Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"Jihae shares her feelings after leaving Girl’s Day" plus 19 more

"Jihae shares her feelings after leaving Girl’s Day" plus 19 more


Jihae shares her feelings after leaving Girl’s Day

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 10:04 AM PDT

Jihae tweeted about her thoughts on leaving Girl’s Day.

Jihae took to her Twitter and wrote, “I’m not going to use this account from now on (@Girls_Day_Jihae), so please follow me @wooj_crown. Thank you“, and uploaded a photo of her hand written letter.

The letter read,

Everyone, it’s Jihae. I’m sorry for worrying everyone all this time. You’ve been worried, right? I won’t be with Girl’s Day from this album onward. As I promoted as a singer, I took time off of college, but that time has come to an end so I decided to go back to my studies. I’m very thankful that I was so loved as a Girl’s Day member. I’m so thankful and also apologize to all the fans who always supported me.. I’m going to be even better now, so look over me. Please love Girl’s Day more as well~ ^^

On her new twitter account, her profile reads, “Step by step from the bottom. After two years..“, causing fans to be curious as to what could happen after 2 years.

Source: Jihae’s old and new Twitter

Byul reveals how HaHa proposed to her

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 09:38 AM PDT

Byul revealed how HaHa proposed to her on SBS‘s ‘Strong Heart‘.

She confessed that she was the first one to suggest that they get legally married. HaHa had been elated at her suggestion, and took her straight to the borough office to fill out marriage papers.

After they filled it out, one of the male workers suddenly gave her a bouquet of flowers. She said, “I thought it was an event that the borough office did. And then a worker pulled out a ring case. I wondered, ‘is he our fan?’ But then HaHa took the ring, and then HaHa’s friends revealed themselves stating, ‘Donghoon, congratulations on your marriage.’ He’d prepared a surprise event for me. He proposed to me by saying, ‘Become my last love’.

She showed off the ring HaHa had given her, boasting, “There’s only one in the world. HaHa customized the design.

5dolls members pose with T-ara’s Dani

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 09:12 AM PDT

Core Contents Media released Polaroid photos of 5dolls members Eunkyo, Hyoyoung, Nayeon,, Shannon Pix, Hweyon, and T-ara‘s Dani.

The photos show the girls posing playfully toward the camera, throwing the camera bright smiles, funny faces and the classic V sign.

According to CCM, Hwayoung‘s sister Hyoyoung is actively practicing in singing and dancing with her label mates for the comeback of 5dolls which is slated for February of next year. The girls are said to be very close, hanging out, and always giving advice to one another. Meanwhile Dani participated in a music video and fan meeting, she will officially join T-ara as a full member some time next year.

Minzy raises anticipation for G-Dragon’s episode of ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook’

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 08:43 AM PDT

2NE1‘s Minzy tweeted a pic of herself backstage at ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook‘.

She wrote, “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook! Look forward to it on the 19th (Friday) night 12:20 ^^” along with the above photo. In the photo, Minzy is backstage and getting her makeup done.

Minzy was a guest on G-Dragon‘s episode of ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook’, where she performed the song “Missing You“. The original song in “One of a Kind“ features Jaurim's Kim Yuna as the vocalist, but Minzy put her own fresh spin on the track with her vocals.

Are you looking forward to the episode?

Source: Minzy’s Twitter

KARA’s Gyuri had a crush on MBLAQ’s Seungho in high school?

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 08:10 AM PDT

KARA‘s Gyuri revealed the popularity of MBLAQ‘s Seungho.

The MBLAQ members, Park Kyung Lim, Kim Sae Rom and Jeon Yool will be holding a surprise birthday party for Seungho and Thunder on the upcoming broadcast of ‘Idol Manager‘. During the recording of the surprise party they decided to call the close friends of Seungho along with Thunder and one of the phone calls featured Gyuri.

Gyuri’s voice on the phone caught MBLAQ’s immediate attention. Gyuri and Seungho attended the same high school together, so Park Kyung Lim asked Gyuri how Seungho was at school. Gyuri replied, “The male juniors were a bit scared of him, but he was an incredibly cool senior to the girls.

Park Kyung Lim asked, “Did you ever have a crush on Seungho?“. Gyuri hesitated for a bit, but answered, “I didn’t dare have a crush on him. Please stay by my side as a good sunbae oppa.” Her hesitant and vague response caused the MBLAQ members to say, “This is a code, isn’t it?” and made everyone on set laugh.

The episode of ‘Idol Manager’ will be aired on the 19th.

Psy visits Hugh Jackman on ‘The Wolverine’ set

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 07:31 AM PDT

Psy met up with Hugh Jackman on the set of the upcoming movie ‘The Wolverine‘ during his recent visit to Australia.

It seems even Wolverine is interested in the “Gangnam Style” dance. Hugh Jackman tweeted earlier:

Psy also tweeted after meeting the Australian star:

‘The Wolverine’ is scheduled to be released in theaters next summer.

Tip: Warren R.

Rainbow’s Jaekyung to appear on ‘Laws of the Jungle W’

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 07:09 AM PDT

Rainbow‘s leader Jaekyung has revealed that she’ll be appearing on SBS‘ new program ‘Laws of the Jungle W‘.

Jaekyung posted to her me2day on the 17th, “Jungle jungle jungle unknown lands!!! [I'll do well and return],” along with the above photos.

In the photos, Jaekyung can be seen holding a book about Papau New Guinea, the next destination for the series’ cast and crew. It appears that the Rainbow member decided to study up on some facts before heading off to the jungle for filming.

‘Laws of the Jungle W’, which Rainbow’s Woori also appeared in, was originally released as a Chuseok special, but SBS has now decided to continue with the all-female spin-off of its original ‘Laws of the Jungle’ series.

Joining Jaekyung in the jungles of Papau New Guinea will be Jo Hye Ryun, Jung Joo Ri, Lee Soo Kyung, and Jo Ann among others.

A Pink’s Eunji, 2PM’s Taecyeon voted as celebrities fans want most as neighbors

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 06:48 AM PDT

A Pink‘s Eunji and 2PM‘s Taecyeon have been voted as the celebrities fans most want as neighbors.

The ‘Reply 1997‘ star came out on top in a poll held on the professional digital art site ‘Drawings Over Flowers‘. After 443 users in their twenties and thirties cast their votes, the results revealed that 36% of users chose Eunji as the female celebrity they’d like most as a neighbor.

In second place was miss A‘s Suzy who drew in 28% of the votes, third was Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon who received 16%, and fourth place was “nation’s little sister” IU with 8%.

On the male side of the poll, 2PM’s Taecyeon placed first with 29%, while Yoo Jae Suk pulled in 23%, Kim Jong Kook 19%, and Song Joong Ki brought in 13%.

Which star would you like to be neighbors with?

Super Junior’s Kyuhyun celebrates his 1-year anniversary on ‘Radio Star’

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 06:23 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun celebrated his one-year anniversary as a co-host on MBC‘s ‘Radio Star‘.

Kyuhyun tweeted on the 17th, “It’s been 1 year since I started ‘Radio Star’. In any case, I ate well! Wednesday nights with ‘Radio Star’! Please~,” referring to the show’s usual ending comment.

The Super Junior member also shared a photo with the other hosts on the show, Yoon Jong Shin, Yoo Sae Yoon, and Kim Guk Jin.

Fans commented, “Variety show skills, Kyuhyun”, “Cute”, and “Oh, have you switched places with Yoo Sae Yoon because it’s been one year. Keke”.

Kyuhyun joined ‘Radio Star’ in October of 2011.

J.Y. Park tops list for most royalties earned last year

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 06:00 AM PDT

Singer and producer J.Y. Park has been revealed to have earned the most royalties from music last year.

According to a statement released by the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA), J.Y. Park raised his income by over 1.37 billion Won (~$1,240,000 USD) just last year.

He beat out composer Jo Young Soo, who has ranked first for most royalties earned for the past 4 years. J.Y. Park has usually ranked high on the list, but this is the first time he’s reached the top.

Though specific details concerning his copyright revenues have not been released, J.Y. Park is known to compose his own songs as well as the songs of artists under his label, JYP Entertainment.

[Review] Ga In ‘Talk About S’

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 05:40 AM PDT

I’m generally not a huge fan of individual members of established K-Pop groups attempting to do solo projects. While I love subunits—my recent album obsession is Orange Caramel‘s ‘Lipstick‘—I feel that the music of solo acts is haphazardly thrown together, and their main selling point is the high profile of their group. However, this isn’t an all-encompassing view, as I feel that two artists have overcome this trend: JYJ‘s Junsu, with his album ‘Tarantallegra‘, and Brown Eyed Girls’ maknae Ga In, whose recent release will be the focus of this review.

Talk About S‘ is Ga In’s second solo release after her first mini-album ‘Step 2/4‘—which happens to rank among my favorite mini-albums. After developing such a high affinity for ‘Step 2/4′, I became ecstatic months ago when I learned of the news that LOEN Entertainment was putting her through another solo project. I was dismayed at first that it was pushed back from its original release date in August, and I became even more so upon acquiring it. ‘Talk About S’ was thoroughly tinged with the haphazard quality that originally turned me off from group-based solo acts. While the album wasn’t terrible by most standards, Ga In’s attempt certainly didn’t live up to the high standards set by the Brown Eyed Girls.

The first song, “Tinkerbell“, has a strong French or Spanish acoustic bistro appeal to it. The minimalist approach and Ga In’s breathy vocals give it a nocturnal subduedness. Aside from Ga In’s sensual control of her vocal registers, the song sounds lagged and uninspired, which makes it a questionable choice for a first album track. What makes it worse is the unnecessary short-spanned textural and instrumental shifts during the various break sections. I feel that the producers may have added this effect to give the song more interest, but it ended up being distracting and confusing instead.

The second song, “Tiredness“, is an enjoyable song to listen to and definitely shows off another side of Ga In in a vocal sense. While she displays her unique ability to effortlessly switch between vocal registers like in “Tinkerbell”, this time, she does so with a much more bombastic voice. Ga In is perfectly in sync with the heavy swing drum beat that makes it impossible to resist tapping your foot throughout the song. This song would have been more fitting if Ga In was placed in front of a jazz big band: while the modern rock-based instrumentation is certainly nice, the way in which Ga In presents this song just screams for something more.

Before I bought the mini-album, I was exposed to the next song, “Bloom“, through her music video. The overzealous sexuality in the music video certainly did match the over-controlled love-obsessed lyrics in the song. However, the bounty of explicit scenes looked like a mere cover-up for the music. While I didn’t hear it at first, YouTube comments criticized Ga In for sounding like IU, which is understandable as the producer of this song also did IU’s “Good Day“. There’s nothing wrong with this comparison, but forcing this style on Ga In just didn’t seem to work with what we are accustomed to. She seems off vocally, possessing a nasal, weak quality that we don’t often hear from her. The song is written a few steps higher than the range she can comfortably sing in. The instrumental backing and the vocoder backed vocal lines proclaiming “speak up” seem overly cheesy, reminiscent of a bad late ’80s, early ’90s synthesized pop anthem. This song should have never been included in the album, much less be its title song. While her image is reminiscent of the one she displayed in “Abracadabra“, the music does no favors to any potential first-time listeners.

The fourth song, “The Gaze“, is the strongest song in the album. Her sleepy vocal quality melts with the low crooning of Yoon Jong Shin and fits like butter over the laid-back, surprisingly groovy R&B background. Despite the typical sound of the background, the compositional techniques help push along the song enough to prevent the song from getting boring. This is most evident at the 3:20 mark onward, where sections melt onto each other effortlessly and culminate in Ga In laying out a high-pitched wail that descends quickly into silence. The song reenters after the listener is given a chance to reflect for a few seconds. The song then fittingly fades out by layers, which is surprisingly effective. This is arguably the song that I will look back at most fondly from this album.

The final song is “Catch Me If You Can“, and this certainly reinforces the disappointment that I felt about most of the album. The music sounds similar to “Tiredness”, but Ga In doesn’t exhibit the features that make “Tiredness” tolerable. Even she seems annoyed about the way she’s singing. The song comes off as dragged, unfulfilled, and cheesily annoying. While I wish that the album could have ended on a more positive note, it doesn’t distract me from my overall opinion of the album.

Apart from “The Gaze“, Ga In’s second album falls flat of my expectations. While there’s no questioning Ga In’s vocal quality, she was merely a shell of her former self during her first solo release and Brown Eyed Girls activities. While I’m not sure how long Brown Eyed Girls will be around, let’s hope that if Ga In continues making music, that her next release can live up to the very high standard that she set for herself.

Rating Overview

Pros: Ga In’s obvious vocal ability, refreshing compositional techniques at end of “The Gaze”, envisioning a remix of “Tiredness” with a jazz big band.

Cons: Songs seem haphazardly thrown together, “Bloom” doesn’t fit Ga In’s style, Brown Eyed Girls setting too high of a standard.

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Images of Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon sleeping become a hot topic online

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 05:14 AM PDT

The way Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon sleeps has become a hot topic.

Photos titled “The way Taeyeon sleeps, the difference between reality and fantasy” surfaced online recently and have been receiving a lot of attention. It seems netizens were amused by the contrast between how Taeyeon “slept” in an advertisement for Ace Bed and how she was captured during an appearance on ‘Running Man‘.

In the advertisement, Taeyeon retains her “idol image”, while the screen captures from the show tell another story.

Netizens commented, “Taeyeon’s bare face is still beautiful”, “Difference between reality and fantasy”, “She looks like a baby when she sleeps”, and “So lovable”.

Epik High reveals more information about ’99′ album

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 04:47 AM PDT

YG Entertainment has revealed more details about Epik High‘s upcoming 7th album, ‘99‘.

The album’s track list was released earlier today, and now, fans can take a look at more information about each song.

According to YG Entertainment’s official Facebook, the Epik High members named the album ’99′ for a number of reasons: their love of the number “9″, the 9 songs in the album (plus one short track), and the aim to “[embrace] the meaning of music” for 99% of people, not the top 1%.

Take a look at the song descriptions from YG below:

01. “Up” (feat. 2NE1‘s Park Bom) – “The title song that is a combination of Old school Hip Hop and Rock, and a unique 'power-combi' work done by the collaboration of Epik High and Park Bom from 2NE1.”
02. “Don’t Hate Me” - “A song that represents brave outsiders through Alternative Rock, as well as is the double title song promoting ‘Anti-Hate’ campaign.
03. “A Word that Shouldn’t be Said When in Love” – “Talking about the regret of the past in a humorous way through 80's Old Pop.
04. “It’s Cold” (feat. Lee Hi) – “A prereleased song that has recorded ‘all-kill’ in music charts by amazing voices of Epik High and Lee Hi prior to unveiling the album.”
05. “Regrettable” (feat. Dynamic Duo‘s Gaeko) – “A song through which Epik High's rap and a mellow voice of 개코 from Dynamic Duo have ‘street sensibility duel’ on Beatbox.”
06. “Move Out of the Way” – “A song, for Epik High's true fans, that will be available on offline (CD) only.”
07. “Villain” – “A wicked song that shouts out it is better to be a wild bad boy than a dull hero.”
08. “Ghost” – “A gloomy tune.”
09. “Kill This Love” – “A dark, classical song projected through Electro and Dubstep sounds.”
10. “New Beautiful” – “A cheering song for ‘people in a fringe group’ who endure and live in inflexible society.”

On top of the song descriptions, two keywords (“Positive” and “Retro”) for the album were also announced.

'99' album jacket

Lee Kwang Soo is the real ‘Nice Guy’?

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 04:21 AM PDT

Lee Kwang Soo‘s ‘manner hands‘ have caught the attention of fans.

On the 16th, Lee Kwang Soo’s friend posted, “I didn’t know this happened on the day of the wedding! I realized after I saw the video an acquaintance sent me. When the bride and groom were exiting, the veil got caught and the bride couldn’t move. Then Kwangsoo’s manner hands appeared and quickly untangled the veil. Lee Kwang Soo is the real ‘Nice Guy‘! How can you not love him? Look at those big eyes that look on worriedly even after he untangles the veil. I almost cried because I was so touched! Thanks, Kwang Soo. A lot of people at the ceremony were touched looking after seeing this. He’s so nice!

Netizens commented, “Lee Kwang Soo is a ‘Nice Guy’“, and “This is why I love Lee Kwang Soo“.

Lee Kwang Soo is currently playing the part of Park Jae Gil on the KBS 2TV drama ‘Nice Guy’ alongside his former ‘Running Man‘ co-star Song Joong Ki.

HyunA’s “Very Hot” banned from KBS and MBC

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 03:56 AM PDT

4minute‘s HyunA has run into a slight issue even before the release of her solo album, ‘Melting‘.

One of the tracks from ‘Melting’, “Very Hot“, has been deemed unfit for broadcast by MBC and KBS.

HyunA’s agency Cube Entertainment stated on the 17th, “The reference to a specific brand (KaKaoTalk) in the lyrics became a problem. The problematic lyrics were put into the song as they’re related to normal life behind the stage. It hasn’t been decided whether we’ll be fixing the issue and resubmitting the song for review yet.”

“Very Hot” is the first track HyunA has participated in composing and writing since her debut. ‘Melting’ releases on October 22 KST.

Source: Yunhap News via Naver; Osen

miss A releases making of “I Don’t Need a Man” MV

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 03:29 AM PDT

miss A has released the making of their “I Don’t Need a Man” music video!

"I Don't Need a Man" is the title track of their latest mini-album ‘Independent Women Pt 3‘. The song, composed and written by J.Y. Park, has a bright melody and sings about young women who work hard and live confidently without depending on a man.

Check out the making-of below!

Tip: Bread

Psy makes appearance on Australia’s ‘Sunrise’

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 03:15 AM PDT

Psy has made an appearance on one of Australia’s top morning shows, ‘Sunrise‘!

Hundreds of fans headed over to Martin Place to see the “Gangnam Style” singer perform live. He was also met with a huge crowd when he landed in Australia earlier this week. This is his second performance in the country after he appeared on ‘The X-Factor Australia on the 15th KST.

Check out Psy’s interview and performance on ‘Sunrise’ below.

Interview

Performance

Tip: Blackjack

JYJ’s Jaejoong wants a horror movie for his next project

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:51 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Jaejoong revealed that he wanted to act in a horror movie for his next porject.

Jaejoong attended the press conference for his first movie ‘Code Name: Jackal‘ (‘Jackal is Coming‘) on the 16th KST.

He stated, “This is my first time shooting a movie. I was charmed by the process of perfecting the movie, which takes a lot of detail and effort. I want to shoot another movie as well. PD Bae Hyung Joon asked if I wanted to shoot a movie instead of a drama for my next project. I want to try a horror movie or a genre I haven’t tried yet.

‘Jackal is Coming’ opens in theaters this November.

Watch a clip from the press conference below.

[Event Over] Watch Block B’s ‘BLOCKBUSTER’ comeback showcase live!

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:28 AM PDT

Block B is now streaming their comeback showcase live!

The Stardom Entertainment group released their first full-length album ‘BLOCKBUSTER‘ and revealed the music video for their comeback trackNILLILI MAMBO” earlier today. Block B is returning six months after their last release, ‘Welcome to the Block (Repackage)‘.

Watch Block B’s comeback showcase stream below!

Who Wore it Better: Taemin vs. Hongki

Posted: 17 Oct 2012 02:16 AM PDT

On August 24, SHINee‘s Taemin wore a blue, polka-dot button-down to an event for MCM, a luxury leather goods company. His purple backpack is a limited edition from their fall/winter 2012 line, and can be purchased for $849 USD.

For October 11th’s ‘M!Countdown Smile Thailand‘ special, F.T. Island‘s Hongki wore the same shirt. While Taemin wore a short statement necklace, black pants, and a star-studded wrap belt with his shirt, Hongki wore a black bow tie, white pants, and a simple black belt with his.

The shirt is by a Korean brand called 8seconds, and this particular style retailed for ~$36 USD, but it’s currently sold out. A red version of the shirt is still available, as is a similar blue shirt with larger dots (~$45 USD).

So, who wore it better? Cast your vote in the poll, and let us know why you voted the way you did in the comments!