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[MOD] updates you say~!?!

oh yeah~!!! starting tonight i’m going back and getting back on my feet again. Wtf am i saying?! O.Ov

anyways, dear loveys, imma update this so called outdated blog again with the latest if not latest just the news around kpop and jpop world from the sites that I usually and normally visited. I know there’s been a lot of sites that can cater more juiciest blogs thaN mine but because it’s my preferences to kinda put it all together here, i will do it now almost everyday. LOL~!!! isn’t it great?!!! I am so ecstatic about it.

My life’s pretty normal now since everything’s right into place. My job so wonderful. My internet’s back in shape with the new PC. Life’s so wonderful. ^_______^ can’t you see how happy I am right now?!! wish you are too.

Anyway, to my dear lurkers and sneak peekers, thank you so so much.

Take care and God bless all of us.


[KPOP] 100412 YG ENTERTAINMENT RECORDS BIG PROFIT

YG Entertainment (YG) — considered one of the top three talent agencies in Korea alongside SM and JYP Entertainment — saw its most successful business year to date last year, recording the biggest profit the company has ever seen.

According to the annual audit report YG submitted to Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) on Friday, the agency recorded operating profits of 7.39 billion won last year with a net profit of 4.16 billion won, the company’s biggest profit yet.

YG’s total sales for 2009 was reported at 35.69 billion won, up a whopping 93 percent from the previous year to breach the 30 billion mark. The figure had continuously been on the rise since standing at 11.48 billion won in 2007 and 18.52 billion won the following year.

The increase can be attributable to the success of many of its artists including idol group Big Bang and girl band 2NE1, both of whom raked in significant income from their album sales, music downloads, commercials as well as earnings from the members’ individual activities.

Meanwhile, SM stood at No. 1 in terms of net profit, posting gains of 4.47 billion won while JYP Entertainment (JYPE) reported a net loss of 4.08 billion won during the same period.

Industry experts explained however, that JYPE’s net loss came largely from the company’s significant investment in the overseas debut of popular girl band Wonder Girls, whose musical activities have yet to bring in profits.

YG, which stands for Yang Goon, was founded in 1996 by Yang Hyun-suk, a former member of popular Korean group Seo Tai-ji & Boys.

Yang is credited with creating and managing the successful careers of many K-pop artists including 1TYM, Gummy, Jinusean, SE7EN and Wheesung who started his career at YG but left in 2006.

The agency also manages several Korean actors including Kang Hye-jung and Ku Hye-sun of the “Boys Over Flowers” fame.

credit/source: asiae.co.kr


[KPOP/HALLYU] SOCIAL NETWORKING FOR THE STARS

*Actor Park Joong-hoon / Entertainer Park Kyeong-rim / Figure skater Kim Yu-na

Living in one of the most wired countries in the world has its advantages, one of which is constant, speedy Internet access wherever and whenever you need it. In the past, Koreans have used this technology to transform the news media with citizen reporting and user-created content. Now, they are using it to reshape the entertainment industry, and stars can be made or broken based on the things their fans post to blogs and social networking sites like Twitter and its Korean equivalent, me2DAY. Celebrities are also keeping up with this trend, using the sites to give fans a window into their world or promote new projects.

Meanwhile, the release of the Apple iPhone in Korea in November seems only to have fueled the smartphone craze, giving celebrities a chance to broadcast their thoughts and feelings around the clock.

Seasoned actor Park Joong-hoon, for example, is an ardent Twitter user. Park, 44, who starred in the disaster film “Haeundae” last year, plans to share the trailer for his latest film, which will be released next month, through his Twitter site, where he has about 20,000 followers.

The site has even changed the way the actor greets people. These days when he runs into someone, he often asks, “Do you use Twitter?” instead of the typical Korean greeting, “Have you eaten?”

Park posts messages to his Twitter page about 30 times per day with the help of his smartphone. By Monday afternoon, Park had already posted 19 messages. One of the messages said: “I’m shooting a new film with director Lim Kwon-taek and it’s his 101th film. I need your help and support,” with a smiley face icon at the end.

Entertainer No Hong-chul, a regular on hit TV shows such as “Infinite Challenge,” posted a message to his Twitter page last month after he broke up with singer Jang Yoon-jung that fans interpreted as a sign he was trying to get over his broken heart.

Singer Lee Juck, who is also an writer with a novel under his belt, started posting snippets of his next novel on Twitter in February. It is already attracting attention. One of his followers is Kim Soo-hyun, a writer whose soap opera scripts have won her widespread acclaim.

Most writers, however, tend to prefer blogs. Author Lee Oi-soo often uses his blog to get feedback on his writing, while fellow writer Hwang Suk-young uses his blog to post sections of his latest work.

Tiger JK, a well-known rapper who emigrated to the United States when he was a teenager, says he uses Twitter to talk with his overseas fans.

“A fan club was recently launched in Brazil,” he said. “I also used Twitter for an interview with a European journalist.”

Back in Korea, entertainer Park Kyeong-rim, the host of the MBC radio program “Starry Nights” who is set to host a new TV show next month, takes questions from her fans via Twitter and then uses the questions on her radio show.

Park, who has connections to people in arenas from politics to sports, says Twitter helps her socialize with a wide circle of people because she just doesn’t have the time to see everyone in person.

Park says she also follows about 30 people on Twitter, including Oprah Winfrey, Korean comedienne Kim Mi-hwa and Doosan Corp. CEO Park Yong-mann.

“The best thing about Twitter is that you can check the responses from your followers in real time and it also lets me post messages to all of my followers at the same time,” she said. “And recently, there was a patient in urgent need of a blood transfusion who got help from people on Twitter. They posted information about his blood type online and a match was found.”

Figure skater Kim Yu-na has about 130,000 followers on her Twitter page, and she often uses the site to share her anxieties before an upcoming competition or event.

Meanwhile, Me2DAY is also popular among local celebrities because the micro-blog is accessible with an ordinary mobile phone. Up-and-coming pop singers such as G-Dragon from Big Bang, Sandara Park from 2NE1 and Cho Kwon from 2AM all have me2DAY pages.

Mini homepages like the ones used on Cyworld are also popular here. Actress Kim Hee-sun and Jeong Ryeo-won frequently upload pictures to their Cyworld sites.

By Kim Sung-eui, Sung So-young [so@joongang.co.kr]


[HALLYU] CAST OF PERSONAL TASTE ATTEND PRESS CONFERENCE

From top down, the male cast of upcoming MBC TV series tentatively titled “Personal Taste” in English, including Lee Min-ho, Kim Ji-suk and Im Seulong, pose during a photo session of a press conference held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 25, 2010.

Lee Min-ho [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Kim Ji-suk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asi
Im Seulong [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

From top down, the female cast of upcoming MBC TV series tentatively titled “Personal Taste” in English, including Son Ye-jin and Wang Ji-hea, pose during a photo session of a press conference held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 25, 2010.

Actress Son Ye-jin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Actress Wang Ji-hea [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

Actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]

From left, actor Lee Min-ho and actress Son Ye-jin pose during a photo session of a press conference for upcoming MBC TV series tentatively titled “Personal Taste” in English, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on March 25, 2010.

CREDIT: asiae.co.kr
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[HALLYU] UM JUNG-HWA TRANSFORMS HERSELF AGAIN FOR A MOVIE

끝없는 변신 엄정화
Film is another guise for the multitalented ‘Korean Madonna’
March 19, 2010
Eom Jung-hwa portrays a nervous author involved in a series of plagiarism scandals in “Bestseller,” coming to local theaters April 15. Provided by Lemon Tree

Korea’s entertainment industry experts love to nickname local stars after Hollywood celebrities. It’s a surefire way to attract the public’s attention. A young teen in an idol group who can dance and sing might be called “the Korean Justin Timberlake” or a skillful child actor who can burst into tears on demand is dubbed “Korea’s Dakota Fanning,” even though Fanning is all grown up now.

These would-be stars often fail to live up to their namesakes. But Eom Jeong-hwa – known as the “Korean Madonna” – may be the exception. Eom is unafraid of transforming herself for a screen role – her characters have included a devoted wife, a lesbian, a single woman who wants to have a baby – while on stage, she sings disco with her hair in a bob, wearing skin-tight leather tops and shorts at the age of 41. She also loves to stir up controversy: Eom was the first local singer to appear in public in her underwear.

A favorite of the public and paparazzi alike, Eom has been an A-list screen darling for almost two decades, and she has 10 albums under her belt – every one producing at least one hit. No other Korean star has juggled acting and singing careers as successfully, or for as long, as Eom has.

This spring, Eom plays the role of a hysterical author involved in a plagiarism scandal in her new film “Bestseller,” to be released next month.

In order to play the role, Eom, who calls herself a gourmet, went on a diet and shed about seven kilograms (15 pounds).

“I’m not the type of person who easily slims down, but I had to do so to add reality to this nervous and hysterical character, because people who often get stressed out or sensitive are usually thin. So I walked on the treadmill for 100 minutes per day and ate protein instead of carbohydrates,” Eom said at a recent press conference in central Seoul.

To see her in this role, it’s hard to believe the soft-spoken and amiable Eom was once a regular in romantic comedies. The effort to expand the scope of her film career began when she played a serial killer in “Princess Aurora” in 2005. That film convinced Bestseller director Lee Jeong-ho that Eom was right for the job.

“I think Eom is the best and smartest actress in Korea, interpreting and understanding her roles better than other Korean actresses,” he said.

Although Eom still feels more comfortable with romantic comedies, she said she was hooked by the script of Bestseller after reading only a few pages. “When I do romantic comedies, I feel like I’m loved by many people, and it makes me feel good. But I think there is a different level of pleasure when I film thrillers. My eyes and facial expressions are gloomy and dark when I do thrillers,” she said.

“The action scenes were really tough but really fun. I don’t think I’ll be able to forget the moment when I climbed up to a rooftop wearing seven-centimeter (2.8-inch) high heels. The director might not know, but I cried on the rooftop,” Eom said, laughing.

Eom’s co-star Ryu Seung-ryong, also at the press conference, predicted the film would be a turning point in Eom’s acting career.

The actress herself was less sure.

“The audience will judge whether this is going to be my turning point or not, but one sure thing is that I found myself enjoying every single scene during production,” Eom said.

Bestseller is slated to open on April 15.

By Sung So-young [so@joongang.co.kr


[MOD] SS2 MALAYSIA UPDATES ON TWEET 10.03.20

I must say I was really satisfied by the following for giving me and the other ELF’s live updates on what’s going on with the SuShow 2 Malaysia.  A lot of skinship. OTP moments.  ELF’s interact with our dear SJ’s.  Giggling moments.   And as my dear friend Kat says LQTM (Laughing quietly to myself) moments there.  It was a great experience even if I wasn’t there but still the following tweets made me envisioned the experienced like it was real.  Kudos to them for a job well done!

Here are “THE FOLLOWING” Tweet updates you shouldn’t miss to follow:

@twelfs

@sapphirepearls

@seoulfm

@elfsgphil (soon for the upcoming SS2 manila on April 10..the 1st in the Philippines concert scene *whispers: heard it’s an epic event for the Filipino ELF*)

@nengvaleska

@hyukxenhae (my dear ae-in who’s part of the sapphirepearls family)

If you’re an ELF, follow them and you won’t be dissatisfied by the results and the spazz.

If you wanna follow me, you can do it too but sorry not really updating SJ tweets there cause I hand it over to the experts (like them).  Add me if you want: tsujimiharu3rdy.  Just doing some personal spazzing there. LOL. ^^


[KPOP] YOUTUBE TO STREAM KPOP CONCERT LIVE

YouTube to Stream K-Pop Concert Live

YouTube is holding a live stream event at Melon AX-Hall in Seoul in March 20. /Korea Times File

Han Sang-hee
Staff Reporter

YouTube is continuing its live video streaming coverage of Asia with a concert in Korea, which will be aired in Japan, Taiwan and Korea.

Local K-pop stars are holding a concert titled “YouTube Music Day” for fans and aspiring artists this month.

It is the first time for Korea to host such an event.

“We hope YouTube can work as a window to introduce local singers to the world,” said Lee Won-jin, the managing director of Google Korea.

Hosted by drummer and composer Namgung Yeon, top groups and singers, including 2AM, Clazziquai, Epik High and Leessang, will perform.

The first live streaming event in Asia was the “YouTube Tokyo Live” event on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, 2008. Two concerts took place in Tokyo and San Francisco, and fans could witness both simultaneously through video streaming.

One of the most popular events streamed live was U2’s concert, which was held Oct. 25 last year and shown in 16 countries. Its enormity shows just how far Asia has to go, but streaming in three countries should lay a solid foundation for the future.

Live streaming has broadened its boundaries recently, with various brands and firms jumping into the trend. Fashion giant Emporio Armani transmitted their show on the labels’ new Web site, while Dolce & Gabbana streamed their show exclusively on iPhones. Sports fans can follow the action through live streaming as well.

YouTube is currently one of the leading video Web sites in the world, including in Korea. Being one of the globe’s most wired countries, the nation already boasts a number of video Web sites, including afreeca and Pandora TV.

“YouTube Music Day” will be held at Melon AX-Hall, Gwangjang-dong, northern Seoul, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 20. The live feed will be available on http://www.youtube.com/youtubemusic. Tickets for the concert are available at http://googlekoreablog.blogspot.com.

sanghee@koreatimes.co.kr

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[JPOP] NYC TO BECOME FULL-FLEDGED GROUP WITH MAJOR DEBUT

Johnny’s Jimusho appears to be betting big on a trio of young stars. 16-year-olds Yuma Nakayama, Ryosuke Yamada, and Yuri Chinen have been rising in popularity through their music and television activities, but now they will be debuting in their own unit, called NYC due to their initials.

The three boys have been getting a lot of exposure in the media in the past couple years. Yamada and Chinen are members of Hey! Say! JUMP, while Nakayama is the leader of the unit Yuma Nakayama with B.I.Shadow. Last year, they formed the core of the temporary 7-member group “NYC boys” (which included the four members of B.I.Shadow), and they even performed at the Kohaku Uta Gassen.

According to the agency, NYC boys will still continue for now, but Nakayama, Yamada, and Chinen will also be active as NYC, without the B.I.Shadow members.

On April 7, NYC will release their first major-label single, a version of the well-known “Yuuki 100%.” Originally sung by Hikaru Genji in 1993, it has always been used as the opening theme of the long-running anime series “Nintama Rantaro.” Since then, other Johnny’s Jimusho groups have taken over singing the same song, including Hey! Say! JUMP last year.

Starting with the March 29 episode of “Nintama Rintaro,” NYC’s version will be used as the opening theme. NYC will also be providing the show’s ending theme, titled “Yume no Tane.” That song will be included on the upcoming single.

Source: Sankei Sports + tokyorgaph.com


[JPOP] FLAME BREAKS UP

The four-member boy band FLAME unexpectedly announced on their official site that they have broken up as of March 1. The two twins, Hisato and Yusuke Izaki (25), will continue their activities as actors, while Yu Kitamura (24) and Seigo Noguchi (25) are leaving the Vision Factory agency and pursuing other opportunities.

FLAME made their debut in 2001, consisting of four winners from the 2000 JUNON Superboy Contest. Kyohei Kaneko (22) was one of the original members, but he left in 2004 and was replaced by Noguchi.

During their nine years together, they released nine regular singles and two studio albums. Several of their releases entered the top ten on Oricon’s weekly sales charts.

Source: Oricon + tokyograph.com


[KPOP] RUMORS SWIRL AROUND ABOUT 2PM’S JAEBEOM DEPARTURE

2PM 팬페이지 집단 폐쇄사태 ‘핫티스트→안티스트’ 돌변
Management says it’s a personal problem that can not be reported.
March 02, 2010
Park Jae-beom

The question of whether Park Jae-beom, the former lead singer of the K-pop boy band 2PM, will rejoin the group after he was let go in September has finally been answered, but that hasn’t kept fans from speculating about the reason for his departure.

Last Thursday, fans were surprised to read a posting on the Web site of the group’s management agency, JYP Entertainment, confirming the singer would not return to the group.

In the posting, the agency said it had been preparing for Park to make a comeback in April and that it had even scheduled a press conference for February to announce his return. The agency went on to say, however, that in December Park had called Jeong Uk, one of the directors of JYP Entertainment, to tell him he had done something very wrong last summer, while the group was promoting the single “Again and Again.”

Although the agency declined to say what the “something” was, it did say that it was a personal problem that could not be reported and that it was far more serious than what the former front man had done last September.

The six other members of the group were notified of the company’s decision on Jan. 3, the company said.

Two days after the message was posted, on Saturday, the heads of JYP Entertainment and the six remaining 2PM members held a four-hour, closed Q&A session with 100 restless fans about Park’s confirmed farewell.

The session kicked off with the six band members acknowledging their opposition to Park’s return, while the company revealed that although what he did last summer would outrage society, it was not an unlawful act.

Rather than calming fans, however, the session further aggravated them due to the lack of answers provided about Park’s actions and his bandmates’ reactions. People who participated in the session wrote on various portal sites that band members sniggered during questions, were indifferent toward the former lead singer and even seemed aggressive.

Following this, fans have raised questions about JYP’s decision to let Park go, and some have proposed that the move had nothing to do with his actions but was a way for the agency to remove the singer from the group.

Meanwhile, the rumors about the nature of Park’s actions have included speculation about drug use, sexual relations with minors and more, but none of them have been confirmed.

Park’s troubles began last September, when netizens discovered negative comments he had made about Korea on his MySpace page from 2005 to 2007, while he was in training to join the group. On the site, he had said, among other things, “Korea is gay. I hate Koreans. I wanna come back,” which spurred what some of his supporters have called a “witch hunt.” The singer apologized and left for his hometown in Seattle, Washington, shortly after the incident erupted.

SOURCE: joongang.co.kr