Sunday, May 12, 2013

"4minute is the top K-Pop act selected by experts in ‘KPOPULOUS’!" plus 19 more

"4minute is the top K-Pop act selected by experts in ‘KPOPULOUS’!" plus 19 more


4minute is the top K-Pop act selected by experts in ‘KPOPULOUS’!

Posted: 12 May 2013 02:05 AM PDT

It's no secret that we all have our own favorite music acts, but do you ever wonder who the music experts believe to be the top acts in K-Pop today?

That's where 'KPOPULOUS' comes in. 'KPOPULOUS' is a segment that is aired through Arirang TV's 'Pops in Seoul' every week to bring you a fresh look at different acts in K-Pop.

Ten experts from various fields that represent the Korean music industry come together to share their favorite music acts each week through 'KPOPULOUS'. Not only will you get to see exclusive interviews with the artists, they'll all be in English as well!

Check out the episode featuring 4minute, and stay tuned as allkpop updates you with a fresh episode of 'KPOPULOUS'!

Performances from the May 12th episode of ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 12 May 2013 12:58 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! This week’s show was a special pre-recorded stage, filmed last week in the district of Chungju to mark 100 days until the 2013 World Rowing Championships.

In addition to the usual stages, Nine Muses came back with a “Wild” return and B1A4 asked “What’s Going On?” in their comeback stage!

Although ‘Inkigayo’ has a ranking system, this episode was pre-recorded last week, which means that no winner was announced this week. Come back next week!

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This week's PSA from 'Inkigayo' guest-featured B1A4, who sang about the wonderful sport of professional rowing!

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Other performances from tonight included Juniel, Si Hyun, LC9, D-Unit, HISTORY, Hello Venus, C-CLOWN, Seo In Guk, uBEAT, PURE, T-ara N4, SECRET, K.Will, 4minute, and SHINee !

Check them out below!

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LC9 >

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HISTORY >

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Hello Venus >

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uBEAT >

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PURE >

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4minute >

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B1A4 ask fans “What’s Going On?” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 12 May 2013 12:53 AM PDT

B1A4 have finally made their long-anticipated comeback with "What's Going On?"!

B1A4 took a more serious turn for their last song "Try to Walk", but now they're back to their fun times with "What's Going On?" The song is produced, written, and composed by their leader Jinyoung, and the boys sure seem to be enjoying the song!

Check out their comeback performance below on 'Inkigayo'!

Nine Muses go “WILD” for their ‘Inkigayo’ return

Posted: 12 May 2013 12:22 AM PDT

Nine Muses have brought sexy back with their "WILD" comeback!

The ladies just released the title track, and now they're finally back on 'Inkigayo'! The girls stole hearts and gazes with their outfits, choreography, and amazing song.

Take a deep breath, and get ready to be driven wild below!

2PM reflects on Nichkhun’s drunk driving scandal

Posted: 11 May 2013 10:57 PM PDT

After 2PM‘s Nichkhun was sentenced for driving under the influence last year, the boy group revealed that the incident had made a large impact on their lives together.

For their comeback special ‘2PM Returns‘ on MBC, Nichkhun was interviewed on his scandal last year. “I’ll never forget that day,” he said. “I thought that I wasn’t human. I was so sorry to my fans and the members, I cried in front of them for the first time. I'm a foreigner, yet my fans accept me and pour out their love for me. But I felt like I betrayed and disappointed them. All I kept thinking about was how much my fans must be hurting."

“We had never taken a break after our debut,” Taecyeon remembered. “But after that, all of our schedules were gone. We were initially asked, ‘How about promoting without Nichkhun?’ But it doesn’t make sense to come back as a five-member group.”

Jun.K shared, “There were talks about possibly promoting as a subunit. But we all rejected the offer. We want to come back as six members."

“Even though it was a mistake, wrongdoing is wrongdoing,” Chansung said. “We might think badly on them for making a mistake, but at that time, I think that Nichkhun hyung himself was very dear to us.”

“We’ll work hard to bring back all of the fans that went away,” Nichkhun promised.

Jung Jun Ha reflects on his growth as a person and a father

Posted: 11 May 2013 09:59 PM PDT

Comedian and current ‘Infinity Challenge‘ member Jung Jun Ha reflected on how he had grown over the past few years working in the entertainment industry.

At a youth festival recently held on the Han River, the variety star answered a question about the three things he had ‘eaten’ the most of during his years as a comedian.

For the first thing, he picked ‘criticism’ as something he had eaten a lot of. “I ate a lot of it,” he said. “I watched an old broadcast of ‘Infinity Challenge’ the other day. Park Myung Soo was saying something, and my face was scrunched up into a frown. I couldn’t look at myself anymore.”

“It was very hard before, but somewhere, I was able to find myself and win over problems, and I could show off my happy face. I often tell myself that I’ve changed a lot,” he reflected. “I used to feel unfairly beat on before, but nowadays I’m much more easygoing. Since I ate so much criticism before, perhaps that contributed to the grown-up me today,” he said.

Secondly, he chose old age. “‘Infinity Challenge’, for me, is a program which I switch between hating and loving,” he said. “When I have thoughts about how much longer I’ll be able to do the show because of my age, I switch between being happy and being depressed at the thought.”

For the third item, he counted love as another answer. “After I met my wife, I thought that I needed to work even harder and love even more. It’s the biggest happiness in my life,” he said. “Before, I had a quick temper and couldn’t control my emotions, but nowadays, I’ve grown more easygoing.”

“It’s not easy speaking in front of a lot of people. I’m not a person with good specs, but if I tell my story, then maybe I’ll be able to influence some of you into thinking, ‘even that person can turn out like that’ and give some hope,” he finished.

Source: TV Daily via Nate

 

SECRET’s Hyosung reveals she was hurt by negative comments about her body

Posted: 11 May 2013 08:58 PM PDT

After going through a grueling diet and weight loss for her “YooHoo” comeback, SECRET‘s Hyosung revealed that she became upset at some unappreciative remarks about her new, slimmer body line.

On her appearance for MBC‘s ‘Quiz to Change the World‘, Hyosung surprised the audience by saying that she lost five kilograms of weight for her comeback.

“I had an unintended one-year hiatus, and I got depressed because I feared that the fans would forget me,” she revealed. “I was shocked by the comments that said I became ugly after I lost weight.”

“I think it might be better if you don’t look at internet comments,” advised host Moon Hee Jun, who himself has had plenty of experience with negative commentary. “Compared with your debut days, you’re 40 times prettier right now.”

After School’s Lizzy jokes about her declining popularity

Posted: 11 May 2013 08:11 PM PDT

After School and Orange Caramel‘s Lizzy regretfully recounted how far she had fallen over the past year.

During a recent appearance on SBS‘s ‘1000 Song Challenge‘, Lizzy revealed that her popularity just wasn’t what it once was. MC Lee Hwi Jae noted, “I told Lizzy that she got prettier, but she told me that her popularity had vanished.”

Co-host Jang Yoon Jung asked Lizzy for the reason behind her surprising remark. She answered, “Even last year, I kept getting calls from boys, but once the new year began, I haven’t gotten any.”

When asked if she ever regretted being so aloof back then, Lizzy shook her head, saying, “No, I don’t regret it. I still want to keep working … so far.”

 

Idols struggle with Korean history on ‘Infinity Challenge’

Posted: 11 May 2013 07:26 PM PDT

Despite the combined power of dozens of Korea’s most popular idols, they – just like normal students around the world – struggled with basic history questions during their appearance on the most recent episode of MBC‘s ‘Infinity Challenge’.

Gathering idols such as SHINee, B1A4, Orange Caramel, and others, the ‘Infinity Challenge’ crew divided up among themselves in a basic quiz show match along the lines of ‘Star Golden Bell‘. However, right from the beginning, they ran into problems as they found themselves struggling from the very first question: the name of a famous Korean pro-independence movement.

Answers, written on an individual whiteboard, included ‘Seven Princesses’, ‘Strong Friends’, and – most hilariously – ‘I’m Sorry Mom’. In the end, not a single idol member got the question right.

Their historical woes revealed, the remainder of the episode dealt with the ‘Infinity Challenge’ members doling out historical information in the form of lectures to the idol groups, punctuated, as always, with hilarious moments. Check out the full episode below!

Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil reveal they both had cute first impressions of each other

Posted: 11 May 2013 06:40 PM PDT

Son Ye Jin revealed that Kim Nam Gil wasn’t exactly the charismatic heartthrob he seems to be onscreen, but a cute boy in real life.

On the May 11th broadcast of ‘Entertainment Relay‘, ‘Shark‘ co-stars, Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil, revealed their first impressions of each other.

Son Ye Jin shared, “I thought that Kim Nam Gil would have the bad guy charisma that he shows in dramas, so I was surprised when I met him for the first time because he was so cute.”

Kim Nam Gil also thought that Son Ye Jin is cuter than he had expected from first impressions. “Son Ye Jin has a lot of aegyo. A war has started among the male actors. It’s a competition on who receives the most affection from Son Ye Jin.”

Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil will be starring in the upcoming drama ‘Shark’, which recently unleashed its intense trailer and will premiere on the 27th!

4minute’s HyunA to be discharged soon

Posted: 11 May 2013 05:54 PM PDT

4minute‘s HyunA, who was admitted into the hospital a few days ago after being diagnosed with a high fever, will be discharged soon after a doctors’ prognosis of recovery.

According to Cube Entertainment, HyunA will begin discharge procedures on the 12th, which will be followed by a period of rest. Although she had a highly volatile fever when she was admitted on the 9th, it has cooled off recently.

HyunA missed out on the recent Dream Concert stage, which only featured the remaining four members of 4minute. Cube will make a decision on when she will be permitted to resume her schedule based on her future level of recovery.

Source: Korea Economy via Nate

Sohyun, Sunggyu, and Bang Yong Guk impress with their academic accomplishments on ‘Infinity Challenge’

Posted: 11 May 2013 05:09 PM PDT

4minute‘s Sohyun, INFINITE‘s Sunggyu, and B.A.P‘s Bang Yong Guk were revealed to be one of the smartest among the 30 idols featured on the latest episode of ‘Infinity Challenge‘.

MC Yoo Jae Suk asked 4minute, “Which member did the best in school?”, and leader Jihyun pointed to maknae Sohyun. Sohyun surprised the other idols by revealing, “I ranked #4 in my class.” Yoo Jae Suk then asked the 30 idols, “Is there anyone here who achieved higher than fourth place?”

Sunggyu raised his hand and shared, “Although it’s weird to say this about myself, I achieved #2 out of my entire school.” Yoo Jae Suk responded, “You must have been very good at studying”, to which Sunggyu hilariously answered, “That’s right.”

Yoo Jae Suk raised the bar higher and asked, “Is there anyone who achieved higher than 2nd place?”, to which Bang Yong Guk raised his hand and shared, “I placed #1 among 800 students during my 2nd year of high school”, impressing everyone on set.

During the idol special, 30 idols split into 11 teams with each ‘Infinity Challenge’ member becoming their teacher. They also received special lessons from the cast, who lectured in their own individual way to teach them Korean history.

Watch the full episode below!

Source + image(s): Newsen via Nate

 

HaHa and Byul become a reggae couple

Posted: 11 May 2013 04:23 PM PDT

HaHa and Byul may be Korean by blood but they have Jamaican pride in spirit!

HaHa shared on his Twitter, “Yah man! Rasta Paradise! Finally Go Eun~ Became poisoned by Jamaica! Reggae couple~ Everyone, please show your love for reggae. Korean reggae fighting.”

HaHa and Byul are seen proudly showing off their Jamaican pride while donning their couple tracksuits labeled with the colorful yellow, green and black flag.

HaHa not only seemed to have ‘poisoned’ his wife with reggae pride, but his house as well! Knowing HaHa’s love for reggae, the first words that come out of their soon-to-be newborn’s mouth might just be “Yah man!”

 

 

[Review][Single] 2PM “All Day I Think of You”

Posted: 11 May 2013 03:31 PM PDT

It’s been nearly two years since 2PM promoted their last Korean single, “Hands Up” in June of 2011. In the meantime, a number of JYP Entertainment acts have released some fantastic singles, setting high hopes for 2PM’s eventual return. Did it live up to expectations?

All Day I Think of You” has a lot going for it. The orchestra instrumental is nice, the song is catchy, and for the most part the guys sound great- the singers are singing, the rappers are rapping, and there are no awkward vocal parts for the non-singing members (I’m looking at you, “Come Back When You Hear This Song“). A few poor choices, like the robot voice in the chorus, the random dubstep stutters scattered throughout the song, make the song sound a little dated, while Nichkhun‘s falsetto part should probably have gone to someone with a more pleasant upper register. Taecyeon‘s pitched-down rapping over the bridge could have just been omitted altogether. Despite those few sticking points, the song has a really nice, cool vibe to it and makes for an enjoyable listen.

It's been a long time

The video for “All Day I Think of You”, however, is mediocre at best. There are some good points- the strong contrasts in the black and white video set the right moody atmosphere, and the parts of the choreography where they’re actually sitting in the chairs are great. Unfortunately, this is offset by the less-than-stellar remainder of the video.  The dance sequences are a bit odd – why are the members of 2PM doing a StairMaster dance against the backs of chairs right after their entrance? The highlight dance with their backs to the camera and their hands resting on their bouncing hips look a bit weird, it’s a bit too too feminine for our resident ‘beastly’ idols, especially when they’re trying to show us how they’ve grown up.

The individual cuts with the guys sitting next to sexy girls in skimpy dresses who’ve had their heads cropped out of the scene are cliche at best. Then there’s the “romantic” scenes- There’s a lot of cuddling and nuzzling and heavy breathing happening, and some implied undressing, but nothing else. It’s the kind of thing that works when it’s parsed sparingly into a video as part of the story line (think Big Bang‘s “Tonight“), but four straight minutes of wink-wink-nod-nod-they-totally-did-something-off-screen gets boring real quick and feels somewhat juvenile.

The sad thing about this comeback, however, is that it feels like 2PM would have released “All Day I Think of You” exactly as it is, even if they had never had that two year hiatus and had come back in 2012 as originally planned. Quite frankly, we wanted to see the triumphant return of the legends, not just any ordinary comeback. We wanted a “Keep Your Head Down” or a “Blue“/”Bad Boy“/”Fantastic Baby” combo or even a “Countryside Diary“. Even a “Miss Korea” would have been great, or they could have taken a cue from western music and given us a “Suit & Tie“. Something that didn’t just say ‘we’re back‘, but that reminded us of just how much we missed them and showed us just how far they’d come while they were gone. The market was pretty saturated when 2PM was at the top of their game; it’s an even bigger pond now, and it’s not enough to just have been the best at some point. Acts have to constantly re-establish that they deserve to be where they are or they’ll get replaced by the next group waiting in line to take their place.

“All Day I Think of You” could have been a perfect showcase for 2PM’s grand return to the music scene- instead, it feels somewhat phoned-in and not all that special. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good song, and it’ll certainly sell and chart well, but, we’ll always be left wondering what might have been if this comeback had been given the weight it truly deserved.

Love it or Hate it: Dara’s ‘veil-beanie’

Posted: 11 May 2013 02:45 PM PDT

We saw Bom with her fishnet leggings, and of course, being 2NE1, all of the girls are fashion forward and we can’t leave out Dara!

On May 10, she was spotted at Gimpo International Airport departing for Japan as 2NE1 performed at 'Super Live 2013 in Universal Studio Japan'. She was dressed normally, but put the point of her outfit in her unique beanie with a veil over it. The veil over the beanie gave her a look similar to a bride. She tweeted a photo of herself, writing, “Dara wants to be a May bride~ I’ve arrived in Osaka! ^^ I want to eat okonomiyaki~”.

Do you love it or hate it?

Go Jun Hee tells Jinwoon how she learned to drink on ‘We Got Married’

Posted: 11 May 2013 02:04 PM PDT

Go Jun Hee revealed to 2AM‘s Jinwoon how she learned to drink alcohol on ‘We Got Married‘.

Continuing on with their ‘healing’ date, the couple went out to eat some grilled eel to rejuvenate their strength. Jinwoon prepared Korean fruit wine for the occasion, and Go Jun Hee commented while drinking, “I learned how to drink with poktanjoo (bomb drink, shot of soju inside beer), so it’s hard for me to drink alcohol that’s not mixed,” causing laughter with her frankness.

After she had a few drinks in her, Go Jun Hee revealed that she thought of Jinwoon as a baby when she first met him. He responded, “When do you feel that I’m most masculine?”

The actress answered, “I got really angry when you tried to make me jealous the time I visited you at ‘Music Core. I was going to leave the broadcast and go home. Let’s not make each other jealous, and stop talking about female idols.”

On the same episode, Go Jun Hee set up a surprise birthday party for Jinwoon and invited his friends.

Jo Jung Chi writes Jung In a heartfelt letter on ‘We Got Married’

Posted: 11 May 2013 01:15 PM PDT

Jo Jung Chi wrote a heartfelt letter to his real-life girlfriend and ‘We Got Married‘ wife Jung In.

On the May 11th show, Jo Jung Chi decided to cheer up Jung In after she was diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid. The couple went on a rickshaw date, and afterwards, he suddenly surprised her with the letter, making her shed tears of happiness.

The ‘We Got Married’ producers asked him to read the letter out loud. He said, “I think the reason you’re sick is because of me, so I’m sorry. I asked you for a lot. All I want is just for you to be healthy. You can lose the keys if you want. It’s okay if you make mistakes. We’ll be able to grow old together if you’re not sick. I want to become more like you too.”

Jo Jung Chi’s touching letter even made the studio panel show tears. Jung In stated, “I can have a complete recovery with continual treatment. From now on, I’ll work hard to receive treatment and recover.”

Gaon Chart releases chart rankings for the month of April 2013

Posted: 11 May 2013 12:31 PM PDT

The Gaon Chart is the national chart of South Korea and is intended to be the equivalent of Oricon in Japan and Billboard in the United States.

Check out the chart rankings for the month of April 2013 (April 1 – April 30) below!

< Gaon Chart National Digital Singles Ranking >

1. Psy – “Gentleman” – 148,900,278 Points

2. K.Will – “Love Blossom” – 98,716,534 Points

3. Davichi ft. Verbal Jint – “Be Warmed” – 95,551,458 Points

4. Lyn ft. Baechigi – “Tonight” – 77,611,630 Points

5. Geeks ft. Harim – “How Are You” – 77,040,002 Points

6. Akdong Musician – “Foreigner’s Confession” – 76,538,021 Points

7. Lee Hi – “Rose” – 75,248,697 Points

8. Cho Yong Pil – “Bounce” – 70,260,245 Points

9. 15& – “Somebody” – 65,116,565 Points

10. Roy Kim – “Spring Spring Spring” – 60,990,163 Points


< Gaon Chart National Physical Albums Ranking >

1. SHINee – ‘Dream Girl’ – 108,634 albums (Total: 283,189)

2. Cho Yong Pil – ‘Bounce’ – 29,932 albums

3. Girls’ Generation – ’2011 Girls’ Generation Tour’ – 21,607 albums

4. INFINITE – ‘New Challenge’ – 19,653 albums (Total: 158,084)

5. B.A.P – ‘One Shot’ – 14,092 albums (Total: 77,990)

6. Teen Top – ‘No.1 Repackage Special Edition’ – 13,340 albums

7. Davichi – ‘Mystic Ballad’ – 11,685 albums

8. 4minute – ‘Name is 4minute’ – 10,847 albums

9. uBEAT – ‘Should Have Treated You Better’ – 8,650 albums

10. Lee Hi – ‘First Love’ – 8,515 albums (Total: 16,515)

(* Total is added for albums that were released in a prior month)


< Online Downloads For The Month >

1. Psy – “Gentleman” – 1,072,017 Downloads

2. K.Will – “Love Blossom” – 817,254 Downloads

3. Davichi ft. Verbal Jint – “Be Warmed” – 794,169 Downloads

4. Geeks ft. Harim – “How Are You” – 650,543 Downloads

5. Lyn ft. Baechigi – “Tonight” – 650,079 Downloads

6. Akdong Musician – “Foreigner’s Confession” – 620,798 Downloads

7. Cho Yong Pil – “Bounce” – 566,053 Downloads

8. Lee Hi – “Rose” – 561,491 Downloads

9. 15& – “Somebody” – 556,460 Downloads

10. Roy Kim – “Spring Spring Spring” – 530,979 Downloads


< Online Chart – Streams >

1. Psy – “Gentleman” – 14,019,290 Streams

2. Davichi ft. Verbal Jint – “Be Warmed” – 12,548,946 Streams

3. K.Will – “Love Blossom” – 11,900,653 Streams

4. Lee Hi – “Rose” – 10,680,178 Streams

5. Busker Busker – “Cherry Blossom Ending” – 10,663,211 Streams

6. Geeks ft. Harim – “How Are You” – 10,504,689 Streams

7. Davichi – “Turtle” – 10,106,364 Streams

8. Akdong Musician – “Foreigner’s Confession” – 9,350,989 Streams

9. Akdong Musician – “Crescendo” – 9,342,136 Streams

10. Lyn ft. Baechigi – “Tonight” – 9,159,811 Streams

Na Eun and Taemin reveal their honest thoughts about viewer comments on ‘We Got Married’

Posted: 11 May 2013 11:45 AM PDT

SHINee‘s Taemin and A Pink‘s Na Eun shared their honest thoughts about comments by viewers on ‘We Got Married 4‘.

The two idols are the newest couple to join the show, and it seems not everyone was happy to see them together on screen. On the May 11th show, Taemin asked Na Eun if she read some of the negative comments, and she replied that she did.

During her solo interview, she expressed, “I saw all the comments. I was trying not to see them, but I ended up reading them. It’d be a lie if I said there wasn’t anything that upset me. As time passes, I worry about it more and I only see the bad things. I got hurt.”

Taemin stated, “Though I thank those who are looking at us in a positive light, there will definitely be those who think negatively of us. I wish Na Eun wouldn’t see those comments. Since she’s younger than I am, I want to protect her.”

Were you expecting this reaction from some viewers?

2PM perform their double title tracks for the first time on ’2PM Returns’

Posted: 11 May 2013 11:00 AM PDT

The hot boys of 2PM made their long awaited return and performed songs from their 3rd album ‘GROWN‘ for the first time on their comeback show ‘2PM Returns‘!

2PM performed their double title tracks “Come Back When You Hear This Song” and “All Day I Think of You” for the first time, and had their passionate HOTTESTs screaming with happiness. The ‘beastly idols’ took sexy to another level with their comeback stage and showed how much they’ve ‘grown’ over the past six years since their debut. The group also opened up to their fans about what they’ve been up to during their two year hiatus as well as shared honest stories about love and dating.

Watch 2PM’s first live performances of their title tracks below!

Come Back When You Hear This Song

All Day I Think of You” (“Ha.Ni.Bbun“)

Suddenly