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KARA’s Youngji {Kpop} Alleged To Be Chubby

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Source:Koreaboo –  TV Daily

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Posted: Saturday December 26, 2016 @ 6:33 p.m PST

 

Female idols are often criticized for their weight, and KARA‘s Youngji is just the latest idol to be targeted by netizens.

After seeing photos of the DSP Media singer from a recent event, netizens couldn’t stop commenting on the title of the article which stated that KARA’s member has recently become chubby.

 

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KARA {Kpop} Rumored To Be Disbanding

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Source:Koreaboo – Pann

Media:Koreaboo – Pann

Posted: Friday December 25, 2015 5:29 p.m PST

 

With KARA‘s contract expiration date nearing with DSP Media, many netizens are suspecting that the group will not renew their contract and will instead disband.

On Pann, a netizen published on December 24th a post titled “Girl group who will disband,” naming girl group KARA and wrote, “Next year, KARA will enter their 9th year. Their contract is reaching near its end. Rumors going amongst fans is that Park Gyuri will be going to an film acting agency and Goo Hara will enter SM C&C. I don’t know about Han Seungyeon, but there is talk that none of these three will renew their contract.”

“There is also a rumor that DSP will be doing something with Youngji and Somin, who withdrew from April.”

DSP Media confirmed back in October 2015 that Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, and Goo Hara’s contract with the agency would indeed be expiring at the end of the year though a confirmation of a renewal has yet to be reported.

KARA originally debuted in 2007 as a four-member girl group (Gyuri, Seungyeon, Nicole,Sunghee) before going through their first lineup change in 2008. Member Sunghee left and the group welcomed two additional members, Hara and Jiyoung, where they found success as a group.

In 2011, the group underwent controversy when all of the members minus group leader Gyuri filed a suit against DSP Media, requesting contract termination. Goo Hara withdrew from the suit and rejoined the company, and four months later, the agency resolved their issues with the three remaining members.

In January 2014, Nicole officially withdrew from KARA after deciding not to renew her contract with Jiyoung also leaving with her own contract expiring in April 2014. A new member was recruited, Youngji, who joined on July 1st following the conclusion of the KARA Project.

 

 

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KARA’s Goo Hara Super Sexy Pictorial In MAPS Magazine {February, 2015 Issue}

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Source:Koreaboo – MAPS

Media: Koreaboo – MAPS

Posted: Monday January 26, 2015 @ 3:54 a.m PST

 

KARA’s Goo Hara shows off her sexy charms through a funky and glamorous look for her pictorial in the February 2015 issue of MAPS magazine.

Goo Hara, in addition, graced the cover of the magazine wearing a cheetah patterned jacket, silver top that shows off her thin waist, and black choker, her beautiful long brown hair flowing down on her face and shoulder. In another image, Goo Hara boldly wears a see-through white shirt, her white bra exposed beneath, wearing vintage jeans to complete her outfit. She reveals her cat-like eyes, staring intensely at the camera, as she peaks through her sunglasses.

The partial pictorial, titled “SUPER HARA IS BACK,” was released on January 24th to the public. The February 2015 issue of MAPS featuring Goo Hara is now available for purchase.

 

 

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Kang Jiyoung {Former K-Pop KARA} Acting Career In Japan Under “Japanese Agency Sweet Power”

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Source:Koreaboo

Media:Koreaboo

Posted: Friday January 2, 2015 @ 8:35 p.m PST

 

Former KARA member Kang Jiyoung recently sat down with Japanese music site Oricon Style for an interview  released on January 3rd, to which she revealed her worries as she walks down the path of acting.

Kang Jiyoung has been pursuing her acting career in Japan since withdrawing from popular girl group KARA last summer, and has recently been confirmed for her first Japanese film role in the manga adaption of Assassination Classroom.

To Oricon Style, she states, “I really enjoyed acting the first time I appeared in a drama, and I thought that I really wanted to do this in earnest. But because of my image as part of KARA, I was worried about how people would perceive my image as an actress. But I gained a lot of support from fans and staff, so it gave me strength.”

“I have a lot of time to think now [that she has gone solo] whereas before, I couldn’t think of anything past tomorrow, but now I am able to think about the future five years and even ten years time from now. It’s a bit unnerving to live alone, but I always think to myself ‘this is for my dream, so reach for it.’”

Set to play a sexy hit-woman in her upcoming Japanese film, Kang Jiyoung said, “It was difficult to play the sexy role. The manga is for readers 20 years old and up, and the professional assassin is so sexy and has so much charisma. My thoughts were that if I wore a blonde wig and a mini-skirt, which I don’t usually wear, would I not be sexy?”

“It’s a distant dream of mine to work as an actress in Japan, but I want to become an actress that works across Asia. In 10 years, I’d like to work in Hollywood. I want to expand my skills as an actress. 2014 was the start of my second life, and I was a bit ashamed to call myself an actress. I want to become lonelier and stronger to demonstrate my acting abilities. I heard a lot of actresses are lonely. I want to be so into my acting that I get worried and headaches.”

Kang Jiyoung is currently signed to Japanese agency Sweet Power.

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Seo Kang Jun {Actor} and KARA’s Hara

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Source:Koreaboo

Media: Koreaboo

Posted: Monday November 24, 2014 @1:54 a.m PST

 

KARA‘s Hara and actor Seo Kang Jun came together for a classy, intimate photoshoot for 1st Look magazine’s December issue, showing off both their individual charms and chemistry together.

The duo used their youthful looks to model the latest winter fashion in their photoshoot as they posed against a simple, grey background in a studio. Their stylish clothes highlight their long legs and slim bodies and draw attention to their special Reebok shoes.

In their individual photos, they vary their positions from standing to sitting in chairs, all the while gazing pensively into a point in the distance.The couple also show off their sweet chemistry and friendship as they pose for photos together and wear matching couple clothes.

Hara’s straight hair falls down her shoulders and face, framing her milky skinned small features shaped into a soulful gaze and sensual expression, while Kang Jun leaves his hair in a slightly tousled fashion that emphasizes his sharp, defined facial structure as he charismatically looks at the camera.

In other news, Hara made a visit to the maknae of her group, Heo Youngji, by visiting her on SBS‘s Roommate – Season 2 and has also shown her support for her former group mate Nicole‘s solo debut with “MAMA.” Meanwhile,  Kang Jun has been occupied with his drama KBSWhat’s With This Family andRoommate – Season 2. His actor group, 5urprise also recently debuted in the music scene with their track “From My Heart” and embarked on their 6 country tour.

You can check out more of the couple’s pictures in the December issue of 1st Look!

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KARA {K-Pop} Japan Tour With New Member “Young Ji”

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Source:Koreaboo – Osen

Media:Koreaboo – Osen

Posted:Saturday October 25, 2014 @ 5:02 p.m PST

 

On October 24th, KARA successfully launched their first stop of their Japan tour “KARASIA“, their first public tour in Japan after regrouping.

It was reported that the first concert was packed showing KARA’s consistent popularity in Japan. The fans were frenzied with the stage studded with KARA’s hit-songs including “Mamma Mia,” “Mister”, “Pretty Girl”, “Step”, “Jet Coaster Love”, “Go Go Summer” and with many more fancy performances. Aside from staging their hit tracks, the group also prepared special solo and duet stages for their fans.

During the concert, KARA expressed their gratitude to their fans and was quoted saying, “We are so happy to meet you guys again in a long time. We are really glad. We are so impressed and appreciate to see you all having fun! Hope to provide you guys with more good songs.” KARA’s new member, Young Ji expressed her amazement as well, “I will never forget today. I hope you all remember this day too. I will try my best.”

In late June, DSP Media held a special survival program to choose a new member to join KARA after Kang Jiyoung and Nicole Jung left the agency after their contract expired, where newest member Young Ji was selected. Recently, KARA made a comeback with 6th mini-album Mamma Miain August together with Young Ji.

Meanwhile, KARA will make 7 stops, including, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Kanazawa, and Niigata, with total of 10 concerts during “KARASIA” Japan Tour.

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Girls’ Generation, KARA and Wonder Girls {K-Pop} Girl-Group Member Departures

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Source: Koreaboo – 10Asia

Media: Koreaboo –  10Asia

Posted: Wednesday October 1, 2014 @ 9:39 p.m PST

 

On September 2014, Girls’ Generation became a group of 8, following steps of other recent girl-group member departures such as KARA and Wonder Girls.

Idols have been on an upward trend as of late, with the global power of Hallyu spreading across the world. From concerts in the US to Europe, there’s no doubt that K-Pop is a major trend. But now the first global wave of K-Pop is going through the hardest times of its history, and Girls’ Generation just joined the row.

While the very first idols of Korea in 1990’s suffered break-ups after 5 years, the 2nd generation of idols are seeing a massive loss of members.

Wonder Girls went through several member losses and recruitments, starting withHyuna, Sunmi, and now Sunye and Sohee. Although new recruits have been made, Wonder Girls never stood up again like their past, and after Sunye’s pregnancy and Sohee’s change in career to acting, the future of Wonder Girls seems quite bleak.

Kara recently made a new start after recruting their new member Youngji. Similar to Wonder Girls, Kara also faced departure of two core members, Kang Jiyoung andNicole Jung (Edit: KARA also lost member Kim Sunghee in 2008, 1 year after their debut). The remaining members and DSP Entertainment soon decided to recruit a new member through reality programmed audition, and eventually chose Youngji.

Although the two groups are not as popular as they used to be, they are definitely trying new methods. Wonder Girls is now focusing on Solo performances of the members, with Sunmi and Yenny successfully standing up as solo artists. Kara on the other hand is gaining positive responses with the recruit of their new member Youngji.

What will Girls’ Generation show us? The news of Jessica leaving the group surely was shocking, but nonetheless Girls’ Generation is still commencing their activities without her. The biggest issues Girls’ Generation faces is the absence of Jessica’s powerful vocals, which were key points in numerous Girls’ Generation songs.

What does this mean for the future of both the remaining members and departed members?

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KARA {Kpop Girl Group} Promoting New Member “Heo Youngji”

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Source:Koreaboo – TV Report

Media:Koreaboo – TV Report

Posted: Wednesday August 27, 2014 @ 6:40 p.m PST

 

Girl group KARA has departed for Japan on August 27 to prepare and begin promotions for their upcoming Japanese single release, “MAMMA MIA,” which was recently released.

According to their agency, KARA will be spending one night and two days in Japan where they will conduct several interviews with the Japanese media such as Oricon Style, NHK and BS Asahi.

They will also perform a showcase in Odaiba at a large outdoor concert stage singing the songs “MAMMA MIA” and “So Good,” which will be aired live on Nihon TV’s program, “Sukkiri.”

Soon after they finish their 2-day promotions in Japan, KARA will be returning to Korea to continue their schedule there.

Meanwhile, KARA released their 6th mini-album “DAY & NIGHT” in Korean on August 18 while their 11th Japanese single “MAMMA MIA” was released on the 27th. Their newest Japanese single has gained a lot of attention in Japan as it is the first time they will be promoting with new member Heo Youngji.

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KARA {Kpop} Comeback With a New Member “Youngji”

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Source: Koreaboo – DSP KARA

Media: Koreaboo –  DSP KARA

Posted: Monday August 18, 2014 @1:24 a.m PST

 

KARA has finally returned for an August comeback with brand new member Youngji!

“Mamma Mia” marks Heo Youngji’s official debut as a member of KARA, alongside Han Seungyeon, Park Gyuri, and Goo Hara. After releasing numerous individual, group, and video teasers, along with a finalmusic video trailer, KARA officially made their August comeback for Kamilias to enjoy.

Following up with the diversity of style and concepts in their teasers, KARA incorporated both elegance as well as a bold sexiness for this comeback. With powerful yet sultry moves in their choreography, various degrees of curled hair, and chic black clothing paired with richly ruffled dresses, KARA showed many sides of themselves for their fans.

Throughout the music video, viewers can watch solo shots of each member in either bright or dark settings, along with them being allured out of their reverie by some butterflies. By the end, they are seen partying on a patio glowing with light, with streaks in their hair and casual clothing, having overcome their heavy feelings for a potential lover.

Enjoy the long-awaited music video below, and tell us what you think! In the meantime, listen to both their Korean and Japanese version albums as well, in which the latter will be released later in the month!

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KARA {Kpop} Will Not Perform In “2014 Dream Concert”

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Source:koreaboo

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Posted: Wednesday April 16, 2014 @ 7:06 p.m PST

 

 

KARA’s agency DSP Media stated, “Although we originally planned for KARA to perform, KARA has decided to forego performing during this year’s ‘Dream Concert.’ For a while, KARA’s Seungyeon, Hara, and Gyuri will be continuing on their individual activities and promotions. KARA will eventually release a comeback album, but nothing has been discussed in great detail as of now. As Seungyeon is starring in a 50-episode drama, KARA will be focusing on individual activities.”

KARA has been on the first line-up for “2014 Dream Concert” taking place on June 7, but it seems like the members are too busy with individual works, thus making an appearance on stage difficult.

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KARA’s Nicole May Have Plans To Move To Los Angeles

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Source: Koreaboo – AJUNews

Media: Koreaboo

Posted: Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 6:22 p.m PST

 

 

More news about Nicole’s departure from KARA and DSP Media resurfaces.

On November 20th, Korean news outlets reported that Nicole is considering leaving for Los Angeles, once her contract with the agency officially expires. According to Sankei Sports, a news agency in Japan, Nicole is considering flying to the United States to retrain and study, the moment her contract with DSP Media expires on January 2014.

It was further stated that Nicole’s possible withdrawal from the agency is caused by their different opinions on her growth as a solo artist, after previously mentioning that she wishes to be a solo artist, whilst being active in the group.

No other confirmation about this report has been released. DSP Media has not yet commented on this matter.

What are your thoughts on this matter?

Source: AJUNews

KARA (kpop) Nicole Decided Not To Renew Contract With DSP Media

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Source: Koreaboo

Media: Koreaboo

Posted: Sunday October 6, 2013 @ 3:09 a.m PST

 

 

After recently wrapping up promotions for their latest title track“Damaged Lady,” KARA will no longer be promoting with five members after next year. Nicole has decided not to renew her contract with DSP Media after it expires in January 2014, and will therefore no longer be a member of KARA.

Through a press release, DSP announced on October 4th that the other three members, Gyuri, Seungyeon, and Hara have all renewed their contracts for another two years and will continue promoting as KARA. Jiyoung’s contract also expires in April next year, but has yet to decide whether to renew it or not. A representative from DSP stated, “Jiyoung is thinking about resting and studying abroad. Right now, she is working hard as part of KARA, and nothing has been confirmed yet. There is still a lot of time left, so we will be discussing this further.”

Meanwhile, fans have been speculating the reason for Nicole’s departure from KARA. An online community posted an article on October 4th, stating that aside from being an MC for SBS’s Inkigayo, Nicole has not had many individual activities since KARA’s controversy in 2011.

Despite this recent development, KARA is continuing their second Japan arena tour, with performances in Yokohama, Fukuoka, and Osaka. Furthermore, DSP clarified that regardless of the final decisions, KARA will continue with domestic and international activities.

What do you think of this recent development? KARA fans, will you continue to support KARA with three, possibly four, members?

“KARA” Transformations, Plus 50-Page Pictorial.

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Source: Koreaboo

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Posted: Sunday August 25, 2013 @ 4:35 a.m PST

 

 

KARA will be making their return with the release of their 4th studio album “Full Bloom” next week, and has released their third set of image teasers via their official Facebook Page and Naver Music on August 23rd.

Transforming into Queens, KARA show their regal self, dressed in colorful and alluring dresses, posing with a charismatic look. A few days ago, KARA released their 2nd set of image teasers, which featured a concept of a Princess.

With their upcoming 4th studio album, KARA will showcase their transformations from princesses to queens. The album will also include a 50-page pictorial.

KARA have already pre-released their track and music video “Runaway,” a medium-tempo track that shows the group’s musical transformation.

KARA’s music video teaser for their title track “Damaged Lady” will be released on August 26th.

Source: Max Movie and dspofficialkara

Hara (KARA) Denies Dating Lee Soohyuk After Being Spotted Together In Japan

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Source:Koreaboo

Media: Koreaboo

Posted: Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 5:14 a.m PST

 

 

 

KARA’s Hara has denied allegations that she is dating model-actor Lee Soohyuk. For the past few days, Hara and Soohyuk were a hot topic on various online portals after fans spotted them together in Harajuku, Japan.

DSP Media immediately issued a statement clarifying that the two are just good friends. Hara is currently in Japan to join KARA as they promote their new single, while Soohyuk only visited for a vacation. The agency further added that the two got closer through Soohyuk’s friend Kim Youngkwang, whom Hara met while filming the cinedrama “Secret Love.”

Sidus HQ, the management agency Lee Soohyuk is signed with, also clarified that the model-actor visited Japan for vacation after filming for the drama, “Shark.” It was also stated that Lee Soohyuk is currently not in a relationship.