Friday, January 4, 2013

"Leeteuk shares his fondness for girl groups and HyunA" plus 19 more

"Leeteuk shares his fondness for girl groups and HyunA" plus 19 more


Leeteuk shares his fondness for girl groups and HyunA

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 08:38 AM PST

Leeteuk talked about what he was fond of now that he’s in the army.

On the 4th, MBC‘s ‘Section TV‘ had a segment on the musical ‘The Promise‘. It featured Leeteuk, Yunhak, Ji Hyun Woo, Kim Moo Yeol, Lee Hyun, and Jung Tae Woo.

On the segment, they were asked, “What is the most precious to you now that you’ve enlisted?“. Leeteuk answered, “My family and girl groups“. Jung Tae Woo joked, “What’s the name of the SISTAR member that I like?“, to which Leeteuk wittily replied, “You’re married“.

Leeteuk continued, “I am especially experiencing an incredible gratitude towards HyunA. HyunA, please work harder. I love you“, causing everyone to laugh.

‘Knee-Drop Guru’ criticized on handling of interview with The Wachowskis

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 08:08 AM PST

This week's episode of Knee Drop Guru featured none other than the creative Wachowski siblings, famed for being the masterminds behind movies such as The Matrix franchise, V for Vendetta and more recently, Cloud Atlas. While the news of the pair's appearance had many film aficionados brimming with excitement, fans were left disappointed by the episode, criticizing the hosts' attitude towards their guest and the lack of substance in their interview questions.

While fans of the Wachowskis' work expected the interview to focus on topics pertaining to the pair's work, the interview, however, often opted to much more satirical tones.

One instance saw comedian Kim Young Chul asking the siblings a question on Asian motifs in their films. The question, however, was cut short as Kim had trouble articulating the question in English, jokingly ending the question by asking the pair "Can you speak Korean?" instead. Another instance saw Kang Ho Dong interrupting Lana Wachowski while answering a question on the differences between Western and Eastern culture, stating that "If your answers take too long, it's hard for the PD to put in subtitles." Yoo Sae Yoon also commented, stating that while Andy "provides [them] with short answers, [her] answers always end up taking time."

Fans were also dissatisfied with the MC's choice of questions, criticizing their decision on solely focusing on topics irrelevant to the Wachowski siblings' work. Much of the interview consisted on overtly personal matters such as Lana's plastic surgery, whether they know of any Korean films and directors, actress Bae Doona's English skills and even a question regarding whether they like Tom Hanks' office better than their own.

Source: Daum

Block B releases official position against Stardom Entertainment

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 07:32 AM PST

Block B has released an official position against Stardom Entertainment.

After the group announced their lawsuit against their label and Stardom Entertainment issued an official statement, Block B also revealed their stance through their law firm Shinwon.

The full report reads,

This is the official statement of the 7 members in response to Stardom Entertainment’s (Stardom below) statement on January 4th, 2013.

Firstly, we are very sorry to cause worry to all the fans who love and care for Block B from the start of the new year.

The Block B members took a long time thinking about their decision to nullify their contract and file for an injunction. However, they have come to their decision because of the many things that happened from the start of the contract with Stardom, which [caused them to decide that they] cannot trust Stardom anymore. We would like to let you know that the choice was unavoidable.

Stardom currently states that they have straightened out all the profit [issues] as if there was a mutual agreement about the balance distribution calculation, but this is false. The actual truth will all be revealed in court.

The explanation that Stardom gave about the previous CEO, Mr. Lee, is also false, and they are just trying to deny responsibility. Stardom has explicitly and implicitly agreed to use the title of CEO for Mr. Lee from the start.

On other matters, Stardom’s statement that the contract is nullified because of dissatisfaction about appearing on television and because of a mastermind behind the other members is also completely different from the truth. It is nothing but them trying to derogate the members’ unavoidable decision after careful consideration.

We respectfully ask Stardom to stop making comments that mislead the media and the public.

We apologize once again about causing worry to the fans. The Block B members promise to respond to the fans’ love with a more mature side.

January 4th, 2013

Law firm Shinwon, legal representative of the 7 Block B members

Stay tuned on allkpop as more information comes up!

Source: Newsen
[Thanks to everyone who sent in this tip!]


MBLAQ’s Seung Ho reveals an adorable childhood photo

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 07:14 AM PST

MBLAQ‘s leader Seung Ho revealed an adorable childhood photo of himself!

Seung Ho posted the photo below on his Twitter with the message, “Good morning~ ^^ Seung Ho is still sleeping… Hehe.

Not only did fans react to Seung Ho’s post, but so did his close friends. Supernova‘s Sungjae replied to Seung Ho’s post, “Did you just call yourself by your own name? You must have become cuter after aging one year…

Fans commented, “Charismatic leader Seung Ho has a side like this…“, “Too cute“, “Post more childhood photos!“, and more.

TEEN TOP’s Niel and Ricky share a kiss on ‘TEEN TOP & 100%’s Rising Brothers’

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 06:49 AM PST

On the January 4th episode of ‘TEEN TOP & 100%’s Rising Brothers‘, TEEN TOP‘s Niel and Ricky acted out a hilarious kiss scene.

Niel and Ricky demonstrated the level of touchy behavior they would initiate on a date by pretending to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Ricky perfectly pulled off his role as Niel’s pretend girlfriend by donning a bow pin and giving Niel a sweet message.

Having previously kissed fellow member Changjo during a game that involved moving paper with lips, Niel didn’t seem phased by Ricky’s actions at all and showed off his charisma by swooping in for a kiss on Ricky’s cheek.

Niel responded, “I don’t know how I came to kiss two guys, but I feel so irritated. If this is how it’s going to be, then I guess I have to go for a third one.”

Check out a clip below!

Tip: badvolkan

Actress Sung Yuri renews contract with King Kong Entertainment

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 06:23 AM PST

Actress and former Fin.K.L member Sung Yuri showed her dedication to her agency by renewing her contract.

Sung Yuri signed with King Kong Entertainment two and a half years ago and upon nearing the end of her contract, the actress has decided to stay with the agency.

A representative of King Kong Entertainment revealed, “Sung Yuri is an actress who we have watched over for 10 years. She’s sincere and has a humble heart, and she’s always considerate of others. We will continue to show unwavering support to help her.”

Sung Yuri also stated, “King Kong Entertainment is a company that has given me much support to help me focus on my various activities and projects. Based on the trust and faith that has built up, I’ll continue to do my best, so please show lots of love and support.”

Baek Ji Young sweeps the charts with “I Hate It”

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 05:59 AM PST

Baek Ji Young‘s new single “I Hate It” has been sweeping the music charts only a day after being released!

“I Hate It”, which was released on January 3rd, has taken 1st place on online music charts such as Melon, Mnet, Bugs Music, Soribada, and Naver Music. The song had initially gained a lot of interest from pianist Yiruma‘s participation and of course, Baek Ji Young’s powerful vocals.

In related news Baek Ji Young will be holding her second solo concert ‘An Outing After 7 Years‘ on February 16th KST at Jamsil Gymnasium.

Check out the music video for “I Hate It” below!

‘Little Psy’ Hwang Min Woo to feature in Korean-Vietnamese film ‘Saigon Cinderella’

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 05:36 AM PST

Little PsyHwang Min Woo will be starring in the Korean-Vietnamese film ‘Saigon Cinderella‘.

Hwang Min Woo will be playing a Korean child idol star who travels to Vietnam. A dance battle breaks out on the streets, and ‘Little Psy’ shows up, doing the “Gangnam Style” horse dance.

It has been revealed that Hwang Min Woo decided to star in the movie due to his father’s wish to proudly show his multicultural background and his mother’s home country of Vietnam. Hwang Min Woo shared his thoughts on his Vietnamese background, commenting, “To join hands with both my parents’ countries by featuring in a film is meaningful and joyful for me. Although my mother is Vietnamese, I am a full-fledged South Korean citizen.”

‘Saigon Cinderella’ is a romantic comedy about a hotel maid who dreams of becoming a singer. ‘Saigon Cinderella’ will premiere in Vietnam on February 8th.

AOA send Happy New Year greetings to fans

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 05:12 AM PST

Idol girl group and band AOA got together for a Happy New Year greeting video message for their fans.

The eight members shared that they wished that the group will be successful in the coming year, and they hoped all their fans will be healthy and give AOA love for years to come.

Check out AOA’s adorable, energetic video message below!

‘I Miss You’ drops to last place in time slot

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 04:50 AM PST

MBC‘s ’I Miss You‘ dropped to last place in viewer ratings.

The ratings for Thursday’s episode of ‘I Miss You’ dropped to 10.4%, 0.5% lower than Wednesday. Not only did it fail to take over ‘Jeon Woo Chi‘ to reclaim its 1st place spot, it gave up second place to ‘The Great Seer‘.

‘The Great Seer’ saw a large jump in ratings from 8.8% on Wednesday to 10.8% on Thursday, pushing JYJ Yoochun‘s drama from the 2nd place spot. ‘Jeon Woo Chi’ rose 0.6% from its Wednesday ratings to 12.8% on Thursday, safely guarding its 1st place spot.

‘I Miss You’ only has 3 episodes to go and is at its climax, so the fact that ratings have dropped to last place puts the drama in a difficult situation. On the other hand, ‘Jeon Woo Chi’ has 10 episodes to go, and ‘The Great Seer’ has 12 episodes, meaning the two dramas still have opportunities to build their audience.

Source: AGB Nielsen

B.A.P’s Youngjae surprises fans with his muscular build

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 04:30 AM PST

B.A.P‘s Youngjae recently showed off his muscular build during the New Year’s Eve broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Shindong’s Shimshimtapa

Youngjae was seen wearing a white fur vest that exposed his muscular arms, leaving fans with no other choice than to change his nickname from “baby face” to “bagel guy”.

Fans commented, “It seems Youngjae lost his baby fat”, “Youngjae is a ‘bagel guy’ now”, “Youngjae changed so much”, and more.

Check out Youngjae and SECRET‘s Sunhwa perform their duet song “Everything Is Pretty” on ‘Music Bankif you missed it.

Hi.ni covers Adele’s version of “Love Song”

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 04:06 AM PST

Rookie solo singer Hi.ni has released a cover of Adele‘s version of “Love Song“.

According to Hi.ni’s video message, she’ll be sharing a new performance with fans every Friday night. For this week, she’s covered Adele’s “Love Song”, originally by The Cure.

Check out Hi.ni’s latest release “Legend of Tearsif you missed it and her amazing cover performance below!

Psy wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from January 4th!

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:52 AM PST

KBS's 'Music Bank' is back with another fun and exciting show that was chock-full of amazing performances!

The MCs for tonight's episode were After School's UEE and actor Lee Jang Woo.

Aside from the usual stages, GLAM, Girls’ Generation, Baek Ji Youjng, JeA, and Sori held their comeback stages while Airplane made their debut, and SECRET’s Sunhwa + B.A.P’s Youngjae performed their duet song.

As for the winners, Psy faced off against B2ST’s Yoseob for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was Psy who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "Gangnam Style".

Congratulations to Psy once again!

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Others who performed tonight included Hi.ni, Casker, LEDAPPLE, THE SEEYA, Urban Zakapa, December, BIG STAR, C-CLOWN, 100%, SPICA, Hello Venus, Dal Shabet, Sunny Hill, Juniel, and Yoseob!

Check out the performances below:

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Arrest warrant filed against Go Young Wook

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:46 AM PST

Seoul’s Seodaemun Police Station has revealed that an arrest warrant was filed against Go Young Wook on January 4th KST.

The former Roo’ra member has been accused of sexual assault against a minor. According to the police, Go Young Wook approached 13-year-old Ms. Kim on the afternoon of December 1, 2012 on the streets of Seodaemun. After getting her to enter his vehicle, he allegedly pinched her thigh and molested her. Footage of the young girl entering Go Young Wook’s car has been captured and confirmed on CCTV.

It’s also been revealed that Go Young Wook told the young girl that he was a scout looking for singers.

The celebrity was accused of sexually assaulting another minor last year at his apartment, and recently Ms. Kim stepped forward to file charges against him as well. Though the police requested to issue an arrest warrant at the time, the courts reasoned that there was no indication that he would flee or destroy evidence.

One officer stated, “The reason the charges against Mr. Go have been delayed for months is because the complainant has not responded to [requests by the police to investigate]. He’s currently denying the charges.”

It’s been reported that Go Young Wook was interrogated for seven hours at the police station and has requested a lawyer.

Source: Star News via Nate

Girls’ Generation hold their powerful comeback stage with “I Got a Boy” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:40 AM PST

It's finally here! Girls' Generation have dropped their 4th full-length album "I Got a Boy" with a powerful title track of the same name.

Since its release on January 1st, the girls have been dominating charts and are continuing to rake in millions of views!

After first performing quite a few songs from their new album during their MBC special 'Romantic Fantasy', fans have been anxious to see more.

Check out Girls' Generation's powerful comeback stage with "Dancing Queen" and "I Got A Boy" below during tonight’s episode of KBSMusic Bank’.

Baek Ji Young returns with “I Hate It” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:38 AM PST

Baek Ji Young has released her new single titled "I Hate It"!

Renowned pianist Yiruma and composer 2FACE, who teamed up as 'Mind Tailor',  have written and composed the single, lending a hand to the soloist's anticipated comeback.

WS Entertainment stated previously, "Baek Ji Young and Yiruma's collaboration is their first project [together] through which the two artists' were able to express their common musical and emotional understandings. 'I Hate It' is more than just a 'crossover' of classical and popular music; it's a ballad song based on Yiruma's trademark ability to bring out emotions, and Baek Ji Young's sorrowful voice adds to the beautiful melody [to create] a story."

Check out Baek Ji Young's comeback stage below!

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SECRET’s Sunhwa and B.A.P’s Youngjae perform “Everything is Pretty” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:34 AM PST

After hinting on their upcoming duet with a friendly snapshot, SECRET's Sunhwa and B.A.P's Youngjae released their duet song entitled, "Everything Is Pretty".

It has been revealed that producers Kang Ji Won and Kim Ki Bum collaborated on the song which is a confessional song for people in love. Youngjae has been receiving attention for his husky, yet soft voice while Sunhwa has been captivating viewers with her lovable relationship with on-screen husband ZE:A's Kwanghee. This duet song features Youngjae and Sunhwa portraying a couple expressing their fondness for each other as they fall in love.

Check out Sunhwa and Youngjae’s adorable duet performance below!

Brown Eyed Girls’ JeA performs “While You Were Asleep” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:31 AM PST

After pre-releasing "Let's Hug" recently, Brown Eyed Girls' leader JeA has returned as a solo artist this time with her first album 'Just JeA'!

JeA’s title track “While You Were Asleep” is a soft and emotional ballad that is sure to capture the hearts of fans.

Check out JeA’s angelic performance below!

GLAM returns with “I Like That” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:27 AM PST

GLAM have returned with their second single, "I Like That"!

Although member Trinity decided to leave the group, the rest of the members are determined to show you their best performance as they have joined forces with producer Bang Si Hyuk, their mentor and producer, once again for the upbeat track, "I Like That".

Check out GLAM's comeback stage below!

Han Ga In releases unseen photos for fans

Posted: 04 Jan 2013 03:24 AM PST

Han Ga In‘s fanservice has become a hot issue.

After Han Ga In heard that her fans were making a calendar of her photos, Han Ga In sent them never-before-seen snapshots. The photos that she sent show Han Ga In posing during her everyday life. Though the photos weren’t taken during a professional photo shoot, each picture still clearly captured her incredible beauty.

Not only so, but Han Ga In took the time to personally take pictures for her fans, adding in comically cute photos as well. She even braved the snow to make sure to get a nice image for her fans.

Netizens commented, “Wow, she’s so nice to her fans“, “She’s pretty and kind“, “She’s a goddess in all her photos“, and more.