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Block B Releases Teaser Video for Comeback Mini Album

Block B has just released another teaser video for their comeback mini album, “Welcome to the Block.” The 15-second video titled “Nanrina” involves powerful beats and shows the swagger of each member, giving a glimpse into the type of music they’ll bring with their second mini album scheduled for release on February 2.


JYP Entertainment’s 9th auditions are in full swing

JYP Entertainment‘s 9th auditions are in full swing, and they’re attracting high levels of attention from the public.

After learning that ‘Dream High 2‘s actors JB and Jr. were contestants from the 5th auditions, trainee-hopefuls felt even more encouraged to try out for the agency.

JB and Jr. auditioned for JYP back in 2009, and they tied for first place as the overall winners of the 5th auditions. These two trainees gained much spotlight for their amazing dance skills as well as their cute looks.

The JYP auditions also scouted Wooyoung after he won 1st place in the 1st JYP auditions. Wooyoung has since joined 2PM and landed a major role as ‘Jason’ in ‘Dream High 1′.


YG has fans buzzing over mysterious ‘February 1st’ post

YG Entertainment is famous for churning out numerous teasers that reveal frustratingly little. It looks like the conglomerate is at it once again, as they’ve just posted a mysterious date on their YG-Life blog!

On January 27th, the staff revealed a graphic that simply stated, “2012.02.01

The date immediately set off various rumors, as YG fans tried to puzzle out its significance.

Could it mean that Big Bang will release an actual video teaser on that date? Or does it pertain to Se7en, who’s slated to make his Korean comeback fairly soon?


F.T. Island and CNBLUE to hold joint concert in Los Angeles

It’s just been confirmed that F.T. Island and CNBLUE will be holding a joint concert in Los Angeles!


EXO to release prologue single on January 30th

After releasing a slew of teaser images and videos, SM Entertainment has revealed that EXO-K and EXO-M will release their prologue single on January 30th.


Top stars and Labels continue to effectively communicate with fans via SNS

Where would the stars be without social networking?

Social networking has played a major role assisting the top celebrities promote and advertise, and has served as possibly the biggest tool in spreading K-pop and Hallyu awareness across the globe.

These days, the stars seem to enjoy communicating with the fans through SNS (Social Networking Services).

After the 4th annual ‘Idol Star Athletics & Swimming Championships‘, the top stars thanked their fans through their respective Twitter pages.


MBC to launch Chinese version of ‘We Got Married’ with T-ara’s Hyomin and Super Junior’s Kyuhyun

MBC‘s ‘We Got Married‘ will be advancing into China!

MBC’s Hallyu content production team revealed that the Chinese version of ‘We Got Married’ is currently in production with a tentative air date beginning in February! The program will begin with two pilot episodes, and further development will depend on its success with the viewers.

T-ara‘s Hyomin and Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun have been the first to be cast for the Chinese version of the popular variety show. Hyomin will become a couple with Chinese idol group BoBo‘s Fu Xinbo while Kyuhyun will be coupling up with actress Lou Yi Xiao.

There will be a total of three couples; the final couple will be made up of famous Chinese actors and actresses. MBC representatives revealed, “MBC and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) will be co-producing the project. If there’s a positive response to the pilot program, we’ll develop the format.”


FNC Music building a new $9 million office building

FNC Music, the label that’s home to FT Island and CN Blue, is building a $9 million USD office building in the Chungdam-dong region in Seoul.

The construction began not too long ago, and their building is being built in the main area of Chungdam-dong.

The building will boast around 6,421 square feet, and the official value of the land alone is worth $7.1 million. The building will also stand three stories high, four if you include the basement level.

Including the value of the actual building itself, the total price of the real estate is estimated to be in the $9 million range.


FT Island unveils the album jacket cover for ‘GROWN-UP’

Band FT Island announced their comeback by unveiling the jacket cover for their new album, ‘GROWN-UP‘.

On January 26th, the boys released a press release revealing the new jacket photo for ‘GROWN-UP’. On the album cover, the boys are holding instruments in their hands and are looking off into the distance, giving off a quiet, mysterious feel.

Going along with that concept, all the songs on their new album are slow-tempoed rock-ballad tracks. The boys who have received much praise for their talents with song like “Hello Hello” and “Like The Birds” in 2011 will give further evidence to their audience that they have grown and matured as musicians.

Their agency FNC Music confidently remarked, This may be their best album yet, as by hearing the rock ballad tracks, fans will be able to experience how much they boys have matured musically.”


Big Bang Releases Partial Track List for New Album

YG Entertainment’s blog, “YG Life” (www.yg-life.com) released two songs from their track list for Big Bang’s upcoming album. Big Bang will be coming back in February with their new album.


Pre-Order “Welcome To the Block” – Block B Mini Album

Pre-Ordering is now open for Block B’s Mini Album “Welcome to the Block

There are two editions

Special Editon (includes CD+poster && 44 page photobook)

Normal Editon


01. LOL
02. 난리나
03. 했어 안했어
04. 싱크로율 100%
05. Action
06. 난리나 (instrumental)


Actor Yoo Seung Ho selects IU as his ideal girl

The nation’s “younger siblings”IU and Yoo Seung Ho recently reunited for a G by GUESS photoshoot.

The two looked like a trending couple in matching tees and jeans, but it seems as though Yoo Seung Ho may have a small crush on the singer off camera.

Yoo Seung Ho recently participated in a ‘Ideal Woman World Cup‘, where he had to choose between some of today’s top female celebrities such as Kang Sora, After School‘s UEE, Girls’ Generation‘s Seohyun, IU, and more.

The other girls seem to serve as no competition for IU, as Yoo Seung Ho bashfully but consistently chose IU over everyone with little hesitation. He even further confirmed his feelings by admitting that he prefers girls of the same age (IU) over older, and even younger women.


More childhood photos of B2ST members surface online

In addition to past photos of member Lee Kikwang, childhood photos of B2ST members Yong Junhyung and Yoon Doojoon have also surfaced online.

A netizen recently shared the above photos on an online community site with the title, I know I’ll probably be sued by the B2ST fans, but I’m posting these anyway.’

Fans could hardly recognize the boys as they looked like very average kids on the block, as opposed to the chic and charismatic performers they are on stage today.

Some fans also laughed as the netizen who posted the photos also wrote, Sorry I couldn’t keep your secret, guys.”


New and Upcoming Idols That Will Make 2012 Shine

2011 saw a wave of new groups debuting and making their move in the industry, and it seems like 2012 will be the same as well. Here is an overview of some of the most anticipated artists of 2012.

1. SM Entertainment’s EXO-K and EXO-M

SM Entertainment, home to some of K-Pop’s most iconic idols, will debut EXO, a boy group that will be split into two units to promote in both South Korea and China simultaneously. The two groups will debut on the same day, same time, and with the same song in both countries.

SM Entertainment has released several teasers showcasing some of the members’ talents starting from December 23, 2011. Currently only 7 out of the 12 members have been unveiled, starting from Kai, Lu Han, Tao, Chen, Se Hun, Lay and most recently, Xiou Min.


KBS deems Block B’s new songs unfit for broadcast

With the release of their new album just around the corner, hip hop idol group Block B is already facing numerous obstacles for their comeback.

KBS has deemed the tracks “Did You or Did You Not” and “LOL” as unfit for broadcast, stating “vulgar expressions” as the reason.

The broadcast station stated that “Did You or Did You Not” brings to mind the question people ask when referring to sex: “Did you do it, or not?” In their Korean title, “haet suh ahn haet suh”, ”haet suh” is derived from the Korean verb “to do”, on it’s own. (If it is used in conjunction with other words, the meaning is changed)

Meanwhile, “LOL” contains the word “ggondae” in the lyrics (which is usually used as a slang referring to elders with a negative connotation).


EXO releases 11th teaser, featuring Xiu Min & Kai

Releasing an unceasing series of teasers all month, SM Entertainment has just shared with the public its 11th video teaser for the agency’s latest boy group, EXO, introducing a never-before-seen member, Xiu Min!

Xiu Min and fellow groupmate Kai star in the one minute teaser, walking down an empty street at night. When they realize they are being followed by cars, the duo begins running, only to be stopped by a few parked cars that flash on as they arrive. With their smirks and laidback strolls, it’s clear that these guys are in control from beginning to end.

As with the ten previous teasers, everything is dark and sleek, from the boys’ monochrome outfits to the slick production value of the video. To match, EXO’s track, “Let Out the Beast” sets the mood.

Check out Xiu Min & Kai below:


B.A.P will reveal “Warrior” on midnight, January 26th

After releasing many teasers, the rookie group B.A.P will fully uncover their veil today at midnight.

TS Entertainment revealed that B.A.P will reveal their debut song, “Warrior“, and music video on the midnight of January 26th on the TS Entertainment’s official homepage and other online sites.

TS Entertainment representative relayed, It’s a product where you can’t lose the tension from the beginning till the end and it will be able to rise above expectations.

The representative elaborated, Seeing is believing“, and continued, “It’s a colorful and epic sound where each breath is skewed and the rap and vocal draws up your emotions. And a breathtaking performance will be born.


TEEN TOP wants to become ‘World Idols’ and shed their ‘cute little brother’ image in 2012

6-member boy group TEEN TOP has some new dreams for 2012. The group stole the hearts of their noona fans with their cute image has decided to shed the ‘little brother’ concept and are trying prove to their fans that they have grown into men. Their new performances prove just how much they’ve transformed.

Niel remarked, I guess it’s because all of us debuted when we were really young, but everyone still sees us that way. Even when we show powerful, fierce performances on stage, people still say that we are cute. We have tried our best to change, and feel a little disappointed when people don’t seem to notice our efforts. There are three of us that are in our 20′s now!”, he playfully yelled.

We think that our new title song “Going Crazy” suits us better than any other song before it, and we are more confident than ever before. I think we are just glad that we are finally able to show the image we want to show you on stage,” he continued. “We rehearsed that much more so that we would be show that side of us to the fans.”

Leader CAP also mentioned that the boys learned to enjoy themselves on stage. At first we were so concerned with being synchronized, but now we can do that while adding our own unique gestures and facial expressions for the camera. We are a little less concerned with the dance, and are focusing a little more on expressing ourselves.”


4minute’s Sohyun wants to be coupled with TEEN TOP’s L. Joe on ‘We Got Married’

4minute‘s Kwon Sohyun expressed her desire to be featured on the popular MBC variety program, ‘We Got Married‘.

At the ‘4th annual Idol Star Athletics & Swimming Championships‘ that aired on January 24th, Sohyun held a brief interview with MC Leeteuk before her 50m dash.

I heard you wanted to be on ‘We Got Married‘,” Leeteuk said to her. “Yeah, I really want to but they said I couldn’t because I was a minor,” she explained.

Leeteuk followed up by asking, Is there anyone here at the Championships that you would like to be coupled with?”


Winners from MBC’s ’4th Idol Star Athletics & Swimming Championships’

MBC has brought back their popular holiday special, ‘Idol Star Athletics & Swimming Championships‘, for the 2012 Lunar New Year!


Cho PD Reveals Teaser Image Regarding Block B’s Comeback

It’s been awhile since we last heard from Block B. During the time since their last album, the fellas haven’t had a chance for a vacation as they worked on their album amidst their busy schedule. Between Cho PD and leader Zico, there were many hints signaling a comeback for the boys on the block. Originally, it was thought that the group would release an album sometime in January. Now at the tail end of the month we finally have some news regarding the talented young group’s latest release.


YG Hints at Big Bang’s Possible Title Track

Not long ago, we reported on Yang Hyun Suk’s recent post to the YG Life Blog. It seems the president of YG Entertainment has got netizens talking once again. Today YG updated the YG Life Blog with a new image. The interesting part of the post was that the glowing blue sphere still remained. Yet in addition to the globe there was a text added to the upper right hand corner. The word that read “ALIVE” could be made out although it was written in a faint, ghostly blue.


Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young Announce Their Breakup

After a few months of going public with their relationship, actor Lee Min Ho and actress Park Min Young have put an end to their relationship. The two met last year while filming SBS’sCity Hunter;” but because of their busy schedules, they barely had time to see each other. Park Min Young and Lee Min Ho actually ended their relationship a while ago, but decided not to publicly announce it until now because they didn’t want to put their agencies on the spot.

Lee Min Ho and Park Min Young seemed like strangers before the year-end drama awards. Both attended two different ceremonies. While Lee Min Ho attended the “SBS Drama Awards,” Park Min Young attended the “KBS Dramas Awards.”

A representative of Park Min Young’s agency stated, “It’s been a while since they saw each other. It was really embarrasing for her to just go and reveal their break-up, and she didn’t want to put her agency in a sticky stituation. So, she held the news a little longer”.

The rep continued, “Also, because of her busy schedule, it was almost impossible for her to even rest. She had to film KBS’s “Glorious Jane” while Lee Min Ho was busy with his activities overseas and CFs. We knew that both were really busy to even catch up with each other.”