Friday, July 13, 2012

"Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon moves on to the final round on ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′" plus 19 more

"Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon moves on to the final round on ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′" plus 19 more

Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon moves on to the final round on ‘Dancing With The Stars 2′

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 08:21 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Hyoyeon put on another spectacular jive performance.

The July 13th broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Dancing With The Stars 2‘ revealed the last battle between Choi Yeo Jin, Yae Ji Won, and Hyoyeon.

Some of Korea’s best vocalists such as f(x)‘s Luna, Kim Jo Han, and Ock Ju Hyun sang live as the TOP 3 finalists danced to their vocal performances.

Dressed in a sexy ensemble that showcased her figure, Hyoyeon lit up the stage with a vibrant jive dance.

Thanks to her flawless chemistry with partner Kim Hyung Suk, the pair earned the explosive cheers of the audience members and an impressive 28 points from the judges.

Fellow contestant Choi Yeo Jin and her partner who put on an impeccable Roomba dance earned 29 points from the judges, and they will be going head to head against Hyoyeon & Hyunsuk in the final round next week.

Source & Image : FinancialNews via Nate, Etoday via Nate

A-JAX Japanese debut teaser released through Universal Music Japan

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 07:49 AM PDT

With A-JAX‘s Japanese debut slated for August 8th, 2012, Universal Music Japan uploaded a teaser featuring A-JAX’s track, “ONE 4 U“.

The teaser also features all active artists of DSP Entertainment, including KARA and Rainbow. A nice little piece showcasing all of DSP Entertainment’s talents.

Are you excited to see what A-JAX brings to the J-Pop scene?


December experiences a minor broadcast accident on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 07:25 AM PDT


December had their comeback stage on July 13th’s airing of ‘Music Bank‘ for their new digital single, “Unfinished” and they experienced a broadcast accident.

When member DK walked onto the stage, the LED sign for 2BIC was brought out and 2BIC was the stage that was held just before December’s. Luckily, the sign for 2BIC was removed after 2 to 3 seconds but it was long enough to get noticed by viewers.

Netizens left comments about this accident saying, “Huh? It’s December but why does the sign say 2BIC?” and “Another broadcast accident…


Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Music industry speaks out on the ‘overflow’ of idol groups

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 07:06 AM PDT

“Girl group A receives a hot response in Japan”

“Boy group B gets cheered on by Chinese fans”

The above phrases are the titles of numerous press releases that are sent out every day by management companies of idol groups throughout South Korea.

The Korean music world today is chock-full of idol groups, with groups such as T-ara, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, and 2NE1 leaving the country to promote overseas as the ‘Hallyu Wave’ moves across Asia. With many dreaming of becoming the ‘next TVXQ’ or the ‘next KARA‘, old and new management companies alike have focused their efforts in creating more and more idol groups.

The result was that starting in 2011, more than 80% of rookie debuts were dance-centric idol groups. Although there are a few traditional bands to be seen, even some of those are ‘idol bands’ along the lines of CNBLUE or F.T. Island.

The hot phrase being passed around music industry circles right now is ‘overflow’. One entertainment company worker revealed, “There are too many companies which lack professionalism. And on top of that, acting companies have sought to tap into the ‘K-Pop Boom’ with their own artists as well. The pie is limited, and there are too many people wanting a slice.”

Due to this ‘overflow’, many of the new rookies on the scene often aren’t even granted a chance. An industry worker whose company recently released a rookie girl group said, “The only way for artists to show their face is through music programs, but in the case of the popular shows their schedules are filled three months in advance,” he confessed. “Since we can’t just keep delaying all the time, there are times when we release the music without any broadcast performances.”

For those idol groups who have been turned down domestically, the only way left is to try overseas. In countries such as China or Southeast Asia, where K-Pop idol groups are the hot product, the strategy is to gain foreign fans first before parlaying that into domestic success.

But even that is often met with cold responses. “We went because we were told it was a ‘performance’, but it would sometimes be a nightclub or an ‘event’-type stage set up by a local government,” confessed an industry worker.

“Although there are many popular idol groups, it is rare that they travel overseas. So as a replacement, people are looking for merely ‘Korean idol groups’ instead,” he sighed.

Even in established K-Pop strongholds such as Japan, the effect of ‘Hallyu’ has been overblown. “Groups such as TVXQ, KARA, and Girls’ Generation, they have a strong name-value,” said Haneda Junko, a Korean residing in Japan. “Although it is reported that all of the Japanese people are favorable towards K-Pop, even in Japan the idol market has a very limited base of hardcore fans, who seem to have transitioned towards K-Pop as a trend.”

In a word, only the ‘first generation’ of K-Pop crossover acts have reached success. But why does Korea’s media outlets broadcast their success day in, day out? An industry worker explained the phenomenon: “In the case of album sales, there are specific numbers, but it’s hard to confirm the responses of foreigners,” he revealed. “The truth of the matter is, Korean entertainment companies have to use any way to publicize, even if we have to resort to that method.”

As K-Pop grows across the world, it has signified the golden times for idol groups. But that doesn’t mean that idols are the only components of K-Pop. As similar groups pop up left and right, the Korean music world is literally gnawing away at their own skin as ‘machine-produced’ idol groups seek to cash in on the boom – if not domestically, then overseas.


Source: MyDaily via Nate

IU says she’s an ordinary ‘girl-next-door’

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 06:47 AM PDT

On July 11th episode of KBS 2TV ‘Star Life Theater’, popular idol group T-ara garnered much attention as they told the truth behind-the-scenes of their lives as idol stars.

On this day, T-ara’s Jiyeon invited one of her best friends, IU to her house. Already known to the public as best friends of the same age, Jiyeon and IU spent their time together cooking and eating Korea’s top junk foods, ddukbokee and ramen.

In one of the conversations, Jiyeon said, “I tend to not laugh much when I’m outside. I am very shy.” IU then added, “Jiyeon has the face of a city woman. The glamour and chicness of her face is very charming. Her face itself it very glamorous. She looks just like a city woman.”

IU was then asked, “then what kind of face do you have IU?” she wittily answered, “I just look like an ordinary girl-next-door“.


Big Star’s “Hot Boy” music video produced with a budget of 300 million won (~260k USD)

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 06:15 AM PDT

Boy group Big Star‘s music video for their debut track “Hot Boy” has been receiving a great deal of attention.

The music video for “Hot Boy” was revealed on July 12th through Brave Entertainment‘s official YouTube channel and has received numerous hits upon its release. The blockbuster worthy music video was created with three grand sets and a production cost of 300 million won (~$260,100 USD) and viewers expressed their awe by saying, “Is this a music video or a movie?,” “Above the scale compared to other rookies,” “The scene of them dancing in fire is so cool,” and “The performance of the Big Star members prevents me from looking away.”

Along with the impressive music video, the outfits that the members of Big Star are wearing in the music video have also been drawing attention. Big Star’s agency Brave Entertainment said, “For this album, the worldwide hottest brand items from Dolce, Versace, Chrome Hearts, Balmain, and Givenchy were used and Brave Brothers personally brought them from overseas. To bring out the image of a ‘hot boy’, clothing, shoes, and accessories were  all given much thought by Brave Brothers. His thought and care was amazing.

On another note, Big Star’s debut track “Hot Boy” has been ranking fairly high on online music portal sites since its release and the boys started their official promotions with their debut stage on this weeks M! Countdown.

JYJ’s Junsu becomes the first Korean artist to rank #1 on Chile’s music chart

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 06:02 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Junsu has once again proven his global popularity by ranking first on Chile’s music chart.

On July 10th, Junsu’s solo album ‘Tarantallegra‘ ranked #1 on the chart of Chile’s popular television channel ETC-TV. This chart shows the popular songs in Chile and Junsu is the first Korean singer to place first on the chart.

A representative from the concert in Chile said, “JYJ’s popularity has soared since their concert here in March. On top of that, the interest in Korea has risen and it is not hard to hear a JYJ ringtone on the streets. Requests for JYJ to perform again in Chile have been flooding in.

As expected, Junsu has expressed his happiness by saying, “I am even happier because I see that the world tour has brought great outcomes. Chile is a country far away from Korea, but hearing that there are fans who listen and love my music makes me so happy and it gives me a stronger sense of responsibility. Thank you.

C-JeS Entertainment said, “Kim Junsu’s Asia Tour is ending, but numerous amounts of love calls from the Americas, Europe, and South America has been flooding in and now we can truly feel that he truly is a world star.”

Junsu’s global popularity can be felt with “Tarantallegra” being ranked first in May on China’s monthly chart and placing first on Germany’s Asian music chart.

Source & Image: Star News via Naver

J.Y. Park’s New York restaurant ‘Kristalbelli’ sees an increase in sales

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:37 AM PDT

Ahead of the opening night of his big screen debut with ’500 Million Dollar Man’ on the 19th, J.Y. Park sat down for an interview with My Daily and announced, “My restaurant business (‘KristalBelli) has been increasing in sales for the past three months.

‘KristalBelli’ is a restaurant, located in Manhattan, New York, that is owned and designed by J.Y. Park. Back in March, J.Y. Park showed his fans his restaurant’s progress, as he uploaded a picture displaying its flashy and sleek interior via his me2day.

Ever since the update, it seems that the restaurant is doing well, as J. Y. Park continued to discuss his ambitions for the future, saying, “We are planning to extend our business into the six Hallyu centers (being Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, and New York).” He added, ”We believe that we can now network in these Hallyu centers, places we were initially targeting and in which we will be able to introduce people to the Korean dishes.

As his restaurant plans gather great interest, J.Y. Park intends on particularly entering into the Japanese and Chinese business circles with a Korean restaurant that has a luxurious atmosphere.

Source: My Daily via Nate

eun-U releases her second single “Blah Blah”

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:31 AM PDT

eun-U, who released her debut single “How Can I Live” and “Good Bye” in May, will be coming back with her second single on July 13th.

The second digital single titled “Blah Blah” was released  on July 13th and was written and composed by Choi Hee Chan (2E LOVE), Ahn Hee SinJung Ki Young, and Maljuk Street Musical History. It is an exciting dance track that fits well with summer and its simple melody, that make the song easy to sing along with, and eun-U’s cute and refreshing voice makes this song a true masterpiece. Another track titled “One Two Three” is a medium tempo track about a girl counting “one two three”, a magic spell that will make the man she has feelings for fall for her.

The music video for her title track “Blah Blah” is based off the movie ‘Transformers‘ and the plot is about the future’s singer eun-U, who got her heart stolen by a man she coincidentally met, and her bodyguard robot that transforms into a car at the tap of her hand.

Check out her music video below.

Bora reveals her sad story behind kimchi stew

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 05:09 AM PDT

SISTAR‘s Bora revealed a very special kimchi stew.

Bora appeared on July 12th’s airing of ‘Happy Together 3‘ and on the segment ‘Night Time Cafe’, Bora revealed, “I made my father kimchi stew for the first time and he ate it so deliciously that he was scraping at the bowl with his spoon.

To this MC Park Misun asked, “Do you make it for your father often?” and Bora replied, “My father passed away.

Bora explained her regrets saying, “[My father] wasn’t able to see me debut. I think the only thing I have ever done for him was make kimchi stew.

Source & Image: Maeil Kyungjae via Naver


Crayon Pop releases third MV teaser for “Saturday Night”

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 04:47 AM PDT

After releasing the first and second teasers, Crayon Pop now has a third teaser!

Crayon Pop consists of 5 members, GummiSoyulChoaEllin and Way.

By just looking at the teasers it looks to be a very spunky, energetic and entertaining piece. The concept and visuals are reminiscent of Girl's Day's productions, so uncle fans are sure to show these girls plenty of love.

Check out the third teaser below and stay tuned for the release of the full MV on July 18th!

[Thanks to Joanne who sent this in.]

f(x)’s Amber stunning in long hairdo

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 04:37 AM PDT

Many fans usually know f(x)'s Amber for her distinctive look. However, her recent selcas proved that the idol looks just as stunning with a long hairdo!

The idol tweeted the picture on July 12th, adding: "thanks for the make over u guy…." The message was later found to be directed at miss A's Fei, Min, and Jia who are known to be some of Amber's closest friends.

Amber is smiling playfully with a side-braid hair piece placed neatly on her left shoulder, giving off a cute and girly feel as compared to her tomboy image.

"This is the first time I've ever seen you with long hair, you should definitely grow it out!" comments one fan, "You look so pretty, you can definitely pull it off Amber."

Meanwhile, f(x) will be concluding their promotions for Electric Shock this week to ready their Japanese debut, expected to take place during the second half of the year.

Source & image: Amber’s Twitter

Eun Ji Won introduces his favorite midnight snack on ‘Happy Together 3′

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 04:29 AM PDT


Singer Eun Ji Won shared the recipe to one of his favorite midnight snacks.

On the ‘Late Night Market’ corner of the July 12th episode of KBS2Happy Together 3‘, Eun Ji Won introduced an interesting dish called ‘Cup Rice’.

‘Cup Rice’ is a dish that Koyote‘s Kim Jong Min had created on a previous episode of KBS2′s ‘1N2D‘.

The ingredients to this dish include a package of instant fried udon noodles, a can of Korean tuna, and rice. Laying rice and tuna as the foundation in a bowl, the ramen noodles and the soup base are piled on top with hot water and the bowl cooks in the microwave for a total of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Though his simple but tasty dish garnered much interest from the guests, it only won 6 out of 12 votes and was unfortunately eliminated.


Source & Image : MoneyToday StarNews via Nate


CHI CHI’s Shine impresses fans with her drawing skills

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 04:23 AM PDT

CHI CHI‘s Shine has impressed netizens with her amazing drawing skills.

Shine shared on her Twitter,“I am so happy that many people wished me a happy birthday~~!!!<3 To return the favor, I uploaded a picture I drew when I was 16″, along with a photo of one of her drawings.

Shine’s drawing shows a woman adorned with an intricate flower on her head and staring with a composed expression, leaving netizens impressed at the amount of detail and artistry that are shown in this piece.

Netizens commented, “It looks like a real photo”, “Her face is pretty and she is talented at drawing as well”, and “It looks like we have an idol artist.”

In related news CHI CHI will be holding a LIVE stream event with allkpop on July 18th 10PM EST.

Source + image(s): Shine’s Twitter, Naver

SISTAR wins #1 + performances from July 13th’s ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 04:13 AM PDT

KBS' 'Music Bank' is back with another fun and exciting show that was chock-full of amazing performances!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode N-Train, Super Junior, WooyoungBig StarNU'EST, and  Gilme all made their respective debut/comeback on tonight's episode.

As for the winners, SISTAR faced off against Super Junior for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was SISTAR who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "LOVING U".

Congratulations to SISTAR!


[Backstage Interview]


Performers tonight included f(x), M.I.B, Gang Kiz, Boyfriend, Super Junior, SISTAR, MYNAME, 2BiC, December, VIXX,  After School, Dal Shabet,  ZE:A, F.I.X and Juniel.

Check out the performances below:

< F.I.X >

[Coming Soon]

< Gang Kiz >


< 2BiC >

< December >

[Coming Soon]

< VIXX >

M.I.B >

< ZE:A >

< Juniel >

< Dal Shabet >

< Boyfriend >

< After School >

< Jo Kwon >

< T-ara >

< f(x) >


Super Junior makes a comeback on ‘Music Bank’ with “Sexy, Free and Single”!

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 04:04 AM PDT

For all the ELFs out there, the wait is finally over because Super Junior has made the group's highly anticipated comeback on 'Music Bank' with "Sexy, Free & Single"!

"Sexy, Free & Single" is a song that incorporates R&B along with soulful House music that makes for an easy and addicting song. The fun lyrics tell the success stories of sexy, free, and single men.

Check out their comeback stage of "Sexy, Free & Single" as well as "From U" below, and be sure to catch the rest of today's performances here.

NU’EST brings “Action” to ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 03:51 AM PDT

NU'EST has finally returned with their latest single "Action"!

The wait is finally over now for fans and NU'EST definitely did not let anyone down. They came back with fierce dance moves and the title of the song says it all, it's filled with action.

Check out the boys dominate the stage below, and be sure to catch the rest of today's performanceshere!

Wooyoung makes his solo debut on ‘Music Bank’ with “Sexy Lady”!

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 03:27 AM PDT

The wait is finally over, Wooyoung has released his solo debut album '23, Male Single' along with the music video for his lead single, "Sexy Lady"!

Without his fellow 2PM members, the spotlight is solely focused on Wooyoung and he delivers with an awesome song along with unique choreography.

Check out Wooyoung's stunning debut stage below of "Sexy Lady" and "2NITE", as well as the rest of today's performances here.

Gilme makes a comeback on ‘Music Bank’ with “Me First”

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 03:09 AM PDT

The trio group Clover was formed last year and left an impression with their song "An Oppa I Know", rocking the stage dressed like heroes out of a Western movie, all while delivering powerful vocals and sizzling raps.

Gilme's digital single is totally different style with its R&B sound paired with Eun Ji Won's smooth rapping.

Check out Gilme's comeback stage below, and the rest of today's live performances here.

Big Star makes a fierce debut with “Hot Boy” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 13 Jul 2012 02:55 AM PDT

Brave Entertainment's upcoming rookie group, Big Star, has just released their their title track "Hot Boy"

Much like the concept photos that have been released earlier on, the boys look fierce and ready to impress with their powerful choreography, and the same goes with their first round of live performances!

Check out Big Star's debut stage below, and the rest of today's live performances here.