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August 30, 2012

SHINee’s Minho says, “ZE:A’s Kwang Hee forced me to have a blind date with his sister”

SHINee’s Minho recently said ZE:A’s Kwang Hee forced him to have a blind date.
In the episode of SBS TV’s Kang Shim Jang that aired on August 28, Kwang Hee said he would like to make his sister marry ZE:A’s Hyung Sik or Minho.
At this, Minho said, “Kwang Hee always talks about his sister on the set. He even showed me his sister’s picture, saying he wants to introduce her to me.” Minho politely said no, but Kwang Hee kept asking him to have a blind date with his sister.
Minho said, “As I kept saying no, Kwang Hee said, ‘Don’t you want to be one of my family?’” At this, the hosts asked him, “Did you see Kwang Hee’s sister in the picture? Is she pretty?” Minho and Hyung Sik both said they saw Kwang Hee’s sister in the picture. Minho said, “I saw her in the picture, and she looked like Kwang Hee before he had plastic surgery.”
In the episode, Minho, f(x)’s Sulli, Lee Hyun Woo, Kim Ji Won, Kwang Hee, Han Hye Jin, Hong Suk Cheon, Im Ho, Hyun Mi, and Miss Korea Kim Yu Mi made a guest appearance.
Source: TV Report


Song Joong Ki’s intense eyes: Is he a bad guy?

Song Joong Ki becomes a bad yet attractive guy.
Playing the role of Kang Maru in KBS 2TV’s new drama series Nice Guy, Song becomes a bad man to take revenge on his lover Han Jae Hee (played by Park Si Yeon) after getting betrayed by her.
Some snapshots of Song looking at a girl with a tired look are currently attracting a lot of attention.
In the snapshots, Song looks like an attractive bad man, who seems to be able to make all women fall in love with him. Unlike the girl who approaches to him impassionedly, Song seem to be tired of the girl, putting one of his hands in his pocket. However, another hand is on the girl’s waist, so it’s increasing people’s curiosity.
People responded: “He really looks like a bad man. He’s so attractive though.” “Song Joong Ki seems to be immersed in the character’s emotion.” “He looks like a bad guy.” “I’m just waiting for the first episode to air.”
Nice Guy, which stars Song as a nice yet bad man, Moon Chae Won as a cold-hearted girl, and Park Si Yeon as an ambitious woman, will start airing on September 12.
Source: TV Report


B2ST’s Jang Hyun Seung and Yong Jun Hyung dance to “Troublemaker” together

Recently, B2ST’s Yong Jun Hyung and Jang Hyun Seung performed “Troublemaker” together.
In the episode of MBC Everyone’s Weekly Idol which aired on August 29, B2ST appeared as a guest for the day. The group entered the “Random Play Dance” challenge. It is a mission that requires the participants to exactly reproduce the choreography of whatever song plays in the background. All the songs are the hits by the group but are randomly selected. The boys showed their passion as they danced to the songs “Shock,” “Beautiful Night,” and “Breath.”
When “Troublemaker” played, Jang Hyun Seung wittily put Yong Jun Hyung in the place of Hyun Ah and danced with him, inspiring big laughter. As Yong played Hyun Ah’s role and danced out her part without a problem, he gained the title “Yong Jun Hyun Ah.” He said, “It scares me. I’ve never danced her part before.”
B2ST members showed their hidden talent in entertaining fans on Weekly Idol with their genuine, cheerful charm.
Source: TV Report


SHINee’s Minho asks f(x)’s Sulli not to go back to the U.S. on To The Beautiful You

Tae Jun (played by SHINee’s Minho) keeps Jae Hee (played by f(x)’s Sulli) from leaving.
In the episode of SBS TV’s drama series To The Beautiful You that aired on August 29, Tae Jun asks Jae Hee not to go back to the U.S.
Jae Hee tells Tae Jun about her shadowy past and gives him a hopeful message that he gave when he won a gold medal in the high jump through a video.
At this, Tae Jun follows Jae Hee, catches hold of her arm, and says, “Didn’t you say you wanted to see me jump? Don’t go, Jae Hee.”
In the episode, Tae Jun also rescues Jae Hee from the water.
Source: Xportsnews


Lee Min Ho vs. Giuliano de’ Medici: “They look alike”

Lee Min Ho, who plays the role of a warrior named Choi Young in SBS’s series Faith, was recently compared to a handsome statue.
On August 30, pictures of Lee and statue of Giuliano de’ Medici were released online by some of Lee’s foreign fans. The pictures compare Lee with the statue from the front, right and left sides.
Many people were impressed by Lee because he proved that he looks exactly like the handsome Italian statue in the pictures.
People who saw the pictures responded: “Lee really took a time warp?” “I don’t think Lee is a human.” “He is the kind of a man who likely appears in comic books.” “He is a real life statue.” “He grew up so well.”
Lee plays the role of charismatic Choi Young in the series and captures the audience with his passionate performances. The series airs every Monday and Tuesday at 9:55 p.m.
Source: Xportsnews


Park Yoo Chun and Han Ji Min are awarded with the Best Hallyu Actor Awards

The two main actors of Rooftop Prince, Park Yoo Chun and Han Ji Min, have been awarded with the Best Hallyu Actor and Actress Awards of the Seoul International Drama Awards 2012.
On August 30, the 7th Seoul International Drama Awards was held at the Korean National Theater in Seoul.
Park Yoo Chun was awarded with the Best Hallyu Actor Award and said, “It was lucky for me to work with Rooftop Prince. I want to glorify this moment to my father, whom passed away without watching the series, although I really wanted him to. I’ll work harder and become a better Park Yoo Chun, so please stay with me.” He showed tears when he mentioned his father.
Han Ji Min said, “I believe this award is given by many fans of the series who supported it with love. This award reminds me of staff who worked so hard on the set. I promise to become a better actress who seeks for improvement and growth.”
In addition to the Best Hallyu Actor Award, Park received The People’s Choice Award as well.
Source: TV Report


Song Hye Kyo feels more comfortable not wearing makeup

Actress Song Hye Kyo recently confessed that she likes to go around without makeup, and it feels strange to her when she wears it.
Through her photo essay titled Hye Kyo’s Hour which published on August 30, the star revealed her everyday life story like the secret of keeping her skin clear.
Particularly on the page with the subtitle “I don’t wear much makeup,” Song wrote, “I usually go around with bare face. Because I usually don’t wear makeup, people around me say that it feels strange when I wear it. So it occurs to me.”
She added, “I wear face mask everyday. This is the thing I do for my skin. I try to drink a lot of water and eat brunch. Sometimes I go to a skin care clinic.”
“I’m sleepaholic, but I often find it hard to fall asleep alone.”
You can check out the actress’s honest stories and some professional photos in the book Hye Kyo’s Hour. Despite her hectic schedule abroad, she managed to finish her book.
Source: TV Report


JYJ’s Yoo Chun wins awards at Seoul Drama Awards: “I owe this to my father”

JYJ’s Yoo Chun gave an impressive acceptance speech.
On August 30, Yoo Chun won Hallyu Special – Best Actor and Most Popular Actor at the 2012 Seoul Drama Awards, which was held at Jangchungdong National Theatre.
After receiving the awards, Yoo Chun stated, “I was lucky to have worked on Rooftop Price. I worked with many people, but I especially appreciate Han Ji Min, the director, and my family. I really wanted my father to watch this drama series, but unfortunately he left this world before it started airing. I owe these prizes to him.”
Yoo Chun received the news of his father’s death late because of JYJ’s tour of South America in March. The body of his father was cremated and laid at the Seoul Memorial Park.
This was the seventh year for Seoul Drama Awards since it was held for the first time in 2006 by Korean Broadcasters Association and Seoul Drama Awards Organizing Committee.
Source: TV Report


CN Blue top the Oricon Daily Chart with Code Name Blue

CN Blue topped the Oricon Daily Chart with their first Japanese album, Code Name Blue.
On August 30, FNC Entertainment, CN Blue’s agency, reported that CN Blue topped the Oricon Daily Chart withCode Name Blue immediately after it was released on August 29.
CN Blue beat the popular Japanese rock band Tokyo Jihen, who ranked second on the chart, by a considerable margin. They’re also attracting a lot of attention because of the fact that artists who ranked in the top ten of the chart are all Japanese artists except for CN Blue.
A spokesperson for CN Blue says, “Tokyo Jihen, the GazettE, AKB48, and Dragon Ash, who are all highly popular in Japan, ranked from second to fifth, so it’s even more meaningful that CN Blue topped the chart.”
CN Blue will go on a tour of Japan in October under the title of CN Blue Arena Tour 2012 Come On!, making stops in six cities.
Source: Starnews


B1A4 show a gentle yet charismatic look

A pictorial of B1A4 for the casual clothing brand Omphalos was recently released.
In the pictorial, B1A4 members show off cheerful, friendly, stylish looks in classy casual clothes. Despite the fact that the photo shoot was conducted from early in the morning till late at night, the members encouraged the crew and tried to vitalize the set.
Omphalos suggests various items, including military jackets, T-shirts, and hooded shirts, for college students under the concept of Campus Life for the fall and winter of 2012. The military jackets worn by B1A4 are expected to become very popular this fall.

B1A4 are currently attracting a lot of attention on Hello Baby with their gentle, friendly look. They’ll also come out with a new release at the end of this year.
Source: Star Daily News

B.A.P rank in the top ten of the charts with “Big Events”

B.A.P’s new song, “Big Events,” has become a big hit.
Released on August 29 at noon, B.A.P’s new song, “Big Events,” ranked in the top ten of the online charts on August 30. As of 10:00 a.m. on that day, it ranked fifth on Mnet and Olleh Music and ninth on Melon.
B.A.P are also attracting a lot of attention as the phrase B.A.P’s “Big Events” is currently one of the most searched terms on portal sites.
In addition, a music video of the song, which was released along with the audio, is attracting a lot of attention from B.A.P’s fans as it shows B.A.P members visiting a zoo and an amusement park in Malaysia, in which they visited for a showcase, and some behind-the-scenes stories of the music video shoot for “No Mercy.”
Composed by the hit song maker Double Side Kick, “Big Events” is a sweet, lively song, created based on a British rock sound.
B.A.P will give the first performance for the song on Mnet’s M Countdown on August 30.
Source: Starnews


KARA’s Park Gyu Ri becomes a one-day DJ of Shim Shim Tapa

KARA’s Park Gyu Ri became a one-day radio DJ.
Park hosted the August 29 episode of MBC Radio’s Shin Dong’s Shim Shim Tapa as a one-day DJ. In the episode, KARA, who recently came out with a new release, “Pandora,” made a guest appearance.
Park hosted the radio show for about a year and a half until October last year. Before the show started, Park expressed her nervous feeling on her social networking account with a picture of a script for the show and the comment, “It’s been a while.”
It was KARA’s first guest appearance on a radio show after they released their fifth EP, “Pandora.” Despite the fact that they were tired because of their busy schedule, they stayed bright and lively throughout the show.
Source: Starnews


Is the condition for Kara’s dance from KBS for Music Bank pointless?

As fans well know, Kara has released a new song title Pandora.The catchy beat has captured the attention of all Kara’s fans from all over the world.

However, a scandal erupted not from the song itself which is considered to be a little bit sexual but the dance moves Kara presents. Recently, there was a news stating that KBS World will probably ask for the group to change their dance moves or costume. This is because KBS World is more conservative than other broadcasting companies and its broadcast is rated for those age 15 years and older.
I myself am a fan of Kara and I strongly disagree with this. Before I say anything further, I would like to state that this is only my opinion and I have no intention to mock anybody or anything nor do I intent to start a fight between any party.
I live in an Asian country that is more conservative that Korea.  Like I just mentioned, my country is quite conservative in which outfits that Kara wears for their music video would’ve caused an uproar over here. As Korea is more open than my country, I figured that Kara’s style is the norm for them and something that wouldn’t be controversial.
It wasn’t that long ago that I was 15 years old. Despite living in a different Asian country and having different culture than Korea, I know what is going on in the mind if a 15 year old. What Kara did was nothing. They were just dancing and I think there are other KPOP groups which seemed to have crossed the line but were not publicly mentioned like Kara.
I also think that the way you view things depend on what you constantly think about. For example, you’re a big fan of doughnuts and it would be understandable if you would look at the round stoplight like it’s some type of doughnut. I wonder what’s going on in the mind of those who accused Kara’s dance to  be a little bit sexual.
Besides, 15 year old nowadays have lots more on their mind than paying attention to the condition of Kara’s dance moves.
Source: Author’s own


2PM’s Nichkhun faces summary trials for drunk driving

2PM’s Nichkhun recently faced summary trials for drunk driving.
On August 30, Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office announced that Nichkhun faced summary trials for drunk driving and was ordered to pay four million won.
Nichkhun was driving his personal vehicle on July 24 and was involved in an accident with a motorcycle after drinking with other JYP artists.
He was driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.056 percent, which led to the revocation of his driver’s license. Nichkhun and the agency publicly apologized for the accident.
An official for the office said, “Nichkhun could face summary trials because he didn’t drink that much, he reached an agreement with the victim, and he didn’t inflict harsh bodily injury on the victim as well.”
“Nichkyun did what he had do when the accident occurred and the victim also doesn’t want to punish him. We didn’t summoned him to investigate.”
Nichkhun has been taking some personal time for self reflection after the accident. 2PM put off their Japanese EP release, which was supposed to be released last month, and they didn’t attend the ‘JYP Nation,’ which was held on August 4, either.
Source: Starnews


T-ara to return on September 3

T-ara will return to performing with their seventh EP Mirage on September 3.
Their title song “Sexy Love” is written by songwriters Sinsadong Tiger and Choi Kyu Seong, who previously worked together on “Bo Peep Bo Peep,” “Roly-Poly,” and “Lovey-Dovey.”
The EP was originally planned as an early August release, but the group had to put the debut off for three weeks due to a controversy over the group and Hwayoung.
Hwayoung, however, previously tweeted that she feels sorry for what happened to the group and for Eunjung in particular in that she had to leave her TV series.
T-ara also apologized for the casing controversy and said that they want to support Hwayoung. As a result, Hwayong and the group have cleared the air and apologized to each other.
A spokesperson for T-ara says, “We shouldn’t put off the return any longer as there is no victim and no one to blame in this case. It was all just a big misunderstanding.”
The group will perform their songs and hold concerts in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Japan starting on September 15 until November.
T-ara’s agency, Core Contents Media, says, “We are sorry again for causing misunderstandings and controversy. We promise that we will deal with things more carefully not to make this kind of situation happen ever again.”
Source: TV Report


“Gangnam Style” Dance Contest to be held in LA

Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is drawing a lot of attention from all over the world.
Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, the United States, recently announced that they will hold a ‘Gangnam Style Dance Contest’ on September 1 through their official website.
They also posted a poster for the contest and featured Psy in the poster. The event is titled ‘Gangnam Style Party,’ where the winner receives a thousand dollar monetary prize.
The song, which is the title song from Psy’s sixth EP, includes an addictive refrain and unconventional choreography. It has ranked first on several music charts for over a month. A music video for the song is also receiving considerable attention on YouTube and several other social networks.
The video received over 70 million hits on YouTube and many pop stars, including, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears have praised the song.
Source: Xportsnews


LED Apple intimately poses with f(x)’s Sulli and SHINee’s Min Ho

Pop band LED Apple, composed of five members, recently took a picture with f(x)’s Sulli and SHINee’s Min Ho.
The picture was taken when the band appeared on SBS’s Wednesday-Thursday series To The Beautiful You to play cameos. LED Apple’s Kwangyeon was so happy to take the picture with Sulli in particular, who is his role model.
Kwangyeon, who appeared on a music video for their debut song “Someone Met By Chance,” said, “Sulli, who keeps building her acting career, is my role model. I’m honored to appear on the same TV series with Sulli and Min Ho. I hope that I can work with them in the future.”

LED Apple will appear in the August 30 episode of the series as a popular school band. Band members, whose average height is 183 centimeters tall, showed off their splendid appearance while giving a powerful performance and singing “Time Is Up.”
The series is about a girl named Goo Jae Hee (played by Sulli), who transfers to the same school that high jump gold medalist Kang Tae Joon (played by Min Ho) attends.
Source: Star Daily News


What would it look like when the faces of Psy and IU are put together?

A doctored image of singers Psy and IU titled “Psy U” has created a stir on the Internet.
Recently, a picture titled “The appearance of Psy-U” was posted on an online community board and gave a big laughter to netizens.
The picture is a jacket image of IU’s album in which Psy’s face is photoshopped into IU’s. It looks as if Psy has done his hair into two pigtails and sitting modestly. His smile even makes him look like a shy girl.
At a side of the picture, “PSYU” and “Gangnam Fantasy 2” are written, supposedly referring to the name of the singer and the title of the album respectively.
Netizens who saw the posting commented: “It cracked me up.” “Psy’s face and style go well with the image.” “I want to see PSY-U in real life.” “It looks like there is a person who looks exactly like him.” “Gangnam oppa, you look like an innocent girl.” “The meeting of two great musicians, Psy and IU.”
Source: TV Report


Gangnam Style reaches Italy

It has reached almost 70 millions view on YouTube and it’s first on the YouTube 100 chart,beating artists such as Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.
After conquering the whole Asia and America, the summer hit Gangnam Style by PSY has reached Europe and it has drawn the attention also of the Italian media,thanks to its catchy melody and hilarious video.
Last week the famous newspaper Il Corriere della Sera posted an article about it on its website,writing about the new Gangnam Style-Mania. Moreover also the newspaper “Il Corriere della Sera, SETTE” has dedicated to it an article.

Those are not the only ones, also the website “Varesenews” dedicated to PSY’s song an article in which they have written about the artist, the content of the song and its incredible worldwide success.
Other articles about K-Pop have already appeared in the most important Italian newspapers and in magazines ; moreover television,radio,webtelevision and webradio have already spoken about K-Pop artists too.
Step by step also the “Bel Paese”(Italy) is getting into K-pop and what about your country?