Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Lee Hyori’s agency talks about her rejecting commercials" plus 19 more

"Lee Hyori’s agency talks about her rejecting commercials" plus 19 more


Lee Hyori’s agency talks about her rejecting commercials

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 09:06 AM PST

Singer Lee Hyori is refusing to appear on commercials.

According to a staff member at her agency, Lee Hyori is currently rejecting offers from companies asking her to appear in commercials for their products.

The staff member stated to TV Daily on November 28th, “Lee Hyori has asked the agency to reject any offers for commercials that come in and our company will comply with her wishes.  She does not want to appear in them and we have no desire to force her to participate in something that she does not want to do.

Regarding Lee Hyori’s future activities the staff member said, “There are no plans regarding any broadcasts.  We will figure things out after Lee Hyori comes to a decision herself.”

In a conversation she had with a professor of Seoul Law School on November 18th, Lee Hyori mentioned the way that she rejects commercials by saying, “I was once the flower of capitalism and the greatest beneficiary of it and remembered thinking about how encouraging it is.  Whenever I saw articles titled, ‘Is this the Season of Lee Hyori?’ I would get depressed and think, ‘Am I still clinging on to these things?‘” and honestly shared what was in her heart.

Source: TV Daily via Nate News

Super Junior, EXO-K, f(x), Juniel, and others awarded at the ’19th Acting Prize of Republic Korea’

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 08:33 AM PST

The ‘19th Acting Prize of Republic Korea‘ award ceremony was held on November 28th at the Gyeonggido Bundang Seongnam Art Center.

For the singers, Super Junior and f(x) received the ‘Group Singer Award‘ while Huh Gak and Byul received the ‘Ballad Singer Award‘. Donghae and Yesung were present from Super Junior to receive the award, and f(x)’s Victoria, Amber, and Krystal stood on stage to accept for the group.

EXO-K and Juniel received the ‘Rookie Singer Award‘.

For the radio and TV programs, KBS‘ ‘Hello‘ received the ‘Best Variety Program Award‘, and SBS‘ ‘Healing Camp‘ was awarded the ‘Best Program Award‘. The ‘Radio DJ Award‘ went to Kan Mi Yeon for her ‘Kan Mi Yeon’s Best Friend‘ and Jo Eun Hyung for his ‘Gayo World‘. The ‘TV MC Award‘ was given to Nam Hee Suk and Lee Young Ja.

There were other awards given to senior singers, song editors and producers, choreographers, ballerinas, and other entertainment fields.

Check out some of the photos below!

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Teaser revealed for Kim Hyun Joong’s first Japanese solo album ‘Unlimited’

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 08:07 AM PST

Via tokyohive:

Kim Hyun Joong is set to release his first Japanese solo album, ‘UNLIMITED‘ on December 12th. Earlier today, a teaser for his upcoming album was revealed through the official YouTube channel of Universal Music Japan.

The album will come in 3 different versions: Limited Edition A, Limited Edition B, and Regular Edition. The Limited Edition A will include a DVD that contains the PV and making of “Your Story” while Limited Edition B will include a DVD that contains the PV and making of “Save Today“.

Check out the teaser below!

Tip: wano

Big Bang confirms ‘BIG BANG ALIVE GALAXY TOUR: THE FINAL’ in Seoul on January 25-27

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 07:38 AM PST

Big Bang has confirmed the dates for the Seoul finale of ‘Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012‘.

The group had announced the Seoul finale before, and have confirmed the dates to be from January 25th to January 27th next year at the Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena. Big Bang held the opening of the world tour at the same place at the beginning of the year, and are planning to make a full circle back to their fans with an upgraded version of themselves.

The tickets will go on sale from December 11th at 8PM to December 13th on G-Market. Big Bang has always sold out their concerts, so this set of tickets are also expected to sell out quickly as well. The three dates will allow for about 40,000 seats, bringing up their total audience number for the world tour to 800,000.

A-JAX releases choreography practice video for “2MYX”

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 07:33 AM PST

A-JAX has released the dance practice video for “2MYX“!

The video shows the boys practicing their choreography, awing fans with their perfect synchronization. As a little quirk, the boys even feature a stuffed animal version of One Piece‘s Tony Tony Chopper to mark their stage line.

Check out the video below!

Tip: jna

[Review][Single] Roh Ji Hoon “Punishment”

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 05:18 AM PST

When I saw Roh Ji Hoon‘s debut teaser photos- the ones of him sitting on a couch with a girl wrapped around him, I was curious to see where this ‘bad boy’ concept would go. Cube Entertainment, the team behind envelope-pushing acts such as G.Na, 4minute, HyunA and Troublemaker, has had their share of hits and misses with sexy concepts, so this could have gone either way. Unfortunately, it was a bit of a miss, for one big reason- it feels like a boy band song, not a solo.

Look, I love boy bands, I really do. And Roh Ji Hoon has a great voice.  However, “Punishment” (created by Brave Brothers) could have gone to Teen Top and it wouldn’t sound all that different from how it sounds now, except it might have a rap break (see “To You“, also by Brave Brothers). What makes Roh Ji Hoon’s solo all that different from the “Lover Boy” by Cube’s own BtoB, a seven member band? Soloists are dominating right now, so why take a perfectly good soloist and give him a song that sounds like it should belong to a group- doesn’t that defeat the purpose?

All of that said, it’s a decent song. I don’t dislike it, I just feel like I’ve heard it three times already this year- the previously mentioned “To You” and “Lover Boy”, as well as SISTAR‘s “Alone“- which, like “To You” and “Punishment”, is by Brave Brothers. Kudos to Roh Ji Hoon himself- he seems a lot more confident on stage now than he did when he was on ‘Birth of a Great Star‘, and his dancing has improved by leaps and bounds. Here’s hoping Cube can figure out what to do with him as a soloist soon.

Staff member reveals that Jung Woo Sung was very cool and honest during his recording of ‘Knee Drop Guru’

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 05:12 AM PST

Knee Drop Guru‘ will soon makes its return to MBC and the first guest to appear is Jung Woo Sung. And of course, everyone is interested to find out about the topics that were discussed.

A staff member on the program who was present at the recording told Star News on November 28th that, “The thought I had during Jung Woo Sung’s filming was, ‘this guy is a really cool person.’  He must not be used to this type of talk show but he was very honest and frank with all his answers and did not hold anything back.”

The staff member continued, “I cannot go into detail about the topics that were spoken about but there were no requests on his part to edit any material out.  He was very cool and classy throughout the recording and then just left.”

‘Knee Drop Guru’ was put on hiatus last year after a scandal involving the host, Kang Ho Dong regarding tax evasion. About a year after the incident, on November 23rd, it finally had its first new recording.  Returning to the show with Kang Ho Dong is Yoo Sae Yoon and Kwanghee.

Everyone is already anticipating the return of the show but the fact that an A-list actor, Jung Woo Song being the first guest is making people more anxious.  This is the first time that Jung Woo Sung will appear alone on a talk show since his appearance on ‘The Park Joong Hoon Show‘ and people are wondering if he will talk about his relationship with Lee Ji Ah and their subsequent break up.

The first episode of ‘Knee Drop Guru’ will air on November 29th.

 

Source: Star News via Nate News

B1A4′s Baro tweets an awkward photo of himself lying down

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:27 AM PST

B1A4‘s Baro recently updated his Twitter with a new photo of himself.

On November 27th, the singer tweeted, “My long leg picture ^^,” and attached the photo above.

The picture shows Baro simply lying on the grass and the angle of the photo does make him look a lot taller. Judging by his outfit, the picture seems to have been taken during B1A4′s music video shoot for “Tried to Walk“.

Fans commented, “Oppa, your facial expression…“, “You do have very long legs!“, “It’s just the angle“, and more.

Source: Baro’s Twitter

Juniel impresses with Chinese character skills on ‘Shim Shim Ta Pa’

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:23 AM PST

Rookie singer Juniel has been gaining attention for her knowledge of Chinese characters.

On November 26th’s broadcast of ‘Shindong’s Shim Shim Ta Pa‘, Juniel was present and completed the mission, ‘Write Text in Chinese Characters’ with ease.

Juniel chose the hardest question that was created by the production team, but regardless of the level of difficulty, she read it fast and impressed listeners.

She said her knowledge of Chinese characters is because of the studying she did for her Japanese promotions and DJ Shindong complimented her saying, “If there was an idol Chinese characters test, Juniel will win first place.

Netizens commented on her impressive skills saying, “Her Chinese skills are amazing,” “I didn’t know she would be so good at reading Chinese characters,” and “Her Chinese skills are daebak.

Source & Image: Kyungje Today via Nate

Song Ji Hyo reveals the ‘Running Man’ members have no problem stripping in front of her

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:38 AM PST

Song Ji Hyo revealed her relationship with the other members of ‘Running Man‘.

She was a guest on ‘Strong Heart‘, where she said, “I’ve spent the two years with the members like we were all family, but when we get a female guest, I become a loner. It’s not like I get jealous. Instead, I feel like I have to protect them, so I give the guests advice until they can get used to the guys.

Song Ji Hyo confessed, “In the process, oppas don’t see me as a girl, and I don’t seem them as men. All of a sudden, they change in front of me without any hesitation and when I see that, I start thinking, “What color underwear am I wearing today?”. We’re just that close. I think my personality changed a lot“.

 

Source: TV Daily

KARA’s Seungyeon updates fans with new selca

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:29 AM PST

KARA‘s Seungyeon updated fans with a beautiful selca.

On the night of November 27th, she tweeted the photo above and along with it wrote, “Oh, doesn’t seem like me. Again, I am exploding with emotions. I am tired. What might I be doing? It’s a secret!

In the photo, we can see Seungyeon in full makeup and in the midst of getting her hair done. Because of the question left in her tweet, many fans are trying to guess where she could be headed out to.

Fans commented on the photo saying, “Wow, Hamtaro seems to get prettier by the day,” “Where are you going at this time of day all dressed up?,” and “Where are you? Japan?”

Source & Image: Seungyeon’s Twitter

Lee Hi catches eyes with her bright blue airport fashion

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:20 AM PST

Lee Hi was recently spotted at the Incheon International Airport on her way to Hong Kong for the upcoming ‘2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards‘.

The photos show Lee Hi catching peoples’ eyes with her bright blue sweater dress, that complements her milky skin.

In other news, the ’2012 MAMA’ will be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on November 30th.

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Is Lee Hi’s airport fashion a hit or a miss? Let us know in the comments below!

f(x) Amber reveals her no-makeup face

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:17 AM PST

f(x)‘s Amber recently revealed an adorable no-makeup selca!

She posted the photo on her Twitter with a single “:P” emoticon. Although she has no makeup on, her face looks flawless and this photo seems to be a bit of change from Amber’s usual boyish selcas.

Fans commented with, “So cute“, “Amber’s cuteness explosion“, “Her bare face is pretty!

Source + image via Amber’s Twitter

[Review][Single] Boyfriend “Janus”

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:08 AM PST

Boyfriend‘s latest song, “Janus“, is named after a Roman god with two faces. This is supposed to reflect the song’s lyrics, which talk about a “two-faced” man who smiles in front of his girlfriend during their breakup, but cries when she’s not looking. However, the metaphor extends further than press releases would have you believe- Janus is the god of transformation, which is the perfect word to describe Boyfriend’s comeback.

The almost terrifyingly sweet fluff of the past is gone, making room for a song and video with actual substance, courtesy of Sweetune. Boyfriend has a couple of pretty good vocalists in their mix, which I never noticed until now because I was too distracted by mediocre songs and overwhelming aegyo. Behind that not-so-great concept was some real talent that is finally getting its chance to shine.

Boyfriend still has quite a road ahead of them if they intend to stick around. “Janus” is a huge step in the right direction, but it also kind of sounds like a rejected “BTD“-era INFINITE track, which prevents it from establishing any kind of identity for Boyfriend. The instrumental starts off great and seems to be going somewhere, but the vocals begin with the second half of the chorus- possibly the dullest part of the song! This kills all the anticipation built up in the intro and makes the first part of the song feel like it drags on forever. “Janus” makes use of the multiple rap breaks that Sweetune likes to use with INFINITE, but the rapping itself is completely uninspiring. The video borders on MBLAQ-level overacting, but while MBLAQ videos have storylines to justify the drama, “Janus’” storyline is uneventful, so the acting feels silly and out of place.

Even so, “Janus” is by far the best thing Boyfriend has ever released, and it’s the first song of theirs I’ve wanted to listen to more than once. It isn’t the best comeback of the year, but it is one of the most surprising, which is a good thing for a group that’s been stuck in one not-very-successful image up to this point. For the first time, I’m looking forward to seeing what Boyfriend does next.

Shin Dong Yup ‘protects’ Eunhyuk regarding IU scandal on ‘Hello’

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:03 AM PST

Shin Dong Yup sent a sympathetic look to Super Junior‘s Eunhyuk, while hinting at the scandal he recently had with IU.

On November 26th’s airing of ‘Hello‘, the other celebrity guests shared what their concerns were and when it was Eunhyuk’s turn, Shin Dong Yup sent him a sympathetic look while patting Eunhyuk’s shoulder. Shin Dong Yup then ended with, “Well~” but then another guest asked, “Why didn’t you ask Eunhyuk?” To this Shin Dong Yup humorously responded, “What’s the need to ask?

Eunhyuk, who had a recent scandal with IU, just smiled with an awkward expression.

Shin Dong Yup’s ‘protection’ of Eunhyuk did not stop there. Lee Young Ja said, “I need someone to play the boyfriend” and asked Eunhyuk for help, but to this Shin Dong Yup said, “What are you talking about? Someone else do it.” So Sungmin acted out the part of the boyfriend.

Earlier this month, Eunhyuk and IU had a scandal when a photo of the two was accidentally uploaded onto Twitter.

Lee Hyori shows off her faux fur fashion

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:57 AM PST

Lee Hyori recently showed off her faux fur fashion and has fans supporting her advocacy for animal rights protection.

Lee Hyori shared on her Twitter on the 26th, “The faux fur jacket that Seung ah gifted me with. How is it?”, along with a photo which shows the singer looking like a true fashionista in her edgy faux fur jacket.

Lee Hyori is long known to be an animal rights activist and previously explained her personal decision to not wear clothes and accessories made from animals, on SBS‘ ‘Healing Camp‘ as well as through her Twitter.

Netizens commented, “I want to applaud Lee Hyori”, “Lee Hyori will be blessed”, and “Lee Hyori fighting!”

Big Bang to perform on stage as five for ’2012 MAMA’

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:55 AM PST

Big Bang will be performing together as five for the ’2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards’!

Mnet uploaded a short video of the members of Big Bang revealing the news and some teasers for their ’2012 MAMA’ stage.

G-Dragon increased anticipation by stating, “‘MAMA’ to Big Bang is like the final exam because it is our biggest project, performance wise, for the end of the year.

This will be the first time Big Bang will be performing on TV with all five members after the end of their 5th mini-album promotions last April.

The ’2012 MAMA will be held on November 30th at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. K-Pop stars such as ‘Super Star K4 winner Roy Kim, Big Bang, Super Junior, Psy, Hyuna, B2st, and more will be attending this event.

Stay tuned to allkpop for more news on ’2012 MAMA’!

‘K-Pop Star’ contestant Huh Ji Won prepares for her debut under Nega Network

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 12:10 AM PST

It’s been revealed that ‘K-Pop Star‘ season one contestant Huh Ji Won signed a contract with Nega Network, home to Brown Eyed Girls, LUNAFLY, and Yoari.

On November 28th, a music industry insider revealed to OSEN, “Huh Ji Won signed an exclusive contract with composer Yoon Il Sang’s agency [Nega Network] and is currently preparing for her debut.”

Huh Ji Won auditioned for season one of SBS’s ‘K-Pop Star’ and garnered much attention for her beautiful looks. She put on her rendition of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Because Of You“, but failed to impress the judges which ended with an elimination.

Huh Ji Won featured in Super Junior K.R.Y‘s music video for “Reminiscence“, which was included in Yoon Il Sang‘s ‘21st anniversary‘ album. She also recently participated in Starship Planet‘s music video for “White Love together with Boyfriend‘s Jeongmin, which is scheduled for release on November 29th.

U-KISS has dinner with lucky Kiss Me’s

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 11:51 PM PST

A picture of U-KISS‘s special fan meeting has been gaining attention.

On November 28th, a picture of the special fan meeting was revealed through U-KISS’ official Twitter and sparked the jealousy of fans all around the globe.

Rather than holding a fan meeting in a grand, elaborate dining hall, the group decided to spend some up close and personal time with their fans.

U-KISS has not had time to meet with their fans due to their busy overseas schedules, so the members proposed that they have a meal with the fans. Thus, a number of lucky fans were invited to have dinner with the boys and in commemoration, and they took a snap shot of the enjoyable occasion

Huh Ji Won from Starship Planet’s upcoming music video for “White Love” gains attention

Posted: 27 Nov 2012 11:31 PM PST

13 year old beauty Huh Ji Won has been gaining attention.

Starship Entertainment‘s official Twitter revealed teaser image for their upcoming project “White Love“, featuring the voices of artists K.Will, and SISTAR‘s Soyu, and starring Boyfriend's Jeongmin in the music video. The teaser image showed Jeongmin and Huh Ji Won in character for the music video, and impressed netizens with the stunning visuals of the two young stars.

Since then, the agency has revealed more still cuts of the pretty Huh Ji Won, who is known to be a contestant from season 1 of ‘K-Pop Star‘.

Seeing the photos, netizens commented, “I cannot believe she is 13,” “She looks so good with Jeongmin,” “What a perfect couple,” and “I feel like the song and the music video will be a great hit.

Starship Planet’s digital single “White Love” will be released on November 29th through music portal sites.

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