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A 4Minute Journey to the Present

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Sometimes, I feel like I am the only 4Nia existent on this planet. Or at least, this continentand honestly, sometimes, Cube Entertainment makes me feel that way as well.

After the Mirror Mirror promotions concluded last year (a cycle that was riddled with holes, too), we were promised a comeback. I, like any fan, spazzed a little in front of her laptop, and then proceeded to get on with life, all the while waiting for her favourite girls to make a comeback. 2011 turned into 2012 and for the first month, I heard nothing. I waited. I stumbled into March, overwhelmed by the sheer amount of groups making comebacks.

Then, I hear what I should have been expecting: 4Minute is postponing their comeback to April. The news was accompanied with some mildly pleasing Nylon photos, but even HQ eye candy of Jihyun and Jiyoon was not enough to rid me of my disappointment.

Im going to put it out there: 4Minute isnt Cubes main moneymaker. Despite 4Minute being the first group Cube ever put out, Beast was swift to haul in the profits. Cube didnt waste any time promoting (and later on, mis-promoting) G.NA either. Since then, Cube has split off a couple of sub-labels in order to debut a handful of new acts, the most recent addition to their roster being BtoB. Im going to put it out there: Cube has my respect. For the most part, theyve been handling their artists well. Beast makes good material consistently and are great performers. A Pinks debut was a definite step in the right direction, if only because their second EP sits in my music library with the occasional few plays. G.NA, though, is a shame in the sense that Cube has been mismanaging her. I understand the conceptual direction they want her to take, but frankly, Top Girl is something of a waste of her voice. 4Minute though, despite their consistent improvements (until their full length album, that is), just isnt standing where they could be on the K-Pop staircase to fame.

4Minute had something of a rocky debut, mainly due to accusations of copying 2NE1 in terms of style (both musically and image-wise). Hot Issue wasnt the best song around and truth to be told, it was actually their first EP, For Muzik which made me a fan. And if I were to be more specific, it was the introductory track, which was only a minute long, that made me a 4Nia. This trend in fantastic openings still holds true today, and it brings me great joy to gloat and say that this seems to be a 4Minute thing. Moving on though, Hit Your Heart was positively flawless and really cemented 4Minute as a solid group. While they made efforts with minor releases for OSTs, 4Minute was never pushed much further in terms of promotions. Strangely enough, the one OST song they released in 2010 never garnered as much attention as I initially expected. Frankly, its one of 4Minutes better ballads, of the few they have.

From then on, 4Minute tried dabbling in Japan and truth to be told, the results werent quite what we were hoping for. In all fairness, musically, they werent too bad. It was an odd phenomenon, where the Japanese versions of some of their Korean hits (Muzik and I MY ME MINE to be specific) were actually well-produced. However, they werent instantaneous success stories and most of their sales seemed to stem from an already established fanbase. In fact, to this day, their Japanese ventures arent chart-topping and probably never will be, despite their efforts to release original material. After a fairly significant chunk of time spent in Japan, along with a variety show, 4Minute made their long-awaited Korean comeback with a seemingly obscure promotional strategy.

And this brings me to the main issue at hand: will Cube deliver?

In all fairness, theyve definitely done so in the past. As Ive stated earlier Hit Your Heart was a solid album and probably 4Minutes best to date. However, from then on, Cube seems to have  done something terribly wrong in managing them, because theyve just gone downhill from there. Its fairly obvious that Cube does value 4Minute, because they are putting effort into switching up their style in order to get something more than the usual fierce. Theyve even tried working out a different promotional strategy (an EP followed by the studio album) but that really didnt do the girls any favours either.

The issue is, theyve been going at it wrong with their last releaseespecially since that theyve in a sense tried too hard. While drastic conceptual changes in a group may be a good thing, Cube had chosen the wrong alleyway. 4Minute doesnt do cutesy well, and this should have been apparent from the start with What A Girl Wants. So when I heard that 4Minute would be trying out some different genres, I hoped (and still am) with all my heart, that I would not catch sight of a single second of aegyo, because that is not what 4Minute does. Instead, it would bring me great joy to see them dabbling in more RB.

Even so, the problem that Cube has, from what I can see, is that theyre trying to fix what doesnt need to be fixed. 4Minute functions well bringing out fierce songs like HuH. Theres no need for them to stray from that style, so long as their production team puts their heads together and pumps out more solid material along those lines. KARA never made any drastic changes either image-wise or musically, and while it had taken a while, today, theyve grown into their own style. 4Minute too, is capable of this feat. An artist doesnt need to leave their chosen genre completely in order to grow musically. Cube has succeeded with Beast in this respect, so what is wrong with 4Minute? At any rate, with a title track called Pump Up The Volume, Im still hopeful, because it looks like 4Minute are walking down the dance runway again. With April fast approaching, I am most certainly looking forward to what 4Minute has in store musically.

Conceptually though, very little teasing has occurred, but there has been news of a 4-day long filming (lol, four, get it?) process for the music video, and that almost screams set to me. Whether or not that is a good thing or not, depends once again, on the set. 4Minute has rarely ventured out of their clean boxes but for the most part, have worked those boxes well. Their costumes too, we barely get a glimpse of in Jihyun and maknae Sohyuns selca. From what we can glean though, I see white, and bling which may make for something rather bland and Mirror Mirror-esque. Sohyuns returned to long hair though, and I approve of it so much. At least one thing is definitely going right so far.

(Nate, Koreaboo, 4MinutesForum)

Jaejoong's Hologram Concert In Japan Draws More Than 10,000 Fans

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Jaejoong's Hologram Concert In Japan Draws More Than 10,000 Fans

(Photo : C-JeS Entertainment)amongstthe hot drop of his moment album NO.Xand music video "Love You More," Jaejoong has been on a roll pleasant his tasks as an idol whilst serving South Korean in the military.

On Feb. nine and 10, the JYJ member held 2016 Kim Jaejoong 2nd Album Hologram genuineare living Concert in Japanwith a sea of 10,500 fans in attendance for the two-night show.

According to allkpop, hologram Jaejoong carried out his identify track off his new album "Love You More," in addition his fan-dedicated song "We Will Meet Again," and "You Know?" In the 90-minute show, Jaejoong played 20 songs and controlled to do a little fanservice.

ASTRO unveils first teaser for upcoming debut!

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ASTRO unveils first teaser for upcoming debut!

The short clip functions the ASTRO individualsfidgeting with confetti in a sunlit room. The gangis determined to debut with their first mini album and show off on February 23rd. 

Kim Bum showed for drama 'Ms. Cop 2'!

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Kim Bum showed for drama 'Ms. Cop 2'!

A representative of SBS reported, "Actor Kim Bum will make a dramatic transformation as Lee Ro Jun, a cussedpersonality willing to do the rest for the welfare of his future." 

Kim Bum may be joining Seulong, Son Dam Bi, Kim Min Jong, and Kim Sung Ryung in the predicted action drama, set to air in March. 

#BanishThePhoto Campaign

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#BanishThePhoto Campaign

Despite this generation of scholars being one of the vital most talented and trained in Korean history, recruitment in Korean corporations continue to stray in the back of alongside profile photos still being mandatory for resumes and job applications. On most sensible of that, some businesses go as some distance as to invite you lot for your members of the familycareer and source of revenue as well. Which begs the question, what does that experience to do with ones skill to do the job?

#BanishThePhoto is a campaign that was oncecurrentlybeganthroughthe onestrying to findtradeinside Korea. Their petition on Change.org has been all of a sudden gaining momentum and is calling for Korean providersto take awaythe necessary profile photo.

"Please Come Back, Mister" Rain wraps his fingers around Oh Yeon-seo's waist

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"Please Come Back, Mister" released images of Rain and Oh Yeon-seo on the 12th. Rain is leaning on a pole and taking a look cunningly at Oh Yeon-seo with his arm wrapped round her waist. Oh Yeon-seo looks surprised at his habit and has her hips pulled back so a ways asimaginable to steer transparent of getting with reference to him.

This scene changed into taken at a hotel in KangNam on the 18th ultimate month. Hae-joon is conserving up Hong Nan who practically fell and this was repeated about 20 times.

"Please Come Back, Mister" is set the re-life of a collection of buddies who seek suggestion fromthe oppositeglobal but are given some otherpossibility at lifestyles starring Kim Soo-ro, Ra Mi-ran, Kim In-kwon, Choi Won-yeong, Rain, Lee Min-jeong, Lee Honey, Oh Yeon-seo, Yoon Park and more.

YG Entertainment denies Large Bang's T.O.P will sign up for drama 'God of Noodles'

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YG Entertainment denies Large Bang's T.O.P will sign up for drama 'God of Noodles'

A representative firmly stated, "T.O.P may now not berunning on 'God of Noodles'." In conjunction with T.O.P, rumors also claim actress Gong Seung Yeon as a candidate for the recent drama. KBS has also denied either T.O.P and Gong Seung Yeon's rumors. 

NU'EST percentage still-cuts from their upcoming MV!

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NU'EST percentage still-cuts from their upcoming MV!

A representative of Pledis Entertainment also stated, "NU'EST plans to comeback with a a lot more mature image. Members JR, Baekho, and Minhyun poured their hearts out taking part in composing the album, so please sit up forthe hotidea and transformation." 

Song Ji Hyo and Gary Take a Food Destroy From the Mystery in Upcoming “Running Man” Special

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Song Ji Hyo and Gary Take a Food Destroy From the Mystery in Upcoming “Running Man” Special

Song Ji Hyo and Gary Take a Food Wreck From the Mystery in Upcoming Running Guy especial kminjungee February 11, 2016 0 SBS’s “Running Man” posted a photo of Song Ji Hyo and Gary on their legit Instagram on February 12. They uploaded the image with the caption, “#Song Ji Hyo and #Gary are recently attending the Running Man episode 286’s mystery special, ‘Mystery Mountain Cabin and the Seven Detectives,’ party.”

In the printed photo, Song Ji Hyo and Gary grill meat together, appearing their partnership. Fanatics are excited since thephotographnicelypresentations the affection between the “Monday Couple.” Song Ji Hyo and Gary also areincredibly concentrated whilst grilling meat, causing laughter. 

ASTRO Drops Teaser for Debut Mini Album and MV

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ASTRO Drops Teaser for Debut Mini Album and MV

ASTRO Drops Teaser for Debut Mini Album and MVorionight February 11, 2016 0 Fantagio Musics latest boy crew ASTRO has dropped their first video teaser for their debut mini album!

In the video, contributors Yoon Sanha, MJ, Cha Eunwoo, Moon Bin, Rocky and Jinjin are all noticeddressed in sports apparel in sun shades of pastel green, gambling and dancing around with confetti. The teaser provides off a warm, practically spring-like feeling, with a bright colour scheme and cheerful background track.

The boys of ASTRO are set to debut with the free upin their mini album on February 23. In addition, they're going to be maintaining a debut exhibit at Childrens Grand Park Wapop Hall, which sold 1,000 tickets in lower than a minute.

Big Bang Choi Seung-hyeon (T.O.P) and Gong Seung-yeon to big name in KBS "God of Noodles"

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Gong Seung-yeon who is starring in the SBS drama "Six Flying Dragon" as Min Da-kyeong, is taking the lead role for the primary time in her life.

"God of Noodles" is the tale of a guy who learns how to make noodles for revenge and is written through web-toon author Park In-kwon.