During a segment on October 30th’s broadcast of ‘Oh My School‘, Hong Ki talked about some of his life’s stories. In particular, the story regarding their fellow label mate and rival CNBLUE has caught attention.
Hong Ki revealed, “When we advanced into the Japanese market, CNBLUE debuted in Korea, and their popularity exploded.”
Being in the same management company and similar rock band concept, the two groups shared many similarities.
He continued, “F.T. Island and CNBLUE are in the same management company, and it seems the company experimented with us. Whenever the company made a mistake with us, they did it all for CNBLUE. We’re basically CNBLUE’s lab rats. But we will show you how strong lab rats really are.”
On this issue, H.O.T member Tony An also shared his experience, “I know exactly how you feel. H.O.T debuted earlier than Shinhwa, but our company only took care of Shinhwa.”
Although Hong Ki’s complaints were done in a light-hearted manner, we do know how he feels… poor Hong Ki!
The girls of 2NE1 are scheduled to start their follow-up promotions with “It Hurts” on “Inkigayo” later tonight, and while they have already released a teaser photo of their concept featuring Dara, now YGhas released a teaser photo with all four members.
Source: YG Life
A representative of YG stated, “Fans of 2NE1 have been showing a lot of anticipation for their follow-up track. We’ve been heavily contemplating which track to choose, and have finally decided on ‘It Hurts.’ We revealed a poster for it on our official blog, YG Life, featuring Dara with a unique, mysterious look.”
He went on to state, “The music video for the song is a fantasy themed with Dara as the leading role.Lee Soo Hyuk, G-Dragon’s friend and model, will be the leading male role.”
The music video for “It Hurts” was directed by Kim Hye Jung, the same director for G-Dragon’s “Butterfly.”
2NE1 will return with “It Hurts” through SBS’s “Inkigayo” on the 31st.
Source + Photo: Star News
The ‘Two Geun Couple’ – Jang Geun Suk and Moon Geun Young – revealed their wedding photoshoot for upcoming drama, ‘Mary Stayed Out All Night‘. This is the second wedding pictorial released for this drama; the first was taken with the other male lead, Kim Jae Wook.
For this photoshoot, Jang Geun Suk wore a fashionable yet modern black tux; hilariously, his sullen expression places him as the most reluctant bridegroom we’ve seen yet. Co-star Moon Geun Young was primped into a mini wedding dress with a pink ribbon, and accentuated her fairy-like appearance with a tiny tiara.
After finishing the wedding photoshoot, Jang Geun Suk commented, ‘Today, the unusual Mary is very pretty. Don’t I look handsome too? We had fun filming, so I hope the viewers will enjoy watching the drama.’
Moon Geun Young said, ‘Even though it’s a different design from the last wedding dress, I like both. The hairstyles and atmosphere is also different.’
‘Mary Stayed Out All Night’ will begin airing on November 8th.
South Korean actress, Kim So Eun had so many facebook pages made by her fans. But, I’ve found an updated page for her. So, if you have a facebook account, like her page at:
Hope you suggest it to your other facebook friends like I did. Thanks.
Back in August 2010, rumors about 2NE1 following the footsteps of their fellow YG brothers, Big Bang, in advancing into the Japanese music industry with a contract under their belts with Japan’s highly successful entertainment company, Avex.
It has just been confirmed that these rumors are in fact true, as Avex just recently revealed 2NE1’s official website under Avexnet, along with 2NE1’s official Japanese website, created by YG.
According to information on their website, 2NE1’s debut album in Japan is scheduled to drop this coming December 8th, along with an additional CD+DVD bonus album.
Congratulations to 2NE1 for their sweet contract, and make sure to follow allkpop as more news on 2NE1’s Japanese debut unravels!
Check out the two websites below.
Kim Hyun Joong and Jung So Min, male and female leads,from the Wed/Thu MBC drama Playful Kiss which ended its run on 21st,will be working together again.
The two will be filming for the spin-off story from Playful Kiss from 26th Oct to 10th Nov.This spin-off will be an exclusive online special,and will revolve around the lives of Baek Seung Jo (KHJ) and Oh Ha Ni (JSM)after getting married.It will be aired via YouTube from the mid November.
The person-in-charge of the TV production team said,“The spin-off story is about the couple’s lives.Unfortunately, only Jung So Min was shooting on the first day of filming.Kim Hyun Joong was absent due to a CF shootingwhich was held back as he was busy with the drama filming.They will reunite for filming in the afternoon of 27th.”
Further, Kim Hyun Joong and Jung So Min are expected to carry out promotional activities overseasfor the drama in the first half of next year.Playful Kiss, which has been sold to 12 countries, including Japan, Hong Kong (China), Thailand, Philippines and others,will launch large-scale promotional activities overseas from December.
original in korean: Nate Newstranslated into chinese: YOYO@百度金贤重吧 HYUNBARtranslated into english: bb @LoveKimHyunJoong.com
MBC’s “Playful Kiss” has created a new Youtube account.
Production company Group Eight stated on October 11th, “We have opened a new Youtube accountwith the world’s greatest video sharing site in order to reveal a special version of ‘Playful Kiss.’”
“Playful Kiss” will begin airing a special online version of the drama through Youtube starting from the 11th. The channel currently consists of interviews, OST music videos, NG cuts, and a variety of behind-the-scenes footage. The channel is introduced in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, and Spanish.
The CEO of Group Eight went on to state, “Youtube will play a major role in connecting our content to the international market. The release of an online version of ‘Playful Kiss’ through Youtube will be the preview to a new future for the Korean video content industry.”
Interested fans should bookmark www.youtube.com/ytkiss and show them lots of love now!
Source + Photo: Star News
Kim So Eun posted some pictures on her cyworld announcing that she joined twitter on her cyworld.
드디어 저도 트위터를 하게됬어요~
Back in June, Kim So Eun’s agency, N.O.A Entertainment made it clear that the adorable actress didn’t have a twitter account. Well, it seems this has changed as she recently posted “트위터!! kimso_ (twitter!! kimso_)” on her cyworld page.
She posted this message, along with 2 photos: “I’ve finally started twitter. It’s so difficult for a computer noob like me.”
In the post above she says that’s she’s finally created a twitter account and to follow her @kimso_
I’ve checked her twitter site out and it seems legit especially considering it was mentioned on her cyworld. Unfortunately she’s following the wrong Kim Bum 😦
You can find her at http://twitter.com/kimso_
Source: Kim So Eun Cyworld
Me and my high school friends pictures last Sunday and today in our previous school. (CCS)
credit to my camera.
October 23rd was certainly a very busy day for K-pop fans all around the world. Seoul held its 7th annual ‘Asia Song Festival‘, Super Junior’s ‘Super Show 3‘ held a stage in Beijing, and JYJperformed in Shanghai.
K-pop fans in Singapore had the special fortune of having seven idol bands all to themselves! The sold-out concert was organized by Proof Label, and was held at the Singapore Expo Hall 2.
Minutes before the concert started, fans were chanting for their favorite bands, shining their glowsticks to show their support for various groups that were performing that night.
Starting promtly at 8 PM, F.T. Island opened the show by performing four songs, “Bing Bing Bing“, “I Hope“, “Love Love Love“, and “Flower Rock“. This is F.T. Island’s third trip to Singapore, and once again, they put up an amazing performance for the Primadonnas.
Dae Guk Nam Ah (The Boss/D-NA), who debuted earlier this year, was also invited to perform atKorean Pop Night 2010. Singing and dancing along to “Admiring Boy“, “Stumble Stumble“, and “Shining World“, the boys showed us their sleek dance moves and strong vocals – very impressive!
ZE:A, who was in Singapore earlier this year for a showcase, was added to the original six K-pop bands after wanting to return to Singapore to put up another performance. They danced and sung “Mazeltov“, “All Day Long“, and “Level Up“, and although the three songs left the boys sweating profusely, they did not lose a single ounce of energy.
Unlike bands like Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, and SHINee, who arrived in Singapore on the day of the concert itself, ZE:A arrived a day earlier and even had time to go shopping! Seems like they really do love Singapore!
Infinite sang “Come Back Again“, “She’s Back“, and “Wings“. Like ZE:A, the boys were sweating profusely, but they were more than happy to pose for the cameras.
“Noona Neomu Yeppeo” was hinted by the emcee when it was SHINee’s turn to take the stage.SHINee sang to “Replay“, which was a little lackluster due to the absence of their main vocalist, but the hype began to build up when “Ring Ding Dong” came up. SHINee finished their performance with “Lucifer” and their latest hit, “Hello“.
Making their comeback next week, Girls’ Generation (SNSD) was the only girl group to perform last night! They graced the stage in sailor outfits and performed “Genie“.
“Singapore is a very clean place, the fans are outgoing and really friendly, and we liked to come back“, member Jessica said to the SONES. The hall was filled with SONES waving their pink light sabers, and fanboys screaming their names at the top of their lungs.
Ending their performance with “Gee“, Tiffany told SONES to look forward to their upcoming album, which will be released next week.
And last but definitely not the least, Big Bang! Unlike other groups, they performed to a total of seven songs: “Gara Gara Go“, “Number 1“, “Haru Haru (Acoustic)“, “Lies“, “Last Farewell“, “How Gee“, and “Hands Up“!
The members of Big Bang showed a lot of charisma on stage, and they were having a lot of fun throughout their performances. Tae Yang and T.O.P also threw their sweat-drenched towels into the crowd, which I’m sure fans were fighting over.
The show closed with all the bands groovin’ to “We Are The World 25 for Haiti“.
Dedicated fans of various idol groups were definitely having a blast, and i’m sure most of them were left breathless like I was! One word to sum up the entire concert: epic!
Many thanks to Proof Label for organizing the event and Jacintha for making this possible.
With her latest photos for Hazzy’s Accessories, actress Jung So Min has transformed into a ‘city woman.’
As Oh Hani in the recently ended MBC drama, ‘Playful Kiss’, Jung showed a sweet romance with KimHyun Joong’s character, Seung Joo. In this pictorial however, the actress sheds her lively, bubbly image by giving chic poses and facial expressions. The concept of a cold, city woman is perfectly exemplified by Jung So Min’s smoky makeup and her colorful and fashionable clothes.
Due to her busy schedule, Jung So Min modeled for this pictorial right after filming for her drama ended. Despite being extremely tired, she did not show it and behaved like a pro-model. Her professionalism wowed everybody on set.
The full audio of SNSD’s upcoming title track, “Hoot“, from their third mini-album is out!
After hearing it, the track seems to be very addictive, bound to be yet another hit for the girls.
Without further ado, check it out below!
With their first full album “To Anyone” release almost 2 months ago, the girls of 2NE1 have been busy promoting their hits “Can’t Nobody”, “Go Away” and “Clap Your hands”. Their comeback was a great success as 2NE1 got lots of 1st places in a row in South Koreas leading music shows Mnet’s M!Countdown, KBS Music Bank as well as in SBS Inkigayo.
2NE1 keeps staying strong on the top 10th of the charts for two months now despite the tough competition. On the Korean music chart Melon, the power-girls have been occupying the number 1 post on the weekly charts for the 7th week in a row.
|Tokyo Drama Awards|
The 4th International Drama Festival opened in Tokyo on Monday, as part of the annual Japan International Contents Festival (CoFesta). The event’s Tokyo Drama Awards were presented on the same day, and the biggest winners were “JIN” and “Mother.”
“JIN” took four of the prizes, including the Grand Prix in the drama series category and Best Performance by an Actor for Takao Osawa. “Mother,” on the other hand, won five awards, including a Best Drama award in the drama series category and Best Performance by an Actress for Yasuko Matsuyuki.
One of the special awards this year was Best Actor in Asia, awarded to an actor or actress in a non-Japanese Asian drama. The winner was Lee Byung Hun for his performance in “IRIS.”
The complete award list is as follows:
* Grand Prix (Series Drama): “JIN”
The International Drama Festival runs until October 28.
KAT-TUN will be releasing their 13th single, “Change Ur World” on the 17th November 2010. According to sources, the first press edition will include “Remember”, Ueda Tatsuya’s solo “Neat Man” and also a song by Junnosuke Taguchi, “Girls”.
The normal edition will contain two new additions: “Give me, give me, give me” and “Never X Over ~Is your part”
Here’s a sneak peek of their single:
KBS’s newest drama to take the place of “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” “Mary Stayed Out All Night,” has revealed pictures of a unique wedding scene that has been attracting lots of attention.
The still cut features Moon Geun Young, looking highly confused between grooms Jang Geun Sukand Kim Jae Wook. Although one would assume for her to be happy to be earning the affection of two perfect men, she instead looks worried and indecisive.
Their wedding attire is also worn in their own unique style, consisting of skinny jeans, boots, and chains for bohemian prince Jang Geun Suk and a mini wedding dress for Moon Geun Young.
The background itself is also different from that of a standard wedding scene one would expect, instead featuring a grave and autumn leaves strewn about the floor.
Moon Geun Young commented, “Just the thought of wearing a wedding dress is extremely exciting. The dress itself is so cute. I have two grooms in today’s photo shoot and so I held on to the hands of two men. I think it was a unique experience and a fun filming.”
Jang Geun Suk added, “I became a very unique groom today and wondered what it would be like to have a wedding in this style. I’ve never seen a groom wear clothes like this at any wedding, but I like it enough to want to try it one day. The photo shoot has a very different concept that makes me anticipate how it’ll finalize itself.”
Kim Jae Wook concluded, “This is my first time seeing such a unique wedding. Just the fact that a bride is marrying two men is unique in itself, but the set is also very eye catching. It was a fun photo shoot and I would love to participate in a wedding like this if there is one.”
“Mary Stayed Out All Night” is rewritten by the writer of “Goong,” In Eun Ah, the original being a web-comic by the writer of “Full House,” In Soo Yeon. The romantic comedy drama is a story about four different young adults finding dreams and love under a virtual marriage.
The drama will debut on November 8th through KBS2TV in the Mon-Tues time slot.
Continuing promotions for their new single, “Gee“, in Japan, Shoujo Jidai appeared on Music Japan for a short interview and performance.
Each member introduced themselves with things that they like. Sooyoung said she likes Woody from Toy Story, Yuri loves cooking, Tiffany loves music, Seohyun said she’s the youngest of the group and likes eating healthy foods. Hyoyeon, who stumbled a bit, loves peaches, Jessicaunfortunately has a cold, Yoona likes milk tea, lately Sunny has gotten into purin (a.k.a. creme caramel), and Taeyeon likes puppies.
There’s actually a lot more to the interview, but it’s somewhat long, so head over to tokyohive if you want to read the rest.
Anyway, check out the performance below!
Girls Generation has released a short video teaser for their new track titled “Hoot” which will be released on 27th of October 2010. The concept of this PV drew inspiration from retro fashion and music of 1960s and 1970s, think ‘Austin Powers’.
The new album contains five songs: Hoot, Wake Up, My Best Friend, Mistake and Snowy Wish.
Some members of Girls Generation posted messages for fans on their official website regarding the album.
Jessica said, “So much love I’m surprised and thankful.”
Sooyoung said, “Hoot! SNSD is coming back. So we’ll see you soon.”
Here’s their comeback teaser preview cut on Music Bank
Few minutes ago, I’m with my classmates. We went somewhere to eat and sing all day long. It’s been two weeks since I’m with them (although we’re only three). Ha ha I’ missed it so much. i hope that we’ll be doing this once or twice a week, if its okay with them.
Before that eating and singing factor happened, I’ve waited in our meeting place almost an hour, and the weather isn’t that good. But, it’s okay with me ’cause I’m always waiting when we had our practice, or something like this.
We’re doing like this (except in drinking wines, liquors and alcoholic beverages):
We haven’t took a nice picture, so I put a picture that came from internet. Picture from: iceblade.net
Playful Kiss (one of the Korean dramas I like), ended yesterday through showing their last episode. The drama started last September 1 up to October 21, 2010. The drama aired every Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55pm (Korean time). I’ve watched it online ’cause I’m not living in Korea and the live stream was so slow everytime I opened it.
The story was based on the Japanese manga, “Itazura Na Kiss”: Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni’s house collapses, she and her father moves into his long-time friend’s house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend’s son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves. Will she be able to move Seung Jo’s heart?
With MBC’s “Playful Kiss” coming to an end last October 21st, the cast members came together to reveal their feelings on the drama and bid their farewells.
Jung So Min confessed, “My feelings became a lot calmer as I began filming the last wedding scene and my character eventually got married to Seung Jo. But with the past three months of filming coming to an end, I’m left feeling both refreshed and disappointed at the same time. I’d like to thank the staff and cast members.”
Kim Hyun Joong continued, “We began filming during the heat of the summer and now it’s already cold winter. I had a lot of fun with few regrets, but there’s still a special version left so I will be sure to show everyone a good image until the very end.”
“Playful Kiss” will be revealing a special edition of the drama starting November 2nd through theirYoutube channel.
Lee Tae Sung, who played the role of Bong Jun Gu, reflected, “It feels like only yesterday that I was rehearsing my lines for the first episode. Today is already the last broadcast of our 16th episode. ‘Playful Kiss’ has finally been completed in my memories. Please don’t forget the drama and Bong Gu.”
Lee Si Young, who played the role of ‘perfect girl’ Yoon Hye Ra, concluded, “As with everything that must come to an end, I feel disappointed that the drama is already over when it feels like it’s just started to me. I will make sure to properly conclude the relationship of Kyung Su and Hye Ra in the remaining time.”
Hope you watch it too. I’m sure you’ll like it. You’ll never regret if you do.
Here are some of their official posters:
Pictures from: imbc
Source: Star NewsPhoto: Group 8
by Hypermaniac @ allkpop
I woke up early in the morning to go to my cousin’s school ’cause they will celebrate United Nations Day through preparing different performances like dancing, singing, etc. My cousin (Jenny) will dance with her classmates, and I’ve to record and to picture it ’cause her mom wants to see it. (Her mom didn’t went in her daughter’s school ’cause she’s already in Japan).
So, I want you to see their pictures:
Today (Asian time), is the birthday of my dearest sister and grandmother. Early in the morning, we went to market to buy some ingredients for the menu that my aunt cooked earlier. My aunt also bought cakes, flowers and ice cream.
We had a family gathering (and a riot? ha ha just kidding) few hours ago. (The party started at almost 7pm in the evening).
My birthday message for you is: “A birthday is not just a year OLDER, but a year BETTER.” (Always remember that okay?)
Here’s the picture of their cakes:
My Grandma’s cake
My sister’s cake
The expenses was sponsored by our relatives in Japan and Canada. Thank you so much for all of your support. Take care always and God bless you more.