2012 "K-Pop World Festival in Ordos" will feature Secret, After School, EXO-K, KARA, Wonder Girls, SHINee and more!

2012 "K-Pop World Festival in Ordos" will feature Secret, After School, EXO-K, KARA, Wonder Girls, SHINee and more!

2012 K-Pop World Festival in Ordos will feature Secret, After School, EXO-K, KARA, Wonder Girls, SHINee and moreThe yearly "K-Pop World Festival in Ordos" is coming up soon and the artist list who are set to perform at the concert festival has been revealed!

The K-Pop festival will take place on September 19th at the Dongseonggu Sports Complex in Ordos City, China at 6:30PM local time.

In addition, the full line-up list for the "K-Pop World Festival in Ordos," which is being provided by KBS. has been revealed. K-Pop artists that will be attending the September 19th concert festival include After School, BEAST, EXO-K, IU, KARA, MBLAQ, 4minute, FT Island, Secret, SHINee, Girl's Day, Infinite and Wonder Girls with a laser show performed by DJ Koo.

With quite a lineup for the upcoming "K-Pop World Festival in Ordos," will you be attending?

2012 K-Pop World Festival in Ordos will feature Secret, After School, EXO-K, KARA, Wonder Girls, SHINee and more

Source: Secret's official Facebook page and tistory

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Flashback to High School Jeon Ji Hyun

Flashback to High School Jeon Ji Hyun

Flashback to High School Jeon Ji HyunThe past appearance of actress Jeon Ji Hyun is drawing attention. On August 22, SBS ran a special through the program “A Night in TV Entertainment”  where they focused on stars back in the 1990s.

The viewers were able to see celebrities like rival groups HOT and Sechs Kies to Shin Aera’s wedding and Ch In Pyo when he had to enter the army. Jeon Ji Hyun stood out from among the rest with her beautiful appearance even apparent during her high school years.

Jeon Ji Hyun was 18 years old in 1998 and was in her second year in high school. She was asked about her height and she replied, “I’m 172 cm tall. It would be great if I stopped growing” showing a cute and innocent charm. The appearance of her singing and wearing a school uniform highlighted her youthful looks grabbing the attention of the public. Her current radiant beauty is a good contrast to her cute charm in the past.

Her latest movie, Thieves, is making a splash in the box office with over 11 million tickets sold. The action comedy is currently the fourth all-time highest grossing movie in Korea film history.

Flashback to High School Jeon Ji Hyun

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After School to participate in Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 & A-Nation Music Week

After School to participate in Tokyo Girls Collection 2012 & A-Nation Music Week

After School to participate in ‘Tokyo Girls Collection 2012′‘A-Nation Music Week’

Girl group After School, who made an eye-catching and powerful comeback with their 5th Maxi Single “Flashback“, is expected to actively partake in Japanese promotions as both models and artists.

It was recently revealed that the girls will be participating in ‘Tokyo Girls Collection in Nagoya 2012‘ on September 1st, while the group’s unit Orange Caramel will also be featuring in the event, drawing more anticipation from their fans.

Tokyo Girls Collection is the biggest – and by far the most famous – of all of the growing number of events in Japan that combine hip fashion shows with concerts from popular musical groups. The most recent TGC event, the 2012 Spring/Summer edition, drew over 25,000 excited fashion fans to Yokohama Arena in early March.

Besides, member Nana who has actively promoted in both Korea and Japan as a model as well as a singer, is also currently a fixed member of fashion information program ‘Tokyo Brand New Girls‘, and has also been confirmed to feature in ‘A-Nation Music Week Collection Supported By Girls Award‘, which will take place August 5th and 8th.

In related news, Orange Caramel will be standing on the same stage as popular Japanese girl group AKB48 at ‘A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F‘ taking place on August 10th.

Attending these events is a fantastic way for After School to approach Japanese fans.

Furthermore, After School also received much attention after becoming the very first idols to be selected as models for global handbag brand, ‘Samantha Thavasa‘.

Netizens who heard the news responded by saying, “I hope After School will dominate both Korea and Japan!”, “Looking forward to Nana!”, “Orange Caramel is so popular ahead of their debut!”

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After School’s Jooyeon shares her opinion on the ‘spread leg dance’ in “Flashback” choreography

After School’s Jooyeon shares her opinion on the ‘spread leg dance’ in “Flashback” choreography

After Schools Jooyeon shares her opinion on the spread leg dance in Flashback choreography

The spread leg dance from After Schools Flashback choreography received some flak for being too sexually suggestive for TV earlier on, and in response, Jooyeon shared her opinion while guesting on Mnets Beatles Code 2.

On the July 23rd episode, MC Shindong brought up the topic of the dance when he stated, There are differing opinions on [the dance], with some thinking that its sexy and others thinking that its embarrassing to watch.

Jooyeon replied, We dont think its weird at all. We think it looks cool Its a hard dance because you have to sit down low making it hard to maintain balance, expressing her pride in the choreography the members worked hard to perfect.

Source + Photos: Mydaily via Naver

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After Schools unit, Orange Caramel, is to take part in 2012 A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F

After Schools unit, Orange Caramel, is to take part in 2012 A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F

After School’s unit, Orange Caramel, is to take part in 2012 A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F

On July 20, the official website of A-Nation released the line-up of 2012 A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F, which will be aired on August 10. Orange Caramel appears on the list along with AKB48, one of the most sought after groups in Japan. Orange Caramel, a unit group of After School, is to debut in Japan.

The unit group, which gave its first performance at After School’s first concert in Japan, will give the second gig in Japan through A-Nation. The three-member girl group, which is at the forefront of unit group sensation, has been receiving so much attention that the group is expected to hit it big.

A-Nation Music Week Asia Progress F is to be held at the National Gymnasia for the Tokyo Olympics on August 10.

Source: Star Daily News

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After School’s ‘panorama dance’ in “Flashback” is a hit

After School’s ‘panorama dance’ in “Flashback” is a hit

After Schools panorama dance in Flashback is a hit

After Schools panorama dance has been all the rage online ever since they made their Flashback comeback late last month.

With new members in tow, the girls have been commanding the stage with their sexy dance moves, turning heads left and right for their unique concept. From their performance, their special panorama dance has managed to catch the most attention, especially since other groups like SHINee and f(x) have done similar moves with Sherlock and Jet.

After Schools is a bit different in that they look like models as they reveal themselves one by one behind the other, show off their long legs and truly working it for the camera.

The choreography is the work of none other than Kyle Hanagami.

After Schools panorama dance in Flashback is a hit

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[Review] After School ‘Flashback’

[Review] After School ‘Flashback’

[Review] After School Flashback

[Review] After School Flashback After sub-unit and international projects, After School made their proper comeback to Korea with their fifth maxi-single ‘Flashback’. But being away from the Korean spotlight for a year now, it felt like Pledis Entertainment and After School used this single to push their business affairs in order rather than make any type of musical statement.

With title track “Flashback” it looked like After School wanted to leave no rock unturned in hitting on as many trends as possible. With the previous singles “Because Of You” and “Shampoo”, exploring the softer side of the group, “Flashback” brings us back to the now. The girls have a current industrial electronic sound, use guns in their music video, and of course include a dubstep breakdown. The ambitious goal with the track can also be seen in how it breaks down into, what I see as, 13 separate sections:

-intro 0:08

-first verse 0:23

-pre-chorus A 0:38

-chorus 0:53

-post-chorus section 1:07

-second verse 1:18

-pre-chorus B 1:34

-chorus (repeat) 1:41

-bridge section A 1:55

-bridge section B 2:10

-dubstep dance breakdown 2:24

-bridge section C 2:39

-chorus (repeat) 2:56

Or all together:

That is a lot to take in as a listener. The production and vocal styling change for each section, so there is little time to get into a section’s groove before it changes again. Yet, somehow it all comes together…in three minutes and 18 seconds. The talk/rap intro by Lizzy and Nana may come off as sloppy initially, but it works for its given something for the fans to shout along to in live shows; it would be a tad bit strange for fans to shout along once Raina and Jung-Ah’s sensual verses start.

The song’s shining moment is its catchy chorus with the repetition of the stutter-tastic “bo-bo-bo-bo-boy I miss you” line. Luckily the line is catchy enough in itself as the chorus only lasts 15 seconds. With all that’s packed in, the track makes for a strong, ambitious comeback song for After School.

The rest of the EP plays interestingly, again feeling more like a business initiative than a musical statement. Opening track “Rip Off” is an interesting choice. The track is one of the stronger songs from their Japanese full-length PLAYGIRLZ, but longtime fans may have expected a follow-up to the “Let’s Do It!” or “Let’s Step Up!”, tracks that have signified strong comebacks for them in the past. If After School was set on releasing a Japanese track in Korean, they could have also opted for “Miss Futuristic” as a nod to being strong females looking to the future of the group, but “Rip Off” works just fine as the intro track. The track has as much blips and pops as HyunA’s “Bubble Pop!” (for which we should really look to Britney Spears’ “How I Roll” for reference), but focuses more on heavy drums. It’s a strong track, but somewhat disappoints as one of the tracks taking up a spot in a five-track single. Its inclusion may also be a way to remind Korean listeners of the Japanese CD, meaning more sales!

The last of the up-tempos comes from the electronic disco track “Eyeline” by Nana. The track seems to try to establish the direction After School is heading rather than making any type of musical statement. A member getting her own solo track out of a five-track maxi-single for an eight-member group? Pledis wants to make Nana a star. “Eyeline” is a hot track that wouldn’t be out of line for someone like Kylie Minogue to record with the disco violins, and Nana’s distinctly high voice is a highlight for pop fans.

The single then slows down with the ballads “Timeless” and “Wristwatch”. The former track is a spotlight for the group’s two top vocalists Jung-Ah and Raina. Again, “Timeless” feels like another item on the After School agenda in trying to establish particular members. It does feel appropriate though seeing that as they’ve paid their dues to earn a duet as the more senior members of the group. Musically, this song is a nice guitar-driven, RB ballad; although this reviewer can’t help but feel that this is an example of the closest K-pop may ever get to country or country-pop. The chorus has subtle guitar twangswhich one might associate with a country ballad creeping its way into this track. It’s an unexpected sound and adds a unique characteristic to the by-the-numbers ballad.

And finally, there’s the all-group ballad, “Wristwatch”, which has the feel of a classic Disney movie ballad. There’s nothing modern sounding about it; its just a beautiful ballad. But still, if the concept of the Flashback single is sexy, why include yet another ballad? The purpose of “Wristwatch” could be to counteract the trendiness and autotune effects of the title track to show that these girls are all vocalists in their own rights. And again, I catch little traces of country in this track as well.

Overall, the Flashback single feels more like a way to put Pledis and After School’s business affairs in line before the music. Flashback is strong, but I think the next comeback will come to define After School more. There are rumors it will come this year, so ideally, the next single will be more of a musical triumph that will help decide the future of After School.

Jeff Benjamin is a singer, songwriter, DJ, photographer and freelance writer who has written works for Billboard, Rolling Stone and now allkpop. He is passionate about making international music accessible for English readers. Follow/chat/send him music suggestions on Twitter @Jeff__Benjamin.

Reviewer's Rating:[Review] After School Flashback [PIC] [PIC] [PIC] [PIC] (3.85 / 5)

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After School Reveals Dance Practice Video for "Flashback"

After School Reveals Dance Practice Video for "Flashback"

After School Reveals Dance Practice Video for FlashbackAfter releasing their music video for Flashback ten days ago and making their comeback performances on the various music shows, After School has now released their dance practice video for the song.

The dance is quite interesting for its unique moves. Instead of having the choreography being completely synchronized throughout the song, it focuses on the different movements of each member or group of members. Another fan favorite is the model posing line they do at 2:37 into the practice video.

This weekend After School start their second week of promotions for their comeback single. The title track “Flashback” contains powerful electronic sounds with a catchy hook. The lyrics tell a story of getting “flashbacks” of when one used to be in love.

Check out their recent live performance of Rip Off and Flashback from Inkigayo.

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After School discusses their concept, Kahi, and their goal for “Flashback”

After School discusses their concept, Kahi, and their goal for “Flashback”

After School discusses their concept, Kahi, and their goal for Flashback

The fierce and sexy ladies of After School has recently made a comeback after a one-year hiatus with their newest title track, Flashback, which combines powerful performance and ferocity to become a worthy successor to their previous tracks, such as Because of You, Bang!, and Diva.

News outlet Sports Seoul recently sat down with the girls to pick their brain about some issues and questions surrounding their group and their most recent comeback.

Did you know of your fans requests to return to your previous strong style? Our fans seemed to like concepts such as Diva, Because of You, and Ah! said UEE. So this time around, we chose to be powerful and sexy. Outright sexiness is something that hasnt been tried before by After School, but this time we chose to follow our fans wishes.

Kahi, who was your leader and foundation, left the group. How do you feel? We were very sad that she was leaving, and in turn, she worried a lot about us as well, said Jung-Ah. But even if she graduates, she is still a part of Pledis Entertainment. We cheered each other up, hoping that both of us will do well, she said. Kahi unni yelled, After School forever!

What are some advantages/disadvantages to your graduation/admissions system? There are more advantages than disadvantages, we think. You graduate when you have confidence that youll be able to stand on your own, Raina said. But there will definitely be obstacles, such as having to do everything by yourself, when before, you had your members around you.

In place of Kahi, the newest team member, Ka-Eun was recruited Our maknae speaks Japanese very well, since she lived there for three years, Jung-Ah said. Shes a big asset to our Japanese promotions. (laughs) Shes tall and dances well.

Lizzy became an adult this year. Now, I want to show something new, Lizzy confessed. Since I was a part of Orange Caramel, I have a very cute image and I think this comeback will be able to change that. I even got to be in the center for a part of the opening. (laughs)

After School discusses their concept, Kahi, and their goal for Flashback

Along with the rest of the K-Pop world, you took off to Japan. Wasnt it hard? For two months, we always stuck together, so I think it became an impetus to closer relationships between the members, Nana revealed. People didnt know who we were as individuals at first, but thats starting to change. A difficult part was that the yen was high, so we were financially strapped, I think? (laughs)

Due to your Japanese promotions, you couldnt meet with your Korean fans. We worried about if we were going to be forgotten by our fans in Korea. Thats why we worked harder than ever on this comeback, E-Young confessed. Weve waited so long for a domestic stage and I also wanted to do this kind of sexy concept. Im more anxious than I was at my debut.

What are the goals of After School with their comeback? Wed like to place first with this comeback, and also want to hold a solo concert in Korea, UEE said. Also, we hope that our fans will keep loving us despite the member changes.

Source: Sports Seoul via Nate

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