August 5th, 2009

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It has been about 2 weeks since JYP performance group 2PM ended their 2:00PM Time For Change minialbum, netizens have become interested in the title song ‘Again & Again’ all over again.

A netizen posted up the video of singer Envy’s ‘Shawty Dangerous’ and points to the accusation that 2PM’s ‘Again & Again’ is a plagiarism of the song.

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Source: sookyeong 1, 2

Again & Again > Shawty Dangerous

LMAO SO THE PIC IS ACTUALLY NE-YO? He's one sexy doode no doubt.

DBSK Dispute, causing stir in music industry, "Not Someone Else's Business"


As DBSK dispute continues downhill, the music industry has begun supervising their own. The possibility of a 2nd or 3rd DBSK dispute is causing a crisis in the music industry.
Seeing the members they once created and nurtured to be top Asian singers, now fighting with their company is a bitter sight to see for the middle management executives. However, as Xiah Junsu and other members have revealed the unjust contract conditions, some are saying that this is the time to self-exam and improve. How is the contract conditions for groups other than DBSK.

Super Junior, Girl's Generation, longest contract is 13 years

Other idol groups in SM entertainment is being targeted first. It was reported that for Super Junior, Girl's Generation, and Shinee, contracts are different for each members but the contract periods are anywhere from 5 years to 13 years.

Because some members of Super Junior and Girl's Generation have different debut years, their contract is individual.
Before Kangin became a member of Super Junior, he was a VJ for a entertainment news program. Before the release of Girl's generation album in 2007, member Sooyoung made debut in a duo 'Route Oh" in 2002 under SM Japan so she signed a contract before the other members. Because the contracts are individual, earning distributions and schedule conditions are different for each member.

One Super Junior member spoke with IS on the phone stating, "even if I want to move to another company, the remaining terms of the contract and penalty for breaching the contract is far beyond than people imagine. Because we have a lot of members in our team, we have to divide our earnings into 1/13, so we do not make much money. Up until recently, SM tried to make it our responsibility to pay for our stylist but a senior member took courage and corrected it. There are feelings in the company that if you do something that the company doesn't like, it is only your loss so even if we have complaints, we can't express it well."

It was reported that they had a meeting with each other after the DBSK dispute became a controversy.

Music producers state "they don't even know the situations"

Another artist under SM Entertainment stated with affliction, "DBSK sunbae's dispute is bitter to watch because it seems it our future is being shown. Trurthfully, there are too many things on my mind that I can't concentrate when I'm performing on stage or doing other broadcasting schedules."

For one group of singers under an entertainment company, although earning distributions are clear and there is strong confidence between the company, they signed a contract period for almost 10 years and are anxious that this might spark something in their way.

Jang Yoon jung and Park Hyun Bin also signed 10 year contract with their company and although Jewelry members have different contracts, members have been working under the same company for over 8 years. They stated that the problem is mutual distrust, not the contract period.

As the long period contracts are arising as a problem, music industry producers respond that they don't even know what the situation is like. They stated that as singers debut younger and younger, it is becoming normal to start training elementary school kids and if companies continued to meet the demands of its artists, the company would not be able to survive.

One entertainment company president stated, "I am paying attention to how the provisional disposition will be ruled. I feel like singers do not consider the company's perspective and are only considering these situations once they have become famous. I hope this will be an opportunity to eliminate troubles between singers and companies."

Original article can be found Here
Article Credit: Kim Sung Eui @ joongang
Translation Credit: j.adore @ soompi
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TVXQ Fans Speak Out Once More, "Show us the exact amount of TVXQ's income"

The problem is not how much was given, but how the income was divided… And can only be solved if SM reveals TVXQ’s exact income

Amidst the chaos that has ensued after TVXQ members YoungWoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun and Xiah Junsu filed a lawsuit against their agency, the rift between the two sides is getting deeper as SM Entertainment revealed it’s rebuttal.

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Source: [oh my news + DNBN]
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With the huge income, there must also be huge expenses. Tbh, I want to see their expenditure more than their income lmfao. How much a night to run the Mirotic concert - lights, food, manpower and all. How much it takes to feed Changmin DBSK and their staff. How much a night at Tokyo Dome. How much to record an album. How much for their costumes. That intrigues me more than their income tbh. Honestly though, maybe if they did show their expenses, shit would be cleared up. Conclusion: Your accounts should be transparent.
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[Teddy Park Interview] "I’m happier now than I was back when I was an idol"

“He has changed from an idol group member 11 years ago to now, a famous producer that the whole music industry has set their eyes on. However, the praises and expectations of the people around him are still awkward. It’s because he thinks that he still has a lot of things left to do, and he himself is just a person that likes music. Also, instead of him coming forth himself, it comes more naturally to him to be behind people that have bright futures. This is the story of 1TYM’s Teddy (31, Park Hong Joon).

Teddy is receiving the attention of the music industry once more with the rising popularity of YG Entertainment’s new girl group 2NE1. This is because Teddy composed both 2NE1’s official debut song ‘Fire,’ and ‘I Don’t Care,’
which is sweeping various music charts lately. Teddy was also in charge of producing 2NE1’s first minialbum, which included ‘I Don’t Care,’ as a whole. His talent is to the point that Yang Hyun Seok, the real head of YG Entertainment, judged him saying, “Teddy played a major role for 2NE1 to be able to rise to the top in a small amount of time.”

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I wonder if the news item about Teddy producing 2NE1's full album means that G-Dragon's songs for that album have been scrapped altogether or if Teddy is just controlling recording process of them. :-\

"Mucho Punk" fansigning with Clazziquai!

'Korean Wave' Clazziquai signed 10 CDs for lucky fans

On August 1 around 7pm, Clazziquai (DJ Clazzi, Alex & Horan) met their fans at at the COEX, Gangnam, Seoul sponsored by Evan record shop for their 4th album, "Mucho Punk" released earlier last month. They have prepared dozens of souvenir for the fansigning event as they also welcomed their Japanese fans who came to the event.

Around 300 fans gathered to meet Clazziquai, in which about 50 of them are all Japanese female fans of Alex. They have known him from his Japan activities for his solo album as well as from MBC "We Got Married".

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They all look gorgeous! ♥
And I want that signed shirt so bad. ;___; In fact I want all my Clazziquai stuff signed lol.
Giselle - in the throng
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Euna Lee and Laura Ling pardoned

By JEAN H. LEE, Associated Press Writer Jean H. Lee, Associated Press Writer – Tue Aug 4, 5:44 pm ET

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Il issued a "special pardon" freeing two jailed American journalists after talks with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, North Korea's official news agency announced Wednesday.

Clinton, who arrived in North Korea Tuesday on an unannounced visit, met with the reclusive and ailing Kim for talks described by Pyongyang as "exhaustive." It was Kim's first meeting with a prominent Western figure since his reported stroke nearly a year ago.

The release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested March 17 near the China-North Korea border, was a sign of North Korea's "humanitarian and peace-loving policy," the Korean Central News Agency reported.

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Source: Yahoo News

Saw this on the news today and I was so happy for them.

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WonderGirls send greetings back to Korea

Currently promoting in America, the WonderGirls sent their greetings to their fans in Korea.

The girls did that through a video posted on their endorsement Peripera site on 5th August. They did a short interview saying, “Hello everyone. We are very happy to do greetings in Korean after so long.”

They continued, “We are currently in Philadelphia. And our performance just ended. We are going everyday on stage performing for the Jonas Brothers’ concert feeling thankful. Thank you everyone for the encouragement.”

They also said, “As you can see, we are currently promoting ‘Nobody’ and as you can see our costumes, makeup and hair is not much different from when we were doing the song in Korea. And now in America, there is a crazy for the retro look too. We will continue to work hard with the encourage and support everyone gives. Let’s meet in Korea soon!”

Source: sookyeong, youtube

Ye-eun your hair is. Just. Uhm.

Head Bitch In Charge to quit Family Outing ?

Multi talented entertainer queen Lee Hyori is once again the center of attention. Recently there is a rumor saying that Lee Hyori is going to quit popular SBS show ‘Family Otuing’.
According to reports, Lee Hyori is focused into the production of her November new album so she plans to quit FO, discussions with the production team of the show are going on.
Regarding this matter, SBS marketing staff declared “rumors are groundless”. They said via a phone call with a reporter “the PD of the show Jang Hyuk Jae has never heard Lee Hyori saying such things”, “during the filming on the set, Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Hyori would always joke and say ‘it’s killing me, I want to quit’, maybe someone heard this and spread this rumor.”
He added “saying the production of her album is disturbed because of the stressful shooting of the show, it’s impossible”, “we film for 2 days every 2 weeks, the album production shouldn’t be altered”.
Moreover other staff members of the show said “Lee Hyori is attached to the show, she won’t decide to quit so suddenly”.
However, there were a lot of difficulties behind the participation of Lee Hyori in the show. At that time, a manager of her company in order to make her accept the filming of FO even went on his knees to beg her, it is something that everyone in the business knows about.
Thus, there are people who think that the usual witty Lee Hyori we see in the show might because of her album quit the show. All the fans are keeping an eye on which path she will take.

Translation: startoxic |

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Lee SiYoung debuts as singer with digital single ‘Jijiri’ released

Talent Lee SiYoung releases a digital single today.

There has been much interests if she would debut as a singer after she stood in for singer Beige to perform the song ‘Jijiri’ in June.

Many fans have also requested for her to do a digital single after hearing her sing the song live. The song is originally by Beige and Lee SiYoung is said to have sang the song in her own style and charms.

The digital single is released today on 5th August.

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Source: sookyeong

She's not the best singer, but she is one big qt.
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SHINee: the Recording of Nanas' B song

source: here

It's not surprising that the end product of the song sounds exactly the same as the raw - the SHINee boys can definitely sing (they don't really need to touch up, put effects etc etc to make them sound better). Jonghyun seems really comfortable/pro at recording and YAY, Minho having more opportunities to sing.

[MV] Mighty Mouth - Love Class

Mighty Mouth (마이티 마우스) feat Han Ye Seul (한예슬) - 연애특강 (Love Class)
+ Hyun Ah (현아) (4 Minute 포미닛)
& UEE (유이) (After School 애프터스쿨)
HyunAh & UEE are not singing, only featured in the music video.


Baah, I'm not fond of Hyunah's voice but she's super cute in the MV! I was hoping UEE would do something... interesting, but I guess it's okay. But it's another catchy Mighty Mouth song~

DNT to reveal remix version of ‘Crazily Pretty’

4-member male group DNT will reveal a new remix version of their current hit song ‘Crazily Pretty’.

They will be performing it for the first time together with new choreography on KBS Music Bank on 7th August.

Beginning of this year, DNT made topic by remaking Lee EunMi’s ‘Have a Lover’. And recently on 23rd July, they released a new single album with the title song ‘Crazily Pretty’.



Jeon HyeBin, “I wish to comeback as a singer before ages catches up with me”

Coming out as an actress after being in female group LUV, Jeon HyeBin revealed her will for singer activities. She was present for the press conference of KBS drama ‘2009 Legend’s Hometown’ on 5th August and when she was asked about her singer activities, she said, “I wish to return as a singer.”
She added, “Before age catches up with me, I wish to release a full-length album if not a single.”

“It has been so long since I stopped my singer activities, I don’t if I can still dance as well as before, but I still dance when I go noraebang with my friends. I enjoy So Nyeo Shi Dae and 2NE1’s dances the best.


National MC @ fo

2NE1 me2day updates

#05.08.2009 Dara: This is a photo taken during Inkigayo! That day I did the Miss Korea lion hair but no one knew…ㅠㅠ Shall I give a hint to our performance today^^Erm.. Each one.. Something likeable.. Erm very cool.. Enjoyable..! Aei!! It’s a secret! Dara reporter have some secrets sometimes!!!^.^ Understand?ㅋ

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Nominees list for Mnet 20’s Choice 2009 released!

Coming 28th October, the 3rd Mnet 20’s Choice 2009 will be held, and there are 20 award categories this time.
The ”2009 Mnet 20’s Choice’ is an event where youths in their 20s pick their choice of icons of Korean culture. And the award categories together with the nominees were revealed on 5th August on Mnet Wide News at 8pm.
There will be blue carpet ceremony, performances lineup and also award ceremony with a fresh feel to award the choice of the 20s.

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/prances around room

edit: added information on voting
Sooyoung → unlike any other

My Fair Lady’s prince on a white horse

KBS’s My Fair Lady (aka Please Take Care of the Young Lady, aka 아가씨를 부탁해, aka 아부해) has been doing a pretty good job of releasing still shots of its drama at a steady trickle, no doubt to keep interest high and fans’ appetites for news whetted.

The latest to join the group are these of Jung Il-woo as the drama’s resident chaebol and princely rich lawyer, riding horseback as all good Prince Charmings do. The scene was shot on August 3 in Ansan, Kyunggi-do, and the equestrian site is the location of the chance first encounter between his “Tae-yoon” character and Yoon Eun-hye’s “Hye-na” (that’s pronounced like the word “henna,” not “hyena” as in the animal).

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Source: dramabeans
Via Chosun
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Bada’s comeback song ‘Yes I Am In Love’ and ‘Mad’ leaked!

Singer Bada who is set to release her comeback 4th album, has her album leaked a day before actual reveal.

It was known on 5th August that her 4th album was leaked on online video site Youtube. And her company is currently investigating into the leakage.

It was originally set for the song to be revealed at 9am tomorrow on 6th August. It was said that the leakage was done by Chinese hackers.

Meanwhile, here’s the leaked tracks ‘Yes I am in love’ featuring 2PM TaekYeon and ‘Mad’ featuring Untouchable.

Source: youtube, sookyeong

lmao omg i love it. It sounds so damn old school.

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Source: apopstar