IU‘s agency has released a statement revealing that they have taken action towards malicious commenters as well as those who are spreading composite photos of the singer.
LOEN Tree officials said on November 19th, “On the 17th, we have filed a complaint against the publishers of the malicious comments and the distributors of the false composite photos (of IU) to the Seoul Gangnam Police Station.”
In 2013, the culprit who spread a malicious rumor about IU was caught but upon an agreement, was given 200 hours of community service and the complaint was dropped. However, LOEN Tree warns that this time around, they will not show leniency towards the culprits this time around.
Earlier this month, a composite photo of IU began spreading but was proven to be photoshop. The photo was originally taken at IU’s fan meeting but was composited as if she was performing in lingerie. The agency has been busy tracking down the original poster since then.
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Actor Oh Ji-ho held a fan meet in Tokyo on June 2 titled “Beginning of a New Journey” and took to the stage by singing the song “I Am a Man” which he sang for the OST of the drama “Strangers 6“.
“This is the first time that I’ve sung in front of so many people, so excuse me if I was a little bit nervous”, explained Oh.
During the talking portion of the fan meet, Oh opened up about his latest productions.
“We are wrapping up production of ‘Gone with the Wind’ and it is set to hit cinemas in September”, Oh said.
Oh also briefly mentioned the drama “The Third Drama” in which he will star alongside Choi Soo-young from Girls’ Generation.
On the topic of idol groups, Oh was asked which boy band he’d most like to be in, if he was given the choice.
The 36-year old actor set the fans head a-spin by replying, “Super Junior seems like a cool group, but then I’d have to choose TVXQ as there are fewer members and I’d want the spotlight”. According to, Hancinema.
Media Credit: Photo (MTVK via DSP Media) / Video (dspAJAX)
Posted: Monday June 4, 2012 @4:52 p.m. PST
After months of anticipation, DSP Media’s newest idol group A-JAX has finally hit the airwaves with their official debut mini-album. Gone are their trainee days, documented by the reality show Making the Star, where fans were able to catch a rare glimpse into the intense preparation and competition that idols must overcome in the hopes of one day becoming big pop stars. These days the members of A-JAX are fully immersed in the difficult rookie stage, and while they may look like your typical male dance group on the surface, do they have what it takes to set themselves apart from the pack?
Earlier this month, a pre-debut music video featuring KARA‘s Goo Hara was uploaded to A-JAX’s official YouTube Channel, showcasing the members’ above-average vocal talent without having them actually appear in the MV. Very smart move by DSP since typical dance/pop debuts tend to rely more heavily on visuals and choreography as opposed to vocals, especially when most ballad debuts have a tougher time capturing audience attention. Lucky for them, A-JAX can now focus on a dance-heavy release without having to worry about proving their musical skills at the same time.
Debut single and mid tempo dance track “One 4 U” is an aggressive declaration of unrivaled love and devotion. We’ve heard plenty a love song in the last few months, but the message is even more convincing when reinforced with epic strings and electric guitar as on this record.
A-JAX – “ONE 4 U” MV
The mythical music video for the debut single is fitting for the group named after the legendary Greek hero. According to numbers thrown around earlier this week, $42,500 USD was the assumed cost of making this MV, but as it turns out, that price tag was just for the CG effects. Whoa.
Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Singapore – Syahida Kamarudin
Photo Credit: Yahoo Singapore
Posted: Friday May 25, 2012 @12:29 p.m. PST
After Core Contents Media announced that there will be two additional members to T-ARA, fans have been eagerly anticipating the big reveal, and it was recently that the identity of the ninth and final member was revealed to the public.
As reported on Allkpop, on 23 May, the newest member was revealed to be a middle school student named Dani.
It was reported that 14 year-old Dani has lived in America since she was four, and will now shuttle between Korea and America as she prepares to join T-ARA officially.
Dani will be taking part in the music video for T-ARA’s new song and will officially join the group after the eighth member, who will be active in T-ara starting from July.
Previously, Core Contents Media CEO, Kim Kwangsoo announced the re-organisation, stating that there will be two new members added to the existing seven-member group and revealed the eighth member.
“T-ARA is aiming to start off on a new footing come this summer. They will first start promotional activities as an eight-member group.”
With regards to the eighth member they mentioned, “She is nineteen this year, and is blessed with both looks and talent.”
Meanwhile, T-ARA’s new album will feature various top producers, including Jo Young-soo and Shinsadong Tiger, who have produced hit songs for the group in the past.
Jaejoong and Yunho are 2 hearts that love and miss each other deeply. Two hearts are always better. Keep The Faith that TVXQ 5 members will be back together soon. Jaejoong, Yunho, Yoochun, Changmin and Junsu.
Boy band TVXQ finished their Japanese tour on a high note on Monday, ending a journey they began in January that saw them cover nine cities including Yokohama, Fukuoka and Nagoya.
They wrapped up the tour with three performances in as many days at the 45,000-capacity Kyosera Dome in Osaka. Thousands of fans packed the area near the stadium for hours before the concerts began, and many stood and cheered throughout the three-hour-long shows.
This tour was TVXQ’s first solo concert in Japan since 2010, when the pop quintet downsized to a two-man band after the other members left to form JYJ. The duo’s agency, SM Entertainment, said, “The 26-show tour attracted a total of 550,000 concertgoers and brought in around W100 billion in ticket revenues and merchandise sales (US$1=W1,140)”.
No other Korean group has attracted an audience of this size on a Japanese tour, it added.
Media Credit: Photo (in2kpop.com) / Video (YouTube kathy80411) (YouTube ORANGESH6)
Posted: Thursday April 19, 2012 @ 8:24 p.m. PST
Updated: Wednesday May 30, 2012 @ 12:27 p.m. PST
The longest running K-pop idol group in history, Shinhwa, recently topped a music chart, beating much younger idol groups. Debuted in 1998 with six members, the group is making a legend as their team name suggests. Shinhwa means the Korean word for myth or legend.
On the episode of Mnet’s M!Countdown that aired on April 19, the six-member group ranked first with the single “Venus” from their tenth album Return.
The legendary group demonstrated the return of the king by ranking first toppling the formidable younger groups including SHINee, Busker Busker, and 4MINUTE.
The six members cried out of happiness for being on top after a four-year hiatus. Their loyal fans also swooned over the long awaited pleasure.
The long-running group gave a fantastic performance although there was an injured member in order to pay the reward to their faithful, ardent fans. Then, the six members attributed their success to their dear fans and promised to keep doing their best.
Getting ready to appeal to Asian fans, Shinhwa is to start an Asian tour with the kick-off in Shanghai on April 30.
JYJ 준수가 첫 정규앨범을 준비중입니다. 5월 19, 20일 서울 콘서트를 시작으로 7월 까지 태국, 마카오, 대만, 인도네시아, 상해 등 6개 도시의 아시아 투어도 진행할 예정입니다. 또한 JYJ의 곡선물도 준비되어있으며 오늘 오후 2시에는 녹음실 스캐치 사진이 깜짝 공개될 예정입니다. ^^ 많은 응원 부탁드려요!!
JYJ Junsu is working on his first solo album which will be released in May. Further there will be songs composed by JYJ members. Start with Seoul concert on May 19, 20, he will have Asia tour till July. (Thailand, Macao, Taiwan, Indonesia, Shanghai for now)… Give him a huge support!
After years of silent envy, East Coast K-pop fans finally caught a break with the crazy amount of K-pop concerts in the fall of 2011. But now it’s the West Coast’s time once again, and in a big way.
SM Entertainment’s stable of huge artists like Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, and TVXQ will be traveling to Los Angeles, California for a second time after their first appearance back in 2010. While the Hollywood Bowl and Staples Center get most of the attention from K-pop artists in SoCal, the venue this time around will be the Honda Center.
LA will be only the first stop of many for the tour which kicks off on May 20. The tour is also set to go to Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and various other Asian venues.
Speculation as to whether EXO will be at the concert in LA is all over the place, but there hasn’t been any official word as to the lineup of artists set to attend. The LA concert is also to be held jointly with MBC, with a broadcast titled “MBC Korean Music Wave in LA-SMTOWN SPECIAL!” to air sometime after the concert.
Tickets go on sale April 5, so be sure to get yours as soon as possible! Stay tuned for lineup details!
UPDATE: [SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR III in LOS ANGELES] VENUE: Honda Center, Anaheim CA DATE: Sunday, May 20th 2012 7PM Co-Sponsors: S.M. Entertainment, MBC Co-Presenters: AEG Live, Powerhouse Ticket sales are available on www.ticketmaster.com and www.powerhouselive.net
Media Credit:Photo Beast (B2ST) Facebook / Video (11shinramen)
Posted: Saturday March 31, 2012 @ 12:31 a.m. PST
K-pop act Beast has become the new face of Nongshim’s iconic line of spicy instant noodles, Shin Ramen. Nongshim Japan said on March 30 that the band was picked to represent the brand just in time for the launch of Shin Ramen Black available in bowls, which was launched in coincide with the company’s 10th anniversary in Japan.
“We believe that the band’s daring attitude as a leading K-pop group embodies the heat and passion encapsulated in our ramen,” said a spokesperson for Nongshim Japan.
The band will star in two TV advertisements; one for the original version of Shin Ramen and one for Shin Ramen Black, which the company claimed to have nutritional value equivalent to a bowl of Korean-style beef soup at the time of launch .
The band recorded a song “Red & Black” to be used for the commercials and in the red version, the band exudes a strong K-pop flavor with a powerful dance performance. Meanwhile in the commercial for the prestigious black version, the band assumes a bold persona as the video was shot in monotone accompanied by rock and roll beats.
The commercials are set to air in Japan as well as being available from the ramen company’s Website from April 2.
Back in late February, Missha had TVXQ fans drooling with the duo’s commercial film teaser for a new fragrance for women called L’eau De Missha. The full CF has finally been released, so get ready to feast your eyes on some sexy men in suits.
In the CF, both Yunho and Changmin become enchanted by a woman at a bar and party respectively. When they try to approach her, however, she vanishes and leaves on the fragrance bottle on the table.
Source & Story Credit: Korea JoongAng Daily – Carla Sunwoo
Media Credit: Photo (ohkpop) / Video (ponycanyon)
Posted: Friday March 30, 2012 @5:57 p.m. PST
Hallyu actor and singer Jang Keun-suk has landed the third spot on the weekly Oricon chart, showing again just why his fans and the entertainer calls himself “The Prince of Asia.” Jang’s new dance music “Lounge H: The First Impression” comprising 10 songs was released on March 21 in Japan and has sold more than 30,000 copies in the first week. Thus the album has secured Jang the third spot on Oricon’s weekly albums chart.
Ever the perfectionist, Jang was involved with the whole process of the album’s production from overseeing the jacket design, music video concept as well as deciding on the costumes.
The album was a collaborative effort with music producer and artist Big Brother who Jang had previously performed with on numerous occasions. The two who call themselves a “unit-band” by the name of “Team-H,” took to the stage together last year when Jang toured around Japan from October to November.
Most recently, the two performed at a special stage for selected fans at a fan club exclusive concert in Tokyo from Feb. 20 to 21. Big Brother and Jang met in 2004, and the two previously performed together at Lounge H, which is run by Hanyang University, where Jang is a student. Meanwhile Jang is currently the star of the new KBS drama “Love Rain.”
It was revealed that idol group Infinite has partnered up with YouTube to release special and exclusive content prior to their encore performance.
According to Kpopstarz website, while the group will be performing at their concert, “Second Invasion – Evolution” on 1 April, YouTube will be broadcasting “Exclusive! Infinite Special” before the show.
It was revealed that “Exclusive! Infinite Special” will show Infinite’s colourful performances, as well as “the making of” part of the show. In addition, Infinite is set to perform live and reveal a new song which will be broadcast to fans all over the world.
While YouTube has held many other live concerts for other international stars such as Coldplay, Infinite is the first K-Pop act to have their concert broadcast live. The group will perform live at the Seoul Olympic Park Gymnasium Stadium for their encore concert on April 1st.
Photo Credit: Channel News Asia – Promotional photo for the group’s single “Lovey Dovey”. -photo from tara.ccment.com.
Posted: Tuesday January 10, 2012 @ 1:30 pm PST
Topic: T-ara’s Ham Eun Jung
T-ara’s Ham Eun Jung who is 23 was sent to the hospital on Friday January 6, 2012 for a sprained ankle which is the second time while performing for a recording session for a music program.
The first time Ham sprained her ankle was on December 31, 2011 during a music show.
The past weekend, she performed with a bandaged ankle and consumed painkillers to promote the group’s new single “Lovey Dovey”.
Ham’s members wished her a speedy recovery.
According to Another Planet Entertainment, T-ara is a popular South Korean female pop group, with hit songs like TTL, Bo Beep Bo Beep, Crazy Because of You, and Roly Poly etc. The seven members of T-ara are Boram, Qri, Soyeon, Eunjung, Hyomin, Jiyeon and Hwayoung.
The K-Pop seven member girl group, T-ara performance for the K-POP Power & Beauty is postponed due to injury, until further notice in San Francisco on Friday January 13, 2012 at the Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium.
All members have been discharged from their mandatory two-year military duties and now they are free to entertain their fans who have been waiting for them. They have a lot of activities planned and one of those plans is a 14th Anniversary concert. The group debuted March 24, 1998.
According to Wikipedia, after Shinhwa completed their contract obligations, they took S.M. Entertainment to court over the group’s name. Shinhwa wanted to join another label but S.M. Entertainment tried to stop them for using the name;however, the group won in court and they were allowed to use the name Shinhwa with a new company.
Shinhwa owns Shinhwa Company on which they made history in the Korean music industry by becoming the first K-Pop group to own their own company in July 1, 2011.
It’s great to see a group still together and doing music again. Hopefully, TVXQ will do the same.
Shinhwa is the perfect name for this talented group, Shinhwa is a Korean word and it defines as myth or legend and Shinhwa are music legends.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF SHINHWA JUST CHECK OUT THIS MUSIC VIDEO “BRAND NEW”:
SHINHWA SIX MEMBERS:
1. Eric Mun: (Birth name: Mun Jung Hyuk, 문정혁, 文晸赫) – 16 February 1979 (1979-02-16) (age 32) – leader and rapper
2. Lee Min Woo: (이민우, 李珉宇) – 28 July 1979 (1979-07-28) (age 32) – Main vocalist, composer and choreographer
3. Kim Dong Wan: (김동완, 金烔完) – 21 November 1979 (1979-11-21) (age 32) – Main vocalist
JYJ, finally have a Facebook page for their millions of fans.
5 Star Hollywood Hunk Of The Year 2011, singer, songwriter, model, and actor Jaejoong tweeted on Thursday January 5, 2012 that “JYJ Facebook is born”.
S.M. Entertainment created TVXQ’s (Yunho and Changmin) a Facebook page, it was only a matter of time for JYJ to have one as well. Next should be an official YouTube Channel just like TVXQ (Yunho and Changmin). What’s next for Yunho and Changmin should be Twitter accounts. Then Yunho and Jaejoong could re-unite.
Social networks are one of the main reasons why JYJ have increased popularity, all three members Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu have Twitter accounts and communicate with their fans.
JYJ’s company C-Jes have created one the biggest social networks, this is only going to increase their popularity even more so and they deserve to gain more fans. They are so talented. In a short time, JYJ have over 30,000 Facebook likes.
What makes JYJ’s Facebook so cool is that the Korean language is translated in the English language. They’ll definetly will gain more fans who are fluent or understand the English language.
Here’s the first post:안녕하세요. JYJ의 공식 Facebook이 오픈하였습니다. 월드와이드 스타 JYJ의 활동소식은 물론, 비하인드 스토리까지! 공식홈페이지에서 만나보지 못한 신선한 컨텐츠들을 만날 수 있는 공간! JYJ의 Official Facebook 많이 찾아 주세요! ^^ Hello, JYJ Official Facebook page is now open! This page will provide JYJ’s news and their behind stories that you haven’t seen on official website. You are always more than welcome to visit this page. Thank you!
C-Jes didn’t waste anytime by providing information on JYJ’s South American tour dates: JYJ의 남미투어소식!! 다들 들으셨나요? 2011-12 JYJ World Tour의 마지막을 장식하기 위해 올 3월 칠레와 페루에서 공연을 가질 예정입니다. 북미투어, 유럽투어 때 보여주신 남미팬들의 열정에 보답하는 기회인 것 같아 JYJ 본인들도 무척 설레인다고 하네요. ‘좋아요’ 클릭으로 응원해주세요! Good News!! JYJ will be performing in South America! The concerts in Chile and Peru will be the last concerts for 2011-12 JYJ World Tour. JYJ said that it would be a great opportunity to repay for the passion which South America fans showed before. sooo thumbs up if you like this news? South America Tour Information below *March 9, TEATRO CAUPOLICAN, Santiago, Chile *March 11, ExPlanada Sur(Explanada Sur del Estadio Monumental), Lima, Peru.
JYJ are working on their next album for 2012. JYJ fisrt full album was all in English “The Beginning” and their second full album was in Korean / English “In Heaven”.