Thursday, January 31, 2013

"BoA talks about working with Taemin for her Disturbance MV" plus 24 more

"BoA talks about working with Taemin for her Disturbance MV" plus 24 more

BoA talks about working with Taemin for her Disturbance MV

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 07:55 AM PST

On January 27th, BoA held a press conference at the Seoul Olympic Hall for her first solo concert in Korea, 'BoA Special Live 2013~ Here I Am~'. On the topic of Taemin's appearance in the music video for her new single, 'Disturbance', BoA expressed, "It was a lot of hard work trying to choose a innocent looking face."

The music video revolves around a couple facing difficulties with their relationship. BoA was asked why she chose Taemin to fulfill this role to which she replied, "I was looking for an actor with an innocent yet masculine image. Many people recommended Taemin so I got to film with him. Maybe that's why the music video came out sweeter than I expected. I think a lot of fans will be jealous but I hope they'll see it nicely."

She shared that she heard the two of them came out quite affectionately on the jacket photos. They worked hard to display that tender image. Boa expressed her gratitude and said, "We were really tight for time while filming the music video, but SHINee provided an immense load of help so we were able to finish safely."

Source: Sports Seoul, SSTV
Written by: debcrazy @ 

K-Pop Sensation 2NE1 Dresses Up in Jeremy Scott, Givenchy, and Balmain for Complex

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 07:30 AM PST

K-pop girl groups are perfectly groomed by their labels' respective training regimen, and know exactly how to tingle our hearts with sugary croons. Their cutesy antics and dazzling appearances also help a great deal. But often times, their actual talents as singers and performers come into question. High heels and coordinated mini skirts can dazzle a fan base only so far.

YG Entertainment's girl quartet 2NE1 (a play on "to anyone") breaks that mold. First appearing on the scene in 2009 with the label's male counterpart Big Bang on a skull-drilling song "Lollipop," the girls quickly rebounded on the disputed hype with a thumping club single "Fire." Equipped with air horns, loud streetwear aesthetics, flamboyant rapping, and free-for-all choreography, the group stood out immediately in a market clustered with fembots. Thanks to the self-titled EP's release, 2NE1 instantly became a hot commodity in the emerging K-pop market. With a successful follow-up, the official debut LP To Anyone, raking in 120,000 copies in sales, and each of the five singles selling an average of two million downloads, the clique of CL, Minzy, Dara, and Bom became international superstars. Psy who?

Aside from their great range of musical outputs, the group's known for its excellent styling. While a typical K-pop girl group settles for schoolgirl uniforms or scantily clad dresses, 2NE1's stylists deck out the members in a wide range of clothing from Brooklyn streetwear brand Mishka to French design house Balmain. This soon caught the attention of designer extraordinaire Jeremy Scott, as he personally set off to provide collaborative adidas Originals gear for the group, propelling 2NE1 as K-pop's most recognized style icons.

Back in August, during their New Evolution U.S. tour, Complex captured 2NE1 in their finest wardrobes. Jeremy Scott sent us his Fall 2012 collection, and the girls brought in their own Givenchy and Balmain fashions.

Check our fashion photoshoot out in the thumbnails above, and read the next page for our in-depth interview where the girls talk about their upcoming ventures into the U.S. market, solo career ambitions, and how they stand different compared to other K-pop acts.

How would you consider your visit to the States this time?
CL: We've decided to hold this tour with the intention of introducing ourselves. So, instead of embarking on a career in America, this is more so the start before the beginning. We're here to introduce who we are, how we look like, what kind of music we make, and meet with our preexisting fans.

What are some difficulties you think you will face?
CL: We actually had this conversation on our way here. We feel like this is our third time debuting. We started in Korea, and then it was Japan last year. Like all starters, there are many places we have to introduce ourselves. When we debuted in Korea we had to do that, we did the same when we debuted in Japan, and it feels the same here.

There were other K-pop artists in the States. After seeing how they approached the U.S. market what have you guys learned, and how do you all expect to move forward?
CL: Well, instead of approaching it differently, we just like to enjoy doing our music. I just think we want other people to enjoy it with us. We're not trying to use a specific plan. If we're sincere about our performances, we're sure many people will connect with us. We try to stay cognizant of it at all times.

What are some traits about 2NE1 that make tastemakers like Jeremy Scott and Diplo want to work with you girls?
CL: I just think we like similar things. We look toward similar goals. When we meet Jeremy, and Diplo, who's friends with Teddy, we're just all really passionate about what we do. It's not about the money or the fame, they're just people that really want to impact the world. Especially guys like Jeremy Scott and Diplo, they're people that took things to the next level. And those people identify with other people like themselves. Real recognize real.

In comparison to other K-pop idol groups, did you ever feel like you girls are at the forefront of trends?
CL: What? We feeling that way about ourselves?

Yeah, like, "Oh, why are they biting our style?" Ever felt that way?
Bom: Yes. This is just my personal opinion. Let's see. Don't quote me. When we first debuted, you saw us wearing swimsuits. I feel like a lot of our styles are imitated.

How about musically?
CL: But, it's not necessarily just us that are doing it. We're just doing what we enjoy. So if others like it then that's great.

But you're the "baddest female."
CL: Yes, I am. [Laughs.] But I wouldn't say we're trendsetters, we just like to do something new. Because it's not fun when you're doing something that's already done. And telling people about it is also what gets us excited.

Is 2NE1 the group similar in style and characteristics to 2NE1 as regular girls?
CL: That depends on each member.
Bom: For me it's very similar. Instead of music that's too amped up, I like things that are subtler and in the R&B lane. It fits my personal taste. Our foundation lies in hip-hop, so it works.
Minzy: It fits me well. I like hip-hop, rap, and R&B as well. All the songs, and just musically the group's sound fit me well.
Dara: For me it was a bit different. Initially, I was very quiet, and reserved. My personality and musical taste were also less obtrusive. After I became a member of 2NE1, many sides of me that I haven't noticed started to unveil itself. So I'm having fun in that sense. I wouldn't say I've changed, but just sides of me that haven't been revealed started to come out.
CL: 2NE1 itself doesn't represent one genre of music. Our foundation lies in hip-hop, but we like to intertwine various styles of music. "Ugly," has more so a rock flavor, we've also done records with some reggae twist, so I think diversity works best for us. For me, I'm very different on stage. Chaerin and CL are opposites. I consider myself black and white. On stage, I become the baddest female. [Laughs.] Parts of us that we don't even know ourselves just come out through the music.

On 2NE1 TV it seems like you guys have a wonderful relationship. How much of it is real?
CL: [Laughs.] In front of other people we're more reserved, but when four of us are together, we're unbearably loud.
Bom: We can't act that out. If they force us, we just can't do it.
CL: We really can't. We chit chat a lot, and it's a lot of fun. Bom, Dara, and Minzy are very funny together. I'm usually the quiet one that's just laughing. I'm only talkative during interviews.

Among the members, does the age gap affect the chemistry?
Bom: Not at all. Seriously. I don't really want to say it, but we're really like friends. Sometimes [points at Minzy and CL] they take care of us like mom and dad. They really look after us.
CL: A lot of people get surprised. And some look at it in a negative light, but once you're around us you'll know. Both [Dara and Bom] spent a long time outside of Korea, so they treat us like equals, and look at us as friends in a very natural way. And we just have to watch out and not cross the line.

CL, now that you've acquired your goal as a singer, what are some other aspirations you wish to achieve?
CL: I just love art as a whole. Right now, I'm pursuing music, but there are many aspects of art. Fashion is art, and everything is intertwined. I just want to continue working in this field, whatever it may be. You know, a lot of people work in fashion, and a lot of musicians get involved in it as well. I think doing that like others isn't really that fun. I want to get into it, and share similar outlooks with other young people.

Now that you're officially 21, what do you do for fun?
CL: When I said I'm a boring person, I also meant to say that I stay home a lot. I'm always working, and when I'm not doing something, I just stay home.
Bom: I think we're all similar in that sense. Not sure why, but we're usually just home during our off time.
CL: We'll have to see about Minzy, though. She still has few years left. [Laughs.]

Dara, you've had an active career in the Philippines. What was the reason for you to join YG Family in Korea?
Dara: Working in the Philippines was a lot of fun, but since I've had huge aspirations of debuting in Korea, I've decided to join the label. I started out as a trainee. I knew I had to start all over again from the beginning, but at the time, I came without much affliction. And I wouldn't say I was distraught when I did come to Korea, but I definitely missed the Philippines.

Bom, I first saw you appearing on a record with GD & Top called "Forever With You." At the time, I thought you were going to be Korea's Mary J. Blige.
Bom: Yes, at the time I was thinking that, too. [Laughs.] But I always wanted to be part of a group. I could have a solo career even as a group. Other members have traits that I don't possess, so I thought it'd make more sense to debut as a unit.

Dara and Bom, where do you guys see yourselves in the next five years?
Bom: Not sure if I'm still going to be a singer. But I'm sure I'll be doing something related to music. I could even be a vocal teacher, and if the opportunity permits, I'll continue singing.
Dara: Not sure if I'll still be active as 2NE1, but I want to continue on as a musician.
Bom: Let me just add just one thing. I might still be active as 2NE1.

If each of you guys were to partake in solo careers, what style of music do you see yourselves pursuing?
CL: I like so many different types of music. I think I'll be making various genres of music. Even if I pursue a solo career, I think I'll continue to sing, rap, and I really love band music as well. I want to try reggae, I want to try straight-up hip-hop…
Dara: I personally want to do something that's more bright and lively. It could be pop music, or acoustic music. Since I grew up in the Philippines I've been influenced by a lot of the local music.
Bom: I've released some music as a solo artist, but if I do get an opportunity, I'd love to do something more like Mariah Carey. Or something that's more so traditional R&B. Just something with more soul.
Minzy: Ever since I was little, I've always enjoyed R&B, rap, and hip-hop. My idol growing up was Michael Jackson, but I also love Snoop Dogg.

Were you jealous that Girls' Generation did a track with him?
Minzy: [Laughs.] No, I wasn't, but I wish I could do a song with him, too.

What's 2NE1 afraid of?  
Dara: Loneliness. After leaving the stage, when we're back at our individual hotel rooms, I think all of us could agree, there's this sense of emptiness. It's a little difficult to explain.
CL: I think that applies to anyone who performed for a huge audience. It takes you all day to prepare for the show, and you give it your all on the stage. When you go home after such an ecstatic show, especially when we're not in Korea, without our friends and family, it feels a bit surreal entering that hotel room. Where everything's so clean, so organized, and it's not a space you can claim as your own. You were just somewhere with thousands of people screaming, and then you're somewhere awfully quiet. That contrast in surroundings, really affects the mood.

But seems like the overall energy of the group is very optimistic.
CL: Yeah, since we're doing what we love to do. If you think negatively, negative things will happen as a result. So we think of positive things, hoping more good things can happen.

Were there other trainees that you guys knew, who didn't make the group?  
CL: It was just four of us. [Laughs.] But we trained separately. We were all training to be solo artists. Bom was practicing to be a solo act, Dara was training to be an actress, Minzy was by herself, and I was by myself as well. There were only four us, so we've known each other for a long time. We never imagined a group would happen. When they announced it, I thought it was so weird, and so different that it wouldn't work. There was an age gap, too.
Bom: At the time, Minzy was a real baby. She was very small.
CL: But I think that worked to our advantage. We were short sighted, too. We thought it would only work if we were similar. But looking at it now, it's better that we're different.


Kim Jaejoong: “Why I chose rock for my first solo album? Because I like it!”

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST

JYJ's Kim Jaejoong is a positive person. Instead of being afraid of changes and failures, he's filled with excitement for new challenges. His smile didn't fade throughout the interview.

At a cafe located in Apgujeong-dong, Seoul, he appeared with a 'Hello', bowing and greeting me. About the release of his first solo album, he said, "I feel so good because this is my first solo album. As it's my new attempt, I hope that people will listen to it with a tender mind."

Kim Jaejoong chose Rock for his first solo debut. The reason is simple. Rock music is what he always likes and is happy to sing.

"I chose it just because I like rock. Maybe I came to like it because I was so happy singing rock when I was little. 'I'm a rocker to the bone', I didn't make the album with that mind. However, I never thought that I'd receive songs from great seniors and work with them. I really feel honored."

"I didn't attempt a transformation to fit the existing rock to my style. Instead, I tried to digest authentic rock as the way it is. I think it was time for me to learn how to express emotions and vocalization when singing rock."

In order to make his first solo album that contains rock genre which he had been pursuing, Kim Jaejoong worked on the album in collaboration with Kim Bada, Sinawi's vocal.

Kim Jaejoong's choice was excellent. Husky yet gentle vocals of Kim Jaejoong in harmony with an intense rock sound in One Kiss made the song top real-time charts of Bugs, Cyworld Music shortly after released. Not only that, it also swept #1 in iTunes music charts of 9 countries such as Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, etc., showing off the power of 'Rocker' Kim Jaejoong.

"It was really hard to record 'One Kiss'. It's way different from usual singing methods. Especially the treble, I had to learn the vocalization on stage. I felt like I was learning deugeum (T/N: vocal techniques in Pansori, a genre of Korean traditional music. Deugeum literally means "to acquire the vocal sound", and refers to the intensive training that singers have to go through to attain the perfect stage of the superior, advanced quality of vocalization techniques) Haha. It was like I came back to my rookie times."

"He (Kim Bada) respects me and thoroughly taught me about rock music. I think he tried to find a more suitable way to express rock for me. It's not that rock music colors me but rock music and I become one. He taught me that feeling."

In the meantime, Kim Jaejoong has participated in JYJ's albums and Kim Junsu's album as lyricist and composer. He wrote lyrics for this whole album 'I', which has proven once again his competence as a singer-songwriter.

Toward the praise of the reporters that 'the lyrics are really good' Kim Jaejoong burst into a hearty laughter. "I also think that I did write well indeed. I usually write lyrics very fast. I would take long to imagine and write but if I just barely write down, I can finish it real soon. I usually trace back in memory to write lyrics. In case of drama OST or such, because there is defined writing material or synopsis, I finish the lyrics more quickly."

Rather than care about the ranking of the album, Kim Jaejoong is more curious about the reaction and evaluation relating to his album. "If I go to the fansites, I often read the post where they write about my music. The most memorable was a post from an Indie band active in Hongdae, saying 'We hope that more singers would attempt rock music'. When a pop singer sings rock, I think rather than being hostile, they hope that rock music will be popularized through more attempts."

Kim Jaejoong's first solo album. At first glance, it might be viewed as another challenge to test his competence. However, if you look more deeply into Kim Jaejoong, you can easily surmise that 'I' is an album of the fans, by the fans and for the fans.

"I think, in the meantime, because I was focusing on drama and movie, they couldn't hear my music. Although there are people who like JYJ, there are also people who like the vocals of each member. The biggest reason of releasing this album was that I didn't want to let those people wait longer."

"I don't have exact plans yet but if I have a chance, I also want to greet overseas fans. There is not many songs in the album but I want to meet the fans and let them hear my songs directly."

Source: TV Daily via Nate
Translated by: Hannah @ PrinceJJ

22nd Seoul Music Awards Performances

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:50 AM PST

Big Bang


Super Junior - Hallyu Special Speech


Double K

Kim Jang Hoon - Winning Speech

Epik High

Miss A Winning Speech

CN Blue's Jonghyun

miss A

22nd Seoul Music Awards Winners

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:42 AM PST

  • PSY - Daesang
  • Secret - Bonsang
  • Epik High - Bonsang
  • f(x) - Bonsang
  • 2NE1 - Bonsang
  • Huh Gak - Bonsang
  • SHINee - Bonsang
  • SISTAR - Bonsang
  • PSY - Bonsang
  • miss A - Bonsang
  • BIGBANG - Bonsang
  • Lee Seunggi - Bonsang
  • Super Junio​​r - Bonsang
  • SISTAR - Digital Music Award
  • G-Dragon - Best album
  • Lee Seunggi - Popularity Award
  • SHINee - Popularity Award
  • K.Will - Best R and B Award
  • CNBLUE (Jonghyun) - Best OST
  • Double K - Best Hip Hop
  • Super Junio​​r - Special Hallyu Award
  • Kim Jang Hoon - Culture Performance Award
  • EXO-K - New Artists Award
  • Ailee - New Artist Award
  • B.A.P - New Artist Award
  • Lee Hi - New Artists Award

Super Junior M is back with "Go" & "Break Down" on M! Countdown

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:35 AM PST

Super Junior M performs their new song "Go" and "Break Down" on M! Countdown.

Check out their highly anticipated comeback performance below

Actor Yang Dong Gun to become husband and father

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:30 AM PST

Rapper and actor Yang Dong Gun will finally tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend later this year. On top of that, the happy couple will also be welcoming a baby.

Yang's agency confirmed the reports on January 29th, saying he will be getting married within 2013 to his fiancee who's already pregnant. The ceremony would've taken place earlier, but his movie filming schedule has pushed the date back.

The actor is currently filming a new action-thriller movie called 'The Punisher' with other cast mates like Joo Sang Wook and Lee Tae Rim. Yang had also recently released a new single called "Father", no doubt an expression of his real-life circumstances.

Source: KBS

Lee Jun Ki debuts at #2 on Oricon with new Japanese single

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 06:00 AM PST

Hallyu star Lee Jun Ki has scored big on Japanese Oricon chart.

According to Oricon's updated figures, Lee Jun Ki's latest Japanese single "Tonight", a track from his fourth single, 'Case By Case (CBC)', debuted at #2 on the coveted Oricon's Daily Singles chart after selling 6,442 units on its first day.

"Tonight" became immensely popular in Japan after the song premiered during Lee Jun Ki's fan meets held in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo last December. It is a sweet love song about a man who fell into his first love, and Lee Jun Ki participated in writing lyrics himself.

Se7en to release Japanese single before enlistment

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 05:00 AM PST

Before entering the army to fulfill his mandatory military service, singer Se7en will be dropping his final Japanese single titled "Arigato".

According to his official Japanese website, Se7en will release his new single "Arigato" on March 20th. The song is a ballad number that will express the singer's thankful heart for his Japanese fans, and the lyrics were written by Se7en himself.

Se7en will also hold his final concert series titled, 'Se7en 2013 Concert in Japan' which will begin in Tokyo on February 7 to February 8 and in Kobe on February 16 and February 17.

Lee Seung Gi smiles at child actors like proud father

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 04:30 AM PST

Singer-actor Lee Seung Gi has captured the fans with his fatherly smile.

Recently, some still cuts from the set of his latest advertisement were released, showing Lee Seung Gi getting along with the child actors. While enjoying the pizza, Lee Seung Gi is seen smiling over the children cast like a proud father.

The pictures were taken from the CF filming for Pizza Hut, which Lee Seung Gi has been working as a representative for for four years.

A staff member commented, "Lee Seung Gi first showed them magic trick and played with the child actors so that they could shoot the advertisement comfortably. The children followed Lee Seung Gi's lead and worked so well with him."

Rainbow launches own online broadcast station for comeback

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 04:00 AM PST

Girl group Rainbow is preparing something special for the fans to celebrate the group's upcoming local comeback.

DSP Media announced on January 31, that Rainbow will be launching its own online broadcast station on their official YouTube page. Titled 'Rainbow Live Show!', the channel will air a handful of unreleased videos of the girls.

A representative stated, "Since this comeback is their first in one year and eight months, Rainbow decided to run this channel in order to get closer to their fans. Dozens of videos such as self-cameras and behind-the-scenes footage will be uploaded on the channel."

Juniel steals spotlight at the France Cannes MIDEM concert

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 03:00 AM PST

Rookie teen singer Juniel has entered the spotlight in France after she staged a mini concert in Cannes during the world's largest trade fair for the music industry.

The Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale (MIDEM) is held every year in the sun-blessed city on the French Riviera, and Juniel performed as part of the event's "Happy Hour Party."

The singer, who debuted less than six months ago, impressed the audience and organizers with her composure, cute looks, soulful voice and guitar skills.

Producer Pernilla Svanstrom stated, "She sang surprisingly well and she seemed to have a lot of skills." Another composer Teemu Lillrank commented, "Her voice is great and she has the beauty to go along with it. I want to give her a song. She is great."

Seoul Music Awards red carpet photos

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:06 AM PST

Check out the red carpet photos of the 2013 Seoul Music Awards

Moon Hee Jun wants to appear in ‘We Got Married’ with Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 02:00 AM PST

Singer Moon Hee Jun made a shocking confession during his guest appearance on the latest episode of SBS radio Power FM's 'Kim Chang Ryeol's Old School'.

During the episode, the singer was asked who would he like to be his partner if he ever gets a chance to appear on 'We Got Married' and Moon Hee Jun boldly answered, "Girls' Generation's Taeyeon."

He explained, "I'll just say honestly because this is only for variety. I guess many Girls' Generation fans might get furious, but I'm also just one of them. Taeyeon looks like a doll. I'm a huge fan of her."

Source: StarN News

Moon Hee Jun wants to film We Got Married with Girls' Generation Taeyeon

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 01:30 AM PST

Moon Hee Jun recently revealed that he wants to film We Got Married with Girl's Generation Taeyeon.

He made a guest appearance on SBS's "Kim Changryeol's Old School" radio on 28th. He said,"I think to become an imaginary couple with another person sounds very interesting, Maybe because I'm not married yet, but I think doing a thing like this would be fun".

Then he was asked who he wanted to film with, Moon Hee Jun answered,"I want to do it with Girls' Generation's Taeyeon", he also added,"I'm being honest because it's just a show. Fans of Girls' Generation may not agree with it, but I just think about it from the point of a fan also. "

Moon Hee Jun recently released his album "BEGINS" on January 8th and he's currently promoting for the album.

Written by Clover @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Miss A's Suzy is a goddess at the airport

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 01:05 AM PST

miss A's Suzy shows off her beauty at the airport!

Recently an online community uploaded a photo of Suzy with the title,"Miss A's Suzy at an airport". In the photo, Suzy was preparing to board a plane after finishing her schedule in China on January 27th. She waved to fans who recognized her.

She was wearing simple clothes, her hair was messy and tied up, showed off her carefree charm. Suzy was wearing a black jacket along with a sunglasses, which made her look chic.

Netizens commented,"Suzy's so beautiful","She looks good with sunglasses","She looks good in everything"

In addition, Suzy will star in a new MBC's drama "Book of The House of Gu" with Lee Seung Gi which will be aired in April.

Written by Clover @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

f(x)'s members support Amber's MC debut on Show Champion

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 12:30 AM PST

f(x)'s charismatic rapper Amber made her MC debut on Show Champion aired 2 dayy ago.

f(x)'s members Krystal, Sulli and Victoria paid her a visit at the waiting room of Show Champion to show her some support.

Like the close bonds between the members?

Amber's partner, T-ara's Eunjung

Girls' Generation Taeyeon is voted at #1,"Which female star do you want in a petite size?"

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 12:03 AM PST

Girls' Generation's Taeyeon is chosen as the #1 female star who people want to have in a petite size.

There was a poll on a Korean portal site, and the title was,"Female star who you want in a petite size to hold in your arm".  Taeyeon was voted as #1 with 19.4% of the total votes. She has many nicknames like "Aegyo Queen" or "Kid leader" thanks to her cute character and appearance eventhough she's the oldest in the group. 

Hyoyeon came out as #2 with 14% of total votes, she's the third shortest member in the group and she has a great sense of art which captured many attention. Third place is Goo Hye Sun with 13.9% of total votes. She is talented and beautiful at the same time.

Other stars  included in the list are Park Bo Young, Girl's Generation Sunny, IU, Han Ji Min...

Written by Clover @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Suzy shows off her magic skills

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 11:30 PM PST

miss A appeared on a Chinese show recently.

Member Suzy shows off her magic skills on the show, check out her cute performance below.

Is she a great magician?

SISTAR chosen as most popular idol group among people in their 20’s

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 11:00 PM PST

Who's the most popular idol group among the younger crowd of people in their 20's? SISTAR.

According to a marketing survey conducted by Daehaknaeil Research Laboratory for the Twenties, 600 college students were asked about their favorite brands and forms of entertainment.

The show 'Infinity Challenge' was revealed to be the most popular Saturday TV show with 76.8% of respondents favoring it. 'Running Man' was favored by 49.7% of the respondents for the best Sunday show.

SISTAR was the most popular idol group with 21.5% of the votes. Girls' Generation followed with 16.7%, and Big Bang with 13.8%.

Among just the male students. SISTAR was again #1 with 29.3% of the votes, while the female students favored Big Bang with a majority of 18.7%.

Source: KBS

Kim Soo Hyun becomes Model of the Year

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 10:30 PM PST

Actor Kim Soo Hyun has been honored with the 'Model of the Year Award' at the 10th annual 'TVCF Advertising Award 2012' held at COEX, Seoul on January 29th.

The TVCF Awards is an annual awards ceremony in its 10th year, and models who showed significant influence and achievement get recognitions.

Kim Soo Hyun, who grew largely popular after casting in drama 'Dream High' and 'The Moon Embraces the Sun', appeared in myriads of models, and became the official 'Ad-King'. His appeal as a model that is popular across the board among every demographic was attributed to his win.

Source: StarN News

Aziatix invited to Pre-Grammy party along Lil’ Wayne and Nicki Minaj

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST

Aziatix has been invited to a pre-Grammy party hosted by Cash Money Records.

A representative from Aziatix's agency announced that Aziatix has been invited to Cash Money's Pre-Grammy Party to take place in Los Angeles on February 9, the night before the famed music ceremony.

The Korean-American hip-hop trio will take part in the festivities alongside renowned artists such as Lil' Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Drake who all belong to the label, Cash Money Records.

The representative added, "The fact that Aziatix was invited by Cash Money, one of the biggest record companies in the world, shows that there is potential for the group in the United States."

Wonder Girls’ Sunye to keep on singing

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 09:30 PM PST

Wonder Girls' Sunye, who recently got married at Seoul's Lotte Hotel to her pastor boyfriend, has revealed that she will definitely not quit on singing anytime now.

During a media conference just before her wedding, Sunye revealed that she will be moving to Canada with her Korean-Canadian husband. Although she doesn't know how or when she will be back, Sunye pointed out that will not quit singing even though she's married.

She said, "My job is a singer, so maybe not for awhile, but someday I will show myself singing again. As long as I have voice, I will continue to sing, although I can't make it clear when it will be."

Sunye and her husband left for the Maldives for their honeymoon after the wedding ceremony, and they will be settling down in Canada to begin a new chapter in their lives.

KARA’s Goo Hara to receive surgery for appendicitis

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 09:00 PM PST

KARA's Goo Hara will undergo a surgery after having been diagnosed with appendicitis.

A Korean media outlet reported on January 31st that Goo Hara is currently at a hospital in Seoul and is said to be preparing to undergo surgery.

According to her agency, Goo Hara was sent to the emergency ward after suffering from abdominal pains. She will undergo surgery to remove her appendix after it was verified that she's suffering from acute appendicitis

An official stated, "She will undergo a surgery. We hope that the surgery will go well. Afterwards she will be getting rest to recover her health."

‘One Night of TV Entertainment’ reveals footage from Sunye’s wedding

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 08:30 PM PST

On the episode of SBS's 'Midnight Entertainment TV' that aired on January 30, footage from the wedding ceremony of Wonder Girls' Sunye and husband James Park was aired.

In the clip, 2AM's Jo Kwon who presided over the wedding ceremony, demanded the husband to show everyone the dance before he walked down the aisle. James Park proceeded to dance the "Nobody" choreography to the laughter and cheer of the audience.

As her husband showed off his own comic dance moves, Sunye was watching him with a happy smile.