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EXO-K members talk about their debut and future goals

The members of EXO-K recently sat down with Mydaily for an interview where they bared their past history and upcoming goals in an effort to get closer to fans.

For those not yet familiar with the group, EXO-K is comprised of members Suho (21), Baekhyun (20), Chanyeol (20), D.O. (19), Kai (18), and Sehun (18).

Leader Suho kicked off the interview by introducing the meaning behind EXO, “EXO is derived from EXO Planet, and I feel that it’s a name that matches us well. We want to show the entire world what EXO’s all about. It’s only been about three weeks since we came to Earth, but I think we’ve been adjusting very well (laughter).”

Prior to their debut, EXO released promotional teaser videos for about 100 days before marking their debut with a showcase at the end of May. After seeing what the boys were finally all about on stage, the reaction from new fans was ecstatic. The members revealed that they still hold those feelings to heart.

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INFINITE’s new album to be titled ‘INFINITIZE’?

After revealing the release date of their comeback, INFINITE has now released the name of their new album.

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Idol groups vote B2ST as the group with the best teamwork

B2ST has been chosen as the group with the “best teamwork” by other idol groups.

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Big Bang’s Interview for AnAn Magazine 2012 Translation [TRANS]

T.O.P: 
I will only act in romance drama after I know more about love.For now, I’m still lacking in experience.
TOP made a comeback with a shocking mint green hairstyle. What’s your thought for the ‘ALIVE’ album?

“When I wrote the rap lyrics, I was trying my best to do it with honesty and choosing beautiful words. For the Japanese version, I also use gentle words to make sure all listeners regardless of their ages can understand well. For me, this album is the most high quality compared to the other albums. This mint color hair style was decided upon an instinct while producing the album. I confident this hairstyle will match the album concept very well. Changing to this hairstyle, I felt that my characteristic has become more gentle. ”

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Big Bang to promote Korea by saying “Hello”

Big Bang participated in a public campaign to warmly greet foreigners for the year of Visit Korea.

On April 30, Visit Korea Committee reported that Big Bang would appear in the 2012 public campaign advertisement to warmly greet foreigners, titled “Let’s Say Hello First!”

This public campaign advertisement was created in order to improve the image of Korea by warmly greeting foreigners with smiles as over ten million foreigners are visiting Korea nowadays.

In the advertisement, which was shot at Gwanghwamun Square, Big Bang sing a campaign song about how to say hello in different languages.

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Block B releases “Close My Eyes” & “Action” remix with repackaged album!

After releasing a brief music teaser this week, Block B has just returned with the repackaged version of their second album, ‘Welcome to the Block‘!

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F.CUZ talks about their first ‘No.1′ comeback stage

F.CUZ recently met with reporters after completing their first comeback stage and talked about how they’re feeling having finally returned after a year and five month long hiatus.

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B.A.P.’s Bang Yong Guk discusses the differences between “Power” and “Warrior”

Having returned with a strong new comeback track titled “Power“, the boys of B.A.P. have been making their rounds on the first week of comeback stages.

After ‘Music Core‘, leader Bang Yong Guk sat down with reporters to share his thoughts on the group’s comeback.

Bang Yong Guk began, “It’s not something we’ve been preparing for a long time for, but we did work really hard to show improvement for our fans. This album is extremely meaningful for us in that way.”

He continued, “Compared to our debut track, ‘Warrior‘, our choreography has gotten a lot more fierce. We probably rehearsed longer for ‘Power’ than ‘Warrior’ since there were a lot of complex, detailed moves we had to pay attention to. And since the choreography gets violent at times, the members would bump into each other often. It hurt a lot, but it was really fun.”

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Big Bang’s staying power, “Fantastic Baby” in Top 10 on music charts for 10 consecutive weeks

Big Bang once again proves that they are the kings of K-Pop.

Their fifth mini-album ‘ALIVE‘ has been acknowledged for its strong staying power, as “Fantastic Baby” still remains on the charts 10 weeks after its release. ”Fantastic Baby” is #8 on Melon, #9 on Mnet.com and #10 on Olleh Music.

Representatives from the music industry remarked, “In the music market, new albums get shuffled around and the life span of songs on music charts are extremely short. There are many songs that seize the #1 spot in real time, but there are very few that remain within the Top 10 for more than 2 weeks.”

“Big Bang’s long 2-month run is truly a rare sight,” they continued.

Big Bang’s hits “Blue“, “Fantastic Baby”, “Bad Boy“, “Ain’t No Fun“, and “Love Dust” all ranked within the Top 10 on the various Korean music sites.

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B.A.P. ‘POWER’ album jacket making-of footage!

B.A.P. made a comeback with their second album ‘POWER‘ yesterday, and now making-of footage for the mini-album jacket has been released!

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Will YG Entertainment’s new girl group be like Girls’ Generation or 2NE1?

Earlier this year, YG Entertainment caused a big storm in the media when it announced that it was preparing for the debut of a new girl group. Since YG serves as a home to worldwide K-pop stars such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Tablo, and more, it came as no surprise that the group would garner massive attention.

The announcement that the group would feature more than 7 members caused a firestorm of comparisons to industry established groups such as Girls’ Generation, as well as T-ara and After School, groups which recently saw the expansion of members to 9. In addition to theses comparisons, much debate is held over the stylistic and artistic direction of the group in relation to the much celebrated YG girl group, 2NE1.

While YG is currently mum on the details of the group, it is certain that the group will feature two previous ‘Superstar K‘ contestants, Kim Eun Bi and Euna Kim. Furthermore, the unexpected photo release of mystery girl Jenny Kim of the Netherlands added to the rising anticipation for the group. Industry veterans have made the analysis that this steady flow of unannounced leaks is YG Entertainment’s way of gauging the public response in order to better determine and formulate the characteristics of the group.

When 2NE1 made their debut, the public response was no less than explosive. With an energetic shout of “Nolza!“, the fearsome four swept the charts with a combination of melodic and addictive sounds with powerful performances.

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Block B releases teaser for “Close My Eyes” + ‘Welcome to the Block Repackage’!

Block B has just released a teaser for “Close My Eyes” to announce their upcoming repackaged version of the group’s highly successful second album, ‘Welcome to the Block‘.

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JYJ’s Park Yoochun receives ‘Popularity Award’ at the 48th annual Paeksang Arts Awards + Full List of Winners

The Paeksang Arts Awards were held at the Olympic Park in Seoul on April 26th, and JYJ‘s Park Yoochun received a noteworthy award.

Park Yoochun attended the 48th annual Paeksang Arts Awards hosted by Lee Hwi Jae and Kim Ah Joong, and was awarded the ‘Popularity Award‘ for his performance in ‘Miss Ripley‘.

His brother Park Yoohwan was also nominated for this award, and Yoochun remarked that he would like his brother to win.

However when asked to say a few words to Yoohwan, Park Yoochun remarked, Yoohwan, I think it’s a bit too soon for you to win this award. Let’s work hard,” causing the other guests to explode into laughs.

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B.A.P. releases new mini album + MV for “POWER”!

B.A.P.‘s new mini-album + MV for ‘POWER‘ has been released.

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Pledis Entertainment to debut a 17 member boy group this year

Pledis Entertainment has announced that they will be debuting a grand 17-member male idol group by the end of the year!

Tentatively named ‘Seventeen‘, the group is made up of  17 members averaging 17 year old, who have been trained not only for the domestic market, but specifically for the international market as well. Although they’re being touted as the largest K-Pop group to date, A-Peace holds the title with 21 total members.

Pledis has revealed that they will not be going the standard route of debuting the group in Korea before advancing overseas, but rather debut a group that is ready to promote in Korea, China, and Japan right from the get-go.

After their debut as a group, the boys will be split into units to promote separately in Korea, China, and Japan with promotional tactics tailored to each country.

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B.A.P releases new comeback teaser image of Youngjae and Jongup

With their comeback just around the corner, TS Entertainment has finally revealed a new image teaser featuring the last two members of B.A.P,Youngjae and Jongup!

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G-Dragon’s hair gives him a new character

G-Dragon didn’t get long hair for nothing; he’s really playing the part.

The user of an online community recently uploaded a series of photos titled, ‘G-Dragon Eating Ramen While Holding Back His Hair’. The photos were from the April 23 broadcast of Japan’s popular late-night program Shabekuri 007 on Nihon TV. On the show, Big Bang appeared with an interpreter, but managed to get around in Japanese without the interpreter’s help.

Near the end of the episode, the producers treated the group to ramen from a famous restaurant in Tokyo, and G-Dragon was caught eating while holding back his long hair or covering his mouth when he talked.

To the show, netizens left reactions such as, ‘G-Dragon explodes with femininity! He looks gentler than a girl. It’s funny and cute at the same time’ and ‘Seungri speaks like a native’.

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Lotte Duty Free May 2012 Calendar with Big Bang [PHOTOS]

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SM Entertainment Announces the Male and Female Leads for Its Upcoming Drama “To the Beautiful You”

As we previously reported, SM Entertainment has refueled its plans to produce upcoming drama “To the Beautiful You,” a Korean adaptation to the popular Japanese manga “Hana Kimi.” SM Entertainment has finally unveiled the two male and female leads for the upcoming drama: SHINee’s Minho and f(x)’s Sulli. The series will be directed by “Boys over Flowers‘” Jeon Ki Sang.

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SHINee’s Taemin voted as cutest young idol by female college students

SHINee‘s Taemin has been voted as the cutest young male idol.

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LEDApple to hold a live concert featuring ‘TOP Band’ winner, Toxic

On May 11th, LEDApple will meet their fans through a live concert, ‘#Now Playing – LEDApple in Seoul Vol.1’, at Sound Holic City in Seoul.

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BANA prepares a special advertisement for B1A4′s first anniversary

Group B1A4‘s special gift that they received from their fans BANA has been drawing attention.

BANA prepared a special advertisement that was shown on a large electronic display in downtown Seoul for the group’s first anniversary.

To congratulate them on their one year anniversary, a 20-second advertisement was shown until midnight of April 24th in 5-minute intervals on the electronic display located at the intersection between a movie theater and a mall in Kangnam.

B1A4 expressed their gratitude to their fans by writing a message on their official fan cafe saying, We are so happy that we have created countless memories with our fans this past year. Thank you for always supporting us and giving us so much love that we don’t deserve.

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DSP Boyz’ official name revealed to be ‘A-JAX’

After unveiling each of the seven members over the course of a week, DSP Media has finally unveiled the official group name of their newest boy group, referred to as DSP Boyz until recently.

DSP Boyz’ official group name has been decided on ‘A-JAX‘, in reference to the mythological Greek hero that helped bring victory to the Greeks during the Trojan War. Just like their mythological reference, the group has set out to stand as the hero in the cutthroat idol competition in the music industry”.

A-JAX is composed of seven members including Hyeongkon, Jaehyung, Yunyoung, Hyojun, Sungmin, Seungyub, and Seungjin, and is a group that is said to possess the visuals as performance skills.

A-JAX will be starring in their own reality show ‘Making the Star – DSP Boyz’, prior to debut on April 24th, before making their debut in May.

Source + Photo: TVDaily | allkpop


B.A.P. releases MV trailer for “POWER”

B.A.P. is back!

After leaving quite the impression on the K-pop scene with their debut track ”Warrior”, the 6 boys of B.A.P. will be making a comeback with their sophomore single “POWER“.

After unleashing a teaser for “POWER”, they’ve now revealed the MV trailer. The trailer shows the boys in a doomsday scenario in a desolate landscape. You can also hear the chant, “We got the Power“. While not much of the song is revealed, the brand new concept will be sure to captivate fans and the like once more.

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