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.
Big Bang and 2NE1 have been selected as the male and female groups most loved by the Hallyu fans in France.
The Paris office of Korean Tourism Organization has conducted ‘A survey to identify the status and distribution of Hallyu wave in France and the behavior of the Hallyu fans’ targeting 3,775 of local Hallyu fans. Big Bang and 2NE1 have each received 49.9% and 64.8% support coming in at #1.
The age range and gender of the fans who prefer 2NE1 and Big Bang were different. Big Bang was relatively highly preferred by male fans of Hallyu in France. As far a the age goes, Hallyu fans in their early 20′s seemed to prefer Big Bang. 2NE1 enjoyed most support of the Hallyu fans who are teenagers and those in their early 20′s and there was no significant difference between the genders.
The male group to rank #2 following Big Bang was Super Junior, then followed SHINee, B2ST, then 2PM. SNSD ranked #2 among female groups, followed by Miss A, f(x), then T-ara.
On March 8th, pictures of ‘We Got Married‘ couple T-ara‘s Eunjung and actor Lee Jang Woo getting married in Indonesia surfaced online!
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.”
MBC‘s ‘We Got Married‘ will be advancing into China!
MBC’s Hallyu content production team revealed that the Chinese version of ‘We Got Married’ is currently in production with a tentative air date beginning in February! The program will begin with two pilot episodes, and further development will depend on its success with the viewers.
T-ara‘s Hyomin and Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun have been the first to be cast for the Chinese version of the popular variety show. Hyomin will become a couple with Chinese idol group BoBo‘s Fu Xinbo while Kyuhyun will be coupling up with actress Lou Yi Xiao.
There will be a total of three couples; the final couple will be made up of famous Chinese actors and actresses. MBC representatives revealed, “MBC and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) will be co-producing the project. If there’s a positive response to the pilot program, we’ll develop the format.”
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 group T-ara member Hyomin admitted to having a kiss scene with actor Lee Jang Woo in the ‘Roly Poly‘ musical.
During the ‘Roly Poly’ press conference that was held at the Seoul Press Center on January 4th, Hyomin remarked, “In the script, there is a scene where Lee Jang Woo and I confirm our mutual feelings for one another and share a kiss. He is currently married to fellow member Eunjung on MBC‘s ‘We Got Married‘, but she doesn’t know about the kiss yet,” which caused everyone in attendance to explode in laughs.
“It’s a bit uncomfortable knowing that he is my ‘brother-in-law’,” she continued. “I don’t know if I should have received permission from Eunjung unni.”
When asked what the most difficult part of rehearsing was, she remarked, “The hardest thing was that we had T-ara promotions at the same time, so there was never enough time for practice. We would rehearse in our dressing room and in our van… It was easier because members Jiyeon and Soyeon are in it with me. We were able to practice our lines together and talk about the musical. It was fun“.
A poster featuring the girl group of ‘Dream High 2‘, HershE, was released as it is made up of T-ara‘s Jiyeon, SISTAR‘s Hyorin, and rookie singer Ailee.
HershE is a mysterious 3-member girl group that transferred to Kirin Art School, in which the group and male idol, Eden will have a bloody battle with Kirin Art School students.
Jiyeon, Hyorin, and Ailee will showcase a dynamic and powerful dance group, as they will attract the male students’ attention with their stunning looks.
As Jiyeon is being named as one of the most successful idol actresses, she will play Liam, who aspires to be the ‘Queen of the Cannes Festival’. Hyorin, with her powerful vocals and role as the leader of SISTAR, will act as the leader, Nana, who has a fresh personality. Meanwhile, Ailee will play the beautiful and talented Ailee, who often displays a disrespectful attitude as a bluff.
Actor Lee Jang Woo further proved that he is a loyal husband to MBC ‘We Got Married‘ wife, T-ara‘s Eunjung.
In order to display his loyalty to his wife Eunjung and his T-ara ‘in laws’, Lee Jang Woo has agreed to play a role in their upcoming musical, ‘Roly Poly‘.
The musical will tell the stories of seven older women who grew up in the 80′s including their past experiences with love and friendship. Singer Jang Hye Jin and actress Park Hyemi have also been cast for the musical, as well as Davichi‘s Kang Minkyung and T-ara’s very own Jiyeon, Soyeon, and Hyomin.
Actor Lee Jang Woo who is currently playing the role of the ‘bad guy’ in KBS 2TV‘s ‘Man of Honor‘ will be making a complete transformation into a romantic gentleman for ‘Roly Poly’.
The girls of T-ara will personally be picking out “flower boys” in a new reality show.
T-ara will be choosing the best contestant to run a “flower boy” street shop with them on SBS E!‘s ‘T-ara’s Flower Boys’. The contestants will be judged by the members, who will be working as “donation staff” in the shop.
Reportedly, the members are determined to choose the best guy since the show will be running under their name. To be determined as the best, the contestants will have to go through games and missions; there will also be hidden cameras around the boys.
The first episode of ‘T-ara’s Flower Boys’ will be broadcast on December 17th at 11PM KST.
Recently, we reported that Soyeon had replaced Hyomin as the leader of T-ara. Since it’s her first time taking charge in the group, Soyeon was understandably worried about her new role.
“Honestly, I feel stressed and I have a lot of heavy thoughts,” she confessed. “Hyomin, who came before me, did such a good job boosting T-ara’s popularity; I feel a responsibility to continue developing the team since I’m older than her.”
“T-ara’s leader doesn’t just look down from on high, but works at the lowest level, doing the menial jobs,” Soyeon said. “I will always perform my duties as one of the members.”
Soyeon revealed that this isn’t the first time she’s found herself in a position of power. “When I was in elementary school, I was the class president for five years,” she noted. “Since I don’t have any siblings, I like socializing with other people. I’ll use this skill to act as the intermediary.”
It’s been announced that T-ara‘s new leader will be Soyeon, who will carry the torch after Hyomin.
Soyeon will be acting as leader of the group through promotions for their new repackaged album single “Lovey Dovey.” Core Contents Media stated, “Soyeon is the team’s main vocal as well someone with a strong sense of responsibility. This is why she is now leader following Eunjung, Boram, and Hyomin.”
The leader of T-ara acts as the intermediary between the group and producers as well as stylists for six to eight months to make a decision on the style the team will take on.
Soyeon is currently consulting with the members to showcase a completely different side from “Cry Cry” when promoting “Lovey Dovey.” T-ara will be promoting with “Lovey Dovey” starting on January 1st, 2012.
Source + Photo: TV Report via Nate
by elliefilet @ allkpop
On December 5th, Core Contents Media revealed more details about T-ara‘s upcoming “Lovey Dovey” music video.
The agency stated, “A total of three music video directors will participate in the production of ‘Lovey Dovey’ music video, and a total of five versions including drama, dance, and club versions will be released.”
They continued, “‘Lovey Dovey’s first music video, the drama version starring Qri, will be 17 minutes and 30 seconds long, and will be released on the 24th, Christmas Eve… the teaser for this production was revealed on December 1st.”
“In addition to the drama version, currently 4 other versions of ‘Lovey Dovey’ music video are in the making… We are working hard to show you a variety of sides,” they added.
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
The star-studded cast for the upcoming KBS production ‘Dream High 2‘ has been generating widespread excitement as of late, and the latest idol to step into the highly-anticipated drama will be none other than T-ara‘s Jiyeon!
With several acting gigs already under her belt, Jiyeon will bring her acting talents over to her new role, which has yet to be specified. The casting was decided at a meeting with the producers last weekend.
“Although I’m already busy with domestic and foreign promotions, after reading the synopsis for ‘Dream High 2′ I decided to take it because it was a role that I wanted to play. I wanted to relive memories of my trainee days and as a hardworking student before it was too late,” she said. “I’ll be putting a lot of effort into it, so please be expecting it.”
Source: Sports Chosun via Nate
by MountainMadman @ allkpop
T-ara members Jiyeon, Hyomin & Soyeon will be starring in the ‘Our Youth Roly Poly‘ musical along with Davichi‘s Kang Minkyung.
Even before production of the musical, producers knew they wanted to perform the musical on stages all across Asia. International fans’ expectations for ‘Our Youth Roly Poly’ are higher than ever as it is being put on by Hallyu stars T-ara and Davichi’s Kang Minkyung who has previously showcased her acting skills in a drama series.
The musical will tell the stories of seven older women, and their past experiences with love and friendship. T-ara and Kang Minkyung will be playing the roles of the women in their youth, but the characters who will play the roles of the older women have yet to be revealed. The staff remarked, “We assure you that the cast to play the middle-aged women will be just as glamourous as the girls who will play the younger roles“.
“In the musical, the cute and sassy schoolgirls grow up and turn into women of society. They become mothers, wives, and professional career women. We hope everyone will look forward to the cast members that will be fulfilling the latter roles“, they continued.
Long before they became singers, T-ara‘s Jiyeon and f(x)‘s Victoria were young models for school uniform brands. On November 19th, a netizen shared some of their old photos through an online community board, causing many others to comment on how the idols hardly seemed to have aged.
Jiyeon’s photo especially drew interest, as the idol showcased an innocent type of beauty. She brushed back her bangs and didn’t wear any makeup, which gave her a ‘pure-looking’ image. Meanwhile, Victoria looks as sophisticated as ever with her thick curls and deep bangs. Considering how both girls are now at the forefront of the idol-fashionista line, netizens couldn’t hold back their surprise at seeing their fresh-faced looks.
Comments on the board included, “Even though it is a past picture, you can’t find any flaws in it”, “Both girls were beautiful then too”, and “I think their innocent look is even prettier.”
Source: Dailian via Nate
by phenom @ allkpop
T-ara has finally unveiled the official poster for their upcoming music video, “Cry Cry“!
The poster features the ladies of T-ara and actor Cha Seung Won, who was cast as the leading role for the movie-music video. Scenes seen in the poster were recently shot in Busan by director Cha Eun Taek, and they give an idea of a blockbuster film.
The 30-minute long music drama also features a second part for “Lovey Dovey“, which is said to be 180 degrees different in production style. “Lovey Dovey” will be released a week after “Cry Cry”, which is scheduled for release on November 9th.
T-ara will be holding their comeback stage on the same day.
Source + Photos: Everyday Economy via Naver
by VITALSIGN @ allkpop
The combined photos of idol groups is fast becoming a big hit on the internet. (From top to bottom: Female- f(x), SNSD, T-ara. Male- SHINee, MBLAQ, JYJ)
The photos above were posted on an online community board under the title, “Idols average looks.”
On the board, there were photos of JYJ, SHINee, 2pm, and MBLAQ and among female idol groups there were T-ara, f(x), and SNSD.
The poster stated, “Most them are good looking people, so naturally most photos came out nicely, but there are some groups that look quite unique.”
After a massive effort involving 64 countries and over 1,700 teams, the ‘2011 K-Pop Cover Dance Festival‘ has finally narrowed the short list of competitors down to 66!
The final round will take place in Gyeongju, South Korea on October 3rd, and will feature top idols as judges, including SNSD, B2ST, MBLAQ, T-ara, and others.
All participants in the final round will be treated to an eight-day tour of the country, including opportunities to meet their favorite Hallyu stars and enjoy cultural activities.
Also, whoever comes out on top will be awarded the eye-popping opportunity to stand alongside their idols at the Hallyu Dream Concert later this year!
by MountainMadman @ allkpop
K-Pop groups are sweeping the Oricon charts this week! In addition to T-ara‘s “Bo Peep Bo Peep” topping the Oricon daily singles chart, TVXQ‘s “Tone” has also come out on top for the daily album sales chart!
TVXQ has sold a total of 105,484 copies of their “Tone” album thus far, ranking them at the top of the albums category. Right next to them this week are T-ara and 2NE1, who’s topped the weekly albums chart with ‘NOLZA‘, recording 26,334 in sales.
September 28th will surely be a memorable day for most K-Pop fans as stars continue their streak of success in Japan.
Source + Photos: X Sports News via Naver
by VITALSIGN @ allkpop
Between the 5th and the 24th of this month, a plastic surgery hospital conducted a survey asking, “Who has the most beautiful face out of the members of all the girl idol groups?” Results have been compiled and with 47.7% of the votes, T-ara’s Jiyeon grabbed the number one spot. Behind Jiyeon, f(x)’s Sulli gathered 22.3% of the votes and came in second, while 2NE1’s Bom closed out the top 3 with 18.5% of the votes.
The organization responsible for the survey revealed, “People’s impression of Jiyeon is her cuteness. She has a small face, but her features are very distinct, thus making her expressions look extremely cute. Meanwhile, Sulli and Bom both have a beautiful, child-like faces.”
Additionally, a source from the CF industry also commented, “Jiyeon is cute yet also feminine. Her outgoing and straightforward personality is loved by a lot of young females, and she is being looked up to by many people. This favourable impression makes her to be a good choice to be different brands’ model.”
In regards to this survey, netizens expressed, “This is the most logical result,” and “Why did they conduct this type of survey?”
Do you agree with the results?
Source: Korea Star Daily
by spicyricecake @ koreaboo.com