Thursday, October 18, 2012

"Jessica and Yunho named the ’2012 Barbie & Ken’" plus 19 more

"Jessica and Yunho named the ’2012 Barbie & Ken’" plus 19 more


Jessica and Yunho named the ’2012 Barbie & Ken’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 08:32 AM PDT

The ‘2012 Barbie the Dream Closet‘ held its first event on October 18th.

The ‘Barbie the Dream Closet‘ campaign is run by Mattel, and have opened shows in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Asia. The campaign has run in Korea since 2010, and puts forward Barbie as something ‘more than a doll’ that gives dream to children, acting as a style icon and culture muse to women.

The event also awards a pair of celebrities with a ‘Barbie & Ken Award‘, where a female and male celebrity are selected, and a Barbie and Ken doll is created to specifically match their outfit. In 2010, Hwang Jung Eum and Kim Bum were chosen, and in 2011, UEE and Song Joong Ki were named Barbie and Ken.

This year, Girls’ Generation‘s Jessica and TVXQ‘s Yunho were given the honor, receiving the dolls that looked just like them.

Check out the photos from the event below.

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Mnet to air ‘Confession of T-ara’ on the 20th

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 08:03 AM PDT

Mnet has released a preview for ‘Confession of T-ara‘ that will be aired on the 20th.

The program’s preview does not show what kind of a show it will be, and no other information has been released except that it will be aired on the 20th at 2PM KST. It appears it will be a special documentary and in the preview, viewers were shown the backstage of their recent Southeast Asia tour. The T-ara members also start to talk frankly about their emotions. Hyomin, for example, starts to say, “If I’m being honest…” but bursts into tears, unable to continue. Eunjung smiles sadly as she says, “What should we do to be better from now on?“.

There are other scenes where the members are sitting together, and Hyomin says, “Ah, this isn’t why we came together..“. In response, Qri is hanging her head somberly. The caption hints at ‘Their honest story‘, causing viewers to wonder if the members might have talked about Hwayoung‘s leave from the group.

However, most netizens did not have anything positive to say about the teaser. Many were still angry and said, “If they’re going to air something like this, I hope they actually clear things up instead of just crying the entire time“, “I’m not even curious anymore“, and “Please stop all this now“.

Source & Image: Sports Chosun via Nate
Tip: Victor

K-pop artists head to Okinawa for ’2012 K-pop Collection in Okinawa’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 07:31 AM PDT

Several K-pop artists and groups left South Korea’s Incheon International Airport on October 18 for the ‘2012 K-pop Collection in Okinawa‘ in Japan.

‘K-pop Collection’, which is intended to bring together fashion and performance, was held at Okinawa’s Cellular Stadium. The concert featured K-pop stars, supermodels, and Hallyu stars. The goal of the event is not only to enjoy simply wearing clothes, but to appreciate fashion, a K-pop concert, and new trends in entertainment.

The ’2012 K-pop Collection in Okinawa’ featured Korean entertainers including Lee Seung Gi, Park Shin Hye, 2NE1, IU, SISTAR, After School, ZE:A, SECRET, TEEN TOP, and F.T Island.

Check out the stars and their “airport fashion” below!

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Lee Byung Hun expected to receive enormous ‘running guarantee’ for ‘Masquerade’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 07:19 AM PDT

The October 17th broadcast of SBS‘ ‘One Night of TV Entertainment’ took an in-depth look inside some of the financial aspects of the entertainment industry.

It was revealed that Lee Byung Hun received 600 million won (~543,000 USD) for his role in ‘Masquerade‘. The actor is also expected to receive a “running guarantee” for the film, which can add up to total earnings of 1 billion won (~905,000 USD).

The first South Korean actor to receive a ‘running guarantee’ was none other than Han Suk Kyu. Han Suk Kyu received 9.5 hundred million won (~860,000 USD) for the film ‘Shiri‘ in ‘running guarantee’ alone.

A ‘running guarantee’ is an incentive payment stars receive when a film breaks even in earnings.

KARA’s Nicole shares bare-face selca at airport

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 07:07 AM PDT

KARA‘s Nicole shared a “bare-face selca” on her Twitter account on October 18.

The singer tweeted in Japanese, “The birthday present I received by chance at the airport! It’s handmade! Thank you. My face is bare, so I’ll just show my eyes. As expected, I look better covering my dark circles. Hoo hoot.

In the picture, Nicole shows her bare, flawless face as she holds onto a handmade calendar given to her by a fan at the airport. Nicole’s cool, down-to-earth personality and attitude were noticed by fans and netizens.

Upon seeing the cute snapshot, they commented, “This is a true bare-face selca“, “Nicole’s bare face changes every time“, and “She didn’t dress up because it’s the airport, but she’s still pretty“.

KARA is in the middle of promotions for their seventh Japanese single, “Electric Boy“, which sold approximately 28,000 copies on the first day of sales and has placed 1st on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart.

D.Q. (Diamond Queen) releases debut single, ‘Let’s Go Start D.Q.’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 06:52 AM PDT

New four-member girl group D.Q. (Diamond Queen) has released their debut single album, ‘Let’s Go Start D.Q.‘!

‘Let’s Go Start D.Q.’ includes “Shining Star” and “Hello” as well as the songs’ instrumentals. Producer YJB (Yeon Jun Bum), who also features on “Shining Star”, teamed up with composer Shin Jae Hyun to create D.Q.’s bubbly, pop sound.

This single album serves as a preview of the group before D.Q. releases their first full-length album next year.

Check out D.Q.’s songs below!

“Hello”

“Shining Star” (feat. YJB)

JYJ’s Jaejoong receives bouquet from Japanese fans

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 06:35 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Jaejoong tweeted a photo of himself with a large bouquet of roses.

He simply wrote, “Thank you~~,” and attached a photo of himself smelling the bouquet. The large bouquet was made up of roses in different shades of pink with his initials ‘JJ’ in the middle with red roses.

The bouquet was sent by his Japanese fans who wanted to congratulate Jaejoong on his first big-screen debut with ‘Code Name Jackal‘.

Fans commented, “Jaejoong looks so nice holding the bouquet“, and “I’m jealous of the flower bouquet“.

Jung Hye Min releases “Don’t Call Me Nuna” feat. Geeks

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 06:18 AM PDT

Jung Hye Min has released “Don’t Call Me Nuna” featuring hip hop duo Geeks!

“Don’t Call Me Nuna” is the former Gavy NJ member’s first single album as well her debut as a solo artist. Composer Kim Doo Hyun and lyricist Hwang Sung Jin created the song specifically for Jung Hye Min’s new start.

The song is written from the the point of view of a woman who doesn’t want to be called “nuna” by her younger crush.

Listen to the song below!

U-KISS’ Dongho released from hospital

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 05:58 AM PDT

U-KISS’ Dongho has now been released from the hospital.

The idol star, who was sent to the emergency room last week, canceled all his promotional activities to receive treatment for lung issues (pleurisy).

Agency NH Media announced on October 18, “Dongho has been discharged [from the hospital] after receiving surgery on the 15th. His health has greatly improved.”

Dongho has yet to recover completely, however. He’ll be resting at home for the time being. NH Media stated, “He has not recovered completely yet, so he’s resting at home. We’ll be checking in on his condition every day to figure out when he’ll be able to continue his schedule and join U-KISS promotions.”

U-KISS is currently preparing for their upcoming Japanese album.

Tip: akosiboybingeul

Yoon Gun releases mini album ‘Far East 2 Bricklane’ + “October Rain” MV

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 05:40 AM PDT

Yoon Gun of Brown Eyes has unveiled his new mini album ‘Far East 2 Bricklane‘.

The new album is described to be ‘hipster’ as this is Yoon Gun’s interpretation of British rock. The album does a great job of pulling in different emotions from the listeners and the album seems new yet vintage at the same time. The title is said to represent the meeting of Korean music with British sounds with ‘bricklane’ being a street in East London.

Check out his music video for “October Rain” below!

How much does each ‘Running Man’ name tag cost?

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 05:33 AM PDT

SBS‘ ‘One Night of Entertainment‘ looked into the price of props for various TV shows and movies.

On the October 17th broadcast, the show found that Han Hyo Joo‘s handmade ornamental sword in ‘Masquerade‘ cost 10 million KRW (approximately $9,000 USD). The famous piano on ‘Five Fingers‘ is worth 250 million KRW (~230,000 USD), and merely filming a scene to move it costs 500,000 KRW (~450 USD) and requires 5 piano experts.

One of the more surprising things revealed on the show was the price of ‘Running Man‘ name tags. A ‘Running Man’ staff member stated, “The name tags are embroidered by hand, so the price can reach 60,000 KRW (~54 USD). The permanent members name tags are reused.” At 60,000 KRW per person and 7 members, the ‘Running Man’ members crumble, rip off, and sometimes even shoot water at 420,000 KRW (~380 USD) every week.

Do you think the ‘Running Man’ members may be a bit more careful with their name tags now that they know how much they cost?

TimeZ releases debut single, “Hooray for Idols”

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 05:17 AM PDT

After revealing their group teaser video, TimeZ has released their debut single “Hooray for Idols“.

CJ E&M and Chinese agency Super Jet Entertainment have combined forces to produce the new Chinese-Korean idol group. TimeZ (Time + Zoom) is made up of 2 Korean and 4 Chinese members, Mao Ruo YiLiu Guan XiKim Seong HwanTian Yi Chen, Lee Hyeong Joo, and Kong Shu Hang.

The group released their first album this week, and the members have now officially started promotions for their Chinese title song "Hooray for Idols".

Check out their debut performance on ‘M! Countdownhere, and listen to “Hooray for Idols” below.

Tip: jpark595

‘I Miss You’ releases first teaser video

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 05:04 AM PDT

MBC's upcoming drama 'I Miss You', starring JYJ'sYoochun and Yoon Eun Hye, has released its first teaser video.

Yoochun and Yoon Eun Hye participated in their first filming for MBC's new Wednesday-Thursday drama last weekend. The two stars were able to express the touching romance between Han Jung Woo (acted by Yoochun) and Lee Soo Yeon (acted by Yoon Eun Hye). ‘I Miss You’ tells the story of two teenagers in love who are torn apart but meet later on in life as adults.

A representative of 'I Miss You' stated, "As Park Yoochun and Yoon Eun Hye are able to act together for the first time through 'I Miss You', they are perfectly expressing the emotions of their characters."

'I Miss You' will air next month after 'Arang and the Magistrate'.

Tip: micyoo

Shin Ye Rim from ‘Birth of a Great Star 2′ surprises fans with her image change

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 04:43 AM PDT

Shin Ye Rim from ‘Birth of a Great Star 2‘ has surprised everyone with her image change.

Composer Yoon Il Sang tweeted a picture of the singer with the message: “Ye Rim at her music video shooting. Isn’t she so cute?

Shin Ye Rim had been known for her “tiny kid” image on the show. With her trademark black-rimmed glasses and chubby cheeks, the young star looked like an average, young student. However, the recent photo of her shows that she’s done a little growing up since ‘Birth of a Great Star 2′.

Are you looking forward to Shin Ye Rim’s debut?

Solbi strolls around her ‘baby’?

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 04:29 AM PDT

Singer Solbi posted a photo of herself strolling around her “baby”.

She tweeted, “My Romi in a stroller~ ^^ So cute, right… I went out with my baby for the first time in a while ^^. It’s getting really cold.. Both people and animals should be careful of getting sick.” Solbi then tweeted another set of photos with her dog in a stroller along with the message: “Unni said that I looked like a mom… she took pictures keke. I’m Romi’s mom~~~ ^^.

Her fans seemed used to Solbi calling her adorable puppy her “baby”. They responded warmly to her tweets, saying, “Romi’s mom, you look lovely~“, and “Be careful not to catch a cold“.

Rainbow’s Jaekyung to leave ‘God of Victory’, show to undergo format change

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 04:08 AM PDT

It has been revealed that MBC‘s evening variety program ‘God of Victory‘ will be going through a format change.

Accompanying the format change will be a change in the fixed cast lineup. Rainbow‘s Jaekyung and actor Lee Jae Yoon will be departing the program, which has struggled recently against its stronger competitors on Sunday night. Joining the show are Kim Yong Man, Tak Jae Hoon, Kim Soo Ro, Noh Hong Chul, Kim Na Young, Ji Sang Ryul, and Muse among others.

The new competition format will start on the October 28th broadcast. A producer from the show commented, “From the original guest-centric competition, we will be changing the show to focus on team competition. We’ll be shifting the focus to team competition and pay more attention to the team members’ characters.” Although guests will still be invited, they will now compete in teams.

The first recording under the new format will take place on the 23rd with SISTAR‘s Soyu and Bora as the special guests.

Ga In wins #1 + Performances from October 18th’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 03:48 AM PDT

Mnet's "M! Countdown" is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, Seo In Young, Ailee, Block B, AOA, miss A, K.Will, Ga In, BTOB, and Gavy NJ made their comebacks, while Stephanie, 15&, TimeZ, and the Wonder Boyz debuted on the show. (Click names for performances)

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between Ga In and Orange Caramel, but in the end, it was Ga In who clinched the win tonight with "Bloom"!

Congratulations to Ga In on her 'M! Countdown' trophy!

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Other performers tonight included F.T. Island, Jewelry, and Orange Caramel.

Check out the performances below:

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BTOB follows up with “I Don’t Know Anything But Love” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 03:46 AM PDT

Rookie group BTOB has officially begun promotions for their follow-up track, "I Don't Know Anything But Love"!

Their title song "WOW" had gathered much attention due to the powerful performances and the New Jack Swing sound, and now they'll be showcasing their other charms through "I Don't Know Anything But Love".

The song is said to have been originally considered for their title track due to its strong sound and highly addictive melody. BTOB will be transforming into innocent men and singing emotional, witty lyrics that meld with the retro sound to create a different vibe from "WOW".

Watch BTOB’s performance on ‘M! Countdown‘ below!

AOA takes the stage with “Get Out” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 03:44 AM PDT

AOA is back with their second single album 'Wanna Be'!

Containing three tracks including "Get Out", "Happy Ending", and "My Song", this new project is sure to showcase the girls' talents further and help them solidify their position as one of the more memorable rookie groups of this year, with talent clearly visible in their comeback performance.

Check out AOA's performance on ‘M! Countdown‘ below!

Wonder Boyz debut with “Open the Door” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 03:40 AM PDT

DJ DOC's Kim Chang Ryul's idol group, Wonder Boyz, has debuted with their mini-album 'Open the Door'.

The album contains five tracks including the title track "Open the Door" as well as "Clap Music", "It's Exciting", "Sorrow Part 2", and "All About You".

As mentioned previously, the boys hope to leave a mark on the music industry as a group who will be able to energize the audience and bring some excitement to the public, and it seems their debut album is out to do just that.

Check out the Wonder Boyz’ performance on ‘M! Countdown‘ below!