March 8th, 2012

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After School‘s Nana is no stranger to the catwalk, so as the official model of the ‘2012 Tokyo Girls Collection Spring/Summer‘, Nana hit the runway and showed off a new season of changes.

Held on March 3rd at the Yokohama Arena, Nana earned attention not as a part of the congratulatory performance or a guest model (which most Hallyu idols are usually invited for), but as an official model of the collection. The ‘Tokyo Girls Collection’ is known for only showcasing top stars and top models, so it’s quite the honor for Nana.

Fans may remember her experience with the ‘Girls Award‘ fashion stage as well as her participation in the ‘Seoul Fashion Week S/S 2012‘ for designer Park Yoon Soo. Her stardom is also reaching into Japan, as she’s graced the cover of major Japanese magazines like ‘SWAK’, which previously featured hit stars like Mizuhara Kiko and Tsuchiya Anna.

In related news, After School will be releasing their first Japanese studio album, ‘PLAYGIRLZ‘, on March 14th, and wil be kicking off their nationwide tour on the 27th.

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sources: akp, naver, twitter (1, 2, 3), ameblo (1, 2), sblog.tvfashion-press, ddd100zv@yt, pledisnews@fb

South Korea’s Greatest Export: Kpop

By Krista Mahr

South Korean singer, Taeyang of Big Bang performs at Incheon Dream Park on August 5, 2011 in Incheon, South Korea.

The members of K-Pop Fans Kuwait seem a little blue. The angsty poem attached to their tower of fan rice at the kickoff of Big Bang’s world tour in Seoul was a bit of a downer for a pop show. The fan rice paid for by a club in Indonesia, on the other hand, was more in the spirit of things, adorned with a message to the band that could even double as a tourism slogan: “DON’T THINK TOO MUCH. JUST COME TO INDONESIA.”

What’s a fan rice tower? What’s Big Bang? I asked the very same things when I arrived in South Korea last week and attended my first K-pop concert in Seoul’s Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium. Fan rice is pretty much what it sounds like: rice, from fans. As a way to show their devotion, fans of Korean pop music — or K-pop — buy bags of rice and donate it to their favorite bands, who, in turn, donate the rice to a charitable cause.

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Source: Time

First post! Hopefully, I did everything right.

BIGBANG G-Dragon and TOP Collaborates with British Singer-Songwriter Pixie Lott

It’s been belatedly announced that BIGBANG’s G-Dragon (GD) and TOP will be featuring on British singer-songwriter Pixie Lott’s track “Dancing on My Own.” Pixie Lott will release a Japanese edition of her album "Young Foolish Happy" worldwide by the end of this month, and one of her tracks, "Dancing on My Own," will feature raps by G-Dragon and TOP.

Earlier today, YG Entertainment officials confirmed, “It’s true that G-Dragon and TOP worked with Pixie Lott. It was more than a featuring, it was almost like a duet. Pixie Lott’s agency and YG Entertainment have been acquaintances. Pixie Lott came across G-Dragon and TOP’s music through YouTube, she enjoyed them so much, and that’s how this collaboration started.” They added, “This is only the beginning, from now on, YG artists will continue to work with international artists.”

I don't know if it's the case in every country (should be since the actual name is International women's day but I'm not sure) but here it's women's day

Source: Soompi
my bb seo in gook

Middle Age No Barrier to Perfect Body for Cho Eun-sook

Actress Cho Eun-sook revealed her well-toned body, especially her fabulous abs, through a couple of pictures released by her management agency on Wednesday.

"Ahead of her return to the weekend TV drama 'God of War,' which is currently airing on MBC, Cho has subjected herself to an intense workout program as well as a strict nutrition and dietary regime," the agency said.

In the pictures, Cho showed off her perfect abdominal muscles, which she achieved despite being a mother of three children who is now in her 40s.

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source: The Chosun Ilbo

JYJ's Yoochun Gets Slapped in the Face by Sasaeng Fan

Recently, a video of JYJ’s Yoochun getting slapped by a sasaeng fan was uploaded to various online communities, garnering interest. In the video, Yoochun was trying to get past a horde of fans outside his hair salon, when one sasaeng fan slapped him on the face. Yoochun delicately touches the part of his cheek that was slapped and glares at the fan before moving on. Other fans in the area also seemed surprise at the sasaeng fan’s unexpected assault.

According to the comments on the post, the sasaeng fan hit Yoochun because she figured “he would remember her because she slapped him.

Netizens commented, “Why did you slap him? He must have been surprised at the unexpected and sudden attack,” “This is absurd,” “Can you really call yourself a fan when you harm that celebrity?” and more.

Meanwhile, Yoochun is currently in South America with Jaejoong and Junsu for a JYJ concert in Chile and Peru. He's also busy filming his latest drama "Rooftop Prince" with Han Ji Min. “Rooftop Prince” is about a Chosun era Crown Prince Lee Gak (Park Yoo Chun) who was in the midst of investigating the death of his Crown Princess (Jung Yumi) when he mysteriously gets sucked into the future and meets his destined love (Han Ji Min). The historical-fusion-contemporary-fantasy drama “Rooftop Prince” will premiere on SBS on March 21.

This whole situation is going to far. smh.
We might need a "this won't end well" tag

Source: Soompi
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Han Heejun performs a soothing rendition of "All In Love Is Fair" by Stevie Wonder on American Idol

Korean Han Heejun has captured not only the attention of America, but Korea as well, following his amazing audition for the popular audition show, "American Idol." The FOX show is currently airing its 11th season with Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez as the 3 main judges.

After facing difficulty through Hollywood week and the Las Vegas rounds, Han Heejun became the first Korean to make it to the Top 13 of American Idol, where the remaining contestants sing their heart out according to that episode's theme, live in front of millions of people.

On March 7th, the Top 13 performed songs by the late Whitney Houston (girls) and Stevie Wonder (guys), and was mentored by Mary J. Blige and music producer Jimmy Iovine. She commented, "First of all, he caught me off guard, I wasn't expecting Heejun to sound like he did."

He further captures his weekly mentors' heart by presenting them with an autograph photo of himself, Jimmy Iovine laughingly noting that Han Heejun has written on Mary J. Blige's photo, "I love you more than Jimmy."

Tonight, Han Heejun captured his audience with a beautiful rendition of Stevie Wonder's "All In Love Is Fair."

After he was done with his captivating performance, Jennifer Lopez comments, "I love you. I love you, I loved you from the first time you sang for me and I still love you now."

Randy Jackson said, "Dude, it wasn't perfect, but it was really good."

Source: Sports Donga, IdolxMuzic & koreaboo

SK Telecom Smart Learning robots add twist to interactive learning

They aren't quite up to Johnny Number Five's level of fame and stature, but SK Telecom's new "Smart Learning" robots have something it (he?) never could have dreamed of: the power of a smartphone. The mechanical critters are designed to be next-gen educational tools for our posterity, and only function thanks to a Bluetooth-connected Android handset which serves as both the brains of the operation and the interactive display. We saw the robots in action last week at Mobile World Congress in a few different scenarios: a board game, a reading comprehension tool and other clever learning activities. This is just scraping the surface, because an SDK is in the works that will allow developers to find plenty of ways to take advantage of the tech. The robots are still prototypes for now, but we should expect to see them arrive in Korea within the next six months. Check out a video of the little guys in action after the break.

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Source: engadget
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Cube continues to gift us with perfect combos: Yoseob and Eunji to release a duet.

On March 7th, A Pink's agency A CUBE Entertainment uploaded a new photo on their official Twitter account. The photo sparked the interest of netizens because of its contents.

The photo from A CUBE's Twitter account showed BEAST's Yoseob and A Pink's Jung Eunji sitting and talking in a friendly way. Along with the photo, A CUBE added the caption, "Yoseob and Eunji in the recording studio-."

Fans immediately began commenting on the photo with, "The two of them look so good together" and "When did the two lovebirds meet?"

BEAST and A Pink both have a strong relationship together, with their respective companies being sister companies. They have also filmed CF's together, including their "Skinny Baby" music video at the end of 2011. A few of A Pink's members spent their trainee days under Cube Entertainment as well.

On March 8th, a representative of A CUBE Entertainment revealed that Yoseob and Eunji are collaborating for A CUBE's new project, "A CUBE FOR SEASON." The project will feature a new theme and song for every season, with this being the first one.

The representative from A CUBE Entertainment also stated, "The two of them have been working on the recording since the end of February. Even though they had late night recordings, the two joked around and created a friendly atmosphere, allowing the recording to progress smoothly."

Their collaboration track will be released on White Day in Korea, March 14th.

Meanwhile, A Pink will be performing the half-time show for the March 11th Hyundai K-League 2012 event in Incheon.

Sources: Koreaboo, Newsen (1), Newsen (2)

T-ara to release their 1st Japanese album

T-ara announced that they will released their first Japanese album in June.

Also in the same month they will begin a national tour that include 11 performances in 6 cities. They are also prepared to appear at Nippon Budokan where there will be an audience of 40.000 people expecting them.

The album will contain some of the previously released singles plus new original Japanese songs.

On related news T-ara just released their newest single “Roly-Poly” that landed on 3rd spot on Oricon Weekly Charts by selling 41.285 copies.


Shawn Christensen To Write ‘The Man From Nowhere’ Redo For Dimension Films

Bob Weinstein and SVP Matthew Signer acquired rights to the South Korean action thriller The Man From Nowhere this year and will supervise development of an English-language remake. Weinstein personally sought out Shawn Christensen after reading the spec draft of the writer’s Abduction, which Lionsgate bought last year after a bidding war. Directed by Lee Jeong-beom, the original Nowhere follows a quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past who takes on a drug- and organ-trafficking ring to save the child who is his only friend. The film opened No. 1 at the Korean box office in August 2010 and held the top spot for five weeks in a row, becoming that year’s highest-grossing Korean film.

Christensen recently won the International Audience Award for Curfew, which he wrote, directed and starred in, at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France, one of the world’s most important short film events.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

dnw. We don't need a terrible remake from the writer of Abduction; we don't need a remake at all.

"The Moon that Embraces the Sun's" Kim Yoo Jung Hospitalized

It’s been announced that “The Moon that Embraces the Sun" child actress Kim Yoo Jung has been hospitalized. This morning, Kim Yoo Jung was scheduled to make an appearance at the "Converse Custom Studio Opening Ceremony" at the Converse Premium Store in Myungdong, Seoul. However, she had to cancel the last minute after collapsing.

According to a representative of Sidus HQ, “Kim Yoo Jung’s fever went past 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) and showed severe symptoms of the flu. Recently, she had her schedule packed with various shoots, and the immense workload must have weakened her body.

Since her role as the young Yeon Woo (now played by Han Ga In) in the popular series “The Moon that Embraces the Sun,” Kim Yoo Jung has rose to fame as the next “nation’s little sister.”

Sidus HQ officials updated, "Kim Yoo Jung has left the hospital and is currently resting at home."

source; soompi
[Korean] Shinhwa - Comeback

Shinhwa Gets Love From Gikwang & Dalmatian's Day Day

David Kim (Day Day): Since a long time ago, when Eric-hyung is working, he always comes dressed in a loose hoodie with a beanie / white New Era Back N Forth and walks in with a swagger.. He’s a celebrity on TV but in the recording studio he’s real hip-hop. Total respect.

Eric: Move~ You take my breath and you steal my heart~ You played a big part in this album. Thanks for the hard work!

David Kim (Day Day): Thank you~ Hyung has worked very hard too^^ I’ll always be ready whenever Hyung calls for me :) real recognize real!

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Source: David Kim's Facebook & Gikwang's Twitter
Translation: absolutshinhwa (1 & 2)

I'm really looking forward to whatever David & Eric are creating.
The last song they worked on together "We Can Get It On" was so different and fun!

zhang liyin » standing in the boundary

Ailee to join B.A.P during "Secret Love" on this week's Music Bank

Solo singer Ailee is set to join rookie boy group B.A.P for a special stage on this week's Music Bank, as she will be performing "Secret Love" together with the boys.

"Secret Love" originally features Secret member Song Jieun on the recording and was released through B.A.P's debut single "Warrior". After going into follow-up promotions, the group has been performing the song with her voice on recording, but as their debut promotions will come to an end later this week, rookie singer Ailee will be joining them on stage, singing Jieun's lines.

Ailee made her debut on February 9th with the track "Heaven". Wheesung, who is known to have been the singer's mentor prior to his military enlistment, has personally penned the lyrics, and composed the music track for Ailee's debut song. The singer can also be seen in the second season of "Dream High" which is currently airing, as one of HershE's members next to SISTAR's Hyorin and T-ara's Jiyeon.

Will you be anticipating this joint performance?

Source: Koreaboo

I miss the days when there were would be "special stages" every other week or so, but for this: No Jieun? THE NEXT BEST THING. ♥
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Long fight for asylum seekers’ rights

While South Korea is slamming China’s treatment of North Korean refugees, rights workers are calling for more help for international asylum seekers struggling to survive here.

A new law has been set to help the growing number of people seeking refugee status in South Korea, but more support is still needed, refugee rights group NANCEN has said.

The total number of people from countries other than North Korea seeking asylum here reached 3,534 last September, according to the Korea Immigration Service. Only 251 have so far been granted refugee status.

NANCEN refugee center program manager Choi Won-geun said that those stuck in the often years-long application and appeal process could be left destitute.

Asylum seekers here are not allowed to work while their case is being considered, but are not given any financial support from the state.
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Source: koreaherald

It seems that Death...I mean Junsu attracts the Walking Dead


In the midst of JYJ‘s current controversy regarding their sasaeng fans, a past photo of member Junsu‘s sasaeng fans has shocked netizens.

Recently on an online community board, a post titled “Just got goosebumps” surfaced with the above photo. In the post, Junsu is seen taking a photo with an unknown female in a restaurant. What shocked netizens was the hoard of sasaeng fans who were standing outside the restaurant and carefully watching Junsu.

Various netizens expressed their opinions by commenting, “Sasaeng fans? At this point those people are stalkers” , “I got goosebumps when I enlarged the picture. I thought they were a horde of zombies” and, “I feel bad for those people eating next to the windows“.

Source: AKP


Sorry I forgot the source last time mods. ^^;

That's creepy as hell, ngl. That seriously sent a shiver down my spine looking at them

An Official Apology from JYJ

Kim Jaejoong has released an official apology concerning the sasaeng assault controversy that has surfaced in the past couple of days.

On March 8th (local time) Kim Jaejoong and the other JYJ members held a press conference in Santiago, Chile at the Raddison Hotel for the JYJ 2012 Latin America tour. During this conference, the members opened up about the sasaeng controversy.
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Sources: JYJ3
Newsen via Nate
Article translated by

This was pretty much how I thought the situation to be. Instead of man vs woman, look at this as a person vs a 8-year long stalker. If this was a female idol hitting female saesangs or a female idol hitting a male saesang, would it be easier to digest? They're not douchebags. They're humans with limits.
you come closer in my sight [WG]

Seulong Clears Up Dating Rumors with Sohee

2AM's Seulong cleared up the recent dating rumors with Sohee of the Wonder Girls'.

On the episode of "Radio Star" that aired on March 7, the guests were the members of 2AM: Jo Kwon, Changmin, Seulong and Jinwoon.

Infamous for being a show that asks difficult and uncomfortable questions, the MCs didn't hesitate to ask Seulong about his dating rumors with Sohee.

Seulong explained, "We were always very close. My 2AM members can vouch for me." Then the MCs asked, "Why did you happen to meet on Christmas day?" Then Seulong answered, "Our schedules just happened to match at the same time."

Another question was asked about the shopping bags that Sohee was holding. The MCs asked if they were gifts that Seulong bought for her. Seulong answered, "Three out of those four bagss were filled with crackers and chips." He continued to say, "Sohee keeps to herself a lot so she doesn't have much friends. But we were close since we were in elementary school."


ofc. They're a cute pair of friends but like a lot of Mandufuls I'd like to see her with some cute hipster from Brooklyn or smth ╹ ◡ ╹ And yes I had to use that pic lolol