December 22nd, 2011

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  • woohyun

infinite chosen as ‘the greatest idol of 2011’ by other idols



Infinite was chosen as the ‘greatest idol of 2011’ by other various idol stars.
In MBC every1’s ‘Weekly Idol,’ idols chose themselves who the ‘BEST 7 of greatest idols in 2011’ as the rankings were revealed.
Idols such as BEAST, Infinite, B1A4, G.NA, T-Ara, Brown Eyed Girls, etc. participated and chose the idol group that were hot throughout 2011.

According to the survey, Infinite placed first and was crowned with the honor of being the ‘greatest idol of 2011.’ Miryo of Brown Eyed Girls wrote “Suddenly they claimed a spot as the trending idols!” as her reason and showed her nuna fan side who showed no shame in rooting for Infinite. Noeul of Rainbow said, “They let the public know and rose in popularity through just their songs,” and claimed that ‘Be Mine’ and ‘Paradise’ succeeding was the reason why she chose Infinite.
Also on this ranking were idols who were active throughout the year of 2011 with ZE:A’s Kwanghee who let himself be known as the “plastic surgery idol” through various variety programs, Miss A’s Suzy and BEAST’s Kikwang who consistently released music, made appearances on variety shows, and even featured in dramas, as well as IU who just released her 2nd official album and claimed the title of a skilled idol in creating hits each time. The broadcast will air at 2PM on December 24th.

Source: OSEN VIA NAVER; jiwon @ infinite updates
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  • jeit91

[CONFIRMED] ZE:A finally has phones! Blackberry to be specific!!



Just last spring, ZE:A‘s Kwanghee revealed that the ZE:A members did not have cell phones. It looks like Christmas came early for the boys, as they each got a BlackBerry Bold 9900!

Blackberry’s official YouTube uploaded an interview with ZE:A, as they talked about their recent whereabouts, how they use their Blackberry, and much more.

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they weren't allowed to have phones before so they could focus on practicing and promotions and stuff like that, fyi. ^^;;

& are blackberry's even gud they seem inconvenient compared to a lot of other smart phones
Momo

Big Bang’s Seungri to Make Acting Debut Through “Light and Shadow”



Big Bang’s Seungri
 will make his acting debut through MBC drama, “Light and Shadow.” He will play a cameo role of an aspiring singer full of confidence on the December 26 episode.

“This is the first time appearing on a traditional drama. I heard my role is very similar to my real life persona so I’m very excited. I just hope the viewers will enjoy watching me on TV,” Seungri said of his cameo role.

The December 26 episode will have a segment where auditions take place for the “Bit Na Ra” live show crew. Seungri’s role will be one of the singer applicants from the southern Jeolla Province of Korea, which also happens to be Seungri’s hometown. He’s expected to portray a funny character using actual Jeolla dialects.

MBC drama “Light and Shadow” is a new drama series starring Ahn Jae Wook, Nam Sang Mi, and Son Dam Bi.

Source: Soompi

Momo

‘Palm News’ to reveal proof of SM Entertainment’s obstruction of JYJ’s activities?



On December 22nd, journalist Lee Sang Ho revealed that he would be showing proof of SM Entertainment‘s obstruction of 
JYJ‘s activities for the very first time through Palm TV‘s ‘Lee Sang Ho’s Palm News‘.

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Source: allkpop
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  • es2pido

Soompi Gayo Awards 2011 Nominees: Vote Now!

This is our seventh annual Soompi Gayo Awards event to recognize the top performers in Korean music in 2011, and we promise this year’s awards will be the best.  Once again, the 2011 Soompi Gayo Awards will be announced on New Year's Eve, December 31. 

To take this award to the next level, we are proud to partner with MYX TV for the first time this year, and they will broadcast the award show on January 10, 2012.

As always, we take pride in achieving a fair result by utilizing many different sources for our music chart.  We expect these awards to be given to the artists whose songs achieved the highest popularity in Korea this year.  The awards categories will be the same as last year, except we merge the mixed group and duet awards into one single award. Once again, you, the fans, will vote for the Top 10 Singers of 2011!

For the Top 10 Singers of 2011, you will be voting from 40 singers who have been in the music industry for more than one year and have received the highest scores combined on our weekly music chart in 2011.  From this pool, you can vote for three singers.  Your first choice will receive five points, second choice three points, and third choice one point. Like last year, each member can vote every 24 hours.  If we discover any cheating, we reserve the right to abandon the results of the voting.  The voting deadline is December 28, 11:59 PM PST.  Your votes will count for 40%, while the other 60% will be based on the singers' accumulated chart scores (complete details below).

**Vote for the Top 10 Singers of 2011**

Apart from the Top 10 Singers award, the awards below are based on our music chart performances only.  Here are the nominees:

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Source: Soompi

YES OMG I NEED TO KNOW WHO YOU GUYS ARE VOTING FOR LOLOLOLOLOLOL >8)
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  • unreal

N. Korean defectors see unification ahead


North Korean defectors launch balloons into the North in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, Wednesday carrying leaflets that criticize a power succession in the communist country

Some say they knew ‘special’ broadcast meant announcement of Kim Jong-il’s death

To some North Koreans who fled their country to be treated as human beings are elsewhere, the news of their former leader Kim Jong-il’s death came as little surprise.

Park Su-hyun, defector and an oriental medicine doctor, said that the moment he heard there was going to be a special broadcast from the North Korean state media he knew that something was off.

“When I heard that they were going to hold a special broadcast later in the day, I thought to myself, ‘Kim Jong-il is dead,’” he said.
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Source: koreaherald
People have to grief three times a day or else it shows they lost faith. And then they might get killed
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  • unreal

North Korea: Kim Jong-un 'to share power with his uncle'

Kim Jong-un, North Korea's new leader, will share power with an uncle and the military after the death of his father Kim Jong-il as the isolated country shifts to collective rule from strongman dictatorship, according to reports.

The source, with close ties to Pyongyang and Beijing, told Reuters that the military, which is trying to develop a nuclear arsenal, has pledged allegiance to the untested Kim Jong-un who takes over the family dynasty that has ruled North Korea since it was founded after world War Two.

The source also said Beijing was only notified of Kim's death earlier on Monday, the same day that North Korean state television broadcast the news. Kim died on Saturday.

The source declined to be identified but has correctly predicted events in the past, telling Reuters about the North's first nuclear test in 2006 before it took place.
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Source: telegraph
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  • unreal

North Koreans will 'die from malnutrition within months'

US postponement of food aid decision after death of Kim Jong-il is related to denuclearisation talks, experts claim

Humanitarian groups fear that the death of Kim Jong-il could worsen North Korea's dire food situation, after the US postponed a decision on potential aid.

The country has relied on foreign supplies since the devastating famine of the mid-90s killed hundreds of thousands of people. But the World Food Programme (WFP) and NGOs have warned that the situation is particularly bleak this year.

Aid groups warned that North Koreans would die from malnutrition within months unless donations increased. The WFP launched an emergency programme in April, but has received less than a third of the funding it needs.
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Source: guardian
Momo

2NE1 Sandara to Spend a Lonely Christmas?!



Earlier this morning, 2NE1’s Sandara Park sent an adorable Christmas greeting to her fans via me2day. She wrote, “It’s already three days before Christmas! Last year and two years ago, I spent Christmas at a music show with my fans. This year I’ll be all-alone. I wish I could work instead! The new year will be here before you know it. Another busy year will pass, and soon it’ll be Christmas again. Time really flies.”

Sandara also uploaded an adorable photo of herself wearing a sheep-ear-shaped headband, blue fingerless gloves, and a short brown cape.

Fans who have seen the message and photo commented, “If you can’t spend Christmas with your fans, spend it with the other members or your family,” “Thank you for all you’re hard work this year. Hope you have a great year next year,” and “Even a beautiful lady like yourself can get lonely. Don’t catch a cold.”   

Source: Soompi

    

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SHINee to perform "Oppa Oppa" special stage for 2011 MBC Korean Music Festival

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As we wrote earlier, the 2011 Melon Music Awards and 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) took place last month, and were one of the many award/music festival shows that will take place in the coming months. MBC announced the date and lineup for their own music festival that will take place on New Year's Eve.

It's now been revealed by SMTOWN, through SHINee's website, that the Key, Minho, and Taemin will be performing a special stage performance of "Oppa, Oppa" (originally by Donghae and Eunhyuk). The song has seen huge success since its launch, with the duo debuting on Inkigayo and other shows.

"Oppa Oppa" was written by One Way's Peter and Youngsky. The song features a retro beat reminiscent of the disco era. With its upbeat melody and catchy lyrics, the song has been fighting for the top spots on online music charts.

To allow international fans throughout the world to participate in the festivities, MBC will be broadcasting the 2011 MBC Korean Music Festival (Gayo Daejun) online. Will you be catching the 2011 MBC Korean Music Festival online?

Stay tuned to Koreaboo for additional artist lineup!

Source: Koreaboo and SMTOWN
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whoa whoa whoa an original 2NE1 japanese track coming soon...

According to 2NE1's Official Ameblo Blog:

Finally, the release of the new single + live dvd that everyone's been waiting for has been decided!

The new single that will be released this time around, everyone's been longing for it, is an original new song!

Also, the {1st Japan Tour NOLZA in Japan} will finally be availabe in DVD form!

** The new single and the DVD will be released at the same time! **

Absolutely check the various contents that each release will have! Details can be seen in this link!

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(left out boring news about their japan concert dvd-- basically it has 2 discs, is 120 min long and will be released on 29 Feb 2012 too)
Source: 2NE1.jp, 2NE1's Ameblo
Translated by Jinhae @ygladies.com
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AA (Double A) promote donations for children with incurable diseases



Rookie boy group AA is on the rise to becoming ‘respectful idols’ thanks to their active work with charity.

On December 17th, the boys braved -10°C weather to help promote donations to children with rare or incurable diseases. Not only did they make donations themselves, but they also sang carols and put on performances in the middle of the street to attract attention to the cause.

Passerbys commented, “My heart was warmed by the five angels,” “It was moving to watch them continue to perform even when their hands and noses were red with the cold,” and “Very respectful of them.”

AA stated, “We, too, went through many hardships that were overcome with our passion and desire to become singers. We are still walking towards our bigger dreams, and we hope to inspire those who are in difficult situations to see us and realize that anything can be accomplished. We will continue to participate in such acts to help spread the love to our neighbors.”

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News Source: AKP
Picture Sources: Double A Fancafe + Double A International
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most perfect man in Korea is now going to teach others the art of perfection



Television celebrity Hong Suk-chun will teach college students starting in March, according to Jeong Hwa Arts University, located near Mount Namsan, Jung district, central Seoul.

The college said in a press release on Dec. 21 that Hong landed a teaching job at the college as a part-time professor. He will teach practical courses regarding acting and music.

“Hong was chosen from harsh competition. Hong’s achievement in theatrical plays, drama series and musicals were highly appreciated,” the college said in the release.

Hong’s new role as a part-time professor is quite meaningful for himself and a group of sexual minorities in Korea.

By winning a bronze prize from a comedian search contest held by KBS back in 1995, Hong debuted and tried his hand at diverse fields including sitcoms, dramas, theater and musicals but he lost all of his jobs in 2000 after he revealed he was gay.

After the coming out, the gay celebrity eventually kept a low profile and has been running a number of restaurants around Itaewon. But he came back in 2003 after star drama writer Kim Soo-hyun cast him in a supporting role in “Perfect Love.”

After Hong, a couple of male-to-female transsexual celebrities have received attention, but Hong is still the only gay celebrity who has publicly admitted his sexual orientation.

source: Korea Joongang Daily
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  • inati

Dalmatian's maknae line graces us with a Christmas video!



Dalmatian has been quiet ever since they wrapped up their promotions for “That Man Opposed” earlier this year, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy!

Through their latest video update, Jeesu, Daniel, and Youngwon revealed plans of their next comeback along with a special Christmas carol medley for their fans.

The boys stated, “Hello, Dalmates! We’re Dalmatian! We’ve prepared a small present for all of you today! We’re actually preparing for our comeback album right now. Soon, we’ll be greeting you all with an amazing image, so until then, please look forward to it!”

The trio then break out into a medley of carols like “All I Need Is Love“, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town“, and “All I Want For Christmas Is You“.

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sources; allkpop & isentermedia @ youtube

omg ;___; finally something from them. need a hyung line video now~
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Son Ho Young and Yoo In Na revealed to be dating


It’s just been revealed that actress Yoo In Na and singer Son Ho Young have been in a relationship for one year!

Industry officials stated, “Yoo In Na and Son Ho Young met in the beginning of the year through a close associate and fell in love with each other’s honest personalities. Those around Yoo In Na’s neighborhood already knew of their relationship, as Son Ho Young frequented the area for her.

The two have been supporting each other’s activities privately. Another official revealed, “At the end of June, Yoo In Na quietly attended Son Ho Young’s concert to show her support.

Congratulations to the new couple!

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Omg congrats!! She's gorgeous! Get it Hoi!

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Jk they're not dating.


Immediately after a news report claimed that actress Yoo In Na and singer Son Ho Young had become a couple, Yoo In Na’s entertainment agency, YG Entertainment, has released a statement denying that the two celebrities were dating.

The dating rumors between Yoo In Na and Son Ho Young are not truthful,” the agency said. “They’re just two co-workers with a friendly relationship.

They got to know each other after MCing together at an awards ceremony last year,” the company explained. “We think that the rumors spread from them having dinner together a couple of times with their friends.

The agency said that they had also quashed a similar rumor earlier this year. “The dating rumor is untrue,” the company noted.

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Cube's Next Unit Group: Double Yoon



Following the debut of Cube Entertainment‘s first unit group, Trouble Maker, the second unit group has been chosen to be 4minute‘s Gayoon and Jiyoon!

On December 22nd, representatives of Cube Entertainment revealed that the two will be debuting as a unit after the release of 4minute’s comeback album and promotions next year. As 4minute’s main vocalist, Gayoon is known for her exceptional vocal talent, and has already participated in a number of OSTs herself.

Combined with Jiyoon’s talent as 4minute’s second vocalist along with her experience on ‘Immortal Song 2‘, the two will be showing a new charm and image unlike any seen before.

The representative stated, “Gayoon and Jiyoon’s vocal styles are completely the opposite of each other, but when combined, creates a beautiful effect. We’re currently considering them as a ballad duo. There isn’t a name for their unit yet but our company has taken to calling them the 'Double Yoon'."

Source: allkpop

Nooo, I really wanted Heo GaYoon Doojoon, but this is great as well.
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Prince of Asia is part of the 1%! sort of.


Actor Jang Geun-seok was revealed to be the youngest of the list of the richest celebrity land owners.

According to a TV broadcast on December 19th, a list of Korea's top richest 1% celebrity land owners was revealed for the year 2011. Jang was the youngest of them all at 24 years of age.

A real estate expert said on the show, "Jang bought a building worth about 14 billion won (about $12 million)." He continued saying that the building used to belong to comedian Seo Sae-won and his wife. However, now the building located in Nonhyun-dong of Gangnam district in the affluent part of Seoul, is being used as Jang's management agency building.

source: KBS GLOBAL

f(x)’s Sulli looks more beautiful with black hair

 

A picture of f(x)’s Sulli is currently drawing a lot of attention.

On December 21, Sulli posted a picture on her me2day account with the comment, “Hi everyone, I’m Sulli! Please describe SM Town family members in a variety of ways on a website (http://bit.ly/sM0KR7). I will expect to see you all in some part of a movie!”

In the picture, Sulli is showing off her beauty with her long black hair. Her hair makes her milky white skin more creamy.

People responded: “You are so cute!”She is so beautiful.” “You are more beautiful than ever.” 

Source: Korea.com & Sulli's me2say 

I hope she keeps that hair colour.

Lee Jong Seok and Krystal take self portrait, “Merry Christmas in advance!”

 

Lee Jong Seok and f(x)’s Krystal recently took a self portrait together.

On December 21, Lee posted a picture on his me2day account with the comment, “It’s almost the end of the year! Hahaha. Merry Christmas in advance! Christmas is for Krystal? Sorry, it’s because I’m tired.”

In the picture, Lee is intimately posing with Krystal, who appears on MBC’s daily sitcom High Kick 3. The two stars are brother and sister in the sitcom.

Their smiling faces make them look like they are real siblings (Yeah, rightttt~). The picture made people smile too.

People responded: “Their skin is so nice like honey!” “You are not acting cutesy today?” “They are the best brother and sister couple this year!” 

Source: Korea.com & TV Report 

They are wayyy to close to be just friends tbh.