Archive for July 24th, 2012

City Conquest Still Showing Kim Hyun Joong and Jung Yoo Mi Revealed

City Conquest Still Showing Kim Hyun Joong and Jung Yoo Mi Revealed

Recently a “City Conquest” drama still of Kim Hyun Joong and Jung Yoo Mi looking lovey-dovey together was revealed. On July 24, the production team of “City Conquest” released the still.

The drama will include melodramatic and action elements. The upcoming drama “City Conquest” is based on the comic book of the same name which was created by Shin Hyung Bin. That is why the story is under wraps. The still cut of Kim Hyun Joong and Jung Yoo Mi was released because of the numerous requests by fans. ...

[Video] Added Korean drama ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’ episode 17

[Video] Added Korean drama ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’ episode 17

Added episode 17 for the Korean drama ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity‘”A Gentleman’s Dignity” (2012)Directed by Kwon Hyeok-chan, Sin Woo-cheolWritten by Kim Eun-sookNetwork : SBSWith Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ha-neul, Kim Soo-ro, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jong-hyuk, Yoon Se-ah,…20 episodes – Sat, Sun 21:50 Synopsis A drama about the mid 30s to the early 40s.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2012/05/26 ...

Kim Jong Min is in a relationship?

Kim Jong Min is in a relationship?

Singer Kim Jong Min‘s surprise confession has belatedly garnered attention from the public.

On the latest broadcast of KBS 2TV ‘1 Day 2 Nights‘, Kim Jong Min was spotted texting someone in a hurry when the members had to hand-in their phones for a mission.

When the members were asked to hand in their phones, unlike everyone else who handed their phones in without hesitating, Kim Jong Min was spotted hurriedly texting someone. ...

Actor Kwak Do Won snaps a photo with MBLAQ’s G.O. on the set of ‘Phantom’

Actor Kwak Do Won snaps a photo with MBLAQ’s G.O. on the set of ‘Phantom’

Actor Kwak Do Won recently revealed a photo taken with MBLAQ‘s G.O. from the set of SBS‘s ‘Phantom‘.

The actor posted the photo above onto his Twitter with the description, “We’re the Cyber Investigation Team 1 since this morning.”

The two stars are currently busy filming the popular Wednesday-Thursday drama, ‘Phantom’. Kwak Do Won plays the character Kwon Hyuk Joo, also nicknamed ‘Mad Cow’, who helps Kim Woo Hyun (So Ji Sub) in capturing Jo Hyun Min (Uhm Ki Joon). ...

[Video] Added Korean drama ‘I Need Romance 2012′ episode 10

[Video] Added Korean drama ‘I Need Romance 2012′ episode 10

Added episode 10 for the Korean drama ‘I Need Romance 2012‘”I Need Romance 2012” (2012)Directed by Jang Yeong-woo, Lee Jeong-hyoWritten by Jeong Hyeon-jeongNetwork : tvNWith Jeong Yu-mi, Lee Jin-wook, Kim Ji-seok-I, Kim Ji-woo, Kang Ye-sol, Kim Sin-ah,…16 episodes – Wed, Thu 23:00 Synopsis A story about the work and love of city women.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2012/06/20 ...

A-PRINCE Releases MV for “You’re the Only One”

A-PRINCE Releases MV for “You’re the Only One”

New boy group A-PRINCE has released the music video for their pre-debut track “You’re the Only One.”

Following the release of their single and music video for “You’re the Only One” today,  they will have a mini showcase on July 26 in Gangnam, Seoul.

Managed by New Planet Entertainment, the group debuted last year under the name TAKEN while they were under Again45 Entertainment. Due to member and management changes, they are set to debut this month as a five member group with the name A-PRINCE. Their members are Seungwoon, Taehyuk, Minhyuk, Seungjoon and Siyoon. ...

BEAST Shares Their Worries Regarding "Midnight Sun" in Recent Interview

BEAST Shares Their Worries Regarding "Midnight Sun" in Recent Interview

Change. That is the theme of BEAST’s latest release. The members have dyed their hair and tried out a variety of styles. Instead of their usual hip-hop fashion they donned colorful costumes. Their latest music video is playful, getting away from the precise choreography and portraying the members as free-spirits partying on the streets of New York. After a year and two month hiatus the group releases their fifth mini-album, “Midnight Sun” to officially announce the return of BEAST. ...

CHAOS releases teaser photo of Heejae

CHAOS releases teaser photo of Heejae

CHAOS will be making a comeback with their first mini-album on July 27th, and the first teaser photo released was none other than that of leader, Park Taeyang, which was then followed by teaser photos for Hyunsun and now Heejae.

Judging from the teaser photo alone, the group seems to be making a 180-degree transformation and fans are excited to see the group’s new image.

CHAOS will be making their comeback on the July 27th episode of KBS‘ ‘Music Bank‘. ...

Infinite, lean and hungry

Infinite, lean and hungry

This is the eighth in a 15-part series on the stars and trends of “hallyu” or the Korean wave, which is gaining popularity in Southeast Asia and Latin America. The Korea Times is producing this special prolject in cooperation with the Korea foundation and CJ E&M. – ED.

When someone is in hot-pursuit of their dream, the hunger, the ardor, the positive energy of pursuit they emanate are undeniable. These qualities can work like magnets for success ― and that’s what is happening for the relatively new K-pop group Infinite. The seven members ― Lee Sung-jong, 19, Ho Ya, 21, Lee Sung-yeol, 20, Nam Woo-hyun, 21, L, 20, Lim Sung-kyu and Chang Dong-woo ― are feeling their popularity rise.Having debuted in 2010, Infinite has hit the ground running. Mixing a strategy of releasing songs both in Japan and in Korea, they hit No. 1 with “Be Mine” in July 2011, which was part of their first full-length album “Over the Top” released in Korea. “Be Mine” has hints of European pop that used to prevail in dance houses in the late 1980s. Then this July, their song, “Pursuer” hit No. 1 again. This song, “Pursuer”, is part of their third mini-album “Infinitize”, an album that carries seven songs that uniquely demonstrate the vocals of the five vocalist including main vocal Sung-kyu and Woo-hyun as well as the strong beat raps of Ho Ya and Dong-woo. Sitting at a restaurant in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul earlier this month, the young men were clad in every day clothes of their preference and fresh-faced without makeup, jibing and jabbing at each other as they dived into some fruits and donuts on the table. Yes, makeup. For Korean pop singers are usually known for their well-made “kkotminam” or flower beauty looks or the kohl eye-lined sexy looks of an urbanite. Enjoying a few hours of free time, the fresh-faced singers were jovial yet humble about their recent success. “We really have a great team work and we worked hard. I think it was the combination of all things coming together. Our producers, stylists and us, our company came together and united” said Sung-kyu. “If I didn’t have a brother, I would consider Sung-kyu my real brother”, said Woo-hyun. Formed and trained by Woolim Entertainment, they are practically “family”. Like the myriad of K-pop groups, they have been living and singing together for about four years. Success has come relatively early for Infinite, which means they can now live in a nicer abode. It has also meant performing at various stages and existing on two hours of sleep a day. There is no big income achieved by their superstar predecessor such as Rain and the group g.o.d, but Infinite is well-positioned to succeed the booming popularity of K-pop paved by BoA, Super Junior and 2PM. Their schedules are a testament. Following a fan meeting in Thailand this week, the group will perform at AX Hall in Gwangjingu, Seoul, from Aug. 8 to 12. The group will then star in the Japan Arena Tour 2012 in Yokohama from Oct. 27-28, moving onto Nagoya on Nov. 1, Kobe, Nov. 2-4, and Fukuoka on Nov. 11. Not all of them started out wanting to be a member of a so-called “idol groups” that K-pop groups are commonly known as in Korea. Some like L, and Ho Ya aspired to be actors, and a lot of the members were and are into rock or R&B. They remain popular in the Japanese market, where they first started out and are still active there. “Unlike the J-pop singers, I think we are more approachable, like the guys next door”. Asked to describe what sets them apart, “J-pop is quite attractive. They are stars, to be adored from afar and I think girls would dream about J-pop male singers. But K-pop groups have more dynamism, more performance on stage, yet we’re ‘shabang shabang’.” Having mostly performed in Japan, INFINITE members are amazed that they have fans from various parts of the country via Facebook or twitter. “It’s astounding. But I heard that they are learning Korean language now because of their interest in our music”, said Sung-kyu.Driven by the curiosity, the members would like to go anywhere, North America, South America and Europe and convey the varying colors and essence of their musical ability. The nascent stars also dream of talking about music with other world stars. Ho Ya’s dream is to work musically with Usher. Sung-kyu would like to at least talk about music with members of Radiohead or at least a chance to ask them what their favorite Korean dish is so that he can treat them.Their confidence was aggressive, almost like a blind faith. But then again, that’s what must have driven them so far. “Once we start not thinking confident, we cannot do what we do. Confidence is all we’ve got”, said Ho Ya. The response from the fans and the audience is however the wellspring of their energy.”There is no feeling like that”, said Woo-hyun, of the concert they’ve recently held in June. “For singers, I think concerts are the best boost”.But above all, the members, like anyone their age, dream about freedom.”Last time, we’ve went to Thailand for a performance, we sneaked out after and went to Phuket. Sung Jung went bicycling at night wearing a hotel gown. It was great”, both Ho Ya, and Sung-kyu remarked. The group will hold their first overseas fan meeting in Thailand July 27-28. If you ever happen to be in Thailand around that time, keep your eyes open for the lone cyclist at night. He might just be your star.For more, visit enewsworld.com.Who are Infinite?K-pop group Infinite seemingly came out nowhere to top the charts in both Korea and Japan. The seven members, barely over 20, call themselves INFINITIZE in Japan, while they are known as Infinite to Korean fans and much of the world.They made their debut in Korea in 2010 after four years of training and performing together with agency Woolim Entertainment, which is also home to Korean band Nell. Their first EP “First Invasion” in 2010 didn’t quite take off but it was with their second EP “Evolution” and the song “Before the Dawn” that gave them their launch platform. They ascended to the top of the charts in 2011 with “Be Mine”, from their first full-length album “Over the Top”. Their song “The Chaser” from third EP “Infinitize” again topped Korean charts this month. Their earlier songs including “Be Mine” began to climb Japanese charts after their official debut there in 2011.The group, which likes to promote itself as presenting perfect choreography features synthesized pop music, written mostly by the hit-making team of Han Jae-ho and Kim Seung-soo. The secret of their success is the “hard work and complete unity” of the members, their producers and stylists and other staff. ...

JYP Entertainment releases company notice regarding 2PM's Nichkhun recent accident

JYP Entertainment releases company notice regarding 2PM's Nichkhun recent accident

In the early morning of July 24th, 2PM’s Nichkhun was reported to have been involved in a minor accident due to being under the influence of alcohol.

JYP Entertainment recently released a company notice of their official position on the matter, explaining the situation and apologizing for the incident.

According to JYP Entertainment, Nichkhun had been driving home around 2:30AM after having two bottles of beer, and then was involved in an accident with a motorcyclist in Gangnam. In the scene of the accident, Nichkhun’s alcohol level was at 0.056% and received suspension of his license....

Today’s Photo: July 24, 2012

Today’s Photo: July 24, 2012

Actress Kim Seon-ah poses after being named a promotional ambassador for Korean beef at a hotel in Seoul on Monday.

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