Friday, March 8, 2013

"EXO’s official website hints at comeback?" plus 19 more

"EXO’s official website hints at comeback?" plus 19 more


EXO’s official website hints at comeback?

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 09:12 AM PST

Is EXO finally gearing up for a comeback?

It’s been almost a year since both EXO-K and EXO-M debuted with “MAMA“, and fans have been eagerly waiting for their comeback. There have been hints for a very long time, with tweets from various producers posting photos and sharing news they have worked with the boys along with various supposed wolf-like leaks of songs.

Finally, there seems to be some sort of confirmation from SM Entertainment themselves. The official SMTOWN websites of both EXO-K & EXO-M listed an ‘EXO Korea Showcase‘ under the boys’ career section under their profile tab. The showcase is scheduled to be held on March 31, which falls in line with various rumors that the boys would be returning in the end of March.

Stay tuned to allkpop as more news surfaces!

SONEs celebrate Taeyeon’s 25th birthday on Twitter

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 08:48 AM PST

Taeyeon had her birthday celebrated all over Seoul and Korea through ads on buses and in newspapers, now fans from all over the world celebrated her birthday.

The “Kid Leader” of Girls’ Generation is distancing herself from that nickname as she is now approaching her mid-20′s. She turned 24 (25 in Korea) on March 9th KST, and of course SONEs all over the world had to celebrated her birthday. Fans took to Twitter to trend #태연아생일축하해 (Taeyeon, happy birthday) and Kim Taeyeon worldwide.

Happy birthday to Taeyeon!

TVXQ’s Changmin receives Newcomer of the Year award at the 36th Japan Academy Awards

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 08:28 AM PST

TVXQ‘s Changmin received the Newcomer of the Year award at the ‘36th Japanese Academy Awards‘.

We reported this earlier and the award show was held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo, Japan on March 8.

Changmin had been cast in the movie ‘Fly With the Gold‘, where he acted out the role of Momo, a bomb specialist from North Korea. Even though he had to act in Japanese, he was able to fully master the distinct dialect for his character and had even been able to fully act out Momo’s pain. His superb acting from the movie allowed him to receive the newcomer award.

TVXQ’s sixth Japanese studio album ‘TIME recently placed first on the Oricon Daily Chart and sold over 160,000 copies on the first day.

Congratulations to Changmin!

HyunA stands on stage with “My Color” for Toyota Corolla

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 08:07 AM PST

HyunA released a short music video for “My Color“!

The Japanese car brand Toyota released a mobile app named after HyunA and their Corolla titled ‘COROLLAXHYUNA‘, and released a short music video as well. The app is free, and teaches you how to easily learn HyunA’s song and choreography.

Check out the steamy MV below!

Tip: Mia Ray

Tablo explains the lyrics behind Lee Hi’s “Special”

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 07:31 AM PST

Tablo revealed what was behind the lyrics for a song from Lee Hi‘s first albumFirst Love‘.

The rapper, who wrote the lyrics for “Turn It Up” and “Special“, tweeted what he wanted to express with his lyrics in “Special”, saying, “I think even the [scariest relationships have beauty inside of them]. I wrote the lyrics to Lee Hi’s ‘Special’ with that thought in mind. To those experiencing painful love, have strength! #LEEHI.

“Special” is about longing for a past love despite being in pain. In the chorus, Lee sings, “You are so special to me,” expressing just what Tablo meant.

So far, Lee Hi has released 5 of her songs from ‘First Love’, and on the 21st, she’ll be releasing the rest of them along with her second title track “Rose“.

Hyun Bin departs for Taiwan to attend first fan meeting since discharge

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 07:08 AM PST

Actor Hyun Bin will soon be meeting with his fans in Taiwan!

On the morning of March 8th KST, the actor arrived at Incheon International Airport, where he was greeted by domestic fans who rushed over to catch a last glimpse of the handsome actor. Dressed in a pair of jeans and a brown jacket, Hyun Bin made sure to smile, wave, and bow to his domestic fans before disappearing behind the departure gate.

As previously reported, Hyun Bin’s first official event after being discharged will be a fan meeting in Taiwan on March 9th. He will then fly over to China to continue the fan meeting tour.

In related news, Hyun Bin is still looking over various scripts for his comeback project.

CNBLUE’s Yonghwa and SISTAR’s Hyorin the first guests on premiere of ‘I’m Your Substitute Angel’

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 06:46 AM PST

Viewers will be seeing CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa and SISTAR‘s Hyorin on the premiere of MBC‘s variety show, ‘I’m Your Substitute Angel‘. The two idol stars were invited as the first guests on the pilot episode, and they’ve already wrapped up filming.

The show, MCed by Yoon Do Hyun, Tak Jae Hoon, Eun Ji Won, and KARA‘s Hara, is the replacement of the short-livedTalk Club Actors‘. Each week, the four MCs and the guests relay messages for viewers that they’re unable to say themselves. The concept of the show, “If you don’t say anything, no one will know“, aims to help people speak up about what they’ve been hiding.

The MCs, guests, and crew will also be figuring out how the target moves throughout the day to determine the best plan and place to meet.

On the first episode, Hyorin and Yonghwa helped out a man tell his mother and father-in-law that he actually has four parents. Yonghwa will be the one telling the man’s mother-in-law, and Hyorin did her part by showing off her best aegyo to ask the man’s boss to let him off work early.

The first episode will air on the 11th at 11:15PM KST! How do you think it’ll do?

Tip: yongsarang

Actress Jung Ryeo Won goes sexy chic for ’1st Look’

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 06:22 AM PST

With spring around the corner, fashion magazines have been coming out with pictorials of what’s in store for the next season. ‘1st Look‘ magazine shot a pictorial with actress Jung Ryeo Won, who revealed what she’ll be wearing.

For the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ concept, Jung Ryeo Won wore sexy, chic yet comfortable looks, including edgy jackets and tops along with colorful bottoms.

She commented, “Before you wear clothes, it’s important to know who you are. If you know your figure and how it looks in certain clothes, you can find clothes that suit your body. Clothes that come in sets are definitely out. I don’t wear scarfs that match my outfit. If I wear knit clothing, I don’t wear a knit scarf, and instead, I wear a woven scarf. I normally like scarves.”

The actress also discussed her character in her past drama, “Go Eun’s concern in the ‘King of Dramas‘ is my concern too. I debate between, ‘Should I film dramas that make money?’ and ‘But isn’t better to do a drama that is of good quality?’ But if I don’t think about the money and focus on the quality itself, won’t I develop more as I move forward? I understood the character of Go Eun.”

When asked what she thinks about herself these days, Jung Ryeo Won shared, “Right now, I like myself. Because I think I passed the age that I can be satisfied and unsatisfied with things. I now have to accept it. I think the line between things I should do and should not do because of my age has thickened. Even when I don’t like it, I’ll accept it, compromise, understand, and get closer and learn that way. If I keep avoiding things I have to face, it is my loss. So I am learning through shaking hands and reasoning with people.”

Source + image(s): Newsen via Nate, Donga

2NE1, Se7en, and Sean share the love backstage at the ’2013 Severance Love Sharing Concert’

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 05:54 AM PST

YG Entertainment labelmates 2NE1, Se7en, and Jinusean‘s Sean recently gathered together to help those in need at the ‘2013 Severance Love Sharing Concert‘ on the 7th.

Sean shared on his Twitter, “’2013 Severance Love Sharing Concert’ backstage with Se7en & 2NE1. It’s small but a big start, ‘A small sharing gives big happiness,’” and showed the YG Family sharing that big happiness backstage at the charity concert.

YG Entertainment has been helping those in need with the start of its 'YG WITH‘ campaign through which a portion of the agency's revenue gets donated to charity organizations as well as for the use of its artist's individual charity projects. The campaign entered into a joint agreement with the Severance Hospital in 2011, and the agency artists have also been spotted visiting the children at the hospital.

In other news, Se7en also opened up about entering the army during the concert.

Check out another photo Sean with Se7en as well as a snapshot he took of 2NE1 performing below!

How much has Girls’ Generation’s Yuri changed since middle school?

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 05:32 AM PST

Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri wasn’t always one of the most recognizable idols in K-pop, but she’s always been pretty according to fans.

Past photos of Yuri from middle school, titled “Girls’ Generation Yuri legend“, have been spreading online, and fans are saying that she hasn’t changed much over the years.

Netizens commented, “She was pretty even during her middle school days,” “She looks mischievous,” and “The past doesn’t matter to me. Who she is in the present is what’s really important.”

What do you think? She definitely looks like she’s always been ‘kkab-Yul’.

Kwanghee to be replaced by Woo Seung Min on ‘Knee Drop Guru’

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 05:05 AM PST

Fans were sad to hear that Kwanghee will be leaving his spot on ‘Knee Drop Guru‘ due to a scheduling conflict. However, there’s news that Woo Seung Min will be returning to the show to fill in.

A ‘Knee Drop Guru’ representative confirmed on the 8th, “There are a lot of viewers who missed the original ‘Knee Drop Guru’ and Woo Seung Min. We anticipate that if the original members reunite, it will be a great boost to the show.”

Woo Seung Min will make his comeback on the March 21st broadcast, joining Kang Ho Dong and Yoo Se Yoon.

Are you happy to see that the familiar trio is returning, or do you wish Kwanghee stayed?

Kim Joon Hyun is getting married next month!

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 04:40 AM PST

Kim Joon Hyun is taking the next step with his girlfriend of 6 years!

The comedian shared that he will be marrying his longtime girlfriend, who is four years his junior, next month. Their upcoming nuptials were revealed when he mentioned it during the latest recording of ‘Gag Concert‘.

Kim Joon Hyun and his bride-to-be met as sunbae and hoobae at school, and recently, their families got together. The ‘Gag Concert’ comedian shared that his girlfriend has been his rock from the time he debuted until he rose to stardom, adding that he affectionately calls her ‘bono bono‘.

Kim Joon Hyun, who’s behind the catchphrase “Reaaaaally?“, debuted in 2007 and has been a part of hot segments on ‘Gag Concert’, such as ‘Four Things’ and ‘State Emergency Response Commission’. He is also starring on the KBS2 variety show ‘Qualifications of Life‘.

The wedding will be held in private at the Convention Diamant on April 20th, and Kim Joon Hyun’s proposal can be seen on the March 10th broadcast of ‘Gag Concert’.

Congratulations!

A Pink’s Eunji chooses ‘Wind Blows In Winter’ co-star Jo In Sung over Kim Bum?

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 04:15 AM PST

Despite Kim Bum‘s forward offerA Pink‘s Eunji seems to have been charmed by her ‘Wind Blows In Winter‘ co-star Jo In Sung instead. The idol member expressed that Jo In Sung is every girl’s ideal guy with his handsome looks and amazing sense of humor.

On the March 7th broadcast of SBS‘ ‘Good Morning‘, Eunji showed her gratitude towards the actor for making her feel at home on the drama set.

She revealed what it was like working with Jo In Sung, sharing, “When you see him, he looks very sophisticated. He’s tall, and he has a chiseled face. But on set, he’s the mood-maker. Everything he says is funny. Because I have little acting experience, I was stiff and nervous on set, but thanks to oppa, I adjusted well and was able to get closer with the other unnis and oppas,” surprising fans by revealing Jo In Sung’s humorous side in contrast to his charismatic image.

The A Pink member has been one lucky girl with her opportunities to star alongside Seo In Guk and now Jo In Sung, so it’s no wonder that she’s so thankful.

Catch Eunji and Jo In Sung on ‘Wind Blows In Winter’ every Wednesday and Thursday!

EvoL comeback in 10 days + J-DA, Yull, & Jucy’s teaser images

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 03:52 AM PST

Jucy

Following Say and Hayana‘s comeback teasersEvoL have revealed the concept photos for J-DA, Yull, and Jucy!

EvoL announced that they were coming back with a release on March 18th this past week, and Stardom Entertainment updated fans with the rest of the members’ teaser images.

Stay tuned for the group teaser, and let us know what you think about EvoL’s “angel” concept!

Yull

J-DA

SHINee win ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + Performances from March 8th!

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 03:25 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, U-KISS, RaniaD-Unit, and 2AM held their comebacks, while Ladies’ Code and Iconize debuted.

As for the winners, SHINee faced off against TEEN TOP for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was SHINee who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "Dream Girl".

Congratulations to SHINee!

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Others who performed tonight include SHINee, TEEN TOP, Kim Tae Woo, Huh Gak, Rainbow, B.A.P, NU’EST, The Nuts, VIXX, Two X, DASONI, SPEED, Jang Hee Young, DMTN, Clazziquai, Purplay,

Check out the performances below:

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2AM bring “One Spring Day” to ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 03:04 AM PST

2AM have made a comeback with their new album 'One Spring Day'!

'One Spring Day' features a total of nine tracks that will get your heart ready for the new season. For their comeback, 2AM is proving themselves as the representative ballad idol group with the help of talented musicians Epitone Project , No Reply, pianist Yiruma, and more, who participated in the album.

Check out 2AM’s comeback performance below!

D-Unit say “Talk to My Face” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 02:58 AM PST

D-Unit have returned with a new member, former GP Basic member Janey (now JNEY), and “Talk to My Face“!

Originally, the album was supposed to include 13 songs, but there were so many good songs, the ladies decided to release the album in two parts. The 1st chapter, 'Affirmative Chap.1', has 7 songs. The title song of the 1st chapter "Talk to My Face" is produced by Zico, who brought a bit of Block B's color to D-Unit.

Check out D-Unit’s comeback performance!

RaNia return with “Just Go” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 02:52 AM PST

RaNia have returned with “Just Go“!

The group's title track is the work of KNS, the hit-making team behind Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and 50 Cent. Their album also contains songs we’ve already heard like "Dr. Feel Good", "Pop Pop Pop", "Goodbye", "Masquerade", "Style", and previously unofficially revealed songs like "Killer" and "Secret Party".

Unfortunately, although Jooyi, who was absent for promotions during "Style", is back, RaNia remains as five members because Riko is missing this time around.

Check out RaNiA’s comeback stage!

U-KISS come back with “Standing Still” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 02:44 AM PST

KISSMEs, wait no longer, because U-KISS are finally back with their 3rd album, 'Collage'!

The title song is "Standing Still", which was written by Ryan Jhun, and other notable songs included are Kevin's solo "My Reason", Eli and AJ's "Party All the Time", and Soohyun and Hoon's "More Painful than Pain".

Check out their comeback performances below!

Rookie band Iconize rocks the stage with “I Am a Very Talented Child” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 08 Mar 2013 02:31 AM PST

Rookie band Iconize have finally arrived to surprise everyone with their first release, 'With Iconize'!

Their title track "I Am a Very Talented Child" was composed by the producer of Buzz, Go Suk Young, and the song's mid-tempo beat combined with its unique lyrics creates a fresh, new sound.

After previously releasing their concert-style music video for the track, many have become interested in what the band has to offer.

Check out their rockin' stage below!