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Posted 7/21/08
"Taeyang reveals what’s underneath



Without the prying eyes of public broadcast, Big Bang member, Taeyang was able to show his smokin physique at his first ever solo concert, “HOT” in front of 4000 screaming fans on July 20th, 2008.

After the concert ended at 8pm, the solo act treated fans by showing his unreleased version of the music video, “Pray” (기도). However, that was not enough for the crazy fans. Another 10 minutes of chanting “encore” was the ticket to bring out the singer on stage. Only then, did Taeyang do an “encore” performance of “Pray.”

Taeyang performed 2 shows at the new Melon AX theater.

Uhm Jung-hwa and Mighty Mouth were the opening acts."


source: http://www.popseoul.com
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Posted 7/23/08
"Not batman or spiderman, Lee-Hom is music-man



Inspired by his favorite childhood heroes Batman and Spiderman, Taiwan-based singer and songwriter Lee-Hom Wang wants his upcoming concerts to give him an opportunity to become "Music-Man."

Wang announced the theme for his concerts, due to be held on September 19 and 20 at the Taipei Arena, in a press conference on Tuesday.

Strong visual effects will be a feature of the concerts, Wang told the Tungstar. Fans can expect to see the same stylistic displays found in Batman, Spiderman and even Superman, he says.

Asked who the enemy of his "Music-Man" incarnation is, Wang replied, "Piracy and people making bad music."

The singer will release a new album in September, and is expected to perform some of the new songs at the concerts.

Tickets opened Tuesday in hot demand, with the first show being sold out in just two hours, Tungstar reports."


credits: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/showbiz/2008-07/23/content_6870634.htm
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Posted 7/23/08
"Rain meets the fans "Summer Vacation with Rain"

Summer Vacation with Rain - July 27th Rain meets the fans

World star Rain will start his Asia activity by holding fan meeting on July 27th. Rain's company indicated, "We will start from Korea on the 27th and will extent the activities to Asia." The fan meeting in Korea will be held on July 27th at 3pm in Olympic Hall in the Seoul Olympics park. The MC for this fan meeting will be Kim Jae Dong who has been Rain's fan meeting MC for the past 3 years. This fan meeting theme is called "Summer Vacation with Rain". The fan meeting will last approximately 2 hours.

Rain's company said, "On the day of the fan meeting, besides local fans there will be fans coming from China, Japan and other Asian countries as well. Approximately 3000 Asian fans gather together. Even though the fan meeting has not yet started but it already attract many local and foreign reporters' attention. Meanwhile, Rain is preparing for his new album right now."


source: Innolife News
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Posted 7/23/08
"Se7en Update



Key Closet, an American clothing company, recently released a new collection of diamond-studded jeans. On June 26th, SE7EN attended the Summer Splash Runway Show at Boulevard 3 in Los Angeles, and was the only attendee who showed up wearing the $10 000 jeans. The jeans are made with over 1000 Tiffany-set Swarovski crystals and the graphics are hand drawn with water-based paint. There is also a one carat diamond on each back pocket. But don’t worry, 30% of the profit made from the jeans will be donated to help build schools in Uganda.

Also, there has been reports of SE7EN being spotted with holding hands with a girl at Knott’s Berry Farm in California. Whether it’s a girlfriend, a friend or an acquaintance, we’ll never know. But holding hands does say something, right? Se7en once said on Yashimanman that if he has a girlfriend, he wouldn’t tell it to the public because he wants to protect her…so let’s just keep his private life private. As to when his album is dropping."


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Posted 7/23/08
"Tohoshinki / TVXQ's "Purple Line ~ 3rd Live Tour 2008 -T-" Live Released!



Tohoshinki / TVXQ's "Purple Line ~ 3rd Live Tour 2008 -T-" Live Released!
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Good news TOHOSHINKI fans. Rhythm Zone and AVEX, have finally released a FULL video of the much awaited “Purple Line” performance at their successful ~T~ concert held in Japan. The final concert was concluded at Saitama Super Arena last May 2008.

Japanese TV channel, TBS recently broadcasted the concert last June. Fans were hoping to see the performance but there was no “Purple Line” included in the TBS version. Although fancams of the performance were everywhere, many thought they could only wait for the DVD to watch a clear performance.

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I dunno if posting a video here is OK, but you can just visit the source below to watch it.
And I think the DVD isn't out yet, but thank God for Japanese TV!"


source: http://spiderliliez.livejournal.com/
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Posted 7/23/08
"Big Bang teaser video receives overwhelming response causing YG homepage server to go down



After Big Bang's teaser video "Stand Up” for their upcoming 3rd album was posted up on YG Entertainment homepage on 22nd July, the site server went down.

It had seemed that fans had taken great interests in the teaser video and due to fans accessing the site all at the same time, the server to YG homepage went down.

A representative of YG e-Business team said, The bandwidth to the server was extended in an instant and the server went down. Soon after the problem was fixed, the server went down again. The problem went on like that the rest of the day.”

Even with their 2 server connectors to the site, the team is worried that server would be down any moment.

Not only this, once it was released on Cyworld, the teaser video was ranked number 1 on video views, and on the community site (www.bestiz.net), the total views on the site exceeded 100,000 in one day.

Netizens who had seen the video had said, "Looking at the Big Bang members now", "I get the impression that they are more matured", "Im curious how the concept of this album", "I am so looking forward to this album" etc.

This teaser video is made by the same director who did TaeYang's Prayer MV and Um Jung Hwa's D.I.S.C.O, and tries to portray a more matured side of the Big Bang members.

Big Bang will release their 3rd minialbum "Stand Up" on 1st August."


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Posted 7/24/08
"Epik High releases MV "Umbrella"


Despite causing a disturbance in their recent MV Breakdown. Epik High Returns with a new MV. Unlike Breakdown, which was banned from Korea as a result of too much physical violent, Umbrella expresses a less destructive message.

Umbrella features the voice of singer, Youhna.

Ever since Breakdown was released, the Korean Government have been paying close attention to Epik High but their new MV so far has not appeared to have upset any officals.

Umbrella and Breakdown are both tracks featured in Epik High's new album: Piece Part One.:


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Posted 7/25/08
"Big Bang Makes Comeback



The popular K-pop group Big Bang released a teaser trailer online of their third mini-album, "Stand Up," which will be available on August 1st. The teaser trailer contains footage of the Big Bang members growing from young boys into men.

Big Bang's last two mini-albums brought them the back-to-back hits "Lies" and "Last Farewell." Now the members are ready to show their fans how much they have matured musically over the years.

The members are eager to showcase their individual talent and they have done a good job of it so far - T.O.P acted in a TV drama, Seung Ri chose to do a musical, Tae Yang released a solo album and held his own concert, and Dae Sung recorded a trot single.

"The mini-album also contains a song which was a joint effort between G-Dragon and Japan's Daishi Dance," explained Big Bang's agency, YG Entertainment. "And there is another group that is featured on one of the tracks. Everyone will be surprised to hear who they are!"


credits: http://english.kbs.co.kr/entertainment/news/1536499_11858.html
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"SS501, After Japan, Marches on to Southeast Asia Markets



Group SS501 will use Japan as the start to steps onto the roads of marching into the Southeast Asia markets.

For the month of August, SS501 will continue advancement activities starting in Malaysia to Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and other Southeast Asia countries.

SS501's company DSP Entertainment personnel said, "During this time, our overseas activities have in Japan as the main market. But recently we plan to start official activities in Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other places. A majority of the preparations of the activities have already been completed."

In May, SS501 has held fanmeeting actvities in Thailand. At that time, the SS501 fanmeet gathered 15,000 fans. SS501's company hope to scale new heights of success in Southwest Asia. DSP has separately made plans for Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other places.

SS501 will seize hold of Thailand and Malaysia at the start of their activities in Southeast Asia. This personnel said they will use Thailand Kampuchea as the springboard, as the cultures of Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are connected. After they have individually established the music market and finished other levels of preparations, SS501 will start their official activities.

SS501's company personnel said, "We plan to use mainly K-Pop in Thailand and Malaysia, and mainly J-Pop in Taiwan for our activities. Currently, our investigations show that other than Taiwan, other Southeast Asia countries place an emphasis on K-Pop. But Taiwan's situation is due to Japan music world's influence, we will use the prepared Japanese songs to hold activities. Like their successful debut in Japan, SS501 will have good results in Southeast Asia to become Asia's idol group."

Last month, SS501's Japanese single released was ranked 2nd on the Oricno daily chart. They are currently successfully marching into Japan by storm."


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Posted 7/25/08
" Super Junior Han Geng To Star in New Drama



Han Geng of Super Junior M will be playing the lead role in CCTV’s upcoming drama 青春舞台 /qing chun wu tai/ (literal translation: Stage of Youth). The character is named 夏磊 /xià lěi/. It’s going to be a 12-episode drama~

The confirmation came from the official blog of the 假日剧 /Jia ri ju/ (Holiday drama). 青春舞台 is going to be CCTV’s third holiday drama. The 2 previous dramas were 梦想人间 /meng xiang ren jian/ that aired during the Chinese New Year period in 2006, and also Kangta’s 丁家有女喜洋洋 /ding jia you nü xi yang yang/ in November of 2007.
description of Geng’s character in the blog entry:(rough translation) Xia Lei: a young man who loves to dance, his dad is a top notched archery athlete, because of the death of Xia Lei’s mom and also a missed opportunity in the last Olympic, his dad wish Xia Lei to follow his footsteps [follow dad’s dream to become an outstanding athlete to enter the Olympics. However Xia Lei only likes to dance, after going through dad’s objections, challenges after challenges, & with persistence, he finally raises to a higher level, achieves brilliance, & become the new generation’s dancing star."



source: CCTV’s drama blog; bluexhyacinth @ lj}
translations: http://imop.wordpress.com/2008/07/26/hankyung-to-star-in-stage-of-youth/
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"Big Bang makes the V.I.P wait



Earlier this week, Johnnydorama reported that Big Bang was going to release their 3rd mini-album "Stand Up," on August 1, 2008 (08 08 01 on the video). Well that may all change, according to unconfirmed reports on the internet - some VIP's are saying that the date has been changed to August 8, 2008 (or 08 08 08).

Some VIP's have suggested that the reason for the date change was simply because 08 - 08 - 08 is a cool date (sort of like Se7en day last year, 07 - 07 - 07). The Beijing Olympics opening day is also August 8th.

There is no confirmation that the rumors of this new release date are true as YG Entertainment has been tight lipped thus far. However, a lot of VIP's believe this to be true - we'll wait and see however."


credits: http://www.allkpop.com/index.php/news_rumors_full/big_bang_makes_the_vip_wait/
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Posted 7/27/08
" Big Bang TOP is everywhere now, from singing to acting

The Kpop idol scene is witnessing the phenomenon of a multi-talented artiste. With every new thing he takes on, we can see a different type of shine in his eyes. Be it the intense look that he gives when he is rapping, or be it just the comfortable look that he gives when it is the normal times or be it the gentle reassuring sweet smile that he gives when things are all over the place - this is none other than Big Bang’s rapper TOP.

Big Bang is no ordinary idol group. Unlike just the normal pretty-boys idol band, Big Bang is a band with also outstanding musical capabilities. They create their own special music styles unlike other idol groups who just follow the music and image styles given to them by their companies. Their level of musical capabilities and sensitivity is more intense than that of other idol groups even though this group consists of mainly teenagers.

Amongst the group members, TOP is known for his musical capabilities since he was young. During elementary school, he was known for his hip hop and rapping skills. He had charmed many, not only people in their teens but also people in the twenties, since then.

And behind those charming looks, lies also wit and humour. Recently, he was featured in Um Jung Hwa’s comeback song “D.I.S.C.O” and had showed great professionality and charm during their performances together.

Also TOP who is doing a acting major at Seoul Arts School has also received a lot of attention regarding his acting career. He debuted as an actor in KBS drama “I Am Sam”, and even though he was young then, his acting was much recognised. He also participated in the MV of “Hello” for his senior Hip Hop group Red Roc, amongst other singers’ MV which he had subsequently participated in, and had earned him the recognition for his intense yet natural acting skills.

TOP will start on another phase of his acting career. He has been recently casted for hit drama “Iris”, which is directed by Kang Jae Kyu. It is very much antipated to see his role as a member for secret organisation in America called “Iris”, and what’s more exciting is his acting opposite another charismatic senior actor Lee Byung Hyun."


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/big-bang-top-is-everywhere-now-from-singing-to-acting/
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Posted 7/28/08
DBSK rejected as guests on Music Station

S-San (one of the Japanese staff members of Tohoshinki) made a recent post in his blog confirming the rumours about Music Station's refusal to invite DBSK into their program.

Many fans have been speculating for quite some time the reason why DBSK never appeared on the show, especially with the recent #1 on weekly Oricon (their third one, which broke a record as foreign artist with three #1s). DBSK has been consistently in the top 10 weekly in Japanese Oricon charts with their singles and last album. Music Station usually invites singers in top 10 in Oricon atleast once to perform. However, this has not been the case with DBSK, as S-San points out even with the insistence of the company to let them on fairly.

Their lack of promotions in such a major show as Music Station has become jarringly apparent and discussion spring up everytime they release a single as to why they are still not invited. Majority say that its because of Johnny's Entertainment stronghold on Music Station, pointing out that no bands/artists that posed a threat to that agency have ever been invited.

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Posted 7/28/08
"SHINee to endorse Smart



SHINee has been chosen to model for uniform brand SMART.

A SMART brand representative said, “SHINee is popular amongst the teenagers. They are leading and looked upon as the icon for music and fashion amongst the teenagers.”

The advertisement to the boys’ endorsement will be revealed in August."


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/k-bites-28072008/
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Posted 7/29/08
"Dong Bang Shin Ki back with 4th album end-August?

Dong Bang Shin Ki will be back after 2 years back to Korea.

They received Golden Disk Award in 2006 after the release of their 3rd album. And they are currently having their activities in Asia region.

They also achieved number 1 on Oricon chart with the release of 3 of their Japanese singles. It is said that plans are set for them to come back to Korea for their promotional activities sometime around end-August to beginning September.

It is planned they will return after A-nation 08 soldout concert for AVEX singers is done in July-August period.

If things are settled down quickly, they will be back with their 4th album in end-August.


But netizens and fans are all doubtful about the early comeback as A-nation 08 is one concert tour that goes around the country.


Also on SM Entertainment side, there are no special announcement on their comeback.

Meanwhile, SMTOWN LIVE 08 concert will open next month. And on 15th August a special fanmeeting will held and Dong Bang Shin Ki, SHINee, So Nyeo Shi Dae and Cheon Sang Ji Hee the Grace is said to appear on the fanmeeting."


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/dong-bang-shin-ki-back-with-4th-album-end-august/
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