March 15th, 2011

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5dolls feels "inconvenienced" by T-ara's help



The 5 member girl group ’5Dolls’ while being thankful to T-ara for their joint stage appearance, have revealed that they had an inconvenient/sad/lack-lustre experience.
The group revealed this information in a recent interview with Joy News 24.

T-ara, being in the same agency as 5Dolls, succeeded their performance ‘너 말이야’ (Your Words), gaining attention for the joint event.
5Dolls, being a girl group in the same agency have been compared with T-ara ever since their debut.

To this topic, 5Dolls replied “In reality, T-ara are our competitors. When we go up stage they advise us how to look good on camera, how to make the appropriate gestures – they teach us alot” whilst saying “Even this collaboration was due to the T-ara seniors saying ‘How would it be to do a special stage’”

Following, 5Dolls said “It's our song, but because we are amateurs and greedy, we’re thankful that the T-ara seniors came up with us – there was a good reaction” Continuing with their statement “It feels like we’re losing a chance to stand up for ourselves and so that’s why we feel inconvenienced/sad

5Dolls said “It’s our debut single, we should have shown our own personality, so I’m sad. I’m truthfully a bit sad. It seems that we’ll have to put our name out to the public more

Continuing, “I wonder what it would be like to stand up on T-ara’s stage. If T-ara puts out an album, I hope there will be a day when we are able to pay back the favor

5Dolls are actively debuting with their debut single ‘Your Words’. 5Doll’s said, “While it looks like we’ve gotten some recognition, our chart expectations are still lacking. We need to work harder” – following – “This years goal is the 신인상 (amateur/rookie awards). We believe that if we recieve the award that we couldn’t receive whilst in CO-ED, our feelings will be renewed. We will try our best to get a good result for our activities

Sources: LegendaryLvl1 (en.korea.com), T-arafan, Naver News
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Beast's Japan Performances Cancelled



 
After holding an emergency meeting with Cube Entertainment on March 14th, Universal Japan has announced through their official homepage that B2ST will be debuting in Japan as scheduled, but all performances will be canceled for the time being.

On March 15th, representatives of Cube revealed, “We expected the album release to be canceled, but after a meeting with Universal Japan on the 14th, we decided that it’d be difficult for the album release to be postponed any further. Japan usually releases the albums onto the market a few days before the official release date, and B2ST’s albums were already in stores by the 11th, so we could not cancel it.”

They continued, “We can’t do anything about the release, but all performances scheduled, such as the first stage of ‘Shock‘ this weekend at the Universal Japan Studios, has been canceled.”

Other entertainment agencies are also finding difficulties in canceling pre-scheduled promotions and releases. One representative stated, “After talking with our Japanese agencies, we’re having trouble canceling most of the schedules right now.”

source: fckyeahb2st
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After School performs at the 2011 Tokyo Girls Collection



Previously, tokyohive reported that Korean idol group 2PM performed at the 12th Tokyo Girls Collection. It turns out that they weren’t the only Kpop group that performed at the event. Korean girl group AFTER SCHOOL made their performance debut in Japan at this major event as well. The event was held at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo on March 5th.

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source: tokyohive, tokyofashion

I didn't use the pictures from tokyohive because they were quite bad quality, but there's a few more there if anyone wanted to check. Also, Nana looks badass.
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B2Y to return with none of the original members+all new members male

 

Four member mixed gender group B2Y will be returning with a new image as a male group soon.

According to their agency, To Be Continue Group, B2Y will be putting forth a more luxurious image that focuses on their vocals, and are scheduled to return by the first half of this year. The group is a project group from three different entertainment agencies.

Former member Han Yeon, who made an acting debut as Yoo Hee’s brother last year through “Sungkyunkwan Scandal,” will be leaving the group in order to further pursue acting, and Jinwoong is joining the army in March.

The two female members, Seoyeon and Nara, were thrown out by their agency and are currently undergoing a lawsuit. One representative revealed, “Recently, there has been rumors regarding the group’s disbandment, but those are not true. We are changing out the members and starting the group anew. They will be promoting by the first half of the year with an impressive new vocal line. The boys are preparing for their debut with strict rehearsals.”

He continued, “B2Y’s former members, Seoyeon and Nara, have done something that no longer allows them to be a part of the company and are being sued. Out of the two, Nara especially has done something extremely scandalous that can never earn her forgiveness as a female singer. We had no option but to throw her out of the agency.”

Source + Photos: Newsen via Daum | allkpop
This is old news but I was curious about the situation with this group and this is ridiculous. imo, if they're switching out all the members and all the new members are male I don't see the point of keeping the name B2Y -.-; And I'd still like to know what's up with the two girls. They were really good singers T^T
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Lim Jeonghee releases Korean remake of Fukuyama Masaharu's "Sunflower"



One of Korea's top female vocalist, Lim Jeonghee, has just released a remake of Fukuyama Masaharu's "Himawari (Sunflower)." Fukuyama Masaharu is one of Japan's top singer-songwriter and the song "Himawari" originally was released on his "The Best Bang!!" compilation album released in 2010.

Lim Jeonghee remakes the song in Korean titled "Haebaragi (Sunflower)" and shows off her vocal talents. Both versions have their own highlights respectively. Lim Jeonghee seems to sing her remake at a slightly higher note, while Fukuyama Masaharu sang the song in the deep voice he is known for.

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Source: AngelReii63, TheFredoommk, Koreaboo
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Idols in musicals: strong ticket sales, but lack skills



With so many idols in the market dominating the music scene, many idols have expanded their horizons and have taken places in the musical industry. Idols have typically shown great ticket sales power, and over 20 idols have gone into musicals. However, while idols may be able to produce great ticket sales when they star in the musical, not all idols have necessarily been praised for their work.

As they land major roles in musicals, idols undergo close scrutiny from musical critics. Many critics have not been wholly impressed and have not highly praised the idols who came to be musical actors. There has been debate over the idols getting large roles in musicals despite their lack of proven skill. In the last month till March 13th, Kukinews had 11 musical critics and producers assess "musical idols" on their skills in a survey. The grading criteria would be based upon four main categories: singing, acting, marketability, and growing potential. Within each category, two names would be chosen, and the one that came in first would be given three points, and the second two points.

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Source: Koreaboo, SharingYoochun, Kukinews
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SECRET & Heechul respond to accusations of ’self-plagiarism’



On March 9th, SECRET’s Sunhwa and Song Ji Eun guested on MBC’s “Radio Star” and addressed accusations claiming that “Madonna” was a carbon copy of “Magic“.

The girls performed “Magic” and “Madonna” in a hit track battle against SISTAR. Afterwards, they were asked by the MCs,“Aren’t they both the same song? Even the choreography is the same. What exactly is different about them?”

Sunhwa explained, “Both songs are the works of the same composer. The choreography is also the same.” When asked by MC Kim Gura about whether she was embarrassed at all by the similarities, Sunhwa replied, “Not at all. We thought of it as our own unique color, so we were very proud.”

The talk of ’self plagiarism’ then shifted attention over to MC Super Junior’s Kim Heechul. The idol MC was asked about the similarities between “Sorry Sorry” and “Bonamana,” to which he confessed, “Both tracks were composed by Yoo Young Jin. ’Sorry Sorry’ was #1 on the Taiwanese charts for 38 weeks in a row, so ‘Bonamana’ was like an extension of ‘Sorry Sorry.’”

Since MC Yoon Jong Shin is also a composer, he was asked to share his thoughts on the issue. “It’s their own song so it shouldn’t be a problem. I do think that they consciously composed it like that since the previous track had done so well.”


Source: Allkpop, Nate
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Infinite's L fancafe message, CEO's tweet, info of upcoming dates




[CAFE] 110314 - L’s Post: Hello ^^

Hello Inspirits! It’s L ^^

I think I had a happy and joyful birthday because of everyone’s heartfelt congratulations yesterday!

I really thank and love all of you!

I will repay all the sincerity and love given to me in just a bit~~~

Finally! Our comeback has come to two days left now!

When I think of how we’ll show everyone a different transformation of us, I feel excited and nervous ^^

Since we’re preparing and practicing that much, please anticipate it!!

Because Infinite has our Inspirits, we can have much more strength!

Then for the comeback stage that we’ll show in 2 days, go go to the practice room today too!

 

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2PM 6 BEASTS– FROM NOW, ON A ROOM FOR EACH



All 6 members of 2PM can now sleep with their legs stretched out. 2PM has recently rented and moved into a big villa which is located in the neighborhood of their agency’s Cheongdam-dong office.

The villa has 6 rooms arranged over 2 floors and 6 members each paid equal amount of deposit money for the lease of the place.

Until now 2PM lived in a 3-room apartment provided by their agency. They all lodged together for the convenience of training and schedule. However, now they don’t need to live together anymore and, since each of them has earned some money, they can all consider moving into a house or a separate apartment. In spite of that, 2PM members say, “We would hate being separated from the members we became attached to,” – so after emptying their pockets and getting the place they continue to lodge all together.

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[NEWS] YG Entertainment to donate $500,000 USD to aid in Japanese relief effort (2011/03/15)


On March 15th, YG Entertainment announced that they’ll be donating $500,000 USD to the relief efforts in Japan.

The agency had set up a charity campaign four years ago, through which they help various charitable organizations by donating a portion of their total album sales. This year, YG Entertainment has decided to donate $500,000 USD in emergency relief funds.

A representative of YG Entertainment spoke with OSEN and revealed, “We are still discussing which organization to donate to. Funds for the campaign donations were taken from album sales, and a lot of Japanese fans have taken part in the campaign throughout the years. This donation will be made to give back that support the Japanese fans have shown us.”

They continued, “Campaign donations were always made at the year-end, but due to the sudden disaster in Japan, we’ve decided to go ahead and run the campaign earlier this year to aid in the relief efforts.  We’re all extremely upset with the natural disasters affecting the nation.”

Other stars who have publicly donated relief funds include Bae Yong Joon, Ryu Shi Won, Choi Ji Woo, Kim Hyun Joong, Jang Geun Suk, Lee Byung Hun, Song Seung Hun and KARA.

Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver, Star News via allkpop

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Lee versus Lee: A phoney war in Seoul

They're at it again. The two most powerful men in South Korea are at daggers drawn. No, I mustn't exaggerate. But we are witnessing an unexpected and rather undignified hissy fit.

"In the left corner ..." That boxing metaphor won't do. Politically, both Lee Myung-bak and Lee Kun-hee are very much in the Right corner. But neither is boxing clever at the moment.

I don't have to tell you who they are, do I? Nor that these Lees are unrelated. Korea is almost as full of Lees as it is of Kims. Some of the Lees spell it differently, like South Korea's first president, Syngman Rhee. Yet both L and R mislead: the name is actually pronounced as Yi.
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Source: asia times
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SS501's Park Jungmin to celebrate birthday in Malaysia



Malaysian fans are in for a treat! SS501's Park Jungmin will soon be in town to promote his solo mini-album and to celebrate his birthday with his fans.

Jungmin is scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur on April 9 for a "2011 Showcase & Fan Party". As the event coincides with Jungmin's birthday week, organizers have taken the opportunity to focus the event on celebrations with Jungmin's fans. Jungmin is reported to be performing songs from his solo mini-album "Not Alone", but fans will also have the chance to participate in a meet and greet, and to take photos with the SS501 member. The showcase and fan meet is rumored to cost approximately RM500,000 (USD163,000).

The showcase and fanmeet will be held at Menara PGRM, Dewan Wawasan between 8PM and 9:30PM on April 9. For more information regarding tickets, please visit NeedEntertainment.


Source: Koreaboo, Quainte

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Jay Park explains his abrupt departure

K-pop icon cites mistake, bad publicity, private blunder and ‘more’


K-pop singer and b-boy Park Jae-beom at the studio shooting his upcoming music video “Abandoned” in Gyeonggi province.


Many reasons have been suggested as to why he bolted from 2PM in his heyday, including “bad online publicity” and a “private blunder.” Now the K-pop singer and b-boy, Park Jae-beom, has finally spoken up.

In an exclusive interview with The Korea Herald, he said his abrupt departure was not caused by one reason alone. “There is more to it than the story people know,” he said during his shoot for the upcoming music video “Abandoned” at a studio in Gyeonggi province.

The former 2PM leader, 23, left Korea in September 2009 after leaving the group amid a quarrel that erupted over his criticism of Korea, which he posted on his personal MySpace account four years prior to their debut.

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Source:  Hwang Jurie @ The Korea Herald
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Don't let Kim be misunderstood

Sohn Kwang-joo, author of The Anatomy of Kim Jong-il, starts his book by saying: "Why should we know Kim Jong-il?"

In South Korea, that's a somewhat odd question, because most South Koreans think they know the North Korea leader well enough. South Korean media outlets constantly have reports on the size of the Dear Leader's libido or his appetite for luxury goods.

For Sohn, all of this touches only the surface, providing a superficial grasp of Kim that also fails to give hints on some of the most important questions surrounding his country. Is there a possibility of a "Jasmine" revolution in North Korea under Kim? Will Kim ever give up his nuclear weapons, and will he ever consider carrying out Chinese-style "reform and opening-up"?
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Source: Asia Times
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[NEWS] 110315 [IN & OUT] Vocal trainer Kim HeeSun, Infinite ‘Raiding the Vocal Lesson’





 

Approaching the date of the revealing of their new song, group Infinite’s vocal trainer Kim Heesun (middle) is sitting at the piano, teaching the members techniques of vocalization

March 11th, Nonhyun-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, at a certain studio. “Mm~mah ahhhh”, Matching the piano’s tune, the pure voices of the boys were resonating. These voices belonged to the male 7-membered group Infinite. In January, they promoted ‘BTD’ and on the 17th, they will be revealing their new song ‘Nothing’s Over’. Looking towards this date, their practice has been at its peak.

◇ “Don’t just let go of the air” “Stand up straight” – Their vocal trainer is really the vocal trainer.

“Woohyun. Your F-sharps are flat!”

The comment was directed toward the team member in charge of the main vocals, Nam Woohyun. His couldn’t hit the notes properly and seemed to be going flat.

Since the exact tone was not coming out, he even changed his stance. Straightening out his back and even bending his knees slightly, different techniques were used to help find the perfect key.

“There are a lot of high notes in this new song,” explained Kim, “and in order to hit a perfect high note, they need to use their ‘head voices,’ but it’s a hit or miss for Woohyun so we’re trying out different methods to help him reach those notes.”

 

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MBLAQ’s Lee Joon reveals mystery celebrity who caused his breakup with girlfriend.

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Earlier, we reported some of the reasons as to why MBLAQ’s Lee Joon had to break up with his girlfriend, although certain things were still yet unclear.

On March 15th, the episode of SBS’s “Strong Heart” finally aired and caused a lot of curiosity to rise from the guests when Lee Joon stated, “I broke up with my girlfriend in the past due to a senior male celebrity.”

Lee Joon continued, “Out of the 24 years of my life, there were 2 people I absolutely loved. One time, I was looking through my girlfriend’s phone and saw a familiar celebrity’s name, and it caught me by surprise.”

Soon after he confessed, “That person is none other than Go Young Wook. I was very surprised, so I asked my girlfriend, and she was shocked to hear such a thing. Shortly after, I discovered that the two shared secret text messages, and one of the messages read, ‘I will buy oppa delicious food next time’. Eventually I got into a fight with my girlfriend, and I had no other option but to choose a painful breakup with her.”

Following the shocking statement, Lee Joon revealed yet another story, “I had another girlfriend while I was filming for ‘Ninja Assassin‘. During the difficult days as a trainee, we stood hand in hand, and had a lot of faith in each other. After coming back to Korea after the movie shooting, I saw that Go Young Wook was in my girlfriend’s cell phone once again. I felt overwhelmed, and decided to part ways once again.”

After the set erupted in laughter, Lee Joon stated, “At the time, I was very scared of this Go Young Wook person…”

Other guests on today’s episode include Yoo In Na, Kim Byung Se, SISTAR’s Hyorin, Nam Gyuri, Jo Hyun Jae, Park Han Byul, and more.

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Source: Daum
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Two girlfriends in a row pick Go Young Wook over Joon...what are your lives and choices lmao?

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Angels of Empire to donate profits from Asian tour to Japanese disaster relief.



ZE:A has announced that they will be donating a portion of their tour profits to aid in the relief effort for Japan.

Representatives of Star Empire revealed on March 16th, “As the disaster worsened, we hoped to find a way to help Japan, and eventually decided to donate the profits made in the first half of 2011 in addition to a portion of the profits we will be making from ZE:A’s Asian tour.”

They continued, “Ever since they advanced into Japan last year, they’ve been receiving a lot of love from Japanese fans. The members themselves are extremely upset with what is going on. We genuinely hope that this will aid Japan in their recovery.”

ZE:A’s donations will be made through their Japanese partner company, IMX, to an organization that handles emergency relief.

Sources: Allkpop+Star News via. Naver
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Kwon SoHyun's very unique sunglasses: Whose hands are these?


Girl group 4minute's maknae, Kwon SoHyun unique sunglasses became the last sensation among netizens trending discussions.

On the 7th, SoHyun posted the picture above with the captions "Whose hands are these? Should I reveal whose hands these are?"

The picture shows Kwon SoHyun's eyes hidden by someone's hands, forming a unique pair of sunglasses.

4minute's youngest member jokingly teased her fans and didn't want to reveal the secret behind this surprising photo, which is the identity of the person hiding her eyes.

But this proves that what you see isn't necessarily the truth, because there is a trick.

The hands covering her eyes don't belong to a person but are in fact part of a very unique designed pair of sunglasses.

Netizens, amazed at SoHyun's particular sense of humor, commented: "I really thought that these were someone's hands!" and another added "This photo looks supernatural!I get an eerie feeling from this photo " and "Where did you buy these?Are these sold?I want them too!!"

In the meantime, SoHyun and 4minute's members expressed their concerns over the recent events in Japan and showed their support for their Japanese fans through their respective twitters.

Sources: 4-minutes Forum & TV Report
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Korean entertainment agencies in discussion with their Japanese counterparts



Due to the current calamity hitting Japan, entertainment agencies in South Korea and Japan were reported to have met in an official discussion to work out their respective plans and schedules. With music companies already announcing the delay of album releases and cancellation of some activities, official business activities are reported to resume after a given time period.

A representative of SM Entertainment left a message stating, "The safety of our employees in Japan is more important than anything else. Therefore, we have not discussed any matters pertaining to business. We will have a meeting on March 14th. As of now, there is still no decision if any of the activities will be canceled/postponed."

YG Entertainment reveals that, despite not being able to contact their business partners in Japan over the weekend, they were reported to have officially discussed with the agency in regards to their talents' schedules. The same story holds with JYP Entertainment, which is reported to be making a decision about 2PM's activities.

Meanwhile, Cube Entertainment revealed that operations with their Japanese counterpart have resumed, and they announced that BEAST's debut performance for "Shock" has already been cancelled.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding the Japanese activities of your favorite Korean idols.


Source: Osen, Fanwonder, Koreaboo

I'm really interested in what's gonna happen in these companies' plans to take over Japan with SNSD and KARA etc. Economies tend to rebound after a big natural disaster, but for the next several months - especially with the nuclear plant and tremors still happening - plans are gonna be messed up. I'd assume a lot of long-term plans could be majorly pushed back until even next year.

Gay filmmaker Kim Jho Kwang-soo announces his marriage to a younger man



Kim Jho Kwang-soo (46) made an announcement to marry a 19 years younger male and has been an issue.

Announcing his marriage on the 15th, he also determined to get his marriage recognized by law. Not a transgender, he is the second to come out of the closet besides Hong Seok-cheon in the entertainment industry and is well known as an earnest and progressive filmmaker.

He is a middle aged movie maker who established movie company Cheong Nyon Films and started being active in the mid 1990s.

Unique and mellow movie "Wanee and Junah" with top star Kim Hee-seon and rookie Joo Jin-mo was the movie that gave him the lift to fame.

This movie didn't succeed greatly but it was overwhelming in issue and was acknowledged as skilled for having cast Kim Hee-seon.

He didn't come out of the closet then but it was widely known that he was gay among movie makers. His intentions seemed definite when he kept bringing in gay police officers in the movie "Wanee and Junah".

He chased two hares at once as the recently produced "Detective K" gathered great success.

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