Thursday, October 30, 2014

EXO’s Chanyeol and Tao to feature in Zhoumi’s debut album

As news of Zhoumi’s solo debut broke out, SM Entertainment further reveals that EXO‘s Chanyeol and Tao will be featured on Zhoumi’s title track, “Rewind”. 
According to SM Entertainment on October 29th, Zhoumi’s debut release will have a total of eight tracks, consisting of songs in various genres. In particular, the tittle track “Rewind” will be released in both in Chinese and Korean, as the singer promotes the track simultaneously in two countries. Chanyeol will be featured with the Korean release, with Tao taking charge of its Chinese version.
Since the announcement of his debut, Zhoumi has been releasing two teaser photos, along with his debut activities as MC on SBS MTV The Show.
Meanwhile, Zhoumi’s first mini-album, Rewind, will release on October 31st, with its physical release due on November 3rd. Aside from promoting in South Korea, Zhoumi will also juggle his promotions simultaneously in China.
Source: Osen

Luhan to make first solo public appearance at “Miss Granny” press conference

luhan miss granny
Luhan will be attending the Miss Granny press conference along with Director Chen Zheng Dao and fellow stars Gui Ya Lei, Yang Zi Shan, and more.
While the star has been spotted through a good friend’s Weibo, the upcoming press conference will be his first public appearance since news of his lawsuit with SM Entertainment. In this film remake of the Korean movie, Luhan is set to play a fresh youngster who is passionate about music.
In related news, Chinese fans have been requesting for Luhan to become a member of Hunan Broadcasting System‘s Divas Hit the Road. Soon to begin its second season, the show will feature five female stars with four male stars as they travel around together, rain or shine. It is speculated that with the continuous requests, the chances that he will be asked to appear on the show are high.
The filming of the movie was already completed during the summer and will hit the theaters in 2015. The press conference is set to be held on November 2nd.
Source: vdfly and ldnews

Chinese media Sina speculates on Nichkhun and Tiffany’s alleged break up

sina_khun and tiffanyEntertainment news agencies in South Korea and China speculate and report on the possible break up between idol star couple Nichkhun and Tiffany
On October 29th, OSEN released a report picked up on Chinese Entertainment Media, Sina, which published speculations on the alleged break-up between Nickhun and Tiffany.
According to Sina, speculations began when Nichkhun updated his personal Twitter account posting the lyrics to Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers In The Night”.  In the post he mentions, “Love was just a glance away, warm embracing dance away”.  As the song’s meaning is being reinterpreted as a sad, love story by Sina, the agency along with other netizens related it to the real status of their relationship.
Since the reports were published, the article has been on the top of the trending topics in online portals in South Korea.
Currently, Nickhun is busy with Chinese reality program, Brave Heart. 
2PM’s Nichkhun and Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany shocked fans last April after they were spotted on an alleged date, which led to their respective agencies to confirm that the couple are in a relationship and has been dating for four months.
What is your interpretation of the lyrics?

Source: OSEN and SINA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

'Roommate' drops highlight preview for season 2 with guest appearances by YoonA, Danny Ahn, and Chaeyeon

As previously reported, YoonA, Danny Ahn, and Chaeyeon will be making visits to the house on SBS variety program 'Roommate' in the second season to show their support for their fellow friends!  On October 16, a highlight preview was revealed for the entire cast of the second season as well as these special guests.

Chaeyeon in particular is grabbing a lot of attention as she has not appeared on Korean TV for three years!  Visiting the house, she was surprised at seeing the camera in every spot, saying, "I took too long a break from broadcasts.  It's the generation of technology."

A special teaser just for her was released, as well, on October 16.  Check out the previews (which include a lot of fun dancing and acting) as well as the broadcast on October 19!

Happy birthday to MBLAQ’s Seungho and The Grace’s Stephanie!

Happy birthday to MBLAQ’s Seungho and The Grace’s Stephanie!

Seungho and Stephanie are both turning 28 today. The Grace is currently inactive, however, they were featured in our “5 K-Pop Groups We Want to See Make a Comeback”.
Although MBLAQ has been going through a difficult time lately with the impending departure of Lee Joon and Thunder, the group recently celebrated their 5th anniversary. A+’s will get one more chance to see the members stand together on stage during their upcoming concert “Curtain Call”.
Remember to wish them a “Happy Birthday” today!

“Ready Action Youth” K-Pop star-studded movie confirmed to show in three other countries

Official poster of K-Movie "Ready Action Youth"
The upcoming K-Pop star-studded movie “Ready Action Youth” featuring Super Junior‘s Donghae, 4minute‘s Jihyun, FT Island‘s Seunghyun and more has been confirmed to show in three other countries.
Since beginning, the movie has garnered attention for its K-Pop idol casting including Super Junior’s Donghae, 4minute’s Jihyun, and FT Island’s Seunghyun. As the movie has been introduced in “2014 Cannes Film Festival” and received a positive reviews and ratings, it has officially been confirmed to open for ticket boxes in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.
Due to the global Hallyu fans earnest requests to show in Vietnam and Indonesia as well, the overseas’ showing will start from Hong Kong and has a possibility to spread showing in other countries as well. It seems like the hallyu wave has reached beyond K-Pop into the branches of K-Movie and K-Drama as well.
Who’s already excited for this upcoming idol studded movie? Don’t miss out on its release in November!
Source: News 1

MINX releases new dance practice video for “Why Did You Come to My House?”

MINX "Why Did You Come To My House" MV
MINX releases a new dance practice video, revealing the full extent of their new updated choreography for their title track “Why Did You Come To My House?” involving the use of skateboards.

Rookie group MINX who debuted with “Why Did You Come to My House?” in early September, recently changed their stage to incorporate skateboards! Jiu, Siyeon, Sua, Yoohyeon and Dami introduce themselves with their personalized skateboards at the beginning of the video showing off their bright and playful personalities.
This dance practice proves that MINX is not just another girl group. With their fast-paced choreography, the girls demonstrate their powerful and sexy choreography that shows attitude while still expressing a fun side. Their dance practice draws attention to how in-sync and clean the girls perform their choreography alone, with a partner, as well as using their skateboard prop!
Check out their impressive practice video below!

Musical actor Park Gun Hyung shares additional wedding photos with 4 days left until the ceremony

Photo: Actor Park Gunhyung's wedding photos from "Namoo Actors"
Counting down D-4 until actor Park Gun Hyung‘s wedding ceremony, Namoo Actors has released the lovely couple’s official wedding photos and the behind-the-scene cuts.

The photos show Park Gun Hyung and his soon-to-be-wife in a romantic atmosphere, in particular, the one in trench-coat somewhat calls to mind of the scene in the movie “One Day”. Reportedly, Park Gun Hyung has been such a gentleman and caring for his wife during the entire photo-shoot session. As the after-story tells that the whole photo shoot staff members were quite impressed by it.
Park Gun Hyung has recently been on the rise in terms of popularity with his starring in MBC “Real Men”, though he has always been a prominent musical actor with his professional dance and acting talents.
Once again, congratulations to the adorable couple tying their wedding knot on October 20th after two years of relationship!
Source: Star News

Happy Anniversary: BEAST, Shin Ji Hoon, GOT7 (9 Months)

5 years with BEAST, 1 year with Shin Jihoon, 9 months with GOT7
On October 16th, fans celebrated anniversaries of three K-Pop powerhouses, including BEAST and Shin Jihoon, and even had the two groups trending worldwide on Twitter!

Today marks BEAST’s 5th anniversary and the dedication of B2UTIES was clearly shown when “BEAST5thAnniversary” was the #1 Worldwide trend on Twitter this morning!
Currently, BEAST is gearing up for their comeback album “Time” which will drop on October 17th! The boys have been teasing fans with group and individual pictures for their 7th mini-album “Time”, a second set of individual pictures as well as the jacket photo, revealing the title track “12:30“, and Junhyung posted earlier and Kikwang has also taken to Instagram to reveal more pictures. The teasers do not stop there! Just yesterday, BEAST released a video teaser for their track “Drive” and will continue to release teasers until the album comes out!
Shin Ji Hoon, singer and figure skater, is famous for making it to the Top 6 in “K-Pop Star 2″. Today, she is celebrating her first anniversary after her debut last fall under Cube entertainment. She released her single “Crybaby” earlier this fall.
GOT7‘s also expressed their devotion when they had “IGOT7SoLucky9MonthsWithGOT7” trending Worldwide at #3 as the boys of JYPE‘s maknae group celebrates 9 months since their debut with “Girls Girls Girls” back in January!
Since then, GOT7 had a successful comeback in June with their summer loving track “A”, and recently finished their second web reality series “Real GOT7″. Currently, the boys are busy with their debut in Japan with “Around the World”, Jackson on SBS “Roommate“, and JYP Nation ONE MIC heading to Bangkok in December!
Congratulations to the two groups and solo artist Shin Ji Hoon on their milestones in the industry!
BEAST trending for their 5th anniversary and GOT7 for their 9 Month
BEAST trending worldwide on Twitter for their 5th anniversary and GOT7 for their 9 Month anniversary

Jessica appears at Lane Crawford event in Shanghai

Jessica at Lane Crawford
Earlier today, Jessica Jung was spotted at Lane Crawford‘s 1st anniversary event in Shanghai. As previously reported, this is her first public appearance since news broke that she had been ousted from K-Pop powerhouse group Girls’ Generation earlier last week.
It is also her first appearance as head designer of BLANC & ECLARE, the latter of which was revealed one week after the scandal.
Jessica’s attendance at the Lane Crawford event also marks the beginning of her partnership with the store chain, as she will be selling her sunglasses at both the Shanghai and Chengdu locations according to a representative.
A huge partnership like this is BLANC & ECLARE’s first step into the Chinese market and after an official announcement last week from Coridel Group and rumored boyfriend Tyler Kwon, the investors of Jessica’s company, stated that BLANC & ECLARE was a debt free company. With partnerships like these, it seems like the company is already making big plans for the future.
EXCLUSIVE: Profile on Tyler Kwon, the rumored boyfriend and fiancé of Girls’ Generation Jessica
Take a look at some photos taken at the event below! Are you anticipating what Jessica and BLANC & ECLARE will do next?
Photo from Black Shadow
Photo from Black Shadow
Source: Black Shadow Weibo

The 3 Thai Wonders Of K-Pop: Nichkhun, BamBam & Mint!

For the lucky K-Pop fans who have biases from Thailand, here’s a list for you! Thailand’s architectural temples and golden Buddhas have been the backdrop to these idols’ childhoods, before they left for the bright lights of Seoul and became the stars that we know and love.
Check out these 3 talented artists who hail from Southeast Asia, and learn a little more about Thai idols and their roots to their homeland!
1. GOT7’s BamBam (real name Kunpimook Bhuwakul), in charge of rap and dance in GOT7 has already made his roots a big part of his appeal, specializing in rapping in Thai.
If you haven’t already heard his “Seventh Floor of Heaven” verse, don’t wait another second:

As a child, he endorsed KFC and Ovaltine in Thailand – here are some super cute childhood photos: 
2. Nichkhun, the Thai Prince, has it all – success, wealth, a beautiful Girls’ Generation star as his girlfriend, and enormous respect in his home country. In 2008 he starred in a Thai tourism campaign: 
He’s also the face of Coca Cola Thailand: 
He covered the 100th anniversary issue of Seventeen Thailand: 
And he’s known for wearing a patriotic t-shirt or two in his down time: 
Here he is with his cutest Thai fangirl: 
3. Mint of Tiny-G’s real name is Goonshipas Peonpaweevorakul.
Back in Thailand, she lived a life of luxury and was bought a house as a lavish coming-of-age birthday treat. She was also busy learning the dance skills that we now love to see on stage. She’s still completely in touch with her roots and actually captions most of her Instagram uploads in Thai, rather than Korean! She takes selcas with her Thai passport:
Mint looks beautiful while on vacation at home: 
And she still uses medicines from her home country: 


Super Junior to return with repackaged album 'This Is Love'

Super Junior have been hinting on their repackaged album on their SNS accounts, and now they're being reported to make a comeback with their 7th full-length special edition album 'THIS IS LOVE' on the 27th!

'THIS IS LOVE' consists of a total of 13 tracks including 9 tracks from the previous 7th full-length album, a "This Is Love" remix, and 3 new tracks. The members also took part in designing the album jacket, and the repackaged album will be released in different member versions.

Super Junior will release their repackaged album on the 23rd at noon KST. They will also perform "This Is Love" and "Evanesce" on Mnet's 'M! Countdown' on the same day. They will then release their album offline on the 27th.

#SungminOUT trends on Twitter in Korea

Super Junior Sungmin "MAMACITA"
Not all ELFs seem to be taking the announcement of Super Junior Sungmin‘s marriage in with open arms, as #SungminOUT trended on Twitter.
Earlier, Koreaboo reported #BeHappySungmin had trended worldwide following the announcement that he was to marry girlfriend Kim Sa Eun this coming December, seemingly proving that fans were not as against the marriage as initially expected.
However, a day later on October 16th, the hashtag #SungminOUT appeared on the trending list for Korea reflecting the dismay that many fans have clearly been feeling.
October 16th Twitter trends in Korea
October 16th Twitter trends in Korea
However many other fans took countered the heartwarming support, such as #SungminSTAY and #HappyTogetherWithSungmin.
The positive response continues with a support project on Chinese social networking site Weibo being organised in favor of Sungmin’s marriage, presenting a joint declaration made by C-ELF (Chinese Super Junior fan club) that they will continue to stand by Sungmin and Super Junior.
C-ELFs showing support for Super Junior Sungmin's wedding
Photo: Weibo
Once again, we congratulate Sungmin and Kim Saeun on their engagement!
Source: Aju News and Weibo

Yang Hyun Suk talks WINNER vs iKON in interview

Yang Hyun Suk
In a recent interview with TV Report, YG Entertainment‘s Yang Hyun Suk insists that his company’s latest male group WINNER and upcoming group iKON will not be competing with each other.WINNER was formed from the winners of the YG survival show “WIN: Who Is Next?”, while iKON will be formed by B.I, Bobby and Jinhwan of Team B along with additional members from YG’s latest survival show, “MIX & MATCH”.
In an interview on October 12th with TV Report, Yang Hyun Suk who is producing both groups, has insisted that they are totally different groups with different goals. Yang Hyun Suk expressed his thoughts, “WINNER and iKON are totally different groups. WINNER is not limited to one genre while iKON will be heavily focusing on hip-hop. Because of this, it may feel like iKON’s color is clearer and stronger than WINNER’s.”
“WINNER and iKon have different personalities so I’m not worried. First off, the two groups will be pursuing different goals so much so that even if they promote at the same time, their characters will not overlap one another. WINNER will be performing in different genres and iKON will be painting vibrant pictures within the basis of hip-hop.”
Yang Hyun Suk also noted that WINNER who recently completed their Japan tour is only showing the surface of what they will accomplish. “I didn’t make WINNER to only achieve a limited goal. WINNER is just starting. WINNER is not merely targeting the domestic market. They are not a group to be within a limit either. What they have shown so far is less than one tenth of what they have to show. They have only released one album. WINNER has much more to do.”
He seemed particularly fond of upcoming group iKON smiling as he stated, “Currently they are in a survival audition program. I know that there are high expectations for the team, tracing back to the days when they were WIN Team B. I think they are doing well centering around former WIN Team B members. In fact, I, myself, do not know how far iKON can go. I expect that they will show everything they have through the groundwork of hip-hop.”
9 contestants at press conference for MIX & MATCH
Photo: MIX & MATCH contestants; YG Entertainment
Stills released after their August debut
Photo: WINNER; YG Entertainment
Source: YG-Life

Tao jokes that he is a 400 year old vampire on 'Laws of the Jungle'

October 16, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

EXO's Tao brought out his silly, 4-dimensional charms while filming for the upcoming broadcast of SBS's 'Laws of the Jungle in Solomon'.

Despite his 16 years of experience in wushu and his charismatic image, Tao was found to be scared of the dark and bugs.

The idol drew laughter when he joked, "Honestly, I lived for 400 years.  I was originally a vampire.

Tao added, "I have super powers. I can stop time and turn back time." The confused cast members chuckled and played along to Tao's antics as he pretended to have stopped time. 

Excited, the idol member also asked the natives of the land to play along with his jokes and had them also freeze in place. 

The episode will air on October 17 at 10PM.

SHINee's Minho surprises fans with a photoshoot in Helsinki, Finland!

October 16, 2014 @ 11:07 am

SHINee's Minho surprised fans with a 'Cosmopolitan' photoshoot taken in Helsinki, Finland! 

In the pictures, SHINee's visual member and K-Pop hunk Minho can be seen sporting stylish coats, turtlenecks, leather jackets, and boots, showcasing the perfect look for the colder seasons.

During his interview with 'Cosmopolitan', Minho discussed how much he enjoyed his time in Finland and also expressed his gratefulness towards his fans. He stated, "Once in a while I feel like I'm in a position where I only receive the fans' love. And so once in a while, I worry about how to communicate with them, so I'm glad I have the opportunity to communicate with them through this interview."

He continued, "I hope that after a long time with no individual photoshoots, my fans will receive this as a surprise gift. I will finish the Japanese activities healthily and return so please don't forget SHINee and me, Minho... give us a lot of support. Until we meet again on the stage!"

Tip: emmi.halonen

[★TRENDING] Wedding hall denies reservation for reported news on Super Junior’s Sungmin and Kim Saeun upcoming wedding

Last month, Super Junior's Sungmin and actress Kim Saeun were confirmed to be in a relationship. Recently, a new rumor has surfaced that the couple will be marrying this December.
However, the latest updates state that the suspected wedding hall is denying any marriage reservations, and that their names are not listed on their reservation list. Both agencies are still looking into the matter to get confirmation from both Sungmin and Kim Saeun themselves. 
Meanwhile, Super Junior, who has released their recent 7th album “MAMACITA” in August, has been busy with promotions with a possible repackaged album on the way. Kim Saeun is currently starring in “Boarding House No.24” on MBC Everyone’s cable channel.
What are your thoughts on their wedding news?
Source: Donga News

Minzy shows her feelings on CL's U.S. solo debut via SNS?

October 16, 2014 @ 11:37 am

After the news came out that 2NE1's CL will be making her solo debut in the United States soon, there was a lot of attention on the other members of the group as fans and netizens wondered about their response.

One instance particularly drawing attention is Minzy's Instagram on which she posted a picture of text that read, "Things change, people change, places change, friends change, careers change, economies change...but God never changes," which some people speculated was addressing the possibility of change regarding the group, 2NE1.

In addition, her ID used to be @minzy21mz, but she has now removed the "21" from the name, so that it's only @_minzy_mz.  As this overlaps with the time CL's venture into the American market was announced, people are wondering if this is likewise a statement on 2NE1's future.