Monday, January 7, 2013

"KARA becomes the first female Korean artist to hold concert at the Tokyo Dome" plus 19 more

"KARA becomes the first female Korean artist to hold concert at the Tokyo Dome" plus 19 more


KARA becomes the first female Korean artist to hold concert at the Tokyo Dome

Posted: 07 Jan 2013 08:50 AM PST

KARA became the first Korean girl group to hold a concert at the prestigious Tokyo Dome.

The girls kicked off their concert titled ‘KARASIA 2013 Happy New Year in Tokyo Dome‘ on the 6th at 6PM and the girls sold out all 45,000 tickets to the concert in under 5 minutes.

During the concert, KARA performed a total of 25 songs live, including their encore songs. They opened with “Pandora“, and also sung their Japanese songs that had swept the Oricon Charts, including “Speed Up“, “Girl’s Power“, “Winter Magic“, “Electric Boy“, “Go Go Summer“, and “Jet Coaster Love“. They also performed their Korean hits “Pretty Girl” and “Lupin“.

To change things up, each of the members also performed their own solo performances. The crowd made the most noise when the girls performed their famous hit “Mister“, which was the song they debuted in Japan with.

The Tokyo Dome concert was part of KARA’s tour in Japan. They started in Yokohama, and moved onto Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and now Tokyo. They visited 6 cities and performed 12 times in front of a total of 150,000 fans.

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Wonder Girls’ Sun spotted taking her wedding photos

Posted: 07 Jan 2013 08:11 AM PST

Wonder GirlsSun has been spotted taking wedding photos at Oh Joong Suk‘s studio!

Previously, it had been revealed that she would be teaming up with the famed photographer for her upcoming wedding photoshoot.  The photoshoot took place on the 7th at the same dreamy set from MBC's 'The Thousandth Man'.

Sun will be getting married to fiancee James Park on January 26th at Lotte Hotel in Sogongdong, Seoul. It was also revealed that one of Sun's closest friends, 2AM's Jo Kwon, will be officiating the wedding reception.

Check out the photos below!

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[Photos credited as tagged]
Tip: SunJames

INFINITE H reveals tracklist for “Fly High”

Posted: 07 Jan 2013 07:43 AM PST

After teasing their fans with several teaser image releases and a video teaser, the new INFINITE subgroup INFINITE H has released the tracklist for their upcoming release, “Fly High“!

The new subgroup, which consists of members Dongwoo and Hoya, will focus on hip-hop music (hence the H in their name), in contrast to the original INFINITE’s masculine pop-themed song releases.

It has also been announced that INFINITE H will hold an exclusive showcase at UNIQLO AX in Seoul on the 10th.

Check out the tracklist below! Track #3 translates to “When You’re Not There” and Track #4 translates to “Can’t Do It“.

Source: INFINITE website
Tip: jungnana

Jaejoong sells out 16,000 tickets to his solo concert in record time

Posted: 07 Jan 2013 07:27 AM PST

Jaejoong has sold out 16,000 tickets to his first solo concert.

On January 7th C-Jes Entertainment stated, “After the tickets to Jaejoong’s first solo concert ‘Your, My, and Mine‘ went on sale at 8PM, the servers were bombarded and the tickets were immediately sold out. He became the #1 searched term on the main portal sites while his tickets were on sale. This is Jaejoong’s first solo concert in Korea, and it’s made of a program that we’re trying out for the first time, so we’ve had high interest. The concert is set in three parts of fanmeeting, product history talk, and mini concert.

The label also revealed that Jaejoong had many foreign fans attempting to buy tickets as well adding, “Fans from not only Japan and China but also from Europe and the Americas focused on Jaejoong’s ticketing. The most foreign IP addresses tried to access the site in its history.

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New MBC variety program, ‘Dad, Where Are You Going’, kicks off with high ratings

Posted: 07 Jan 2013 02:30 AM PST

The first episode of ‘Dad, Where Are You Going‘, a new variety show from MBC, which began airing this Sunday evening after ‘I Am a Singer 2‘ ended its run last week, recorded a relatively high rating of 7.0%.

Although the figure may seem unspectacular at first glance, the number is 1.5 percentage points higher than last week’s broadcast of ‘I Am a Singer 2′, and surprisingly high for MBC’s Sunday evening programming.

‘Dad’ is a show which revolves around the sons and daughters of famous celebrities, where the family gets to spend a night in a village in the middle of nowhere.

Meanwhile, the two Sunday heavyweights – SBS‘s ‘Good Sunday‘, consisting of ‘K-Pop Star 2‘ and ‘Running Man‘, and KBS‘s ‘Happy Sunday‘, consisting of ‘Qualifications of Men‘ and ‘1 Night 2 Days‘ – recorded ratings of 16.3% and 15.7%, respectively.

Source: MyDaily via Nate

Uhm Tae Woong becomes bashful after receiving baby shoes as a present

Posted: 07 Jan 2013 01:21 AM PST

Actor and ‘1 Night 2 Days‘ star Uhm Tae Woong couldn’t hide his surprise and delight when he received baby shoes as a present on the latest episode of the travel variety program.

To celebrate the rise of the new year, the staff members of ’1 Night 2 Days’ gave out presents to all of the cast members, with Kim Seung Woo receiving chocolates and Cha Tae Hyun receiving a sleep encouragement package.

To Uhm Tae Woong, who will soon become a new father, the producers gifted him several delightful sets of baby shoes, to which the actor had a hard time masking his bashfulness.

Uhm Tae Woong announced his marriage and his fiance’s pregnancy a few months ago, and will be marrying ballerina Yoon Hye Jin in a ceremony on January 9th.

Rookie group E2RE and folk singer Big Baby Driver release ‘King of Dramas’ OST Pt.5

Posted: 07 Jan 2013 12:18 AM PST

Rookie girl group E2RE ('E-Two-R-E') and singer Big Baby Diver has released the 5th OST for ‘King of Dramas‘.

‘King of Dramas’ is a drama within a drama delving into great detail the trials and tribulations of getting a drama broadcast.

Succeeding 8Eight‘s Lee Hyun and Super Junior‘s Yesung in tracks for this OST, rookie E2RE captures the difficult path the lead characters have towards love through heartfelt lyrics and emotional singing.

On the other hand, Big Baby Driver, an indie folk singer who tends to prefer singing in English. Her track “Tuesday Song” is no exception. She sings of not knowing how to say goodbye, even though she probably should. the melodic guitar and light vocals may be less bombastic than E2Re’s track, but no less heartfelt.

Check out the wonderful songs below. Do you prefer the more traditional ballad style of “Crappy Love” or the more alt-pop “Tuesday Song”?

Crappy Love

Tuesday Song

JYJ’s Jaejoong reveals poster for upcoming mini concert & fanmeeting ‘Your, My, Mine’

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 11:46 PM PST

JYJ's Jaejoong has opened preorders for his first solo mini album, 'Mine' today. He also revealed tehe above poster for his upcoming mini-concert/fanmeeting ‘Your, My, Mine‘.

Jaejoong's concert 'Your, My and Mine' will be held on January 26th and 27th.

In other news, Jaejoong will be pre-releasing a track titled “One Kiss” off his upcoming album, on January 8th!

Tip: fdyane

 

Super Junior-M releases “Break Down” MV + album tracks

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 11:16 PM PST

Super Junior-M has finally the full music video for "Break Down"!

The song is the title track of the group’s 2nd full length album ‘Break Down‘. The song is a powerful pop track showcasing both the group’s vocal talents and mastery of the Chinese language. The music video is classic SM Entertainment, great dancing, great camera work, and flashy sets.

Now that you have the full MV, does the song and video live up to your expectations?

Also, listen to the rest of the album’s tracks below.

Go

“It’s You”

Stand Up

Goodbye My Love

A-Oh

Distant Embrace

Tunnel

Break Down (Audio)

Tip: BubbleFeetMusic

Super Junior-M posts solo teasers photos for upcoming release ‘Break Down’

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 10:48 PM PST

After announcing that the Chinese subunit for Super Junior, Super Junior-M, will be making a comeback with their second full album ‘Break Down‘, the global boy group released several teasers including a highlight medley of all of the songs and the individual promo pictures shown below.

The solo images match the album’s concept mixing soft, loud, soothing, and energetic music, into a diverse, but cohesive collection.

‘Break Down’ will be released later today, January 7th, through Chinese music sites as well as Korean music sites, and is expected to gain immense attention from fans from all over Asia as well as the rest of the world.

Who pulls off their look the best?

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[Spoiler] B2ST’s Kikwang has a tough time on ‘Running Man’

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 09:58 PM PST

B2ST‘s Kikwang provided some unintentionally hilarious comedy on the latest episode of ‘Running Man’.

As one of the preliminary missions leading up to the final mission, the team members in each team had to carry the sole female member of the other team (either Song Ji Hyo or guest Choi Ji Woo) around a relay race course.

Considering that Kikwang’s partner, Choi Ji Woo, was 174cm tall, the ‘beastly’ idol group member had a tough time carrying the actress on his shoulders, falling down repeatedly and generally causing hi-jinks within the team.

Check out the hilarious episode below (Kikwang’s funny antics begin at about 22:28)!

[D- 5 hours] Seventeen releases on-site greeting clip for upcoming ‘Seventeen TV’ broadcast

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 09:09 PM PST

The countdown to meet Pledis Entertainment‘s new 17-member boy group Seventeen is winding down. With less than six hours to go until the first episode of Seventeen TV, Pledis has uploaded a video greeting from several of the group’s members.

The group posted on their twitter, “[2013/01/07/19:00] Seventeen TV is on its way to meet you guys! You can have a peek of the training process and members' daily routine on Seventeen TV. We expect your huge support 
*On air every Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7pm to 9pm on Ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/17tv).” In a second tweet the mentioned, “SEVENTEEN TV first on air today at 7pm [KST]!! We will be unveiling the on-spot scene 6 hours, 3hours before the broadcasting.

Of the program Pledis Entertainment has explained, “Not all the members from the ‘Seventeen TV‘ are confirmed to be final members of Seventeen. They will be going through various training and judging to be chosen as the final members. The group Seventeen is a team that starts with the public. The members will be chosen by monitoring the public’s response.

We have been given very little information about the members, but it looks like the group will have a WIDE range of ages, check out the cutie at 0:34 and stay tuned for more about this interesting debut promotions.

In this new clip, the boys are doing some stretches, helping each other get limber and loose for the upcoming live broadcast.

MV for 2BiC’s “Did You Forget Everything” unveiled

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 08:28 PM PST

Though the talented male duo 2BiC released their new digital single, “Did You Forget Everything“, on December 27th the msuic video was only just unveiled.

Since their debut back in March, 2BiC has captivated listeners with their impressive vocals through digital singles “I Made Another Girl Cry“, “Love Again“, “A Night Like This“, and “After 24 Hours“.

Renowned composer Cho Young Soo composed “Did You Forget Everything” which is a ballad song that features a 50-member orchestra ensemble and tells of a sad love story that is sure to comfort the hearts of the brokenhearted this winter season.

Now that the music video is released you can fully appreciate 2BiC’s vision for this release!

Tip: BubbleFeetMusic

Rookie Youai releases digital single “I Got a Boy”

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 08:08 PM PST

Rooker singer Youai has just released her new digital single titled “I Got A Boy, not to be confused in any way by that OTHER song of the same name.

Youai’s song has an upbeat vibe with disco elements. The song will showcase her sexiness and is expected to impress with great live performances.

However, “I Got A Boy” distinct enough to distinguish itself amongst all the other heavy hitters promoting (or expected to promote) right now?

Listen to the track and let us know.

Verbal Jint releases new single “Good Start” + MV

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 07:47 PM PST

Rapper Verbal Jint has released a New Year’s treat for his fans, a new single, “Good Start“.

The song features the impressive vocal talents of f Miss $'s new member Kang Min Hee for a welcome harmony of voices. Verbal Jint composed, wrote, arranged, and produced the track himself increasing his ability to connect with the song.

Watch the music video below!

SPEED releases “Sad Promise” dance version MV with Davichi’s Kang Min Kyung

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 07:36 PM PST

After releases some pretty impressive teasers, SPEED has finally unveiled one of several music videos for their new song “Sad Promise“.

The song features Davichi‘s Kang Min Kyung in both the audio and music video.  Her emotional vocals are the backdrop to impressive rapping by the SPEED members.

Along with the dance version, SPEED will be releasing a drama version music video with Park Bo Young, Ji Chang Wook, Ha Suk Jin, and Son Na Eun.

After all the news about the expenses shelled out for these music videos, are you impressed with the final result?

VIXX pre-releases “Don’t Want to be an Idol” from their 3rd single

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 07:22 PM PST


VIXX member N‘s cryptic tweets about not wanting to be an idol all make sense now!

Rookie boy group VIXX will be making return to the music scene with their 3rd single ‘Don’t want to be an Idol‘ on January 17th.

However, as a treat to fans, VIXX has pre-released the song “Don’t want to be an Idol” today! “Don’t want to be an Idol” is an acoustic love song designed as an opportunity to showcase the talented vocal abilities of the members.

Give the song a listen and let us know if their vocals shine.

Tip: Bin

FILA releases new BTS clip of photo shoot with INFINITE

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 07:12 PM PST

Sports clothing brand FILA has released another behind-the-scenes clip of its photo shoot with INFINITE!

After releasing new promotional images last week, FILA has treated fans to another BTS video.

Check out the BTS clip of the INFINITE members and their energetic photo shoot with Fila below!

Tip: Hatsune JWalk

Korea’s best pop composers face off in January

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 06:27 PM PST

Although January looks like another fierce month for the multitude of artist comebacks and stages, the hardest work of all is up to the composers themselves – for without a song, the groups cannot make a comeback, and without a good song, the comeback will fall flat. Composer such as Brave Brothers, Sweetune, and others are furiously preparing for a rush of debuts and comebacks.

Already a respected composer in pop music, Brave Brothers has previously composed for SISTAR19, who are gearing up for their comeback. Brave Brothers is already familiar with SISTAR, having delivered hit tracks suck as “Ma Boy“, “So Cool“, and “Alone“.

Sweetune is bringing forth Nine Muses as his strongest hand. Having already composed plenty of hit songs for the girl group – such as “Figaro“, “News“, and “Ticket“, he is planning to take it up another notch with their impending comeback. “The luxuriant and sexy atmosphere of the song is a level above anything you’ve heard before,” teased a representative for Star Empire Entertainment, Nine Muses’ parent company. “Hand-in-hand with the unique song, we are preparing an out-of-this-world stage.”

The upcoming new subunit of 4minute, currently untitled, but composed of Gayoon and Jiyoon, will be bringing out a fresh track from hit-maker Lee Sang Ho, the composer behind B2ST‘s “Shock“. Their new track is speculated to be in a ‘country pop’ style, a genre never before seen in Korea.

What song are you most excited to hear?

Source: Sports Seoul via Nate

Kim Sori releases full MV for “Dual Life”

Posted: 06 Jan 2013 05:52 PM PST

Having made her music show comebacks this past weekend, singer Kim Sori has now revealed the full music video for her digital single "Dual Life".

"Dual Life" is produced by Beatamin, who's also worked on HyunA's "Don't Fall Apart", U-KISS' "Te Amo", and Dal Shabet's "Come to Me".

Sori shouldered some controversy when the teasers were released as some felt they were too sexy, however it seems she was able to make a final cut that was acceptable to the powers that be. The song as well as the MV features Sori as both the innocent ingenue as well as the sexy siren, hence the name ‘dual life’.

The single is expected to be released at noon (KST) on January 7th!

Watch the MV below. Now that the full MV is out, was all the controversy warranted?