- F.I.X.’s Ohsong & Nuri cover Davichi’s “Don’t Say Goodbye”
- Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” tops half-year chart on Japan’s ‘Dwango’
- Suzy gets humiliated for her large feet on ‘Invincible Youth 2′
- MBLAQ receives a warm welcome in Indonesia for their ‘The BLAQ% Tour’
- f(x) wins ‘Inkigayo’ mutizen + performances from July 1st!
- SISTAR returns with new summer single “Loving U” on ‘Inkigayo’
- Jo Kwon makes his solo debut with “I’m Da One” + “Animal” on ‘Inkigayo’
- CHI CHI returns with “Love is Energy” on ‘Inkigayo’!
- allkpop’s Top 10 stories of June!
- Music Releases of June 2012
- Yoo Jae Suk, Noh Hong Chul, and HyunA to cameo in Psy’s upcoming MV
- Loyalty of ‘Infinity Challenge’ viewers demonstrated through high viewer ratings on reruns
- TVXQ kicks off their historic fanclub event tour in Japan
- Recent photo of SISTAR’s Dasom draws admiration
- Boyfriend gathers 40,000 fans for their Japanese showcase at the Budokan
- Actor Kim Hee Won reveals his close relationship with Narsha
- Girls’ Generation’s Sunny reveals she has never been in a relationship
- MC Sniper and rookie Kwon Hyuk Woo perform “Gloomy Sunday” on ‘Show Me the Money’
- 2AM’s Seulong and miss A’s Min comment on Jo Kwon’s “Animal” debut
- Se7en visits his brother-in-law’s new dentist office
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 08:56 AM PDT
On the June 30th episode of the variety show, members Ohsong and Nuri revealed, “We’re a group that came together after we promoted separately as solo artists. We thought about giving up our dreams as singers but became a group after a fortunate opportunity.”
The two went on to perform a cover of Davichi‘s “Don’t Say Goodbye” without changing the key, demonstrating that their status as a vocal group through and through. The guests all stood up to give the boys a round of applause following the performance and didn’t spare their praise.
Check out the performance below!
Source + Photos: Herald M News via Naver
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 08:23 AM PDT
Big Bang has taken first place on the half-year chart of one of Japan’s biggest digital music sites, ‘Dwango‘.
‘Dwango’ recently released their list of top charting songs for the first half of 2012, and revealed that Big Bang came out on top in the K-Pop category with their latest hit track, “Fantastic Baby“, a song off of their ‘Alive‘ album.
This isn’t the only piece of news that demonstrates Big Bang’s soaring popularity in Japan, as the boys also recently sold out their Japanese tour to a 250,000 audience members, while member Seungri is scheduled for a variety of programs in Japan starting this September.
Big Bang will be continuing their world tour on July 21st in China so they’re looking ahead to a busy second half of the year.
Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 07:48 AM PDT
miss A‘s Suzy suffered a bit of humiliation on the June 30th broadcast of KBS‘s ‘Invincible Youth 2‘.
Kim Shin Young, Girls’ Generation member Sunny, and Suzy stopped by at a local shoe store to purchase new pairs of rubber shoes.
As soon as it was Suzy’s turn to select her pair, Kim Shin Young asked, “What’s your foot size?” to which she confidently answered, “230 cm.” But when the store owner brought out her size, it was obviously too small for Suzy. Kim Shin Young then asked the store owner for a size 250 cm and commented with amusement, “It better fit this time.”
Embarrassed by the situation, Suzy remarked, “I’m never coming to a shoe store ever again!”
Meanwhile, singer Baek Ji Young guested on this week’s episode to help the G6 members pick plums and make delicious dishes.
Source & Image: Star News via Nate
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 07:06 AM PDT
MBLAQ has received a warm welcome from their Indonesian fans!
On July 1st, representatives of J. Tune Camp revealed, “MBLAQ visited Jakarta for their Asia tour ‘The BLAQ% Tour‘ and were greeted by hundreds of fans that eventually paralyzed the airport. About 100 reporters gathered at their press conference ahead of their concert, so we’re just so thankful for the unexpected response. We believe that MBLAQ’s songs and performances will pay back their support more than any words can.”
MBLAQ performed at the Mata Elang International Stadium on the night of June 30th with 5,500 fans in attendance.
Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 01:02 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.
Girl group CHI CHI also held their comeback stage with "Love is Energy".
Artists from this week's 'Take 7′ include: Boyfriend, Dal Shabet, G.NA, TEEN TOP, After School, Wonder Girls, and f(x)!
As for today's mutizen winner, it was f(x) for "Electric Shock". Congratulations f(x)!
[ Take 7 ]
As for the 'Take 7', check out their performances below:
< Boyfriend >
< Dal Shabet >
< G.NA >
< TEEN TOP >
< After School >
< Wonder Girls >
< f(x) >
Other performances from tonight included: Gang Kiz, M.I.B, VIXX, JJ Project, Juniel, A-JAX, F.I.X, She’z and INFINITE!
Check them out below!
< F.I.X >
< Gang Kiz >
< She’z >
< M.I.B >
< VIXX >
< JJ Project >
< A-JAX >
< INFINITE >
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 12:56 AM PDT
SISTAR's "Loving U" music video headlined for costing $172,000 USD, and the track achieved an all-kill on charts soon after its release. Talented production duo 'Duble Sidekick' were the geniuses behind the track itself, which further sparked interest from fans.
Watch SISTAR's summer-themed comeback stage with "Loving U" which includes a special summer remix, and the rest of today's 'Inkigayo' performances here.
Posted: 01 Jul 2012 12:49 AM PDT
"I'm Da One", released on June 25th, is the title track of Jo Kwon's first solo album. It's been attracting a ton of attention for its unique pop-art concept.
Watch Jo Kwon's debut performance of "I'm Da One" along with his shocking performance of "Animal" (including his heels!) below, and the rest of the performances from today's 'Inkigayo' here.
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 11:58 PM PDT
The girls have been receiving a wide array of positive feedback this time around, and they've been garnering much attention for their catchy 'hand blender' move in the choreography for "Love is Energy".
Check out the girls' Inkigayo comeback stage below, and be sure to catch the rest of today's performances here.
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 10:55 PM PDT
It's hard to believe that it's already June. Time sure does fly with allkpop!
June was a busy month for everyone, summer has officially started with the hottest K-Pop comebacks. Also, we’d like to congratulate anyone who graduated from school. With everything that was going on, you might have missed out on some exciting stories during this month. Don't worry because allkpop has got you covered with this handy digest of the 10 most popular stories on our site for the month of June!
In June 2012, we published 1,564 stories. Phew! The general trend for this month shows that our readers love Wonder Girls and f(x)!
Without further ado, check out the top 10 stories of June 2012 below!
After making headlines for over a week following Ji Hyun Woo's public confession and a suspicious stroll through the park together, actress Yoo In Na finally admitted that she and Ji Hyun Woo have started dating. We wish you the best of luck!
The lovely Wonder Girls have made a return with their mini album 'Wonder Party'! The Wonder Girls impressed onstage with title song “Like This” and it was a performance that should not be missed! Relive the memories here.
The boys of 2PM released their 4th Japanese single "Beautiful" on June 6th and it has officially surpassed 100,000 sales! Good job to all the ‘Hottest’ out there.
On June 10th (KST), the song rose to number one on numerous real-time music charts including Melon, Olleh, Soribada, M-Net, Bugs, Naver, and more. In addition to "Electric Shock", some of their other tracks from their latest EP were also charting on the Top 10. On Naver Music, all 6 tracks from 'Electric Shock' took the top 6 positions.
Talk about f(x) take over!
After announcing the news of their upcoming comeback and revealing member Krystal's teaser photo, f(x) has unveiled Victoria and Sulli's teaser photos for 'Electric Shock'. Did i mention they look stunning?
After teasing us with teaser photos their was high anticipation for the release of the music video. f(x) defiantly did not let any of their fans down, thus gaining 417,414 views, 3,746 comments and climbing to allkpop’s ‘Tops Stories’!
Having released their last two member teaser photos earlier, f(x) then unveiled a highlight medley video giving fans a sneak peek at what to expect from the tracks on the new mini album, 'Electric Shock'.
What can I say? It’s the Wonder Girls that came back with an awesome summer song!
The album was released for digital consumption on June 10th (KST) and contains six total tracks: "Electric Shock", "Jet", "Zig Zag", "Beautiful Stranger", "Love Hate", and "Let's Try".
The album contains six songs in all, and the Wonder Girls themselves helped produce some of the tracks. Yenny helped produce and compose the tracks "R.E.A.L" and "Girlfriend", while Yubin contributed to the composition of "Hey Boy". J.Y. Park, often called "The Asiansoul", produced and composed their title track "Like This". No wonder the girls seemed to do so well performing the song for their Music Bank comeback stage.
And that wraps up this edition of allkpop’s Top 10 Stories of June 2012. Stay tuned for the next digest at the end of July!
*Note: Top 10 stories are generated by reader view counts.
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 10:23 PM PDT
As a way for us all to keep track of the constant influx of new K-Pop records, we'll be compiling a list of singles and albums released every month for you guys. Take a look to see if you missed out on any music last month!
Sweet Sorrow – Summer VIVA Edition (Single)
Boyfriend – Love Style (LP) [Listen]
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 09:48 PM PDT
According to a representative of Psy, Yoo Jae Suk and Noh Hong Chul participated on the June 30th afternoon recording of Psy’s MV at an underground parking lot in Incheon.
Psy, who became closer with Yoo Jae Suuk and Noh Hong Chul during his appearance on ‘Infinite Challenge‘ last year, is said to have asked the two entertainers if they could take part in his MV, to which they gladly accepted.
4minute’s HyunA also successfully finished recording her part in the MV back on June 29th.
Psy is scheduled to release his 6th full-length album and his MV together in mid-July.
Source & Image: MyDaily via Nate
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 09:15 PM PDT
Despite MBC broadcasting yet another rerun of ‘Infinity Challenge‘ due to the ongoing strike, the show has still managed to record 4.7% in viewer ratings.
On July 1st, AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that the June 30th episode of the show recorded 4.7% nationwide, the same number recorded as last week’s episode.
Before the strike, the show consistently recorded high up in the 19.5% range, but because of the five month hiatus the show was inevitably forced to take, the ratings have dropped to a low 4-5%.
Despite the drop, the show has nothing to worry about, as it’s still a remarkably high number compared to other shows in its time slot. ‘We Got Married‘ recently returned to regular broadcasts, but still only recorded 5.1%, a 0.4% point difference compared to the rerun of ‘Infinity Challenge’.
The secret to ‘Infinity Challenge’ maintaining its viewership despite 22 weeks of no new episodes can be credited to none other than its loyal viewership.
Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 08:43 PM PDT
TVXQ has begun their large-scale fan meet tour starting with the Saitama Super Arena in Japan!
On July 1st, Sankei Sports reported that the boys had opened up their fanclub event tour on June 30th. This fanclub event tour will mark the biggest in Japan’s music history as it will be attended by over 100,000 fans.
Various events were planned for those attending, such as a special quiz corner and a chance to taste Yunho‘s home made spicy mixed noodles. Changmin made the fans go crazy with his cover of Extreme‘s “More Than Words” alongside a guitar performance.
The boys also performed their newest track, “Android“, for the first time, which is scheduled for release on July 11th.
Changmin expressed, “We’ve done a lot of live performances in the past, but I think today’s the day I was the most nervous. Today’s a day that I will never forget.”
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 07:55 PM PDT
Dasom of talented girl group SISTAR, who has topped music charts with their comeback track “Loving U“, is drawing a hot response after a recent photo of the singer was posted online by the group’s agency.
On June 30th, Starship Entertainment uploaded several photos of the members in their waiting room onto their official Twitter account.
The photo above shows member Dasom flaunting her glowing porcelain skin, drawing admiration from fans. They commented, “She’s so beautiful“, “She has become so pretty. Could she have really fallen in love just like their title ‘Loving U’?“, and more.
“Loving U”, which has achieved an all-kill on music charts, was produced by talented production duo Duble Sidekick. The group is actively promoting their album by appearing on various broadcast programs.
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 07:41 PM PDT
On July 1st, Boyfriend successfully completed their debut Japanese showcase at the Budokan!
The boys made the biggest K-Pop showcase debut to date by gathering 40,000+ fans, over four days, at one of the biggest concert venues in the country. Ahead of their official Japanese debut on August 22nd, Boyfriend opened up ‘First Date with Boyfriend in Japan‘ to a remarkable success.
Boyfriend opened up the show by arriving on a gondola against a large-scale LED background before going on to perform their Korean hits. The crowd went wild once the boys began performing Sweetune and Matsui Goro‘s first collaboration track, “Be My Shine“.
The boys are currently promoting ‘Love Style‘ in Korea while counting down to their Japanese debut. Stay tuned for more updates!
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 06:59 PM PDT
On the latest broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Radio Star‘, Kim Hee Won stated, “After previousy appearing on ‘Radio Star’ with Narsha, we’ve become a lot closer.”
MC Yoon Jong Shin commented, “As a matter of fact, there are rumors going around you and Narsha,” and began questioning the actor saying, “We heard you guys ate together, exchanged numbers, and even went for a drive.”
To this, Kim Hee Won explained, “This is my first time hearing about going on a drive with her. But after recording ‘Radio Star’ together, we’ve been able to comfortably chat and have become a lot closer. I call her, ‘Narsha’, and she calls me, ‘Oppa’.”
Kim Hee Won, Narsha, and Lee Sae Chang appeared together for the May 9th broadcast, ‘Radio Star – Light and Shadow‘ special.
Source: Star Today via Nate
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 05:39 PM PDT
Girls’ Generation member Sunny has revealed that she has never been in a relationship in her life.
On the June 30th broadcast of KBS‘s ‘Invincible Youth 2‘, Sunny expressed her envy of guest Baek Ji Young, who has gone public with her relationship with actor Jung Suk Won.
“I have never been in a relationship,” Sunny said. “But I have been on a date. The most memorable date was when I was in middle school,” surprising Baek Ji Young and SISTAR‘s Bora.
Bora then asked Baek Ji Young to introduce her to a nice man, but Baek Ji Young replied saying, “I’ll have to ask your CEO first. However, I do believe that you guys should be allowed to date.”
Upon watching the broadcast, viewers left comments on the site’s message board saying, “Sunny has never been in a relationship? No way!“, “Poor Sunny“, and more.
Source: Korean Economy via Nate
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 04:58 PM PDT
On the June 29th episode of Mnet‘s ‘Show Me the Money‘, 21 amateur rappers who passed the auditions for the second preliminaries were teamed up with the show’s veteran cast of rappers.
MC Sniper, who’s best known for his poetic lyrics, was forced to choose between 19 year old rookie prodigy Song Seung Min and Kwon Hyuk Woo. In the end, he chose Kwon Hyun Wook, expressing, “I felt so mad. I already felt so close to both of them but I’m forced to choose only one.”
Kwon Hyuk Wook and MC Sniper headed up to the stage to cover MC Sniper’s past hit, “Gloomy Sunday“, with a special piano performance by Yiruma. Their emotional rapping was enough to captivate the viewers and audience, and the team eventually came away with $1,051 USD in total points.
A total of three teams performed on the second episode, so check them out below!
Source + Photos: Newsen via Nate
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 04:15 PM PDT
Fellow 2AM member Seulong tweeted after Jo Kwon’s performance: “Jo Kwon has gone crazy. The best. I love you,” making it known that the debut stage of “Animal” did not disappoint. Seulong’s followers commented, “It was a completely shocking performance,” “As expected, you made sure to watch it,” and “Adorable love confession.”
Check out Jo Kwon’s chic “Animal” debut stage below if you missed it, and watch his “I’m Da One” performance on ‘Music Core’ here.
Posted: 30 Jun 2012 03:15 PM PDT
Singer Se7en recently paid a visit to the new dentist office of his brother-in-law.
On the afternoon of June 29th, Se7en took to Twitter to promote his brother-in-law’s newly opened dentist office saying, “Congratulations to my brother-in-law and his newly opened dentist office! Luden Dentist is located at Gangnam Station Exit 12. If you tell him that you came after seeing Se7en’s tweet, he’ll give you a deep discount!^^ Please visit!”
Upon seeing the photo, fans left comments saying, “Your brother-in-law is good looking!“, “I’ll definitely be visiting!“, and more.
Source: Se7en’s Twitter
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