Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"ZE:A Hyung Shik Takes A Heartwarming Two-Shot With U-Know Yunho “We Look Kind Of Similar..”" plus 24 more

"ZE:A Hyung Shik Takes A Heartwarming Two-Shot With U-Know Yunho “We Look Kind Of Similar..”" plus 24 more

ZE:A Hyung Shik Takes A Heartwarming Two-Shot With U-Know Yunho “We Look Kind Of Similar..”

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 07:50 AM PST

ZE:A's Park Hyung Shik recently posted a photo that he took with TVXQ's U-Know Yunho.

Park Hyung Shik posted the photo on his personal Twitter account on the 26th with the caption, "I did the last performance of 'Gwanghwamun Love Song' with TVXQ's U-Know Yunho. I loved seeing him at work, more professional than the pros! Thank you to everyone who gave us your support! You're the best! I think we look kind of similar… sorry."

In the photo, Park Hyung Shik and U-Know Yunho can be seen posing for the camera. The heartwarming photo was completed by the two celebrities' good looks.

Netizens who saw the photo left comments such as, "It's so heartwarming to see them together", "They do look a little similar," and "They look like brothers."

Source: [mydaily]
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Pledis reveals Aron, Baek Ho and Minhyun's teaser photos for their 2nd Mini-album

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 07:31 AM PST

On the 30th, Pledis Entertainment revealed the remaining comeback teasers of NU'EST Members Aron, Baek Ho and Minhyun for their upcoming second mini album.

In, the photos, the members give a mature and sad look, just like the previous teaser for JR and Ren, we can see Minhyun being teary eyed while Aron and Baekho gives a more angry emotion.

with this pictures speculations are rising that their concept will be more of a mature with a sad theme.

L.O.V.E.'s commented.. "This is a new side of NU'EST we have'nt seen yet it makes me excited" "Aron and Baek Ho's gazes it's so intense!" "Minhyun is crying like JR it makes me sad." and "I wonder if the song will have "Tears" in it" "I Hope we get to see NU'EST act in their MV"

Check out the teaser pics below

NU'EST is scheduled to return to the Kpop scene on February 13th with a mini album.

Posted by: foreverJR @ Elite-Rebels
Article Credits: Iceprinceafterschool @Elite-Rebels 

2YOON, “Idols’ music too, has to change now”

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 07:43 AM PST

Last year, agencies who have met up with a crisis in the idols' industry are now facing the reality of "idols' music too, has to change now".

Following the repetition of mainstream idol groups' electronic sounds and dance music, there were thoughts of searching for a different and distinctive music as a breakthrough.

Heo Gayoon and Jeon Jiyoon who has formed 4minute's unit project 2YOON, had such worries when there were plans for releasing a album. When asked for a 'fresh sound' from the composers, they have came up with the country genre that would attract ears.

The title track '24/7′ from their first album 'Harvest Moon' is a country pop. America famous music magazine SPIN has also gave good commentaries on 2YOON's music as 'an reinterpretation of Country (genre) through K-POP'.

Recently in an interview, 2YOON nodded that they "think that idol singers' music should change too".

"As we always sing 4minute's song, when we received this song, it was very fresh. It is probably that we're tired of electronic music. Last year when we went to meet a local producer in America, he said that 'K-pop is perfect, but only at its frame. But it was standardize with the arrangements of the song and electronic sounds.' Therefore, he suggested that we should try songs of different genre." (Jiyoon)

Gayoon added, "In fact, it was hard to follow 4minute's music and dance" and, "Parents were saying, 'It's my daughter's songs but it's really hard to follow'. We want people to sing and dance along together, a song that appeals to the public".

At the end of all these frustration, they've chose to transform musically as well as changing with a natural image.

In the team, Jeon Jiyoon with powerful vocals 'neutral eonnie' and Heo Gayoon with her pretty music style 'chic eonnie', have transformed with a fresh and youthful image. They explained that they put on light make ups and came up with a simple dance, creating a totally cute image.

Among the members, both of them have expressed tiredness (of the team's concept).

Gayoon said, "Among five of us, we talked a lot about music, and that's why we're close" and, "Both of us matched well during our duet cover of Ke$ha's song in our family concert in England and Brazil. Fans have already called us 'Ssangyoon'. It was thought that 'Ssangyoon' would be our name then, but due to some pronunciation issues, we've decided to change to 2YOON," she smiles.

Both of them have also participated in the making of their very own album.

Jiyoon has participated in writing and composing for track 'SseSseSse'. Jiyoon who has shown passion for composing went to Los Angeles, America in October last year to work on it.

"In hopes to find a new music, I've gone to America. BTOB member Peniel's brother-in-law is a music producer and through his connection, I get to go to a famous studio. I was able to meet and have meals with album producers for Katie Perry, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and many more. I even get to meet Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am personally too. I've let them listen to songs that I've composed and made some new songs with them. It was really a great experience." (Jiyoon)

Gayoon, on the other hand, participated as a visual director and even prepared props for their jacket shoot, as well as giving her own fashion style suggestions.

Thanks to their passion, their album this time round has gained good responses from abroad.

Gayoon commented, "There were lots of reaction video for '24/7′ on Youtube, we were shocked of the amount of them" and, "It felt amazing when fans even called us by our individual names. K-POP's strength is indeed great. We even thought that 4minute won't die", she laughed.

The expression 'Won't Die' has let out a endless competitive crisis vibe.

When asked about it, "Our debut song  'Hot Issue' had received attention but as time passed, we always feel insecure and there were times (where we thought) it will die. All the members are greedy, but we couldn't express them. So we've promised among ourselves often, to 'let's work even harder'. We did overseas promotions, and gained strength with all the loves felt. This year, 4minute will be preparing for an album, in order to solidify our base." (Gayoon, Jiyoon)

What is girl groups' hardest challenge?

"We have to go on diet while preparing for our album, that's quite hard. With our busy schedules, it's hard to eat on time, and there were times where we feel like binge eating. I've lost quite some weight this time too." (Gayoon)

With this, Jiyoon continued, "I think I don't have the same mindset as girl groups" and, "There are sweet potatoes, bellflower drinks and many other wrapped food in my bag. I focus on having a healthy eating", she smiled.

Famous as a team with good relationship, they too, have shown love for their members.

Regarding member Hyuna's solo activities which have received the spotlight, Gayoon explained, "Hyuna (was from Wonder Girls and) when she was debuted, it is only natural that she'll gain attention. We don't think that she's competing with us in a different direction" and, "Hyuna received attention as a sexy soloist, Jiyoonie as a composer, Jihyunie in acting and many more, so we never fight. I feel that Hyuna is cool."

This is followed by Jiyoon, "During our duo promotions, there are some members who have free period" and, "But they feel rather sorry. Our maknae Sohyun has cheered us and supported our album through SNS, it's really pretty and we're grateful to her", she expressed.

Source: YonHap News

Hyun Young reveals her baby daughter on ‘Taxi’

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 06:00 AM PST

Entertainer Hyun Young revealed photos of her newborn daughter Da Eun for the first time.

Hyun Young, who is getting ready for her motherhood, made a surprise appearance on the January 28th broadcast of tvN's 'Taxi' and revealed a picture of her baby girl for the first time to the public.

In the episode, when asked her thoughts on cosmetic surgery when her child gets older, Hyun Young shared, "I am making her pretty by massaging her. I'm doing all that I can for her now so that she won't need to."

The 36-year-old TV personality flaunted a picture of her 5-month-old daughter and stated, "I am going crazy because of her. She is so pretty and she laughs all day."

Shinhwa’s Lee Min Woo holds first fan meeting in Taiwan

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 05:00 AM PST

Lee Min Woo, a member of boy band Shinhwa, held his first fan meeting in Taiwan on January 25.

According to Liveworks Company, Lee's agency, Lee had an enjoyable time with about 2,000 fans in the fan meeting, which was titled "2013 Lee Min Woo M-style Show in Taiwan" and was held at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) on Jan. 25.

Lee appeared onstage singing "Believe in Love" from his first mini album and sang hits such as "Just One Night", "Biya" "Minnovation" and "Don't Believe Man", receiving great applause from fans.

He took questions from fans on topics he selected together with fans and had a OX quiz corner event.

Lee said, "This year marks the 15th anniversary of Shinhwa's debut and the 10th anniversary of my debut as a solo artist. I like to meet you again in a concert in Taiwan with new albums both by Shinhwa and M."

A representative of Liveworks Company said, "Tickets for the first fan meeting in Taiwan sold out instantly as soon as ticket sales began last month. Many fans who had no tickets swarmed to the meeting venue."

Source: KBS

Actor Go Soo welcomes his first baby

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 04:30 AM PST

Actor Go Soo and his wife Kim Hye Yeon welcomed a baby boy into their family on January 28th.

Their son was born at the Seoul Asan Hospital a bit earlier than expected. However, both mother and baby are healthy and doing well.

Go Soo and Kim Hye Yeon met in 2008 through a mutual friend and finally tied the knot last year in February after dating for four years.

His healthy son is additional good news to his successful streak career-wise. His melo-drama film 'Band Aid', also starring Han Hyo Ju garnered quite a crowd at the box office; a total of 2.5 million movie-goers. He's currently in the middle of filming yet another new movie, 'On The Way Home'.

Source: KBS

Kim Hyun Joong goes scuba diving in mid-winter

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 04:00 AM PST

On January 29th, Hallyu star Kim Hyun Joong uploaded a number of photos on his Weibo under a short title, "In the middle of winter."

In one of the photos, Kim Hyun Joong is wearing full scuba diving suits and equipments and sitting over the edge of an icy lake. In another cut he looks like a member of a special army unit, and his superior appearance drew a lot of attention.

Netizens commented, "Are you shooting a new movie?", "He's always looking great" and "I envy his look so much."

CNBLUE reveals BTS photos from upcoming limited edition of ‘Re:BLUE’

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 03:30 AM PST

CNBLUE revealed photos of themselves in the middle of producing their upcoming limited edition of 'Re:BLUE'.

FNC Entertainment released behind-the-scenes photos that show the four members of CNBLUE creating the design of the album jackets for the limited edition album. Each member participated in different parts of the album producing, from songwriting to album jacket designs.

CNBLUE will be releasing four versions of limited edition copies of 'Re:BLUE'. The special album will feature the four members on the covers as well as artwork by the members and exclusive postcards.

Hello Venus follows up with "Romantic Love" on Show Champion

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 03:26 AM PST

Hello Venus performs follow up song "Romantic Love" on Show Champion.

the girls received much love from fans with "What Are You Doing Today", "Romantic Love" which is from the same album is popular among fans too, so the girls decided to promote this song on music shows.

Check out their lovely performance below

Asiana Airlines becomes official sponsor of YG Entertainment

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 03:00 AM PST

YG Entertainment has officially named Asiana Airlines as their official carrier.

On January 29, YG's president Yang Min Seok has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Asiana Airlines Inc., one of Korea's two major airlines. The MOU signing ceremony took place at the headquarters of Asiana Airlines in Seoul with the 2NE1 members in attendance.

According to the deals of the MOU, Asiana Airlines will become the exclusive airline for YGE artists' global concerts and activities for the remainder of 2013, providing free airfare or discount to the artists and staff. In return, YGE artists will be helping promote the airline.

Asiana Airlines' Ryu Kwang Hee stated, "We hope that Asiana Airlines will contribute to boosting K-pop and Korea's national image with YG Entertainment."

Shinhwa to return with 15th anniversary concert and new album

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 02:00 AM PST

Legendary group Shinhwa is gearing up to make a return this spring with concerts and a new album.

Shinhwa Company announced that Shinhwa will be making their comeback this March, just in time for their 15th anniversary celebration. The group will hold two-day concert on March 16 and 17 at the Gymnastics Stadium at Seoul's Olympic Park.

In addition, Shinhwa will be releasing their next album after their concert. The group's 11th album, which was initially scheduled for a March release, has been delayed for April instead for an upgraded appearance and music.

A representative stated, "For the fans who consistently showed their support throughout the past 15 years for Shinhwa who debuted in March 1998, March will have a special meaning. Shinhwa wants to keep their promise to fans this year, and the members are working hard so we ask for your continued interest and anticipation."

UKISS wraps up '2013 U-KISS Fan Tour' successfully

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 01:30 AM PST

On January 26th and 27th, UKISS kicked off their '2013 U-KISS Fan Tour' at Jeju Grand Hotel in Jeju island, Korea. Approximately 700 foreign fans were invited.

Within a week, nearly 2,000 reservations were booked but only 700 fans were randomly selected to participate in the event.

Comedian Jung Sun Hee, who is fluent in Japanese, was selected as the MC, and many events were held during two days.

On the second day, the fans participated in making kimchi, the Kimchi were all donated to an orphanage in Jeju island.

NH Media said, "The fan tour was a bit of challenge for us financially, but we are very thankful that many fans still made all the way to Korea."

On the other hand, U-KISS are currently preparing for their next album.

Source: starN
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

Girls' Generation to guest on 'Shinwha Broadcast'

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 01:00 AM PST

On January 28th, it was revealed from a media company that Girls' Generation would appear as guests on JTBC's 'Shinhwa Broadcast'

After SISTAR, Girls' Generation will be the second girl group to appear on 'Shinhwa Broadcast'. Many kpop fans are anticipating Shinhwa and Girls' Generation's interaction in the upcoming episode.

In addition, the members who will appear in the show include Yoona, Taeyeon, Sunny, Sooyoung, Hyoyeon, and Yuri.

Source: newsen
Written by Jenny@dkpopnews

CNBLUE's Yonghwa almost kissed by a male fan

Posted: 30 Jan 2013 12:30 AM PST

KBS2TV's "Entertainment Weekly" aired on January 26th features CNBLUE as guest in geurilla date segment.

CNBLUE made a surprise visit to an amusement park. There was a male fan, after he met the band he couldn't resist his excitement and he began to sing "I'm a loner". He also chose Yonghwa as the most handsome member in CNBLUE.

Then the MC said,"Kiss your favourite CNBLUE member", the members immediately refused and said,"Do not do it".However, the fan didn't care about what the members said, he immediately approached Yonghwa to hug and kiss him, Yongwa become panic.

Written by Clover @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

TVXQ's Changmin,"Nose can speak for men themselves"

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 11:30 PM PST

In the recent recording of KBS's Moonlight Prince, TVXQ's Changmin made the entire filming set burst into laughter with his statement.

The 2nd episode was recorded on January 23rd with Kim Soo Ro as guest. The audience asked the cast some questions about the theme book then the cast later revealed their own stories.

Changmin upon hearing the question, he said,"Nose can speak for men themselves", the  cast then asked,"Where did you hear this?". Changmin became a little shy and said,"The position of the nose is in the center of the face, so it's important", made everyone around laughing over his statement.

The production team talked about Changmin,"Eventhough he's very busy, but he always finds times to study hard. His professionalism and cute image as the youngest member in the cast will make the show more interesting. We really looking forward to how much he will grow from this"

This episode will air on January 29th at 11:10 pm kst

Written by Clover @ DKPOPNEWS.NET

U-Kiss spends quality time with fans

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 11:00 PM PST

U-Kiss spent an intimate time with their fans through their successful '2013 U-KISS Fan Tour' in Jeju Island.

'2013 U-KISS Fan Tour' was held at Jeju Grand Hotel on January 26th and 27th, and approximately 700 fans from different parts of the world were invited. About 2,000 reservations came in only a week after the ticket sales opened, and 700 fans were randomly selected to participate in the event.

U-Kiss prepared a myriad of events where they participated in playing different games, giving live performances and holding a special "Good Night" greeting event. The boys also participated in making kimchi, and they were donated to an orphanage in Jeju.

A representative from NH Media said, "The fan tour was a bit of challenge for us in financial ways, but we are very thankful that many fans still made all the way to Korea."

Source: StarN News

KARA’s Nicole shows friendship with After School’s Nana

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 10:30 PM PST

KARA's Nicole and After School's Nana displayed their close friendship.

On January 29, Nicole tweeted, "Loveable Nana~ It was so good seeing you so much since we spent the end of the year together", and attached a series of photos with her fellow 91-liner.

In the photos, Nicole and Nana are posing affectionately together. The two idols are seen giving a loving hug to each other, expressing their happiness through a tight embrace.

Meanwhile, Nicole and Nana were of project group, Dazzling Red alongside Secret's Hyosung, SISTAR's Hyorin and 4minute's HyunA, for the end-of-year '2012 SBS Gayo Daejun' last year.

IU joins hands with Janet Jackson producers for Japanese album

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST

IU has a busy year ahead of her, with comeback plans for not only Korea, but Japan as well. She will be releasing a new Japanese album come March.

According to HMV, a Japanese music retail chain, IU will be releasing original songs specially produced for her Japanese promotions for the first time. LOEN Entertainment, IU's agency, also confirmed that the singer will be releasing an album full of original songs in Japan on March 20th.

Big names will be taking part on the project. Hit-makers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis will be working with IU. These two are famed for working with Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Boyz II Men.

IU will also be starring in the upcoming new KBS drama on KBS 2TV, 'You're The Best Lee Soon-shin' alongside Jo Jung Sook in March.

Source: KBS

Baek Ji Young used to dislike Seo In Young?

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 09:36 PM PST

Baek Ji Young recently shared a surprising story of her relationship with fellow singer Seo In Young.

On January 29th, Baek Ji Young appeared on SBS 'Strong Heart' and explained the stories and rumors behind her relationship with Seo In Young. The singer confessed, "I did not like Seo In Young because she was so lively, and looked like a Barbie doll."

Baek Ji Young continued, "However, later when I talked to her, I found out that she wasn't hateful at all. But, I thought I was going to lose for some reason if I start liking her."

She then proceeded to share about the incident when she made Seo In Young cry. She said, "I was in the same waiting room as Lyn when Seo In Young came in and they started to chat together. I lost my temper and said, 'Hey, I don't think you're in the position to be coming in here and start chatting it up loudly.'"

"She went out after apologizing, and my manager told me that she cried right after she left. I was very stressed out because of my throat condition back then," she continued. "Afterwards, we ran into each other at a party. She came up to me and apologized. She is such a nice person, and I promised that I would never talk like that to her."

Source: StarN News

Super Junior-M to release ‘Break Down’ in Korea

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 09:00 PM PST

Super Junior-M, a subgroup comprising core members of Super Junior, will be releasing its newest album in Korea.

On January 29 SM Entertainment announced the Super Junior-M will release a Korean version of their second album 'Break Down' on January 31. The original Chinese version of the album was released on January 7 through local music sites as well as iTunes in Korea, China and Taiwan.

The album features 10 tracks in total, including title track "Break Down", "GO", "Good Bye, My Love" and a few others that show Super Junior's musical color most vividly.

Super Junior-M will be kicking off their Korean promotions starting on 'M! Countdown' on January 31.

Hello Venus to begin follow-up promotions with “Romantic Love” + releases making-of video

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 08:30 PM PST

After wrapping up their comeback promotions for title track "What Are You Doing Today", girl group Hello Venus will be starting follow-up promotions with another track, "Romantic Love".

On January 30th, it was confirmed that Hello Venus will continue their promotional activities with the track "Romantic Love", which was also included in their second mini album. "Romantic Love" is a medium tempo, pop track that will highlight the group's smooth vocals.

Hello Venus will once again showcase their romantic and innocent side with their first follow-up stage of "Romantic Love" on the upcoming episode of MBC Music's 'Show Champion'.

Check out the BTS clip below:

SISTAR19’s Bora and Ahn Jae Hyun shares forehead kiss together for “Gone Not Around Any Longer” MV

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 08:00 PM PST

With just a day before SISTAR19's highly-anticipated comeback, Starship Entertainment has released another teaser photos from the unit's upcoming music video.

The new teaser photos show Bora and actor Ahn Jae Hyun portraying a couple in love while sharing an emotional hug and forehead kiss together for the "Gone Not Around Any Longer" music video.

"Gone Not Around Any Longer" is composed by Brave Brothers and portrays a girl becoming a woman after falling in love and breaking up. It will once again show off Hyorin's talented vocal and Bora's wonderful raps and dance performances.

LEDApple covers Big Bang’s “Love Song”

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 07:42 PM PST

LEDApple is making buzz yet again with their impressive cover of Big Bang's "Love Song".

On January 29th, the group's official Youtube uploaded new video of the group performing a cover of Big Bang's "Love Song". Adding up some guitar, bass and drums sound, LEDApple gives the track an impressive rock twist.

Check out the cover below:

GLAM reveals “I Like That” B-Boy remix version ft. Zinni

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 07:20 PM PST

GLAM has released another dance practice video featuring member Zinni performing a B-Boy remix version of their latest title track, "I Like That".

"I Like That" showcases an exquisite and sensible melody plus a retro vibe. The remix version displays Zinni's B-boy inspired choreography, giving the track a more hip hop feel.

Check out the clip below:

ALi releases “Eraser” MV starring Choi Ji Woo

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 07:01 PM PST

After releasing the preview track "Selfish" earlier this month, talented singer ALi is making her official comeback by releasing the music video for her latest track, "Eraser".

"Eraser" is the title track of ALi's second mini-album of the same name. This marks the singer's first comeback in 13 months since the release of her first full-length album. Actress Choi Ji Woo is helping out the singer with her return.

ALi's Yedang Entertainment revealed that Choi Ji Woo agreed to appear in the music video for free as she has close ties with the agency, which used to serve as Choi Ji Woo's old agency.

Check out the MV below: