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Netizens compare the buildings of idol companies

From left to right: 1. SM, Cube, DSP Media 2. YG, Loen, Starship 3. JYP, Core Contents Media, Dream Tea

On December 29th, a post with a compilation of company photos began circulating on an online community board, leading netizens to compare and contrast the vastly different buildings from one another.

Netizens quickly noticed that SM Entertainment’s looked like a town hall, YG Entertainment‘s looked like a venture company, JYP Entertainment‘s looked like a theater, Cube‘s a cafe, Loen’s a bank, Core Content Media‘s an officetel, DSP Media‘s a wealthy home, Starship‘s a villa, and Dream Tea‘s a townhouse.

Netizens commented, “YG’s building is really amazing,” “Loen really does look like a company building,” “SM’s is kind of funny,” and “SM’s looks better on the inside.”


Source + Photos: Donga via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

FIX to debut a month earlier thanks to international fan attention

It’s not often that international fans play a large role in the decisions made by Korean entertainment companies, but their voices have been heard this time by The Groove Entertainment.

Due to the hot foreign attention on rookie group FIX‘s music video teasers, the company has decided to debut the group at an earlier date than planned. Fans from all over the world flocked the boys’ YouTube and Facebook pages to show their support, and the company definitely took notice.

Fans have been asking for the boys to hurry up and release the rest of what they have to offer, leading The Groove Entertainment to express, “The members are all working extremely hard to be recognized for their talents in a music market that is centered around idols. We’re very grateful that fans have taken notice of this effort, and in return, we’d like to debut the boys earlier by having them perform today.”

Instead of going with their January 2012 debut, the boys will instead be debuting on December 29th through jTBC‘s ‘Music On Top‘. The full music video and single will be released as planned on January 4th, 2012.


Taeyang opens up about his friendship with G-Dragon and Big Bang’s future

Big Bang‘s Taeyang recently sat down for an interview with Star News and discussed the infinite trust he has in his members, as well as the strong bond between them.

He began, We went through a lot of obstacles this year, but that has made our friendship that much stronger.”

Taeyang’s already known to be the best friend of G-Dragon, having joined YG Entertainment together when they were just little kids. Taeyang expressed, “As a friend, I was upset about what happened to Jiyong. Jiyong will always be a friend that is closer than family to me. Even if worse things were to happen, I’ll never be able to let go of his hand. I believe that this goes the same for Jiyong. To me, Jiyong is a friend that I’ll be with forever.”

In October, a Twitter post that he had made became the source of controversy once G-Dragon’s marijuana case broke out. For the first time, he opened up by stating, “What I wrote had nothing to do with Jiyong at all. It was just my thoughts on the world. It made me really upset that my words were being misunderstood like that.”


‘Music Bank’ to hold concerts in Paris, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires in 2012

KBS’s ‘Music Bank‘ is setting out to be the leader of the growing Hallyu wave, as they’ve just confirmed that they will be bringing the show to four overseas cities next year!

Starting with Paris in February, the show will be stopping by Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and finally Buenos Aires, with other cities currently being negotiated. Producers of the show are busy trying to line up artists for the overseas performances.

Back in July, ‘Music Bank’ managed to gather 45,000 people for their ‘Music Bank in Tokyo K-Pop Festival‘, and is the only music program out of the weekly line-up attempting to take their show overseas. After seeing the success of their Tokyo Dome concert, producers of the show promised, “We’ll continue to support and aid in the spreading of Korean culture all over the world.”

This decision doesn’t come without some controversy, however, as some industry officials are of the opinion that TV programs are trying to use the Hallyu wave to their benefit.


Source + Photos: Joy News 24 via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop

EXO releases group photos of KAI, LU HAN, TAO & CHEN

Riding on the high levels of anticipation for EXO‘s debut, SM Entertainment has just released a set of photos featuring the four revealed members of the group!


EXO to debut four members at ‘2011 SBS Gayo Daejun’

Four members from SM Entertainment‘s rookie groups EXO-K and EXO-M will be making their first appearance at the ‘2011 SBS Gayo Daejun‘.

SM Entertainment is planning to have a surprise performance by four members of EXO – KAI, LU HAN, TAO, and yet-to-be-introduced CHEN – on December 29th during the ’2011 SBS Gayo Daejun’. In particular, CHEN, who will be revealed for the first time through this stage, will showcase his superior vocal talents that surpasses the level of a 19-year-old. Because he will be the lead vocals for the group, many are anticipating this live introduction.

Most recently, a group photo of the four members (above) through their official website as well as Korean, Chinese and international social networking platforms has been spiking international interest in this group.

Although four members of EXO-K and EXO-M have been confirmed, the exact number of members still remains unknown, drawing even more curiosity from the general public.


Source: Newsen via Nate

by phenom @ allkpop

MBLAQ to release new track ‘Scribble’ next week, ahead of 4th mini album

Some exciting news for MBLAQ fans as it’s been revealed that MBLAQ will release a track titled ‘Scribble‘ ahead of their 4th mini album release.

Earlier today, J. Tune Camp’s official twitter account tweeted, The track ‘Scribble’ from MBLAQ’s 4th Mini Album will be released for the first time on various online music sites at 12:00AM (midnight), January 3rd, 2012. We ask for your love and support. Please RT!!

MBLAQ’s official Daum Fan cafe also stated that the track would also be released through MBLAQ’s official homepage and J. Tune Camp’s official YouTube channel.


Source(s): J. Tune Camp Twitter + MBLAQ’s Fan Cafe
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in.] @ allkpop

by GhostWriter @ allkpop