Simply landing CF deals doesn’t seem to be enough for idols on their quest for world domination, as even singing ‘CM songs’ is now a required must for the hottest idol stars.
With the K-Pop boom being felt all over the world, the influence of idols has definitely reached new heights. Their names are regularly seen on everything from internet portals, variety shows, dramas, and endorsement deals, so it’s no wonder the advertisement industry is eagerly making full use of their potential.
CM songs, or theme songs for CFs and endorsements, has become an easy and effective way to increase marketing power for brands, as songs sung by idols will easily land at the top of music charts and earn an explosive response from consumers. Previously, bands like Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, JYJ, KARA, 2PM, and T-ara all have experience with hit CM songs under their belts.
Perhaps the strongest in the area is Big Bang thanks to their hits like “Stylish” for ‘Fila’, “So Fresh, So Cool” for ‘Hite Beer‘, and “Lollipop” for ‘LG Cyon’. Just these three tracks alone recorded over $883,978 USD in profits.
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“.
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.”
World renown hip hop producer Swizz Beatz expressed his hopes to one day see a collaboration between Rihanna and 2NE1.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and that means chocolate exchanges, romantic dinners, and flower bouquets for couples in love. Naturally, this includes celebrity couples as well, and netizens became curious to see which couple would stand out the most.
Music site ‘Monkey3‘ is famous for conducting online surveys, and they decided to hold another one in light of the upcoming holiday.
From February 2nd to the 8th, participants were asked, “Which star couple would make Valentine’s Day shine the most?”
The top recipient was none other than Se7en and Park Han Byul! The couple have been going out for 10 years, and so they collected 35 percent of the total votes, bumping off all other competitors.
Contrary to earlier reports that B2ST‘s Junhyung and Kara‘s Goo Hara were wearing couple bracelets, new reports have surfaced claiming that those are not couple bracelets.
Junhyung’s fans have come forth with the statement that, “Contrary to reports, Junhyung’s bracelet is not a couple bracelet, but a birthday wish bracelet that his fans gave to him last December 19th. As you can tell in the photos, Goo Hara’s bracelet has a longer charm than Junhyung’s. They are of completely different design.”
It is said that when one makes a wish as they put on the bracelet for the first time, it will come true after the bracelet has worn out and fallen off. This bracelet is reported to have been popular in America and Europe after 9/11, and has recently come to Korea.
Furthermore, the fans have added that, “Goo Hara’s bracelet is actually the same design as those of B2ST’s other members, Yang Yoseob and Jang Hyunseung“. The fans have even uploaded a picture of Yoseob with the identical bracelet to prove that they are not couple bracelets.
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.
KARA’s princess leader Park Gyuri recently kissed rapper Bang Yong Guk on the cheek during the latest episode of “LuLu LaLa”, sparking jealousy from comedian Jung Hyung Don.
It would not be an overstatement to say that 2011 was all about the girl groups. Girls’ Generation, T-ara, Brown Eyed Girls, KARA, Wonder Girls, as well as other female idols topped the charts and had a strong grip on the K-pop music scene.
But now, 2012 is shaping up to be all about the boys. CHAOS, F.I.X, TEEN TOP, as well as other rookie boy groups have began their new promotions to kick off 2012, and their powerful stage performances as well as their confident vocals are raising fans’ expectations for their 2012 activities.
Five-member boy group CHAOS released their first single “She is Coming” on January 6th. “She is Coming” is a cross between funky rhythm and Rock & Roll, and the MV for the song was met with an explosive response upon release.
CHAOS, which made its debut through SBS Inkigayo on January 8th put on an impressive dance performance dressed in pink and grey stage ensembles and showcased their vocals live for the very first time. Norazo‘s Lee Hyuk was also revealed to be their vocal coach, further raising fans’ expectations for the group as a whole.
Girl groups KARA and 2NE1 will be absent from the 2011 KBS Music Festival that is scheduled to take place at the KBS Hall in Yeoido.
An insider from the industry informed StarNews on the 27th, “KARA will be attending the the 53rd Japan Record Awards and therefore will be unable to attend the KBS Music Festival.”
The same insider also stated, “There is an award ceremony taking place in Japan the same day as the KBS Music Festival, and unfortunately, it looks like [2NE1] will be unable to attend as well.”
The 2011 KBS Music Festival will air on KBS 2TV on December 30th.
Source & Image : StarNews
by leesa86 @ allkpop
The grand prize winners from Japan’s ‘K-Pop Lovers! Awards 2011‘ have just been revealed!
SNSD was recently named as the girl group that grabs the most attention when seen on TV.
A Monkey3 survey was held from November 24th to the 30th, asking the question, “Which group catches your eye when appearing on TV?” According to the votes, SNSD ranked first with 182 (or 55%) of the 328 votes cast.
Participants stated, “My eyes focus on their dance and song“, and “All 9 members each possess different looks and special individual traits, which makes them stand out.”
The Wonder Girls came in second with 51 votes (16%), followed up by T-ara in third with 13%, and Brown Eyed Girls in fourth with 9%. Both SECRET and KARA tied in fifth with 4%.
Source + Image: HG Times
by Kingpolo @ allkpop
SNSD, KARA and TVXQ have been confirmed for this year’s NHK‘s “Kohaku Uta Gassen“, Japan’s biggest year-end music event.
Sankei Sports and other local newspapers reported that SNSD and KARA will join the list of attendees for the first time, and that TVXQ will be attending for the group’s third time in a row.
Sankei Sports reported, “It was already big news that Korean stars Jang Geuk Suk, Supernova, 2PM and SHINee would be performing at the event, [so it’s exciting that] SNSD, KARA and TVXQ have been confirmed as well.”
The Kohaku Uta Gassen will be holding its 62nd event this year on December 31st. The three Korean groups will be joining a veritable line-up of singers, who will then be divided into teams of two (Red and White), to compete in a singing battle in front of a panel of judges.
by heartfacee @ allkpop
TVXQ and KARA have been selected as winners in the Japan Record Awards for Best Works.
On November 19, the Japan Composers’ Association, in charge of the Awards, announced the list of the winners and nominees of the Awards. On the list were TVXQ’s “Why? (Keep Your Head Down)” and KARA’s “Go Go Summer.”
Ten songs that have been selected as Best Works are nominees for the Grand Prize of the Year. Among these ten nominees are Japanese girl group AKB48, Kana Nishino, AAA and more.
2NE1 has been nominated for the Best New Artist. 2NE1 will also vie for the Best New Artist on the day of the event along with other nominee miu0214MIU, Super Girls, Fairies and more.
After speculation arose of Supernova‘s maknae Geonil to be casted in a Korean drama, official information surrounding the new drama was revealed earlier today.
Yesterday, Seungri and FT Island were added in the list of artists that will be performing in this year’s Seoul Tokyo Music Festival. The event’s official site has just been updated and they have announced that Seungri will be one of the festival’s MCs, along with FT ISland’s Hongki and KARA’s Gyuri and Hara.
Seoul Tokyo Music Festival 2011 will be held at the Saitama Arena in Tokyo on November 9th. Aside from Seungri, KARA and FT Island, other artists in the line-up are: 2NE1, Heo Young-saeng, Kim Kyu-jong, MBLAQ, Brown Eyed Girls, Rainbow, ZE:A, INFINITE, Teen Top, Dal★Shabet and A-PINK.
Source: STMF Website
KARA’s Goo Hara, who is currently in a relationship with B2ST’s Jun Hyung, said she once said sorry to one of the fans of B2ST.
On Radio Star aired on the 19th, Goo Hara answered “she didn’t” to the question, “did you tell Jun Hyung that you were going to make a guest appearance on Radio Star?”
About the reason that she decided to open her relationship with Jun Hyung to the public, she said, “I was sorry to other KARA members because we weren’t actually going out at that time.”
To the question, “did you two feel little awkward because there was a rumor that you broke up with Jun Hyung,” she answered, “that rumor was spread because we both were busy and couldn’t talk to each other very often. We are doing fine now,” saying the rumor wasn’t true.