NEWS member Yamashita Tomohisa (25) revealed today (11/17) that he will have a solo tour including overseas locations. From 1/29 in Hong Kong to 5/10 in Tokyo, the tour will last about half a year. There are 5 venues within Japan and 5 international for an expected total audience of 236,000. (more…)
After nearly 2 years since their last album the boys of NEWS returned last week with their latest 4th album LIVE and with much anticipation the album was able to snag the no.1 spot on Oricon selling 156,391 copies. (more…)
Korean boy band 2AM member Seulong has revealed a picture of himself heading off to the airport on his Twitter account. (more…)
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From left, SHINee member Onew and female singer Dana perform a scene from musical “Rock of Ages” during its press call held at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea on September 16, 2010.
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Korean actress Kim So-eun’s popularity in Taiwan has been on the rise, according to her agency N.O.A Entertainment on Thursday. (more…)
Korean boy band 2PM member Nichkhun has revealed his nerdy side through a photograph of himself he has uploaded on his Twitter account. (more…)
Korean TV series “Naughty Kiss” starring popular singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong will be turned into an online version which will show on video-sharing website YouTube starting November. (more…)
Takako Matsu’s latest movie “Confessions,” directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, is Japan’s selection for the best foreign-language film category at next year’s Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Awards ceremony. (more…)
TOKYO — TV presenter and actress Mao Kobayashi, 28, perhaps best known as the wife of celebrated kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, 32, appeared at a launch event for a new Lotteria burger commercial this week. The TV ad is for the fast-food chain’s new “ebimayo” (prawn mayonnaise) burger.
The pair were chosen to endorse the product because of their “Brangelina”-esque couple nickname, “Ebimao,” according to Lotteria officials. “I’ve loved prawns since I was a little girl, so I’m really pleased to be doing this,” said Kobayashi.
When the press asked her if she had any personal news to share she responded, “A cause for celebration? We’ve got nothing planned yet.”
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How popular is Hallyu in Shanghai? Just take a look at SM TOWN LIVE concert and you will know. Last Saturday, SM TOWN LIVE concert was held in Shanghai. On that day, DBSK members Yunho and Changmin, Super Junior, SHINee, F(X), SNSD and many top stars and idols made their appearance, making the crowds go wild. SM also took the chance and signed endorsements with various China brands for SHINee and F(X) during their visit. (more…)
Group MBLAQ’s Lee Joon revealed his plans for kids.
To the question about his plans for children, he commented, “I’ll just have whatever amount” and showed his strong will (?) on the 13th episode of KBS 2TV birth encouragement variety “Happy Birthday.” He plans to have as much as his strength allows him. (more…)
On a recent ranking released by Star Marketing, they have revealed Korean idols’ performance fees for the month of August 2010. (more…)
With fall weather right around corner, clothing brand SPAO chose SNSD and Super Junior to endorse their new collection. Check out the promotional posters!
Fall is looking quite fashionable…
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On the 31st, Jo Kwon tweeted, “I recorded a duet song,” along with Daum’s event video.
In the video, Jo Kwon states, “I think of it as a great honor that I’m able to participate in a duet with ** nuna. I wanted to ask her to do one with me beforehand but I’m glad that I’m able to work with her like this.”
However, the name of his duet partner was censored a bleep, adding to the curiosity.
Fans have been speculating his new duet partner by leaving comments such as, “If it’s a duet, could it be GaIn?” and “Who is the woman that Jo Kwon honors?”
The mystery duet partner is set to comeback in September and is holding a ‘Mystery UCC’ contest in celebration. The interview videos of Baek Jiyoung, miss A, 2AM’s Jinwoon, Kim Taewoo, and Wang Leehom will be revealed soon after.
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All 5 members of f(x) are featured in the new K-Swiss CF!
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Jon Niermann, the CEO of FarWest Entertainment which founded the British pop phenomenon Spice Girls, hopes that the Asian Spice Girls will serve as a bridge between the East and West.
At a press conference held Wednesday afternoon at Seoul’s Grand Intercontinental Hotel, Niermann said, “The band is being designed for the world stage and what we hope is that it will be a very good bridge for Asian talents for the rest of the world,” referring to Project Lotus which is set on discovering the Asian version of the Spice Girls.
A total of 25 girls, five candidates shortlisted from five countries in Asia including Korea, China, India, the Philippines and Japan, will be competing against one another under the guidance of several prominent figures in the entertainment industry including artists who have been picked from each country to serve as mentors.
Niermann also explained that it is important to include key partners and artists who fully understand the local cultures and process of what the project is about, saying that Korea’s mentor Yoon Do-hyun, the leader and main vocalist of veteran rock band YB, is “no stranger to what it’s like traveling and performing around the world and bridging that gap between the East and West.”
Yoon, also present at the press conference, remarked, “I believe that working with the other directors on the project, this group will successfully create a different kind of music unlike the current girl bands.”
Other mentors will include pop star and model Tsubasa Masakawa from Japan, actress and singer Karen Mok from Hong Kong, renowned music composer Shamir Tandon for India and show host Miriam Quiambo from the Philippines.
Creative director and producer Eliot Kennedy, who has worked with the original Spice Girls, TV producer Brian Grant and director of choreography David Lui will also lend their experience and knowledge in shaping and training the talents.
A documentary on the entire process will be produced into a series of two parts, the first segment focusing on the search for talents from each Asian country while the latter part will show what happens to the girls at an academy in Hong Kong where they undergo training for six weeks.
“That will culminate into five girls that will form the brand new girl band and then the documentary will follow them as they make the record with Mr. Kennedy in England and their launch onto the world stage,” explained Brian Grant the producer of the program.
The television special is planning for a global rollout in February and March after which Asian Spice Girls’ debut single is set to be released followed by their album.
The original Spice Girls, are known as one of the most successful girl group of all time, selling millions of records worldwide and topping numerous music charts with their hit songs “Say You’ll Be There,” “2 Become 1″ and “Spice Up Your Life.”
Interesting so yet with the ridiculous amount of girl’s group that have come out and the immense popularity that groups like SNSD have, people wanna create something even “better”? I’d like to see how this is gonna work out!
BEAST’s Lee Kikwang, who is already popular from ‘avatar dating’ on ‘Sunday Sunday Night – Hot Brothers’, has been currently attracting attention as he collaborated with the singer Ahn Jinkyung.
Lee Kikwang has contributed in the featuring of Ahn Jinkyung’s title song ‘Love is Pathetic’ off of her second mini album ‘BE THE VOICE’ that will be released on the 26th.
Especially since Lee Kikwang is in charge of the vocals in BEAST, this will be his first project that he will be rapping in, surprising the listeners with his attractive voice in a melody line instead of just a regular rap.
Supposedly Lee Kikwang showed off amazing rap skills so that the staff working on the album commented, “Is there someone controlling Lee Kikwang’s rap in the back,” giving the rap the nickname “Lee Ki Kwang Avatar Rap.
The title song ‘Love is Pathetic’ has been composed by the composer/ex-bboy Oh Sunghoon, who has composed ‘Bad Person’ on Ahn Jinkyung’s first solo album, ‘Learned my lesson in love’ and ‘I came alone’ sung by December, and ‘Not until love’ sung by K.Will. The title song is an emotional dance song that shows off a fresh beat along with Ahn Jinkyung’s husky, but thick voice.
She is also being envied by many fans as Mir from MBLAQ had featured in the title song off her first solo album, ‘Bad Person’, and now on her second album title song, she will be having Lee Kikwang from BEAST featuring in her song.
Ahn Jinkyung stated, “I’m thankful that even more of an attractive song was born thanks to Lee Kikwang’s rap featuring, and I think this will be a big support for me as I promote.” She added, “Please show a lot of attention and love towards the title song ‘Love is Pathetic’.”
Meanwhile, the teaser clip for the music video ‘Love is Pathetic’ that Ahn Jinkyung and Park Jaejung will be showing off their acting skills in will be released on the 23rd on various video sites like GomTV and MGoon.
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While 2010 particular
ly had a trend of having girl groups, 4minute (who came out as the best girl group in the first half of the year) will have a performance on August 26th at the Mnet 20′s Choice Awards.
Although men and women of all ages like 4minute, they are popular for receiving complete support from men in their 20′s due to their sexiness and maturity.
Since now, although they had various activities with their hit songs ‘Hot Issue’, ‘Muzik’, ‘Huh’, and ‘I My Me Mine’, it is expected that this will be their first performance at the Mnet 20′s Choice Awards.
Mnet’s production crew said, “Although 4minute recently swept high rankings with their hot popular songs, they can’t enjoy a club-like environment due to the fact that Kim HyunAh and Kwon SoHyun are members who aren’t in their 20′s yet. In this year’s Mnet 20′s Choice Awards, it is expected that the performances that are emitting a club-like sense will display a different color as the audience (in their 20′s) will stand on stage with them.”
4minute’s performance is gathering anticipation, knowing that it will be extraordinary. In the meantime, while the 20′s Choice Award votes for ‘the star with the most influence’ is heating up with excitement in its last stage, the online voting will be available until August 24th through Daum.
The 2010 Mnet Choice Awards will kick off on August 26th at Sheraton Grand Walker Hill River Park Poolside in Seoul, Gwangjang-dong.
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It has been revealed that Yang Yoseob, the lead vocal of BEAST, has gone through surgery to remove chronic rhinitis infections.
Due to this, the BEAST’s comeback that has been planned for the end of August has been pushed back.
Yang Yoseob has suffered from light rhinitis symptoms, but recently the situation had gotten worse that he had to go through surgery to remove the small infection in his nose. It was a hard decision because it was at a point they were preparing for the 3rd album, but because it could have affected his throat condition, the surgery couldn’t have been pushed back.
On the 24th, the management stated, “It was a simple surgery for Yang Yoseob, however since it could worry the fans we were hesistant on releasing the information about his surgery. However we couldn’t have the fans waiting especially with the comeback coming close.” They added, “We will try our best to help him get well through plenty of rest and relaxation.”
The BEAST members added, “If you wait longer, we will be able to make a comeback with even a better condition,” asking for support and cheer from the fans.
Meanwhile, BEAST members are showing off active activities in variety programs despite preparing for their next albums.
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2AM Jo Kwon and Brown Eyed Girls GaIn will celebrate their 1st year anniversary since they first met.
Jo Kwon and GaIn started their married lifestyle in 2009 through MBC ‘We Got Married Season 2′. And coming 20th September, it will be their 1st year anniversary. With 20th September approaching, many fans are also curious as to what event they have planned up.
When they first met, Jo Kwon had did an event by wearing a bear costume for GaIn. And many fans are anticipating that GaIn will be doing an event this time for the anniversary.
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