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.”
A playful photo of After School’s Lizzy and NU’EST’s Len has been posted. On February 13, Lizzy posted on her Twitter, “This is NU’EST’s Len, who is part of the Busan family. How can you be prettier than me? And it looks like Len received a manicure. Cutie, fighting,” along with a photo.
After School’s Uee revealed that she made NU’EST’s member Baekho’s name!
Currently NU’EST is preparing for their debut, and Uee revealed that she made member Baekho’s name. Baekho means “White Tiger” in Korean. Uee also revealed a picture of her and Baekho together.
NU’EST has the meaning of “fitting new styles with music to create.” (New, Established, Style, and Tempo) NU’EST will debut in March.
NU’EST is also holding a Valentine’s Day “Movie Date Event” for fans. Here are more details from their Facebook page here or their official fan café here. For the event, you basically take a photo of yourself holding a NU’EST “L Folder” and upload the picture.
Following Hyorin and Sung Min, it looks like the second couple on MBC’s “Exciting Shake” is MBLAQ’s Lee Joon and After School’s Lizzy.
On January 5, local media reported the two as the second couple, quoting the training coach who appeared on the show with them. The trainer said, “Today, After School’s Lizzy and MBLAQ’s Lee Joon completed the intense filming session,” affirming their appearance on the show.
So far, the only other couple we’re aware of is Hyorin and Sung Min. Other female casts on the show include Kara’s Han Seung Yeon and Secret’s Han Sun Hwa. The rest of the male counterparts are unknown at this point.
MBC “Exciting Shake” is supposed to be a spin-off of the highly popular reality show, “We Got Married.” The couples will compete in different contests and performances, and eventually build a dating relationship.
On December 27th, After School and the Pledis Boys met up with fans to combine their volunteer efforts and deliver briquettes to heat homes.
Pledis Entertainment expressed, “In the cold weather, the Pledis artists worked with their many fans to help ensure that low-income families in Guryong town will have a warm winter this year.”
After School has dozens of year-end events lined up, but they took the time off to sweat a little right alongside their fans for a meaningful event. Despite being smudged with charcoal, everyone was all smiles throughout the effort, warming the hearts of those watching.
The company is already donating proceeds from their “Happy Pledis” album. Last year, they donated to the ‘Save the Children‘ foundation. This year, they’re helping young children once again through ‘UNICEF‘ and the ‘Sibling Doll Project‘.
Pledis Boys member Baekho posted a picture while backstage at Mnet‘s M! Countdown asking fans to pour out their love and support for Happy Pledis.
On December 22nd, Baekho wrote through his me2day, “Did you watch the M! Countdown broadcast today~~? Please give lots of love to the Pledis family members and please give me, Baekho, lots of love, too!! hehehehe ^^”
As a member of the Happy Pledis family, After School‘s UEE also left a comment on her me2day account in response to Baekho, stating, “Baekho is next to me on me2day, so I thought I would come see!!!! Our Pledis family! Baekho fighting!!”
In the picture that Baekho uploaded, he is seen smiling cheerfully towards the camera while pointing to the M! Countdown sign for the Pledis room. Fans were particularly drawn to Baekho’s cute charms in the picture.
Past photos of After School‘s UEE have surfaced on the internet, gaining the attention of netizens.
On December 12th, the above photo was shared via an online community site with the title, “After School’s UEE, featured in Shinhwa‘s MV when she was just a trainee.”
The photo is a screenshot of UEE who was featured in Shinhwa’s “Once In A Lifetime” MV around 5 years ago. A much younger UEE is playing the drums, wearing a green sleeveless t-shirt.
UEE had some more meat on her bones and her image in the MV is quite different from her mature and charismatic stage persona today.
It’s just been reported that After School’s Kahi will be joining the cast of ‘Dream High 2′ as one of the instructors of Kirin Arts High School!
A source revealed to Star News, “Kahi will show you her transformation into an actress for the first time through this drama… She will try her hardest to show you the best that she has to offer.”
Kahi will be acting alongside J.Y. Park, Choi Yeo Jin, and Kwon Hae Hyo as the school’s staff members. She (and the other teachers) will be in charge of guiding the students, T-ara’s Jiyeon, 2AM’s Jinwoon, Kang Sora, and SISTAR’s Hyorin.
Source + Photo: Star News, Sure Magazine
by carolicity @ allkpop
Taeyang, SNSD, Wonder Girls, B2ST, After School and more to perform at the “Korean Culture Art Awards” on the 21st
Event: Korean Culture Art Awards
Venue: Olympic Hall, Olympic Park
Date and Time: November 21st, 2011 – 6PM
Sponsored by: The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism & KBS
Performers: Taeyang (BIGBANG), SNSD, Wonder Girls, B2ST, After School and more
Last year, Taeyang also attended the event and accepted an award for BIGBANG’s contribution to Korean pop culture.
This year, Lee Soo-man (SM Ent), Shin Young-kyun, singer Ha Chun-hwa, musician Shin Jung-hyun, TV writer Yu Ho and voice-over actor Oh Seung-ryong will be awarded with Korean Culture Art Award medals. Park Jin Young (JYP), Yang Hyun Suk (YG), Lee Byung Hun, SNSD, B2ST, CNBlue and other idol groups will also be receiving special citations.
Recently, a picture revealed by Pledis Entertainment has been catching the eyes of netizens.
In the picture, the Pledis artists can been seen gathered around block letters that spell out ‘HAPPY PLEDIS’. Son Dambi, After School, the 7 members of the Pledis Boys (who have yet to debut), and one more girl whose face has been revealed for the first time, left netizens buzzing over the growing musical family.
Pledis announced, “This is a picture from the photoshoot for the ’2011 Happy Pledis’ album jacket, which is a follow up of the ’2010 Happy Pledis Love Love Love’ album with After School. This is a family album that features not only Son Dambi and After School, but all Pledis artists, including the group that has been under a shroud of mystery, Pledis Boys. Please anticipate it.”
A portion of the ‘Happy Pledis’ earnings will be donated to UNICEF to help look after those in need during the cold Winter, and the album is also a gift to the fans who have shown the artists so much love and interest.
Pledis Entertainment is well-known for being host to superstar artists Son Dambi, After School, and Orange Caramel. The CEO of this distinguished company, Han Sungsoo, recently took part in an interview. Han Sungsoo spoke about his background in entertainment, the motivation behind the concepts of Pledis, and his plans for the next groups that are to debut under the company in the upcoming year.
Han Sungsoo’s experience in the art of dance may be a part of the reason why After School has taken on such unique dance concepts throughout their career. From a drum line setup in 2010 to their most recent tap dance routine, After School has received much praise for their distinctive dance numbers.
In the interview, Han Sungsoo mentioned, “In fact, I am a former dancer. In college I majored in dance, and was a part of the National Dance Company of South Korea.” He has also worked for SM Entertainment in the past. Revealing his formula for success, Han Sungsoo declared that good music and dance routines stem from “expressiveness, power, and being equally sexy.”
After the debut of Orange Caramel came the debut of AS Red and AS Blue. All three are subgroups of After School, created to help “individually display each member’s jewel-like charm,” in the words of Pledis’s CEO Han Sungsoo.
According to a recent report, there is estimated to be a total of 100 teams of boy and girl idol groups in the Korean mainstream music scene by the end of 2011. However, these groups are usually judged on the basis of popularity and their fans rather than by professionals. With that said, how would professionals rank the groups? 27 choreographers and dancers were asked to pick the groups with the best performances.