June 6th, 2014

Hip-hop no longer just a boys’ club Jolly V carves out a space in male-dominated K-hiphop scene

While there is certainly no shortage of women who rap in the Korean music industry, there are few female MCs in the Korean hip-hop scene. Standing out among them is Jolly V, with her husky tone, mellow flow and ability to rap fluently in English and Korean.

The 25-year-old rapper says one obstacle for women in today’s Korean hip-hop is the high bar set by the legendary singer-rapper Yoon Mirae.

“If you ask any Korean which female rapper do you know, they’ll be like, Yoon Mirae. T. Tasha. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but since her image and her presence is just totally, wow, right there, I think listeners have a hard time adapting to new styles of female MCs or new styles of lyrics that female artists talk about,” she said.

She said it was time for women in Korean hip-hop to become stronger and surer of themselves. Only when there are enough strong female rappers with a strong foundation as artists will people stop comparing them all to Yoon Mirae.

It was a similar issue that the young rapper brought up in her diss track “Bad B****es” last December, calling for women in hip-hop to step up. She said the track talks about how other female MCs aren’t focusing on their artistry or message, which is what they should be doing. Rather, they focus more on the fact that they are women ― who happen to rap.

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source koreherald

Yura and Hong Jong Hyun meet for the first time


Model-actor Hong Jong Hyun, who is famous for being a chic and self-contained person, has met his match on MBC’s variety program “We Got Married – Season 4” with Girl’s Day’s Yura, who is cheerful and full of aegyo.

The two stars arrived to their first filming without knowing that they would actually be meeting one another. Thinking that he would only be doing a pre-interview, Hong Jong Hyun was surprised to receive a mission card telling him to search all around the MBC building in order to receive hints about his new wife-to-be.

Meanwhile, Yura received a mission card while she was in a waiting room with the rest of the Girl’s Day members who teased her for being unusually shy and acting unlike her normal self.

After searching far and wide, Hong Jong Hyun arrived in front of Girl’s Day’s waiting room. He said that he knew right away, as soon as the door opened, that Yura was his wife. The very different Hong Jong Hyun-Yura couple’s first meeting will be revealed on June 7 at 5 PM (KST) on MBC.

source: soompi


Park Gyu Ri, goes to the country of passion, ‘Brazil’! ‘Travelogue in Brazil’


Hello, readers of STARCAST~ I’m Park Gyu Ri of KARA. It has been a long time since I said greetings through STARCAST. How are you doing these days which is getting hotter…? I have experienced the hot summer in advance by going to the country of passion, Brazil in May!
I joined the team of SBS pilot program, ‘SNS Expedition: UP for Now’ and seized the chance to go on a trip to Brazil for my first time. However the itinerary wasn’t that easy since the title of the broadcast was ‘Social trip’ through social network. So I release behind photos and preview of best scenes from ‘UP for Now’.If you’re curious, then follow me right now~!

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Writing = KARA Park Gyu Ri
Arrangement/Provided = DSP Media
source: starcast

4minute Kwon So-hyun’s ‘4minute in Europe’ diary


4minute has come back from their Spain solo concert being the first Korean girl group in Europe.
They came back happily even from their Stockholm Sweden concert. They were in Europe since 21st until 27th!
4minute solo concert, ‘4minute Fan Bash in Europe’ was held in Barcelona Spain and Stockholm Sweden.
4minute, being the first K-pop girl group that has held concert in European continent, has come back from Europe! We release their stories of European trip they took for refreshing in the middle of their tight concert schedule.

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Writing/Image = 4minute Kwon So-hyun
Picture = 4minute Kwon So-hyun, CUBE Entertainment
source: starcast
TH: you look like a real babe today

A Dara post: 10 years in showbiz anniversary, DJ Dara on Volume Up

Message to fans: So it’s been 10 years since I’ve been in showbiz!!! I still remember the grand questor’s night in Araneta Coliseum 10 years ago. Thank you all for your support. Until now, you all never changed. I really love you all. I hope I can go back to Phil. soon!!! I already miss it!!! :) Ttiyong~ Not long ago, it has been 5 years since I debuted as a 2NE1 member.. but today, before I became a 2NE1 member…I was Sandara Park in the Philippines, and it’s been 10 years since that day~ Already 10 years..^^ The only things that changed are the numbers! In the next 10 years, I will live like I’m still young!ㅋㅋㅋ To everyone who supported and loved me from the beginning until now~~~♥ I love you~!!! >.<

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Volume Up translations by: @G_yonggoon + @ilove2ne1girls + @itsmeDongmin + @MyPeas_ + @sumiinkim
Twitter/Instagram translations by: CLASSIFIEDKJOP@ygladies.com + @sumiinkim + OuleySoleil@WeLoveDara/OhDara
Sources: Dara's twitter + Dara's instagram


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VIXX Shows Support for Fly to the Sky’s Comeback Concert

VIXX sent a message of support for their seniors in the music industry, Fly to the Sky, for their upcoming comeback concert.

On June 6, VIXX’s N posted words of encouragement, along with a group picture, on his personal Twitter, “Today is the first day of Fly to the Sky’s concert!! We are cheering on our seniors to have a great show! VIXX is also busy with practice for ‘Dream Concert’ and fan signing events, but we are gaining strength from our Starlights’ support..Fighting!! Have a good day, everyone!”

In the picture, VIXX can be seen huddled around Brian and Hwanhee, posing closely together in a heartwarming group shot. The members of the idol group usually known for their charismatic stage presence show off their cute side with smiles and peace signs.

Meanwhile, Fly to the Sky will be holding their first special comeback concert in five years, “Continuum: The Return,” at the Seoul Blue Square Samsung Concert Hall from June 6-8. Also, VIXX will be opening up their very first solo concert “VIXX Live Fantasia-Hex Sign” at Seoul Olympic Park’s Olympic Hall from July 19-20.

source: soompi + N's twitter
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U-KISS’ Kevin Apologizes to Fans for Mature Concept in “Quit Playing”

U-KISS‘ Kevin recently took to Twitter to reflect on the group newest comeback, “Quit Playing.”

In his heart-to-heart with fans, Kevin mentioned difficulties of U-KISS’ new concept, writing, “I want to share my heart with everyone because I care about you and I want to be honest with all of you. As you know, I’m part of a group and sometimes being a part of a group and working in the entertainment industry means I don’t always have full creative freedom to do things how I wish.”

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Source: soompi , kevinwoo91 , ukiss (for the mv)

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Who wore it better? Red edition!

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Who wore it better?

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source: pushbutton-e-boutique, mr mr mv, kor_celebrities, cosmopolitan

You're All Surrounded EP 9 discussion post! (spoiler warning)

Watch on Viki/Good Drama


Eun Dae Gu (Lee Seung Ki), Uh Soo Sun (Go Ah Ra), Park Tae Il (Ahn Jae Hyun) and Ji Gook (Park Jung Min) - otherwise known as the P4 - are the new recruits in the violent crime unit at Gangnam Police Station. These rookies are neither enthusiastic, nor passionate about their new jobs and have joined the crime squad for varying but unbefitting reasons. They are lead by an erratic and hot headed Seo Pan Suk (Cha Seung Won) who wants nothing more than to wash his hand off of the incompetent new recruits. This drama follows the journey of these young cops as they fumble, learn, fall in love and find their way to becoming people the citizens can trust.

source: SBS + You're All Surrounded wiki