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K-Pop:Year 2011, Month:January


Hello everyone.I hope everyone is doing fine.The year 2012 is already a month old and this is my first post of the year.Here is a short review of the year 2011…:)

The year started with a bang.DBSK made a comeback with keep your head down(although it was only Yunho and Changmin but it was great for a kpop lover like me to see them return to the stage).The song is one of my favorite songs(I didn’t like the rap…it sounded little creepy but otherwise it was fine).This was the return of the KINGS.

I was not a huge fan of MBLAQ before the song CRY was released.It was one of the best pop ballads of the year 2011.Take a look at the MV!!

People always complaint that only good looking sexy girls make it into entertainment industry(and yeah thats the truth) but one Girl Group is an exception here and they are PIGGY DOLLS.I enjoyed watching them perform on music shows and the girls are really talented.

Another song which made into my favorites list is BTD.Infinite, which was highly underrated at that time couldn’t leave a big impact on music shows but their sincerity and hard work was clearly visible and that’s what paid off later in the year.

Err i also tried to do a cover this song but unfortunately it turned out something like this

Secret Garden is one of the few dramas i watched this year(i watched only two 😛 err two and a half to be precise one was City Hunter and other was Athena)Will always remember this drama for the OSTs.It featured some of  the best ballads of the year and was one of the most viewed drama of the year.If you haven’t watched this drama..go and watch now…below is the one of the OST of the Drama.

Teen Top..is one of the bands i dont like..but their song Super Love made into my playlist and that too because of JD Relic.For those who dont know JD, he is a producer and a singer.He teamed up with ukiss later in the year(will come to this later)So I’m linking the cover version here not the original one..well all credit goes to Teen Top…

I personally find solo singers better than a group.G.na the queen of Kpop(some of you might not agree with me on that)released the song Black and White.Its better than Top girl..

Mighty Mouth Tok Tok was released on jan 18(Music Video).I was just googling some new k songs and heard this one.This song is the most played in my playlist.Dont know why but i found the MV interesting too.The original ver. featured Kim Bum Soo and this one featured Soya.The original ver is good to hear too but Soya’s vocals suited the song and i will go with this version.

The saddest moment of 2010 was the expiration of SS501’s contract.Every member of the group chose to pursue solo careers and Park Jung Min released the debut single Not Alone.He didnt win any music show but his comeback was the most appreciated one.

Seungri’s What Can I Do is the next song i’m going to list here.Typical K-pop no. which makes you dance to the beats.The song was also featured in Engadget not because of Kpop but because of the use of LG Slate which was highly anticipated at that time.

Other than all this,KARA DSP controversy was also a main highlight of the month.

Thank you for reading!!!!

 

 

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[Video] TVXQ released “Before U Go” MV dance version!


Sorry for the late update,TVXQ released the dance version MV of Before U Go,check out the MV here.
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The clip has received more than 3200 Likes already,amazing!

CREDIT:DKPOPNEWS.NET

TVXQ reflects on first comeback stage, Yunho clarifies his ‘Thanks To’ message


After pre-recording for their comeback stage on KBS 2TV’s “Music Bank” today, the boys of TVXQ met with reporters to discuss their love for the stage, their ambition for a strong performance, and to clarify the controversial ‘Thanks To’ message.

Starting off, the duo shared, “We’ve wanted to stand on stage for a while.  It’s really emotional.”  Yunhocontinued, “It feels unique coming to the broadcast hall after such a long time.  I’m more excited than nervous about our first stage. Unfortunately, I caught a cold, and wasn’t able to show the best stage possible.”

Changmin added, “While watching the year-end award ceremonies last year, all I could think about was wanting to stand on stageI thought I’d be nervous, but maybe this is what it feels like to come back home after studying abroad.

The reporter brought up how fans have waited for their return for over two years, to which Yunho replied, “We’ll work as hard as our fans have waited for our return.  We’ll be standing on many stages as singers, and appear on variety shows as well.  It’s important to do well, but even more important to try our best.  Please look forward to us.”

In an interview with Star News, Yunho stated, “It’s been a while since we’ve stood on a Korean stage, so I was very excited, feeling very much like a rookie again.  We’ve gotten a lot of juniors here at the broadcast hall, and I felt thankful in being greeted by them.  We’ll be promoting ‘Keep Your Head Down‘, and we’ll show a good image to our fellow seniors, juniors, and our fans.”

Changmin added, “It feels good returning to Korea.  The broadcast hall feels like our home, it’s very fun.

Regarding the controversy surrounding ‘the second coming of TVXQ‘ statement in his ‘Thanks To’, Yunho clarified, “It’s just an expression of our feelings in starting our activities again as a duo. After a long while, Changmin and I have released an album, the message was just meant to be an expression of greeting our fans again. It’s our new sense of determination.

When asked about the differences between singing a song with two members as opposed to five, Yunho answered, “First of all, you need more stamina.  Changmin took charge of the high notes while I covered the lower notes.  I was worried about whether they’d match, but thankfully it harmonizes well. We tried to pay attention to every part of our choreography.  It’s an album we’re confident in, as we’ve put our best in it for our fans to look forward to.”

The duo also completed an interview with KBS 2TV’s “Entertainment Relay,” which will broadcast at 9 PM KST on January 8th.

Source + Photos: E Daily via Daum, Star News via Daum, Sports Chosun via Daum, Osen via Daum, Mydaily via Daum, Union News via Daum

 

TVXQ thanks BoA, SNSD, and SHINee in their “Thanks To”


TVXQ finally unveiled their first album in two years and three months on January 5th, and they left meaningful messages of gratitude towards their fellow SM artists for their constant support during their public absence.

Yunho wrote, “Kangta hyung and Min Jong hyung, who always kindly teaches me even the minor things, the know-it-all but humane BoA, the Super Junior members who own every kind of charm, the vocally talented CSJH The Grace members, the most moral men, TRAX, cute mascots SNSD, prettyAra and Yeon Hee, awesome actor Jong Yoon Hyung, SHINee, who are no different to my younger brothers, maknae f(x), thank you all for giving me strength and supporting me.”

Changmin wrote, “To our company who sent us applauses of encouragement, and to all of our awesome, pretty, talented and kind seniors and juniors, thank you all! The most handsome man in the universe, Lee Jinki ^^ Fishing King Kim Jong Hyun ^^ Key Kibum or KeyBum, Choi Minho, who overflows with richness like a son from a rich middle-east oil company family ^^, Prince Taemin, who owns everything a man needs, and all the other hoobaes, thank you.”

Meanwhile, TVXQ are set to make their official comeback on KBS Music Bank on January 7th.

Source: Seoul Newspaper via Daum Media

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U-Know Yunho

Super Junior, charming men who have diverse colors.

Max Changmin

Teuki Teuki Leeteuk hyung who thankfully came to the music video filming set alone and cheered for us.  Heechul hyung who other people see as unusual, but if you get to know him, he’s someone who’s really a warm abnormal human.  Top star Cho Kyuhyun, my friend who has to have a dance battle with me someday ^^ Kim Ryeowook, a luxury cold city man and a heavy drinker from Incheon ^^ My friend Kim Kibum.

Source: sup3rjunior.wordpress.com

 

Changmin kisses his bride for “Paradise Ranch”


Wedding snapshots of TVXQ’s Max Changmin and actress Lee Yeon Hee were recently revealed to promote the upcoming SBS drama, “Paradise Ranch.”

Taken from their wedding day, the warm atmosphere between the couple and the kiss on the cheek makes the scenario look very sincere. Unfortunately, the happiness captured in those pictures is fleeting at best – the plot has the two getting married at a very young age, but they later decide to divorce.

 

Source via BNT News

 

DBSK Releases Full Album “Keep Your Head Down”


After about a two year hiatus, DBSK has finally managed to return with a strong yet powerful comeback. It has been known that for their latest album titled, “Keep Your Head Down,” many stars have contributed to their success, including composers such as Yoo Young Jin, Park Chang Hyun, Kenzie, E-TRIBE, and Outsidaz.

With the help of the biggest names in the industry, DBSK has made an impressive comeback.

Check out their full album audio/music videos below!

 

Credit: Daum, sment, iHoneydew

20 idol singers unite to sing the G20 Seoul Summit theme song


Ahead of the prestigious 2010 G20 Seoul Summit this November, it was revealed that 20 idol singers from popular K-Pop groups of today have been recruited to sing the theme song for the event.

The theme song titled, ‘Let’s Go‘ had been made specially for the event which will take place from November 11 – 12th at Samsung-dong’s Coex, for the discussion about the world’s economy.

The idol group members who will lend their voices include Gyuri (KARA), Seohyun (SNSD), Junsu (2PM), Changmin (2AM), Jaekyung (Rainbow), Jonghyun (SHINee), Sungmin (Super Junior), Kahi (After School), Luna (f(x)), JiEun (SECRET), Junhyung (B2ST), Gayoon (4minute), Min (miss A), G.O (MBLAQ), Bumkey (2wins), G.NA, Son Dambi, Seo In Kook, IU and Anna.

Korea is hosting this event for the first time and hopes to transfer a message through this song to youths that they should take on the world with confidence. With the growing influence that K-pop idols now wield on the young generation, there were no better candidates than them to do so.

The solo recordings were done from the 24 – 25th and all 20 of them came under one roof on the 26th to record the chorus portions.

‘Let’s Go’ is scheduled to be released in early October and footage of the idol singers recording the song will be edited into a music video.

Source: IsPlus

Which idol group members will be most frequently seen this Chuseok weekend?


It’s that time of the year again, where family and friends all around Korea and the world reunite to spend quality time together for the upcoming Chuseok weekend, starting on the 22nd. However in the TV world, it’s a reunion of the most popular idol groups for countless ‘Chuseok Special’ episodes, which are set to broadcast throughout the entre Chuseok weekend to complement the fun familial atmosphere.

Which idol groups will be most frequently seen on these ‘Chuseok Special’ episodes?

Starting off the Chuseok-idol group weekend marathon is SBS’s ‘Star Real Video Case Idols’, where celebrity guests are split into teams A and B and battle each other in quizzes based on various videos. Super Junior’s Lee Teuk & Sungmin, f(x)’s Luna, T-Ara’s Eunjung & Soyeon, ZE:A’s Kwanghee & Dong Jun, and SHINee’s Key will be the contestants for the show.

On the 22nd is MBC’s ‘Idol Star Trot Face Off’, where viewers will be able to listen to their favorite idols singing along to famous trot songs from back in the 60s. This special episode will be comprised of 4minute, miss A, BEAST, U-Kiss, Supernova, 8eight’s Lee Hyun, SHINee’s Onew, and f(x)’s Luna.

On the same day, SBS’s ‘Fantasy Star Couple Challenge Cup’ will air, where idol members pair up as couples to compete in various challenges. 2AM’s Jokwon will be showing a new image as he couples with, not the ‘wife’ B.E.G’s Ga In, but T-Ara’s maknae, Jiyeon. In addition, 2PM’s Junho and Nichkhun pair up with Miss Korea, Kim Juri, while BEAST’s Kikwang and 2AM’s Changmin & Jinwoon reveal their hidden muscles. SHINee’s Jong Hyun & Minho, SECRET, After School’s Kahi, and f(x) are also participating in the show.

On the 23rd, MBC’s ‘Pot of Honey’ will air a special Chuseok episode for their popular corner, ‘Emperor of Alkkagi (Korean game)’, where Super Junior, SHINee, T-Ara, and Supreme Team will be battling it out.

KBS and MBC also prepared an Idol Dance Off competition for the 23rd. Firstly, KBS will kick-start it with ‘Big Star Show Dance Grand Prix’, for which the “My Ear’s Candy” duo of 2PM’s Taecyeon and Baek Ji Young will be MCing the show, and will also reveal a version 2 of their hit track “My Ear’s Candy”. Super Junior’s Shindong, 2PM’s Chansung, MBLAQ’s Lee Joon, SHINee’s Taemin, 4minute’s HyunA, After School’s Kahi, F.T Island’s Lee Hong Ki, and SECRET will also be taking the stage to show never-seen-before dance performances.

On the other hand, MBC’s ‘Star Dance Idols‘ will consist of idol groups performing various dance parodies. ‘Variety Idols’ 2AM, will be battling it out with gag woman Kim Shin Young, while miss A and SECRET are set to put on a musical performance.

Despite the never-ending idol group guest lists for the above variety show specials, it is the 25th and 26th that await the mother of all idol group Chuseok Specials – ‘MBC’s ‘Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special’, for which a grand total of 120 idol group members came together to participate in a fun-filled athletics field day (Sneak peak part 1 & 2).

So, which show(s) are you most looking forward to the most?

Changmin & Yunho to continue working with AVEX


For most of the year, AVEX Group (Rhythm Zone) has been exclusively working with the TVXQ trio of J.Y.J (Jaejoong, Yoochun and Xiah Junsu) leaving many to wonder what the relationship was between the company and members Yunho and Changmin.

With the relationship between J.Y.J and AVEX being severed, Daily Sports Online Japan recently revealed a statement from AVEX.

“なお、東方神起の残りのメンバー・ユンホ(24)、チャンミン(22)については引き続き同社がマネジメントしていく。”

“The remaining members of TVXQ, Yunho (24) and Changmin (22) will continue their activities under Avex.”

AVEX is pulling out of managing the trio while they are under C-JeS Entertainment, but has stated that the contract TVXQ has as a group with SM Entertainment and AVEX will not change.

Source: Daily Sports Online Japan

Part 2 of Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special


It was a tiring day for popular idol groups today, as they all came together to form teams and compete against each other for the upcoming Idol Star Athletics Championships Chuseok Special.

In part 1 of our coverage of the Idol Star Athletics Championships, we included a vast amount of pictures taken at the event. You’d think the photographers got tired, but fortunately for us, even more pictures were taken, as well as a couple more idols updating their Twitter with selcas during the filming.

2AM’s Seulong tweeted a picture of the ‘91 line:

“I was just watching them but they looked so cute… the ‘91 kids are playing together.”

F.T. Island’s Hongki tweeted this picture and said,

“Us at the sports meet.”

The additional pictures were uploaded courtesy of Newsen and StarNews. Enjoy!

Here is an updated list of team groups:

Team A: BEAST, G.NA, 4minute

Team B: SeeYa, Davichi, Supernova, T-ara

Team C: MBLAQ

Team D: F.T. Island

Team E: SISTAR, K.Will

Team F: U-Kiss

Team G: SECRET

Team H: INFINITE

Team I: Rainbow

Team J: ZE:A, Jewelry, Nine Muses

Team K: Rottyful Sky

Team L: 8eight, 2AM

Team M: Son Dambi, After School

Team N: miss A, Joo, 2PM

Team O: Super Junior, f(x) Luna, SHINee, Trax

Team P: Kim Sae Rom, Gil, Kan Mi Yeon, Kim Shin Young, Kim Na Young

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