Tuesday, December 18, 2012

""The New ‘Gangnam Style’?" plus 24 more

""The New ‘Gangnam Style’?" plus 24 more


"The New ‘Gangnam Style’?

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 07:50 AM PST


Korean boyband bring K-pop to huge London gig

Gangnam Style may have captured the world's attention (love it or loathe it) but there's more to k-pop than just Psy's horse dance, and BIGBANG proved this at the weekend when they played two consecutive nights at Wembley Arena.

Part of their Alive Galaxy World Tour, Korean boy group BIGBANG treated fans to a two and a half hour all-frills show – with plenty of costume changes, pyrotechnics, confetti and backflips. The tour is being directed by Laurianne Gibson, whose previous client was Lady Gaga and her Monster Ball tour, so it's no surprise that BIGBANG's show is a world-class spectacle, and fortunately for us, not entirely in Korean.

The tour is promoting BIGBANG's latest mini-album, Alive, but the group's members also performed songs from their solo projects, including G-Dragon's CRAYON.


Source: Gigwise

T-ara deny exceptional offer for alcohol CF deal so they can keep image of appealing to all ages

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 07:20 AM PST



T-ara have politely denied an exceptional offer for an alcohol advertising deal.

Besides their maknae Areum (19), all of T-ara are adults. According to recent news, idol groups have the second most amount of influence on today's youth and T-ara wanted to make sure they kept their image as an appropriate girl group.

T-ara said, "We want youth to mimic our dances, fashion styles and enjoy us for that instead of cater to encouraging the youth drinking culture. Because of this, we thought it would be inappropriate to advertise publicly for an alcohol brand."

T-ara also said, "In the future, we hope there will be less advertisement appearing to youth encouraging them to drink."


Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem

Jellyfish Entertainment donates ‘Heart Project’ proceeds to Salvation Army Korea

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 06:45 AM PST


Jellyfish Entertainment, home to artists like Sung Si Kyung, Park Hyoshin, Lee Suk Hoon, Seo In Guk and VIXX, followed through with their promise.

All the proceeds from their 'Heart Project' album, featuring Jellyfish artists, were donated to the Salvation Army Korea. Not only was the album created as a Christmas present for their fans, but it will now benefit those in need as well.

Singer Seo In Guk and idol group VIXX even took part in the Salvation Army kettle project, where fans could donate on a designated day with their favorite star running the kettle donations. Then one special fan was chosen to win a personal prize from the star himself.

Seo In Guk's kettle date, December 11th, achieved the biggest record with the most fans showing up to donate. VIXX had their turn on December 14th, as the 2012 Goodwill Ambassadors for the Salvation Army to boot.


Source: KBS

Psy ranks #7 on Billboard’s 2012 Top New Artists Chart

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 06:25 AM PST


Korean pop star Psy, who made a huge buzz over the world with his smash hit single "Gangnam Style", has ranked #7 on the U.S. Billboard's '2012 Top New Artists' Chart.

Billboard posted the 2012 Year End Charts on its official website and Psy landed at the #7 spot among up-and-rising musicians including One Direction, Carly Rae Jepson, Gotye and The Wanted.

Psy was also seen on other charts, ranking #56 at the 'Top Artist Chart' and #51 at 'Hot 100 Artists Chart'. The "Gangnam Style" singer also ranked #15 at the 'Social 50 Artists', proving its unstoppable worldwide popularity.

Congratulations Psy!

Big Bang’s ‘RE-MONSTER Project’ winner, Afrodino to release single “Chameleon”

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 06:00 AM PST


In celebration of the success of Big Bang's "Monster", YG Entertainment and Hyundai Card teamed up for a "RE-MONSTER" project to discover talented indie musicians. The winner of the project, Afrodino, is now ready to blast their first digital single on December 21st.

In an effort to introduce talented indie musicians to the public and allow for the spread to a wider audience, the winner of the "RE-MONSTER" project, Afrodino, has had the opportunity to produce and now release their very first single, "Chameleon".

This Afrodino's first official digital single had a full support from YG Entertainment, and design support from Hyundai Card.

On December 21st at 12 noon (KST), Afrodino's first digital single "Chameleon" will be on public through various Korean music medias.


Source: YG Entertainment

Epik High’s DJ Tukutz becomes a father

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 05:40 AM PST


Epik High member DJ Tukutz has become a father.

His agency YG Entertainment revealed that DJ Tukutz's wife had successfully delivered a healthy baby boy weighing at 3.5 kilograms [7.7 pounds] on December 14. It's been three years and two months since they tied the knot and this will be the couple's first child.

DJ Tukutz joined fellow member Tablo in becoming a parent, while fellow member Mithra Jin remains a bachelor still.

Meanwhile, Epik High released its seventh album "99" back in October and promoted their two title tracks "Don't Hate Me" and "Up."

Congratulations DJ Tukutz!

Ryeowook reveals album jacket for Super Junior K.R.Y’s ‘Promise You’

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 05:15 AM PST


Super Junior's Ryeowook has just released the album jacket photo for unit group, Super Junior K.R.Y's upcoming Japanese single, 'Promise You'.

On December 18th, Ryeowook uploaded the above photo on his Twitter and wrote, "Promise You. What I want to tell you is just that I love you."

Mostly known for their lovely voices and touching performances, Super Junior K.R.Y, made up of members Kyuhyun, Ryeowook and Yesung, will once again capture the hearts with their upcoming R&B track.

'Promise You' is due to be released on January 23 in Japan.

Geeks signs with WA Entertainment

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 05:07 AM PST


Hip hop duo Geeks has signed an exclusive contract with Phantom's label, WA Entertainment.

According to WA Entertainment on December 18th, "Following Phantom, we have signed a contract with Geeks. We look forward to showcasing Geeks' unique talents through various promotional activities so we ask for your support."

Geeks made its debut in 2011 with "Officially Missing You" and continued to gain recognition with hit tracks like, "Just Leave" and "Hold It Down". The duo recently collaborated with SISTAR's Soyou for "Officially Missing You, Too", which dominated the music charts.

G-Dragon’s “Crayon” nominated for Popdust’s Song of the Year

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 04:35 AM PST


Big Bang leader G-Dragon's "Crayon" was nominated for song of the year.

This is based on a popular US music site Popdust on December 17th, which is holding a competition between a slew of big artists for the best song of the year.

The winner will be chosen based on the fans' votes, in four categories: Pop, hip hop/R&B, rock/country, and dance. The Korean rapper G-Dragon has made it into the final 8 round, against other big names in the dance category. Surprisingly enough, his song ""Crayon" beat out his labelmate PSY's international hit, "Gangnam Style". His fellow contenders are the British pop band Wanted, US star Nicki Minaj and Frank Ocean.

Also recently, G-Dragon's "Crayon" was selected as the best K-pop song of the year by the US music magazine SPIN.



Source: KBS

NS Yoon-G to hold live chat with fans

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 04:10 AM PST


Singer NS Yoon-G will be holding a live chat event with her fans to celebrate the final broadcast of her special U-Stream corner 'NS Yoon-G's Life Style' on December 17th.

'NS Yoon-G's Life Style' is a program that NS Yoon-G hosts in self-camera format, and it broadcasted every Monday at 8 o'clock through U-Stream.

The singer was able to show her fans many different parts of her life through her corner and was able to interact with her fans in a new way. And to celebrate the finale, NS Yoon-G will have the live chat event right after the final broadcast of the show, and all the fans are invited to participate.

Meanwhile, NS Yoon-G is currently promoting her latest track, "If You Love Me."

SISTAR and HyunA make the soldiers go wild

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 03:50 AM PST


The lovely ladies of SISTAR and HyunA captivated the hearts of soldiers with their special sexy performances.

On December 17th, SBS 'Good Morning' showed 4Minute's HyunA and SISTAR visiting a navy for a special performance. With their sexy costumes, the ladies drove audiences wild as they performed their respective popular tracks.

Especially, HyunA heated up the stage with her lovely and sexy charms. She also made a lovely heart shape with her hands for the soldiers and said, "Good luck and take care, everyone", to the delight of every soldiers at the audience.

In related news, HyunA and SISTAR's Hyorin recently became alcoholic drink advertisement models along with KARA's Goo Hara.

Kim Hyun Joong grabs 4 awards at ‘Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards’

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 03:25 AM PST


Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong bagged four awards at the '2012 Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards' held at Hong Kong's Convention Center on December 17th.

The 'Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards' is an annual event that gives awards to Asian pop stars based on the number of searches they received on the Internet portal site.

Kim Hyun Joong has been honored with a total of four trophies including the 'Most Popular Artist of the Decade', 'Asia Top Buzz Solo Artist', 'Hong Kong Top Buzz Solo Artist' and 'Taiwan Top Buzz Solo Artist'.

The singer received over 1.3 million netizen votes for the poll for the 'Asia Top Buzz Solo Artist', which is three times bigger than all the other artists nominated in the same category put together, proving his unceasing popularity.

Shin Hyesung teases fans with practice clip for year-end concert

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 03:05 AM PST


Shinhwa's Shin Hyesung has just released a new teaser clip, giving fans a sneak preview of his preparations for upcoming year-end concert.

On December 18th, Shin Hyesung revealed a studio practice video along with his band team, preparing together for the singer's upcoming "2012-2013 SHIN HYE SUNG CONCERT THE YEAR'S JOURNEY".

The year-end concert will be held at Kyunghee University's Peace Palace Hall on December 30 and 31. Recently, Shin Hyesung also released his winter album 'Winter Poetry' in celebration of his upcoming concert.

Check out the clip below!

IU reveals ‘Real Fantasy’ concert DVD spot

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:40 AM PST


Just in time for the Christmas season, IU will be releasing the DVD of her 'Real Fantasy' concert as a special present for her fans.

On December 18th, Loen Entertainment released a video teaser of the special DVD via its official Youtube. The DVD spot shows various clips and highlights from IU's recent 'Real Fantasy' concert tour.

Title 'Real Fantasy 2012 Special DVD', the special DVD will include 50-minute footage of live performances, concert rehearsal, interviews and other behind the scene footage.

The DVD will be released on December 27.

Check out the clip below:

Pledis Entertainment reveals 3rd teaser for ‘Seventeen TV’

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 02:19 AM PST


Pledis Entertainment has just released another teaser video for 'Seventeen TV', a program that will introduce fans to the label's new group called, Seventeen.

Released via Pledis Entertainment's official Youtube channel on December 18th, the new teaser follows the upcoming seventeen-member boy group to its practice room. However, it does not openly show any of the members' faces.

As previously reported, Pledis Entertainment, the label that houses to After School and Son Dambi, has announced that they will be debuting a 17-member male idol group. The group will be made up of 17 members averaging 17 years old and will promote in Korea, China and Japan.

Girl's Day's Hyeri thanks fans with adorable selcas

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:30 AM PST


Girl's Day's Hyeri updated her Twitter on 16th December with some adorable selcas.

She mentioned,"final music broadcast!I was really touched as there were so many fans who came to Inkigayo, you guys are the best!! Appreciate it much, we will return with an even better song and album ^ ^ Thanks for all your love ~~ I love you."

Fans commented,"Love Girl's Day forever","Hyeri is so cute","Please Don't forget Me" and etc.

Suzy enjoys playing Super Mario 2

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST


Suzy displays her cuteness in the latest CF of Super Mario 2.

She is seen playing the game with her pink Nintendo DS in the CF,check out the video below.

Brown Eyed Girls' GaIn releases new posters for Yes Lingerie

Posted: 18 Dec 2012 12:29 AM PST


Brown Eyed Girls reveals Christmas posters for Yes lingerie.

The main theme of the photoshoot is "Lovely Christmas",Gain is showing her cuteness in this photoshoot.

Yes representative mentioned,"Gain suits the new concept really well, she looks cute and sexy at the same time."

Meanwhile,Brown Eyed Girls will embark on their 19+ concert on 24th and 25th December.

ZE:A and Girl's Day to model for Bando Optical

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 11:30 PM PST



Korean idol groups ZE:A and Girl's day are chosen as the main model for Bando Optical. 

Bando Optical is a multi eye wear shop that sells Renoma, Autre, Andrekim, Paul Hueman eye wear and products of many other eye wear brands. Bando Optical expanding its market to Europe by making a collaboration with Europe fair marketing stock market.
 
Nowadays, many K-pop artists are modeling for various products. The growth of K-wave made companies to use K-pop artists as their models become a trend. Bando Optical chose Girl's Day because of their young and lively image, they also wanted the group to help them enter overseas markets like Japan and China.

Bando Optical's CEO Lee Sang Tak added, "As glasses became a part of fashion item, we wanted to express our brand image vivacious, young, and fashionable. With the image of ZE:A and our trustworthy image, we are expecting a synergy effect."

Source: bntnews

Written by: Jenny @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Choi Jin Hyuk holds fan meeting in Japan

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST


'Flower boy' actor Choi Jin Hyuk held his first fan meeting in Tokyo's Laforet Museum Roppongi on December 16.

Choi jin Hyuk appeared singing before cheering fans and introduced himself using Japanese buzzwords. He said, "I have never had a fan meeting before neither in Japan nor in Korea, so I've been very nervous all week. I am very encouraged to see so many fans here."

In the talk show, he talked about the drama "I Need A Romance" in which he performed, saying "I am honored that you are enjoying the drama. I could not sleep well for several nights due to the kiss scene, but Cho Yeo Jeong encouraged me a lot."

He continued, "As an actor, I am doing my best to perform every line with sincerity. I hope to play a villain role as well to diversify my acting skills."

Choi Jin Hyuk wrote his mottoes "Sincerity" and "Love" in Korean and taught the fans how to pronounce them. He also released video images showing his daily life for fans.

He re-acted major scenes in the drama "I Need A Romance" and sang "Run In The Sky", sung by Lee Juk.

During a press interview held before the fan meeting, Choi Jin Hyuk said, "I wanted to be a singer since O was a child. I hope to engage in musical activities in Japan. I will increase my activities in Japan next year."


Source: KBS

After School’s UEE displayed her lovely charms

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:46 PM PST


After School's UEE recently displayed her cute and adorable appeal.

On December 17, the production crew for KBS's Wednesday-Thursday series 'Jeon Woochi' revealed new photos of UEE acting cutesy. The photos were taken during a shooting that was held on November 29th at a set located in Namyangju, Gyeong-gi Province.

UEE, who plays Hong Moo Yeon in the drama, drew everyone's attention lovely poses. Despite the cold weather, UEE never lose her smiles, and always makes the atmosphere happy on the set, gaining the nickname, 'The mascot of Jeon Woochi.'

An official said, "She's such a bright person, and even though the weather is very cold, shootings are always full of laughters. Even though she must be exhausted because of endless all-nighters and busy schedules, she never looses her smile. She is energizing the whole team a lot."

Global fans celebrate ‘XIA DAY’ for Junsu’s birthday

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:26 PM PST


A great number of parties broke out at all over the world to celebrate 'XIA DAY' for JYJ member Kim Junsu's birthday on December 15th.

C-JeS Entertainment stated, "Kim Junsu's fans in Japan, China, America, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, Poland and many other countries held 'XIA DAY' in the celebration of his birthday."

The fans made special cakes for Junsu, held a photo exhibition and held a number of different events from their own countries. Brazilian fans went picnics together while fans in Peru and Venezuela had photo exhibitions as well.

Meanwhile, Junsu will be having '2012 XIA Ballad&Musical Concert with Orchestra' from December 29th until 31st at Seoul COEX.

G.NA and Phantom’s Sanchez release “Beautiful Day” MV

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:09 PM PST


Singer G.NA and Phantom's Sanchez finally released the full music video for their new collaborative single, "Beautiful Day"!

The two have been brought together for the Dokkun Project, a project by the producer and Wa Entertainment rep Kim Do Hoon. "Beautiful Day" produced and composed by Kim Do Hoon himself which will be included in the second part of the album

Check out the track below!

Choi Ji Woo to guest on ‘Running Man’ year-end special

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 10:01 PM PST


Actress Choi Ji Woo will be featured on the SBS popular variety program 'Running Man'.

According to a staff member on December 17th, Choi Ji Woo has filmed 'Running Man' year-end special in her home town in Busan. Several online community boards uploaded photos and stories of seeing the actress film the show.

Despite the cold weather, Choi Ji Woo and other 'Running Man' members worked hard for the shoot. The actress also impressed the staff with her variety talent, and many fans are now looking forward to see her interaction with the 'Running Man' cast members.

Baek Ji Young to collaborate with Yiruma for comeback

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 09:41 PM PST


After hinting for a comeback earlier this month, Baek Ji Young confirmed her return and announced the release of her new single, "I Hate It."

Baek Jiyoung collaborated with pianist Yiruma and composer 2FACE for the track. Many music fans are already showing explosive reactions for the upcoming heartfelt ballad, written by one of the greatest pianist and one of the greatest songwriters of Korea.

WS Entertainment stated, "Baek Ji Young and Yiruma's collaboration is their first project together. 'I Hate It' is not a 'cross-over' number, but just a beautiful ballad which will feature Baek Ji Young's trademark sad vocals."