Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"IU aiming to return in May" plus 19 more

"IU aiming to return in May" plus 19 more

IU aiming to return in May

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 09:12 AM PDT

Get ready, IU fans, because she’s aiming to have her comeback in May!

Even though IU’s busier than ever with filming for her KBS 2TV drama ‘You’re the Best, Lee Soon Shin‘, IU hasn’t been neglecting her music duties. She’s been recording for her new album every chance she has, and she’s also working on the details / concepts of her stage performances.

A music industry representative said, “IU’s working hard for her new album. Even though she’s busy with her drama, she’s recording and working on her concept at every opportunity she has. Since she had a long break with her music, she’s aiming to comeback in mid-May. At the latest it will be in June.

IU’s label said, “She’s aiming to comeback in the first half of the year. However, since we were forced to delay her album release before, there’s nothing confirmed for now.

Hopefully, we’ll get to see her soon!

Tip: uaena1

Is SECRET’s Hyosung happy with her weight loss?

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 08:42 AM PDT

At the press conference and showcase for their new mini-album (which we streamed live!), SECRET‘s Hyosung was asked about her diet, to which she then asked what the reporters thought about her new, slimmer image.

“I was personally happy that I lost a lot of weight,” she said. “But people around me say that I looked better before. Don’t you think I look better now?”

To that statement, several male members in the audience cried out, “You were prettier before”, causing Hyosung to droop for a few seconds before smiling again and saying, “I hope you’ll love my new look as well.”

Psy secures his 4th Guinness World Record!

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 08:06 AM PDT

Look out world, because Psy has secured his 4th Guinness Record!

The MV for “Gentleman” snagged its first Guinness Record by becoming the video with the highest number of views in 24 hours. Justin Bieber had 10,600,000 views on “Beauty and the Beat“ as the previous record holder, but Psy beat him with over triple the amount at 38,409,306 views.

The Guinness World Records said, “Psy proved he wasn’t a one-hit wonder with ‘Gentleman’. The MV for ‘Gentleman’ has been chosen as the video with the most views in 24 hours. Its success is faster than ‘Gangnam Style‘. ‘Gangnam Style’ reached 100 million in 2 months, but ‘Gentleman’ reached it in 4 days.

Psy’s 3 previous Guinness Records are all with his hit ‘Gangnam Style’. Through ‘Gangnam Style’, he recorded ‘Most Watched Video Online’, ‘Most ‘Likes’ on a YouTube Video’, and ‘First Video to Reach 1 Billion Views on YouTube’. Currently, “Gentleman” has over 250 million views.

Do you think Psy can reach 1 billion again?

San E to end his contract with JYP Entertainment

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 08:04 AM PDT

Rapper San E will be ending his contract with JYP Entertainment.

Recently, he went to his fancafe to tell his fans, “I think I’m going to be ending my contract with JYP Entertainment soon. It’s not that there’s any bad news or anything like that. It’s kind of long to tell the story from the beginning. Anyway, the conclusion is that I’m going to officially leave. The most important thing is that there is absolutely no problem, and everyone is smiling. It’s sad, but we’re on good terms. With that, it’s not that I’m stopping my music, or that San E will become a different San E, so don’t be sad and just be happy.

JYP Entertainment confirmed that San E really would be leaving, as they said, “His contract will be over during the week. We ended on good terms and had a lot of conversations with him. For his music promotions, we’ve decided not to end his contract but to cancel it.

San E signed onto JYP Entertainment in 2010 and released his album ‘Everybody Ready ?‘ that September. Since then, he was helping other JYP Entertainment artists by featuring in songs and had been at JYP Nation concerts. He also released 2 singles, but otherwise didn’t have much activity. Hopefully, fans will still be able to hear good music from him!

Source: Xports News
Tip: Erica

Davichi’s Lee Hae Ri speaks up about comparisons to SISTAR’s Hyorin

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 07:41 AM PDT

Davichi‘s Lee Hae Ri spoke up about the comparisons between her and SISTAR‘s Hyorin.

She was a guest on the April 29th episode of ‘Beatles Code 2‘, where she was asked, “Who do you think sings better, you or Hyorin?” The question surprised her, and she hesitated before answering, “We have different styles. I think I’m better at K-pop songs, but she’s better at pop songs.

MC Shindong teased, “Are you saying that she’s just good at English songs even though she’s a Korean singer?

What are your opinions on the comparisons?

Tony Ahn reveals he made more money after leaving H.O.T

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 07:39 AM PDT

Tony Ahn made the shocking confession that he earned 5 times more from his school uniform business than he did during his days as a member of H.O.T.

During the latest episode of QTV‘s ‘Handsome Boys of the 20th Century‘, Tony Ahn, Moon Hee Jun, Chun Myung Hoon, Eun Ji Won, and Danny Ahn continued to recall their days as first generation idols.

When the topic of money came up, Tony Ahn revealed, “During my promotional activities as a member of H.O.T, I earned 8 million won (~$7,260 USD) from royalties.” Moon Hee Jun, who was also a part of the same team, shared, “I also earned money. For the 2-3 months of promotional activities from the 5th album’s title track royalties, I earned 100 million won (~$90,765 USD).” Tony Ahn was shocked to hear the word, “hundred million,” and Moon Hee Jun expressed his apologies to his fellow member.

Tony Ahn then revealed he made more money when he wasn’t an idol, sharing, “To be honest, I earned the most money when I started my own business. My school uniform business was the biggest cash cow. I earned around 4-5 times more than I did during my whole career [as a member of H.O.T],” to which Moon Hee Jun responded, “Traitor,” for not including him in his profitable business.

Let’s hope idol groups these days make more money than the first generation idol groups did back in the day.

RELIVE IT: allkpop Live SECRET Comeback Showcase

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 07:23 AM PDT

SECRET just made their return, and we recently brought you their comeback showcase as part of our allkpop LIVE series.

Fans worldwide tuned in to see SECRET’s return as they participated in a press conference and also performed their title track “YooHoo” and “Only U” for the very first time!

For those of you who missed it, don't worry, you can now RELIVE the entire experience all over again.

Also, make sure to check out the exclusive autographed SECRET album giveaway here.

Without further ado, RELIVE the live stream of SECRET’s Comeback Showcase only on allkpop!

KARA’s Seungyeon is as sweet as apples for ‘Beauty+’

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 07:20 AM PDT

KARA‘s Seungyeon, who’s already the apple of her fans’ eyes, modeled for “Korea’s best beauty magazine”Beauty+‘!

She went for a lolita look for the magazine, going for bright red lips and bright orange blush. She let her hair free in wild curls, emphasizing the ‘nature’ look with flower-print dresses. Seungyeon managed to look both like an innocent girl and a mature woman with her expressions.

Despite her short height, the staff didn’t need to edit her photos at all because of her perfect proportions. And although she was tired because of her drama filming, but she never lost her smile. Seungyeon chose perfume, lip balm, and hand cream as her favorite cosmetics in the interview.

Check out some of the photos below!

Tip: itsme

4minute experiences a blackout while filming “What’s Your Name?” MV

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 07:05 AM PDT

The zombie takeover in 4minute‘s new music video wasn’t the only eerie happening on set as the girls also experienced a blackout while filming their “What’s Your Name?” music video.

Cube Entertainment released behind-the-scenes footage showing all the lights of the MV set suddenly shutting down and 4minute getting excited because of this mysterious happening. For international fans who don’t know already, there is a superstition in Korea that if an event like a blackout happens to you, it is a sign of good luck. The girls couldn’t be happier after experiencing the blackout and yelled out, “daebak,” with the sign that their comeback will be a hit.

The girls also shared that this is the first blackout they’ve had since their promotions for “Hot Issue” when they experienced the same thing in the studio. And true to the superstition, “Hot Issue” became an instant hit.

“What’s Your Name?” has already swept music charts immediately upon release.

Check out the clip below!

Taemin and Na Eun spotted on a date in their school uniforms for ‘We Got Married’

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 06:41 AM PDT

SHINee‘s Taemin and A Pink‘s Na Eun continued to make fans pout in jealousy. The newest couple to join ‘We Got Married‘ were spotted on a date.

Taemin and Na Eun reminded fans that they’re the youngest couple to ever feature on the show by going on a date in their school uniforms. The two lovebirds are seen getting to know each other and having a good time while sipping on their drinks, and by drinks we mean juice!

Fans commented, “I’m just jealous, that’s all,” “The student couple has been created,” and “I hope they date in real life.”

Taemin and Na Eun met for the first time on last week’s episode, and showed their inexperience when it comes to love and spilled their honest feelings with each other.

Tip: macy

Yoon Kye Sang compares the charms of Park Shin Hye and Park Soo Jin

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 06:18 AM PDT

Actor Yoon Kye Sang dished on the charms of his co-stars Park Shin Hye and Park Soo Jin.

During the press conference for the new film ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors of Love‘ held at the CGV Cinema on the 29th, Yoon Kye Sang shared, “Although it’s difficult to compare Park Soo Jin and Park Shin Hye, Park Soo Jin is sexy and Park Shin Hye is feminine. Both of them are full of charms.” Fans were quick to disagree with the actor, pointing out Park Shin Hye is indeed sexy as shown in her latest pictorial which had fan boys’ jaws dropping.

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors of Love’, the second project for ‘Kolon Sport‘s ‘Way to Nature Film Project‘, is a romantic comedy film portraying the love story of Yoon Kye Sang who experiences love at first sight when he sees his ideal type Eun Hee (Park Shin Hye).

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors of Love’ premiered through ‘Kolon Sport’s homepage, YouTube, and portal sites.

Check it out below!

JYJ become the new faces for outdoor brand Millet’s ‘M-Limited’

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 05:51 AM PDT

As blue chips in the endorsement world, JYJ can add another deal to their list as they’ve become the new faces for outdoor brand ‘Millet‘s ‘M-Limited‘.

‘M-Limited’ is an outdoor gear series targeted towards the 25 to 35-year-old demographic, and the handsome trio is expected to do a good job in engaging this age group.

Millet stated, “When we noticed the growing trend of the young generation taking part in an outdoor lifestyle, we decided to conduct exclusive branding with ‘M-Limited’. JYJ, who have been receiving a lot of love from the whole world with their unique music and style, have been chosen as the endorsement models.”

JYJ recently made a triumphant return to Japan through their long-awaited three-day concert at the Tokyo Dome, selling out all 150,000 seats.

KARA’s Hara and Park Bo Young finalizing roles for new film ‘Young Blood’

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 05:28 AM PDT

KARA‘s Hara and actress Park Bo Young are finalizing their roles for the upcoming film ‘Young Blood‘.

According to a movie insider, Hara and Park Bo Young have been confirmed for the upcoming movie ‘Young Blood’ and are currently negotiating the fine print. ‘Young Blood’ touches upon the awkward teenage years and the roller coaster ride of laughter and emotions of students from the last school uniform generation of the early ’80s. Lee Yeon Woo, who directed the movies ‘2424‘ and ‘The Turtle is Running‘, will be directing the film.

This will be Hara’s first Korean film and a golden opportunity for her to show her acting chops once again since her past work in the SBS drama ‘City Hunter‘ and KARA’s Japanese drama ‘URAKARA‘. This will also be Park Bo Young’s next project following her mega successful film ‘Wolf Boy‘. Park Bo Young is currently reviewing and finalizing her role as a female bully in the movie. Hara has also agreed to the casting offer but will have to work out the conflicting schedules of her group and the film.

Tip: itsme

SBS denies rumors of ‘All About My Romance’ cutting its run short due to poor viewer ratings

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:59 AM PDT

As shown in our weekly viewer ratings reports, the drama ‘All About My Romance‘ has not been doing so well in the ratings department with their single digit viewer ratings. Its not-so-stellar performance led many to assume that the drama will cut its run on TV short, but SBS has come forward to deny the rumors.

An SBS representative cleared up the false rumors by stating, “The rumors started by a media outlet that released a report of the drama ending sooner than expected on the 30th are not true. Although ‘All About My Romance’ is not a drama with high viewer ratings, it is a production that is getting more popular among viewers and media outlets as each day passes. It is receiving positive reviews on its original storyline of politics and romance and on the production quality and acting skills of the stars. There is no plan to cut short the drama’s run. Although it’s a minority, there are people who are showing their enthusiastic love and support for ‘All About My Romance’. We will continue to create a good production with a thankful heart for those viewers.”

Let’s hope that the ratings pick up for ‘All About My Romance’ as the show goes on!

NS Yoon-G snaps a photo with best friend Yoon Seung Ah

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:37 AM PDT

Singer NS Yoon-G and her best friend, beautiful actress Yoon Seung Ah, took some selcas while hanging out.

She posted to her Twitter:“A happy day with the unnie I love.” Dolled up in sunglasses for the sunny weather, the two best friends went out for a quick mini-date.

allkpop readers may know Yoon Seung Ah from her cute and bouncy roles in MBC‘s ‘All My Love‘ and ‘Miss Panda and Mr. Hedgehog‘, where she starred opposite Super Junior‘s Donghae.

Psy to return to the Dodger Stadium to support LA Dodgers’ Ryu Hyun Jin

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 04:10 AM PDT

If you recall back when the “Gangnam Style” phenomenon was just starting to make waves in the States, Psy showed his ‘horse dance’ to the world at the Dodger Stadium. He’s now returning to the stadium to show his support for LA Dodgers’ Ryu Hyun Jin.

LA Dodgers’ Ryu Hyun Jin shared on his Twitter, “I showed the dance to the athletes and they liked it a lot.” Psy thanked him for his support by promising, “I will go to show my support right after I arrive in LA later this April. Fighting always.”

Ryu Hyun Jin also showed his love for Psy with his ‘Ryu Hyun Jin, Gangnam Style’ cover video featured on the major league homepage, which showed the athlete doing his horse dance with fellow teammates Ace Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp.

Psy commented in a recent interview, “I definitely want to go visit to show my support. But I’m worried that my visiting will give unnecessary pressure to Ryu Hyun Jin.”

Psy will show his support at the LA Dodger game on May 1st at 11 AM KST.

Davichi reveal each other’s ‘juicy’ pasts

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 03:44 AM PDT

Which member of Davichi has had more dating experience since their debut?

On the April 29th broadcast of Mnet‘s ‘Beatles Code 2‘, Davichi’s Haeri and Kang Min Kyung dished their secrets about their dating lives.

When the MCs asked them who’s had more dating experience since their debut, the two singers didn’t answer right away. However, Kang Min Kyung couldn’t hide her smile, and the MCs suspected that it was her. Kang Min Kyung then revealed that Haeri had more dating experiences all together, but she’s dated more than Haeri since their debut.

Kang Min Kyung also surprised the viewers by revealing that she was approached by a famous comedian when she was in the 9th grade. The MCs asked for a hint about the comedian, and Kang Min Kyung replied, “I can’t say his famous line because he’s too famous.”

She explained, “He sent a note on my mini homepage rather than approaching me.” Comedian Yoo Sang Moo seemed to know who it was and told her, “He sent it to thousands besides you.”

Kang Min Kyung added, “When I saw the note, it seemed like a group note. So I discarded it.

B2ST’s Yoseob and Cube Girls release “Perfume”

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 03:15 AM PDT

B2ST's Yoseob and Cube Girls have released their collaborative digital single "Perfume" for the ‘Cube Voice Project‘.

The song is Cube Entertainment's first 'voice project', which aims to focus purely on music. Cube Girls is the temporary name of Cube Entertainment's newest girl group, and they've teamed up with B2ST's Yoseob for the sweet song.

Take a listen below!

IU, Jo Jung Suk, and more have a blast on ‘You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin’ set

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 03:09 AM PDT

Contrary to the serious story line that you see on the KB2TV drama ‘You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin‘, the cast members are actually a big ‘Brady Bunch’ with their friendship.

The newly released behind-the-scenes photo show IU, Jo Jung Suk, Lee Mi Sook, Lee Ji Hoon,and more having a blast on set. Jo Jung Suk also made uncle fans annoyed to say the least with his ‘naughty hands’ on IU’s shoulder off-screen. The cast were also full of smiles and laughter during their NGs and breaks during filming, making fans of the show smile along.

IU shared, “Thanks to the bright atmosphere on set, I was able to show better acting. Although there were many scenes where I was slapped and shoved to the ground, due to the energetic atmosphere on set, I felt less pressure and was able have fun while filming.”

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

Tip: jjsfan2

Which member has the worst butt in INFINITE?

Posted: 30 Apr 2013 02:42 AM PDT

According to the rest of the members of INFINITESunggyu has the worst butt in his group.

During a recent filming for MBC Every1‘s ‘Weekly Idol‘, INFINITE conducted a ‘butt ranking’ and shocked fans with a little TMI by revealing, Dongwoo likes to touch the members’ butts often.”

He then put his interesting habit on display by touching the other members’ butts and reviewing their behinds. The other members seemed uncomfortable throughout and responded, “This feels weird.”

Dongwoo then chose Sunggyu as the member with the worst butt, sharing, “[Sunggyu has] a flat, unique butt. If he sits on my knees, it hurts,” and all Sunggyu could do was bow his head in embarrassment.

Tune in for this hilarious episode on May 1st at 6 PM KST!

Tip: infispirit