April 19th, 2012

Big Bang to greet their fans in 160 countries through MTV’s ‘World Stage’ !!!

Big Bang fans all over the world are in for a special treat.

According to YG Entertainment, Big Bang will be featured on MTV‘s ‘World Stage – Big Bang ALIVE‘ on May 4th. ‘World Stage’ is a program that broadcasts the concert performances of global artists, and the biggest names in music such as Beyonce and Lady Gaga have been featured on the program.
The Big Bang special will include footage of the group performing the songs from their 5th mini-album ‘ALIVE‘, and fans all over the world will get to see the boys perform their new songs “Bad Boy“, “Fantastic Baby“, “Blue“, and more.
Fans will also get to see a more casual side of the boys. An insider from YG Entertainment remarked, “Through a corner titled ‘YG ON AIR’, the members will share their honest thoughts on music, and fans who have been curious to know what the boys are like backstage will get a chance to see that as well.”
In related news, Big Bang will be focusing on their Japan Tour starting next month.

Ssource: allkpop | Dispatch via Nate
those bitches on mtv adria better air it.


Kim Junho (AKA Junsu's Twin) To Make Drama Debut In "Stroke of Luck"

JYJ Junsu’s twin brother Juno (Kim Joon Ho) will give his first shot at acting through the TV Chosun comic drama “Stroke of Luck.” Juno is already getting praise from other veteran actors.

Juno will play the role of “Dong Hee.” "Dong Hee" was brought up as a prince so he does whatever he wants to. He is a playboy that wants to become a singer. Juno is 187cm tall and has a good looking face that will ensure that he is a loveable character.

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Source: Soompi

^Only gif I have of him, but Junho is cute as hell and I'm so excited ;( Tall twin FTW!

B.A.P. releases comeback image teaser with Youngjae and Daehyun !!

B.A.P has finally unveiled their final image teaser featuring members Daehyun and Youngjae!

Over the past week, the group has been releasing teaser images in pairs with their new hair styles, or colors for some of them, and Daehyun and Youngjae are the final two to complete the round. Don’t get too comfy yet, though, as TS Entertainment has revealed that there will also be a teaser video release tomorrow on April 20th!

As traditional of teasers, the video will give a brief preview of what fans can expect from their upcoming album.
Youngjae’s definitely gone for the most dramatic hair style change out of the group by shaving off the sides for a wispy, blonde mohawk look.

There are just eight days left until B.A.P.’s full release of their music video and album, which will kick off their promotions on April 27th.

credit: allkpop
omg.. daehyun, don't give me that look... 
Orange Caramel; Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Taemin the fairest of them all, makes all ur Unnis jealous.

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SHINee member Taemin‘s pretty-boy good looks seem to be the envy of everyone, including legendary diva Patti Kim.

The April 18th broadcast of SBS ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘ aired an interview conducted with Taemin.

During the interview, the reporter remarked, “We heard that senior Patti Kim personally told you that she doesn’t like you. We would like to hear the explanation.”

“She really did say that she didn’t like me,” he confirmed. “When I asked her why she didn’t, she said that she didn’t like that I had such a ‘pretty’ appearance.”

“What can I do? I was born this way,” he said confidently with a laugh and added, “I am sorry that I was born so beautiful.”

source: allkpop (http://www.allkpop.com/2012/04/shinees-taemin-apologizes-for-his-pretty-boy-appearance)

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B.A.P's comeback teaser!

After leaving quite the impression on the K-Pop scene with their debut Warrior, the 6 boys of B.A.P. will be making a comeback with their sophomore single “POWER“.

The teaser for POWER sees the boys continuing their trademark urban style, but this time meriting it with a cyberpunk inspired look. While not much of the song is revealed, the brand new concept will be sure to captivate fans and the like once more.

Until their official release on April 27th, check out the teaser below!

credit to .allkpop
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EXO-K and EXO-M blast their way to the tops of music charts

The two groups who are simultaneously targeting Korea and China, EXO-K and EXO-M, have started two storms.

The group active domestically, EXO-K, recorded first place on music sales charts, as well as real-time Hanteo aggregate charts, with the release of their first mini-album MAMA.

Following EXO-K, EXO-M also rose to the #2 rank on the real-time charts, using their unique sound as a way to win the interest of fans both domestically and internationally.

In addition, EXO-M’s music video for their title track “MAMA,” released on April 8, topped Chinese music video streaming sites for two weeks consecutively.

The two groups’ simultaneous debut attracted the attention of fans, and coupled with the work of producer Yoo Youngjin, the Gregorian chants, and the use of a full orchestra, EXO-K and EXO-M have unique sounds that have captured fans’ interest. In addition, the sharp synths, guitar riffs, and powerful shouting add to the intense feeling of the title song.

Source: mydaily & kpopseven
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E-Sens receives his sentence for marijuana use

Supreme Team‘s E-Sens has been sentenced to a 1-year-2-month imprisonment and a 2-year probation after being charged with smoking marijuana.

On April 13th, the Seoul Central District Court also sentenced him to 160 hours of community service, 40 hours of drug rehabilitation and lectures, and a fine of about $1900 (2,130,000 WON).

Back in November, E-Sens opened a press conference at Supreme Team’s recording studio in Seoul where he confessed to smoking marijuana.

E-Sens was blindsided when he was taken in by police last September and investigated for marijuana use. Investigators revealed, “For about one year, he smoked marijuana that he obtained from acquaintances around his house.”

Sports Chosun+AKP

I'm really glad Korea treats it's recreational drug users worse than it does it's rapist, murders and child molesters. If he's getting all of this for smoking weed, I want Jaejoong and Yoochun to get jail time for assault.

4minute charts high on Gaon and Hanteo charts

4minute continues to achieve unprecedented success with their recent comeback.

On Gaon's weekly combined digital charts, 4minute ranked 2nd with 33,599,589 points, closely behind Busker Busker. In a week against strong competitors, 4minute managed to place the highest out of the new entries this week. 4minute also ranked 1st place on the weekly digital download charts, with a total of 391,155 downloads, above Busker Busker, SISTAR, Nell, SISTAR, K. Will, and other acts. In addition, Volume Up placed 7th out of this week's best selling albums.

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Sources | 4MF | Gaon | Hanteo (I cannot direct link to the last two! I'm sorry!)
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City on Verge of Bankruptcy

As the city of Yongin faces colossal debts after the construction of a new train line, the city’s civil servants are asked to return part of their wages and bonuses. The following article generated hundreds of comments over the weekend from disgruntled netizens, questioning why the city’s residents voted the Saenuri Party in again, despite having been the party who originally went on with the go-ahead for the new line’s construction.

Light-rail costing a bomb, forcing even the civil servants of Yongin to return their wages

The city of Yongin in Gyeonggi Province is about to suffer from the aftereffects of serious financial difficulties which arose from its impractical light-rail business. Civil servants of the local government, including the mayor, must now endure the ‘humility’ of returning their annual pay awards. Shockingly enough, impact of the adult’s misjudgement will be shared by young children as well, as the city has to stop its projects on improvements of educational environment, including provision of school lunches and language-teaching facilities.
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Source: koreabang
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JYJ Kim Junsu concert’s ticketing starts today (April 19), phone line of ticket selling company was

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Solo comeback of JYJ Kim Junsu is drawing attention.

On April 16, Kim Junsu’s agency – CJeS entertainment announced that he will release his solo album in the upcoming May and later hold a domestic concert and an Asia Tour.

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Source: Sport Chosun
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Word of Mouth: South Korea's 'My Way' tries to find a way in U.S.

'My Way' is billed as the most expensive South Korean film ever. CJ Entertainment America is seeking an art house crowd for it, but reviews haven't been great.

More than 1.7 million Korean Americans live in the United States, and CJ Entertainment America is seeking to lure a good percentage of them — as well as the wider art house cinema crowd — to theaters starting Friday for "My Way," touted as the most expensive South Korean movie of all time.

Opening in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Toronto and Vancouver, Canada, "My Way" tells the story of two rival men, one a poor Korean and the other Japanese royalty, who end up fighting together against the Chinese and the Soviets during World War II. But it is hardly a buddy story; Japan occupied the Korean peninsula for much of the first half of the 20th century, and the film is scathing in its portrayal of the Japanese.
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Taiwan, S. Korea may reject Vietnamese workers

South Korea and Taiwan are considering limiting entry to Vietnamese workers since the number of runaway Vietnamese workers who overstay their visas to work illegally in these countries has increased steadily, Vietnam’s Overseas Labor Management Department has warned.

By 2011, 48 percent of Vietnamese workers in South Korea stayed on in the country after their contracts expired, the highest proportion among the 15 countries that sent workers to South Korea, the department reported.

As a result, South Korea suspended a language test for Vietnamese workers in August 2011 and requested that Vietnam’s authorities take measures to ease the problem.

Four month later, South Korea agreed to resume the language test after Vietnam announced its solutions to the situation.

However, with the number of runaway Vietnamese workers in South Korea rising from 48 to 54 percent in the first quarter of 2012, the situation has not improved but worsened.
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Source: vietnamnet

Brian Joo Mourns The Death of His Cousin

Fly To The Sky’s Brian Joo recently tweeted about a loss in his family.

On April 19th and the 20th, Brian shared the following message with his fans:

Please keep me & my little cousin, Justin Yeon, in prayer~ He passed away this morning & I’ll be flying out to NJ tmrw for the funeral. RIP…. On the plane & just waiting for take off… Hope it’s a smooth ride & please pray for me ad my family, during our time of grieving… Thanks

We send our condolences to Brian and the entire Joo family.

source; brian's twitter + kpopseven
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boyfriend will flock to japan like everybody else

After a successful year following their debut in South Korea last year, Boyfriend will finally be making their entrance into Japan this year. Boyfriend is already set to release a special album in Japan on June 6th prior to holding their debut showcase at the end of the month.

According to Starship Entertainment, Boyfriend has already signed an exclusive contract with top Japanese agency, Bing, who have commented that they decided to promote the group after seeing the group's luxurious look and modern style. Bing is also known for housing Japanese artists B'z and Kuraki Mai.

Meanwhile, Boyfriend will have their showcase take place at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, and are set to perform in front of 10,000 fans on June 30th.

Source: 10asiae & koreaboo

Lee Hyori - PUMA photoshoot preview

Singer Lee Hyori's sexy and sporty pictorial has been revealed.

Lee Hyori recently participated in a pictorial for PUMA's Social Campaign and she rocked various outfits that gave her both a sporty and sexy feel.

The center picture (above) of her daring outfit consisting of a pink sports bra and a black track jacket captured the eyes of netizens with her dazzling form. Along with the top that revealed her slim, feminine body, her mini skirt revealed her toned legs, which brought both a healthy and sexy feel.

Her love for animals is also displayed in her outfit where an animal graphic tee was matched with a sporty red baseball jacket.

Lee Hyori's PUMA social campaign photos will be revealed in the May issues of Cosmopolitan Korea, Vogue Girl Korea, and First Look magazines.

Source: naverallkpop
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Busker Busker sells over 50,000 copies of their first album

The growing popularity of "Superstar K3" runner-up Busker Busker is showing no signs of slowing down.

On April 19th, the Hanteo charts revealed that Busker Busker's first album, which was released on the 29th of March, has sold 50,476 copies (as of 18th April). As a surprising result, the overwhelming demand has led to the album's need to be reprinted.

Last year, there were only 15 groups in Korea that managed to sell over 50,000 copies of their album, with most of these being established idol groups such as Super Junior, Girls' Generation, TVXQ, JYJ and Big Bang, so for a rookie band to have such results is a great accomplishment.

Busker Busker's popularity has rocked the music industry. Their title track, "Cherry Blossom Endings," has taken the top spot on the Billboard Kpop charts and other music charts. The have also managed to stay on top of the Mnet daily charts for 12 days running, even winning last week's Mnet M! Countdown.

Also, Busker Busker will be holding their solo concert, "The Bus of Youth," on the 5th and 6th of May at the Baekjunyeonginyeom Hall in Yonsei University.

Source:: k star news & koreaboo
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Mi to release her first studio album

Solo vocalist Mi, who rose to fame through her OST feature with 4Men's Shin Yong Jae on Secret Garden, has announced that she'll be releasing her first studio album this month!

Although Mi made her debut in 2007, this will be her first album release five years into her career. For a while now, she's worked closely with the members of 4Men and built a reputation of being 4Men's lady, an honorable nickname for any budding soloist.

Mi expressed, "I'd like to first thank all of my fans for waiting for my album for such a long time. It will be an album that does not disappoint expectations. I'll return the love with active promotions."

Her teaser music video for Beautiful will be released on the 23rd.

Source: osenallkpop

I didn't know how to tag this post at all lol. :/ And yay for another female voice!