November 30th, 2010

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Zhang Liyin's Weibo is now Verified!
(Chinese version of Twitter.)

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Source: Liyin's Weibo, Chocolyn, Zhang Liyin @ LiveJournal, kaka_521 @ Blog.Naver

It's nice to know that she's confident about it. Makes me feel proud knowing how far she has improved since her debut in 2006. Hope SM Entertainment will give her a good comeback.

And let's go bug Zhou Mi to follow her!
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Wikileaks cables reveal China 'ready to abandon North Korea'

China has signalled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime, according to leaked US embassy cables that reveal senior Beijing figures regard their official ally as a "spoiled child".

News of the Chinese shift comes at a crucial juncture after the North's artillery bombardment of a South Korean island last week that killed four people and led both sides to threaten war. China has refused to condemn the North Korean action. But today Beijing appeared to bow to US pressure to help bring about a diplomatic solution, calling for "emergency consultations" and inviting a senior North Korean official to Beijing.

China is sharply critical of US pressure tactics towards North Korea and wants a resumption of the six-party nuclear disarmament talks. But the Guardian can reveal Beijing's frustration with Pyongyang has grown since its missile and nuclear tests last year, worries about the economic impact of regional instability, and fears that the death of the dictator, Kim Jong-il, could spark a succession struggle.

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I know this is TL;DR for most people but this is probably the most interesting thing to come out of the wikileaks incident in terms of substance. It shows that China is in a more difficult situation than first thought when it comes to North Korea and it highlights China's views about the reunification of the two Koreas. I found it an immensely interesting read. And no I will not bold because the whole thing is relevant.

Source: TheGuardian
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Jihyun shows off her chest-line in wedding dress

Girl group 4minute's leader, Nam Jihyun, has shown off a sexy hidden glamor in a wedding dress, which has caused a great deal of attention on her breasts.

Her ample chest was on display as the singer wore a mini wedding dress. The photo was taken with the caption, "A woman of hidden style."

The photo was taken on the set of Jihyun's new drama, "It's OK, Father's Daughter," airing on SBS.


KARA Discusses Their Favorite Japanese Male Performer, Etc...

In November KARA released their 2nd single “Jumping” as well as their 1st original album “Girls Talk”. On November 27th KARA appeared on the variety show “MERENGE no Kimochi” with the host Hisamoto Masami, guest Mitz Mangrove and announcer Hatori Shinichi. Everyone had a fun talk from beginning to end. During the program, KARA let everyone know that their chief manager is a big fan of AKB48. While KARA was at their company doing a photo shoot, their manager was watching an AKB48 program. After they revealed he was an AKB48 fan, they shared that he awkwardly says “(Aishiteru…) I love you…” to them in Japanese. KARA’s members then expressed their feelings towards Japan’s top idol group AKB48. Nicole answered, “We want to become friends with them. We want to go out to eat and have a good time with them”. AKB48 and KARA have had a meeting together on a program before, but it seems they look forward to a private sort of interaction.

Hisamoto asked KARA, “Is there a Japanese performer that you think is cool?” Seungyeon responded, “Abe Hiroshi” and Gyuri answered, “Mukai Osamu”. They seem to know quite a great deal about male Japanese performers. Furthermore, the girls stated that one way they study Japanese is by watching Japanese dramas. They’re currently into “Hotaru no Hikari 2”. In that same drama Usuda Asami plays the role of Sakuraki Mika, who KARA was also able to meet.

And Nicole said her favorite performer was “Kimura Takuya”. Then Hisamoto Masami talked about her experience previously on SMAP’s variety program “Kimura Takuya kara NORI KISS Sareta”. She joked around and said, “We had an imaginary pregnancy!”. Which caused all of the KARA members to go “EEEEEEEEEH!?”, with surprised expressions. The girls had a seriously surprised reaction, but they didn’t know the nuance behind Hisamoto’s story.

Also Jiyoung is an Arashi fan. She was asked, “Which member do you like?” and she became embarrassed and answered, “Matsumoto Jun”. As expected, it seems Johnny’s is popular in Korea too. Also Mitz Mangrove derailed the conversation and asked KARA, “I want to meet Wonbin, do you know his phone number?”. We unfortunately didn’t get to hear who Hara’s favorite performer is. We hope that she lets us know at the next opportunity.

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Source: Techinsight
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SNSD to kick-off ‘Tak Jaehoon’s Style-Star Q10 Year-End Girl Group Special’

SBS E!TV’s ‘Tak Jaehoon’s Style – Star Q10′, a program that features celebrities’ weird and funny stories will be airing its  ‘Year-End Girl Groups Special’ starting from  December 1st.

In this year-end special edition of SBS E!TV’s ‘Tak Jaehoon’s Style – Star Q10′, top five girl groups who are active domestically (in Korea) and internationally will be featured. The 5 girlgroups mentioned are SNSD, Kara, Wonder Girls, 2NE1 and Brown Eyed Girls.

Stories about the groups since the beginning of their debut which are not commonly published or told would be made available on the program.

First up, SNSD, whose popularity and achievement have gone beyond Korea, notably their feat on Japan’s Oricon chart. Viewers will be served with stories full of laughters and emotions since the beginning of SNSD‘s debut. This episode of SBS E!TV’s ‘Tak Jaehoon’s Style – Star Q10′ will be aired on December 1st, 2010.

After SNSD, Kara who have also debuted in Japan, will be featured in the same program on December 8th.

Credit: Fanwonder


All the relevant girl groups up there. :D

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Jalgeum Four Interview


An exclusive interview with the Jalgeum Four

Sungkyunkwan Scandal has ended. Although its ratings percentages never left the teens, it was so popular [among its viewers] that it became known for making ‘SKKS victims.’ We met the main reasons for the drama’s success–the Jalgeum Four.

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The cast of “Dream High” wishes their drama success

KBS 2TV’s “Dream High” held their gosa (a ritual to avoid misfortune and bring good luck) on November 29th, on the set of what is to be Girin Arts High School’s auditorium.

2PM’s Taecyeon and Wooyoung, Kim Soo Hyun, miss A’s Suzy, T-ara’s Eunjung, IU (not in photos), Yoon Young Ah, Um Ki Joon and Lee Yoon Ji were present for the gosa.

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the cast seems to be pretty close already, also i love how close suzy is with the little girl who plays, i think, taec's sister, it's adorable.
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‘Pretty boy’ k-pop stars rush to musicals

For the past few years, Korean “idols” or members of popular boy/girl bands have begun gracing the musical stage ― rushing into the dramatic arts as a gateway to acting.

Seen as the natural stepping stone for singers looking to make some headway into the dramatic arts, stage musicals have fast become the platform of choice for two reasons: They allow them to do what they’re best at ― dancing and singing ― and a chance to prove their mettle in the acting game.

Some stars have seen success, others have been blasted for their ill-conceived venture.

SHINee’s Onew (center) made an impressive debut with the Korean adaptation of “Rock of Ages.”

SHINee’s Onew and SS501’s Kim Hyung-joon have been the most recent additions to the list of boy band members switching gears to musicals, joining contemporaries like former TVXQ member Xiah and Tae-yeon of Girls Generation.

Onew’s fall debut with the Korean adaptation of “Rock of Ages” impressed both theater critics and audiences alike with some even saying the singer-turned-musical actor one-upped veteran Korean Wave star Ahn Jae-wook who switched off with the crooner in the lead role throughout its month-long engagement.

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Source: Song Woong-ki @ The Korea Herald
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it's odd that i've seen these pictures floating around the comments in their posts, but there's no post that has all these wonderful, beautiful pictures. SO, here they are. they seriously look perfect. jino looks like someone....
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Does “Invincible Youth” have a Chinese copycat?


A certain Chinese variety show is being accused of plagiarism for copying KBS 2TV’s girl group variety show, “Invincible Youth“.

On November 30th, on an entertainment bulletin board, captures of a show that allegedly copied “Invincible Youth” was posted. The show is called, “偶像誕生 (Birth of an Idol)”, and the opening, member configuration, music, effects, and more, are almost identical to those of “Invincible Youth”.

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i wonder if they have their own version of the sunbyung couple.
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After 10 years, BoA still carves out her own path

‘I’ve never been the type to dwell on the past. I think you have to accept the fact that if you lose one thing, you gain another.’

BoA sat down with the Korea JoongAng Daily last week.

CNN once referred to her as Asia’s answer to Britney Spears. But in many ways, Korean singer BoA’s journey to the top couldn’t have differed more from that of the American superstar.

At the tender age of 11, Kwon Bo-a, as she was known then, was discovered by SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man when Kwon accompanied her older brother to a talent search. At the end of the day, it was the younger sister who walked away with a contract. Her debut album, “ID; Peace B” (2000) was the product of two years of grueling training and dedication as Kwon endured vocal, dance and even Japanese lessons on top of regular schooling.

“My mom says that even as a child, I had a strong sense of responsibility,” said BoA, clad in a chic, black Neil Barrett jacket and J Brand skinny jeans in an exclusive interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily last week. Despite her young age and petite physique, the singer addressed questions about her prolific, decade-long career in a mature, restrained manner.

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Source: Cho Jae-eun@ Korea JoongAng Daily

We have Krystal wannabe on our hands

On the 27th, miss A's Min was a guest on the show "Quiz to Change the World." She showed off Girls' Generation's 'Hoot' choreography in her own style, getting cheers from the audience.

However, after her turn was over and it was December member DK's turn to be introduced, she completely ignored everything else; she crossed her legs and started texting on her phone. It looked bad because her sunbaes were listening and paying attention, but she had her head down by herself, intent on texting.

Viewers criticized her for being rude and noted that this wasn't the first time she had acted this way. They pulled out pictures from "100 out of 100" where she was doing the exact same thing, while everyone else was paying attention to the MCs.

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First one is explained : JYP Entertainment, came forth to state, “It is true that she was looking at her phone throughout that scene.” They continued, “However, this was simply because at the time, the individual she was meant to call for the ‘Sudden Phone Speed Quiz’ corner was not picking up. She was asked to discover a new contact which was why she took out her mobile phone.”

Source: Sports Donga + koreaboo
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Moon Heejun Is A Netizen, Reports User For Being Incorrect

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On the November 30th episode of SBS’s “Strong Heart“, former H.O.T member Moon Hee Jun revealed that he had reported a comment on the internet once .

Moon said, “Even after H.O.T disbanded, I still acted as the leader. When I saw a comment on the internet that said Jang Woohyuk looked like Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, I reported it.”

Moon continued, “Jang Woohyuk was born first, and he debuted first, so I reported it.” He made the guests laugh when he said, “I also kept changing IDs in order to report it multiple times“, and proudly admitted that the comment was eventually removed.

Additionally, Moon also revealed that he was diagnosed with paralysis when he got injured during his idol days, and thanked his manager for taking care of him throughout it all.

Source: allkpop

Lol I love you Heejun. ♥

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Today Pledis uploaded to their official website a teaser photo that includes 7 members from the original team. Happy Pledis's new single "Love Love Love" is scheduled to come out on December 7th.

Source: After School's Official Website
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OMG I'M SO EXCITED I CAN'T EVEN FUNCTION PROPERLY, BUT WHERE'S BEKAH? DON'T TELL ME SHE GRADUATED ALREADY. IT JUST CAN'T BE REAL. Okay, so aparently Bekah is in Hawaii dealing with some problems. I hope she's fine now.
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MC Mong's dentists speak up on his second trial + MC Mong speaks about the trial

MC Mong had his second trial on the afternoon of the 29th, and all of his dentists testified that he has never asked them anything about trying to avoid enlistment, which was what he was accused of.

Five dentists that he had visited testified at this hearing. The dentists asserted that they never told the police that MC Mong had asked them about enlistment evasion, and that the police had added that part themselves.

The first dentist explained that MC Mong visited his hospital because he learned that the hospital opens late at night. MC Mong came to him complaining about acute pain in tooth 47 and got nerve treatment for it. The first dentist testified that MC Mong had never even brought up the subject of enlistment to him and that MC Mong had never even asked him to pull the tooth out.

The second dentist testified that he suggested MC Mong to another doctor because his teeth were in extremely bad condition, that MC Mong never asked about enlistment evasion, and that MC Mong never asked him about teeth 46 and 47, which are the two teeth that are in question. He explained that the detective almost forced a lie out of him and that the truth was different from what the detective wrote down in the police report.

The third dentist explained that he had ran tests on MC Mong but never treated MC Mong. He also testified that MC Mong had never asked him about enlistment evasion and also confirmed that MC Mong never asked about teeth 46 and 47. He explained that the police made him sign the testimony in confusion, so he never got to look over what he was signing.

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Sources: Koreaboo 1 koreaboo 2 no cut news mydaily.

The police corruption is ridiculous, but I'm so happy that it looks like there's more evidence supporting him.

JYJ can finally sleep (minus Joe on twitter)

After JYJ's Seoul concert at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium on November 27th and 28th, JYJ will enter into a half-month period of rest.

On October 12, JYJ's worldwide debut album 'The Beginning' showcase tour started in Seoul and went to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, New York, Las Vegas, and L.A. The showcase tour lasted for around 2 months before the final wrap-up concert in Seoul.

A staff of JYJ expressed that during this time, the member's individual activities as well as worldwide tour commenced at the same time, so for the following half-month, there won't be any official activities of the trio. With regards to plans for future activities, there aren't any specific details as of now. However, solo activities are in the midst of discussion, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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praying to the gods that Joe gets something Maze-like
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flawless(x) Models for Chicken Mania

f(x) was chosen as the new models for chicken brand “Chicken Mania“, demonstrating their power as popular idols.

Representatives of the company revealed on December 1st, “Idol group f(x), who has earned much fame through their modern and luxurious music, fits well with the brand concept of ‘Chicken Mania,’ which is why we chose them.”

In a recent photoshoot for the ad, each of the members tackled their individual concepts and acted out their charms whilst eating chicken. They showed not only their cute and fun sides, but their serious and mature sides as well, surprising staff members on set. The members were said to have never lost their smiles despite the long recording, and made sure to keep up a positive atmosphere.

Another representative of Chicken Mania revealed, “f(x) has been showing their healthy and friendly image through their music and broadcast appearances. We’re confident that we’ll be able to earn satisfiable results with the way they’ve expressed the delicious taste of our chicken.”

The brand will be giving away f(x) bromides for every chicken order starting December 6th in celebration of their new models.

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T-ara’s Eunjung, Jiyeon and Davichi’s Kang Minkyung in “Love Songs”

Earlier, we reported that Davichi’s Kang Minkyung and T-ara’s Eunjung and Jiyeon were chosen for the special OST album entitled, “Love Songs“.

Recently, more concept photos featuring the three talented members were released, showing off more of an emotional side to fit the theme of the album.

The “2011 Love Songs” soundtrack will include songs such as Jo Sumi’s “If I Leave”, Lee Seung Chul’s “Destiny”, SG Wannabe’s “Say You Love Me”, and much more.

Core Contents Media stated, “Eunjung, Jiyeon, and Kang Minkyung mesh well together and definitely stand out. It’s great for them to have an opportunity like this.”

Meanwhile, the drama that Eunjung is currently participating in, “Dream High“, has been delayed for a few days, and she has been busy preparing with T-ara for their upcoming comeback on Music Bank.
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source: allkpop
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Girl’s Day’s Min Ah to feature in Chinese idol group HIT5’s new MV

Min Ah of rookie girl group Girl’s Day recently featured as the leading girl in an MV for one of China’s big idol groups, HIT5.

The MV shoot was held over two days in Korea on November 27th and 28th, for which Min Ah acted alongside member Yang Fan as his girlfriend.

“Girl’s Day’s Min Ah was cast because I remembered her talent and the image she showed when I directed the Girl’s Day music video. I’m thankful that she never lost her smile in the cold and snow throughout the filming,” expressed director Kwon Dok Eun.

HIT5’s music video and their new album is set to release this coming December.

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source: allkpop & Star News, Newsen for Photos

Hyori is a liar and has been one for 10 years

Hyori has always told the public that she had been picked off the streets. She used to say that a manager from DSP Entertainment saw her and her friend taking sticker pictures, and asked if she wanted to be a celebrity.

However, a casting director Kim Soohyun, who had taken Lee Hyori and Sung Yuri of Fin.K.L and Eugene of S.E.S. to stardom, told the truth behind her audition. Lee Hyori had been an H.O.T. fan and he had taken her to S.M. Entertainment. She was, in fact, the first S.E.S. candidate that was casted. However, Hyori did not make the cut to be in S.E.S. and she ran away. This is where DSP Entertainment took her up, paid for her contract fees, and casted her into Fin.K.L.

Seems like Hyori had been lying all this time to her fans. Fans are disappointed that she has been lying to them for so long over a matter that does not even seem so crucial. Many want to know what else she could have lied about. Do you feel betrayed by her lie?

Source: Osen + koreaboo