Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"Kwon Sang Woo shows off his muscles on ‘Queen of Ambition’" plus 19 more

"Kwon Sang Woo shows off his muscles on ‘Queen of Ambition’" plus 19 more


Kwon Sang Woo shows off his muscles on ‘Queen of Ambition’

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 09:08 AM PST

On the January 15th episode of new SBS‘ drama, ‘Queen of Ambition‘, Kwon Sang Woo swooned the female viewers by revealing his bare back and muscles.

Ha Ryu played by Kwon Sang Woo disguised himself as a hostess to uncover Joo Da Hae (Soo Ae)’s hidden secret and introduced himself saying, “My age is 23 and my nickname is ‘big back’ not ‘big fool’”. He then took off his clothes and impressed the female guests with his muscular figure.

‘Queen of Ambition’ portrays the story of Ha Ryu (Kwon Sang Woo) who seeks revenge to bring down the First Lady (Soo Ae) whom he once loved.

Catch ‘Queen of Ambition’ every Monday and Tuesday!

TEEN TOP tops ticket sales chart in France

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 08:38 AM PST

Like their namesake, TEEN TOP rose to the top of the concert charts in France. The group recently announced that they would be holding their 5 city European tour in 2013.

Immediately after ticket sales in France began on January 5th, the ‘TEEN TOP Show! Live Tour in Europe 2013‘ ranked first on a ticket sales chart in France, proving the popularity of the concert to French fans.

TEEN TOP’s tour will take place from February 2nd to the 10th in four countries including Germany (Munich, Dortmund), England (London), France (Paris), and Spain (Barcelona)

Fans in France stated, “TEEN TOP is extremely famous among K-pop lovers in France, and there’s been an increase in fans recently. It seems that their popularity has risen ever since they announced their concert in Paris.”

Congratulations to TEEN TOP on their success overseas!

Image: Osen
Tip: angelontop

Winners from the 27th Golden Disk Awards (Day 2)

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 08:05 AM PST

On January 16th, many of Korea’s top musicians and pop stars gathered at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia for Day 2 of the 27th Golden Disk Awards.

This year, the show was divided into two parts: the first part (held on January 15th) honors the winners of the physical album categories, while the second day (held on January 16th) will do the same for digital albums. KARA‘s Nicole, CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa (Day 1), FT ISLAND‘s Lee Hong Ki, and SISTAR‘s Dasom (Day 2) are the MCs for this year’s awards.

The first ‘Golden Disk Awards’ began in 1986, and since then, it's become Korea's most prestigious awards ceremony for music. Nicknamed the 'Korean Grammy Awards,' the ceremony is reputed for its fair standards, as the committee utilizes figures from album and digital music sales only.

This year’s show will be pre-recorded and air on January 19th through jTBC.

Below are the list of winners from Day 2 (Digital) of this year’s show!

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Digital Daesang
- Psy “Gangnam Style”

Digital Bonsang
- 2NE1
- BIG BANG
- f(x)
- G-Dragon
- Huh Gak
- K.Will
- miss A
- Psy
- SECRET
- SISTAR
- T-ara

Rookie Award
- B.A.P
- Ailee
- Lee Hi

CeCi Popularity Award
- G-Dragon

Samsung Galaxy Star Award
- SISTAR

InStyle Fashionista Award
- Lee Hong Ki

MSN International Award
- BIG BANG

Best Hip Hop Star Award
- Epik High

Best Single Album Award
- TEEN TOP

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Congratulations to all of the winners!

What did you think of the results of the Golden Disk Awards this year? Tell us your thoughts in the comment box below!

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MYNAME discuss their Japanese promotions

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 07:29 AM PST

MYNAME opened up about their promotions in Japan.

The members, who are preparing for a domestic comeback with a new track called “Just That Little Thing“, have been promoting overseas for the past seven months. They’ve recently wrapped up their Japanese solo concert and will be featuring on their own Japanese TV show.

In a recent interview, MYNAME shared, “After releasing our first single album, we promoted actively in Japan for 7 months. Because of that, our [Japanese] fan base has grown, and most of our fans happen to be male.”

Insoo commented, “In Japan, there are a lot of handshake events. One time, a male fan saw me and started crying. At first I was taken aback, but I was thankful that he was so interested in us.” Gunwoo added, “We try to promote in Japan without a translator. I think [our Japanese fans] like that about us.”

In related news, MYNAME will release their second single album, ‘Just That Little Thing’, on the 25th KST.

Jaejoong releases “Mine” MV

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 07:07 AM PST

JYJ's Jaejoong has released his music video for 'Mine'!

The singer has already impressed fans with his pre-release, "One Kiss", which is quickly rising to the top of various music charts in several countries.

C-Jes Entertainment previously revealed that the MV was filmed for 60 hours straight, and Jaejoong impressed the staff with his dedication to scenes that were potentially dangerous. The MV, which was produced around the concept of “dark angel”, was filmed on seven sets in all.

Check out the MV for Jaejoong’s first solo mini-album title track below!

Red carpet photos from the ’27th Golden Disk Awards’ (Day 2)

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 06:58 AM PST

The second day of the 27th annual 'Golden Disk Awards' has wrapped up! This year's event took place at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Founded in 1986, the 'Golden Disk Awards' is held by the Music Industry Association of Korea to award artists for outstanding achievements in the music industry.

Check out the red carpet photos and winners from day one as well as some of the red carpet photos from today’s event below!

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TEEN TOP’s Changjo does push-ups with one arm

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 06:27 AM PST

TEEN TOP‘s Changjo shared a selca of a workout, leaving fans googly-eyed over his built figure.

Changjo shared on TEEN TOP’s official Twitter, “Working out during my break time! So I can do it with one arm!!! Eum ha keke,” along with a photo.

The photo shows Changjo flashing a peace sign while pulling off a push-up with one arm, and fans couldn’t take their eyes off of his muscles.

He later tweeted, “Cham! It looks set up keke. But I really read books, work out, and practice! keke,” along with a photo showing his various activities in the practice room.

Tip: angelontop

miss A’s Suzy reveals her artwork

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 05:55 AM PST

miss A‘s Suzy shared a piece of her artwork with fans. The idol star’s artistic skills have made headlines many times before.

Suzy tweeted:

Fans are disagreeing with her humble assessment of her own work, however. They commented, “Suzy draws so well”, “Suzy gets cuter the more you get to know her”, “Please write an explanation of the drawing too”, and more.

What do you think of Suzy’s latest artwork?

ZE:A’s Kwanghee wants to star in Wachowski film

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 05:24 AM PST

ZE:A‘s Kwanghee made an offer to well-known filmmakers The Wachowskis.

Kwanghee tweeted on the 16th, “Director Wachowskis. Your films are so enjoyable. Ah, I should be writing this in English. I really respect Bae Doo Na sunbae. I couldn’t take my eyes off of you. Totally cool. Ah. Directors, please cast me in your next project,” sharing his impressions after watching the recent Hollywood film ‘Cloud Atlas‘.

The idol previously asked The Wachowskis in person on the January 3rd episode of ‘Knee-drop Guru‘, which he co-hosts alongside Kang Ho Dong, to cast him in the future.

Netizens commented, “Kwanghee’s so upbeat”, “I wonder what kind of part he would’ve played in ‘Cloud Atlas’”, and more.

Could you imagine Kwanghee in a Hollywood film?

T-ara’s Hyomin shares her health concerns on ‘Vitamin’

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 04:53 AM PST

T-ara‘s Hyomin shared her concerns on the January 16th episode of ‘Vitamin‘.

The KBS program asked guests what was troubling them about their health, and Hyomin brought up issues that many idol group members could relate to.

She shared, “Since I’m in a girl group, I change my hairstyle multiple times in one month. I get extensions and my hair dyed often, and I’m worried because my hair is falling out and my scalp isn’t very healthy. I want to let my scalp rest this year.”

Hyomin also added, “Just like other groups, there are many times that we practice in heels [because we'll be performing in heels on stage]. We’re in heels so much that our toenails mold into the shape of the shoes.”

Tip: Chesskid1

Girls’ Generation’s Jessica feels misunderstood?

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 04:23 AM PST

Girls’ Generation‘s Jessica revealed that she feels a bit misunderstood.

On the January 15th broadcast of MBC FM‘s ‘Younha’s Starry Night‘, Girls’ Generation’s YoonA, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung, and Jessica featured as guests.

During a segment in which the radio host asked the members about their troubles and concerns, Jessica shared, “Even though a lot of time has passed, there still seems to be a lot of people who judge [me] by my appearance. [It's not like I can come forward and do something about it.] It’s something that’s been troubling me for a while.”

Jessica expressed frustration at the fact that people continue to perceive her as an “ice princess” because of her chic, cold appearance.

Sooyoung commented, “That’s something that all celebrities worry about,” and Jessica went on, I think it’s a little worse in my case. My nickname is ‘ice princess’, and I think I look standoffish, but that’s just how I look. What can I do about that?”

The other Girls’ Generation members comforted Jessica, saying, “Jessica’s cute and has a lot of aegyo”, “She’s not fake. She’s honest and dislikes being two-faced”, “It’s because you look so high class”, and more.

Lee Seung Gi voted most wanted CF star 3 months in a row

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 03:51 AM PST

Singer Lee Seung Gi has been voted as the most wanted endorsement model for three months in a row.

According to the Korean Commercial Strategy Research Institute, Lee Seung Gi came out on top as the most popular CF star for December of 2012. He ranked first in October and November of last year as well.

Other stars on the list include Kim Tae Hee in 2nd, Kim Soo Hyun in 3rd, Song Joong Ki in 4th, and Psy who dropped down to 5th. miss A‘s Suzy placed 8th, climbing 3 places for December and placing in the top 10 most wanted CF models for the first time.

Actor Won Bin came in at 6th, figure skater Kim Yuna at 7th, rhythmic gymnast Son Yeon Jae at 9th, and actress Jun Ji Hyun stayed steady at 10th.

Ock Joo Hyun to release digital single album

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 03:20 AM PST

Ock Joo Hyun of “original idol group” Fin.K.L will be releasing a digital single album.

The singer announced on Twitter, “1/17. Ock Joo Hyun the singer will be releasing her first digital single album in a while… ^^ With two concerts coming up and album preparations, I only got the chance to promote it now. It’s a bit embarrassing… but please give it a lot of love. ^^.” She also added photos from a recent shoot for an upcoming concert in Japan.

Composer KZ also shared footage from a recording session with Ock Joo Hyun with the description: “Ock Joo Hyun recording ‘Hemostatic‘.”

Fans commented, “As expected of Ock Joo Hyun”, “She hits those high notes so well”, “I”m looking forward to the new song”, and more.

Ock Jo Hyun’s last album was ‘Remind‘ in 2008, making this upcoming digital single her first release in five years. She’s currently starring in the musicals ‘Rebecca‘ and ‘Crown Prince Rudolf‘.

Check out a clip of Ock Joo Hyun in the recording studio below!

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Kang Ho Dong reveals he feels honored to be compared to Yoo Jae Suk

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 02:50 AM PST

During the recent filming of new KBS 2TV variety show ‘Moonlight Prince‘, host Kang Ho Dong revealed he feels honored to be compared to his well-known rival and friend Yoo Jae Suk.

Kang Ho Dong shared, “Calling me Yoo Jae Suk’s rival is the biggest compliment. I’m jealous of Yoo Jae Suk, Shin Dong Yup, Tak Jae Hoon, Lee Kyung Kyu, and more. They are born to do comedy and variety shows. Because I did sports, I feel I lack in the basics. To make up for the areas I lack in, I have no choice but to consistently work hard. Thus, if you compare me to Yoo Jae Suk, I feel very very honored and embarrassed. I will do my best to keep being compared to him. I’ll work and study hard.”

In other news, Kang Ho Dong’s new book talk show ‘Moonlight Prince’, featuring co-hosts ChangminBrave BrothersJung Jae Hyung, and Tak Jae Hoon, will premiere on the 22nd at 11:15 PM KST!

Girls’ Generation’s “I Got A Boy” MV reaches over 30 million views on YouTube

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 02:20 AM PST

Within a little over two weeks into their comeback, Girls’ Generation‘s “I Got A Boy” music video  has already achieved an impressive milestone of 30 million views on YouTube.

Girls’ Generation released the music video for their single, “I Got A Boy”, on YouTube on January 1st, and as of January 16th, the video has already garnered over 30,270,000 views and counting.

‘I Got A Boy’ also quickly topped Korean music charts as well as Billboard’s ‘World Album’ and ‘K-Pop Hot 100‘ charts after its release.

Congrats to Girls’ Generation!

TVXQ to release new Japanese album in March

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 01:50 AM PST

TVXQ will be releasing their new album, ‘TIME‘, on March 6th.

This will mark the duo’s first Japanese release since ‘TONE‘ about a year ago. 'TIME' will come in three different versions: Jacket A (CD+DVD), Jacket B (CD+DVD), and Jacket C (CD-Only). The limited edition for all the versions will come with one random jacket-sized card out of six unique designs. Further details will be revealed at a later date.

Ever since ‘TONE’, TVXQ has been releasing hit songs, such as "STILL", "One More Thing", and "ANDROID", one after another. Fans can look forward to what they have in store for their next album as well.

Actor Nam Goong Min holds 2nd fan meeting in Japan

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 01:21 AM PST

Actor Nam Goong Min has successfully held his second fan meeting in Japan.

The fan meeting, ‘Nam Goong Min’s Fan Meeting in Tokyo – Winter Dream‘, took place on January 16th at the concert hall in Zepp Tokyo. Nam Goong Min held his very first fan meeting in Osaka back on November 3rd, and after tickets to the event sold out immediately, the actor decided to hold an additional fan meeting in Tokyo.

Nam Goong Min greeted fans and began the event with a Q&A session followed by a series of different activities and events, including a corner in which he reenacted some of the most memorable scenes from the drama ‘Can You Hear My Heart‘ with his fans.

The rising hallyu star also displayed his hidden singing and dancing skills through a special performance and melted hearts by personally replying to fan letters with his own.

Nam Goong Min also earned praise for his kind heart as he personally gifted gloves to every fan who waited outside for the fan meet despite the cold weather.

Following his fan meeting, the actor expressed, “I felt a sense of responsibility after the fan meeting in Osaka, and I worked hard to try and return the love and support you guys have given me. I sincerely thank everyone, and I won’t forget how moved I was today. I’ll do my best to pay it back in full.”

2PM Jun.K’s fan club donates to Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation in honor of his birthday

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 12:51 AM PST

2PM Jun.K‘s fan club, ‘With JUN.K‘, recently donated 3 million won (~$2833 USD) to the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation (KCLF) in honor of his 25th birthday.

The fan club revealed, “In honor of Jun.K’s 25th birthday, we donated 3 million won to the Korea Childhood Leukemia Foundation for two terminally ill patients with the same name as Jun.K’s real name, Kim Min Jun. We also gifted them with windbreakers to keep them warm in the cold winter.”

For this project, ‘With JUN. K’ (Americano & JunK0115.com) combined their efforts with international Jun.K forums (‘Junkay Street‘, ‘Panda Tribe‘, and ‘Baidu Kim Minjun Bar‘).

The fan club also received certificates commemorating its members’ donations.

[Thanks to all those who sent this in!]

GLAM takes a friendly snapshot with Chuli and Miae’s Shin Chul

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 12:20 AM PST

GLAM recently shared a friendly snapshot with popular ’90s duo Chuli and Miae‘s Shin Chul.

On the 12th, GLAM visited the veteran singer during his radio program and gifted him with a copy of their CD. It has also been revealed that GLAM sampled Chuli and Miae’s hit classic “Why You” for their album.

Shin Chul gave the girls some advice by saying, “Singers should pour out all of their passion on stage. I hope that GLAM definitely becomes this kind of artist.”

Netizens commented, “It’s nice to see GLAM personally giving their CD”, “GLAM has manners”, and more.

GLAM recently made their comeback with new singleI Like That“, which is doing well on music charts.

C-CLOWN show off their signed albums from labelmates Guckkasten

Posted: 15 Jan 2013 11:50 PM PST

C-CLOWN showed off their autographed CDs from labelmates rock band Guckkasten.

C-CLOWN shared on their official Twitter, “We received signed [CDs] from our hyungs, wow!!! The best rock band on earth Guckkasten, you are always handsome!!! Your C-CLOWN dongsengs are strongly supporting you!! ^@^,” along with the photo above.

The photo shows C-CLOWN proudly holding up their signed copies of Guckkasten’s repackaged album, ‘Time After Time Selection‘, and left fans smiling at the strong friendship between the label mates.

Fans commented, “You guys look so excited!”, “I want to receive Guckkasten’s autographed CDs as well!”, “Guckkasten hyungs, please take good care of C-CLOWN~”, and more.

In other news, Guckkasten successfully wrapped up their ‘Time After Time‘ year-end concert, and C-CLOWN are currently receiving a lot of love for their latest single, “Because You Might Grow Distant“.