Sunday, May 5, 2013

"SECRET’s Ji Eun celebrates her birthday" plus 19 more

"SECRET’s Ji Eun celebrates her birthday" plus 19 more


SECRET’s Ji Eun celebrates her birthday

Posted: 05 May 2013 09:10 AM PDT

SECRET‘s Ji Eun recently celebrated her birthday surrounded by close friends, fans, and her fellow SECRET team members.

“The members and the staff unnies put out a birthday cake for me at the ‘Inkigayo‘ waiting room,” she posted to her Twitter earlier today. “Thank you ㅠㅠ this will give me strength for the comeback stage!!”

Also, befitting her status as a member of a popular idol group, she was swamped by gifts from her admirers and fans. Although gifts aren’t necessarily everything, they definitely helped make her very special day even more special than usual!

Nine Muses releases new mysterious teaser for upcoming ‘WILD’ comeback

Posted: 05 May 2013 08:36 AM PDT

After releasing a spate of new teasers for their highly-anticipated comeback, Nine Muses has released yet another round of photos to whet their fans’ appetites for their ‘WILD’ return to the music stage!

The teaser shows off a mysterious Nine Muses member and her awe-inspiring abs, as well as a svelte, sexy shoulder line. Posted to Nine Muses’ official Twitter earlier today, they’ve promised to reveal the member in the photo on May 8th.

Stay tuned for the continuation of the 'OH! 9 Project', which consists of daily teasers up until their comeback on May 9!

Tip: vanjokoozie

Cast of ‘Laws of the Jungle’ to make a dramatic appearance on ‘Running Man’

Posted: 05 May 2013 08:06 AM PDT

The cast of SBS‘s ‘Laws of the Jungle‘ will be battling it out versus the ‘Running Man‘ members in next week’s episode!

The preview shows the wilderness-hardened ‘Jungle’ members going against the ‘Running Man’ cast members, with each team staking their pride and their variety show to determine who will take home the prize. ‘Laws of the Jungle’ cast members making an appearance will include Kim Byung Man, 2AM‘s Jinwoon, Park Jung Chul, and several other former ‘Jungle’ crew members.

Check out the preview below!

2AM’s Seulong celebrates Jinwoon’s belated birthday

Posted: 05 May 2013 07:35 AM PDT

2AM‘s Jinwoon recently turned 22 years old (international age) on May 2nd and fellow bandmate Seulong made sure to spend time with the birthday boy.

Seulong congratulated Jinwoon on his Twitter, “Although it’s late, I’m having an outdoor meal to celebrate our maknae’s birthday”, and shared a selca set of him and Jinwoon enjoying a belated birthday brunch outside. The birthday boy, Jinwoon, was also seen smiling from ear-to-ear and left fans smiling at how adorable he is.

Seulong is currently starring in the KBS 2TV drama ‘Mandate of Heaven‘ while Jinwoon is busy bonding with Go Jun Hee on ‘We Got Married‘ so it’s nice to see them both together!

Happy birthday, Jinwoon!

Source: Seulong‘s Twitter

Rumble Fish releases OST for ‘Gold, Appear!‘

Posted: 05 May 2013 03:59 AM PDT

Rumble Fish has just released a wonderful addition to the OST for MBC drama 'Gold, Appear!' ('I Summon You, Gold!').

The drama stars SS501's Kim Hyung Jun, Han Ji Hye, Yeon Jung Hoon,Lee Soo Kyung, and Lee Tae Sung.

The song, “Tell Me You Love Me” was composed by the best hit makers composer Soo Shin. It depicts the exciting feeling when expressing strong feelings of affection for a woman.

Full of fun energy Rumble Fish’s voice goes well with the atmosphere of this joyous family drama. Take a listen below.

 

‘The Virus’ PD praises Yubin’s acting skills as “100 out of 100″ + Yubin reflects on her acting debut

Posted: 05 May 2013 03:37 AM PDT

Wonder GirlsYubin took a dive into the pool of acting in the OCN drama ‘The Virus‘ and opened up about her acting debut.

Yubin shared, “As much as this is my first time acting, I think I feel a lot of regret. I feel like I could’ve done better somehow. It’s like how a singer feels regret when he or she finish promoting an album. As much as this is my first production, I have a lot of affection for it. It was even more meaningful because I was able to learn directly by listening [to a lot of advice] and seeing many things. At first, I was scared and had worries on whether I’ll be able to do well. But after we began filming, thanks to the director, sunbaenims, and staff who took care of me so well, I was able to enjoy filming more than I expected to.”

“Because it’s my first time acting, I was lacking in many areas so I am really thankful to Uhm Ki Joon sunbaenim who played the team leader and the many sunbaenims in my team who always helped me. I feel lucky to film my first production with such good sunbaenims. I remember the last scene where chief Lee Myung Hyun (Uhm Ki Joon) was discovered to be a spy, and getting arrested by Kim Hyung Sa nim. Because I always did scenes in the inside room of the crisis task force, it felt weird also doing a scene where I walk in the corridor. Because I’m an IT specialist, all my scenes were in front of the computer [laughs].”

‘My first production, ‘The Virus’, in which I got to work with good people is very meaningful to me. It will probably be a production I will never forget. I want to show myself improving little by little in the future.”

Choi Young Soo PD also praised Yubin’s acting skills, “I was satisfied at her acting which surpassed my expectations. She is 100 points of out 100.“.

Howdo you think she did in her first acting role?

Psy wins #1 on ‘Inkigayo’ + Performances from May 5th!

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:59 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, T-ara N4 held their debut stage, while Hello Venus and SECRET made their comeback!

SBS has brought back a brand new ranking system suitable for 'Inkigayo'. The nominees for today's #1 award were Psy, Cho Yong Pil, and Cho Yong Pil (indeed, nominated two times), however in the end, Psy came out on top with "Gentleman". Congratulations to Psy for the win!

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Other performances from tonight included: SHINee, K.Will, 4minute, Juniel, 15&, Jay Park, uBEAT, C-Clown, December DK, History, OFFROAD, and Lyn!

Check them out below!

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* The rest of the performances will be added as soon as they are made available.

Hello Venus delightfully ask “Do You Want Some Tea?” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:45 AM PDT

The beautiful ladies of Hello Venus have returned to ask you all "Do You Want Some Tea?" with the release of their mini-album and MV!

Their new title track is composed by the producing duo Iggy and Yongbae, who are also behind the hit songs Orange Caramel's "Lipstick" and Ailee's "Heaven". The song is a pop dance track with a sampling of the classic tune "Variation on the Kanon".

Check out their comeback below!

SECRET yell “YooHoo” on ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:40 AM PDT

SECRET have returned with "YooHoo", which has been topping music charts.

"YooHoo" is composed by the producing team Kang Ji Won and Kim Ki Bum, who are also the masterminds behind the group's previous hit singles. SECRET teamed up with zanybros for their MV in Saipan, promising another video worth replaying over and over!

Check out their comeback performance (which includes "Only U") below!

T-ara N4 bring “Countryside Life” to ‘Inkigayo’!

Posted: 05 May 2013 12:31 AM PDT

T-ara N4 have debuted with "Countryside Life".

The subunit, which is a shortened form of 'T-ara Brand New 4', consists of members JiyeonEunjungHyomin, and Ahreum, and goes by the name 'T-araN4',  signifying the transformation of the four members.

Check out their debut performance below!

Hyun Bin isn’t too worried about his popularity

Posted: 04 May 2013 10:01 PM PDT

Although it’s hard to believe that actor Hyun Bin could ever lose his popularity, the actor revealed that losing popularity is an inevitable happening upon coming back to the public in two years.

Entertainment Relay‘ sat down with the actor for an interview and asked, “Did you have any anxiety [about returning from the army]?”, to which the actor replied, “Of course.”

Hyun Bin shared, “I think that it’s only natural that I lose some popularity. What I’m really concerned about is my acting. I worry a lot that the people who waited for me for two years might get disappointed upon seeing my acting now. I don’t worry so much about my popularity. Even prior to enlisting, I received a lot of love, and while I was serving in the military, I missed my fans. That is why for my first schedule, I planned an Asia fan meeting tour.”

Hyun Bin recently showed his love for fans by becoming ‘that man’ for 18,000 fans during his Asia tour.

Source + image(s): TV Daily via Nate

 

Nine Muses show off ‘WILD’ choreography point in latest teaser photo

Posted: 04 May 2013 09:13 PM PDT

Nine Muses has previewed the choreography point for their upcoming WILD comeback.

unleashed their sexy album jacket and have now treated fans with additional teaser photos to get you for their comeback!

Nine Muses shared on their official Twitter, “Nine Muses’ official comeback project ‘OH! 9 Project‘ Part 5! Nine Muses’ ‘WILD’ choreography point revealed! On 5/9 Nine Muses will bring the best performance! Don’t miss it!” The members show off the three finger hand movement and their dazzlingly long leg lines.

Stay tuned for the continuation of the 'OH! 9 Project', which consists of daily teasers up until their comeback on May 9!

 

CNBLUE donate profit from their handcrafted bracelets to a charity in Thailand

Posted: 04 May 2013 08:22 PM PDT

CNBLUE gave fans something to remember during their world tour by making bracelets then donating the profits from the merchandise to charity.

CNBLUE attended their press conference at Bangkok’s Siam Discovery Center on the 3rd. At the press conference, they announced their donation of the profit from selling their handcrafted bracelets to a charity organization in Thailand. The bracelets feature the members’ initials and were made by the members themselves.

CNBLUE shared, “We personally hand crafted bracelets to give a good present to fans and to use it for something meaningful at the same time. We are thankful for the great interest. We hope that this is used for a good cause.”

Thai BOICEs were able to see CNBLUE up close during their ‘2013 Blue Moon CNBLUE World Tour‘ concert held at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok on the 4th.

Kim Tae Hee is the #1 most hated celebrity by North Koreans

Posted: 04 May 2013 07:29 PM PDT

According to North Korean refugees, the most disliked celebrity in North Korea is not who you think it is. Actress Kim Tae Hee has been revealed to be the celebrity who is hated most by North Koreans.

During a recent filming for Channel A‘s variety show ‘Meet Now‘, North Korean refugees revealed, “Kim Tae Hee is known as a bad woman among North Korean residents.”

The refugees explained that Kim Tae Hee has had the image of a bad woman since her days playing a villain in the drama ‘Stairway to Heaven‘. They also revealed how ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is such a popular drama that if people didn’t watch it at least once during their lifetime, they would have nothing to talk about.

The North Korean refugees, who sold K-drama CDs for a living back in their home country, shared, “We sold ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Autumn In My Heart‘, and ‘Winter Sonata‘ the most”, confirming the popularity of K-dramas in North Korea.

Catch the refugees’ full story on the 5th at 11 PM KST!

Source: MyDaily via Nate

Can Gil get Lee Hyori to call him “sexy” over the phone on ‘Infinity Challenge’?

Posted: 04 May 2013 06:06 PM PDT

Gil failed the mission to get Lee Hyori to call him “sexy” on the latest episode of ‘Infinity Challenge‘.

The team went on a challenge to fulfill the tasks of a bingo game and Gil was given the mission to hear a specific phrase from someone. Gil hinted on his cameo in Lee Hyori’s new music video revealing, “I filmed Lee Hyori’s music video as a lead role a few days ago. There’s no reason for her to not answer my call.” Yoo Jae Suk then gave Gil the mission to get Lee Hyori to say, “Oppa, you are so sexy”, to Gil over the phone.

Gil then called Lee Hyori and asked her, “When you saw me changing in the dressing room during filming, how did you feel?” Lee Hyori honestly answered, “You were so so.” Gil continued to try to get the word “sexy” from her and asked again, “When I was acting like I was in pain, how did you see me?”, Hyori was unimpressed and repeated, “It was whatever.” Then as a last resort, Gil asked, “If Brad Pitt was acting that part, what would you think?” Lee Hyori replied, “But I don’t like Brad Pitt.”

Lee Hyori was finally told about the mission and responded, “You’re crazy.” Yoo Jae Suk then chatted with Lee Hyori and the singer teased, “I don’t want to speak for a long time on the phone with you oppa”, and hung up the phone to which Yoo Jae Suk shared, “She has a cool personality. Of course, it’s Lee Hyori.”

Watch the hilarious clip below!

Actress Han Hye Jin denies wedding rumors

Posted: 04 May 2013 05:58 PM PDT

Ever since actress Han Hye Jin and soccer player Ki Sung Yong confirmed dating rumors, the two have become bombarded with rumors and misunderstandings, and one of them being a rumor that the couple will tie the knot this June or July.

Han Hye Jin denied the rumor of her getting married this June on Twitter writing, “It is not true.” Upon the June wedding rumors quieting down, there were also rumors that sprung up that the actress will get married in July.

A representative cleared the air by stating, “Stories keep on being created. In July, [Han Hye Jin] will be in the middle of filming ‘When A Man Loves‘ so how does she have time to get married? Han Hye Jin is currently focusing on preparing for her film. We hope that there are no more wedding rumors that come up.”

Han Hye Jin will begin filming the movie ‘When A Man Loves’ (not to be confused with the drama of the same title) later this month.

SISTAR’s Bora to celebrate Children’s Day as special MC on ‘Dream Team’

Posted: 04 May 2013 05:02 PM PDT

SISTAR‘s Bora will celebrate Children’s Day (May 5th) in Korea as the special MC on ‘Dream Team‘.

Bora was previously given the moniker ‘athletic idol’ on the program by showing her athleticism as she won multiple rounds of games. Thus, the ‘athletic idol’ was invited to the show once again as a special MC.

During the filming, the team arrived at an elementary school and played with children through various challenges. Bora also couldn’t just watch by the side lines and showed the other contestants how it’s done by entering the game as well.

Catch this episode on the 5th at 10:25 AM KST!

Lee Da Hae shares that Heechul is jealous of the other Super Junior members?

Posted: 04 May 2013 04:16 PM PDT

Lee Da Hae proved that she is very close to Heechul.

The May 4th episode of KBS2′s ‘Entertainment Weekly‘ visited the set of a Lee Da Hae photoshoot.

It is known that Lee Da Hae and Super Junior‘s Heechul are very close.  Lee Da Hae spoke on this saying, “Heechul is correctly serving his time in the army alternative service well.”

She went on to say, “He was jealous that the Super Junior members were on their world tour and would go meet Latin women in South America.  I think he is very lonely these days.  If I say, ‘Let’s hang out sometime,’ without holding back he says, ‘We have to, because I love you.‘”

Luckily he will be released from the military soon, and  join the members on their tour in August.

[Review] SHINee ‘Why So Serious? – The Misconceptions of Me’ – Part II

Posted: 04 May 2013 03:30 PM PDT

Nobody wants to be labeled a copycat or be pigeonholed. For most K-Pop acts, this means finding the right balance between borrowing from existing trends and adapting it to fit their style- like how BTOB and B.A.P took last year’s 90′s trend and adapted it to their comebacks with “WOW” and “Stop It“, respectively. For other acts, it means reinvention- such as Sunggyu taking on some very un-INFINITE styles with his solo album ‘Another Me‘, or 2YOON blending country and K-Pop with “24/7“. Sometimes these things work out, and sometimes they don’t and in this rapidly moving landscape it’s quite difficult to know how the public is going to react.

With their two-part ‘Misconceptions of You/Me‘ album, SHINee took the reinvention part to an extreme, giving us something that we’ve not only never heard from them before, but that nobody else in K-Pop is really doing right now. Just the fact that they attempted a conceptualized, two-part, K-Pop take on disco-meets-arena-rock-meets-musical-theater album shows the confidence that SM Entertainment has in SHINee. This isn’t the kind of project you take on unless you’ve got the guts and the talent to pull it off- a lack of confidence will show on stage, and subpar talent would make the group look overambitious and could turn them into a joke- a stigma that’s pretty hard to shake. Thankfully, SHINee isn’t lacking in either of those areas, so the question wasn’t whether they could pull this off, but if the material did this talented group justice.

There are glimmers of SHINee’s past in both albums- “Punch Drunk Love” and “Dangerous (Medusa II)” show echoes of their “Love Like Oxygen” era, while “Evil” is a more mature, sinister take on their “Ring Ding Dong” and “Lucifer” days. “Spoiler” and “Hitchiker” make some clear references to last year’s “Sherlock“. However, rather than feeling stuck in the past, these similarities show us how much SHINee has grown over the years.

Part I: The Misconceptions of You‘ lyrically paints a picture of an enthusiastic first love seen through rose-colored lenses, and the resulting album is incredibly well-executed- almost too well executed. Each individual song works on its own (save for “Aside“, which is the clear filler track), the production is so tight and clean that the album as a whole feels a bit cold and lacking in personality.

Part II: The Misconceptions of Me‘, however, makes up for whatever x-factor ‘Part I’ lacked. While ‘Part I’ felt like it was crafted for a band of SHINee’s caliber and then handed off to SHINee, ‘Part II’ feels like it was crafted solely for SHINee, and that small distinction makes all the difference.

‘Part II’s lead single “Why So Serious?” drew early criticism for a lot of reasons- listeners were promised a darker sound and a zombie love story for ‘Part II’, but were given a teaser that sounded a heck of a lot like “Dream Girl” and featured some of the biggest smiles we’ve seen on SHINee since their “Hello” days. However, the full version did not disappoint this reviewer. The 70′s rock-opera style totally makes sense as a follow-up to “Sherlock”, and the performances are some of their strongest yet, even without Jonghyun there to hold down the vocals.

It’s an understandably unpopular opinion among SHINee fans, but biases aside, Jonghyun only had a handful of lines in the album version anyway. Taemin had more lines to begin with, and for good reason- his singing has improved by leaps and bounds, and his edgier, less polished-sounding voice fits “Why So Serious?” better than Jonghyun’s crystal-clear vocals. Even though the group looks odd with just four members on stage and it’s clear that there’s a hole where Jonghyun should be, splitting Jonghyun’s couple of lines between Taemin and Key doesn’t really hurt the song at all.

The album tracks have a few snags, for example, “Nightmare” drags and would have worked better as a shortened intro track than as a stand-alone song. Aside from this, ‘Part II’ is a very strong album. Those who miss SHINee’s old sound will probably love “Evil”- as I mentioned before, it’s got traces of “Ring Ding Dong” and “Lucifer, but with added nuance and maturity. “Evil” sounds truly sinister instead of just edgy. The heartbeat sound effects could have sounded cheesy or overbearing in other songs, but they’re incorporated thoughtfully and add to the overall ambiance.

Piano ballad “Can’t Leave (Sleepless Night)” closes the project on a bittersweet note, as it lyrically exposes the relationship that the last 17 songs have been exploring for what it is- two people who know they’re bad for each other, but can’t seem to let go of each other. The song sounds like something that TVXQ might have done before they broke up- fitting, since Changmin wrote the lyrics. Stylistically, it is the most out-of-place song on the album, relying on SHINee’s emotional vocals and tight harmonies to carry it instead of a big, dramatic arrangement, but the change reflects the honesty of the song in contrast to the warped views of the other songs. Musically, it’s simply beautiful, and shows off just how vocally talented SHINee is.

“Can’t Leave (Sleepless Night)” and a few other tracks do make one of SHINee’s weaknesses apparent, however- not every song needs a rap break. When f(x) came out with “Electric Shock” last year, they left rapping out of songs that didn’t need it, giving Amber vocal lines instead. SHINee would benefit from doing the same thing instead of shoehorning rapping into songs that don’t need it just to give Minho something to do. That aside, ‘Part II’ is solid, and both parts of the ‘Dream Girl’ album come together to form an interesting and cohesive concept album that really stands out in the current K-Pop landscape.

Lately, SM Entertainment has been taking some really interesting risks, from their unconventional debut for EXO, to odd singles like Super Junior‘s “Spy” and Girls’ Generations‘ “I Got a Boy“. We may question exactly what they’re thinking at times, and perhaps not every decision is the right one, but SM is a big enough company that they can afford to go out on a limb and shake things up instead of just following trends.

The two albums, ‘Misconceptions of You/Me’ are quite risky, yes, but if anyone’s got the talent to justify taking a risk like this, it’s SHINee, and there’s no misconceptions in that.

HyunA meets ‘baby HyunA’ on ‘Star King’

Posted: 04 May 2013 02:47 PM PDT

4minute‘s HyunA met her mini-me on ‘Star King‘ and performed with the 4-year-old contestant known as ‘baby HyunA’.

On the May 4th episode, ‘baby HyunA’ whose real name is Ha Eun showed off her dance moves to HyunA’s “Bubble Pop“, “Change“, “Hot Issue“, and “Ice Cream“, surprising viewers with her mature dancing.

Viewers commented, “‘Baby HyunA’ is so cute”, “‘Baby HyunA’ perfectly danced to HyunA and 4minute’s songs”, and “HyunA looks like she also fell in love with ‘baby HyunA’.”

Check out ‘baby HyunA’s covers and performance with HyunA and Gayoon!

Bubble Pop

Change

Hot Issue

Ice Cream

‘Baby HyunA’ giving a peck on the cheek to HyunA

And last but not least, HyunA doing the cutie player!