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-= News =-
Lee Min Ho Spotted Gambling at a Casino in New Zealand, Agency Clarifies
Celebrities React to Yuna Kim’s Silver Medal with a Mixture of Frustration and Gratitude
Leeteuk’s Sister, Actress Park In Young, Opens Up About the Loss of Her Family
Hon to Leave Group Mr.Mr. Due to Controversy Involving Transgender Female
Jang Dong Gun and Go So Young Welcome Second Child into Family
-= Music =-
[Updated with Video] Critics and Fans Give Rave Reviews on 2NE1′s Upcoming “Crush” Album
Girls’ Generation’s “Mr
JYP Entertainment has taken the first step towards revealing their latest girl group.
A representative of JYP revealed to Sports Seoul on February 27, “We are preparing a six-member girl group. They will show the healthy charm of bright and strong teen girls. We ask you to anticipate a lot.”
According to the source, one of the members is Lena, who caught the attention of many with her smooth rap verses in Sunmi‘s “Full Moon.” Born in 1993, she is originally from the U.S., and has been a trainee for over two years. Thanks to her outstanding rap and dance skills, not to mention her beautiful looks, she is one of the leading members of the group.
Even though Rina is a Korean-American, the other members are not from multicultural backgrounds
BTS thanked Girls" Generation"s Taeyeon in person backstage at "Music Bank"
for unexpectedly helping them to choose the name of their title track!
SEE ALSO: BTS reveal they chose "Boy In Luv" as their title song because of Girls" Generation"s Taeyeon
The boys shared on twitter the photo you see above as they wrote, "With Taeyeon sunbaenim who played a big role in helping us decide on the name of our title track!! We saw her at "Music Bank" ehhaha", and made fans jealous with a group shot with the ballad princess.
BTS looked "in luv" upon meeting the beautiful Taeyeon and they expressed their happiness with V-signs.
If you"re wondering what this is all referring to, the boys previously revealed that they heard Taeyeon"s comment that she likes the manly-man style upon watching BTS" stage at the "28th Golden Disk Awards"
Emergency Couple Episode 7 - 8 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
This week, someone heard our prayers because not only is Jin Hee showing everyone what a great intern she is (girl haz mad skills) but there appears to be tiny flashes of jealousy from Chang Min. *hehehe* Are we going to get our wish and he falls for her first?
Tessieroo: What? Only one episode this week? Whyyyyy?
Leila: It’s because of the Sochi Winter Olympics. I bet every Korean are anticipating for Kim Yu Na’s performance in figure skating. One episode only this week and we know that hardcore fans of this series will savor this to pieces.
Tessieroo: I don’t know why I thought someone would catch her but nope, our girl falls flat on her face
SM The Ballad released the MVs for the Korean, Chinese, and Japanese versions of Super Junior"s Yesung and Super Junior-M"s Zhoumi"s "Blind
SEE ALSO: Super Junior attends their manager"s wedding
"Blind" ("I Was Greedy") expresses how a man"s love becomes so overwhelming that it pushes the one he loves away. Yesung sings the Korean and Japanese versions, while Zhoumi sings the Chinese version, each hauntingly beautiful in its own way.
The music video gives a preview of TVXQ"s Changmin"s upcoming four-episode Mnet drama "Mimi", which premiere on the 21st.
Singer and actress IU might be Korea’s Ueno Juri in the Korean version of “Nodame Cantabile.”
She exchanged opinions recently with production company Group 8 about taking on the lead role in the Korean version of “Nodame Cantabile.” IU recently played the female lead role another Group 8 production, KBS 2TV’s “Beautiful Man,” so she is a natural choice for “Nodame Cantabile.” However, as specifics about the production have not yet been released, it is still too early to bring up about casting even if IU has expressed her interest in the project.
A broadcasting representative said, “Both sides are looking positively at IU’s appearance. The drama is still in its early stages and since it is looking at being aired in the second half of the year, casting is not an issue that has to be decided on right away
The handsome Jang Geun Suk greeted and entertained about 3,000 fans for his first Korean fan meeting event in four years. The fan meeting titled “2014 Jang Geun Suk’s Propose” was held on February 8 at Olympic Hall, and all his fans were super excited for the rare event.
The event included a “Beginning 2014 with you” corner where the star talked about his life using 12 keyword phrases. Jang Geun Suk also performed his personally composed singles “Love Letter” and “Like a Movie.” He also performed the singles “Save Me” and “Turn Off.”
Jang Geun Suk ended the evening when he appeared in a white tuxedo for an encore and proposed to the audience. JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong also made a surprise appearance at the fan meeting
Jang Geun Suk will hold his first Korean fan meeting in four years with 3,000 fans!
SEE ALSO: Jang Geun Suk sings for his starring drama "Pretty Man" with song "Beautiful Day"
Jang Geun Suk"s official fan meeting, "2014 Jang Geun Suk Propose" will be held for two hours at Olympic Park"s Olympic Hall on the 8th at 6 PM KST. With this being his first domestic fan meeting in four years, all 3,000 tickets have been snatched up by eagerly awaiting fans.
His agency rep stated, "As much as this is his domestic fan meeting in a long time, Jang Geun Suk is putting his all into getting fully ready for it. I ask that you look forward to this event which will be held in the hopes to repay even a small portion of the fans" unchanging interest and love."
For the lucky fans in Korea who scored tickets, get ready to enjoy an up close and personal session with the "pretty man" himself on the 8th!
Thoughts On Recent “You Who Came From The Stars” by Couch-Kimchi:
So Do Manager and the infamous actress are in love. We know this because he was lonely, missed her dearly and couldn’t resist kissing her.
We know she loves him because she’s gotten a tad obsessed and even considers marrying him for spousal privilege if he’s a criminal. And, oh yeah, she also confessed. “Do you see me as a woman? No, don’t you dare tell me! I don’t want to hear it! But do you?” She’s the cutest.
I also love how she gets dressed up like she’s going to the Oscars when she’s going to see him.
We’ve now gotten into Angst City and will probably be here for a long time because the drama has already begun to give us dream sequences that show the couple in happy times
Sadly, duo groups are not as prevalent in K-Pop, but they are growing with the help of sub-units and popular collaborations. People love these duos because they can focus on just two people who work admirably well together in their partnership. While showing off an intimate relationship almost like a couple or a pair of best friends, these duos use both members" unique traits and skills to an advantage.
SEE ALSO: Performances from the "28th Golden Disk Awards"!
Which duos are especially eye-catching with their amazing chemistry and teamwork?
GD & T.O.P
Obviously, it would have been difficult for G-Dragon to pick just one fellow Big Bang member for the first duo, but he eventually went with T
On January 16, many of Korea"s top musicians and pop stars gathered at Kyunghee University"s Grand Peace Palace in Seoul for the "28th Golden Disk Awards
The first "Golden Disk Awards" began in 1986, and since then, it"s become Korea"s most prestigious awards ceremony for music. Dubbed the "Korean Grammy Awards", it"s an annual awards show held by the Music Industry Association of Korea to recognize outstanding achievements in the music industry in South Korea.
Check out the performances from the event below!
SEE ALSO: EXO & Psy take Daesang + Winners from the "28th Golden Disk Awards"!
A Pink - "NoNoNo"
Davichi - Shin Seung Hoon"s "Invisible Love"
Crayon Pop - "Bar Bar Bar"
4minute - "What"s Your Name?"
EXO - TVXQ"s "Mirotic" & Super Junior"s "Sorry Sorry"
f(x) - Girls" Generation"s "The Boys"
EXO - "Growl"
A Pink - H
Throughout the month of December, we brought you our list of the best and most important K-Pop songs of 2013. Now, with the new year, we"re pleased to present the best K-Pop music videos of 2013!
Read on to find out where your favorites rank in our list. On today"s list, we bring you the second half - numbers 25 through 1.
SEE ALSO: allkpop"s Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 26-50
25. SHINee "Dream Girl"
SM EntertainmentRelease Date:
February 19th, 2013
SHINee"s been a busy, busy group this year, knocking out comeback after comeback with very little time for breaks in between- so much so that it seems like "Dream Girl", their first video of 2013, came out much earlier than it actually did. The video features all five guys navigating a strange, topsy-turvy dream world while chasing a faceless girl in a painting through rooms where time and gravity have no meaning
After listing their choices for the “100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2013″ last month, The Independent Critics List has put together their choices for the first”100 Most Handsome Faces of 2013.”
The original “Most Beautiful” list is a yearly tradition for TC Chandler and their Independent Critics List to compile a list of the 100 most beautiful female faces in entertainment and sports. The list boasts of its diversity, with celebrities from many countries making up the list. For 2013, 14 female Korean celebrities made the list, which you can see here.
Now for the first time, the same company has made a list of the 100 “Most Handsome” faces. According to their Facebook page, this list was made at the request of many people who wanted to see a list of handsome men
For the first time ever, the Independent Critics released the list for the 100 Most Handsome Faces, which include several Korean stars.
On January 12, the list was revealed, ranking Super Junior’s Choi Siwon the 7th most handsome face in a group of 100 dashing men. Also on the list were 2PM’s Taecyeon at 13, Daniel Henney at 24, Big Bang’s Taeyang at 33, Lee Jung Jae at 40, Rain at 46, Dennis Oh at 66, and Lee Byung Hun at 91.
Taking the number one spot was Michael Fassbender, an Irish-German actor, who has appeared in hit movies, Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, , and 12 Years a Slave.
To see the 100 Most Beautiful Faces, click here.
Photo Credit: TC Candler
In her recent photographs, actress Ha Ji Won has shown her ability to immerse into her character for her new drama through her transformation as a man. On January 10, Ha Ji Won has uploaded a photograph of herself on Instagram with a short description of it- “Perfect Transformation.” The revealed photograph is of Ha Ji Won wearing a traditional Korean hat and clothing. In her hand, she is intensely reading the drama script. Not only has Ha Ji Won dressed in traditional Korean outfit worn by males, but she has also disguised herself with a mustache and round-rimmed sunglasses.
She also revealed additional photos of herself in the same outfit with the captions “Who am I?’” and “No one knows.”
It seems these photos are from the time she was filming “The Huntresses” in which she plays a Joseon era bounty hunter
Actor/singer Kim Hyun Joong recently revealed his determination to shed his ‘flower boy’ image.
On January 9, at a press conference for KBS’s upcoming drama “Age of Feeling,” Kim Hyun Joong said, “Previously, my ‘flower boy’ image really stood out, but in this drama, I really went for a more macho look. I feel like I’m learning about masculinity when I’m filming. I’m 29, and I think I’m becoming more mature.”
Kim Hyun Joong plays the fierce fighter Shin Jung Tae, known for his exceptional speed and agility.
“Age of feeling” is a new romantic noir that tells the story of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese ‘romantic fists’ in the 1930s, shot on a grand scale with intricate action. The first episode will air on January 15, and will follow the end of “Beautiful Man,” which seems fitting!
Check out the posters for “Age of Feeling” that were released not too long ago here!
Tags Age of Feelinginspiring ageKim Hyun JoongKPLG
Get ready to listen and watch something incredibly beautiful. Soloist Eric Nam and underrated girl group Spica‘s Kim Boa collaborated to sing a beautiful cover of “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera.
Kim Boa has done great covers before and there is no doubt that Korean-American Eric Nam is an excellent singer, but the two of them together has created one of the best covers that I’ve heard from K-Pop. Their voices blend together harmoniously and emotionally in a way that that seems so natural and fitting. To enhance the listening experience, the music video is a tasteful and artistic collection of black and white visuals from vintage cartoons and the romance favorite “Love Actually.” But don’t just read about it, watch and listen:
Currently both Eric Nam and Spica are preparing for comeback that will hopefully be soon
Hi Soompiers, and Happy New Year 2014!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season! Time simply flies past, doesn’t it? It feels like yesterday when Christmas decorations hit the store shelves, but now we are already trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions and become better versions of ourselves. And talking of resolutions…
To start the year off on a fresh note, I decided to share with you some useful information on coming to Korea, mainly to study. I am sure there are many of you who have been wondering how to visit Korea or how to live here for a longer period of time. Trust me, I have been there, and I would now like to share my experiences with you and give you tips that you might find helpful when planning your stay.
Just to give you a short introduction of myself and my past, I stayed in Korea as a high school exchange student from February 2010 until January 2011, visited Korea for two weeks in March 2012, and finally moved here in February 2013
“Man from the Stars” continues to soar with high ratings, intriguing plot lines, and lovably flawed characters. Romantic feelings begin to develop between our lead characters, especially within the stoic Do Min Joon. Chun Song Yi faces increasing backlash for her rival’s death, but at least Min Joon never seems too far away to help. Flashbacks are beautifully interwoven with the present day events, providing a satisfying context for Min Joon and Song Yi’s fated relationship. Not only do the main characters shine, but the supporting cast and subplots combine to make a captivating story that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats.
10 Signs Min Joon Has Fallen for Song Yi
There’s no way around it- Min Joon is falling hard for our heroine. Having Song Yi stranded in his apartment overnight certainly didn’t hurt their budding relationship and with each interaction and flashback, we see Min Joon’s feelings develop more and more
You who came feom the stars ep3 RECAP by drama beans
After dragging Song-yi out of her beauty salon confrontation with jealous rival Yura, Min-joon demands to know who the girl in Song-yi’s photo is. He’s already guessed the connection but needs the confirmation: “Who are you?”
A flashback to Joseon takes us to the aftermath of doppelganger Yi-hwa’s kidnapping. She asks him a string of questions about his identity, offering that she believes in other life forms (whether grim reapers or folk-tale creatures), and therefore he can be honest about his origins. Through it all, Min-joon just looks at her with an enigmatic smile.
Song-yi invites Min-joon home with her, wanting to take care of him in exchange for him saving her life, and leads the way