Big Bang are the bestselling singing group in the first half of 2012.
Big Bang have sold 266,911 copies of their fifth EP, Alive, and ranked first on the album chart of the Gaon Chart for the first half of 2012. Big Bang’s fifth EP is the only EP that sold more than 200,000 copies.
Many songs from this EP, including the lead track “Blue,” are in the upper ranks of the audio chart for the first half of 2012. Big Bang are also in the top ten of the album chart with their special edition EP, Still Alive, with sales of 117,929 copies (the sixth).
SHINee ranked second with their fourth EP, Sherlock, with the sales of 168,161 copies.
SNSD’s first unit group Tae Ti Seo sold the most among girl groups. They ranked third with their first EP, Twinkle, with sales of 140,826 copies.
JYJ’s Jun Su ranked fourth (126,220 copies) with his first solo album, Tarantallegra. He is the bestselling solo singer. CN Blue ranked fifth (121,735 copies) with their third EP, Ear Fun.
Busker Busker’s first album ranked seventh with sales of 114,760 copies, and Shinhwa ranked tenth with their tenth album, The Return (77,279 copies).
A spokesperson for the Gaon Chart says, “There were only 12 albums that sold more than 100,000 copies last year, but already nine albums sold more than 100,000 copies in the first half of this year.”
Big Bang’s G-Dragon recently showed off his punk look.
G-Dragon recently went to Paris to do a photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar Korea in celebration of its 16th anniversary. He once attracted a lot of attention by appearing at the fashion show in Paris for Spring/Summer men’s collection 2013 at the end of June.
In the special pictorial for the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar Korea, G-Dragon tries a change in clothes from the Fall/Winter Collection 2012, which Riccardo Tisci, a creative director of Givenchy, personally selected, with pink hair.
G-Dragon’s pictorial can be seen in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar Korea, which will be published on July 20. A behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot in Paris can also be seen on the official website of Harper’s Bazaar Korea and YouTube.
Super Junior’s Sungmin recently said he is not as rich as people think.
In an interview for the August issue of @ Star 1, which was done on July 20, Sungmin explained the rumor that he is a son of a business tycoon.
The rumor spread after Super Junior did a commercial shoot for a company that Sungmin’s father was running.
Sungmin once said, “My father is running a company that made electronic tax calculation equipment for the first time. I appeared in a commercial for that company with other Super Junior members.”
In the interview, Sungmin said, “It’s not a bad rumor but it was exaggerated that I’m a son of a business tycoon. It’s not that bad to be a son of a business tycoon but I’m embarrassed because I’m actually not.”
He also said, “I wish my father’s business goes well.”
Super Junior released their sixth album, Sexy, Free & Single, early in July and topped the charts with the album.
JYJ’s Park Yoo Chun has become the representative Hallyu star of Seoul.
Seoul Metro did a survey starting on June 20 through July 3 asking 2,474 foreigners and 326 Korean people through its Korean and English website, “Who is the best Hallyu actor for promoting Seoul?” As a result, Park ranked first.
People said that they voted for Park because he looks gentle and he always tries hard when performing songs and acting. Park has been keeping busy as a singer and as an actor by appearing on several TV dramas, including, SBS’s series Rooftop Prince.
People responded: “Park is the best Hallyu star.” “Foreign people recognize the best Hallyu star.” “I’m so proud of him.” “Park is definitely the best Hallyu star.” “I’m happy for him.”
Singer IU recently made a mistake while appearing on a Japanese show.
IU appeared on music program Mejamisi Live from Fuji TV and received cheers from Japanese fans by performing her song “You and I.”
IU had to perform the song when the temperature was above 34 degrees Celsius. She repeated in Japanese, “The weather is really hot today.” “It’s so hot.” Then she confessed honestly, “I lost my mind due to the hot weather so I forgot what to say.”
IU sang four songs and made another mistake by saying she will sing the last song even though it was time for her to give her encore.
She realized that she made a mistake. She smiled and made the entire crew laugh by saying, “I had to leave the stage but I forgot. I will go now. Please cheer for an encore loudly.”
The audience also laughed out loud and asked IU to give an encore. IU appeared on the stage again and sang the last song. After the performance, IU said, “Even though it was very hot, I was very happy that everyone enjoyed my songs.”
People responded: “IU is cute even though she made mistakes.” “Her facial expression are really lovely.” “It must have been so hot.” “Japanese fans will fall in love with her.”
2PM’s Jang Woo Young recently gave his fans presents.
On July 20, a video of Jang wrapping bread and soda for his fans as a present was posted on 2PM’s YouTube channel.
In the video, Jang is preparing ‘Jang Bread’ and ‘Jang Woo Young Water’ for his fans prior to his first performance as a solo artist.
Even though it was late at night, he was wrapping each present by himself for his fans, who he will meet when he performs his solo for the first time.
Jang says, “I prepared the event to thank my fans. Even though it’s small compared to your love for me, I could express my feelings a little. If I have another chance, I would love to prepare an event like this.”
In the July 21 episode of MBC’s We Got Married 3, Kang So Ra’s parents visited the studio, where Leeteuk and Kang were shooting wedding photos. Leeteuk had to shoot pictures in front of his in-laws and he was very nervous to put his arm around Kang’s waist and kiss her forehead.
After the photo shoot, Leeteuk went out to dinner with his in-laws and drank with his father-in-law for the first time. Even though Leeteuk is not good at drinking alcohol, he did his best to create a warm and happy atmosphere. Leeteuk also had to arm wrestle his father-in-law.
His mother-in-law brought pictures of Kang when she was a little girl and proved that she was born to be a beauty.
The episode, in which Leeteuk met his new in-laws for the first time, will air on July 21 at 5:15 p.m.
Big Bang’s G-Dragon is creating a stir by posting a product review.
Recently on an online community board, G-Dragon’s product review was uploaded. This was originally posted on the internet shopping mall of organic dog food, which he bought for his loyal dog, Gaho.
G-Dragon uploaded a picture that displayed his backside and posted, “Hello, this is Gwon Ji Yong. I carefully selected this organic food since Gaho will be eating it. Have a good and healthy summer!” His muscles that were exposed created a stir among netizens.
Netizens commented: “G-Dragon’s product review is awesome.” “Is he really G-Dragon? He’s cute.” “I didn’t know he was this witty.” “I bet that product will become a hit thanks to G-Dragon’s product review.”
Group B2ST will return to performing after a long time.
On July 20, B2ST attended the preview of the music video for their new EP in Seoul and talked about their feelings on the new EP.
Yong Jun Hyung said, “The EP is like a war. We changed our music style because we wanted to do what we feel confident in. We will enjoy performing the new songs without any regrets.”
The charismatic B2ST will show off a new side of their personality through this new material.
The title song “Beautiful Night” is a dramatic electro-synth pop-style song of a kind that the group has never performed before. New songwriter team, Good Night-Sleep Well, wrote the song to give the group a new feel.
When Jang Hyun Seung was asked about their goal with the EP, he replied, “We’ve received a triple crown with the last EP but we want to rank first for four weeks in a row. I don’t cling to prizes but I want the EP to be worthy.”
B2ST recently released a track list for their fifth EP. The new EP includes six songs, which are totally different from the group’s previous songs. Songwriter Sinsa-dong Tiger, who has written many hit songs for the group, Yong Jun Hyung, Rado, Choi Kyu Sung, and Good Night-Sleep Well worked on the new songs.
Yong participated on five of the six songs. He wrote the lyrics for “Midnight,” “It’s Not Me,” and “When I Miss You,” and he wrote the songs “The Day You Rest” and “Dream Girls.”
Lee Gi Kwang said, “We worked hard for our fans who have been waiting for us. We did our best to show a different side of us.”
Leeteuk, Yesung and Donghae updated their Twitter account photos of the group at Sukira together with ELFs. ^^
Yesung stated, “ELF who were together with us for Sukira !! Thank you and love you^^” while Donghae tweets in full English saying, “KBS Kiss the Radio 끝 !!^^ You are my Best !! Good Night ELF !! ” and lastly, their leader, Leeteuk quoted, “The first radio show since comeback, Sukira..!!It was good to come again to a place like home!! And it was the most number of people who came to KBS!! Moreover there were those from overseas.. Thank you!!!!”
The three members attached a photo almost similar with one another.
Kangin is missing in the photo. Maybe he’s the one taking the photos. And where’s Siwon? xD See how Kyu-Min sit next to each other ^^
Group B.A.P recently ranked first on K-pop album chart of Taiwanese G-Music with their first EP No Mercy.
G-Music is one of the biggest album retailers in Taiwan and it covers almost 60 percent of the Taiwanese music market and collects on and offline album sales.
On July 19, B.A.P released their EP and ranked first at the same time. Even though they have never visited Taiwan and never released any Taiwanese album, it is very rare that the new EP ranked first as an imported album.
In addition, the group pushed Super Junior, who is the most popular group in Taiwan, and their EP Sexy, Free & Single into second place.
According to the chart, B.A.P is followed by Super Junior, T-ara, Jang Woo Young, Kim Hyun Joong, and B2ST. B.A.P’s second single Power also entered the Top 10 list and proved their high popularity.
The group also showed off their power in the music industry by ranking first on the 8TV Nite Live K-pop chart in Malaysia.
B.A.P started keeping busy by performing “No Mercy” through M Countdown. They will appear on Music Bank,Music Core, and Inkigayo to meet the public.
ZE:A’s Park Hyung Shik and Kim Dong Joon are drawing a lot of attention by making a heart shape to thank their fans for their high popularity.
ZE:A has been released their title song “After Effect” for three weeks and ranked thirteenth on KBS’s Music Bank. The group jumped up nineteen spots among other top K-pop singers, including, Super Junior, 2NE1, T-ara, SISTAR, and After School. ZE:A also ranked seventh on Mnet’s M Countdown and proved that they are climbing to the top.
On July 20, Park tweeted a picture that he took with Kim with the comment, “We are sending love to our people. We ranked thirteenth on Music Bank! Thank you! From the two youngest members.”
People responded: “Wow! The youngest members are dangerously handsome.” “You have become more popular! Let’s climb to the top.” “I like your song.” “People started falling in love with the song?”
ZE:A is receiving many favorable reviews by giving wonderful performances in stylish European stage costumes.
Boy group Big Bang recently held their first Chinese concert successfully.
On July 22, Big Bang’s agency, YG Entertainment, said that the group held the ‘Alive Galaxy Tour 2012′ concert at Mercedes-Benz Arena in China on July 21 at 7:30 in the evening (local time) and made over 10,000 fans go wild.
Big Bang visited China for the first time in the six years since their debut. They wore luxurious opening costumes and performed “Still Alive,” “Tonight,” and “Hands Up.”
The group sang their hit songs, including, “Heaven” and “Monster” and each member also gave individual performances, which made the concert more enjoyable. Seungri sang Teresa Teng’s “Tian Mi Mi,” which is a beloved song in Chinese-speaking countries, and received big cheers from the audience.
According to the agency, Big Bang members tried to communicate with the Chinese fans while performing twenty-three songs at the concert.
A spokesperson for the agency says, “Big Bang gave three encores after the concert. But the Chinese fans didn’t leave the arena for a long time and cried out for the group and more encores.”
“Tickets for the concert sold out and fans who couldn’t get tickets gathered outside of the arena to join the concert.”
Big Bang will invite over 30,000 people in total by holding concerts on July 21 in Shanghai, on July 28 in Guangzhou, and on August 4 in Beijing.
Boy group MBLAQ, composed of 5 members, recently held a concert for around 4,000 fans.
On July 21, MBLAQ held ‘The Blaq% Tour’ concert at Olympic Park in Seoul starting at six o’clock in the evening for about two and half hours. It was an energetic and splendid concert.
Lee Jun started the concert by coming down from the sky on a wire. He appeared on the stage to cheers from the fans and he performed the opening song “Run” with other members.
The group gave various performances. They performed twenty-six songs in total, including, “Y,” “Again,” “Cry,” “It’s a War,” and “Oh! Yeah.” They gave the shuffle version of the songs “One Better Day” and “Good Love” to show off their hidden talents.
Each member gave individual performances to show off their unique charms.
G.O started off with the pop song “Cracks of My Broken Heart” and showed off his vocal skills. Cheon Dung continued his solo performance by singing “Don’t Go” while wearing a felt hat.
Lee Jun invited one special audience member to the stage. Lee was surprised to see the fan, who was an elementary school kid. Lee, however, sang “You Are My Lady” for the fan. Then he showed off his perfect upper body while giving a sexy performance.
Mir excited the audience by performing the song “Do You Want to Go Crazy” and Seung Ho showed off his excellent piano skills and dancing skills in a red suit.
G.O and Mir also performed a duet “Wild” after introducing the song as the sexiest song among MBLAQ’s songs. They made the audience feel jealous by giving a sexy performance with beautiful back up dancers.
Cheon Dung said, “I remember when I first appeared at Rain’s concert. I had no idea that we would hold our exclusive concert this fast. It’s all thanks to you.”
MBLAQ is touring Asia, including, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, and Japan. Their Korean concert ’The Blaq% Tour’ will be held on July 21 and 22.
Boy group BEAST is back with 5th mini-album Midnight Sun after a long 1 year and 2 months, which had B2UTYs anxiously (and patiently) awaiting the boys’ return.
The six member group had flocked to the streets of New York to film for their MV, Beautiful Night, and the group displayed different looks not previously seen. The member had already expressed that this mini-album would have a different feel to their previous releases and though they were nervous about the changes, they had no regrets with this mini-album.
Get ready to party with BEAST in the streets and in the club!
SHINee’s Jong Hyun recently talked about his feelings on the group’s new concert.
The group held a press conference for their second exclusive concert SHInee World Ⅱ on July 22 at Olympic Park in Seoul.
Jong Hyun said, “This is our second Korean concert. We prepared hard for the concert to show off our own world to our fans. We are so excited and since we all worked hard, we think many people will enjoy the concert today.”
He added, “We held about twenty concerts while touring Japan and we learned how to receive energy from fans and give it back to them. Please look forward to our upgraded concert.”
Min Ho said, “Since we held several concerts, we learned how to communicate better with the audience and we are working in better harmony as well.”
After SHINee finishes the Seoul concert, they will tour several Asian cities, including, Taipei and Singapore.
Big Bang’s G-Dragon recently thanked his Chinese fans.
On July 22, G-Dragon tweeted a picture with the comment in English, “Thank you Shanghai! You guys are Fantastic Baby! Good night everyone!”
In the picture, G-Dragon is smiling at the camera with a night view of Shanghai in the background. It looks like he took the picture right after he finished performing at the concert. His disheveled hair drew a lot of attention.
People who saw the picture responded: “You did a good job at the concert.” “Your smiling face looks handsome.” “I want to fly to Shanghai and attend the concert.”
Big Bang held the ‘Alive Galaxy Tour 2012′ concert at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China on July 21 and made over 10,000 fans go wild.
Okay so, recently, during the SHINee World II concert in Seoul that ended barely 24 hours ago, Jonghyun and Taemin gave the fans a big shock during their solo performance, spicing it up in a moment where Jonghyun came up to the maknae, grabbed him by the hair and faked a passionate kiss while they kept dancing and singing close together.
I’m sure everyone saw the fancams.
Now, while there are the normal fans doing the proverbial “spazzing”, going crazy with giggles and looking at the pictures and videos over and over, there are also some very strange people who thought it was real, other people bursting in strings of angry comments about the way the two were acting, and even people that made rude comments about the boys’ sexuality.
I read all those comments and ask myself: Have they never before seen a performer on stage? Don’t they know what being on a stage with hundreds of thousands of people screaming for you means?
The answer to the second one is probably “no”, but still.
Fanservice is just that: a service to the fans. It’s part of what someone exhibiting on a stage has to do and it doesn’t give any insight on their true personality, regardless of what fans choose to believe. It shouldn’t be that hard to understand that, while doing such a passionate show –and already shirtless, to boot– Jonghyun had to give something “more” to the crowd, because it would have been anticlimactic otherwise.
And to all the people worried about Taemin’s “innocence”: don’t worry, he was having his fun too, he is a performer too, so he knew what he was doing and what he had to do, and also, whether the fans like it or not, he’s a grown man that knows how to work a crowd, just like Jonghyun.
More importantly, regarding all the people that said they were “enjoying” it more than how much two persons faking it should… well, all those people probably have never been on a stage before and don’t know what stage adrenaline is. When you’re the big star of an enormous concert with a sea of people around you worshipping your every move, it’s easy to get excited for just about anything, and it’s a sensation so fierce that it gives you the power to do anything and feel good about it.
Even more so if you’re on a stage together with someone whom you’ve been close with for years, and that is practically family, and you’re sharing this enticing moment of pure glory with everyone around cheering you on. I know this is only an opinion, and I can’t absolutely claim to possess the truth, but it’s at least a calm, respectful and rational explanation of why I think it’s unnecessary to get so worked up about something as trivial as thirty seconds of fanservice, instead of just enjoying the steamy show and cheer on the guys for their awesome work.
After all, K-pop fans of all the kinds and ages have been mostly okay with any fanservice from any group –and most K-pop fans know and remember that there’s been much more from other singers, in the past– but the instant SHINee (and in particular Taemin) get involved, it becomes a big deal and everyone makes a fuss out of this?
As a SHINee fan, and as a coherent adult, I couldn’t just stand and watch without trying to give people a wake-up call.
So please everyone, don’t get distracted by the little things and remember why you like SHINee: because of their great music, their astounding singing and dancing talents, their countless charms and their ability to keep the fans’ hearts alive and aflame. …and, as they so recently and so explosively demonstrated, they never cease to surprise.
SHINee’s Tae Min surprised many people by wearing unconventional clothes.
On July 22, SHINee held a press conference for their concert SHINee World Ⅱ at Olympic Park in Seoul prior to the concert.
At the press conference, Tae Min appeared in a sexy ab-bearing shirt. His outfit was the talk of the conference. When he was asked if he wore the clothes to show his inner beauty, he smiled and said, “That doesn’t mean that I will show my skin.”
He made people laugh by saying, “I’ve worn this outfit twenty-one times since the Arena tour. Korean fans and staff members were surprised at the clothes so I’m covering my skin more and more.”
Tae Min was asked to stand up and show off his outfit. He stood up and showed off his perfect figure and was in the limelight.
It has been almost a year and a half since the group held their first exclusive concert last January. They will give wonderful performances with their new songs.
The group will sing their hit songs, including “Ring Ding Dong,” “Always Love,” and “To Your Heart.” They will perform twenty-nine songs in total, including their individual performances.
Top idol stars were defeated by the cast members of Running Man.
The July 22 episode of SBS’s Running Man aired stars attending the ‘Running Olympics.’
Super Junior’s Eunhyuk, 2PM’s Nickhun, ZE:A’s Si Wan, T-ara’s Eunjung, B2ST’s Yoon Doo Jun, and CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa appeared on the show as special guests. Jung Jae Hyung was cast in the show as a special MC and hosted the show in three languages, including, Korean, English, and French.
The show members said, “Since we have our own know-how, we will not let them win.” The idol stars said, “The show members are not an easy target to defeat but we will do our best.”
The show members competed against the idol stars in a relay but they were defeated by the idol stars. They did, however, win other games, including volleyball and water hurdles.
They also played hide and seek and each team tried hard to defeat the other. The game was upgraded so that people who were seeking had to hide after a certain amount of time had passed.