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Why is Big Bang so big?

Hallyu superstar group Big Bang has definitely lived up to its name. Since Big Bang debuted in 2006, this groundbreaking five-member idol group has collectively sold over one million albums and EPs in Korea and Japan. Known for their uniquely spicy hip-hop meets pop-rock blend, the members of Big Bang – G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Daesung, and Seungri – have collected almost a dozen number 1 radio singles and carved for themselves a respected niche in Korean entertainment. The group recently solidified their Hallyu star status by taking home the 2011 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Worldwide Act.

Big Bang and Music

While other idol groups are accused of being “manufactured” and “artificial”, singing and performing songs taught to them by their managers, this cannot be said of Big Bang. The individual and collective talents of Big Bang members are just so obvious that it is impossible to fit them into the usual “idol group mold”.

As a group, Big Bang is largely credited for reinventing K-Pop music through their use of innovative electronic influences in hip-hop and R&B back in 2007. When others were afraid of using technology, Big Bang used it unashamedly. G-Dragon, the leader of Big Bang, is revered as a songwriting genius able to create music that transcends the usual. G-Dragon was behind such Big Bang hits like “Lies”, “Haru Haru”, “Last Farewell” and “Heaven”. Recently, lead rapper T.O.P. collaborated with G-Dragon in penning their latest hits including “Hands Up”, “Tonight”, “Love Song” and fan favorite “Cafe”. Big Bang has also successfully recorded English versions of their songs making their group one of the most accessible to fans outside Korea.


Which Celebrity Made the Most Money from Copyright Fees?

Big Bang’s G Dragon, Beast’s Yong Jun Hyung, and songwriter Jo Young Soo are making lots of money from copyright fees?

Previously, Yong Jun Hyung revealed that he makes so much that it’s hard for him to handle. G Dragon is also popularly known to write and compose songs. There are even rumors that G Dragon drives around in a Bentley Continental GT while Yong Jun Hyung drives an M5.

Both are set to appear at the first ever “Korean Music Copyright Awards” next week on December 4, at 7 P.M. in the Olympic hall grand music performance hall. Unlike an awards show for singers, this one is focused on the song writers.

Korea’s biggest music copyright company, “Korea Music Copyright Organization (President Shin Sang Ho and Eum Juh Hyup)” has been taking data not only from broadcasts from television, but also online charts, karaoke rooms, store-bought albums, and etc to organize data for revenue generated by copyright fees.


[VIDEO] Block B at Studio C Episode 1

[MTV ENGLISH SUBS] Studio C Ep. 1 (2/6) (3/6) (4/6) (5/6) (6/6)


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SNSD selects Hyoyeon as the most ‘dangerous’ member

On December 1st, the members of SNSD attended ’Show Show Show‘, an event celebrating the establishment of SNSD’s new show on JTBC and was held at the JoongAng Newspaper office building in Seoul. It was here that they introduced ‘SNSD and Troubled Teens‘, the program they will be leading.

When asked who they felt was the most ‘dangerous’ member among their own group, leader Taeyeon remarked, This is just how I feel personally, but I pick Hyoyeon, evoking much laughter.

Not neccessarily ‘dangerous’, but she is the most individualistic, and has a lot of personality. You never know what she’s going to do next, she continued. Member Yuri added, When we were filming, Hyoyeon created a lot of fun and entertaining scenes with the teenagers, further praising her fellow member.

Hyoyeon was then asked how the filming for the first episode was like. At first, we looked at video clips of these teens and got to know what their day-to-day lives were like in more detail. After watching the videos, I didn’t have the slightest clue as to how to begin helping them resolve their issues. But when I met them in person, they weren’t bad kids, and we shared some good conversations. They listened really well, she answered.


Teaser image for MBLAQ’s Christmas digital single “White Forever” revealed

Back on November 24th, reported that MBLAQ would be releasing a Christmas digital single for the first time, and more information has been confirmed.

The above teaser image featuring the boys of MBLAQ, as well as their signatures, was revealed through MBLAQ’s official Daum fan cafe on December 1st. J.Tune Camp also left a message for all A+ regarding the soon-to-be released Christmas carol.

The message asked for the support of their fans and revealed that the single will be released through online music portals on Friday December 9th at midnight KST.


Source + Image: MBLAQ’s Fan Cafe + absolutemblaq
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by Kingpolo @ allkpop

K-POP stars take over Oricon chart with newly released singles

Singles released on the 30th by artists such as ‘TVXQ‘, ‘FT Island‘, and ‘T-ara‘ have made their way to the top of the Oricon Singles Chart.

TVXQ’s first Christmas song, “Winter“, seized the #2 slot on the Weekly Oricon Single Chart, selling 76,615 copies on the first day.

Furthermore, FT Island’s “Distance” and T-ara’s “YAYAYA” came in at #4 and #7 respectively, while “This Christmas” a collaborative effort by the JYP Entertainment artists came in at #14.

In related news, 2PM‘s first full-length Japanese album ‘Republic of 2PM‘ sold 25,756 copies on the first day and seized the #2 slot on the Oricon Album Chart.


Source & Image: Newsis wire via Nate

by leesa86 @ allkpop

F.T. Island’s Hongki shares some selcas taken with his little sister

On November 29th, F.T. Island‘s Lee Hongki re-tweeted his sister’s message which read, A date with oppa, and provided links to their two selca shots.


SHINee’s Taemin shares a sweet video message with fans

SHINee‘s Taemin recently shared a special video greeting with his fans, warning them to dress warmly to avoid colds.


Super Junior’s Hangeng shows off his derriere in new selcas

Super Junior‘s Hangeng recently updated his Weibo (a Chinese social networking service equivalent to Twitter and Facebook) with two hilarious photos that left fans giggling.

On November 29th, one of Hangeng’s friends posted a picture with a caption that read, Super big butt! They continued to write a second comment, which read, You like this body?.

In the two photos, Hangeng can be seen posing with a blanket wrapped around his waist while making exaggerated ‘sexy’ expressions. The other photo reveals a closeup of a handprint near his bum.

Netizens responded, It seems you gained a couple pounds,” “Your butt looks huge,” and I’d like to pat you on the butt.


HyunA & Hyunseung’s kiss stunt at ‘2011 MAMA’ was “lip to cheek”


“Trouble Maker” duo HyunA and Hyunseung have worked up quite the storm after heating up the stage at the 2011 Mnet Asian Music Awards, shocking everyone with a sensual kiss in the middle of an intimate dance sequence.

However, scandalized fans can seek solace in a recent statement by a CUBE official, who confirmed that the HyunA and Hyunseung didn’t actually lock lips during their performance. The kiss was not lip to lip, but actually lip to cheek.

The kiss was a decision made by the directors before the performance,” the representative went on to clarify. “This stage was special because it was a place to wrap up the successes of this past year and also debut a new unit collaboration. It was after the agreement with the directors that this kiss stunt was developed.

The group is scheduled to debut on December 1st.


SNSD’s Taeyeon chosen as the #1 female idol to date during winter’s first snowfall

A recent poll concluded that SNSD‘s leader Taeyeon was the #1 celebrity that people wanted to have a date with during winter’s first snowfall.

From November 10th to the 30th, a Seoul cosmetics surgery site conducted the survey, which drew 1,102 netizen votes. Results show that 41.1% (453 votes) went to SNSD’s Taeyeon, making her the most desired female idol to go on a date with during winter’s first snowfall.

Second and third places went to 2NE1‘s Sandara Park and Wonder Girls’ Sohee, who each received 26.4% and 21.4% of the votes, respectively. Fourth place went to T-ara‘s Eunjung with 11.1% of the votes.

A representative of the clinic stated, Taeyeon’s lovable and cute appearance is the typical ideal woman for men. We believe it was Taeyeon’s ideal image and cute personality that made the male voters choose Taeyeon as the female idol to date on a day as special as the winter’s first snow fall.”


Source: Star News via Naver

by VITALWARNING @ allkpop