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"The New York Times selects Big Bang & 2NE1 concerts for ‘Best Concerts of 2012′" plus 19 more

"The New York Times selects Big Bang & 2NE1 concerts for ‘Best Concerts of 2012′" plus 19 more

The New York Times selects Big Bang & 2NE1 concerts for ‘Best Concerts of 2012′

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 08:58 AM PST

2012 was a huge year for YG Entertainment, lead by Psy, their popularity has truly gone global. With their growing influence, two of their top acts held their first World Tours.

The ladies of 2NE1 embarked on their ‘New Evolution World Tour‘ back on July 28th in Seoul. They then proceeded to visit the United States (Newark & Los Angeles), Japan (Osaka, Nagoya, Yokohama, Saitama), Taiwan (Taipei), and finally Singapore.

Big Bang also held the first global tour of their own and it was on an even larger scale. Korean conglomerate Samsung signed on to officially sponsor the tour, endorsing their Galaxy line of phones as it was named the ‘Alive Galaxy Tour‘. They also formed a partnership with Live Nation. The tour kicked off in Seoul back in March, they initially planned only 25 shows but due to the high demand, the tour actually amounted to 48 shows in 13 different countries. After the Seoul concert they concentrated on Asia visiting Japan (Nagoya, Yokohama, Osaka, Saitama, Fukuoka, Tokyo), China (Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Hong Kong), Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok), Indonesia (Jakarta), Taiwan (Taipei), Philippines (Manila), and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). They also visited Europe, North America, and South America with stops in England (London), the United States (Anaheim, Newark), and Peru (Lima). Big Bang will have 2 more concerts in Osaka and then finally wrap up their epic tour in Seoul from January 25 to January 27.

The New York Times took notice and selected both of their concerts in Newark’s Prudential Center for their ‘Best Concerts of 2012‘ list.

They wrote:

A concert is always more than just a rendering of songs. It's a musical revamp, a real-time test, a spectacle, a pop-up community, perhaps a dance party or an incipient riot — and, even in the YouTube era, an ephemeral, site-specific experience. Here the pop and jazz critics of The New York Times recall some of their favorite live events of 2012, in order of importance.

2NE1 Aug. 17, and BIGBANG Nov. 8, both at Prudential Center, Newark. This was the year K-pop arrived — not in the form of "Gangnam Style," which was everywhere and yet completely evanescent — but in these arena shows, which were full of thousands of young, paying fans eager to see the girls of 2NE1 and the boys of BigBang, groups with zero American hits between them, but rabid American followings all the same.

Congratulations to both groups!

Source: The New York Times

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

Leeteuk, Ji Hyun Woo, and Yunhak’s army musical ‘The Promise’ holds public practice session

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 08:14 AM PST

The Promise‘, the army musical featuring Super Junior‘s Leeteuk, actor Ji Hyun Woo, and ChoShinSung‘s Yunhak recently held a public practice session.

Many reporters were in attendance for the practice session to see the famous celebrities practice the musical. Even though the public session only showed the 2nd act, the actors displayed their passion and hard work by putting their all into the acting.

At the end of the practice, Ji Hyun Woo said, “It is a musical that commemorates June 25, 1950 (The Day the Korean War began). You will be very touched by it“. Actor Kim Moo Yeol added, “I am nervous because it is a performance during my enlistment. I will do my best.” Yunhak said, “It’s a subject on war that international fans will have a hard time understanding, but we will make a stage that will touch even the international fans.” Leeteuk said, “I will do my best so people will say, ‘Of course, that is Super Junior’s Leeteuk’.

Check out the photos and video below!

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Rookie hip hop duo Alphabat releases debut digital single “Hello”

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 07:29 AM PST

Rookie hip hop duo Alphabat have released their debut digital single, “Hello“.

Member Kyumin, who received attention for being G-Dragon‘s doppelganger, is teaming up with underground rapper Serin, also known as D-Tail. The two friends are reported to have prepared their debut together.

Yub Records revealed that Alphabat will be focusing on live performances, and that Kyumin has co-composed this new track, which features elements from Serin’s mixtape.

Check out the MV below!

Tip: fyie

2NE1′s CL and singer Sung Si Kyung to collaborate for the ’2012 SBS Gayo Daejun’

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 07:04 AM PST

2NE1‘s CL and singer Sung Si Kyung will be teaming up at the ‘2012 SBS Gayo Daejun‘ for an epic joint performance.

On December 26th, YG Entertainmnet confirmed the news, stating, “Sung Si Kyung and CL will be holding a collaboration stage at the upcoming ’2012 SBS Gayo Daejun’.”

Fans are highly anticipating the collaboration to see how ballad singer Sung Si Kyung’s soothing voice will meld with CL’s powerful rap. Upon hearing news of the collaboration, they left comments like, “Really anticipating this performance!“, “It’ll be fun to see him dancing with CL“, “I can’t wait!“, and more.

The ’2012 SBS Gayo Daejun’ will take place live on December 29th at 8:45PM KST.

Who Wore it Better: Sunhwa vs. Park Eun Ji

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 06:48 AM PST

On a recent episode of ‘Radio Star‘, SECRET‘s Sunhwa wore this red sweater with a long, black skirt and a thin headband.

On ‘Strong Heart‘, Park Eun Ji wore the same sweater with a pencil skirt and peplum belt.


The sweater is by Steve J & Yoni P and is available here for ~349 USD.

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

[Source: kstarfashion]

Juniel reveals her cat pajamas

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 06:05 AM PST

Singer Juniel revealed that she goes to sleep in adorable cat pajamas.

She tweeted on the 27th, “At Jung Yeop sunbae’s ‘Blue Night‘ radio pajama party! Keke. I sleep at home like that! ^^ Hehe. It’s so warm <3 It’s cold these days, so you all need to sleep in something warm too. Be careful of catching cold! Meow~.”

Fans commented, “Take care of your pretty self”, “Adorable”, and more.

What do you think of Juniel’s cat pajamas?

Kim Hyung Jun donates 3 tons of rice at Seoul Youth Center’s ’2012 6th Annual Love Santa Claus Celebration’

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 05:35 AM PST

Kim Hyung Jun recently showed his Christmas spirit by dressing up as Santa Claus and gifting families in need with rice and presents.

The SS501 member attended Seoul Youth Center‘s ‘2012 6th Annual Love Santa Claus Celebration‘ on the 21st and donated three tons of rice. It was revealed that the singer also prepared gifts for the attendees as well, warming the hearts of fans with his generosity.

Seoul Youth Center shared on their Facebook, “SS501′s Kim Hyung Jun and 100 Santa Clauses visited the homes of seniors and children. We thank Kim Hyung Jun for donating 334 22 lb. bags of rice last year as well as this year,” along with photos of Kim Hyung Jun making a guest appearance at the event with his Santa Claus uniform.

Sean shares photos of G-Dragon & 2NE1′s CL, Dara, and Minzy after YG Family’s concert in Japan

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 05:05 AM PST

Sean shared photos from the after-party for YG Entertainment‘s concert in Japan earlier this year.

He tweeted on the 27th, “This darn popularity. After ‘YG Family’s 15th Anniversary Concert in Japan‘,” along with the photos above of Big Bang‘s G-Dragon and 2NE1‘s CL, Dara, and Minzy. The YG Entertainment idols are holding up placards, revealing that they themselves are fans of Jinusean.

Sean later added, “Jiyong (G-Dragon)~ So do you like Sean hyung more? Or Jinu hyung more?”

Netizens commented, “YG Family members are so close”, “It looks like they had fun”, and more.

‘YG Family’s 15th Anniversary Conert in Japan’ was held this past January in Osaka’s Kyocera Dome and Saitama’s Super Arena.

Tip: jiyongchy

Boyfriend to star in season 7 of ‘Hello Baby’

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 04:35 AM PST

Six-member group Boyfriend will be the next idols to become on-screen parents on the 7th season of KBS Joy‘s ‘Hello Baby‘.

The members started shooting for the reality series this December, and the first broadcast is planned for January 4 of 2013 at 11PM KST. From the looks of it, it seems like tots will have to compete to become one of three babies on the show.

Check out the teaser below!

Seulong reveals teaser for 2AM’s 2013 endorsement with KAPPA

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 04:04 AM PST

2AM‘s Seulong revealed a teaser for the group’s upcoming endorsement campaign with the fashion brand KAPPA featuring himself!

He tweeted on the 27th, “Only if my leg would heal quickly, so I could kick like this… T.T Keke. KAPPA 2013 X 2AM ★ COMING SOON.”

2AM launched a special limited-edition line of t-shirts with the brand last year, which was highly popular.

Are you looking forward to the boys of 2AM featuring in a sporty ad campaign?

After School’s Nana’s ‘manner legs’ attract attention

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 03:33 AM PST

After School‘s Nana is well-known for her former supermodel status as well as her gorgeous legs and tall height. On December 23rd, SBSInkigayo‘ revealed the girls of the Dazzling Red team hard at work for their performance at this year’s ‘2012 SBS Gayo Daejun‘.

At first glance, the interview with KARA‘s Nicole, SECRET‘s Hyosung, and Nana looks completely normal. However, netizens pointed out Nana’s reflection in the mirror. In order to match the height of her sunbaes, she squats during the interview, attracting much attention for her “manner legs.”

Upon seeing the photo, netizens commented, “She seems really used to it“, “The mirror tells the truth“, “Nana’s friendly manners“, and more.

Will Kang Ho Dong’s new show be replacing ‘Win Win’?

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 03:05 AM PST

There are rumors floating around that Kang Ho Dong‘s new KBS program will be taking over ‘Win Win‘.

On the 26th, there were reports that Kang Ho Dong’s new program would take over the ‘Win Win’ spot if it gets canceled. However, KBS said, “It is difficult to say that Kang Ho Dong’s new program will be taking over ‘Win Win’. Of course, because ‘Win Win’ could be canceled, there are many new pilot programs we are considering, including Kang Ho Dong’s program. But none of this is confirmed.

Another KBS representative said, “Honestly, Kang Ho Dong’s new program is likely to be aired during Saturday evening. However, it is also true that if ‘Win Win’ is canceled, it could move to that spot. There are many talks among the higher ups, but it is too early to say which program will take its place.

Kang Ho Dong’s new program also added, “There is nothing confirmed about the time slot. We are looking for the best choice among many time slots. As people say, we are considering many time slots, including Saturday, Friday, and Tuesday. We’re worried that people will say that ‘Win Win’ is being canceled because of Kang Ho Dong’s program.

KARA’s Hara and Kim Wan Sun to hold a joint stage on ’2012 SBS Gayo Daejun’

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 02:39 AM PST

KARA‘s Hara, and Kim Wan Sun will hold a collaborative stage at the ‘2012 SBS Gayo Daejun‘.

The theme of the ‘SBS Gayo Daejun’ this year is ‘The Color of K-Pop’, and the producers of the show have worked hard to incorporate the various colors of each idol group into collaboration stages.

Producer Park Seung Min said, “For this year’s ‘SBS Gayo Daejun’, every K-Pop star will be holding various collaboration stages and not just their own. There will be 270 minutes of great performances. There are special stages including idol group members and established singers. The singers who have the special stages are all preparing with their own concepts. One of the examples is a collaboration stage between Hara, who was born in 1991, and Kim Wan Sun, who debuted in [1986].”

He added, “This year’s ‘SBS Gayo Daejun’ is large-scale, and many singers are participating, so we are looking forward to great performances.

Shinhwa’s Minwoo buys coffee for his fans

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 02:11 AM PST

Shinhwa‘s Minwoo gifted coffee to all the fans who came to his concert.

The coffee was a surprise gift for all fans who waited for his return. On the 23rd and 24th, Minwoo held a concert titled ‘M Lee Minwoo Christmas Live Concert ORIGINAL‘. Before the fans entered the concert venue, they were all given a small present that read, “Oppa will buy a cup of coffee for you. Your thoughts and my thoughts are the same.

Netizens who heard about the news commented, “Both Shinhwa, who are promoting without disbanding, and their fans, who support them without changing, are cool.

Minwoo’s label stated, “Not even the staff knew about it. I only knew when I saw fans getting the cup of coffee. Even his closest manager didn’t know. He was thanking the fans because his concert sold out in 2 minutes. It was really cold on the day of the concert, so he thought about coffee because he wanted to give them warmth. He knew a barista, so he bought more than 4,000 cups with his own money.

In related news, he’ll be traveling to Taiwan for his ‘2013 Lee Minwoo M style SHOW in TAIWAN‘ fan meeting on January 25, 2013.

Lee Seung Gi releases “Forest” MV

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 01:44 AM PST

Lee Seung Gi has revealed the music video for “Forest“.

The singer released his 5.5 mini-album of the same name late last monthEpitone Project's Cha Se Jung contributed his poetic lyrics, while Lee Seung Gi showed off some high vocal notes he'd never performed before. The songs on this album can be described as "healing music."

This is Lee Seung Gi’s third MV to be released from the album, following his MVs for his title track “Looking Back” and “Invitation to Me“.

Check out his MVs for “Forest” and “Looking Back” (“Return”) if you missed it below!



Tip: reem785

GLAM releases 2nd teaser for “I Like That”

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 01:19 AM PST

It looks like the "Party (XXO)" ladies of GLAM are gearing up for a comeback.

After realeasing individual photos for each members, GLAM have officially released the second teaser for their comeback song "I Like That"

GLAM's comeback has added interest as it was recently revealed that member Trinity decided to leave the group.

Check out the first teaser if you missed it and the latest below!

Netizen claiming to be T-ara’s backdancer detained for defamation of character

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 01:13 AM PST

The netizen who claimed to be T-ara‘s former backdancer earlier this year and fanned the flames of alleged bullying within the group has been detained at Gangnam police station.

The Gangnam police station’s cyber crime team announced that “netizen A”, who allegedly wrote that Jiyeon slapped Hwayoung for a small mistake during practice, is being accused for defamation of character. However, netizen A is claiming that he simply spread the rumor, and that he was not the writer of the original post.

A representative from the police station stated, “After [rumors of] Hwayoung being bullied came out, the news spread instantly, and because the original post was deleted, it took a long time [to investigate]. We were unable to find the originator of the post. Because it’s still an ongoing investigation, we can’t reveal any more details.”

The cyber crime team explained, “Whether the statements by the person who misrepresented himself as T-ara’s backdancer are fact or fiction, because the statements could have had made [the group's] image suffer, it’s possible that maliciously spreading the post could be considered defamation of character.”

Source: Asia Today
Tip: kpopalypse

Boyfriend to release a repackaged album in January

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 12:45 AM PST

Boyfriend will be making their return with a new repackaged album.

According to Starship Entertainment, the group plans to make their comeback with the release of their repackaged album on January 10th.

The talented group has captured the hearts of many fans by shedding their youthful image for a more mature look with their first full-length album, ‘Janus‘, released in November.

After concluding promotions for “Janus“, Boyfriend shifted their focus to preparing for the five shows of their Japanese concert, which successfully came to an end on December 24th at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.

A representative from Japan stated, “It hasn’t even been a year since they’ve debuted in Japan, but Boyfriend have been met with an explosive response. Boyfriend's Japanese activities are very noticeable among the sea of K-Pop idols.”

Koyote’s Shinji and basketball player Yoo Byung Jae break up

Posted: 27 Dec 2012 12:21 AM PST

It looks like the rumors of Koyote‘s Shinji and pro-basketball player Yoo Byung Jae‘s break up were not far off.

Shinji’s agency announced on the 27th that the couple, who made their courtship public in September of last year, have decided to end their relationship and remain as friends.

The agency stated, “Due to issues such as difference in personality, Shinji and Yoo Byung Jae have ended their romantic relationship. They’ve decided to return to being comfortable friends. We understand that the two have settled their feelings for one another.”

Shinji and Yoo Byung Jae started dating in April of 2011.

LUNAFLY reveals practice video for “Day by Day”

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 11:55 PM PST

Talented rookie group LUNAFLY, who have been treating fans to practice videos, have released yet another clip. This latest release is a practice session of “Day by Day“, the English version of “Clear Day Cloudy Day“.

“Day by Day” was released on iTunes worldwide back on December 10th along with the full music video. The song was written and composed by the members themselves, whereas the lyrics to the Korean version were written by lyricist Kim Eana.

Check out their practice session below!