Friday, February 15, 2013

"JYJ and Psy to perform at Park Geun Hye’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony" plus 19 more

"JYJ and Psy to perform at Park Geun Hye’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony" plus 19 more


JYJ and Psy to perform at Park Geun Hye’s Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 09:03 AM PST

K-pop superstars JYJ and Psy will be performing at the 18th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of South Korean President Park Geun Hye to be held on the 25th.

The ceremony which will take place on the front lawn of the National Assembly Building and will showcase videos and songs reflecting upon each generation of Korean history. JYJ were chosen to represent the 1990 to 2000 generation with their remix stage of Seo Taiji & Boys‘ “I Know“. Psy will also perform his hit songs “Champion” and “Gangnam Style“.

C-JeS Entertainment stated, “We are grateful that we get to participate in this national event as a representative of the generation’s artists. We promise to prepare well to display a good performance.”

Catch their performances at the 18th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on the 25th!

Psy covers the entire cost of Lim Yoon Taek’s funeral expenses

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 08:33 AM PST

It has been revealed that superstar Psy secretly covered the entire cost Ulala SessionLim Yoon Taek‘s funeral expenses. The fees added up to a total of 40 million won (~$37,000 USD) and this was Psy’s way of paying his final respect to the talented musician.

YG Entertainment commented, “This is something Psy personally did on his own and asked to keep it as a top secret, and it’s surprising that it was revealed somehow. Psy didn’t want to take away any attention from the deceased. He was hurt that there was nothing he could do.”

Psy quickly returned to Korea on the 12th from Malaysia upon hearing the news of Lim Yoon Taek’s passing. He stayed at the funeral for two hours to console the deceased’s family and stated, “An amazing person has left us. Please mourn for him.”

Lim Yoon Taek passed away on the 11th after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Tip: nate

CNBLUE & FNC Entertainment issue an official apology to Crying Nut

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 08:02 AM PST

CNBLUE released an official apology to indie band Crying Nut and pleaded for a reconciliation on the lawsuit filed against the idol band for copyright infringement.

On the 15th, CNBLUE’s agency FNC Entertainment released an official statement on their homepage, “During the urgent situation of a live broadcast, we could not properly discern the song and led our artists to perform it on stage which we admit our agency is undeniably at fault and issue an apology.”

“The controversial broadcast material was released in the DVD without our knowledge, and we couldn’t catch on and respond to the distribution process beforehand. We are also regretful of how this issue arose today. On behalf of the members, we sincerely send our apology to sunbaes Crying Nut for the trouble inflicted upon them through this chain of events. We have a deep understanding of the problem raised and we promise that we will work hard to prevent these things from happening in the future. However, regarding the DVD as according to the news releases of various media outlets and broadcasters, we will say once again that we did not participate in its commercial release. We express our deep regret at the recently surfaced controversy involving CNBLUE. This will serve as a learning experience and we will do our best to prevent another incident like this from happening. We will do our best to create a smooth reconciliation concerning this issue.”

Crying Nut filed a lawsuit against CNBLUE because the idol band previously performed Crying Nut's "Offside" on 'M!Countdown' back in 2010 and the recorded performance was later included in their DVD released in Japan. However, Mnet had stepped forward to say they would be taking responsibility for the lawsuit. Crying Nut responded by asking Mnet to not interfere in their lawsuit against CNBLUE.

Source: FNC Website

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Super Junior’s Kangin gets noticed for his weight loss

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 07:29 AM PST

Super Junior‘s Kangin has been getting noticed for his slimmer look.

Kangin mentioned that he’s lost a good amount of weight recently. He tweeted, “Starting from the end of last November, I [dedicated myself] to losing weight. I currently weigh 73kg (160lbs), which is 15kg (33lbs) less than I was [at that time],” along with the selca above.

Fans and netizens noticed at the ‘2nd Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards‘ on the 13th that Kangin looks less heavy than he did before. They commented, “Your jawline is more noticeable now”, “You look a lot better”, “I want to know his secret”, and more.

How does he look?

B2ST’s ‘Selca Book by BEAST’ hits bestseller list

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 07:05 AM PST

B2ST‘s photo book ‘Selca Book by BEAST‘ has hit the bestseller list soon after pre-orders started on the 13th KST.

The members of B2ST personally took selcas for the photo book during their day-to-day activities. They also wrote small messages to go along with each photo.

‘Selca Book by BEAST’, which contains around 500 images, is separated into the following chapters: ‘Unforgettable Moment’, ‘A Pleasant Memory’, ‘Joyful Days’, ‘Happiness Story’, ‘Thank You for Everything’, and ‘Until We Meet Again’.

The moment pre-orders started online, it rose to 2nd place on the bestseller list at Kyobo Bookstore. Pre-orders will close on the 20th KST.

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Team H releases “Feel the Beat” MV teaser

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 06:40 AM PST

Team H, composed of actor Jang Geun Suk and DJ Big Brother, have released the music video teaser for “Feel the Beat“.

The duo debuted with their album 'Lounge H – The First Impression' last year, and they’ll be returning with ‘I Just Wanna Have Fun‘. “Feel the Beat” will be included in their upcoming album, which releases on February 27th.

Check out the “Feel the Beat” MV teaser below!

Dynamic Duo’s Gaeko releases “Rhythm is Life” MV teaser

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 06:15 AM PST

Dynamic Duo‘s Gaeko has released the music video teaser for “Rhythm is Life“.

“Rhythm is Life” will be a part of Amoeba Culture‘s upcoming project album, ‘NOWorkend‘, which will feature the agency artists’ own productions. The title of the album reflects its theme to take a break in your daily life. Gaeko participated in the creation of the album’s artwork and music video as well.

“Rhythm is Life” will be released on February 19th.

Check out the MV teaser below!

Orange Caramel releases short PV for “Cookies, Cream & Mint”

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 05:47 AM PST

Orange Caramel have released the short PV for “Cookies, Cream & Mint” from their upcoming Japanese album.

The After School subunit debuted in Japan last year with “Yasashii Akuma” and “Lipstick/Lum no Love Song“, and now they’ll be releasing their self-titled album on March 13th. The album will include “Cookies, Cream & Mint” as well as some of their hit Japanese and Korean songs.

Check out the short PV below!

[Spoilers] Jo In Sung receives praise for his acting in ‘Wind Blows in Winter’

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 05:20 AM PST

Actor Jo In Sung has been receiving praise for his facial expressions in the new SBS drama 'Wind Blows in Winter'.

On the episodes aired on February 13th and 14th, Jo In Sung dominated the small screen by expressing self-control, anxiety, and anger.

He masterfully expressed a large range of emotions felt by his character Oh Soo by acting out the sorrows of living a life he hates, losing faith and being angry at love after being betrayed, and the conflicting emotions he has for Oh Young (played by Song Hye Gyo).

Not only this, but when Oh Soo got stabbed by Jo Moo Chul (played by Kim Tae Woo), his expression was so realistic that viewers commented they felt the pain with him.

Jo In Sung's amazing portrayal of his character Oh Soo not only increased the quality of the drama, but as lead, he’s moving the plot smoothly.

'Wind Blows in Winter' airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 9:55PM KST.

Are you watching this series?

‘Birth of a Great Star’ contestant Megan Lee signs with Soul Shop Entertainment

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 04:51 AM PST

MBC‘s ‘Birth of a Great Star‘ contestant and YouTube star Megan Lee has signed with veteran singer Kim Tae Woo‘s agency Soul Shop Entertainment!

Soul Shop Entertainment confirmed, “We think highly of Megan Lee’s passion and talent for music and future potential. We signed with her last September. After signing the contract, Megan Lee immediately entered training, and after receiving Soul Shop Entertainment’s lessons, she is planned to make her official debut this year.”

Megan Lee also participated in labelmate Kim Tae Woo’s upcoming album ‘T-LOVE‘, which will be released on the 20th. They sang a duet titled “Oppa“, increasing fans’ curiosity about their collaboration.

A representative revealed, “Kim Tae Woo discovered Megan Lee through YouTube and personally recommended her to the agency, and she was recruited. [Kim Tae Woo will always support Megan Lee's music activities].”

Congrats, Megan!

Tip: Laura

Kim Soo Hyun gives suggestions on fashion items for ‘ZIOZA’ spring pictorial

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 04:20 AM PST

Actor Kim Soo Hyun became the model for male fashion brand ZIOZA‘s spring advertisement photo shoot.

He wore slim-fitting items with trendy colors as well as flower-patterned ties, scarves, and shirts to match with military mood suits.

A marketing representative from the brand commented, “For the spring pictorial, Kim Soo Hyun brought out his charms by wearing his own style. On the photo shoot set, Kim Soo Hyun suggested a casual trench coat and a camouflage scarf for the pictorial.

What do you think of his suggestions?

Wonder Girls’ Yenny reveals she wants to get married quickly like Sun

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 03:50 AM PST

During a recent filming for SBS‘ ‘1000 Song Broadcast‘, Wonder GirlsYenny shared her thoughts on fellow member Sun‘s recent marriage.

MC Lee Hwi Jae asked, “Fellow member Sun became the first idol to get married, so how does it feel as a Wonder Girls’ member?” Yenny honestly replied, “After seeing my closest friend get married, I want to get married quickly too.”

Sun recently tied the knot with James Park last month.

Catch this episode on the 17th!

IU appointed as honorary police officer

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 03:19 AM PST

Singer IU was appointed an honorary police officer to fight school violence.

IU made a special appearance at the National Police Agency’s police commission ceremony in Seodaemungu, Seoul on the 15th. The singer, who is known for her cute and bright image, received recognition as an honorary police officer for the ceremony and was appointed as the school violence prevention ambassador.

The event was held in part to encourage police officers and the public to report and root out school violence. Comedians Jung Tae Ho, Park Sung Kwang, Shin Bora of the Brave Guys were also made honorary officers.

In other news, IU is starring in the upcoming KBS 2TV drama ‘You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin‘ which will premiere in March after ‘My Daughter Seoyoung‘. She’s also releasing her first Japanese mini album on March 20th.

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SISTAR19 wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + performances from February 15th!

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:45 AM PST

KBS' '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, NU’EST, Two X, B.A.P, and Rainbow held their comeback stages, while EXID subunit Dasoni debuted.

As for the winners, SISTAR19 faced off against Baechigi for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was SISTAR19 who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "Gone Not Around Any Longer".

Congratulations to SISTAR19!

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Rainbow come back with “Tell Me Tell Me” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:33 AM PST

Rainbow have made a comeback with their first full Korean album 'Rainbow Syndrome – 1st Original Album Part 01′ as well as their title track "Tell Me Tell Me".

It's been a year and 7 months since the group has promoted a single, and they've split their new album into two parts with the first released this past week.

Check out their comeback performance of "Golden Touch" and "Tell Me Tell Me" below!

B.A.P take the stage with “One Shot” on ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:22 AM PST

B.A.P have made a comeback with "One Shot"!

The music video is reported to have cost 1 billion KRW (approximately 910,000 USD). The entire filming process took over 100 hours, and the boys filmed in both Korea and Philippines on 10 different sets. The members are said to have all participated in the theme, concept, and even the lyrics writing for the song, making the the title track even more meaningful.

Check out their comeback stage with “Rain Sound” and “One Shot” below!

Two X return with “Ring Ma Bell” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:13 AM PST

Two X have released their second single "Ring Ma Bell"!

Two X made their debut with "Double Up" last August and have returned to greet their fans on Valentine's Day. Hit producer Rado worked with Two X on their title track, which is an electronic dance song with lyrics that portray a confession of love.

Check out their comeback performance below!

NU’EST return with “Hello” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:07 AM PST

NU'EST is back with "Hello"!

As mentioned before, the music video depicts the story of a man who witnesses his girlfriend meeting up with another man. Actress Nam Bora as well as members JR and Minhyun are featured in the MV.

Check out their comeback performance below!

EXID subunit Dasoni debut with “Goodbye” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 02:01 AM PST

EXID subunit 'Dasoni', made up of members Solji and Hani, have made their debut.

The duo released their first digital single "Goodbye" on February 15th KST. As the vocalists of EXID, Solji and Hani are expected to impress fans with their singing ability and powerful voices.

Check out their debut stage below!

SHINee releases teaser PV for “Fire”

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 01:30 AM PST

SHINee have released their teaser PV for their upcoming Japanese single “Fire“.

The title track for SHINee's 7th Japanese single has the theme: "the determination of love that blazes up like a moment of flame." Ishiwatari Junji wrote the lyrics, BACHLOGIC served as track-maker, and it was mixed by D.O.I.. For its coupling track, the single will include the song, "MOON RIVER WALTZ".

"Fire" will be released in both limited and regular editions on March 13th. The limited edition DVD will contain two video clips for "Fire" as well as its making-of footage.

Check out the jacket covers and track list here and the teaser PV below!