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"Max Changmin Wins The Best Rookie Award At The Japanese Academy Awards For His First Movie" plus 24 more

"Max Changmin Wins The Best Rookie Award At The Japanese Academy Awards For His First Movie" plus 24 more

Max Changmin Wins The Best Rookie Award At The Japanese Academy Awards For His First Movie

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 07:55 AM PST

Max Changmin has won the Best Rookie Award at a Japanese film awards ceremony.

According to the Japanese Academy Association on the 22nd of January, TVXQ's Max Changmin has been chosen to win the 'Best Rookie Award' at the '36th Japanese Academy Awards' for his role in 'Run with the Gold' last year.

In his first movie debut, Max Changmin played the role of Momo, a North Korean bomb expert. Though he had to act in Japanese, he showcased his excellent language abilities, even talking in a specific dialect, and perfectly expressed the inner pains of Momo. The association has stated that there are enough reasons for Max Changmin to receive the Best Rookie Award.

Max Changmin made his acting debut in the drama 'Paradise Ranch' in 2011 and continued on to appear in 'Athena: Goddess of War' and 'Run with the Gold'. He has been showing his potential as a rookie actor and has increased the anticipation surrounding his future acting career.

He has started off the year with a variety show. The first episode of KBS 2TV's new program 'Moonlight Prince' aired on the 22nd, and Max Changmin plans to show off a different side of him that people haven't seen before.

Source: [newsen]
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Happy Birthday to B.A.P's Yongjae #HappyYoungjaeDay

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 07:53 AM PST

Birth Name: Yoo Young Jae
Stage Name: Youngjae
Nickname: Brain
Position: Lead Vocalist
Birth Date: January 24, 1994
Blood Type: AB
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 65 kg

KARA's popularity leaning on each member

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 07:30 AM PST

For a music group that want to last long without any big discord or disbanding,  it's good to have a popularity that not excessively depend on 1 member only. A group that only depend on the popularity of 1 member, he/she can maintain the group but it also possible to became a minus.
A member that relatively got less spotlight can feel deprivation and the member with high popularity can think "I'm the one who fed and make this group live". Even one of the way to prevent a war between nations is the balance of power. Even one particular nation get more military power the war risk will become bigger.
The fact that all 5 members of girl group KARA getting an equal popularity can be felt during the recent Tokyo Dome Concert. This is important because KARA was once facing the danger of disbanding, and the time left of their contract with their company was less than 1 year.

Han Seungyeon have great contribution to prevent KARA from getting disbanded after their failure in KARA's 1st album and even revived after that. She is the one who wandered around on making appearance in cable TV and making people know the existence of KARA. However as time goes by both Nicole and Goo Hara also getting lots of popularity while making appearance in various variety program overrunning Han Seungyeon's popularity. Especially  to the extent that some producer want to make 'Ant waist' Goo Hara doing solo.
People also thought that Goo Hara has exceptionally high popularity in Japan. But it's not as much as expected. On the day of Tokyo Dome concert, among the merchandise that being sold, the fan that have picture of each members on it are sold out. Instead, Japanese fans  that holding fan with Han Seungyeon's pictures can be seen a lot.
On the concert, Han Seungyeon said in Japanese "I had a nightmare that there are no one who came to the concert but i'm really thankful that a lot of people have come today" and be moved to tears while getting great responds from the fans.  On the other side, Goo Hara and Nicole confidently showed their existence through powerful choreography.
Park Gyuri showed her singing ability with her solo part which stands out the most between 5 members. However the response for 'cheerful girl' Kang Jiyoung's stage are bigger. They showed responses to each of Jiyoung's words.
Kang Jiyoung who wore pink sailor uniform and sang Japanese sports cheering song title "School of Heaven" said "everyone and us are like the two wheels of a bicycle that need both to be able to move forward. I hope everyone and us can keep on become a pair of wheel that running forward." The audience greeted her words with thundering applause.
The fact that KARA's members, 5 people gaining even popularity and receiving spotlight equally, it shows the promising future that this group will be able to last long.

Source: http://news.heraldco...130120142012_AN
Cr: karaholic

JYJ Look Back On The Last 1000 Days Through A Magazine, “We Didn’t Give Up. We’re Happy”

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST

A magazine that details the last 1000 days of JYJ will be released in Korea and Japan at the same time.

On the 21st of January, C-JeS Entertainment stated, "The first edition of 'The JYJ', the interview magazine that commemorates the 1000th day since JYJ was created, will be released simultaneously in Korea and Japan. It contains records of their worldwide English album, their world tours, and their individual activities in musicals and dramas in chronological order."

The magazine is set to be more meaningful as JYJ have concluded all legal battles that they had previously been engaged in as they came to an agreement with their former agency SM Entertainment last November and recently won their lawsuit against their Japanese agency AVEX.

A representative of C-JeS stated, "JYJ fought a long legal battle for three years against their unlawful contract. Not only have they won their freedom, but they have also provided their juniors with a better environment to pursue their activities in," and "But because of unseen external forces, JYJ's activities have been restricted and JYJ talked about their feelings about this in their interviews as they took the effort to find new challenges to take on instead of giving up or backing down."

C-JeS' CEO Baek Chang Joo stated, "For a long time, we have worked hard to walk down our own path, and we have changed obstacles into opportunities to widen the spectrums for each member, making them leaders of other K-POP stars as they have successfully completed two world tours and made their mark in the drama and musical industries," and "We wanted to make a book that will be dedicated to the fans who have shown their love and support for the members, no matter how hard things got."

The magazine 'The JYJ' was created through a total of 25 hours of interviews with the members, and will be a total of 139 pages with a special DVD. During their interviews, the members were said to have teared up as they talked about 2009, and all the people who gave them strength during those troubled times.

JYJ stated, "Though there have been hard times in the past 1000 days, we can say that we were truly happy. We worked harder than ever and though there were unexpected obstacles in our way, we were able to grow that much and learn. We wanted to share the story of the past 1000 days that were happy, from the moment we woke up till the moment we fell asleep."

JYJ's interview magazine 'The JYJ – First edition, recording 1000 days' will be released in Korea and Japan in early February and can be bought at the C-JeS store.

Source: [wstarnews]
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Lee Min Ho praised for calmly dealing with hysteric fan

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 06:40 AM PST

Actor Lee Min Ho received much praise for calmly dealing with a hysteric fan.

On January 18th, Lee Min Ho was given the 'Most Popular Asian Star' award at this year's 12th China Fashion Awards that took place in Suzhou, China.

During the ceremony when the actor was about to give his speech, a local fan suddenly jumped on the stage. She put her scarf around Lee Min Ho's neck and started hugging him.

However, Lee Min Ho acted calm and even returned her hug, and the fan ended up getting down from the stage by the guidance of the MC.

Chinese fans were deeply impressed by Lee Min Ho's calm reaction, and highly complimented his great manner and care for his fans. They said, "As an actor who represent Korea, Lee Min Ho acted like a true gentleman."

Lee Joon and Oh Yeon Seo selected as the best couple

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 06:36 AM PST

On January 21st, a video of about 3 minutes length was uploaded on the official website of MBC 'We Got Married'.

In the video, the three couples are enjoying a great time in Hawaii, wearing different Christmas costumes. They asked a boy randomly on street to choose the most handsome and most beautiful one among them, and he chose Oh Yeon Seo and Lee Joon.

He also chose the two as the best looking couple, and Oh Yeon Seo and Lee Joon seemed to be very satisfied.

Netizens commented "They are the best anywhere they go", "Maybe they are not supposed to break up now", and "They are so great together."

Source: starN
Written by Jenny @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Kim Bum shows off charismatic look in ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 06:20 AM PST

Flower boy Kim Bum will be returning with a whole new dashing and charismatic look through the upcoming new SBS drama, 'That Winter, The Wind Blows'.

On January 23rd, the drama's producers released new still cuts of Kim Bum filming for the drama. In the photos, the actor is showing off a handsome look with stylish outfits and short hair style.

In the new series, Kim Bum plays the role of Park Jin Sung, a man who calls himself the right-hand man of Oh Soo (played by Jo In Sung) and a professional poker gambler. He will be showing an unchanging love for Hee Sun(Jung Eunji) who has her eyes on another man.

'That Winter, The Wind Blows' tells the love story of Oh Soo, who has grown up as an orphan, and Oh Young (played by Song Hye Kyo), a wealthy blind girl.

SG Wannabe’s Lee Seok Hoon enlists in the army + expects a visit from A Pink

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 06:00 AM PST

SG Wannabe's Lee Seok Hoon has began his two-year mandatory military service.

On January 22, the singer was admitted into the army at the 306th Regiment located in Gyeonggi where he'll undertake basic military training for the next month. After 5 weeks of basic training, he will officially begin his military service as a soldier.

At the army base, he evoked some laughter by indulging in some choco pies, savoring his last snack break as civilian for the next two years.

He also revealed that he will be expecting a visit from girl group A Pink during the interview. The singer shared, "I sent a text message to Huh Gak, and told that he will visit sometime with A Pink. I'm expecting a lot."

Meanwhile, Lee Seok Hoon released his farewell single "As a Man, Not a Friend" as well as held his last fan meeting/mini concert on January 19th at the Yonsei University.

Nell enters Japanese market with ‘Slip Away’

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:45 AM PST

Rock band Nell made their official debut in Japan with the release of their latest album 'Slip Away'.

The album 'Slip Away', which marked their successful comeback to the music scene in four years, was released in Japan on January 23. Containing 11 tracks including the title track "The Day Before", the album is the Japanese version of Nell's fifth Korean studio album released in April of last year

The newly repackaged Japanese version of 'Slip Away' will feature an acoustic version bonus track as well as a DVD of their music video.

A spokesperson for Woollim Entertainment said, "Many fans in Japan have waited for Nell's debut in Japan but we didn't want to rush through the process. We wanted to take time to introduce Nell's music in the country with a rookie mindset."

Official posters for ‘IRIS 2’ revealed

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:30 AM PST

The official posters for the highly-anticipated KBS drama 'IRIS 2' have been unveiled!

On January 23, the production team of 'IRIS 2' released the two different official posters of the series, which features the seven main characters with overwhelming charisma.

In the posters, the seven main characters are dressed in formal black outfits that stand out from the dramatic backgrounds, indicating the upcoming intense action scenes.

Starring Jang Hyuk, Lee Da Hae, Lee Bum Soo, Oh Yeon Soo, Yoon Doojoon, Lim Soo Hyang and Lee Joon, 'IRIS 2'is an action drama series about NSS agents tracing the identity of Mr. Black and Iris, who have penetrated into the governments of all countries.

The series will premiere on February 13.

JYJ’s Jaejoong rehearses with his band for upcoming concert

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:15 AM PST

JYJ's Kim Jaejoong and his band are diligently practicing for upcoming mini concert and fanmeeting 'Your, My and Mine'.

On January 23, JYJ's official Facebook page posted, "Here are pictures of Jaejoong's practicing with rock band! The mini-concert part of 'Your, My and Mine' consists of album tracks, event request songs and surprise songs!"

The mini concert will be held at Kintex on January 26th and 27th in commemoration of his birthday as well as the release of Jaejoong's new solo album, 'I'.

Wonder Girls Sunye’s wedding photos revealed

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 05:02 AM PST

With only three more days before her wedding, Wonder Girls' Sunye revealed photos from her wedding photoshoot.

On January 23, JYP Entertainment released a picture of Sunye and her husband-to-be James Park on the agency's official Twitter with the message, "We're revealing Wonder Girls' Sunye's wedding photo! Isn't she wonderful?"

Taken by famous photographer Oh Joong Suk, the photos show Sunye wearing an elegant wedding gown while her fiance is all suited up with a bowtie.

Sunye will be tying the knot with James Park at the Seoul Lotte Hotel on the 26th.

Rookie band Nevermind releases MV teaser for “Hoi Hoi”

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 04:36 AM PST

After releasing their debut single titled, "Shooting Star" last week, rookie band Nevermind is getting ready to unveil their next single with the release of a music video teaser for "Hoi Hoi".

Nevermind band is composed of four members; One, Hoon, Chang Ha and Ino, which all specialize in pop punk music.

"Hoi Hoi" will be released on January 28th. In the meantime, check out the teaser below!

So Ji Sub releases “Eraser” MV starring Park Shin Hye & Yoo Seung Ho

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 04:28 AM PST

Having already released his latest mini album '6PM… Ground', actor So Ji Sub has now unveiled the full music video for his title track "Eraser".

Released on January 23, the music video for "Eraser" features the love story of actress Park Shin Hye and actor Yoo Seung Ho. The story will continue in part two of the music video.

Check out the MV below:

Photos Jae Joong's birthday party revealed

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 03:10 AM PST

On January 22nd, Hong Seok Cheon uploaded some photos on his twitter with the message "Jae Joong's birthday party. It was great. All of the friends were there to celebrate."

In the photos, Hong Seok Cheon, Song Seung Heon, Jung Seok Won,and director Lee Jae Han are posing together. They look happy and excited for the party.

Netizens commented, "He looks very excited", "Look at all those top stars", and "Kim Jae Joong has some phenomenal friends."

Source: HSC's twitter
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Girls Generation opens a coffee shop "Girls Generation EXPRESS"

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:40 AM PST

Hottest K-pop girl group Girls Generation's store named "Girls Generation EXPRESS" will open on 7th of February in Garosugil, Seoul. 

Girls Generation EXPRESS will be opened at a café Rabbit in the Moon located in Garosugil, Seoul. It was opened to celebrate Valentine's Day and will be selling 40 different products related to Girls Generation. 

It will also sell cakes and sweets including fashion items and interior items. All of the goods and products' motive and concept are related to Girls Generation. Entire concept of the café is to eat, shop, and enjoy at one place. 

Customers with SMTOWN passport, special gift will be given. Many fans and tourists are expected to come and visit. 

Meanwhile, Girls Generation is promoting their new song 'I Got a Boy' and ranked top at various music programs.

Source: bnt news

Written by Jenny @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Super Junior KRY updates fans with a group photo

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 02:10 AM PST

Super Junior KRY's Ryeo Wook updated his Twitter on the 22nd of January.

He wrote,"ended rehearsal,today Super Junior KRY Budokkan Concert, see you there."

The members of Super Junior KRY are seen showing their cute expressions. Fans commented," cute boys","Ryeo Wook won't age","when will they promote in Korea?" and etc.

CN Blue's Yonghwa & Minhyuk snap an adorable selca

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 01:45 AM PST

CN Blue's Yonghwa updated CN Blue's official Twitter with a new message on 23rd January.

He wrote,"Hi everyone, thanks for recording Music Bank with us till so late. Let's be together tomorrow! Reach home safely. Thanks from the bottom of my heart!PS. with Minhyuk."

Fans commented,"Hwaiting","Like your new song","fighting too for tomorrow".

Secret's Zinger VS Zinger Burger

Posted: 23 Jan 2013 12:30 AM PST

On January 18th, Secret's Zinger uploaded a photo through her twitter with a message "I'm not a burger."

In the photo, Zinger is holding a Zinger Burger in the dressing room. Zinger was used to be misunderstood with a fast food's name, which made her embarrassed. 

Netizens commented, "I want to eat it", "She's so cute", "What's wrong with your name? I like it."

On the other hand, Zinger is recently going through a recovery period after getting involved in a car accident back in December.

Source: Zinger twitter
Written by Jenny@ DKPOPNEWS.NET

Shinhwa becomes cheerleaders

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 11:30 PM PST

On January 20cheerleader Kim Yeon Jeong posted 2 photos through herMe2day account with a message, "Took photos with ShinhwaIn the waiting room of Shinhwa Broadcast set. We will keep supporting them all".

In the photo, Kim Yeon Jeong is standing in the middle, wearing a pink dress while the members of Shinhwa are standing around with V signs. In particular, Ericand Shin Hye Sung make fans curious as they are wearing orange cheerleading uniforms. Though dressing as girls, Shinwha members still look cute and happy.

Netizens commented, "Shinhwa fit them well. So beautiful", "Eric has nicemuscleshe looks charming", "I envy you, Yeon Jeong", etc.

In addition, the photo was taken on January 13In that episodeKim Yeon Jeongtaught Shinhwa members cheering movements.

Source: Yeon Jeong me2day
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Psy and Girls’ Generation listed on Fuse’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 11:00 PM PST

Fuse TV featured their 44 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013 rankings, and the two k-pop names having made the list has once again proven k-pop's spread around the world.

Fuse TV explained their choices, commenting on Girls' Generation: "The group is in talks with Interscope Records to release an American version of their latest Korean album though a date, title, and track details are undecided. If a nine-member Korean group making it in the U.S. sounds like a stretch remember two members are from America! Yet we think most will react like David Letterman — with nine women writhing in front of them, he looked like he could barely control himself!"

As for PSY, Fuse TV commented: "He has global appeal now, but Psy has expressed he wants to release his new single in Korean with an accompanying dance featuring "some sports move". The K-pop veteran has said he wants a solo comeback single to prove he can have similar success as "Gangnam Style" without the help of another big name. Can he deliver a song that crosses language barriers…AGAIN?!"

Girls' Generation is currently promoting their newest comeback song "I Got A Boy" in Korea, with the music video having surpassed the 30 million mark on YouTube within just two weeks. PSY on the other hand is currently working on his next album which is expected to include both Korea and English tracks, set for a February or March release.

Source: KBS

Brown Eyed Girls’ Gain to MC Gaon Awards

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 10:30 PM PST

Brown Eyed Girls' Gain is set to make her hosting debut at the upcoming '2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards'.

On January 22, it was announced that Gain had been selected as the female MC for the upcoming '2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards', marking her first time MCing for an award ceremony since her debut 7 years ago.

She will be partnering up with MC Joo Young Hoon, who also co-hosted last year's ceremony together with Girls' Generations' Taeyeon.

The upcoming '2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards' will recognize and award the most-loved songs, musicians and pop artists based on the objective data that Gaon has compiled over the past year. The awards show will also recognize the producers, composers, writers, choreographers, stylists and more who helped influence last year's biggest hits.

The Gaon Awards will take place at the Olympic Hall on February 13 at 7PM.

SECRET’s Jieun reveals Hyosung saved her from major injury during car accident

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST

SECRET's Song Jieun revealed Hyosung saved her from major injury during their recent car accident.

On the January 22nd episode of 'Strong Heart', Jieun talked about the group's car accident that took place last December. She shared, "On our way back home, the car we were riding flipped over. The car hit a guardrail along the road and fell about 5 meters down."

She continued, "When I recovered my consciousness, I realized I was hanging upside down. My lower body was in the van, and my upper body was outside. I was so scared that I burst into crying. Then Hyosung unnie told me, 'Don't cry and calm down. I'll help you get out of there'."

Jieun added, "Someone in the car moved her leg, which made me feel like I'm moving closer to the glass shards. I yelled out to stop moving your legs but it was Hyosung who was on the move in order to rescue me. Thanks to her help I was the least injured among the members and I really appreaciate it."

Boyfriend to sing theme song for ‘Detective Conan’

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 09:30 PM PST

Boyfriend has been selected to sing the theme song for the popular Japanese animated series 'Detective Conan'.

The group's upcoming third Japanese single album's title song "The Melody Of Eyes" has been chosen as the ending theme song for 'Detective Conan'. The song describes the innocent love toward a very special person, and features Boyfriend's emotional vocals.

'Detective Conan' is a popular Japanese detective series that began as a manga series in 1994 and was remade into an animated film, games and more. Boyfriend became the first foreign artist to sing theme song for the series.

"The Melody Of Eyes" will be released on March 27th.

Nine Muses reveal dance version teaser for “Dolls”

Posted: 22 Jan 2013 08:55 PM PST

As their much-awaited return comes closer, Nine Muses released another video teaser for their comeback track, "Dolls", which focuses more on the choreography of the song.

As previously mentions, Nine Muses will be making a comeback with two new unit groups; White Muses and Dark Muses. According to the agency, the group hopes to tell two tales through one song "Dolls" through the two subunits.

Check out the teaser below: