After being judged as the “standard of success” for Korean singers in Japan, Girls’ Generation set a new record, over senior singer BoA, on the Oricon Charts. The members’ mature transformations, which have been revealed on their Japan tour, have been garnering attention from Japanese and Korean fans, opening up Girls’ Generation’s “success generation” in Japan. (more…)
There was a rumor that the actress Lee Dahae (East of Eden) and actor/singer Micky Yoochun (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) will be together in a new drama. Well folks, the rumor was right. They are confirmed casts of the upcoming MBC drama ‘Goodbye Miss Ripley‘. The thing that interests netizens is the fact that it is not the oh-so cliche love story. But it is more serious and is inspired by a national scandal that shook the media in 2007: it is the infamous ‘Shin Jeong Ah’ a university professor and art curator at Dongguk University, who forged her credentials to get hired, and then embezzled funds from the art gallery’s corporate sponsorships. She got hired in 2005 under the belief that she had earned a BFA and MBA from the University of Kansas and a PhD from Yale, when in fact she was only a high school graduate. Her boyfriend Byeon Yang-kyoon, 19 years her senior, was a presidential secretary at the time, and helped her forge the paperwork and get hired.
The drama isn’t a direct true crime story, but apparently is inspired by the scandal. How closely it resembles Shin Jeong-ah’s story remains to be seen, but so far it’s a good hint as to where the main character, played by Lee Da-hae, will go. Her character loses her family when she’s young, and gets adopted into an unhappy home, which is just the beginning of her unfortunate destiny. It probably speaks to the character’s motivation for the ensuing schemes. Meanwhile, actress Kang Hye Jung will also be making her return to dramas as the main character of “Goodbye Miss Ripley”. This will be her first time appearing in a drama since 2007’s “Flowers For My Life“ along with Kim Sung Woo (IRIS, Athena).
I wonder how Micky Yoochun fit into all this drama. You see, he is the goody-good romantic boy in his last drama and now he starts to be an influential boyfriend who helps her girlfriend do the crime thing. But who knows? Maybe his character is the other way around. Maybe he will still be the goody-good, less romantic and more righteousness man. Right?
Well, let’s find what what will happen in the drama which premieres on MBC this May 2011.
The beginning of 2011 was a filled with different surprises with the comebacks of different and very unusual concepts from different groups. Two of the most hits this first month of 2011 were Secret’s Shy Boy and TVXQ’s Keep Your Head Down. Just as those two completely different songs are combined, what would be the outcome then? Well, it’s up to the famous k-pop remixer DJ MASA. Recently, he uploaded his work entitled Why, Shy Boy? It is a mash-up of TVXQ and Secret’s songs. Well, the outcome? As the usual way, it has received so much love from different fans plus adding to the point that TVXQ’s song became a groovy and happy song with the mash-up.
Curious now? Check the mash-up below!
TVXQ finally unveiled their first album in two years and three months on January 5th, and they left meaningful messages of gratitude towards their fellow SM artists for their constant support during their public absence.
Yunho wrote, “Kangta hyung and Min Jong hyung, who always kindly teaches me even the minor things, the know-it-all but humane BoA, the Super Junior members who own every kind of charm, the vocally talented CSJH The Grace members, the most moral men, TRAX, cute mascots SNSD, pretty Ara and Yeon Hee, awesome actor Jong Yoon Hyung, SHINee, who are no different to my younger brothers, maknae f(x), thank you all for giving me strength and supporting me.”
Changmin wrote, “To our company who sent us applauses of encouragement, and to all of our awesome, pretty, talented and kind seniors and juniors, thank you all! The most handsome man in the universe, Lee Jinki ^^ Fishing King Kim Jong Hyun ^^ Key Kibum or KeyBum, Choi Minho, who overflows with richness like a son from a rich middle-east oil company family ^^, Prince Taemin, who owns everything a man needs, and all the other hoobaes, thank you.”
Meanwhile, TVXQ are set to make their official comeback on KBS Music Bank on January 7th.
JYJ recently expressed their unfailing wish to promote together as a five-membered TVXQ.
During an interview with Money Today Star News, JYJ expressed, “It’s disappointing for TVXQ to promote as two separate teams. It might be frustrating right now, but we want each other to do well.”
It was recently reported that Yunho and Changmin will be releasing their first track after a two year, three-month hiatus under ‘TVXQ’ this coming January. However, Yoochun emphasized, “It’s still the same now, but all five are TVXQ members. Right now it’s not about who gets to use the TVXQ name that’s important.”
Junsu added, “It’s complicated and disappointing for us too, but I believe that we’re both about the same. Even though there is an inevitable wall between us, we both still need to continue on with activities without shame.”
Lastly, Star News asked, “Is there any possibility for TVXQ to get back together?” All three JYJ members stated, “If it is a problem we can solve ourselves, then we would solve it right now. We’re always open for the possibility.”
Source: allkpop and Star News via Nate
The Filipino Kpop fans are known for their warm love for their idols and especially into the music of K-pop, but they do not forget on how to be good fans. That’s why on the day of December 11, 2010 thousands of K-pop fans gathered for their 2nd Philippine K-pop Convention. This is a partnership event of the Philippine Kpop Committee and Gawad Kalinga. Gawad Kalinga is a non-profit organization helping the less fortunates.
Different fan clubs participated at the event some of them are the largest kpop fan clubs such as, Cassiopeia, SJ United, Girls’ Generation Ph and Triple S ph. During the event different kpop cover groups and kpop awards are given to be claimed by their fan club representative. Even a KP-pop group .10 Pointen was there to show the good relationship between Korea and Philippines.
All in all, the fund raised by the event was 500,000 Php, the fund raised will be used to build houses and establish a certain community in an island of the PHilippines.
Although Avex has held on to a contract with TVXQ and JYJ for around 4-5 years now it seems that’s all about to change cause as they say “out with the old in the with new”
With JYJ’s contract officially over with avex the company has their eyes on Japan’s 2nd most popular K-pop male group, Big Bang
See although BIG BANG is currently part of Universal Music Japan (where rival groups from SME like SNSD are) rumors have it the group is planning to join avex and replace JYJ.
Avex already has a contract with 2NE1 so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if this were to occur in order to keep the YG “family” united.
In either case if this does occur it sadly seems the TVXQ/JYJ Dynasty will officially end as Japan makes way for BIG BANG Era.
THOUGH NOTE: people aren’t just gonna forget about TVXQ overnight, Big Bang has been in Japan for over a year and the group has yet to crack at no.1 single or album, and it took TVXQ 5 years to achieve a no.1 with their last album and it took them 3 years to get a no.1 song SO ITS NOT THAT EASY (more…)
When JYJ’s Jaejoong bent down wearing a see through shirt at a recent fan meeting he revealed his latest tattoo which has sparked the interest of many fans for its content.
See the thing is even though when Yoochun got his tattoo with the names of only Jaejoong and Xiah fans had thought he was excluding his other TVXQ band mates Yunho and Changmin which later turned out to be false.
But in Jaejoong’s case unless he’s got a magic trick under his sleeves its pretty obvious he decided NOT to include Yunho and Changmin leaving only his current group mates Yoochun and Junsu to be included in his tattoo.
The popular group Tohoshinki, whose activities are currently suspended, has achieved new a record for DVD ranking that the late Michael Jackson created
. Their new DVDs “TOHOSHINKI History in JAPAN SPECIAL” and “Zoom In shika Shiranai Tohoshinki DVD” (both released on 9/29) sold a total of 63,000 copies and 53,000 copies respectively, ranking first & third place on the DVD chart of the week of 10/11. Besides, 3 of their old DVDs also ranked 4th-6th on the weekly chart.
Not only do they have 5 items ranked on the chart, but they have also achieved the record which Michael Jackson created in the week 7/20 of 2009 of having 5 music DVDs entering the Top 10 chart at the same time. (more…)
It seems a Japanese magazine Asahi News has come up with some serious allegations as to the whole truth behind why Avex dropped JYJ and according to the article if you follow the yellow brick road apperently it leads back to none other than SME!
See they say that Avex who snatched the most popular boy group in Korea, TVXQ right after their breakup they found the members and even JYJ non profitable anymore and when they came begging to SME for some new artists like say SNSD, the answer was something like “get rid of them, and THEN we’ll talk”
At the moment Changmin enters the studio, he conveys an aura of extraordinary elegance and shines brightly through his 186 cm tall body figure and attractive big pairs of eyes . However he is polite to everyone. ‘Please take care of me.’,he told the staff earnestly and modestly.
Debuted in Korea in 2004 and become a social phenomenon in Japan, popular quintet DBSK after its group activities put on halt in April this year, the members’ solo activity has garnered great attention not only in Korea, but Japan and China. (more…)
I don’t know what to say TOO MUCH Changmin is GOOD Changmin? Cause clearly that’s all he’s been doing all year!!! i can’t imagine walking into a store to see his face on every single magazine!
Check out Changmin’s photoshoot for VOGUE
We want to know more about you!
Personal life, ideal girls, self-analysis… everything was asked.
Despite coming to Japan on a very tight schedule, he didn’t show us any signs of fatigue. From the beginning to the end, Changmin always showed us a comfortable and steady smile. When the shooting began, he blended into the situation, expressing a feeling of masculinity that at the same time, felt pure and innocent. Showing us a variety of expressions that flaunted his charisma, the atmosphere was naturally full of happiness of which he had created.
As an artist, as an actor ascending a new stage, you will never be able to take your focus off of this future Changmin. (more…)
If there was an award for model of the year it would clearly be Changmin who clearly has appeared in more magazines than everyone else this being his 5 in last 3 months!
Check out the photoshoot for SWAK Magazine after the cut (more…)
There has been great concern in Korea after news went out that Dong Bang Shin Ki trio Micky YooChun, Hero JaeJoong and Xiah JunSu had left their Japanese agency. (more…)
Even though EJUNG, YUCHUN, JUNSU have decided to split from Avex, it has been revealed that both Yunho & Changmin will NOT be leaving Avex as well!
With the non stop photoshoots Changmin has recently been doing its no surprise that in the November issue of NON-NO he was also selected to model for the magazine where he also gave an interview where he talked about his drama and upcoming events
check them out after the cut (more…)
Avex Entertainment announced on Thursday that the three-member group JUNSU/JEJUNG/YUCHUN (of TVXQ) will be putting their activities in Japan on hold for the time being, due to problems with their management agency. The bad news came just after the group simultaneously topped the album and DVD sales charts this week. (more…)
After releasing their first track Found for the Sunkyunkwan Scandal OST, today JYJ member Jaejoong unenvied his first ever solo song! (more…)
A recent survey conducted by an online entertainment channel found that Dong Bang Shin Ki, a big contributor to the Hallyu wave, has remained at the top spot. Completely unaffected by the lawsuit between its members and its agency, Dong Ban Shin Ki’s popularity continues to amaze. (more…)
Today Yoochun sat down with KBS2 to talk about his drama, JYJ, his reaction to the drama’s ratings, and he also got a LOT intimate when it came to his discomfort with his body.
Recently there has a been a rumor going around saying that TVXQ / JYJ’s Jaejoong will be joined by SS501’s Kim Hyun Joong and CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa for a new drama titled Cinderella.
Famous actress Song Hye Kyo is also rumored to have a starring role in the drama. Filming is set to begin in Korea in December and run until February of 2011. The filming location will then change to Japan in March 2011. There’s no word on which station this potential drama will air on but the rumor states that the broadcast will begin airing in May 2011.
The drama’s premise is about a 30 year old money hungry woman that finds interest in a man visiting SK, whom is the heir to a rich fortune.
Yeah whether the drama sucks or is lame all i know all three of them in one drama is too HOT for words. Plus Hyun Joong and Yong Hwa together would give Boys Over Flowers & Your Beautiful vibes.
Source: kawa-lily2 @ Oricon Blog