December 26th, 2011


Cube Alienates Morbidly Obese Fans with "Skinny Baby"

On December 26th, A Pink and BEAST surprised fans by releasing a new music video. A Pink is currently under A Cube Entertainment, while BEAST is under Cube Entertainment. Regardless, the two groups came together to collaborate for a new track.

The track, titled "Skinny Baby," is an upbeat track with repetitive, catchy lyrics. It has an attractive melody and rhythm, and is an electro pop track. With the variety of voices, the members of BEAST contribute their strong vocals and manly charm, while the members of A Pink showcase a more mature image than their previous concepts with "I Don't Know" and "MY MY."

The song is for school uniform brand, Skool Looks. The members of A Pink and BEAST are shown in a school in the beginning of the music video. The track is written by Kim Taewan, who has also written songs for Rain, Wheesung, MBLAQ, and more.


More info on Beast overseas concerts!!

BEAST, 4minute, G.NA, the artists who participated in the 'United Cube Concert' are still in a weak condition, but they showed that they have plenty of potential.

In a conference held in Seoul Lotte Hotel on the 26th at 1PM, BEAST stated, "Through performances in Europe (England) and Brazil we were able to cooperate with the fans. However the condition of the stages weren't as good. In England, there was tradition in the stage, so it wasn't a setting we could explode fireworks or add a extending stage so overall that it was hard for teams like us who perform. Brazil was in a better condition than England, it wasn't free as we were in Korea."

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source: B2STRISING, TVReport
translation: yongism@B2STRISING
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has finally confirmed plans for new Japanese promotions starting February 2012!

Representatives of YG Entertainment disclosed to OSEN, “2NE1 will be advancing into the Japanese market with a new album in February. Whether it will be a mini-album or a single has not been decided yet, but we have confirmed February to be the date.”

2NE1 kicked off their Japanese promotions this year and already has a considerable fanbase growing in the country. The group performed on Nihon TV‘s ‘Best Hit Song Festival‘ on December 24th and are beginning to make a name for themselves not only in Japan, but all over the world.

2NE1′s Japanese album will certainly be turning heads with their unique promotional style, so be sure to stay tuned for more info!

Source: akp + OSEN

Don't give up, my flawless bbs! Haturz to the Oort Cloud >8(


Seungri's first appearance in a drama

Big Bang's Seungri participated in the filming of a drama for the first time. 

He made a special appearance in the drama specially dedicated to MBC 50th Anniversary, ' Light and Shadow'. He took part in the filming of the 9th episode as an aspiring artist who came from Yeosu and he is named An Jae Su. He participated in this drama in a very cold weather and it marked his first participation in dramas.

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Source: BBupdate 1, 2

Big Bang will start their promotional activties for G-Market soon

Big Bang announced that they have signed a contract with G-Market to be their models in the coming year. 
They will start their full-scaled promotional activties as G-Market's new model in January. 

G-Market and Big Bang are going to carry out a wide variety of promotional activties together, for example, they will appear on G-Market's homepage, TV CF, online advertising channels, outdoor commercials and offline media. 

The reason of choosing Big Bang as the models for G-Market 2012 is to attract the target customers who are youngsters in their 20s and 30s. The distinct personality of each member will also be unlocked.

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Source: BBupdate
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Popular group BEAST will be opening a 14 country and 21 city world tour titled 'Beautiful Show' next year. An estimated amount of about 200 million won is expected to be the starting about.

Cube Entertainment stated at a conference on the 26th at Seoul Lotte Hotel, "Starting from February BEAST will be opening a 35 destination world tour." And added, "We are preparing an amazing show with state of the art equipment and 3D effects."

The estimated audience is to be 200 thousand people and they are planning to travel Germany, England, Spain (3 times around Europe) and LA, New York, San Francisco, and more (6 times in America), and Vancouver, Toronto, and more (4 times in Canada). As for Asia, including the 2 times in Korea, they will also be heading to Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Thailand.

BEAST will be taking control of this concert starting with the planning process.

source: osen
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Kim Jaejoong is the most handsome boy. Even in Peru

Acknowledgment of JYJ's Kim Jaejoong's good looks have come from as far away as Peru.

A poll titled "El Hombre Mas Sexy del Mundo de la Revista Privilege 2011" was held in Peru, where the vote count on December 20th saw Kim Jaejoong walk away with 44.3% of all votes casted.

Previously, he also came in second on a Twitter ranking in Japan, and was mentioned alongside "Twilight" actor Robert Pattison in an Italian magazine.

Of particular interest in the Peruvian poll was the fact that all five original members of DBSK were in the top five placings. JYJ's Yoochun came in third with 10.6% of the votes; Kim Junsu in fifth with 0.7%; DBSK's Changmin in second with 36.4%; and Yunho in fourth with 0.8%.

Netizens commented, "World's most handsome man Kim Jaejoong is indeed the best,", "Kim Jaejoong's charms reach even Peru," "Kim Jaejoong has taken over Peru," and "Prince of ranking."

Source: tv report & koreaboo
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2011's most popular rookie groups according to Daum Cafe rankings

The year 2011 is slowly coming to an end. Many talents have emerged from female rookie groups and male rookie groups respectively. To take a look back at each rookie artist's success, many netizens have turned to look at their fan cafes on Daum as a measure of the groups popularity.
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Source: 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 & koreaboo
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Netizens track down IU's brother

There are issues that, even for top stars who thrive on the public's love and attention, are considered sensitive -- and amongst those that top the list is the tracking down of their family members or people close to them.

This time, netizens have targeted "the nation's little sister" IU's younger brother. His name and school have already been made known through Twitter and other social networks. Of particular concern is the fact that a picture of him is also circulating the internet, an evident invasion of his privacy.

On December 22nd, IU had mentioned on an episode of "Happy Together 3 - Christmas Special" that her brother keeps her identity a secret.
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Source: DongA Daily & koreaboo

Emotional Teen Top Band teases us with an emotional teaser picture.

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The 2nd mini album’s teaser video will be released on the coming 29th December.

Following which on 5th January 2012 at 00:00 (KST), with the release of the songs, and the comeback stage, their activities will start officially.

TEEN TOP's 2nd mini album was produced by famous hit making producer Brave Brothers.

Source: Teen Top, hellokpop

Exo's Second Member, Lu Han

SM Entertainment revealed the second member of new boy group, EXO-K and EXO-MLu Han!

SM stated on December 27th, “The teaser video for EXO-K and EXO-M will be released on the Korean official homepage. It has both the first member’s figure, Kai, and also the second member, Lu Han.

Through the video teaser on the homepage, viewers get a look at Roohan’s talented vocals and dancing skills. It’s been revealed that he is 21 years old, of tall stature with a refined appearance.

SM’s new boy group is already gaining much interest as their first teaser video on Youtube has already received over 800,000 views. The group also has the motif of EXOPLANET, the sun’s outer planets.

source: D-Sports via Nate | allkpop

Lu Han's profile:

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source: rockettoexo

Facebook pictures:

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source: exo-m facebook

Mods, I edited in an article from allkpop and pictures from facebook, hope that's okay.
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"Wonder Girls at the Apollo" to Air on Teen Nick This February

The Wonder Girls has been at their American promotions for a while now, and things finally looked like they were picking up when it was revealed that the girls were cast for a new Teen Nick TV movie titled "Wonder Girls at the Apollo." 

While the girls hoped to focus on their Asian promotions for the majority of the beginning of the New Year, it seems plans have been curbed short thanks to news that their TV movie has been confirmed to begin airing on Teen Nick this February!

When they made their comeback with "Wonder World" in November, JYP Entertainment promised that the girls would be in Korea through the end of the year before focusing on their Chinese promotions starting January. News of the most recent developments on their TV show has applied an abrupt brake to their plans, and the girls will be leaving for America earlier than planned.

Starting mid-January, the Wonder Girls will be wrapping up what's left of their album production with composers Dave Stuart and the like (the album is also said to be just about done) and prepare for their movie's airing. 

Their new album release will be coinciding with the broadcast of their movie to achieve a double whammy effect while their name is still hot.

Source: Soompi

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Now This Is What You Call Real Charity

Kim Hyun Joong Quietly Donates $100,000 to Charity

Stars are in the spotlight for every reason under the same, but rarely are they in it for good deeds. Although SS501's leader Kim Hyun Joong hoped to keep it under wraps, fans were able to discover a charitable side to the singer and actor through the Red Cross

On December 26, an official from the Red Cross revealed that he had donated $50,000 to the Red Cross before the start of his Japanese tour in early November. He also donated an additional $50,000 USD to an organization that passes out briquettes to heat the homes of those in need. In total, Kim Hyun Joong donated $100,000 in secrecy before setting off on his two week Japanese tour.

"He didn't have any other reason, really. In the beginning of November, one of Kim Hyun Joong's managers stopped by and donated $50,000, asking that we spend it on a good deed. He also said that he didn't want the act to be spread or widely known," a Red Cross official said. 

When asked about the donation, Key East officials replied, "It's a personal act so we as the company didn't know about it. He must've wanted to help out quietly." 

Kim Hyun Joong has been on a roll since releasing his two mini-albums, and is currently awaiting the release of his Japanese single on January 25 with Universal Japan.

Source: Soompi

Merry Christmas, Hyun Joong. Hope you do well on your Japanese promotions... nah, I'm sure you will. The Universe is with you. :)

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BEAST to release three singles before making their comeback in Korea + Cube Entertainment's new boy

On December 26th, it was announced that BEAST would be beginning their world tour in February of 2012. Cube Entertainment also released the first teaser for the concerts in Seoul on February 4th and 5th at the Olympic Stadium. The teaser featured Yoseob and revealed information such as where the tickets will be sold and when.

Cube Entertainment held a press conference on December 26th at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul and revealed BEAST's future plans. In addition to the announcement of the "BEAUTIFUL SHOW" world tour, it was also announced that BEAST would be releasing new tracks as well.

CEO Hong Seungsung stated at the press conference, "BEAST will release three singles between February and April. The first release, in February will be a ballad track, March's song will be hip-hop track, and April's track will be a medium tempo dance track. Around late April or early May, BEAST will be making their Korean comeback."

Additionally, Cube Entertainment revealed more information on their upcoming boy group. The group is scheduled to have seven members total. They will make their debut somewhere between late January and the middle of February. CEO Hong Seungsung stated, "Five of the members are on jTBC's 'Cheongdamdong Live' with Jo Kwanwoo. The other two members are practicing and recording tracks."

What do you think about BEAST's upcoming releases and "BEAUTIFUL SHOW' World Tour? Are you excited for Cube Entertainment's new boy group to debut?

Source: The Star via Koreaboo

SECRET to expand into the Chinese market next year


SECRET has led a busy year with their hit songs “Shy Boy“, “Starlight Moonlight“, and “Love is Move“. They kicked off their Japanese debut a few months ago, and now they’re looking to expand into the Chinese market.

On December 26th, TS Entertainment revealed, SECRET will be promoting all over Asia in addition to their Korean and Japanese promotions next year. 2012 will mark the official start of their Asian advancement.

Their cute, trendy songs have become a trademark to their image, and officials are wondering whether this image will work in China. A representative stated, “We’ve received a lot of fan meeting and performance requests from all over Asia so we’re trying to work them into their schedules.”

In related news, SECRET will be attending all of the year-end ceremonies this year.

Source + Photos: AKP + OSEN via Naver

I'll support you girls all the way, don't you worry! Just no remakes, okay?

Super Junior-M’s Henry shares childhood photos with fans


Super Junior-M‘s Henry has been tweeting up a storm lately. His latest update includes a photo that’s dear to his heart.

On December 25th, the idol posted a baby picture of himself with his brother. He added the caption, “ke ke Some old pics my sister found! Merry Christmas, everyone!“ Fans cooed over how the brothers wore identical outfits and even held hands for the camera.

Meanwhile, TRAX‘s Jungmo shared a picture with present-day Henry at a restaurant, rocking reindeer headbands to mark their holiday spirit.


Source: AKP + Henry's & Jungmo's twitter

SM Entertainment runs promotional buses featuring EXO on LED screens


SM Entertainment is going all out promoting their upcoming boy group, EXO! During the Christmas holiday, trucks advertising EXO-K and EXO-M were seen all throughout Seoul, alerting fans of the boys’ impending debut.

For the past three days, the trucks have been traveling through Kangnam, Myungdong, Shinchon, and Hongdae, turning heads everywhere with its vivid LED display on the side. As people were already out to shop and enjoy the Christmas holiday, there wasn’t a better time than then to attract as much attention as they could.

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Source + Photos: AKP + Sports Chosun via Naver

They were smart to advertise it during the Chrismas holidays imo. Now let's just hope they spend some money in making a quality MV for EXO. And yay! New teaser on the 27th!
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IU and Girls’ Generation top favorite song and artist of the year

The ‘Korea Gallup‘ polls has released the results for its surveys on the most popular K-Pop songs and artists of the year!

The gallup polls surveyed 3,401 Koreans between the ages of 13 and 59. As expected, the top three most favorite songs of the year were IU‘s “Good Day” (3.9%), T-ara‘s “Roly Poly” (3.3%), and Girls’ Generation‘s “The Boys” (2.7%).

Check out the full list below!

1. IU – “Good Day” (3.9%)
2. T-ara – “Roly Poly” (3.3%)
3. Girls’ Generation – “The Boys” (2.7%)
4. CNBLUE – “Intuition” (2.6%)
5. SISTAR – “So Cool” (2.1%)
6. Big Bang – “Tonight”
7. INFINITE – “Be Mine”
8. Wonder Girls – “Be My Baby”
9. Super Junior – “Mr. Simple”
10. Kim Bum Soo – “Please”

The following is the list of the top 10 most outstanding artists of the year:

1. Girls’ Generation – 26.1%
2. Big Bang
3. Jang Yoon Jung
4. Kim Bum Soo
5. IU
6. Im Jae Bum
7. 2PM
8. Park Jung Hyun
9. T-ara
10. Wonder Girls

Source: akp + Sports Chosun, OSEN via Naver


JYJ’s Jaejoong confesses he wants to be in a relationship

During a recent broadcast of ‘Choi Kang Hee’s Night Flight‘, JYJ‘s Jaejoong confessed that he wanted to be in a relationship.

He stated, “I wanted to walk the streets of Myungdong on Christmas day, but I haven’t had the chance to since my debut. I also want to date and be in a relationship, but haven’t gotten the chance to do that either.”

When Choi Kang Hee asked, “Would you make your relationship open to the public?” Jaejoong humorously replied, “If it’s with you, it would be fine.”

Choi Kang Hee jokingly replied, “Then you can walk the streets with me. I’ll walk with you. I’ll even let you use a free pass.”

And he should, he deserve the love


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infinite’s sunggyu, woohyun + seo ingook, debut as musical actors through ‘gwanghwamun sonata’

Sunggyu and Woohyun of idol group, Infinite, and the winner of Mnet ‘Superstar K’, Seo Ingook, will be debuting as musical actors.

They have recently been confirmed to be in the musical, ‘Gwanghwamun Sonata’, which is opening next year on February 7th at Seoul LG Arts Center.

‘Gwanghwamun Sonata’ acts as a jukebox musical where it plays songs such as ‘Old Love’, ‘When Love Passes By’ by the late composer, Lee Younghoon. It premiered at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts last year.

Sunggyu and Woohyun will play the son, Jiyong, of the female lead, Yeoju. Jiyong finds the present Sanghoon and allows the two to remember their story. He acts as someone who takes you through their memories and was the role played by BEAST’s Yang Yoseob last time.
Seo Ingook plays a male who can’t stop his love for a woman, even if he knows the person whom he is closest to, loves her. And even though he knows he can lose everything he owns, he protects his hyung, Sanghoon. Seo Ingook has been double casted for the role of Hyunwoo with musical actor, Lee Yool.

Sunggyu and Woohyun revealed their determinations, “With a prepared stance, we’ll show our devotion with the role we are given and be acknowledged as musical actors as well.” Seo Ingook said, “As much as I had desire for musicals normally, I’ll work hard to show the best stage.”

Besides Sunggyu, Woohyun, and Seo Ingook, the casting has been finished with Yoon Dohyun, Jo Sungmo, Lee Yool, Lisa, Jung Wonyoung, Park Junghwan, Choi Jaewoong, Kim Taehan, Kim Youngjoo, Go Wonyoung, and others. Ticket reservations for ‘Gwanghwamun Sonata’ will start at 3:00 PM on January 3rd, 2012 and performances will last up until March 11th.

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Kawaii Chibi-finite for MBC's Welcome to the Convenience Store

Welcome to the Convenience Store, opening theme:

Preview for an episode starring L, the voice actor: 

source: kpopidolinfinite@YT, Starry9753@YT

I don't really know much about the cartoon itself but chibified!Infinite is soooo adorable ;~~~; May Woollim give us a full MV ala 2NE1's Hate You or Arashi's Believe ;~~~; Also, L's anime voice finally put to good use lol