2AM’s Jo Kwon showed support for his ‘wife’ Ga-In for Brown Eyed Girls’ solo concert which was held recently on December 10th.
On the day of the concert, Ga-In wrote on the Adam couple’s me2day, “Thank you to everyone who came to our concert today. There was a lot of things we lacked but we’ll do our best tomorrow… I think I might pass out from tiredness. Goodnight.”
The photo she uploaded was a picture of Jo Kwon’s bouquet of flowers, with a card that read, “Congratulations BEG on your concert.”
On the same day, Ga-In also wrote to Kwon, “Congrats on your Daesang yesterday. I was so surprised when you came to the concert without even telling… To think you did that… Thank you, really, I was touched.”
Not only did Kwon send her a bouquet, but fans also took pictures of a great floral wreath that was presented in the foyer.
Continue being cute, Adam couple. Okay? :)
Shinhwa member Kim Dongwan disclosed that he has been discussing the topic of marriage with his fellow Shinhwa members, just as he has recently returned to his fans with a more mature outlook.
At the pre-fanmeeting press conference held on 9th Dec at Sangmyung University, he told reporters that he has "often been talking about the topic of marriage with the (Shinhwa) members."
"We're not in a hurry to get married but the members are all thinking that we shouldn't exceed 35 or 36 years old. We also talk about how it's difficult to meet girls who are not already getting married. We'd also talk about how in the past during our gatherings there'd be at least one or two girls around, now it's only the guys."
Kim Dongwan also displayed a great deal of enthusiasm for Shinhwa's reunion. He said while there hasn't been any concrete discussions just as yet, the members are very positive about embarking on group activities. Expressing his anticipation, he said, "I think we'll get started not long after all the members have completed their military duties. The members all want to take to the stage as Shinhwa. Even though it's not going to be easy but it will be fun."
Kim Dongwan will start his activities in Korea in January, after he finishes with his fanmeetings in Japan. "There's a high possibility that you'll be seeing me on variety shows. I'm currently considering some drama projects whose scripts I've received. I'd like to play the role of an ordinary man but I'll deliver whatever the director expects from me."
Kim Dongwan also talked about his time in military service. "When I enlisted, I felt really worn out from stress and doubt. But now I'm feeling very motivated. The time I spent as a public service officer really helped me a lot."
He added with a smile, "I was finally leading a regular life after 19 years, and partly taking an enforced break. In the past I used to think that meeting up with friends for a drink is considered as taking a break. Now I think not doing anything is considered as taking a break. I had a good break for my mind. I think it might have been better if I had enlisted earlier."
Clearly as popular as before, more than 1,000 fans turned up for the fanmeeting.
Wrapping up things, he said, "I'm glad to be able to meet everyone in a good condition after such a long time. I hope all of you will enjoy yourselves as the year comes to a close, and I will work hard in my activities."
Kim Dongwan has recently signed up with Liveworks Company, who also manages fellow Shinhwa member Shin Hyesung.
Source: TV Report + Sports Today
Translation: 수미 @ Absolut Shinhwa
I've always found it sort of sad that military service is like a break for Korean celebrities (especially the singers). Even though I missed him like crazy, I'm really happy he got to have a normal life at least for a few years!
Music portal site Gaon released the rankings for the top 10 songs of the year as investigated from January through November 2010. Gaon Chart gathered data from six major Korean music service companies and telecommunication firms and based the chart off of the number of digital downloads and sales.
Check out the top 10 below!
1. miss A – “Bad Girl Good Girl”
2. IU & 2AM’s Seulong – “Nagging”
3. MC Mong - “Because It Hurts to Death”
4. SNSD - “Oh!”
5. Wonder Girls - “2 Different Tears”
6. Homme by Hitman Bang – “Still Eating Well”
7. 2NE1 – “Go Away”
8. Hot Potato – “Confession”
9. Davichi – “Time Please Stop”
10. 2AM – “Can’t Send You Even If I Die”
Half of the top 10 list is made up of girl groups, proving their force in the industry this year. 2AM managed to take up three rankings, including their own group work and a variety of duet collaborations.
JYPE held it DOWN this year. People dont give JYP enough credit. He is a musical genius. My favorite company =)
KARA is not only dominating the Japanese music charts, but they have also grabbed quite a few endorsements as well.
On December 9th, Japanese game production company, Rhaon Japan, revealed through their ‘TalesLand‘ official website that, ‘Popular Korean girl-group KARA will become the new models for this game.‘
According to the post, players will be able to find KARA characters in the game. The website also promises that users will be able to see an animation short of KARA as well as a promotional video on the landing page.
Additionally, KARA will also be making their acting debuts next year through the reality show ‘URAKARA‘ on Japan’s TV Tokyo 24.
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All we need is some ridic cameo in a legit J-Drama and we'll be set
FT Island’s leader, Choi Jonghun, disclosed his hurt feelings.
At the recent recording set of KBS 2TV “100 Points Out of 100″, Choi Jonghun revealed that many people have thought that Lee Hongki is the band’s leader. He said that he came on this show with the intention to tell everyone that he’s the leader of FT Island and not Lee Hongki.
While member Lee Hongki said that, many people have mistaken him as the leader of the band, Choi Jonghun gave him a warning by saying, “Be quiet,” showing off his charismatic leadership qualities.
This will air on 11th December, at 5.15pm.
Source: Newsen + ying1005@withtreasures (translation)
(mod, i can't find the original article in newsen)
CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa made a surprise reveal of a song he composed for his virtual wife, SNSD’s Seohyun, on this week’s episode of MBC’s “We Got Married.”
The episode focused on more footage of the couple’s vacation trip and continued where they left off last week where the couple had been enjoying dinner after a busy day.
After finishing their meal, Yong Hwa stated, “I have something I’ve been preparing for Seohyun. It’s going to be one of the greatest hits of the season. Honestly, it’s a song about Seohyun. The song’s about something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, but haven’t. It’s about ‘informal speech.’”
On the spot, he revealed a bit of the song’s melody and, as if too shy to reveal the chorus, he murmured a bit of the lyrics, further increasing the curiosity of the viewers and Seohyun alike.
Much anticipation is being put on how the song will turn out and what message the lyrics will contain.
Their June debut with “Push Push” left them at the door to the top of the music world, while their comeback in August with “Shady Girl” finally ranked them at the top of the charts.
Rookie group SISTAR, consisting of Bora, Hyorin, Soyou, and Dasom, has been showing off speedy improvements since their debut five months ago.
Their 2nd comeback, “How Dare You,” has finally secured the group in the market, recording an ‘all-kill’ on the charts.
Although the girls are glad about being met with gradual success through their music, they claim that it’s their music and vocal capability that makes them the most proud.
SISTAR stated, “Our goal was to receive acknowledgment for our music, not our faces. We centered our activities around music programs as opposed to variety programs, and after a while, ‘mr-removed’ videos began circulating amongst netizens. Thankfully, we earned a great response and received acknowledgment for being able to sing live while dancing.”
“Ever since our debut, we agreed on focusing on music until we were recognized for it before moving on to other activities,” Hyorin explained. “We were able to avoid any ‘MR-removed’ controversies and it feels great being known for our musical talents. Through such motivation, we feel that we’ll be able to show off more amazing stages in the future.”
When asked what they considered their group’s charms, they answered, “Being able to enjoy ourselves on stage.”
“We go on stage thinking about having fun. There’s really no difference between our rehearsals and our performances on stage. Ever since our debut, we had a lot of experience going on stage so we were able to learn how to let loose and have fun,” Hyorin expressed.
“It was easier to find room to breathe after getting a bit of experience,” Bora said, “and now we’re just focusing on showing more sides of ourselves. We’ll make sure to truly show that we’re having fun.”
Unlike other girl groups, SISTAR doesn’t make frequent appearances on variety programs. Surprisingly, what got SISTAR’s name known was a video of member Bora falling on stage.
Bora admitted, “I didn’t even have a chance to feel any embarrassment because of how much it hurt. But still, it helped get our name known so it’s a fond memory.”
Regarding their concept change for “How Dare You,” SISTAR revealed that it was closest to their actual image.
Hyorin added, “‘Push Push’ and ‘Shady Girl’ made us force ourselves to act cute and make cute expressions, which was really very hard. ‘How Dare You’ is a lot closer to who we actually are so it’s easier to enjoy it on stage.”
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Sources: Donga 1, 2 via Nate + fuckyeahbora.tumblr.com
changing the lyrics was unecessary
The Wonder Girls are no stranger to the Billboard Charts with “Nobody” appearing on the Billboard Top 100 and “2 Different Tears” appear on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Now, the girls appear on Billboard’s Year End Hot Single Sales Chart for 2010 by placing 31st with “Nobody.”
akp and Billboard
"Nobody" is a zombie, it never dies
B2ST was recently revealed to be the only rookie idols to have sold over 100,000 albums in 2010.
According to information revealed by the album sales research site Hanteo, including B2ST’s debut album in October, the group has released a total of four albums to date, recording 106,007 copies in sales from January 1st through December 10th of 2010.
Out of all of the groups that debuted a year ago, B2ST is the only group to have achieved such a feat. Their fourth mini-album, released on November 8th, has sold 35,350 copies thus far and is still holding on in major music charts with the title track “Beautiful” ranking first.
Their third mini-album, released on September 30th, has sold 33,777 copies through December 10th, while their second mini-album, released on March 3rd, sold 28,520 copies. The group’s debut mini-abum, released on October 26th, has sold 9,359 copies from January 1st through December 10th.
Their total puts them in the top five of Hanteo Chart’s “2010 Singer Award,” right alongside alongside SNSD, Super Junior, SHINee, and JYJ. The award takes into account all of the albums released in the artist’s history, but only includes the sales of those albums during the year the award is given for.
obligatory flawless Dongwoon gif
The members of group BEAST are scheduled to perform duets with each other, and will be displaying 3 duet songs.
On the 12th at 5PM at the Seoul Jamshil Gymnasium, BEAST will be holding their first independent concert, "Welcome to Beast Airlines", and will be revealing 3 duet songs for the first time.
The lyrics were written by the members of course, and there are self-composed songs included as well.
These songs each have a unique genre, and each duet team paired members together who's vocal colours and musical tastes agreed, elevating the atmosphere of the song.
The first song is a combination of the lead vocal Yoseob and rapper Junhyung, titled 'Thank You'. It is a charming and melodically hip-hop song recorded with poetic lyrics and hip-hop bass.
Kikwang and Hyunseung will be performing a R&B track titled 'Let it snow' that is sure to arouse the feelings of winter.
In addition, Dongwoon and Doojoon display great compatibility in their ballad duet titled 'If this door is shut'.
These songs are scheduled to be officially released later on.
Source: DAUM, B2STRISING
Translation: GEE @ B2STRISING
There seems to be a lot in store next week for the music industry, as announcements continue to roll out with dates for upcoming releases.
SHINee is set to release a single on December 13th, followed by GD&TOP’s debut single on the 15th.
B2ST – who’s just announced that they will be debuting three new tracks at their ‘B2ST Airline‘ concert - and Daivchi have got a treat lined up for fans on the 17th.
The B2ST and Davichi collaboration is rumored to be a song produced nearly a year ago, originally titled “Udon“. It was supposedly meant for Park Myung Su and Brown Eyed Girls‘ Ga-In, but recently passed onto the two idol groups instead.