April 3rd, 2012

[Korean] Animation *perplexed* (Wonjoon)

The Broadcasting Networks Are Acting Like Children Throwing Tantrums ... Again



The oldest idol group, Shinhwa, made their bumpy comebacks on the music programs this week.

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These difficulties were due to the complex internal issues and political relations with the broadcasting companies. Originally, Shinhwa’s first comeback stage was planned to be on “Music Bank”. Shinhwa’s stage time on M-Countdown wasn’t solidified until the night before due to bad relationship between Mnet and JunJin’s management company, Open World Entertainment. Last minute truce allowed them to have their first performance on M-countdown.

There are rumors that MBC shortened their air time and gave away the ending stage due to the fact that Shinhwa chose their first comeback stage on KBS’s Music Bank instead. Shinhwa’s absence on SBS’s “Inkigayo” is rumored to be related to the tension between music department and the entertainment department due to Shinhwa’s appearance on gameshows. It is also rumored that this situation may change after Shinhwa’s scheduled appearance on SBS’s “You&I”.

There are also other theories that attribute Shinhwa’s difficulty with the local channels because they chose to air “Shinhwa Broadcast” on JTBC, a newly established cable channel, as their first official activity. Producers of the local channels are unhappy with the new cable channels that air variety of shows instead of a special genre as cable channels have traditionally done, and are unhappy with Shinhwa’s choice to feature themselves on JTBC.

Ultimately, the complex situations and political implications of the different channels have stumbled the long-awaited comeback of the oldest and longest-lasting idol group, Shinhwa.

Source: Kukinews (via Nate)
Translation: 10confessions @ tumblr

WTF is this nonsense? I'm forever amazed at the immaturity and arrogance displayed by these networks. It actually makes me glad Shinhwa chose a smaller cable network for their variety show than any of these idiots. They're probably seething in jealousy now that "Shinhwa Broadcast" is pulling in great ratings.
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EXO-K and EXO-M will Debut April 8th in both Korea and China!



On April 8th, EXO-K and EXO-M will make the long-waited debut on TV both in Korea and China.

EXO-K will make their debut on SBS ‘Inkigayo’ and EXO-M will debut on ‘yin yue feng yun bang’ awards on the 8th.

Especially, ‘The 12th yin yue feng yun bang’ awards ceremony is one of representative music festivals where the biggest stars attend, also known as the Chinese Grammy Awards. Although EXO-M is a new artist, they were invited as the guest for special performance.

Also, EXO-K and EXO-M increased the music fans’ expectation for EXO’s debut by playing the preview video of EXO-K's debut stage on SBS ‘Inkigayo’ on the 1st.

Moreover, the appearance of EXO-M on ‘The 12th yin yue feng yun bang’ awards ceremony will be broadcast live through SINA.COM on the day of the awards and it will also be aired through China’s BTV and AHTV later on.

Meanwhile, EXO-K and EXO-M’s first mini album ‘MAMA’ will be released on April 9th.

Source: SM Town Facebook
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Which idol groups do French fans like the most?



Big Bang and 2NE1 were voted as the favorite K-pop male and female bands in France.

Korea National Tourism Organization, with branches in France, conducted a poll through the tourist site to evaluate the preferences and behavior of oversea Hallyu fans. Of the 3,775 French fans who responded, 49.9% voted for Big Bang as the favorite boy group, while 2NE1 won 64.8% of the votes as the favorite girl group.

A high proportion of French male Hallyu fans preferred Big Bang, in addition to those in their early twenties. 2NE1 was favored similarly by both male and female fans, who were between the age of ten to twenty.

Other groups who ranked in the top were Super Junior (45%), SHINee (35.5%), B2ST (33.8%), 2PM (24.2%) for male groups, and Girls’ Generation (45.4%), miss A (31.5%), f(x) (29.4%), and T-ara (25.9%) out of the female groups. (It is assumed that fans were able to choose more than one group as the percentage values total up to more than 100)

Of the solo male singers, Rain earned 33.2% of the votes, while IU earned 54.2% of the votes as the favorite solo female singer.


Source: Allkpop
No Cut News via Nate, Asia Today via Nate
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CNBLUE’s Minhyuk leaves hearts fluttering in ‘You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly’



CNBLUE‘s Minhyuk has female hearts palpitating with his acting in KBS‘s weekend drama, ‘You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly‘.

Kang Minhyuk plays the role of Cha Se Kwang, and is receiving much much interest. After the 12th episode aired on April 1st, ‘Kang Minhyuk’ and ‘Cha Se Kwang’ were the top two searches on various portal sites.

As he is a student on leave from the top university KAIST, Cha Se Gwang’s education, appearance, and style make him the son that all mothers compare their children to. Additionally, he takes the lead in relationships, and emerges as a man who shakes women’s hearts. In the drama, Mal Sook (played by Oh Yeon Seo) is beginning to fall for the handsome, smart, and cool stranger.

Already establishing his reputation as an actor with ‘It’s Okay, Daddy’s Daughter‘ and ‘You’ve Fallen for Me‘, Minhyuk’s popularity is rising with his role in his new drama.

Source: Allkpop
Sports Korea via Nate
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Big Bang Daesung’s sister was a source of great strength during his hiatus



On the upcoming episode of SBS‘s ‘Strong Heart‘, Big Bang‘s Daesung revealed that his sister had been a tremendous help when he was going through difficult times last year.

He started his story by saying, “There is this woman who I am very awkward around. That person is none other than my nuna.”

My noona and mom directly show their affections for me, but I feel so awkward displaying my emotions and rarely show them. There are a lot of times when I don’t read my nuna’s text messages because I get shy seeing myself read them.”

He continued, “Last year, when I was having a difficult time, my sister, who is a soldier, even took a break from the military to come comfort me.

At the end of his story, although Daesung was extremely shy, he left a heart-warming video message to his beloved sister.

Stay tuned for the upcoming episode airing later!

Source : Allkpop
News En via Nate
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Yoo Ah In Upset with Lady Gaga Seoul Concert's 18+ Rating


On April 2, Yoo Ah In posted on twitter, "Is there a convincing evidence of Lady Gaga's concert being hazardous and inappropriate for teens? What is this? Some 80s style sex education based on the idea that the youth doesn't need to know?" 

Yoo Ah In also posted Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" music video on twitter and commented, "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving." These angry tweets are aimed at the Korean Media Rating Board's recent ruling regarding Lady Gaga's upcoming concert in Korea. According to Hyundai Card Co., the sponsor of upcoming Lady Gaga's concert, Korea Media Rating Board categorized Lady Gaga's concert as 18+ (equivalent to the American NC-17 rating), because it is too lascivious. This is the first time of a visiting popular artist's concert being rated not appropriate for teens by Korea Media Rating Board since Marilyn Manson's concert in Korea in 2005. 

Netizens commented, "Yoo Ah In is so brave for saying that," "It is true that the ratings standards seem to be ambiguous," "I already bought my tickets, but now have to sell it. This is upsetting," and "I agree with you."


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Source : Soompi , Ah In's twitter, LadyGagaVEVO
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T-ara's Lovey Dovey MV BANNED due to violence, criminal acts, harmful businesses, suicide, and drugs



Korea’s government has deemed T-ara’s music video as harmful.

On March 30, according to Korea′s Ministry of Public Administration and Security, the Commission on Youth Protection, under the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF), ruled T-ara’s music video for their hit song Lovey-Dovey as harmful to underage youths.

At issue were the music video’s scenes involving violence, criminal acts, suicide, harmful businesses and harmful drugs.

In these cases where such a judgment is laid, the album containing the song in question must clearly be marked as restricted to minors and be barred from being sold to those under 19 years of age.

If the decision is not followed, the producing company, distribution company and seller may all be slapped with fines. No word yet from T-ara’s agency if they will appeal the ruling.

nate, enewsworld, loenent
TOP & YB
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Europeans can finally watch subbed SBS shows completely legally

Viki and SBS Content Hub Sign Multi-Year Agreement to Deliver Popular Korean Shows Exclusively to European Audiences

CANNES, France, April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

- Viki Fast Becoming Global Hub for Distributing Vertical Content into New Markets

MipTV - Viki, the global TV site powered by fans, today announced a partnership with SBS Contents Hub, the distribution arm of the South Korea's leading broadcaster, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), to simulcast popular SBS shows throughout Europe.

Viki will bring the latest SBS line up, translated into multiple languages, to European countries. The joint offering will give access to dramas, K-pop music videos, variety shows, documentaries and other exclusive content developed by SBS.

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Source: PRNewswire

ETA: They only signed the agreement today, so I wouldn't worry yet if SBS shows aren't available for you as Viki hasn't probably had time to update their content policies yet.

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4minute's teaser image for VOLUME UP + photos from MV set for anyone worried about the concept



The girls of 4minute will be making their comeback next week with their third mini album, ‘Volume Up’, and to stir up anticipation, a teaser image has been unveiled featuring the girls like you’ve never seen them before!

‘Volume Up’ will contain a total of eight tracks, which is a number usually not seen in mini albums. The girls will be trying out new genres and musical styles they have not yet tried before through songs composed by hit maker Shinsadong Tiger, as well as other top composers.

Although their comeback isn’t until next week, the group has launched a teaser site along with a teaser image on their official homepage (www.4min.co.kr) to hype up excitement for their new album.

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allkpop, 4MF Tweets (1, 2, 3), Moonjung's twitter 1, 2), Seungjin's twitter, 4N_Seth's Twitter pictures
yulyul

u-kiss are on a boat

Idol group U-KISS held a fan meeting on the ‘Club Harmony’ cruise.

On April 3rd, the ‘Club Harmony’ cruise ship scheduled to travel to Incheon from Jeju Island could not depart due to the fierce winds and strong waves in Jeju. Inevitably, U-KISS’ fan meeting had to be held on the shores of Jeju Island.

Regardless, U-KISS’ fan meeting drew in an impressive number of 200 fans despite the circumstances, proving just how popular Hallyu star U-KISS really was.

A fan participating in the event remarked, “Maybe it’s because the fan meeting was held on deck, but it was even more exciting and new. U-KISS’ professionalism and manners on stage was really something.”

In related news, U-KISS successfully wrapped up a nationwide tour in Japan in front of 30,000 of their fans. They will be returning later this month with a new album produced by composer Kim Hyung Suk.
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sources:
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who is kim hyung suk? i want JD relic and ryan jhun back :(
{film}: prelude to death

Huh Gak releases "A Person I Used to Love" MV feat. A Pink's Na Eun

Following the release of his second mini album ‘LACRIMOSO’, vocal phenom and Superstar K2 winner Huh Gak finally unveiled the full music video for his title track “A Person I Used To Love”.

Featuring A Pink’s Son NaEun and actor Ahn Yong Joon, “A Person I Used To Love” is a traditional ballad with a soulful melodies. The track was written by composer Choi Kyu Sung, the man behind Huh Gak’s previous hit “Hello.”

Check out the MV below!



Sources: ACUBENT, DKPOPNEWS

Mods, why isn't there a Huh Gak tag? :(
the gang

M.I.B, Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy invited to Music Matters 2012 in Singapore



Rookie hip hop group M.I.B has been invited to represent Korean artists at a famous music festival in Singapore.

M.I.B will be attending the ‘K-Pop Night at Music Matters 2012’, an international music conference in Singapore which will be held at the historical Clarke Quay in Singapore on May 22nd. The group is going to represent Korean artists along with three other hip hop artists including Tiger JK, Yoon Mirae and Bizzy.

‘Music Matters’ is an annual showcase that features top global musicians. This year’s 4-day festival will be joined by other global hip hop giants from around the world and is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture as well as the Korea Creative Content Agency.

Meanwhile, M.I.B is currently gearing up for their comeback with new single titled “Celebrate” which will become available online and in record stores on April 5th.

Source: dkpopnews



OMG OMG OMG THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT

Music Matters isn't a public event iirc...unless you wanna pay like a few hundred to a thousand dollars ;_;

‘SUPERSTAR K3’ Yoona Kim becomes a YG Entertainment Trainee

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Following Kang Seungyoon and Kim Eunbi, she has rejected love calls from other entertainment agencies to join YG Entertainment.

Yoona Kim, who participated as a contestant on ‘Superstar K3’ on cable network Mnet, has become a YG Entertainment trainee.

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S: Nate via: ygfamilyy@tumblr
TRANS: swaggalevel-1000@tumblr

she seems awesome lol

Jongin / EXO-K

MBLAQ 'THE BLAQ% TOUR' ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello.
This is J.Tune Camp.

Thanks to the warm support of fans, MBLAQ is holding the first Asia Tour on the 3rd year of its debut.
MBLAQ, who has shown impactive performance with the 4th EP album <100% Ver.>,
will be performing the first-ever stage of Absolute Quality on ‘THE BLAQ% TOUR’.

Starting from the Jakarta show at end of June, this Asia Tour will be on the road having 12 shows in 6 countries.

Tour schedules are specified below;

[Tour Title]
- 2012 MBLAQ ‘THE BLAQ% TOUR’

[Tour Schedule]
- Jakarta, Indonesia (June 30th / Mata Elang International Stadium)
- Singapore
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Seoul, Korea
- Japan
- Taipei, Taiwan


Tour schedule will be updated as it is settled,
and the details of each show and ticketing schedule will be informed in a separate page.

Will appreciate your continuous love and support.

Thank you

Sources: MBLAQ's Official Cafe [x], AbsoluetMBLAQ forums [x]