April 20th, 2012

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Get ready guys: Nintendo Will Launch 3DS In South Korea On 28th

Only three games at launch
Nintendo is launching the 3DS handheld console in South Korea just over a year after it was made available everywhere else.

While the original 3DS launch didn't exactly pack a ton of great games, this one comes with just three: Super Mario 3D Land, Tekken 3D Prime Edition and the weirdly named Nicola Magazine Model Stylish Audition 2. However this latter title is only confirmed by Siliconera and there doesn't appear to be much in the way of information about the game anywhere else.

During the 28th April launch, South Korean gamers will be able to pick up a 3DS in one of three colours: Cosmo Black, Cobalt Blue and Misty Pink. The price for the handheld is expected to be 220,000 Won, which equates to just over £120.

Nintendo will be launching several more titles over the course of the year, including: Mario Kart 7, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Star Fox 3D, Nintendogs + Cats and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, in 3D.

That's a lot of strong selling titles, especially the ones from big franchises like Mario and Zelda. The 3DS' launch in the rest of the world was mired by poor sales. Nintendo initially held off releasing its own first party games in order to allow other developers to pick up the usual initial boon of game purchases with the release of a new console. However, the slack was never picked up, leaving Nintendo to rush in its own games as soon as possible. Once Mario Kart and Mario 3D Land hit the shelves though, the 3DS console began being picked up in droves.

Source: itproportal
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Another Agency Rep Booked in New Case

Another sexual harassment case has surfaced. The case involving the head of Open World Entertainment is still happening, but another agency head was recently booked for sexually harassing an aspiring celebrity.

The Seoul Mapo Police Agency revealed on April 19 that it booked without detention the 35 year old head of an entertainment agency for sexual harassment. According to the police, the rep made a 22 year old female, who visited his building on April 18 for an audition, take off her clothes, and sexually harassed her by touching her breasts. The rep has admitted to the charges, but is asserting that the woman took off her clothes on her own will.

The agency involved in the new case is not very well known. One girl group and a male singer are signed with the agency, but they are also not well known. The agency is not that small, however, as it previously helped a famed foreign singer promote in Korea.

Source: enewsworld
Aeris - GTFO
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Anyone remember TOUCH? well they are coming back

TOUCH has announced that they’ll be making a comeback as a five member group with new members!

The group debuted in 2010 with “Me” and promoted actively with “Rockin’ the Club” last year. Gearing up for their next comeback, the boys have already completed filming the music video for their title track.

Directed by Kwon Soon Ok, BoA‘s older brother, the music video features actress Kim So Hyun, better known for her role as the younger ‘Bokyung in the MBC drama, ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun‘.

TOUCH’s new title track is a sweet love story with a music video concept about a man planning a romantic event for the girl he fell in love with upon first sight with.

For those in need of a refresher, Junyong and Younghoon departed from the group for reasons of military enlistment and family circumstances respectively.

Source: allkpop, Photos: Sports Kyunghyang via Naver

So I'm pretty sure there are only two original members of the group left? It's a shame this group has become such a clusterfuck, I enjoyed their songs :(

G-Dragon's Hair is a Magpie Bird

Another netizen, with too much time on his or her hands, has created a bizarre yet amusing photo composition.

Recently a posting was made on the online community titled, ′A magpie raising GD’ with a composition picture.

The series of pictures shows the Big Bang leader looking as though he has just woken up. His messy bed-hair resembles the nest of a magpie to which a netizen took the time to draw out a magpie on G-Dragon’s head. The series of pictures then shows the drawn magpie, flying away, leaving a bare-headed G-Dragon.

Netizens commented on the photos saying, “The original picture was funny too but the composition is hilarious”, “Even a bald-headed G-Dragon is cute” and “That magpie doesn’t know how lucky it is.”

source: enews

B1A4 to debut in Japan with "Beautiful Target" in June

Five member boy group B1A4 will be making their Japanese debut with the release of their first single in June. 

The group will be releasing a Japanese version of "Beautiful Target", joined by b-side song "Chu Chu Chu". As the single is set to be released in three different versions, the Limited type A consists of the two songs with extra instrumentals as well as a DVD with jacket shooting footage, as well as live performances. The Limited edition type B has an extra b-side song "Bling Girl", next to the base tracklist, while the regular version has "Ready to go" as an extra song.

"Beautiful Target" is set to be released on June 27th, after which they will have promotional events on June 30th and July 1st. Tickets for these events will be handed out through the CD releases.

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source: koreaboo + tower records, queen glynx @ aviateb1a4 1, 2

YES CHU CHU CHU ♡ And the Beautiful Target outfits look significantly less ugly ◠‿◠
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Ladygate: “Bus Girl” Demands Driver Apologize on Knees

The ‘Ladygate’ saga, a series of Korean girls (who are nicknamed by netizens using the suffix 女 [녀 -nyo] or “girl”) behaving badly has so far seen ”Cigarette Girl“, “Beer Girl“, “Soju Girl” and ”Swearing Woman” all cause a stir on Korean cyberspace.

In the latest alleged incident, a female passenger, literally dubbed “the Bus Girl who brought a driver down to his knees”, demands the driver of a highway express bus who caused an accident to kneel down and apologize. This is not the first time we have seen people being asked to apologize on their knees in public, as was the case in China where two youths who accidentally killed a dog were forced to kneel down before the dead animal, covered by our big brother site chinaSMACK. After a picture of the incident was uploaded on the internet, the photo went viral. Netizens expressed their rage, especially at the sight of the alleged diva’s carefree attitude, underlined by her hands-in-pocket posture. The story has now drawn thousands of comments on Korean portal site Nate.
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Source: koreabang
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[NEWS] 120420 Song JiHyo-Kim Jaejoong to Star as Leads in the Film “Jackal Comes”

Actress Song JiHyo and Singer/Actor Kim Jaejoong are to star as the lead characters in the upcoming film “Jackal Comes” (Director Pe Hyun Joon).

“Jackal Comes” will be under the production of Nomad Films and officials from both their side as well as JiHyo and Jaejoong’s management company, C-JeS entertainment, have stated that Song Jihyo and Kim Jaejoong will star in “Jackal Comes” as the female and male protagonists respectively. On April 20th, C-JeS entertainment officials stated the the first readings for the movie will be finished soon.

“Jackal Comes” is a story about an unstable female bar singer who kidnaps a popular singer and tries to kill him, causing police to be dispatched and go through a number of comedic episodes trying to stop her. Both Song Jihyo and Kim Jaejoong fit well with the characters they will play and will bring their own unique colors to the scenarios portrayed in the movie. 

Currently Song Jihyo is getting much love from the public for her charming, fresh appeal and work on the popular SBS variety show “Running Man”. This will be Jihyo’s first time in 4 years coming back to the movie scene since the 2008 film “Frozen Flower”.

From being an actor as well as a singer, Kim Jaejoong is advancing past the realm of dramas onto the big screen. In 2009, Jaejoong starred in the film “Heaven’s Postman”, but this is his first time being a lead in a full-length movie that will be shown to widespread commercial audiences. Last year, Jaejoong was recognized for his superior acting skills in SBS’s drama “Protect the Boss” and will be making another broadcast appearance soon as a lead role in the upcoming drama “Time Slip Dr. Jin”. [Jaejoong] is expected to reveal a different set of charms for this big screen.

The Director of “Jackal Comes” is Pe Hyun Joon, who has directed past works such as “Don’t Believe Your Girlfriend” and “Boys Don’t Cry”. This film will be distributed through LOTTE Entertainment. Along with Song JiHyo and Kim Jaejoong, a large supporting cast will also be joining. The film is expected to be in theaters by September or October.

Source:  Osen via Nate | Newsen via Nate | Translation by: Yule of PrinceJJ | Shared by: PrinceJJ
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It was previously rumored that Junsu would play that part, but now it's official that Jaejoong will play the lead! So excited for my bbjae! Such a perfect role tbh.
And mods, maybe we need a Song Ji Hyo tag? I thought we had one, but turns out, we don't.

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South Korea’s Jeju Island, paradise with a dark side

I’m standing with a social worker beneath the palm trees outside a municipal building in the main city of Jeju Island. We’re talking about a nearby naval base, which the South Korean government is trying to build and a number of islanders are trying to prevent. She’s repeating a familiar refrain about Jeju — that it’s a paradise on Earth, but one with a dark side. The naval base is only the latest indignity inflicted on this semitropical island 60 miles south of the Korean mainland.

“It’s just like the story of Genesis in the Bible,” I say. “Even the Garden of Eden had a snake

She likes this line. Throwing her head back, she laughs very hard.

Then she wallops me on the shoulder.

It’s supposed to be an affectionate cuff. But the social worker is a solidly built woman in her 50s, and she nearly throws me off my feet. I laugh, too, while covertly feeling my shoulder for damage.
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Source: washingtonpost

Will SHINee Be Able to Make $50 Million USD in Sales?

SHINee is embarking on a series of concerts in Japan. "The First Japan Arena Tour - SHINee World 2012" will start on April 25 in Fukuoka, and will be performing in Hokkaido, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Tokyo, and Hiroshima. This arena tour consists of 20 concerts and SHINee is expecting to attract approximately 250,000 people in the audience. 

SHINee made their debut in Japan only about a year ago in June 2011. However, the expected revenue from their first arena tour concerts surpasses any other K-Pop idol groups. The tickets to these concerts are all 122,000 Korean Won (8,800 Yen). SHINee is expected to make up to 30.7 billion Korean won (2.2 billion Yen) only in ticket sales. In addition, many character products will be sold at these concerts. Experts are anticipating 15 billion to 20 billion Korean won in sales of these products, bringing up the maximum expected total revenue from "The First Japan Arena Tour - SHINee World 2012" to approximately 50 billion Korean won (nearly $50 million USD). 

Previously, SHINee released their Japanese debut single "Replay" in June 2011. Around the same time, they garnered much attention internationally when they successfully hosted a showcase in England's Abbey Road Studio, which is known as the Beatles' studio. SHINee successfully placed all three of their singles, "Replay," "Juliet" and "Lucifer," on the top 3 of Oricon Singles Chart. It was the first time for a foreign artist to be placed in the Singles Chart for three times in a row in the 44 year long history of Oricon Charts. 

During "The First Japan Arena Tour - SHINee World 2012," SHINee is to release new single "Sherlock" on May 16.

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Official trailer for ‘I AM’ released!

The main official trailer for SM Entertainment‘s documentary ‘I AM‘ has been released!

The upcoming film will feature the stories of label artists BoA, TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, SHINee, and f(x).

The trailer was released on the official fan cafe today.
‘I AM’ will cover footage of the day and events surrounding SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR in Madison Square Garden back in October of 2011 as well as other exclusive content.

Watch the ‘I AM’ trailer with snippets of the artists’ pre-debut days below:

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source: allkpopI AM’ fan cafe | withsosiz9dot4@youtube /// laapff.festpro.com

Yunho’s fans build a library in China in his name

Fans of TVXQ‘s Yunho have opened a ‘Yunho Library‘ in China.
A message was recently written on an online community site with the title, ‘Have you received this kind of a birthday gift?’.

Fans of Yunho have been planning to build this library for a long time coming, and it has finally opened on March 24th.

Fans explained the purpose of the library by saying, Jung Yunho is a kind, warm, passionate and honest young man, and therefore we have respect for our idol. Because of him, our hearts have been moved numerous times.”

The library is located on the second floor of Chungam Elementary School, and the library provides students with books, bookshelves, desks, writing supplies, and more. The fans also handed the teachers and the principle a door plate that reads, ‘Yunho Library’. The library includes 1,688 books.

Netizens who heard the news remarked, “Yunho’s fans are amazing. The library is awesome“, along with “Yunho must be so proud“, and more.

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source: TVReport via Nate | ystarchannel3@youtube | allkpop