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Lance Bass (of Nsync) likes Big Bang and K-Pop

From Lance’s Twitter:

@Gaypopculture (Fan): Which K-Pop bands do you like most?
Lance Bass: Wonder Girls, Big Bang and 2NE1.
@Lun4Park (Fan): Can’t believe you know them 🙂 All from YGE.
Lance Bass: I’ve just discovered K-Pop and J-Pop. I’m LOVING it!
Lance Bass: I’m obsessed with the style of music videos!
@Letterboys (Fan): Dude you really need to check out Girls Generation and all the Korean boyband parodies of their stuff!
Lance Bass: Love them!
@Himurahimeko (Fan): You realize that you’re one of the biggest influences in their industry right?
Lance Bass:That’s a huge honor!


Jay Park talks about the influence his mom had on his career

Jay Park revealed that he’s the star he is today because of his supportive family.
On November 10th’s episode of tvN‘s ‘Talk Show Taxi’, Jay Park revealed his honest thoughts on a variety of topics ranging from his journey to Korea to become a trainee, his time as the leader of 2PM, and his current solo career.
Jay revealed that although he had liked to dance and rap, he previously had no intention of becoming a singer. Seeing his talent, his mom had been the one who encouraged him to audition. He stated, “It’s all thanks to my mom that I’m currently active as a singer.”

He continued, “My family was the driving force behind my ability to withstand those harsh trainee days. I thought that if I just gave up and went back to the U.S., I’d be embarrassed in front of my mom and myself.”

Although he possesses the looks and the body that many are jealous of, Jay revealed that his height was one of his complexes. “I’m jealous of those who are tall,” he said.

Source + Photo: Star News
by carolicity @ allkpop

Leeteuk, Park Shin Hye and Doojoon to host ’2011 Melon Music Awards’

The ‘2011 Melon Music Awards‘ have announced that they’ve enlisted Super Junior‘s Leeteuk, actress Park Shin Hye, and B2ST‘s Doojoon to be the hosts for this year’s ceremony.

The three were chosen because of their influence in spreading the Hallyu wave. Super Junior has been receiving a lot of love in Europe and Asia, while B2ST will be starting their concert tour in Southeast Asia in December. Meanwhile, Park Shin Hye was recently cast for a Taiwanese drama called ‘Whirlwind District Office 1‘.

A representative from the ’2011 Melon Music Awards’ stated, “More so than previous years, 2011′s Melon Music Awards will focus on being a music show and a professional awards show. We plan on showing a lot of impressive stages and performances. We’re looking forward to the awards attracting a global audience, as the hosts themselves attracted a global interest through the Hallyu wave.”

Previous ‘Melon Music Awards’ hosts included Jang Geun Suk for the first ceremony and Song Joong Ki for the second.


Bang Yong Gook to make a comeback through a unit group

TS Entertainment has revealed to allkpop that Bang Yong Gook will be making a comeback through a unit group!

The rapper, who’s already built a solid fanbase after releasing “I Remember” with B2ST‘s Yoseob and “Going Crazy“ with SECRET‘s Song Ji Eun, will be starting promotions soon with an unnamed member of his yet-to-debut group. It will not be with fellow member Kim Himchan (21), who is currently MCing MTV’s ‘The Show‘.

So far, no information has been revealed about this third member in his group except that he’ll be the youngest of the three. Bang Yong Gook hinted to fans earlier that he was working on a fun new project directed especially to his student fans, but again, he was mum about revealing details. Whatever he’s scheming, expectations are high and fans are eagerly anticipating his comeback.

In the past, solo artists would join idol groups after establishing their own name, like in the case with B2ST‘s Lee Kikwang who debuted as a solo artist under the stage name ‘AJ‘ before joining B2ST. There are very few instances where members would promote as a unit before debuting with an entire group.


by leesa86 @ allkpop

SS501′s Kim Hyung Jun to release his first solo DVD

SS501‘s Kim Hyung Jun will be releasing his first solo DVD.

Agency S-Plus Entertainment stated, “The DVD will contain footage from Kim Hyung Jun’s performances in Japan, including his concert on November 10th.” The singer decided to release the DVD after receiving constant requests by fans.

The DVD will also contain the remixed version of “My Girl” as well as his new single, Sleepless Night“. Fans will find a life-sized poster and other gifts with the DVD.

In related news, Kim Hyung Jun will be holding a fan signing event on November 13th in Korea.


Source + Photo: Nate

by elliefilet @ allkpop

Kim Hyun Joong to release Japanese solo album through Universal Music Japan

Kim Hyun Joong recently held a press conference revealing that he has signed with Universal Music Japan, and announced the expected release date of his first Japanese solo album.

The star had his first showcase in Japan on November 7th, and has been receiving numerous “love calls” from big record labels since then. Out of all the offers he received, Kim Hyun Joong decided to go with Universal Music, the label that houses Korean artists like SNSD, KARA, B2ST, 4minute, and Supernova.

Universal Music stated, “His powerful performance during his showcase in July left an impression. Kim Hyun Joong has a unique charm that is hard to find in other Korean idol groups that are currently promoting in Japan, so we’re sure his solo activities in Japan will be successful.”

Kim Hyun Joong will be touring around 8 more cities after his first concert in Osaka on the 9th, and will release his first Japanese solo album on January 25th of next year.

Source + Photo: Sports Chosun via Nate, Osen

by elliefilet @ allkpop

Concert footage of JaeJoong catches netizens’ attention

Fan-taken footage from JYJ‘s concert in Berlin were recently posted online, and have been generating a lot of buzz. In particular, a series of shots taken of member Jaejoong during their performance of “Get Out” have caught the eyes of netizens.

Although dressed down in jeans and a white concert tee, Jaejoong manages to look effortlessly chic as he passionately belts out his parts.

Netizens commented, He even looks good making faces like this,” “Crazy good looks,” and On endless repeat.”

This was JYJ’s final stop on their 2011 world tour in 13 countries.


Source & Photo: enews24 via Nate

by KS @ allkpop

Tablo thanks his wife with his lyrics

Tablo expressed his gratitude towards his wife Kang Hye Jung in his song, “From the Bottom“.

The singer wrote via his Twitter page on the 9th, “Tablo, from the bottom” and shared a photo.

The shared photo is a snapshot of the lyrics to the song “From the Bottom” in which he expresses his apologetic heart towards his family. The lyrics,I didn’t become your better half because I wanted you to share half my misfortune, seems to be directed to his wife.

He expresses his guilt for hurting his family with the words, It hurts my heart every time you laugh, you who happened to meet me when I had already hit rock bottom. I feel guilty and responsible. Every day I wake up and I see how much you’re changing, it makes me think about how I’m still in the same exact place you found me. I’m sorry. I’ve told you a few thousand times and I’ll say it again. I’m sorry.”