Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"B.A.P’s Zelo shares an “ugly” picture" plus 19 more

"B.A.P’s Zelo shares an “ugly” picture" plus 19 more

B.A.P’s Zelo shares an “ugly” picture

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 09:10 AM PST

It’s hard to make something beautiful turn ugly, but B.A.P‘s Zelo tried his best. Zelo, who is known as a “giant baby” for his combination of cute visuals and tall height became “ugly” in a hilarious selca.

Zelo shared on his Twitter,

Attached was a link to an instagram photo where Zelo was doing his best to be ugly by pulling down the bags under his eyes and sticking out his tongue. But fans weren’t convinced and his funny face only reminded us that our Zelo is still a “giant baby” at heart.

Fans commented, “I want to be as ugly as you”, “Zelo is so cute”, and “I like your style.”

B.A.P recently made a comeback with “One Shot” and will hold their first solo concert ‘B.A.P LIVE ON EARTH SEOUL on the 23rd and 24th.

Jackie Chan to produce own K-pop group, ‘Double JC’

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 08:39 AM PST

Apparently, Jackie Chan isn’t targeting the Korean market just through his new movie!

His Korean management label Jackie Chan Korea revealed that they’re preparing an idol group named ‘Double JC‘ and they will debut in May or June. All members of the group are Korean, and have been trainees for about 8 years. Their debut album is produced by old school hip hop artist Hyun Jin Young, who was trained under Lee Soo Man and happens to be the very first artist of SM Entertainment.

There is no detailed information on the group yet, such as number of members, information on their gender or age. However, Jackie Chan paid a visit to the group while he was in Korea to promote ‘Chinese Zodiac‘. The only hint we have comes from Hyun Jin Young, who said, “They’re very unique. They have an inexplicable charm that’s hard to find in Korea. They’re going to release a Korean and Chinese song and target both Korea and China simultaneously.

What do you think this group will be like? Perhaps they can incorporate some martial arts in their choreography.

Image: TVReport

Instiz releases chart rankings for the third week of February 2013

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 08:06 AM PST

The Instiz chart combines the overwhelming variety of charts that South Korea uses to rank music sales, and it’s also what fans use to determine whether their favorite artist has achieved an “All-Kill”.

Check out the chart rankings for the third week of February (February 11 to February 17) below! (Note: This weeks report was delayed as Instiz website was down for maintenance).


Instiz Chart Singles Ranking

1. SISTAR19 – “Gone Not Around Any Longer” – 40,573 Points

2. LeeSSang ft. Eugene of The SEEYA – “Tears” – 22,235 Points

3. Huh Gak ft. Yoo Seung Woo – “Monodrama” – 17,746 Points

4. Bae Chi Gi ft. Ailee – “Shower Of Tears” – 16,306 Points

5. Davichi – “Don’t You Know” – 11,929 Points

6. Seo In Guk ft. Verbal Jint – “All I Want Is You” – 10,071 Points

7. CNBLUE – “I’m Sorry” – 10,004 Points

8. Huh Gak – “1440″ – 9,937 Points

9. 4men – “Hello It’s Me” – 8,446 Points

10. BoA – “Disturbance” – 7,851 Points

Source: Instiz iCHART

INFINITE’s ’2013 Fan Meeting’ video teaser released

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 07:30 AM PST

INFINITE have released a video teaser for their upcoming fan meeting!

As reported earlier, tickets to the ‘2013 INFINITE Fan Meeting‘ (‘INFINITE Rally‘) sold out soon after they were open to the public. Fans will probably get a little nostalgic over the video teaser as it takes you through all of INFINITE’s promotions so far.

The fan meeting will take place on the 997th day since the group’s debut on March 1st at 5PM KST at the Olympic Park in Seoul.

Check out the teaser video below!

Who beat Psy’s “Gangnam Style” in terms of YouTube popularity?

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 07:05 AM PST

Everyone knows Psy‘s huge success story with “Gangnam Style“.

The music video became the first video on YouTube to reach over 1 billion views, and that number is still growing. However, is he really the top Korean celebrity on YouTube? To answer the question, researchers from LG Economics Lab used a YouTube analyzer to find the top 15 videos that had the most views in early February.

Out of the 15 videos, there were 4 “Gangnam Style” related videos, 5 Big Bang music videos, and 3 Girls’ Generation music videos. Of course, out of all the videos, Psy’s video ranked #1 with the view count currently at over 1.3 billion. “Gee” came next with about 96,400,000 views, and “The Boys” ranked #3 with 67,270,000.

However, is the view count enough to determine how popular a video is? Probably not, since a promotional video needs a good response from its viewers to have the best effect. For this reason, the researchers decided to look at the number of ‘Likes‘ as well.

In terms of ‘Likes’, the best video was Big Bang’s “Monster“, which only ranked at #14 in terms of views. On the other hand, “The Boys” received 1.5 times more comments than the average K-pop related YouTube video, but only received 71% of the average ‘Likes’ ratio. As for “Gangnam Style”, the video got 1.04 times more comments than average, and 87% of the average ‘Like’ ratio.

So which video do you think is the best K-pop video on YouTube?

Actress Kim Hyo Jin gets comfortable in underwear for ‘Dazed and Confused’

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 06:41 AM PST

Actress Kim Hyo Jin got comfortable in Calvin Klein underwear for the March issue of ‘Dazed and Confused‘ magazine.

During the shoot, the all-female staff looked on in envy as Kim Hyo Jin revealed her sexy charm and toned body. The star originally debuted as a model before becoming an actress, but this was her first time doing a pictorial for underwear. The photos have left her fans as well as netizens impressed for obvious reasons.

On top of being beautiful, it seems the actress is a pleasure to work with as well. The staff complimented her for her easygoing and professional attitude, and one commented, “She looked so beautiful in whatever pose she chose to do. Cut by cut, her photos got closer and closer to perfect.

Which picture got your attention the most?

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YG Entertainment’s Sean, Daesung, and Yoo In Na join forces to open children’s hospital

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 06:15 AM PST

YG Entertainment artists took time off of their busy schedules and stepped up to open a children’s rehabilitation hospital.

Sean, Big Bang‘s Daesung, and Yoo In Na joined forces for the ‘$10 Miracle‘ project, which is raising funds to build a children’s hospital, by donating a total of 30 million won (~27,800 USD) under the ‘YG WITH Campaign‘.

The campaign is led by none other than The Purme Foundation ambassador Sean, who’s asking participants to donate $10 daily for one year, a total of $3650 for children in need. Makeup brand Kiehl helped organize the charity event through the ‘Kiehl’s Mr. Bone Project‘. Over 1500 celebrities participated in the campaign throughout the years including YG Entertainment labelmates Psy, Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Tablo, Gummy, Jinusean, and more.

Super Junior’s Ryeowook lists the idol stars he wants in his ‘Ryeo Line’

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 05:50 AM PST

Super Junior‘s Ryeowook has been keeping an eye out for idol stars who can potentially join his “Ryeo Line.”

In an interview with @star1, Ryeowook revealed, “My dream for 2013 is to create a ‘Ryeo Line.’” He then went on to name the idol stars that he wants to recruit, listing, ZE:A‘s Hyungsik, INFINITE‘s Sunggyu, my EXO dongsengs, and SHINee‘s Onew would be good. I want to form a ‘Ryeo Line’ that includes members who are kind and sing well.”

“I’ve always been the maknae [of Super Junior] and I’m an only child, so I’ve never been called ‘hyung.’ Whenever I hear ‘Ryeowook hyung,’ I feel trustworthy, and it makes me happy. I want to become a sunbae who [my hoobaes] won’t be ashamed of.”

Source + image(s): @star1 via Naver

B1A4 to represent ‘Litmus’

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 05:25 AM PST

In addition to renewing their endorsement contract with Hats On, B1A4 have landed another deal with casual clothing brand Litmus.

A representative from Litmus stated, “We look forward to seeing B1A4 representing our brand’s image with their individuality and healthy energy. We successfully concluded a photo shoot with B1A4 on February 7th at a studio in Seoul.”

With ’2013 spring/summer rhythmical’ set as the theme, the members went for a youthful and vibrant, stylish image.

B1A4 have racked up deals with school uniforms, hats, games, and sports brands, and according to their agency, they’re continuing to receive love calls from various beverage, ice cream, and mobile phone carrier companies.

SECRET’s Ji Eun doesn’t like returning gifts

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 05:00 AM PST

SECRET‘s Ji Eun told her fans that she’s not too fond of returning gifts.

On February 18th, Ji Eun tweeted, “No returning gifts,” along with the photo above. The idol star looks a bit tired, but netizens were still impressed by her clear skin. She also managed to look adorable in a baggy, camo outfit.

Fans commented, “She looks cute with makeup and innocent without makeup“, “A bare-faced selca gift? I won’t return it~“, “I like her fashion style“, and more.

What do you think of Ji Eun’s military look? And what gift do you think she’s referring to?

2BiC wrap up their live stream show ’2BiC’s Big Show’

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 04:36 AM PST

All good things come to an end, and the same goes for ‘2BiC’s Big Show‘. The talented vocal duo 2BiC held the final broadcast of their USTREAM live program on the 19th.

Ji Hwan sent his farewell to viewers, saying, “When we first started ‘Big Show’, we had a lot of worries, but the final 12th episode of the show came so suddenly. We will really miss it. More than anything else, we liked talking to our viewers through the live chat. We were able to show a more honest side to ourselves, so we enjoyed it.”

Joon Hyung also shared, “We thank the viewers who showed their love. We’ll be active with album and broadcast activities, so we don’t disappoint our fans. If the opportunity comes again, we hope to gather various experiences and return for a second season.”

2BiC ended another chapter in their career to focus on preparing for their upcoming album. During the final broadcast, 2BiC gave their final greetings through a live chat and answered song requests by viewers.

Fans were told to anticipate ‘big’ things from their album. “[This album] contains a little more of our own style than our previous songs. The title track is an R&B song with a slow tempo that portrays the sorrow felt after a breakup. This was our first time recording for so long. That’s how much effort was put into the album. Please look forward to it.”

Stay tuned for more details on 2BiC’s upcoming album!

SISTAR’s Hyorin talks like a guy before going on stage?

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 04:11 AM PST

On the February 20th broadcast of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Vitamin‘, SISTAR‘s Hyorin revealed an interesting vocal technique.

When asked how she maintains her trademark husky voice, Hyorin shared, “I talk in a low voice. Because my family’s vocal chords are generally weak, if we get together and talk, we get hoarse easily. Because it’s something I’m born with, I pay attention to taking care of my voice.”

She continued to say that she purposefully lowers her voice before going on stage. “If I’m not feeling well, you can immediately tell by my voice. Before I go on stage, I talk to release my throat or else it closes up. So I talk in a low pitched voice to bring the least stress to my vocal chords.”

Bora added, “As long as I don’t catch a bad cold, I have a naturally high tone. My voice is the opposite of Hyorin’s, and I think that’s the secret to our success.”

The things idols have to do to be the B.E.S.T.

HaHa is determined to give you a heart attack with his hamburger

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 03:45 AM PST

HaHa must have watched one too many extreme food shows. The singer and TV personality decided to create his own special heart-attack hamburger.

On the latest QTV‘s ‘Porridge Making Woman Undying Man‘, HaHa and his mother were given high quality Korean beef for a cooking competition. For his own dish, HaHa slapped a huge piece of meat on top of a burger patty and topped it all off with a large amount of cheese and mayonnaise.

Kim Won Hee came out as a guest to taste the dishes, and her eyes went huge after seeing HaHa’s monstrous burger. She claimed, “This is going to go over 10,000 calories,” snapping a bunch of photos of HaHa’s cooking process for her food blog.

How many of you would be willing to eat HaHa’s heart-attack hamburger?

4minute’s Jihyun divulges her thoughts on marriage

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 03:26 AM PST

When does 4minute‘s Jihyun want to get married? According to the idol, she’s more concerned with the question “Who?” than “When?”.

During the press conference for KBS2‘s ‘Love and War 2- Idol Special‘, Jihyun commented, “What’s important is not when you get married but to whom you get married to. When I meet the right person, I want to get married.

She also added, “I always wanted to act. I’m glad I got the opportunity to do lifestyle acting through ‘Love and War 2′. I’m looking forward to it because the story fits with my age group.

‘Love and War 2- Idol Special’, featuring Z:EA‘s Dongjun, 4minute’s Jihyun, and Jewelry‘s Yewon, will air on March 8th at 11:05PM KST.

Considering Wonder Girls Sun‘s marriage, do you think we’ll be seeing more idols walk down the aisle in the near future?

Which TEEN TOP member is a world star?

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 02:56 AM PST

Well, all of them, of course.

However, Chunji threw everyone for a loop when he tweeted, “Hallyu star Lee Byung Hun finally graduated ^^ As a hyung, I hope he works hard in college~ ♥ -Chunji.

This made fans question – How could Lee Byung Hun have just graduated high school? The actor is 42 years old, and he even has a graduate degree. It turns out that L.Joe‘s real name is Lee Byung Hun as well – as his high school graduation photo reveals.

All the same, this Lee Byung Hun might be better looking than the actor. Maybe the secret to fame and good looks is in the name?

In other news, TEEN TOP is preparing to make a comeback with the group’s first full-length album, ‘No.1‘.

NU’EST’s Ren gets confused as a member of Hello Venus

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 02:30 AM PST

Netizens were left questioning whether NU’EST‘s Ren is a member of Hello Venus after seeing a photo of the idols together at the ‘2013 Idol Star Athletics Championship‘.

Ren, looking pretty in a yellow tracksuit, made fans do a double take due to his feminine facial features and thin frame. Pledis Entertainment stated, “Among the NU’EST members, he suits glamorous and dramatic fashion best, and because he has refined features, we think people see him in that way even more. In reality, he’s a man’s man with a lot of charisma and a strong sense of loyalty.”

Netizens commented, “Ren could very well be a Hello Venus member”, “He’s pretty, but he’s also very mysterious looking”, and more.

In other news, NU’EST recently made a comeback with their second mini album ‘Hello‘.

What do you think? Could Ren blend in as a member of Hello Venus?

KARA heads to the gym for K-SWISS

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 02:10 AM PST

The ladies of KARA took on a sporty image for K-SWISS.

Although the girls are known for their cute, sexy appeal, they went chic and sporty for K-SWISS’ 2013 spring/summer “It’s my showtime” photo shoot.

K-SWISS chose KARA as endorsement models because, “KARA’s sexy and healthy charm matched well with K-SWISS’ new 2013 product line. We are looking forward to getting a good response from consumers.

Check out KARA’s K-SWISS photo shoot below!

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Tip: Itsme

Son Dam Bi channels Bob Marley for her latest hairstyle

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 01:50 AM PST

Son Dam Bi seems to have channeled Bob Marley for her latest hairstyle. The singer, who’s been on a trip overseas, was seen sporting dreadlocks in a recent selca update.

On February 19th, Son Dam Bi tweeted, “Songee’s work. Reggae hair hahaha. My skateboard is pretty ^^,” and shared the above picture.

As expected, her fans were surprised by the change as she’s usually rocking a more feminine style. They commented, “You can pull anything off“, “It’s nice to see a new look“, “Is this you?“, “Why that hair?”, and more.

Do you think Son Dam Bi should make this “jammin” new look permanent?

Clazziquai and other indie artists to headline ‘Marie Claire Music & Film Festival’

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 01:32 AM PST

After making their comeback after three and a half years with “Love Recipe“, Clazziquai will continue to promote by performing at the ‘Marie Claire Music & Film Festival‘ at Seoul’s Cheongdam CGV MCUBE on the 22nd.

The music and film festival will feature a wide range of genres and indie artists, including KBS 2TV‘s ‘Top Band‘ contestants Monni and female electronica musician Trampoline.

The three-day ‘Marie Claire Music & Film Festival’ will be started off by Jang Kiha and the Faces on the 21st, followed by Clazziquai on the 22nd, and Yoon Jong Shin, Cho Jung Chi, and Hareem‘s project group Shinchireem on the 23rd.

Tiny G’s Mint not too tiny to b-boy

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 01:11 AM PST

Tiny-G‘s Mint proved that she’s not too tiny to pull off difficult b-boy moves.

Tiny-G tweeted snapshots of Mint taken during practice that show her in the midst of a difficult ‘freeze’ dance technique. Mint’s handstand and 90-degree leg cross impressed fans.

She’s previously received praise and recognition for b-boying from well-known b-boy idol Jay Park when Tiny-G was featured on MBC Music‘s ‘Music and Lyrics‘ as well.

Check out Tiny-G’s dance practice video for their latest single “MINIMANIMO” below!