Friday, December 14, 2012

"Yahoo! News (UK & Ireland): "What is K-pop?" " plus 24 more

"Yahoo! News (UK & Ireland): "What is K-pop?" " plus 24 more

Yahoo! News (UK & Ireland): "What is K-pop?"

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 07:55 AM PST

When even the President of the United States is re-enacting your dance moves, you've made it big, and that is exactly what happened to PSY this summer when 'Gangnam Style' became a global phenomenon.

This year the world stood up and took notice of the South Korean artist and the style of music he represented, and opened people's eyes to K-pop.

What is K-pop?

K-pop, or Korean Pop, is a fusion of dance, electronica, electropop, hip-hop and R&B that originated in South Korea but has spread across Asia (and now the rest of the world).

Exponents of the genre have attracted a fanatical following in recent years, though western audiences could be forgiven for not being entirely au fait with K-pop until this year.

The movement has largely been driven by the internet with every wannabe artist in the world having a platform to showcase their abilities.

Though instant stardom is not guaranteed, the internet has played a major role in the spread of the Korean Wave (which describes the rise of Korean music and entertainment business) and has unearthed many new stars.

Undoubtedly the biggest of these is PSY, but he is not the only one to enjoy significant success in the charts.

PSY - Gangnam Style
The most famous K-pop song in history has made a star out of the man who recorded it, launched an iconic dance move and topped the charts in countries across the world.

Despite having released five albums already, it wasn't until the self-titled PSY 6 (Six Rules), Part 1 that PSY truly broke into the mainstream.

The third track, 'Gangnam Style', became an internet sensation, quickly racking up records for most likes, most views in a week and - on November 24th - replaced Justin Bieber's 'Baby' as the most watched video ever.

It went to number one in 27 countries, including Australia, the UK, Germany and PSY's native South Korea, and was assured its place in history when US President Barack Obama revealed he was to privately perform 'Gangnam Style' for his wife Michelle.

Scooping gongs at the American Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards, Gangnam Style was not only the biggest K-pop song of the summer, but the biggest K-pop hit ever.

2NE1 – I Am the Best
The Korean equivalent of the Spice Girls, 2NE1 – pronounced either "to anyone" or "twenty one" - are unlike other K-pop girl groups, in that they deliver attitude in great measures.

Their debut US album has been produced by, which guarantees exposure in the US, and if the tracks are anything like 'I Am the Best', a hip-hop infused electro hit is on the cards.

Big Bang - Fantastic Baby
If 2NE1 are the Spice Girls, then Big Bang are the K-pop equivalent of One Direction.
Each member of the five-strong group has his own unique look, while their musical stylings – ranging from R&B and hip-hop to electro and pop - are just as diverse.
Not only are they huge in Japan and South Korea, but have also made it big in Europe where they were named best worldwide act in the Asia-Pacific category at last year's MTV Europe Music Awards. Big Bang look set to explode.

2PM – Without U
This male ensemble combines the harmonies of Westlife or Boyz II Men with edgy rap that truly sets them apart from their K-pop contemporaries.

With members hailing from South Korea, the US and Thailand, they have a truly international feel, and are currently enjoying a global tour that is bringing their music - and the sensation that is K-pop – to the masses.
Now PSY has well and truly opened the door for K-pop artists to take over the global music scene, who do you expect to become the next big thing?

Etude House Wins Three Awards In “Web Awards Korea”

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 07:30 AM PST

On the 10th, Amore Pacific, the operator of global make-up brand, Etude House, announced that they have won Excellence awards in three categories of the "9th Web Award Korea" namely Mobile Marketing, Product Promotions, and Global Services.

Hosted by the Korea Internet Professionals Association, the "Web Award Korea" is composed of a committee of experts who choose the best web sites annually.

Etude House's Lash Pump 3-Step Volume-Cara, "Doll Doll Cara campaign" movile micro site was awarded the first place for Movile Marketing and Product Promotions categories. The PC-based and mobile micro-sites featured "doll eyelashes" advertising main model, Sandara Park (2NE1) and group SHINee, appearing as puppets. Through various quiz events, consumers could directly send in their evaluations of the product, various other site features point out the excellent attributes of the product as well.

Etude House's global site also features links to their other websites that costumers all over the world could access, such as websites in countries like Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Philippines. Information can easily be accessed through the sites.

An official from Etude House said, "Since 2009, customers have been showing their love for Etude House, that's why we have succeeded in the web awards for four years in a row," he said, "We would be looking for more ways for costumers to enjoy web-based marketing events in the future," he finished.

Source: Asia Today via Nate
Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

Im Seulong "Sunye is a very faithful friend, a lovely couple"

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST

An interview with Im Seulong was arranged at Samcheongdong, Seoul regarding his recent movie, "26 Years" and while we were at it, Im Seulong expressed his opinions on the recent news of Wonder Girls' Sunye's upcoming marriage and talked about her husband-to-be with Joynews24.

"They are a very lovely couple." Im Seulong praised as he continued, "I have met Sunye's boyfriend, he was a very nice person. He even offered me to do voluntary work in Haiti together with him."

Sunye, who had once confessed she was in a loving relationship at a variety program, even shocking her fans with that confession, had revealed on the 27th that she was getting married, which was a very uncommon news among idol group members.

Im Seulong confessed "Though it appeared as very special news when it got on the newspapers, to me, it wasn't that special," and added, "The Sunye I know is a very faithful friend and she's not the kind of person to think about marriage lightly. I really want to congratulate her."

He also added, "I also have a few friends who have gotten married by their mid 20's and already have children. I was amazed at first, but then I thought, you'll never know what'll happen throughout your life, and so I think getting married at my age is something normal." 

At the topic of marriage, we asked Im Seulong if he doesn't have a girlfriend. He answered "I haven't really thought about marriage yet, though I do love children." He expressed as he continued, "If I were to have a son, then I'd want to exercise together with him, while if I were to have a daughter, I'd want to buy her pretty things and go on trips with her," he confessed as he giggled.

Reporter Kwon Hyerim
Credit joynews
Translated by bbiyak25 @ W2D

BoA to make a Japanese comeback in February

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 06:45 AM PST

Having recently concluded her local promotions, singer BoA will finally be returning to Japan with a new Japanese single in February. This will be her first Japanese release in about two and a half years.

Titled 'Only One', the upcoming Japanese single will include the Japanese versions of her songs "Only One" and also "The Shadow", which were originally released in Korea this past July. Both songs were pieces written and composed by BoA.

'Only One' will be released in Japan on February 20th. The album will come in two different versions; CD+DVD and CD Only, as posted by AVEX and the tracklist has been revealed as well.

Version 1: CD+DVD


Only One
The Shadow
Only One(INST)
The Shadow(INST)


Only One(Music Video)
The Shadow(Music Video)
Only One(Making Footage)
The Shadow(Making)

Version 2: CD Only


Only One
The Shadow
Only One(INST)
The Shadow(INST)

Rainbow’s Seung Ah shows off knitting skills

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 06:25 AM PST

Rainbow's Seung Ah recently showed off her knitting talent.

Recently, Seung Ah shared some photos on her me2day account and wrote, "I was trying to make two dolls ~ Tada ~ A cat and penguin. The cat seems more like a tiger… So here is the penguin what do you think?"

Few days later, the singer tweeted another photo with the warm message for the fans saying, "I knitted a scarf to keep myself warm this winter. It is going to be cold, so please everyone, don't forget to dress warmly."

Netizens who were impressed by her knitting talent commented, "Seung Ah is very skilled," "Rainbow members are very talented," "Not many girls have that knitting talent and she did so well" and more.

Jewelry’s Yewon gives a cute wink to her fans

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 06:00 AM PST

Jewelry's Yewon recently shared a cute selca for her fans.

On December 13th, Yewon shared on her Twitter, "Bang! Bang! Bang! Sorry for trying to look cute. But, I will still keep doing it. Good night", and attached the above photo.

The image shows Yewon winking at the camera with a cute expression, Especially, the heart that she drew on her cheek is making her look even lovelier, melting the hearts of her male fans.

Winners from the ‘2012 MelOn Music Awards’ + Performances

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 05:35 AM PST

The '2012 MelOn Music Awards' was held on December 14th at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. Hosted by LOEN Entertainment and MBC Plus Media, music companies that run MelOn, the event was aired live through MBC Music, MBC every1 and YouTube.

In addition to the MelOn Music Awards Top 10, the ceremony also named this year's best artist, album, global artist awards, popular, music style, and special awards. The winners were chosen by calculating the number of downloads, which accounted for 60% of the vote, and streaming number, which accounted for 40% of the vote.

Check out the winners below.


MelOn Music Awards Top 10
Big Bang
Busker Busker
Huh Gak

Artist of The Year

Album of the Year
Busker Busker

T-Store Best Song Award (Song of The Year)
Psy (Gangnam Style)

Best New Artist

Global Star Award

Best Netizen Song Award

Hot Trend Award
Trouble Maker

Music Style Award: Best OST
A Pink's Eunji, Seo In Guk (All For You)

Music Style Award: Best Rock

Music Style Award: Best Rap/Hiphop
Dynamic Duo

Music Style Award: Best R&B/Ballad

Song Writer Award
Double Kick

MBC Music Star Award
Super Junior's Shindong, Kim Shin Young


Congratulations to all the winners!



Opening - Simon D & Rhythm Power & Dynamic Duo

K-will feat. INFINITE's Hoya & Dongwoo






Ailee + Huh Gak



2PM and Wonder Girls celebrate Park Jin Young’s birthday

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 05:15 AM PST

2PM's Taecyeon along with Wonder Girls' Yenny and Yubin celebrated singer-producer Park Jin Young's birthday.

On December 14th, Park Jin Young uploaded a photo on his Twitter and wrote, "A quick birthday party in front of our company. Would've skipped if it wasn't for these guys and the cake from my fans."

In the photo, Park Jin Young, who turned 41 on December 13th, can be seen intimately posing with Taecyeon, Yubin and Yenny, who represent the agency JYP Entertainment. In addition, other JYP artists including 2AM and 15& wished Park Jin Young a happy birthday through SNS.

INFINITE holds successful online chat event

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 04:55 AM PST

INFINITE successfully finished their live chatting session with the fans.

On December 13th, INFINITE held 'INFINITE LINE STAR CHATTING' event on Naver. Over 22,000 applications came in for the event, and the event was held with 7 randomly selected applicants from 8PM to 9PM.

Streamed live on Naver, INFINITE members entered the mobile chatroom to personally talk to a group of lucky fans. Furthermore, they gave out autographed CDs as Christmas gifts, and expressed their great love for the fans.

The members also revealed that they are recently preparing for a new project which will be revealed next year.

Meanwhile, INFINITE's Sunggyu, who recently made his solo debut with first mini album 'Another Me', is currently promoting his follow-up track "I Need You."

Source: StarN News

Crispi Crunch involved in a car accident

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 04:30 AM PST

Hip hop duo Crispi Crunch were involved in a car accident.

It was belatedly revealed that Crispi Crunch duo suffered a car accident on December 6 when their van slipped on the icy road and crashed into barriers. The members seemed fine following the incident and requested not to be taken to hospital. However, they began experiencing some pain in the days that followed, leading the duo being admitted to hospital in Gangnam for tests and treatment.

Member Cheezy stated, "At the time of the accident, we were too surprised at everything they thought there weren't any injuries to their bodies but this was a mistake. My neck started hurting and my body felt weird so we went to the hospital to get diagnosed."

“Gangnam Style” becomes the year’s 2nd most popular Google search

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 04:10 AM PST

Psy's global hit "Gangnam Style" was the second most popular search on Google this year.

On December 13th, Google announced it tallied more than 1 trillion search terms from 55 countries this year, and pop diva Whitney Houston, who died in February, was the most popular search in 2012.

But "Gangnam Style" was the most-searched in Korea, Australia, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, demonstrating the soaring popularity of the song which also racked up more than 900 million views on YouTube. Not only is it the most-viewed video ever on YouTube, is also on its way to garnering more than 1 billion views.

Third was Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc on the U.S. east coast in October, and fourth Apple's iPad 3, followed by online game "Diablo III," Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, and the London Olympics.

In the area of home appliances, the iPad 3 was followed by Samsung's Galaxy S3. Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 tablet PC was the fifth most-searched appliance. Apple's iPad Mini and iPad 4 were also among the most frequently searched words on Google, but the iPhone 5 did not even make it into the top 10.

Source: Chosun Ilbo

LUNAFLY releases making of “Clear Day, Cloudy Day” MV

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 03:45 AM PST

On December 14th, LUNAFLY has released a making-of clip for "Clear Day, Cloudy Day" music video, featuring never-before-seen footage of the members and other behind the scene events during the shoot.

"Clear Day, Cloudy Day" single was personally composed by the LUNAFLY members and the lyrics were written by Kim Ea Na. The song was first performed during their solo concert in Japan on December 1st at the Tokyo FM Hall and was released online on December 5th.

Check out the clip below!

Ailee releases teaser for “My Grown Up Christmas List”

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 03:24 AM PST

Ailee has released a teaser for her special Christmas track, "My Grown Up Christmas List" (Christmas Wish).

"My Grown Up Christmas List" (Christmas Wish) will be included in "Hitman Project #1", a special project album tribute for hitmaker David Foster, who is the original creator of the song. David Foster is also known to have work with legends such as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Whitney Houston.

Ailee's cover version of "My Grown Up Christmas List" (Christmas Wish) was produced by Chan Hee Hwang and will be released next week on December 18.

Check out the teaser below!

Stars grace the Red Carpet at ‘2012 MelOn Music Awards’

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 02:59 AM PST

Today's most popular Hallyu stars flocked to the Seoul's Gymnastics Stadium in Olympic Park on December 14th to attend the '2012 MelOn Music Awards'.

Recognizing this year's music trends and beloved artists, '2012 MelOn Music Awards' will honor this year's best artist, album, global artist and more.

As an introduction to the show, a special red carpet ceremony was aired. Stars who walked the red carpet include Dynamic Duo, Julien Kang, Simon D, K.Will, B.A.P, Huh Gak, Ailee, Kim So Hyun, INFINITE, B2ST, Seo In Guk, A Pink's Eunji, SISTAR, T-ara, 2NE1 and more.

Check out the clips below!


Kim Yoo Jung


A Pink's Eunji



Seo In Guk



Kim So Hyun


Huh Gak



Simon D, Rhythm Power

Julien Kang, Nam Bora

Dynamic Duo, Primary

JYP Entertainment artists cheer on J.Y. Park’s ‘Bad Jazz Bar’ concert

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 02:40 AM PST

JYP Entertainment's artists have come together to sent out their messages of support for Park Jin Young (J.Y. Park)'s upcoming R-rated concert titled, 'Bad Jazz Bar'.

On December 14th, JYP Entertainment family, including 2PM, Wonder Girls, miss A, San E, JOO, JJ Project, Baek Ah Yeon and 15&, each released "concert celebrating message" for Park Jin Young to express their full support for the talented singer-producer.

Park Jin Young's "R-rated" concert 'Bad Jazz Bar' will kick off on December 15 in Daejon and will move on to cities of Busan, Daegu, Incheon and Seoul.

Check out the clips below!

KARA releases short PV for “Orion”

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 02:19 AM PST

KARA has just released a short version PV for their Japanese track, "Orion".

"Orion" is the B-side track of their 'Electric Boy' single album which was released in Japan back in October 17th. The song was written and composed by Simon Isogai.

In related news, KARA recently sold out all the seats their upcoming "KARA's Happy New Year Concert in Tokyo Dome" in just 30 minutes, displaying their strong effect in Japan.

Check out the PV below!

Hello Venus unveils MV for “What Are You Doing Today”

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 02:09 AM PST

Hello Venus has finally released the full music video for their latest single, "What Are You Doing Today"!

"What Are You Doing Today" is a lively dance number composed by Korea's hit makers Kim Tae Hyun and Jo Young Soo, the man behind hits like Orange Caramel's "A-ing" and T-ara's "Cry Cry."

Hello Venus members are sticking with the bubbly, girl next door image they sported on "Venus." The production also contains the same kind of bubblegum pop-rock sound as their debut hit.

Check out the MV below!

IU transforms into lovely fairy for AION 4.0

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 01:30 AM PST

As previously reported, singer IU has been appointed as the new model for NCSport's newest game, "AION 4.0". To help on the online game's promotion, IU contributed her golden voice to sing the theme song and even appeared in the game as a cute Troubadour class.

On December 14th, NCSport released new video featuring the behind-the-scenes process of the production. The video shows IU participating in various events like press conference and photoshoot, as well as her transformation to a lovely AION 4.0 fairy.

Check out the clip below!

A-JAX offers fans free hugs!

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 12:43 AM PST

To celebrate the hugging day, A-JAX will bring a special surprise to fans with their 'Free Hug event in Hongdae' on December 14.

A-JAX will directly hold the banners and walk across the Hongdae street to promote the eventthen they'll share their warm hugs with fans and local residents

AJAX's live video stream about this 'Free Hug event' can be watched via A-JAX's official Facebook and Smartphone applications.

In addition, A-JAX is focusing on many special activities to promote their first mini album named"2MYX".

Don't forget to go to Hongdae to hug the boys or watch the event online:

Source: bntnews

Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Kim Hyun Joong's 'Unlimited' places #1 on Oricon chart

Posted: 14 Dec 2012 12:10 AM PST

Kim Hyun Joong once again showed his popularity in Japan with his 1st solo album.

Based on Oricon Chart ranking on December 13, Kim Hyun Joong's first Japanese solo album,Unlimited, which was released on December 12, topped the Oricon Daily Album Chart with 56,473 copies sold.

The album contains a total of 14 tracks, including new songs "Your Story," "Save Today," "I'm Yours," and others

Kim Hyun Joong also topped the Oricon Daily Single Chart and Weekly Single Chart with his second single, Heat, which was released on July 4. The effect of Kim Hyun Joong in Japan is really no doubt.

Meanwhile, Kim Hyun Joong will kick off his Japanese tour in January for 3 months, making stops in ten cities.

Source: oricon chart
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

What happens when you combine Big Bang’s TOP with B.A.P’s Himchan?

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 11:30 PM PST

A photo combining the faces of Big Bang's TOP and B.A.P's Himchan is becoming a hot topic among netizens. 
This photo was uploaded on the 12th on the twitter of a fan from Malaysia in which she took half of Big Bang rapper TOP's face and combined it with half of B.A.P vocalist Himchan's face. Fans were surprise that they look so similar to each other. Their hairstyles, the shape of their eyebrows, their hidden double eyelids and eyelashes, their uniform noses, and the slightly upturned lips were so similar. 
Fans who saw this picture wrote, "Is Himchan the long lost twin of TOP?", "They are 99% similar! They are both handsome! Himchan oppa, TOP oppa, B.A.P, Big Bang,  you should all flourish!"
Source: notyouroppasandnoonas

Lee Jun Ki wraps up Japanese fan meet with 10,000 fans

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 10:50 PM PST

Actor Lee Jun Ki successfully wrapped up his fan meeting in Japan with about 10,000 fans.

On December 4th and 5th, Lee Jun Ki held fan meetings titled J'JG TIME with you… in JAPAN' at Nagoya, Osaka, and Yokohama, and at least 10,000 fans showed up despite the cold weather. The event was specially prepared to celebrate Christmas with Japanese fans.

It's been nearly nine months since Lee Jun Ki stood in front of his Japanese fans and with a nervous look on his face, he greeted his fans in Japanese. The fans welcomed him with a shout of joy.

During the event, Lee Jun Ki talked about how he has been doing recently, and different works that he did. He also impressed the fans with his different performances, which he has been rehearsing every day for a long time.

Lee Jun Ki stated, "Thank you for giving me all your support here in this cold weather. I'm planning to have more active promotions in Japan in the near future, and I hope to meet the fans again with a new work as soon as possible."

Song Ji Hyo to model for Benefit cosmetics

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 10:25 PM PST

Actress Song Ji Hyo has become the new face of the makeup brand Benefit.

On December 13, the actress' agency shared that Song Ji Hyo was selected by cosmetics brand Benefit because of her healthy and bright image loved by the public.

Her recent movie 'Code Name: Jackal' and her appearance in the SBS variety show 'Running Man' were also influential why they choose her for the new face of Benefit starting in 2013. Especially, her beautiful and flawless bare skin makes her the perfect candidate as the cosmetics model.

Song Ji Hyo took part in a photo shoot for next year's line already and her first pictorial is planned to be revealed sometime in January.

2AM to release 1st full length album ‘Voice’ in Japan

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST

Ballad group 2AM is gearing up to take over Japan once again with their upcoming first full length Japanese album, 'Voice'.

Slated for release on January 9th, 'Voice' will feature 12 tracks and will be available in three different versions. This album will include new tracks "First Love", "Pretty Girl", "Love Song from Radio" and Changmin's solo, "Innocent Smile".

'Voice' will also include 2AM's previously released single tracks such as, "For you Kimi No TaMe Ni Dekiru Koto", Japanese versions of "You Wouldn't Answer My Calls", "Even if I Die, I Can't Let You Go" and more.

Moreover, the album will also include DVDs, which contains various performances of the group's '2AM 1st JAPAN TOUR' as well as behind-the-scenes footage from album jacket and music video shooting.

Hello Venus to host online fan meeting

Posted: 13 Dec 2012 09:35 PM PST

Girl group Hello Venus, who recently returned with "What Are You Doing Today", will be having a special online event with the fans.

On December 14th, Hello Venus will be hosting 'Hello Venus Broadcast' on the popular online broadcasting platform, Afreeca TV. The 1-hour long event was prepared in order to express their thanks for the fans' amazing supports as well as for waiting for them during their hiatus.

During the event, the members will be having a special time with the fans, talking about various things and answering questions. They will be randomly selecting a number of viewers, and hand out autographed CDs and other special gifts.