Super Junior’s Choi Si Won recently showed his friendship with author Paulo Coelho.
On April 7, the world-famous author tweeted to the Super Junior knockout, “Happy Birthday! Be always a warrior of light!”
Si Won retweeted, “Thank you so much. Actually, I’m your huge fan. ” In return, the author from Brazil tweeted,” When (you’re) in Europe, please let me know. By the way, your fans are also warriors. They really want to see you happy! Congrats.” Source:TV Report
Paulo Coelho is a world-famous writer well-known for his best-seller Alchemist.
Netizens responded: “Choi’s got surprising extensive social network.” “Awesome! When did you make an acquaintance with Paulo Coelho” Are they close?”
“Sad Love,” composed by 2PM’s Junho, is currently hot online.
“Sad Love” is a song composed by 2PM’s Junho and written by Kim So Eun on MBC Music’s reality showWritten by the Woman and Composed by the Man. It’s receiving wide attention as it was selected as a love theme song of Go Jun Young (played by Sung Yuri), the leading character of the drama series Feast of the Gods.
The sad melody and lyrics conveys sadness of love, and Lee Jung’s restrained voice touches the viewers of the series.
“Sad Love” is in the upper ranks of such online charts as Bugs Music and Melon. Receiving comments that it perfectly conveys Junho’s delicate emotion, the song is receiving wide attention online.
JYP Entertainment says, “‘Sad Love’ is quite different from ‘Give It To Me, Move On,’ composed by Junho before, in terms of style. It clearly conveys Junho’s delicate emotion. Including the music fans, the viewers of the drama series will also be touched by the song. Please give the song your love and interest.”
“Sad Love” can be downloaded from such online music websites as Bugs and Dosira
Super Junior, the representative singing group of Korea, successfully held an exclusive concert in France. It was the first concert held by a Korean singing group in France.
On April 6 (local time), Super Junior held Super Junior World Tour Super Show 4 in Paris at Le Zenith de Paris. The concert was enough to prove Super Junior’s global popularity as a large number of people from such European countries as France, U.K., Germany, Poland, and Hungary swarmed to the place.
Including their hit songs, such as “Sorry Sorry,” “Bonamana,” and “Mr. Simple,” and individual performances, Super Junior got nearly 7,000 audiences excited with their fancy performances.
Super Junior also tried to interact with the fans in France by speaking French and entertaining them with their wit. In addition, the special guests Cheon Sang Ji Hee’s Dana & Sunday performed “One More Chance” and received an enthusiastic response.
One of the audiences said, “It was a very unusual concert. I’m still very much moved by it.” Another audience even dropped tears saying, “I can’t believe that I actually saw Super Junior. I really appreciate them for coming to France.”
The concert in Paris will also air on MBC TV’s MBC Special at the end of April. Super Junior will hold the next Super Show 4 in Shanghai on April 14 and in Indonesia on April 28 and 29.
Recently, Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, Kyuhyun, and Shindong have taken a picture in the middle of a street in Paris.
On April 9, Eunhyuk tweeted a picture and commented, “After ‘SS4 in Paris,’ we had a birthday party and dinner together. A quick shot in front the the Arc de Triomphe before going back to the hotel! Only few people know why we all took off suddenly to take a picture.”
In the picture, the three members are posing cheerfully with their hands above their head making a V sign. Their free-spirited pose in the middle of the street grab people’s attention.
Netizens who saw the posting commented: “Fill Paris with Hallyu!” “Go Super Junior!” “They are posing like tourists.”
Eunhyuk and Shindong are recently selected to host Happy Ending which tells the behind-the-scenes stories of MBC’s Great Birth 2.
4MINUTE’s new single, titled “Volume Up” recently hit the top on music charts as soon as it was released.
On April 9 at 12:00 a.m., the audio and the music video of the title song were released. The song ranked higher than third on a number of music sites.
The song “Volume Up” is causing a sensation in overseas countries as well as in Korea, which proved that the group is successful with the new album after a one-year break.
The new song features the sound of the saxophone, sophisticated melodies, and high-pitched powerhouse vocals of Ji Yoon and Ga Yoon.
The music video of the song displays the lavish outfits and magnificent background with the set of European style, which cost 150,000,000 won. Also, the music video has interesting, unique contents. It features the emotions of the members, who were hurt by the stereotype of people towards girl groups.
Netizens responded: “4MINUTE rocks. showbiz.” “’Volume Up’ by 4MINUTE, go!” “Really looking forward to their performance of the song.”
The five versatile girls, well known for their splendid performances, are generating great expectations for the upcoming performances.”
After School recently introduced a new face as the fifth generation.
On April 10, the group’s agency, Pledis stated, “After School’s new face Ga Eun is 17 years old. She was chosen as a member among the trainees of our agency because she proved the most powerful vocals and performance skill.”
With her joining the group, After School became a nine-member girl group, including the eight existing members, Kahi, Jung Ah, Joo Yeon, UEE, Beka, Raina, Nana, and Lizzy.
After the scouting was confirmed, Ga Eun said, “I was really thrilled at joining the team. I want to be an important, supportive member of the team.”
The agency also said, “The group has been growing into one of the hottest girl groups in K-pop by joining members step-by-step since its debut. You can expect more refreshing group with new face Ga Young’ joining the team.”
Ga Young is to make herself known to public with the group’s new album, which is slated to be out on June 21, and thereafter she is expected to be a key figure in After School.
Super Junior’s Donghae and Eunhyuk released their first Japanese debut single Oppa, Oppa and ranked 2nd on the Oricon daily single chart and weekly chart.
On April 10, a spokesperson for Super Junior said, “The single, which was released on April 4 in Japan, ranked 2nd on both the Oricon daily single chart and weekly chart.”
Even though they didn’t promote the single at all in Japan, it ranked 2nd after Japanese rock band B’z. The single also ranked first on the single chart (4.2.2012-4.8.2012) of Tower Records, one of the biggest record chains in Japan, and proved that the song is very popular in Japan.
In addition, since the single sold out at several record shops even on the day of its release, it was expected to be so popular.
Donghae and Eunhyuk will hold a premium live event on April 11 to celebrate the release of their first Japanese single.
Super Junior will release their third single Opera on May 9 and hold the Super Show 4 on April 12 and 13 at the Tokyo Dome.
Girl group 4minute will run a ‘Free Bus’ for 4 weeks.
On April 10, 4minute’s agency, Cube Entertainment, said the group will start performing the title song “Volume Up” on April 11 and run a ‘Free Bus’ for 4 weeks in downtown Seoul. The bus is decorated with the “Volume Up” concept and will announce the group’s return.
As soon as the song was released, it ranked high on 4 music charts, including Mnet and Bugs. The group decided to run the ‘Free Bus’ as a promotion for the new song and as a service for their fans.
4minute announced the route for 4 weeks by releasing the ’4minute’s Free Bus Map’ on April 10 on their official website and social network.
The bus will run in downtown Seoul. The route, lined with 4 stations, looks like the number 4. The bus will run from Gangnam Station, Myeongdong Station, Hongdae Station, and Jamsil Station every Tuesday to Sunday from 1:00 in the afternoon to 9:00 at night.
On the bus, people can see pictures of the members, transformed into charismatic female warriors for the new album. They can listen to songs, and watch music videos.
4minute will also get on the bus to surprise the fans and hold a guerrilla event.
The group will appear on Mnet’s music program M Countdown on April 12 to perform the song for the first time.
Yearbook pictures of boy group Big Bang, composed of 5 members, were recently released.
The April 10 episode of SBS’s Good Morning visited the 5 members’ elementary, middle, and high schools to see how they did in schools.
A middle school yearbook picture of T.O.P features a chubby boy without the charismatic eyes and sharp chin that T.O.P currently has.
G-Dragon appeared on TV for the first time through MBC’s Kiss Kiss when he was 5 years old. When he was 7, he showed off his dancing skills as a child Roo’Ra and when he entered an elementary school, he became popular as a child rapper.
G-Dragon’s second grade teacher in middle school, praised him, “He did his best to accomplish his role.”
Many people were surprised to hear that Taeyang and G-Dragon went to the same high school. In the high school yearbook picture of Taeyang, he looks different with long hair.
Daesung, who has cute eye smile, hasn’t changed a bit and made the audience laugh.
Daesung’s second grade teacher in middle school praised him, “I told him he would become a singer if he try hard.”
He also made people laugh by writing that he has 1 percent of possibility to become a genius on his class anthology. Source:Starnews
Boy band wonder kids Super Junior wowed fans from Europe and the world at “World Tour Super Show 4” on Friday in the city of light.
At the band’s first solo concert in the French capital, more than 7,000 fans from Europe, Asia and Africa sang along to the songs sung by the band in Korean. The show cost a hefty 100 euros ($130) per ticket, but despite this, the venue was at full capacity. A moving stage was set up to allow the band to be at eye level with the audience and a 20-meter-tall (65-foot-tall) LED screen showed film clips.
In addition to Hallyu fans, the mothers of Leeteuk, Donghae, and Yesung attended the show at Le Zenith de Paris, which ran for three hours and 30 minutes.
“I never imagined that my son would be performing in Paris. We are so proud of all of our kids,” said Leeteuk’s mother. Meanwhile, Kyuhyun thanked fans, saying, “We are one. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what color your skin is.”
The band will now travel to Shanghai for a show on April 14 followed by a visit to Indonesia to meet fans. Source:Korea Joongang Daily
Drama “Shut Up! Flower Boy Band”
To launch tvN’s hit drama “Shut Up! Flower Boy Band” in Japan, CJ Media announced that it has an unusual promotion planned.
The company has joined forces with the Japanese clock Web site “Bijin Tokei,” which features “flower boys” holding signs displaying the real time.
The cast members – actor Lee Min-ki, actor Sung-joon, L from the boy band Infinite, singer Lee Hyun-jae, model Yoo Min-gyu and actor Kim Min-seok – will feature on the site leading up to the show’s debut in Japan.
“The boy band members from the show will appear on the Web site at random hours to surprise fans,” CJ Media said on Saturday.
The promotional event has been planned to coincide with the launch of the Korean drama on Mnet Japan. The popular program will air starting Sunday.
The show is based on the trials, triumphs and love lives of a teen boy band. It is the follow-up to tvN’s “Flower Boy Ramen Shop” and rose to prominence for its cast of “pretty boys.” The tvN program aired from Jan. 30 to March 20 in Korea. Source:Korea Joongang Daily