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GD&TOP expected to make a strong comeback despite G-Dragon’s marijuana scandal

Big Bang sub-unit, GD&TOP, are preparing for their new promotions in Japan.

The duo recently released their official trailer for the Japanese “OH YEAH“ MV via their official Youtube & Facebook pages, which featured some footage of the MV in the making.

The original version of “Oh Yeah” from GD&TOP’s first album was released last December, and a Japanese version of the song was recorded as the boys began preparing for their debut in Japan. The trailer also features writing that reads, ‘YG Family Concert Celebrating Single Release’.

Fans expressed their explosive interest in the boys, as the video received well over 150,000 views on their official Youtube channel in addition to leaving 1,000+ comments on their Facebook page.


MBLAQ, So Ji Sub, & more win awards at ’19th Korean Cultural Entertainment Awards’

On December 15th, the ‘19th Korean Cultural Entertainment Award‘ ceremony was held in Seoul, and awards were handed out to deserving winners under a variety of categories, including ‘Drama’, ‘Movie’, ‘Entertainment’, and ‘Music’.


T-ara to run a new reality show, ‘T-ara’s Flower Boys’

The girls of T-ara will personally be picking out “flower boys” in a new reality show.

T-ara will be choosing the best contestant to run a “flower boy” street shop with them on SBS E!‘s ‘T-ara’s Flower Boys’. The contestants will be judged by the members, who will be working as “donation staff” in the shop.

Reportedly, the members are determined to choose the best guy since the show will be running under their name. To be determined as the best, the contestants will have to go through games and missions; there will also be hidden cameras around the boys.

The first episode of ‘T-ara’s Flower Boys’ will be broadcast on December 17th at 11PM KST.


Past and present ‘We Got Married’ couples to host the 2011 MBC Gayo Daejun Festival

We Got Married‘ fans, rejoice! It’s just been announced by MBC that popular couples from both the past and current seasons will be returning as MCs for MBC’s ‘2011 Gayo Daejun Festival‘.

On December 15th, MBC revealed,Leeteuk, Nichkhun, Jo Kwon, Ga-In, Eunjung, Victoria, Kang Sora, and Lee Jang Woo will become the new couple MCs for the ’2011 Gayo Daejun Festival’.”

The entire line-up were or are currently couples on ‘We Got Married’, and were chosen for being some of the hottest stars this year. MBC explained that the group will be co-hosting the year-end ceremony together. Considering how most of the couples left earlier in the year, their reunion at the festival is becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year.

The ’2011 Gayo Daejun Festival’ will be held at the MBC Dream Center in Ilsan on December 31st at 9:50 p.m. KST. The four hour long event will be visited by a total of 46 artists.


Source + Photos: Sports Chosun via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

SNSD spotted bowing 90 degrees to A Pink

SNSD was recently spotted bowing in a respectful 90 degrees to their juniors, A Pink, while at an event.

An online community board shared a video of the moment under the title, ‘SNSD Bowing to A Pink’. In a culture that’s centered around hierarchy and respect, this short moment was enough to attract several headlines, since it’s not expected for seniors to bow down to such a degree to their juniors.

In the video, A Pink greets their seniors, and Sunny and YoonA immediately respond by bowing back.

In a previous radio show, the girls once stated, Rookie groups have a hard time approaching us so we always bow back to them in 90 degrees. It’s only been four years since our debut so we’re not in the position to be receiving bows, but bowing right with them.”

Netizens commented, They’re not just talk, they’re action as well,” “SNSD is known for their respectfulness,” andVery friendly atmosphere.”

Source + Photos: E News 24 via Nate

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

Lee Seung Gi and SNSD gets crowned as 2011′s CF King and Queens

In the Korean entertainment biz, one of the best indicators of your popularity depends on the number of endorsement deals you can score. According to a recent survey, SNSD and Lee Seung Gi were the CF Queens and King for the year 2011!

SNSD and Lee Seung Gi both filmed a total of 27 different commercials in the past 12 months. SNSD filmed and endorsed brands for fried chicken, water purification systems, beauty products, and more. On the other hand, Lee Seung Gi took on commercials for pizza, banking and finance, refrigerator brands and more.

Next on the list were top stars like Won Bin (with 24 commercials), Hyun Bin (with 19), and IU (with 18).

Source + Image: Star News

by jae.lea.jung @ allkpop

Top composers name 2012′s most anticipated artists

Just like last year, 2011 had with many rookie debuts — some managed to stand out from the crowd, while others faded into the mist.

Thanks to new audition programs and survival music shows, the list of new artists are as long as ever, with rookies taking fame to new heights thanks to the global success of K-Pop.

Star News recently surveyed the industry’s top composers (Yoon Il Sang, Jo Young Soo, Brave Brothers, E-TRIBE, Lee Min Soo, and Shinsadong Tiger) on who they were looking forward to in 2012.

Shinsadong Tiger, who’s created a number of hits this year like T-ara‘s ‘Roly-Poly‘, B2ST‘s ‘Fiction‘, and ‘Trouble Maker‘, chose A Pink, Noel, and Ulala Session. He explained, “A Pink represents the innocent nature of girl groups. Since they have a style that makes people feel nostalgic over ’90s-era girl groups, I’m curious to see how they’ll evolve.”


Former After School member Yoo So Young cast in ‘Dream High 2′

Former After School member Yoo So Young will be reuniting with leader Kahi, as it’s just been revealed that she was cast in ‘Dream High 2‘!

Earlier, we reported that Kahi was cast as one of the school’s teachers, but Yoo So Young will be playing the role of a student, making their reunion one of a teacher and student.

News of her casting had netizens buzzing with whether they’ll be rivals, but representatives were quick to put them down, stating, Kahi is a teacher and Yoo So Young is a student so there will be no rivalry in the drama.”

This will be her second acting project since her departure from After School back in 2009. Since then, she’s acted in KBS‘s ‘Women of Our Home‘.


Netizens captivated by Seohyun’s glamorous figure

Photos of SNSD’s youngest member Seohyun have been gaining a lot of attention lately.

A few snapshots of Seohyun at the 2011 MAMA were shared online under the title, “A twist in Seohyun’s body [image]“. The photos caught Seohyun stepping onto the red carpet in a curve-hugging dress with a daring low cut.

Netizens commented, Is Seohyun the new Bagel Star? and Wow there really was a twist. But she looks great!


Source + Image: Star News

by jae.lea.jung @ allkpop