Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Stars attend the VIP premiere of ‘Don’t Cry Mommy’" plus 19 more

"Stars attend the VIP premiere of ‘Don’t Cry Mommy’" plus 19 more


Stars attend the VIP premiere of ‘Don’t Cry Mommy’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 09:13 AM PST

The VIP screening for the film ‘Don’t Cry Mommy‘ was held on November 15th at the CGV Yongsan theater in Seoul.

Directed by Kim Yong Han, 'Don't Cry Mommy' is a film that revolves around a mother who seeks revenge on her daughter's rapists after her high school daughter commits suicide.

Many stars attended the VIP premiere including Narsha (Brown Eyed Girls), U-KISS, Kim Hye Jin, Son Hyun Joo, Julien Kang, Park Ji Yoon, Park Si Eun, Choi Yoon Young, Jeon Hye Bin, Lim Jung Eun, and more.

The movie hits theaters on November 22nd.

Check out some of the photos from the event below!

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Wonder Girls’ appearance on KIIS-FM’s “Jingle Ball” canceled due to scheduling conflict

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 08:40 AM PST

The Wonder Girlsscheduled attendance at the KIIS-FMJingle Ball” has been canceled.

The concert is held every year in December, hosted by the #1 Hit Music Station of Los Angeles, "KIIS-FM". The girls had been scheduled to be in attendance on December 1st to perform “Like Money” with special guest Akon. However, KIIS-FM has announced that the Wonder Girls will not be attending the show because of a “scheduling conflict” and will be replaced by the Jonas Brothers and Sammy Adams.

Psy is still scheduled to perform on December 3rd.

Psy, on the other hand, will still be performing his hit “Gangnam Style“ on December 3rd show.

Source: KIIS-FM website

Tip: Lauren

Roy Kim’s past photos reveal his sculpted abs

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 08:06 AM PST

Roy Kim, who seems to have everything, was also spotted with a sculpted body.

A recent post on an online portal site shared the above pictures with the caption, “Roy Kim’s past pictures.

The most eye-catching pictures were of him shirtless. Roy Kim looked slimmer in the picture and also sported clear six packs. His slim waist and overall silhouette is similar to a model’s body. The picture was reported to be taken before his high school swim meet.

After seeing the pictures, the netizens commented, “A perfect man that’s not missing anything“, “He sings well and can even swim well, he’s awesome“, and “He gained a lot of weight since then.”

2PM’s “Masquerade” places 1st on Tower Records chart in Japan

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 07:33 AM PST

Following its debut at #2 on Oricon‘s daily single chart, 2PM‘s 5th Japanese single ‘Masquerade‘ has ranked #1 on Tower Records‘ reservation sales chart!

Reservations for ‘Masquerade’ began mid-October, and the single has topped the chart for most reservation sales for the past two weeks. The single album has also met high expectations by ranking #1 on Japan’s Recochoku ringtone chart.

Since its release on November 14, fans have been lining up at the Tower Records store in Shibuya to buy the album. The store’s staff has also created a counter specifically to buy the album to smooth traffic.

‘Masquerade’ has swept #1, #2, and #3 on Tower Records sales charts on the 13th and 14th, placing 1st for two consecutive days. 2PM’s latest single is expected to be more popular than their last release ‘Beautiful‘, which ranked #1 in every branch of Tower Records’ J-pop/Pop/K-pop charts throughout the first half of 2012.

“Masquerade” is co-written by the famous Japanese composer NA.ZU.NA, who’s worked with acts such as Arashi, Koda Kumi, and SMAP, and the dance track “M.I.” tells a heartbreaking story of forbidden love.

Check out the “Masquerade” PV as well as 2PM’s trademark “mask dance” below!

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INFINITE’s Sunggyu releases ‘Another Me’ piano teaser

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 07:09 AM PST

INFINITE's Sunggyu has released a ‘piano teaser’ for his upcoming solo debut!

Sunggyu has already revealed the track list information for his debut album 'Another Me' as well as the pre-release song "Shine". Fans have been looking forward to the full release of 'Another Me' on November 19 KST.

Until then, check out the teaser video starring INFINITE's L for the song "60 Sec" if you missed it, and the new piano teaser below!

AA (Double A) reveals last comeback audio teaser

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 07:05 AM PST

AA (Double A) have revealed the last audio teaser for their upcoming album!

AA previously announced they would be releasing numerous audio teasers for their comeback. The teasers include previews of 12 songs, which will go untitled until the release of AA's new album.

After revealing the first fourteen audio teasers and bonus teasers, they have released the 15th one featuring member Joowon.

Listen to the last teaser as well as the previous few below!

Teaser No.15 (Last)

Teaser No. 14

Teaser No. 13

2NE1 cancels ‘New Evolution’ concerts in Malaysia and Indonesia

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 06:43 AM PST

2NE1 have canceled their ‘New Evolution‘ global tour stops in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The announcement on 2NE1′s official Facebook states: “BLACKJACK in Malaysia & Indonesia, Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to announce that the 2NE1 shows originally scheduled for Malaysia & Indonesia had to be cancelled [sic]. We sincerely apologize to all our fans in Malaysia & Indonesia and hope that we will be able to play there in the near future. The remaining shows on the tour have not been affected and we thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support.”

Concert organizer Running Into the Sun has also stated that the concert in Malaysia was canceled due to “unresolved technical issues while producing the show.” The company further stated that they did not want to compromise the production value of the concert or safety of concertgoers.

Tip: MichaiaDear

MBLAQ Lee Joon’s manners receives attention

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 06:19 AM PST

A fan account of MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon and his manners has been making headlines lately.

The following message was posted to an online community site on the 15th: “I was taking an IQ and mental test on the computer, and I noticed a female employee taking pictures with a male celebrity.”

Lee Joon must have made a great first impression as the poster went on, “I don’t know much else, but he seemed really nice. He signed autographs, took pictures, and even went on phone calls. He granted every favor.”

It seems the employees at the center wanted to keep him there as long as possible as well. “Lee Joon’s academic qualifications exam took 5 minutes. After that, 10 people took the same test in a total of 5 minutes. [The female employee wanted him there].”

Netizens responded, “He’s a nice guy”, “Lee Joon is even kind to other men”, “He seems like the kind of star I’d want to be friends with”, and “I can’t believe he took phone calls for them”.

In other news, Lee Joon has been confirmed for the upcoming KBS 2TV drama, ‘Iris 2‘.

Tip: Hana

miss A’s Suzy appears as surprise host on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 05:51 AM PST

miss A‘s Suzy made a surprise appearance on tonight’s ‘M! Countdown‘.

Before performing “I Don’t Need a Man” with her members, she appeared as a host alongside F.T. Island‘s Hongki.

Suzy stated, “With the final performance ahead, I decided to come visit Lee Hongki.” Hongki then surprised viewers by responding, “We’re [so close] that we’ve matched lips before.”

He went on, “I’m just saying that we’ve both hosted an award ceremony together.”

Suzy’s “manner shoes” are also receiving attention as she wore a flatter heel than her shorter co-host.

In related news, Lee Hi claimed her second win on the show with “1, 2, 3, 4“. Check out the performances here if you missed them.

IU to continue hosting ‘Quiz Show Q’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 05:25 AM PST

With IU experiencing some backlash from her recent controversy with Super Junior‘s Eunhyuk, many have been speculating whether she’ll continue with her scheduled activities.

A representative of the singer confirmed that she will continue to act as a host on MBC‘s ‘Strongest Victor Quiz Show W‘. On the 15th, the rep stated: “There has been no discussion about IU leaving ‘Quiz Show W’.”

IU became a host of the program this past August alongside Son Bum Soo and Park Myung Soo. The time slot was moved from Sunday morning to Friday night at 9PM KST on November 9.

Wonder Boyz CEO demands apology for hit-and-run

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 05:03 AM PST

ENT102 agency head Kim Chang Ryul (of DJ DOC) has spoken up after two members of the Wonder Boyz were injured in a hit-and-run.

Kim Chang Ryul posted to Twitter on the 15th: “I received a phone call that really angered me right now. At 8AM KST this morning, the Wonder Boyz members suffered an accident at the crosswalk in front of our agency, and the taxi driver committed a hit-and-run. They also said there was a guest in the taxi.

He went on, “I don’t know who you are, but I hope you step up. Please come to us to apologize and say you’re sorry. After getting hit by the taxi, Young Boy said he apologized to the taxi driver. This makes me even more angry. If the driver of the orange taxi who committed the hit-and-run at 8:20AM at the Hilltop Hotel’s crosswalk does not apologize, we’ll be filing a [complaint].” 

In other news, Wonder Boyz are currently promoting their latest track “Open the Door“.

Which car is most popular among the Girls’ Generation members?

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 04:36 AM PST

Fans who’ve been wondering what the Girls’ Generation members drive are in luck.

According to a business insider, the choice of vehicle for at least a third of Girls’ Generation is the BMW Mini. Three to four members, including Hyoyeon, have been revealed to drive the model.

As for the other members, Jessica has been spotted in a BMW 320iYoonA owns a Volkswagen Scirocco, Taeyeon drives a Mercedes-Benz SLK, while Yuri has a BMW Z4.

In related news, Jessica and Hyoyeon are currently promoting Hyundai.

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B.A.P’s Zelo receives attention for his impressive growth spurt

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 04:05 AM PST

B.A.P‘s Zelo is being called the group’s “giant baby” with his tall height of 184 cm (~6 ft.).

Zelo shared on his Twitter on the 13th, “I measured my height. 184…hehe,” showing off his impressive growth spurt. Fellow member Youngjae then tweeted back, “Don’t do this… ㅠ You have to think of your hyungs too.”

17-year-old (Korean age) Zelo’s height is stated on his profile as 182 cm, but in a recent interview held in Japan, Zelo revealed his height at the time was 183 cm. He said, “I want to stop growing. But the hospital told me that my growth spurt is still going on.”

Fans commented, “184 cm is so tall compared to me”, “He’s cute and tall”, and “I still like you Youngjae”.

In related news, Zelo made headlines for making his fans swoon with his cute charms at the 'Hope Concert for Multicultural Families'.

[Review] Dal Shabet ‘Have, Don’t Have’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 03:40 AM PST

I have a major love-hate relationship with Dal Shabet. They’ve managed to make their way towards the top of my list of groups whose next release I look highly forward to. However, the general mediocrity that typically shrouds each release makes me wonder why I was anticipating them so much in the first place. In typical fashion, I was ecstatic for their latest mini-album release, ‘Have, Don’t Have‘. Yet despite the typical sullen mood I soon acquired upon listening to it, I was not completely entrenched in this mindset for long. No matter the forgettable nature of what they continue to churn out, there were some parts of the album that struck me in a way that Dal Shabet hadn’t previously.

My usual negative sentiment was brought out upon listening to the first track of their release, “For Darling“. Typically, I detest ballads as introduction songs as more often than not, they’re simply fluff and don’t give a strong impression in any regard. Thus, for obvious reasons, this is typically not how one usually wants to start an album. “For Darling” doesn’t deviate from this trend. The song is a typical moderate love ballad containing more awkward key changes than one could possibly hope for. I don’t really have any reason why I would ever listen to this song again, and it certainly didn’t give me high hopes for the rest of the album.

Luckily the next track, “Have, Don’t Have“, quickly dissipated my disappointment. What originally sounded like a Michael JacksonThriller” copy quickly turned into a boppy synth-happy up-tempo disco tune. As demonstrated particularly well in their prior release “Mr. Bang Bang“, their staccato, blippy vocal quality—or their processed vocal quality anyway—matches particularly well with this type of instrumental tracking. Even though the song in general sounded like a direct fusion of T-ara‘s ”Roly Poly” and A Pink‘s “Boy“, and their music video is reminiscent of the same T-ara tune and Girl’s Day‘s ”Oh My Gosh“, this song worked well enough for what Dal Shabet typically brings: inoffensive, simple, and generally listenable, and in some respects even toe-tapping, though nothing incredibly ground breaking. While I’m not overly crazy about this being the title track—the ephemeral disco craze in K-Pop was not my particular cup of tea—I certainly wouldn’t look back on it with any disdain.

I wasn’t prepared for “Don’t Touch“. What came off as an unassuming introduction of an amalgamation of urban environment sound clips transitioned rapidly into a heavy electronica house anthem. While the lyrics and rap in the song aren’t particularly memorable—then again, when is any electronic lyric supposed to be meaningful?—the engineering of the background makes this track far and away the most addicting song of the mini-album. While at times it feels like the producers were just pulling every stop that a program as standard as Ableton Live could offer, there were certain textural shifts throughout the song that put it a step above most other K-Pop songs produced in this manner. Notably, the extended use of minimalism and silence in instrumentals before transition to the refrain provided a needed break from the heavy texture, but also provided a prolonged amount of tension that made the drop of the refrain all the more enjoyable. Overall, I would confidently put this in the top tier of engineered pieces released in K-Pop this year. I’m not sure if this is a direction Dal Shabet will continue to strive towards in their future releases, but it is a nice refreshing change from their usual stereotypical bubblegum pop.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about “Falling in Love“. The instrumental backing doesn’t seem to mesh whatsoever with the lyrics and melody on a variety of aesthetic levels. This certainly isn’t a critique on either of these two layers by any means. I actually think the melody is surprisingly catchy: the R&B-ish feel gives an opportunity for members of Dal Shabet to show some sense of individualism throughout the song. However, the mood which it attempts to set is offset by the odd combination of ambient and moderate pop drum track. While this backing is likely fine on its own, layering these two aspects just give the song a strong sense of sonic conflict and confusion. Despite this, I feel that the song is catchy enough to warrant several more listens, and it’s easily among the strongest melodic piece I’ve heard from Dal Shabet.

In summation, Dal Shabet lives up to what most people expect of them. While some may be overjoyed by this, it leaves me wondering why I continue to be so ecstatic about their releases. Outside of the production effort of “Don’t Touch” and the catchy melody of “Falling in Love“, this release is either banal or sonically confused. Yet, I know that despite my general disappointment, I will continue to look forward to their next work as I have done so far.

Rating Overview

Pros: Instrumental backing of “Don’t Touch“, catchy melody in “Falling in Love“, “Have, Don’t Have” matching Dal Shabet’s vocal strengths.

Cons: Confusion between instrumentals and melodies, “Have Don’t Have” is unoriginal as it is an obvious fusion of other pieces that came before, “For Darling” is just plain unoriginal.

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Lee Hyori knits a hat for Yoni P’s mother

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 03:13 AM PST

Lee Hyori recently showed off a lovely hat that she knit for her close friend’s mother for the upcoming winter season.

On the 13th, Lee Hyori tweeted to fashion designer and good friend Yoni P“Finished~~.” She also posted the above photos of the completed knitting project.

Yoni P responded, “I’m so touched!!! It’s so pretty!!! When I give this to my mom, she’ll be the best fashionista in the hospital~~~ Thank you so much.”

Fans commented, “Oh, I want to wear it”, and “It seems there’s nothing you can’t do. Your handiwork is awesome”.

Hopefully, Yoni P’s mother will get well soon!

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Lee Hi wins #1 + performances from November 15th’s episode of ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 02:42 AM PST

Mnet's "M! Countdown" is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, THE SEEYA and Natthew made their debut, while Park Jung Min, Son Dam Bi, Dal Shabet, B1A4, A-JAX, and C-CLOWN held their comeback stages.

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between Ailee and Lee Hi, but in the end, it was Lee Hi who clinched the win tonight with "1, 2, 3, 4“!

Congratulations to Lee Hi on her second 'M! Countdown' trophy!

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Performers tonight included Kim Jong Kook, Noel, Epik High, HyunA, miss A, Roh Ji Hoon, Ailee, Lee Hi, Son Seung Yeon, AOA, and Wonder Boyz!

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Son Dam Bi makes her long-awaited comeback with “Dripping Tears” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 02:40 AM PST

Soloist Son Dam Bi has finally returned to the music scene with her latest releaseDripping Tears‘!

Promoting her title track of the same name, sexy diva Son Dam Bi is back and more ready then ever to show her charisma live on stage.

Check out Son Dam Bi’s comeback performances of “I Wanna Be With You” and “Dripping Tears” below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

“I Wanna Be With You”

“Dripping Tears”

B1A4 is back with “Try to Walk” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 02:25 AM PST

Boy group B1A4 has returned with their newest mini-album and title trackTry to Walk“!

The group is gaining attention not only for their upgraded sound, but also because member Jinyoung composed their title track "Try to Walk". In addition, Baro assisted in writing the lyrics for his rap verses.

The boys have been gearing up for their comeback, and with their first live performance on ‘M! Countdown‘, their hard work and dedication show.

Check it out below!

Thai singer Natthew debuts with “She’s Bad” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 02:12 AM PST

Natthew, Thai singer and winner of the Thai audition show 'Academy Fantasia', has revealed his Korean debut single, "She's Bad".

Natthew already has many accomplishments under his belt in Thailand and hopes to continue his streak in Korea as he tries out the K-Pop market in his quest to become a global artist.

The singer has kicked off official promotions with his debut stage on ‘M! Countdown’ featuring B2ST‘s Junhyung. Check it out below!

Park Jung Min returns with “Beautiful” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 02:07 AM PST

Park Jung Min has returned with his second solo single "Beautiful"!

His agency previously revealed, "Park Jung Min's new album 'Beautiful' is the singer's first self-produced album as he has directed the entire process from the whole concept to the production."

Watch Park Jung Min’s comeback stage below!