Monday, October 8, 2012

"KARA to become the first K-Pop girl group to hold a concert at the Tokyo Dome" plus 19 more

"KARA to become the first K-Pop girl group to hold a concert at the Tokyo Dome" plus 19 more


KARA to become the first K-Pop girl group to hold a concert at the Tokyo Dome

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 08:53 AM PDT

KARA has been named the first ever Korean female artists to hold a concert at the prestigious Tokyo Dome in Japan!

On October 8th, the girls announced officials news of their upcoming concert during their ‘2012 Sigma Festival in Okinawa‘ performance. Currently scheduled to be held on January 6th, the concert will indeed take place at the Tokyo Dome.

This feat was achieved in less than three years since the girls began their advancement into the Japanese market, making them the first Korean girl group to do so. The dome seats 50,000 people and is largely considered the stage of dreams to numerous Japanese artists.

The only Korean artists that have held concerts there to date include TVXQ, Rain, and Big Bang – all male artists. KARA will now be able to proudly join the ranks of other top Japanese artists.

As the girls had no problem hitching their six city ‘KARASIA‘ tour off to much success, they’re expected to have no trouble filling up the seats of Tokyo Dome next year.

In related news, the girls are currently in Japan promoting ‘Electric Boy‘ after completing promotions for their Korean comeback, ‘Pandora’.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

K.Will reveals video teaser for “Please don’t…” ft. SISTAR’s Dasom & Seo In Guk

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 08:26 AM PDT

Solo artist K.Will has released the video teaser for his title track “Please don’t…

After a hiatus of 3 years, K.Will will be making his long awaited return with his new album, ‘K.will _ 3rd Album Part 1‘ on October 11th. Judging by the teaser it seems the MV will be starring SISTAR‘s Dasom along with Seo In Guk.

As he will be returning after 3 years, many famous figures participated in the new album.  Starship told allkpop that such luminaries as Kim Do Hoon, as well as the lyricist for IU‘s “Good Day“, the lyricist for 4men‘s “I Can’t“, and many other famous producers, who have created successful pieces in the Korean music industry, contributed to K.Will’s latest album.

Check out the teaser below!

Tip: Taejin

Details of miss A’s upcoming album revealed

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 07:55 AM PDT

After the members tweeted a teaser photo from their website, more details regarding miss A‘s comeback have surfaced.

Information of miss A’s upcoming album were posted on a music sites and the album is already available for preorder.

Titled ‘Independent Women Pt 3‘, the group’s new mini-album will pay homage to their idol Destiny’s Child hit single ‘Independent Women‘.

Tracklist:

01. Can Live Without Men (Title)
02. Ma Style
03. If I Were a Boy
04. Madness (Feat. Taecyeon of 2PM)
05. Time’s Up

The title track “Can Live Without Men” is a southern hip-hop song composed and written by J.Y. Park. The song has a bright melody and sings about young women who work hard and live confidently without needing a man to survive.

Fans are highly anticipating miss A’s comeback as it’s been revealed that Phil Thornalley, who composed Pixie Lott‘s “Mama Do“, participated in the album and labelmate 2PM‘s Taecyeon also lent his voice for the track “Madness“.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Source: ilovekart
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

TVXQ’s Changmin gives a peck on Super Junior’s Kyuhyun?

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 07:31 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun revealed a couple picture with TVXQ‘s Changmin.

On October 8th, Kyuhyun tweeted, “A picture from 2 years ago…kekeke Throwing it for Chang’s fans to get really jealous…kekeke ” and uploaded the above picture. The picture showed Kyuhyun smiling brightly as Changmin looked like he was about to kiss him on the cheeks.

After seeing the cute picture, the fans commented, “Kyuhyun and Changmin are so cute“, “Look at Changmin’s sharp nose“, “Kyuhyun looks very happy“, and “This is the ChangKyu couple?

Meanwhile, TVXQ recently made their long anticipated comeback with “Catch Me.”

Source & Image: Kyuhyun’s Twitter

Block B releases Jaehyo’s comeback teaser video

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 02:41 AM PDT

Block B has released a comeback teaser video for member Jaehyo!

It’s been six months since ‘Welcome to the Block‘, and Block B will be returning with their first full-length album on October 17. The group seems to be going for an edgier, hip-hop concept for this upcoming comeback.

Check out Jaehyo’s teaser below, which includes some pretty nice scatting and even what looks like a naughty hand gesture at the end.  Are you feeling this teaser?

Look out for more teaser updates on allkpop!

Son Dam Bi transforms into a barista for ‘Save the Children’

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 01:28 AM PDT

Soloist Son Dam Bi transformed into a barista for a day.

On October 6th, the singer participated in the charity event ‘Change the Future‘ for the ‘Save the Children‘ organization at Coffee Chu located near the Lotte Plaza in Myungdong.

Son Dam Bi worked as a one-day barista, greeting customers and making the drinks herself. All proceeds from the event will be donated to ‘Save the Children’, a charity that will be supporting the growth and development of domestic children in poverty.

Son Dam Bi expressed, “This made me realize that I need to work much harder as much as this is for a good deed. I hope more people will show interest in these meaningful events and take part in them.”

Meanwhile, Son Dam Bi, who released her previous solo album back in 2010, is scheduled to make her return to the music scene soon.

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Rock band TOXIC releases teaser for ‘First Bridge’ debut mini album

Posted: 08 Oct 2012 12:31 AM PDT

Rock band TOXIC, who were the winners of MBC audition program ‘Top Band‘, have just released a teaser for their upcoming debut mini album, ‘First Bridge‘.

The mini-album consists of 6 tracks, “Get Out“, “Lonely” (title track), “tired!!“, “No More“, “Get Out” (remix), and “Lonely” (inst.). The album will be released on October 12th.

The bands unique hyrbrid rock sound won viewers over on ‘Top Band’ creating high anticipation for their debut album.

Although not much is revealed in this first teaser, it is just enough to leave fans clamoring for more.

Check out the short, but sweet teaser below:

Netizens spot KARA’s Hara and B2ST’s Junhyung sporting couple rings

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 11:52 PM PDT

B2ST‘s Junhyung and KARA‘s Hara have been spotted wearing matching rings.

A post titled, “Recent Hara, Junhyung finally couple rings” was shared on an online community board and has been receiving a lot of attention.

The pictures of their couple rings consisted of captures from music show broadcasts and pictures shot by fans that were laid out to show the two stars wearing the same rings.

After seeing the pictures of the couple’s jewelry, netizens commented,”It’s strange to see this kind of thing because they barely hint that they’re dating“, “I hope they have a beautiful relationship“, and “I’m envious.”

Meanwhile, Hara and Junhyung  confirmed that they were dating last June and became the first official idol couple.

Is this merely a coincidence or has the pair become even more committed?

Thanks to everyone who sent in the top!

15& reveals album cover photo shoot and MV making films + short interview

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 11:12 PM PDT

15& ('Fifteen And'), who recently released their their debut single “I Dream“, has released a series of entertaining behind the scenes clips and a short interview!

Made of up 'K-Pop Star' winner Park Ji Min and JYP Entertainment‘s “genius girl” trainee Baek Ye Rin, the duo shows much promise of becoming a new powerful vocal power in the Korean music industry.

In the footage several of 15&’s JYPE label mates make appearances to show their support for the talented duo. 2PM‘s Chansung, Taecyeon, and Wooyoung even present the girls with a cake on set. Fans are also able to see more of the playful and joyous side of both young ladies as they brightly film their music video and album cover photos.

In the interview clip, the girls explain that “15& is a combination of our ages and the ‘and’ means that we can have success into the future“.

We look forward to seeing and hearing much more from these powerhouse rookies.

Check out the behind the scenes clips below:

Music Video

Cover Photoshoot

Short Interview

G.NA kicks off international promotions for ‘Oui’ in Thailand

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 10:44 PM PDT

G.NA has kicked off her first promotional event for her international album, ‘Oui‘, in Thailand!

For a total of three days starting on October 3rd, G.NA met with fans through various performances, broadcast appearances, and fan sign events in celebration of her album’s release. On the 4th, she met with 250 fans chosen through a lottery at the Central World for ‘The 1st Fansign in Bangkok’. Fans of diverse ages were spotted in line, all of whom expressed joy over finally meeting the star.

G.NA guested on Channel V‘s ‘Asian Hero‘ and completed her interview with fluent English. The studio was filled with fans who had all gathered to show their support.

‘Oui’ actually ranked in at third on local music charts on the day of its release, which led to much buzz surrounding G.NA’s visit to the country. After seeing G.NA’s impressive stage manners and her passion towards her fans, love calls from several music and TV shows were sent requesting her appearance.

As previously revealed, ‘Oui’ contains a total of six English versions of all of her hit songs like “I’ll Back Off So You Can Live” and “Black & White“. Also included are newly recorded versions of her popular duets.

One industry official expressed, “Listeners are showing a passionate response towards her album since it is the first to be comprised of all English songs. This is an opportunity for her hit songs to receive the spotlight once again all over Asia, and the success of her recent promotions are demonstrating proof of that. This album will certainly receive much love in Thailand.”

Check out photos from her stay in Thailand shared by Cube Entertainment to allkpop below!

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[Exclusive Interview] M.I.B visits the allkpop office!

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 10:20 PM PDT

Less than a month ago, the gentlemen of  M.I.B traveled all the way to New York and New Jersey. This long trip was the very first time for the boys to visit the east coast.

With the boys in town, allkpop invited M.I.B to our office for an exclusive interview. Many of you witnessed M.I.B hanging out at the allkpop office earlier last month through the live camera, but lamented that you weren't able to make out what was being said. Now it's time for you to find out!

As for the interview, we asked many interesting and funny questions, but you will also definitely want to check out 5Zic‘s dance moves.

Find out what they had to say about Wonder Girls‘ “Like This”, Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” and who has a crush on IU!

Without further ado, check out interview with M.I.B below!

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AOA releases second video teaser for “Get Out”

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 10:05 PM PDT

AOA will be making a comeback soon with "Get Out" and to gear up for its release, they have revealed a second video teaser!

The girl group made their debut this past summer with their album 'Angel's Story', and have come up with a new fun concept for their upcoming return. The new song will be included in their second single 'Wanna Be', which will be released October 10th.

Stay tuned for more updates on AOA's comeback only on allkpop.

Psy reaches 1,000,000+ Youtube subcribers + “Gangnam Style” gains over 400M views

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 09:42 PM PDT

Psy fever shows no signs of slowing down.  It seems like every day he reaches yet another milestone, and today is no different.

Psy’s Youtube channel has just reached 1,000,000 subscribers making his Youtube channel the ‘most subscribed’ in South Korea, as well the first and only Korean channel to have over 1,000,000 subscribers.

This distinction will probably not last long though.  Sungha Jung‘s Youtube channel has for years been ranked the ‘most subscribed’ among South Korean Youtube channels and is poised to hit 1,000,000 subscribers soon. In addition, both SM Entertainment and Big Bang‘s official Youtube channels are also nearing the 1 million subscribers mark.

In other Psy Youtube news, the music video for “Gangnam Style” continues to gain views at an astronomical rate.  Earlier today the video reached 400,000,000 views and counting. To this Psy tweeted and excited screencap.

Psy is also encouraging his fans to purchase his song from iTunes and request it on local radio to help his push to reach #1 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100‘.

Can Psy really reach the top of the Hot 100? Stay tuned to allkpop to find out!

Co-ed rookie duo The Cheers releases debut MV for “YA” + “I’m Worry About U” full audio

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 09:12 PM PDT

Top music producer Kim Hyung Suk has decided to give idol production a go with the production of his very own co-ed duo, The Cheers.

The Cheers is a talented duo who actually won bronze at the MBC College Singing Competition in 2008. They come equipped with singer/songwriter skills, as both Robin and Myungmi have composed and penned the lyrics for “YA” and “I’m Worry About U” from their debut album.

Robin is a highly talented guitarist that has participated in the composing, writing, arranging, programming, mixing, and producing for the album, while Myungmi wrote lyrics and also directed the choreography.

Their relationship with Kim Hyung Suk dates back to when they were student and professor at Howon University. Kim Hyung Suk fell in love with the duo’s unique and quirky musical style and set out to give them his full support.

Check out their music video for “YA” plus the audio for “I’m Worry About U” below! What do you think?

I’m Worry About U

Wonder Girls’ Sun releases ‘OoLaLa Couple’ OST “Come To Me”

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 09:02 PM PDT

Wonder Girls Sun has released “Come To Me“, an OST for the new KBS drama ‘OoLaLa Couple‘.

In the past, Sun has been praised for her vocals that are well suited for drama OSTs. Her new OST is expected to make the viewers more engaged in the drama’s story.

The song expresses the character’s desire to love and be loved by her husband.  Composed by Park Kang Il and lyrics by Kim Ha Young, her new track “Come to Me” is a bright and rhythmical song that shows off Sun’s soft voice. The lyrics express Na Yeo Ok (played by Kim Jung Eun)’s feelings towards her husband, Go Soo Nam (played by Shin Hyun Joon), and will be delivered through Sun’s soft, yet powerful vocals.

Check out the OST below and stay tuned for ‘OoLaLa Couple’ that is aired every Mondays and Tuesdays at 9:55 pm KST.

CSJH’s Stephanie releases solo debut MV “Game” + single ‘The New Beginning’

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:38 PM PDT

Having previously joined forces with Media Line Entertainment to prepare for her new solo career, CSJH the Grace member Stephanie has finally released her debut music video for “Game“!

CEO Kim Chang Hwan has always thought highly of Stephanie’s skills and so has brought forth the best of his production tactics to ensure her solo debut a success. He’s given SM Entertainment rights to produce her album, and the two giants have decided to go ahead with a dance number that gives Stephanie plenty of opportunities to showcase her outstanding dance skills.

“Game” is a mix of progressive and electro house that works to captivate the ears of listeners with its punky rhythm and electronic sounds.

Check out her music video below, as well as songs from her single, ‘The New Beginning‘!

Tell us what you think of her solo debut in the comments.

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INFINITE shows their support for L with a new OST for ‘What is Mom’

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:23 PM PDT

INFINITE has teamed up with the composers of Sweetune once again for a new OST release for MBC‘s daily sitcom, ‘What is Mom‘!

The sitcom currently stars Na Moon Hee at the lead and Ryu Seung Soo, Kim Seo Hyung, and Park Seron to tell the story of the love and hardship that keep a strong family bond. ‘What is Mom’ is also fellow member L‘s first sitcom since his previous acting role in ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band‘.

Titled “She’s a Fantasy“, the song is the work of Han Jae Ho and Kim Seung Soo of Sweetune and comes with a fun music video featuring highlight scenes from the sitcom.

Check it out below!

Sonya releases “Goodbye to Romance” MV from the May Queen OST

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:17 PM PDT

Talented solo singer Sonya has released a music video for “Goodbye to Romance” from Part 1 of the May Queen OST.

Sonya’s explosive vocals are a fitting complement as the emotional backdrop for the popular weekend drama.  It expertly blends a modern pop rock melody with Sonya’s soulful vocals.

Sonya has been gaining popularity from her position as a fixed member on ‘Immortal Song 2

Watch the heartfelt music video below:

Learn how to dance to INFINITE’s “Be Mine” by Pops In Seoul

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 08:16 PM PDT

It's no secret that we all have our own favorite music choreography, but do you ever wonder how to perform your favorite choreographies?

Aired through Arirang TV's 'Pops in Seoul' you get a chance to see and learn how to do some of your favorite K-pop dances!

Check out the episode below featuring Dalmatian‘s Daniel, and learn how to bust a move to INFINITE‘s “Be Mine“.

miss A members reveal first teaser image for their upcoming comeback

Posted: 07 Oct 2012 07:35 PM PDT

After member Fei‘s recent hint at their comeback, miss A has left finally started to reveal more concrete information about their upcoming comeback!

Each member uploaded the same photo from ‘missaworld.com‘ on their Twitter. The photo includes two questions: ”Miss what?” and a fill in the blank problem that states, “Can live without ___” with the five options “Men, Icecream, $, Sugar, Air“. You can also see that the first letters of each option spells mi$S A.

Underneath is also another hint stating, “Get the answer on Oct 15th @ 12:00” further increasing anticipation for that date.

During the ‘Strong Heart’ episode airs today, Fei is expected to further hint at an October 15th comeback for miss A.

Stay tuned with Allkpop for more updates!