Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"Girls’ Generation fans celebrate Sunny’s birthday!" plus 19 more

"Girls’ Generation fans celebrate Sunny’s birthday!" plus 19 more


Girls’ Generation fans celebrate Sunny’s birthday!

Posted: 14 May 2013 09:01 AM PDT

Sunny turned 25 in Korea on May 15, and fans were quick to celebrate her birthday on Twitter!

The hashtags #Happy25thSunnyDay and #순규야생일축하해 (HappyBirthdaySunkyu) trended at #1 and #3 respectively within an hour of her official birthday in Korea.

Girls’ Generation recently wrapped up their Japanese arena tour and are preparing for their world tour, but hopefully Sunny and the rest of the girls can take a day off to celebrate her birthday!

Happy birthday to Sunny!

Tip: Karen

T-ara’s Hyomin joins the world of Instagram

Posted: 14 May 2013 08:31 AM PDT

Fans can now welcome Hyomin to Instagram.

The T-ara member decided to hop aboard the recent Instagram bandwagon as she has just created a new account. Earlier today she updated her Twitter profile with a link to the newly created Instagram account. As she’s currently in California with the T-ara N4 members, she labeled the latest two photos as being taken in Los Angeles, and she looks stunning with a pair of funky sunglasses and palm trees in the background!

Hopefully, Hyomin will be gracing us with a lot of beautiful photos, and you can follow her here!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

Hyosung apologizes for her misuse of the word ‘democratization’

Posted: 14 May 2013 08:01 AM PDT

Hyosung‘s misuse of the word ‘democratization’ has been receiving criticism.

On May 14, the SECRET members were guests on SBS Power FM‘s ‘Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time‘ and on the show, Hyosung stated, “Our team respects each other’s individuality so our group doesn’t utilize democratization.

The word ‘democratization’ is used to indicate when a country or society transitions from an authoritarian regime to a democracy. However, Hyosung seems to have misunderstood what the word meant and misused the phrase.

Even worse, some have pointed out that the website full of conservatives Ilgan Best uses the word ‘민주화시키다 / democratization’ not for its original meaning, but as something to mean ‘the citizens create chaos’, ‘to destroy’, or ‘to make disappear’, meanings which seem to suit Hyosung’s use more. Because the way she used the word ‘민주화시키다’, there are people who believe that she could possibly be a member of the site. The website is full of many extremists and is the target of much criticism, there are some posts on the site which make fun of people’s deaths and is generally thought to be a negative place.

There were many who came to Hyosung’s defense stating, “She probably used it not knowing what the word really meant“, and “It could’ve been an honest mistake.” While others stated, “Even if she doesn’t know history, she shouldn’t be saying misused words like they’re nothing.

Her label spoke up to say, “She used the word without knowing what it meant. She’s surprised that the issue has become so big after what she said.” They also affirmed that she was not a member of Ilgan Best.

Hyosung also took to her Twitter to apologize, writing, “Hello, this is SECRET’s leader Hyosung. I apologize for the incorrect phrase I used on ‘Choi Hwa Jung’s Power Time’ today. I’m self-reflecting on the point that I misused a word without understanding what it really meant. I’m sorry. I’ll be careful to make sure this never happens again. I apologize again.

Source: Sports Chosun via Nate, Herald Economy via Nate, Hankook Economy via Nate
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

Kim Hee Sun teams up with ‘Coca-Cola’ as the face of ‘Minute Maid’

Posted: 14 May 2013 07:29 AM PDT

Kim Hee Sun is the new face of the ‘Coca-Cola‘ brand ‘Minute Maid‘.

The actress and ‘Incarnation‘ host teamed up with Coca-Cola to represent its brand, ‘Minute Maid Rich Blend‘, which focuses on a healthy lifestyle.

Coca-Cola thought that as an actress with age defying beauty and a role model image, Kim Hee Sun would fit perfectly as the brand’s endorsement model. A rep stated, “Kim Hee Sun has the image of a confident and wise housewife who knows what’s best for her family and herself. We anticipate that she will effectively spread ‘Minute Maid’s message of ‘healthy habits for a day of vitality’ to families who carefully look at the ingredients even when choosing which juice to purchase.”

Kim Hee Sun’s first CF for ‘Minute Maid Rich Blend’ will air this June! Don’t you think Coca-Cola and Minute Maid made an excellent choice?

Jang Yoon Jung and Do Kyung Wan register for marriage prior to their September wedding

Posted: 14 May 2013 06:59 AM PDT

Jang Yoon Jung and Do Kyung Wan have already registered for marriage, making them married in the eyes of the law prior to their upcoming wedding ceremony.

Jang Yoon Jung’s agency Inwoo Production explained, “Announcer Do Kyung Wan came to the ward by himself to register for marriage. Although there was a rumor that the couple went in together to register their marriage, it is not true. Some media outlets are releasing reports without confirming the truth, leaving the two of them shocked. Registering their marriage beforehand was Do Kyung Wan’s wish. Do Kyung Wan completed the registration to be by her side as her husband by law for Jang Yoon Jung, who is going through a tough time due to the unintentional reveal of her family matters. Please congratulate the couple’s strong love.”

The couple will hold their wedding ceremony this September.

Congratulations to the two on their marriage!

[Spoiler] Shin Se Kyung wears a wedding dress on ‘When A Man Loves’

Posted: 14 May 2013 06:33 AM PDT

Viewers will be hearing wedding bells soon as hinted by new still cuts of actress Shin Se Kyung in a wedding dress on MBC‘s ‘When A Man Loves‘.

The actress filmed the scene at a wedding dress boutique in Gangnam and changed into three wedding dresses, making the staff’s jaws drop when they saw how beautiful she looked every time the curtains opened up.

On the May 9th episode of ‘When A Man Loves’, Han Tae Sang (Song Seung Hun) found out about Seo Mi Do (Shin Se Kyung) and Lee Jae Hee’s (Yeon Woo Jin) relationship. Seo Mi Do said, “I don’t want to get married to President Han,” in the preview for the upcoming episode, leaving viewers curious on who she will choose.

Find out what happens on ‘When A Man Loves’ every Wednesday and Thursday!

4men to perform “Propose Song” live for the first time at upcoming concert

Posted: 14 May 2013 06:04 AM PDT

4men definitely have a lot in store for their upcoming concert series, ‘2013 4men Concert: I'll Let You Listen‘, including a collaboration with their mentor Vibe‘s Yoon Min Soo and the first live performance of their new single “Propose Song“.

4men will also be performing their first stage of “You’re My Light” from their new album ‘Thank You‘ as well as doing something fans don’t get to see often by holding their own solo stages.

Their agency stated, “4men, who are awaiting their nationwide tour concert, are putting all of their time and effort into practicing while dripping sweat everyday in the practice room. 4men will show a new image through the concert, which will feature impressive live performances and even dance stages. We ask for your love and support.”

The group will be kicking off their concert series at the Yonsei 100th Memorial Hall in Seoul on May 17-19th.

Check out the “Propose Song” MV below if you missed it!

Peernine debut with their “Wake Up” MV

Posted: 14 May 2013 05:35 AM PDT

Talented vocalist trio Peernine have debuted in what seems to be the busiest month of the year in K-pop with “Wake Up“!

Peernine previously gave music lovers a taste of their group's sound with the track, "Never Wear Nice Clothes", which was released back in April.

The group consists of Sohee, Eunbi, and Hwajin, and their group's name, Peernine, is a combination of the words 'bloom' and 'person' in Korean. Their hope is to bring healing through music like a blooming flower.

Check out Peernine’s refreshing vocals and their debut track’s feel-good sound below!

5tion to finally debut in Japan after 9 months of preparation

Posted: 14 May 2013 05:04 AM PDT

5tion will finally debut in Japan!

The group went overseas in August of 2011, and they’ve been preparing for 9 months. They’ll finally be releasing “Let’s Get Married” on the 15th, marking their official debut. 5tion will also hold their showcase on the 15th and 16th as well as perform at the Fukushima charity concert on the 17th.

Because the 5tion members wanted to be prepared, they studied up on Japanese and Japanese culture for 9 months, and even held small-theater concerts. For their efforts, Japanese fans created the official fan club 5rion.

5ion’s label stated, “Their Japanese debut started because the Japanese label AKATSUKI sent a ‘love call’ to 5tion after their passionate and high quality performance. Other incredible staff worked hard for 5tion’s Japanese debut.

The debut single will contain a total of five songs, including “Let’s Get Married” from the MBC variety show ‘We Got Married‘.

5tion debuted 13 years ago, and this second debut will be yet another landmark in their career! Are you looking forward to how they’ll do in Japan?

Childhood friends Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon and Rainbow’s No Eul reunite

Posted: 14 May 2013 04:35 AM PDT

Childhood friends Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon and Rainbow‘s No Eul had a little reunion recently.

No Eul shared on her Twitter, “It’s been a long time since I met up with my hometown friend, sunbae, and colleague Taeng-ee. ^^ We had the same dream since childhood, and it’s so wonderful that we both fulfilled our dreams and are working hard. We keep talking about the past and bringing up our memories.”

Taeyeon and No Eul are seen enjoying a girls’ night out, enjoying some patbingsu (shaved ice dessert). The two attended Yangji Elementary School in Gwangju, Korea before meeting again as idol stars years later.

Fans commented, “Taeyeon and No Eul are so cute,” “I didn’t know they were childhood friends,” and more.

Boom to join the May comeback rush with new single “I Don’t Know Women”

Posted: 14 May 2013 04:04 AM PDT

Boom has become a successful MC, but he’ll be returning to his roots as a singer once again with his newest single “I Don’t Know Women“.

Producer Oh Seung Eun, who composed “I Don’t Know Women”, shared, “From lyricist Zeenan and rapper Hong Ga‘s realistic, sorrowful lyrics and trendy rhythm arose a refined melody.”

Boom previously made his return as a solo singer last year with “She Was Pretty“, and he’ll now make a comeback with “I Don’t Know Women” to be released on the 16th.

Are you looking forward to what he has in store?

Choi Kang Hee reveals how she really feels about Joo Won

Posted: 14 May 2013 03:35 AM PDT

Choi Kang Hee disappointed all the shippers out there by making it loud and clear that she would never date her ‘7th Grade Civil Servant‘ co-star Joo Won no matter how cute he is.

During filming for SBS‘ ’Incarnation‘, the rumor of her falling head-over-heels for her much-younger co-star was brought up, and Choi Kang Hee revealed, “I became very close with Joo Won through the drama. We freely had skinship with each other and were always by each other’s side. I think Joo Won is good at making others feel comfortable.”

Seeing how close the two are, the MCs couldn’t help but ask, “If Joo Won asks you to date him in real life, would you?” Choi Kang Hee answered, “I wouldn’t date him. I don’t like celebrities. I don’t see male celebrities as men,” confirming that she friend-zoned Joo Won even before she met him.

Catch the full episode on the 14th at 11:10PM KST!

FeelDog’s fans gift the cast and staff of ‘A Bit of Love’ with meals

Posted: 14 May 2013 03:04 AM PDT

FeelDog‘s fans gifted the cast of ’A Bit of Love‘ with 150 servings of food!

Lately, it’s been a trend for fans to cheer on their idols by preparing meals for the staff of their drama, and BIG STAR fans were no different! The KBS 2TV sitcom released photos of the cast and crew enjoying the meals generously gifted by BIG STAR fans.

The staff couldn’t keep from smiling as they lined up to get their serving. The 150 servings not only fed FeelDog, the staff, the lead actors, but the supporting actors and extras as well.

FeelDog said, “I was so touched by the sincerity of the fans who gifted me with the food. In exchange, I’ll work hard on my acting and on BIG STAR’s new album to show my thanks.

BIG STAR is aiming for a comeback before July, so fans may be able to see them very soon!

Shin Dong Yup admits Shinhwa’s Hyesung is a master of ‘perverted gags’

Posted: 14 May 2013 02:35 AM PDT

The ‘god of perverted gags’ Shin Dong Yup admitted that Shinhwa‘s Hyesung might actually top him in the arena.

Shinhwa was a guest on the May 13th episode of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Hello‘, where MC Shin Dong Yup revealed, “Recently, I filmed shorts on ‘SNL Korea‘ with Shinhwa. Hyesung is no joke when it comes to perverted ideas.

Junjin agreed, joking, “He’s the idea bank of Shinhwa,” while MC Jung Chan Woo added, “I’ve never seen Shin Dong Yup greet anyone so happily.

To see just how ‘perverted’ Hyesung can be, check out the clip from ‘SNL Korea’ below! Warning: Can be NSFW.

miss A’s Fei donates her cooking to SBS’ ‘Hope TV’ bazaar

Posted: 14 May 2013 02:05 AM PDT

miss A‘s Fei keeps showing us that she’s not only a beautiful, talented dancer, singer, and cook, but she also has a heart of gold.

She’d already donated to help the victims of the Sichuan earthquake, and now she’s rolled up her sleeves to help out those who need it in Africa. Fei came out to SBSHope TV‘s charity bazaar, cooking to pitch in any way she could. The reporter mentioned, “You’re very good at singing, dancing, and even cooking,” and she replied, “I learned cooking from my mother since I was young.

She was also asked how she felt about participating in the ‘Hope TV’ bazaar, and she answered, “I hope a lot of people like the food I make. I’m honored to be doing a good deed.

Isn’t Fei amazing?

Tip: ange

Lee Jang Woo and his agency finally speak up

Posted: 14 May 2013 01:40 AM PDT

The silence has finally been shattered by Lee Jang Woo and his reps after netizens voiced out, wanting to hear a response from the actor, who has never spoken up until now.

His reps spoke on his behalf, stating, “During the beginning stages of the drama, dating rumors with Oh Yeon Seo came out. Since he had just begun his drama, it was more of a priority for them to focus on acting rather than offer words… The two are of sunbae and hoobae relationship, and have been doing their best with their teamwork until now with the conclusion of the drama up ahead.”

“Lee Jang Woo feels sorry to Oh Yeon Seo with speculations regarding the two being brought up again,” said the reps.

Another rep from his agency stated, “Lee Jang Woo is quite flustered that a break up report has suddenly surfaced while he’s putting his all into filming… They’re currently focusing on their acting as good friends. He wants to remain good friends with Oh Yeon Seo by wrapping up the filming of ‘Oh Ja Ryong Is Coming’ on a good note… Lee Jang Woo feels really bad that there may be negative effects on Oh Yeon Seo… They’re good sunbae and hoobae so it’s a shame that this kind of article has come out.”

As mentioned in the previous article, Oh Yeon Seo’s reps have already spoken about the issue, clarifying the dating and breaking up rumors as they stated, “It's true that the two had fond feelings for one another, but after the dating report broke out, they decided to just wrap up their feelings.. So now they're working as just friends."

Thus, it seems that even though there were mutual fond feelings, the two decided to just remain friends after the dating report broke out, rather than pursuing on their feelings. Therefore, their position seems to be that since Oh Yeon Seo and Lee Jang Woo didn’t get to a stage in which they started officially dating, it can’t be considered breaking up.

Source: Star News via Nate, Osen via Nate

Psy to perform on the finale of ‘American Idol’

Posted: 14 May 2013 01:15 AM PDT

FOX‘ ‘American Idol‘ only invites the biggest stars to its finale every year, and Psy will be the next artist to wrap up the season with a performance.

YG Entertainment confirmed, “On the ‘American Idol Season 12′ finale in California on the 16th, Psy will perform ‘Gentleman’. Because it is a live broadcast, Psy’s performance will be vivid for viewers.”

‘American Idol’ brought in Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez for its season 11 finale as well as Beyonce and Lady Gaga for season 10. Psy will now be joining the list of superstars by rocking the stage with “Gentleman“.

Catch Psy perform and find out who is crowned the next ‘American Idol’ on May 16 at 8/7 c!

Lee Hi’s global fans donate 2,580 pounds of rice

Posted: 14 May 2013 12:49 AM PDT

Lee Hi‘s fans from all over the world have banded together to celebrate her first ever solo concert.

On May 12, Lee Hi performed a free concert, ‘RE-HI‘, for 500 fans at the Seokang University’s Mary Hall in Seoul. To celebrate, her fans from USA, Peru, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Bahrain, and other countries gathered to send 1.17 tons of rice (~2,580 pounds).

One fan said, “We wanted to give back a small gift to YG Entertainment because they opened a free concert for us, so we decided to do a rice wreath from fans all over the world. The rice that’ll be donated under Lee Hi’s name will be a small strength to those in need, and it’ll become a proud moment along with the first concert to both Lee Hi and her fans.

Congratulations to Lee Hi on her incredibly successful first solo concert!

Tip: Nana

Super Junior’s Yesung spotted for the first time after his enlistment

Posted: 14 May 2013 12:20 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Yesung quietly enlisted in the army on the 6th, and fans were able to see him for the first time since his enlistment with a new, short hairstyle.

Although it’s only been a week since Yesung enlisted in the army, fans who missed him were definitely happy to see the photo update, which was posted to a military training department’s online cafe. Yesung followed the normal procedure for every soldier who enlists by shaving his head and putting on a standard uniform.

ELF commented, “It’s nice to see Yesung again after his enlistment,” “He looks good with short hair,” and “I don’t need to worry anymore after seeing him smile.”

What do you think? Does he look much different from the Yesung you’re used to?

Oh Yeon Seo’s reps say it’s true the actress and Lee Jang Woo once had fond feelings

Posted: 13 May 2013 11:54 PM PDT

With the report about Oh Yeon Seo and Lee Jang Woo breaking up surfacing, netizens have been completely confused as to what is going on. This has been made especially confusing as as Oh Yeon Seo’s agency reps have offered contradicting statements from the beginning of the dating rumors, by first admitting and then denying the reports completely.

As reported in our recent article about their break up, one rep from the actress’s agency commented, "We are a bit shocked since a break up report has come about when the two haven't dated… The two were swept up in a dating scandal back in January, but they weren't a couple. They've always been just good sunbae-hoobae."

However, other reps have since then cleared up what they meant by this, by following up with the comment, “Since they didn’t actually date, we can’t say it’s a break up. They’re currently of good sunbae-hoobae… However, it’s true that the two had fond feelings for one another, but after the dating report broke out, they decided to just wrap up their feelings.. So now they’re working as just friends.”

This also explains why the agency had initially released an official statement admitting that the two were getting to know each other with fond feelings, and then later saying they were nothing more than close sunbae and hoobae, as the two apparently decided to close off their feelings after the dating report broke out.

Meanwhile, Lee Jang Woo’s side is still not offering any response to the issue.

Source: TVReport via Nate, Mydaily via Nate