Sunday, July 22, 2012

"EvoL releases second teaser for “Magnet” debut" plus 19 more

"EvoL releases second teaser for “Magnet” debut" plus 19 more


EvoL releases second teaser for “Magnet” debut

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:40 AM PDT

Clear the aisle, new rookie group EvoL is in the house! Back with a second teaser in anticipation for their debut, Stardom Entertainment‘s latest group seems to be ready to tear up the music scene.

From their fierce krumping to the edgy track, these girls have a new definition in mind for ‘fierce’. Hold your breaths and check out the teaser below!

T-ara’s Hyomin slips and falls on ‘Inkigayo’

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 08:19 AM PDT

T-ara member Hyomin had a small accident on the July 22nd broadcast of SBS‘s ’Inkigayo‘ when she fell down during their ‘Day by Day‘ performance.

Luckily, the fall was after Hyomin had finished singing her part of the song; she fell very suddenly, surprising fellow member Eunjung. Hyomin looked surprised herself as she pulled herself back up and continued the rest of the performance.

T-ara came back recently with their new song ‘Day by Day‘, which features an insightful flute melody in the beginning of the song, as well as a memorable rap segment by Hwayoung.

We hope the girls continue their promotions safely, without any accidents!

Source + Image: TV Daily via Nate

KARA’s Seungyeon updates with selca after hospital visit

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 07:02 AM PDT

Kara's Seungyeon recently posted a bare-faced selca on Twitter along with the words ‘Report of Survival‘.

In the photo, Seungyeon sports a pink baseball cap and a loose-fitting gray top. What’s drawn the attention of most viewers is her bare face, void of make-up.

Netizens who came across the photo responded, "You look really sick", "The words 'Report of Survival' are heartbreaking", "It's nice to see you cheery", "Hurry up and get better~ I want to see you on stage again", " You’ve lost so much weight", and more.

On the 7th, Han Seungyeon was hospitalized for her Acute Anemia just days before a scheduled visit to Singapore.

Three days later on the day of her release from the hospital, she posted on her Twitter, "I'm tired of all the medicine and supplements. I don't even want to see the shape of a pill anymore. Argh! Back to business the day after tomorrow. Don't worry about me too much."

Source + Image: Daum

2PM’s Wooyoung discusses who has the best body in 2PM

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 02:58 AM PDT

Hard work doesn’t lie! 2PM may have always held title of the idol group with the best bodies, but this is because 2PM members work hard and compete against themselves to maintain their bodies.

In Korea, the best indicator of the hottest male entertainers is the cover of Men’s Health magazine: 2PM members Wooyoung, Nichkhun, Chansung, and Taecyeon have all been featured as cover models in the past. This year, Wooyoung beat out other stars like Lee Joon, Dongjun, baseball players Choo Shin Soo and Lee Seung Yeob, Taecyeon, comedian Yoon Hyung Bin, and even actor Cha Seung Won, in the 7th Men’s Health Cool Guy competition, and was featured in the July edition of the magazine.

Even with his new title, Wooyoung selected Nichkhun as the member with the best body in 2PM, as he said, “Nichkhun has experience with Muay Thai (a Thai combat sport). He has muscles that you can’t make from just working out. Chansung works the hardest for his body. Among 2PM members, Chansung exercises the most.” He also said that Junsu focuses more on being well-balanced and healthy, rather than only working out.

Wooyoung continued, “Members watch their diets carefully for about 2 weeks, before a photo shoot. If we eat the way we regularly do, it breaks the balance in our bodies and makes it harder to create a nice shape. We watch our diets for 2-3 weeks when we need to.

This month, Wooyoung has been promoting his new solo album, ‘23, Male, Single‘ with his title song, ‘Sexy Lady‘.

 

Source + Image: Osen via Naver

Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon gets embarassed in a spelling battle on ‘Invincible Youth 2′

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 02:45 AM PDT

Girls Generation’s Hyoyeon was embarrassed in a spelling battle, against an elementary school student on the July 21st broadcast of ‘Invincible Youth 2′. On this week’s episode, Hyoyeon and the other ‘Invincible Youth 2′ members tried out an Invincible Youth Guest House concept, by inviting guests from the public and creating special memories with them.

On this day, Hyoyeon and the elementary school boy were given a whiteboard by MC Boom, and then they were instructed to write down the phrase ‘chased after’. The elementary student correctly adhered to proper Korean spelling rules and wrote down the correct form of ‘chased after’, with the help of his father, whereas Hyoyeon wrote an incorrect version. The version Hyoyeon used was used in the Korean language pre-1988 era.

Hyoyeon explained cutely that she wrote the phrase the old way, because their ‘Invincible Youth 2′ house mom, Lee Young Ja, always wrote it that way. Lee Young Ja explained in good humor that it was because she “didn’t graduate from elementary school“, keeping the fun vibe alive for the viewers and the guests.

Thanks to Hyoyeon’s cute mistake, the elementary school boy was happily rewarded with the game winning prize, a brand new toy.

 

Source + Image: Newsen via Nate

The Weaknesses of SM, JYP, and YG Entertainment

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 02:15 AM PDT

Below is an interesting article written by Korean media outlet, Star Today, pointing out the weaknesses of the “Big 3″ South Korean entertainment agencies.

SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment, and YG Entertainment are the so-called "Big 3" entertainment agencies of South Korea. With extensive planning, funding and tactical marketing, they possess a significant portion of equity in the music industry. However, even they have inevitable weaknesses.

To start out, SM's weakness lies in its extremely rigid system. After its release of male idol group, H.O.T., SM has focused on "blockbuster" idols that can be well showcased. Although systematically built on the ideal idol image, overseas music trends, chic styling, and massive amounts of publicity, the SM system is still vulnerable to that '1% of unpredictability'. The reason being that in the case of popular music, just 'having the secret potion and knowing the magic spell', does not necessarily produce a hit song.

An example of this case would be newly debuted boy group, EXO. Displaying good looks, outstanding talent, endless publicity starting 100 days before their big debut, lyrics appealing to teens, and large scale music, the group possessed the formula for success, yet was unable to see results up to par with expectations.

Surprisingly enough, it was because they possessed all of the ideal elements which resulted in evaluations stating that the group does not stand out among the plethora of idol groups. Being so "typical" can display the group as lacking their own unique color. This is where SM's "bold investments" can hinder the success of its' artists, because the greater the investment, the greater the pressure is to bring in revenue. If going by the statement, 'It is not the strong that survive, but rather the ones that survive are strong', then with exception to BoA, there are no "strong" artists.

On the other hand, JYP's biggest weakness lies in the head of the agency himself, Park Jin Young. His signature 'simple yet catchy' songs are the reasons why the Wonder Girls, 2PM, Miss A, and others are considered representatives of K-Pop; however all of the title songs have been his creations. Although it is said that Park Jin Young's songs are picked even against the collection of songs the A&R team has compiled, they cannot deny the fact the at least three of the agency's artists have yet to promote a title song produced by anyone other than Park Jin Young.

The biggest problem musically would be that because the songs are produced by one individual, all of the songs can generally sound similar. Even in the case of 2PM's Wooyoung, whose individuality should shine through his debut as a solo artist, one cannot help but notice the stylistic similarity of his recently revealed title song to the songs of 2PM.

Although it could be seen as a "direction of enterprise", it can unintentionally be crippling for idol groups who are always searching for new images that appeal to audiences. In reality, six year veteran idol group Wonder Girls have yet to break out of the retro concept they created early on with songs, "Tell Me", "So Hot", and "Nobody".

Last but not least, YG's biggest weakness can be noted in their very closed system of communication. This can be seen in their relationships with broadcasting companies. YG entertainment has a particularly strong relationship with SBS compared to its relationships with KBS and MBC. Debut stages and appearances on SBS's 'Inkigayo' are always a priority for groups such as Big Bang and 2NE1. As a result, KBS and MBC can seem somewhat neglected in comparison.

When this problem turns from a simple music program problem, to the discrimination of all variety and entertainment programs, it makes it even more difficult for all other broadcasters other than SBS. SBS in reality, exclusively enjoys appearances by YG artists. During the time of Big Bang's comeback, the broadcast station arranged an hour long special program for the group, who also appeared on many of its major variety programs, such as 'Healing Camp', 'Running Man', and 'You & I'.

This is the case not just with television, but also with newspapers, magazines, and other media. It may not be a big problem for artists that have reached a certain level of success; however that is not the case for new artists. The smallest negative matters brought up by sides that are not "alliances", can cause a fatal blow on up and coming artists.

Another significant setback is that the agency is highly dependent on one artist, Big Bang. In the year 2010, Big Bang was responsible for a whopping 70.1% of YG entertainment's total sales. This could mean that YG is more focused on Big Bang than any of its other artists, but it can also mean that if a problem were to occur with the group, the whole company could be at stake.

Did the arguments given above have you nodding in agreement or do you see things differently? Let us know in the comments section below!

IU goes to MBLAQ’s concert, wants to do another concert

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 01:24 AM PDT

IU shared her feelings after attending MBLAQ’s concert on July 21st.

She wrote on Twitter,

‘ I went to the MBLAQ concert with my mom and trainee friends! I was so jealous that boy groups can arouse so many screams just by the flicker of a hand keke! Ah I want to do another concert!’

IU has been friends with MBLAQ member, Chundoong (Thunder), ever since they were both trainees at Loen Entertainment and have also filmed music videos with both Chundoong and Leejoon.

Her fans, upon seeing this post, commented, "I’m expecting another one of your unplugged concerts" and "I will be expecting the flicker of your hand at your encore stage".

 

Source : IU Twitter

IU shows off her sexy side

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 01:17 AM PDT

Recently, IU has been getting a lot of attention for her performance of Park Ji Yoon‘s Adult Ceremony” .

Videos of IU‘s concert, ‘Real Fantasy‘, that was held in Busan earlier this month, were shared on an online community board.

In the video, IU is wearing a black sleeveless shirt, hotpants, and kill-heels while showing off her amazing dance skills.

She has been gathering attention for flawlessly performing Park Ji Yoon‘s sexy “Adult Ceremony” choreography and successfully changing her image from the ‘Nation’s Little Sister‘ to ‘Sexy Diva‘.

Netizens commented, “IU, she is not a young girl anymore“, “IU had this kind of side to her?“, “She still looks cute“, “She has a lot of different sides to her“, “I just lost my mind watching this“.

 

Source + Image: Donga News via Naver

Performances from July 22nd’s episode of SBS ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 12:58 AM PDT

SBS's 'Inkigayo' is back once again with a new show full of exciting performances from the artists you adore, brought to you by the charismatic Lee Jong Suk, and KARA's Goo Hara and Nicole.

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, C-CLOWN, GLAM, B.A.P, and NS Yoon-G all made their respective comebacks/debuts.

Check out the clips below!

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This week's PSA from 'Inkigayo' guest-featured SISTAR, who helped promote awareness on the importance of staying safe!

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Other performances from tonight included: 2BiC, Gang Kiz, December, NU’EST, M.I.B, A-JAX, ZE:A, After School, SISTAR, T-ara, Wooyoung, Super Junior, 2NE1, Psy, and Rhythm Power!

Check them out below!

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B.A.P tears up the stage with “No Mercy” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 12:32 AM PDT

B.A.P has been dominating with the recent release of "No Mercy"!

According to TS Entertainment, the concept for "No Mercy" focuses on a 'pop boy' theme to show that the members will lead in style and fashion among their peers.

And lead they did as the boys hyped up fans with a powerful comeback song and concept that are more playful and colorful than their previous hits.

The boys once again took the stage on 'Inkigayo' to deliver an amazing performance of "No Mercy". Check it out below, and view the rest of today's performances only on allkpop.

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GLAM makes “Party (XXO)” debut on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 12:24 AM PDT

The highly anticipated girl group from Big Hit Entertainment, GLAM, put on a spectacular performance of "Party (XXO)" tonight.

GLAM previously released a music video teaser and a making-of for their music video, and revealed the full music video for "Party (XXO)" this past week.

The girls pulled through and truly delivered with their debut performance on tonight's episode of 'Inkigayo', featuring a very special vocaloid to entertain the audience.

Check out their performance below, and be sure to view the rest of today's clips only on allkpop.

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NS Yoon-G says “I Got You” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 12:17 AM PDT

After shocking fans with a suprise comeback, NS Yoon-G has officially begun live promotions for "I Got You".

The music video which was recently released, showcases NS Yoon-G's chic 'femme fatale' style and her seductive dance moves. The sound featured on her new mini-album 'Skinship' is described as "rocking-tronic" which is a mix of electronic music and rock.

Check out the sexy diva's comeback stage below, and be sure to check out the rest of today's performances only on allkpop.

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C-CLOWN makes a hot debut with “SOLO” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:54 PM PDT

After teasing us all last week, rising rookie idol group C-CLOWN finally released their music video for "SOLO".

Short for 'Crown Clown', the six members of C-Clown are ready to impress with their top-notch music and performances. Like their name suggests, the group is determined to become 'king' of the K-pop scene and achieve their 'crown'.

The group is under Yedang Entertainment and consists of members: leader Barom (Rome), Kim Taemin (Siwoo), Kim Hyunil (Ray), Kangjun (JunK), Lee Minwoo (TK), and Jaejun (Mau).

Their title track is "SOLO", the second track off their debut album.

Check out C-CLOWN's special debut stage on 'Inkigayo' below, and be sure to check out the rest of today's performances only on allkpop.

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NS Yoon-G and Dasom take a gorgeous ‘bare face’ photo

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:53 PM PDT

NS Yoon-G and Dasom of Sistar take a “Couple Bare Face” photo together.

This photo, originally shared through NS Yoon Ji’s twitter, has recently resurfaced on an online community and has been gaining a lot of attention.  The two singers are seen comfortably leaning against one another and smiling gently at the camera.

Both NS Yoon Ji and Dasom, who are known for their flawless skin among female idols, shamelessly show off their bare faces with a fresh, innocent atmosphere charming fans all over the world.

Fans commented, “Their bare faces are pretty too“, “Owners of honey skin“, “It’s nice to see them acting close like sisters“, “Both seem to be getting prettier everyday“.

In related news, NS Yoon Ji released her new album ‘Skinship‘ with the title song “I Got You“.

Source + Image: NS Yoon Ji’s twitter

CHI CHI’s Shine shows her love for ‘Infinity Challenge’

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:26 PM PDT

Girl group CHI CHI‘s member Shine displayed love for MBC‘s ‘Infinity Challenge‘ on her Twitter.

On July 19th, Shine tweeted a caricature of the ‘Infinity Challenge’ members that she had drawn herself, saying, “I’m so happy that ‘Infinity Challenge’ is finally starting again, so I drew a picture of the members. Does it look like them?

Shine’s drawing drew more attention for her accurate portrayal of each member and their unique characteristics. She also included the official ‘Infinity Challenge’ emblem and the word “forever” in her drawing, a message to show her support of the TV show, returned after 24 weeks of re-runs.

Shine even gave the drawing to ‘Infinity Challenge’ member Park Myung Soo as a gift, a warm gesture that proves how much of a fan she is.

What do you think about Shine’s drawing?

Tip: Randy + Shine’s Twitter

Infinite’s Sunggyu performs with Baby Soul and Dongwoo on ‘Immortal Song 2′

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 10:51 PM PDT

Interest in Baby Soul, who performed with Infinite‘s Sunggyu and Dongwoo, has skyrocketed.

On the 21st, Sunggyu performed on KBS 2TV‘s ‘Immortal Song 2′ for the summer special.  He remade Cool‘s “Woman of Beach” along with fellow member Dongwoo and newcomer Baby Soul.

Baby Soul, who is signed with Woolim Entertainment with Infinite, showed off her amazing vocal skills and stage manners to the crowd.  Baby Soul has been steadily gaining a reputation by featuring in songs like Infinite H‘s “Crying” and having Wheesung feature in her song “No Better Than Strangers“.

She also gained interest when she came on SBS‘s ‘Running Man‘ as one of the school girls on a past episode. She is said to be a member of the upcoming girl group from Woolim Entertainment.

Check out their wonderful performance below:

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Source + Image:  Newsen via Nate

Sandara Park snaps a backstage photo with MBLAQ

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 10:19 PM PDT

Just yesterday, MBLAQ held their ‘2012 MBLAQ “The BLAQ% TOUR‘ at the Olympic Hall.

2NE1‘s Sandara Park who attended the concert in support of little brother Chundoong, revealed a photo she took backstage with the members of MBLAQ on her Me2day.

Sandara expressed her excitement saying, “I just got back from the MBLAQ concert! Before the concert I went backstage~ These boys aren’t just handsome on the outside but also have sweet personalities! They’re so so nice and polite, it put me in such a good mood! Their performance was great too! Chundoong said hi to me twice while on stage! And Mir made eye contact with me! I won the lottery today!

Sandara Park and Chundoong are smiling next to each other, while the other members Seungho and Mir are making funny faces and striking the ‘V pose’.

Netizens who came across the picture responded, “I can feel just how much Sandara Park cares about Chundoong“, “Witnessed: Little brother lover lovesick over MBLAQ“, “They’re the supreme sibling team“, and more.

Source + Image: Osen via Naver

FNC’s new girl group, AOA, reveals seventh member Jiminel

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 10:18 PM PDT

FNC Entertainment, home to talented artists like F.T. Island, CNBLUE, and Juniel, recently opened up the teaser site for their upcoming girl group, AOA!

The site's main page shows a book with more "pages" that will be revealed at a later date.

The first teaser image revealed showed the first page of the book with the title, "Angel's Story", and also revealed that the name AOA stands for "Ace of Angels".

So far we’ve been introduced to the first angel Seolhyunari [Brain Among the Angels], second angel Choaya [Who Has A Heavenly Voice], third angel Hyejeong.Linus [Who is the Most Beautiful Among Angels], fourth angel Chanmi T.T [Who Loves to Dance], fifth angel Yunaria [Who Loves to Play the Glasses Filled with Water], and sixth angel Minaring [Who Plays the Harp All the Time].

Now, the seventh angel, Jiminel [Rute player, and the leader of 7 angels] has been revealed!

Stay tuned for more on AOA!

B2ST sweeps the #1 spot on music charts with the release of ‘Beautiful Night’

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 09:40 PM PDT

Boy group B2ST has returned with the title song ‘Beautiful Night‘, sweeping the #1 spot on each music chart.

As soon as the title song was released, it rose to the top of Melon, Mnet, Soribada, Naver Music, and other music sites. In addition, all of the other newly released songs also took places high up on the charts resulting in a so-called ‘chain song-list‘, predicting a successful comeback for the new and improved B2ST.

The upbeat electronic synthpop song, ‘Beautiful Night’, is the collaborative product of the boy group and rookie producer, ‘Good night-Sleep well’. With the harmony of the song’s energetic vibe and the voices of the members, the song is sure to liven up your summer nights.

Also, the music video for ‘Beautiful Night’ was recently released and is already receiving explosive love from fans. The music video was filmed in the exotic and free-spirited city of New York, and showcased a fresh theme with footage of the boy group dancing their days and nights away on the streets of NYC.

B2ST’s eye-catching charm, highlighted by the background fireworks blasting in New York’s night sky, is another reason why their comeback stage is so anticipated. Furthermore, because the music video did not at all reveal any of B2ST’s signature performance, interest is building up on what kind of live performances the boys have in store for fans.

With the hope of returning to the top of the idol food chain once again, B2ST is planning to start promotions this week with a special comeback stage to showcase their new title song ‘Beautiful Night’ for the first time.

Check out the music video for ‘Beautiful Night’ and additional promo shots below!

 

‘Infinity Challenge’ makes a strong return placing 1st in Saturday ratings

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 08:52 PM PDT

MBC‘s ’Infinity Challenge‘ immediately placed 1st in viewer ratings for Saturday variety shows following their return to TV!

On July 22nd, it was revealed that the July 21st broadcast of ’Infinity Challenge’ achieved a viewer rating of 14.0%.

‘Infinity Challenge’ returned after 174 days due to the MBC strike, during which the show placed last in viewer ratings among Saturday TV shows.

The new episode features a review and reminder of the long-anticipated battle between HaHa and No Hong Chul, and members discussed their thoughts on returning, as well as newlywed Jung Joon Ha‘s housewarming party. The broadcast also revealed an exciting teaser for their upcoming Lee Na Young special!

The return of ‘Infinity Challenge’ beat out competing shows KBS‘s ‘Immortal Song 2‘ and SBS‘s ‘Star King‘, which had viewer ratings of 8.5% and 7.7%, respectively.

Source + Image: My Daily via Naver