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Archive for January 18, 2010

►►DBSK and Big Bang receive “Cultural Ambassadors” award


A big honor, no? haha but I agree that these guys deserve it^^

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Both five-member groups Dong Bang Shin Ki and Big Bang received the exceptional recognition of being “Cultural Ambassadors.”

The private organization from the Cultural Tourism Board, the Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) stated, “Due to the contributions they have made in the development of the cultural aspect through popular music, we have decided to appoint/award them as ‘Cultural Ambassadors’ as a form of recognition.”

They have produced the most number of successful album records even in such a difficult period of time in the music industry, and have been energetically involved in both local and overseas activities; these are the main reasons behind this award.

A representative from KOFICE said, “This honor was awarded based on those who have contributed to the cultural industry on a yearly basis. Every year, this award has been given to those working in the cultural field, but this year is an exception as it has been given to idol groups.”

They added, “As both Dong Bang Shin Ki and Big Bang are busy with their schedules, the official announcement will be made later in January.”

Original source:  KOFICE
translated by: sshutingg @ OneTVXQ.com


►►Actor Song Seun Hun picks actress Han Ga In as his ideal type above SNSD’s YoonA


Too bad Ga In is already married lol


Actor Song Seung-Hun has chosen wife of his dear friend as his celebrity crush.

Song Seung-Hunappeared on Shin Dong-Yup’s Celebrity Crush World Cup TV show that aired on Jan 17th. SNSD’s Yoona and his dear friend actor Yun Jung-Hoon’s wife Han Ga-In were final contestants on his celebrity crush list. At the end, he had chosen Han Ga-In as his celebrity crush.

In explanation, he said, “I was a fan of Han Ga-In before she was married to Yun Jung-Hoon. After their marriage, once I had said to Yun Jung-Hoon ‘You should be very happy’ “. In the show, he also sent a live video letter to Han Ga-In, saying “How are you doing? I saw you during Kwon Sang-Woo’s wedding but I couldn’t say hi because I was too nervous. I still feel nervous. I hope both of you are happy together and have a cute baby.”

On the show Song Seung-Hun also told that he was once asked out by a top star who every guys loved. But he had to reject her because he had a girlfriend at the time.

Some are saying that Song Seung-Hun intentionally had picked Han Ga-In because she was married and he didn’t want a scandal to start.

Cr: allkoreangossip


►►[PICs] 2PM shows some bro-mance with 10×10!


hehe the one thing fan girls would definitely squeal for in Kpop: Bromance (brotherly love)! the 2PM boys pose once again for Ten by Ten Korea and do some fan-service at the same time (well, mostly Chansung + Junsu lol) :-P

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►►T-ara, Davichi, SeeYa, 2PM take selca with “God of Study” actress Go Ah Sung


wow I kinda understand that Go Ah Sung knows T-ara through JiYeon who also acts in the drama but 2PM? haha how cute ^^

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T-ara and actress Go Ah-seong show off their tight frienship.

On January 17th, T-ara took home their very first Inkigayo Triple Crown award for being #1 for three consecutive weeks.
For their acceptance speech, T-ara dedicated their award to those people that worked with them and their fans. For their encore stage, their Wonder Woman partners Davichi and SeeYa shared the stage with them in celebration for their Triple Crown.

God of Study cast Go Ah-seong dropped by to congratulate T-ara for their win. After the brief celbrations, Go Ah-seong along with 2PM, Davichi, and SeeYa posed with T-ara for a quick batch of selcas.

January 16th marks the beginning of T-ara’s ‘Like the Beginning’ promotional activities.

Source: newsen
Written by: Lee Eonhyuk
Translated by: Elly @ tiaradiadem


►►Caught on Cam: New “Hello Baby” pic with SHINee dressed up as animals!


lolwut? Onew is a cow, Taemin is a chicken, JongHyun is a tiger, Minho is a frog, and Key is a racoon (?) LMAO! this is so adorable♥

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Cr: sfinee@twitter

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Cr: weareshining


►►[PICs] Goo Hye Sun in Taiwan hanging out with popular group Fahrenheit


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Seems like she had a fun day hanging out with the Fahrenheit boys (a popular Taiwanese boy band). One of them, Wu Chun, did an interview for a Korean news reporter and even mentioned her: “I filmed a music video with Goo Hye Sun and found her to be very kind. She is an actress that I would like to act with. I find Goo Hye Sun-ssi to be smart and kind after having worked with her. It was fun to film with her because she has so many ideas. If you were to ask me which Korean actress I would like to work with, I would like to with Hye Sun-ssi…” (source translated by susAmerica@soompi)

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►►Im Joo Hwan joins Daesung in upcoming drama “What’s Up”


omo…the cast is looking pretty promising now ^^

The main cast now looks complete for What’s Up with the addition of Tamra the Island’s aristocratic Park Kyu, aka actor Im Joo-hwan, which was previously rumored and is now official.

This means we may expect to see Im show off some singing skills as he takes on the role of a student in a university musical department: the rest of the main cast are Big Bang’s Daesung, Hon’s possessed girl Im Joo-eun, former child actress Jeon Hye-jin, Kim Min-hee’s model boyfriend Lee Hyuk-soo in his acting debut, and musical actor Jo Jung-seok.

Writer Song Ji-nah confirmed the news, and also mentioned that an offer had gone out to musical actor Jung Sung-hwaSpring Awakening), a rising star in the musical world, whose casting is not yet final. The producers are also holding open auditions for other roles, which has attracted a surge of applicants. What’s Up is being touted as a (sorta) sequel to Song’s KAIST, which ten years ago served as a launching pad for new actors which included Chae Rim, Ji Sung, Lee Min-woo, Lee Eun-joo, Lee Na-young, Kim Min-jung, and Kang Sung-yeon. Expectations are high that this drama will do the same for its young cast.

The drama will begin filming in March.

Cr: Dramabeans


►►[Interview] F.Cuz tells Newsen, “LeeU cries a lot because of guilt for the other members”


This is such a touching interview :-) I know LeeU’s dad is the producer of F.Cuz so of course he gets the spotlight. No need to feel guilty about that, dearie >.<

Newsen recently conducted an interview with the members of F.cuz, more specifically LeeU, as his father is already a well established trot singer (Sul Woon Do).

Being that LeeU’s father is a famous singer, LeeU received much attention and his debut was highly anticipated. He talked about how this experience was and how he felt.

“There’s a lot of talk when you’re the 2nd generation of a celebrity. I was hurt and cried a lot from all the comments. Now however, I think things have gotten a lot better. I’m gaining more recognition and there have been a lot more positivity lately. In addition, my father has been very supporting and encouraging, so I’m not having a difficult time. Instead, it’s more like a burden now.”

During LeeU’s younger years, he spent about 2-3 years studying abroad in America. On that he stated:

“In America, I was living such a liberal life, but upon returning to Korea, it was difficult becoming acclimated to the environment again. I think it was because I was a lot more repressed here.”

When you first take a look at LeeU, he looks like he grew up in luxury, as the son of a rich father. However, it turns out he was quite the troublemaker:

“The truth is, I used to be crooked. I loved to hangout, and instead of learning music, I preferred enjoying it. Therefore, at one point I lost the trust of my father, however, he is now very encouraging. He said, ‘If my son wants to become a singer, I don’t want to stop that.’”

To that statement, leader Jinon stated:

LeeU is a son who receives a lot of love. The truth is, when we first started practicing, I rarely saw his father call him. But lately, his father has been calling him 2-3 times a day. In addition, the conversations have changed from originally asking him where he is and when he’s coming home, to now, supportive calls and asking if he’s doing alright. To see that change, it was very shocking.”

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►►SM Entertainment to take legal action against SNSD’s Sextoon artist


Lesson here? never mess with SM..

Source #1

SM Entertainment has responded regarding the recent SNSD sextoon that was created by Yoon Suh In. Although Yoon Suh In had apologized about the sextoon, SM Entertainment is not pleased.

“We were unable to respond quickly as we were doing research on the artist of the drawing, as well as on the portal site for legal review. Although he apologized stating that his intentions were misunderstood, he never apologized in regards to SNSD. Therefore we will respond after legal review.”

Looks like SM Entertainment may have yet another legal battle in their hands – wow!

Cr: allkpop

Source #2

It has been known that SM Entertainment will be taking legal actions against the case of cartoons drawn depicting group So Nyeo Shi Dae and said to have sexual harassment and references.

SM Entertainment said over the phone on 18th January, “Our responses to the cartoon author and legal actions have been late due to investigations. Even though the author had issued an apology today, it only regards the misunderstanding caused by the lack of explanation in the cartoon, but no apology to So Nyeo Shi Dae at all. With that we will follow up with legal actions.”

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►►[VID] 2AM’s second individual teaser: JinWoon


OMG maknae is growing up >.<

“Even though I’m young, the pain is the same”


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