Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Way Back Wednesday: Thanksgiving Reunions" plus 19 more

"Way Back Wednesday: Thanksgiving Reunions" plus 19 more


Way Back Wednesday: Thanksgiving Reunions

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 08:26 AM PST

I know it’s called Way Back Wednesday but I wanted this weeks WBW to be focused on a great Holiday. Today is Thanksgiving for those of us in the U.S.A. and it also marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. I love Thanksgiving and the four F‘s related to it: Family, Friends, Food, and Football. I love the weather from this time of year and taking time off from work and enjoying a weekend as I relax and really give thanks for what I have.

I love the spirit of reunification, it’s always great seeing family members or friends who we've been apart from for the year. To relate this back to K-pop, I think that sentiment was laid out perfectly on the November 17th episode of Olive TV's 'Yoon Kye Sang's One Table'. This episode featured all five members of g.o.d. publicly for the first time in eight years. The members were able to clear the air about lingering resentment and misunderstandings that arose from Yoon Kye Sang leaving the group in 2004. It was a powerful show for sure. There was was real emotion and it was good to see the members finally remove the elephant in the room and start a new journey together.

In that vein, I thought it would be great to discuss the groups of way back when that I would love to see get back together. The reasons they split are all different but the one thing I know is that fans have been pining for them to perform one final time. I've also included my own personal scale (the Group Hug scale) which is just my opinion on the chances of the group getting back together but it’s a total guess.

Seotaiji and Boys

Group Hug Scale: 0 – Not a chance
While it would be absolutely amazing to see the trio reunite and entertain fans, I think that it's pretty much a certainty that it'll never happen. Given the recent scandal involving Seo Taiji's private life and Yang Hyun Suk's comments on the show 'Healing Camp', this seems to be the least likeliest of groups to ever appear on stage together again. To be honest, I think they're making the right decision for their sake but it would be so awesome to see them perform again.

H.O.T

Group Hug Scale: 2 – Growing more and more unlikely
The rumors of the quintet reuniting have been floating ever since member Lee Jae Won was discharged from the military. The members have brought it up on several occasions and have been publicly quoted as saying things were in the works but still, nothing. There are a number of factors that make this difficult but I think by now, they could have worked those out. The longer this takes, the less likely it is to happen, so while I think the possibility exists, the door is closing quickly.

1TYM

Group Hug Scale: 1 – Highly doubt it could ever happen
I've mentioned frequently that I would love to see 1TYM get back together and rock the stage one more time but because of the total lack of information coming out of YG and the members of the group, I would have to guess that this may never happen. There's been a few rumors here and there but for the most part, radio silence on the future of this once beloved group which tells me that there aren’t even discussions.

Solid

Group Hug Scale: 3: So you're telling me there's a chance
The only reason I give Solid a 3 is because when Kim Jo Han was on the show 'I Am a Singer', he mentioned that if he won, that he would appear with the members of Solid on-stage. That tells me that there's been some talk between the members and if he had indeed won (he did not), that they would have to have appeared fairly quickly which is another good sign. Now, maybe he was just saying things in the moment but I think there might be a shot there. The guys are much older but two of the three members are still active in the K-pop game so maybe they’ve thrown this idea around in the past.

S.E.S

Group Hug Scale: 3: Likely but far from certain
It's a fact that the ladies of SES are still very close with each other and have stayed in each other's lives through the years. Now, they might not become a group again or have any official promotions, but I think there's a good chance that they could step onto a stage again and belt out a few of their classics. If you've ever seen the members on shows like the original 'Immortal Songs' or 'Come to Play', they still have the moves and can hold their own. Even though I was fairly traumatized by Eugene's marriage, I've been able to overcome that and move on with my life…

Brown Eyes

Group Hug Scale: 2.5: Possible but need to mend some fences first
Some fans might get a little confused because singer Naul has been a part of two groups whose eyes are brown: Brown Eyes and Brown Eyed Soul. Brown Eyed Soul is alive and well but Brown Eyes, comprising members Naul and Yoon Gun, are no longer. The pair had two groundbreaking albums bringing a new style of R&B to K-pop in 2001. Then after only two albums, they called it quits amidst rumors of in-fighting and arguments. Although they released an album in 2008, I haven't seen them together in nearly ten years. Recently Yoon Gun mentioned that there was the possibility of a comeback but it seemed one-sided as if Naul might be holding out. Still, I get a feeling that one day the two will hash out their differences (maybe over a plate of turkey and stuffing) and bring back that sound that captured all of our attention back in the day.

Fin.K.L

Group Hug Scale: 4 – Not definite but best chance of the bunch
I don’t know why but I feel like Fin.K.L might be the best shot at seeing a reunion of one of the old idol groups. I know that the members are still friendly, they each are doing their own thing but something tells me that there’s one more round left in the chamber. It’s not a sure thing but I really think that when the timing is right and Lee Hyori can stop worrying about dogs for a second, the four ladies will put on a show for fans one final time.

Those were just a few groups that I personally want to see again. There are so many more that fans have been hoping for but the thing is, these groups stopped performing for a reason and it's tough to just make that move again, especially after time has passed. Maybe it's better that we just have the memories but still, hold out hope K-pop fans. Where there’s a Thanksgiving Reunion, there’s also a Christmas Miracle. Anyways, time to enjoy the delicious Thanksgiving meals and watch some football games with my family and friends, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Prepix shares 2nd dance practice photo with B2ST’s Yoseob

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 08:19 AM PST

After confirmation that B2ST's Yoseob would be making his solo debut with his first solo mini album on the 26th, famous choreographer Prepix has shared a new dance practice photo.

On November 22nd, Prepix uploaded the above photo and wrote, “Yoseop Practice With Prepix Pic #2“. Prepix had released the 1st photo 2 days ago.

In the photo, Yoseob can be seen practicing the choreography for his upcoming solo debut inside Cube Entertainment's dance rehearsal room.

Yoseob's first solo album, 'The First Collage' will be released on the 26th, so stay tuned to allkpop for more information.

Source: Prepix's Twitter

JYJ’s Jaejoong reveals he broke up with his girlfriend of 4 years to become a singer

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 08:00 AM PST

JYJ‘s Jaejoong recently revealed how he broke up with his girlfriend of 4 years to pursue his dream of becoming a singer.

During an interview with Star Today for his upcoming movie ‘Code Name Jackal‘, Jaejoong stated, “Most singers have to endure hardships during their trainee days. I had difficulties during my trainee days too. I broke up with the person I was dating because I was having such a hard time.

Jaejoong’s character in the movie is a top star who broke up with his girlfriend during his days of being a nobody. Jaejoong revealed he went through a similar situation back when he was younger. He explained, “When I was younger I broke up with my girlfriend of 4 years in order to come to Seoul and pursue my dreams. After I made my debut with TVXQ I contacted her. However, she told me we shouldn’t contact each other anymore.

He continued with, “I wanted to stay friends with her but I think she wasn’t able to do that. As an important figure in my past, she will always be in my memories.

As for his bizarre role in the movie, Jaejoong stated, “I do not feel pressured [about acting it out]. I am very thankful because this piece opened a new path into the big screen world. I now want to try different movies.

‘Code Name Jackal’ was released on November 15. Check out the trailer below!

Super Junior-K.R.Y. attracts 15,000 fans to their winter concert in Yokohama

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 07:51 AM PST

Super Junior‘s ballad unit Super Junior-K.R.Y. successfully completed their solo concert in Yokohama titled, ‘Super Junior-K.R.Y. Special Winter Concert 2012‘.

Held at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center from November 19th through the 21st, the concert brought in a total of 15,000 fans. The unit group has previous experience completing a successful Asia tour in Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan, so the group sold out tickets with ease.

This is their second concert in Japan since their ‘Special Concert in Japan 2010‘, and fans responded enthusiastically as pre-order tickets sold out within three seconds after going on sale on October 27th.

The unit sang a number of songs off of Super Junior’s albums as well as OST tracks and individual stages for a total of 22 live tracks. Unlike Super Junior’s standard power dance-filled performances, the entire concert was completed with a live band to make for highly emotional stages.

To celebrate the upcoming holidays, the boys also threw in festive remake performances of “Silent Night“, “Last Christmas“, “Christmas Eve“, and some Japanese covers like EXILE‘s “Believe” and Hitoto Yo‘s “Hanamizuki“.

Fans were also in for a treat, as they performed “Promise You” off of their upcoming Japanese single slated for release on January 23rd, along with a first reveal of the teaser video.

The unit will continue their winter concert in Kobe from the 22nd through the 24th and the Budokan from January 22nd through the 24th.

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Source + Photos: SBS E! via Nate + Ryeowook, Kyuhyun, Yesung‘s Twitters

Jung Joon Young ranks #1 over ‘Super Rookie’ Lee Hi

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 07:31 AM PST

Jung Joon Young of ‘Superstar K4‘ ranked #1 on music charts.

According to the Gaon Chart, Jung Joon Young’s version of “Emergency Room” was downloaded 237,921 times, coming in at #1 for the week and pushing Lee Hi‘s “1, 2, 3, 4“, which had 237,719 downloads, down to #2 for the first time.

Noel‘s “Things I Couldn’t Say” ranked #3 with 227,268 downloads, and Park Bo Young‘s “My Prince” ranked at #4. Following her was Son Dam Bi‘s “Dripping Tears” at #5, and then GEEKS and Soyu‘s “Officially Missing You, Too“.

The only idol group in the top 10 was B1A4 with “Try to Walk“, at #9.

A representative from Gaon Chart said, “This week as we start November, soloists, vocal groups, OSTs, hip hop groups and various other singers make up the top ranks of the chart. The dropping of the idol groups’ ranking are noticeable“.

B.A.P and SECRET to participate in a Korean version of “We are the World”

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 07:30 AM PST

Beautiful World“, the Korean version of “We Are The World“, will be released.

The W-Foundation, a public corporation that’s under Korea’s Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, revealed that SECRET and B.A.P were among 60 other stars that represent Korea to sing the song and to film the music video on the 22nd.

The campaign aims to spread knowledge about global warming, and includes other celebrities such as Insooni, The One, Jo Sung Mo, Yoon Il Sang, Yoon Si Yoon, Jo Yeo Jung, Min Hyo Rin, Um Ki Joon, Honey Lee, Lee Jin, Ji Chang Wook, and Baek Jin Hee. In USA, “We Are The World” had been remade by 80 world-class stars in 2010, for the people of Haiti suffering from the earthquake.

The music video and song for “Beautiful World” will be released for free on the 28th.

Check out the teasers below!

B2ST takes the lead on the ’2012 Melon Music Awards’ online polls

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST

Online votes for the 2012 Melon Music Awards opened up on November 15th, and as of this writing, B2ST has taken the lead!

Held through the ceremony’s official website, B2ST is in the lead with 21% of the total 350,000 votes cast. Right behind them are INFINITE and Block B, with Taetiseo in fourth and TEEN TOP in fifth.

The first round of votes ends on the 28th, and any artist that has released a digital song within the past year is fair game for the award. The top 30 will advance on to competing for the Daesang based on a combination of the number of downloads (60%) and streams (40%).

Ten teams will be awarded the ’2012 Melon Music Awards Top 10′ award, which is awarded based on a combination of the online votes (20%) and digital points (80%).

Results for the polls will be updated on the official homepage on the 29th as well as the launching of the second poll, which will determine the ’2012 Melon Music Awards Artist Award’, an awarded handed to a single artist or team.

Best of luck to all of the artists!

Hugh Jackman to hold an interview with ‘Baek Ji Yeon’s People Inside’

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 06:00 AM PST

Actor Hugh Jackman will be holding an interview with ‘Baek Ji Yeon‘s People Inside’.

Hugh Jackman, who will be returning to the big screen with ‘Les Miserables‘ in December, has chosen ‘Baek Ji Yeon’s People Inside’ for his interview in Korea.

‘Baek Ji Yeon’s People Inside’ has already held several interviews with world-wide famous stars such as Anderson Cooper, Will.i.am, Jessica Alba, Jason Mraz, Ang Lee, and more.

The interview with Hugh Jackman will be held on the 26th.

Davichi’s Haeri to feature in THE SEEYA’s upcoming mini-album

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 05:00 AM PST

Davichi‘s Lee Haeri will be featuring in THE SEEYA‘s first mini-album.

According to Core Contents Media, Lee Haeri will be having a special vocal featuring in THE SEEYA’s upcoming mini-album, which is currently scheduled for release on December 3rd. Lee Haeri stated, “I’m looking forward to featuring in THE SEEYA’s mini-album. I hope that others will look forward to it as well.”

THE SEEYA added, “We’re glad to be able to work with Davichi’s Lee Haeri senior because she’s our role model. We’re learning a lot through her.”

The song they’ll be collaborating on is titled “Poison” and is actually Lee Haeri’s second piece of work with composers Duble Sidekick. Described to be a medium tempo pop ballad, Core Contents Media representatives added, “‘Poison’ is different from other love songs in that it directly yet abstractly expresses the feelings of someone in love.”

UEE and Jooyeon post selcas to promote her new drama ‘Jeon Woo Chi’

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 03:55 AM PST

After School‘s UEE posted a selca to promote her drama ‘Jeon Woo Chi‘.

On the 21st, UEE wrote, “Tada! 10 PM today. KBS 2TV’s refreshing, cool martial arts drama! It’s the first broadcast of ‘Jeon Woo Chi’. You’re all going to watch when it airs, right?! You have to watch closely from start to finish. You don’t know when Moo Yeon will flash!” on her me2day.

In the photo, UEE is dressed as her in-drama character Hong Moo Yeon. She had her hair long and put neatly down to the side, and was wearing a light-colored hanbok as she smiled brightly at the camera.

Jooyeon, who plays one of the side characters, also tweeted, “Today is the first episode of ‘Jeon Woo Chi’! Everyone go in front of the TV at 10 PM to KBS~^^ Ah! I come out from episode 2! Don’t be sad because I don’t come out today hehe. I’m the martial artist Jooyeon!” and uploaded a photo of herself in her own uniform.

The first episode of ‘Jeon Woo Chi’ was aired at 10PM KST on the 21st, and received much love from viewers on its first episode who laughed at the childish yet addicting drama.

The first episode of ‘Jeon Woo Chi’ tops viewer ratings

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 03:50 AM PST

Jeon Woo Chi‘ kicked off to a strong start by placing 1st in viewer ratings.

The show ranked at 14.9% on its first episode, which was much higher than 2nd place ‘I Miss You‘ which brought in 10.2%.

The first episode of ‘Jeon Woo Chi’ was both criticized and praised for the same reason: that it seemed to be too childish. However, some believed that it was charming even with its childish CG, and couldn’t help but watch it to the end, praising the actors. Others complained that even though they watched until the end, they couldn’t find anything good, and hoped for a better 2nd episode.

Yoochun, Yoon Eun Hye, and Yoo Seung Ho‘s ‘I Miss You’ also saw an impressive episode, jumping up 3.2% from last week and ranking #2 for the timeslot.

Nell hints at a comeback with a mysterious teaser photo

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 03:50 AM PST

Modern rock band Nell will finally be returning to the music scene!

On November 22nd, Nell’s official homepage was updated with a mysterious teaser photo of a large moon with colorful blots as if to represent destruction. The image also contained a date, December 3rd, along with the caption, “Holding onto Gravity”, which seems to be the title of their upcoming album.

It looks like the album will drop on December 3rd, so stay tuned for the release!

Tip: infispirit

Actress Jin Sae Yeon shows off a mature look in black and white for ‘Arena Homme Plus’

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 02:50 AM PST

Actress Jin Sae Yeon recently showed off her stunning beauty in a black and white themed pictorial for men’s fashion magazine ‘Arena Homme Plus‘.

The actress is seen perfectly pulling off the ‘chic ice princess’ concept with her charismatic poses while donning vintage-inspired dresses with the modern twist of a peplum skirt. Fans were especially left in awe at her mature look following her recently revealing her real, younger age.

In other news, Jin Sae Yeon is currently starring in the hit drama, SBS‘ ‘Five Fingers‘.

Check out the pictorial below!

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Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung shows off her ’1+1 aegyo’

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 01:50 AM PST

Girls’ Generation‘s Sooyoung showed off her own version of the ‘1+1 aegyo‘.

The ’1+1 aegyo’ was originally done by BtoB‘s Ilhoon on ‘Weekly Idol‘, and has been widely parodied since then. Sooyoung tried her own version on her show, ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘. She performed her aegyo perfectly, completing the performance with cute expressions and hand motions.

Check out the aegyo below!

Lee Dong Wook looks chic in ‘Esquire’ magazine

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 01:12 AM PST

Lee Dong Wook recently showed off his chic charms through ‘Esquire‘ men’s fashion magazine’s December issue.

The pictorial shows Lee Dong Wook posing as a laid back, winter prince while bundling up in softly textured outfits and a wavy hairstyle. The photos are show to make the ladies swoon with his smooth, yet charismatic charms that are different from his more outgoing, hilarious side shown as an MC on SBS‘ ‘Strong Heart‘.

Check out the pictorial below!

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ZE:A’s Dongjun catches Hyungsik taking selcas?

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 01:00 AM PST

ZE:A‘s Hyungsik shared a few playful selcas.

On November 20th, Hyungsik tweeted, “I was going to take it while Dongjun was sleeping” and “I got caught” along with the pictures above.

The first picture showed Hyungsik smiling while Dongjun seemed to be sleeping in the background. The second picture showed Dongjun staring at the camera as if he just woke up. Hyungsik’s innocent smile and Dongjun’s facial expression brought a smile to their fans.

After seeing the pictures, the netizens commented, “So cute“, “Dongjun, who just woke up, looks handsome“, and “Hyungsik is so cute.”

Meanwhile, Hyungsik is currently starring in tvN‘s ‘The Romantic & Idol‘ where he earned the nickname of ‘milk boy’ for his soft charms.

Moon Mason snaps a picture with actor Yeo Jin Goo at the VIP preview of ‘Tone Deaf Clinic’

Posted: 22 Nov 2012 12:00 AM PST

On November 21st, Moon Mason‘s mother shared a photo of her adorable son.

She wrote, “At the VIP preview of ‘Tone Deaf Clinic’ that Mason made an appearance as a cameo! Releasing November 29th!” and shared the above picture of Moon Mason and child actor Yeo Jin Goo.

The picture showed Moon Mason looking a bit more grown up as he posed next to Yeo Jin Goo. His milky skin and star printed sweater made him look even more adorable. Child actor Yeo Jin Goo, who has been gaining attention for his impressive acting in the drama ‘I Miss You‘, also looked handsome with his big smile.

After seeing the picture of the two stars, the netizens commented, “Don’t they look so good together? Film a drama together!“, “One is bright and cute, the other is a handsome boy full of emotions! Korea’s entertainment future is bright~~“, and “Moon Mason grew up a lot, where is Jang Geun Suk?

Lee Seung Gi reveals he’s been learning how to cook for the past year

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 11:30 PM PST

Lee Seung Gi revealed that he had been learning cooking for a year now.

On ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘ on the 21st, he revealed, “I’ve been learning how to cook since a year ago. I learned how to bake bread with my mom. The teacher said it’s the first time a son and mother came to learn baking together.

Lee Seung Gi had been notorious for his bad cooking, shown especially on ‘1 Night 2 Days‘. All of his cooking attempts ended in failure, and his hyungs on the show would beg him not to try anything when he announced he was going to cook something for them.

Hopefully, his cooking lessons have improved his skills!

J.Y. Park’s headphones released for sale at the Apple Store

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 11:06 PM PST

J.Y. Park commemorated the release of his headphones for sale at the Apple Store.

On the 21st, he tweeted,

He had taken the photo at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York, and posed with his line of headphones called ‘Diamond Tears‘. Netizens congratulated J.Y. Park on the achievement, saying, “You have a lot of skill“, “Even his headphones are in America“, and “They were pretty! I hope they do well“.

Source: J.Y. Park’s Twitter

Busker Busker’s Jang Bum Joon spotted on a date with his girlfriend of one year

Posted: 21 Nov 2012 10:03 PM PST

Busker Busker‘s Jang Bum Joon has been revealed to be in a relationship!

The lucky lady is a non-celebrity whom he’s been dating for the past year. On November 21st, the singer confessed, “I do have a girlfriend I am currently dating. She’s nice and is a great friend. We are just like any other couple in that we’re dating normally with a great relationship.”

The couple was spotted by Sports Seoul cameras on the afternoon of the 20th coming out of a movie theater in Gangnam. Jang Bum Joon was said to have looked comfortable at ease with his girlfriend, conversing freely with her while walking down the streets.

More than anything, her beauty caught the attention of netizens, as many felt that she resembled f(x)‘s Sulli with her clean, innocent looks despite being dressed casually.

Throughout their date, they never once let go of their hands or lost their smiles. Jang Bum Joon was not shy about his skinship with her, as he was often spotted with his arms around her waist.

In related news, Busker Busker is currently on hiatus and are focusing on their musical studies and practice.

Congratulations to the new couple!

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Photos: Sports Seoul