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A New “Day By Day” For T-ara

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In an earlier article, I mentioned that my entire K-pop persona can essentially be boiled down into two basic rules: (1) Im all about the girl groups, and (2) SNSD eternally holds the extremely coveted title of Favorite Girl Group Evahhh while all other girl groups get to duke it out for second placea position that actually changes quite frequently.  Its hard to say who is the current #2 (although Im probably leaning towards miss A), but news of T-aras impending comeback have recalled to me the days in which T-ara was untouchably second best.  Sadly, such nostalgia has this time been accompanied by maudlin speculation on where, exactly, T-ara went wrong in my eyesfor even though other groups have captured my interest, T-ara has kind of dropped the ball since the I Go Crazy Because of You days with me.

A lot of proverbial ink has been spilled over T-ara, due in large part to what many people perceive as extremely poor marketing and management decisions over the past few years.  First, there was the seemingly unnecessary addition of Hwa-young, a rapper whose contribution to the group was essentially dwarfed by the fact that T-ara already had two rappersboth of whom were coincidentally also lead vocalists (problem).  Then there was the release of two music videos that are collectively nearly as long as is one episode of an American drama or soap operaand though the songs were pretty decent, they had almost nothing to do concept-wise with either of the videos.  And then there was the news that even after Hwa-youngs questionable debut, T-ara would be getting yet another two new members, which was accompanied by that extremely bizarre comment made by Core Contents Media CEO Kim Kwang-soo in which he essentially accused the T-ara members of being lazy and sluggish idols.  And then (are you tired yet?) it was revealed that not only was one of the new members all of 14 years old (thereby creating a 10+ year age gap between T-aras oldest and youngest members), but that she had been chased down by Kim Kwang-soo after he saw her on the street while he was drivingoh, and by the way, she had no prior experience or interest in singing, dancing, or acting prior to signing with CCM.  So naturally, she was a perfect candidate to add to a group in desperate need ofyet another rapper or main vocalist?

All of that considered, T-aras been a bit of a head-scratcher lately.  As someone who has always thought that T-ara could very plausibly and successfully survive as a four-member group (preferably including Eun-jungHyo-min, So-yeon, and Ji-yeon) the consistent addition of more unnecessary new faces did nothing to curry favor with me, and it seems that many former fans are of similar minds.  However, aside from the inclusion of one of the worst raps breaks of all time in Roly Poly, T-aras music has admittedly been fairly solidand hey, believe it or not, some of us do stay in the K-pop fandom for the joy of the music alone.  If nothing else, that is reason enough to give the new 8-member/kind of 9 member T-ara a fair shot for their next comeback.

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, it has been revealed that were in for yet another music video of epic proportions: a twenty-minute long mini-drama, this time of the science fiction variety.  Though new member Dani will not lend her untested vocals to the song Day By Day nor participate in the promotions, she will play a prominent role in the music video alongside the senior members.  Promotional posters for the music video look almost as though they could be advertising Final Fantasy 57  (or whatever number of that game theyre up to by this point), featuring the members dressed aswhat I can only guess are futuristic interpretations of bounty hunters, given that the story is set 300 years in the future (though why theyre brandishing swords and not light sabers is really anybodys guess).  Although only Hyo-min, Ji-yeon, and Eun-jung are featured in the posters, their radical style transformations suggest similarly dramatic hair and wardrobe choices for the other girls.

Additionally, CCM released a minute-long MV teaser on June 28, which sheds a bit more light on what we can expect when the single drops on July 3:

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the teaser is the almost seamless blending of old and new, of medieval and futuristic.  Though the music video ostensibly takes place in a devastated city of the 2300s, T-ara seems to be fusing both worlds; the props, the scenery, and the wardrobe all seem to suggest a seriously updated world of kings, queens, castles, and knights.  The actual song, too, begins with a soft flute and lyre combination (well, admittedly, its probably a guitar) that swells to include a pretty awesome beat and some of the best rapping Ive heard out of T-ara in awhile (is that Eun-jung I hear?).  While I actually cant claim to be terribly excited about yet another centuries-long (hyperbole intended) music video from T-ara, this teaser has actually got me decently excited for the release of the album.  A 20-minute music video is actually a serious investment in my day, but great new music is welcome anytime.

The most perplexing thing, however, is that just as it was in the posters, a good half of the new T-ara is justnot there.  Like, not anywhere.  I know that not all members starred in Lovey Dovey and Cry Cry, but given that this is the comeback that is supposed to introduce us to the two newest membersand, by that token, somehow convince us that these new members are not superfluouswouldnt it make sense to actually include both of them?  Not only is slightly-less-controversial new member 18-year-old Ah-reum left out, but veteran members QriBo-ram, and Hwa-young dont make an appearance, either.  As someone who already felt that even the 7-member T-ara could be easily shaved in half without serious repercussion, leaving out exactly the members that I thought could be done away with it doesnt do much to inspire confidence in the absolute necessity of making T-ara as large as is SNSD.

Overall, while I am not completely thrilled with the new member additions or the fact that I must choose either a 21-minute episode of 30 Rock or T-aras new music video as my way to spend my limited free time on July 3, I am somewhat anticipating T-aras comeback.  Maybe I just look forward to seeing how CCM actually plans to explain or execute all of these recent potential debaucheries, but I do believe that some part of me deep-down still thinks of T-ara as part of my homegurl crew.  Ill be tuning in on July 3; will you?

Who is the maximum efficient cloth wardrobe of the 17th Jeonju Global Movie Festival?

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The opening riteturned into hosted through Lee Jong-hyuk and Yoo Seon. Actors and actresses like Kim Dong-wan, Kwon Yul, Ahn Jae-hong, Jeon Hye-bin, Heo I-jae, Ryoo Hyeon-kyeong, Baek Seong-hyeon, Park Jeong-min-I and others were at the event.

TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

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TaeTiSeo And CNBLUE Joins KCON Los angeles Line-Up!

(Photo : KpopStarz) Website hosting their weekly #KCONLiveChat, it used to be announced that TaeTiSeo and CNBLUE will sign up for the KCON line-up for the Los Angeles dates.

Fans alike are guaranteed to look the synchronized and charismatic performances that might take position at the Prudential Middle and Staples Center this summer.

5/13 1PM EST KCON NY Combo/Platinum Tickets5/16 1PM EST KCON NY Unmarried Tickets6/3 1PM EST KCON LA Combo/Platinum Tickets6/6 1PM EST KCON LA Single Tickets For updates on KCON 2016, visitwww.kconusa.comand apply @KCONUSA on Twitter. Fanaticsalso are invited to register for the verbal exchange by the usage of #KCON16NY and #KCON16LA in their social media platforms.

Lee Min-ho's interview in China, "Not certain about enlisting date"

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About a Chinese fan who shaved her head to proportion the pain of having to serve his country, Lee Min-ho said, "I saw that on the scoop and I used to be touched. Not anything is explicit just about my National Service, but the fan shaved her head much previous so I believe by the time I go, her hair will grow back".

"As an actor, I'mthankfulto understandI could beready to exist supportive to somebody and others' lives. I wish to share more love in go back for the give a spice up to everyone's given me".

When he was asked if he was worried about his famewhilsthe is gone, he said, "If I compare myself to a book, there is the procedure of finishing up this e-book so there isn't any knowing to the ending, but I believe this page will be remembered forever. It all is dependent on me".

Three problems about Song Hye-kyo's symbol rights

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J. Estina supported the drama with 70 million won and now notone hundred million find it irresistible was to get started with known. J. Estina advised expanding the contract in December that year but Song Hye-kyo refused. Therefore, the contract was terminated in the next January and J. Estina had to attenuatethe quantity of cash being backed as it most effective had two months to advertise its products. Also, in keeping with J. Estina, Song Hye-kyo must solely have worn products from J. Estina but she went opposed to the contract and wore other pieces brought to her through her stylist. However, the professional PPL product agreed by J. Estina and Song Hye-kyo is a necklace that Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki) gifts to Kang Mo-yeon. It was meant to be publishedat the3rd episode. The necklace was overly exposed in the camera.

Song Hye-kyo sued J. Estina for her image rights. J. Estina claimed this was morally disappointing then claimed that it has experienced more damage than excellent from the versionas a result of the tax evasion issue.

However, according to Song Hye-kyo, J. Estina has been asking to exploit Song Hye-kyo's images in branchshops in China and accountabilityunfastened stores when their contract was only limited to Korea. Song Hye-kyo agreed to this. But after fresh events, J. Estina attempted to make a deal of re-signing the brand contract or it's going todisclosethe volumeof injury it experienced thank you to the tax issue.

Dae-bak seems like Song Joong-ki when he was once young

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Lee Dong-gook's wife Lee Soo-jin posted an image on Instagram saying, "They glance alike. Here is my expectation two decades later. The happiness of waiting".

One facet of the image is of Song Joong-ki when he used to be young. Dae-bak and Song Joong-ki appearance alike from the eyes to mouth.

Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets Now not Opting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitar

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Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets Now not  Opting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitar

Sam Kim Unearths If He Regrets No longerOpting for YG Or JYP, And Why He Took Up The Guitaroppahogger April 28, 2016 0 Sam Kim makes his first appearance on his firm director’s tune program, KBS 2TV’s “Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook.”

After coming 2d on “K-Pop Megastar Season 3, Sam Kim has signed an exclusive contract with Antenna Music, Yoo Hee Yeol’s agency. The MC asks if he has ever regretted his resolution on not choosing YG or JYP, he firmly answers: “Never.”

Yoo Hee Yeol also questions the explanation why he failed tosettle for songs written by skill of composers in the similar agency, like Jung Jae Hyung or Lucid Falls, and Sam Kim just trails off hilariously, “Because of the generation gap…” He later embarrasses Yoo Hee Yeol by exposing his director’s number of lyrics, “Mr. Yoo turns out to write the note ‘bed’ a lot.”

Video Added Korean drama 'Entertainers' episode 4

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"Entertainers" (2016) Directed by capacity of Hong Seong-chang, Lee Gwang-yeong Written by Yoo Yeong-ah Network : SBS With Ji Seong, Hyeri, Kang Min-hyuk, Chae Jeong-an, Jeon No-min, Jeong Man-sik,... 20 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00 Synopsis "Entertainers" depicts the tale of the those thatcollectedin combination to shape a track band. Broadcast beginning date in Korea : 2016/04/20

GOT7′s JB To Get preserve of Extra Scientific Examination, In some other country Concert Excursion Is also Affected

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GOT7′s JB To Get preserve of  Extra  Scientific Examination, In some other country Concert Excursion  Is also Affected

GOT7s JB To AcquireExtraScientific Examination, In a foreign country Concert ExcursionCould also be Affectedcrystalcove April 28, 2016 0 GOT7s leader, member JB, who is not ableto take part in his teams first concerts Fly In Seoul arising on April 29 and 30 because of a spinal disc injury, will also be unable to wait the abroad tour, dependent on his fitness diagnosis.

JB went to the sanatorium afterwards experiencing back pain throughout a concert practice session on April 27, and after it was once diagnosed that there has beena subject alongside his spinal disc, it becomemade up our minds that he would sit down out GOT7s M!Countdown functionality on April 28 and the Fly In Seoul concerts taking place April 29 and 30. He also wouldnt be attending the press convention for the concert going on April 30.

It is expected that JB will head back to the health center today, April 29 KST, or the following day for further examination., in keeping with local news outlet XSports news. Looking on what the doctors say, he plans to go throughotherremedies or a minor surgical procedure. It isnt most probably that JB will wantmain surgery.

GOT7′s Junior And TWICE’s Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Week’s “Inkigayo”

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GOT7′s Junior And TWICE’s Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Week’s “Inkigayo”

GOT7s Junior And TWICEs Dahyun To Be Special MCs For This Weeks Inkigayokminjungee April 28, 2016 0 On Might 1, fanaticscould bein a positionto peer GOT7s Junior and TWICEs Dahyun sing their own praises their talents equally special MCs for SBSs Inkigayo.

TWICEs Dahyun will be taking where of Kim Yoo Jung, who has officially departed from the show. Two times volition also have their Inkigayo comeback degree for their new song, Cheer Up, on this day.

Dahyun has already shown off her qualifications in this box when she was once a temporary, one-day MC for 3 Kings, in preference to EXIDs Hani, who became taking a hiatus at the time. She was commended for actively taking part and appearingjust right reactions right through the episode.

Song Joong-ki's issues of appeal

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Though it shouldappearinappropriate to acting, it played a section to make Song Joong-ki who he's today. He beganperforming at a later age but he was capable of finding his position so briefly because he is a fashion student like he has at all times been. He worked challenging and he consistently made the properselectionseach fourth dimensionthere has been a chance. He rose to stardom in the drama "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" then endured in "Deep-rooted Tree" as the more youthfuledition of Han Seok-Kyu's role.

Those around him attemptedto prevent him as a result of the small element but he was recognized for his performance. When he was in the motion picture "Penny Pinchers", an interviewer asked him, 'Isn't it standard for a celeb to play cool roles first sooner than degrading himself?' and he answered, 'That's one typical way of expanding one's spectrum. Or not it'sfoolish to observe the trend.' Song Joong-ki needs to be good-looking and talented at the similar time.

Song Joong-ki was noted for his nice looks at school but he did not get the key function at first. He did part-time jobs after college and strains of him from back in the day still remain today. He believed that 'not having skillmay also begrew to become into an opportunity.' He acquiredthe assistance of actor Lee Joon-hyeok throughout "A Werewolf Boy" and studied the movements of a wolf. Whilst in "Deep-rooted Tree", he tried to appreciate the King Lee Do by reading back in history.