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March 06, 2012

miss A’s “Touch” costumes capture the public’s attention

Girl group miss A recently captured the public’s attention with bandages.
miss A appeared in the March 4 episode of KBS’s Gag Concert and showed off their sense of humor.
The group members appeared on the stage in bandage costumes and masks. They were introduced as the best assassins from the Qing Dynasty. The members showed off their perfect figures and received an explosive response.
When Kim Ji Ho, who plays the role of a barbarian, cut himself with a knife, miss A members removed their bandages and put them over his scar. Then Kim made people laugh by saying, “Cut me more.”
Min, however, slapped him in the cheek saying, “What are you doing?” Kim said, “I just said what was written in my script. Why are you wearing bandages?”
miss A also performed their new song “Touch” and the audience broke into loud applause.
Source: TV Report

After School is a highflying Hallyu star

After School members, who are keeping busy in both Korea and Japan, were recently selected as representatives for a Japanese food company.
The company presents Korean food, including Bibimbap (boiled rice with assorted mixtures) and a variety of fusion foods.
After School was previously selected as a representative for Samantha Thavasa, the global handbag brand, and showed off their power as Hallyu stars. Their third Japanese single Rambling Girls, which was released in January, ranked 6th on the Oricon chart. Many Japanese companies want the group to be their representative.
After School members, who are not just members of the group but also models, have been showcasing their charms in a variety of fields. The group is also well known for their fantastic dance choreography as a performance group. They will hold their first Japanese concert in three cities in April. After School is making solid gains in Japan.
People responded: “Becoming a representative for a food company is really hard in Korea. They must be really great to become representatives for a foreign food company.” “Since they are successful in Japan, I’m so proud of them as a Korean.” “After School are queens of commercials.”
After School will release their first Japanese album Play Girlz on March 14. Then they will hold their first exclusive concert on April 27 in Tokyo, April 28 in Nagoya, and April 30 in Osaka.
Source: Star Daily News

Super Junior’s Kim Heechul unveils his baby?

Super Junior’s Kim Heechul recently released a picture of his baby.
On March 4, Kim tweeted a picture with the comment, “My friends are getting married and living happy with their babies. Since I went to a wedding, I want to get married too. But I’m just a boy who is crazy about games and comic books. This is a picture of my secret baby.”
In the picture, a baby who looks like Kim is posing at the camera. The baby is making a pouting face while wearing a red sleeveless top and a hempen hood. The baby’s handsome eyebrows and charismatic eyes drew a lot of attention.
Kim expressed his affection for the baby by saying, “Have you ever seen a baby as pretty and innocent as this one?”
People responded: “Kim’s baby is cute.” “The baby’s facial expression is strong.” “I can’t tell if the baby is a boy or a girl.” “Kim really wants to get married.”
Kim entered the Korea Army Training Center in Nonsan on September 29 of last year and trained for 4 weeks. He is currently working in alternative service in Seoul.

B2ST successfully hold their concert in Singapore

B2ST have fascinated their fans in Singapore.
On March 3, B2ST successfully held their concert in Singapore, which was the fourth concert of their world tour after the ones in Seoul, Berlin, and Shanghai.
At the concert, which lasted for two and a half hours, B2ST performed total 24 songs, including “Breath,” “Shock,” “Beautiful,” “and “Fiction.”
Despite the hot weather, a large number of fans from all over Asia swarmed to the concert hall from the early morning. Right before the concert began, crowds of reporters also swarmed to a press interview.
The Straits Times, the biggest daily newspaper in Singapore, reported about B2ST’s concert in Singapore, under the headline of “The world is waiting for B2ST now.”

Including fans in Singapore, fans from such Asian countries as the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia, also came to see B2ST.
One of the reporters in Singapore says, “I was fascinated by B2ST and their energy when they came to Singapore for the first time. I’m also very excited about their bright future.”
B2ST’s leader Du Jun says, “We’ve come to Singapore several times, but we always had to stay for a short time. We’re very happy that we could finally hold an exclusive concert in Singapore. The concert was as hot as the weather here.”
B2ST are going to continue their world tour to Indonesia and Japan.

Source: Starnews

SECRET hold their first exclusive concert in Japan

SECRET are holding their first exclusive concert in Japan.
SECRET are planning to meet their Japanese fans through a national tour in Japan, called Secret 1st Japan Tour-SECRET TIME. It will be held in Osaka on March 5, Nagoya on March 7, and Tokyo on March 8.
Releasing the Japanese version of Madonna last August, SECRET ranked ninth on the Oricon Daily Chart and received attention as a Korean girl group that will succeed SNSD and KARA.
As they’ve become popular in Japan, SECRET gained an opportunity to hold their first exclusive concert at places where Rain, CN Blue, and FT Island held their concerts.
In this concert, SECRET are planning to perform their hit songs, such as “Madonna,” “Magic,” “Shy Boy,” “Starlight Moonlight,” and “Love Is Move,” including Japanese songs and individual performances.
SECRET are currently having promotional events for their single album Korekuraino Sayonara (これくらいのサヨナラ), released in Japan on February 29.
Source: TV Report

Big Bang’s world tour, 2012 Big Show, begins

Big Bang have recently come back to the music scene and got nearly 14,000 fans excited.
On March 2 at 8 p.m., Big Bang’s world tour, titled Big Bang ALIVE Tour, began at the Gymnastics Stadium at Olympic Park. Unlike Big Bang’s previous Big Shows, this concert fascinated the audiences with fancy images, stories, and performances that reminded of some SF movies. As the concert began, Big Bang performed songs from their fifth album, “Alive,” “Hands Up,” “Fantastic Baby,” “How Gee,” and “Stupid Liar.”
While G-Dragon and T.O.P were preparing for their performance, Seungri, Daesung, and Taeyang said hello to the audiences. Seungri said, “Let’s have fun together. This is the first concert of our world tour.” Daesung also said, “This is our first wold tour. I think this will be a good opportunity to promote our music and Korean culture. Please keep supporting us.”
G-Dragon and T.O.P soon performed “Knock Out” and “High High.” Their performances were followed by Big Bang’s new songs, “Cafe,” “Bad Boy,” “Blue,” Ain’t No Fun,” and “Love Dust,” and Taeyang and Daesung’s solo performances.
Including “Day By Day,” “Lie,” “Last Farewell,” “Red Sunset,” and “Heaven,” Big Bang performed total 26 songs at the concert.
Source: TV Report

Miss A’s Suzy and Min put some ink on their faces, why?

Miss A’s Suzy and Min have recently taken some photos with some ink on their faces.
On March 4, Min uploaded a picture on her Twitter account with the comment, “Oops, what happened to my face?”
In the picture, Min is staring at the camera with some ink on her nose and chin.
On the same day, Suzy also uploaded a picture on her Twitter account with the comment, “Oops, what happened to my face?”
In the picture, Suzy is also staring at the camera with some ink on her nose and lips.
People responded: “What happened?” “I think they got their answers wrong on Escape from Crisis No. 1,” “They are still pretty although they put some ink on their faces.”
Source: Starnews

Let’s steal a glance at the after-party of Big Bang’s “Big Show”

The scenes of the after-party of Big Bang’s “Big Show” were revealed.
On an online community board, several photos were recently posted under the title: “The after-party of Big Bang’s ‘Big Show’”
These photos feature some exciting scenes of the after-party of Big Bang’s “2012 Big Show, Big Bang Alive Tour” held at the Olympic Hall in the Olympic Park for three days from March 2 to 4. We can see Big Bang’s members really enjoying the festive mood at the club.
People who saw the photos left various responses: “You guys look very excited.” “I’d really like to join the party!” “You guys seem to have a tasteful sense of fashion.” “I feel relieved to see you look really happy and pleasure.”
Big Bang recently released its fifth mini album ALIVE.
Source: TV Report

After School’s Nana is charismatic at ‘Tokyo Girls Collection’

After School’s Nana recently appeared on the runway at the ‘Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 Spring/ Summer’ as an official model.
Nana attended the ‘Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 S/S,’ which was held on March 3 in Yokohama, Japan, as a main model. K-pop singers attend the event to perform their songs as guests but Nana showed off her beauty on the runway as a model.
‘Tokyo Girls Collection’ is a fashion festival, which has been held twice a year since 2005. Professional models can only be on the stage.
Nana has attended the ‘Girls Award’ in Japan and she was also praised by many people by appearing at the ‘Seoul Collection,’ which was conducted by designer Park Yoon Soo.
She was also selected as a cover model for the March issue of popular Japanese fashion magazine SWAK. Famous Japanese stars, including, Sawajiri Erika, Tsuchiya Anna, and Mizuhara Kiko were cover models for the magazine before.
People responded: “Nana has a beautiful figure. She looks like a real model.” “Nana has a perfectly portioned figure.” “She is so beautiful that she surprises Japan.” “Japan is going Nana crazy? She is so popular.”
After School will release their first Japanese album Play Girlz on March 14 and they will go on a Japanese tour on April 27.
Source: TV Report

03. 01. 2012 : The Billboard K-pop Chart

Source: KPOP Masters

Canada music fest signs Korean acts

Singer G.Na and rock band Crying Nut will be two of seven Korean acts taking part in the 2012 Canadian Music Fest, running from March 21 to 25.
Other K-pop artists such as Brian of Fly to the Sky, Teen Top and A Pink as well as Korean indie bands will perform March 21 at the Kool Haus in Toronto.
CMF is one of Canada’s biggest music festivals and is the single longest-running and premier event focusing on the music business. The festival, now in its 30th year, is sponsored by Slacker Radio and will showcase more than 900 artists from 40 nations around the world. This year, the festival will be headlined by Passion Pit, The Temper Trap, Slash and Jeff Beck.
Meanwhile, G.Na is becoming famous for representing K-pop around the world. In December, the 24-year-old singer performed in Europe and South America as part of the United Cube Concert, hosted by her entertainment agency.
Crying Nut made its debut in 1996, and although rock bands are not as popular as K-pop acts in Korea, the band is steadily gaining popularity.
Source: Korea Joongang Daily

K-pop concert in Okinawa

K-pop stars teamed up for a K-pop concert that took place in Okinawa, Japan on March 4 for “World Music Festival in Okinawa.” The concert took place at the Okinawa Cellular Stadium and featured artists such as KARA, 2PM, Infinite, Rainbow, Secret and ZE:A, among others.
The showcase was divided into two parts, the first being the “Oh Joon-sung Drama Concert,” which saw music producer Oh Joon-sung from the hit dramas “Boys over Flowers” (2009) and “Inspector Princess” (2010), conducting a symphony orchestra. Vocal group Monday Kiz also sang hit songs such as “Goodbye My Princess” and “Paradise” which are tunes from the two dramas.
In the second part of the showcase titled, “K-pop Special Live,” idol bands took to the stage to sing their hit songs.
The festival marked the 40th anniversary of the reversion of Okinawa to Japanese administration.
By Carla Sunwoo []
Source: Korea Joongang Daily

JYJ makes Hallyu history in South America

Boy group JYJ, composed of 3 boys, including Kim Jae Joong, Park Yoo Chun, and Kim Jun Su, will hold their first exclusive concert in South America as Korean singers.
JYJ will hold their exclusive concert on March 9 at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile, and on March 11 at Explanada Sur del Estadio Monumental in Lima, Peru.
Both places are well known as venues where huge pop stars have held their concerts. Legendary heavy metal group Korn and X-Japan have held their concerts at Teatro Caupolican and Britney Spears, The Black Eyed Peas, and Avril Lavigne, all held their concerts at Explanada Sur del Estadio Monumental, the second largest football stadium in South America.
B2ST, 4minute, and G.NA from Cube Entertainment recently held their brand concert ‘United Cube’ in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but this is the first exclusive concert for a Korean singer or group.
JYJ is receiving an explosive response in South America and the group is especially popular among people in their teens to their 20s.
Many media outlets from Chile and Peru are paying a lot of attention to JYJ’s exclusive concert.
Media outlets from Chile, including Mega News and La Tecera, reported on JYJ with the title, “The First Korean Concert in South America.” They introduced the group as a world famous boy group who has worked with Kanye West and Rodney Jerkins.
Frecuencia Latina, a major broadcaster from Peru, introduced the group through their new program Punto Fianl in January with the title, “Pop Coreano en Lima (Korean Singer Comes to Lima).” They also reported on the group’s ticket sales for their concert in Peru.
An anchor for the news program said, “JYJ has an enormous following in Peru. They are very popular on and offline.”
Source: Starnews

KARA ranks first in 2 categories on the Oricon chart

Girl group KARA recently ranked first in 2 categories on the Japanese Oricon chart for the first time as a foreign artist.
On March 6, KARA’s agency, DSP Media said that KARA’s DVD and Blue-ray disc, KARA Best Clips Ⅱ & Shows ranked first on the Oricon DVD chart and Blue-ray disc chart.
KARA is the first foreign artist in Japan who ranked first on the Oricon DVD chart and Blue-ray disc chart at the same time. Only 4 Japanese signers, including, Amuro Namie, AKB48, Mr. Children, and Radwimps have ranked first on the charts.
KARA’s first DVD, KARA Best Clips, which was released last year, also ranked first on the DVD chart. As a result, both KARA’s DVDs took first place on the Oricon chart.
KARA Best Clips Ⅱ & Shows includes a music video for KARA’s Japanese single “Jet Coaster Love,” which ranked first for the firs time among KARA’s singles. A video of KARA’s fan meeting, which was held in August of last year, is also included.
KARA will start performing their 6th Japanese single Speed Up Girl’s Power this month.
Source: Starnews