Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"K-pop Heals New Jersey: Backstage at Big Bang's 'Alive' Finale!" plus 24 more

"K-pop Heals New Jersey: Backstage at Big Bang's 'Alive' Finale!" plus 24 more

K-pop Heals New Jersey: Backstage at Big Bang's 'Alive' Finale!

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 07:55 AM PST

Last December, SPIN traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to begin reporting for Seoul Trained, an extensive magazine feature on K-pop. Our first night was spent at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena where YG Entertainment — home to PSY, 2NE1, BigBang, Tablo, Jinusean, and more — was celebrating their fifteenth birthday with a "Family Concert" showcase. 

At the time, Big Bang, arguably Korea's most forward-leaning boy band, hadn't performed together in months, their leader G-Dragon having become embroiled in a rare marijuana scandal a year earlier. But the mood that night was one of triumph, BigBang (and G-Dragon in particular) both humbled by the warm reception and contrite in their apologies. And nearly a year later, after both the surprise success of PSY, and the launch of their Alive Tour, in support of their new full-length of the same name, they arrived as headliners in the United States with something they hadn't quite rediscovered the last time we saw them: swagger.

On Friday night in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, we sat down with all five members before they stepped out in front of a sold-out crowd at Prudential Arena for the second night of a two-stand. "We are curious to know what you will think of the show," T.O.P. told us. "I think you will see the 'BigBang color.'" We did. Emerging from cryogenic chambers just after eight, the fivesome proceeded to sprint through two hours of hits and costume changes, through a set that included studded, leather-upholstered Segways, artificial snow, and ample attention to each member's solo work. G-Dragon — the group's creative core and a guy whom bandmate Seungri deemed "a genius" and personal hero twice between songs — was particularly impressive when on his own, further embracing his semi-adopted stance as Korea's Kanye West by taking on a bit of West's vocal grain when performing (that and a pair of his Air Yeezy 2 sneakers) cuts from his recently released One of a Kind EP. Catch some glimpses of the action that night as well as some insights from the band on both PSY, Kanye and new band favorite, Miguel. DAVID BEVAN

  • "I try to stay young," says T.O.P, pictured above. "We try to get ahead of fashion trends. Whenever we feel the urge to create, we do it right away. We don't hesitate, we're not afraid to try new things. But all of our personalities are different, so when we put them all together, we come up with something fresh."

  • Seungri.

  • "Americans might not understand, but within Korea," says G-Dragon, "Big Bang was one of the first artists to make their own production. We have our own interpretation of our own songs. We do our own thing."
  • "This tour started before PSY became famous," says Taeyang. "We're proud of him and very happy for him. PSY let more people know about Korean culture and Korean music. But other than that, those same people who have an interest in Big Bang — in our music, in our style, in our music videos — they're coming to see us."

  • "We're supporting each other," G-Dragon says of PSY. "It's not that we feel pressure because of his success. We're completely different. We encourage each other."

  • "We're excited to shop around New York. It's been a long time since we've had some time off."

  • Members of the Big Bang fan group, VIPs.

  • Big Bang's T.O.P

  • "I don't think he gets any sleep," says G-Dragon of Kanye West.

  • "We prayed for you," the group said to the audience between songs later in the set. They suggested that Hurricane Sandy threatened to cancel both of these shows.

  • "We're constantly listening to music," Taeyang says. "From top pop stars to underground artists."

  • "Cruel Summer is pretty nice," Taeyang says, of their favorite records this year. "We also like Miguel. He's great."


The reason behind Lee Joon’s exceptional casting

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 07:30 AM PST

In the upcoming Kim Ki Deok's Movie Production, "An actor is an actor", Director Shin Yeon Shik revealed the reason behind the casting of MBLAQ's Lee Joon as the male protagonist.

When the news of casting for the movie were revealed, Director Shin Yeon Shik stated in phone calls between reporters that Lee Joon "has different mindset and passion for acting.  As he's an idol, there should be many aspects that he should worry for the sake of his image. However, he's different from the others. Him, being not worried of his image, and his direct personality were what made me choose him".

He also heard that "Lee Joon dreamt of being an actor before he became a singer. Thus, he doesn't give the vibe that he is an actor that was from an idol group. This way, you can verify how valuable Lee Joon is after watching the movie. Director Shin Yeon Shik replied with confidence on his choice for male protagonist.

Director Shin Yeon Shik was acclaimed as a talented director based on the movie that he directed, 2005′s "Good Actor" and 2009′s "The Fair Love". He won the Best Director Awards in Korea for his new movie, Russian Novel, which received the acclaim from critics and audiences on 17th Busan International Film Festival last October.

His new work "An actor is an actor" will depict the life of a popular actor, who stands up and gains popularity again, after suffering from a great slump in his life. Everyone is anticipating on whether movie, which is co-produced by Director Kim Ki-Deokand talented Director Shin Yeon Shik, will be another hit like the legendary movie "A movie is a movie" (2008).

Other than Lee Joon, casting for other lead casts has been completed. "An actor is an actor" will start shooting this year on the end of November.

 icarus @AbsoluteMBLAQ

T-ara's sleeps well on the plane

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST

After promoting "SEXY LOVE" in Korea, T-ara has promotional schedules for their single album "SEXY LOVE" in Japan being released on the 14th. Pictures of them exhausted and sleeping have become a hot topic.

On the 9th, T-ara traveled from Korea to Japan to begin their "SEXY LOVE" promotions in Japan.

T-ara will tour various Japanese regions including Tokyo, Sendai, Fukuoka and Nagoya. They have a total of 12 mini-live events and plan to greet 3,000 to 10,000 fans with each day. They also have a busy schedule for Japanese broadcasts and media interviews.

A photo released by their agency that was taken by their manager in the plane has caught attention. The T-ara members are all asleep on the plane ride.

T-ara members have a busy schedule, so they all fell asleep on the way to Japan, but as expected, the leader Soyeon was awake checking the schedules and keeping the group on task. Eunjung's sleeping pictures have attracted attention before since she can fall asleep anywhere, and she's known as the idol who sleeps whenever and wherever.

T-ara will return to Korea on the 19th.

Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem

Photo of Kim Sarang and Shin Min Ah 7 years ago gains interest

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 06:50 AM PST

A past photo of actress Kim Sarang and Shin Min Ah attracted a lot of attention.

Recently, a photo of them was shared online and received a lot of interest. The photos were taken 7 years ago on the set of the KBS drama "A lot to Kill".

They were co-stars alongside Rain. On the photo you can see them on set and the actresses showed off their bagel girl image. Netizens commented, "They look so pretty and sexy!", "They look amazing even from 7 years ago", "They look amazing also rain".

Source: Nate
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Park Han Byul poses in winter fashion for ‘BLU PÉPÉ’

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 06:45 AM PST

Actress Park Han Byul, who is currently active as the model of a female apparel brand 'BLU PÉPÉ', has released her new winter fashion pictorial for the brand.

In the revealed cuts, Park Han Byul posed in various winter apparel including fur coats, padding jackets, boots and more. The actress, who is known as one of the hottest fashion icons, showed her own lovely and beautiful charms.

Meanwhile, the full pictorial can be viewed on the website and catalogue of'BLU PÉPÉ'.

Big Bang received a huge welcome from fans upon arrival in Peru

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 06:35 AM PST

Big Bang received a huge and warm welcome as they arrived in Peru.

On the 13th of November, Big Bang arrived at the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Peru for their Alive Galaxy World Tour. At the airport, huge crowd of fans waited with banners and logos to welcome the members of Big Bang to their country.

The airport literally froze with the huge crowd that showed up. Word of Big Bang's arrival spread and thousands of fans showed up at the airport not only that but media as well. It has been known that fans from Peru as well as from Brazil, Columbia and Ecuador camped out to grab a ticket for the concert. Their concert is scheduled on the 14th of November and over 7,000 audience are expected.

Source: nate
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Big Bang's Taeyang says hi to Peru with his hair down

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 06:20 AM PST

Big Bang's Taeyang shared a photo of him with his hair down! On the 13th of November, Taeyang updated his twitter account and shared, "Hola Peru!" and shared a fierce photo as well. On the photo you can see Taeyang with an intense expression with a beats headphone on his neck and his hair down.

Taeyang is usually seen with his signature Mohawk hairstyle or his hair braided. It's pretty rare that Taeyang shows himself with his hair down. Netizens commented, "This is my first time seeing him with hair down", "Maybe Mohawk suits him better?", "His hair is pretty frizzy".  What do you think? Like his new hairstyle?

Source: Nate
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Dal Shabet’s “Have, Don’t Have” performs well on the chart

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 06:00 AM PST

Girl group Dal Shabet released their 5th mini album titled 'Have, Don't Have' on the 13th, and the album's title track has swept various major online charts. The song even ranked #1 on Bugs Music's real-time chart.

The group's achievement is more meaningful as they dominated over other senior singers who also recently returned with new albums.

Dal Shabet's "Have, Don't Have" was produced by songwriter Kim Do Hoon and a disco song that is easy for listeners to sing along. The album also includes 5 tracks, and enlisted the help of DK$HINE, MARCO, Min Yeon Jae and MIIII.

Check out "Have, Don't Have" music videos here and here.

2ne1's Park Bom and Dara hang out with Chrome Heart's Jesse Jo

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 06:33 AM PST

2ne1 sure loves the Chrome Hearts brand.

On the 13th of November, Park Bom updated her twitter account and shared, "At Chrome Hearts with Jesse Jo and Dara~" and shared a photo as well. On the photo you can see her alongside Jesse Jo and Dara posing cutely for the camera.

Jesse Jo is the daughter of Lauri Lynn and Richard Stark who are the owners of Chrome Hearts. Jesse Jo is also a designer for the brand. 2ne1 has been spotted wearing Chrome Hearts products countless of times and it looks like they have developed a close relationship wit the brand's owners as well.

Netizens commented, "Wow, they look pretty close", "Luxury meeting", "Im sure they had fun shopping".

Source: Nate
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Chae Yeon transformed into Britney Spears?

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 05:30 AM PST

Solo singer Chae Yeon transformed into Britney Spears?

Recently, Chae Yeon surprised netizens with her photo update in twitter, she tweeted on the 12th of November and shared, "I turned into Britney Spears for the Chinese Television show 百变大咖秀" and she also shared a photo.

On the photo you can see her wearing the iconic Britney Spears look from her hit song "Toxic". Chae Yeon sure looked pretty hot just like the original Britney Spears. Netizens commented, "I want to see her make a cover of Britney Spears toxic", "She has a nice body", "She's a sexy queen in Korea for sure". What do you think?

Source: Nate

Big Bang’s Taeyang teaches fan how to dougie

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 05:15 AM PST

Big Bang's Taeyang had a dance showdown with a lucky fan!

Recently, a video of Taeyang dancing with his African American fan on a street was uploaded on YouTube. The Big Bang member teached the fan "How to Dougie" after the 'Big Bang Alive Concert' in Newark NJ on November 9, 2012.

In the video, the fan asked Taeyang, "I want to dance The Dougie with you" to which Taeyang gladly accepted the request and enthusiastically started dancing with him.

Check out the video below!

T-ara’s Hyomin shows classy airport fashion

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 04:50 AM PST

T-ara's Hyomin is gaining much attention with her classy airport fashion.

On November 9th, T-ara left to Sendai, Japan for their new album promotion. Hyomin particularly drew people's attention forher classy and stylish airport fashion.

Hyomin perfectly pulled off a unique look with her red hair, tan dress and fur coat, and matched a camel leather bag. Even though the photos were not edited at all, the outfit does wonders in bringing out her perfect figure.

Netizens commented, "She looks like a goddess", "True fashionista", and more.

B.A.P’s Zelo displays his cute charms

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 04:30 AM PST

B.A.P's Zelo melted fans' hearts with his cute charms.

Recently, B.A.P's official fan cafe uploaded a video titled "Come in if you can not go crazy" featuring the maknae showing his aegyo to fans while continuing his performance.

In the video, Zelo showed off his impressive rapping skills. When asked to show his charms, he passed his mic to Him Chan and made a pose down on the floor. Zelo shook his fans' hearts for making a shy and cute facial expression on stage.

Netizens commented, "He is making me smile", "He is always the best! So lovely", "He's prettier than me" and "He's so talented."

2PM’s Wooyoung dyes his hair pink!

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 04:15 AM PST

2PM's Wooyoung has underwent another drastic makeover!

On November 13th, the idol wrote on his Twitter, "Good Morning Robin Thicke – Wanna Love You Girl" and attached the above selca.

In the photo, Wooyoung is giving a sweet smile towards the camera while donning large sunglasses and a checkered cap. However, fans immediately noticed that he dyed his hair pink and wondered if it has something to do with 2PM's upcoming concert tour.

Netizens commented, "Wooyoung is the cutest," "He looks good whatever the color," "Wonder what color he'll dye his hair next" and more.

FIESTAR reveals reaction clip for “We Don’t Stop” MV

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:48 AM PST

After releasing their comeback music video for "We Don't Stop" last week, rookie girl group FIESTAR treated the fans with a new special "MV Reaction" clip.

Released via their official Youtube channel on the 14th, the new clip showed FIESTAR members' reaction to their new music video of "We Don't Stop" upon watching it together for the first time!

"We Don't Stop" is a 'Hybrid Girls Hip-hop' which is a mixture of electronics and hip-hop. The song was made by the composer Hyuk Shin who produced "One Less Lonely Girl" of Justin Bieber and ranked him on the 16th of Billboard Chart.

Check out the clip below!

Samsung releases “Create Your Smart Style” with EXO-K

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:33 AM PST

Samsung has teamed up with SM Entertainment's latest idol group, EXO-K, to promote its newest product ATIV Smart PC!

On November 14th, Samsung official Youtube released a promotional video titled "Create Your Smart Style" featuring the boys of EXO-K.

The video includes the captions, "Experience the power, performance and freedom of the Samsung ATIV Smart PC with K-Pop sensation EXO-K, and get ready to create your Smart Style!"

Check out the video below!

4minute’s Gayoon & BTOB’s Ilhoon release video teaser for “My Love by My Side”

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 03:15 AM PST

4minute's Heo Gayoon and labelmate BTOB's Jung Ilhoon will be singing the theme song "My Love by My Side" for Jiyoon's musical of the same name. Ahead of the release on the 16th, a video teaser has been revealed for the music video of the song.

Gayoon and Ilhoon will be reinterpreting the theme song for Kim Hyun Shik's My Love by My Side". The remake will present an electronic rhythm with the orchestra melody and will create a new vibe with through Gayoon's powerful vocals and BTOB's IlHoon's rap.

Check out the teaser below:

Loen reveals CSI video of C-CLOWN

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:45 AM PST

Ahead of their comeback, rookie idol group C-CLOWN introduced their upcoming second mini album titled, 'Young Love'.

On November 14th, Loen Entertainment's official Youtube channel a special interview clip titled C.S.I (Coming Soon Interview) featuring C-CLOWN members. In the video, the boys introduced their upcoming album, as well as gave sneak peak of their choreography and more.

C.S.I (Coming Soon Interview) focuses on the recent stories and the making of the album of K-POP artists who are coming back or making debut.

Check out the clip below.

TaeTiSeo appears on ‘Love in Asia’

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:31 AM PST

Girls' Generation – TaeTiSeo appeared on KBS's "Love in Asia", a program which looks to raise awareness of countries near South Korea.

The November 13th episode of "Love in Asia" was a special collaboration between KBS and Vietnam Television, a broadcaster in Vietnam. The recording took place on November 2nd in both a studio in Korea and a studio in Vietnam.

Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun, while in the recording studio in Korea, first performed "Twinkle", the title track of their first mini-album as a Girls' Generation subunit. This performance was shown live to Vietnamese fans of Girls' Generation in the recording studio in Vietnam, who responded with cheers and applause.

After the performance, several fans were also given the chance to ask several questions through a translator to Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun.

Watch the clip below:


The SEEYA releases dance version MV for “Be With You”

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 02:16 AM PST

After releasing their drama version music video earlier, Core Contents Media's "second SeeYa" girl group, The SEEYA, has now released the dance version MV for debut title song, "Be With You"!

The music video features members of Co-Ed's male subunit, SPEED. The song "Be With You", which was composed by hit maker Duble Sidekick, serves as the title track for The SEEYA's debut album 'Good To Seeya'.

The SEEYA is made up of four members Oh Yeon Kyung, Song Min Kyung, Huh Young Joo and Sung Yoojin who all in their late teenage years and they all have amazing vocal skills.

Check out the MV below!

Dal Shabet releases "Have,Don't Have" MV [Don't Have Version]

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 01:58 AM PST

Dal Shabet releases the second version MV of their latest hit song "Have,Don't Have",check out the official MV below.

Like the cute dance steps of their new song?

Super Junior M releases BTS video for Bonrich CF

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 01:55 AM PST

Check out the BTS video of Super junior M for Bonrich CF.

Girls' Generation's Tiffany graces High Cut magazine.

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 12:50 AM PST

 Girls' Generation's Tiffany transforms into a romantic winter beauty for the latest issue of High Cut magazine.

Check out her gorgeous photos from her latest photoshoot for High Cut magazine below.

RAINBOW celebrates 3rd anniversary

Posted: 14 Nov 2012 12:20 AM PST

RAINBOW has just turned 3 years old on November 14. To celebrate this meaningful day, the girls shared their thoughts, photos, gifts through their twitter accounts to show their gratitude to fans, members, family and company staff who have been with them and supported them in the past 3 years.

Ji Sook shared on her twitter, "These are rings for Rainbow's 3rd anniversary♥ The three years were so precious and thank you to the members, office family, the fans who look out for us till the end, I love you♥ Rainbow members!!! We are the best!!"
Yoon Hye shared Rainbow's party, "3rd anniversary party~~~!!!! Rainbow got to celebrate their 3rd anniversary since debut^^ We will become more happy, lovely and full of energy! Thank you and I love you♥"

Woori shed tears and shared''It's already Rainbow's 3rd year since debut ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ We will work even harder from now on~~♡o(^▽^)o''
No Eul shared some unreleased photos, "It's finally rainbow's 3rd anniversary today~^^ Many thoughts pass through as this day comes.. ㅎㅅㅎanyways, these photos have never been revealed before~0~ Rainnous, you know that I'm thankful all the time right?♥3♥Please wait for us a little longer~!!"
 Leader Jae Kyung even made a cake on her own to celebrate this wonderful day with fellow members and fans, "To my beloved rainbow♥ You went through a lot during the three years but we became the happiest women since we got together!! Let's do our best from now on like we always did and let's succeed for our new album!♥I love you♥. Thank you to Rain-nous who have been supporting us for 3 years♥ Please be with us for the upcoming 30 years too♥♥♥ Hihihi Now the rainbow will arise♥"

Debuted since 2009 November 14 with 'Gossip Girl' and working hard to give us A, Mach, To me, Sweet DreamHoi Hoialso working hard overseas as a Hallyu group, RAINBOW has had 3 meaningful years with so much love from Rainnous and kpop fans. Keep supporting these 7lovely girls in the future.

Source: Rainbow's twitter
Eng-trans: visualglow
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Jo Kwon updates fans with a funny photo

Posted: 13 Nov 2012 11:49 PM PST

On November 12, through his twitter account, Jo Kwon updated fans with a funny photo together with a message "Each time went to airport, thanks to fan's coming and giving this, my mood was better".

In the photo, Jo Kwon poses hilariously with cute glasses and lips. In particular, his fake moustache is garnering much attention

Netizen commented, "Jo Kwon is so lovely!", "What? Real moustache?", "Jo Kwon - happy virus",...

Meanwhile, 2AM will hold their solo concert "The way of love" on November 24 and 25. 

Source: Jo Kwon's twitter
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews