Staff Picks: Best MVs of 2015 (First Half)

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Staff Picks: Best MVs of 2015 (First Half)

Now that it"s July and summer has arrived, that means 2015 is already halfway over (That was fast)!  The year was a blur so far with all the dating scandals, debuts, and more - but the crazy (good) music video releases are what always has the K-Pop fans coming back for more. There have been many amazing MVs that boasted great cinematography, touching stories, and great shots of some addictive dance moves, but which ones made the Staff Picks list?


Check them out below and then let us know your favorite K-Pop MV so far in 2015.

Son Ho Joon to cameo in “Warm and Cozy”

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Son Ho Joon to cameo in “Warm and Cozy”

Son Ho Joon will reunite with his best friend Yoo Yeon Suk in MBC"s "Warm and Cozy".

He will play a character named Ho Joon, which was taken from his real name. It was revealed that the actor visited Jeju island and filmed his his scenes on June 28th and 29th. Despite having to act under the hot weather, Son Ho Joon was still full of energy and made the entire set laugh with his comic acting.

Son Ho Joon was already familiar with all the staff as he previously visited Yoo Yeon Suk on the set three weeks ago, showing his loyalty to his best friend. He said,"I was happy to work with Yoo Yeon Suk again after a long time. Thanks to everyonne"s cheerfulness, I was able to adapt comfortably. Thank you everyone for taking care of me. I had a fun time filming".

"Warm and Cozy" will air its last two episode this week on July 1st and 2nd.

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I Do I Do Episode 1 Live Recap by Lavieenrose

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I Do I Do Episode 1 Live Recap by Lavieenrose


>Episode starts with the appearance of Ji An. She raced down the stairs. Where is she going??

>Haha, Tae Kang's father brings Tae Kang to dong office! Hisfather wants to have Tae Kang's name removed from the family register !Why??
Because Tae Kang buys a brandnew motorcycle with father's money. Hehe

>OMG ! Ji An almost got hit by Tae Kang's motocycle ! Tae Kangthinks that Ji An try to an insurance fraud. He calls Jian "AJumMa" lolHahaha his motocycle's nickname is "Beyonce" lol
She suggested, if Tae Kang takes her to the fashion show, she will pay for the repairs of his motocycle.

[Drama Review] “High Society” – Episode 8

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[Drama Review] “High Society” – Episode 8
"HIGH SOCIETY" - EPISODE 8

"Hang on, my fingers are stuck in my ear."

Things are starting to heat up for our chaebols:

Joon Ki and Chang Soo meet up with their dates and go dancing. Ye Won"s lackey shows up at Joon Ki"s to scope out the situation with him and Yoon Ha. The fun our couples are having is not over with this evening, either, as the next day they drive to the beach. Yoon Ha loses it when Chang Soo suggests the girls call him and Joon Ki "oppa," as that is what she had used to refer to her brother. The dad decides that it is best not to declare Kyung Joon dead as the inheritance tax would put an unreasonable burden on Kyung Joon"s widow. Mama is incensed that he would use their son"s tragedy for economic purposes.


Hyungsik talks about his kiss scene with Lim Ji Yeon

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Hyungsik talks about his kiss scene with Lim Ji Yeon

"High Society" couple Hyungsik and Lim Ji Yeon, both of whom had also been on "Laws of the Jungle" together, appeared on "One Night of TV Entertainment" on July 1.


When asked about his first impression of Lim Ji Yeon for the drama, Hyungsik said, "I thought she was someone else. It was not what I had seen in the jungle..." making everyone laugh.


In relation to their kiss scene, he said, "I only remember that we did it for a long time and many times. It was to the producer"s taste."

[Spoiler] Added episode 5 captures for the Korean drama “Hidden Identity”

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[Spoiler] Added episode 5 captures for the Korean drama “Hidden Identity”

Added episode 5 captures for the Korean drama "Hidden Identity" (2015)Directed by Kim Jeong-min-IIIWritten by Kang Hyeon-seongNetwork : tvNWith Kim Beom, Park Seong-woong, Yoon Soy, Lee Won-jong, Kim Tae-hoon, Kim Ji-won-I,...16 episodes - Mon, Tue 23:10SynopsisA drama about Investigation Team 5 which was established to deal with crime in a more eager manner through stake outs.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/06/16

Lee, Park engulfed in love scandal

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Lee, Park engulfed in love scandal

Model-turned-actor Lee Jong-suk and actress Park Shin-hye have been engulfed by a love scandal since Wednesday morning.However, both sides denied their relationship later the same day, saying, "Park and Lee are really close friends, so they sometimes meet personally. They are definitely not dating".The scandal was aroused when an online entertainment media outlet reported that the two celebrities have developed into lovers after starring in SBS drama series "Pinocchio", aired from 2014 to January of this year. It went on to say the actor and the actress have been dating for around four months.The outlet also said the two have gone on some international dates. The two reportedly went to London in March for a shoot with fashion magazine InStyle. Additionally, when Lee visited Hawaii to participate in a shoot for magazine Allure, Park went there around the same time. In response to the scandal, myriad articles speculating on their relationship have appeared on the Internet. Various pictures of Park taken alongside Lee that were posted on the actress" personal SNS over the past few months are being especially scrutinized. By Jin Min-ji

Hello Venus lead an army with energetic choreography for “CISM Military World Games”

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Hello Venus lead an army with energetic choreography for “CISM Military World Games”

Hello Venus became sexy soldiers as ambassadors for the promotion of the 6th CISM Military World Games!



The military competition will take place in Mungyeong, Korea, and will revolve around a total of 24 games, with participation from 110 countries and 9000 soldiers. It seems team Korea got lucky as their personal cheerleaders are the very ladies of Hello Venus! All eyes are on the lovely girls as they dance along to the promotional song, which is a mix of EDM and hip hop.

How the internet is reacting to Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk dating rumors

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How the internet is reacting to Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk dating rumors
When media outlet Dispatch first claimed that Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk were dating and had been dating for 4 months, netizens were shocked. According to Dispatch, the two became close while filming their drama and kept in touch afterwards, giving "Pinocchio" fans a billion reasons to rejoice over their "Darling Couple"! After watching the two"s amazing chemistry on the hit drama, it seemed like a K-pop fairytale dream come true! Even non-"Pinocchio" fans couldn"t help but feel the love, as the couple received much support for their alleged romance.


[Spoiler] Added episode 2 captures for the Korean drama “We Broke Up”

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[Spoiler] Added episode 2 captures for the Korean drama “We Broke Up”

Added episode 2 captures for the Korean drama "We Broke Up" (2015)Directed by Kim Ki-yoon, Kim Yong-wanWritten by Jeon Seon-yeongWith Sandara Park, Kang Seung-yoon, Hyoni Kang, Chang Ki-yong, Lee Beom-gyoo, Lee Se-yeong-III,...10 episodes - Mon, Wed, Fri 19:00Synopsis"We Broke Up" tells a story of a couple who happen to live together after their breakup. Sandara Park plays No Woo-ri, a bright and ambitious girl who struggles to land a job while Kang Seung-yoon plays Ji Won-yeong, an indie band"s vocalist who works part time at night. Hyoni Kang will appear as a confident career woman who runs the nation"s top music label, and Cang Ki-yong will play the role of the couple"s college mate.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/06/29

TEEN TOP are victims to hilariously cruel punishments that destroy their image on “Weekly Idol”

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TEEN TOP are victims to hilariously cruel punishments that destroy their image on “Weekly Idol”

The July 1 episode of MBC Every1"s "Weekly Idol" saw the death of TEEN TOP"s image as the slick gentlemen that they had perfected for their comeback with "Ah-Ah." 



TEEN TOP were the reluctant participants in various challenges presented to them throughout the show, including 99 seconds of aegyo, 99 seconds of resolution, and more! To the dismay of the TEEN TOP members (and to the glee of the MCs and the viewers), they failed at each of the challenges that they attempted, resulting in the severe punishments of taking a selfie with stocking wrapped around the head, taking off their pants(?), and having their faces used as a canvas for chicken scrawl. 

Thankfully, Ricky didn"t have to take off his pants, as the MCs graciously allowed him to settle for just displaying his bare shoulders. However, he earned a lovely new moniker as "Rick Hana," for his unnaturally feminine collarbone. C.A.P, another victim to a punishment, simultaneously grew a lush unibrow and goatee, and Niel"s small face was squished to an even smaller size inside a pair of women"s sheer pantyhose.

Five Lessons We Learned From Watching ‘High Society’

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Five Lessons We Learned From Watching ‘High Society’

 

The most involving k-dramas feature some life lessons. Revenge never pays. Persistence and hard work can pay off. True love wins usually. "High Society," starring Uee, Sung Joon, Park Hyung Sik and Lim Ji Yeon, is no exception.

This entertaining drama has life lessons in every episode. Here are five we noticed.

1.     Pretending does not work out. Whether you"re a girl pretending to be a boy as Park Shin Hye did in "You"re Beautiful" and a girl pretending to be engaged as Yoon Eun Hye did in "Lie To Me," sooner or later you will be found out. That"s especially true for all those chaebols hiding secret slush funds and secret children. Poor Uee starts out the drama pretending to be a poor working girl so she can meet someone who loves her for herself and not her money, but it doesn"t work out the way she planned. Sung Joon could be lying about liking her for who she is rather than who her parents are.

Lee Si Young”s side starts retaliation against person making claims about a sex tape

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Lee Si Young”s side starts retaliation against person making claims about a sex tape

Lee Si Young"s agency is not done dealing with the malicious rumor of a leaked sex tape featuring the actress!


J.Wide Company reported on July 1, "We submitted a complaint against the initial circulator of the rumor today to the Seoul Central Prosecutor"s Office. She"s already inflicted with hurt that is hard to wash off because she is being viewed as if she had been involved in something illegal due to the threatening statement of the existence of a sex video as if it were fact, which is the easiest mark of degradation to make on women."

“Superman Returns” Denies Rumors That Song Il Gook and Song Triplets Are Leaving the Show

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“Superman Returns” Denies Rumors That Song Il Gook and Song Triplets Are Leaving the Show

Some fans of “Superman Returns” became worried recently due to concerns that Song Il Gook and his beloved triplets might be leaving the show due to schedule conflicts with Song Il Gook’s potential new drama “Jang Young Sil” (working title).

A high-ranking staff member of the variety department at KBS responded to the rumors on July 1. “There has been no discussion of Song Il Gook, Dae Han, Min Gook, and Man Se leaving ‘Superman Returns,” they say.

“Superman Returns” Denies Rumors That Song Il Gook and Triplets Are Leaving the Show

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“Superman Returns” Denies Rumors That Song Il Gook and Triplets Are Leaving the Show

Some fans of “Superman Returns” became worried recently due to concerns that Song Il Gook and his beloved triplets might be leaving the show due to schedule conflicts with Song Il Gook’s potential new drama “Jang Young Sil” (working title).

A high-ranking staff member of the variety department at KBS responded to the rumors on July 1. “There has been no discussion of Song Il Gook, Dae Han, Min Gook, and Man Se leaving ‘Superman Returns,” they say.

[Album and MV Review] Big Bang – “D”

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[Album and MV Review] Big Bang – “D”

BIG BANG - "MADE (D)"

Tracklist:
1. If You
2. Sober

July is here, and with the new month, as promised, Big Bang has dropped the latest in their series of singles, "D." G-Dragon, T.O.P., and company also have released yet another madcap MV to go with it.

The first track is "If You," a much slower, more reflective Big Bang than we"ve seen previously. Much more acoustic than the typical EDM/hip-hop that the boys are famous for, the piece is emotionally sung over a strummed guitar. Billowy vocals masterfully define the pain of a breakup in this stripped down, stirring tune.



Last but certainly not least is "Sober," which is in a style that we"re more used to from Big Bang, with heavy drums and the blaring synths and electric guitar. The title "Sober" is pure irony, as it"s obvious from the song that, in the middle of splitsville, the boys want to be anything but. Melodic, in-your-face, and delivered with their usual aplomb, it"s not hard to guess that this will dominate the charts as well.

MV REVIEW

This summer, the band has given us videos that are wild and crazy. "Sober" is no exception.



The vignettes are bizarre, although probably less so if you view it through the lens of controlled substances. An army of G-Dragons are going nuts in field littered with beds, Taeyang"s in a shower in the midst of a forest, T.O.P. shifts from room with hobby horse to field with a goat before flipping a car with a mere gesture. Not to mention the weird room where gravity has been warped.



The costumes are classic Big Bang. Never ones to take themselves seriously, at times they are clad in ensembles and hairstyles that would make Lady Gaga blink more than once. Leave it to my screenshots to disprove that line. Watch the MV and see for yourself!



Of course, one notable thing is that there"s no synchronized dancing. Whenever dancing is called for, it looks like they"re at the whims of a spastic marionette, who might also be less than lucid.



"Sober" is a visual treat, vibrant and exciting. Video of the year? Perhaps. Hilarious and fun? You bet.

SM Rookies’ Yuta to Join “Abnormal Summit” Along With Five New Cast Members

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SM Rookies’ Yuta to Join “Abnormal Summit” Along With Five New Cast Members

Abnormal Summit” has revealed their six new cast members, which includes SM RookiesYuta who will be replacing Cross Gene‘s Takuya as Japan’s representative on the show.

The rest of the new cast consists of Brazil’s Carlos, Norway’s Nikolai, Greece’s Andreas, Poland’s Przemyslaw, and Egypt’s Sammy and they will be appearing on the program for the first time on July 6.

Epik High Ask Fans To Vote For Upcoming Concert Series Themes

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Epik High Ask Fans To Vote For Upcoming Concert Series Themes


(Photo : YG)

 

For their upcoming Seoul concert series, Epik High is holding a vote to allow the audience to choose the theme for each performance.

The theme will be chosen based on preliminary votes (20%) and votes from the day of the concert (80%). Fans can choose from six movie-inspired themes of action, science fiction, melodrama, erotica, drama, and horror. The Epik High members Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz will then choose one from the top 3. Accordingly, neither the audience nor Epik High will know which theme the concert will be based on until the day of the concert.

9MUSES Releases Music Video for “Hurt Locker”

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9MUSES Releases Music Video for “Hurt Locker”

9MUSES officially joins the girl group comeback storm with the release of their music video for title track “Hurt Locker” off their new album “9MUSES S/S Edition.”

“Hurt Locker” is 9MUSES first song since their debut that was composed by a non-Korean team, namely producer Erik Lidbom (Girls’ Generation‘s “Catch Me If You Can” and “Genie,” BoA‘s “Hurricane Venus“), Herbie Crichlow, and Anne Judith Wik.

[Spoiler] Added episode 3 captures for the Korean drama “Remember You”

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[Spoiler] Added episode 3 captures for the Korean drama “Remember You”

Added episode 3 captures for the Korean drama "Remember You" (2015)Directed by Kim Jin-won-I, No Sang-hoonWritten by Kwon Ki-yeongNetwork : KBSWith Seo In-guk, Jang Nara, Choi Won-yeong, Lee Cheon-hee, Park Bo-geom, Min Seong-wook,...16 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00Formerly known as "Hello Monster" (헬로 몬스터, hel-lo mon-seu-teo)SynopsisA romance thriller depicting the healing process that a dangerous man and a woman, who stalks him, go through together and alone, fighting with each other like the true enemies and loving each other again. The two solve crime cases together while hiding each one"s true heart, going through the love-hate relationship.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/06/22