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"SHInee's Minho is not yet satisfied with himself" plus 24 more

SHInee's Minho is not yet satisfied with himself

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST

As soon as he finished SHINee's showcase in Fukuoka and Osaka and returned to Korea, Minho dashed directly to the studio. It was near 10 PM when he finished the photoshoot. "It's Japan. It's not like there's a time difference."

When asked if he was tired, his small face smiled from across the table as if saying it's no big deal. While conversing, the sentence we heard the most from him was something like this: "I still think that I lack a lot. I want to learn a lot when given the opportunity."

Q: As soon as the drama "For You in Full Blossom" finished, you returned to SHINee and carried out your schedules in Hong Kong and Japan. You must have been exhausted from filming a 16 episode mini series. Was it hard to adjust on stage right away?
While I was filming, I was busy to the point I couldn't even remember how the day went by. That's why when all of the filming ended, the feeling of emptiness was big at first. I spent quite a long time as Kang Taejun and the fact that this character was leaving me made me sad. It's an experience that has left me special memories. I actually felt relieved to continue my schedules as soon as I finished. The busy lifestyle kept my mind off it and I believe it helped me. On top of that, I met my members again so I felt relaxed as if I had come home for the first time in a while.

Q: Did the SHINee members watch "For You in Full Blossom" often?
I think they didn't watch it a lot. They were also busy with their own schedules. But it seems like they made an effort to watch. I was grateful.

Q: If you had to point out one person who monitored it sincerely, who would it be?
It's Jonghyun hyung. He frequently gave me different kinds of opinions. He was very surprised at the amount of time invested in order to film 2 episodes a week.
Q: What did the members say most about your acting?
'It's childish' (laughs). It seems that way since it's a school story. There are also parts that don't suit men's preferences. Other than that, they also complimented me saying how fun I was and how my role isn't like me.

Q: In which aspect did they think you looked the most different?
It's because my image was drawn and cold at first. Anyway, I think they were amazed that I was acting on TV. It was a bit strange.
Q: Last time in "Salamander Guru and The Shadows", you had many sunbaes to rely on like Im Wonhee, Oh Dalsoo, etc. However, in "For You in Full Blossom", the importance of your role was bigger and your responsibility was heavier. Did you feel burdened by this before the filming started?
During "Salamander Guru and The Shadows", rather than stepping up and trying to do something, I stood back and tried to learn a lot from the sunbaenims. But in this project's case, I couldn't help but get more nervous as the male lead. Of course I've had a desire to act for a long time so on the other hand, this opportunity made me excited. Anyway, I thought I had to work hard. I prepared for the project as I studied the character. In the end, I believe the nervousness affected me positively.

Q: The broadcast ended in early October. It seems like you'd have an evaluation of this project.
I'm watching the drama from the beginning again. I monitored it when I was in the midst of filming, but I see different things compared to then. It's probably the same for other things but my dissatisfaction after it ended was especially big, maybe because "For You in Full Blossom"; was the first mini series I starred in. I thought, 'I still lack a lot' and 'If I have an opportunity later, I have to show a different image.'

Q: Kang Taejun of "For You in Full Blossom" is a high jump athlete with popularity that comes close to an idol's. He's a high school student but he isn't an ordinary one. In that sense, have there been times when he has overlapped with your teenage self? What did you worry about the most when you were around that age?
I debuted but I worried about how people saw me. I lacked a lot so I wondered if it was okay for me to stand on stage with this level of skill and I definitely lacked confidence. So I was the type to worry on my own even with my debut ahead of me.

Q: Looking at your past interviews, you often talked about how you are lacking.
I am not satisfied with myself that much. I'm not just saying that. I truly feel that I still lack in a lot of areas. Of course it's not like there aren't any times when I want to compliment myself... No, I guess I'm the type who grows through reasoning and scolding rather than compliments. I listen to people's opinion but my own evaluation is more important.

Q: In your acting debut one-act play "Pianist", you had a kiss scene with your partner Han Jihye. If the romance in "For You In Full Blossom" is suited for teens, then "Pianist" is a more mature melodrama. The two-shot you did with Han Jihye who is 7 years older than you came out more romantically than we expected so we were quite surprised. We saw an expression of a different emotion than when you sing on stage as SHINee..
It was my first time so there are scenes I actually did confidently without calculations. It was obviously difficult, but on the other hand, it was comfortable.

Q: What is your reason for choosing that project? Many idols also take up acting but they mostly start with a light toned sitcom. Although it is just a one-act play, "Pianist" is full of emotions so it was not an easy project for a new actor.
Acting has been my goal and dream even before I debuted. I was already known as a SHINee member so when I started to act, I had a lot of thoughts about the direction I was gonna take. I wondered if starting acting could be my future direction since I was known as a SHINee member at first. I was in the middle of thinking which method and which project I should start with. I considered taking the one-play act and I was able to get a good scenario. As soon as I read it, I wanted it so I immediately met with the director and got the OK. The people around me were clearly worried though. Not only the director but even my management was not certain I could pull this project off. That's why I wanted to prove it to them through the finished product. Even before I started, I told myself not to worry or to worry later after being confident. I think I was like that because I wanted to do it so badly.

Q: It appears that you had an interest in acting before singing.
That's true. The offer I received before I joined the company was, "Do you plan on acting?" But seeing as how SM is a musically powerful company, I first came to be known through SHINee. It didn't seem like debuting as an artist would hurt my acting career later. Back then, I had no spare time to draw out my future plans on a big scale. I was a boy who was running towards an ambiguous dream while devoting myself to the practice I was given. I worried over how to do better with my part that I was responsible for. I never once thought, 'If I become an artist, will I grow further with acting?'

Q: That was deep despite your age. Do you think you matured earlier than your peers around the same age?
I think it's because I started working earlier than others. If you look at it one way, I advanced and if you look at it another way, I just happened to skip certain parts. I suddenly get those thoughts when I hang out with friends who attend school normally. 'Ah, so this is what people around my age talk about and this is how they act.' I actually hear my friends calling me a grown-up quite a lot. When I'm together with people my age, I feel like I've returned to the days prior to my debut. It feels like I'm making up for the school days that I skipped out on.

Q: Don't you envy your friends who are living the lives appropriate for their age? It's a time when it's natural to do things like date..
That is true. I know this is but obvious but I have gained as much as I have lost.

Q: What do you consider to be your greatest gain?
It's experience. The things I could not learn at school, I learned through work. I think that's how the mold of inexperienced thoughts broke early.

Q: We don't know if this influences you but have a biological hyung and many sunbaes. It's a contrast from your fellow member Key who is the same age as you yet leads a group of his age.
That doesn't mean I don't get along with people my age. However, I learn a lot of things when I'm beside the hyungnims. They are the ones who have already experienced what I haven't and what I will. I learn trivial manners be it filling a cup of water when we eat together.

Q: It seems like you listen to other people's stories attentively.
It seems like it. I talk to my dongsaengs just as much as I listen.

Q: Your manager must not get upset that often.
It's not like that either.

Q: What do you usually complain about?
I act like a baby playfully, saying I don't want to work. It's because we're always together and we're that close. I think about how I shouldn't do that but there are times when I can't act that out. There is this though: I feel the 10 wrongs or mistakes I made when I was unaware of what I've done wrong can then be lessened to 5. I think actions speak louder than thoughts between people who are comfortable with each other. I think I am still quite young.

Q: Do you think you are young or youthful?
I think I am still young rather than youthful. This is a slightly different topic but I think men become different in their 10's, 20's, 30's, and so on. It feels like we don't become different after every year but after every 10 years. That is why I think I'll have the mind of a 20 year old all the way until I'm 29.

Q: Have you wondered about what you'll be like when you're in your 30's?
I haven't thought deeply about it. Just that I want to be like this? I want to be a cooler person. I want to achieve the goals I set myself to achieve by that time..

Q: Is there such a goal?
I want myself to become the best in my area. That's why I'm in the middle of running with all my strength at a young age. There are moments when I think that the present where I'm just running restlessly is nice. If it's not now, there will be too many things I won't be able to do. Even having a photoshoot like this today is really fun for me.

Q: What do you think "manliness" is?
Isn't it responsibility? Taking responsibility for his work until the end. Doing his best passionately.

Q: Do you think you are responsible?
I'm working hard to be. If there is one thing I cannot do, it's waking up in the morning. Aside from that...

Q: Among the hyungs you are close with, who has the biggest age gap with you? Is there a name that we might know?
It is director Jang Jin. I think it's because the director is a smarter person than I am. We share personal stories and spill our problems to one another.

Q: The director gives you advice on your problems?
You'd think there wouldn't be anything in common between someone in his 20's and someone in his 40's but interestingly enough, the director and I can relate. People assume we are close because of our occupations as actor and director but we didn't meet through work in the beginning. We are close hyungnim and dongsaeng who came to know each other just by chance. When we meet up, we talk a lot about the sports we like and text each other often like friends.

Q: Don't you also have a hyung?
We are particularly close. He's the one I go to first when something happens. I ask my parents for advice afterwards.

Q: Are you the type who often shares stories with your family about your activities as singer or actor?
My mother says a lot about it to me especially. I talk about it the most with my mom. But no one in my family has touched upon my work personally. They have never let out any opinions such as "This is uncomfortable."

Q: Have you ever felt embarrassed by a concept while promoting in SHINee? You are a team that especially makes daring attempts in stylings and performances.
I'm actually not very flexible. In the beginning, they ordered me so I just did it like it was homework. But a lot of the thoughts I had were broken as I promoted. I learned that new attempts create interesting products. I worried about it the most around debut. I wondered how people would react to a group of young kids coming out saying noona is so pretty and throwing fast balls. But the response was really nice. That experience was a huge one. After that, I was able to naturally accept even bolder concepts. Having the members who filled the areas in which I lacked was definitely a big support.

Q: What if you get a role that you'd be after as an actor but SHINee's fans oppose of? Will it be a problem?
That is something I haven't thought of. But I still want to do it for sure. If it's something I have to do, then wouldn't I try it out? If people can love even that side of me, I think that'd be nice..

Q: Do you have any plans for the short remainder of 2012?
Looking back, I was preoccupied with "For You in Full Blossom" for almost half a year from the preparation period to the actual filming. Before that, I did album promotions for SHINee. I was so busy that I couldn't accomplish any of my goals that I thought of in the beginning of this year. I barely did one out of ten? Therefore, I want to use the rest of the year to finish what I couldn't do. And I want to spend as much time as possible with my family.

Q: Out of the goals you have yet to accomplish, which is the most urgent?
Reading books. I planned on reading 1.5 volumes every month, but I've barely read 2.5 volumes in the past 10 months. It's basically the same as not reading a book. And I've thought about watching not only recent movies but good movies that I missed out on when I was young. I didn't do my homework properly though.

Q: Your answer is too much like a model student's.
Is it? I want to spend that much time on it but I don't have time so it's a shame. Another thing I haven't been able to do is vacation? This one seems difficult… So I just want to read a book first.

Q: What book are you reading now?
It's been a long time since I've held a book in my hand so now I'm deliberating over what to read. I'm thinking about putting on a cap and going to a large bookstore to pick one out tomorrow right away.

Source: W Korea Magazine
Translated by: kimchi hana & raaaf @

Sunggyu, “An album I prepared a long time for.. I’m really happy”

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 06:30 AM PST

Infinite's leader, Kim Sunggyu, revealed his thoughts right before his first solo stage.

Kim Sunggyu met with a reporter on the 23rd at the waiting room of KBS 2TV 'Music Bank' and showed a happy smile, saying, "I'm really happy for a solo album that I've been working hard on for a long time to be released. I'm also very happy to be able to let everyone listen to new music."

Kim Sunggyu, who was the first to reveal a solo album among Infinite, pushed away his burdens by adding, "I can't say that I don't have any burdens. But because of the fact that I'm able to show a new side of me, my anticipation is larger than my burdens."

The early released song, 'Shine', from Kim Sunggyu's first solo album <Another Me> is a song that was gifted to Kim Sunggyu by his role model, Nell's Kim Jonghwan. Along with the fact that this solo album has the musical colors of Kim Sunggyu as a musician and not a member of Infinite, it is also a pleasant album for listeners that enjoyed Nell's music.

To this, Kim Sunggyu revealed his affection towards his seniors, Nell, "I went over to Nell's recording studio not too long ago and the hyungs said one phrase of, 'You're doing well, right?', but I gained an immense amount of strength from it. I visited them after finishing Infinite's concert in Japan, but I was really thankful to hear that one phrase of 'Are you doing well' even if it may seem like nothing."

When I joked that netizens are saying, 'Kim Sunggyu is a fan of Nell that succeeded', Kim Sunggyu shyly smiled, "I think those words are right." He admitted to the rumor by saying, "I still like Nell's music and I'm still a fan of Nell's music. It's definitely not something to be embarrassed about."

Finally, I asked Kim Sunggyu what his mental pillars, Nell, mean to him just like 'Radio Star' (T/N: a talk show). What is Nell to Kim Sunggyu? "They are people I admire. They are the people who allowed me to like music ever since I was younger."

You can feel Kim Sunggyu's unique emotional voice and explosive vocal abilities through Kim Sunggyu's debut song, '60 Seconds', which is a song with a modern rock sound.

Meanwhile, after performing his first solo song, '60 Seconds', on November 23rd at KBS 2TV 'Music Bank', Kim Sunggyu will be having a short but strong promotion period of 3 weeks.

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Girls' Generation's Yuri thanks Singaporean fans with a gorgeous selca

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 06:00 AM PST

Girls' Generation's Yuri garners much attention with her gorgeous selca.

SMTOWN official Twitter shared on 23rd November,"And it's a wrap! Thanks everyone that came out to share this unforgettable experience with us!"

Yuri is seen posing cutely in her latest selca. Fans are excited to see her selca after such a long while

KARA's Seungyeon tweets bare face selca

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 05:10 AM PST

KARA's Han Seungyeon revealed a new selca through her Twitter on 22nd November.

She mentioned,"My face seems fine?But i was worried about the concert at the end of this year.Often stay up late at night to think,watch TV,exercise and practice,you are bored too,am i right?"

She then shared the photo above,she is seen posing without make-up in the photo above.

Fans commented,"flawless skin","Seungyeon is so pretty" and etc

Tohoshinki, Anticipated New Single To Be Released On 16 Jan!!

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 05:00 AM PST

It has been decided for the long-awaited new single to be released on 16 Jan 2013 (Wed)!!

This new single, which will be released around half a year since the last one, will include the Japanese version of "Catch Me", the title track of the Korean album which was released September 2012, as well as a new Japanese original ballad track "I Know"!!
The DVD version (AVCK-79118/B) of this luxurious single will include two music videos for the first time, while the CD-only version (AVCK-79120) will include a CD-Extra with live footage of "Maximum" which was performed during A-Nation.

【Product Description】
Release Date: 2013.1.16
NEW SINGLE [Title Undetermined]

■CD+DVD <"First" for Tohoshinki!! Includes 2 Music Videos!!>
【First Press Limited Edition AVCK-79118/B】【Regular Edition AVCK-79089/B】
¥2,100 (tax included)

1. Catch Me (tentative)
2. I Know
3. Catch Me (tentative) -Less Vocal-
4. I Know -Less Vocal-

Catch Me (tentative) -Video Clip-
I Know -Video Clip-
Catch Me(Tentative) Off-shoot Movie ※Only included in the first press limited edition

【First Press Limited Edition Bonus】
Includes a jacket-size card (1 random design from 6 types)
DVD includes off-shoot clip

■CD Only<Includes digital movie in CD-EXTRA!!>
【First Press Limited Edition・Regular Edition AVCK-79120】
¥1,050 (tax included)

[CD] CD-only Version tracklist
1. Catch Me (tentative)
2. I Know
3. I Know -unplugged version-
4. Catch Me (tentative) -Less Vocal-
5. I Know -Less Vocal-

MAXIMUM(a-nation stadium fes.ver)

【First Press Limited Edition】
Includes a jacket-size card (1 random design from 6 types)
Includes luxurious 12-page booklet

■Bigeast Version【AVC1-79121】¥735 (tax included)

☆Bigeast Official Shop
※Reservations for the Bigeast limited specials will begin at 4pm on 21 Nov.

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SMTOWN’s Wet and Wild Night in Singapore

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 04:30 AM PST

Touted as the concert of the year, the highly anticipated SMTOWN Live World Tour III in Singapore proved to be a record-breaking feat. Last night, the first ever commercial concert to be held at the Floating Platform kicked off to a 24,000-strong crowd.

With a total production value of more than S$5 million, and a stage set-up which took 96 hours to complete, the concert which featured some of the biggest names in K-pop proved to be nothing short of spectacular, as expected of SM Entertainment's standard.

The popularity of KangTa, BoA, TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x) and EXO are unmistakable as it was earlier reported that the queue for the free-standing moshpits began as early as one week before the concert, and the fans did not go home disappointed.

Though one of the big screens failed to work halfway through the concert and never did recover, and though the lightings seemed mismanaged during certain songs such as Super Junior's Superman, it is the artistes' energy and dedication to their craft that made up for everything that was lacking technical-wise.

Pyrotechnics such as laser lights, revolving stages, water elements and mobile carts that carried the artistes around the huge concert venue have always been the highlight of SM Entertainment's concerts. Combined performances by artistes from different groups like the Dance Battle are a hit with the fans as usual. It was a sight to behold, as the lightsicks of different colours (representing different fan clubs) filled the venue in neon rainbow shades.

Just as the idols were thankful for the downpour which subsided before the show, it started raining heavily towards the last six songs of the concert. The artistes were drenched but they still tried their best to sing and dance on the slippery stage, and the fans were soaked to the knees despite their ponchos but few chose to leave.

It was one touching moment as all the artistes came on stage for the finale song Hope, when the rain suddenly became a drizzle and eventually came to a halt, and the die-hard fans were rewarded with plenty of fan-service and splendid fireworks display.

Rain or shine an event it was, with the artistes giving their all and the fans giving their support to their idols until the very end of the concert.

Written by: Dang Hui Ling

Kim Jaejoong “Box office failure… Can I expect too much at first attempt?”

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST

<Code name: Jackal> is the debut movie of JYJ's Kim Jaejoong (26) but the box office result is not really good. He still has a long way to go. The movie was released on big screen on the 15th and cumulative audience number is 180.000. However, he is not disappointed and brightly smiles.

"It's sad but it's OK. You can't expect too much at your first attempt. Even great actors can fail. I'm still thankful that I could get a foothold in film industry. Thanks to this movie, I have motivation to keep going with other movies."

Toward his 'messy' image in <Code name: Jackal>, Kim Jaejoong doesn't feel burdened or worried. "As many people like the 'decorated' image of mine, I did worry that it might hurt their feelings. However, there are also people who like that [messy] image. That's why I could feel relieved. It's just that, the tension and the pressure were still there because I'm the main lead."

"I didn't think about the box office while filming. Instead, I was worried about how singer-turn-actor Kim Jaejoong can harmonize naturally with other actors/actresses. I also wanted to show that I was taking on a new challenge, just like when I did <Protect the Boss> and <Dr. Jin>."

I asked him if he has thought about the reason why JYJ is so famous. He said, "You know that we don't have freedom [to do what we want to do]. We're trying hard to do what we can within this unfair fence. I think, seeing such unfortunate situation, many more people are willing to help us. There should have had many ways for us to communicate with our fans but we're limited. However [thanks to that] we got the concentration because we don't have any place other than the concert venue. That's why other people might think that we're very famous." (Laugh)

After breaking out of DBSK, their fight with SM Entertainment is still ongoing. Their appearance is blocked on both terrestrial and cable TV. Kim Jaejoong expressed, "I feel like we're riding a wave of twists and turns." In the middle of an immense popularity, they had experienced the bottom and then stood up again. "I think those experiences are fruitful. I'm looking forward to the future of 10 years later."

Aside from music activities, JYJ's members are expanding into the acting field. Although Kim Jaejoong has set foot in the film industry, it's regrettable that his popularity is not like other members'. Does he envy his members? And what advice do the members give to each other?

"I don't envy my members. I'm the type that is severe with myself. If you look at the bigger picture, this process is very helpful to me. Also, we respect and admire each other. So, we don't give each other advice. We believe in our own abilities. I know that we're not the type of person that can live comfortably without ambition. 'Only if I have motivation, I can surely make it!' I'm trying harder with that thought." (Laugh)

One more year slips by and he will welcome his 10th debut anniversary. Kim Jaejoong said, "10 years ago, I have thought about 10 years later. Now that 10 years passed by, I think I'm on the path that I want to go." He burst out laughing by saying jokingly, "I'm glad that, luckily, compared to 10 years ago, Junsu, Yoochun and I haven't become old men."

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miss A performs on Immortal Song 2

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 03:30 AM PST

miss A performed in the latest episode of Immortal Song 2 aired earlier today.

miss A made their first appearance on the show for "Bae Ho" special,the girls performed "Final Leaf" on the show,enjoy their hot performance below

Absolutely flexible Jia with an awesome split!

Son Dambi performs "Dripping Tears","Crazy" & "Saturday Night" on Sketchbook

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 03:00 AM PST

KPop diva Son Dambi made her comeback last week with new song "Dripping Tears".

She appeared in the latest episode of Sketchbook yesterday,performing her hit songs such as "Crazy","Saturday Night" as well as "Dripping Tears".

Check out her hot performances below

Zhoumi and Victoria become a sweet couple on "The Generation Show"

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 02:30 AM PST

We have reported that Super Junior M's Zhoumi and f(x)'s leader Victoria appeared on Chinese varierty show "The Generation Show".

They performed together on the show,singing romantic love songs such as "You are a song in my heart" and "Would You Marry Me".

Check out their sweet performances below

f(x)'s Victoria poses with her bears

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 02:00 AM PST

f(x)'s Victoria updated her Weibo earlier today with a new photo.

She said,"We are ~ three bears,welcomed us yesterday and said goodbye to us at the airport today,they had some difficult time  ~ Bye Singapore".

Showing her slightly disappointed expression,she poses with 2 toy bears in her latest photo.

She performed at the SMTOWN concert in Singapore on 23 November.

IU goes sexy for 2013 Calendar

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:27 AM PST

Recently, a photo of IU has been posted online with the title, "IU- 2013 Japanese calendar cover"attracted attention. 

IU looks different in her latest photo,  she looks so sexy with long curly hair and feather jacket, shows off her nice shoulder and clavicle.

Her pose and face expression are also different from before. Netizens are also surprised with this,"IU looks so mature", "She already grown up", "IU so sexy", "new calendar might be nice",...

Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Girls' Generation's Taeyeon spotted playing with a baby

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:00 AM PST

Recently, a video of SNSD Tae Yeon playing with a baby was posted online and it became a hot topic among fans 

The video with title "Tae Yeon's playful face" was recorded by a fan at the airport. While waiting for the next flight, Tae Yeon played with a baby in front of her. Her cute face made the baby smile.

Netizen's reactions, "She must be so happy", "She is so cute", "The baby must be so cute",.... 

Written by Jenny@dkpopnews 

INFINITE's Sunggyu makes his "60 seconds" debut on Music Core

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 12:25 AM PST

INFINITE's Sunggyu made his solo debut with powerful track titled "60 seconds",check out his amazing performance below

Juniel is back with "Bad Man" on Music Core

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 12:23 AM PST

FNC Entertainment's solo singer Juniel is back with her brand new song titled "Bad Man",check out her performance below

Juniel receives 'bear bun'' from Jungshin

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 11:30 PM PST

Again, CNBlue member Jungshin shows his support for Juniel for her first live performance of 'Bad Man'.
He came and gave her a treat.

Juniel wrote on her twitter,
"Today is the first live broadcast of my "Bad Man" and CNBLUE Jungshin sunbaenim came to support me! ^^ In the middle of filming he came to listen and brought me a cute bear bun! ♥ Thank you! Hwaiting for sunbaenim's MDSY too! ^^ "

Source: @junielism
Translated by: @MYJuniel

YG to release New Evolution In Seoul Live CD On December 4

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 11:00 PM PST

Hello, this is YG Entertainment.

Korea's first girl group to go on a global tour, group 2NE1′s NEW EVOLUTION CONCERT!

The LIVE CD which will contain the live audio of the first leg of the tour, during July 28, 29
Will have a lightning-fast release on December 4!

Since this year's summer, 2NE1 held their very first global tour
'NEW EVOLUTION' received a hot response both from domestic and international fans
With the production crew that worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and other famous international pop stars, a high sense of expectation and excitement was raised.
We want to show the explosive sound and powerful stage presence shown during the Korean concerts held on July 28 and 29, at Seoul Olympics Gymnastics Stadium.

With Beyonce's world tour music director and bassist, Divinity Roxx, in-charge of the music and sound performances,
2NE1′s hit songs like "FIRE," "I DON'T CARE," "CAN'T NOBODY," " I AM THE BEST, "I LOVE YOU," and others, all got a different sound and feel with the live band; these songs would be released through the LIVE CD.

Please check the information below for more details:


▶ Reservation time: November 23, 2012 (Friday) – December 3, 2012 (Monday)
▶ For Reservations: YG E-shop, and other music shops
▶ YG e-shop price: 16, 300 won (prices may vary from other shops)
▶ Contents:
① LIVE CD (1 piece)
④ Poster

02. FIRE
11. UGLY

This will be released online and in stores nationwide on December 4 2012 2NE1 GLOBAL TOUR LIVE CD [NEW EVOLUTION IN SEOUL]!

We hope that you can feel the hot atmosphere once again with this explosive sound.

Thank you.

Source: YG Family Website
Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

Kim Sunggyu “I’m so shy with strangers that it could be misunderstood as me being arrogant”

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 10:30 PM PST

He's the first among Infinite. Leader Kim Sunggyu totally upturned the predictions of Infinite H (Hoya Dongwoo) coming out first since they slightly revealed themselves during the concerts last summer and is the first one among Infinite to release a solo album.

Kim Sunggyu appeared at the interview's location with red hair. Wouldn't he want to give a strong impression, starting from his outward appearance, since it's his first solo album? "I really worried a lot. When we chose the concept, everyone worried a lot because of me, but as we tried several things, they thought that red hair fit me well so we did it with this color."

The solo album he slightly showed he had interest in on a variety program to lead the MCs really came out. Kim Sunggyu said, looking like he still couldn't believe it, "Doesn't everyone dream of a solo album? I didn't know it would really become reality. One thing came after another and I happened to be the first one doing it".

He is Sunggyu who is assuming the heavy responsibility of being the leader in the team called Infinite but after meeting him as solo Sunggyu, he looks somewhat different. It might be because it's his first time doing an interview alone but he looked obviously nervous. It was like seeing a similar image as when he appeared for the first time on KBS 2TV 'Immortal Song 2'. (But he still stuttered less) In the middle of the talk he also giggled and nodded by himself, maybe because the mood was awkward.

We requested an introduction of the solo album. "It's an album based on modern rock but it also has songs with different colors. Since I worked with Nell, it mainly gives a rock feeling and the title song is '60 Seconds' I made with Sweetune. When you talk about Sweetune, you think about dance songs with a lively feel but the song has a rock style we didn't hear so far from Sweetune."

When he was in a rock band during his school days, did he ever imagine that he would release a solo album under his own name? "There are song with a very similar color compared to the music I dreamt of when I was in a band. When I as young I always liked the band Nell but this time Nell hyungs gave me songs. There are a lot of songs with the colors I dreamt of."

Nell is the group Kim Sunggyu said he as admiring since predebut. From his first solo song 'Because' to 'Shine' and '41 Days', it was all songs given by the ones he admired. "It was very touching. I thought that I really had to work hard so I gave my best. Actually, the thing I'm sorry about is that I don't think I was able to express that feeling well. I'm still lacking a lot."

His title, 'Another Me', expresses his wish to show that there's another side to Kim Sunggyu than Infinite's Sunggyu. Kim Sunggyu said, "Infinite's a dance group as well as being an idol group, so I wanted to show a different side of me than what I have been showing so far." He quickly and timidly added, "But I feel like it won't be different…"

Since this is the first solo promotion as his true job of being a singer, and not on a variety show program or in musicals, his face was full of tension even though there are still a few days left till his first stage. "It's really strange for me to be alone like this. Since things like musicals and 'Immortal Song 2' were already done by the other members, I asked them a lot of questions about it, but there isn't a member I can ask advice from for this. Although I act like I'm confident, this is really strange to me. I think this is a different feeling than when I'm with the guys."

I listened to the process that went in creating this album and learned that this was a project that was planned out a long time ago, even if the actual recordings were done on quick notice. There was even a strange event where he had to record somewhere that wasn't the recording studio because it overlapped with their Arena Tour preparations.

"The song, '60 Seconds', was done as a guide when I recorded the 'Infinitize' album. After receiving this album from Nell, we quickly worked in a month and we filmed bits and pieces of the music video during the Arena Tour. Because there weren't a lot of days left till we had to finish mastering, we rented equipment from Japan and I recorded in our hotel room before. Because Infinite's schedule is busy, everything was done tightly. I did everything urgently because I felt like it would be too late if I took my time."

Kim Sunggyu is revealing his own composed song for the first time ever. Although there are a couple of songs that he's composed, he says this is the first time that they are being revealed. As if trying to emphasize it when asked about the storyline, he said, "I didn't write about my experience." "There was a topic that fit well to the music's mood. I really gave you everything and offered you everything, but I didn't love you, I never loved you, my heart wasn't truthful, I never felt that it was love. It's that kind of storyline, but it was a hard topic to work with when I first worked on writing the lyrics. Everyone has that kind of moment. Although you dated this person knowing that you like them, you can end up starting a different love… Although it's not my own experience, there are situations like that."

Kim Sunggyu, who said he's really worried about the solo promotions because he's very shy, stated, "I don't have any celebrities that I'm friends with. I'm usually alone when we go to broadcasting studios, so just how lonely will it be when I'm promoting by myself as well." Adding on, "I'm the type to become a complete friend once you befriend me. They say that I'm introverted, don't talk much, and look like I don't play jokes, but don't I look confused and foolish when I'm on a show? I'm normally that kind of kid, but there are a lot of misunderstandings created. Because I don't talk and just pass by, I've heard that I look arrogant." Thinking of promoting alone, he gave out a sigh.

Meanwhile, Kim Sunggyu will be showing his first stage for his title song, '60 Seconds', through KBS 2TV 'Music Bank' on November 23rd.

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What's inside Dongwoo-Sungyeol-Sungjong bags?

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 10:00 PM PST

Infinite, who has finished their big run of Arena Tours in Japan. Let's look into the members, who have successfully ended even their encore performances for the 'Arena Tours', which are meaningful as an artist! Infinite, who spent a more meaningful year than anyone else. Examining the true thoughts of the three members, Dongwoo, Sungyeol, and Sungjong starts now.

◆ Jang Dongwoo, You Can Do It

As Infinite's Dongwoo, I became more bold and masculine through his members. It was as if I had found brothers. Should I say that they brought the affection only brothers can give to me, who only had 2 older sisters?

When I first met the members… They all had their own personalities. Although Sunggyu hyung seemed to be macho, he wasn't really interested in clothes or styles, and his largest interest was just in food. ^^

For Woohyun, I only remember his eyes that were full of passion. It seemed like he firmly went in a slightly strange direction? I think he's much better to see now than before. The thing that didn't change is his love for the members..

Hoya was a 'dancing fool'. He solved everything with dancing. His life and style was strong since our first meeting! Sungyeol looked like someone who really only studied. Someone who wears glasses and is tidy. But he's really simple and innocent to the point where you can understand everything about him after meeting him three times.

L? To be honest, he was so quiet that he didn't leave an impression on me. I thought he couldn't speak Korean ^^ Sungjong was much more active and full of energy back then than he is now. Because my first impression of him was delicate, my instincts to protect him rose ^^

There was a time near our debut where the members and our company's staff members did volunteer work, but I feel really happy even now when I think about it. Because it still remains as a large memory, I want to hurry and do volunteer work if I'm given the chance.

The most important thing to me right now is 'time'. There are many things I want to do, but time isn't waiting for me. When my mind feels hasty, I look into the mirror and hold my mind by saying, 'You can do it!'.

2012 was the year where the Infinite members and I personally became a step more matured. The year where we became stronger mentally and where the members were able to be together more. Let's continue to work hard and do our best!

★ Surprise Bag Check!

My bag! And what's inside is… To be honest, there's really nothing special ^^

First off, there's a pencil case and an instructional DVD for the bass! My sunglasses and a wallet! There's also my journal and gum too! Although it might seem a bit weird, I also carry around my bankbooks ㅎㅎ A comb and perfume! A case for my earrings, and our concert script, the most important thing! I also have a charger, and uhm… And a strange Mickey Mouse? too! Hahaha.

Ah, I also have Leader Gyu's solo debut CD! I personally bought it~~^^
◇ Lee Sungyeol, The Year Where Many Things Came True

I've lately been spending my time looking at monkey pictures. I had a lot of interest in monkeys ever since a long time ago, but it starting coming up again. I feel like we could be friends for some reason…

'The way people look at me' and 'the way I look at myself' aren't that different. I often hear that I'm a person who's always bright and innocent, but I think I'm like that as well. And my honest personality! I think that's my largest 'weapon'.

Before I became part of Infinite, I was burdened by the fact that I would have to carry my own future. But it's not like that now! Because I have my reliable hyungs and dongsaengs, I feel confident. First off, L really didn't speak, so he gave me no impression. And I thought of Sunggyu hyung as the hyung that was hard to talk to? And thought Woohyun hyung was the considerate hyung. Dongwoo hyung was the extremely scary hyung! And Hoya was a blunt person. Because Sungjong is normally pretty, I thought he was a female trainee ^^ When I look back and think about it, it's all the complete opposite! Seems like I'm bad with impressions…

Now they're all very important people to me!

If I never became a member of Infinite, I think I would been doing something out of the ordinary, something special. Probably… a job where I educate animals?

I like animals. So the gift I remember the most are 'dog clothes'. I didn't tell anyone that I had a puppy, but they prepared it, so I remember it the most.

There are many things that came true for me in 2012, and I think the members also did well, step by step. Fighting so that I can become a Sungyeol who continues to improve in the future as well!!

★ Open Your Bag!

To be honest, I don't carry around heavy things in my bag. But my bag just looks heavy in general? ^^

First off, my wallet! And if I were to show you the inside of my wallet, there's no money… My entire fortune is 300 won! ㅎㅎㅎ I have nutritional supplements, and a card I carry around so that I can practice. I also carry around deodorant and perfume.

Sunglasses too! Huh? But there's nothing in the case… I brought an empty case.. ㅎㅎㅎ

Drum sticks as well! It's the item I treasure the most. I make sure to take it everywhere ^^

◆  Lee Sungjong, Will Show A New Side

Like then and now, my largest interest is in songs. Because I dreamed of becoming a singer ever since I was younger, I don't do it idly. And since I can feel and experience many things while practicing, I'm working hard now as well!

And in the future, I want to become an all-around entertainer that is acknowledged by everyone. For that to happen, I should do my best, right? 'Sungjong-ah, you're doing well! Let's just be a bit stronger!'

After meeting Infinite, my everything changed. Because I suddenly gained 6 hyungs, it felt like I became a person? ^^ Now they're all important figures who I can't do without.

People just think of me as the youngest, but I have a side to me that's quite dependable and strong! ^^

2012 is now ending soon. It's almost Christmas! My plans are… after finishing schedules with the members, we'll probably say that we worked hard and eat beef ㅎㅎ ^^

Although the burden was big when we received a lot of love through 'The Chaser', I feel proud because I feel like I climbed well this year, step by step, just like any other time.

I'll show you a different side of me that hasn't been seen before in 2013!!

★ Ambush, Attack on His Bag!

Drumroll! Bag check! Although it seems very big, I don't really have anything in it ^^ Let's see… What's in here..

Because it's winter, hand cream is a must. I also have a watch. There's my concert script, headphones, wi-fi… and a pencil case too!

I only carry around things that I really need!

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Seungri becomes 'One Piece' character?

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 09:30 PM PST

Seungri tweeted a photo claiming that he becomes the main character of 'One Piece'.
He wrote,

"I became the main character of Japanese anime "One Piece"! Together with Roopie and Ace! "
In the photo, he is posing an action move with his fist clenched and some comic strips as background.

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Kim Jaejoong: “Overcoming appearance complex with acting”

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 09:00 PM PST

*Appearance complex: Jaejoong is not happy with his looks because people only look at his appearance and think that he has no talent.

It's necessary now to add one more title to 'Hallyu idol star' – 'movie actor'.  JYJ Kim Jaejoong is full-fledgedly targeting domestic big screens.

After [almost] 10 years since debut, people only recall his 'flower boy' image. The audience of the movie might be a little surprised to see his 'spoilt' image.

I met Kim Jaejoong in a cafeteria in Jongno-gu, Seoul. He said 'Hello' first to me, which made me impressed. Unlike his cold looking appearance, he has the delicate charm of a native Korean youth of 26 years.

"Many people said that they didn't expect that 'spoilt' image of mine. It was great that I was able to express various emotions in dramas. I was also glad that I got to work with Song Jihyo who is in the same company with me. I wanted to take opportunity as a rookie movie actor."

Throughout the interview, he emphasized that he "doesn't want to become an actor in one stroke." He is satisfied to learn even from just one drama/movie. Kim Jaejoong who initially didn't dream of becoming an actor confessed that he wanted to break free from the preconception of the public.

"At the beginning, I had the opportunity to try acting by chance, which somehow made me feel sorry towards my colleagues. I didn't want to read the script in front of the members who were preparing to become actors. But now, I think that acting is interesting. I had serious appearance complex when I was younger. I wanted to break the 'wall' inside of me through the variety of acting."

"After debut, even if I was just standing still, a lot of people asked me if I was angry. I also heard many people say 'I don't like him. He doesn't give me good impression'. However if we go abroad, other members envy me the most. Maybe because I look unique, many overseas fans like me more. (Laugh) But I told my members that I envied them more. 'You guys have a lot of fans and not much anti-fans in the country where we are born.' I told them. Because of that appearance complex, the desire to use acting to get rid of that shell that I have made myself grew bigger. It's not the matter of time. I don't have confidence to do well right away either. I want to do it step by step, little by little."

I can feel the sincerity in his words. I will celebrate his 10th debut anniversary next year but he said that he needs to constantly control his mind in order to break the preconception and misconception surrounding him.

He first realized his interest toward acting when he was filming <Dr. Jin>. Filming drama and movie at the same time, he was exhausted both physically and mentally. "Filming movie and drama, one is contemporary, other is historical but I didn't feel scared." So I mischievously asked him if he had 'star disease' and entered his van right after hearing the 'cut' sign. "For me, the filming set was a haven of peace. I preferred the bed at the set than my van. They had made the set like a real motel. When I was sleeping there, I could feel that the staffs were walking very careful so that they wouldn't wake me. (Laugh) We're close and comfortable with each other like a family."

Kim Jaejoong introduced <Code name: Jackcal> as a movie that "the more you watch, the more you find it attractive". As it's his big screen debut, there is still something lacking but he never regrets it. Unlike the singer that can taste the failure often because it's a profession where it is easy to hit the limit, the actor can find him/herself the chance to learn and grow in every movie/drama. That fact is quite attractive. Kim Jaejoong has quickly realized that charm of acting.

"Aside from music, acting helps me to refreshingly develop myself. It's a tonic, a stimulant. If people do only one thing over and over again, they might fall into idleness and become haughty. I like the feeling of receiving reprimands and compliments when I do something new. The more I do it (acting), the more I have ambition and motivation to do it more. I hope for support from everyone."

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121124 Music Core Performers list

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 08:11 PM PST

♬ First Solo Debut
- Kim Sunggyu『60 Seconds』
♬ Good-Bye stage
- K.Will『Please Don't』
- Hyuna『Ice Cream』
- Ailee『I'll Show You』
♬ Special stage
- OFFROAD(feat. MIJI)『Be bop』
♬ HOT Stage
- Son Dambi『Dripping Tears』
- B1A4『Tried To Walk』
- Boyfriend『Janus』
- Dal Shabet『Have,Don't Have』
- Noel『The Words I Couldn't Say』
♬ Volume UP Stage
- Noh Jihoon『Punishment』
- RaNia『Style』
- FIESTAR『We don't stop』
- C-CLOWN『Far Away』
♬ New Songs
- Juniel『Bad Man』
- TAHITI『Hasta Luego』


Posted: 23 Nov 2012 07:54 PM PST

The group, B1A4, revealed the secrets behind their long-run.

B1A4, who met with The Star at the waiting room of KBS2 'Music Bank' on the 23rd, carefully revealed the secrets behind their popularity, "Prior to our debut, our members promised each other this. Even if we were to become successful, 'let's not lose our main focus'. We worked hard and always repeated to ourselves to become a modest group."

The ticketing for B1A4's first solo concert, which was opened on October 31st, showed a ticket power of selling out 8000 tickets out of 10000 in 5 minutes. This is a rare record for a rookie group and it shows B1A4's current status.

To this result, B1A4 shrugged their shoulders and said, "We were surprised too. Because we promoted with a cute boy image in the beginning of our debut, I think it would be definite to think that our fans mainly consisted of people in their 10's. However, there are many mother fans who quietly watch us from the back."

The title song, 'Tried to Walk', off their third mini album, 'IN THE WIND', is a song that their leader, Jinyoung, participated in composing, writing lyrics, and even producing. It's an 'emotional pop dance' song where the members' emotional vocals are emphasized with the excellent mix of an acoustic and electronic sound as the base.

B1A4, who were confidently reevaluated for their musical skills and are being seen as an artist group rather than a visual group for this album, said, "This is what we dreamed of and it's our goal." They showed their strong determination by adding, "Every time we achieve a goal, there's this strange pleasure we receive and we believe that we have to continuously show more complete albums in the future."

Meanwhile, B1A4 will be opening their first solo concert after debuting on December 8th and 9th at Seoul SK Olympic Handball Stadium.

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SNSD's Yuri becomes a fangirl?

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 07:26 PM PST

SNSD's Yuri spotted posing among fans!

SMTOWN's official Twitter updated on 23rd November,"Yuri and Singaporean fans watching the rehearsal together,who will give you a surprise during the Bangkok SM Town concert?"

She is seen wearing shades and poses with fans in the photo above.

Fans commented,"Yuri is so cute,","She is so playful" and etc

B1A4's comeback thoughts: "We gained more noona fans after throwing off our cute image"

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 07:16 PM PST

Breaking away from their fresh sprout-dol image, group B1A4 who returned with more mature image revealed their comeback thoughts.

B1A4, who we met on November 23rd at the KBS New Wing Open Hall looked slightly tired, perhaps from preparing for their concert which is around the corner. They released their 3rd mini album "Tried to Walk" on November 12th and stood in front of their fans again after a long time.

When we asked their thoughts about their comeback after being away for some time, leader Jinyoung replied "I think our fans were looking forward for long time because they cheered a lot for us" "I could see that they were waiting for us with my eyes so I was very thankful. I could only think of working harder from now."

He continued "I'm happy whenever we accomplish the things that we've thought about one by one. I think of improving more in the future and present albums with more higher degree of completion", expressing his intentions.

This album focused on delivering B1A4's mature image. They were loved by their cute and fresh looks but at the same time they were stereotyped as "group pushing with their visuals". The members made more various attempts through this album compared to others. Choosing suits instead of colorful and loud clothes itself was a surprising change. However Baro explained, "No matter how neat clothes we wear, we still have a point in our clothes."

CNU earnestly replied, "Even though we show different colors from our previous cute image it doesn't mean that B1A4's own colors are removed. When we were discussing, we all agreed on changing our appearance while keeping our own colors. Even in the future, I think we have more various appearances to be brought out from our own colors."

Perhaps because they threw away their cute image for more mature appearance, they gained more elder female fans. Members said "Many of our fans couldn't attend because they had to go to school in the morning but we see many fans these days" and continued "We always try hard to be friendlier because we are really grateful."

With increasing fans, they are an unusual rookie group who have settled and can now hold their solo concert just after a year and 6 months since their debut, however, their good manner stays unchanged. This is one of the parts which staffs always give high points for B1A4. To this Jinyoung replied "Among the things we talked about before it was "Let's not lose our original intentions even if we succeed. Maybe we were thinking way ahead but we tried hard to become a polite group. Thank you for looking at us nicely" and bowed his head.

Lastly the members added "We think we would be actively promoting till the year end. We might have Christmas and year end schedules." They also revealed their determination, "Our original aim was to win the rookie award but we still haven't got the opportunity. We can't evaluate how much we've accomplished our goals by ourselves but we will prepare hard for our concert and promote actively."
Meanwhile B1A4's new song "Tried to Walk" is an impressive emotional pop dance track that has exquisitely mixed sounds of acoustic and electric guitars with emotional vocals and rapping together with strong drum beat. Composed by leader Jinyoung and written by Jinyoung and Baro, adding more unique charms of B1A4.

Article Credits: daum via Mochi Muffins @FLIGHTB1A4.COM
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