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[Teaser] 2NE1 comeback teaser @Inkigayo

6 Sep

Check out 2NE1’s comeback teaser at Inkigayo. And don’t forget to stay tuned next week  for there comeback.

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[NEWS] Jaejoong, Yoochun & Junsu sign contract with Prain PR

6 Sep

TVXQ’s Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu have recently signed a contract with a Korean PR consulting firm, Prain, officially beginning their individual promotions.

On the 6th, TVXQ’s three members revealed, “We’ve always reported news to the press through a law firm but decided to go with a PR business for a more systematic and specialized expression of our thoughts. Through Prain, we will be opening a variety of channels that allow for conversing with the press and industry representatives along with our fans.”

Prain’s main area of business revolved around government organizations, some of their clients being former presidents, soccer player Park Jisung, figure star Kim Yuna, and others, managing their images and communications.

Although the concept is largely known in other countries, this is the first time a celebrity in Korea has separately contracted with both an agency and a PR agent. Prain representatives stated, “We are not TVXQ’s agency. We are their spokesperson and our responsibilities include managing their images and supporting their marketing and promotions.”

In order to promote the three members of TVXQ, Prain has set up an entertainment business team within the company. The team leader, Kim Sangwoo, stated, “We’re planning to create a transparent partnership as the spokesperson for the stars. We hope to enhance their image and quality as their PR agents.”

The three members are set to release a new album by the end of this year, produced by famous composer Kim Hyungseok and distributed by Warner Music Korea.

Source: Star News & AKP

[News] Ueno Juri will attend CN BLUE’s concert in Japan

6 Sep

Ueno Juri,whose character ‘Tuboya Rako (Noda Megumi)’ in ‘Nodame Cantabile’ has gained a lot of love in Korea shared her first impression of Yong Hwa.

On 2nd of this month, the premiere showing session and the press conference of ‘Nodame Cantabile Vol.1’ film was held in the branch of Seoul Lotte Cinema in Cheongnyangni. At that time, Ueno Juri was asked how she felt about filming 1 episode of ‘We got married’ and her comments on Yong Hwa whom regarded her as his ideal girl.

She smiled and said, “we met yesterday. After seeing me, he kept saying’ it is like a dream.’ and ‘unbelievable’. ‘I could see that he was so nervous that he was shaking.’ On the contrary, I was looking at him calmly with feelings like ,’ yes, I am here’ .”

She further elaborated, “however, after being with the sweet potato couple for a while, I tried to make fun of imitating Tuboya Rako. Yong Hwa, who was very nervous at the beginning had relaxed and we were treating each other like friends then. When I visited their house, I was just as happy and casual as I visited my friends’ home.”

She also told us that she has promised Yong Hwa she would go to the concert of CNBLUE when they stop at Japan.

Source: news.cnbluenews.com & KU
English Translation: RiceLeung@cnbluestorm

[News] SM artists attract 15,000 fans to LA concert

6 Sep

The artists of SM Entertainment made their second stop of their “SMTOWN LIVE ’10 WORLD TOUR” in the United States over the weekend, drawing some 15,000 fans to the Staples Center in Los Angles.

A total of 44 singers and actors including some of K-pop’s biggest names such as Super Junior, SHINee, and Girl’s Generation, performed at the famed venue on Saturday.

The concert started off with The Grace’s member J-min’s rendition of song “Shine,” followed by other solo and group performances by Kangta, BoA, U-know Yunho, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, f(x) TRAX, Kim Jong-min and Lee Yeon-hee.

Sisters Jessica of Girls’ Generation and Krystal of f(x) sang U.S. artist Ke$ha’s hit pop song “Tik Tok” while Kangta and actress Ara also gave a musical duet performance.

“I am extremely grateful that so many people have come to fill this arena. Fans should be prepared to anticipate more than what they have been expecting to see,” singer Kangta said.

Meanwhile, rock duo TRAX sang “Let You Go” and “Oh! My Goddess,” nine-member girl group Girls’ Generation took the stage for their performances of “Kissing You” and “Gee,” followed by songstress BoA, who sang her hit song “My Name.”

The highlight of the show was the performance by idols U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin, who arrived on stage on wires. The concert also featured dance performances by Super Junior members Eunhyuk, Donghae, Shindong, SHINee members Minho, Taemin, Girls’ Generations’ Hyoyeon, Yoona, Yuri, Sooyoung and f(x) members Victoria and Luna.

The four hour-long concert ended with a joint performance of all the artists singing and dancing to H.O.T’s hit song “Hope.”

SM’s world tour will continue on into Shanghai on September 11 at the Hongkou Football Stadium and next January in Tokyo.

SM Entertainment, one of the most influential entertainment houses in the country alongside YG and JYP, was founded by former singer Lee Soo-man in 1995.

Source: Asiae & KU

[News] A female version of 2AM is preparing for debut

6 Sep

Big Hit Entertainment’s Bang Shihyuk has recently revealed in an interview with Kuki News that he has plans of a female 2AM debut coming up. “I’ve been training a girl group for a while and I think they’ll be debuting as five members. They’ve got exceptional looks, but also great vocal talent as well. They’ve earned the title of being the female 2AM. 2AM sings on stage mostly without any choreography but this girl group will be doing a bit of dancing.”

He went on to reveal, “I have about 10 songs ready for them and the title track has been decided. We’re going to begin a bit of an advanced level of training and set their debut for the beginning of next year.”

The female version of 2AM that is being produced by Bang Shihyuk has an age range of 16 to 22 with outstanding talents in both dancing and looks. Two of the members were also once a part of Mnet’s audition program, Superstar K.

S: AKP

[Teaser] More 2NE1 teaser photos and audio teaser “Clap Your Hands”

6 Sep

2NE1’s comeback is just a few days away (September 9) and YG is teasing us none stop. A new batch of concept photos have just been released and the girls are looking fierce. In addition, the audio teaser for the song “Clap Your Hands” has been revealed as well. Check out the pictures and audio teaser and let us know what you think!

Credit(s): omonatheydidnt & YGLadies2 @ youtube & Soompi.com

[Interview] JAY PARK’s interview at Yahoo! Philippines

6 Sep

Korean-American singer, dancer, and actor Jay Park, also known as Jaebeom formerly from the South Korean boyband 2PM, is on his way to conquering Korea, and the rest of the world. He’s had a rocky ride, but after eight months of filming the movie “Hype Nation,” he’s back for his K-Pop fans and feeling better and stronger than ever.

Jay shares his thoughts on his fans, his personal life, and the Philippines, where he’ll be stopping by for a fan meeting on October 3 at the SM Mall of Asia.

He was gracious enough to answer a few questions from the Yahoo! Philippines Answers community. Here’s what he had to say:

There are so many messages from fans to you on Twitter, do you read them all, or do you have someone else tweet for you?

Jay Park: Yes it’s really me. It’s my official Twitter account (@jaybumaom). While I’d like to answer what fans ask me, I really can’t all the time – there’s just so many. But I really try whenever I can.

What can Filipino fans expect from you during your fan meeting on October 3 in Manila?

JP: I’ll be performing my single “Demon,” and I have Filipino guys from Soul Real Crew who’ll be with me. They’re really excited about coming to the Philippines too.

What inspires you to write songs, do you go through some sort of process before you pen a song?

JP: No, I don’t go through a process. I just listen to a beat, and make it up on the spot.

People are curious about your dog’s name, Peatry. Why did you give your dog this name?

JP: Well I originally wanted to name him Homer from “The Simpsons,” but my brother decided on the name Peatry.

Your fans have played a big role in your comeback. Do you feel sometimes feel burdened or overwhelmed by their support? How do you want to pay them back?

JP: I’ve been thinking about that for a very long time. I want to connect with them, show them my thing. I want to be able to go back on stage for them, and perform well for them. I’ve really been thinking, “What can I do for them?”

Who is your “ideal girl”? People have said you like Scarlett Johanssen and Taylor Swift. What do you like most about them?

JP: Oh that Taylor Swift thing was kind of a joke. Although with Scarlett Johanssen, I like that even without any make-up, she still looks really natural. She looks like a person comfortable in her own skin, plus she has a really nice smile.

How do you feel about all this fan attention, especially from the girls?

JP: It’s overwhelming, really. But I’m also really thankful. I can’t believe that fans have been waiting for me for eight months, and coming back was just overwhelming. I really appreciate it, and I’m feeding off it.

What would be an alternative career for you, if you weren’t a performer?

JP: I’ve said in other interviews that I want to study animals. I love animals, and I would like to study animals in their natural habitat – you know, observe lions, alligators, and other wild animals.

Will your movie “Hype Nation” be released internationally?

JP: Yes, I think so.

Where is your home base now, in Korea or in the US?

JP: Right now it’s everywhere. I don’t have a specific place as I shuttle back and forth, but I enjoy all the different people I meet, all the interactions.

It was a pretty big deal for your fans when you shaved off half your hair. What was going through your mind while you were doing it?

JP: Oh yeah. Well I really want to do something out of the box. My fans know me as having long hair, but I wanted to do something different. I wanted for when people would see me, they would remember me for looking different.

What’s the most memorable present a fan has ever given you?

JP: Wow, you know it surprised me that I have fans of all ages. I was in a B-Boy battle in Canada, and there was a mom who was over 40 years old and she gave me a box full of meat. I ended up eating it all, and I was so touched that a person could go out of their way like that.

Is there a letter you’ve received that’s really touched you?

JP: Well, they’re all really touching to me. I don’t usually write back to the letters, but I want people to know that they really make me happy. There was one particular letter where someone sponsored a kid in Africa for me, and that was really touching. I ended up writing the kid a letter of encouragement.

So tell us, what would you most like to be remembered for?

JP: That’s a tough one but ultimately I would like to remembered as a great entertainer, and a really positive person who’s really good to family, friends and fans.

Do you have a message to fans in the Philippines?

JP: Aww, I can’t wait to go to the Philippines. I heard the food there is really really good. I really like Filipino food, and I love lumpia. So I’m looking forward to having a really great time there and putting out a great performance for the fans.

Credit source: Charley Bautista-Braga (reporter) & Yahoo! Southeast Asia