Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"J.Y. Park attends press conference for ’5 Million Dollar Baby’ + top stars attend VIP Premiere" plus 19 more

"J.Y. Park attends press conference for ’5 Million Dollar Baby’ + top stars attend VIP Premiere" plus 19 more

J.Y. Park attends press conference for ’5 Million Dollar Baby’ + top stars attend VIP Premiere

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 09:20 AM PDT

Singer and producer J.Y. Park who has made his big-screen acting debut through new film ‘5 Million Dollar Man‘ has expressed his support for the movie.

The VIP Premiere for ’5 Million Dollar Man’ (directed by Kim Ik Ro) was held in Seoul July 12th. A press conference was held after the preview with Director Kim, along with J.Y. Park, Min Hyo Rin, Cho Hwe Bong, Oh Jung Sae, and more.

When asked which side of himself he finds more attractive, as a singer or an actor, J.Y. Park responded, “As of right now, I am less-embarrassed as an artist, most likely because that’s something I have been doing for the past 18 years. But because I’m trying my hand at acting in a movie for the first time, I am quite embarrassed. When I listen to songs like “Don’t Leave Me” and “Behind You” from my first album which became hits, I know that I couldn’t sing that well back then but there was some good to those times as well. This movie is extremely embarrassing, but it is my first project, and the sides of me that shine through this movie will probably become treasurable in the future.”

He continued, “Filming movies are so much fun, I would like to continue to do so. The fun in acting and singing are very similar. The process of believing a lie and getting others to believe it too is very similar.

When asked why he did not have a love scene with Min Hyo Rin, J.Y. Park responded, “I don’t understand why we were not given such a scene. The director and the writer remarked that the public would not want to see such a thing. I hope I am blessed with that kind of scene in the future.”

’5 Million Dollar Man’ opens in theaters July 19th.

Photos of Yang Hyun Suk, JJ Project, 2AM’s Seulong, Park Han Byul, Se7en, Girls’ Generation’s YoonA & Sunny, Bae Yong Joon, Kim Soo Hyun, 2PM, and miss A who all attended the VIP Premiere.

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Source & Image: MaxMovie via Nate

2AM celebrates their 4th anniversary

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 08:57 AM PDT

Powerful vocal group 2AM made their official debut back on July 11, 2008 through KBS‘s ‘Music Bank‘ with their ballad track “This Song“. The quartet has now celebrated their 4th year together and are still going strong.

To celebrate, the group’s official Twitter account left a post that read:

They then tweeted, “It has been 4 years since the one and only emotional-dol 2AM and the emotional fandom IAM met. You all will continue to show the support you have given us even in the future, right? In order for 2AM to continue the music only they can sing, let’s stay together until the very end ♥ 2AM♥IAM ‪#4Yearswith2AM.‬”

Along with the message above were four individual photos of the members, each posing with a present given by fans.

Fans flooded the timeline to congratulate the boys commenting, “Happy birthday 2AM!“, “I’m happy that I have been following you for four years“, “Congratulations!“, and more.

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Source: 2AM’s Official Twitter

Big Star releases debut single “Hot Boy”

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 08:28 AM PDT

Brave Entertainment‘s new idol group Big Star has released their title track, “Hot Boy” off of their debut single album ‘Big Start‘.

The group is made up of members FeelDog, Baram, Raehwan, Sunghak, and Jude. They’re produced by former YG Entertainment producer and now Brave Entertainment CEO, Brave Brothers (Kang Dong Chul).

Check out their title track “Hot Boy” below!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Crayon Pop releases second MV teaser for “Saturday Night”

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 08:19 AM PDT

Just hours ago, we posted Crayon Pop’s MV teaser for “Saturday Night”. Now a second teaser has been released.

Although it doesn’t reveal anymore of the song from the first teaser, the second teaser shows a good amount of scenes from the music video, which 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 second teaser below and stay tuned for the release of the full MV on July 18th!

[Thanks again to Joanne for the tip]

TVXQ’s “Android” Tops Oricon Daily Chart

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 08:15 AM PDT

TVXQ‘s 35th Japanese single “Android” which was released on July 11th has topped the Oricon Daily Singles Chart!

The single claimed the top spot by selling 98,550 units. Before it’s official release, the single already claimed the #1 spot for pre-orders on charts like Tower RecordsAmazonTsutaya, and more.

Congratulations to TVXQ!

Source: Oricon

2PM’s Wooyoung admits he has been approached by three female idols

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 07:31 AM PDT

2PM‘s Wooyoung admitted that he has been approached by three female idols.

The singer who recently made a comeback as a solo artist participated in the recording for an upcoming episode of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Happy Together 3‘, where he surprised everyone by admitting he was approached by three female idols.

Ahead of his confession, 2AM member Jo Kwon admitted that there was once a female idol who slipped him her number. Wooyoung then stated that he had turned down all three girls who made a move on him, however, there was one he regretted letting go.

The other ‘Happy Together 3′ guests are now reportedly on a mission to find out who these girls are.

The episode airs on July 12th at 11:15PM KST.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Jang Geun Suk is surprised by his own popularity in Paris

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 06:52 AM PDT


On July 9th, Jang Geun Suk made several Twitter posts about the many fans he encountered during his trip to Paris.

Along with his first and second Twitter image, the actor and singer wrote, “Wow… they recognize me again!,” and, “Kuharhar, advancement into Europe, go go kekeke.“ The fans holding signs that read ‘WELCOME IN PARIS Jang Geun Suk ♡’ appear pleased as they snap pictures with Jang Geun Suk at the airport to commemorate his arrival to Europe.

The next day, Jang Geun Suk revealed that he was flocked with even more female fans while walking down the streets. He uploaded the following pictures along with the messages: “Real girl fans appear, ta da~!!! Je vous aime les filles (‘I love you girls’ in French)!!!,” and, “Here again!! Someone recognized me!!! She shyly exclaimed ‘Thank you’ in Korean and quickly ran way… This must be the effect of cultural content.. Power of ‘Made in Korea’.


Jang Geun Suk’s warm reception in Europe has grabbed the attention of netizens back at home as well, as they have commented, “Seems he’s not just the Asian Prince, but the World Prince,” and “Even Paris has fallen in love with Jang Geun Suk.

In other news, Jang Geun Suk launched his ’2012 Jang Geun Suk Asia Tour; The Cri Show 2′ on July 7th in Seoul. He will be making four city stops in Japan (announced to be Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka), as well as four sites in the southeast China area. At the end of this year, Jang Geun Suk will also transform into a DJ for his European club tour titled, the ‘European Clubbing Show’.


Source: Jang Geun Suk’s Twitter

NS Yoon-G shocks fans with her ant waist

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 06:17 AM PDT

Sexy diva NS Yoon-G surprised netizens with a selca of her tiny waist, which was recently uploaded on an online community site on the 11th.

The photos show NS Yoon-G posing with cute expressions that contrast with her sexy, slim figure. Her floral-printed top shows off her “ant waist” which left fans impressed with how much she must have exercised to achieve her toned figure.

Fans commented, “Is that NS Yoon-G?, “Her selcas look like a pictorial”, and “She is the real S-line goddess.”

It looks like NS Yoon-G’s hard work paid off!


Source + Image: Naver

Crayon Pop releases MV teaser for “Saturday Night”

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 05:54 AM PDT

Crayon Pop released their debut MV “Bing Bing” last month and are now back with an MV teaser for their next track, “Saturday Night“, from their 1st mini album.

Crayon Pop consists of 5 members, Gummi, Soyul, Choa, Ellin and Way. The full music video for Saturday Night will be released on July 18th, so stay tuned to allkpop!


[Thanks to Joanne for the tip]

JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong offers a sneak peek into the next episodes of ‘Dr. Jin’

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 05:21 AM PDT


On July 10th, JYJ‘s Kim Jaejoong shared the above photo from the set of Dr. Jin via his Twitter and wrote, “I think episode 15 and 16 will be fun.

Jaejoong’s face in the photo appears to be badly bruised, making fans curious as to how the story will unfold.

Did Kyungtak get hit by someone?” they asked, along with, “Where are you fixing your gaze?”, and “I think these episodes will be interesting.”


Source: Jaejoong’s Twitter

Girls’ Generation Making of ‘Baby-G’ video released

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 04:53 AM PDT

Earlier today, we reported that Girls’ Generation were chosen as the endorsement models for Casio’s ‘Baby-G’ watch collection. Now, a “making of” video of the photo shoot has been released.

The girls were chosen to represent the bright, colorful, and feminine line of the 'Baby-G' watches. Quite a perfect fit with Girls’ Generation’s image!


[Thanks to Kelvin for the tip]

Dal Shabet appointed as ambassadors for eggs

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 04:33 AM PDT

Dal Shabet has been appointed as ambassadors for eggs.

Happy Face Entertainment revealed that on July 12th, the girls will be going to Sadang 4-dong, Dongiak-gu’s Namsung Middle School as ambassadors to promote the consumption of eggs.

Along with being appointed as ambassadors, the girls will be informing students who are studying for exams about how eggs are beneficial to an active mind, give out signed eggs as gifts, and perform a special stage for the students of Namsung Middle School.

On another note, Dal Shabet released their first album last month and are currently promoting their title track “Mr. Bang Bang“.


Source & Image: Yeonhap News via Naver

[Review][Single] Wooyoung “Sexy Lady”

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 04:12 AM PDT

A few Hottests were probably surprised when JYP Entertainment announced that Wooyoung would be the first 2PM member to release a solo album. After all, Junsu proved that he had solo star potential with his digital single Alive, and Taecyeon demonstrated his musical talents earlier this year by performing two self-written songs at 2PM’s ‘Beautiful Days‘ concert. But that doesn’t make Wooyoung a bad choice for a solo album. He’s cute, charismatic, a great dancer and performer, and was one of the standouts on KBS’ first season of Dream High.

So, with that said, I had high hopes for Wooyoung’s solo debut, but his first single, “Sexy Lady”, has failed to impress me.

With a title like “Sexy Lady”, it’s pretty clear from the start just what the song is going to be about. Wooyoung sings about being hit on by cute and innocent girls, but reveals that it’s actually a sexy lady who is able to get his heart racing. It’s not particularly interesting because the subject matter isn’t very original or creative, and Wooyoung doesn’t say anything scandalous enough to give the lyrics any kind of sexual shock factor that might have made the song more attention-grabbing.

The production isn’t any better, with a generic electro-pop lead that’s repeated to the point of annoyance, and a forgettable dance beat underneath.

Wooyoung is an okay singer, and thus he does an adequate job vocally on “Sexy Lady”, but it’s the actual arrangement that brings the song down more than Wooyoung’s actual voice. It’s very repetitious, and not in the good sense.

One of the biggest issues with “Sexy Lady” is that there seems to be a lot of discord between the actual music and the vocal track. It often feels like the beat doesn’t fit with what Wooyoung is singing, which is a problem that also plagued RaNia‘s debut single Dr. Feel Good, which actually isn’t a whole lot different to “Sexy Lady” — except for the fact that it’s a whole lot better.

With such a weak song, you’d hope that Wooyoung would be able to somewhat compensate with a good concept, right? This is JYP Entertainment, who recently put together some eye-catching concepts and music videos for Wonder Girls (Like This), miss A (Touch), and Jo Kwon (Animal / I’m Da One). Unfortunately, even Wooyoung’s concept is as dull as the song itself, with it resembling nothing more than a sexier version of 2PM’s clubbing concept for their hit Hands Up.

Overall, “Sexy Lady” makes for a very disappointing solo debut. From a member of one of K-Pop’s biggest and best boy bands, this should have been much, much better.


You can check out more music over at the author's website, catch him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter at @TheProphetBlog.


Lee Kwang Soo’s past manly photos shock netizens

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 04:06 AM PDT

Lee Kwang Soo‘s past photos have been gaining attention lately, as they were recently uploaded on an online community site.

Posted along with the title, “The gum-chewing Lee Kwang Soo’s past“, the photos show Lee Kwang Soo sporting a mustache and showing off his six-pack. Netizens were surprised at the sight of these pictures, as they revealed Lee Kwang Soo’s previously masculine and charismatic image as opposed to his currently fully-clothed and silly self seen in SBS‘s ‘Running Man’.

Netizens commented, “Is this really Lee Kwang Soo the giraffe?“, “[But] this is far from his [usual] dim-witted image. His charisma [was] the best,” “His manliness is overflowing,” and, “Even if he picked a fight with Kim Jong Kook (fellow ‘Running Man’ cast member), he seems like he’d be fine.


Source: TV Report via Naver

Juniel celebrates one month debut anniversary with fans

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 03:55 AM PDT

Rookie solo artist Juniel celebrated her one month anniversary since debut in Korea with her fans.

After holding a showcase on June 7th, Juniel began promotions for her debut mini-album ‘My First June‘ on various music programs. Over the course of the past month, the singer met with fans at least once every week, holding a mini fan meeting and autograph sessions.

Her agency, FNC Entertainment, revealed, “After completing her performances on the weekend music programs, Juniel spent quality time with her fans at a nearby cafe. She previously expressed her desire to meet and communicate with her fans which is why we have arranged this special occasion.”

Juniel commented, “Thanks to my fans, I have been very happy lately. I’ll work harder to return their love by showing a better image, so please continue to watch over me. I hope to continue hold these meetings with fans.”

Meanwhile, Juniel has ranked high on various music charts with her debut title track “Illa Illa” and is receiving much love and attention.

Source & Image: Asia Today
Tip: MYjuniel

B.A.P’s Zelo shares a flawless close-up selca

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 03:01 AM PDT

B.A.P‘s maknae Zelo has captivated fans with a recent close-up selca.

Zelo, who’s known for being one of the youngest idol members at an age of 15, updated his Twitter on July 10th with a short message that read:

In the photo, Zelo seems to be lying down on a pillow as he looks straight up while slightly pouting his lips towards the camera. With his flawless, blemish-free skin, fans were instantly captivated by the adorable selca.

Having already over 130k followers on Twitter, fans from around the world left various comments such as, “Your makeup-free face beams“, “Let’s get married“, and more.

On July 10th, B.A.P pre-released the track “Goodbye” off of their 1st mini-album, which release date has yet to be revealed. “Goodbye” was produced by TOP, the leader guitarist for The Seo Taiji Band and special music video for the song was also released which features the lovable Matoki.

If you haven’t already, check out the special MV below!

4Men’s Shin Yong Jae drops details and release date for his solo album

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 02:20 AM PDT

Previously, we reported that 4Men‘s maknae, Shin Yong Jae, was preparing to release his first solo album. He has recently revealed more details concerning the album, which will be titled ’24′ and released on July 27th.

’24′ will consist of six new songs. Two of these songs, including the title single, were lyrically and musically composed by Shin Yong Jae himself. As it is known that Shin Yong Jae has been working on his album for while, it is expected to contain high quality music. The singer seems to have particular confidence in it, as it will be released on the day when the London 2012 Olympics commence. Most singers have a tendency to avoid releasing anything around the Olympics season, as they assume that the general public will be more inclined to have a greater interest for sports than for music during that time.

4Men’s label’s representatives themselves have acknowledged that concern. “We are worried about the nation’s great interest in the Olympics, but rather than [avoid] it, we have decided to stick to our schedule and progress with promotions,” they explained, and added, “It will be an album that won’t disappoint the many anticipating music fans.

Ahead of this release, Shin Yong Jae will first meet fans at the Jamsil Stadium on the 15th along with singers Lee Jung, Lim Jeong Hee, and Ailee for a ‘Voice 4 Concert’.

Source: E Daily via Naver

2AM’s Jo Kwon sheds tears after receiving a surprise visit from Jinwoon on ‘Strong Heart’

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 01:47 AM PDT

2AM‘s Jo Kwon shed a few hot tears when fellow group member Jinwoon made a surprise appearance during his shoot for SBSStrong Heart‘.

On the July 10th broadcast, Jo Kwon remarked, ”I’ve never once fought with the 2AM members during our 4 years together“. He added, “But there was one time I was saddened by them.

He continued, “I stayed up nearly 3 days and nights filming my solo MV, but they never even stopped by once. I talked to Wooyoung who was also filming a MV, and he said all the 2PM members came to see him, so I became really sad.

Jo Kwon continued to express his hurt feelings saying, “I even texted them on the last day of my shoot, but still no one came.

After his rant, Boom announced that he had a surprise for the singer. “We invited a special guest just for you Jo Kwon,” he said. “Who do you want to see the most right now?

Naturally, Jo Kwon answered that he missed his 2AM members the most, and suddenly, fellow group member Jinwoon made his entrance from the back of the stage.

Seeing the flowers in Jinwoon’s hands, Jo Kwon could not hold back the emotional tears that began to flow from his eyes.

Jo Kwon admitted, “It was really difficult preparing for my solo album, and I thought of my members a lot.” Jinwoon then handed Jo Kwon the audience members the individually wrapped roses asking them to cheer on Jo Kwon for his solo promotions.

Your solo song and the choreography are all very cool,” Jinwoon said. He then stated he had one more thing to say. As Jo Kwon anticipated, Jinwoon shouted, “Wooyoung, fighting!” making the studio laugh at his joking betrayal of Jo Kwon and Wooyoung to stand up and give him a high five.

The two 2AM members then confirmed their friendship and loyalty as they hugged each other warmly.

Source & Image : TVDaily via Nate, XportsNews via Nate

’2012 JYP Nation in Korea’ to be held on August 4th

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 01:01 AM PDT

The Wonder Girls mentioned the upcoming JYP Nation concert at their recent ‘Wonder World Tour in Seoul‘ concert last weekend, and now the JYP Entertainment‘s upcoming family concert in Seoul has been confirmed for the date of August 4th.

Earlier today, online ticketing website Interpark revealed the ticket opening release date for the ‘2012 JYP Nation in Korea‘ concert. According to the announcement, JYP Entertainment artists including J.Y. Park, Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, JOO, miss A, San E and JJ Project will be in the concert’s lineup.

The ’2012 JYP Nation in Korea’ concert will be held on Saturday, August 4th at 6PM at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium in Seoul. Tickets go on sale on Monday, July 16th at 7PM. Ticket prices are yet to be determined.

What unique collaboration performances do you hope to see?

Source: Interpark

miss A hints at a comeback?

Posted: 11 Jul 2012 12:20 AM PDT

miss A recently celebrated their 2nd year anniversary since their debut.

They left a thoughtful video message on their official fan cafe thanking fans for all the love and support they’ve received since their debut.

In addition to their message of thanks, what caught the attention of fans was towards the end [0:46 mark] when Suzy comments, “We are making a comeback soon so please wait for us until then!

We will be looking forward to your comeback miss A!

Thanks to sthephen.chandra for the tip!