Tuesday, July 17, 2012

"Super Junior’s Shindong talks about how he almost broke up with his girlfriend" plus 19 more

"Super Junior’s Shindong talks about how he almost broke up with his girlfriend" plus 19 more

Super Junior’s Shindong talks about how he almost broke up with his girlfriend

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 09:16 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Shindong who publicly announced his relationship in the past opened up about a time he and his girlfriend nearly broke up.

On the July 17th broadcast of SBSStrong Heart‘, the singer began, “There was once a time where a huge misunderstanding had brewed between my girlfriend and I, and we nearly broke up. To be honest, I had told our friends and everyone around us that we really did break up.”

My girlfriend had heard some rumors that I was with another woman, and she began to become suspicious,” he explained. “As [Super Junior] began promoting more and more overseas, it became harder for us to contact one another. Then I saw on her SNS (Social Networking Site) that she had posted a photo she had affectionately taken with another man.

He continued, “I had thought that she was cheating on me with another man, and I could not seem to contact her. I had told everyone that we had broken up, but it turns out everything was just a huge misunderstanding.”

Much to everyone’s relief, however, the singer explained that everything was back to normal. “We had a long talk, and we resolved all the misunderstandings,” he said. “We are still going very strong today.”

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

2PM releases video teaser for upcoming Japanese single

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 08:44 AM PDT

2PM‘s official Japanese website has released a video teaser for their upcoming 5th Japanese single, which could potentially be titled ‘Masquerade‘. There’s no information on this teaser video, and with the word Masquerade being used in the video, the assumption is that this will be the title of the single.

In the video teaser revealed, the boys are seen dressed in all black and standing in a foggy, dimly-lit room. With soothing, mellow instrumentals combined with powerful vocals, we can anticipate a powerful release in Japan.

Check out the video below:

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Before enlistment, SS501′s Kim Kyu Jong releases MV for “My Precious One”

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 08:29 AM PDT

Ahead of his military enlistment, SS501‘s Kim Kyu Jong has released the music video for “My Precious One“.

The track is off of his second mini album, ‘Meet Me Again‘, which he released as a final gift to fans before he enlists.

Kim Kyu Jong will be reporting for his mandatory military service on July 23rd.

Tip: TripleSwaitingforKyu

Psy releases MV for “Korea”, Korean fight song for the 2012 London Olympics

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 08:18 AM PDT

Last month, Psy released “Korea“, the Korean fight song for the 2012 London Olympics and now the music video has been released.

Psy’s fight song, ”Korea“, is released under the project ‘The Cheers of 50,000,000 Citizens through Korean Music’. After releasing “Champion” in 2002 and “We are the One” in 2006, Psy is prepared to pump up the nation once again with this new song.

With the combination of Korean traditional instruments and his own unique energy, Psy created a song that everyone in Korea will able to sing and follow along.

Check out the music video below!

Crayon Pop releases “Saturday Night” MV

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 08:01 AM PDT

After releasing numerous teasers, Crayon Pop has now released the music video for “Saturday Night“!

Crayon Pop consists of 5 members, GummiSoyulChoaEllin and Way. They previously released the music video for Bing Bing around three weeks ago.

The track and music video is very spunky, energetic, and entertaining. You can see all sorts of costumes and it seems everyone is having a great time in a party atmosphere. The concept and visuals are reminiscent of Girl's Day's productions, so uncle fans are sure to show these girls plenty of love.

Kero One releases “Shortcuts” MV ft. Sam Ock & Yuri Tag

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 07:32 AM PDT

Just a few days after the release of his highly anticipated 4th album, ‘Color Theory‘, Kero One drops the MV for “Shortcuts“, a self-produced single featuring Maryland native, Sam Ock.

Directed by Ross Ching, the video tells the story of 2 people (Ock and Yuri Tag, of Kaba Modern) whose lives are changed as an antagonist, played by Kero One, eventually uses his street art in a very mysterious way.

As an ex-graffiti artist, it seems fitting that Kero One would pay homage to his early street art days with throw back references from the 80′s hiphop classic Beatstreet as well as legendary NY street artist Keith Haring.

Watch below to see how Kero One ultimately has a change of heart and alters the lives of Sam and Yuri.

You can support him by purchasing his album on iTunes.

Color Theory - Kero One

Nichkhun and IU voted by ‘Elle’ readers as the idols they most want to vacation with

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 07:29 AM PDT

In a recent poll held by Elle magazine, 2PM‘s Nichkhun and IU were chosen as the idols fans most want to vacation with.

Nichkhun topped the list of most wanted male idol vacation partners with 42% of the votes. Elle’s readers commented, “It would be paradise wherever we went,” and “Khun, you don’t have to do anything! I’ll take care of everything!”

In second came MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon with 27% of votes, while Big Bang‘s G-Dragon took third with 18% and SHINee‘s Minho came in at fourth with 13%.

IU was the #1 female idol and got 39% of votes. Those polled commented, “A trip filled with happiness! Her laid-back personality and easygoing charm makes her seem like an unni,” and “A vacation with IU would be a ‘Good Day‘ like her song, everyday.”

miss A‘s Suzy made second with 27%, Dara of 2NE1 received 18%, and SISTAR‘s Hyorin came in fourth with 16%.

Which idol would you most want to vacation with?

Source: Elle

After School’s UEE reveals that she’s now her ‘profile weight’ on ‘Weekly Idol’

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 07:01 AM PDT

On the July 18th broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Weekly Idol’, After School‘s member UEE will reveal that she is now at the weight noted on her official celebrity profile.

During the special episode, the After School members, who have previously made appearances on ‘Weekly Idol’, graced the broadcast with their presence in order to celebrate the show’s one year anniversary.

For one segment called “Rewritten Profile”, After School truthfully discussed the differences between their actual size and what’s written in their official profile.

Member Jooyeon, whose height and weight appear as 168 cm (5 ft 5 in) and 46 kg (approx. 101 lbs) on her profile, stated, “Honestly, these [numbers] don’t make sense. I can weigh myself on the scale again right now.

UEE, who’s listed as being 171 cm tall (approx. 5 ft 6 in) and 51 kg (approx. 112 lbs) in weight, shared, “To be honest, I wasn’t that size during [my] debut days, but now my profile and actual numbers match up.

In addition, After School engaged in an “Unni line vs. Dongsaeng line” dancing competition and ranked themselves in terms of appearance.

This special episode featuring After School will be broadcast on the 18th at 6PM KST on MBC Every1.

Source: Newsen via Nate

Super Junior’s Eunhyuk reveals he grew up in a house with no bathroom

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 06:33 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Eunhyuk revealed that he didn’t have a bathroom in his house growing up.

Eunhyuk shared on the July 17th broadcast of ‘Star Life Theater‘, “When I was young, I lived in a house with no bathroom. There was a restroom about 200-300 meters (656-984 feet) from the house, so I used that.”

“Though it was a rough life, I wasn’t discontent, but I didn’t like seeing my parents going through a tough time. That’s why I was really happy to buy them a house.” During the episode, Eunhyuk had a housewarming party for his parents’ new home, and his fellow Super Junior members as well as their parents visited to celebrate.

Member Ryeowook stated, “We really think of each other as family. If there’s good news, we celebrate together.”

In related news, Super Junior released their sixth album ‘Sexy, Free & Single‘ on July 1st.

Source: Osen

Dal Shabet members model retro party looks for ‘SONOVI’

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 06:06 AM PDT

The Dal Shabet members, who are the current main models for SONOVI, have shown off their versatile charms through their latest pictorial for the fashion brand.

Taken at a studio in Chungdam-dong, Seoul, the pictorial marked the girls’ second project for SONOVI. Ranging from colorful, retro looks to chic, party looks, the members pulled off a wide variety of styles with their doll-like looks and bodies, while bringing a positive atmosphere to the set.

Despite it being new member Woohee‘s first endorsement photo shoot, she showed confidence and professionalism by striking every pose asked of her, which eventually earned the the praise of staff on set.

A representative of SONOVI expressed, “We’ve been highly satisfied with the promotional activities we’ve completed since meeting Dal Shabet last year. This season, we’ll be focusing on bringing out our ‘happy & fun’ brand concept through the girls’ cute looks.”

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Source + Photos: Sports Chosun via Naver

MYNAME members have no serious injuries after car accident

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 05:42 AM PDT

The members of MYNAME have been in a car accident, but are reported to have sustained no serious injuries.

Agency H2 Entertainment stated on the 17th KST, “MYNAME was in a car accident while on their way to [something in their schedule]. Though the members were shocked by the sudden accident, fortunately, none are hurt.”

“We were going to take them to the hospital right away, but the members insisted that we complete the promotions in the schedule, so they haven’t been able to visit the hospital yet. We plan to wait a day, and if there are problems with any member’s condition, we plan to take them to the hospital right away.”

In related news, MYNAME will release their first Japanese single, ‘Message‘, on July 25.

Source: Osen

Kim Jong Kook and his niece Soya behind the scenes of apparel commercial

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 05:00 AM PDT

SingerKim Jong Kook is well-known for his tough character on the variety program ‘Running Man‘, but it seems like that doesn’t stand when it comes to his niece, Soya.

The two artists displayed their close relationship in pictures taken during a photo shoot for an apparel commercial.

Netizens commented, “Kim Jong Kook is a true uncle,” ”Soya probably feels secure with an uncle like Kim Jong Kook,” and “I guess they have good genes.”

In related news, Soya is preparing for her comeback with “I Was Bad” on July 19th.

Source: Newsen

Brown Eyed Girls’ JeA on her way to becoming first hit producer from girl group

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 04:27 AM PDT

Brown Eyed GirlsJeA is reported to be on her way to becoming the first hit producer from a girl group.

She composed the group’s recently released single, “One Summer Night’s Dream“, after a beach vacation with friends in April, expressing the loneliness she felt during the time. Ga In and Jo Kwon‘s “We Fell in Love” was created by JeA as well.

JeA stated, “Truthfully, women tend to be more in touch with their emotions, but I think composing is rough work. After starting to officially work in a studio, I figured out what a difficult task composing really is. There are a lot of women around me who compose songs well, and I hope we all do well.”

“[I'll express my own color], and I plan to work with other singers.”

Source: Osen

INFINITE’s Sunggyu to leave ‘Immortal Song 2′ due to overseas promotions

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 03:49 AM PDT

INFINITE‘s Sunggyu will be leaving ‘Immortal Song 2‘ due to overseas promotions. The July 16th filming of the KBS program was the main vocal’s last.

Sunggyu became a fixed cast member of ‘Immortal Song 2′ this past May along with Super Junior‘s Ryeowook. He’s the second INFINITE member, after Woohyun, to appear on the show.

The last broadcast of ‘Immortal Song 2′ with Sunggyu as a contestant will be a summer music special, featuring Lee Saung Eun and Lee Sang Woo, airing on the 21st. Sunggyu first appeared on the program on the Yang Hee Eun special with “A Love that Cannot Be“, and went on to impress in later shows with Yoon Il Sang‘s “Wave” and Hyun Chul‘s “With the Star in My Heart“.

In related news, INFINITE will open ‘INFINITE Concert That Summer‘ in Seoul on August 8.

Source: Newsen
Tip: S.Lee 

EXID to make a comeback in August

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 03:12 AM PDT

Adjustments to the member line-up of EXID have been finalized, and the girl group will be making a comeback in August.

EXID’s agency AB Entertainment revealed on the 16th: “There are plans for EXID to make a comeback around mid-August.” The original six-member group debuted with “Whoz That Girl” this past February, which attracted lots of attention as it was produced by hitmaker S.Tiger.

EXID lost Yuji, Dami, and Haeryung back in April, but two new members will be added to the group before their comeback, making EXID a five-member group. The girls were initially supposed to return to the music scene last month, but they pushed their comeback to August due to internal issues.

AB Entertainment stated, “EXID is currently in the midst of promotions. They’ll be making their comeback in mid-August with two new members.”

Source: Star N News via Nate
Tip: Hugh

T-ara clarifies why SISTAR’s Hyorin spoke to them informally

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 02:35 AM PDT

T-ara has set out to clarify the rumors surrounding the controversy that occurred after SISTAR‘s Hyorin spoke informally to them on a recent television broadcast.

On the July 14th episode of KBS‘ ‘Entertainment Relay‘, T-ara and SISTAR guested on the ‘Idol Big Match‘ corner. After the show, viewers questioned why Hyorin spoke informally to the T-ara members, who are considered her seniors.

T-ara thought it was appropriate to clear the air through their agency. They expressed on the 16th, “We see SISTAR on and off stage, and we’re very close so we didn’t think much of it at the time, and it’s regrettable that it’s become a controversy now. We hope that people won’t misinterpret things after only watching [the segment that was aired].”

They continued, “SISTAR always works so hard on stage, and we’re fans of the girls. We hope that Hyorin and all of the members receive a lot of love for their good songs and continue their fighting spirit.”

Netizens commented, “It’s refreshing to hear T-ara’s clarification,” “They themselves are saying it’s okay, so why are people making a big deal,” “[People create controversies so easily],” and “I hope both parties continue to be careful though.”

Source + Photos: TV Report via Nate

B.A.P releases MV teaser for “No Mercy”

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 02:05 AM PDT

Like TS Entertainment previously mentioned to allkpop, B.A.P has just revealed their music video teaser or “No Mercy“!

According to TS Entertainment, the new, 180-degree turnaround concept for the B.A.P members is a 'pop-boy' style, meaning someone who takes the lead on style and fashion among his peers.

Utilizing whistles, the boys hype up fans with another powerful teaser that seems to hint at a song and concept that are more playful and colorful than their previous hits.

Check out the music video teaser for “No Mercy”

[Review] Younha’s ‘Supersonic’

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 01:49 AM PDT

After a year and six months, the once spunky rock star Younha has made her long-awaited comeback with her 4th album, ‘SUPERSONIC‘ and her new single, “Run“.

As one of the more underrated vocalists in the industry, Younha acted as a puppet for seven long years releasing incomplete albums under her former agency, Lion Media, due to financial issues. Younha finally signed with We Alive after settling a lawsuit against Lion Media, and slowly planned her return back to the industry. With her newfound freedom, Younha seems to have discovered her true love for pop rock in her 4th album, ‘SUPERSONIC’. For the young soloist, this album has been an opportunity to experiment and finally run with her enormous talent with no boundaries.

In this album, Younha sheds her former tomboy-ish, faux-punk rocker girl image and makes her comeback with natural, luscious locks and sophisticated looks as well as even more matured vocals. Whether she is singing the soft ballad song “Peace Love and Ice Cream” or the pop rock song “Password 486“, Younha’s innocent yet powerful vocals have always showcased a unique flair even when singing the most ordinary melodies.

Amidst the avalanche of summer releases, the music video for “Run” stands out of the crowd, and the single may finally be the one to dethrone her current number one song, “We Broke Up Today” (daum). What drew the public to the lead single was its rather simple music video. Using simplicity as a stepping stone, Younha severs herself from the flashy, grandiose music video productions that many idols use to draw attention and paints a beautiful story of a girl running after her passion. As she runs, she encounters a number of obstacles that crash around her, and at one point, Younha drops to her knees defeated, only to get back up stronger and faster, beaming. She shouts:

Spreading the shrunken shoulders, grabbing hold of the disorderly heart
If we erase the uneasy looks, there is no time to stop, a confession for you
Time run away faster, fly away with me far away
Take me to the glaring sky so I can fly higher than anyone else

With her big comeback, Younha brought along Jay Park, John Park, and Tiger JK to feature in her songs, bringing another layer of talent to the album. “Rock Like Stars” featuring Tiger JK seemed unsettling and frantic as strong rock band instrumentals overshadowed vocals, and contrary to the hype and anticipation, this track failed to impress with the lack of a particularly catchy beat or chorus. On the other hand, the single “Would We Have Changed” with John Park presented a beautiful harmony between the two strong vocalists. If Younha’s voice was like a perfect sundae with her chillingly perfect tone, John Park has to be the warm chocolate on top with his sweet, mid-range vocals.

Drive” featuring Jay Park is like the ugly duckling of the album as it stands out like a sore thumb. I was clearly not “ready for this one“. Jay Park does indeed fulfill his part by bringing his own Seattle swag into the song. But the clashing transition from rap to rock to rap and back to rock again is definitely too “fresh style” for me, but what did stand out was the beginning of the change you will soon see in Younha as she claims:

The weak image that you’ve seen
You won’t be able to see it again
I am born again even stronger

I didn’t know it before
I was dragged around back then
But now I am sitting in the driver’s seat

I’m going to forget the pain that I’ve felt, I’m gonna take control of my life
Everything that happens, even the little things, I’m gonna take control of my life

Producer Score (Primary Score, Lee Seung Chul, Primary Skool) makes frequent appearances throughout the album and even dips his hands in the title track, “People“, which anyone and everyone can relate to.  Singing about the ordinary days, happenings that ordinary people experience, the song emphasizes the mundane nature of our daily lives with its steady piano beats. Younha mentioned when she guested on ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook‘ that she wrote this song thinking about the blank facial expressions on the faces of the people coming back from work. I personally enjoy the song for its commonness as the melody fits perfectly with the lyrics.

A notable charm of “No Limit” is its Seo Taiji-esque style of the song. It almost seems as though Younha is trying to mimic the unique vocals of Seo Taiji. As a fan of punk rock bands, this particular track was one that stood out to me as the most “punk” I’ve heard from Younha. The heavy guitar riffs and wild drum beats blend well with Younha’s refreshing vocals.

Younha is an artist who can be easily missed with a blink-of-an-eye in the midst of all the other releases that are erupting as we enter the peak season for comebacks and releases. But with a lead single like “Run” and high quality underdog tracks fortifying the album, one thing is for sure: Younha’s CD sales are expected to do well. I applaud the young soloist for her brave dive into the hip hop world as well as her newly found stance as a singer-songwriter in this album. Although the album may not be the most influential in the K-pop movement, it’s an unmistakably significant album for her career.

What are your thoughts on Younha’s ‘SUPERSONIC’? Leave an honest rating and your thoughts in the comments below.

Note: this article does not reflect the opinions of allkpop, only the author.


BoA reveals ‘BoA 4354′ comeback show poster

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 01:09 AM PDT

BoA has revealed the poster for her upcoming comeback showcase, ‘BoA 4354‘.

The singer, who made her official debut 4354 days ago in August of 2000, posted to Twitter on July 17th, “Filming on the 23rd!! [Hope a lot of people] come visit ^^, and attached the official poster for the event.

BoA will be performing her self-composed title track “Only One” for the showcase, which marks her first comeback after two years as well as her seventh album to date.

‘BoA Comeback Show BoA 4354′ will air on SBS on July 28 at 12:05PM KST.

Source: BoA’s Twitter
Tip: S.Lee 

CNBLUE’s Yonghwa and Park Shin Hye’s ‘Heartstrings’ fan meet in Japan draws 10,000 fans

Posted: 17 Jul 2012 12:36 AM PDT

On July 16th, CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa and actress Park Shin Hye successfully completed the Japanese fan meet for their drama, ‘Heartstrings‘.

Held at the Tokyo International Forum Hall A, the fan meeting gathered a whopping 10,000 fans, reflecting the rising popularity of the drama since it began broadcasting on Japanese airwaves on the 9th.

As it was the two stars’ first time visiting Japan together, the concert hall is reported to have had an excited energy even before the event officially began. Park Shin Hye played the traditional Korean kukak instrument, while Yonghwa amped up the crowd with a guitar performance of “I Miss You” from the drama’s OST.

The two then sat for the concert’s talk show segment where they aimed to get closer with the fans by sharing various thoughts and stories. They even sang the drama’s theme song together, bringing the concert to a successful conclusion.

A portion of the profits made from the fan meet will be donated to charity.

Source + Photos: Star N News via Naver