Monday, December 17, 2012

"Triple crowns Beast “Glory with JYJ’s Junsu…” " plus 24 more

"Triple crowns Beast “Glory with JYJ’s Junsu…” " plus 24 more


Triple crowns Beast “Glory with JYJ’s Junsu…”

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 07:55 AM PST



Beast was selected as the most popular singer of the year at '2012 Melon Music Award'.

At '2012 Melon Music Award', which was held at Seoul Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium on December 14, Beast received three awards including, Melon Music Award TOP 10, Artist of the Year Award and Netizen Popularity Award.

This day, Beast went up to the dais, dancing, when they were called for the Netizen Popularity Award. Leader Yoon Doo-Joon said, "I want to mention who we couldn't mention before because we were so busy. Parents of 6 of us came. We want to thank them and Love You. We know that we've been competing with Junsu. We are honored. And Happy birthday Junsu, as tomorrow is your birthday. Last but not least, we love Beauty."

Nominees of Netizen Popularity Award were Beast, XIA, Big Bang, Girls' Generation-TTS, IU, Shinhwa, KARA and G-Dragon and they had a fierce competition. Finally, the award went to Beast.


Source: Innolife

JYJ Wins Contract Break

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST



Korean pop group JYJ gains freedom, pointing the way for other groups

After a three-and-a-half year struggle, the phenomenally popular K-pop group JYJ has finally won its campaign to free itself from SM Entertainment, South Korea's biggest talent management company.

The settlement, in closed-door arbitration, leaves SME and other Korean impresarios facing a rear-guard action to preserve contracts made with other unwitting adolescents in their stables that usually run well beyond a decade and longer.

The members of JYJ, Kim Jaejoong, Park Yuchun and Kim Junsu, had been caught up in a 13-year iron-clad contract that left virtually no possibility of being paid commensurate with their previous earnings as three fifths of Asia's premier pop phenomenon DBSK/TVXQ, which they left to form their own group.

The JYJ legal wrangle with SME actually ended to all intents and purposes some time ago. JYJ filed an injunction to invalidate their contract in 2009, which the court accepted so that JYJ could continue to work and conduct independent activities. In April, 2010, however, SME sued to clarify the validity of the contract. The court ultimately affirmed JYJ's side and further ruled that SME was to pay a fine for each known instance of interference in JYJ's career activities, which were many and varied. In the meantime, despite the group's phenomenal popularity, Korea's entertainment world cartel came down on them, effectively keeping them off the air, not only in Korea but Japan as well.

On Sept. 13, the Seoul District Court postponed indefinitely a reading of its verdict in the final case in favor of mandatory arbitration. South Korea's broadcasting networks agreed that they would uphold the ban "until a verdict is reached in the lawsuit," despite the fact that the court said two years previously that SME's action was illegal and punishable by a fine. That meant that as long as SM continued to stonewall, refusing to budge in negotiations on how much money it actually owed, the banning of the group continued.

"What we were worried about was that literally every artist in the K-Pop industry was going to benefit from their fight except JYJ if this case sat in the limbo of mandatory arbitration indefinitely and SME simply refused to compromise," one observer said.

The instances of interference with JYJ's career activities during the three and a half years of the legal battle were numerous, continuing and well-documented, as pointed out in an Oct. 9 Asia Sentinel article here.

Given SME's economic clout within the industry, the entertainment giant has been accused of having a serious impact on JYJ's ability to perform on any broadcast media outlets, including radio and TV. JYJ were banned from award shows, concert venues inside South Korea and various music charts.

However, in a press statement on Nov. 28 SME suddenly said it had decided to wrap up the issue "to avoid bringing additional harm to U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, (the other members of TVXQ (DBSK), and to avoid making any more unneeded issues."

The three "have confirmed that they are not willing to be active any longer as TVXQ, and so SM Entertainment has decided that there is no need for the company to continue to manage the three." According to the release: "We have also decided not to interfere in each other′s matters in the future, and this is how the trial has come to an end with today′s hearing."

Like everything else South Korea approaches, including devoting fanatical attention to quality in the manufacture of cars, television sets and consumer electronics, the production companies practice some of the most intensive entertainment training on the planet. They have reaped the rewards by creating K-pop groups whose influence has spread far beyond South Korea's borders. Girls' Generation, another SME-managed group, has appeared on the popular David Letterman show in the US.

SM and other entertainment management companies have defended these long-term contracts by saying the costs of housing, grooming, feeding and training adolescents for five years or more can run into the millions of dollars and that such onerous contracts are a way of getting their money back.

Nonetheless, the furor over the so-called "slave contracts," in which some pop stars make little more than US$150 per month while earning the production companies millions, has had a serious impact on the bottom line and stirred wider concerns.

For instance, the Korea Fair Trade Commission some months ago ordered sweeping changes regarding how long contracts can be in effect and demanded many other changes for the entertainment companies based on revelations at the JYJ trial.

On Nov. 14, SM Entertainment experienced what analysts refer to as "earnings shock" when third-quarter results were less than half what they told analysts to expect. The share prices nosedived, taking many other entertainment shares down with them and earning a shower of complaints and inquiries from institutional investors. In the week following, SME lawyers abruptly restarted the long-stalled negotiations that had held up the JYJ settlement.

As recently as two weeks before the JYJ settlement, SME claimed that their disastrous results were attributable to huge production costs of TVXQ and Super Junior Arena Concerts. This assertion seemed self-serving to fans in that SM was regarded as blaming their artists for bad financial decisions over which they clearly and contractually had no control.

Thus final question is whether JYJ will be allowed back on South Korean television. Their popularity and best-selling albums would seem to indicate that they deserve to be there. Yet their remarkable domestic and international fandom is if anything more concerned than ever that even with the affair's conclusion, SME's ability to control the dialogue could mean TV producers will continue to give one excuse after another as to why they may not appear.

Executives of media outlets have so far not been particularly encouraging on the subject. When asked about the conclusion of the case, KBS Chief Director Chon Jinkook told local media said "I think we can tell about our position after taking and arranging the situation. As the main reason was the ruling.. So, in my opinion, there's no reason to block their appearances on our programs if it is clearly solved."

Won Mansik, the Chief Director of station MBC said: "Although the ruling was over. I think their appearances need time." Another MBC official said "We have no discussions about their appearances on our programs (including our music programs and entertainment programs) until now. I think the whole entertainment part should think about this for now."

Park Seungmin of SBS 'Inkigayo' said "It's the problem of the whole entertainment part. We still have no discussion about this.. So I have no words about this?"

Fans of JYJ have vowed to see them on TV. They will not back down easily. With the November 28 ruling, the lawsuit is over and JYJ have been granted their freedom. But what's next remains uncertain.

(The writer is a US-based songwriter and music publisher concerned with the cause of justice for recording artists in South Korea.)


Credit: Asia Sentinel

Kim Yoo Jung picks Big Bang’s T.O.P as her most ideal type

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 06:45 AM PST


Child actress Kim Yoo Jung once again selected Big Bang's T.O.P as her ideal type.

During an interview segment on the December 16th episode of MBC's 'Section TV', Kim Yoo Jung asked to select her ideal type among actors she has worked with including Park Gun Tae, Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Min Ho, Kim Soo Hyun and Big Bang's T.O.P.

The actress chose Lee Min Ho as 3rd, Kim Soo Hyun as 2nd, and the 1st place was given to Big Bang's T.O.P, whom she worked with in the film 'Alumni'. Kim Yoo Jung then explained, "I'm such a huge fan, so there's nothing I can do about it."

Viewers commented, "Kim Yoo Jung fell for T.O.P as well", "T.O.P wins over Kim Soo Hyun and Yeo Jin Goo", and "Never knew she liked T.O.P" and more.

U-Kiss to sing theme song for new Japanese drama

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 06:15 AM PST


U-Kiss' upcoming Japanese single has been selected as the theme song for an upcoming new Japanese drama.

On December 17th, NH Media revealed that U-Kiss' upcoming 6th Japanese single titled, "Alone" has been selected as the theme song of NHK's new drama series 'Bookstore Worker Michiru's Personal Story', which will start airing on January 8th next year.

"Alone" is the title track of the group's upcoming Japanese single of the same title, which will be released in Japan on February 13th. U-Kiss is gaining much attention with the selection of their song as it is a first for the group, reflecting the group's rising popularity in the country.

'Bookstore Worker Michiru's Personal Story' is based on popular writer Sato Shogo's novel 'Personal Story' which is about a bookstore worker named Michiru whose life changes overnight after winning a lottery worth two hundred million yen.

Juniel shows unfading beauty with pre-debut photos

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:45 AM PST


Past photos of rookie singer Juniel have been revealed, displaying her unfading beauty since her pre-debut days.

Recently in an online community forum, several photos of Juniel were posted under the title, "Juniel past photo". The photos were taken during the singer's high school days, and are drawing much interest from netizens for her same innocent and youthful charms she has today.

Netizens commented, "She looks adorable in these photos!" "She's a natural beauty", "Pretty and good at singing" and more.

Tiger JK’s documentary to feature project group MFBTY

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 05:16 AM PST


The second part of Tiger JK's documentary 'Onstage Hero Tiger JK.ing' will be aired on Mnet on December 17th at midnight.

The first half of the documentary aired last week on December 10 and featured footage of Tiger JK's road to success since his debut at an American hip hop festival in 1992 to becoming a hip hop leader in Korea.

The second installment to the documentary will continue his story from 2006 when Tiger JK was first diagnosed with myelitis. Behind-the-scenes footage of his musical collaborations with rapper Rakim as well as their project group, MFBTY, with wife Yoon Mirae and Bizzy, will be included in the documentary.

A music video and making-of films of MFBTY will also be spotlighted in the show, heightening the anticipations of the fans.

SECRET reveals BTS clip from “Talk That” cover shoot

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:56 AM PST


Having already released various behind-the-scenes footage and photos from the "Talk That" single, SECRET has now released a making-of film of their album cover photo shoot.

Released via TS Entertainment's official Youtube on December 17th, the new clip features the behind the scene process of the group's album jacket and concept photos filming. The members seemed to be enjoying the shoot, to the delight of the fans who already missing the girls since the unfortunate accident.

Check out the clip below!

Pledis Entertainment reveals ‘Seventeen TV’ teaser for upcoming boy group Seventeen

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:31 AM PST


Earlier this year, 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. On December 16th, the agency revealed two new video teasers via its official YouTube channel, in promotions of the upcoming group.

Pledis Entertainment has released a pair of teaser videos for a program, 'Seventeen TV', a program that will introduce fans to this new group called, Seventeen. The first teaser shows a girl on the computer in her dark room while the second teaser features two girls listening to a song, which is presumambly sang by a member of the new group.

The program will premiere on December 24. Check out the teasers below!


LUNAFLY releases “Clear Day, Cloudy Day” piano version

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 04:11 AM PST


Rookie band LUNAFLY has just unveiled a piano version performance of their latest track, "Clear Day, Cloudy Day".

"Clear Day, Cloudy Day" single was personally composed by the LUNAFLY members and the lyrics were written by Kim Ea Na. In the clip, the three members once again displayed their impressive vocal talents with member Teo playing the piano.

Check out the clip below!

2PM heats up Taiwan with solo concert

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 03:30 AM PST


Idol group 2PM successfully finished their solo concert 'What Time Is It?' in Taiwan!

On December 14, 2PM held their concert at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taiwan and drew over 7,000 Hottest fans. The group replied to the fans' great and loud cheers with an amazing performance as usual. As a special performance, Junho also showcased "Undefeated," which is a duet with Vanness Wu that was released in April 2012.

2PM members are showing different special performances for each countries, and many fans are showing great anticipation for what kind of performance they will show in different countries.

The members stated, "It has been one year since we last visited Taiwan, and we are very happy to be here. We appreciate all your love and support. We will always do our best."

Meanwhile, 2PM will be performing another concert in Macau on December 22.

Kim Jong Kook gives a lecture at KAIST

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 03:05 AM PST


Kim Jong Kook gave a lecture at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Recently, a number of photos titled "Kim Jong Kook's discourse at KAIST" were uploaded on an online community board. In the pictures, Kim Jong Kook is a handsome speaker in a perfect black suit.

Kim Jong Kook appeared at the prestigious university on December 13 where he gave a special lecture entitled, "Self maintenance and goal setting strategies, and networking know-hows". He impressed students as he shared his own wealth of experiences as well as took the time to answer the students' questions.

Netizens who saw the photos commented, "I'm envious of the KAIST students," "If I had a chance to take a class like that, I would attend it everyday" and "He is so cool when he's given a lecture too."

BoA’s amazing back muscle awes netizens

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 02:40 AM PST


Singer BoA's amazing back muscle is creating a stir!

Recently, a photo titled "BoA's back muscle" was uploaded on an online community board. The photo was taken during BoA's performance of "Only One" with EXO-K's Sehun at 'SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III in Singapore.'

In the photo, BoA is in the middle of her performance. She tied up her shirt and showed off her firm yet slim waistline, surprising many fans.

A netizen who uploaded the photo also wrote, "Her back muscle looks amazing. It must be a proud product of endless practice and effort."

After seeing the pictures, netizens commented, "Her body is really nice", "She must have worked out a lot", "Toned body" and more.

Lee Da Hae displays gorgeous body shape

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 02:15 AM PST


Actress Lee Da Hae recently displayed her gorgeous body shape wearing full body tights.

On December 10th, Lee Da Hae updated fans with photos of herself on Weibo. She wrote, "I went to the action school today! Hehe. It seems like I have been going there for a long time now, but I don't know why I haven't improved! These are photos that my friend who came with me took. Isn't it cool?"

In the photo, Lee Da Hae is wearing a tight outfit, showing off her gorgeous body shape. Especially, her toned figure and beautiful face even without any makeup on are drawing many people's attention.

Netizens who saw the photos commented, "She looks amazing", "She's motivating me to start a diet", "Her body shape is perfect" and "She's got a blessed body."

Girls' Generation's Seohyun uploads charming selca

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 01:33 AM PST

Girls' Generation charismatic maknae Seohyun updated her UFO with a new profile picture.

She is seen posing confidently in her latest selca.

Fans commented after seeing her new picture,"gorgeous,",",milky skin","like your new hairstyle so much" and etc.


Son Dam Bi feels a bit lonely these days.

Posted: 17 Dec 2012 12:42 AM PST



Son Dam Bi appeared on MBC's 'Section TV Celebrity Communication' on the 16th at the location near the city of Namyangju for an advertisement shoot. 

Son Dam Bi complained about her loneliness through SNS, "I would like to go on a vacation if I get a boyfriend, even if the place is very close". 

When being asked about her ideal man, she revealed, "I used to like bad boys but I do not like them anymore. I like attentive men".

Source: MBC
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Beast and A Pink model for school uniforms!

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 11:30 PM PST



On December 14, school uniform brand Skool Looks released their still cuts for the 2013 catalog with Beast and A Pink as models.

Beast and Apink members look stunning and match well with the concept. They also had couple shots together and filmed in a comfortable atmosphere with so much happiness.



Written By: Jenny @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Big Bang successfully completes solo concert in London

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 10:45 PM PST


Hallyu group Big Bang successfully finished their first solo concert in London.

Big Bang kicked off their concerts at the London Wembley Arena on December 14 and 15 as part of their world tour titled, 'Alive Galaxy Tour 2012', drawing over 24,000 VIPs. The group was the first Korean singing group to hold concerts at the prestigious venue where famous pop artists, The Beatles, Abba and Beyoncé have held their concerts.

Big Bang were originally planning to hold just one concert on December 15 but thanks to many fans' great support, they added another show on the 14th. The worldwide popularity of Big Bang was also confirmed when they won the 'Worldwide Act' accolade at last year's '2011 MTV Europe Music Awards'.

They started their tour in Seoul in March, and they performed in Japan, China, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, America, Peru and England so far. Not only did they have the highest number of performances, the tickets for all of their concerts were sold out.

Meanwhile, Big Bang will hold more concerts at the Fukuoka Dome in Japan on December 22, at the Kyocera Dome in Japan on January 12 and 13, and at the Gymnastics Stadium in the Olympic Park in Korea from January 25 to 27.


Source: StarN News

Son Dambi sends love call to Jay Park

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 10:25 PM PST


Singer Son Dambi recently sent Jay Park a love call.

On December 16th, Son Dambi appeared on MBC's 'Section TV', and chose Jay Park as the artist that she wants to work with. The singer stated, "Jay Park's expressions are always amazing and he really knows how to enjoy his stage."

After the show, Jay Park responded to Son Dambi's love call through his Twitter. He wrote, "Dambi noona wants to do a joint performance with me? I'm flattered. I'm always for it. It makes me feel good. Hahaha."

Netizens commented, "Wow, I would really like to see the joint performance of Son Dambi and Jay Park," "It will be awesome," "I hope that will become true" and more.

CNBLUE to make a Korean comeback in January

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST


CNBLUE will be making a Korean comeback in January.

The announcement was made during the group's 'BLUE NIGHT' concert, held in Seoul from December 15 and 16. The group revealed that they will be making their return to the Korean music scene with a new release on January 14th, to the delight of its fans.

According to reports, the title track of the new album was created by the group's vocalist Jung Yonghwa, making this the first promotion of their self-composed title track since their debut in 2010.

Following their promotions for 'Ear Fun' album, CNBLUE members focused on Japanese promotions and individual activities, with some members embarking on their acting careers. Many fans are showing great reactions to hear that they are finally returning with new music.

Wanted’s Ha Dong Kyun releases mini-album ‘Mark’ + “From Mark” MV

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 09:18 PM PST


Wanted member Ha Dong Kyun has just released his solo mini album 'Mark' along with the full music video for his title track, "From Mark".

'Mark' mini album marks Ha Dong Kyun's first solo release in five years after 'Another Corner' album. The mini-album contains a total of six tracks of different styles, personally written by Ha Dong Kyun himself.

The music video for "From Mark" features the perspective of one man going through his daily chores, as well as highlights Ha Dong Kyun's powerful and husky voice.

Check out the MV and other tracks below:

"From Mark" MV






Joosuc releases “I Forgot You” MV ft. Ailee

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 09:06 PM PST


Rapper Joosuc released the music video for "I Forgot You" featuring Ailee.

"I Forgot You" is the title track to Joosuc's mini-album '5 Point 5' which was released online on December 11th. Singer Ailee sang for the song and appeared in its music video, contributing a positive effect the song which is currently doing well on music charts.

Check out the MV below!

After School’s Lizzy release “Cosmetic” ft. Andup

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 08:43 PM PST


After School and Orange Caramel member, Lizzy, has just released her latest single titled "Cosmetic" featuring rapper Andup.

Released online on December 17th, "Cosmetic" is a part of single album 'Cupcake Project'. The song features an addictive hip-hop dance melody with Lizzy's vocals and Andup's charismatic rap.

"Cosmetic" is the work of producer Kim Gun Woo, the man behind hits like Miryo's "I Love You, I Love You" featuring Girls' Generation's Sunny, and "Sick Enough to Die" by MC Mong and Mellow.

Check out the track below:

Jay Park to hold year-end concert ‘Jay Town’

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 08:30 PM PST


Singer Jay Park is capping off a stellar year with a special year-end concert.

Jay Park will be hosting a special year-end party, 'Jay Town' at Walker Hill Theater, located in Walker Hill Hotel in Seoul on December 27th and 28th.

According to his agency, "The event will celebrate the great career that Jay Park showed during 2012 and is a chance for him to give back to his fans. Jay Park took in charge from the very beginning part of planning."

The ticket sales for the concert opened on December 13th, and it will be available through Auction Ticket.


Source: StarN News

Baek Ah Yeon’s ‘Cheongdamdong Alice’ OST ranks high on music charts

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 08:10 PM PST


Rookie singer Baek Ah Yeon's "Daddy Long Legs", which serves as the soundtrack for SBS' 'Cheongdamdong Alice', is dominating various online music charts.

On December 15th, Baek Ah Yeon released "Daddy Long Legs" and immediately topped Bugs and Soribada's music charts, proving the rookie's popularity. As of the 17th, the song maintained its position, as well as enjoyed success in the upper tier of Melon and Mnet music charts.

"Daddy Long Legs" is the second song for the drama's OST after f(x)'s Luna's single. It expresses Cha Seung Jo's (played by Park Si Hoo) feelings towards Han Se Kyung (played by Moon Geun Young).

K-FOOD SONG present by K-POP idol group!

Posted: 16 Dec 2012 07:52 PM PST

 Delicious collaboration by best composer in South Korea - Brave Brothers and KPOP star!


Composed numerous leading global KPOP addicted music for BIGBANG, SON DAM BI, SISTAR and others KPOP star - South Korea's top producer Brave Brothers is producer for the Korea Food and K-FOOD promotional music album. Participation of ZE:A, PARK JAE BUM, TEENTOP, BIGSTAR, ELECTRO BOYS , K-POP idol & famous musician in Korea Food and K-FOOD promotional music album born out 6 charming K-POP song.




Microsite: http://ilovekoreanfood.net/kff/>

Visit ilovekoreanfood.net to watch and download latest Music Video.
At the same time, behind the scene of MV and interview video of ZE:A, PARK JAE BUM and others K-POP star will release at official site too.

Besides that, more about info of giveaways signature K-FOOD promotional music album and free korean food products will be release at official site.

Tracks will be release on Korean Food Globalization official youtube (http://www.youtube.com/thetasteofkorea), and also release in ITUNES STORE and public network media resources around the world at the same time. Let's enjoy the delicious melody created by K-POP Star & K-FOOD in this winter.


For more information, please visit http://www.hansik.org &     http://www.youtube.com/thetasteofkorea