Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Big-name musicians to contribute on Psy’s new album" plus 24 more

"Big-name musicians to contribute on Psy’s new album" plus 24 more

Big-name musicians to contribute on Psy’s new album

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 08:00 AM PDT

K-Pop sensation Psy is making his comeback this September and many international music talents have contributed to make his new album.

According to YG Entertainment's chief Yang Hyun Suk, "Many famous musicians have participated in Psy's new album. Psy always wanted to work with them, and they are really amazing musicians", raising much anticipation for the album.

Psy is currently staying in Los Angeles and working with songwriter Yoo Gun Hyung, who previously worked with Psy on "Gangnam Style" and "Gentleman". The agency also revealed that they have yet to decide whether the tracks should be sung in Korean or English.

TVXQ’s ‘Scream’ debuts #2 on the Oricon

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 07:30 AM PDT

TVXQ's new Japanese single 'Scream' made a strong debut on Oricon's daily chart.

According to latest Oricon chart rankings released on September 5, TVXQ's 'Scream' grabbed the second spot of the Oricon Daily Single Chart after selling over 57,000 copies on the first day of release.

The new single has been used as the soundtrack for the second installment of Japanese horror film 'Sadako 3D' which was released in Japanese theaters on August 30.

Goo Hye Sun to sing for Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung’s wedding

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 07:00 AM PDT

Goo Hye Sun will sing the congratulatory song at Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung's upcoming wedding.

On September 5, YG Entertainment announced that Goo Hye Sun will sing her own song "It's You" at Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung's to be held at W Seoul Walkerhill Hotel on September 27. The song was composed and written by Goo Hye Sun and expresses about the feeling of falling in love at first sight.

Goo Hye Sun and Lee Bo Young first met through the 2006 SBS drama, 'Song of the Prince'. They remained close friends even after the drama's conclusion.

Big Bang’s G-Dragon tops iTunes charts in eight countries with new album

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Big Bang's G-Dragon rises to the top of iTunes charts across eight countries with his comeback solo second full-length 'Coup d'Etat'.

According to his agency, YG Entertainment, "Part 1 of G-Dragons' second full album is currently at the top of eight countries' iTunes album charts and the title track 'Who You?' and 'BLACK' have also topped single charts, showing a strong momentum."

G-Dragon's new songs are receiving enthusiastic responses not only from abroad but in Korea as well. The Part 1 album's tracks swept the charts immediately after release, lining at the top ranks from first place to fifth on local charts.

Source: YG Entertainment

Girl’s Day participates in volunteer work in Thailand

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 06:02 AM PDT

Girl's Day members have revealed photos from their recent volunteer work in Thailand.

On September 4th, the group's management agency Dream Tea Entertainment announced that Girl's Day members recently got back from Thailand where they participated in volunteer activities.

As the honorary ambassadors of children's development and child sponsorship program Plan Korea, Girl's Day departed to Thailand on August 27 for a four-day volunteer trip with the organization. They visited Mueang Chiang Rai region, which is about an hour of flight and three hours of drive away from Bangkok.

During their visit, the members met a woman named Namiki who had wed at just 16 years old but was abandoned by her husband after giving birth to a son. To allow Namiki to feel the warmth of family, Girl's Day took photos with her family and helped them to get physical examinations.

Girl's Day said, "We felt very sorry for the people who were living through daily struggles at young ages, and it was also a great chance for us to look back at ourselves. The side effects of early marriage were too severe. Although this is only volunteer work, we were able to derive many meanings of life from them."

Girls’ Generation become new muses of Samantha Thavasa Jeans

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 05:30 AM PDT

Japanese fashion company Samantha Thavasa has recruited Girls' Generation to become their new endorsement models.

Global handbag brand 'Samantha Thavasa' launched its jeans line 'Samantha Thavasa Jeans' and chose Girls' Generation as its model. Known as one of the hottest style leaders in South Korea, the group will introduce the new line of skinny jeans, which come in 9 different colors.

A representative of Samantha Thavasa said, "Girls' Generation has always drawn much attention for their music and fashion. We are expecting the same amount of attention for our brand after securing Girls' Generation as the models for our jeans."

Model Barbara Palvin flirts with G-Dragon

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 05:00 AM PDT

Fashion model Barbara Palvin flirted with Big Bang's G-Dragon.

In a recent episode of MBC Channel's 'Section TV Entertainment News' which was aired on September 1st, Barbara Palvin expressed her interest in G-Dragon, saying, "G-Dragon has such a gorgeous style. I like his bad-guy look. His fashion style is great too."

She then flirted by sending a video message to G-Dragon saying, "I'm here in Korea but couldn't see you. Hope we can meet soon. Give a call or SNS message", which made a big topic for gossips.

Source: YG Entertainment

Red Carpet and Performances from the 2013 Seoul International Drama Awards

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 04:31 AM PDT

On September 5th, the Seoul International Drama Awards, an annual award show for excellence in television drama production based in Seoul, took place at the National Theater of Korea. Hosted by Lee Seong Jae and miss A's Suzy, the ceremony was aired live through MBC, Youtube, and Ustream, reaching out to 120 countries all at the same time.

The 8th edition of the Seoul International Drama Awards is a festival that brings together all professionals in the field of TV drama production and media industry and global audiences who enjoy television dramas. The prize winner has been selected by combination of the results from online voting (70%) and SDA Organizing Committee's evaluation (30%).

In addition, KARA, 4minute, B.A.P, 2EYES and K.Will performed their respective hit tracks, giving entertainment to both stars and audiences who were in attendance at the awards ceremony.

Check out the videos below:

Red Carpet:






Sunny looks gorgeous with her long hair

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:57 AM PDT

Girls' Generation's Sunny revealed a long-haired photo of herself.

On September 5th, Sunny posted on her Twitter, "You will be able to see Sunny's appearance with long hair after a long time! Did you want to see my long hair~?^^*", and attached the photo above.

The photo shows Sunny's transformation back to gorgeous lady with long hair, makeup and stunning beauty.

Credit: Kymmie

Huh Gak to marry his girlfriend next month

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:51 AM PDT

Singer Huh Gak has announced that he is going to marry with his non-celebrity girlfriend next month.

On September 5, Huh Gak announced the happy news through his fan cafe saying, "I am sharing some surprising news to everyone today. I am finally getting married. October 3! Exactly 28 days left."

He continued, "Such a day has finally come for me who still lacks in many ways. It's still hard to believe that I will become one woman's man. As I prepare for my wedding, I learn and feel a lot. I will become a Huh Gak that will grow, a Huh Gak that will never change and always sing. I'll appreciate it if you watch me and support me for my coming days."

Congratulations Huh Gak!

[130905] EXO wins triple crown on ‘M! Countdown’ + Other Performances

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:31 AM PDT

Mnet's "M! Countdown" is back this week full of amazing performances!

The September 5th episode of the show features comeback performances of R&B singer Navi and idol groups KARA, SPICA and Ladies' Code.

Other performers tonight also included NU'EST, Lady Jane, Bumkey, B.A.P, Sunmi, Say Yes, EXO, M.Pire, ZE:A, TASTY, Teen Top, Honey-G, Henry and HISTORY.

And for the highlight of the show, EXO won on this week's chart against Sunmi with their latest single, "Growl"!

Congratulations EXO!

Tonight's Performances:






Say Yes



Lady Jane



Teen Top



Watch tonight's comeback performances:

KARA - "Damaged Lady"
Navi - "I Ain't Going Home Tonight"
SPICA - "Tonight"
Ladies' Code - "Pretty Pretty"

KARA makes a sexy comeback with “Damaged Lady” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:17 AM PDT

KARA finally made their long awaited comeback through the September 5th episode of Mnet 'M Countdown' with their title song "Damaged Lady".

"Damaged Lady" is the title track to KARA's fourth full-length album 'Full Bloom' which was released on September 2. The song was written by Song Soo Yun and composed by musical duo Sweetune.

KARA's new rock-inspired sound highlight more than a sleek and edgy image. Six years into its career, the ladies are proving to still have a few tricks up its sleeve and illustrate that they have a style all their own in their latest performance.

SPICA returns with “Tonight” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:05 AM PDT

Talented girl group SPICA is back on the spotlight, showcasing a new transformation with their latest single, "Tonight". The group kicked off their comeback performance on Mnet 'M! Countdown' on September 5.

"Tonight" is produced by K-pop queen and SPICA's senior, Lee Hyori, as seen in new reality program called 'Lee Hyori's X Unni'. This will be Lee Hyori's first time to produce a single and she was in charge of the song recording, jacket photos, music video, wardrobe and more.

Check out their performance below:

Navi says “I Ain’t Going Home Tonight” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 03:02 AM PDT

Coming back in about a year, R&B singer Navi is back in 'M! Countdown' stage with her latest single "I Ain't Going Home Tonight", revealing her new charms to the public.

"I Ain't Going Home Tonight" is a medium-tempo number that describes grumblingly how a couple loves in real life, being heartwarming and bright but practical. The song features Navi's soulful and sultry voice and the charismatic rap of Geeks.

Watch her performance below.

Ladies’ Code gets “Pretty Pretty” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 02:59 AM PDT

Rookie girl group Ladies' Code members became "Pretty Pretty" in their comeback performance on this week's episode of Mnet 'M Countdown'.

"Pretty Pretty" upbeat and bright title track of the group's second mini album which was produced by Super Changddai. Completely different from their debut "Bad Girls" image, the members displayed their cute and sexy side, and transform into charming and pretty ladies.

Check out their performance below:

WASSUP Profile

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 01:16 AM PDT

Group name: WASSUP / WA$$UP
Label:  Mafia Record
Debut date: August 2013
Debut song: Wassup

Stage Name: Sujin
Birth Name: Bang Su Jin
Birthday: June 26, 1996
Position: Vocalist
Height: 163 cm
Blood Type: AB

Stage Name: Jinju
Birth Name: Park Jin Joo
Birthday: April 28, 1990
Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist
Height: 160 cm

Stage Name: Dain
Birth Name: Song Da In
Birthday: June 25, 1990
Position: Vocalist, Rapper, Lead Dancer
Height: 168 cm

Stage Name: Nari
Birth Name: Kim Na Ri
Birthday: October 5, 1992
Position: Main Vocalist, Main Dancer
Height: 165 cm

Stage Name: Jiae
Birth Name: Kim Ji Ae
Birthday: October 31, 1995
Position: Vocalist
Height: 168 cm

Stage Name: Woojoo
Birth Name: Kim Woo Joo
Birthday: August 12, 1996
Position: Vocalist and Maknae
Height: 165 cm

Stage Name: Nada
Birth Name: Yoon Ye Jin
Birthday: May 24, 1991
Position: Main Rapper
Height: 161 cm

Their debut track:

Lee Byung Hun appointed as ambassador of AFCI Cineposium

Posted: 05 Sep 2013 12:00 AM PDT

Actor Lee Byung Hun has been appointed the PR ambassador of the Association of Film Commissioners International Cineposium (AFCI Cineposium).

On September 4, Lee Byung Hun received a special plaque at the Association of Film Commissions International General Assembly press conference held at Art Nine in Sadang.

AFCI Cineposium will be held in Asia for the first time to educate the film commissions and share knowledge of the current issues revolving around the film industry.

Lee Byung hun said, "This is the first time that Cineposium is held in Asia. It is such an honor that it is Korea. I've only done three Hollywood movies, but I've experienced film systems both in Korea and the States. I believe this is why I was chosen as an honorary ambassador."

Kim Bum and Lee Kwang Soo treat ‘Goddess of Fire, Jeongi’ staff to chicken soup

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 11:30 PM PDT

Actors Kim Bum and Lee Kwang Soo recently treated the staff of MBC TV Mon-Tue drama 'Goddess of Fire, Jeongi' to a delicious meal.

200 servings ginseng chicken soup and other goodies were delivered at the filming set of 'Goddess of Fire, Jeongi' in Yongin. The treat was put together by Kim Bum and Lee Kwang Soo who are both starring together in the drama. They wanted to cheer up fellow actors and staff who spent days and nights filming the drama.

In the revealed photos, Kim Bum and Lee Kwang Soo are leaning on each other's shoulders and the staff look well-fed and relaxed thanks to the duo's thoughtful preparation.

Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun attends first script reading for ‘Passionate Love’

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 11:00 PM PDT

Girls' Generation's Seohyun and her fellow castmates recently attended the first script-reading session for SBS TV's upcoming weekend drama 'Passionate Love'.

Photographs from the script-reading session were revealed online and garnered interest amongst drama lovers. Cast members Seohyun, Sung Hoon, Choi Yoon Young, Jun Mi Sun, Jun Kwang Ryul, Woo Hee Jin, and more were in attendance at the SBS Tanhyeon Production Center. The script reading went on for four hours and it was reported that the mature cast's professionalism drew praise from the staff at the event.

'Passionate Love' will revolve around the main characters' romance which is disallowed by their parents. The drama will air its first episode on September 28.

G-Dragon donates a fish farm for Haiti

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 10:30 PM PDT

Big Bang's G-Dragon donated a fish farm to people in Haiti.

Following the finale of his 'One of a Kind' world tour in Seoul on August 31 and September 1, G-Dragon decided to work with 'YG With', a social well being campaign hosted by YG Entertainment. He previously worked with the campaign to build a school in Nepal, and this time, he opened a special booth to donate a fishery in Haiti.

Many fans were invited to participate in the event by donations, and all of the collected donations will be used for 'Fish 4 Life' campaign, a worldwide project that will help the citizens of Haiti by creating facilities for fish farming.

Meanwhile, G-Dragon will be releasing the second half of his 2nd solo regular album on September 5th, and the full album will be released on September 13th.

Park Shin Hye, Lee Min Ho, Krystal and more attend first script reading for ‘The Heirs’

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 10:00 PM PDT

The star-studded cast of upcoming SBS drama 'The Heirs' gathered together at the first script reading session.

The script reading was held on September 5 at the SBS Production Center and most of the cast including Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Sung Ryung, f(x)'s Krystal, Choi Jin Hyuk, Kim Woo Bin, ZE:A's Hyungsik, CNBLUE's Minhyuk, Kim Ji Won, Lim Joo Eun and more were in attendance.

Writer Kim Eun Sook and producer Kang Si Hyo were also present to observe. They discussed characters and scripts with the cast after the reading and expressed their trust in the cast.

'The Heirs' is a collaboration between Kim Eun Sook who wrote 'Secret Garden' and 'A Gentleman's Dignity' and Kang Sin Hyo who produced 'The War Of Flower' and 'Midas'. The drama deals with the love and life of wealthy students and a girl who has nothing but poverty to inherit.

‘Lotte Duty Free’ releases MV ft. Super Junior, 2PM, Kim Hyun Joong, Jang Geun Suk and more

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 09:26 PM PDT

'Lotte Duty Free' has released a music video featuring Hallyu representatives Jang Geun Suk, Super Junior, 2PM, Kim Hyun Joong, Song Seung Hun, Choi Ji Woo, Cho Shin Sung and Lin Chi Ling.

The song is titled "You're So Beautiful" and the music video has the concept of 'Trip of Dream' with the goal of not only advertising Lotte Duty Free but also introducing Korean Waves.

Check out the MV below:

Big Star releases dance practice video for “Run & Run”

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 09:00 PM PDT

The boys of Big Star have just unveiled their dance practice video for latest upbeat title track "Run & Run"!

"Run & Run" is the title track to the group's second mini album 'Hang Out' which was released on August 8th. The song was directed and produced by Brave Entertainment's founder Brave Brothers.

Check out the video below:

Teen Top teaches fans the nimble-footed dance for “Rocking”

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 08:44 PM PDT

Teen Top released a dance tutorial video for their latest track, "Rocking".

On September, Loen Entertainment released the next installment of 'Let's Dance', this time featuring Teen Top. Step by step, the members showed the three main points of the choreography.

From "Cringe Dance", "Free Step Dance" to "Lalala Dance", the perfectly angled dance group will rock it with their flashy steps. Check it out below!

G-Dragon unveils “Crooked” MV!

Posted: 04 Sep 2013 08:33 PM PDT

After making an explosive return with "Coup d'Etat" MV, Big Bang's G-Dragon has now unveiled the full music video for second title track, "Crooked"!

On September 5th, G-Dragon released the second part of his second full-length 'Coup d'Etat' including the title tracks, "Crooked" and "Niliria" which features world famous female hip-hop artist Missy Elliot.

Check out the MV below!