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March 22, 2012

2PM’s Asian tour creates 60 billion won worth of economic value

Boy group 2PM successfully went on a 6 month long Asian tour.
On March 21, according to CJ E & M, 2PM held the ’2PM Hands Up Asia Tour 2011-2012′ starting in September in 2011 through March of this year. They finished touring Asia on March 11 by holding the last concert in Hong Kong.
2PM showed off their power in ticket sales by selling 10,000 seats in Taiwan, 7,000 seats in Jakarta, 8,000 seats in Singapore, 9,000 seats in Bangkok, 9,000 seats in Nanking, and 9,000 seats in Hong Kong.
A spokesperson for M-Live, CJ E & M’s global concert brand which directed 2PM’s concert, says, “Even though the base area of K-pop fever and Hallyu is Asia, there are very few artists who can sell out all of the seats for their 10 concerts, which were held in 8 countries for 6 months.”
“We believe 2PM’s Asia tour has created over 60 billion won worth of economic value. Profits from selling their albums and tickets for their concerts, sponsor, marketing, promotion, value-added expense, and stabilizing Hallyu are also factors.”
Over 7,000 tickets for 2PM’s Indonesian concert sold out in only 1 hour. Indonesian local company says, “There already was a K-pop fever here but after 2PM held their concert, it is at its high pitch.”
Officials in Thailand, one of the biggest markets for K-pop and Nickhun’s hometown, say, “2PM is very popular in Thailand. The group is playing a great role in K-pop fever in Thailand.”
One of the most important reasons for their high popularity is that they think about their local fans by providing autographed posters, choosing local music, and holding signings.
A spokesperson for M-Live says, “Besides holding high quality concerts, a variety of promotions and services for local fans are also necessary to help K-pop globalize.”
JYP Entertainment says, “Thanks to the fans, we had a great result. We are happy to help K-pop artists go to Asia. We also want to thank the Korean fans who have waited for the group while they toured Asia. We will pay back your love by releasing a new Korean album.”
Source: Starnews 

CNBLUE’s music video receives over a million hits on YouTube

A music video for group CNBLUE’s pre-released song “I Still Love You,” received over a million hits on YouTube in only three days.
On March 21, the group’s agency, FNC Music, said that the music video for the song, written by Jung Yong Hwa, was released on March 19 and has received an explosive response. The video received over a million hits after only three days.
After the video received over a million hits on YouTube, many fans are celebrating by themselves commenting, “1 million!” “Let’s go 2 million.” “The next project will receive over 2 million hits!”
CNBLUE released the two teaser videos for their title song “Hey You”: ‘Tough guy Lee Jung Shin’ and ‘Powerful eyes Lee Jong Hyun.’ The third teaser will be released on March 22 at midnight.
Source: Starnews 

SNSD’s Yuri shows off her sexy black see-through look

Some pictures of SNSD’s Yuri at the photo shoot were released.
On March 21, some pictures of Yuri at the photo shoot for the fashion magazine W were released on SNSD’s official Facebook. Yuri immediately attracted people’s attention with her model-like poses in the pictures.
People responded: “The pictures are awesome!” “Yuri looks like a fashion model,” “Yuri is really pretty,” “Yuri has a nice figure.”
Source: TV Report 

World’s first pan-Asian group reaches top of Billboard Dance/Club chart

Blush, the first pan-Asian girl group with one Korean member, topped the U.S. Billboard Dance/Club chart with its second single “Dance On.”
The group beat Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna and David Guetta among many other mainstream artists to reach the coveted No. 1 slot in February.
The new track by the band was produced by Eliot Kennedy, the songwriter and record producer behind the 1990s British pop group Spice Girls.
The group was founded in 2010 through “Project Lotus,” a reality show that looked for members to form a girl band to represent Asia. Singer Yoon Do-hyun participated in the show as a judge who recruited band members and then groomed them in order to enter the U.S. market.
Alisha from India, Natsuko from Japan, Victoria from China, Angeli from the Philippines and Ji-hae from Korea were picked and currently represent Asia collectively. In 2011, the group made its debut with the song “Undivided” featuring Snoop Dogg.
Source: Korea Joongang Daily 

Lee Hyo Ri takes private pictorial in Hong Kong with friends

Lee Hyo Ri, Park Si Yeon, Ahn Hye Kyung, and MayBee, who were all born in 1979 and  are well known for their close friendship, recently took a private pictorial in Hong Kong for the April edition of Cosmopolitan.
Even though the four stars are busy with their schedules, they agreed to take the pictorial in Hong Kong together. They looked like professional models by perfectly portraying the concept for the pictorial. The pictorial was taken in Lan Kwai Fong and Soho, sights to see at night in Hong Kong. The four stars transformed into sexy clubbers and surprised the staff members.
The glittering tops, mini dresses, and bold jewelry they are wearing is from the trendy clothing brand Epitaph. The luxurious tweed dress, mannish silk suit, and sexy evening dress are from the classic, elegant, clothing brand Derecuny. The pictorial, which features a variety of poses and features, will be included in the April edition of the magazine.
The magazine also includes interviews with 2AM, who made their comeback a year and a half ago, Top 4 members from Great Birth, and Song Ji Hyo, who appears on Running Man. A pictorial of Lee Min Jung in Bali will also be included.
Source: TV Report 

This week’s ranking on M-Countdown for March 23, 2012

This week’s ranking on M-Countdown for March 23, 2012
This week’s first ranking : BigBang “Fantastic Baby”
And nominees for first place : 2AM “I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me”, John Park “Falling”
Comeback Stage :
SHINee “Stranger”, “Sherlock”, Taw & HAHA “One Who Admired My Arms”
Debut Stage : NU’EST “Image”, “Insane”
Goodbye Stage : MBLAQ “Beautiful”, “RUN”
Today MC : Tony Ahn, Mir, Lee Joon(MBLAQ)
This week’s cast were BigBang, 2AM, SHINee, Taw & HAHA, MBLAQ, miss-A, Lee Tae Kwon, B1A4, Brave Gurls, Nine Muses, Jay Park, Ailee, NU’EST, Lyn and John Park.

BigBang “Fantastic Baby”

2AM “I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me”

SHINee “Stranger”, “Sherlock”

Taw & HAHA “One Who Admired My Arms”

NU’EST “Image”, “Insane”

MBLAQ “Beautiful”, “RUN”

miss-A “Touch”

Lee Tae Kwon “Falling In Love”

Brave Girls “What You Been Up To”

Nine Muses “Ticket”

Jay Park “Know Your Name”

Ailee “Heaven”

B1A4 “Baby I’m Sorry”, “Intuition”(CNBLue)

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Girl group 2NE1 recently took a pictorial with singer and producer Will.I.Am.
On March 22, Sandara Park posted pictures on her me2day account with the comment, “2NE1 with Will.I.Am! And if there is a cell phone charm like this I will always carry it. Chun Dung looks like a cell phone charm! There are more pictures! I have to go now because I’m busy.”
In the pictorial, 2NE1 members are standing on each side of Will.I.Am. CL’s enchanting appearance captured the public’s attention.
Another picture features MBLAQ’s Chun Dung, Park’s little brother. He looks cute while wearing a red dotted hat with rabbit ears.
People who saw the pictures responded: “I should buy that magazine.” “Chun Dung is so cute.” “You even took a pictorial with Will.I.Am!”
Source: Starnews 

SHINee is back with Sherlock full MV

The young boys of SHINee who charmed the hearts of many with their hit song ‘Noona Neomu Yeoppo‘ is back. This time they shed their cute aegyo and colourful concept, opting for a more mysterious classy style. The past weeks have been full of news, teasing fans with a medley compilation, risque picture teasers of the bare-chested members, group photos and having vocalist Jonghyun belting out 5-seconds of the song.
The much-awaited full MV of comeback track ‘Sherlock‘ has been released by SM Entertainment. The mystery in the MV seems to revolve around a piece of jewellery and Girls’ Generation Jessica who was featured in it. Their choreography this time has more focus on group-synchronization like a domino effect.
Source: SMTOWN 

BTOB makes an ‘Insane’ debut on M!Countdown

BTOB (Born To Beat) finally takes the stage and officially made their debut stage on M!Countdown on 22 March 2012. They performed 2 title tracks ‘Imagine‘ and ‘Insane‘, which have been digitally released earlier. The full music video for ‘Insane’ featuring A Pink‘s Chorong was also released on BTOB’s official youtube channel.
What was impressive about the debut of this new group under sub-label Cube DC, is that they performed live throughout. With a large orchestra group as accompaniment, BTOB performed ‘Insane‘ and seemed to dance their way through the hearts of the audience. Definitely a rookie group to look out for, will they grow to be unbeatable?
What do you think of their debut stage? Have you insanely fallen for them and the catchy song? 
 Source: papangelf331