Wednesday, April 27, 2011

JYJ's Park Yoochun Hospitalized




JYJ’s Park Yoochun (Micky Yoochun) was hospitalized because of acute enteritis.
An individual who is associated with Park Yoo Chun’s agency told Newsen through a phone interview “On April 25th Park Yoo Chun was complaining about abdominal pain and therefore was taken to the emergency room. He currently has acute enteritis and is hospitalized. He has pushed back his drama filming schedule and is resting.”
The person continued, “Park Yoo Chun is currently filming the MBC drama ‘Ripley.’ We believe his immune system was weakened because of his drama filming and concerts that made him go overseas and back.”
Currrently the plan is to release Park Yoochun after observing his condition. He will rest at home and this coming weekend he will continue filming the drama “Ripley.” 
For individuals that do not know much about JYJ, Dong Bang Shin Ki has broken up into two seperate groups. JYJ also recently had legal issues with SM Entertainment, and the court battles ended with SM Entertainment having to pay fines for interference in the past, and also for any interferences in the future.

jbarky@soompi

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Block B on Music Core with 'Freeze'



if there is any thing great about this song, its definitely the catchy tune and rapper Zico who's been making headlines for his rapping skills.

but one cant help but point out how similar their styles are to various other artistes. Its been raving how Zico omhps the rapping parts with style - like Beast's Rapper JunHyung (FYI there can only be ONE JunHyung- im a great bias here). Strangely, the 2 main rappers of Block B also reminds me of GD and TOP, no offense to those who are biases of GD and TOP. But its kinda slap in the face for a group managed by ChoPD since he made it open that he thinks GD is a poser. So yea, how ironic. (:

nonetheless i do like the song, its catchy, but i cant bear to see how unoriginal it seems/appears to be. No offense yeap?

though im impressed by the fact that the album is completely produced by Zico and Kyung - for rookies, their pretty good.  so i do look forward to more of their works (:

B1A4 Debut stage on Music Core



finally their debut stage~ B1A4 begun their promotions through a series of webtoons - first in the industry to promote their group in this manner. Known for their manhwa characteristics, B1A4 performed their debut song 'OK'.

beautiful moob king seulong in some magazines


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Friday, April 22, 2011

X-5 debuts on Music Bank!



Open World Entertainment’s new boyband, ‘X-5‘, finally made their long-awaited debut on today’s episode of “Music Bank” with “Don’t Put On An Act“!
With a title track produced by hip hop’s big daddy, ‘Rhymer‘, the boys showcased an excellent performance that utilized the song’s electro hip hop rhythm for an engaging and complex choreography while also rapping about the betrayal of love alongside a synth rhythm.
Check out their debut stage which also includes “Fantasy”!

cr akp

MBLAQ takes over ‘chaku uta’ chart + single jacket covers and tracklist revealed



The powerful, bad boy aura of Korean idol group MBLAQ is quickly enveloping Japan, as G.O, Seung Ho, Lee Joon, Thunder, and Mir prepare to make their mark in one of the world’s largest music industries with their debut on May 4th.

The group is already well on their way to a promising debut. After releasing their title track, “Your Luv“, in ‘chaku uta’ form on April 19thMBLAQ propelled themselves to the #1 spot in just a few hours.

how do your oppas and unnies pay for their qt clothes and knockoff designer purses?


 How Do Idol Group Members Get Paid?
With the plethora of idol groups out there on the scene, one can't help but wonder: how much money do these "kids" make? Sure they gain popularity through their respective groups, but it's a known fact that each and every member isn't given the same amount of attention and gigs. And let's say we focus on just one group member. Do they get to keep the money that they themselves worked for? Or do they have to split it among their other group members?

Let's use Nickhun of 2PM as an example. He shoots an ice cream commercial here in Korea, followed by a beverage commercial shoot over in Thailand. Then he returns to Korea and does some appearances on variety shows, only to then star in a TV drama. Out of all those jobs, what will Nickhun be able to keep as pay? Well, the ice cream commercial in Korea will be equally divided among the five other 2PM members. However, Nickhun will be able to keep all of the pay from the Thailand commercial shoot. Variety program appearances also get divvied up among the others, though the drama pay will be pocketed by Nickhun entirely. This is according to the initial contracted agreement among the six members and JYP Entertainment. Nickhun must split everything with the exception of drama roles and jobs in his homeland, Thailand. Six members may seem like a lot, but what about some of the other idol groups out there with 9 members? 10? 13? The matter of pay presents a very complicated situation.

JYP along with CUBE Entertainment follow the equal pay distribution system. The explanation from a JYP official: "If a member gets some individual work, it's because he's ultimately a member of the respective idol group." Therefore, the pay should be equally divided among the people who make the group possible; all of the people. These days, Lee Gi-gwang of BEAST and Hyuna of 4minute get more solo gigs than their other members, yet their pay is still shared among all of them.

However, there are more entertainment agencies that follow another system. The system of taking home what you yourself earned. For example, SM Entertainment, which is known to multi-task its entertainers. Some of its popular groups feature one or two members that are more popular than the rest. Prime examples being Yoona or Taeyeon of Girls Generation or Kim Hee-chul or Lee-teuk of Super Junior. One entertainment official even divulged, "Because the difference in pay between the highest paid Super Junior member and the lowest paid Super Junior member is so big, their vibe [together] is a bit weird."

In the case of Pledis Entertainment, the name behind After School which features UEE and Park Gahi or Core Contents Media which backs T-ara, the group boasting Eun-jung and Ji-yeon, each member also keeps what they earn. However, whenever the stars feature on variety programs, Core Contents Media gets to keep the entire pay. The company sees this as justified because appearances on variety programs are to promote the group's album anyway. Also, the pay per episode isn't even that much so it's not like the girls are taking that big of a hit.

So which way is the "better" system? One entertainment insider explained, "Whether you do it this way or that way, there's bound to be complaints. In the case of splitting the pay, members with more active schedules have the most complaints. As for systems where each member gets to keep their own pay, the less popular members [with less work] has the most complaints. There's a reason behind the fact that idol groups form easily and break up easily."

source kbsworld

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manner of splitting solo activity earnings:JYPE: divided pay or individual pay, depending
CUBE: divided pay
SME: individual pay
Pledis: individual pay
Core: individual pay, but Core keeps all earnings from variety shows

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X-5 Member Profiles

X5 XENOS Album Info



Thursday, April 21, 2011

X-5 DEBUTS SUCCESSFULLY WITH XENOS AT SHOWCASE

Finally, decent news plus videos from their showcase.. Still hunting for pictures, when i do find it, i will post it under cut (:

On April 20, rookie group X-5 successfully debuted through their showcase at Gangnam-Apgujeong, Seoul. Their first single XENOS is named after the group themselves.
The X in X-5 stands for Xenos, which means a foreigner in Greek. Fittingly, all the members come from a different region or state.

Park Bom - Don't Cry [MV]

B1A4 reveals MV for debut title track, “OK” + mini album



WM Entertainment’s new boyband, ‘B1A4‘, has been headlining for their unique webtoons concept, which later opened up to individual member teasers that aimed to showcase the charms of the group.
After much anticipation, the group has finally unveiled the music video of their debut title track, “OK“.
Check it out below, including tracks from their first mini album, “Let’s Fly“:

Brown Eyed Girls to make their comeback in June


It’s been almost two years since the Brown Eyed Girls released their hit tracks,”Abracadabra” and “Sign“, and their fans are becoming impatient for news on their comeback.
Addressing the requests for updates, Nega Network replied, “The girls are working heavily on their album preparations at the moment. The earliest they’ll be making their comeback is around the end of June.”
Although they’ve had a long hiatus, the members have been busy with individual activities, like withGa-In’s solo as well as her small screen activities with “We Got Married” and “All My Love.” Narshaalso made a solo debut, while Jea and Miryo have been busy with photoshoots and track productions.
Nega Network continued, “It’s taking longer than we thought for their album. We’ve recorded over 15 tracks, but none of them came out the way we wanted them to, so we trashed everything. Even if their next album is delayed a bit, we’d rather fill it with tracks we’re satisfied with.”
They added, “It won’t be easy to overtake the fame of ‘Abracadabra’, but the members are determined to do better. We had no option but to give up everything they’ve recorded up to this point.”
Source: Sports Chosun via Nate and akp

SS501’s Heo Young Saeng postpones solo debut due to an injury



SS501′Heo Young Saeng was originally scheduled to make his solo debut on April 28th, but plans have been pushed back after he sustained an injury during rehearsals.
B2M Entertainment reported, “Heo Young Saeng was practicing his choreography in the training room on the night of the 19th. He injured the back of his hand and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Test results showed that his hand has a ruptured ligament (desmorrhexis) and a fracture that will take five weeks to heal. He’s currently hospitalized and is awaiting further results.”
Due to the sudden injury, all of the schedules for his solo promotions have been postponed.
His representative added, “Mentally, Heo Young Saeng is extremely upset over the fact that he must push back on his promise with his fans. He’s determined to push forward with a cast if it’s possible, so we’ll be discussing release dates as soon as he is discharged.”
Source: Star News via Nate and akp

CNBLUE to thank fans with a special album, “First Step +1″


by CN Blue on Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 00:05

On April 26th, CNBLUE will be releasing a special present for their fans in the form of an album titled “First Step +1 “!
This album is being released as an expression of gratitude for the fans who showed them such explosive love for their first official album. A total of four tracks – “Love Girl“, “Try Again Smile Again“, “Yes“, and “Goodbye” – will be included.
Since it is a present, the members wanted to add their personal touch to the album by producing the tracks themselves. “Love Girl” was re-arranged, and other songs include co-writing by the members of the band. The album is also unique in that it will be produced in the form of a diary for fans to record daily thoughts and memos into; it’ll also include extra everyday photos of CNBLUE.

FNC Music stated,
 “Since the boys have received so much love to the point of earning double and triple crowns, we have decided to produce a new album as a way of saying thanks to our fans. With three tracks that were originally only released in Japan and plenty of photos of the members, we hope that it will become a great present for our fans.”
The music video teaser for the band’s follow-up track, “Love Girl”, will be released on April 22nd.
Source: Star News via Nate

CNBLUE talks about stereotypes and their friendship on Mnet’s “M SoundPlex”

by CN Blue on Thursday, 21 April 2011 at 00:07


CNBLUE recently guested on Mnet’s “M SoundPlex” and shared their thoughts on the various stereotype rumors they’ve had to deal with as idols since their debut.
The band was first revealed to the public as a talented, all-around idol band that was capable of writing, composing, and live performances. Unfortunately, with the group being tagged with ‘idol’, the public took it to mean that they were just kids taken from wealthy families that pretended to know how to compose songs and play instruments.
Calmly, the members explained, “We know that there are a lot of misunderstandings regarding our image. However, 10 out of our album’s 12 tracks were self-composed, but the public isn’t usually aware of that. The members also play instruments on stage 100% live. People are quick to say that we’ve never gone through any hardships, but that’s not the case at all. We’re actually glad that they think like that.”


The conversation was then carried over to the topic of Yonghwa’s popularity. Contrary to what the public thought, the members revealed that they were not jealous at all. “Yonghwa hyung suffers so much to get our name better known with the public. We’re always apologetic for that and think to ourselves that we have to work that much harder too.”

They continued,

 “Because we feel sorry for Yonghwa hyung having to go through so much schedules, we’ll usually all wait up for him in the dorm instead of sleeping. If we can’t stay up because it gets too late, we always leave a text message saying, ‘Sorry hyung. We’re sleeping first!!’”
With a laugh, they added, “Sometimes Yonghwa hyung will bring us delicious snacks at night.”
Check out the full broadcast on April 23rd.

Source: Newsen via Nate

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Comedian Shin Young lends support to Newbie Group X-5



Earlier today, X-5 member Tae Fung updated X-Five's me2day blog with this 2 pictures of Comedian Nuna ShinYoung's autograph as well as her holding up X-5's new single "XENOS"

Tae Fung writes :

TRANS] Taefung me2day Updates 110418 :

'' Shinyoung noonim♥ who I like the most, personally took a proof picture of our CD..!! I didn’t know she would take a picture ㅠㅠㅠㅠ It’s daebak, right? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Noonim said thankful words that she would buy us meat because she has a lot of money ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Noonim, I love you. Also noonim, I’m Taefung. ''
(cr. Rei)


credit: Facebook + x-5 me2day + weheartkpop

X-5's debut showcase (Dont Put on a Show) '쇼하지마': brilliant performance





[이데일리 SPN 권욱 기자] 신인 5인조 남성그룹 X-5(건, 해원, 태풍, 진, 설후)가 20일 오후 서울 압구정동 예홀에서 진행된 첫 싱글앨범 `XENOS` 발매 기념 쇼케이스에서 화려한 무대를 선보이고 있다.


[SPN News] Amateur five member male group, X-5 (Ghun, Haewon, Thunder, Zin, Seolhu) performed in a showcase on the 20th, Seoul Apgujeong with the song `XENOS` commemorating the release the first single album. Their performance shows a brilliant debut. (Translated from News above.) 


Additional information from nate:





X-5 also performed new songs "Fantasy", "내 눈 앞에 띄지마" etc. show casing a diversity of talents and a variety of music styles. 


Additional information from mystar:


.... 한편 X-5는 오는 20일 쇼케이스를 시작으로 22일 KBS 2TV ‘뮤직뱅크’에서 첫 데뷔 무대를 치를 예정이다.


X-5 will perform in a showcase on the 20th, and debut stage performance will take place on the 22nd in KBS 2TV's "Music Bank"

After having revealed every member of their upcoming boy group, Open World revamped X-5's website with a new full group picture and an audio teaser to their debut song.

X-5 stands for Xenos 5. It is a word that is used in the Greek language and has a wide range of meanings, signifying different things such as “enemy stranger” or just a “ritual friend.” Xenos can also be translated to "foreigner" or be used to simply say that someone isn't a member of your community.

"Xenos generally refers to the variety of what a particular individual can be, specifically guest, host, stranger, friend, and, as previously mentioned, foreigner."

The group also revealed their first album cover and track list through their official website. The album, named after the band name "Xenos," will be released on April 21st. It will feature 5 tracks, including the title and debut track "쇼하지마/Don't Put On An Act" and its instrumental version.

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Translation by: weheartkpop
Source: edaily.co.krnate, mystar, koreaboo

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

B1A4

Posted ImageThere’s a new idol group in town, and they’re boasting a concept that’s quite unique. Named ‘B1A4‘, the group was first introduced through an online comic series, or ‘webtoon’.B1A4 - New Boyband from WM Entertainment!
Official Thread for International Fans : B1A4 Thread @ Soompi.com || B1A4 Thread @ 6Theory.comInternational Fans Forum: FLIGHTB1A4 - International Fan Forum@soompi

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B1A4 leader Jinyoung gains public interest, "‘yoon shiyoon + lee junki’ look-a-like"

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The rookie male group "B1A4" that was revealed through the manhwa, "5 Conversations", became a hot topic and are called "ManJjij-Dol" (Idols that seems to be taken out from a manhwa).

On April 10th, the company released 2 pictures of the first member, Jinyoung, through B1A4's official homepage; the other members are going to get revealed in order.

As soon as they heard that the members they saw on the manhwa were going to be released, the fans' interest went up and gave a hot response.

Jinyoung, who got revealed first, attracted the attention with his looks - a mix between Yoon Shiyoon and Lee Joonki. He attracted attention, wearing a black hood with his bright eyes and his soft smile.

The company introduced him saying "Jinyoung is the leader of the team. He studied composition, singing, and even acting since he was young, it's a prepared rookie with versatile talents and who received a training for several years. His outstanding musical abilities are going to get revealed soon, it's planned to include the songs he wrote on the first album too".

Netizens who saw the picture expressed reactions like "Daebak! [Awesome] He looks like a god", "He exactly looks like his character in the manhwa. 200% like the manhwa", "Now I know why they began their marketing with a manhwa", "I'm really looking forward to the other members too".

On the other hand, no informations about B1A4 members nor pictures were given, various theories spread like "They're not real persons", "is it a mixed-gender 6-membered group" "What's the meaning of the group's name?".

The company gave tips: "The group's name is related to the members' blood type. Starting with Jinyoung, we will reveal one member each day, look forward to it". 


Source: Newsen
Credits + Translations: BGSS2_Maknae@FLIGHTB1A4


[CLIP] B1A4 (비원에이포) Sandeul at a Music Festivalcredits:FLIGHTB1A4 @ YT