- D-Unit releases “I’m Missin’ You” teaser featuring member Ujin
- SISTAR releases dance practice video for “Loving U”
- Younha releases MV for “Run”
- 2nd Teaser for Wooyoung’s solo debut revealed
- 2NE1 releases CL’s teaser for “I LOVE YOU”
- Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Juk reveal teaser for “Punk in the Corner”
- INFINITE releases their UNICEF campaign video “We Are Strong”
- Kang Sora attracts attention with her long legs
- Lee Jun Ki and Shin Min Ah compliment each other on ‘Section TV’
- Park Han Byul tweets a photo taken with Shin Bora and Song Joon Geun from ‘The Discovery of Life’
- Actress Jung Ryeo Won to possibly sign with KeyEast Entertainment
- allkpop TV Guide [Variety Edition]: Running Man Ep. 101
- LEDApple releases “Run to You” MV teaser
- Stars leave supportive messages for singer Naomi’s “The Red” comeback album
- Son Dam Bi snaps a picture with ‘Light and Shadow’ cast
- T-ara’s “Day by Day” music video delayed by 13 hours
- Wonder Girls dominate monthly digital charts for June
- Eye Candy: Kissable Lips
- Still photos of Hello Venus’ Nara on set for “Sorry that I’m Sorry” MV gains attention
- Thunder to release a digital single for MBLAQ’s Asia Tour
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 09:22 AM PDT
D-Business‘s upcoming girl group, D-Unit, has released their teaser for “I’m Missin’ You” featuring member Ujin.
The group is comprised of three members: Wooram, Ujin, and Soojin. They previously received attention for member Wooram as she is the sister of T-ara‘s Boram.
Looking at the tags of the video on YouTube, which includes “Teddy” and “Kush“, it seems “I’m Missin’ You” was produced by YG Entertainment stalwarts Teddy Park and Kush.
News about them is a bit ambiguous and no word if “I’m Missin’ You” will be a pre-release track but their official debut is set for August 3rd and they also have scheduled appearances in Japan on July 7th and 8th.
Check out the teaser for “I’m Missin’ You” below.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 08:39 AM PDT
The beautiful ladies of SISTAR have revealed the dance practice video for their latest single, “Loving U“.
The girls show off their fun summer choreography while wearing neon yellow shoes.
Check out the dance practice video below.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 08:30 AM PDT
It’s been a long wait, but the wait is over as solo artist Younha has finally returned with her fourth album ‘SUPERSONIC‘ along with the music video for the title track “Run“.
The entire music video is shot in black & white with beautiful cinematography of Younha running. There’s even a scene of Younha running past the moon with E.T. in the background.
Check out the MV below!
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 08:14 AM PDT
JYP Entertainment has just revealed the second video teaser for Wooyoung‘s solo debut!
As compared to the first teaser, this teaser focuses on the slick choreography that Wooyoung will be providing for his upcoming solo release.
Wooyoung’s solo debut ‘23, Male, Single‘ will drop on July 8th.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 08:09 AM PDT
Labeled ‘electro-pop’, “I LOVE YOU” has a mellower vibe than many of 2NE1′s previous title songs, though still retains the signature feel of a 2NE1 track. With only days until the July 5th release, we’re are getting more and more excited to hear the final product.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 07:48 AM PDT
Last summer Lee Juk and nation MC Yoo Jae Suk combined to form Sagging Snail and received a great response with their songs “Apgujeong Player” and “As You Say.” Now, they’re set to release another new track together.
Earlier today, the two revealed their teaser for “Punk in the Corner” and in the teaser Park Myung Soo parodies the mushroom hairstyle of G-Dragon and Micky Mouse hairstyle of Taeyang. The full track is set for release on July 6th, check out the teaser below.
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 07:27 AM PDT
The released campaign clips urge people to donate their birthdays to help children in need of help in 155 countries.
Through the videos, each INFINITE member asks for people’s participation and introduces various gifts that qualify for the UNICEF birthday donations: school supplies (by Sunggyu), vaccine (by L), malaria vaccine (by Hoya), pure drinking water (by Sungyeol), nutritional food (by Sungjong), transportation (by Woohyun), and joint presents (by Dongwoo).
Notably, Korea’s best visual staff members came together and worked for about a month to produce the “We Are Strong” campaign video, and INFINITE member Dongwoo was applauded by the staff for volunteering to help and narrating the video.
In addition, the producer of ”Infinitize“and member of MC the Max, Jay Yoon, joined in music donation to help produce the heartwarming campaign video.
After viewing the clips, the fans expressed their anticipation for the campaign by commenting things like, “It expresses INFINITE’s sincerity” and “The campaign video is like a music video!”
Check out the campaign video as well as each INFINITE member’s clip here!
Source & Image: Star News via Naver
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 02:24 AM PDT
Actress Kang Sora is attracting attention for her endless long legs.
On the July 1st broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Section TV’, an interview was held with Kang Sora in a public bath house.
The interviewer, Park Seulgi, was especially intrigued with the length of Kang Sora’s legs by which she measured Sora’s legs with a tape measure. The tape measure revealed that Sora’s legs are an incredible 1 meter (39.4 inches) long displaying her perfect height-to-leg ratio as she stands at 168cm tall (5ft. 6in.).
Furthermore, Seulgi faced an embarassing situation when she placed her legs next to Sora as their leg lengths were considerably different.
In addition, Kang Sora also revealed in this broadcast of ‘Section TV’ that her actual body weight is different than what is stated on her internet profile.
Source & Image: Sports DongA
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 02:13 AM PDT
Reporters of MBC‘s ‘Section TV Entertainment Relay’ visited the filming set of upcoming drama, ‘Arang and the Magistrate‘, to interview the two lead characters.
Lee Jun Ki, who complimented Shin Min Ah’s beauty in the past, stated, “Nothing has changed. She’s beautiful. I feel like I’m looking at a celebrity.”
His praise for the actress continued, “Shin Min Ah is passionate, has an easy-going personality, and most of all, she’s beautiful.” When asked if there were any memorable episodes while filming with the actress, he replied, “Her acting alone is memorable,” causing everyone to laugh.
On the otherhand, Shin Min Ah commented regarding Lee Jun Ki saying, “He has an upbeat personality, is passionate, and has such a pretty face.”
MBC’s ‘Arang and the Magistrate’ will begin airing on July 25th.
Source & Image: TV Daily via Nate
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 01:45 AM PDT
Actress Park Han Byul recently shared a photo taken with comedians Shin Bora and Song Joon Geun, who are part of the segment, ‘The Discovery of Life‘ on KBS‘s ‘Gag Concert‘.
On July 1st, the actress tweeted, “It has already been several months since I’ve been hooked on ‘Gag Concert’. I’ll be appearing on ‘The Discovery of Life’ today! I took part in the filming as if I had fallen into the TV. Amazing. Tonight! Please don’t miss it! Hehe.”
Upon seeing the photo, fans left various comments such as, “Totally looking forward to it!“, “Wow, you’re appearing on ‘Gag Concert’?!“, and “I can’t wait to see the interaction between you and Shin Bora.”
‘The Discovery of Life’ is a skit that reflects what happens when a couple breaks up and is known for inviting popular stars on its weekly segment. The July 1st broadcast of ‘Gag Concert – The Discovery of Life’ consisted of actress Park Han Byul, who played the role of Song Joon Geun’s new girlfriend.
In a related news, Park Han Byul will be making a comeback through horror movie, 'Two Moons‘ which will hit theaters on July 12th.
Source: Park Han Byul’s Twitter
Posted: 02 Jul 2012 12:46 AM PDT
After news hit that actress Jung Ryeo Won ended her contract with her former agency, Won Entertainment, all eyes were fixed on the actress to see what she would do next.
However, it seems as though the actress has a high chance of signing with Bae Yong Joon‘s agency, KeyEast Entertainment, which is home to stars such as, Kim Soo Hyun, Kim Hyun Joong, Lee Hyun Woo, and Kwon Ri Sae.
According to an insider in the entertainment industry on July 1st, Jung Ryeo Won met with KeyEast Entertainment and had a serious discussion about a possible contract.
Back on June 27th, the actress ended her contract with her former agency, in which she was signed with until the end of October. However, the two sides have come to an agreement of parting ways without a legal battle.
A representative of KeyEast stated, “It is true that we met with Jung Ryeo Won to discuss an exclusive contract. Because she amicably ended her contract with her former agency, we plan to meet with her again to further discuss it.”
Source & Image: Star News via Nate
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 11:50 PM PDT
SYNOPSIS – ‘Running Man’ Ep. 101
It’s the musicians’ special with solo artist Kim Bum Soo, rocker Yoon Do Hyun, and singer (and ‘Family Outing’ alum) Yoon Jong Shin.
At an amusement park in Seoul, the cast are divided into groups of two (with Song Ji Hyo by herself) and told to find the honored guests. Predictably, hi-jinks ensues and the three guests are not found without quite a bit of laughter and some spectacular ad-libs from the members. “You must be here on vacation? Goodbye, then!”
Everything seems to be going well – until they find out someone has stolen their gold: the endgame prize for the glorious winner of that episode. The Running Men receive their new task – retrieve the pilfered gold from the thief, Ji Hyo!
Ji Hyo makes her escape via helicopter, but not before dropping off her GPS tracker to throw her chasers away from the scent. After barely missing the helicopter takeoff, the ‘Running Man’ team must follow her scent and pick up clues along the way to divine her final location.
While the ‘Running Man’ team are busy playing games, Ji Hyo manages to arrive at the final location, after meeting up with several clandestine agents who have all given her a mysterious black card for safekeeping. She’s given a bombshell piece of information by a kindly robot, Kibo: her gold is fake!
Cue the dramatic rewind – we find out that the real gold was taken by today’s trio of guests! That puts Song Ji Hyo right back at the beginning – save for a crucial hint, courtesy of Kibo: those mysterious black cards have letters on them which will appear when doused with water.
In possession of only three of the cards, Ji Hyo sets out for the rest, and the rest of the cast discovers the existence of these cards as well.
Meanwhile, two of the spies are preparing a diversion. Kim Bum Soo and Yoon Do Hyun conspire to rip the name tag of one of the blue team members, but goes horribly wrong when resident traitor HaHa catches on to their weak plot, and Yoon Do Hyun becomes a casualty of the ill-thought out tactic.
Yoo Jae Suk becomes trapped between the Two Kids, and egged on by Ji Hyo, becomes a casualty of the blue team as well.
Yoon Jong Shin, meanwhile, attempts to use Song Ji Hyo for his own means. They meet up with HaHa and Gary - the strongest team left standing – and attempt a surprise attack. Jong Shin’s legacy from his ‘Family Outing’ days works against him, though, and the ‘surprise’ goes down in failure.
While Ji Hyo isn’t looking, Gary and HaHa manage to run away with Ji Hyo’s cards. Figuring out that water makes the letters appear, they rush to the restroom and reason out the hint – the “wooden door at the sky bridge“. With the rest of the crew hot on their tail, the Two Kids reach the final location, open the safe, and claim the real gold for themselves. Sweet victory! The three ‘spies’ are despondent, Ji Hyo is angry, and Gary and HaHa are joyous at the win (and the massive loot).
But it looks like HaHa and Gary won’t be celebrating for long – next week, Kim Soo Hyun is out to get revenge, and it looks like he’s got a water gun with him!
REVIEW - ‘Running Man’ Ep. 101
The honor of the first show covered by the TV Guide – Variety Edition goes to one of South Korea’s most internationally popular variety shows, ‘Running Man‘!
Classified as an ‘urban-action variety’, the show revolves around a fixed cast and weekly guests as they attempt to win games and outrun each other. The show’s name tags – rippable Velcro tags affixed to the back of the cast members’ shirts – are the one staple element of a show which changes formats every week.
‘Running Man’ has been trending towards basing its weekly themes on movies or TV shows; this week’s episode took a page out of the American television program ‘CSI‘, with the cast members and guests chasing down a renegade Song Ji Hyo.
The problem with many of these cinema-inspired specials is that often, they come off looking somewhat cheesy and a pale shadow of the real thing. The ‘Sherlock Holmes’ special a few months ago illustrates this drawback nicely: viewers expected suspense and thrills similar to what the ‘real’ Sherlock Holmes novels gave, and anticipation grew correspondingly. But instead, what they received was, at best, a slightly better-than-average episode that was little more than a simple twist on the classic ‘find the spy’ theme that ‘Running Man’ has used (and abused, in my opinion) far too many times to count.
That theme plays out again here; the three ‘chaser’ teams go through several portals to track down the fugitive, stopping at each location to play a CSI-related game. The trouble, though, is that these games are very little different from the run-of-the-mill opening games on ‘Running Man’. The show would have been better served, I feel, if it had ditched the ‘CSI’ theme completely. (To credit the producers, however, the ‘CSI’ initials stemmed from Song Ji Hyo’s real name – Chun Sung Im – thereby giving it a small thread of relevance.)
The opening games provided several hearty laughs – Kwang Soo’s failed limbo attempts, Yoon Do Hyun’s drawing skills (which will take its place in the pantheon of ‘Running Man’ genius drawings along with TVXQ Yunho‘s ‘rhinoceros’), and Kim Bum Soo’s spectacular fall from the chair and the blue team’s subsequent struggle to get him back on it.
If there was one drawback, though, it was the the opening games basically amounted to nothing in the end. There were no benefits for finishing first, nor obstacles for finishing last: no different-sized name tags, no nothing. It was simply ‘get in the car, go to point A, go to point B’.
Meanwhile, Ji Hyo arrives at the final location. Just when the viewers are getting comfortable with the idea that Song Ji Hyo is the fugitive and everyone else has to chase her down, an additional wrench is thrown into the mix: spies.
I believe that I speak for the majority of the ‘Running Man’ fan population when I say: enough already with the spies.
A concept introduced way back when with Jae Suk and the water gun, it seems to be the one thing that the ‘Running Man’ producers can’t seem to let go. Although the idea is clever, it has become stale after dozens of times of use, and there is also one major problem in that the spy nearly always emerges victorious. It’s no fun if you can instantly tell who’s going to win. (The ‘Charlie’s Angels’ episode with Hyomin, Im Soo Hyang, and Go Ara is a perfect example of this.)
This episode was confirmation that the ‘spy’ mechanic becomes much more enjoyable to watch when the spies themselves are, well, bad. In a previous episode, Lee Kwang Soo and HaHa provided amazing comedic moments as their ‘spy’ schtick fell apart, and the same can be said here. The failure of the diversionary tactic between Yoon Do Hyun and Kim Bum Soo was truly hilarious, and it was a nice break from the usual ‘spy always wins’ scenario.
Apart from that, though, there were simply too many ‘things’ in this episode. A trio of spies that ran around doing basically nothing, Song Ji Hyo’s earlier travails all being turned moot, a robot out of nowhere, and too many hurdles to cross to get to the finish line. There was no running, no excitement, and the cast seemed ‘out of it’ in the sense that no one was quite exactly sure what they were doing.
The ending was definitely a real ‘huh?’ moment as Gary and HaHa took the prize with no suspense whatsoever, and this episode as a whole was full of such ‘huh?’ moments. Why did Song Ji Hyo not take her cards with her? Why did Kim Bum Soo and Yoon Do Hyun put up such a failure of a diversion? And why were Ji Suk Jin and Kim Jong Kook practically invisible throughout the entire episode?
Next week, Kim Soo Hyun is revealed to be the ‘boss’ of the three failed spies, and he’s out to claim the gold for himself. Let’s see if he can make up for this week’s bloated misfire of an episode.
This Week’s Highlights: 7/2 – 7/8
Here’s our recommendations on what to catch for the week coming ahead. Keep in mind that these picks are the writer’s personal choices; your own opinion may vary.
Writer’s Note: Starting next week, recommendations will be accompanied by a short synopsis.
Monday, July 2nd
Come to Play ::: MBC, 11:15 PM
Hosts – Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Won Hee
Tuesday, July 3rd
Win Win ::: KBS2, 11:05 PM
Hosts – Kim Seung Woo, Tak Jae Hoon, Lee Soo Geun, Lee Ki Kwang
Wednesday, July 4th
Golden Fishery – Radio Star ::: MBC, 11:05 PM
Hosts – Yoon Jong Shin, Kim Kook Jin, Kyuhyun, Yoo Sae Yoon
Thursday, July 5th
Happy Together 3 ::: KBS2, 11:15 PM
Hosts – Yoo Jae Suk, Park Myung Soo, Park Mi Sun, Shin Bong Sun
Friday, July 6th
Dancing With the Stars 2 ::: MBC, 9:55 PM
Hosts – Lee Duk Hwa, Kim Gyu Ri
Saturday, July 7th
Immortal Song 2 ::: KBS2, 6:15 PM
Hosts – Shin Dong Yup, Moon Hee Jun, Jun Hyun Moo
Sunday, July 8th
Running Man ::: SBS, 6:00 PM
Hosts – Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Haha, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Ji Hyo, Kim Jong Kook, Gary
Do you have a (currently ongoing) program you’d like to see reviewed? Tell the author via Twitter (@MtnMadman).
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 11:06 PM PDT
As the photo teasers suggested, the boys are returning with a marine concept. The MV is set at an evening pool party, with the requisite flashing lights and pretty girls. The song sounds like a fun, carefree summer tune.
The mini-album of the same name is set for release on July 5th. Check out the MV teaser below!
Thanks to Wade for the tip!
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 10:47 PM PDT
Solo artist Naomi, who debuted in 2007, is receiving much attention for her surprise connection with famous stars and musicians.
On June 22nd, the singer released a comeback album, after a two-year hiatus, titled, ‘The Red‘. On July 1st, a video titled, “Supportive video message for Naomi’s ‘The Red’”, was posted onto various video sharing sites and has captured the attention of netizens.
The video shows a number of famous stars such as Cha In Pyo, Hwang Bo, Choi Hwa Jung, Huh Gak, Hong Hyun Hee, Brown Eyed Girls‘ JeA, San E, Han Groo, Sim Yoon Taek, and members from SBS‘s ‘Gag Tonight‘.
Meanwhile, Naomi is one of 120 members who are currently part of the musical group called ‘Compassion Band‘ which is under Compassion International, a child support organization.
Check out the MV for “The Red” and the video messages below!
Source & Image: MyDaily via Nate
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 10:08 PM PDT
Model, artist, and actress Son Dam Bi recently shared a picture she had taken with her drama co-stars on MBC‘s ‘Light and Shadow‘.
“A celebratory shot from the last outdoor filming for ‘Light and Shadow’,” she said. “Tomorrow is really the last filming day.”
Wearing their stage costumes, Son Dam Bi is striking a familiar pose with fellow actors and actresses Yoo Chae Young, Sung Ji Roo, and Ahn Jae Wook.
“The last episode is tomorrow! I’m so sad,” said a viewer, expressing his regret at the conclusion of the popular drama series. ”I hope it can be lengthened,” said another.
Meanwhile, ‘Light and Shadow’ will air its final episode on July 3rd.
Source: OSEN via Naver
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 09:28 PM PDT
Originally scheduled to be released at midnight, July 3rd, the new release hour will be at 1:00 PM on the same day. “Due to the lack of completion for the computer-graphics work, the release has been delayed by 13 hours,” CCM said. Since the music video takes place in the future, a large amount of work is needed for accurate computer graphics – around 15 days’ worth.
Although work was done around-the-clock to have it finished within 10 days, there wasn’t enough time to properly finish the CG work, leading to the slight delay.
“Because T-ara’s music videos are always blockbuster-quality, due to the large amount of CG and audio work our videos are always delayed. We are very sorry,” CCM apologized.
Part 1 of T-ara’s “Day by Day” music video will be released at 1:00 PM on July 3rd, followed by their first stage performance on July 7th’s episode of MBC‘s ‘Music Core‘.
Source: Newsen via Nate
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 08:51 PM PDT
The girls took home ‘Inkigayo‘s’ Mutizen award for two consecutive weeks and even topped Billboard‘s ‘K-Pop Chart‘, proving that they have taken over the digital sales charts for the summer.
In addition, Billboard previously praised the girls stating, “With synthetic handclaps and vocal chants, ‘Like This’ can be likened as an updated version of Beyonce's ‘Get Me Bodied‘.”
Wonder Girls' "Like this" is a fun, hip-hop song that is both powerful and energetic. The song consists of a unique electronic sound with a catchy dance choreography that makes listeners want to get up and do the "crab legs" dance with them.
A representative of JYP Entertainment stated, “Wonder Girls were able to top the monthly digital charts due to the amount of support fans have shown. We’d like to thank our fans and ask that they continue to support the girls on their future activities.”
Meanwhile, Wonder Girls will be holding their first solo concert in three years, Wonder World Tour in Seoul 2012, on July 7th at the Jamsil Indoor Gymnasium.
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 08:19 PM PDT
This week we decided to showcase some of the K-pop's top females with kissable lips. We all dream about having lips this delectable, don’t we?
Check them out below!
(Not in any particular order)
miss A‘s Suzy
After School‘s Nana
Girls‘ Generation Yoona
Who’s your favorite ‘kissable lips’?
Let us know who’s lips you want the most below.
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 07:55 PM PDT
On July 2nd, a post titled “Photos of Nara looking like a mannequin in Kim Jin Pyo’s music video” surfaced on an online community bulletin board.
Nara can be seen showing off her mannequin-like features with her small face and long legs as she records for the music video of Kim Jin Pyo’s 6th album’s title song “Sorry that I’m Sorry”, which was released on June 29th.
Netizens who saw the photos commented, “Her body is amazing“, “Her face is so small“, “Her face and body are like Venus“, and “It looks like a mannequin is walking around“.
Kim Jin Pyo’s 6th album ‘Sorry that I’m Sorry’ marked his return into the music industry after a long four-year hiatus. Nara stars as the female lead character for the music video for “Sorry that I’m Sorry” in which she displayed her charm and beauty. Furthermore, the music video has been unsurprisingly gaining a lot of views on music video sharing websites.
Despite being a newcomer, Nara has already been involved in multiple sectors of the entertainment industry including advertisement, photoshoots, and music videos.
In related news, Hello Venus is set to make a comeback on July 4th.
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 07:21 PM PDT
On June 28th, a representative of the group’s agency revealed, “Following G.O and Mir, Thunder is scheduled to release his own digital single some time next week. The digital single was produced for MBLAQ’s Asia tour, so he will not be promoting the track on broadcast programs.”
Thunder already performed his solo track live during the group’s Asia tour, 'The BLAQ% Tour', in Jarkarta, Indonesia on June 30th. MBLAQ will be traveling to cities around Asia such as Bangkok, Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, Taipei, and more.
Check out a fancam of Thunder performing his solo song below:
Source & Image: Herald News via Nate
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