Wednesday, December 12, 2012

"After over 2 years, SPEED will finally comeback with four new members" plus 24 more

"After over 2 years, SPEED will finally comeback with four new members" plus 24 more

After over 2 years, SPEED will finally comeback with four new members

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 07:50 AM PST

Boy group SPEED has released their second teaser image.

SPEED announced their comeback on December 7th with a poster featuring "Wolf Boy" actress Park Boyoung. Fans were teased that the members would be revealed through a teaser image on the 10th.

According to SPEED's agency, Park Boyoung voluntarily to participate in the song immediately after hearing it. Park Boyoung said, "On the day of SPEED's music video shoot, I was surprised by what I saw. I'm excited for them to showcase on stage their cool choreography with a gaudy LED performance. My expectations were exceeded."

SPEED's title song "It's Over" was composed by Shinsadong Tiger and Kim Taejoo who made BEAST Yoseob's "Caffeine". The song's introduction begins with a unique and addictive synth melody and then combines dance and R&B elements.

Park Boyoung will feature in the drama version and the dance version of SPEED's "It's Over" music videos. She will make a bold transformation from an innocent woman into a femme fatale character.

Three of SPEED's members (Taewoon, Jungwoo, Sungmin) debuted in 2010 in the mixed group Coed School and will debut in the 7-member boy group SPEED with four new members (Jongkook, Yoohwan, Saejoon, Taeha).

SPEED's leader Taewoon boasts amazing rap skills and is currently completing activities with THE SEEYA and in the brother of Block B's Zico. Member Jongkook wowed the judges with his singing skills when he appeared on "Superstar K".

SPEED's debut mini album featuring Park Boyoung and produced by Shinsadong Tiger will be released on January 9th, 2013 and a music video teaser will be released on December 17th.

Translated by: Nathaniel @ Core Clique 

Girls’ Generation Planning to Release 4th Korean Album in January, MBC to Produce Special Comeback Show

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 07:30 AM PST

Rumors of Girls' Generation's impending comeback have been swirling, as sources are saying that Girls' Generation is planning to make their comeback in Korea some time in January, 2013 with their fourth full-length Korean album.

The source stated to Star News, "Girls' Generation has been working on their Korean album in the midst of their Japanese activities. There is a high possibility that Girls' Generation's official fourth album will be releasing in early January." They continued, "As the title song has been decided on already, work on the official album is close to being finished. We are currently deciding on the final release date." Regarding Girls' Generation's rumored English album, the source stated, "It's a bit early to be answering anything about releasing an album overseas."

Further adding to the speculation, a representative from SM Entertainment said, "It is true that we are in the last stages in preparation for the fourth album. But there isn't anything decided on regarding whether it will be in January or what month. We will keep preparing and mediate the time", and that Girls' Generation would be juggling their promotions for both Korea and Japan.

Additionally, MBC is purported to be preparing a special show just for Girls' Generation's comeback.

One source revealed to OSEN on the afternoon of December 11th, "MBC is preparing a comeback program for Girls' Generation. There aren't any specific details of the show, and the air date has not been decided on yet, but I know it as airing in January."

MBC has been preparing for this comeback special broadcast since last month, have managed a separate staff, and are devoting themselves to the production.

This special broadcast is going to be a separate, independently organized program apart from the music program, "Show! Music Core". While there are many typical cases of popular artists getting approximately ten-minute comeback stages on music shows, it's rare that they get an independent, separate comeback broadcast like Girls' Generation.

It seems this reflects on the the general public's high interest in Girls' Generation's comeback.

Excitement for Girls' Generation's comeback has been growing since rumors began earlier this year of a comeback in November. It's been 14 months since Girls' Generation released their third Korean album, "The Boys". However, Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun did release the mini-album, "Twinkle", earlier this year as the sub-unit Girls' Generation – TTS.

Sources: Star News, OSEN, TV Report
Cr: soshified

Seungri's Interview on Oricon: V.V.V.I. Style Volume 7

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST

The type of girl you like & if you've been confessed to…!?

Q: Now for this spot I would like completely change and to touch upon V.I.'s love stories.
Yes, go right ahead!

Q: If you're ever received a confession from someone you like, how did it go?
Huh, what do you mean by that? (confused) if I've been confessed to by someone I thought was cool person?

Q: Yes, exactly. "I, like you V.I…."
(interrupting) That's enough.

Q: (laughs) With that light feeling?
Obviously I'd end it. If I received a confession from someone else, I'd say "No way," and decline.

Q: Huh? Even to someone you like?
Likewise to someone I like, I'd decline.

Q: Why would you do that?
When she asks "why?" I'd say (with determined face) " Because tomorrow, I'm confessing."

Q: Ohhhhh!" 
Besides, is the girl that spills it out first? Instead, I should have picked up on it" "Ah, I'm sorry" "Since you've told me it's good. So, Let's go out to eat." (played both parts)

Q: It's like I'm seeing a different person, the awesome manly side to the funny comedian V.I. I've seen up until now.
No~When I make up my mind, I commit all the way!

Q: And when you miss?
I'd break down and die.

Q: Clearly a comedian remark.
When I'm solo, I'm not Big Bang's V.I., I do activities as the comedian, the talent V.I. (laughs)

Q: But the earlier reverse confession, beyond a doubt this is the musician V.I. that has traveled the world, women all over are falling in love.
(suddenly singing in a low and dandy tone) A ha ha ~

Q: Possibly now, did you channel Top?
Top is now working hard filming a movie! Besides, Top definitely doesn't speak like that!

Q: Certainly. I guess it's hard to even imagine a confession situation (laughs)
I mean, first of all a girl confessing in and of itself is unlikely.

Q: I apologize. You're complaining about my question (strained laugh)
No no, its not that….Of course I'd be very happy with a confession from a girl or much less the person I liked, but still, the confession should be from the man!

Q: Are you a carnivore man so to speak?
Contrary to how it seems I'm masculine. Since I'm the youngest in big bang, hyungs always lead, so its possible I have the image of being not that reliable but truth is I'm the type that leads the girls.

Q: What a domineering husband!
Because I'm a man!

Q: By the way, the type of girls V.I. likes, what type are they?
I like energetic girls. I want to take in that energy from the person I like.

Q: Is it because you are always the one that energizes others, you want the person you like to energize you?
Yes. Without that my power would disappear. But, of course it wouldn't be one-sided, I would love her wholeheartedly to an innumerable amount.

Q: So, If you were to go on a date with this person you like, where would you go, what would you do?
I'd want to go to Komasawa Park. At Komasawa Park the scenery is nice, the air is clean, I really like that place. We'd run around 3 or 4 times, build up a sweat, afterward I'd want to go eat curry.

Q: If you eat curry, you'd be sweating again. (laughs)
That's still good.

Q: That's refreshing. But, for a girl that doesn't like working out, it'd be quite hard for her to run with V.I. who is always working out.
Of course if she can't match my speed I would slow down. If she said "I'm exhausted" when I slow down, I'd instantly say " Let's walk."

Q: That's nice. When you're walking doesn't it have that feeling of following you!
If I'm seriously walking, she won't be following me. This is a date, if we're not walking together then it has no meaning.

Q: Certainly.
But, because I like an energetic girl, I'd expect her to enjoy running.

Q: I see!
Actually I'd probably say something if she was like 'I'm exhausted~ Let's walk." To her I'd say, "You're a man, get yourself together."

Q: Scolding is the punchline (laughs)
When she realizes, I'd most likely be the one leading her.

Q: A haha~ But a health date is good! Making a link between dates and working out (laughs)
Its not just me, its good if it becomes a plus for both of us. If we're with each other, from the bottom of our heart we talk about how fun it is, smiling faces are the best.

Source: playbill@tumblr

Ailee and Shin Bora look like Sisters in new photo

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 06:50 AM PST

Ailee and Shin Bora recetly took a photo together.

On December 11, Ailee and Shin Bora's agency YMC Entertainment released a photo of the two singers through SNS. The photo was taken at their recent filming for a commercial for the Korail KTX.

In the uploaded photos, Ailee and Shin Bora are giving the camera similar friendly smiles. The girls are gaining quite a lot of interest due to their similar facial features making them look almost like sisters.

INFINITE, B2ST and SISTAR to perform at 2012 Melon Music Awards

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 06:30 AM PST

Top K-pop groups, INFINITE, B2ST and SISTAR will be performing special stages at the 2012 Melon Music Awards.

One of Korea's biggest music streaming websites, MelOn, announced that the three groups have been confirmed to perform a special stage at the upcoming MelOn Music Awards 2012 which will be held at Seoul's Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on December 14.

SISTAR plans to hold a sexy stage dressed as cat women with 60 dancers. B2ST is revving up to perform a dreamy stage inspired by Le Petit Prince while INFINITE will show a never before seen side to them on stage.

Meanwhile, B2ST's Kikwang and INFINITE's Woohyun will co-host the show along with senior idols H.O.T's Moon Hee Jun of and Danny Ahn of g.o.d.

2PM's Jun.K to enroll in Kyunghee University Graduate School

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 06:10 AM PST

2PM's Jun.K will be entering Kyunghee University in 2013 to study in the Public Arts and Culture Contents program at the Media Information Graduate School.

JYP Entertainment explained the young star always had a passion to expand his knowledge on music composition and lyric-writing, which are all related to public arts. Jun.K will be a student at the graduate school while also continuing to participate as a member of 2PM for all their activities.

Also notable was that Jun.K didn't take the special exemption exam which is open as an option for idol stars, but opted to apply like the average student by taking the regular graduate school exam.

The singer had received a full scholarship to Dongah Institute of Media and Arts while majoring in Media Entertainment back in 2009.

Source: KBS

Cha Tae Hyun and UEE look like a real couple

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 05:50 AM PST

Actor Cha Tae Hyun and After School UEE's great partnership is drawing many people's attention.

On December 11th, the production team of KBS2's Wednesday-Thursday series 'Jeon Woo Chi' revealed photos of Cha Tae Hyun and UEE showing great intimacy for each other.

In the photos, the two stars shared a set of earphones and looking cozy despite the severely cold weather. The two seemed to be enjoying watching themselves very much, laughing and discussing their acting.

A staff from the drama stated, "Cha Tae Hyun and UEE are always leading the bright atmosphere during shootings. We really enjoy ourselves working on the series, so I hope you enjoy watching the show and send us love and support."

NU’EST wraps up Japanese mini concert

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 05:25 AM PST

NU'EST successfully wrapped up their Japanese mini concert!

On December 10th, NU'EST held a mini concert at Shibuya AX in Tokyo, and the 3,000 tickets were sold out only in 10 minutes. The rookie group displayed their powerful and masculine charms, performing a total of 7 songs including "Face" and "Action."

Furthermore, the group has also impressed Japanese fans and other staff by showing fluent Japanese.

Pledis Entertainment said, "We were surprised that the mini concert was sold out even though it was held before official Japanese promotions started. We'll prepare a good album and promotions for Japanese fans in the future so please show NU'EST a lot of support and love."

Meanwhile, NU'EST will finish their promotion in Malaysia within the week, and will be preparing for their comeback, which will happen next year.

Kim Hyun Joong holds special event for Japanese album release

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 05:05 AM PST

Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong held a premium event to commemorate the release of his first full-length Japanese album, 'Unlimited'.

On December 11, Kim Hyun Joong arrived in Haneda Airport to attend the event, which was held at the Shibuya Public Hall a day before the album's release. Some 6,000 fans took part in the 10-hour event in which the singer also unveiled the full music videos for his tracks, "Your Story" and "Save Today."

Kim Hyun Joong also participated in a press interview with some major Japanese media such as Fuji TV, Nippon TV and more. The Hallyu star discussed about the album's details, as well as thanked fans for the success of his previous Japanese single "Heat".

'Unlimited' was released in Japan on December 12.

Jung Il Woo holds successful fan meeting in Taiwan

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 04:44 AM PST

Actor Jung Il Woo successfully held his first official fan meeting in Taiwan over the weekend.

The actor's agency revealed on December 12th that over 1,200 fans were in attendance at Jung Il Woo's fan meeting titled, 'The Promise of First Snow' held at the Taiwan's Neo Studio on December 8th.

The fan event kicked off with Jung Il Woo's performance of Teresa Teng (Deng Li Jun)'s song before greeting his fans in Mandarin. He also had a talk time, a bingo mission game, and even sang some of Chinese songs with them.

Especially, about 35 news sources, including four major newspapers and TV Entertainment programs in Taiwan, attended a press interview of Jung and showed great interest in him.

Jung Il Woo shared, "This fan event was such a great opportunity for me to get closer to my Taiwanese fans. Now I'm eager to meet even more of fans out there," revealing his special affection for his overseas fans.

‘Flower Boy Next Door’ unveils official posters ft. Park Shin Hye & Yoon Shi Yoon

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 04:18 AM PST

The official posters for tvN's upcoming drama 'Flower Boy Next Door' have been unveiled featuring the lead cast members, Park Shin Hye, Yoon Shi Yoon and Kim Ji Hoon. Released online on December 12th, the posters showed the three stars portraying the love triangle romance in the drama.

'Flower Boy Next Door' is a romantic comedy based on the popular webcomic series, 'I Peek At Him Every Day' , it talks about Ko Dok Mi (Park Shin Hye) lives a lonely existence in the city and she is much self-isolating herself in her own world. She peeks out and spys on her neighbor, Enrique Keum (Yoon Shi Yoon). It involves a series of hilarious stories soon as Enrique Keum found out Ko Dok Mi has been watching him.

The drama will premiere on January 7.

B2ST’s Yoseob, Seo In Young and Yoon Sang become coaches for ‘The Voice of Kids’

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 03:57 AM PST

After a successful season 1, the popular competition show 'Voice Korea' will be returning for season 2 with a new roster of coaches. The big names too look forward to are Yoon Sang, Seo In Young, and Yang Yoseob of B2ST.

The upcoming season will shift its focus to zone in more on the younger age group. The coaches are thus expected to show a more humanistic, soft side for the contestants, expected to mostly range from 6-14 years of age.

The head producer for the show, Oh Kwang Suk, explained the reasoning behind the show's change in direction, noting that while working on shows like 'Superstar K' and 'Voice Korea', he realized how many talented youngsters there were out there. Thus he wanted a separate show to focus more on this age demographic. Aside from that, the format of the show is expected to be the same as season 1. This will consist of preliminary rounds, followed by the assignment of coaches to each team via blind auditions.

The first episode of season two will air January 4, 2013.

Source: KBS

Lee Seok Hoon releases “Shouldn’t Love” for ‘I Miss You’ OST

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 03:32 AM PST

Singer Lee Seok Hoon has lent his powerful voice to the official soundtrack of MBC's new drama series, 'I Miss You', starring Yoon Eun Hye, Park Yoochun and Yeo Seung Ho.

On December 12th, Lee Seok Hoon released his single "Shouldn't Love" for the fourth part of the drama's OST. The song is the work of composer Hwang Se Joon and sings about the longing one feels after having to send away one's love.

Listen to the track below!

Dynamic Duo, Simon D & Primary release “naliGood!!!” for Nike’s ‘Air Force One’

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 03:12 AM PST

Hip hop artists Dynamic Duo, Simon D and Primary have come together to release a new single for the 30th anniversary of Nike's popular and famed brand, 'Air Force One'.

On December 12th, the hip hop team released their collaborative single titled, "naliGood!!!". According to Amoeba Culture, Dynamic Duo, Simon D and Primary were selected as the best fit to represent Air Force One's values and appearance.

Check out the MV below!

JYJ’s Junsu unveils “Even Though I Already Know” MV

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 02:38 AM PST

JYJ's Kim Junsu (XIA) has just unveiled the full music video for his track, "Even Though I Already Know".

"Even Though I Already Know" is the work of Kim Sae Jin and included in Junsu's first solo album 'Tarantallegra' which was released back on May. The music video was released in light of his upcoming year-end concert, '2012 XIA Ballad & Musical Concert with Orchestra'.

Meanwhile, Kim Junsu's year-end concerts will take place from December 29th to 31st at the COEX D Hall, and he will be collaborating with an orchestra.

Check out the MV below!

Electroboyz and Big Star sing “K-Food Day” for K-Food campaign

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 02:27 AM PST

Hit producer Brave Brothers jumped on board to lead a K-Food campaign album featuring tracks that all revolve around K-Food, in an effort to spread Korean food all over the world.

In addition to Teen Top and Jay Park's tracks, Brave Brothers' very own group, Big Star and Electroboys joined the campaign by releasing an English version of the track, "K-Food Day".

Check it out below!

Kim Jang Hoon releases MV teaser for “Someday”

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 02:11 AM PST

Veteran singer Kim Jang Hoon, who recently released his 10th full length album 'Adieu', has unveiled the music video teaser for his track, "Someday".

Having a very different mood from his "Nothing" MV which featured Paris Hilton, "Someday" is said to be the most shocking and a comic music video that Kim Jang Hoon has ever showed. The music video was directed by Song Kyu Ho, and will star Go Eun Ah, Huh Kyung Hwan and Hong Suk Cheon.

Kim Jang Hoon said, "I wanted to present something that will give a lot of fun to people since it is year-end season, and I also wanted to present Korean aspects. I'm hoping many people from all over the world will be able to get a slight taste of Korean traditional arts."

Check out the teaser below!

KARA's Jiyoung is a pretty girl

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 01:16 AM PST

KARA's maknae Kang Jiyoung updated her Twitter on 11th December.

She mentioned,"pretend to be pretty..."

She is seen wearing a sleeveless white dress, revealing her collarbone and shoulders, showing fans the mature side of herself.

Fans commented after seeing the photo,"you don't have to pretend to be pretty, you are pretty naturally","maknae's beauty" and etc.

f(x)'s Victoria reveals black & white selca

Posted: 12 Dec 2012 12:14 AM PST

f(x)'s leader Victoria updated her Me2day on 12th December with a new selca.

She mentioned,"how are you?It's really cold, no doubt it's winter."

Fans commented after seeing the photo,"mysterious","huge eyes",prettier" and etc.

Lee Hyori ranked #1 among celebrities' most wanted abs

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 11:43 PM PST

Recently, an online website Research Panel Korea has conducted a survey asking, "Which female celebrity has the most wanted abs?". With a total of 26,239 participants, "sexy queen" Lee Hyori became the winner with 24% support (6,433 votes). 

Following Hyori is f(x)'s Krystal with 17% (4,393 votes), then Kahi with 16% (4,199 votes). Other names in top 10 include: HyunA (4minute) with 11% (2,995 votes), BoA with 5% (1,365 votes), YoonA (SNSD)with 5% (1,204 votes), G.NA with 4% (1,023 votes) and Hwang Jung Eum with 2% (430 votes).

Besides, Ha Ji Won and Park Han Byul also received many votes.

Source: Research Panel Korea
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

CNBLUE rehearses for upcoming Seoul concert

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 10:45 PM PST

CNBLUE teased fans by uploading a photo of themselves rehearsing for their upcoming solo concert in Seoul.

On December 11, CNBLUE's official Twitter posted, "Everyone, we are in the final stages of preparation for our concert! Keke. Please keep yourselves healthy because you have to spend all your energy at the concert. Haha. We hope you are looking forward to it!"

In the photo, the CNBLUE members were seen diligently rehearsing together for their upcoming concert. Especially, their tall heights and good looks are receiving a lot of attention.

CNBLUE will hold its fourth exclusive concert titled '2012 CNBLUE Live BLUE NIGHT in Seoul' on December 15 and 16 at the Seoul's Olympic Park's Handball Stadium.

Song Joong Ki and Suzy chosen as ‘#1 celebrities to spend Christmas with’

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 10:25 PM PST

Actor Song Joong Ki and miss A's Suzy are the #1 celebrities with whom the public would most like to spend Christmas.

Grand Cosmetic Surgery recently conducted an online poll that asked which "celebrities you want to spend Christmas with." The poll was completed by 500 participants, and Song Joong Ki was picked as the male celebrity and Suzy the female.

Actor Song Joong Ki came in at first place with 185 votes, confirming his great popularity which followed after casting in the KBS 2TV hit drama 'Nice Guy' and film 'Wolf Boy'. Singer Lee Seung Gi followed as 2nd (110 votes), Hyun Bin ranked in 3rd (90 votes), Psy in 4th (60 votes), and 'Superstar K4' winner Roy Kim in 5th (55 votes).

miss A's Suzy came in first place in the female category with 170 votes. Behind her came the young idol singer IU (115 votes), actress Moon Chae Won (85 votes) Kang Ye Bin (80 votes) and Park Bo Young (50 votes).

Seo Taiji to hold special event for his 20th anniversary

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST

Legendary singer Seo Taiji will be holding a special event titled 'Final Festival' to commemorate his 20th anniversary in the music industry.

On December 11th, Seo Taiji Company made a post on official website saying, "We decided to host a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of T's debut, and make a special memory for all of us. We will be energizing ourselves for one more 20 years and even more. Come to the festival for a life-time memory."

'Final Festival' will take place on December 27th at CLUB ELLUI, which is located in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.

Source: StarN News

‘The Promise’ releases photos of Leeteuk, Ji Hyun Woo and Yoon Hak

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 09:41 PM PST

Upcoming military musical 'The Promise' has released photos of Super Junior's Leeteuk, Supernova's Yoon Hak and actor Ji Hyun Woo as they all gathered during their poster photo shoot on December 10th.

'The Promise' will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. It is based on actual historical events and figures, such general Baek Sun Yeop and war correspondent Marguerite Higgins. The musical stars Leeteuk, 8eight's Lee Hyun, Yoon Hak, actors Ji Hyun Woo, Jung Tae Woo, musical actor Kim Moo Yul, and many other famed individuals currently serving in the army.

The musical is scheduled to open in January 2013 at the National Theater of Korea.

Kwanghee makes a phone call to Sunhwa after the accident

Posted: 11 Dec 2012 09:16 PM PST

ZE:A's Kwanghee made a phone call to SECRET's Han Sunhwa to check up on his 'wife' after the car accident.

On December 12th, an official from Kwanhee's agency, Star Empire Entertainment revealed, "Kwanghee made a phone call to Han Sunhwa to ask how she is doing after the car accident. Since they are a 'married couple', he wanted to call her to make sure she was alright instead of making a fuss about it on SNS. However, since Sunhwa was not hospitalized, Kwanghee won't be visiting her separately."

On December 11th, SECRET members got into a major car accident while heading home after their schedule at 2AM. The group was on its way from Gimpo to Jamsil when the manager who was driving lost control of the vehicle on the slippery road around Seongsan Bridge.