Archive | March, 2012

Nichkhun wins ‘Most Influential Person’ award at Thailand’s Kerd Awards

31 Mar

2PM‘s ‘Thai Prince’, Nichkhun had been nominated for an award at Thailand’s KerdAwards. Now Nichkhun has won the honourable award of ‘Most Influential Person‘!

When Nichkhun went up on stage to accept his award 2PM’s most recent Korean hit song ‘Hands Up’ was played. In Nichkhun’s acceptance speech, he stated, “I’m just a child who always gives my full effort to those that I love. This is for the people who love me, for all my fans, and for the Thai people to make them proud. This award gives me so much motivation to continue to proudly work hard. I wish everyone good health and Thank you.”

Later on, he updated his twitter with even more thanks: “Thanks to everyone for their moral support this award means so much to me. I would also like to give thanks to @Woodytalk. Again, thank you to all of you who came out to the awards ceremony today. Thank you HOTTEST! ♥”

Congratulations Nichkhun on your win!

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SM Entertainment releases EXO Showcase preview video

31 Mar

SM Entertainment has just released an official video containing footage from EXO’s showcase which was held at the Olympic Hall in Seoul earlier on today. The video is 4minutes; 50secs long.

In this video we see close-up performances from the EXO members performing the teasers we all know and love and live performances of  What is Love, Into Your World, History, Mama, etc. At the end of the video SM puts out a message that the full HD version of the showcase will be released on April 5th!

I’m super excited for it!

Check out EXO’s Showcase Highlight below.

EXO Showcase Extravaganza part 2 [UPDATED]

31 Mar

Photos, videos and news from EXO‘s debut showcase can be seen all here.

Part 2 –> Videos/Clips.

EXO held their highly anticipated showcase today at the Olympic Hall in Seoul. The event was fun and life-changing for all who attended as it was the first time all twelve members of EXO all stood together on stage to perform and show their different personalities. With Leeteuk MC-ing, the showcase full of humour and amazing talent was shown on stage by all members.

Videos from the showcase are as follows…

EXO Showcase Highlight

Leeteuk’s MCing and Tao’s aegyo

Mama

History

Tao, Kai and Sehun aegyo

EXO Showcase Extravaganza part 1 [UPDATED]

31 Mar

Photos, videos and news from EXO‘s debut showcase can be seen all here.

Part 1 –> Photos.

EXO held their highly anticipated showcase today at the Olympic Hall in Seoul. The event was fun and life-changing for all who attended as it was the first time all twelve members of EXO all stood together on stage to perform and show their different personalities. With Leeteuk MC-ing, the showcase full of humour and amazing talent was shown on stage by all members.

Photos from the showcase are as follows…

 

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EXO performs possible debut single at Showcase

31 Mar

And yet another rumour sparks up as EXO performs a never heard before song ‘Mama‘ at their Showcase earlier today that might just be their debut song!

It seems likely that the song might be their debut song but we’ll all have to wait for a confirmation from EXO’s agency, SM Entertainment.

Much more EXO news will be coming soon.

Check out EXO’s performance of ‘Mama’ at their showcase below!

Simon and Martina hating on Shinhwa?

31 Mar

The very much loved and known Canadian couple, Simon and Martina are back with another update for their KpopCharts. If you don’t know who Simon and Martina are *gasp* it’s OK, go check out their webiste here.

This week their playlist includes: Shinhwa – Venus; CNBlue – Hey You and BtoB – Insane.

There is a sudden issue that has arisen this week, as Simon and Martina seem to have been a bit more insensitive than usual and to the legendary group ‘Shinhwa’.

The couple seem to be getting a lot of stick with this new video (as shown by the likes and dislikes bar on the video) as they seem to have said that Shinhwa belongs back in the past and isn’t right for the trend of K-pop today. “Shinhwa – even though we immensely respect them for doing all that they did in the past – are more relevant back in the past, not so much right now.”

Simon went on to say that when Shinhwa’s song ‘Venus’ came out on their Kpop charts it only got 1600 votes compared to B1A4 and EXO who got around 9000-10,000 votes, and therefore younger people are not really digging the song.

In the reaction to the video, fans are not too happy with the comment that Simon has made about Shinhwa belonging in the past. One viewer commented that Simon seems to be saying that it does not feel right for mature people to listen to Kpop music. Many are finding the video highly insensitive to older groups in Kpop.

Simon and Martina fired back at one commentator admitting that they are insensitve but they are also entitled to their own opinions.

As an avid follower of Simon and Martina @eatyourkimchi, I believe that the two are rightly accepted in expressing their own opinions and it is quite funny when they make fun of videos, but I think they went a little too far this time. Saying anything that negative about a very popular or legendary group like Shinhwa is crossing over to dangerous lines and they know that.

What do you think?

Outsider gets married

31 Mar

Being a fan of Outsider and great respecter of his amazing speed-rapping skills, it’s a pleasure to bring this great news.

Outsider was married on March 31st.

The wedding between Outsider (28) and his wife Kim Young from the rock band Eve, took place at 5pm KST at the Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul.

Outsider’s wife leads a ballet group and a cultural contents organization. The couple met through the Kim Young’s mother who worked in the concert business and introduced them to each other.

Outsider who is currently in military training said, “During military training, I had the thought that it might be fate. The love between each other has deepened so we decided to get married.”

The rapper also revealed how he proposed, “I got another set military dog tags and stars with our names engraved on them. It was a simple but emotional moment. I’m so happy.”

Congratulations to Outsider and his new wifey, Kim Young!

 

source: allkpop and nate

Op-Ed: EXO’s debut song!

31 Mar

So I’ve recently come to the conclusion that EXO are 12 ninja-robot-aliens. ‘Ninja’ because of their flawness dance moves; ‘robot’ because of their precise perfection and ‘aliens’ because they are from the Exoplanet. Their is more to it than that but uh… I just thought I’d share that with you guys.

Basically, this post is about the recent rumour that has been going around as of late saying that EXO will be debuting with their popular song: ‘Into Your World.’

If you don’t recognise the song by it’s title, here’s teaser #23 as a sample.

Now this song has appeared in a few EXO teasers and therefore is quite

popular amongst the EXOtics that are anticipated the debut of EXO. According to rumours that have been floating around very recently, SM Entertainment may have seen how popular the song is (even though we have not heard all of it yet) and decided to make it their debut song. However from what I see these are just rumours and to just give my personal opinion of this possible situation… I am not too happy with the possibility of ‘Into Your World’ being EXO’s debut single.

I absolutely adore the song. I just want to make that clear. I am someone that is very fond of ballad-esque songs and SM puts out a lot of good ballad-type songs thanks to Yoo Young Jin, just like: TVXQ’s ‘Before U Go’; SM the Ballad’s ‘Hot Times’; even EXO’s ‘What Is Love’. What Is Love was my absolute favourite song for a very long time (until History was released). I also love a lot of drama ost songs, so I’m definitely not one of those people that automatically won’t like a song just because it’s a ballad.

^^But my point is that I have found myself to be in the minority in that respect. There are many K-pop fans that would pick ‘Fantastic Baby’ over ‘Blue’ any day, or ‘Keep Your Head Down’ over ‘Before U Go’. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s just a taste of music and everyone has their different likes and dislikes. I’ve seen this happen so many times especially in K-pop though to the point where it becomes q

uite sad: e.g. At the time of when Wonder Girl’s Tell Me was released and became an immediate hit with a dance that swept the nation, another song came out around the same time. You may have never heard of it, you may have: Brown Eyed Girls -I Got Fooled By You.

This song could have been a bit more popular at that time if only it wasn’t a ballad. Now we all know Brown Eyed Girls but most of only because of their smash hit back in 2009: ‘Abracadbra.’ ‘Abracadabra’ was a dance song; do you see where I’m going here?

I see it all the time – and you’ve probably noticed this aswell – on music shows many artists perform but the ballad singers hardly get any recognition in the charts or as much fans cheering for them during their performances because they don’t have as large a fan base as the big groups like Super Junior or Big Bang. Even the groups with a huge global fanbase, their ballad songs don’t do aswell as their big dance tracks.

I’ve gone a bit off track here trying to explain my point but the idea is that I don’t think it a wise decision on SM’s behalf to  make ‘Into Your World’ EXO’s debut single.

I really thought EXO-K could be one of the first groups to actually win a mutizen for their debut single. The reason I thought this was because, the interesting way in which SM Entertainment have marketed these boys with their 23 fascinating teasers; their 2 prologue singles; and EXO’ modelling for W Korea and High Cut magazine, makes the situtation possible because EXO probably have more fans globally anticipating their debut that many other groups had before their debut. Because it has been 4 months since their first member: Kai was revealed, the EXOtics fanbase has grown and grown and now EXO have their own fan subs and fan clubs and they haven’t even debuted yet. I have actually never seen something like this – to this extent.

I’m thinking that it would be a shame for EXO to debut with a ballad-esque song like “Into Your World”. It’s alright now because everyone is loving the song but when EXO-K have to stand on stage and perform on shows like: Music Bank, Music Core, Inkigayo, M! Countdown, etc. can you really see them an award with that song. It’s possible; ofcourse it is, but I believe that soon enough people will get tired of the song because… well, it’s a ballad, and then EXO will not be getting the support they need on those music shows to win a netizen award like they deserve.

We can all see it and no one can say otherwise that EXO is a very hard-working group. Like I said before, they are like ninja-robot-aliens. They just seem so perfect and out of this world in their dancing; singing; looks; personalities; images; EVERYTHING! I’m not even fan-girling right now. I honestly feel this way.

I found out that their second prologue single ‘History’ is not on their album track list, but if they were debut I would rather have them have a big dance track that EVERYONE can love and do dance covers to. If EXO can spark off a rapid dance craze on their debut just like miss A did with ‘Bad Girl Good Girl’, that would be awesome; it would be powerful and EXO could prove how awesome they are. Their are plenty of songs that we have heard samples of out of the 23 teasers that could be a possibly amazing dance track title song.

1. My Lady
2. Time Control
3. Metal
4. Machine
5. Lightsaber
6. Run & Gun
7. Black Pearl
8. Into Your World
9. Phoenix
10. Let Out The Beast
11. Two Moons
12. What Is Love
13. Emergency

I will like to say again that I love ‘Into Your World’, I think it’s beautiful, I seriously cannot wait to hear the full song and I do wish it would do well as a title track, but in reality, EXO need a big dance track to start them off. At least then they can move on to the ballads like ‘Into Your World’.

For now, we will all have to wait to see, EXO debut showcase which will be happening within just hours. Fans all over the world are counting down the hours to the start of the showcase and we will be able to hear the full versions of the songs on their album. AWESOME!

On a last note, I will love their debut song no matter what it is. EXO Fighting!!!

Girls Generation’s Yuri joins Super Junior’s Siwon for Mamonde.

30 Mar

On March 30th, Girls Generation‘s Yuri was officially announced to be the model for famous Korean cosmetic brand: Mamonde. This means Yuri and Super Junior‘s Siwon will both be the company’s facial representatives.

Mamonde’s producer, Amore Pacific said they put Yuri in to add a fresh energy to the brand. They said, “Yuri’s exceptional talent and popularity transcending gender and all ages make her the perfect model to represent Mamonde, a brand that’s gaining popularity not just in Korea but also China.”

Amore Pacific went on to say, “By adding Yuri, who has a clean and energetic image, we believe Mamonde’s image as a global brand will only be enhanced, especially with the help of Choi Siwon, who has been working as our first official male model since last year.”

Yuri has released a statement to express her gratitude of being the main model for the brand, “I’m happy to be the main model for Korea’s main cosmetic brand that I’ve been a long-time fan of. Please look forward to the many charms I’ll come up with Mamonde.”

It was just last year that Siwon had a 21-day skin repair tutorial series through Mamonde’s official YouTube channel. You watch the first video here:

The rest of the series can be watched here.

Kim Tae Won asks Jay Park: “Aren’t you a part of 2PM?”

30 Mar

On yesterday’s episode of Mnet’s ‘Beatles Code 2’, MC Kim Tae Won asked quite a shocking question to Jay Park regarding the group, 2PM. Everyone on the studio seemed to be shocked by this question.

Kim Tae Won asked, “Aren’t you 2PM? Aren’t you part of the group?” Kim Tae Won seemed to really not know what happened three years ago. Jay Park was the leader of 2PM to begin with but he left the group back in late 2009 because of a scandal.

Jay Park however, handled the situation quite well and responded to Kim Tae Won in a polite way saying that he was no longer a part of the group. Kim Tae Won then went on to shockingly ask why Jay Park had decided to part ways with the agency.

Other MCs on the show then started to voice their complaints, asking him why he had brought up such a sensitive topic. Kim Tae Won replied, “I’m just trying to make him less nervous.”

Jay Park responded by saying, “A lot of things happened back then and now I work alone.” He then went on to say, “Working solo, instead of being part of a group, has its advantages because I get to make music that I want to try.”

Kim Tae Won asked, “Was this hard to do in a group?” Jay responded, “Because it’s a team. I can’t be selfish.”