In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, labelmates 4minute and G.NA gave their fans heartwarming video messages through their official YouTube channels!
Like the Hallyu stars that they are, 4minute greeted their international fans in their respective languages, asking every fan to be their valentine. On an individual scale, leader Jihyun greeted fans through 4minute’s official fancafe, while maknae Sohyun reached out through her personal Twitter, completing the girls’ ’six language’ love confession.
The group concluded with, “We love you, we miss you all! Happy Valentine’s Day!”
Meanwhile, G.NA greeted her fans in fluent English and gave shoutouts to her international fanbase. Expressing her desire to hopefully meet them all soon, the idol wrapped up by cutely asking her fans if they would be her valentine.
Source: Sports Today via Nate and allkpop
Yesterday was the last day of our examination in school, so we decided to have a Christmas Party in our class president’s house few kilometers away in our school.
Our examination started and ended early, so we bought some food in a supermarket near on our classmate’s house. It took almost two hours before we finish buying the foods that we’re going to eat.
Finally, we arrived on our classmate’s house at 3pm (but before that, we walk almost half kilometer to reach their house. it was tiring right?)
During our stay, some of my classmates decided to sleep in our classmate’s room to take some rest (’cause our examination started early as I said a while ago), some were watching TV, cooking and texting. What I did was to take a stolen photo of them and I enjoyed it a lot. Ha ha
While the food was still preparing, they decided to sing (’cause my classmate had a karaoke in their house) and I took some photos and videos of them while they were singing.
Our food was already prepared almost dinner time. The fact is, they were the one to cooked it and it was so delicious.
After that, we took pictures together before some of them will go to a resort (to have an over night stay there)
Our party ended almost 8pm in the evening.
All I can say is, I was not so happy with the party that we made comparing to the last one. Everything changes right? But, I didn’t expect this change a lot.
Original Hallyu star Bae Yong Joon and ‘Little Yonsama’, Kim Hyun Joong, successfully held a joint stage together.
Over 3,000 fans attended DATV’s charitable event, called “‘SMILE PROJECT’ charity program ‘Message! to Asia’“, which was held on December 14th in the Tokyo Dome.
Kim Hyun Joong opened the event with his performance of ‘The Strength of a Smile’, which was produced by Japan’s famous producer, Komuro Tetsuya.
Hyun Joong’s performance was followed by stages from artists Hwanhee, D.NA, SHU-I, Joe Cheng, Vanness Wu, GACKT, and of course, Bae Yong Joon.
After this event, Hyun Joong and Bae Yong Joon attended the ceremony held later in the afternoon at the JCB Hall. The ceremony was wrapped up with a special photo-taking session with their fans. The fans were honored to see the two together, and called them ‘Leader‘ (SS501 Leader) and ‘Yong Joon-ssi’, respectively.
Source: CBS News via Nate
We know that some of our readers hail from the Philippines, so here’s an awesome announcement for the Pinoy K-pop fans!
The Phillippine KPOP Community Inc. has organized the second “Phillippine KPOP Convention” for December 11th at the PICC Forum. Local fan clubs of over 40 KPOP groups and artists have been invited to celebrate their love of K-pop music for one spectacular day only! Thousands of screaming fans attended the first event last year, so we’re sure that this year will draw in many more.
Enthusiasts can look forward to purchasing fan goods from the fan clubs of their favorite artists, view the K-street fashion show (courtesy of YesStyle.com), and participate in the many contests held over the course of the day (such as the ‘2nd Philippine KPOP Dance Battle’, ‘KPOP Kosplay Year II’, and the ‘KPOP Idol Look-a-like’ contests). There will also be exclusive album launches from SNSD and JYJ, so be sure not to miss out!
While there are no actual tickets being sold for the event, the organizers have established an entry fee of PHP150, as all proceeds from the event will go towards GAWAD KALINGA, a charitable organization that seeks to end poverty by building homes and communities for the less-fortunate. PHP150 is the minimum fee, so attendants are encouraged to donate more if they should so choose.
Doors open at 10AM. Be sure to check out this awesome event!
Additional info about the event (including which fanclubs will be in attendance) can be found through their official website here, or through their Facebook page here.
As the face of skincare brand The Face Shop, Kim Hyun Joong has just finished touring Singapore and Malaysia.
He arrived in Singapore on the 1st of December and undertook fanmeetings and interviews with Singaporean media for the next two days. On the 3rd, he went to the IMM Sky Garden to greet over 2000 female fans, signing autographs and taking pictures. He is said to have donated a large chunk of the proceeds, $18,000, from the event to the World Vision charity.
From Singapore, the star went to Malaysia on the 4th and started his activities straight away, as he attended a fanmeeting with over 3000 Malaysian fans. A staff member from the event stated, “There are famous models and actors in Southeast Asia, along with Hollywood stars, but he’s created a record for the most fans showing up.”
Kim Hyun Joong stated, “Though it was a short time, I was really happy to meet fans face to face.”
Currently, he is doing overseas promotions for the drama Playful Kiss, as well as getting ready for activities for the new year.
Source: Newsen via Nate
Lee Seung Gi joined photographer Jo Se Hyun’s “The 8th Letter of Angels – Happiness” photo exhibition event that is co-run with the Social Welfare Society.
With an angelic baby in his arms, Lee Seung Gi impressed the staff on set by personally stopping and calming the baby every time he cried. Despite his busy schedule with his many variety programs and advertisement filmings, he was said to have made extra sure that he had time to lend a hand for this meaningful event.
One representative on the set commented, “This is the third time Lee Seung Gi has joined this event after his participation in 2007 and 2008. He was touched with the event’s effort to raise societal awareness for adoptions, and aggressively worked to help out. He even asked questions about the babies he took photos with in the past and truly gave his all.”
The exhibition also includes photos of other celebrities, like Kim Min Joon, Lee Mi Yeon, Park Kyung Lim, Lee Min Jung, Yoo Ji Tae, Lee Byung Hun, Lee Seung Gi, Kim Ah Joong, Kim Ok Bin, Yoon Si Yoon, Jang Geun Suk, and many more.
The event will run from December 15th to the 20th at the Insa Art Center.
Source: JoongAng Daily via Nate
Photos: Photographer Jo Se Hyun’s Twitter
The end of the year is near, and the Korean music industry is abuzz with news of upcoming awards shows that seek to recognize the most outstanding artists in a multitude of categories.
As a nod to these important events in the K-pop realm, allkpop has decided to initiate our first ever “allkpop Awards” this year, and we’re inviting fans from all over the world to determine the results!
That’s right – the votes will be 100% determined by international K-pop fans.
In order to ensure that the results are achieved in a fair manner, we’ve established a system in which votes can be submitted once a day per category via Twitter or Facebook.
Fans can vote as many times as they like over the course of the awards voting period, but again, only one vote per category per day will be counted.
We are aiming to make this an award that accurately represents the opinions of the international K-pop community, so check out the nominees below, and help decide K-pop’s best of 2010!
4minute held their second live concert in Japan, “4minute LIVE Energy Vol. 2 DIAMOND,” on December 4th amidst the cheering of 4,000 fans.
Fans and Japanese reporters gathered in the concert hall five hours before the official start date, demonstrating the hot interest the Japanese have taken to the Korean girl group.
4minute kicked off their concert by performing their hit tracks, “Muzik,” “HUH,” and “I My Me Mine.”
Gayoon showed off her powerful vocals through her solo performance with “Dejavu” while Jihyunearned the cheers of male fans with her sweet reinvention of “Like A Virgin.”
Maknae Sohyun performed “London Bridge” with a rebellious image, and Hyuna performed her own solo track, “Change.” Jiyoon transformed into a rocker with her smooth, boyish charms for her solo.
4minute wrapped up their concert by stating, “We believe this was the most passionate concert. It’s our second concert, but everyone acted as if we’ve been together for a long time and synchronized so well. Thank you so much for responding so passionately. Please anticipate our future.”
Source + Photos: Star News via Nate
It’s not a new thing for people to be brought together around song. Songs of triumph, songs of plight and songs that speak of what we have in common. It’s one of the great traditions of The Church throughout the ages. It brings us into agreement with God and one another.
The first “worship” song we have on record, is the song of Exodus 15. The people of God are fleeing slavery in Egypt, with Pharoah’s army hot on their heels. You know the story; they find themselves cornered, when God parts the seas and delivers His people under miraculous circumstances! And literally, the first thing they do is stop and sing…
“I’m singing my heart out to God—what a victory! He pitched horse and rider into the sea. God is my strength, God is my song, and, yes! God is my salvation…”
On November the 7th, 2010, as a church, we paused for a moment to consider and celebrate all that God has been doing across the life of our church. That night represented the coming together of Hillsong Church from different campuses, services and even cities, as we were joined by some of our team from London, Kiev, Cape Town, Paris, Stockholm and New York.
As our church filled the Sydney Entertainment Centre, they were met with what I think is some of the most creative staging and lighting that our team has produced to date. (Tip of the hat to Nath Taylor, who is pretty much a genius).
From the first song to the last, it was like a summary of our year as a church, as the songs that had given expression to who God is and what He has done were sung at full volume by our church.
Thanks to all who joined us for the 12 days of prayer leading up to the night. If you missed it, you can read the messages from some of our team here (LIVE Team Prayer Notes)… There’s some great thoughts in there.
As we now work to get the album ready for it’s release in July 2011 and I listen back on the night itself, I’m reassured that this album brings a fresh sound and expression to our worship and that the songs are as strong as they’ve ever been.
We have an album title…But I can’t tell you yet…what I can say, is it’s going to be worth the wait!
Check out the ’12 Days of Prayer’ blog about the lead up to this album recording: Click here to read.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards came to an end. Check out the winners below!
Daesang Award (Grand Prize)
Album of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Female Artist Award
Best Vocal Performance – Group
Best Dance Performance – Male Group
Best Dance Performance – Female Group
Best Digital Single
Female Group Award
Male Singer Award
Female Singer Award
Male Group Award
Best Music Video
Best Dance Performance – Solo
Best Vocal Performance – Solo
Best Band Performance
The Shilla Duty Free Asian Wave Award
Best Asia Artist
Best Asia New Artist
Best Asia Pop Artist
Best Asia R&B Group