May 25th, 2010


Wonder Girls shares their thoughts of Sunmi on Winwin

Wonder Girls members share their sad feelings about Sunmi withdrawing from the group.

Wonder Girls were guests on the May 25 episode of KBS “Win Win” and the topic about Sunmi was brought up. They said that they were sad about about and were sorry they weren’t able to listen to Sunmi, she was pretty lonely during their stay in America and she has suffered being away from her family for a long time.

Wonder Girls members said, “Our life is being a Singer, but Sunmi’s happiness is more important”. Wonder Girls had made their comeback without Sunmi as she has withdrawn before their comeback and had focused on her studies. Despite Sunmi not being part of Wonder Girls, the Wonder Girls members said that they still maintain a good relationship with each other.

Wonder Girls member are happy for Sunmi and they left her warm words of encouragement and wished her happiness.

The episode will air at May 25, 11:15 pm KST.


[Source: newsen]
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KARA's Gyuri shows off the birthday gift she received from Shindong!

KARA member Gyuri showed what Super Junior member Shindong bought for her as a present on her birthday!

Gyuri updated her twitter on the 25th showing the headphones that Shindong gave to her. She said her thanks and posted photo's of her wearing the colorful headphones. Gyuri had her 23rd birthday last May 21 and she is also a regular guest at Shindong's radio show "Shim Shim Ta Pa" so the 2 are close friends.

Fans expressed their interest as well saying "The headphones look so cute but Gyuri is cuter", "beautiful headphones, I envy you for being give that present"

Source: Starnews
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Yoo Ah-in cast in Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Aww, yeah! The “campus youth sageuk drama” Sungkyunkwan Scandal has cast Yoo Ah-in, which puts together a group of young rising stars in a “Joseon-era F4.” He joins DBSK’s Mickey Yoochun (real name Park Yoo-chun) in his drama debut and Song Joong-ki (OB-GYN). Yoo plays the role of “Moon Jae-shin,” a young man who rebels against the times, dressing and acting like a bad boy.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal is based on a novel and gets started when a female character enters school at Sungkyunkwan in place of her younger brother, and meets the characters played by Micky Yoochun, Song Joong-ki, and Yoo Ah-in. (So, basically a historical version of Hana Kimi meets You’re Beautiful.) The female role will be played by Jung Da-young of the currently airing Fine Windy Day.

It’s been a year since Yoo Ah-in’s last drama, The Man Who Can’t Get Married; his most recent film was Sky and Ocean, and Antique Bakery prior to that.

The drama will premiere in September.

Star News via Dramabeans (some commentary removed)

Ahh, loving it! Two of my favorite people and Chun in the same drama!
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South Korea restarts propaganda broadcasts to North

South Korea has resumed propaganda broadcasts to the North, amid high tension over the sinking of a Southern warship.

Seoul says it plans to install many more loudspeakers at the border

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Source: BBC News.

Clearly they should be pumping pop music into the DMZ. Nothing to make you realize there's a better deal out there than autotune, pop-rappers, and the distilled sound of kilos of sparkles. ;)
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100525 Key's message.

[Key] 여러분과 만난 지 벌써 2년!!!! 너무 너무 감사드립니다~ 앞으로도 샤이니와 함께 해 주실거~죠~? ♡

[Key] It’s already been 2 years since we’ve met everyone!!!! Thank you so very very much~ From now on, you’ll be together with SHINee~right~? ♡

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And here's to another two years! ♥
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Growing number of Korean men willing to be househusbands

Shin Jun-seop, 25, a college graduate who is currently looking for a job, is willing to become a househusband once he ties the knot.

"I don't think it's a bad idea that I stay home and raise the children when I am married, while my wife pursues her career," Shin said.

"It's not merely because I'm having difficulties in finding a job. I might not be the only man who agrees to the role reversal," he added.

Like Shin, more and more, young male adults regardless of whether they are jobless or not, have become open-minded about being a "stay-at-home dad."

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Source: The Korea Times
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FT Island bows into Japan's Oricon weekly chart at No. 4

Korean rock band FT Island has placed fourth on Japan's prestigious Oricon weekly album chart, according to their agency FNC Music on Tuesday.

The group's Japanese debut album "Flower Rock" had entered the daily music chart at No. 3 as soon as it was released on May 19 and held onto the position for two consecutive days.

Meanwhile, the quintet has been focusing on their activities in Japan after signing with Warner Music Japan in early January. They recently gave a free live concert for a total 5,000 fans in Osaka and Tokyo over the weekend.

The group also performed on NHK-hosted televised music talk show "MUSIC JAPAN" last Sunday and have other live performances scheduled in the country until their return to the Korean music scene in mid-August.

FT Island (Five Treasure Island), composed of members Lee Hong-ki, Lee Jae-jin, Song Seung-hyun, Choi Min-hwan and Choi Jong-hoon, made their debut in 2007 with their first album "Cheerful Sensibility." They are well-known for their songs "Hope," "Love Sick" and "Heaven."

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T.O.P visits amusement parks wearing masks

T.O.P at a showcase for film "Into Fire"

Korean singer and actor Choi Seung-hyun, better known as T.O.P from idol group Big Bang, has said that he sometimes visits amusement parks with his bandmates wearing masks.

Speaking at a showcase for film "Into Fire," held Monday at Seoul's Lotte World Garden Stage, the pop idol remarked, "When I feel stifled, I come [to amusement parks] to have a good time without people knowing. People don't recognize me because I wear a mask when I come."

Actor Kim Seung-woo, who also stars in the film, described the young star as "a very serious person who, unlike young people these days, is not calculative."

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"The Housemaid" sold to 15 countries at Cannes

Korean film "The Housemaid" caught the attention of numerous foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market, selling to a total 15 countries at the event held in time with the Cannes Film Festival.

A press release by Sidus F&H announced that at the Film Market held during the film fest into its 63rd year, the erotic thriller was sold to France, Italy, Germany, Greece, Russia, Israel, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.

Hong Kong's head of Edko Films Ltd. William Kong was one of the first buyers to purchase rights for the film, while this is the first Korean film Italian distributor Fandango has picked up.

Distributor Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Taiwan bought "The Housemaid" for Taiwan. They had acquired the rights for Korean action film "Shiri" 10 years ago.

"The Housemaid," a remake of a Korean classic from the 1960s, is about a young maid who is hired as a housemaid for a wealthy couple and begins to have an affair with the husband.

The modern adaptation, starring 2007 Cannes best actress winner Jeon Do-youn, actor Lee Jung-jae and veteran actress Yoon Yeo-jung, was up for main competition at this year's fest but failed to win an award.


The perfect man promotes his drama in Japan.

100521 Yunho from Magazine "The Television" Vol 20

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100525 Yunho: “I Won’t Force Myself To Do Something I’m Not Willing To”

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Source: The Television Vol 20 & Heroko + TVTaro Magazine + UKnowBar + baiduTVXQ
Translation: smiley + kimuchi3005 @

Credits: { One World. One Red Ocean. One TVXQ! }

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100525 Everyone in SHINee updates!


와우!!! 2주년 입니다! 시간 참 빠르죠 ㅠㅠ
파란옷 입고 첫방송 하던 그 기분이 아직도 생생한데~
멤버들 그리고 주위에 저희를 도와주시는 많은 분들
마지막으로 빼놓을 수 없는 SHINee WORLD 여러분들 덕분이에요~
앞으로도 즐기며! 우리같이! 만들어가요~ 고마워요 ~
사랑해요 :-)

Wow!!! It is our 2 year anniversary! Time is very fast ㅠㅠ
The feeling from doing the first broadcast wearing blue clothes is still vivid~
It is thanks to the members and the many people around us who helped so much
and lastly, everyone from SHINee World who cannot be left out~
In the future, joyfully! Together! Let’s continue forward~ Thank you~

I love you :-)

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Translation by: live laugh love @ soompi

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NK 'severs all ties' with SK

Pyongyang said all ties, including communications, would be cut

North Korea is to cut all relations with South Korea, Pyongyang's official news agency reports.

KCNA said the North was also expelling all South Korean workers from a jointly-run factory north of the border.

The move comes after an international report blamed North Korea for sinking a South Korean warship.

Pyongyang denies it torpedoed the Cheonan near the inter-Korean maritime border on 26 March, killing 46 sailors.

Seoul announced on Sunday it was ending trade relations with the North in response to the sinking.

South Korea says it plans to refer North Korea to the UN Security Council, and is seeking a unified international response to the incident.

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Source: BBC
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Super Junior says "we could go for 20-30 more years"

Q: There are a few members missing this time. How does it feel?
Heechul: Of course we're sad. I also suffered from a bit of depression because of such incidents and I had a very hard time.

Q: A lot has happened within the team. Shindong, you confessed your love through your new album. How did your agency respond?
Heechul: I think they only let it out because they didn't know what it means. (laugh)
Shindong: If I had written it in Korean, I think they would've asked me to do it next time. (laugh)
Heechul: I had talked about this earlier with Lee Teuk but if a fan had bought an album, saw that Shindong had written a code so crack it to see he had asked someone to marry him... We're lucky if the fan doesn't rip up the album. (laugh) Shindong actually kept apologizing to us before we gave our comeback performance for "BONAMANA."
Lee Teuk: There could've been mixed responses to what he did but we're grateful that there have been a lot of good articles on it.
Shindong: I've become a romantic guy thanks to them. I'm thankful.

Q: Did you all know about this?

Lee Teuk: Heechul did.
Heechul: I agreed do Shindong when he told me he wanted to do this. I told him it's great. A guy should confess when he has to. But when I saw what it [the code] read when it was deciphered... was it a sight to see. (laugh) I didn't know it was going to be that serious.
Lee Teuk: We were doing a photo shoot when he was writing it. He kept looking up something on the computer keyboard.

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U-Kiss Manila Concert Postponed

Manila Concert Scene tweeted earlier that the concert was cancelled. but they corrected it. The concert was not cancelled it was just POSTPONED.

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Sources:,, ukissph fb fanpage.

i'm no ukiss fan, but ukiss fans out there, don't lose hope. XD it's not cancelled. :DD but i hope they will make the rescheduled date earlier because classes are about to start.
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Big Bang To peform at Summer Sonic 2010

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It was revealed on the 25th that popular Korean boy group, Big Bang will be performing at the Summer Sonic 2010.

Big Bang will be performing on August 7th in Osaka and August 8th in Tokyo alongside international artists like Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Sum 41, Jason Derulo and many more.

They are also the third Korean artist invited to this festival after Seo Taiji in 2001 and NELL in 2008. The festival was started in 2000 and has become an international music extravaganza in recent years, attracting crowds of up to 200,000.

YG Entertainment expressed, “The Big Bang members are excited to be invited to perform at this world-class music festival and are looking forward to putting on a great and energetic performances for their fans.”

Big Bang has meanwhile left for Japan on May 25th as they are set to attend the Video Music Awards Japan at the Yoyogi National Stadium on May 29th where they are nominated for the Best Newcomer’s Video Award

Source: AKP

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Drama series 'The Musical' casts its leads

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The lineup is firming up for the upcoming drama series The Musical, with two members of its main cast confirmed and two others having made verbal agreements. The first two are Gu Hye-sun (Boys Before Flowers) and Daniel Choi (High Kick Through the Roof), while the latter two are musical actress Ok Joo-hyun and MC Park Kyung-lim.

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For Youth, No Shame in Going Solo

Despite the pouring rain, The 1st Penguin, a café located in Anam-dong near Korea University, is packed with customers on a Tuesday afternoon.

Most of them, who appear to be college students, are sitting alone. In addition to the word “Achievement” painted in big black letters and underlined twice in bold red, print-outs and memos of wise sayings and columns are posted all over the walls on every side.

A man enjoys ramen alone at Ichimen, a ramen house in Sinchon.
Park Hae-mook / The Korea Herald

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Reported by Park Min-young for The Korea Herald
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C.N Blue YongHwa hospitalized again, schedules for the week cancelled

It was reported that Jung Yonghwa having just completed filming for We Got Married with Seohyun on the 24th, complained of dizziness and subsequently collapsed due to fatigue. He was immediately taken to hospital for treatment.

According to a FNC representative on the 25th, Jung Yonghwa was diagnosed to have developed [worsened] vocal cord polyps and acute laryngitis yesterday upon admittance for treatment. Although he can cure his acute laryngitis with medication, he would have to undergo surgery for his vocal cord polyps condition to restore his normal voice. But it was noted that nothing has been decided yet, and a decision would be taken after more scans and futher observation.

With no confirmed discharge date, CNBlue’s recording for Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook on the 25th will now have to be canceled. Schedules scheduled for the rest of the week will be decided, depending on Yonghwa’s speed of recovery.
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WonderGirls SoHee, “I really appreciate it that Kim HeeChul chose me as his ideal type”

WonderGirls SoHee reveals her gratitude to Super Junior Kim HeeChul who has chosen her as his ideal type.

SoHee was asked about how she felt about Kim HeeChul choosing her as his ideal type during the girls’ appearance on KBS WinWin aired on 25th May and her answer was, “Much appreciated.”

She added, “Very thankful for liking me. And very thankful for looking after me so much.” And when the MCs asked SoHee in what ways Kim HeeChul has looked after her, she answered, “On broadcast show, I am not very good in terms of variety shows, and he looked after me a lot.”


Meanwhile, when asked about which member is the cleanest, SoHee was also picked by the other members. The members explained, “When you go into SoHee’s room, you have to see the guest slippers.”

Source: Newsen
Translation: Sookyeong

I cant wait to watch FO2!!! Heechul interacting with his Sohee <3 <3 <3


Was Chansung bullying or joking around with Nichkhun?

Big Bang’s Seungri isn’t the only male idol who has been perceived as a victim of his fellow group member’s alleged abuse.

In a bulletin titled “Truth to rumors of Nichkhun’s mistreatment?” on an internet portal community site, a netizen posted up photos that have been gaining both increasing attention and a controversial response.

The photos display 2PM members rehearsing on stage at a music program, where Chansung was caught grabbing Nichkhun’s neck.

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source: allkpop

Won plummets on escalating tension

By Cho Jin-seo
Staff reporter

The won-dollar exchange rate rose to a nine-month high Tuesday and the stock markets also suffered mass selling by foreigners, as escalating military tension between the two Koreas rattled the already sluggish financial markets in Asia.

The won closed at 1,250 won per dollar, a move of 35.5 won from the previous day. Dealers said that government intervention managed to pull down the exchange rate from over 1,270 during the day.

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source: Korea Times

Idol Fashion 2010: Mnet’s Best & Worst

Idols start all the trends these days. They have the hottest dances, songs, fans, videos, shows and more. One thing they surprise their fans with is their fashion sense.

On Mnet Trend Report Season 5, viewers got a look at idols’ fashion in an episode titled “Fun! Best & Worst” as Mnet rated different idols’ fashion styles. Here are the reporters’ choices!

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So what do you think – do you agree with this list or not?

cr: allkpop
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Big Bang first Korean dance group at Japan Music Festival

Boy band Big Bang will be the first Korean dance group to take the main stages of Japan's Summer Sonic Festival 2010 in August, according to the group's agency YG Entertainment.

YG announced in a press release that the group is set to perform on the Ocean Stage of the Maishima Summer Sonic site in Osaka on August 7 and on the Marine Stage of the Chiba Marine Stadium in Tokyo the following day.

The boys will be singing on the stage which is also set to be graced by international recording artists including Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, A Tribe Called Quest and Sum 41.

A representative at YG explained, "We are happy that the boys have been invited to this international music festival. The audience can expect to see an energetic performance."

The quintet will be the third Korean artists after rocker Seotaiji in 2001 and four-member rock band Nell in 2008, to take part in the event but the first local dance group.

The Summer Sonic Festival is an annual two-day rock festival held simultaneously in Osaka and Tokyo. The line-up consists of many Japanese rock musicians as well as international acts.

Big Bang made their debut in 2006 with their single "Bigbang" and is known as one of the biggest cultural icons in Korea. They have released numerous singles and albums featuring their biggest hits "Dirty Cash," With U," "Lies" and "Haru Haru."

The group officially launched their singing career in Japan in June last year and is currently promoting themselves in the country for two weeks.

They are also competing at the MTV World Stage Video Music Awards Japan, which will be held on May 29, under the categories for Best New Artist Video and Best Pop Video.

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