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.
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’.
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.
‘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 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,” and “Very friendly atmosphere.”
Source + Photos: E News 24 via Nate
by VITALSIGN @ allkpop
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
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.”