Archive for April 21st, 2012

2NE1 Humiliated by f(x) Sulli Because of Height Difference

2NE1 Humiliated by f(x) Sulli Because of Height Difference

An older photo of f(x)’s Sulli standing next to the members of 2NE1 and IU recently resurfaced online, and it is creating a stir.

On an online community board, a photo with the title “2NE1 gets humiliated by Sulli” was posted. The picture shows the six women standing side by side on an interview during SBS “Inkigayo.”

The picture was particularly interesting because Sulli was taller than Sandara Park even though Dara had spiked up her hair completely in the oh so famous “Vegeta” hair....

East Sea has stronger legitimacy than Sea of Japan

East Sea has stronger legitimacy than Sea of Japan

College students take part in a campaign at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul early this month to promote the East Sea ahead of the International Hydrographic Organization’s general meeting in Monaco April 23-27. The organization will determine how to describe the body of water between the Korean Peninsula and Japan in the world’s most creditable guideline for maps./ Korea Times file

Long-festering naming controversy to be debated in IHO meeting next week...

Eunhyuk thanks fans for Super Junior's 5th album, "Mr. Simple," reaching 500,000 copies sold

Eunhyuk thanks fans for Super Junior's 5th album, "Mr. Simple," reaching 500,000 copies sold

Super Junior’s Eunhyuk recently thanked his fans through his Twitter after news of the group’s 5th album, “Mr. Simple,” reached the half-million mark sold.

On April 21st, Eunhyuk wrote on his personal Twitter account, “This is a bit late, but I want to thank you! Our album (5th album, “Mr. Simple”) sold over 500,000 copies, and we were speechless at first, but now I feel really proud! For those who bought the album, I want to thank you all~ We will work hard to prepare for our 6th album!!!! Bow (__)”...

JYP releases "Someone Else" ft. Brown Eyed Girls' Gain single + MV

JYP releases "Someone Else" ft. Brown Eyed Girls' Gain single + MV

JYP (J.Y. Park, Park Jinyoung) has made a comeback and released a new single on April 22nd, which features Brown Eyed Girls’ Gain. After a 2-year hiatus, Asia’s leading producer is finally returning to the stage.

His last album was released in December 2009 titled, “Sad Freedom,” and since then, he has been busy as one of the three main judges for the popular audition show on SBS, “K-Pop Star.” In addition, he has also been busy with drama filming for “Dream High 2.”...

Song Ji Hyo Will Not Be Leaving "Running Man"

Song Ji Hyo Will Not Be Leaving "Running Man"

Recently, there have been rumors of Song Ji Hyo’s imminent departure from the hit variety show “Running Man.” When the rumors initially arose, fans thought that she may possibly be leaving due to her most recent casting in “The Jackal is Coming.”

However, the producers of “Running Man” have clarified that Song Ji Hyo will not be leaving the show. The producers revealed in a phone call, “We’ve never heard about Song Ji Hyo leaving.” Additionally, “We have never discussed the topic with Song Ji Hyo’s representatives before.” ...

Invincible Youth 2: Sinhwa’s Eric and miss A’s Suzy makes the hottest couple

Invincible Youth 2: Sinhwa’s Eric and miss A’s Suzy makes the hottest couple


Sinhwa’s Eric and miss A’s Suzy recently made the hottest couple.

On the episode of KBS2’s Invincible Youth 2 that aired on April 21, the legendary idol group Shinhwa made a special appearance and paired up with member of G6.

To pair up, the boys were supposed to choose one from apples half eaten by members of G6 without a clue of who had eaten which apples.

When it was Eric’s turn, all the girls of G6 yelled, hoping her own apple to be chosen by the knockout. ...

Side B: Super Songs with Super Junior

Side B: Super Songs with Super Junior

Welcome back to another instalment of Seoulbeats’ Side B! This segment is dedicated to those hidden musical gems, the ones buried beneath our favourite artist’s overwhelming discographies. For today’s edition we look at one of K-pop’s biggest guilty pleasures, Super Junior!

Super Junior started off as Super Junior 05, a 12-member rotational group intended to serve as the gateway to Asian stardom — a platform for budding starlets to catapult themselves into the actual entertainment field, whether as actors, MCs, or actual musicians. That was until ELFs became emotionally attached, SM added a 13th member, one we now know as Cho Kyuhyun, and Super Junior 05 was turned simply into Super Junior, the band that we’ve all come to know today. ...

ZE:A successfully holds fan meeting in Dubai & showcase in Abu Dhabi

ZE:A successfully holds fan meeting in Dubai & showcase in Abu Dhabi

Image Credit: Oliver Clarke/Gulf News

The popularity of K-pop is growing in the Middle East.

On April 22nd, Seven members of boy group ZE:A held a fan meeting in Dubai, UAE. Thousands of fans arrived for a chance to receive autographs from ZE:A. Shortly after the fan meeting, the boys also held a special showcase in nearby Abu Dhabi. At this showcase, member Heechul received attention for stating that he loves Arab girls because they’re so beautiful. This was the second time a K-Pop star visited the region as Nine Muses and Korean pop star Seo In Young performed in Abu Dhabi last year. ...

F.Cuz to release 3rd Japanese single "Drawing Heart" in June

F.Cuz to release 3rd Japanese single "Drawing Heart" in June

While F.Cuz is currently preparing for their Korean comeback with a new mini album “For Century Ultimate Zest”, the group was revealed to be planning a new Japanese single release as well.

“Drawing Heart”, is set to be released as the group’s 3rd Japanese single, and the first one with their two new members Daegeon and Raehyun. The B-side is said to be a Japanese version of the group’s new title track “No.1″.

Next to their new single release, F.Cuz is also planning to release their new Korean mini album in Japan in May. It’ll be released on May 23rd, a few weeks ahead of “Drawing Heart” on June 13th. ...

Literary masterpiece translated into English, Russian

Literary masterpiece translated into English, Russian

Jo Jung-rae, novelist

By Kwaak Je-yup

“The Taeback Mountains”, Jo Jung-rae’s 1995 masterpiece and one of the classics of contemporary Korean literature is going to be published in English and Russian.

Linco Global, a London-based company specializing in editing, translation and publishing, announced last week that it has signed a contract with Jo to release his 10-book series in the two languages. ...

The Wonder Girls Release CF for Japanese Brand ‘Kowa’

The Wonder Girls Release CF for Japanese Brand ‘Kowa’

The Wonder Girls recently shot a commercial for Japanese brand, Kowa’s new body powder.

In the commercial, the Wonder Girls’ hit song, “Nobody,” is playing in the background while the members are posing seductively with the product.

Each individual product is represented by a different color and each member is wearing a dress that matches the product she is posing with.

In the last scene of the CF, the members are posed confidently in the typical idol stance and the shot seems to be digitally altered to enhance their mile-long legs.  The girls look modern and elegant – definitely a great advertising asset for the Japanese brand. ...