January 28th, 2012

2NE1 to feature on popular J-Pop/J-Urban duo m-flo's new album

As we announced m-flo will release a new album after 5 years.

The duo has worked with a lot of celebrities in the past including BoA and Alex from Clazziquai. This time on the new album m-flo will show its love to 2NE1 as VERBAL mentioned.

There are not many details about this collaboration. The new album "SQUARE ONE" will be released on March 14th so we might be able to know a few things before that.

Are you excited about this?

credit to [info]ohprecioustime from aramatheydidnt

I am tbh. I mean, would you rather hear Teddy again or will.i.am? plus, Taku (m-flo's DJ) does well on electro house/electropop imo.  If you haven't heard of m-flo, you've probably heard of VERBAL, the MC.  Does "Teriyaki Boyz" ring a bell? or the 1324123980475 collaborations he's done with artists from around the world? yeah, they're a really big deal.
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Girls' Generation will be signing copies of their album THE BOYS at Best Buy Union Square next Thursday, February 2nd at 7pm! Don't miss your chance to meet all of Girls' Generation and get their autograph.

WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 2012 @ 7pm
WHERE: Best Buy, One Union Square South, NY, NY 10003

*Wristband distribution with purchase of CD will begin on 2/2* 
*Limited space available*


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ZE:A’s Dong Jun is the true “fitness-dol!"

ZE:A’s Dong Jun keeps appealing with his “fitness-dol” image.

In MBC’s special feature for the Lunar New Year, the “Idol” Track-And-Field and Swimming Championships that aired on January 24, Dong Jun ranks at the top in the 50-meter hurdles.

Dong Jun shows a perfect, spectacular match at 50-meter hurdles, ranking himself at the top. He feels sorry for Min Ho of SHINee’s absence at the game and leaves him a challenging message, saying, “Let’s have a game.”

In the special feature for Chuseok last year, the “Idol” Track-And-Field Championships, he won the male 100-meter dash, the highlight of the championship, setting a new record 12.42 seconds. His record also gave him victory in the male sprint race. He also won the male 1m 10cm hurdles!

showing your oppas and unnies what's up!

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SNSD’s Jessica made her acting debut last night on the seventh episode of “Wild Romance,” starring Lee Dong Wook and Lee Si Young, where she plays Kang Jong Hee, a beautiful girl with an unpredictable personality. She’s also the unforgettable first love of baseball player Park Mu Yeol (Lee Dong Wook).

After the episode aired, many viewers, especially SNSD fans, expressed their discontent with one of the lines that was used to describe Jessica’s character. In one scene, Seo Yoon Yi (Hong Jong Hyun) questioned Park Mu Yeol, “Park Mu Yeol, have you already forgotten Kang Jong Hee (Jessica)? I heard she was a slut. Is it true that guys try to sleep with her first thing if they get the chance?”

Netizens who’ve seen the drama commented, “Even if it’s just a line from a drama, it’s pretty harsh,” (ah ok) “They should have expressed it differently,” (like this?: "A little birdie told me this cute little gurl was sorta kinda like not a nice person") and “This was out of the line. I expected it to be negative but not this severe.” (rewrite the script then) However, several viewers also noted, “It wasn’t used to describe Jessica but the role she’s playing” and “It’s not a big deal. It’s just about Jessica’s character.”

“Wild Romance” received a lot of media attention for casting SNSD’s Jessica, raising viewers and fans’ expectations. As a result, the line raised a lot of eyebrows because it was used to describe Jessica’s character.

Meanwhile, “Wild Romance” recorded 6.2% (AGB Nielsen) viewership rating, a 0.2% drop from last Thursday’s rating. “Wild Romance” will air its eighth episode tonight on KBS at 9:55PM KST.

Source: Soompi

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K-pop and Asian America

In many ways, the Hallyu phenomenon in America is deeply rooted in financial and economic matters. While the Hallyu effect throughout Asia has come to hold both economic and social implications, the spread of Korean culture in America is not magnanimous enough to affect  American social values. Currently, K-pop’s biggest strides into the American market are largely focused on economics and business: the Wonder Girls are collabing with Nick Cannon, one of the biggest names in tween entertainment, and SNSD was signed onto Interscope Records, one of America’s largest music labels. Of course, many acknowledge that the idea of having Asian entertainers in an entertainment market saturated with non-Asians is interesting, at best. But largely speaking, it’s far from being a principal concern.

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‘Dangerous Boys’ put on their first guerrilla concert in front of a live audience

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The boys of the JTBC program, ‘SNSD and the Dangerous Boys‘ successfully put on their first guerrilla concert.

Ahead of their Street Jam Dance Competition scheduled to take place on February 5th, the boys put on a surprise guerrilla concert at an Arts College in Seoul.

Even before the performance began, a large crowd began to gather, waiting to see the boys perform on stage. The throngs of people caused so much commotion in the area the show was actually postponed for some time.

This was the boys’ first official live performance and they seemed to look a bit awkward and nervous, but they impressed the audience with their unexpected talent. They practice 6 hours a day each day to perfect the moves for the Street Jam Dance Competition, and it truly showed.

But instead of all five members, only four stepped forward on stage making the fans curious as to whereHwang Yong Hyun was.

According to a staff member, “All five of them were scheduled to stand on stage together, however, Hwang Yong Hyun had some personal problems and therefore could not be there with them. I know many people must be curious to know why, but we ask that you watch the program this week to find out.”

The next episode airs on January 29th at 7:30PM.

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Source & Image: OSEN via Nate, allkpop
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So proud of them ;___; It says D-9 on the banner, so I suppose that's 9 days til the Street Jam competition.


MBC to launch Chinese version of ‘We Got Married’ with T-ara’s Hyomin and Super Junior’s Kyuhyun

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MBC‘s ‘We Got Married‘ will be advancing into China!

MBC’s Hallyu content production team revealed that the Chinese version of ‘We Got Married’ is currently in production with a tentative air date beginning in February! The program will begin with two pilot episodes, and further development will depend on its success with the viewers.

T-ara‘s Hyomin and Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun have been the first to be cast for the Chinese version of the popular variety show. Hyomin will become a couple with Chinese idol group BoBo‘s Fu Xinbo while Kyuhyun will be coupling up with actress Lou Yi Xiao.

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Source + Photos: Sports Korea via Naver, allkpop

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Yoo Seung Ho selects IU as his ideal girl

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The nation’s “younger siblings”, IU and Yoo Seung Ho recently reunited for a G by GUESS photoshoot.

The two looked like a trending couple in matching tees and jeans, but it seems as though Yoo Seung Ho may have a small crush on the singer off camera.

Yoo Seung Ho recently participated in a ‘Ideal Woman World Cup‘, where he had to choose between some of today’s top female celebrities such as Kang Sora, After School‘s UEE, Girls’ Generation‘s Seohyun, IU, and more.

The other girls seem to serve as no competition for IU, as Yoo Seung Ho bashfully but consistently chose IU over everyone with little hesitation. He even further confirmed his feelings by admitting that he prefers girls of the same age (IU) over older, and even younger women.

If you can recall, IU called Yoo Seung Ho her ideal man as well a little over a year ago on SBS‘s ‘One Night TV Entertainment‘.

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Girls’ Generation Jessica’s portrait is graffitied on a famous alley in Australia

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Girls’ Generation member Jessica has been found in Melbourne, Australia and this is causing quite the stir amongst her international fans.

The above photo recently surfaced on an online community site with the title, ‘Girls’ Generation Jessica in Melbourne‘.

The photo was taken at ‘Hosier lane’, where the drama ‘I’m Sorry I Love You’ is known to have been filmed.

This area is also one known to be a famous alley, having a wide variety of graffiti art on the walls. Jessica’s portrait is graffitied on a wall in the area and is featured prominently.

Korean tourists in the area as well as fans all over the world took note of the art, and fans were proud to see that the face of a leading Hallyu K-pop girl group member was showcased there.

Netizens who saw the photos remarked, “The K-POP storm has hit Australia“, “So cool, so proud. Congrats!”, “Expect nothing less of Girls’ Generation“, and “I want to go see it!”

Source & Image: SportsChosun via Nate, allkpop

TEEN TOP’s Niel, C.A.P. and Chunji cover Big Bang’s ‘Sunset Glow’


On the January 29th episode of SBS’s ‘1000 Songs Challenge‘, TEEN TOP surprised the audience by perfectly singing Big Bang‘s “Sunset Glow“.

As if they prepared in advance, the boys confidently sang, rapped and danced to the song, but failed to advance to the next level.

With a score of ’90′, a puzzled MC Jang Yoon Jung commented that they should’ve received a higher score.

MC Lee Hwi Jae replied, “You must really love TEEN TOP”, to which she responded, “I really like them, real(ly)”.

Although they did not advance, fans were surprised and happy to hear Niel’s rap skills.

Source + Image: TVReport | allkpop

I'm not really a fan of Teen Top but they did well. Niel's rapping wasn't that great, but it was a nice surprise to see him try^^

T-ara haven't received a break since their debut, what else is new


Girl group T-ara confessed their complaints towards the president of their agency.

T-ara, who have recently been sweeping the music charts with their song ‘Lovey Dovey‘, revealed their sorrows that was hidden underneath their bright image. Three of T-ara’s members, Soyeon, Boram, and Hyomin publicly confessed their complaints towards the president of their agency. Collapse ) source:
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A star-studded cast for musical “Catch Me If You Can” (featuring Key, Kyuhyun, Sunny, Dana and more)

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The musical "Catch Me If You Can", based on the film featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks is making its way to South Korea.

Super Junior's Kyuhyun, SHINee's Key, Kim Jung Hoon, Um Ki Joon and Park Kwang Hyun will be sharing the role of the protagonist, Frank Abagnale Jr. SNSD's Sunny, CSJH's Dana, and Choi Woori will be sharing the role of the love interest, Brenda.

The musical is based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg film of the same name, which is a biopic of the life of notorious American con-artist Frank Abagnale Jr.

“Catch Me If You Can” is slated to run from March 28th through June 10th at the Bluesquare Samsung Card Hall in Seoul.

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CCM unveils solo clips for Japanese release of "Roly Poly"

T-ara updated fans with their solo clips from their upcoming 3rd Japanese Single "Roly Poly".

Having made their debut in Japan in September last year with "Bo Peep Bo Peep", the 7 member girl group are back with their 3rd Japanese single, a remake of the Korean hit "Roly Poly" which will be released in Japan on February 29th.

On January 27th, T-ara released solo clips for each member. The teasers give you a close up look at each of the members as they pull cute poses and perform the famous "Roly Poly" dance solo, with the support dancers in the background. The full MV was already revealed earlier this month.

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MBC labor union to go on strike in an effort to force MBC president to resign

Less than a year after going on a strike but failing to obtain the resignation of MBC president Kim Jae Chul, the MBC labor union has decided to go on strike once again for the same purpose.

MBC labor union members participated in voting from January 25th – 27th , aimed to decide whether to go on strike to force the resignation of MBC president Kim Jae Chul.

Of the 1,010 labor union members, 783 members casted their votes, 69.4% were for a strike while the remaining members were against it.

The labor union felt that despite airing their grievances over Kim Jae Chul being a puppet of the Lee Myung Bak administration and interfering with the neutrality of the station in their strike last April, nothing has changed. The labor union also asserts that there has been a massive clampdown on freedom of the press. Thus, they have decided to go on strike again to get Kim to step down and return MBC to a neutrality state.

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SHINee’s Taemin performs on ‘Immortal Song 2′

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Recently, allkpop reported that SHINee‘s Taemin delivered an impressive solo performance for KBS’s ‘Immortal Song 2‘. On January 28th, the program aired its latest episode, and we’ve got the video below!

To recap, the show’s featured guest this week was veteran singer Son Chang Sik. Taemin decided to perform his popular hit, “At Least Once“, and threw all his passion and emotions into the cover.

The result drew praise from Son Chang Sik himself, as well as applause not just from those in the studio, but from those watching at home.

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South Korea shows will to end bear farming

South Korea’s Budget Committee of National Assembly recently voted in favor of a proposal indicative of South Korea’s will to end bear farming by investigating its current status and establishing ways to end the practice.

Bear farming is a practice utilized for the animal’s bile, a bitter yellow fluid found in its gallbladder that is popular in Chinese Medicine for ailments ranging from hangovers to liver disease.

Bear farming became popular in the 1980’s as a means to keep up with demand for the expensive commodity, a product fetching thousands of dollars for a single gallbladder.
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An Asian Perspective on World War II

In one excruciating scene of Kang Je-kyu’s new movie “My Way,” Soviet soldiers order two war prisoners of different nationalities to fight to the death, but the Korean one refuses to kill his fellow Japanese captive, who he had known as a rival in sports. Instead, an unlikely alliance begins to form.

The movie is the most expensive ever made in South Korea, a fictionalized account of the real-life story of how a Korean man ended up fighting for the Germans in World War II and being found by American soldiers at the invasion of Normandy.

It cost 28 billion won, or about $24 million, to produce. That’s less than one-third the production cost of the average Hollywood movie. But for Mr. Kang to make it work, he designed and cast the movie to appeal beyond South Korea, hoping to attract a sizable audience in Japan and noteworthy ones in places like China, the U.S. and Europe. The movie opened just before Christmas in South Korea, this month in Japan and was just invited to show during next month’s Berlin Film Festival.
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Source: korearealtime