Monday, December 10, 2012

"UEE appointed ambassador for ‘UNICEF Santa Campaign’ to help children all around the world" plus 19 more

"UEE appointed ambassador for ‘UNICEF Santa Campaign’ to help children all around the world" plus 19 more

UEE appointed ambassador for ‘UNICEF Santa Campaign’ to help children all around the world

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 08:52 AM PST

UEE turned into a santa for UNICEF to help children all around the world.

UNICEF Korea has revealed that After School‘s UEE has been appointed the ambassador for the ‘UNICEF Santa Campaign‘. UNICEF Korea said, “UNICEF aims for a society in which people like UEE, who are healthy in both body and heart, help children in need all over the world. UEE continuously participates in community service and makes donations even though she’s busy, so her image was perfect for our campaign’s image.

UEE commented, “I received a lot of love as I worked busily as a celebrity. I wanted to give that love back somewhere, and UNICEF approached me, so I accepted happily. Everyone must be spending a busy end-of-the-year, but I hope everyone can become a santa who can give large hope to children in other countries with a small helping hand.

Girls’ Generation & KARA certified “Platinum”, 2PM certified “Gold” by RIAJ

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 08:24 AM PST

Girls’ Generation‘s second Japanese album ‘Girls’ Generation II: Girls & Peace‘ along with KARA‘s third Japanese album ‘Girls Forever‘ have been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (or 'RIAJ').

KARA’s album was released released on November 14, 2012 while Girls’ Generation officially released their album on November 28. To receive the certification of Platinum, an album must ship more than 250,000 units to retailers.

Additionally, 2PM‘s latest Japanese single “Masquerade” which was released on November 14, achieved the certification of Gold. To receive the certification of Gold, an album must ship more than 100,000 units to retailers.

Congratulations to Girls’ Generation, KARA, and 2PM!

Source: RIAJ

Korea’s Biggest Shopping Festival “Korea Grand Sale 2013” to take place in major Korean tourist sites

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 08:00 AM PST

Korea’s biggest shopping festival also known as “Korea Grand Sale” will take place in major Korean tourist attraction locations in Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island from January 11th, to February 28th, 2013!

85 companies and over 24,000 stores are participating in this Grand Sale to bring you the best shopping experience, offering up to 70% discount on major items! To make one’s shopping experience even more thrilling each week, “Korea Grand Sale” will feature themed events fashion, beauty and even a K-Pop concert.

To differentiate itself from the shopping festivals in Hong Kong, Singapore and other foreign countries, the Korea Grand Sale 2013 will start with an opening event in Myeong-dong on January 11 featuring the world raging K-Pop stars of today. During the festival period, the event center in Myeong-dong will hold various events with themes of fashion, beauty and food allowing foreign tourists to be able to enjoy shopping as well as the fashion, traditional food and culture of Korea.

Also during the festival, foreigners will be able to utilize different shuttle buses ensuring convenient transportation. A nationwide circle line pay-bus for foreigners only, K-shuttle, will be operated with two courses: southwest course (Seoul→Buyeo→Jeonju→Yeosu→Suncheon→Busan→Seoul) and southeast course (Seoul→Pyeongchang→Gangneung→Wonju→Andong→Gyeongju→Busan→Seoul). There will also be a free shuttle buses; the Gyeonggi Shuttle Bus will circle major tourist attractions in Gyeonggi-do from Seoul and the Gangbuk-Gangnam Shuttle Bus will circle Gangbuk (Itaewon, Myeong-dong, Dongdaemun) and Gangnam (Sinsa-dong Garosu-gil, Apgujeong-dong Rodeo Street).

Another event to take notice is the “Pre-Korea Grand Sale” where several participating stores including Galleria Luxury Hall, Doota, Yeoju & Paju Premium Outlets Lotte Department Store, Hyundai Department Store, and duty-free shops of Lotte, Shilla, Walkerhill, along with the Korea Tourism Organization will offer discounts between mid November and late December prior to the main festival.

The festival will also offer "One More Night Promotion" where foreign tourists staying more than 2~4 nights can get one free night in fifty top-class hotels across the nation. The participating hotels will offer additional various events for customers such as restaurant discount and free tickets for amenities during the festival.

According to Katie Han, Executive Director of the Visit Korea Committee, Korea Grand Sale 2013 will be a more colorful, richer festival than previous occasions because foreign tourists can experience Hallyu culture content along with shopping. "We will have a wider variety of promotions and marketing so that the Korea Grand Sale becomes Korea's own, truly distinct festival," she added.

Please refer to the official website here for Korea Grand Sale 2013 for further information.

Sunggyu reveals band version of “60 Seconds” MV

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 07:37 AM PST

INFINITE‘s Sunggyu has revealed the band version of his “60 Seconds” music video!

The new music video excludes all of the drama scenes featuring L . Instead, this music video shows the full version of the clips of Sunggyu singing. Even though Sunggyu had ended promotions last week, the music video is gaining much love from his fans already.

Check out the music video below!

Comedian Han Min Gwan gets married

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 05:57 AM PST

Comedian Han Min Gwan has tied the knot with his longtime non-celebrity girlfriend.

The wedding was hosted by fellow comedians Lee Soo Geun and Kim Jae Wook, and celebratory songs were sung by famous names such as Gavy NJ, K.Will, and DJ DOC.

The happy couple will be embarking on a honeymoon to Phuket, Thailand. Congratulations!

Source: Newsen via Nate

Jun Hyun Moo talks candidly about filming ‘Knee-Drop Guru’

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 01:02 AM PST

Comedian and announcer Jun Hyun Moo spoke about his recent filming for the newly-revitalized MBC program, ‘Knee-Drop Guru‘.

“I was surprised after I received the call,” he said, during an interview on the latest episode of ‘Entertainment Relay‘. “I asked if I was just a filler guest, but they told me otherwise.”

“The first episode guest [Jung Woo Sung] was too strong. I don’t know why they’re doing this to me,” he joked. “I wondered if they were doing this to sneakily attack me. I just hope the ratings don’t go down.”

Lee Seung Gi answers fan questions for Loen TV’s ‘Ask In a Box’ series

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 12:05 AM PST

Loen TV has released another 'Ask In A Box' interview clip, this time featuring multi-tainer Lee Seung Gi, who is currently promoting his latest mini-album'Forest".

Lee Seung Gi discusses why “Looking Back” was chosen as the title song over “Forest“. He also explains that why he considers his music “healing music”. In addition, he tells fans about his embarrassing drama moments, his variety character’s differences from his real personality and more.

Watch the interview below, with English subtitles, and let us know what you found most surprising.

C-REAL reveals second teaser image

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 11:36 PM PST

Rookie group C-REAL teased their fans with another new, mysterious image that may reference a potential comeback.

NAP Entertainment posted the above picture to their Twitter account earlier today, with the mysterious caption, 씨리얼 (C-REAL) .. 레니 (Lenny) .. 레디 (Re Dee) .. ?

The photo adds C-REAL member Re Dee to the image posted yesterday of just Lenny, leaving a lot of white space for what many fans assume to be the spaces for the pictures of the remaining members.

What do you think it could be about?

After School’s Lizzy reveals how she beat UEE in body ranking

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 10:52 PM PST

Lizzy revealed the secret to her body.

Orange Caramel recently guest starred on SBS E!‘s ‘Seo In Young’s Star Beauty Show‘ where Lizzy revealed that the secret to her body was late night food.

During the filming, Lizzy shared about the recent comment she made on a show where she said, “Among After School members, it’s not UEE unnie who ranks first in body ranking anymore, it’s me.

When asked about the reason why she placed herself first in body ranking, Lizzy revealed, “UEE unnie recently lost a lot of weight so much of her volume disappeared. But I’ve been eating late night food and gained weight and volume, so I compared myself to her because I wanted to show it off.

Lizzy continued, “But now I don’t eat late night food anymore to take care of my body and I’m maintaining it with low calorie foods and exercise.”

Meanwhile, the episode containing Orange Caramel’s beauty secrets will air on the coming December 10th.

What message is Super Junior’s Eunhyuk trying to send in his recent tweet?

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:57 PM PST

Super Junior‘s Eunhyuk is gaining attention for his recent tweet.

On December 8th, Eunhyuk shared a picture of a scene from the animated program, ‘Anne of Green Gables.’

The captured scene showed Anne saying, “Eliza said the world doesn’t run like you would like it to. But it’s really awesome that it doesn’t work like you would like it to. Things you haven’t even thought of can happen.”

The netizens are especially paying attention to Eunhyuk’s tweet because he posted it after it was reported that MBC‘s ‘Come To Play‘ was being canceled, although it hasn’t even been a month since Eunhyuk joined the show as an MC.

After seeing his tweet, the netizens wrote, “Feel better“, “My heart aches too“, and “It hasn’t even been that long since he joined as an MC…

Do you think there is a hidden meaning behind this tweet?

Hwayobi releases OST for ‘My Love, Madame Butterfly’

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 09:29 PM PST

R&B songstress Hwayobi has released an OST track for weekend drama ‘My Love, Madame Butterfly‘.

The drama tells the story of a fading superstar who marries then moves into her in-laws home and all the trials and tribulations that ensue. The song “Only You” uses Hwayobi’s ‘luxurious voice’ to reflect the emotional sentiments of the lead character.

Listen to the beautiful song below and tell us what you think.

Tip: BubbleFeetMusic

Psy performs at ‘Christmas in Washington 2012′ and shakes hands with President Obama

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 08:54 PM PST

Cr: Getty Images

Despite receiving a substantial amount of negative press for his past anti-American lyrics, earlier today Psy attended the annual ‘Christmas in Washington 2012‘ presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington.

Psy closed out the show with a rousing rendition of “Gangnam Style“. He was also able to shake hands with President Obama. There is no word on whether he got his chance to teach the ‘horse dance’ directly to the President though.

Hosted this year by Conan O’Brien the concert raises funds for the Children’s National Medical Center. In addition to Psy, Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, Scotty McCreery (of “American Idol“), and Megan Hilty (of “Smash“) also performed at the concert.

The show will air on American cable channel TNT on December 21st.

There has been heated debate on whether or not Psy should have been allowed to perform for the President.  Do you think his apology was enough, should he have been removed from the roster of performers?

Roy Kim reveals that his first love was Park Jung Ah

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 08:33 PM PST

Superstar K4‘ winner Roy Kim shared about his first love.

Roy Kim guest starred on Mnet’s ‘Beatles Code 2‘ and revealed that Jewelry‘s past member, Park Jung Ah, is his first love.

Roy Kim shared, “When I was 9, I went on a children’s program show and saw Jewelry’s Park Jung Ah who made a special appearance, and I fell in love at first sight.” He also sent a video message to Park Jung Ah and said, “Since then and until now I’m Park Jung Ah sunbae’s fan.

Roy Kim is receiving attention not only for his good looks, powerful vocals, and his wealthy family, but also for the fact that he was accepted to Georgetown University as a Business major.

For the show, Roy Kim prepared “The Blower’s Daughter“by Damian Rice, and revealed that he chose the song for his first love, Park Jung Ah.

Meanwhile, the December 10th broadcast of ‘Beatles Code 2′ will also reveal Jung Joon Young‘s clubbing dance as well as a phone call from Roy Kim’s sister who had gained attention as Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon‘s look alike.

Source+Picture: Kuki News via Nate

MBC cancels ‘I Am a Singer 2′

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 07:56 PM PST

MBC‘s Sunday evening music competition program, I Am a Singer 2, will be coming to an end.

“This had been decided upon since October,” an MBC representative stated. “Although it unfortunately fell within the cancellation of both ‘Come to Play‘ and ‘What is Mom‘, it is entirely a coincidence that they happened to fall together.”

The cancellation process began in the fall, with MBC stating that they had no plans to create Season 3. “The last episode will be broadcast on December 23rd.” he said.

Although ‘I Am a Singer 2′ began airing earlier this year with much fanfare, it was not able to live up to the success of its predecessor as it was beset with quality control problems, stiff competition, and declining viewer interest.

Its replacement program will begin airing on January 6th. A specific plan for the show’s replacement has yet to be decided upon.

Are you disappointed with this news?

Source: Newsen via Nate

SPEED releases new image teaser for “It’s Over” comeback

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 07:35 PM PST

Boy group SPEED has released another image teaser for their 2013 comeback track “It’s Over“!

Although their faces are hidden, the group is still able to give off a charismatic vibe with their body language.  Their glowing hands is raising anticipation for the choreography.

The song is produced by Shinsadong Tiger, to be an addictive, powerful melody as a dance track with R&B and synth elements.  The group will release both a dance and drama version music video.

We previously reported that Actress Park Bo Young will be featuring in the music videos making a femme fatale transformation from her current cute image.

Core Contents Media is reportedly pouring their all into SPEED’s upcoming album release through the aid of Shinsadong Tiger.

The album ‘SPEED is Back‘ is slated for release on January 9th. Stay tuned to allkpop for more SPEED comeback news.

SHINee’s Minho shares a picture from his birthday party via Kyuhyun’s Twitter

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 06:49 PM PST

The handsome stars of SM Entertainment all gathered together to celebrate Minho‘s birthday.

On December 10th, Minho shared the above picture via Super Junior Kyuhyun‘s Twitter and wrote, “It’s Minho. So touched with our Kyuhyun hyung’s cake. I’m so happy on my birthday. Heechul hyung, Kangin hyung, Donghae hyung, Kyuhyun hung, Changmin hyung, Jonghyun hyung, I love you~~

The revealed picture showed Minho surrounded by TVXQ‘s Changmin, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and Donghae, and SHINee‘s Jonghyun with a delicious looking cake in the middle.

After seeing the picture the netizens commented, “SM’s handsome men party“, “I wish I were invited…“, and “They look so good.”

Source+Picture: Kyuhyun‘s Twitter

Psy performs “Gangnam Style” on the world’s longest running variety show Univision’s ‘Sábado Gigante’

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 06:17 PM PST

‘International Star’ Psy has made yet another amazing achievement. On December 8th, the popular performer made a guest appearance on popular Spanish-language variety show ‘Sábado Gigante‘ (or ‘Giant Saturday’). The program is the longest running variety show (of any language) in history, having been broadcast for an astounding 50 years.

Hosted by Chilean TV star Mario Kreutzberger, under the stage name of Don Francisco, ‘Sábado Gigante’ is known to be a pretty outrageous variety show, what with the scantily clad woman and general mayhem. The show’s notoriety had some K-pop fans worried, but their concerns were alleviated after the broadcast as Psy’s appearance took place without any issues.

In addition to performing his mega-hit “Gangnam Style“, Psy was interviewed by the host. Though at times it was difficult to understand the interview as the host was live translating Psy’s responses to questions, Psy took everything in stride and remained composed, professional, and of course wittily funny. The pair even had funny moments over the deepness of Psy’s voice and his attractiveness.  The highlight of the interview was Psy teaching Don Francisco the dance and Don Francisco presenting his cover of the music video.

Watch his interview (mostly in English) and performance below:



Thanks to Lorena for the tip.

Alexander updates his fans on his whereabouts

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 05:35 PM PST

Solo artist Alexander recently updated his fans on what he’s been doing lately.

The former U-KISS member posted to his Twitter, “A pic for y’all~! Having a late Korean BBQ meal w/ friends~ Thank u so much guys! I love you~~~ ♪(´ε` )”.

Alexander can be seen happily enjoying a traditional Korean feast, presumably taking a break from his work. Although he hasn’t promoted in a while, his fans will be glad to hear that he is doing well and staying healthy!

Soloist ZIA releases ‘ANEMONE’ mini-album + MV for “One Year” featuring Bang Yong Guk and Baro

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 05:33 PM PST

After handwriting fans an announcement letter and releasing a stunning MV teaser, soloist ZIA, aka ‘Queen of Ballads’, has released her new mini-album, 'ANEMONE‘.

Zia’s new album features some of the nation’s most well-known lyricists and producers such as Jung Suk Won, Jun Hae Sung, Duble Sidekick, Kz, and D’Day. The album title ‘Anemone’ refers to the flower, meaning “the pain of love” and refers to the idea that anybody can be in pain over love and breaking up, representing the theme of the emotional songs in the album.

The new title song ‘One Year‘ was composed by none other than 015b‘s Jung Suk Won, who recently worked with Lena Park (Park Jung Hyun), Yoon Jong Shin, and IU, and was written by lyricist Choi Kap Won. ’1 Year’ is a ballad piece featuring an emotional melody consisting of piano and acoustic guitar; the song is about waiting for one’s lover, and the feelings they experience throughout the year after their break up. Zia’s voice expresses the pain and suffering that these lovers go through perfectly.

The first track on the new album, ‘Locking the Door‘ is about a woman who has been hurt by a break-up and is hiding in her room to protect herself, locking her door, as well as locking her heart. The piece was composed by Loen Entertainment‘s Kz and written by lyricist D’Day. ‘Even If You Forget Me‘ was composed by Jun Hae Sung, who wrote Baek Ji Young‘s ‘That Woman‘ and Lee Seung Chul‘s ‘Long Day‘ and is about a person’s honest feelings to their ex-lover, expressing the pain that comes with separation.

Solo artist Huh Gak is featured in ‘I Need You‘ and Block B‘s Kyung is featured as a rapper in ‘Falling Teardrops‘.

Recall that ZIA released featured ZE:A's Siwan in her music video for the pre-release track 'Tears Fall' last month, and for the mini-album’s title track, “Only You“, the music video features idols B.A.P‘s Bang Yong Guk and B1A4‘s Baro.

With this album, ZIA hopes to “bring joy to the ears of listeners with plenty of high quality ballad songs."

Check out the marvelous tracks from the album and the music video for “One Year” below, which song moved your heart the most?

1. Locking the Door

2. One Year

3. Falling Teardrops (feat. Block B’s Kyung)

4. Even If You Forget Me

5. I Need You (feat. Huh Gak)

B.A.P, Psy, Lee Byung Hun, Super Junior’s Siwon to be featured on Discovery Channel documentary ‘Hallyuwood’

Posted: 09 Dec 2012 05:03 PM PST

B.A.P, Psy, Lee Byung Hun, and Super Junior‘s Siwon will be featured in a Discovery Channel documentary on Korea, which will air on December 15th and 16th.

B.A.P’s agency TS Entertainment revealed that throughout the two days it airs, the documentary will be played in 34 countries and around 185,000,000 households, introducing Korea to viewers. The ‘Finding Hallyuwood‘ segment belongs to a series of 5 documentaries called ‘Korea Next‘, including 30-minute segments on K-pop, nature, traditional culture, religion, and the IT (information technology) industry.

B.A.P, Psy, actor Lee Byung Hun, and Siwon will be featured in the December 15th segment of the documentary and will be introducing the K-pop generation, as well as discussing its future. B.A.P will be appearing with TS Entertainment vice-president Won Keun Yeon, explaining how the K-pop system works, the story behind B.A.P’s debut, as well as the secrets of the success of K-pop both domestically and overseas.

TS Entertainment stated that along with their success from their debut and high rankings on various music charts, including the iTunes Hip Hop Album chart, they expect B.A.P’s popularity to become further solidified through their position in this documentary.

In related news, B.A.P received the ‘Mnet PD Choice Award‘ on November 20th at Mnet‘s ‘2012 MAMA‘, along with the ‘Male Newcomer Award‘ and ‘Choreography Award‘ at the European ‘So-Loved Awards 2012‘.