Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"INFINITE wins ‘Show Champion’ trophy with “Man In Love”" plus 19 more

"INFINITE wins ‘Show Champion’ trophy with “Man In Love”" plus 19 more

INFINITE wins ‘Show Champion’ trophy with “Man In Love”

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 08:40 AM PDT

INFINITE won their first ever ‘Show Champion‘ trophy!

The boys won the April 3rd episode of ‘Show Champion’ with “Man in Love“. To celebrate, the show’s Twitter wrote, “Who won the ‘Champion Song’ for the April 3rd ‘Show Champion’? It was INFINITE with ‘Man in Love’! The members were happy in the waiting room because it was their first ‘Show Champion’ win~ ‘Show Champion’ congratulates you again^^“.

Check out their performances below!

Congratulations to INFINITE!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

JYJ triumphantly return to Japan with ‘The Return of JYJ’ in Tokyo Dome

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 08:09 AM PDT

It didn’t matter that JYJ hadn’t been in Japan since 2010 – the boys never lost their fans.

JYJ finally held their long awaited ‘The Return to JYJconcert in the Tokyo Dome and their label commented, “JYJ sold out all 150,000 seats for their 3 day concert, and over 300,000 fans requested for tickets beforehand. Even though JYJ hadn’t been in Japan for 3 years after Avex nullified their contract, they still have top popularity. JYJ has been increasing their talents not just as singers, but as actors as well. They went on a world tour in Europe and South America for the first time for Korean artists. Even though they couldn’t participate in broadcast activities, they’ve acquired a stronger and bigger fandom.

It wasn’t just JYJ concert posters that were put all over the Tokyo Dome. Yoochun‘s ‘Rooftop Prince‘ posters and Jaejoong‘s ‘Doctor Jin‘ and ‘Code Name Jackal‘ posters decorated the area as well. One of the biggest advertisement agencies in Japan said, “JYJ selling out all 3 concerts even though they’re being held on weekdays just proves that they have immense power as incredible artists. More than their charms as singers, JYJ has something that attracts people’s hearts. All the staff members were surprised by the passion of the fans.

JYJ worked with Japan’s biggest concert producers, the Kyodo YOKOHAMA. The company’s agency said, “We confirmed JYJ’s power once again. It was a concert everyone waited a long time for. It can be compared to a Michael Jackson concert, but their dance is even more flashy and memorable. Since they won their lawsuit, we’re looking forward to their future Japanese promotions. We’re anticipating the concert they’ll put on for their Japanese fans.

Their concert PD also added onto the praises and said, “JYJ is accepted as an artist and not just an idol because of their strong performance and vocal ability. A team that can perform a hefty task with a live performance of 26 songs isn’t common. It’s a high quality performance where you can see their talents up to 120%.

It’s not just the official staff that’s praising JYJ. Markets in Tokyo set up special JYJ corners. One owner of a market said, “There’s no doubt that JYJ is the most popular Korean group. Even though they haven’t promoted in 3 years, all of their items were instantly sold out. Each market prepared a JYJ event and special corner for the Tokyo Dome concert, and the response is hot.

For fans who can’t attend the concert, JYJ will be streaming their last concert date across 113 theaters all over Japan. A representative said, “Fans who couldn’t get tickets sent us so many requests, so we decided on the live closed circuit viewing in theaters. All 60,000 seats have been sold out, and we’re planning on selling an additional 10,000 seats. Actually, as Hallyu has cooled down in Japan, Korean movies have been suffering at the Japanese box office. But we have decided to broadcast live during the golden prime time for the first time and even the biggest cinemas fought to air at that time. You can see just how popular JYJ is from this standpoint.

Girls’ Generation’s Sunny voted as the most handsome female celebrity

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 07:29 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Sunny has been chosen the most handsome female celebrity!

Community portal site DCInsider held a poll asking, “Which female celebrity is both pretty and handsome?” from March 26th to April 2nd. The resident ‘cutie’ of Girls’ Generation, who’s been wearing a boyish short cut for a while now, topped the list with 16.3% of the votes (141/864).

Fellow member Yuri came in 2nd with 13.8% (119 votes) for her sexy, healthy body, tanned skin, and outgoing personality. miss A‘s Suzy, who’s known to be a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo, grabbed 3rd place with 5.6% (48). Brown Eyed GirlsNarsha, 2NE1‘s Dara, and 5dollsHyoyoung also made the list.

Do you agree with the results? Who do you think is the most handsome female celebrity?

2AM’s Jinwoon and Park Se Young cast as the new hosts of ‘Music Bank’

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 07:05 AM PDT

2AM‘s Jinwoon and Park Se Young have been confirmed as the new hosts of KBS2TV‘s ‘Music Bank‘.

The singer and actress will be replacing After School‘s UEE and actor Lee Jang Woo, who’ve been announcing the winners of the music program since January of last year. Viewers will be able to see the new hosts from the April 12th episode onward.

Drama fans might remember Park Se Young from the recent drama ‘School 2013‘.

What do you think about the new hosts? Are you going to miss UEE and Lee Jang Woo?

ZE:A5 release ‘special making version’ of “The Day We Broke Up” MV

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 06:41 AM PDT

ZE:A5, the first subunit for boy group ZE:A, made their debut last month with mini-album 'Voulez Vous'.

The subunit, consisting of ZE:A members SiwanHyungsikKevinDongjun, and Minwoo, debuted first in Japan. They just released a ‘special making version’ of the music video for their title song “The Day We Broke Up“, which features behind-the-scenes footage of the members designing their own shoes to wear on stage.

Check out the new clip below!

Lee Min Jung never got acting advice from boyfriend Lee Byung Hun?

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 06:11 AM PDT

Lee Min Jung revealed that she never received special acting tips from Lee Byung Hun.

The actress appeared at the press event for the new SBS drama ‘All About My Lover‘ held on April 2nd. During the conference, she was asked whether she got any advice from her well-known boyfriend.

She said, “I wondered what took so long for this question to be asked. He has been busy promoting his movie [G.I. Joe: Retaliation] overseas, so he was not able to give me any advice.” She sheepishly smiled and added, “I’m sorry.

‘All About My Love’ is about a newly elected member of a conservative party named Kim Soo Young (played by Shin Ha Kyun) and a member of the progressive party Noh Min Young (played by Lee Min Jung) and the secret love they share in the midst of different political ideals. The new series will air its first episode on April 4th.

Psy becomes the most-followed foreign artist on Weibo

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 05:49 AM PDT

It looks like his “Gangnam Style” phenomenon is still going strong as Psy recently became the foreign artist with the most followers on the Chinese social networking site Weibo.

According to Weibo on the 3rd, Psy currently has over 14 million followers, making him the #1 most popular foreign artist on the site.

Psy started his official Weibo account back in November this past year and quickly became the Korean artist with the most followers last February. He also surpassed 10 million followers in the same month and sent a message of gratitude to his followers.

Psy will be holding his highly anticipated ‘HAPPENING‘ concert in front of 50,000 fans at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on April 13th, where he’ll perform his new single "Gentleman" for the first time.

Congrats, Psy!

IU bursts into laughter on the set of ‘You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin’

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 05:25 AM PDT

Ever wanted to know what an adorable hamster would look like if it burst into laughter? Well, IU gave fans an idea of that image with her too-cute-for-words laughter on the set ofYou’re the Best Lee Soon Shin‘.

The recently unveiled still cuts of IU bursting into laughter on set show a very different image from her character in the drama, who has shed tears in every episode thus far. The singer-turned-actress has never looked happier as she acts out her scenes as a part-time worker alongside the handsome Jo Jung Suk.

IU revealed the reason for her laughter, saying, “The atmosphere on set is like the title, the best. I am always having fun filming everyday on set. I am working hard to learn from my co-stars and having a good time filming, so please look forward to Soon Shin’s growth.”

A representative commented, “We think the fans were not able to see enough of IU’s laughter in the drama. Now as the story line evolves, viewers will be able to catch IU’s laughter soon.”

Have you been keeping up with ‘You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin’?

Lee Seung Gi thanks his ‘Book of the House of Gu’ co-star Lee Yeon Hee

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Lee Seung Gi showed his gratitude to actress Lee Yeon Hee during the press conference for their new MBC drama ‘Book of the House of Gu‘ held at the 63 Building in Yeouido, Seoul on the 2nd.

Lee Seung Gi shared, “Lee Yeon Hee only features in around three episodes, but she really worked hard without rest. She had a lot of hardship as she poured in emotions from a 20-episode drama into that short period. I don’t know her personal number, so I want to thank her now.”

Lee Yeon Hee previously received criticism for her behavior during a script reading for the drama, and it seems that trustworthy Lee Seung Gi was defending her honor with his message of gratitude to the actress.

‘Book of the House of Gu’, also starring miss A‘s Suzy, will premiere on the 8th at 9:55PM KST!

Ladies’ Code’s RiSe has been beautiful since her ‘Miss Korea’ days

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:40 AM PDT

Many fans already know that Ladies’ Code‘s RiSe was previously a ‘Miss Korea’ contestant. A photo of RiSe during her ‘Miss Korea’ pageant days mesmerized fans with her unchanging beauty.

The photo has become a hot topic online and shows RiSe participating in the 2009 Miss Korea competition as a finalist representing Japan. RiSe won two gold medals at the ’2009 Miss Korea Competition in Japan’ and the ‘Miss Seven Luck Competition’. Netizens were in awe at RiSe’s unchanging beauty since her Miss Korea days to her debut as an idol star.

Netizens commented, “She hasn’t changed one bit,” and “She is one of Japan’s representative beauties.”

Ladies’ Code recently made their debut with “Bad Girl“.

Jo Kwon monitors his first appearance in ‘God of the Workplace’

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 04:11 AM PDT

2AM‘s Jo Kwon made his first appearance in the new KBS 2TV drama ‘God of the Workplace‘, surprising viewers with his acting skills.

Jo Kwon shared on his Twitter, “Today was my first day on the job, so I was very nervous. Although it was hard to keep quiet during dinner, keke Kye. Please show your love and support for employee Kyung Woo! ‘God of the Workplace’ is really fun,” along with a screen capture of his first appearance in the drama.

The 2AM member plays the role of employee Kye Kyung Woo (27) who enters as a new employee for the ‘Y-Jang‘ marketing team.

Catch Jo Kwon on ‘God of the Workplace’ every Monday and Tuesday!

Gummy’s new Japanese single “Shinjiteru…” tops the ‘USEN J-POP Request Ranking’ chart

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 03:40 AM PDT

Gummy, who celebrates her 10th anniversary this year, made a comeback in the J-pop scene with the release of her 2nd mini-album ‘FATE(s)‘ on the 3rd.

The album’s title track “Shinjiteru…” grabbed the #1 spot on the ‘USEN J-Pop Request Ranking TOP 10‘ on the same day, showcasing Gummy’s incredible popularity in Japan. The song expresses a woman’s lonely feelings even when she is right beside her soulmate.

Check out the “Shinjiteru…” MV below!

Here’s a message from Gummy and D-LITE (Daesung) talking about their duet for Gummy’s new album!

Idol stars to reunite on one stage at the ‘K-POP Collection In Seoul’

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 03:15 AM PDT

Get ready to see many of your favorite idol stars all on one stage as it has been announced that SHINee, INFINITE, SECRET, ZE:A5, Jay Park, Dynamic Duo, B.A.P, Rainbow, Davichi, Dal Shabet, Girl’s Day, TEEN TOP, Kim Tae Woo, B1A4, Nine Muses, Park Hyun Bin, and more will be performing at the upcoming ‘K-POP Collection In Seoul‘ event on the 20th and 21st!

The theme of the event will be ‘FACON’, which is short for ‘fashion’ and ‘concert’, and will feature the latest trends in beauty, fashion, and K-pop. ZE:A‘s Kwanghee and A Pink‘s Eunji will bring laughs as MCs on the 20th followed by MCs SHINee’s Minho and Min Hyo Rin on the 21st.

Stay tuned for this exciting televised two-day event on the 2oth and 21st on SBS.

Tip: infispirit

Eric Nam and LEDApple’s Hanbyul team up as co-hosts for ‘Arirang’s new show ‘After School Club’

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 02:50 AM PDT

K-pop heartthrobs Eric Nam and LEDApple‘s Hanbyul are the co-hosts of ‘Arirang‘s new show ‘After School Club‘!

‘After School Club’ is a live music request program that enables fans from all over the world to send their requests through social media.

Eric Nam announced the news on his Twitter,

Tune in for their live SNS and video chat session with ZE:A5 on the 17th!

Tip: Ager

Son Dam Bi’s adorable childhood photos prove she’s a natural beauty

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 02:25 AM PDT

Past photos of your favorite celebrities are always interesting to look at, and Son Dam Bi has become the latest celebrity to have her childhood photos revealed.

The singer’s childhood photos show Son Dam Bi before she became a dancing queen when she was just learning how to walk. Fans wanted to pinch baby Dam Bi’s cheeks.

They commented, “Beauty is definitely something she was born with,” “Son Dam Bi looks like she could have modeled for a children’s book,” and “Her parents must have been fools for their daughter.”

Son Dam Bi, who has grown up to be a successful entertainer, is currently starring in her own beauty show ‘Son Dam Bi’s Beautiful Days‘ with former After School leader Kahi. Isn’t she adorable?!

TEEN TOP becomes the first male idol group to top the ‘Soribada’ chart this year

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 01:58 AM PDT

TEEN TOP‘s “Miss Right” has topped music charts, making them the first male idol group to top Soribada this year.

A Soribada rep revealed on the 2nd, “TEEN TOP’s ‘Miss Right’ ranked #1 for the 4th week of March (3/25-3/31). TEEN TOP grabbed #1 after one month on the chart, which is a rare occurrence. They have become the first male idol group this year to top the chart.”

Lee Hi‘s “Rose” trailed behind in 2nd place, while INFINITE‘s “Man In Love” ranked 3rd.

TEEN TOP are also gearing up for their first Asia tour, which kicks off this May!

Congrats to TEEN TOP!

Tip: Gabriela

Rookie group PURE releases “I’m Still Yours” MV teaser

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 01:33 AM PDT

Rookie group PURE have released their music video teaser for “I’m Still Yours“, which drops on the 4th.

“I’m Still Yours”, which features a melodic piano, is PURE’s debut track, and the MV teaser showcases the members’ dramatic acting. The new 5-member idol group, whose members stand at an average of 180cm (~5’11″), will make their debut performance on this week’s ‘M! Countdown‘.

Check out PURE’s debut MV teaser below!

Which TV show do Koreans enjoy the most?

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 01:10 AM PDT

MBC‘s variety program ‘Infinity Challenge‘ has been selected as the show Koreans enjoy the most once again.

A Korean Gallop poll held on March 25th to the 28th asked TV watchers, “What is the television show that you are enjoying the most right now?” There were 1,218 respondents who were all over the age of 19. The results, released on April 2nd, showed that ‘Infinity Challenge’ took the #1 spot with 11.7% of the votes.

The same poll was held this past February, and back then ‘Infinity Challenge’ took 2nd place, but in a month’s time, it rose to the top, showing that people are enjoying the 7-member cast and their weekly antics. When broken down into age groups, the show is particularly popular with the younger audience, 34% of males and 46% of females in their 20s and 44% of those in college chose ‘Infinity Challenge’ as their favorite.

The 2nd place position went to the new MBC variety program ‘Dad! Where are We Going?‘, which received 7.3% of votes.  Following behind was SBS’ drama ‘Queen of Ambition‘ with 7.0%, SBS’ variety show ‘Running Man‘ with 6.9%, and MBC’s ‘The Horse Doctor‘ with 6.1% of votes.

Netizens who saw the results commented, “Of course, the #1 show that Koreans love is ‘Infinity Challenge‘,” “Yoo Jae Suk‘s power is unchanging,” and “Congratulations to ‘Infinity Challenge’ for being chosen as the favorite show among Koreans.”

What say you our Korean and international readers? What is your current favorite show in Korea?

Girl’s Day drive soldiers wild with their ‘suspender dance’

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 12:46 AM PDT

Girl’s Day went far beyond fans’ “Expectation” with their eye-catching ‘suspender dance’.

Dream Tea Entertainment revealed, “Girl’s Day performed in front of passionately cheering soldiers at a military station in Seoul on the 2nd.” The soldiers also showed their passion for the ‘suspender dance’ by using their own cartridge belts to follow along, showcasing the girls’ popularity in the military.

The group shared, “The soldiers’ cheers and love give us Girl’s Day members encouragement and strength. We will work hard until we can also become a source of entertainment and strength for all of the soldiers of Korea.”

Girl’s Day will be holding their ‘free hug’ event at Myeongdong, Seoul on the 3rd at 1-2PM KST.

Tickets for Lee Jun Ki’s upcoming birthday party sell out in one minute

Posted: 03 Apr 2013 12:21 AM PDT

Lee Jun Ki‘s popularity is still be as hot as ever. The actor’s birthday is coming up on the 17th, and he’ll be celebrating with his fans.

He’s holding his annual fan meeting, ‘Let's Go! Birthday Party‘, to celebrate his birthday at Yonsei University Auditorium on the 14th. Seats for the party were sold out within 1 minute of opening for reservations on April 1st, drawing in fans from 1o countries across Asia including Japan, China, and more.

Lee Jun Ki’s agency IMX stated, “He’ll talk with fans during part 1 of the fan meeting, and the 2nd part will be carried out as a concert.” Lucky fans who were able to score tickets are anticipating what Lee Jun Ki will bring this time around.