Cube Entertainment has announced that they have opened the doors to a new personal studio for their artists to mark the start of a brand new adventure together!
On April 10th, CEO Hong Seung Sung and his artists, 4minute, B2ST, G.NA, and BtoB all gathered to celebrate the opening of ‘Cube Studio’. Leaders from each respective group stood alongside their CEO to cut the tape for the grand opening. Although Cube Entertainment was established in 2008, this will be their first private studio where they will be using it as a foundation for their global marketing strategies.
Hong Seung Sung stated, “I created this place to instill a sense of bravery in our artists to help the Korean entertainment industry become one of the best. I hope that this studio will be the start of K-Pop transcending Asia and taking place all over the world.”
‘Cube Studio’ will be aiding singers and musicians to better grow and advance with their skills. The studio will include facilities dedicated to the areas of vocal, composition, performance, production, and choreography training. A special cafe for artists to be able to sit down and communicate with their fans will also be included in the studio. All profits from the cafe will be donated to charities of the company’s choice.
If you were to create a girl group hierarchy chart, who would be your top pick?
According to a hierarchy chart that’s been quickly spreading online, Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 are the undisputed top two picks. This chart, dated February, 2012, covers 16 of the top girl groups and ranks them in order by five different categories, such as “Wall You Can’t Go Over (unbeatable, basically),” “Nationwide level,” “Socialite level,” “Mania level,” “the Maginot line.”
The top “Wall You Can’t Go Over” category is rounded out by Girls’ Generation at #1 and 2NE1 at #2. Closely following them in the “Nationwide level” are T-ara at third, the Wonder Girls and Kara at fourth, and f(x) at fifth. This shows the girl groups popular in Japan ranking higher than the Wonder Girls, who’s mostly spent their time in the U.S. lately.
The next category, “Socialite level,” is comprised of Secret and SISTAR at the same level, followed by 4minute. After School is ranked slightly above the “Mania level,” with A Pink, Girls’ Day, Rainbow, and Dal Shabet trailing them to complete the “The Maginot line.”
Cube Entertainment has announced some very exciting news for its international fans!
On February 9th, the agency revealed that they’ve endowed ‘official fan site’ status to 46 global websites dedicated to their artists. These fan sites come from 24 different countries such as Chile, the United States, Russia, the Philippines, and more.
According to Cube, 4minute will have 15 global fan sites, B2ST will have 21, and G.NA will open 10.
The agency reviewed over 150 fan sites for eight days, starting from January 17th. Officials examined reports submitted by each site regarding member activity and future management plans before deciding on a final list.
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?”
4minute’s HyunA and BEAST’s Hyunseung (also known as Troublemaker) have been captured holding hands, piquing many netizens’ interest. Recently, photos titled “HyunA and Hyunseung Holding Hands Backstage, HyunA and Hyunseung Supposedly Dating” have been uploaded to various internet communities.
On December 27, the website for music magazine Spin revealed their favorite pop singles of 2011.
Among the various songs by A-list pop icons, two K-pop songs made it to the list. At #3, HyunA‘s “Bubble Pop” beat #4 pop princess Britney Spears‘ “Till the World Ends“, and 2NE1‘s “I Am the Best” took the #8 spot.
HyunA & 2NE1′s appearance on this list is just another example of the Hallyu wave’s continuous expansion across the world. Congrats to both of these artists!
Source + Image: Spin magazine
by *Miso* @ allkpop
On December 26th, Cube Entertainment held their ‘Cube Entertainment Vision Briefing‘ press conference at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, and unveiled their plans for 2012.
To start, officials announced that B2ST will embark on a 21-city tour. They’ll be kicking off the tour in Seoul on February 4th, followed by Germany (Berlin), England (London), Spain, America (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco), Canada (Vancouver, Toronto), Singapore, Japan (five cities), Thailand (Bangkok), China (Shanghai), Taiwan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
Thus far, 14 countries and 21 cities have been confirmed, with Brazil and Argentina still in discussion.
Over $20 million USD is being invested in the tour, and Cube hopes to attract at least 200,000 fans in total. They’ll be taking the tour to new heights by bringing in LED screens, the best video equipment, and 3D effects.
Following the debut of Cube Entertainment‘s first unit group, Trouble Maker, the second unit group has been chosen to be 4minute‘s Gayoon and Jiyoon!
On December 22nd, representatives of Cube Entertainment revealed that the two will be debuting as a unit after the release of 4minute’s comeback album and promotions next year. As 4minute’s main vocalist, Gayoon is known for her exceptional vocal talent, and has already participated in a number of OSTs herself.
Combined with Jiyoon’s talent as 4minute’s second vocalist along with her experience on ‘Immortal Song 2‘, the two will be showing a new charm and image unlike any seen before.
The representative stated, “Gayoon and Jiyoon’s vocal styles are completely the opposite of each other, but when combined, creates a beautiful effect. We’re currently considering them as a ballad duo. There isn’t a name for their unit yet but our company has taken to calling them the ‘Double Yoon’.”
Source + Photos: E-daily via Naver
by VITALSIGN @ allkpop
A recent tweet from 4minute‘s charismatic dancer HyunA has fans buzzing about her relations with B2ST‘s Hyunseung.
On December 8th, HyunA uploaded a couple shot of her and Hyunseung on her Twitter and wrote, “I forgot to upload this yesterday.”
The duo have already caused a stir back in late November, when they locked lips during a performance at the MAMA 2011. Fans were speculating all sorts of things, but this new couple shot has further hyped the buzz surrounding these two idols.
Regarding this matter, netizens commented, “They might be dating“, “They really look close“, and “I wouldn’t mind if they went out.”
On November 29th, 4minute‘s HyunA and B2ST‘s Hyunseung shocked their fans with a racy stage at the ‘2011 MAMA‘ in Singapore — a stage that included a long, steamy kiss.
HyunA and Hyunseung brought out a risque performance to introduce their new project duo, ‘Trouble Maker‘. Dressed up in evening gowns and suits, the two danced provocatively against a moon-lit background.
Fans went wild over their very intimate choreography, which had Hyunseung touching HyunA’s legs, HyunA jumping onto Hyunseung and wrapping her legs around his waist, and finishing off with a passionate embrace.
Check out the performance for yourself down below!
Cube Entertainment has kicked off its countdown for Trouble Maker‘s debut by releasing an image teaser today.
Trouble Maker will release their debut EP on December 1st, but stay tuned for more teasers from the duo.
by phenom @ allkpop
Cube Entertainment has just revealed that they’ll be launching a co-ed ”performance unit” called Trouble Maker!
The agency unveiled the unit’s album jacket photo through their homepage, along with the announcement that Trouble Maker is comprised of B2ST‘s Hyunseung and 4minute‘s HyunA.
The photo features a “private party concept” with HyunA and Hyunseung dressed in all black. Expectations are rising high for a provocative, yet sophisticated show that will encompass both HyunA and Hyunseung’s charms.
Their first mini albun, ‘Trouble Maker’,consists of a dance track as well as an emotional ballad.
Super Junior, 2NE1, and HyunA have been making headlines all year with their YouTube view counts. On November 22nd, these three teams received awards at the ’2011 YouTube Kpop Awards’ at Google Korea in Seoul.
HyunA stated, “I was surprised at the large amount of YouTube viewcounts. I saw a lot of people upload videos with my song, and there were many who were better than me; I gained strength [from seeing all the videos].”
2NE1, who had three videos in the Top 10, commented, “We will continue to upload a lot of cool videos in the future. Please show them lots of love. We put a lot of effort into showing you a lot of things in ‘I Am The Best’ music video, so I think that is probably why a lot of people watched the video.”
Super Junior’s Leeteuk stated, “This award is especially more valuable because fans all over the world were the ones who made this award possible. We will continue to spread the Korea’s culture throughout the world… I also clicked on our music video 10 times. Whenever we’d go perform overseas, the clip would be uploaded onto YouTube right away. Seeing this, I felt how strong media’s power had become.”
B2ST‘s Hyunseung and 4minute‘s HyunA delighted fans with some ‘couple shots’ they snapped in Austrailia.
HyunA first posted an adorable selca with Hyunseung, in which they pose with flowers in their hair. HyunA chuckled, “Cutie… I want to be, haha” to which Hyunseung responded, ”We really belong to each other well.”
In her other photos, HyunA delivered some cute poses by the waterfront. Though it looks like they’re having a fun time, HyunA appears to be occupied by their crammed schedule. ”Schedule in Austrailia~~~ Wow >_<”
Hyunseung replied to that selca with “^______^*“, causing many fans to buzz with curiosity over their close friendship.
Although 4minute‘s sixth Japanese single, “READY GO” isn’t slated for it’s official release until December 7th, it’s been used as the opening theme song to the drama, ‘Welcome to the El-Palacio‘.
The group’s Japanese label UMJ (Universal Music Japan) has finally released the album jackets and track list to the single.
It will have three editions: Type A, Type B, and CD only.
Big Bang’s Taeyang and 4minute’s HyunA were picked as “the Next Rain and Hyori” by other idol singers in this week’s MBC Everyone’s “Weekly Idol.” The survey asked a group of real-life idols to pick “five idol singers with the most potential to follow in the success of Rain and Hyori” and the most votes were given to Taeyang and HyunA, who beat out the likes of BEAST’s Lee Gi Kwang, Jay Park, SNSD’s Yuri, and G.NA. In particular, it was reported that a lot of the members of Infinite, MBLAQ, U-Kiss, and B1A4 voted for HyunA, arousing the interest of many fans.
MBC Everyone’s “Weekly Idol” has been garnering a lot of attention lately for this segment called “Real Chart! Idol’s Self-Ranking,” where current idol singers participate in various surveys. This week’s survey sparked more interest for the topic’s sensitivity and currency, as Rain just enlisted in the army last week and Hyori has been spending more time on show-hosting roles. The episode featuring this survey will be aired on Oct. 22.
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4minute, B2ST, and G.NA recently appeared on a TV program in the United States.
On the 13th, according to their agency, 4minute, B2st, and G.NA appeared on MTV’s MTV Live in New York on the 10th and performed live.
They were introduced as top Korean stars, who are very popular in Asia and Europe. The show aired all over the world through social network services.
For the fans who came to Times Square to see the singers and for New York citizens, the show was broadcasted live for five hours on the outdoor electronic display.
Every year at about this time, Billboard releases their “21 Under 21” chart which showcases the music industry’s hottest minor artists. The list is compiled not only of musicians from the United States, but also international artists as well. On August 25th, Billboard announced their official “K-Pop Hot 100” Chart, which has been launched in conjunction with Billboard Korea. Billboard is aware of the current popularity of Korean Pop artists, and took them into consideration for this year’s list.
4minute akan menuju ke Jepang bulan depan untuk mempromosikan versi Jepang dari lagu hit mereka, “Heart to Heart“!
Yang utama untuk comeback mereka, yaitu meng-updated Japanese homepage mereka dengan jacket photos dan foto konsep baru mereka.