New boy groupB.A.P has just revealed that their debut single will be called ”WARRIOR“!
On January 19th, their agency TS Entertainment remarked, “The MV teaser to “WARRIOR” will be released tonight at midnight.”
“WARRIOR” was composed by Kang Jiwon and Kim Kibum, whose previous works include SECRET‘s ”Magic“, “Madonna“, “Shy Boy“, “Starlight Moonlight“, as well as Bang & Zelo‘s “Never Give Up“.
Although details about the single remain mum, what is known is that it carries a powerful flavor that will help bring out a fierce performance from B.A.P.
Recently, rookie group NU’EST (formerly known as the ‘Pledis Boys‘) revealed the face of their leader, JR. Following up, the group has now unveiled two more members: Minhyun (18) and Aaron (19).
On January 19th, NU’EST’s agency Pledis Entertainment introduced Minhyun as a member with outstanding visuals.
“Because of his good looks and tall height, he is more than capable of taking on some modelling work. We will be sure to show the fans everything he is capable of, from singing to modelling and more,” remarked a Pledis representative.
Fans were also drawn to member Aaron, whose was cast immediately at the ‘PLEDIS USA Personal Auditions‘ after captivating judges with his unique vocals.
On January 18th, the Conference Committee of the Korean Public Music Awards announced the award nominees.
Four out of five nominees that were selected under the ‘Best Dance & Electronic Song’ category were idols, and the songs selected were none other than 2NE1‘s “I Am The Best“, f(x)‘s “Pinocchio“, INFINITE‘s “Be Mine“, and T-ara‘s “Roly Poly“.
This was the second time that 2NE1 and f(x) were selected under this category after also being selected last year.
In regards to more idols being selected under this category, a representative from the Korean Public Music Awards remarked, “They live up to their titles as idols at the forefront of the Hallyu wave, producing dance music that is energetic and have a sense of completion.”
Boy band U-KISS has been selected as the #1 Hallyu group to watch out for in Japan this year.
Major Japanese portal site ‘Zapallas‘ conducted a survey asking users who they thought would be ’2012′s Greatest Hallyu star in Japan’. U-KISS member Kevin secured the #1 spot under the ‘Hallyu star’ category, while the group as a whole came in at #1 under the ‘group’ category.
100 famous Japanese fortune tellers also took part in the survey, making their decisions based on astrological signs, blood types, as well as 574 other ways to determine fortune for the new year. Taking into consideration that a drama series and a movie is being considered to be made about the boys in both Korea and Japan, the participants felt that U-KISS would be able to further make a name for themselves in Japan.
On top of speaking Korean, the U-KISS members also speak English, Japanese, as well as Chinese, and the boys have made their faces known by speaking English on global programs that aired overseas. This year, the boys are determined to succeed in Japan as well as deliver solid performances in Korea in order to rise to the top.
Just last month, we reported on the buildings for the various entertainment companies. Recently, photos of SM Entertainment‘s new building were revealed.
2PM’s first official Japanese album, ‘Republic of 2PM’, has also been released in Korea.
Last November 30th, 2PM released their first Japanese album and began their Arena Tour in Japan, experiencing much popularity all over the country. The album has received much positive response since it’s release in Korea on January 18th as well. Netizens responded, “I can feel a new side to 2PM,” and “Finally they released it in Korea.”
‘Republic of 2PM’, the first official Japanese album by the group, showcases their mature, and refined side. A total of 12 of their Japanese version hit songs, including the song composed by member Junsu, are included on the album.
JYP Entertainment stated, “2PM had their first show case in December 2010, and it has been a year since they debuted in Japan. The first official album is filled with hard work and dedication, and includes songs that 2PM promoted in Japan and the singles they released in the past year. ” They continued, “We hope many people enjoy 2PM’s music and will continue to support and love the always hard working 2PM.”
The Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) recently conducted a survey on the brand image of South Korea among young people in Europe. They surveyed 1208 youths, aged 18-30 years old, in five major European cities — London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Budapest.
On January 18, Japan’s Oricon reported that the “Prince of Asia” Jang Geun Suk is set to release a new album in Japan as part of a unit group, “Team H.” Oricon introduced the new unit group’s album and future plans with the title, “Jang Geun Suk’s unit ‘Team H’ comes to Japan,” on its website.