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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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B1A4 to debut in Japan with “Beautiful Target” in June

Five member boy group B1A4 will be making their Japanese debut with the release of their first single in June.

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Streets of Japan covered with INFINITE’s ‘Be Mine’ promos

INFINITE is off to a great start with the release of their second Japanese single, ‘Be Mine‘!

On April 18th, the boys landed second on the Oricon daily singles chart on the day of its release and is still securely in second place as of the 19th. The boys were beat out by Mr. Children, a group that is considered Japan’s national group, so the feat is still a remarkable one for INFINITE.

Large LED screens featuring INFINITE’s pictures are also being displayed around the streets of Tokyo. Shibuya also has four LED screens in addition to promotional trucks running through the city, making it look as if Japan is quite literally covered in INFINITE.

Their success shouldn’t be too much of a surprise considering the boys swept the pre-order charts with all three versions of their single coming in at #1, #2, and #3 on Tower Records‘ daily sales chart, and Japan’s biggest music website, ‘music.jp‘, where the boys ranked all three of their songs on the weekly albums chart in the top three.

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Big Bang’s Interview with Oricon Style Japan (Part 2)

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Starting from “love at first sight” then becoming lovers…

Q: The album includes songs in various types/genres. Please describe them.

V.I: FANTASTIC BABY is the most energetic song in the album. You won’t only see it in our outfits. We filmed the music video with a fantastic feeling too.

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Big Bang’s Interview with Oricon Style Japan (Part 1)

BIGBANG 『Pressured!? Opening up about their mindset and thoughts on their new album!』

A turning point album for BIGBANG

Q: Before this interview, you were on the Telephone Shocking corner of ‘Waratte Iitomo’ (Fuji TV). Weren’t you nervous?
V.I: We’ve been on the show ‘Waratte Iitomo!’ before, so we were not that nervous.

Q: Unfortunately, you guys didn’t get the phone strap.
V.I: Yeah. Since we are gyudon (beef bowl) maniacs, we expected the audience to love gyudon too. A little bit disappointing.

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Se7en unveils the jacket photos for his new Japanese single, ‘Love Again’

Singer Se7en has released the jacket photos from his single album ahead of his Japanese debut.

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Big Bang & 2NE1, Simultaneously targeting Japan with new albums

Popular idols Big Bang and 2NE1 are said to take over Japan at the same time.
Both groups will start promotions with new Japanese albums on the 28th. Big Bang with “Alive” and 2NE1 with their first full album, “Collection.”

Big Bang’s “Alive” will have two new songs “Ego,” and “Feeling,” along with the songs from the 5th mini album, for a total of 10 songs.

“Feeling” became the theme song for Japanese animation “Transformer Prime,” and it was made by worldwide artist Boyz Noize, G-Dragon, and TOP.

2NE1’s first Japanese album will have Japanese versions of their hit songs from Korea, plus a bonus track of “Like a Virgin.”

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KARA, Girls’ Generation, 2PM, 2NE1, SHINee, and CNBLUE receive nominations for MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2012

Some of the top Kpop stars have received nominations at the MTV VMAJ 2012 (Video Music Awards Japan 2012).

On March 19th, MTV Japan revealed the nominees for the MTV VMAJ 2012 (Video Music Awards Japan 2012). KARA, Girls’ Generation, 2PM, 2NE1, SHINee, and CNBLUE all received nominations in various categories.

In the “Best Group Video” category, 2PM received a nomination for “I’m Your Man“.

In the “Best New Artist Video” category, CNBLUE received a nomination for “In My Head” along with 2NE1 with “I AM THE BEST“.

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Big Bang Will Carry out Promotional Activities in Japan and Korea Concurrently

On the morning of March 13th,a staff member of YGE made a phone call with OSEN news. They stated “When Big Bang makes their comeback in Japan on the 28th, they will promote in Japan and Korea  at the same time. Big Bang will start their Japanese promotions in the following week, but they will also continue to carry out their promotional activities in Japan, Korea and several other countries at the same time.”

Big Bang will be releasing a Japanese album which consists of 9 songs (those from the “ALIVE” album as well as 2 new ones). All of the lyrics and melodies were composed by G-Dragon.

G-Dragon shared his feelings through  the local press, We are back to producing good music and are focused on improving our stage performance. Big Bang members are expected to develop their own colors. Last year, there were several things that hapened, and now we can realize the importance of fans, the stage and music. We are grateful and sorry to the fans. Now, we will try to not make them worry and hope that they will be able to find us through our albums and concerts.”
After the release of their album, Big Bang is going to start their concert tour from 17th of May in 5 Japan cities and a total of 130,000 people are expected to participate.

Big Bang & 2NE1′s Activities in Japan Anticipated to Bring Record Profits

2NE1 will release its first studio album in Japan on March 28. After releasing its debut single in Japan last September, the group will be increasing its activities in the country.

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Big Bang “Non Stop Mix” Japanese CD Release Date (120214) [MISC.]

Regular price (tax incl.) : ¥1,980 (US$ 25.51, KRW 28,650 )
Release date: 04 Apr 2012
Genre: Japanese Pop
Catalog Number:UPCH1861
Format:CD
Label:Universal
Item sourced from:Japan
Number of Discs : 1
Other: Mix Cd

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INFINITE releases their Valentine’s Day gift, “INFINITE JAPAN STORY” for their fans

As a special Valentine’s Day gift for their Inspirits, the boys of INFINITE have released a video of the members making their debut in Japan!

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CNBLUE tops the Oricon Weekly Chart – first for a foreign band in 41 years

Via tokyohive:

Korean rock band CNBLUE‘s 2nd major single “Where you are” sold 60,000 copies in its first week and topped the Oricon Singles Chart for the week of February 13th.

CNBLUE made their indie debut back in 2009 and released their major label debut single titled, “In My Head” last October.

A foreign band has not topped the singles chart for 41 years. It last occurred back in January 18, 1971, when Canadian rock band Mashmakhan released their single “As the Years Go By” under the name “Two in the fog“. CNBLUE is the fourth Korean male artist to have topped the Oricon Singles Chart following TVXQ, JEJUNG (Jaejoong) & YUCHUN (Yoochun) (from TVXQ), and Jang Geun Suk.

The full weekly charts for the week of February 13th has not yet been released.

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Big Bang & 2NE1 to release Japanese albums on same day

Big Bang and 2NE1 will be releasing their albums in Japan on the same day. Will the move turn out to be a win-win strategy, or will this pitch the two groups against each other in an epic battle?

The big release is scheduled for March 28. Having two teams from the same agency release albums on the same day is, for obvious reasons, an unusual strategy.

A quote from a rep of YGEX, YG Entertainment’s Japanese counterpart, shows that the agency expects the move to benefit both groups and their fans. “Because the fanbases of the two groups greatly overlap, we believe that having the two groups release albums on the same day will please them even more.”

Big Bang plans to release its upcoming mini album Alive in Japan with a total of nine tracks, two more than the version to be released in Korea.

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CNBLUE becomes the first Korean artist to play on ‘MTV Japan Unplugged’

Korean rock band CNBLUE recently made an appearance on MTV Japan‘s Unplugged, taking the title as the first ever Korean artist to appear on the show.

MTV Unplugged is a music program that features intimate, acoustic sets from world-class artists like Eric Clapton, Oasis and Mariah Carey. Japan’s own version of the program began its broadcast last July.

The boys played a 12-song set that included some of their Japanese hits like “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Try Again, Smile Again” and “Kimio”. In addition, the band also debuted the acoustic rendition for their Japanese major-label debut single, “In My Head”, as well as their newest number, “Where You Are”.

Aside from the boys’ flawless performance, CNBLUE made headlines with the number of ticket requests made for the show. Reportedly, they drew a whopping 15,000 applications from fans wishing to attend the show (MTV Unplugged Japan only accepts 150 attendees).

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DSP Media to simultaneously debut new girl group ‘DSP Girls’ in Korea & Japan

 

Via tokyohive:

DSP Media, the home to hit girl groups KARA and Rainbow, has announced that they will be debuting their next girl group simultaneously in Korea and Japan!

The five member girl group is temporarily nicknamed ‘DSP Girls‘ and will be making their debut through an animation series titled, ‘Pretty Rhythm, Dear My Future‘. They’ll be attending the production conference in Tokyo on January 31st, and this will mark the first girl group debut through an animation show in both Korea and Japan.

The group is comprised of Haein (18), Shiyoon, Chaekyung, Somin (all 16), and Jae Eun (14). Despite still being in the debut preparation stage, they have been receiving CF casting offers from Nintendo and Whisper. At the production conference, the ladies will be performing their own cover of KARA’s “Pretty Girl“.

‘Pretty Rhythm’ is an animation and comic series detailing the debut process of girl group trainees. The members will be unveiled one by one before their debut, and their debut single itself will be released within the animation show.

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Big Bang and 2NE1 to Stand on the Same Stage with LMFAO & David Guetta at SPRINGROOVE

Big Bang and 2NE1 to appear at Japan best R&B and Hip-Hop festival “SPRINGROOVE”.

Japan SPRINGROOVE party said, “For this festival line-up, Big Bang and 2NE1 were introduced as the main cast.”

Started in 2006, as Japan’s largest R&B and Hip-Hop festival, SPRINGROOVE has been known for casting top stars locally and internationally.

In 2006, SPRINGROOVE invited Snoop Dogg, and after that, each year they invited Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, Akon, T-Pain, TLC, and other great R&B Hip-Hop singers to this big festival.

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Girls’ Generation, KARA, TVXQ, 2PM, Jang Geun Suk, and B2ST awarded at 26th Japan Gold Disc Awards

The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced the winners of “The 26th Japan Gold Disc Award” on January 27th, and many Korean artists were featured.

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N-Sonic to hold their first Showcase in Japan

After bringing happiness to fans in Indonesia, rookie group N-Sonic is now ready to sprinkle more joy and fun to K-Pop artists’ “a must” debut country, Japan. The group will be having their first showcase in Japan on January 23rd at Omotesando Ground for two performances (5 and 6:30pm). This will be their first showcase in Japan and second time to perform outside of Korea.

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U-KISS selected as #1 Hallyu group to watch out for in Japan

Boy band U-KISS has been selected as the #1 Hallyu group to watch out for in Japan this year.

Major Japanese portal site ‘Zapallas‘ conducted a survey asking users who they thought would be ’2012′s Greatest Hallyu star in Japan’. U-KISS member Kevin secured the #1 spot under the ‘Hallyu star’ category, while the group as a whole came in at #1 under the ‘group’ category.

100 famous Japanese fortune tellers also took part in the survey, making their decisions based on astrological signs, blood types, as well as 574 other ways to determine fortune for the new year. Taking into consideration that a drama series and a movie is being considered to be made about the boys in both Korea and Japan, the participants felt that U-KISS would be able to further make a name for themselves in Japan.

On top of speaking Korean, the U-KISS members also speak English, Japanese, as well as Chinese, and the boys have made their faces known by speaking English on global programs that aired overseas. This year, the boys are determined to succeed in Japan as well as deliver solid performances in Korea in order to rise to the top.

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Jang Geun Suk to Debut as Unit Group “Team H” in Japan

On January 18, Japan’s Oricon reported that the “Prince of Asia” Jang Geun Suk is set to release a new album in Japan as part of a unit group, “Team H.” Oricon introduced the new unit group’s album and future plans with the title, “Jang Geun Suk’s unit ‘Team H’ comes to Japan,” on its website.

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K-pop artists receive six RIAJ hard copy sales certifications for December 2011

Via tokyohive:

The Recording Industry Association of Japan (or ‘RIAJ’) has just released their hard copy sales certifications for the month of December 2011.  It should come as no surprise that albums from some of today’s most popular K-pop stars received certifications. CDs & DVDs from Girls’ Generation, KARA, Super Junior, 2PM, and Shinee obtained certifications last month.

This certification is based off the total numbers of CDs and DVDs sold to retailers.

RIAJ hands out these awards based on the following standards:

Gold – 100,000 units sold
Platinum – 250,000 units sold; Double Platinum – 500,000 units sold; Triple Platinum – 750,000 units sold
Million – 1,000,000 units sold; 2 Million – 2,000,000 units sold; 3 Million – 3,000,000 units sold
4 Million – 4,000,000 units sold; 5 Million – 5,000,000 units sold

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Super Junior to hold ‘Super Show 4′ at Tokyo Dome with 100,000 fans

Super Junior will be taking the stage at the famous Tokyo Dome.

On May 12th and 13th, Super Junior will be making their ‘Super Show 4‘ world tour stop in Japan at the Tokyo Dome.

Last December, Super Junior rallied 80,000 audience members through their two concerts which was held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan. Super Junior is planning to meet with 100,000 fans at their Tokyo Dome concerts.

Considering that Super Junior has not had any special promotions in Japan, being able to book a concert at the 100,000 capacity Tokyo Dome is a rather astounding accomplishment.

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GD&TOP’s Japanese single “Oh Yeah” to be sold in limited edition only

GD&TOP have announced that their first Japanese single album will only be sold as a limited edition.

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