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
G.NA is here to surprise you as a lovely bride in the next set of teaser images for her comeback!
This is definitely a change from her first image which showed us a peek at her "Pretty Lingerie", which is the Korean title of her new song. Dressed in bridal gear this time, the singer leaves us to wonder about the concept and who the dashing groom could be!
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According to her latest Facebook post, it seems she"ll be going with the title "G.NA"s Secret" for the international audience. So get ready to learn about her "secret" with her single on April 21!
Showcasing the Overdose music video to the world for the first time, EXO’s Chan Yeol shared what he enjoyed from the shooting.
On April 15, EXO held its comeback show at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium, where the group’s title song Overdose was revealed for the first time, along with the music video.
When asked which member made the most mistakes, Baek Hyun sheepishly admitted, “Me,” making the audience laugh.
Chan Yeol then explained that the music video was shot with the one-take method. “When the EXO-M members came out, we couldn’t be shown on camera, so we were hiding everywhere to avoid the camera, and that was a lot of fun.”
Meanwhile, the comeback show was streamed live through Samsung Music.
EXO’s new mini album will be released on April 21 with EXO-K and EXO-M promoting in Korea and China
Super Junior, Super Junior-M and EXO swept across Korea and China with their popularity.
At Yinyuetai V Chart Awards that took place on April 15 in Beijing, Super Junior-M won the ceremony’s most prestigious the ‘Album of the Year’ award in Chinese section while EXO won the ‘Album of the Year’ award in the Korean section.
Super Junior won the ‘Most Popular Singer’ award and the ‘Best Group’ award in Korean section, proving its ongoing popularity in the country.
Yinyuetai V Chart Awards hosted by Yinyuetai gives out awards to artists and albums that received popularity in China throughout the year.
EXO, who couldn’t attend the ceremony due to its comeback show, sent a video saying, “We want to thank all of our fans. We couldn’t attend the ceremony this time but we want to attend next time and present our performance
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
leaving, many fans have been wondering what will happen to the group. We now have some answers.
Insiders close to the action revealed to allkpop exclusively, that KARA will be choosing two new members to replace Nicole and Jiyoung through an audition-style documentary program.
According to our sources, the television program - set to air soon through MBC Music - will feature an intimate look at the KARA hopefuls and the arduous process behind selecting two new members to fill the holes of one of Korea"s most famous girl groups.
Showcasing the personal lives of the potential members as well as KARA themselves, the show will combine the best elements of traditional audition programs with the pathos of documentary film-making
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
The final competition of SBS’ “K-Pop Star 3,” which aired on April 13 consisted of two rounds: the first round was a mission round assigned by the judges and the second mission was a free selection round. 60% of the judges’ scores and 40% of the viewers’ votes were compiled in order to determine the final score.
The first contestant to take the stage was Sam Kim. He reinterpreted BIGBANG’s “Lies.” His mission was to “perform a song that would allow the audience to focus on your voice.”
After his performance Park Jin Young commented, “Sam Kim proved his performance abilities during the live shows. I wanted to know, as a composer and a producer, what his recorded voice would sound like, but I wasn’t able to hear his voice as much as I wanted to. However, the arrangement was amazing
won their first trophy on "Immortal Song 2
Dongjun, Minwoo, Kevin, and Hyungsik sang "Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block. The episode had the singers perform foreign songs that were the most loved in Korea.
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Kevin looked like he couldn"t believe the win and kept saying, "I can"t believe it. 429 votes. Our record was 413, but we beat it. With 429!". Hyungsik teared up backstage, and Dongjun revealed that Hyungsik had actually been sick, but that they were so happy because of the good results.
All the boys thanked their fans and couldn"t get enough of their trophy.
Congratulations to all four of them!
Girls’ Generation (SNSD)’s Sunny shared her thoughts on the current and future state of SNSD.
Having dubbed the animated film Rio 2, Sunny attended an interview on April 8 at Conrad Hotel in Yeouido and was asked about the increasing amount of individual activities of the SNSD members and how long she thinks the the group will last as a whole.
Smiling slightly, Sunny said, “I was asked that question when we decided on our group name, when we debuted and as time went by, it was asked more and more frequently.”
“We were uncertain when we debuted, but we all hoped that we could last a long time,” said Sunny. “We always think about it as years change and we grow more mature. But one thing that stays the same is, ‘As long as there are girls within us, SNSD will exist.’”
She continued, “If you ask us how long the name of Girls’ Generation will last, there is no definite answer to that, but all we can say is one thing
After 15 months since his last single, Eric Nam is finally back - not that it ever seemed like he was really away.
Appearing on television every week, interviewing top international stars, and greeting overseas fans through various programs, Eric Nam has been working hard, and working a lot - but not quite in the capacity that he wanted.
“I think last year was a very difficult and trying year for me personally and professionally, on many levels,” said Eric Nam, in an interview with Mwave’s enewsWorld. “And part of that came from the fact that I came and signed as a singer and .. I wasn’t singing. To be releasing one song a year, and this song 15 months after that song - as a singer, it’s very depressing in a way. It’s disheartening.”
But thankfully, Eric Nam’s latest single, Ooh Oohhas already been garnering a positive response, despite, or perhaps, because of, the different direction he’s gone since releasing his soft ballad, Heaven’s Door
6-member boy group 100% is drawing attention for looking out after the fans, and the media is coining their kind gesture as “fan welfare.”
The members are currently holding fan signing events in different cities within Korea after releasing their latest mini album “Bang the Bush.” After realizing how uncomfortable it must be for fans to kneel while getting their albums signed, the members decided to start bringing chairs to set up across the table so fans could sit comfortably while they wait for the members of 100% to sign their CDs. Other idols and groups have noticed the gesture and have followed suit.
Regarding how they came up with the idea, member Rockyun explained, “We didn’t like how the fans have to [be uncomfortable and] kneel during the fan signing events so we wanted them to [sit comfortably] on chairs
JJCC may have stormed onto the stage as Jackie Chan’s proteges, but despite being trained by China’s famous action star, there’s only one Chinese member in the group.
Simba, E.co and San Cheong, who all hail from Korea, and Eddy, a Korean American by way of Los Angeles, were the only four members to appear in JJCC’s debut music video for At First - but JJCC actually also includes another talented member, Prince Mak, who reps China and Australia.
Jackie Chan Group quickly announced that Prince Mak had to miss the shoot due to an injury, but thankfully, the group is currently promoting as five - so what exactly happened to Prince Mak?
“It was one of the worst things in my life, because we had all prepared for this for so long, and it just happened very suddenly,” said Prince Mak
Name: 최진실 / Choi Jin-shil (Choe/Chae Jin-sil)
Chinese name : 崔眞實
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Height: 163 cm
Weight: 46 kg
Star sign: Capricorn
Blood type: O
Family: Divorced from baseball player Jo Sung Min. 2 children
Hobby: Swimming, Drawing
Education: Sun-Il Girls’ High School
Family: Brother/singer/actor Choi Jin Young and two children
About Choi Jin Shil
Choi Jin Shil was a popular South Korean actress. She committedsuicide at the age of 39. Since her debut in 1988 till her death in 2008she appeared in various soap operas, movies and commercials, becoming ahousehold name
Continuing his participation in Korean OSTs, Swedish singer, Lasse Lindh lent his voice for the OST of SBS’ Angel Eyes.
On April 7, Lasse Lindh released the song Run to You, which was composed by music director Nam Hye Seung with lyrics written by Lasse Lindh.
The song played in the first two episodes of Angel Eyes, perfectly fitting in with the first love story between Park Dong Joo (Kang Ha Neul) and Yoon Soo Wan (Nam Ji Hyun).
Lasse Lindh has also participated in the OST for MBC’s Soul Mate and for tvN’s I Need a Romance with the song I Could Give You Love.
Photo Credit: Lasse Lindh’s Facebook, SBS
Kangnam of hip hop group M.I.B will be giving his take on trot.
He will be the first idol to appear on MNet’s “Trot X” and showcase the variety of his singing ability. Being the main vocal of M.I.B, it will be interesting to see how his fresh and unique voice will fit the genre of trot.
“I grew up in Japan with my Korean mother and Japanese father, but I grew up listening to a lot of trot. When I went to noraebang with my parents, I enjoyed listening to trot, and at the time I listened to Tae Jin Ah and Sul Woon Do‘s songs a lot,” Kangnam revealed. ”Whenever I had a hard time when I first came to Korea, I get rid of my worries by listening to trot, and whenever I missed my parents, I cheered myself up by listening to trot
Both Cha Tae Hyun and f(x)’s Victoria have received the scenarios for My Sassy Girl 2 and are positively considering it.
On April 3, Cha Tae Hyun’s agency staff spoke with Newsen, who said, “We’ve received the scenario for the movie My Sassy Girl 2 and are positively looking into it. We were offered the same role of Gyun Woo as in the first movie, but nothing is confirmed. We’ve really only received the scenario.”
The female main character that will work with Cha Tae Hyun could be Victoria, who also received a scenario. Newsen also spoke with SM Entertainment, who said, “We’re positively considering appearing in My Sassy Girl 2. Victoria’s already been in several projects in China and have been receiving a lot of offers in China
What may have seemed like an unlikely collaboration turned in to a hilarious moment as Super Junior‘s Kim Heechul shared funny exchanges with veteran actor Lee Soon Jae during the script reading for tvN‘s upcoming drama, “Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit.”
Although Lee Soon Jae is actually much older than the Super Junior member, the plot of the new tvN drama made it so that Heechul had to speak to the veteran actor as if he was younger than the singer.
On April 2, the cast of “Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit” had their first script reading, and the room could not stop laughing at the silly moments. As Lee Soon Jae, Byun Hee Bong, and Jang Gwang act as young detectives who mysteriously turn in to 70-something-year-old grandpas overnight, the three must seek the help of their wiser detective colleague
The two members of EXO here today with their individual teasers are Sehun and Tao!
Like the first two members Kai and Luhan, the two revealed today also continue on this mysterious concept with a darker vibe vs. a white-themed look. What could all this be hinting at? We still can"t tell for sure yet, but whatever it is, it"s definitely more than enough to keep fans waiting on the edge of their seats!
As mentioned before EXO will promote their new mini-album as EXO-K and EXO-M in Korea and China, respectively, this time around. They"re partnering up with Samsung Music so that the music application"s subscribers can enter for a chance to win tickets for EXO"s upcoming showcase from April 1-9, and the "EXO Comeback Show" will also be streamed live through Samsung Music on April 15
The SBS thriller “Three Days” seems to have appealed to both viewers and the advertisement of top brands. Although recently hitting its halfway mark through the broadcast of its eighth episode, “Three Days” has already reaped advertisement sponsors worth 30 billion won (~ 2,833,931 USD), selling every advertisement spot since the broadcast of its first episode. The total sponsor amount reflected how the drama was able to gain 400 million won (~378.449 USD) in advertisement sponsors per episode. Such ads do not simply translate to commercials before or after the drama, but rather brand items or places that were utilized and shown within the drama.
Yet, the high advertisement sponsor initially seemed difficult as “Three Days” was not a typical drama in which such ads could easily be utilized