Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"Psy dances the ‘horse dance’ with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon" plus 19 more

"Psy dances the ‘horse dance’ with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon" plus 19 more

Psy dances the ‘horse dance’ with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 08:36 AM PDT

Psy and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon met on the 23rd at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Upon meeting Psy, Ban Ki Moon joked, “I’m a little jealous of Psy. Recently, a friend told me that I used to be the most famous Korean in the world, but now I had to give up that position because of Psy.” Psy replied to the onlookers, “You are currently looking at the most famous Korean and the second most famous Korean in the world.

Ban Ki Moon continued with his jokes and said, “Psy, you are really cool. I think Psy can solve the problem of global warming because he’s so cool. Also, since he’s so full of energy, he may also be the answer to the energy crisis.” He also revealed, “More than 500 million people saw Psy’s music video on YouTube. That’s more than 10 times the population of Korea. I’ve seen Psy’s music video on YouTube many times as well.

Psy expressed his surprise and said, “Really? That means you increased my YouTube view count. This is a big moment in my life. Koreans respect Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, so I’m honored that you even clicked on my YouTube video.” When the media members asked Psy to teach the Secretary General the horse dance, Psy replied, “I think he already knows it“, and the two posed in the famous ‘horse dance’ stance.

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JYJ’s Jaejoong holds a successful fan meeting with 5,000 fans in Thailand

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 08:07 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Jaejoong captivated the hearts of fans in Thailand.

On October 23rd, Jaejoong held a fan meeting with 5,000 fans at the The Royal Paragon Hall in Siam Paragon.

He opened the fan meeting by singing his song from the ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin‘ soundtrack ”Living like a Dream” and then commenced with talks, games, and various other events that brought joy to fans.

The host of this fan meet asked him, “Do you like Thailand” and Jaejoong wittily replied, “I wanted to come to Thailand, but I didn’t have the opportunity. I think Thailand might be a nice place to reside when I get older. I bet when that time comes you all will be married, right? Then how does coming to my concert with your husbands and children sound?

Jaejoong prepared many memorable events for his fans.

He wore an apron and taught fans how to make kimbap and even hand fed fans and camera staffs who came on stage.

He emotionally touched his fans by preparing 5,000 roses to give each individual fan a rose and took pictures with his fans.

Jaejoong revealed his thoughts on this fan meeting saying, “It was very nice to see my Thai fans after such a long time. I will forever love my fans. You all are my happiness.

Jaejoong will have his next fan meetings in Indonesia on November 3rd and in Vietnam on November 10th.

f(x)’s Krystal shares adorable childhood photo on her birthday

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 07:30 AM PDT

f(x)‘s Krystal shared an adorable photo from her childhood on her 18th birthday (Korean age: 19).

Krystal posted to me2day on October 24: “Thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. Though everyone’s saying I’m turning 20, I was 17 just yesterday. Let’s just say that I’ll stop here.”

Fans commented, “Krystal has always been beautiful. Natural beauty”, “So cute”, and “It seems like she stopped aging since then”.

In related news, fellow member Amber also wished Krystal a happy birthday with a unique post.

Happy Birthday, Krystal!

Alex to host ‘Live Open Studio’

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 07:10 AM PDT

Singer/actor Alex has been announced as the host of Channel A‘s new program, ‘Live Open Studio

‘Live Open Studio’ will feature weekly entertainment news as well as interviews with stars. Alex will be hosting alongside announcer Choi Seo Young, while Woo Seung Min of the band All Lies will act as a reporter.

The segments currently planned for the show are ‘HOT HOT HOT’, a summary of the week’s entertainment news, ‘Entertainment Newsbeat’, which will revolve around the week’s hottest issues, and ‘Open Talk’, an interview corner that will have stars come into the studio.

The first stars to be invited are the four members of the girl group Girl’s Day.

‘Live Open Studio’ will air every Wednesday live at 8:40PM KST. The show premieres on the 25th.

Lee Hyori and Lee Sang Soon volunteer for K.A.R.A.

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 06:51 AM PDT

Lee Hyori and Lee Sang Soon were spotted volunteering for K.A.R.A. (Korea Animal Rights Advocates).

Photos of the couple were posted to K.A.R.A.’s official homepage under the title: “In October, 2012, K.A.R.A. went on voluntary service with Lee Hyori”. The two stars visited an animal shelter in Pocheon City (Gyeongi province) to help out.

Lee Hyori has been making a constant effort for animals rights, and these recent photos have been receiving attention as her boyfriend, musician Lee Sang Soon, joined her as a volunteer.

Netizens commented, “Wow, this is true charity”, “Volunteering and spending time together, the best”, and “She and Lee Sang Soon look happy as always”.

2PM’s Taecyeon receives perfect score on TOEIC

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 06:30 AM PDT

2PM‘s Taecyeon has received a perfect score of 990 on the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication).

Taecyeon tweeted on the 24th, “I took the TOIEC last time, and the results are out now. It’s not 10 out of 10, but 990/990,” along with a photo of his amazing score.

Fans commented, “Oppa, you’re not human”, “Amazing. When’s my score coming out?”, and “What do you lack exactly? Oh yeah… fashion [sense]“.

The TOEIC is “an English language test designed specifically to measure the everyday English skills of people working in an international environment.”

Congrats to Taecyeon!

Tip: Hottest

Who Wore it Better: Dasom vs. Seo In Young

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 06:09 AM PDT

On August 7, SISTAR‘s Dasom wore a metal, collar-style necklace by fleamadonna to a press conference for ‘Shut Up Family‘.

Solo artist Seo In Young wore the same necklace in her music video for ‘Let’s Dance‘, which was released on October 18.

Same necklace- totally different styles. Who wore it better? Cast your vote in the poll, and be sure to tell us why you voted that way in the comments!

Epik High’s Tablo to appear on ‘Healing Camp’

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 05:47 AM PDT

Epik High‘s Tablo will be making an appearance on SBS‘ ‘Healing Camp‘.

It was announced today that Tablo would be filming for the program on October 25 KST. His appearance on the talk show will be his first solo interview on Korean television since MBC‘s ‘Golden Fishery – Knee-Drop Guru‘ in 2009.

Tablo is expected to discuss his life as a music artist as well as difficulties he’s experienced throughout the years, including dealing with the group Tajinyo.

This episode of ‘Healing Camp’ is planned to broadcast on November 5.

In related news, Epik high released their comeback album, ‘99‘, last week.

The SEEYA to release debut single in November

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 05:25 AM PDT

Female vocal group SeeYa is being rebooted as The SEEYA.

Under Core Contents Media, the four members of the new group will be revealed on November 5 KST, while their debut digital single will be released a week after on the 12th.

The SEEYA worked with hit producer Duble Sidekick for their upcoming single. The group will be featuring a different style of music than the trademark mid-tempo ballads that the original SeeYa was known for.

The original SeeYa disbanded in early 2011.

Stay tuned to allkpop for more updates on the new group.

[Spoiler] Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung sports a short cut for ’3rd Hospital’

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 05:04 AM PDT

tvN‘s ‘3rd Hospital‘ released a still cut of Girls’ Generation‘s Sooyoung with short hair.

During a recent shooting, Sooyoung secretly left the hospital because her tumor came back after a month and a half of treatment. In the still cut, Sooyoung wore a white blouse and a long skirt, looking plain but managing to glow anyway. Her short hair snagged the attention of many netizens. Fans wondered if she had actually cut her hair, but ’3rd Hospital’ revealed that the short hair was merely a wig.

Fans commented, “Sooyoung looks great with short hair“, and “She looks great no matter what she wears“.

Trabler releases debut teaser

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 04:42 AM PDT

Trabler have released their debut teaser!

All five members – rapper/producer Kim DeegieHan Jung Hoon, DJ/producer DJ IT, composer/pianist/vocalist Song Ho Jae, and guitarist/producer Kim Byung Woo - of the upcoming group were revealed earlier this month.

The new band united under dline Art Media and Sony Music Worldwide to release their debut 18-track album, ‘Ego or Identity Trip‘, which will feature genres such as hip hop, rock, dubstep, and electronica.

Check out Trabler’s debut teaser below.

Tip: piansion

KARA’s Hara enjoys a cucumber mask

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 04:21 AM PDT

KARA‘s Hara shared a beauty secret with fans when she revealed a new selca of herself enjoying a cucumber face mask.

On October 21, the singer tweeted, “When your skin is dry, do a cucumber facial. The cucumbers are crooked,” along with an adorable picture.

Hara looks comfortable with a face full of cucumbers in the picture, still looking gorgeous without makeup.

Upon seeing the picture, netizens commented, “She doesn’t have that many cucumbers on her face, but her whole face is already covered“, “Her skin secret is a cucumber facial? Then starting from now, me too…!“, and “Hara’s cucumber pack is so cute. Why does she look so serious?“.

John Park wishes he had more male fans

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 03:59 AM PDT

Singer John Park recently confessed that he wishes he had more male fans.

During the most recent recording of KBS 2TV‘s ’Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook‘, John Park made an appearance and sang his hit songs “Childlike” and “Falling” in front of over 1,000 audience members.

When asked about his plans, John Park stated, “I am preparing for an album that will be released next year. I have been reading a lot of poetry because I’m writing my own songs. I’ve also been listening to Kim Min Gi‘s ‘Autumn Letter‘ and Kang Seung Won‘s ‘About Thirty‘ frequently.

When host Yoo Hee Yeol also asked if he had any worries, he answered, “I wish I had more male fans,” adding that the vast majority of his fans are female.

This episode of ‘Sketchbook’ will air on the 26th KST.

f(x)’s Amber sends a cute message to Krystal on her birthday

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 03:37 AM PDT

f(x)‘s Amber sent fellow member Krystal, who recently celebrated her 18th birthday (Korean age: 19), a special birthday message that has fans talking.

Amber tweeted on the 24th:

The photo shows Krystal’s face attached to the body of a shepherdess holding an adorable “Amber llama”. The caption on the photo is a combination of Krystal and Amber’s name, “Kryber”, has left fans smiling.

Fans commented, “Did Amber make this herself?”, “[Amber] has a lot of sense”, and “Happy Krystal day”.

Happy Birthday, Krystal!

2PM’s “Masquerade” to be used as opening theme for Nihon TV’s ‘Happy Music’

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 03:16 AM PDT

2PM‘s fifth Japanese single ‘Masquerade‘ will be used as the opening theme song for Nihon TV‘s ‘Happy Music‘ in November.

Pre-sales for ‘Masquerade’ began on the 15th and showed explosive popularity by sweeping #1-3 on Tower Record‘s chart. They maintained the top three spots for eight consecutive days from October 15 to the 23rd, which proved 2PM’s great popularity in Japan. There is high anticipation for their single because more albums were urgently created due to the massive amount of orders. The group has also ranked first on Japan's largest mobile ringtone chart.

Famous Japanese music composers NA.ZU.NA and M.I, who have worked with popular Japanese singers like ArashiKoda Kumi, and SMAP, have collaborated to produce “Masquerade”. ”Masquerade” is a dance track about the heartbreaking story of a person who is caught in forbidden love. 2PM’s vocals along with the sad melody, bring out the emotions in the song. In the album jacket photo, the members of 2PM have been drawing attention for their masculine charm and anticipation is high for live performances of their ‘mask dance’ choreography for this track.

The massive popularity of their new single ‘Masquerade’ is what led to the decision to make it the opening theme song for ‘Happy Music’.

On another note, 2PM will be holding an Asian Tour at the end of the year, and at the beginning of next year they will hold  an Arena Tour in Japan.

miss A reveal their ideal types on ‘A Night Like Tonight’ radio

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 02:53 AM PDT

The members of miss A are receiving much interest after revealing their current ideal types.

On October 23, the girls guest-featured on SBS Power FM‘s ‘Jung Sun Hee’s A Night Like Tonight‘ where they discussed their latest album and various other topics.

DJ Jung Sun Hee questioned the girls about their ideal type and which celebrity they would like to meet the most. Fei and Min answered in unison, “Won Bin.” The two then made a proposal to the actor, stating, “Please meet us at least once.”

On the other hand, Suzy and Jia selected actor Kang Dong Won. Suzy explained, “I really like that Kang Dong Won has double eyelids on one eye only. I even watched [his film] ‘Jeon Woo Chi‘ seven times just to see him.” When asked what she would do if she were given the opportunity to go on a date with him for a day, Suzy simply replied, “I want to go eat delicious food with him.”

Jia later added that she’s been thinking of changing her ideal type to Won Bin.

In related news, miss A recently made a comeback with “I Don’t Need a Man“.

SISTAR’s Hyorin wants SECRET’s Sunhwa on her ‘Gayo Daejun’ team

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 02:31 AM PDT

SISTAR‘s Hyorin expressed she wanted to be on the same ‘2012 SBS Gayo Daejun‘ team as SECRET‘s Sunhwa.

Hyorin attended the press conference for the year-end special on the 23rd. When asked who she wanted to team up with for the event, she answered, “I think everyone is good, but I want to do it with Sunhwa. We’re the same age, and we’re pretty close. Sunhwa is good-natured, so I think if I’m with her I’ll have fun. I’d be able to make a lot of memories with her as we practice.” She also joked, “The After School members are too tall, so it’s a bit burdensome for me.

She decided to participate in the project called ‘The Color of K-Pop‘. It was previously announced that INFINITE‘s Woohyun and Hoya, 2AM‘s Jokwon and Jinwoon, MBLAQ‘s G.O and Lee Joon, B2ST‘s Kikwang and Yoseob, and TEEN TOP‘s Niel and L.Joe would be forming two male groups for the end of the year festival. On top of this, SISTAR’s Hyorin and Bora, 4minute‘s HyunA and Gayoon, SECRET’s Hyosung and Sunhwa, After School’s Lizzy and Nana, and KARA‘s Nicole and Jiyoung will be forming two girl groups.

The groups will be named ‘Dynamic Black‘, ‘Dynamic Blue‘, ‘Dazzling Red‘, and ‘Mystic White‘, and will feature songs from Shinsadong Tiger, Sweet Tune, Brave Brothers, and Kim Do Hoon. The group members will be chosen through viewers votes.

Hyorin commented, “We’ve never tried something like this, and I think it’s a good attempt. I thought it would be a good experience and memory, so I wanted to do it no matter what. I think it’ll be good for me to work with members from other groups.

Parody of K. Will’s “Please Don’t…” MV for traffic safety draws attention

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 02:08 AM PDT

A parody of K.Will‘s music video for his latest single, “Please Don’t“, is receiving attention for encouraging traffic safety awareness.

The video, titled “Please Don’t Black Box Ver.”, shows unsafe traffic situations that are synchronized with the “Please Don’t” verse from K.Will’s MV.

Netizens commented, “The synchronization is awesome”, “Will ‘Please Don’t’ become a catchphrase?”, and “K. Will’s voice sounds so sad, which makes it even more hilarious”.

In related news, “Please Don’t…” has been doing well on music charts.

Check out the “Please Don’t” parody video below!

Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon blows Seohyun away with a punch?

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 01:47 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Hyoyeon and Seohyun‘s rock-paper-scissors game on stage has become a hot issue.

A Girls’ Generation fanpage posted photos of the two members playing rock-paper-scissors on stage. Whoever was the loser of the round received a penalty.

In the first set of photos, Seohyun lost, and Hyoyeon dealt her a “slap” to the face, causing Seohyun to fly away. In the second set, Seohyun won and she punished Hyoyeon by thumping her on the head. In the last set, Hyoyeon won yet again, and threw Seohyun a powerful “punch”, making Seohyun fly backward from its force.

Netizens commented, “The two of them play around so happily“, and “Seohyun should practice a bit more“.

Eunji of GODDESS revealed to be in middle school

Posted: 24 Oct 2012 01:25 AM PDT

Girl group GODDESSmaknae has been revealed to be a middle school student.

GODDESS debuted on September 28 with their song “Farewell Party“, and member Eunji, who was born in 1997, is receiving a lot of attention for her age. She’s currently a junior high student in Seoul.

Eunji gained many fans with her tough, mature image in the music video for “Farewell Party”, and most seemed surprised to find out that she’s only 15 years of age.

According to her agency, she started to learn dance two years ago and ended up catching the attention of her current label. Eunji was a trainee for two years before she made her debut this year as a third year student in junior high.  Eunji is also the grand niece of famous hanbok designer, Park Sool Nyuh.