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YG Entertainment’s upcoming girl group seems to parallel 2NE1?

YG Entertainment recently revealed yet another ‘mystery girl’.

On May 11th, YG Entertainment released a video teaser featuring a potential member of the agency’s upcoming girl group on the YG-Life Blog. The new mystery girl seems to have outstanding dancing skills and, according to reports by media and fans, is rumored to be a 16-year-old half Caucasian and half Korean trainee from Thailand.

With three ‘mystery girls’ in total, including Kim Eunbi and Euna Kim, who were already known to the public through Mnet‘s ‘Superstar K‘, it seems like the members and overall structure of the new upcoming group shows several similarities to 2NE1, who made a powerful and impacting debut into the Korean music industry in 2009.

First, despite her young age of only 17, Kim Eunbi was one of the Top 6 finalists in 2010′s ‘Superstar K2‘. Many are anticipating that she will most likely be the main vocal or the ‘Park Bom‘ of this new group. During the second season of ‘Superstar K’, Eunbi showed her quirky and honest personality that captured the hearts of many male fans, which seems similar to 2NE1 Park Bom’s four-dimensional and dorky personality.

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The ages of YG’s new girl group members garner interest

Ever since photos of YG Entertainment‘s new girl group members have been released, fans have been showing a lot of interest in the group and especially in the members’ young ages.

What they found interesting is that the members revealed so far are all born between 1993 and 1996.

Kim Eunbi is the oldest of the group as she was born in 1993. Kim Eunbi first appeared on ‘Superstar K2‘, and made it to the top 6 with her vocal talent. Another confirmed member is Euna Kim who was born in 1994. She failed to make it to the top 10 of ‘Superstar K3‘, but impressed viewers with her overflowing talent and potential.

The other two mystery girls are actually younger than Kim Eunbi and Euna Kim. The first mystery girl whose name is Jenny Kim was born in ’96, and has been training at YG since a very young age. The second mystery girl was born in ’95, and is garnering interest for her innocent and pretty face.

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G-Dragon Was an SME Trainee, Could He Have Been a Member of DBSK?

It was revealed that G-Dragon used to be a trainee with SM Entertainment. That makes one wonder, what if G-Dragon had been a part of DBSK, or even Super Junior? On May 8, Mnet’s “Wide Entertainment News” revealed 8 secrets about celebrities’ pasts.

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Music industry insiders speculate that YG’s new girl group will debut in September

YG Entertainment‘s new girl group has been garnering a lot of interest among K-pop fans even before their debut. Every time YG released a new photo of a potential girl group member, the reveals immediately ranked #1 on various portal sites. This has left fans to naturally question when their actual debut will be.

YG has currently revealed 4 potential members so far, with 2 members confirmed for the girl group. Similar to 2NE1‘s debut in 2009, YG has been very careful in the way they release information about the debut of their new artists. The agency has kept their mouth shut on any information concerning the members of the new girl group and their debut, always offering the vague answer of “nothing has been confirmed yet”.

Despite the vague answers and lack of details, there are rumors within the music industry that YG’s new girl group is set to debut in the coming fall around September.

On May 8th insiders in the music industry revealed to Star News, YG always meticulously prepares and shows their unique marketing strategy before a group’s debut. Just because they revealed some information about the new members does not mean they will publicly reveal this group right away. Producing the perfect song that matches with the new girl group’s style and image will take at least a couple of months. When you look at this from multiple perspectives, there is a great possibility that this new girl group will debut around September. This prediction also takes into account that YG has previously mentioned that the debut of the group will take place within this year.”

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YG Entertainment shares a new picture of a potential member of their upcoming girl group

YG Entertainment has released a new picture of an unnamed lady through their official YG-Life blog!

On May 4th, the blog uploaded a charming black and white photo of a girl, presumably to be included in the company’s upcoming girl group. Last month, the blog released a picture of Jenny Kim, and following in the same format, no further details are released aside from the title of “Who’s that girl?”

When asked whether she is a trainee joining their new girl group, representatives stated, “There is nothing confirmed yet.”

The blog has been consistently updating on their trainees, with previous practice videos of Kim Eunbi and Euna Kim, along with a ‘Mystery Girl’ photo of Kim Jenny.

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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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Big Bang to promote Korea by saying “Hello”

Big Bang participated in a public campaign to warmly greet foreigners for the year of Visit Korea.

On April 30, Visit Korea Committee reported that Big Bang would appear in the 2012 public campaign advertisement to warmly greet foreigners, titled “Let’s Say Hello First!”

This public campaign advertisement was created in order to improve the image of Korea by warmly greeting foreigners with smiles as over ten million foreigners are visiting Korea nowadays.

In the advertisement, which was shot at Gwanghwamun Square, Big Bang sing a campaign song about how to say hello in different languages.

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Big Bang’s staying power, “Fantastic Baby” in Top 10 on music charts for 10 consecutive weeks

Big Bang once again proves that they are the kings of K-Pop.

Their fifth mini-album ‘ALIVE‘ has been acknowledged for its strong staying power, as “Fantastic Baby” still remains on the charts 10 weeks after its release. ”Fantastic Baby” is #8 on Melon, #9 on Mnet.com and #10 on Olleh Music.

Representatives from the music industry remarked, “In the music market, new albums get shuffled around and the life span of songs on music charts are extremely short. There are many songs that seize the #1 spot in real time, but there are very few that remain within the Top 10 for more than 2 weeks.”

“Big Bang’s long 2-month run is truly a rare sight,” they continued.

Big Bang’s hits “Blue“, “Fantastic Baby”, “Bad Boy“, “Ain’t No Fun“, and “Love Dust” all ranked within the Top 10 on the various Korean music sites.

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Will YG Entertainment’s new girl group be like Girls’ Generation or 2NE1?

Earlier this year, YG Entertainment caused a big storm in the media when it announced that it was preparing for the debut of a new girl group. Since YG serves as a home to worldwide K-pop stars such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Tablo, and more, it came as no surprise that the group would garner massive attention.

The announcement that the group would feature more than 7 members caused a firestorm of comparisons to industry established groups such as Girls’ Generation, as well as T-ara and After School, groups which recently saw the expansion of members to 9. In addition to theses comparisons, much debate is held over the stylistic and artistic direction of the group in relation to the much celebrated YG girl group, 2NE1.

While YG is currently mum on the details of the group, it is certain that the group will feature two previous ‘Superstar K‘ contestants, Kim Eun Bi and Euna Kim. Furthermore, the unexpected photo release of mystery girl Jenny Kim of the Netherlands added to the rising anticipation for the group. Industry veterans have made the analysis that this steady flow of unannounced leaks is YG Entertainment’s way of gauging the public response in order to better determine and formulate the characteristics of the group.

When 2NE1 made their debut, the public response was no less than explosive. With an energetic shout of “Nolza!“, the fearsome four swept the charts with a combination of melodic and addictive sounds with powerful performances.

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G-Dragon’s hair gives him a new character

G-Dragon didn’t get long hair for nothing; he’s really playing the part.

The user of an online community recently uploaded a series of photos titled, ‘G-Dragon Eating Ramen While Holding Back His Hair’. The photos were from the April 23 broadcast of Japan’s popular late-night program Shabekuri 007 on Nihon TV. On the show, Big Bang appeared with an interpreter, but managed to get around in Japanese without the interpreter’s help.

Near the end of the episode, the producers treated the group to ramen from a famous restaurant in Tokyo, and G-Dragon was caught eating while holding back his long hair or covering his mouth when he talked.

To the show, netizens left reactions such as, ‘G-Dragon explodes with femininity! He looks gentler than a girl. It’s funny and cute at the same time’ and ‘Seungri speaks like a native’.

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Lotte Duty Free May 2012 Calendar with Big Bang [PHOTOS]

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Internet sensations Sungha Jung and Megan Lee want to work with YG Family

They may seem as different as chalk and cheese, but Korean-American singer Megan Lee and Korean self-taught guitarist Sungha Jung have more than just their love for music in common.

For one, both shot to fame after their videos on video-sharing platform YouTube went viral.

Megan and Sungha were the opening acts for the MFW 2012 yesterday, performing three covers, which included Adele’s Someone Like You and Korean singer Narsha’s I’m In Love.

The duo also shared common interests in their favorite singers — all of whom are from Korean entertainment company YG Entertainment — which should not come as a surprise.

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Big Bang’s “Bling Bling” Punk Look

Big Bang is a daily topic for not just music, but other things, like title song selection, unique music videos and visuals, and their individual fashion style. From their music video clothing to their performance clothing, they have been gathering much interest. Their shocking hairstyles and everything in general is interesting the general public as well as fans.
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Big Bang on ‘MTV World Stage’ to air in 160 countries

Big Bang will be meeting with fans in 160 countries around the world through MTV World Stage-Big Bang Alive before the start of its world tour.

MTV World Stage-Big Bang Alive will air worldwide on May 4. Most of the broadcast will be devoted to the group’s performances of tracks from its fifth mini album Alive.

The performances of Bad Boy, Fantastic Baby and Blue from the group’s Big Bang Alive Tour 2012 held in Seoul in February will be making it into the broadcast, which is expected to effectively draw anticipation from the fans waiting for Big Bang’s world tour to come by their countries.

More performances from Alive and interviews of the members previously revealed through the ‘YG On Air’ service on Naver Music will air alongside the other videos.

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GD&TOP, SNSD, and Miss A to have Collaboration Stages with “Kpop Star” Top 3

A dream-like stage will be put on for SBS‘ “K-Pop Star,” which is now at the top 3, Park Jimin, Baek Ahyeon, and Lee Hayi. Top Korean stars G-Dragon and TOP, Girl’s Generation, and Miss A will be collaborating with the three contestants.
On the 18th, a representative revealed to Star News that G-Dragon and TOP will be performing on the K-Pop Star episode to be aired on the 22nd for a collaborative stage.

Girl’s Generation, who is talked about every day even though they are not currently promoting, will also be collaborating with one contestant.

Miss A, who released title song “Touch” with their new mini album in February, is also planned to perform that day.

People are interested because GD&TOP, Girl’s Generation, and Miss A are not only featured on the show, but are actually performing on this audition program. This show is continuously pleasing k-pop fans, as the top 3, Park Jimin, Baek Ahyeon, and Lee Hayi are rising to fame.

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Identity of YG Entertainment’s mystery girl revealed

YG Entertainment‘s mystery girl’s identity has been revealed by the netizen investigators. On April 10th, YG revealed just one picture of the mystery girl, who immediately gained a lot of interest from the netizens.

Netizens have identified the girl in the picture as Jenny Kim(17) from the Netherlands, who was born in 1996. YG confirmed this information and couldn’t hide their surprise when they commented, The name and age are right. She moved abroad when she was very little so we didn’t think her information would be discovered if we shared her picture in Korea.

YG also shared that Jenny Kim is fluent in Korean, English, and Japanese and was chosen to be a trainee by Yang Hyun Suk himself for her talented dancing and singing. She’s been a trainee for several years now.

However, when asked if Jenny Kim is one of the member for the new girl group, YG answered, Nothing has been confirmed yet. As reported previously, when YG put up the blog post about Jenny Kim, it was accompanied by the title, “Who’s That Girl?“. There was no mention of her identity or how and when she would be debuting.

But considering YG’s pattern of taking a long time and producing unexpected promotions for their artists, it seems highly likely that Jenny Kim with her pretty looks, and ability to speak three languages, will be one of the members of the new girl group.

[Update: There seems to be some confusion about whether Jenny Kim is from the Netherlands or Australia, as the Korean news sources have stated Netherlands, while some unconfirmed sources have stated Australia. Stay tuned for the confirmation.]

Source+Picture: Star News via Nate | allkpop


Big Bang’s caricatures– “the seaweed hair is alive”

BIGBANG‘s caricatures have become a hot topic.

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Big Bang’s cover contest gathers heat with celebrity contestants

A lot of groups are out to try their hands at becoming Big Bang.

Big Bang’s official survival cover contest is gathering a great variety of contestants – including even celebrities.

The three-week preliminaries for the Fantastic Baby cover contest held on Nate Pann drew in a total of 213 teams, with 1100 people. The views for all the videos added up to 6.4 million, proving the great attention the contest was gathering.

What’s notable in the contest is that it managed to draw in some interesting participants with interesting backgrounds.
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Teen Top covers Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” for Big Bang Cover Contest?

Big Bang‘s Global Cover Contest is well underway, and it looks like the boys of TEEN TOP took the time to also participate in the event!

A video of some of the TEEN TOP members covering Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” has been surfacing all over the internet.

Niel, Ricky, and Changjo put on a fierce dance performance that was so spot-on, VIP‘s couldn’t help but applause their efforts.

They did the Big Bang members proud.

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Big Bang scheduled to film a music video for a new song

Big Bang, ‘New Song’ Preparing a Massive Secret Music Video.. Why?

Five member boy group Big Bang is preparing to film a music video once again for a new song.

According to multiple music officials, Big Bang will be filming a music video from the 18th to the 20th.

The song that they are filming for is not from the 5th mini album that was released in February, but rather a new and unreleased song.

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NU’EST, “We all like TVXQ and Big Bang”

Excerpt from rookie group NU’EST’s interview with WStar News:

Q: Excluding your sunbaes of the same agency, who is your favorite singer?

JR: The members all like TVXQ and Big Bang. As for individually, I like Eminem. At first, no one appreciated him, but he put in a lot of effort and later, he achieved recognition from white people, black people, everyone and became the best singer. I also want to try to become the best musician recognized by everyone.

Ren:
I like Michael Jackson and Beyonce. I long to take after their perfection.

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Big Bang is the foreign artist who attracted the largest crowd of fans in Taiwan Airport

Big Bang was welcomed warmly by their fans in Taiwan.

On 9th, Big Bang arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Starting from the morning of that day, there were fans going to the airport to welcome them and at last there were a total of 1200 of them. Local media also came to the airport to report their arrival.

The fans who were waiting at the airport told the members,‘ please hold a concert in Taiwan.’ There were placards on which such a wish was written on. We can feel the wish of the fans here.

Big Bang then held a an official press conference in Taipei 101. CTV, CTS, FTV, TTV, China Times, Liberty Times were all there. There were a total of about 100 local major media  to report the news.

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Mysterious girl posted on ‘YG Life Blog’ part of YG’s upcoming girl group?

A photo of a girl was posted on the ‘YG Life Blog‘ today with the mysterious title, “Who’s that Girl???”

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Trainees Euna Kim and Kim Eunbi confirmed for YG’s upcoming girl group

Recently, YG Entertainment released a practice clip of their two female trainees, Euna Kim and Kim Eunbi. Through OSEN, officials have confirmed that the two have been given the go by CEO Yang Hyun Suk as the new members of their upcoming girl group.

The girls showed the world their new and improved talents through a cover of Sam Sparro‘s “Black & Gold” through a video update on the YG blog. Fans that had been following the girls since their audition program (‘Superstar K’) days knew immediately just how much they had improved with their natural flow and solid skills.

Being chosen as a trainee alone is a big accomplishment, so for the girls to earn the ‘OK’ from Yang Hyun Suk himself means they’re already on to well paved road with their futures.

With Kim Eunbi already having been confirmed previously, and with signs pointing for the same with Euna Kim, fans are already anticipating the upcoming girl group.

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