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B2ST is stronger with ballads?

B2ST’s release of their brand new ballad “I Knew It” was met with yet another explosive response, reminiscent of their success with their previous ballad hit “On Rainy Days”. While the songs’ musical composition as well as the boys’ vocal talents are without a doubt credible for the ballads’ magic, analysts have pondered why B2ST’s ballads chart significantly higher than their title tracks.

“I Knew It” was released on January 25th, and the song was an all-kill on a majority of mainstream music charts. Not only did the song enter the top spot from day one, it held the number one position for 3 days.

The most surprising part about the song’s success isn’t the longevity or its quick rise to the top ten spot. Rather, it’s the fact that the song was able to grab the top spot despite the fact that B2ST is currently not doing any television promotions for any albums whatsoever.

One may say that B2ST’s large fandom is the obvious reason for the success.  However, given the fact that the song’s success was met in just three days, and with a ballad song at that, fans and netizens marveled at B2ST’s ability to capture the top spot with not only dance numbers, but with songs of other genres as well.

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Cube’s new boy group shows off performance talent on ‘I Live in Cheongdam-Dong’

The officials at Cube Entertainment have been keeping their lips sealed on the agency’s upcoming seven-member boy band, but fans are getting a sneak peek at the young men’s talent through a televised sitcom performance.

It was reported back in December that five members of the group would be part of the jTBC sitcom, ‘I Live in Cheongdam-Dong‘. The young men take on the roles of an aspiring boy group mentored by Jo Kwan Woo, also working toward a debut in the show. The young men put together a performance in the 35th episode that showed off the idols’ skills.

An official had previously explained that Cube’s new group would be skilled in vocals, rapping and dance. Though the young men haven’t actually debuted in the real world yet, their sitcom characters’ performance gives us a first-ever look at these talents.

Watch the performance at 26:16 here!

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B2ST will perform a new song at their Seoul concert next month

B2ST has revealed that they’re busily preparing for their next new song.

Representatives of Cube Entertainment revealed on January 2nd, “B2ST will be releasing their first new song of 2012 before the start of their world tour. The song will be performed next month for the first time at their Seoul concert.”

As previously revealed, the boys will be touring 21 cities worldwide starting February 4th. They’ll also be releasing three digital singles before a final mini-album in April.

The representative continued, “During their world tour, B2ST will be presenting their fans with songs from a variety of genres like ballad, medium tempo, and dance.”

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Cube Entertainment to hold ’2012 Cube Star Audition in Korea’

Cube Entertainment will be holding their first nationwide audition tour in 2012!

Starting on January 5th, the company will kick off their eight-city ‘2012 Cube Star Audition in Korea‘ in Junju, followed by Kwangju, Daegu, Busan, Daejun, Wonju, Seoul, and Jeju.

Contestants can apply in the areas of dance, singing, acting, modeling, and MCing. There are no restrictions based on nationality, gender, or age – anyone can participate.

4minute and B2ST showed their support to the auditioners by stating, We’re looking for the next stars to follow in 4minute, B2ST’s, and G.NA‘s footsteps to becoming the future of Cube Entertainment. We hope that you achieve all that you have dreamed. We’ll always be supporting our future stars.”

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Netizens compare the buildings of idol companies

From left to right: 1. SM, Cube, DSP Media 2. YG, Loen, Starship 3. JYP, Core Contents Media, Dream Tea

On December 29th, a post with a compilation of company photos began circulating on an online community board, leading netizens to compare and contrast the vastly different buildings from one another.

Netizens quickly noticed that SM Entertainment’s looked like a town hall, YG Entertainment‘s looked like a venture company, JYP Entertainment‘s looked like a theater, Cube‘s a cafe, Loen’s a bank, Core Content Media‘s an officetel, DSP Media‘s a wealthy home, Starship‘s a villa, and Dream Tea‘s a townhouse.

Netizens commented, “YG’s building is really amazing,” “Loen really does look like a company building,” “SM’s is kind of funny,” and “SM’s looks better on the inside.”

 

Source + Photos: Donga via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop


B2ST announces 21-city world tour + Cube to debut new 7 member boy group

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.

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Following Trouble Maker, Cube Entertainment announces 2nd unit group

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