Sunday, March 24, 2013

"‘Running Man’ reveals a dramatic preview with Go Ara and Lee Yeon Hee" plus 19 more

"‘Running Man’ reveals a dramatic preview with Go Ara and Lee Yeon Hee" plus 19 more

‘Running Man’ reveals a dramatic preview with Go Ara and Lee Yeon Hee

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 08:39 AM PDT

SBS‘s variety program ‘Running Man‘ will be taking a turn for the dramatic in next week’s episode, featuring beautiful actresses Go Ara and Lee Yeon Hee.

Themed around the filming of an actual K-drama, the episode seems to initially start off lovey-dovey, with the cast members engaged in couple games and re-enacting famous tropes from some of Korea’s most popular television dramas.

However, a Korean drama wouldn’t be living up to its name without a massive reversal of some sort, and the ‘Running Man’ cast and guests are shocked by the news that there’s a secret surrounding the birth circumstances of one of the members. Who could unravel the mystery and become the heir to the ‘R’ syndicate? Will there be a reversal in fortune?

Check out the preview for yourself below!

ZE:A5 reveals a single frame from their upcoming music video

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 08:08 AM PDT

Fan anticipation for ZE:A‘s much-heralded subunit, ZE:A5, has been steadily building over the past few days, with the members releasing a video teaser from “The Day We Broke Up” as well as a preview reel for the songs on their first mini-album.

Recently, the ZE:A members held a fan showcase where they released something further to whet their fans’ appetites even more in the form of a single frame from their new music video.

Posted to their official Twitter account, the boys said, “Holding the ZE:A_FIVE showcase!! The album will be released tomorrow so please show it lots of love♥♥ Revealing a scene from the music video, unveiled early at the showcase!!”

The scene shows the ZE:A5 members casually lounging on the back of a farmer’s truck, surrounded by bales of hay and giving off a country vibe, accentuated by a drum set and a classic guitar.

ZE:A5′s full album will be released later today – keep your eyes peeled on allkpop!

Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon gives fans a big smile in a beautiful selca

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 07:36 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon is currently meeting fans overseas for the ‘2013 Girls’ Generation Arena Tour‘ and treated fans with a beautiful selca from the plane.

Taeyeon updated fans through her new Instagram account sharing, “Big smile :D”, and gave fans a preview of her ‘airport fashion’ in the plane.

SONEs gave Taeyeon a big smile back and commented, “Your smile makes me smile”, “So pretty”, and “Have a good rest.”

Source + image: Taeyeon‘s Instagram

Tip: stopitnw


[Review] INFINITE ‘New Challenge’

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 03:35 AM PDT

INFINITE is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in K-Pop right now. Last years’ ‘INFINITIZE‘ album was a massive hit, with “The Chaser” beating out 2011′s “Be Mine” as their third-highest charting single thus far. At the end of last year and beginning of 2013, Sunggyu and INFINITE-H both had successful promotions (Sunggyu has said in interviews that he considers ‘Another Me‘ a failure, but it was the top selling physical album of November, which is no small feat). There’s a lot of pressure when an act is at the top, the higher you get, the harder it is to keep moving up as opposed to falling. How did INFINITE handle the pressure? By taking on what they’re calling a ‘New Challenge‘.

In a way, it’s not that new. Three out of the six songs (seven, counting the intro)- “Man in Love“, “As Good as it Gets“, and “60 Seconds” were produced by Sweetune, the team behind most of INFINITE’s hits. It wasn’t clear whether or not INFINITE and Sweetune would be continuing their partnership after Sweetune recently started producing for Starship Entertainment acts, even giving Boyfriend the INFINITE-esque “Janus“, but it seems as if they’re continuing the partnership and just tweaking the sound a little bit.

The title track “Man in Love” and the following track “As Good as it Gets” follow in the synth-heavy, 80′s pop steps of their previous songs, but this time around they’ve dumped the dramatic violins and angst for something brighter. “Man in Love” is lyrically similar to INFINITE-H’s “Special Girl” in that it’s a sunny, happy song about young love, while “As Good as it Gets” talks about learning and growing after ruining a relationship by being immature. They both contain that fun and sunny sound, perfect to kick off spring, while staying true to the sound that INFINITE has spent the last few years developing.

As far as their other Sweetune-produced song, a group remake of Sunggyu’s solo single “60 Seconds”, I’m not quite as impressed. The verses sound great- Sungjong and Sungyeol‘s thin vocals especially took me by surprise, as they really fit the feel of the song. However, when the whole group comes together on the chorus, it sounds a little bit like show choir for a pop song, which is only amplified when Woohyun over sings his part. Yes, having everyone sing on the chorus is one of INFINITE’s signature sounds, and it works in their pop songs, but in a rock song like this it’s a little overwhelming. The rap break is awkwardly shoe-horned in and completely unnecessary. If they wanted to remake the song, they should have done a complete reboot, with a new instrumental and everything, or else arranged the vocals so that the chorus wasn’t SO overwhelming.

Still I Miss You“, “Beautiful” (which was written by Woohyun) and “Inconvenient Truth” (which will probably go down in history as the only K-Pop song named after an Al Gore quote) round out the rest of the synthy, 80′s sound to finish the album. While the songs are all pretty good on their own, it’s a bit much to have so many similar-sounding songs all packaged together right after the other. Adding something a little different, maybe an acoustic solo or sub-unit song in the mix, could have broken things up and made the album a little more listenable. Then again, most people listen to their music libraries on shuffle rather than listening to albums straight through, so perhaps that wasn’t a concern they even took into consideration.

‘New Challenge’ is a nice album and it’s worth a listen. It’s great to see INFINITE leading the pack as K-Pop breaks out its fun music for spring, and while the album didn’t really blow my mind or anything, “A Man In Love” has definitely earned a place on my music-that-makes-housework-more-fun playlist.

Candid shots by fans of INFINITE’s L on par with a profession photo shoot?

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 02:45 AM PDT

Candid shots of INFINITE‘s L have been gaining attention.

A recent post on an online community board shared several pictures of L with the caption, “Self camera shots of INFINTE’s L.”

The revealed pictures showed L leaving the studio after having their comeback stage for “Man in Love” on MBC‘s ‘Music Core‘ on the 23rd. L captured his fans’ hearts with his sculpted features and deep signature gaze.

After seeing such perfect candid shots, the netizens commented, “He’s really good looking“, “I’m going to fall into his gaze“, “Crazy visuals“, “I wonder how handsome he must be in real life“, and “I like INFINITE.

Lee Hi wins 1st SBS’ Inkigayo mutizen + March 24th’s performances

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 01:47 AM PDT

SBS's 'Inkigayo' is back once again with a new show full of exciting performances from the artists you adore, brought to you by the charismatic actor Lee Hyun Woo, alongside ZE:A's Kwanghee and IU!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, INFINITE and Davichi held their comeback stage!

SBS has brought back a brand new ranking system suitable for ‘Inkigayo’. The nominees for today’s #1 award were Lee Hi, Davichi, and SHINee, however in the end, Lee Hi came out on top with “It’s Over” winner her first ever Inkigayo mutizen. Congratulations to Lee Hi for the win!

Check out the clips below.

Show Line-up

Lee Hi vs. SHINee vs. Davichi

Winning Clip + Encore


Other performances from tonight included: Teen Top, Lee Hi, Huh Gak, 2BiC, Girl’s Day, Heo Young Saeng, G.NA, SHINee, 2AM, OFFROAD, U-KISS, D-Unit, Hong Jin Young, Ladies’ Code, and Gummy.

Check them out below!

Gummy – Snow Flower
To Be Updated

2BiC- Bye Bye Love

To Be Updated

Heo Young Saeng – Art of Seduction

Lee Hi – It’s Over

Huh Gak – Little Giant

To Be Updated

SHINee – Dream Girl

2AM – One Spring Day

G.NA (feat. BTOB's il Hoon) – Oops

TEEN TOP – Miss Right

Girl's Day – Expectations

U-KISS – Standing Still

D-Unit – Talk to My Face

Ladies’ Code – Bad Girl

Hong Jin Young – Boogie Man

To Be Updated

OFFROAD – Head Banging

To Be Updated

INFINITE brings their “Man in Love” to ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 24 Mar 2013 12:41 AM PDT

INFINITE are back after 10 long months, and they’ve been receiving lots of love from INSPIRITS around the world!

The title track "Man In Love" is from their new album 'New Challenge', which contains fresh tracks like Sunggyu's "60 sec" remade as a group version plus Woohyun's first self-composed track "Beautiful".

Following a round of successful promotions from INFINITE's first subunit, INFINITE H, the boys have returned as a whole to show their skills off to us yet again.

Check out their Inkigayo comeback performance  of “Still I Miss You” and “Man in Love“ below!

Backstage Interview

Davichi decide to “Take a Drink Together” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 11:50 PM PDT

Davichi have returned with 'Mystic Ballad 1990' and their title track "Take a Drink Together".

After beating the intense competition with "Turtle", the talented singing duo have been dominating with another new song from their 2nd album 'Mystic Ballad 1990'. Fans must have missed the singers as their first full-length album in five years has been doing great on music charts.

Despite having not returned for some time, the girls took the stage to prove that their skills haven't gone anywhere, and continue to impress with their powerful vocals.

Check out their comeback performances of “Turtle” & “Take a Drink Together" on tonight’s ‘Inkigayo‘ below!

EvoL shows off their “Get Up” choreography + release a new mysterious teaser

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 11:06 PM PDT

EvoL returned last week with an upgraded image and hot new music.  The quintet has been making the rounds on music shows and getting attention for their “crab dance” choreography.

Now fans have a chance to see the full choreography in all it’s glory with a ‘choreography version’ MV for their title track “Get Up“, which seems more like a practice video. Either way it shows off the intricate steps for the song’s choreography much to the delight of fans.

In addition, a short while ago, Stardom Entertainment revealed a short 30-second clip of member J-DA riding a mechanical bull. Stardom mentions her transformation and leaves us wondering will there be more solo footage of the members on its way.

Stay tuned to allkpop to find out, in the meantime check out the teaser and choreography clip below.

“Get Up” choreography version

Rainbow throws an adorable 4-D dance battle

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 10:07 PM PDT

Rainbow showed fans their adorable 4-D personalities by throwing a comedic dance party right in the kitchen! Meanwhile, leader Jaekyung didn’t join in on the action, but focused on practicing her calligraphy.

Rainbow shared the video on their YouTube channel and wrote in the description box, “Jaekyung’s impressive concentration ability!! But who’s going crazy in the background?! The members’ cute comedic dancing…!! I will write, you go dance.”

The adorable video shows Jaekyung asking the members to entertain fans telling them, “I will write, you go dance”, while she practices her calligraphy. The members then showed off their cute, 4-D dancing skills in the background, leaving fans smiling ear-to-ear.

Enjoy the too-cute-for-words video here!

School 2013′s Lee Jong Suk & Kim Woo Bin reveal their unique drinking habits

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 09:13 PM PDT

School 2013‘s Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin revealed their surprising drinking habits.

On the March 23rd broadcast of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Entertainment Relay‘, the two actors were spotted at the set of their Cass‘ beer CF and revealed their love for drinking.

When asked about their drinking habits, Lee Jong Suk shared, “I fall asleep.” Kim Woo Bin who is know to be a close friend of Lee Jong Suk teased his co-star adding, “He sleeps with his mouth open.” Kim Woo Bin also shared his own drinking habit revealing, “I sleep with my eyes open.”

They both also show off adorable aegyo, much to the delight of viewers.

In other news, the two will be appearing, along with their other cast mates, in the upcoming episode of ‘Running Man’.

[Spoiler] Fei hints at her next song for ‘Dancing With the Stars 3′

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 08:08 PM PDT

miss A‘s Fei and her partner Kim Soo Ro performed a sexy Samba dance for the latest episode of ‘Dancing With the Stars 3‘ and got fans pumped up for next week after revealing their next song would be Wonder Girls‘ “Nobody“!

Fei tweeted after the broadcast, “Oh we picked well. Please anticipate next week. Did you watch today’s stage well?? ke Fei-Kim Soo Ro will #10 Rumba next week. Please look forward to «wonder girls-nobody»!!! We also ask that you please please vote^^”, along with a snapshot of the pair backstage after their hot performance.

Stay tuned for next week’s exciting episode!

Tip: andrew

Suzy wants to befriend preschoolers?

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 07:18 PM PDT

Miss A‘s Suzy made her fans laugh once again with another 4th dimensional selcas.

On March 22nd, Suzy shared the above picture as she tweeted, “Please, let’s walk together.”

The picture showed Suzy trying to walk with preschoolers who seemed to be out on a field trip. Suzy made the viewers smile with her awkward pose, bending her knees to match the height of the preschoolers.

After seeing the funny picture, the netizens commented, “I wonder if preschoolers like Suzy too“, “Make eye contact too“, “Suzy wants to play with the preschoolers“, and “She looks like she’s having fun.”

In other news, Suzy will be starring in MBC‘s upcoming drama, ‘Book of the House of Gu‘ with Lee Seung Gi.

G-Dragon might possibly retire one day?

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 06:17 PM PDT

G-Dragon shocked VIPs all over the world by revealing his plans to possibly retire from his career as an idol artist on ‘Thank You‘.

G-Dragon shared, “I am experiencing a big blessing right now, but I don’t think that I’ll be doing the same thing forever.”

“When I see myself not being handsome [on stage] and unable to share good music anymore, I will leave the stage. I perform on stage to give a good energy. But if I become in a position when I can’t give good energy, I will leave the stage with no regrets.”

“Probably around that time, I will have a happy family. I will get to share stories about how I met my wife and so forth, and I want to have those kind of stories to tell soon.”

2YOON treats fans to a no-makeup selca adding ‘natural beauty’ to their many charms

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 05:28 PM PDT

2YOON‘s Jiyoon and Gayoon left fans in awe at their natural beauty through a no-makeup selca.

The selca was taken backstage at their ‘Live Music Show‘ in Thailand. The girls’ excitement to meet their Thai fans during their overseas promotions could not be contained.

Fans commented, “Their bright expressions are adorable”, “Finish your overseas promotions well and comeback soon”, and “Their natural beauty shines through the no-makeup selca.”

2YOON kicked off their promotions in Asia on the 2oth and will meet their fans in Thailand, Singapore, and more countries across Asia.

What could Sunny Hill’s Misung possibly be up to?

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 04:23 PM PDT

In what could be good news for fans of Sunny Hill, member Misung recently posted a curious tweet on her Twitter feed.

“What am I do~ing?” she initially posted, following it up a few minutes later with “It’s a secret!!!!!! But! Soon! Hillers will have their minds blown…hehe…”

After coming back with “Goodbye Romance” late last year, we can’t help but wonder if Sunny Hill is ready to stand on the stage once again. What could Misung possibly be teasing about?

TEEN TOP’s L.Joe goes shirtless with his ‘Micky Mouse’ tattoo

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 03:17 PM PDT

TEEN TOP‘s L.Joe showed a more sexy look than fans are accustomed to for ‘L’Officiel Hommes‘.

L.Joe easily pulled off the ‘sexy guy’ concept by going shirtless and showing off his tattoo of the adorable ‘Micky Mouse’ character.

L.Joe shared, “I’ve always wanted to get a tattoo so I’m happy that I got to get one through this pictorial.”

A representative commented, “To highlight his masculine charms, we not only gave him a tattoo but also switched up his makeup and hairstyle. Through his dewy makeup and naturally wet hairstyle, L.Joe showed his sexy charms.”

Catch TEEN TOP’s full pictorial on ‘L’Officiel Hommes’ April issue! Check out the pre-released photos below.

Jo Jung Chi and Jung In visit an amusement park together for the first time on ‘We Got Married’

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 02:33 PM PDT

Jo Jung Chi and Jung In celebrated their 11th year together with a date day on the March 23 episode of ‘We Got Married‘.

The new on-screen couple was caught off-guard after being given the mission to go on a memorable date. Without any mini-missions to complete, the two stars went to their usual restaurant, and then headed over to their recording studio and a cafe.

Eventually, Jung In and Jo Jung Chi visited an amusement park for the first time in their 11-year relationship, entertaining viewers with their very realistic dynamic.

Gil goes back to Korea immediately after arriving in Hawaii on ‘Infinity Challenge’

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 01:47 PM PDT

On MBC‘s ‘Infinity Challenge‘s ‘Hawaii Special’ which aired on the 23rd, Gil was shown being sent back home to Korea immediately upon his arrival in Hawaii.

The ‘Infinity Challenge’ cast arrived in Hawaii, with Noh Hong Chul arriving a day ahead of the crew and leaving the other members anxious on what Noh Hong Chul has up his sleeve. Immediately upon arriving at the airport in Hawaii, the team was welcomed by Noh Hong Chul who informed them that they had to move all of their belongings from their suitcases to much smaller Hawaii-themed bags.

While they were still unloading their luggage, the team was suddenly assigned to race to the van for their mission. But Gil who was the last one to get onto the bus lost the challenge so he had to go back home. Gil and the whole cast were stunned by this sudden news and Noh Hong Chul explained that the members who fall behind schedule will unfortunately be left behind.

Noh Hong Chul hilariously joked to Gil, “You said you wanted to come to Hawaii right? Well now since you’ve been to Hawaii, you can go back to Korea.” Gil shared as he departed the bus, “I arrived at 10 AM. Right now it’s 11 AM”, showing his disbelief at his sudden departure.

Luckily, the unfortunate situation was all part of a hidden prank on the members and Gil ended up staying in Hawaii.

2AM’s Jinwoon gets payback against Go Jun Hee on ‘We Got Married’

Posted: 23 Mar 2013 01:03 PM PDT

2AM‘s Jinwoon got revenge on Go Jun Hee for her fangirling over B1A4‘s Baro on the latest ‘We Got Married‘.

On the March 23rd episode, Jinwoon decided to pull a hidden camera prank on his on-screen wife. He wanted to make her jealous in the exact same way that she had made him.

In order to support 2AM’s comeback with “One Spring Day“, Go Jun Hee stopped by their filming for ‘Music Core‘. Rainbow‘s Jaekyung, who is not that close with Jinwoon in reality, acted as if she and the 2AM member were the best of friends in the waiting room. Jaekyung talked to Jinwoon as if they contacted each other frequently and even gave him homemade brownies.

In the end, Go Jun Hee started getting red in the face, and Jaekyung told her the truth. During her interview, Go Jun Hee confessed, “I think I know how he felt now.”