News: Lee Jun Ki Representing Korea in Shanghai World Expo

2 04 2010

Actor Lee Jun Ki has been picked to promote Korea at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. He received a letter of appointment from the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency at its headquarters in Seoul on Wednesday. Lee will attend various promotional events at the expo to be held from May to October in the Chinese city.

Lee was selected for his huge popularity across Asia, especially in Chinese-speaking countries as well as Japan and Thailand, KOTRA said.

Lee has also been serving as the promotional ambassador of the Korea Tourism Organization since last year. He recently made a free voice appearance on Korean language learning materials for foreigners slated to be published this month.

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: Chosun Ilbo


News: Wonder Girls Dominate Charts

2 04 2010

After becoming the first Korean artist/group to make it onto the Billboard Charts with their hit “Nobody”, the Wondergirls are showing no signs of slowing down by dominating the music charts in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

After releasing their “Taiwan Special” album in Taiwan last February 10th, they quickly shot to number one on several of the major online and offline music charts such as G-Music, E-Momo Music Channel, Chinese Telecom emomo Charts, etc. It was announced that they even took the top spot on the major KK Box chart this week!

The Wondergirls have sold 25,000 copies of their album in less than two months time. To put that into perspective, the record number of albums being sold by a foreign Asian artist in Taiwan or Hong Kong during a short amount of time stands at 30,000 albums. Read the rest of this entry »

News: Wonder Girls Returning to Work?

1 04 2010

[They] launched the ‘Nobody’ wave in September 2008 & debuted in America the following year. After a long separation of 1 year & 3 months, the official word is that WONDERGIRLS’ new album will be released in America during the month of May. It will include new songs in Korean, English & Chinese versions. In addition, there will be 2-3 weeks of domestic stage activities to reach out to the multitude of fans.

WONDERGIRLS will confirm the “Dream Concert” in May to be their homecoming stage comeback. As their first appearance since replacing a group member, there is cause for scrutiny. This performance will mark the start of their domestic stage comeback. An organizer said, “WONDERGIRLS’s homecoming will be the climax of the show.”

To prepare the new album, the WONDERGIRLS member recently returned to work. As lead soprano Ye Eun divulged: WONDERGIRLS is in fact already in Korea, recording for their new album & filming a MV. They also brought back their performance costumes, & will return to America early next month.

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Source: qoxie@wgspectacle

News: BIG BANG and Other Asian Artists in MTV Live

1 04 2010

Peoples! It’s time to tune your TVs!

Many top-notch Asian artists will gather in “MTV LIVE 05.30.10” on May 30,2010 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo.

“MTV LIVE” is the most popular live event that has been held by MTV JAPAN since 2008.

The event theme this year is “Through Live. Connecting Asia” and features four acts from Japan along side with the leading Asian acts in the music scene.

Starting with the most popular dance vocal group that sweeps all 2009 best newcomer awards, BIGBANG. Soul and R&B singer, JAY’ED, Vanness from F4 on his solo career and most popular group both in Japan and Asia, w-inds.

The ticket will go on pre-sale for the artists’ Fan Club members only on Thursday April 1 and to the public on Thursday April 8.

The program will air on MTV JAPAN, MTV ASIA and its international channels to 200,000,000 households worldwide.

I’m so excited! These are all top-notch celebrities! Now who’s excited with me?

Credits: asianfanatics

Source: MTV Japan

Translator: Team.BIGBANG

News: 2NE1’s Boyish Photo Shoot

1 04 2010

Part 1: 2NE1, the first boyish photoshoot – “Did you say we looked like boys?”

‘Even while wearing boyish clothing, can they still express themselves in a sexy and polished way?’

Representative girl groups from South Korea participated in the ‘2010 Big Project Girl Group Crossdressing Photoshoot”, a collaboration between Star News and fashion site Style M for the fashion magazine Arena’s May issue. The first to appear is 2NE1.

From the second that 2NE1 debuted, they were deemed the ‘Female Big Bang’ and proved to be completely different from current girl groups at that time. Whatever these girls wore became the trend and became a brand. For example, last year, CL’s unique glasses were a huge hit, as well as Sandara Park’s antenna hairstyle. In addition, Park Bom’s lovely style and Gong Minzy’s cute bob hair cut became a trend as well.

On the 29th, 2NE1 was at the studio located in Shinsadong in the southern part of Korea. Finally given a break from their fashion shows, CFs, photoshoots, and several other schedules, 2NE1 seemed much more relaxed. Their outer appearances seemed to have changed too.

CL sported a popstar-like reggae perm; instead of Sandara Park’s palm tree hair, she had a round twisting ‘snail’ hair style; Park Bom had a uniquely feminine and lovely perm; and instead of ‘Ero’ Minji’s short bob, it became a wavy upstyle.

“This photoshoot’s concept is tomboyish. 2NE1 is going to be wearing Read the rest of this entry »

News: TVXQ Achieves Oricon Feat

31 03 2010

Popular male group TVXQ, also known as Tohoshinki and DBSK, has achieved a new feat in Japan’s Oricon Charts, Yonhap News reported.

TVXQ released its 30th single, “Toki Wo Tomete” (Please Stop Time), and a new remix album, “TVXQ Nonstopļ¼¨MIX VOL. 2”, last week. “Toki Wo Tomete” topped the weekly singles charts with 195,000 copies sold, while the album was number 3 in the album charts, selling 380,000 copies.

It was the first time in 15 years that an international artist had an album and single in the Top 3 of both the Oricon singles and album charts in the same week.

The last time it happened was when American pop superstar Mariah Carey’s single “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and album “Merry Christmas” were both ranked #3 in the weekly singles and album charts in December 1995.

The last international male artist to achieve the feat was Read the rest of this entry »

News: Jun Su’s Sohu Special Interview

30 03 2010

The interview was done after Junho’s showcase in Beijing yesterday:

Special interview with Kim Junsu: A new Japanese single, hoping to show colorful self

Since the contract dispute between the three members of TVXQ, Kim Jaejoong, Park Yochun, Kim Junsu, and SM Entertainment in July 2009, their recent activities have always been the focus of the media. In the afternoon on the 28th of March, Junsu’s twin brother Kim Junho held his debut showcase in Beijing. As a strong support, Junsu appeared on the spot, giving more power to his brother. After singing Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All,” Junsu accepted the special interview from Sohu.

In the limited interview time, Junsu shows his perseverance and passion towards his music career. He is passionate towards his solo Japanese single. When talking about the Chinese fans, he first said, “I feel very sorry for them,” but he specially expressed his hopes to have chance to hang on in China, to sing more songs to Chinese fans.

The exact interview is as follow:

SOHU: As the first solo which you have challenged, the Musical Mozart is very successful. What did you gain and what are your feelings during the period?

Junsu: (Thank you.) The musical is a brand new style that I challenged for the first time. I felt nervous, and also worried about it at that time. I’m fortunate enough to be able to work with experienced seniors. I feel very happy I finished it smoothly.

SOHU: Now spring is coming, Junsu catches pollen allergy very easily. So, how is your health?

Junsu: The allergy symptoms are appearing bit by bit, so I drink a lot of water everyday and I Read the rest of this entry »