April 18th, 2012

laughing sehun

This is an EXO-K video translations mini-post!

EXO-K at M! Countdown Backstage at MNET Japan

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EXO-K at Show Champion

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Credits:  kpopidolexo1

Trans: Me

Disclaimer: Please credit when taking out the translations. And I'd also like to apologize for some translation mishaps if ever, since Korean isn't my first language. And in the 2nd video where Bacon got cut off, yes it does suck, but it's just unfortunate that the streamer's stream lagged. BUT OH THE CUTENESS.

EDIT: Added in Bacon's cut parts! (yay!) And a screencap+translations of the cardboard thing for vid#2~

B.A.P. releases comeback image teaser featuring Jongup and Zelo

Following the teaser release of Himchan and Bang Yong Guk yesterday, B.A.P. has returned today with another image of maknaes Jongup and Zelo!

The two are the maknae line of the group having been born in ’95 and ’96 respectively, and just like the previous teaser, the boys are looking fierce against a bright red backdrop with tribal neon paintings. Most noted is Jongup’s hair color change from blonde to black, with his cap being pushed down by what fans have labeled to be Zelo’s “bad manner hands”.

There are nine days left now until their comeback, as B.A.P. will be releasing their digital album and music video on April 27th.

source: allkpop

Jongup... he was cute before, but this, I have no words. 
He's working the dark shade. Boy looks fineeee 

♫ sweet love
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Another IU's Post~

Pre-sale tickets for IU’s ‘Real Fantasy’ concert sell out in 30 minutes

IU demonstrated her popularity once more through the complete sell out of her first ever solo concert, ‘Real Fantasy‘!

Representatives of Loen Entertainment revealed, “Pre-sale went live on APril 17th for the concerts to be held in Seoul, and within 30 minutes, both concert dates totaling to 5,500 seats sold out.”

IU had originally intended for the concert to focus entirely on music and her fans, thus decided to hold smaller concerts in theaters nationwide instead of one big concert at a hall. Although those around her had tried to persuade her from the decision thinking that it would be hard to sell out multiple concerts since she is a solo artist, IU proved that it could work.

Representatives continued, “We’d like to genuinely thank all of the fans for showing such great support for IU’s first concert. We’re going to work hard to prepare a stage that will satisfy everyone looking forward to her concert.”

IU’s concert will kick off in Seoul on June 2nd and 3rd, and then move on to tour six cities nationwide.

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source: akp1/akp2 (for the translation)/loeniu @ yt
mod, akp doesn't link to the korean news source for the article :/

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source: mydaily/starnnews/osen trans: squishyblob at whi

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source: nongshimPR@yt

종대 » tyvm
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Kan believed he was the reason for LeeU's departure

Last year, F.CUZ‘s former member Lee U announced his departure from the group to launch a solo career.

Fellow member Kan finally spoke up on his feelings about the departure in a recent interview with Star News and shared his thoughts on the changes.

The group debuted back in 2010 as a four member group and headlined often because Lee U was the son of legendary singer Sul Woon Do. Lee U left about a year later, however, due to the differences in musical styles, and the group spent a year as a trio before adding Raehyun and Daegun to the group.

Unfortunately in January of last year, Kan suffered a major car accident during his way home from the filming of SBS‘s ‘Athena‘ where he injured his shoulder, nose, and forehead. F.CUZ had to hastily conclude their follow-up promotions.

Kan revealed, “I believe it’s partially my fault that he left the group. When hyung withdrew, I think it was because of my car accident. I was at the hospital when I heard about the decision and I couldn’t help but think to myself, ‘It’s all my fault that this is happening.’ Because of my car accident, things had escalated and had gotten big, even bringing about financial problems.”

He continued, “I felt like an obstacle to the group. After I heard that the group had to abruptly conclude promotions, I thought that my accident had somehow also influenced his decision to leave. At the time of the accident, I had to go in for surgery because of the wounds on my face. When I came out, the members were all waiting for me. I couldn’t look at them in the face and just apologized while crying.”

After confessing that he contemplated suicide out of misery, he stated, “I couldn’t stop thinking that I was doing more harm than good for the members and our company. I was only hearing things through other people so I wanted to hear everything for myself. The only thing I got out of staying in the hospital was time to think, and I knew that I couldn’t just stay like that so I asked to be discharged a month earlier and met with the members to talk.”

When asked what he believes to be the truth behind the situation is, Kan expressed, “I believe I’m partially at fault, but not entirely. Lee U hyung’s parents also disapproved of his career decision and he himself wanted to pursue a different musical style. There were a lot of different reasons, but I only blamed myself at the time, which made it harder.”

Fortunately, Kan still keeps in frequent contact with Lee U. The other members stated, “There wasn’t any discord. We were hurt and upset with his departure, but praying for everyone’s success is the best thing for now.”

F.CUZ will be releasing their third mini-album, ‘For Century Ultimate Zest‘, on April 27th as a fresh start with their two new members.

Source: Star News via Allkpop

The Bad

Another Picture of Everyone's Favorite Korean Ninja

New stills from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," a sequel to a 2009 blockbuster "G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra," have been released on U.S. websites, heightening fans' excitement about the soon-to-be-released film.

Some of the images feature close-up poses of Storm Shadow, the role played by Korean actor Lee Byung-hun.

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I keep forgetting RZA's going to be in this too.  Pretty excited about that, tbh.
Source: The Chosun Ilbo


Who whore it better: sexy unnirs edition

Wonder Girls' Kim Yoobin (left) wore this Prada Spring/Summer 2012 body suit in "First Look" magazine this past January; 2NE1's Park Bom, for the April issue of "L'Officiel Hommes".

Poll #1834576 gorl look at that body (ahhh)

Who whored the Prada S/S 2012 bodysuit better?

That suit is an abomination to fashun tho

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Sources: Soompi, Ax3 Battery, KFashionista
the gang

My name is...B1A4

My name is CNU. My real name is Shin Dongwoo.

I was born on 1991.06.16. I have a noona who is five years older than me.

After hearing ‘Baby I’m Sorry’ for the first time, I was honestly quite surprised. Although I knew that Jinyoung made songs prior to our debut, this song seemed like a really different feel, so I thought, ‘Jinyoungie really must have worked hard this time’. Because he’s the member that knows B1A4 the best, I think that’s why he created a song that fit with us the best.

If ‘O.K’ or ‘Beautiful Target’ expressed confessing, ‘Baby I’m Sorry’ is to express a break up. Because how the members acted was important, we recorded each other with a camera and checked each other’s expressions.

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source: 10asia, trans by hyejin @ b1a4trans 12
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Hello Venus members Yoo Ara and Yunjo almost became members of After School

Hello Venus, known as the sister girl group of After school, members Yoo Ara and Yunjo's history has been a hot topic. On the 18th, it was revealed that Hello Venus members Yoo Ara and Yunjo had prepared to be pre-school girls for After School.

In 2009 After School's agency, Pledis Entertainment, held an audition to "Find the 9th member of After School." In this audition Yoo Ara won first place. Yoo ara participated in the "Happy Pledis" album and with her innocent image and excellent vocal skills, along with being skilled in Japanese, she was picked as the leader of Hello Venus.

For Yunjo, she participated in singing "Dream," a song from After school's first album. With her young image of a middle school girl, she has had many fans since her trainee days.

Pledis Entertainment said, "There were plans of putting these two pretty and talented girls as part of After School. But they had the potential to bring out their charms in a new girl group, so with many thoughts, we decided to put them in Hello Venus."

Along with Yoo Ara and Yunjo, Hello Venus consists of other members Nara, Alice, Ra-im, and Yooyoung. These six members will make their debut early May.

Source: osen & koreaboo
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"Superstar K3" Kim Youngil to make his debut as part of a boy group in October

"Superstar K3" contestant Kim Youngil will be making his debut along with a new boy group under the agency B2O Entertainment (Be The One Entertainment) this October, and is currently working as a trainee.

Kim Youngil auditioned for "Superstar K3" in Gwangju with the song, "I'll Be There" by Billy Porter, in front of the judges Kim Wansun, Tasha, and Wheesung. He made it to the "Super Week" rounds of the auditions, which lasted 3-days, however, was later eliminated.

Now it has been revealed that Kim Youngil has been taken in as a trainee and is preparing hard for his upcoming debut in October as part of a boy group. The whole process will be broadcasted live in real-time through AfricaTV "btotv" and USTREAM "btolive."

The CEO of B2O Entertainment, Lee Woojae, said, "Kim Youngil's voice is very colorful and soft, but filled with emotions. His song interpretation skills is expected to play a very important role to the team."

Source: newsen & koreaboo
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jung so min hasn't spoken to her father in over 9 years

Actress Jung So Min revealed that she had not spoken to her father in over 9 years.

She was recently a guest on SBS’s Strong Heart where she revealed that her relationship with her father is strained. She surprised everyone by saying,

“I haven’t spoken to my father in about 9 years. He was against me pursuing my dreams of becoming an actress because he wanted me to live a normal life. I was young back then, so naturally I became rebellious. Now that I’m an adult and have succeeded in becoming an actress, I feel regretful for what I did to him especially since he has been waiting for me at the same place ever since.”

Jung So Min‘s confession shocked everyone. Now that she has talked about her strained relationship with her father, maybe she can take the steps needed to fix their relationship.

Source: nate & kpopseven
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South Korea cracks down on online racism

South Korea's media watchdog will be tightening its monitoring and censorship of online racism after an upsurge in such comments following a controversial murder case.

The Yonhap News Agency reported on Wednesday that the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) will boost its monitoring and censorship of racist and discriminatory remarks on online forums after it saw an increase in the number of such sentiments posted online by locals incensed by the alleged murder of a Korean woman by a Korean-Chinese man.

"Ever since the murder in Suwon, expressions of hatred and extreme discrimination have been on the rise. [We] will focus our censorship efforts on this trend," said Nam Hye-Young, a KCSC official overseeing censorship of illegal information, said in the report.

Other similar racist remarks were attributed to people attacking Lee Jasmine, a naturalized Korean from the Philippines, who was elected to the country's parliament in its recent general elections, it added.

The KCSC said it had reviewed and deleted six offensive posts since the start of the year.

Last December, the watchdog tightened the monitoring of social networking sites in a bid to curb illicit content, including North Korean propaganda. A team consisting of eight members were tasked to examine Facebook and Twitter posts and smartphone apps.

Source: zdnetasia
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S. Korea seeks ways to disable 'silent camera' apps

South Korea is seeking ways to disable smartphone apps that allow users to silently snap photos in a bid to prevent Peeping Toms from secretly photographing women, an official said Wednesday.

Discussions are underway between authorities and handset makers, an official of the Korea Communications Commission told AFP.

"We have recently started discussions with firms like Samsung, LG, Google and Apple regarding whether it's technically possible to disable those apps on their devices," the official said on condition of anonymity.

The move comes amid privacy concerns after a series of crimes involving men secretly taking photos of women.

While there is already a regulation in place making it compulsory for mobile phones to make a sound when a photo is taken there is no such rule for app developers, meaning there are dozens of apps that provide a mute switch.

In June, a man in his 30s was arrested in the southeastern city of Gimhae for secretly taking about 500 pictures under women's skirts by using a "silent camera" app.

South Korea has nearly 25 million smartphone users in a total population of almost 50 million.

Source: thesundaily
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Sudden Discussion on Race Grips South Korea

Suddenly, South Korea is having a moment about race.

All through the Korean media and in business lunches and casual conversations, people are talking about race and Korean identity, a civic discussion shaped by the confluence of four news events.

The first was the gruesome murder of a young Korean woman (which hit the front pages in part because of the bungled response of police to her emergency call) by a Korean-Chinese man in Suwon. Then came a shooting spree by a Korean-American in California. Next was the election of a Philippine-born immigrant to the National Assembly. And finally came the approval on Tuesday of a Korean-American as head of the World Bank.

At the center of the civic and media discussion has been a spate of race-tinged criticism and false rumors spreading on Korean Internet sites about Jasmine Lee, the Filipina-Korean who joined the Parliament as a proportional representative from the New Frontier Party after its victory last week.
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Source: korearealtime

Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun to Release Mini-Album on May 2nd

Girls’ Generation’s subunit “Girls’ Generation–TaeNySeo” will release their first mini-album “Twinkle” in the near future.

The first incarnation of Girls’ Generation’s new subunit project, Girls’ Generation–TaeNySeo is comprised of the amazing vocals of Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Seohyun. “Twinkle” is expected to be released on May 2nd, and listeners can look forward to the rich music and attractive vocals that will be featured.

SM Entertainment officially announced the creation of this new subunit on April 19th. They said in a statement, “Girls’ Generation’s subunit will feature the various talents of each Girls’ Generation member by changing the members of the unit according to the music and concept of each new subunit album. This subunit will aim to grab the attention of fans with all aspects of music, performance, and fashion styles.”

Source: Daum + SOSHIFIED
Translated by: minigiglo@soshified
Edited by: taengsoshi@soshified, bhost909@soshified, residentbenchwarmer@soshified

They look like Orange Caramel...

tzuyu heart shaker

Girls’ Generation Voted Most Popular Female Singer for First Half of 2012

Lee’s PR, a research company, revealed on April 18th that Girls’ Generation was the most popular female singer in the first half of 2012. 1,329 people voted in the poll, awarding Girls’ Generation 26.9% of the vote. Girls’ Generation beat IU, Wonder Girls, Baek Jiyoung, Lee Hyori and Miss A to the top female singer spot. Other than a slight slip in late 2011 where they fell down to number two, Girls’ Generation have held the number one spot in the “Female Singer” part of the poll since 2009.

The poll results come as Girls’ Generation’s popularity is soaring both in South Korea and worldwide. Their 2nd Asia Tour received international love, but their popularity is not just limited to Asia. The girls travelled to New York to film for “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Live with Kelly”, and also held a fansign event during their visit. The girls then attended “Music Bank in Paris”, further extending their popularity into Europe. Although Girls’ Generation did not promote much in Korea in the first half of 2012, their global activities have made their fanbase even larger, truly making them deserving of the title of “Most Popular Female Singer” of the first half of 2012.

Source: Naver + Soshified
Written by: bethlyhem.@soshified
Translated by: jyhwang@soshified
Edited by: bhost909@soshified, MoonSoshi9@soshified
Contributors: dongie@soshified

Lena Park was #1 in the second half of 2011.
sorry mods, forgot the subject last time. First time posting, sorry.

Kitty kitty

LMFAO shares “Party Rock” & “High High” mashup featuring GD&TOP

The Shuffle Dancers of LMFAO shared a fun link on their official Facebook page.

On April 18th, LMFAO’s official Facebook page shared a link to mashup of LMFAO’s “Party Rocks” vs GD&TOP‘s “High High” by DJ Dave. Because of this link, a lot of people who were never exposed to K-pop have discovered the music of GD&TOP and left many positive comments. Could there be a possible LMFAO and GD&TOP collaboration in the future? Would you like to see it?

I kindda like this tbh... Okay i'm dancing like crazy

Source: Allkpop
{film}: wake up wake up wake up

Police book two idol members and issue arrest warrant for singer ‘A’ in Open World investigation

It has been revealed that the police have booked the two idol members mentioned previously, and have issued an arrest warrant for individual ‘A’ in the ongoing investigation against Open World Entertainment‘s CEO.

On April 18th, Seoul Kangnam Police told TVDaily, “We are issuing out a warrant of arrest for the singer ‘A’, who is in his 30s, involved in the case.” They also commented, “The two idol group members have also been booked without detention.

As mentioned before, ‘A’ is reported to be someone who has a personal connection to the Open World Entertainment CEO, but is not under the label.

The police also revealed that they will be concluding the investigations on April 19th to hand over the case to prosecutors.

So far, from what is circulating the Korean media outlets, the above statements seem to have been confirmed. What hasn’t been confirmed is news concerning The Boss, and whether or not they are involved in the case.

According to one media outlet, News1, they have obtained a statement from a source within the police who has stated, “The idol members involved in this case are not from The Boss… The two members involved who carried out the commands by the CEO have been booked.

Considering that News1 is the only one to have acquired this statement from the source, and as other media outlets (at the time of writing) have not made any mention of The Boss, it remains to be seen whether this is valid or not.

In related news, Open World Entertainment once again denied any involvement of their artists, and apologized to the public earlier today through an official statement.

Sources: allkpop, News1, TVDaily, Asia Today
tzuyu heart shaker

Sica photoshoot and b-day msgs, Tae+Fany on K-pop Star, BTS vid for Yuri's Mamonde CF

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Source: Newsen via Daum1, Newsen via Daum2. Soshified
Translated by: ch0sshi@soshified
Edited by: bhost909@soshified, residentbenchwarmer@soshified
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Translated by jyhwang, ch0sshi
Edited by cedge

Source: Official Girls' Generation website, Soshified
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Source: TVDaily via Daum, Soshified
Written by: bhost909@soshified
Edited by: residentbenchwarmer@soshified
Contributor: minigiglo@soshified

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4minute brings back 'women power' with Volume Up + more news

4minute has broken nearly two months of dominance by boybands on online music charts by hitting #1 this week.

Online music store Soribada recently revealed that the sexy girl group has topped the boys on their weekly chart (4/9 to 4/15). The girls recently released their mini-album, Volume Up, and the title track has been sweeping the charts across Korea.

Nonetheless, Busker Busker has continued their popularity with their song "Sakura Ending" at the #2 spot, and also taking the #8, #10, #17 and #20 positions on the chart. Girl group SISTAR also came in at #3 on the track with their song "Alone" and another track, "No Mercy" managed to get the #18 spot.

Sources | Nate News | 4MF

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Sources | The Star Chosun | 4MF

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Sources | fyeahborntobeat | @4NIA_ONLY4NIA, @4m_kkwonsso |1 | 2| @4m_namgg | 1 | 2 | 3

Congrats 4minute on your first Volume Up win on MBC Music Show Champion! n.n (first post! so nervous~) IMGUR links fixed! soooo sorry! n.n;;