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-= News =-
Ryang Hyun and Ryang Ha Plan to Make Their Comeback After 7 Years
DMTN’s Daniel Wins Appeal, Jail Sentence Changed to Probation
Ye Eun Celebrates Wonder Girls’ 7th Anniversary
Actor Oh Ji Ho to Tie the Knot with Girlfriend in April
Sohee Finds a New Home at Lee Byung Hun and Han Hyo Joo’s Agency
-= Music =-
STELLAR Criticized for Using Sexually Suggestive Marketing Tactics
[Gallery] Performances and Highlights from the Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards
YG Announces February 24 Comeback for 2NE1 with “CRUSH”
KBS Bans All H
thinks it"ll be fun to date Mir
Dal Shabet were guests on Mir and Yewon
"s variety show "Unbearable School 2
" to see if they could steal the hearts of elementary school children. When Yewon asked Dal Shabet, "Lately, idol members have become a hot issue because of their open dating. What does Dal Shabet think about this?
SEE ALSO: Dal Shabet present military soldiers with sweet pudding desserts for Valentine"s Day
Subin answered, "If I have someone I love, I could reveal it, too.
" She was then asked about her ideal type, and she answered, "If I date Mir, I think it would be fun.
Of course, her answer made Mir smile endlessly. He even went in front of her to do push ups, making the entire studio crack up.
performed as the opening act for Girls" Generation
"s concert in Macau!
SEE ALSO: Tiffany, Yuri, & Sooyoung continue on teasing for Girls" Generation"s "Mr.Mr" comeback with their image cuts
Woollim Entertainment told Sports Seoul on the 15th, "TASTY will perform the opening stage at Girls" Generation"s world tour "Girls & Peace In Macau" at Cotai Arena, Macau today."
This marks the third time that TASTY and Girls" Generation performed on stage together following their SMTOWN concert last October and TASTY"s opening stage at Girls" Generation"s Hong Kong concert the following November.
Although Girls" Generation are busy with their upcoming comeback, the girls put their SONEs first as they continued on their word tour in Macau
Viewers who were anticipating Lee So Yeon and Yoon Han"s segment on "We Got Married" were disappointed as it didn"t air on February 15.
SEE ALSO: Yoon Han and Lee So Yeon dive into a romantic swimming date on "We Got Married"
In the preview, the romantic couple visited a spa, where things got awkward when they dipped in the swimming pool together. A rep from MBC explained that the curling competition at the "2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi" ran longer than expected, so Yoon Han and Lee So Yeon"s segment was cut out out from the broadcast.
Maybe we"ll get to see it next week?
Some of you asked for more hiphop, so guess what? I am back with more hip hop! I will be discussing several releases by Korean hip hop artists in the past month (most of them in January). The article featuring Okasian seemedto have exposed the genre a little bit to people who had not listened to Korean hip hopat all, which is great because I believe my mission on this planet is to spreadthe K-Hip Hop love. I will keep this article relatively short and givesome honorable mentions to rappers—under and over—who released some dope stuff. Now, keep in mind that this list may be a bit—actually, really—biased since I have my selectfavorites in the hip hop scene.
When one talks aboutKorean hip hop, there are two names that are bound to wind their way into theconversation somehow. You may already know the names I am about to drop; I am speakingof none other than the hip hop moguls, Tiger JK and Yoon Mirae (Tasha), also reverentlyreferred to as the hip hop power couple in Korea and beyond
Earlier in the week, KBS revealed that they had banned all of H.O.T"s songs due to member Tony An"s recent gambling controversy. In addition, they revealed that they had also banned Country Koko"s songs for member Tak Jae Hoon"s involvement. However, KBS will not be banning Andy from appearing on shows nor will they be banning his group Shinhwa"s songs.
The KBS rep said, "Andy is different from Tony An and Tak Jae Hoon in that he was not prohibited from making appearances. Of course, then, Shinhwa"s songs are not targets for being banned from broadcasts."
SEE ALSO: KBS to no longer broadcast any of H.O.T"s songs due to Tony An"s gambling controversy
It appears that the choices to ban Tony An and H.O.T songs as well as Tak Jae Hoon and Country Koko songs while leaving Andy and Shinhwa songs alone derive from the severity of each individual"s crimes
BIGBANG’s T.O.P was chosen as “Most Wanted Boyfriend” on Mnet’s “Super Idol Chart Show.”
The Valentine’s Day episode, which aired on February 14, revealed the rankings of idols stars on the “Most Wanted Boyfriend” list.
The MCs, Super Junior‘s Ryeowook and Beast‘s Dong Woon, were given hints to guess the number 1 idol. Their first hint given was comments from survey participants, “I picked him as the ‘Perfect Male Idol Boyfriend’ because if we’re together, I get to feel superior too,” “Because of his stunning visuals, we’ll receive attention wherever we go,” and “He has looks that I want to show off to everyone.”
While all the MCs could guess from the first hint was that the idol had good looks, the second hint gave everything away
최승경 / Choi Seung Kyeong Profession:
Actor and comedian Birthdate:
87kg Star sign:
Wife / actress Im Chae Won
TV Shows Please Marry Me (KBS2, 2010)
Typically Women (E Channel, 2010)
I Can't Stop (MBC, 2009)
My Precious Child (KBS2, 2008)
Spotlight (MBC, 2008)
Hong Gil Dong (KBS2, 2008)
Even So Love (MBC, 2007)
I Hate You, But It's Fine (KBS1, 2007)
Ghost Pang Pang (고스트 팡팡) (SBS, 2007)
The Bizarre Bunch (KBS1, 2005)
First Love (KBS2, 1996)
YG officially announced on February 13 that 2NE1 would be making their comeback on February 24 with their second album “CRUSH.”
Their comeback would have coincided with Girls’ Generation‘s “Mr.Mr.” release on the same day. However, Girls’ Generation’s music video release for “Mr.Mr.” and the group’s comeback has since been postponed.
SM Entertainment stated on February 14 that Girls’ Generation’s comeback date may be delayed by up to two weeks, meaning that 2NE1 and Girls’ Generation would not come head-to-head with one another. It’s been a long time since there was a big girl group battle, so the matchup has understandably been attracting much attention inside and outside the music industry
Song Hye Gyo and Hyun Bin have given up their outstanding pay from the 2008 KBS drama “The World That They Live In” in order to help out the production company in their financial troubles.
On February 14, several broadcast officials revealed that Song Hye Gyo, Hyun Bin, Yoon Yeo Jung, Bae Jong Ok, Um Ki Joon, and others have given up receiving outstanding pay from YEG and agreed to the company’s recovery process. Thanks to this, the Seoul Central District Court has approved YEG’s recovery plan.
One official said, “At the time that ‘The World That They Live In’ was airing, the production company had taken a hit in revenue due to a slump in viewer ratings
Girls" Generation"s Sooyoung has joined some of her fellow members on Instagram!
SEE ALSO: Tiffany, Yuri, & Sooyoung continue on teasing for Girls" Generation"s "Mr.Mr" comeback with their image cuts
Sooyoung greeted fans in her first post as she shared on the 15th, "Woody is on top of the cupcake so umheuhnah cute Woody*_*", and gave a belated Valentine"s Day treat with her sweet selcas.
Her Instagram has been confirmed by fellow member Hyoyeon who welcomed Sooyoung on her Instagram, "Instagram beginner Sooooooyouyouyoung Welcome Welcome @syofgg", along with selcas of Sooyoung showing her excitement to learn how to use Instagram on the phone in the background.
Sooyoung already has over 135,000 followers and counting! Welcome Sooyoung to Instagram here!
KARA"s Seungyeon shared her thoughts on "Her Lovely Heels" as well as BTS photos!
SEE ALSO: Drama "Her Lovely Heels" release preview and pictures of KARA"s Seungyeon
Seungyeon tweeted, "I finished everything up until the press conference for "Her Lovely Heels" safe and sound! The so very lovely "Her Lovely Heels"! The only thing left is to receive your love. February 24 SBS Plus. Hwaiting."
During the press conference for the drama held at Lotte Hotel in Jamsildong, Seoul on the 14th, Seungyeon also shared, "When I heard that the webtoon "Her Lovely Heels" will be made into a drama, I said that I would do it immediately."
"The story captured my heart at the time, so I decided to star in it
On February 14, actor Hong Jong Hyun dished on kissing actresses Jung Ga Eun and KARA"s Seungyeon for the short SBS Plus drama "Her Lovely Heels", which is based on the comic book of the same name.
He said, "The feeling is definitely different. Jung Ga Eun was a girl who took the lead, while it was a refreshing kiss in Seungyeon"s case."
Jung Ga Eun said, "I"m talking out of turn, but I think Ji Hoo (played by Seungyeon) was more nervous. The director told me to do a strong kiss scene. I don"t know how it came out."
SEE ALSO: DSP Media updates fans on KARA"s whereabouts
The drama will start airing ten episodes ten minutes each on February 24. It centers on the inexperienced Shin Ji Hoo (Seungyeon) who falls in love with her new boss Oh Tae Soo (Hong Jong Hyun), who is actually very experienced in love and subsequently cynical about the topic
CNBLUE"s upcoming 5th mini album "Can"t Stop" is already living up to its title and has ranked #1 on Tower Records" pre-order chart in Japan!
SEE ALSO: CNBLUE release another group photo + individual teaser images for "Can"t Stop"
According to FNC Entertainment, pre-orders for "Can"t Stop" began on the 13th and quickly rose to the top of Tower Records" Daily Album Pre-Order Chart on the 14th. It seems CNBLUE are hearing the excitement of their BOICE loud and clear for their comeback and will continue to get things rolling with the members" narration video "Love Is..." on the 17th!
At the press conference for KBS 2TV"s new drama "Full Sun" in Seoul on February 13, Yoon Kye Sang talked about his girlfriend, actress and former Miss Korea Honey Lee.
He was asked whether she gave him any advice, and Yoon Kye Sang replied, "She supports me a lot. Since she has such a busy schedule, I never know where Honey Lee is... She is probably working hard somewhere... Honey Lee diligently supports me and has high expectations for me."
SEE ALSO: [Drama Review] "I Need Romance 3" Episode 10
Netizens commented, "How nice," "They"re getting along well," and "Are they going to go all the way and get married?"
Yoon Kye Sang and Honey Lee seem to be getting along well
The golden age of idols.
That’s how one might describe the current status of K-Pop these days. It’s hard to find singers in their teens, who are not part of an idol group. That could be another reason why 18-year old Yoo Seung Woo shines in the world of K-Pop.
After debuting through Mnet’s audition program Superstar K , it didn’t take long for him to prove to many of those doubting, that he could make it big.
Coming back with his second single Fast Nineteen, Yoo Seung Woo met with enews to openly share his thoughts on music and life.
When the title song Hesitating Lips came on during the interview, the singer said “I’m embarrassed,” but took out his guitar and started playing along when the song hit the climax
Jun Ji Hyun gazes at the night sky, captured with the perfect camera angle against the blue-black starry canvas. In this serious atmosphere, what decidedly takes the spotlight is the trench coat that Jun Ji Hyun is wearing. Immediately following that episode of “Man From the Stars,” the various internet sites blew up with searches of “Jun Ji Hyun trench coat,” “Jun Ji Hyun fashion,” “Chun Song Yi style,” etc. This is a perfect example of sponsorship, star marketing, and product placement (PPL) in dramas.
Fashion brands directly see a positive effect from drama contents. The halo effect (a bias shown towards certain items because of a positive impression of something related) that stars have on the outfits and accessories they wear and beauty items they use in dramas, goes far above and beyond what one might imagine
C-Clown went back and forth between heaven and hell in the last nine months, spending every second preparing to get back on the stage.
Despite the global fandom established in countries in Asia and South America, it′s been a tough period for C-Clown members, as they had to count down the days to release a new album, while going through tough training.
And finally the day has come, and the group is ready to start promoting its new song, Justice, released on February 13.
This time it’s Hip-hop.
“We’ve presented acoustics or sentimental dance songs in the past. During the time off, we thought about what new concept we could present fans, and decided on the Hip-Hop feel,” said C-Clown. “We’re into our third year since the debut, but we haven’t been as active as many other groups
Jin Se Yeon is in talks to join Lee Jong Suk, Park Hae Jin
, and Kang Sora
on "Doctor Stranger"!
SEE ALSO: Kang So Ra to get entangled in a love triangle with Lee Jong Suk and Park Hae Jin for new drama "Doctor Stranger"
The young rising actress"s reps told Star News on the 15th, "[Jin Se Yeon] recently received the casting offer for the role of Song Jae Hee on "Doctor Stranger" and reviewed the script... However, nothing has been decided yet... As Jin Se Yeon is currently immersed into filming her KBS 2TV drama "Generation of Youth", she has not discussed her following productions in detail yet."
If confirmed, Jin Se Yeon will play the role of Song Jae Hee who is the daughter of a Korean Chinese businessman and is a Chinese medicine and anesthesia expert
f(x)’s Krystal transformed in to a chic goddess.
In a recent photo shoot with fashion magazine, Oh Boy!, Krystal posed in the streets of London attracting attention from fans with her chic attitude. She modeled various looks designed by the New York lifestyle designer, Rebecca Minkoff.
In the photos, Krystal is wearing a short one-piece dress with a sophisticated look on her face. She displayed her slim figure with a tight leopard-print dress. Her natural hairstyle complimented her sassy facial expression. The rainy weather also added to the chic mood of the whole look.
Krystal’s pictorial will be available in the March issue of Oh Boy!
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