jungle 2′. However, nothing has been decided as of yet. Because Jinwoon is very athletic, we do believe he’ll do well if he participates, but we will need to have a further discussion due to 2AM’s schedule in Japan in September and October.”

Fans have shown a positive response upon hearing the news of his possible cast in the program. The rep commented, “Although nothing has been confirmed yet, we’re grateful to receive such positive feedback from fans.”

Meanwhile, Kim Byung Man and his new crew will be heading to Madagascar near the end of July to begin filming ‘Laws of the Jungle 2′.

Source: TV Report via Nate, MyDaily via Nate

Lee Hyori to appear on Mnet’s ‘Show Me the Money’

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 08:27 AM PDT

Singer Lee Hyori has been confirmed to appear on Mnet‘s new hip hop program, ‘Show Me the Money‘.

The singer is in discussion with the producers of the program to adjust schedules in order to record. A representative stated, “Because ‘Show Me the Money’ is currently recording episodes 2~3 weeks prior to broadcast, we believe the episode featuring Lee Hyori will air on the 5th or 6th episode.”

Director Shin Hyung Kwan of Mnet said, “When Lee Hyori first expressed her desire to appear on the program via Twitter, I was very happy but began to become suspicious, wondering if it was a fan impersonating Lee Hyori. But after I saw the amount of followers (460,000) the Twitter account had, I was positive that it was her so we immediately went into discussion that night.”

He continued, “Although Lee Hyori expressed her desire to appear on the program on Twitter, it must not have been easy for her, so I was surprised to see her gladly accept the cast offer. I’m happy knowing that her appearance on the program will be an opportunity to spread the genre hip hop.

Last month, Lee Hyori took to Twitter to show her support for the program and left a message that read, “I seem to still like hip-hop. ‘Show me The Money' is so fun to watch'.” She then left a message to the PD of the program stating, “Feel free to contact me if you need me, by any chance. I would like to perform together with Illtong.”

Source: OSEN via Nate

Wonder Girls release third MV teaser for “Like Money” with Akon!

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 08:02 AM PDT

After releasing their first and second teasers for the Wonder Girls upcoming digital single, ‘Like Money‘, the third teaser has now been revealed!

For those of you that are curious, the teaser reveals the special artist with over 40 million likes on Facebook is Akon!

INFINITE added to lineup of ‘Summer Sonic 2012′ music festival in Japan

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 07:32 AM PDT

INFINITE has been added to the official lineup of the Japanese music festival ‘Summer Sonic 2012‘. The idol group will represent South Korea along with actor Jang Geun Suk and band Jaurim.

INFINITE will be following Korean groups such as Big Bang, who performed at ‘Summer Sonic 2010′, and Girls’ Generation, who performed at the 2011 event. The boys’ second Japanese single ‘Be Mine‘ previously hit #2 on Oricon‘s weekly chart, and tickets to their second solo concert in Japan are reported to have sold out in ten minutes.

‘Summer Sonic 2012′ will be held in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan from August 18-19.

Source: Daily Focus; Summer Sonic
Tip: S.Lee

Bobby Kim releases MV for ‘Old & New’ album title track

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 07:00 AM PDT

Bobby Kim‘s special remake album, ‘Old & New‘, has been released in stores.

The title track, “[Love is Awful]“, was written by singer and composer Park Sun Joo. The ballad’s lyrics express the feelings behind the moment a romantic relationship ends.

‘Old & New’ features five new songs including, “Love of My Life“, “Maria“, “Thank You“, and “My Love” as well as the much-loved OST tracks "Only You" from MBC's 'Friend' and "As If a Year Was a Day" from SBS' 'War of Money'. Remakes of Yoon Mi Rae's "As Time Goes By", Jo Duk Bae's song, "In a Dream", and Cho Young Pil's "Reunion in Memories", which Bobby Kim performed on MBC’s ‘I Am a Singer‘, are also included.

Bobby Kim stated, “It’s an album that I have no regrets about. That’s how [hard I've worked on it]. I would like to thank Park Sun Joo, who showed dedication to production until the last recording despite being busy with his wedding.”

Watch the music video for “[Love is Awful]” below.

Source: Newsis via Nate

Big Star releases additional teaser photo for ‘Big Start’

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 06:29 AM PDT

Brave Entertainment's new idol group Big Star has revealed an additional teaser photo.

As reported earlier, the group will be dropping their debut single, 'Big Start', on July 12th with "Hot Boy" as their title track. Profiles of each of the members have also been released.

Netizens commented on the new teaser photo, FeelDog looks really comfortable,” “They look so innocent,” “So much personality,” and “I’m curious about the other cuts!” They were especially interested in the fact that members FeelDog and Baram were previously under JYP Entertainment.

“Hot Boy” will be released on July 12th.

2NE1 announces “I Love You” MV release date

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 05:55 AM PDT

2NE1‘s new single “I Love You” reached the top of the charts a few hours after its July 5th KST release.

Fans have been looking forward to the release of the full music video for the track ever since the teaser and album jacket making-of were revealed. Blackjacks can now mark their calendars as the release date for the “I Love You” music video has been officially announced as Saturday, July 7th.

In the meantime, watch the “I Love You” teaser below!

Source: 2NE1 Facebook
Tip: OverDrewYa

U-KISS releases short version of MV for Japanese single, “Dear My Friend”

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 05:21 AM PDT

U-KISS has released the short version of the music video for the group’s third Japanese single, “Dear My Friend“.

“Dear My Friend” is slated for release on July 25th, and is described as a fresh, medium-tempo tune created with the theme of friendship in mind. The track is currently the ending theme for the TV anime ’Arashi no Yoru ni Himitsu no Tomodachi‘.

The music video features footage of the group’s visit to Columbia. Watch the short version of the “Dear My Friend” MV below!

Tip: lunarlullaby

Performances from July 6th’s ‘Music Bank in Hong Kong’ half-year special!

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 04:50 AM PDT

KBS aired a half-year special, ‘Music Bank in Hong Kong‘, featuring artists who’ve reached the top of the ‘K-Chart‘. This special ‘K-pop Festival’ episode was pre-recorded on June 23rd, and aired for the first time tonight on July 6th KST.

The MCs for tonight's half-year special were After School's UEE and actor Lee Jang Woo as well as Hong Kong star Crystal Li.

The artists who performed include: TVXQ, Wonder Girls, B2ST, CNBLUE, MBLAQ, f(x), INFINITE, and IU.

Check out the amazing performances below!

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< MBLAQ – “This is War+ Oh Yeah” >

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< f(x) – “Hot Summer + Pinocchio (Danger) +Electric Shock” >

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< IU – “You & I+ Hey+ Good Day” >

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< CNBLUE – “Alone + L.O.V.E + Hey You” >

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< INFINITE – “Before the Dawn + Be Mine” + The Chaser” >

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< Wonder Girls – “Tell Me + Nobody + Like This” >

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< B2ST -Shock + Beautiful” >

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< TVXQ – “Keep Your Head Down” + “The Way U Are+ Mirotic” + “Maximum” >

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< Special Stages >

- B2ST

- MBLAQ & IU

- CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa

- f(x)

- Final Stage > All Artists

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MYNAME releases MV for Japanese single, “Summer Party”

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 04:35 AM PDT

MYNAME has released the music video for “Summer Party“!

“Summer Party” is the coupling track from the group’s debut Japanese single, ’Message‘, which will be released on July 25th.

Check out the MV for their title track “Message” here, and the full “Summer Party” MV below.

Wooyoung’s fans prepare image-wrapped bus and LED billboards for solo debut

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 03:54 AM PDT

In celebration of Wooyoung‘s solo debut album ‘23, Male, Single‘, fans of the 2PM member have prepared a large image-wrapped bus and LED billboard advertisements as gifts.

The bus, wrapped in the promotional image for Wooyoung’s title song “Sexy Lady“, runs from 11AM to 8PM KST in Seoul, and the LED billboards, atop Seoul’s Mirae building and a major bank building in Pusan, have been screening over 100 repetitions of Wooyoung’s teaser clips since July 5th KST.

Wooyoung commented, “Thank you so much. I prepared this album with the fans’ perspective in mind. I only thought of the fans. I’ll work hard during promotions.”

’23, Male, Single’ will be released on July 8th KST.

Source + Photo: Osen

Girls’ Generation’s Sunny to leave ‘Invincible Youth 2′

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 03:15 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Sunny is leaving the KBS 2TV variety program ‘Invincible Youth 2‘. The broadcast on July 7th KST will be her last.

A representative stated on the 6th, “Girls’ Generation’s Sunny will no longer appear on ‘Invincible Youth 2′ after the July 7th broadcast. Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon is remaining on the show.”

A SM Entertainment representative also announced on the same day, “It’s true that tomorrow’s broadcast will be the last time Sunny appears [as a cast member] on the program. This is something that was confirmed with the producers when she became part of the season 2 cast. As she was the only member from season 1, they agreed that she would stay on with season 2 until the program became somewhat stable.”

“It was decided that it was the right time for Sunny to leave the show as Lee Young Ja would be coming on as a new MC. After consulting with the producers, they decided that she would leave after the July 7th episode.”

Sunny joined season 1 of ‘Invincible Youth’ in October of 2009. She’s been a member of the second season’s G6 for eight months.

Source+Photo: Osen

‘Nation’s fairy’ Lena Park comments on her nickname

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 02:40 AM PDT

Singer Lena Park joked that fairies are known to live over 100 years.

She recently appeared on tvN‘s interview program ’Taxi‘ and revealed her thoughts on her nickname, “nation’s fairy”.

The MCs for ‘Taxi’ asked how she felt about the adorable nickname considering her age. The 36-year-old singer answered, “It is a little embarassing to be called a ‘fairy’ at this age, but fairies live over 100 years.

The MCs coached Lena Park on her throw as she had to practice for the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game later that day.

During the ‘car ride’ interview, the singer also revealed stories of her time in the States where she grew up. She mentioned that she had her first kiss, which was less than ideal, with a football player when she acted as the team’s manager during high school.

This episode of ‘Taxi’ aired on July 5th at 12:20AM KST.

Source & Photo: Osen via Nate

Two members of Tanjinyo sentenced to prison

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 02:02 AM PDT

Two members of Tajinyo, a group that’s been making malicious claims about the validity of Tablo‘s degree from Stanford University, have been sentenced to prison.

‘Won’ and ‘Lee’ were sentenced to 10-month prison terms for defaming the rapper at Seoul Central District Court on July 6, 10AM KST. Six other members of the group were given 8-10 months in prison, suspended for 2 years.

Judge Kwak Yoon Kyung stated, “The public is free to express their interest in celebrities, and celebrities must handle it to some extent. However, the two went over the threshold of simple comments into continuous, malicious slander against Tablo and his family.”

He went on, “Though Tablo had submitted sufficient evidence, they didn’t believe it and claimed it was the work of hackers and middlemen; the malicious comments did not stop. The two persons [are guilty] of defamation of character against Tablo and his family, and they even insisted that the evidence was fabricated. Because they did not apologize or reflect [on their actions], they were sentenced.”

Source: Osen

Kwanghee comments on ZE:A’s comeback stage on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 01:26 AM PDT

On July 5th, ZE:A‘s Kwanghee commented on the group’s recent comeback stage.

During a phone call with OSEN after ‘M! Countdown‘, Kwanghee stated while laughing, “I just watched our performance, and every member including Siwan improved. Even though my part is just 5 [words], I improved in that short part.

He continued, “I was nervous because there were a lot of top singers there, but they all said that our song, outfits, hair, and makeup were good. I was worried that we were the only ones who felt that we’d gotten [better looking], but I was happy that everyone praised us and noticed that we’ve changed.”

The boys of ZE:A have finally returned with "Aftermath" from their second album 'Spectacular', and have been riding high with the success of their comeback.

Kwanghee said, “I have a good feeling about it. The response is better than before so the members are all working hard.

Source & Photo: Osen via Nate

Yoon Mi Rae and Tiger JK’s son Jordan is the real ‘giant baby’?

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 12:50 AM PDT

Tiger JK and Yoon Mi Rae‘s son Jordan is garnering attention for his sudden growth spurt.

On an online community forum, a post titled “I am the real giant baby” was made with the photos of Jordan above .

Jordan amazed the public with his unbelievable growth spurt. He’s just 3 years of age, but he looks as though he would not be able to fit in a stroller. From his size to his appearance, Jordan looks like he could be older than kids who are one or two years ahead of him.

Netizens commented, “He could be enrolled into middle school,” “He wouldn’t look right in a stroller even though he’s 3-years-old. It’d seem like an elementary school kid was sitting in it,” and “He is growing with amazing speed.”

Source & Photo: Newsen via Nate

SISTAR’s Soyu looks cute and sexy in selca update

Posted: 06 Jul 2012 12:17 AM PDT

According to Starship Entertainment, after finishing a loaded schedule, SISTAR‘s Soyu took advantage of her break time to relax and update fans with a pair of cute, sexy selcas.

In the pictures shown above, Soyu is seen wearing big-framed glasses and a white, sleeveless shirt. With her wide eyes and pouty expression, she shows an innocent kind of beauty, but her “glamorous” figure didn’t go unnoticed.

Netizens commented, “I knew that Soyu was a glamorous girl, but not to this extent,” “Total Hollywood pose,” “A body like a [soda] bottle,” and, “The girl I want to have, Soyu~.

In other news, SISTAR’s latest summer song “Loving U” is on the rise thanks to producer Duble Sidekick, SISTAR’s cute and sexy charms, and the song’s guitar, brass, and acoustic sounds that form a harmonious tune. “Loving U”s music video has already received nearly 2 million views a week after its release, marking the song’s popularity. The summer single achieved the number one spot on Billboard‘s ‘KPop Hot 100′ chart as well.

As they achieve success after success with their latest hit song, the SISTAR members continue to show lively and fun performances. It seems that the group is on its way to the top!

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BoA’s relationship status revealed by Super Junior’s Kyuhyun in ‘Sexy, Free & Single’ album

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 11:45 PM PDT

Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun revealed that BoA is currently single in the “thanks to” portion of the group’s ‘Sexy, Free & Single‘ album.

On July 5th, BoA tweeted, “Kyuhyun’s thanks to. My goodness, what is this. Then why don’t you introduce me to someone! You’re announcing it to the world. Wait until I get my hands on you!” along with the picture above (top).

The posted photo was of Kyuhyun’s ‘thanks to’ letter in Super Junior’s 6th album, ‘Sexy, Free & Single’, which released on July 1st. Kyuhyun, while listing everyone who he wanted to thank, included the message: “BoA, who needs a boyfriend“.

Fans commented, “They are so cute,” “I see BoA isn’t dating anyone right now,” and “Kyuhyun’s pretty witty.”

Source & Photo: BoA’s official Twitter

SECRET to release their first Japanese album ‘Welcome to SECRET Time’

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 11:12 PM PDT

via tokyohive

Korean girl group SECRET will finally be releasing their first Japanese album after having released a few singles previously.

SECRET formed in Korea back in 2009, then made their debut in Japan in August of 2011. Their first Japanese album will be titled "WELCOME to SECRET TIME" and it's slated for release on August 22nd. It will include their Korean releases "Madonna" and "Shy Boy", Japanese versions of "Ai wa Move" and "Starlight Moonlight", and their Japanese original singles "Korekurai no Sayonara" and "TWINKLE TWINKLE".

The album will be released in 3 different versions: Limited Edition A (CD+DVD), Limited Edition B (CD+DVD), and Regular Edition (CD-Only). The DVD for Limited Edition A will feature the Zepp Tokyo performance of the girls' first Japan tour, "1st Japan Tour 'SECRET TIME 2012′". Meanwhile, Limited Edition B will come with a DVD containing 5 music videos and their making-of footage.

Source & Image: natalie


INFINITE is the top K-pop act selected by experts in this week’s ‘KPOPULOUS’!

Posted: 05 Jul 2012 10:41 PM PDT

It's no secret that we all have our own favorite music acts, but do you ever wonder who the music experts believe to be the top acts in K-pop today?

That's where 'KPOPULOUS' comes in. 'KPOPULOUS' is a segment that is aired through Arirang TV's 'Pops in Seoul' every week to bring you a fresh look at different acts in K-Pop.

Ten experts from various fields that represent the Korean music industry have come together to share their favorite music acts each week through 'KPOPULOUS'. Not only will you get to see exclusive interviews with the artists, it'll all be in English as well!

Check out the episode featuring INFINITE, and stay tuned as allkpop updates you with a fresh episode of 'KPOPULOUS' every week!