Saturday, November 24, 2012

"Lim Tae Kyung wins 1st “Bae Ho” special of ‘Immortal Song 2′" plus 19 more

"Lim Tae Kyung wins 1st “Bae Ho” special of ‘Immortal Song 2′" plus 19 more


Lim Tae Kyung wins 1st “Bae Ho” special of ‘Immortal Song 2′

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 08:45 AM PST

Lim Tae Kyung won five consecutive times to win Part 1 of the ‘Bae Ho special‘ on the November 24th episode of KBS‘s ‘Immortal Song 2‘.

Part 1 of the Bae Ho special featured performances by miss A, Song Ho Young, Jung Dong Ha, Sweet Sorrow, Hwayobi, and Lim Tae Kyung. Bae Ho is a legendary Korean singer who released numerous hits in the 60s before passing away at the young age of 29 in 1972.

Despite the stiff competition, Lim Tae Kyung ultimately won the competition with his rendition of Bae Ho’s song “Who’s Crying“.

Part 2 of the Bae Ho special which is scheduled to air on December 1st will feature performances by Lee Ki Chan, Park Hyun Bin, Jung Dong Ha, Norazo, Cherry Filter, B1A4, and LED Apple.

Check out the performances from Part 1 below.

Lim Tae Kyung (Winner)

Hwayobi

Son Ho Young

Sweet Sorrow

Jung Dong Ha

miss A’s performance can be found here.

miss A performs “Last Leaf” on ‘Immortal Song 2′

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 08:04 AM PST

All four members of miss A made an appearance on the November 24th episode of KBS‘s ‘Immortal Song 2‘.

This episode was a ‘Bae Ho special‘ of ‘Immortal Song 2′. Bae Ho is a legendary Korean singer who released numerous hits in the 60s before passing away at the young age of 29 in 1972.

miss A performed his hit song, “Last Leaf“, check out the performance below.

SM Entertainment artists tweet their ‘SM TOWN in SINGAPORE’ experiences

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 06:41 AM PST

SM Entertainment artists tweeted their ‘SM TOWN IN SINGAPORE‘ experiences.

BoA tweeted a cute selca with a large ribbon and wrote,

Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun shared his before-concert experience, writing, “I was on the internet and rocking back and forth on my chair waiting for the SM TOWN concert to begin, and I fell backward… ㅠㅠ I put on a show by myself rolling around because it hurt, and when I got up my arm was like this!!!” and attached a photo of his scraped arm.

Yesung snapped a selca with Donghae and Kangin to thank his fans, writing, “The Singapore SM concert is done ^^ Even though it was raining, thanks everyone~“.

Kangin also wrote, “I had so much fun. Bye, Singapore. Thanks everyone so much“.

Donghae took a selca with Eunhyuk and wrote,

Ryeowook tweeted in celebration of the ending of the concert and to wish good luck for the next, writing, “The dongsengs that I like.. Onew with the beautiful voice ^.~ He was the first for Open arms;; Chen’s like my hyung ke. Baekhyun is pretty everywhere~ Let’s do tomorrow’s Thailand SMTOWN concert, too~~♥”.

f(x)‘s Amber wrote,

SHINee‘s Jonghyun graced his fans with a wet-haired selca, tweeting, “I had fun~~^^!! Singapore!! See you again in December!!! Good night he“.

Looks like everyone had fun!

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Psy’s “Gangnam Style” becomes the most viewed video of all-time on YouTube!

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 06:04 AM PST

Move over Justin Bieber, Psy is now the king of YouTube.

Earlier today, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” surpassed Justin Biebers‘ “Baby” to become the Most viewed Video of all time on YouTube!

What’s amazing about this feat is that it took Psy a little over 4 months to accomplish this feat while Justin Bieber’s “Baby” was uploaded back on February 19, 2010.

Congratulations to Psy and lets hope he becomes the first person to break 1 billion views.

Jo Kwon’s fans prepare meals for 2AM and staff members

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 05:10 AM PST

Fans of Jo Kwon generously prepared meals for the 2AM members, as well as the entire staff.

On November 24th, Jo Kwon took to Twitter to thank his fans for the delicious food and uploaded two photos. He wrote, “Wow! I came to eat and was so surprised!! As expected… My fans…! ‘Angel Kwon’, ‘Kwonine’, ‘Kwon-Time’, ‘Kwonimos’! Thank you >_< Thanks to you guys, all of the staff members enjoyed a full meal and have begun rehearsing!

Fans and netizens replied, “His love for his fans is amazing“, “The food looks delicious!“, and “His fans are lucky.”

Meanwhile, 2AM will be holding their solo concert on November 24th and 25th at Olympic Park’s Olympic Hall in Seoul.

Source: Jo Kwon’s Twitter

Kim Tae Hee impresses with her fabulous figure

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 04:24 AM PST

Actress Kim Tae Hee is once again receiving attention for her slim figure.

A user recently created a post on an online community forum titled, “Kim Tae Hee’s figure, mental breakdown,” and attached the photo above.

The actress is seen with her hair pulled back into a high ponytail, while sporting a mini black jumpsuit that highlights her perfect hourglass figure. The photos are actually from Kim Tae Hee’s commercial shoot for Toyota’s new Camry back in September.

Netizens commented, “She has a figure that doesn’t need any photoshop“, “She’s perfect“, “Kim Tae Hee is a true goddess“, and more.

Kim Tae Woo shares a story about his studious wife’s contrasting charms

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 03:50 AM PST

Singer Kim Tae Woo boasted about the amusingly contrasting life of his wife while guesting on SBS‘s ‘Go Show‘.

The MCs had originally asked him if he had any recent achievements to brag about, but Kim Tae Woo offered to boast about his wife instead. He began, “My wife is a graduate of ‘S’ university.”

Go Hyun Jung guessed, “Silla University?”, leading Kim Tae Woo to reply back, “She has a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Seoul University. She’s fluent in English, Korean, Japanese, and Spanish, and although she’s only a year younger than me, she has a youthful beauty to her.”

Kim Tae Woo stated, “I have this stereotype of people that study well not being able to play as hard, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that she knew a lot of the popular pop songs while dining with her at a restaurant. A few days later, I gathered up our friends and took her to a night club. She normally dresses conservatively, but came out with her hair let loose and wearing a black mini one-piece that night. I was so surprised at how beautiful she looked.”

He continued, “My favorite song came on so I went out to dance and my wife followed suit with a sexy dance including the wave. I was a bit surprised, thinking in my head that she was a Seoul University student. We ended up hanging out until 6 a.m. but my wife didn’t even get a wink of sleep before she was out the next morning saying she had to go to work.”

Reflecting on the ‘double charms’ of his wife, he concluded, “In the taxi ride back home, I felt my heart fluttering at discovering this new side to her. I remember thinking, ‘She goes to school wearing glasses and looks into microscopes at work.’”

[Exclusive Giveaway] Autographed Dal Shabet ‘Have, Don’t Have’ albums!

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 03:16 AM PST

The ladies of Dal Shabet made a  successful comeback with the catchy disco tune "Have, Don't Have", and to commemorate their latest release, we’ll be giving away 5 autographed albums!

The group revealed their disco-genre fifth mini album 'Have, Don't Have', and although it's the girls' first time trying out disco music, they have successfully interpreted the genre in their own, bright style.

Hope you paid attention to the music videos because you’re going to need that knowledge for your chance to win!


To enter, just answer the 5 questions below correctly and send the answers to dalshabetallkpop@gmail.com

- What surprise did Dal Shabet treat their fans to?

- Where did Dal Shabet hold a surprise guerrilla concert in Seoul?

- What is the concept for Dal Shabet’s “Have, Don’t Have”?

- Find the time of the frame below! [example: 2:13]

- How long has it been since their comeback ? [example: 1 year, 1 month; 8 months]

Starting from November 26th, 1 winner will be announced everyday over the next 5 days. Good luck to everyone entering!

‘Have’ Version

‘Don’t Have’ Version


Winners:

November 26th-

November 27th-

November 28th-

November 29th-

November 30th-

Son Dambi has been using the same “Crazy” performance chair for the past four years

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 02:45 AM PST

On November 24th, soloist Son Dambi guested on KBS 2TV‘s ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook‘ and performed her past hit track, “Crazy“, for her comeback special.

As it is one of her most popular tracks, the audience went crazy with excitement when she brought out the signature chair, a major key point in her sexy choreography.

Son Dambi revealed, “I‘ve been bringing around this chair with me for the past four years for all of my ‘Crazy’ performances. Maybe it’s because I rehearsed with that chair, but I can’t use any other chair because of it.”

MC Yoo Hee Yeol joked back, “Give it to me!”

Check out her performances below!

 

How much would you pay for this awesome chair?

JYJ’s Jaejoong speaks of his experience filming ‘Code Name Jackal’

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 02:13 AM PST

Through his roles in dramas such as ‘Protect the Boss‘ and ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin‘, JYJ‘s Jaejoong has proven his competence as a formidable actor. However, he recently revealed in an interview that he wanted to try something different after his more serious roles.

This urge led him to consider ‘Code Name Jackal’ (directed by Bae Hyung Joon), where he would be able to play a more comedic character. “I always want to show something new about myself,” he confessed. “With ‘Code Name Jackal’, I wanted to do that. I’ve always played serious, heavy roles, so I wanted to spread the word that there are other sides of me, too.”

“Through my character [in 'Code Name Jackal'], I wanted to play a more trickster, sarcastic role,” he revealed. “A lot of my personal self is melted into my ‘Jackal’ character.”


Although the film itself is not doing as well as he had hoped – against big names such as ‘Wolf Boy‘ and overseas releases – Jaejoong considered the experience to be worth it. “Personally, the mere fact that I did a film was a great chance and opportunity. Of course we must consider the success of the film, but I feel that the movie was a way for me to show myself. It was a wonderful chance and I gained many things as well. I think that acting for this film gave me strength in life, as well as giving me motivation for music.”

While filming, Jaejoong experienced the true craziness and rush of a film set. “We really filmed like crazy,” he said. “I often dozed in the middle of shooting. If I ate, I would’ve given up on sleep; if I slept, I would’ve given up on eating. In order to combine the two, I ate vitamin supplements.”

Despite his grueling and hectic schedule as an actor and artist, Jaejoong sometimes thinks about a normal life. When asked what he would like to do if he had the chance to be an ordinary citizen, he answered, “Firstly, I want to go to a bustling roadside stand. I’d eat tasty food and have a drink, then get over my hangover the day after. Then I’d go shopping and sightseeing. It’s been 8 years since I’ve visited Dongdaemun [a landmark in Seoul]. I also want to go to the amusement park and go on all the rides I want. I’ve visited a few times due to filming, but I’ve never been on anything.”


However, Jaejoong also recognized the benefits of his celebrity status, especially pointing out his fans that had supported him since his debut. “I’ve had many incidents and fallen on hard times, and every time I’m grateful to my fans,” he said. “Because I was with you, I was able to get over my suffering and pain.”

One particular encounter with a fan is emblazoned into his memory, Jaejoong recounted. “I once told a fan to study hard prior to the exam, and she ended up placing first. There’s also a fan who got into Waseda University in Japan. It was a moment where I realized the importance of my relationship with my fans.”

“For those of you who have yet to watch ‘Code Name Jackal’, I hope you’ll go into it with an easy mindset and ready to laugh. There are a lot of positive traits hidden in our movie. The more you see it, the more film-like it becomes. Thanks for your interest.” he finished.

Source: Herald via Nate

Trot singer Park Hyun Bin to appear on ‘Immortal Song 2′

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:50 AM PST

Park Hyun Bin will become the first trot singer to appear on KBS‘s ‘Immortal Song 2‘.

The singer participated in the filming, which revolved around legendary singer Bae Ho, along with 12 teams, including Lim Tae Kyung, Lee Ki Chan, Hwayobi, Son Ho Young, Norazo, Sweet Sorrow, Cherry Filter, miss A, and more.

‘Immortal Song 2′ staff members revealed, “Park Hyun Bin, who’s known to be friendly with a good sense of humor, showcased a charismatic image and surprised everyone by performing a rearranged song other than the trot genre. We believe it was a stage performance where he successfully showed a 180 degree image transformation.”

This episode will air as a two part special on November 24th and December 1st.

[Review] Sunggyu ‘Another Me’

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:25 AM PST

During a well-recieved run on ‘Immortal Song 2‘ earlier this year, INFINITE‘s leader and main vocal Sunggyu showed us that he may just have what it takes to go solo. With solo artists ruling the charts right now, it makes sense that INFINITE would test the waters of solo activities, and who better to start things off than their leader?

Sunggyu originally joined Woolim Entertainment because he loved their indie-rock band Nell and wanted to be in a group like theirs, so it’s no suprise that he tries his hand at fronting a rock band in his lead single, “60 Seconds“. While the song isn’t at all bad, it also isn’t at all innovative. The instrumentation and arrangement is very generic and lacks the tailored sound you want to hear in a solo single. While Sunggyu’s interesting voice lends a special quality to the song, his vocals shouldn’t have to do all the work here.

Unfortunately, “I Need You” swings too far in the opposite direction. While it’s pretty, it’s so understated that it stifles much of what makes Sunggyu’s vocals distinctive, making the song feel like a filler. Around three minutes in, he finally has a few distinctive-sounding notes, but at that point it’s too little too late. Both “60 Seconds” and “I Need You” are enjoyable listens, but neither gives us an idea of who Sunggyu is as a soloist, which is a problem when they’re the first two solo songs we hear from him- a problem that could make Sunggyu’s debut forgettable.

Smack-dab in the middle of the album is Sunggyu’s acoustic cover of INFINITE’s “Only Tears“. He’s performed an impressive solo rendition of this song in concert before, so it’s not entirely a suprise that the song popped up on this album, and I’m sure lots of Inspirits are happy to have an official recording of Sunggyu’s version of this song (which I personally prefer to the original). While it’s definitely a better song for Sunggyu than the previous two, I had hoped that the first really good song on the album would be new material instead of a re-recording of an INFINITE song.

Shine“, written, arranged, and produced by Kim Jongwan of Nell, is a step in the right direction. This 90′s soft-rock style is something no one else is doing in K-Pop right now, and suits Sunggyu pretty well. However, it’s the final track on the album, “41 Days“, where I feel Sunggyu really hits his stride, covering all of the points the other songs on this album miss.

Style-wise, “41 Days” falls somewhere between SISTAR‘s sad-disco of “Alone” and miss A‘s sinister-disco of “Touch” (genre titles courtesy of  TheProphetBlog‘s review of “Alone”), but with an ethereal, atmostpheric quality to it that puts a new spin on K-Pop’s nigh inescapable disco influences. The vocals sound distinctively like Sunggyu and work with the song to create something interesting (unlike “60 Seconds”, where his vocals struggle to make something interesting in spite of the song). It’s worth noting that this is the only song Sunggyu had a hand in writing- could the missing ingredient in the rest of this album be Sunggyu’s participation in creating his own material?

It takes half of the album for Sunggyu to finally find his identity as a soloist, but when he does, it works beautifully. If he wants to be able to stand on his own as a legitimate solo artist rather than being a member of INFINITE who sometimes does solo projects, he and his team are going to have to get a firmer grasp on what makes him unique and create music around it, instead of trying to force his uniqueness into material that doesn’t do him justice.

Score note: (didn’t score “another me” since it’s just an intro)

J.Y. Park gets flustered that Baek Ah Yeon can attend his 19+ concert

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:10 AM PST

Baek Ah Yeon flustered J.Y. Park with her desire to attend his 19+ concert. The conversation happened on Twitter, where J.Y. Park first tweeted, “The reason why this concert is a ‘Bad Jazz Bar’ is because you’re going to feel like you’re at a very adult like jazz bar instead of at a concert. It’s an adult jazz bar where there are flashy instruments, dangerous dances, and sticky songs playing throughout the entire night..” In reply, Baek Ah Yeon wrote, “I’m looking forward to it, PD hehehehe“. Her response flustered J.Y. Park, who responded, “Ah, you can come into 19+ concerts. Mm… Something is awkward… Mm… It’s going to be really sexual… Are you sure you can come in? ^^;;“. Fans couldn’t help but laugh at the conversation, replying, “Baek Ah Yeon is an adult, right…“, “But still, Baek Ah Yeon going to an adult’s concert is weird!“, and “J.Y. Park is kind of cute“.   Source: J.Y. Park’s Twitter

‘Laws of the Jungle W’ kicks off to a good start with double digit ratings

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:07 AM PST

SBS‘s ‘Laws of the Jungle W‘ is off to a good start, coming in at #1 in viewer ratings for its time slot.

The first episode of the survival reality program aired on November 23rd and according to AGB Nielson Media Research, the episode recorded a nationwide viewer rating of 10.2%.

The November 23rd episode featured Park Sang Myun, Lee Soo Kyung, Jo Ann, Jung Joo Ri, Jo Hye Ryun, and Rainbow‘s Jaekyung on their expedition to Papau New Guinea.

‘Laws of the Jungle W’ beat out KBS‘s ‘VJ Special Forces‘ and MBC‘s ‘Birth of A Great Star 3‘, which received 8.2% and 9.0% viewer ratings, respectively.

Leessang’s Gary applauds ‘Superstar K4′ winner Roy Kim

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 12:31 AM PST

Leessang‘s Gary expressed his gratitude to ‘Superstar K4‘ winner Roy Kim for performing their hip hop track, “Who Are You Living For“.

After watching the November 23rd live broadcast of Mnet‘s ‘Superstar K4′, Gary tweeted, “I’m very thankful to Roy Kim for putting on such a wonderful performance of ‘Who Are You Living For’… And I’m more thankful that he had the courage to sing this song for the finals. When I was his age, I just wandered around the streets of Shincheon looking for things to do… Heu-heu.”

It’s been revealed that Leessang’s Gil also gave a few words of encouragement to the winner prior to his performance, saying, “Do well! I’ll look forward to it!

Roy Kim was crowned the winner of ‘Superstar K4′. The finalist put on a powerful rendition of Leessang’s ‘Who Are You Living For’ by rearranging the song’s rap to a new melody, receiving an explosive response from the audience members.

Roy Kim will be awarded 500 million won ($460,596), which he will be donating to charity, along with the opportunity to debut at the ‘2012 MAMA‘, supporting the release of his new album, and a brand new car.

Performances from November 24th’s ‘Show! Music Core’!

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 12:15 AM PST

MBC's 'Music Core' is back once again with another fun and exciting show!

Today's show was guided by none other than special MCs MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon, and SECRET‘s Sunhwa!

Aside from the usual performances on tonight's episode, INFINITE’s Sunggyu made his solo debut while Juniel held her comeback stage.

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Performances from today's show includes K.Will, HyunA, Ailee, OFFROAD, Son Dam Bi, B1A4, Boyfriend, Dal Shabet, Noel, Roh Ji Hoon, A-JAX, Rania, FIESTAR, Shin Moon Su, C-CLOWN, and Tahiti!

Check them out below, and be sure to check out the debut/comeback stages for today by clicking the artist/song name above!

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INFINITE’s Sunggyu makes his solo debut with “60 Seconds” on ‘Music Core’!

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 11:50 PM PST

INFINITE's Sunggyu has released his debut solo album, 'Another Me'!

The talented leader has built a ton of anticipation towards his solo debut with the previous release of various teasers and his pre-release song, "Shine".

Sunggyu finally took to the stage to debut with his title track, "60 Seconds", impressing with a hot look with his red jeans.

Check out the charming performance below!

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Juniel makes her comeback with “Bad Man” on ‘Music Core’!

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 11:29 PM PST

Rookie artist Juniel has returned with new mini album '1&1' to follow up her successful debut earlier this year with "Illa Illa"!

Along with new title song "Bad Man", '1&1′ features 5 new songs, 4 of which have been written by Juniel herself. According to an insider with FNC Entertainment, "'1&1′ is meant to represent the fact that Juniel's comeback was  November (the 11th month of the year), and that it will be her second album."

Check out Juniel's comeback stage below.

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U-KISS’s Soohyun cast as lead in a musical

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 11:20 PM PST

U-KISS‘s Soohyun has been cast as the male lead in the musical ‘Time at the Girls’ High School‘.

NH Media said, “The musical ‘Time at the Girls’ High School’ tells the story of a first love that everyone experienced during their teenage years. Soohyun will be the main character of the musical“.

Soohyun’s character Jung Hyuk Joo leaves to study overseas because of his family’s opposition. When he comes back to Korea, he goes in search of his first love.

He will have his first performance on December 29th.

Jung Yeop to make comeback with solo album on December 12th

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 10:40 PM PST

After a year since the release of his solo album ‘Part 1: Me‘, Brown Eyed Soul‘s Jung Yeop is now preparing to release his 3rd solo album titled ‘Part 2‘.

On November 22nd, a representative revealed, “As this will be his comeback after a while, Jung Yeop plans to fully focus on his activities. He is also currently preparing various surprise events,” hinting fans at what’s to come.

The singer was initially planning on releasing his solo album early this year, but the album was delayed due to his increasingly busy schedule.

The album will drop on December 12th.