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BoA reveals how she was cast for ‘Make Your Move’ and compares singing and acting

By in News posted Oct April 19th, 2014 No comments
BoA, who made her debut at the young age of 13 and will be turning 29 (Korean age) this year, opened up about her recent transition into an actress.

SEE ALSO: BoA cancels interviews and VIP premiere of "Make Your Move" in light of the tragic ship incident

BoA revealed that she had no plans on being an actress until she was suddenly handed the opportunity to star in "Make Your Move", "When I was busy with my singing career, the director came all the way to Japan and handed me a script. He saw my video on YouTube and thought that it would be good if I pay the lead role of Aya. I was also suspicious and thought, "Why a movie suddenly?" I have a lot of similarities with the character and her love for dancing, so I accepted it to show a lot of things through the movie. It started out as a dance movie, but it opened my eyes to acting

BoA Missed Late Night Chicken and Beer the Most About Korea

By in News posted Oct April 19th, 2014 No comments

Having promoted overseas for a long time, BoA revealed the things she missed the most about her home country when she was away.

BoA, who is about to release her first Hollywood film Make Your Move, recently met with Newsen for an interview.

During interview, BoA was asked, “You’ve worked overseas for a long time and must’ve adapted by now, but when was the moment that you suddenly missed Korea?”

She answered, “When I wanted to eat chicken and beer late at night,” causing laughter.

She confessed, “When I was in America, I especially missed bars that sold chicken and beer in Korea. Most places in America stop selling alcohol when it’s past 2 am. In Korea, when I come home after finishing work it would usually be around 10 or 11 pm. So after washing up and changing, it would be almost 1 in the morning when I meet up with my friends

Heo Jae Hyuk Announces Plans to Enlist in the Military After Controversial Instagram Post

By in News posted Oct April 18th, 2014 No comments

Although he had apologized for his insensitive Instagram post in light of the current Sewol ferry accident, model Heo Jae Hyuk announced that he would be enlisting for the military and would reflect on his immature actions. The controversy started when the model posted on April 17 an image of a man underwater in a bath tub on Instagram. Along with the photo, the model wrote, “A Fun Game.” Yet, such an image was viewed as an insensitive, mentally corrupt action at the moment as all of Korea had been mourning for the Sewol ferry accident

On April 18, the model expressed, “I thought the person in the photo that I uploaded looked like me so I posted it on my Instagram. Although my actions yesterday deserved to be criticized, there were some distorted information that I wanted to clarify

DJs Steve Wu and DOOS Collaborate for “Black Shoes” Music Video Featuring Lil Cham

By in News posted Oct April 18th, 2014 No comments

Eastribal RecordsSteve Wu and international DJ duo DOOS worked together for a Deep House collaboration called “Black Shoes” featuring female rapper, Lim Cham. The music video was shared through CJ E&M‘s official YouTube channel.

Deep House is a sub genre of House music and has a blend of Chicago house, 80s soul, jazz-funk and Detroit techno. Although more well known in other parts of the world, this genre of music is relatively new to Korea but growing in popularity, particularly in clubs and lounges in Itaewon.

“Black Shoes” is about exactly that, black shoes. Rapper Lim Cham, the femme fatale behind “Bad Girls’ Anthem,” narrates her love and preference for sexy black shoes with her distinct voice and flow

Heo Jae Hyuk Apologizes for Instagram Photo, Claims He Did Not Know About Ferry Accident

By in News posted Oct April 17th, 2014 No comments

Model Heo Jae Hyuk recently became the center of heavy criticism from netizens with his recent post on Instagram. At 12:20 AM on April 17, the model posted a photo on Instagram of someone holding his breath in a tub full of water, fully clothed in black, with the caption, “A fun game.”

This was less than a day after the sinking of the Korean ferry off the southern coast of South Korea, which happened on the morning of April 16. Currently, 9 passengers have been reported dead with 179 rescued and 287 still missing. Upon receiving heavy criticism, the model deleted the photo, and posted an explanation on his Twitter and Facebook. He said, “It has been less than three months since I’ve come up to Seoul. While I’m living in Sangsu-dong, I don’t have a computer or a TV, so I didn’t have the chance to see the news

Jay Park Brings Up Lady Gaga Watching Him Perform at ′SXSW′

By in News posted Oct April 17th, 2014 No comments

Jay Park brought up about Lady Gaga.

During April 15’s broadcast of Mnet’s 4gaji Show, Jay Park held an interview, during which he brought up SXSW (South by South West), where he performed in March.

He started, “SXSW is musically one of the biggest events in the world. It brought over people like JJ, Lady Gaga and more. I was honored to attend as a representative from Korea.”

At the time Lady Gaga attended Jay Park’s performance, which gathered a lot of interest. About this, Jay Park commented, “I heard Lady Gaga came to see my performance. I was surprised too. She really came. I thought it was a lie. I heard she watched the whole performance lasting 40 minutes…I heard she only watched my performance until the end.”

Then he said, “Does Lady Gaga like me?” and faced the camera to say, “Do you like me? I like you too

Stars Send Their Prayers to Victims of Sunken Ferry

By in News posted Oct April 17th, 2014 No comments

With so many still trapped underwater with rescue missions continuing, starts sent their condolences and prayers for those who were affected by the sinking of the ferry on April 16.

There were more than 400 onboard, the majority of them high school students who were on a class field trip. As of April 17, there have been six casualties with an estimate of 290 people still missing.

Unable to do anything about the situations, stars expressed their sorrow through SNS, praying that everyone be rescued on the ship.

Song Seung Hun – I’m watching with a praying heart but this is just heartbreaking. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the sunken Jindo passenger ship and pray that all missing people be safe.

Super Junior Ryeowook – As soon as I came back to Korea, I heard the bad news

Entertainment industry puts a hold on various programs, dramas, events, and comebacks in light of the sunken ship tragedy

By in News posted Oct April 17th, 2014 No comments
In light of the tragic sunken ferry incident in South Korea, most of the entertainment industry will be on hold for the next few days.

Although it was reported early on yesterday that most of the passengers and crew had already been rescued off the ship, it was later revealed that that was not the case. Currently, at time of writing, there are still currently about 290 missing passengers with many of them being high school students who had been on a trip from school to Jeju Island. Rescue efforts are still under way and with many citizens still awaiting the news about the whereabouts of their loved ones, most of the broadcast stations will be concentrating their efforts on covering the incident and its aftermath.

SEE ALSO: A Pink postpones their fan meeting for 3rd anniversary out of respect for the sunken passenger ship

As such, "M! Countdown" and "Music Bank" have already announced their cancellation for this week

RELIVE IT: B.A.P Live on Earth 2014: New York

By in News posted Oct April 16th, 2014 No comments
On April 13th, the B.A.P boys touched down in New York for their 2nd ever concert in the Big Apple!

One of the staff members told me that there were girls waiting overnight, and I know some people who were there from the crack of dawn to see their boys up close. The doors opened at 6:30, and fans poured into the Best Buy Theater to get as close as they could.

Sadly enough, with so little space to breathe and move comfortably, I saw one girl getting carried out even before the concert started. Throughout the concert, the crowd had to part here and there to allow room for various girls to get carried out. All this even though the staff did their best to cool the audience down by fanning them, cranking up the AC, spraying them with cool water, and handing out water bottles continuously

KARA to Hold First Fan Meeting as Three-Member Group

By in News posted Oct April 16th, 2014 No comments

Girl group KARA (Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Goo Hara) will be holding fan meetings for the first time as a trio.

On May 24, KARA will be meeting with fans at the Seoul Blue Square Samsung Card Hall, and on June 1, the group will be hosting the fan meeting at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. The meeting will be held in celebration of the third anniversary of “Kamilia Day.”

This will be KARA first official activity since former members, Nicole and Kang Jiyoung, left the group. The group members plan to talk honestly about their story to fans. They will be giving fans an update on what they have been doing and will connect more closely with fans through various programs and events at the fan meeting. They plan to spend meaningful time with their fans to express their gratitude for sticking with them through their difficult transition

Kara to Hold its First Fanmeeting After Member Departures

By in News posted Oct April 16th, 2014 No comments

With three members remaining, Kara’s Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara will hold an official fanmeeting.

After about five months, Kara will have its first official activity with the third anniversary fanmeeting, Kamilia Day, with Kara’s fanclub. The fanmeeting will take place on May 25 at the Bluesquare Samsung Card Hall in Seoul, and on June 1 at the Budokan in Japan.

As this is the first official activity after Nicole and Kang Ji Young’s departure from the group, the remaining Kara members plan on having an honest talk with their fans first at the fanmeeting. Especially since Kara is a group loved in Japan as well, the fanmeeting was organized for both countries.

Through this fanmeeting, Kara will have several programs and events planned out. The members will also express their gratitude towards the fans, who have stuck by Kara during this difficult period

Lim Kim and The Black Skirts Confirmed as New DJs for “After Club”

By in News posted Oct April 15th, 2014 No comments

SBS Power FM radio program “After Club” earned two new DJs after the company’s spring reshuffle.

The two new DJs are none other than refreshing vocals Lim Kim and indie modern rock representative The Black Skirts.

Regarding the new position, Lim Kim shared, “I listened to the radio since I was very young so I even thought about hosting my own show. I’m really looking forward to ‘After Club’ since the program is pretty lax where one can freely interact with the listeners.”

Singer-songwriter The Black Skirts (Korean name: Jo Hyu Ill) stated, “It’s great that ‘After Club’ has seven different DJs with their own styles.”

“After School” is a radio program that uses music as its basis and has seven different DJs with different backgrounds from hip hop, electronica, rock, world music, among other genres

Which Idol ‘Roommate’ Do You Want to Move in With?

By in News posted Oct April 15th, 2014 No comments

So what happens when you throw a bunch of celebrities into a house? Well, we’ll soon find out, when SBS’ new variety show Roommates airs on April 20.

Korea’s top entertainers will be living under one roof, but we’re most excited about the three idols confirmed for the new show, so let us know who your dream idol roommate is by voting below!

After School’s Nana

Orange Caramel may play cute on stage, but member Nana has proved she can keep it real, especially when it comes to her love life.

From revealing she was hit on by 10 celebrities to addressing her scandal with Kim Soo Hyun and even boldly stating she wants to kiss a boy idol, there’s no stopping Nana. And she’s just the roommate we need to mix things up on the show.

2NE1’s Park Bom

From the Roommates staff to K-Pop fans, there’s no denying 2NE1 member Park Bom’s appearance on the show is one of the most anticipated

Pianist Yiruma Receives Standing Ovation During Sold-Out Concert in Singapore

By in News posted Oct April 15th, 2014 No comments

Yiruma, the internationally-renowned pianist-composer from South Korea was in Singapore to perform publicly for the very first time at The Star Performing Arts Center on April 5. All 5,000 tickets were completely sold out. I was so lucky to be able to watch him perform his beautiful melodies; it was even more meaningful because that day was my birthday!

The soft-spoken pianist has a great sense of humor, surprisingly. After opening the concert with “May Be“, Yiruma stood up to greet the 5,000 strong audience.

“Hi Singapore, hi everyone. Wow! This is really wonderful, it’s very scary. It’s scary, but it’s very exciting to be here in Singapore. Are there any Koreans here? Annyeonghaseyo! I’m composer and pianist Yiruma, it’s so nice to meet you. Thank You!”

“Xie xie (Thank you, in Mandarin), I started with the song called ‘May Be

Kim Ji Won Wants to Change Her Evil Image from ‘The Heirs’

By in News posted Oct April 14th, 2014 No comments

Kim Ji Won brought up her evil character from The Heirs.

Kim Ji Won recently attended filming for Arirang TV’s Showbiz Korea.

After making her debut through a cellphone commercial with Big Bang in 2010, Kim Ji Won has been making appearances in numerous projects, including MBC’s sitcom High Kick, movie Scary Story, SBS’s The Heirs and more.

About her drama character, Kim Ji Won said, “When I first read the scenario for The Heirs, I thought she was really evil. But the more I read it, the more I started thinking from Rachel’s situation, so I began to feel sympathy for her.”

When asked who is closer to her ideal type between ‘Kim Tan’ and ‘Choi Young Do,’ Kim Ji Won chose ‘Choi Young Do’ without hesitating

Soompi K-Pop Dance Madness: And the Champion Is…

By in News posted Oct April 13th, 2014 No comments

And the battle is over! After a long and heated match between GOT7′s Mark and EXO’s Lay, the champion of Soompi K-Pop Dance Madness was finally crowned… and that winner is Lay. Congratulations to Lay and all EXO fans!

It was not a game without hiccups: A slew of spam votes contaminated the poll results early on, winding up in a 95-to-5 score in favor of Lay. In fact, we received so much spam that it shut down the poll, rendering everyone unable to vote. In the end, we started over from scratch, opening a 24-hour lightning round to decide the winner. Without the influx of spam, we could see a less dramatic but consistent pattern, and in the end, EXO-M’s main dancer walked away with a clean 68% of the votes.

We began this contest to see which idol might be considered by most to be the best K-Pop dancer, knowing that the definition of “best” would be somewhat subjective

Weekly K-Pop Music Chart 2014 – April Week 2

By in News posted Oct April 13th, 2014 No comments

Lim Chang Jung repeats as No. 1 for the second week in a row with “Ordinary Song.” In another wide open week last week in which different songs were winning on various music shows, “Ordinary Song” was clearly the most consistent song amongst music charts and was able to win again. Congratulations to Lim Chang Jung.

Moving up three spots to No. 2 is Orange Caramel’s “Catallena.” This song dropped to No. 5 last week and was able to rebound three spots up to second this week, just ten points below “Ordinary Song.” Historically, Orange Caramel’s songs have done well and also fared better than After School’s songs on our chart. This time is no exception. Let see if “Catallena” can move up to the top spot next week.

There are four new songs in the top 10, all by non-idol artists

B1A4’s Baro Talks ‘Infinity Challenge’ and Dreams of Winning a Grammy

By in News posted Oct April 12th, 2014 No comments

With lots of goals and dreams still left to accomplish, B1A4 shared a couple in its recent photo shoot with star style magazine High Cut.

After a colorful and casual photo shoot, the B1A4 members gathered around for an interview with the magazine, spilling their hopes and desires.

Baro, who was recently hunted down by MBC’s Infinity Challenge to participate in the Brazil World Cup cheering team with the fixed cast, had a lot to say after being joked on during the entire audition on the show.

“Last year during the award ceremonies, Noh Hong Chul hyung and Jung Hyung Don hyung came to me and suggested that I audition,” explained Baro. “But when I went to the audition, the hyungs were very mischievous. I’m not someone who gets made fun of amongst the B1A4 members, so I’m not sure what happened

Actor Jung Suk Won Resolves Legal Issues with Ex-Agency

By in News posted Oct April 12th, 2014 No comments

Actor Jung Suk Won and his former agency have finally put an end to their legal battles, having reached an agreement regarding Jung Suk Won’s request to leave the agency. The issue has been ongoing since last September.

In an exclusive report by news media outlet, Ohmynews, actor Jung Suk Won has finally negotiated an agreement with his ex-agency, Foresta Entertainment, in regards to Jung Suk Won’s request to leave the agency. Jung Suk Won had been with the agency since 2007 but began to have clashes in opinion about how best to proceed in the future. The disagreement culminated with Jung Suk Wow officially filling a contract cancellation request with the agency. The conflict was initially referred to the Korean Entertainment Management Association’s Ethical Justice Arbitration Committee, with the case eventually being handled by the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board under request from Jung Suk Won’s representatives

Kim Soo Hyun and Yeo Jin Goo Involved in Controversy About Casting for “Kwon Bob” Movie

By in News posted Oct April 11th, 2014 No comments

Earlier this year, actor Yeo Jin Goo was confirmed as the lead role in the large-scale $2 million-budget sci-fi fantasy film “Kwon Bob” (aka Martial Arts). However, a controversy has arisen concerning the distributor, CJ E&M, who offered actor Kim Soo Hyun the lead role while in the state of already having signed with Yeo Jin Goo, in conjunction with talks about Yeo Jin Goo stepping down from the role.

A high-ranking official from Yeo Jin Goo’s agency said, “On the afternoon that the news on Yeo Jin Goo stepping down from the film was released, we met with the production company and decided to step down. If they had cancelled the contract before offering the role to another actor, we wouldn’t have been this upset. This was a huge blow to the young actor who has yet to even come of age