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September 17, 2012

Psy cries out, “I love Korea!” before Americans

Psy recently cried out, “I love Korea!” before Americans.
The episode of MBC’s Feel Good Day that aired on September 17 featured singer Psy, who recently ranked first on iTunes of 18 countries, including the U.S.
The episode showed Psy appeared on NBC’s Today Show. The singer cried out, “I Love Korea,” in the middle of the talk with the emcee of the show during the outdoor performance. Psy gave a fantastic performance of his latest hit “Gangnam Style,” and carried away the U.S. audience.
Netizens responded: “That’s really impressive.” “He’s such an patriot.” “Psy is a good example of Hallyu.” “I’m so proud of him.”
Previously, the singer caused a sensation when he said “Isn’t this crazy?” in Korean at the MTV award in America.
Source: Xportsnews

Super Junior’s Eunhyuk enjoys some limelight with his fabulous abs

Super Junior’s Eunhyuk currently seems to be enjoying some limelight with his fabulous abs.
On September 17, the Super Junior member tweeted a photo with the caption “Come Back.”
In the photo, Eunhyuk is looking up at the sky while being shirtless with the emerald blue sea in the background.
The idol star’s stunning abs and the beautiful background look just impeccable.
Netizens responded: “He’s not an anchovy anymore.” “What a nice, hit body!” “Super Abs Junior’s Eunhyuk shows off his hot body.” “Awesome!”
Source: Xportsnews

2PM’s Chan Sung visits Baek Ah Yeon’s comeback performance

2PM’s Chan Sung revealed his friendship with Baek Ah Yeon.
On the afternoon of September 17, Chan Sung uploaded a picture on his Twitter with the caption, “Keep on going Baek Ah Yeon! I finally uploaded the picture haha.”
Wearing a cap, Chan Sung looks comfortable in a knit cardigan. Baek Ah Yeon, who is standing next to him, is wearing blue dress.
Netizens commented: “Baek Ah Yeon’s smile is so pretty!” “It seems like Chan Sung went to cheer for Baek Ah Yeon’s comeback performance.” “Baek’s songs are amazing.”
Source: Starnews

Hip-hop girl group Spica soon to make a comeback

Girl group Spica is soon to be back with a livelier atmosphere.
On September 17, Spica revealed the main jacket of their digital single, I’ll Be There, which will be released on September 19.
Through this single, they will reveal a new, vivid atmosphere that is different from their old image. This song is a dance-pop song that fused hip-hop beat and funky rhythm, which has been popular back in the 90s.
Spica completed their own girls’ hip-hop fashion by wearing torn jeans.
The music and music video of the single I’ll Be There will be released online on September 19.
Source: TV Report

The father of 2NE1’s CL publishes a book about his trip to Paris with his daughter

The father of CL (the leader of 2NE1 which is composed of Park Bom, Sandara Park, Gong Min Ji, and CL) showed off his artist talent just like his daughter.
Recently, professor Lee Ki Jin of Department of Physics in Sogang University who is also the father of CL has published a book titled Collage Paris in which he talks about his trip to Paris with his daughter in July.
In the book, professor Lee introduces himself as the father of 2NE1’s CL, a professor of Department of Physics, an author of children’s book, and a collector of many different things. Putting aside his title as a physicist, he revealed some attributes of an artist through his distinctive language and pictures and the way he reinterpret things from a new perspective.
He is also called an “author of magic” and held his own exhibition with his writings and pictures. When CL was little, he wrote a story for children titled Head-butter, Kkak-ka, which later developed into a series of Kkak-ka.
Professor Lee basically gives you hint of where CL got her artist talent from. Her innate artistic talent is apparent in many different fields of art and she tries to combine various genres of art with music.
The father and daughter are enthusiastic in their work, but at times they gather together for some fun activities. In the music video of “Can’t Nobody,” the title track of 2NE1’s official album, CL appears with some robots in the middle of the clip that were made by her father.
The singer has often revealed her affection and respect for her father saying that his unlimited creative activity and passion continuously affect her in many ways.
Professor Lee Ki Jin is broadening his activity range with his talent adding more titles to himself besides a physicist. Now people are becoming curious of his book Collage Paris wondering how he would surprise the world this time.
Source: Starnews

ZE:A’s Lim Siwan takes a picture with MMA fighter Choo Sung Hoon and Kwang Hee

Lim Siwan of the “idol” group ZE:A (composed of Jun Young, Siwan, Kwang Hee, Tae Heon, Hee Chul, Min Woo, Hyung Shik, Dong Jun, and Kevin) has posted a picture taken with Kwang Hee and MMA fighter Choo Sung Hoon.
On September 17, the singer tweeted the picture with the comment “Siwan and Sung Hoon hyung finally met each other! The annoying Kwang Hee came in and spoiled the atmosphere.”
Siwan, Choo Sung Hoon, and Kwang Hee are posing in a friendly manner. Siwan draws particular attention with his skin whiter than the other two.
Netizens who saw the picture commented: “Look at Siwan’s small head.” “Why does he have to be so white and stand out?” “His hands look like claws.”
Currently, Lim is playing the character named after his name in MBC’s daily sitcom Stand By. His character is a smart boy dubbed “Doctor Lim.”
Source: Starnews

A number of celebrities throw a special event for Heo Gak’s first anniversary

Singer Heo Gak who recently celebrated his first anniversary showed off his “crazy” personal connections.
After releasing his first EP, First Story, in September last year, Heo Gak recently celebrated his first anniversary and the “idol” groups 4Minute, Super Junior, Davichi, and baseball player Kang Min Ho of the Lotte Giant posted congratulatory messages.
It began with Davichi’s Lee Hae Ri on September 8 when she tweeted a picture of her holding the number “two.” On the next day, 4Minute’s Kwon So Hyun and Nam Ji Hyun tweeted, “It looks a bit crooked, but it’s a zero,” and attached a picture.
Super Junior’s Kyuhyun tweeted the number “one” on the 10th, while Lyn and singer Kim So Jung each tweeted the number “two” and “September” on the 12th. From the 13th through 15th, 4 Men’s Shin Yong Jae, comedian Jo Se Ho, and baseball player Kang Min Ho posted, “Sick,” “The person who talks through his song,” and “Hey my friend, hope you hit a jackpot,” respectively, all forming one big surprise gift for Heo Gak.
Although Kang Min Ho was in the middle of a competitive period of his baseball pennant race, he made sure to leave a comment for Heo Gak, proving their strong friendship.
Netizens who saw the posting commented: “Heo Gak is a friend of Davichi, 4Minute, Super Junior, and Kang Min Ho? He has some crazy personal connections.” “It’s good to see his celebrity friends congratulating him on his first anniversary.” “I hope Heo Gak’s new song ‘Sick’ will make a bit hit just like his friends are wishing.”
Source: TV Report

G-Dragon Releases ‘Crayon’ MV

With the release of his comeback mini-album ‘One of a Kind’ and dominating music charts with an all-kill, Big Bang leader G-Dragon is back to to top search engines. WIth the excitement still high from his comeback stage on Inkigayo, G-Dragon has released yet another music video, this time for ‘Crayon’.
‘Crayon’ has a fast upbeat tune, with the catchphrase ‘Catch your crayon, crayon’.Just like its name, the video is full of colour as G-Dragon sports a duo-toned pastel hair color. The video starts off with G-Dragon on the bed donning on a Wonder Woman robe, thereafter the television is switched on revealing different personas of him. He behaves to be obssessed and crazed on something.

Proving his eccentric one-of-a-kind concept, G-Dragon even dressed up as a female in a tight mini-dress.
YG Entertainment explained that ‘Crayon’ is short for ‘Crazy On’ which is a phrase derived from the combination of‘Crazy’ + ‘G-Dragon’. Thus far, he has released music videos for ‘One of a Kind’ and ‘That XX’ off his latest mini-album.


f(x)’s Krystal has beautiful eyes like her namesake

f(x)’s Krystal is drawing a lot of attention with her beautiful appearance.
An online community captured the public by posting pictures of Krystal when she was a baby and a girl with the caption, “Krystal has grown up very well.”
The pictures prove that Krystal was born to be a beauty with milky white skin and big shining eyes. Her unchanged appearance impressed many people.
Krystal, who was pretty enough to become a child actress, appeared on several TV commercials before she debuted as a member of the group f(x).
People who saw the pictures responded: “She looks pretty.” “She hasn’t changed a bit.” “I think she was more beautiful when she was a little girl.” “She has really big eyes.” “Not everyone can become an idol.” “Her eyes are as clear as crystal.”
Source: TV Report

miss A’s Suzy makes her dreams come true by talking with her ideal man

miss A’s Suzy recently became Twitter friends with Hollywood actor Ian Somerhalder, who she used to say, is her ideal man.
On September 16, Ian followed Suzy on Twitter and left a comment, “I hear you named your puppy Damon from my good friends. Hope to meet her when I’m in Korea soon.”
Suzy answered in English, “Oh my god. Wow, really? I’m a big fan so I named my puppy Damon! Any plan to visit Korea? If so, I’d really like to show you my puppy Damon.”
Suzy previously said that she wants to be friend with Ian on a TV show. She said, “I sent a friend request to him on Twitter but since he doesn’t know me he didn’t accept it.”
Ian is a Hollywood star who appeared on the popular American TV series Lost and Vampire Diaries. Suzy mentioned his name several times as her ideal man.
Source: Starnews

SBS releases original soundtrack album for To The Beautiful You

SBS’s Wednesday-Thursday series To The Beautiful You will release its original soundtrack album on September 19.
The album includes twenty-five songs in total, including, ten songs, which have been released on several online music sites as digital singles since September 15, and other various instrumental music.
Artists, including, The Grace’s Dana, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, SNSD’s Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, and Sunny, SHINee’s Onew and Tae Min, f(x)’s Luna and Krystal, and J-Min, from SM Entertainment participated in the soundtrack and received considerable attention.
Tae Min sang the solo “It’s You” and the sisters Jessica and Krystal sang the duet “Butterfly.” Taeyeon sang the solo “Closer” and Kyuhyun and Tiffany sang the song “To The Beautiful You” together.
The series is about a girl named Goo Jae Hee (played by f(x)’s Sulli), who transfers to the same school that high jump gold medalist Kang Tae Joon (played by SHINee’s Min Ho) attends. Besides Sulli and Min Ho, Lee Hyun Woo, Kim Ji Won, Seo Jun Young, Kang Ha Neul, and ZE:A’s Hwang Kwang Hee appear.
Source: TV Report

Park Jin Young, 2PM, and miss A release their collaboration “Classic”

Park Jin Young, 2PM’s Taec Yeon and Woo Young, and miss A’s Suzy will help ring in the fall with a love song.
The song “Classic” tells people about faith and hope towards a love that will never change. It is the first campaign song collaboration by JYP and Rebok. The beautiful and harmonious voice of four stars complemented the house song, which includes acoustic and electronic sounds.
The song makes people’s hearts flutter with its warm melodies and lovely lyrics. The song reminds people of classical music and movies about love.
A music video for the song features stylish Woo Young and national first love Suzy as a couple like Romeo and Juliet. A scene, in which Suzy runs away with Woo Young from a wedding hall, looks like a classical romantic movie. Woo Young and his best friend Taec Yeon, Suzy and her fiance Chan Sung, and Park performed in the video and made it more enjoyable.
The song will be released through several online music charts, including Melon.
Source: Sports Korea

Psy’s “Gangnam Style”s is people’s favorite on YouTube

The music video of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has recently been selected as people’s favorite on YouTube.
On September 17, the Hallyu Research Center reported that “Gangnam Style” is maintaining dominant position on YouTube, beating “Party Rock Anthem,” by over 200,000 votes. On YouTube, people can click “Like” when they like the video, and from the people’s votes, the most liked video gets selected.
The music video of “Gangnam Style” ranked first, receiving 1.8 million “Likes.” The American electronic hip-hop duo LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” was topping the chart with 1.57 million votes, but on September 13, it was beaten by Psy’s “Gangnam Style.” It’s also a considerable amount of votes when it’s compared to that of Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” which is 1.32 million.
The research center thinks the music video of “Gangnam Style” will still receive more votes. The music video has been watched by almost two hundred million people. It’s expected to be watched by three hundred million people within October and five hundred million people within November. The music video received a hundred million hits in only 52 days, which is faster than Justin Beiber’s “Baby (52 days),” and Beyonce’s “Single Lady (114 days).”
Psy’s “Gangnam Style” is the only Korean song, which captivated people from all over the world.
Visible Measures, a world-renowned independent third-party measurement firm for Internet video publishers, reported that all videos related to the music video of “Gangnam Style” have received over 3.5 million hits as of September 15. This record has been set in only 59 days, which is considerably faster than Justin Bieber’s “Baby (109 days)” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe (112 days).”
Source: TV Report

FT Island sell over 30,000 copies of their fourth album, Five Treasure Box

FT Island have sold 30,000 copies of their fourth album, Five Treasure Box, in a week.
Since they released their fourth album on September 10, they have topped the charts for a week, even on the weekend. They also topped the weekly charts of sales.
The new album of FT Island contains a total of ten songs, including the lead track, “I Wish.” Seven of them are written or composed by FT Island members. The group has released many songs written and composed by themselves in Japan, but the portion they participated in is the largest this time.
FT Island received many favorable reviews from September 13 to 16 with the lead track and other songs of their new album.
They also attracted a lot of attention by performing different songs on different TV shows.
In the episode of Mnet’s M Countdown, which aired on September 13, the group performed “I Wish” and “Let It Go,” a song composed by Choi Jong Hoon, and in the episode of KBS 2TV’s Music Bank, which aired on September 14, they performed “Paper Plane,” a song written and composed by Lee Jae Jin.
In the episode of MBC TV’s Show! Music Core, which aired on September 15, they performed “Compass,” a song composed by Choi Min Hwan and Song Seung Hyun and written by Lee Hong Ki, and in the episode of SBS TV’sInkigayo, which aired on September 16, they performed “Life,” a song composed by Choi Jong Hoon and written by Lee Hong Ki.
FT Island say, “It’s our new album released in three years. We really appreciate your love and interest. We’ve just finished our performances in the first week, and we were really happy and excited while performing. We’ll try to show you better performances, so please look forward to it.”
FT Island will continue promoting the lead track, “I Wish.”
Source: Xportsnews

JYJ are selected as a new face of Tony Moly

JYJ were recently selected as a new face of Tony Moly.
On September 17, the cosmetic brand Tony Moly announced that it has selected JYJ as its new exclusive models.” JYJ will model for the brand in all Asian countries, including Korea, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Thailand (except for Japan), for an year.
Kim Seung Chul, the director of the Marketing Department of Tony Moly, says, “JYJ are the best Hallyu singing group in and out of Korea. As we’re trying to expand our business abroad, we’re expecting JYJ will help our brand to become globally well-known.”
The Tony Moly’s TV commercial can be seen at all stores of Tony Moly and on TV from next month. A spokesperson for Tony Moly says, “Each JYJ member’s stylish, gentle look and the trendy, urban concept of Tony Moly will achieve synergy, invigorating the brand.”
Source: TV Report