After the release of their repackaged mini-album for ‘Welcome to the Block‘, Block B has returned with a second music video following “Close My Eyes” for the remix of “Action“!
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‘!
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‘.
Boy group Block B celebrated their 1 year anniversary with messages on their official Daum Fan Cafe. The boys expressed their gratitude to fans with messages and photos of each member on the front page.
Fans will be glad to see Block B back on TV through the upcoming pilot episode of ‘Survival King‘!
On March 1st, Zico, Jaehyo, and P.O. will be appearing on MBC Everyone’s brand new show program ‘Survival King’. The three members challenged the show’s first mission, “Survive without Light”, while being filmed by a hidden camera.
The mission was the pass by electric bars through the dark, although in truth, there were no electric bars as only sounds of electric currents made. Since the members of Block B had no idea, it is reported that the boys could not even take a step as their hands shook in fear.
After the mission, Zico was asked the question, “Without what would you have the hardest time surviving?”, to which he answered, “I don’t think I could survive without the love of my fans”, and expressed his love for the fans.
Heartfelt Confession on “Entertainment Relay”, “We’re Sorry for Causing Trouble for Our Fellow Singers”
Group Block B revealed their feelings about the Thailand interview through KBS 2TV “Entertainment Relay”.
This is the first time Block B is revealing their thoughts and feelings through broadcasting after the interview controversy blew up. In the recent interview with “Entertainment Relay”, the Block B members said, “We believe we made a huge crime against Thai citizens,” as they lowered their heads. Block B’s leader Zico especially said with an apology, “We caused trouble for our fellow K-POP singers.”
“It was due to my lack of talent, and it was our fault so please do not see this as a problem about K-POP as a whole,” he requested.
Block B delivered their apologies to their Thai and Korean fans, their fellow singers, and their families. They will also reveal their current circumstances and their future plans.
Block B member P.O. has been admitted to a university hospital on February 24th. Born on 1993, P.O. just graduated from high school last month and is Block B’s youngest member.
Recently Block B has faced a controversy due to an interview in Thailand and have been receiving criticism from netizens. They released an apology video and team leader Zico has shaved his head in remorse, but the wrath of some fans has not died down.
After the controversy erupted, P.O. has been in a state of panic in the past week and has received a huge shock from a suicide petition held by some rash netizens. During the broadcasting of Mnet “MCountDown”, P.O. participated in the pre-recording, but was not present at the live broadcasting, raising curiosity from the viewers.
Regarding P.O.’s hospitalization, Block B’s agency BrandNewStardom stated, “It is true that P.O. is currently hospitalized. It seems that he received a huge shock due to the recent controversy, but we don’t have an exact diagnosis yet,” avoiding an exact response.
Senior representative from Brand New Stardom interviewed about Block B’s controversy + VIDEO [Block B Apologies]
By now, anyone who’s a fan of K-pop is aware of 7-member idol group Block B. One of the boys’ interviews which took place in Thailand January 30th has stirred major controversy, and the boys have been receiving slanderous remarks from the public and the media alike.
The most sarcastic of remarks said, “They sure did their noise marketing properly,” deeply upsetting the members and their agency. When Star In caught up with Block B backstage at Mnet‘s ‘M! Countdown‘, all the members wore long faces. When approached for an interview, their manager denied the request. Instead, Star In met with a high ranking representative from their agency to ask a few questions.
– Did you neglect to act upon the situation, knowing what happened?
▲ Not at all. I didn’t know at first because I didn’t travel with them to Thailand for the interview, but I was shocked upon seeing the fans’ criticisms. We were going to release an official apology on the 20th, but the controversy had already caught fire by the 19th. The attacks coming at us were so uncontrollable we didn’t know how to control the situation at hand. We got one step behind, and after that, everything got really difficult.
– Are you saying that this is unfair?
▲ No. We deserve to be criticized, 100%. I am responsible as well. The apology statement was typed online after the members personally wrote it by hand. The Block B members were heavily disciplined and they learned a hard lesson. But to see the netizens’ comments be turned into news articles without proof or confirmation was really hurtful.
Block B recently released a Gorilla Dance version for their song “Nanrina“.
After releasing their mini-album “Welcome to the Block” on February 2, the Gorilla Dance move featured in their title track “Nanrina” music video has quickly become the talk of the town.
The dance move and the attire that instantly hints at a gorilla has been gaining popularity even amongst elementary students. It took a few months of modifications before the seven member group completed their gorilla dance to its current perfection.
BNS Entertainment states, “As the Hallyu Wave rises in popularity, fans making dance covers are popular, not just within Korea, but abroad as well. It’s standard for a dance cover group to form as the singers rise in popularity. As such, the requests from fans for a dance version of the music video is off the hook. In response, we have prepared a dance version video for the fans to practice the gorilla dance.”
The boys of Block B welcomed fans into their living space!
‘Mnet Wide‘ recently visited the dorm of Block B and the members revealed some never-before-seen secrets to their dorm, including some surprising possessions belonging to ‘baby face’ member Taeil.
Though these talented idols are young, they pride themselves in being responsible. They complete their household chores, but know how to include some ‘hip hop’ to their every day routine.
And as professional performers, Block B rehearses day and night to perfect their moves for their next live performance.
Block B and their agency chief, Cho PD, recently appeared on MBC‘s ‘Lululala‘, where they showed off their entertainment skills.
Cho PD made his first foray into entertainment programs through ‘Lululala’, despite making his debut as a singer 14 years ago. ”I don’t have any regrets. Everyone including myself must make concessions to obtain good results,” he expressed, demonstrating his dedication to helping Block B’s promotions as much as possible.
Cho PD also revealed that he gave permission for the Block B members to produce their own songs. Though there was some backlash from those who believed that it was a risky move, Cho PD persisted in making this happen.
As the head of Block B’s agency, Brandnew Stardom Entertainment, Cho PD got to witness firsthand the trials his group had to face during their debut period. ”When Block B debuted, I criticized the producers for not giving credit to the members who composed and produced the song; the producers responded by pulling out, taking their songs with them. It was an uncertain situation where the Block B members suffered a lot.”
The seven boys of talented hip-hop group Block B made their return on the February 4th edition of MBC‘s Music Core with a performance of “Nanrina” from their second mini-album titled ‘Welcome to the Block‘. Fans would normally be happy about this but many Block B fans were angered over their perceived mistreatment of the boys.
Block B opened the show on Music Core, and some fans took this as an insult because Block B is a hot group making their return and usually the opening of the show is reserved for lesser known artists. Additionally, fans didn’t like the fact that the important dance routine from the beginning of “Nanrina” was cut out. After the broadcast was over, many netizens immediately took to online message boards and utilized SNS to share their angry thoughts.
Netizens commented, “I was so surprised that they cut out the most important dance part. I was also really upset that they put Block B first over the lesser known artists,” and “The cameramen didn’t even properly capture the members performance.”
Block B has showed power and compelling choreography through “Nanrina”. Member Zico also had a huge influence by producing 5 of the 6 tracks on their new mini album.
Cho PD, the mastermind behind Block B, has revealed that he once inquired about a loan for the first time in his life.
Cho PD said that he estimated the amount of money it would take to push the seven-member idol group and agency Brand New Stardom to the top; the figure made him think about putting in a loan application for the first time in his life.
He stated, “I’m not paying a monthly installment for my car, nor do I have any loans right now. However, I looked into how much money I could borrow by using our agency office as collateral, so that I would not have to receive help from outside sources.”
Cho PD’s investment in Brand New Stardom with Block B’s debut last year was said to be around 1.5 billion Won (~ $1,341,297 USD). Ten months later, it was estimated to have surpassed 2 billion Won (~$1,788,350).
Block B held an exciting comeback showcase for their new mini-album, “Welcome to the Block“. The showcase was comprised of performances and interviews, and it was during a Q&A session that member Zico addressed the issue of their banned songs.
To recap, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) had banned several songs from their debut digital album. Additionally, two songs from their comeback album, “LOL” and “Did You or Did You Not“, were also banned by both the MOGEF and KBS.
Leader Zico, who produced the album, explained, “It’s not that we don’t consider the regulations when we’re producing the songs, but I did often think that our freedom of expression was being interrupted. Still, I do acknowledge that as as a producer that creates songs meant for the public, it was a shortcoming of mine to not have paid more attention to the regulations.”
He continued, “There still is that feeling of disappointment, but I’m not going to remain stubborn blindly. I’ll still try to protect Block B’s color; it’s just that since our music is meant for the public, I will try to consider aspects to their tastes.”
Boy group Block B who just returned with a new album remarked that they were “nervous and excited.”
At a showcase that took place for their second mini-album ‘WELCOME TO THE BLOCK‘ in Seoul on February 1st, the boys remarked, “We are making a comeback after a long six months. There are six songs total on the album, and we personally produced five of them.”
“Our title song “Nanrina“ incorporates a synthesized blunt rhythm with groovy rap and vocals. The song is for everyone of all ages who enjoy hip hop,” they added.
They also explained the concept behind their title song. “The title “Nanrina” (to cause commotion or pandemonium in Korean) was decided to represent how much commotion we would cause in the music industry once we make our comeback. We are so excited to stand on stage after being away for so long. We ask for your continued cheer and support.”
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)
03. 했어 안했어
04. 싱크로율 100%
06. 난리나 (instrumental)
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).
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.
January 17, 2012
After having held successful showcases in Korea, Japan, and Singapore, Block B is set to have their next showcase in Thailand.
When: January 28, 2012 3-6pm
Where : LED CLUB RCA
Ticket Price : 1500baht (limited to 400 people only). CD + Fansign included
Block B have just kicked off their promotions for their comeback mini-album, ‘Welcome to the Block‘!
On January 13th, Cho PD tweeted, “Welcome to the BLOCK intro“, and linked a video from Block B’s official Facebook page.
The 22-second clip introduces each member amidst a highly intense background, further building the hype for Block B’s long-awaited comeback.
As reported earlier, ‘Welcome to the Block’ features five new songs all written and produced by leader Zico and Park Kyung. Their comeback is scheduled for February 2nd.
On January 11th, Korea’s largest hip hop music and music distribution portal, Hip Hop Playa, released their nominations for the ‘2011 Hip Hop Playa Awards‘.
Block B has been chosen as the promotional ambassadors for ‘Tokyo Gourmet‘!
Sponsored by Japan’s Daily Sports, ‘Tokyo Gourmet’ is a large-scale public event project held at Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park which attracts 90,000 people. With Korean culture spreading all over the world, organizers of ‘Tokyo Gourmet’ thought to spotlight Korean cuisine and culture this time, thus inviting Block B to represent the event.
Block B attracted 5,000 fans in their Tokyo showcase alone, and has been touring in other parts of the nation in addition to their recent visit to Singapore, recording exceptional achievements as a rookie group.
Brand New Stardom Entertainment expressed, “We haven’t begun discussions on contracts with Japanese or international record labels yet. They’ve just made their debut in Korea and are still considered a rookie group, so we don’t want them to be judged for their title instead of their skills. The showcases and their fan meets were organized as suggested by Japanese officials.”