Monday, December 3, 2012

"Block B thanks fans on 600th day anniversary since debut" plus 19 more

"Block B thanks fans on 600th day anniversary since debut" plus 19 more


Block B thanks fans on 600th day anniversary since debut

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 09:04 AM PST

Block B has reached the 600th day since their debut!

To celebrate, the group took to Twitter to tweet, “It’s been 600 days since Block B debuted~ Thank you again and again to the fans who always support Block B ^^ Please support and love Block B as you do now! It’s been chilly lately, so be careful of catching a cold! Have a happy dream being with Block B today :)“.

A few minutes later, Taeil tweeted, “Everyone be healthy“, with a photo of pressure points on the hand. The tweet bewildered fans because of the randomness, but BBCs have concluded that he must have been trying to refer to the group’s tweet before about catching colds.

Kyung was next to tweet, with a selca of himself and writing, “600 days since debut ^.^“. Jaehyo followed soon after with, “Thank you so much for 600 days since our debut. I’m always apologetic and forever thankful. I love you~~~ BBC, I’ll run harder!!!” and attached a hilarious photo of his head photoshopped onto an ostrich that was running.

Congratulations to Block B and BBCs!

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Boyfriend releases PV’s for “Dance Dance Dance” and “MY LADY”, places 2nd on Oricon Chart

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:33 AM PST

Boyfriend has released the PV’s for their Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “MY LADY“.

Boyfriend’s second Japanese single, ‘Dance Dance Dance / MY LADY’ was released back on November 28th and debuted at #3 on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart. Five days after the release, they have reached their peak position at #2 on the Oricon Daily Singles Chart.

The single comes in four editions: Limited Edition A (CD+DVD of “Dance Dance Dance” MV), Limited Edition B (CD+DVD of “MY LADY” MV), Limited Edition C (CD), and a HMV Limited Edition (CD+photo book).

Check out both of the PV’s below!

“Dance Dance Dance”

“MY LADY”

Source: Oricon
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

INFINITE’s Sunggyu reveals he likes wearing Sungjong’s underwear

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 08:08 AM PST

INFINITE‘s Sunggyu confessed his unique underwear preferences.

On the December 3rd episode of KBS 2TV‘s ’Hello‘, Sunggyu was asked, “Is there a member who uses items belonging to the other members’?“, and he honestly confessed, “Sometimes I wear other people’s underwear without telling them“. The MCs were surprised by this confession, but asked, “Whose underwear do you like the most?“.

The question flustered Sunggyu for a bit, but he answered, “I like Sungjong‘s especially. His colorful underwear is my style“, causing the studio to explode into laughter.

KARA’s Gyuri and Jiyoung run out to greet the snow in shorts

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:38 AM PST

KARA‘s Gyuri and Jiyoung celebrated the first snowfall of the season in Korea with a cute photo for their fans!

The leader of KARA tweeted a photo of herself with the maknae of the group as they huddled up in thick coats, while the snow is piling up on the street behind them. She wrote, “I met the first snow of the year with Jiyoung~~ ^ㅁ^ We were filming with a short one piece dress and ran out with just a coat, so you just can’t see what we’re wearing on the bottom.. We’re not pervertsㅜㅜㅜ hehehe Ah, anyway, I’m happy hehehe. I’m so happy. But it’s all gone like it was a lie now ㅠㅠ“.

Gyuri also tweeted two more solo photos and wrote, “It’s the first snow!!!!!٩(*>_<*)۶ I was in the middle of shooting some photos, but I ran out and ran aroundㅜㅜ hehehe It’s snow..“, and also wrote, “There’s a photo of me taking pictures hehehe. When celebrities take selcas, they also stretch their arm out as much as possible… It’s not just me, everyone does it kekeke“.

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Who Wore it Better: Lee Hi vs. Amber

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:09 AM PST

In her video for “1,2,3,4“, Lee Hi wore this Joyrich jacket with a House of Holland dress, an unusual pink top, and a little ruffled petticoat.

On December 1, f(x)‘s Amber wore the same jacket with a Joyrich tee shirt and black pants to the ‘SBS Popular Culture Art Awards‘.

The jacket is available here for 270 USD.

So, who do you think wore it better?  Cast your vote in our poll and be sure to tell us why you voted that way in the comments!

Gukkasten covers J.Y. Park’s “Honey” on ‘I Am a Singer 2′

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:09 AM PST

Heavy-metal band Gukkasten covered J.Y. Park‘s famous hit track, “Honey“, on the latest episode of ‘I Am a Singer 2‘.

Although the original song is legendary in its own right, Gukkasten pulled away from the original to take in a whole new direction, in line with the band’s heavy metal roots.

Check out their heart-thumping performance below!

’2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards’ scores high in ratings

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:08 AM PST

The 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA), broadcast simultaneously on seven channels, was a hit for the night with ratings of 3.5%.

Since the show was aired on cable networks, a 3.5% rating is considered to be very respectable. The ratings also increased throughout the night, with the numbers rising from 3.168% in Part 1 of the awards program to 5.152% as the show approached its climax.

The number of viewers peaked as Big Bang won the Artist of the Year award, with the percentages skyrocketing to 7.353%.

Out of all the South Korean television-watching population, the demographic which had the strongest showing were females aged 10-19, followed by females in their 20s.

Source: X Sports News

Style Breakdown: TVXQ’s “Humanoids”

Posted: 03 Dec 2012 07:08 AM PST

“Catch Me” promotions have ended, and you know what that means- time for a repackage and a follow-up single!  K-Pop’s biggest duo is back with “Humanoids”, a song about choosing to make the world better than it is right now.  This video was choreographed by Nappytabs, who also choreographed BoA‘s “Only One“, so you can bet the choreography is fantastic!

There aren’t a lot of outfit changes in this video, so the outfits that we do see are designed to pack a punch.  Here, the guys wear shiny, heavily-zippered jackets over black shirts, pants, shoes, and goves.  I like Yunho‘s blue jacket, but Changmin‘s yellow one reminds me of a raincoat.  It looks a little out of place with how dark everything else in the scene is.  However, as you’ll see later, there’s a theme throughout the video of Changmin wearing light colors and Yunho wearing dark colors, so the contrast was probably intentional.

 

Here we have a classic TVXQ style- shirtless under a jacket.  Both guys wear quilted white jackets and silver jewelry.  Labelmates SHINee wore similar jewelry during their performance on ‘Inkigayo‘ November 25.

Here we continue the Yunho-in-dark-colors and Changmin-in-light-colors theme.  Yunho dresses his look up with a tie and a closed jacket, while Changmin wears his collar wide open and leaves his jacket unzipped.

This was definitely my least favorite style in the video- suits with pastel, sequinned jackets?  Even stranger, the jackets have Harley Davidson Motorcycles patches on the sleeves.  What a strange choice.

Finally, we have Changmin and Yunho the actors.  The two of them spend the whole video looking for each other, when they finally realize they can teleport and don’t need to wander around aimlessly.  At least, I think that’s what happened.  We continue the light/dark theme, with Changmin in khaki and gold and Yunho in black and silver.

So, what do you think of the fashion in “Humanoids”, and what was your favorite look?  Be sure to tell us in the comments!

ZE:A reveals photo image teaser for upcoming ballad song “Beautiful Girl”

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 11:38 PM PST

ZE:A will be releasing a special ballad on December 7th titled, “Beautiful Girl” and have revealed the above photo image teaser to build anticipation for the song’s release. A representative said, “They prepared a special song as a gift for the fans that supported them this year.

The group has always been active with dance songs, but ZE:A will be changing things to a soft, ballad song. It is the first time in their 3 years that they will be releasing a ballad as a title song. The song will emphasize main vocal Kevin‘s distinguished singing skills.

Currently its unclear if the song will receive the full promotion treatment or not. Dongjun is busy with ‘Catch Me If You Can‘ and is preparing for ‘I Love You Mister‘. Siwan is also preparing for his movie, ‘The Boy Who Visited Wonderland‘. Kwanghee is busy with various variety shows such as ‘We Got Married‘, ‘Knee Drop Guru‘, and ‘Star King‘ while Kevin and Hyungsik are preparing for their musical.

Sohyang sings SG Wannabe’s “As I Live” on ‘I Am a Singer 2′

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 11:10 PM PST

Veteran artist Sohyang performed her rendition of SG Wannabe‘s hit track “As I Live” (“Saldaga”) on the latest episode of ‘I Am a Singer 2‘.

With her powerful voice combined with the piano-based instrumental, her performance combines the emotions of the original with her own, unique spin.

“It’s a very self-sacrificing song,” Sohyang said, prior to the performance. “This is what anger and rage must be like.”

Check out her moving performance below.

TAHITI releases music video for “Pretty Face”

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 10:38 PM PST

Rookie girl group TAHITI, who made their debut with "Tonight" this past summer returned with their new single album, ‘Hasta Luego‘, has now revealed the music video to another track off the album, “Pretty Face“.

The music video is a collection of behind the scenes footage of the song’s recording as well as other moments in the girls’ lives.

Check out the new video below!

Style Breakdown: Sunggyu’s “60 Seconds”

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 09:55 PM PST

INFINITE‘s Sunggyu has made his debut with “60 Seconds“!  The lyrics of the song talk about a failed relationship that can be explained in just sixty seconds, and the video reflects the simplicity of the story with very simple, wearable fashion.

INFINITE’s L stars in the video as a guy who’s still struggling to get over his ex.  In the present-day scenes, he wears a wool moto jacket with leather sleeves, black jeans, and patterned boots.  And, of course, the all-important couple ring.  No wild hair or eyeliner here- he’s just a regular guy, wandering by the diner where his ex’s doppelganger works.

And here is that love interest, looking super cute in her oversized white sweater, patterned mini skirt, black tights, and black ankle boots.  You might notice that either everyone in this imaginary town carries the same umbrella, or the set decorators only bought one kind of umbrella, because the umbrellas in the stand by the door have the same handle as the one in L’s hand.

Throughout the video, we get to see flashbacks of L and his girlfriend’s better days.  Here, she wears a furry pink sweater with white, high-waisted pants, while he wears a denim shirt, red cardigan, and black pants.

In one of the flashback-to-the-good-ol’-days scenes, L and his girlfriend do some cooking.  She wears a wide-check, plaid jumper over a long sleeved black shirt, while he wears a faded tee shirt and a grandpa sweater with khakis.

L also remembers the day he gave his girlfriend the couple rings.  They sat in the dining room with coffee and absolutely nothing else on the table (not even coasters, guys? C’mon, that’s just irresponsible!) until she notices that he’s wearing a ring and asks about it, which is when he reveals a matching ring for her.  Aww.  She wears a ruffled white blouse, while he wears a military-inspired jacket and khakis.

And here we have the breakup.  Much like the outfit our heroine? is wearing in the restaurant, L’s girlfriend wears and oversized sweater, a mini skirt, black tights, and the exact same black ankle boots she was wearing at the beginning of the video.  L is dressed casually in a white shirt, grey, shawl neck cardigan, and khakis.  Maybe she just doesn’t like that you always wear khakis, L.  Things were going great when you wore black pants.

Poor girl, your shoes are going to get ruined!  We flash all the way back to when L and his girlfriend first met- the day he offered to share his umbrella with her in the pouring rain.  She wears a pink, polka-dot dress with a white, shawl-collar, fur-trimmed cardigan, black tights, and brown ankle boots.

And here’s L to save the day in his grey peacoat, black hoodie, and striped shirt.

Fans, fear not- Sunggyu does, in fact, make an appearance in his own video!  Here, he wears a scarf-patterned shirt with a blazer and red pants.

For the band scenes, Sunggyu goes all-out in a black jacquard suit, leather shirt, and metal collar, all of which make his newly-dyed red hair stand out even more than it already does.  I was kind of surprised he went for the red, since his style tends to be a little more low-maintenance than your average idol, but it’s a good look on him.

What did you think of “60 Seconds”?  Did you like the more down-to-earth fashion, or do you prefer your K-Pop fashion to be more bombastic?  And, as always, what was your favorite look?  Let us know in the comments!

J.Y. Park reveals promo video for upcoming concert, ’2012 J.Y.PARK Live Concert – BAD JAZZ BAR’

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 09:22 PM PST

J.Y. Park recently unveiled a new teaser video for his upcoming concert, ’2012 J.Y.PARK Live Concert – BAD JAZZ BAR’, to be held this December.

In the clip, he gives fans a taste of the jazzy vibe they should expect for the upcoming concert by singing his concert schedule in his promo video.

Watch the promotional clip below:

The dates for the upcoming ’2012 J.Y.PARK Live Concert – BAD JAZZ BAR’ are listed below:

December 15th (Sat) 7PM / Korea Trade Exhibition Center, Daejeon
December 21st (Fri) 8PM, 22nd (Sat) 7PM / KBS Hall, Busan
December 24th (Mon) 8PM / Exhibition & Convention Center (1st Floor), Daegu
December 25th (Tue) 7PM / Samsan World Arena, Incheon
December 28th (Fri) 8PM, 29th (Sat) 6PM, 30th (Sun) 6PM, 31th (Mon) 8PM / SK Handball Stadium (Former Olympic Fencing Gymnasium) in Olympic Park, Seoul

As One releases ‘Pokemon Best Wishes!’ movie OST, “Promise”

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 08:56 PM PST

Though it’s only been about two months since As One‘s Crystal married her long-time boyfriend, the talented duo is back with a new digital single.

The pair just released “Promise” for the ‘Pokemon Best Wishes! Movie Kyurem vs Keldeo‘ OST.

Avid fans since childhood, the group is ecstatic to be able to sing the ending theme song for this movie. The song is designed to highlight the epic battle between Kyurem and Keldeo.

Listen to the new track below.

Big Star reveals making-of footage for the “I Get a Feeling” music video

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 08:25 PM PST

Rookie group BIG STAR has released blind-the-scenes footage from the filming of their new winter single!

The new song, "I Get a Feeling", is the work of Brave Brothers and Electroboyz' Chakun, and is designed to get you into a festive mood for the holidays.

In the two clips you see the boys gearing up for a long cold day on the ‘slopes’. They play around, do funny dances and just generally seem to enjoy the filming.

Enjoy watching the two BTS clips below:

Part 1

Part 2

miss A’s Fei experiences her first ‘slice’ of magic on MBC’s ‘Magic Concert’

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 08:15 PM PST

miss A‘s Fei was subjected to a brain-tickling magic challenge on the debut episode of MBC‘s ‘Magic Concert‘.

Magician Choi Hyun Woo invited her up to the stage, where he put her in an enclosed box before sawing the box in two and moving the separate pieces apart, seemingly dividing her body into halves.

However, Fei was able to wriggle her toes, proving that she was still in one piece to the great relief of the audience, and her fellow miss A members.

“I was honestly worried that miss A would have to perform as three from now on,” Min said.

‘Magic Concert’, which aired its first episode last Sunday, pits world-famous magicians against each other, with the winner to be decided by a panel of experts and an audience jury.

Watch a clip of her experience below:

 

Cube Entertainment to hold their second ‘United Cube Concert’ tour

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 07:50 PM PST

Cube Entertainment has just told allkpop about their upcoming ‘United Cube Concert’ in 2013.

Home to 4minute, B2ST, G.NA BtoB, and Roh Ji Hoon, Cube artist will surely be showcasing once in a lifetime performances and experience for fans.

United Cube Concert started in August 2011 for the first time and after an explosive feedback from fans, United Cube is back this year starting in Nanjing, China on January 26th, Seoul on February 2nd, and Yokohama on February 21st.

Stay tuned to allkpop for updates!

Rookie soloist Hi.ni releases music video for 2nd digital single “Legend of Tears”

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 07:35 PM PST

Rookie singer Hi.ni has released her second digital single, "Legend of Tears".

The music video features actress Kim So Hyun, from MBC's 'I Miss You' as well as actor Baek Seung Hwan

The music video teaser features actress Kim So Hyun, from MBC's 'I Miss You' in a fresh young love with Baek Seung Hwan that turns into something darker as teh video progresses. The song features the sweet and delightful vocals from Hi.ni.

What the MV below and tell us what you think:

Nell releases new single album ‘Holding Onto Gravity’ + full MV for “White Night”

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 07:09 PM PST

Nell has released the latest single album ‘Holding Onto Gravity‘.  The album contains four tracks: 1. “Coin Seller“,  2. “White Night“, 3. “Holding Onto Gravity“, and 4. “Blue“.

This is the start of the Nell’s “Gravity Trilogy” of albums that will include ‘Holding Onto Gravity’, another single album, and one regular album.

After teasing fans with several MV previews, the group has also finally revealed the full music video for title track “White Night” through Woollim Entertainment‘s official YouTube channel. The mv features a frosted setting crossed with flashback scenes and scenes of the group performing.

According to Woolim the “Guitar, base, piano and drum are combined to make an electronic beat of the band sound. Piercing through these melodies, the string music comes in and makes a beautiful artwork together“.

Watch the MV below and tell us what you think.

The group also released a CSI (Coming Soon Interview) with their thoughts on the recent comeback with English subtitles.

Coin Seller

Holding Onto Gravity

Blue

[Spoiler] TVXQ & EXO’s composer Andrew Choi stands on the ‘K-Pop Star 2′ stage

Posted: 02 Dec 2012 06:49 PM PST

Experienced composer Andrew Choi began his career as a singer as a contestant on ‘K-Pop Star 2‘.

He boasts a packed resume as a composer, holding co-composing credits on TVXQ‘s “Destiny” and “Gorgeous” from their “Catch Me” album, as well as EXO-K‘s “Baby Don’t Cry” and Japanese group EXILE‘s “All Night Long“.

Despite his success, Andrew Choi said his dream was always to become a singer. “In 1999, I came to Korea to pursue a career in music, but it didn’t work out,” he said. “Now, I’m 33 years old, and I felt that before I became a lot older I wanted to give this one last shot.”

Although he was surely the oldest contestant on ‘K-Pop Star 2′, he wowed the judges with his clear, confident performance of Maroon 5‘s “Sunday Morning“.

“Most good composers can’t sing,” BoA said. “But when I was recording “Only One“, I had a guide come in to record the vocals. I found out that that guide turned out to be Andrew.”

“Regardless if someone is 30 or 40 years old, if he possesses positive traits and qualities that the general public can appreciate, I don’t believe the age is important,” Yang Hyun Suk said. “I wish he can become the hope for anyone who is older than average and wants to be an artist.”

Check out the full episode below! [Andrew's performance begins at 20:10 on the second video.]