Friday, September 13, 2013

"G-Dragon enters Billboard 200 for the second time" plus 24 more

"G-Dragon enters Billboard 200 for the second time" plus 24 more

G-Dragon enters Billboard 200 for the second time

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 07:00 AM PDT

Big Bang's G-Dragon impressively entered Billboard 200 chart with his latest solo album 'COUP DE'TAT'.

According to Billboard, the first part of G-Dragon's second studio album 'COUP DE'TAT' has secured the 182nd spot on the Billboard 200 chart, which is a rare feat for a Korean artist. Previously, G-Dragon's mini album 'ONE OF A KIND' was ranked #162 at the same chart, making him the first Korean music artist to put his name on Billboard 200 chart twice in a row.

In addition, G-Dragon's new album made it to the top of Billboard's World Albums chart during the third week of September. Part 1 has taken the #1 spot with Part 2 follows right behind in second.

Jay Park to embark on his first national tour

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 06:30 AM PDT

Talented soloist Jay Park will be embarking on his first national tour in Korea this coming November.

Jay Park will hold his 'JAYPARK CONCERT' tour in major cities in Korea starting at KBS Sports World Stadium in Gangseo on November 23, before moving to Ulsan, Daejeon, Busan, Bucheon, Daegu and more.

According to an associate who is in charge of this tour, "Through the concert tour, fans will be able to feel the Jay Park's will to express his emotions freely with his own wittiness and charisma."

Meanwhile, Jay Park will also be touring in Europe for his foreign fans in September before holding national tour in Korea.

JYJ Yoochun’s noona fanclub makes big donation

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 06:00 AM PDT

JYJ member Yoochun's fan community 'Blessing Yoochun' made a meaningful donation drive to celebrate its third anniversary.

Since its establishment in September 2010, Yoochun's fan community 'Blessing Yoochun' has been involved in different kinds of charity to express their love for Park Yoochun. They raised funds and made a series of donation for a total of 100 million KRW (~ $92,013 USD) in past three years.

Celebrating its third anniversary, Blessing Yoochun collected five million KRW to donate for children who are in need of serious surgeries. They also donated some 8,800 books they collected themselves and school supplies to a children's library in a remote island in the Jeolla Province. The small town will give the library the name, 'Park Yoochun Library'.

Which idol would likely receive most love from mother-in-law?

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 05:30 AM PDT

JYJ's Kim Junsu topped the list of male idols who would likely receive most love from mother-in-law.

From September 3 to September 10, the online community site DC Inside held a poll asking its users, "Which male idol do you think would receive the most love from his mother-in-law?"

Out of 1,749 votes, Kim Junsu received the most votes from netizens with a total of 574 votes (32.8%). Trailing behind him was SHINee's Taemin who received 224 votes (12.8%) followed by Big Bang's Seungri, ZE:A's Hyungsik, IINFINITE's Woohyun and B.A.P's Himchan.

Song Joong Ki secretly eats chocolate pie in the army?

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 05:00 AM PDT

With only over two weeks since he enlisted, actor Song Joong Ki seems to be already caught in rumors inside military camp.

On September 11, Song Joong Ki's good friend, Lee Kwang Soo tweeted, "Are you having a hard time?" and attached a screen capture of an Internet user's comment about Song Joong Ki.

The comment read, "One of my friend is a military instructor of Song Joong Ki's military troop and he told me that he was caught while secretly eating a chocolate pie. He is a human after all."

Whether the rumor was true or not, Lee Kwang Soo has showed his good sense of humor by posting it up on Twitter, providing a few laughs for his followers. HaHa, also one of the close stars to Song Joong Ki, mentioned back to Lee Kwang Soo and wrote, "Let's bring some chocolate pies and visit him."

AA reveals the meaning of number ‘22’ in stage outfits

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 04:30 AM PDT

The number '22' in AA's stage outfits for "OK About It" performances is currently becoming a hot issue online.

After being away from the scene in over a year, AA (Double A) has made its grand return promoting their first single album "OK About It". During an interview with news outlet StarN, the boys revealed the meaning behind the number '22' in their stage outfits.

AA members explained, "The '22' on the costumes contains a big meaning. When we debuted back in November 2011, the average age of the members was 22."

They continued, "It's been three years since we first debuted, but because Joo Won withdrew from the group to debut as an actor, and Jinhong joined as a new member, our average age fell down to 22 again. We feel like we are having a new start."

f(x) Krystal’s model-like figure impresses fans

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 04:00 AM PDT

f(x)'s Krystal has earned praises from the fans with her great body shape.

Recently, photos of Krystal were uploaded on an online community forum. The photos showed the idol carefully choosing and trying different items on during her visit to a store of French brand 'IRO'.

Krystal is wearing a black and white knitted top, skinny jeans, and a pair of ankle boots. Especially, she drew many people's attention with her stylish and beautiful look as well as earned praises with her model-like figure.

Netizens commented, "She looks beautiful", "Looks like a pictorial" and "She is indeed a fashionista."

Girls' Generation greet their Singaporean fans

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 03:43 AM PDT

Girls' Generation will perform in Singapore on 12th October, Sooyoung reminds fans about the date of the concert and invites fans to have fun with the girls.

Check out the adorable greeting video below.

Clara donates $15,000 to breast cancer patients

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 03:30 AM PDT

Actress Clara made a huge donation to support breast cancer patients with financial difficulties.

Clara and social donation association 'WE Generation' have been holding a campaign that supports operation and surgery fees of breast cancer patients. She recently promoted the campaign on her own SNS accounts, promising she would donate 50 KRW per 'Like' on Facebook or 'Retweet' on Twitter, as well as go one a date with one of the contributors.

On September 12, Clara donated 15,708,000 KRW (about ~$15,000 USD) to the 'Community Chest of Korea'. Proceeds will go to patients in need under the JW Plastic Surgery Clinic in Gangnam.

Clara shared, "It feel glad and honored that I could use my fame for such a good deed. I will become an actress that participates in good works one at a time."

IU’s new Japanese single “Monday Afternoon” lands #9 on Oricon

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 03:00 AM PDT

IU's new Japanese single has placed within the top ten of Oricon's music.

According to Oricon's website, IU's third Japanese single "Monday Afternoon" ranked in at the No.9 spot on its Daily Single chart after going on sale in Japan on September 11.

The title song, "Monday Afternoon" is a song of a woman who developed a crush. The song was produced by legendary producers HIRO and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis who collaborated on IU's first Japanese mini-album.

Meanwhile, IU is gearing up for a comeback in Korea next month.

D-Unit’s Zin releases solo single “Don’t Want You To Enlist”

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 12:06 AM PDT

D-Unit's Zin makes her solo debut with first single "Don't Want You To Enlist".

Released online on September 13, "Don't Want You To Enlist" is an acoustic number produced and arranged by Crush, with the mastering and mixing of the song by StayTuned. The song features Zin's unique and lovely voice.

Check out the single below.

Gaon Chart releases rankings for September 1 – September 7

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 12:00 AM PDT

Gaon Chart is the national record chart of South Korea. It is complied by the Korea Music Content Industry Association with an aim to create a national chart for Korea similar to the Billboard charts and Oricon charts.

[Rankings for Week September 1, 2013 – September 7, 2013]

Weekly Singles Chart

1. G-Dragon : "Who You?"

2. G-Dragon ft. Jennie Kim : "Black"

3. Yoon Mirae : "Touch Love"

4. KARA : "Damaged Lady"

5. G-Dragon : "COUP D'ETAT"

6. G-Dragon : "R.O.D."

7. G-Dragon : "Crooked"

8. SISTAR's Hyorin : "Driving Me Crazy"

9. G-Dragon ft. Missy Elliot : "Niliria"

10. Park Jin Young : "Love Is The Best"


Weekly Album Chart

1. KARA : "Full Bloom" [4th Album]

2. G-Dragon : "One Of A Kind In Seoul" [Live Album]

3. Teen Top : "Teen Top Class" [4th Mini Album]

4. Kim Hyun Joong : "Round 3" [3rd Mini Album]

5. B2ST : "Hard To Love, How To Love" [2nd Album]

6. EXO : "XOXO (Kiss Version)" [Repackaged Album]

7. EXO : "XOXO (Kiss Version)" [1st Album]

8. VIXX : "Jekyll" [Repackaged Album]

9. ZE:A : "Illusion" [2nd Mini Album]

10. f(x) : "Pink Tape" [2nd Album]

< Last Week Rankings

Girls’ Generation flaunts sexy hips for ‘Samantha Thavasa Jeans’ CF

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 11:29 PM PDT

Girls' Generation released its new sexy CF for 'Samantha Thavasa Jeans'.

Japanese fashion company Samantha Thavasa has recruited Girls' Generation to become their new endorsement models for new jeans line 'Samantha Thavasa Jeans'. Known as one of the hottest style leaders in South Korea, the group introduces the new line of skinny jeans, which come in 9 different colors, as they flaunted their sexy hips to the tune of "Galaxy Supernova".

Check out the CF below.

NU’EST to hold fanmeeting show in Europe

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 11:00 PM PDT

NU'EST will be holding the first and only K-Pop fanmeeting event in Europe.

According to Pledis Entertaiment, NU'EST is set to hold their first Europe fan meeting and concert at the Sant Jordi Club in Barcelona, Spain on November 1. The 3,000 expected fans will not only be able to listen to their favorite songs, but will also have a closer interaction with the members through the Meet & Greet and other surprise events.

Fans in Spain contacted the agency several times since late last year to ask NU'EST's visit to the country. Thanks to concert production Live Nation Entertainment's Spain branch and the fans' frantic effort, NU'EST will finally have its much awaited fan event in the country.

Pre-sales of ticket will start on September 16th and 17th at 10AM (local time) through Live Nation.

TVXQ reaches No.2 on Oricon weekly chart

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 10:35 PM PDT

TVXQ's latest Japanese single 'Scream' claimed the No.2 spot on Japan's Oricon weekly singles chart this week.

According to the Oricon Charts, TVXQ's 38th single 'Scream' sold 134,304 copies in its first week and came in at second place on the weekly chart. The single made a strong debut on Oricon's daily chart and maintained its No.2 position despite fierce competition, evidencing the duo's popularity.

TVXQ's latest single is their first in three months since their June single 'OCEAN'. 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.

MBC’s ‘Star Diving Show Splash!’ due to safety issues

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 10:12 PM PDT

After halting its filming earlier this month, MBC has announced that its sports variety show 'Star Diving Show Splash!' has been officially cancelled due to safety issues.

The program's producer Shin Jung Soo confirmed on September 12, "We decided to cancel 'Star Diving Show Splash!' after an executive meeting with MBC. The staff and the cast members were also notified, and they were disappointed by the cancellation."

The show has been embroiled in controversy regarding safety issues of its cast members, especially after comedian Lee Bong Won injured his face during recording. Due to several injuries, the show was suspended for the two weeks which led to an official cancellation.

‘Reply 1994’ gets you excited with official drama poster

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 09:39 PM PDT

The official poster and broadcast date for the highly anticipated tvN's drama 'Reply 1994' have been revealed, raising anticipation of the fans.

On September 12, tvN unveiled the first poster of 'Reply 1994' along the broadcast date announcement. The drama will air its first episode on October 18 at 9PM (KST) and will air two episodes per week every Friday and Saturday.

The poster features the main cast members including Go Ara, Jung Woo, Yoo Yun Suk, Kim Sung Kyun, Tiny G's Dohee, B1A4's Baro and Son Ho Joon, who are all dressed in late 90's fashion. The drama series follows various cultural events in 1994, including the emergence of Kpop group 'Seo Taiji and Boys' and the Korean Basketball League.

Seo In Guk releases MV teaser for second Japanese single “We Can Dance Tonight”

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 09:15 PM PDT

After his successful Japanese debut earlier this year, singer and actor Seo In Guk will be releasing his second single album in Japan next month.

Recently, Seo In Guk released his music video teaser for second Japanese single "We Can Dance Tonight". Different from his ballad debut track, "We Can Dance Tonight" is an electronic and R&B infused dance track.

The new single and its music video will be released on October 16.

BoA releases audio preview for Japanese single “Message”

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 08:54 PM PDT

BoA has just dropped an audio preview for upcoming Japanese single "Message", giving fans a snippet of her new ballad.

The K-Pop queen will release her 33rd single album "Message" in Japan on October 23. The single will contain a medium ballad track that has a sad melody which will highlight BoA's sweet and emotional voice.

Check out the preview below.

BTOB impresses with dance practice video for “Thriller”

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 08:30 PM PDT

BTOB has just released a dance practice video for latest title tack "Thriller".

On September 13, Cube Entertainment released the dance practice video for BTOB's newest single "Thriller". Without the extravagant outfits and spotlights, the members showcase charismatic choreography as if it was an actual performance.

Check out the video below.

Taeyeon displays stunning beauty in ‘Nature Republic’ CF

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 08:18 PM PDT

Girls' Generation's Taeyeon, who recently became the new muse of 'Nature Republic', finally released her first commercial for the popular cosmetic brand's new product, Argan 20°Real Ampule.

For the commercial, Taeyeon became a lady with natural and pure image. She even went on a trip to Morocco to find argan nuts and oil. The Girls' Generation's leader transformed into a nature goddess and showcased her stunning natural beauty.

Check out the CF below.

FT Island releases teaser movie clip for ‘THANKS TO’

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 08:09 PM PDT

FT Island dropped another teaser for upcoming 6th anniversary special-edition album.

On September 13, FNC Entertainment updated FT Island's official Youtube with a teaser movie clip. The clip shows the members writing their special handwritten messages for their 6th anniversary celebration and new album 'THANKS TO' release.

The title track of the album is "Memory", which was composed and written by Lee Hongki. It is a rock number with a very impressive, strong guitar sound along with a piano melody.

Meanwhile, FT Island will release a live teaser on September 16th before the full music video release on the 23rd.

BTOB releases making of “Thriller” MV

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 07:40 PM PDT

BTOB has just released the making of "Thriller" music video.

On September 12, Cube Entertainment released new video on its official Youtube channel, featuring the behind-the-scene footage from the filming of BTOB's "Thriller" music video.

While the music video portrays a horrified and dramatic atmosphere, the BTS clip shows the usual characters of the members, getting goofy with each other behind the camera.

Check out the video below.

BTS releases Concept Trailer dance practice

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 07:17 PM PDT

BTS or Bangtan Boys released a dance practice video for their Concept Trailer.

Ahead of their comeback, BTS unveiled intense concept trailer for 'O! R U L8, 2?' album, earning praises from the fans. This time, the group showed their practice video for the piece, and displayed their jaw-dropping and perfectly synchronized choreography.

Watch the video below.

Seohyun and Yuri tease fans with upcoming pictorial

Posted: 12 Sep 2013 07:02 PM PDT

Girls' Generation's Seohyun and Yuri gave fans a sneak peek at their upcoming pictorial.

On September 12, Girls' Generation's official Twitter posted the photo above and tweeted, "SeoHyun, Yuri at the photo shoot~! We're sending another photo to you :)"

In the photo, the two idols look gorgeous in their trench coats and accessories, while posing cutely for the camera. Fans are speculating that the photo was taken from an autumn collection pictorial for a fashion magazine.