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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 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 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!!!!




[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.

The clip has received more than 3200 Likes already,amazing!


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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Super Junior, charming men who have diverse colors.

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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.



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

Jaejoong fans angered with “Poseidon” over miscasting

The writer for upcoming drama “Poseidon” is facing a lot of heat from Jaejoong fans due to a couple of contrary statements he made about Jaejoong and TVXQ’s Yunho.

Last July, he uploaded photoshopped images of Jaejoong on his personal Facebook page and wrote, “Although it’s not confirmed yet, if Jaejoong and Kap Su Jwa were cast for my drama, I’d feel so honored and do my best.

Soon after, news agencies released articles confirming Jaejoong’s role in “Poseidon”. When a fan left a message stating that she hoped Jaejoong would do well for the drama, the writer replied, “Yes, I too am hoping for good news.”

However, with recent news of Yunho being confirmed for “Poseidon”, a controversy quickly arose.

Although the writer had previously rallied for Jaejoong, Yunho’s confirmation caused him to do a complete turn. He left contradictory tweets about Jaejoong’s supposed casting, “Sigh~ Internet news agencies putting in their [EXCLUSIVE] headlines and writing as if they don’t care what the truth is.

Angry fans began tweeting back, “The writer is saying something completely different now. He acted as if Jaejoong would be cast for the drama at first” and “What happened to Jaejoong’s casting then?

The writer responded, “There was nothing confirmed, and articles were already being released as if it was. We, too, are going through difficult times because of this. However, the fans are probably going through a much more difficult time than we are. This may seem like a fake statement, but I am truly thankful for every actor that chooses to work with me.”

Although he attempted to clarify the situation, fans continued attacking him for his hypocrisy until the writer eventually decided to terminate his Twitter account.

Source + Photos: Sports Chosun via Nate

TVXQ’s Yunho confirmed for “Poseidon” as Yun Jae

It’s official! Despite SM Entertainment’s denial of the castingTVXQ’s Yunho has been confirmed in acting for the upcoming action drama, “Poseidon“.

Yunho will play the role of Elite Force soldier ‘Oh Yun Jae‘, who returns to Korea after working as a diver in Japan. Oh Yun Jae shares a strong bond of brotherhood with eldest sibling ‘Oh Eun Chul‘ (as played by Kim Kang Woo).

Other cast members include Eric, Kim Ok Bin, Jeon Hye Bin, Son Hyun Joo, Kim Kab Soo, Park Won Soo, Kim Yun Seo, and Jin Hee Kyung.

“Poseidon” was produced with the full support of the Coast Guard, who helped train and guide the actors since last summer. The drama tells the story of the special forces within the Coast Guard, who are responsible for saving lives. Ultimately, the self-sacrificing “heroes” will illustrate the theme of humanity and the preciousness of life.

Interestingly, the official broadcasters (MBC, SBS, KBS) for the drama have yet to be decided upon.

“Poseidon” marks Yunho’s return to the drama scene after a 2-year hiatus. We’re looking forward to seeing how his acting skills have improved during that time!

Source + Photo: Nate

TVXQ’s Yunho confirmed to star in drama, ‘Poseidon’

TVXQ’s Yunho has been selected as a main cast member for the upcoming marine police drama, ‘Poseidon‘.

On October 20th, the official Marine Police website uploaded new information and photos from the set. The website coordinator wrote, “These are pictures of the actors from ‘Poseidon’ in field training.” To elaborate, the production team disclosed: “The actors received field training from the Incheon squad, and we also ran test film shots in Silmi-do, Incheon.”

‘Poseidon’ will begin filming on November 3rd. The drama will be directed by PD Yoo Chul Yong (‘All In’), while Jo Kyu Won (‘IRIS‘) will be tackling the script.

A representative of the H2O Production team stated, “The drama will be produced with the full support of the Marine Police. After months of discussions with the writers, special teams from the marine police will be appointed to deal with rescue scenes. The drama will be based around humanity and self-sacrifice, and viewers will be moved by the drama’s storyline about the pains and importances in life.”

Source + Photo: Daily Sports


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.


“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

SM Entertainment artists return home from Los Angeles

Having performed in Los Angeles as part of the SMTOWN LIVE ‘10 WORLD TOUR last Saturday, SM Entertainment artists have now made their way home to Korea.

On September 6th, a portion of the SM Entertainment artists was photographed arriving from Los Angeles at Seoul’s Incheon International Airport including BoA, Yunho, Changmin, KangTa, Kim Min Jong, Go Ara, SNSD, CSJH’s Sunday. We aren’t sure about the others but they were probably not photographed.

Check out their airport fashion below and see who is the odd one out.


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