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Posted 7/30/08
"Big Bang, “Comeback artiste Seo Taiji is the best of the best”


One of the top idol groups of 2008, Big Bang welcomes Seo Taiji’s comeback.

Big Bang has always looked up to Seo Taiji as a seonbae singer with respect, with Seo Taiji’s impending comeback, they said, “Seo Taiji is a respected senior and his return to the music scene is both an exciting and honourable thing.”

And amongst Big Bang members, GDragon and TOP has called Seo Taiji “best of the best”.

Big Bang’s previous minialbum “Hot Issue” has includes sampling song from Seo Taiji and Boys‘ “환상속에 그대”.

Seo Taiji do not normally allow for use of his songs for sampling by other artistes and when the use of ‘환상속에 그대’ for sampling for Big Bang’s 2nd minialbum was allowed, it had caused a lot of interests from music fans.

Big Bang said, “We have listened to a lot of Seo Taiji’s music and we are looking forward to his new album. It will be of help for future music production. A public performance for Seo Taiji’s 15th debut anniversary was held last year, we have wanted to participate in the performance too, but we have to perform for our Guerilla concert too, it was a shame that we could not participate.”

Big Bang who will be coming out with their 3rd minialbum “Stand Up” on 8th August, will be promoting their music at the same together with Seo Taiji, making it a even more meaningful comeback for them.

Meanwhile Seo Taiji released his 8th album’s first single on 29th August after 4 years and 6 months."


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/07/30/big-bang-comeback-artiste-seo-taiji-is-the-best-of-the-best/
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" "Oh no" for Ohno : Ohno apologises to staff and cast of Maou



It was reported that Arashi's leader, Satoshi Ohno (28), gave an apology to the staff and cast of Maou with regards to the pot-smoking-3P-Kodansha-Shuukan-Gendai incident.

Ohno arrived on the set of Maou looking no different from normal, giving slight salutations to members of the staff, as well as co-stars who were present. Despite his calmness however, the atmosphere on the set was pretty tense.

Suddenly, Ohno broke the silence and said," This time, I have given you much trouble." and bowed deeply. He followed up with a statement that "he had not done all those things that had been reported." His co-stars and members of the staff were listening intently to everything he said.

When Ohno left the room, people could be heard expressing their shock at his sudden apology. Some speculated that he would do the same for an upcoming concert. Entame also wondered when Ohno would give a direct apology to his fans."


source: http://entameblog.seesaa.net/article/103870182.html
translations: http://myfirstgossipblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/oh-no-for-ohno-ohno-apologises-to-staff.html
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" Big Bang Members Caught Fighting On The Street



Two Big Bang members, TOP and G-Dragon was caught fighting on the street in broad daylight! According to eyewitnesses, G-Dragon was being violent by holding the helpless TOP down to the ground. The incident was caught on camera by several onlookers and the photos were spread like wildfire through the Net. Other Big Bang members were also at the scene when the fight begins but they did nothing to stop them.

the above photo, it can be seen clearly that G-Dragon was holding TOP by his shirt and pinned him down while others standing around them just look. Why did nobody tried stopping them? Hmm...well, it's because it's not a real fight.

According to korean Big Bang fansite, the fighting incident was supposedly for their new MV and it seems that they were filming it at some back alley. We have another 4 days to go and find out whether it's really for the MV."


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Posted 8/4/08
"SS501’s first Asia concert tour

Idol group SS501 will be holding their first ever Asia concert tour in 2009.

They will start with holding concert performances in Taiwan in September, followed by Malaysia and other SEAsia countries.

SS501’s representative said, ” Their new single ‘Find’ is receiving very good response, so in the meanwhile they will be promoting in Japan. And coming September they will start their Asia concert tour travelling between SEAsia countries.”

SS501 was awarded the Best 10 new artiste for Japan Golden Disk award this year in Japan."


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/k-bites-04082008/
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Posted 8/4/08
"Mike He published his childhood nude picture, book signing event packed with fans



28 Jun, Mike He have his book "The devil Prince" signing activity. In order to view the idol charisma, nearly 1000 fans gather at Taipei station. Mike is known as the killer of young girl, this time, in order to publish his book, he has put a lot of effort on it. His childhood nude pictures are also included, making the female fans turn blush and rate of heartbeat increased. The picture is taken together with his cousin and brother. Because three of them are playing crazily in the bathroom, his father, who love taking photo take down the nude picture. The nude picture in the book is only the backside, Mike said that there are front side want. If he put it into the book, there will be no imagination space. Mike saying that cause more imagination, people suggest him to put the frontside picture in his next book, the sales of the book will be sure more alarming. Mike in his book reveal his wish to be a martial arts star. Acting in so many idol drama, he wish that he can act in martial drama. His idol is Jackie Chan and hope that he can be like him, become a martial art star."


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"To date, Overwhelming amount of 85,000 preorders to Big Bang new album



With the release of Big Bang’s new album “Stand Up”, featuring title song “Haru Haru (Everyday everyday)” and other songs like “Oh, My Friend”, this weekend, there has been much concern on the overwhelming response to this new album.

A representative of YG Entertainment said on 5th August, “Till right now 5th August 5pm, Big Bang’s new album has received preorder of 85,000 copies. Our first batch production has only produced 50,000 copies. With just 3 days into preordering, we have received overwhelming response. Hence we are now rushing on additional production.”

Big Bang has been the one of the number 1 bestselling artiste groups in Korea, and this time with their new minialbum, they caused a lot of interests and responses from music fans.

A record sales chart released their results on 5th August and Big Bang was ranked number one with 270,000 copies in the past 1 year (2007.08.04 ~ 2008.08.02) “Singers Annual Chart”."


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/to-date-85000-preorders-to-big-bang-new-album/
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"New boyband U-Kiss to debut in August



A new 6-member boyband U-Kiss is set to debut in end-August, targeting not just the Korea market but also the Asia market.

The members of U-Kiss come from America, Macau and China etc, and they can speak 4 languages - english, mandarine, japanese and korean . Their age range is from 15 years old to 19 years old, and will be debuting with the title song “We are not young” as a teenage idol global group.

U-Kiss is under the same company as Yang Dong Geun and Paran NH Media. And they are planned to participate in Japan’s “Power of Atamix 08″ performance. Their fan cafes also attracted about 50,000 visitors to their sites in just 2 days after they were established.

There are still many details that the company has yet to reveal about this upcoming group, leaving fans curious and anxious for more information. It is planned that the company will reveal more about U-Kiss only at a later time.

Meanwhile, U-Kiss will be having activities even before debut. On 27th July, they will be in Japan Tokyo for their first showcase, and on 15th August, they will be performing together with other stars like Paran, SS501, Wheesung and Shin Seung Hoon in Osaka.


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/07/17/k-bites-17072008/
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Intresting...i would like to hear their songs...^^
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"Se7en Speaks Out!



Se7en finally spoke out after he and YG Ent. were bombarded by accusations from fans and netizens saying that Se7en's venture into the U.S. was all just for show....or a poor bluff. He chronicles his life from a young boy to a famous Asian artist who has finally come to the States to fulfill his dream. The lengthy autobiographical promo clip brings greater admiration for Se7en and a wistful hope that he may reach the elusive American Dream. Good luck and don't give up, Se7en!"


source: http://shenyuepop.forumotion.com/korean-entertainment-news-f3/se7en-speaks-out-t3153.htm
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" Preorders to Big Bang new album close to 100,000 copies



Group Big Bang’s new minialbum sales is close to the breakthrough of 100,000 copies.

Big Bang will be releasing their new minialbum on 8th August, and the preorder sales to the album has received overwhelming response that there has been a rush to produce more to meet the demand.

YG Entertainment’s representative said,”We have initially ordered for the production of 50,000 copies and we have just added another 35,000 to the production. Just like the previous Big Bang album, we are facing a problem with the production of the CD cases.”

This new album features the collaboration between GDragon and Daishi Dance on songs “Haru Haru” and “Heaven”, causing a lot of interests in the new album. Also No Brain has also participated in the song “Oh my friend”.

Big Bang has been the 4th artistes to achieve album sales of 100,000 copies after Kim Dong Ryu, ShinHwa and Seo Taiji for this year."


source: http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/08/07/preorders-to-big-bang-new-album-close-to-100000-copies/
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"G-dragon’s Shocking New Haircut




Big Bang’s leader G-Dragon, who is coming back this coming 8th with the 3rd mini album “Stand Up”, shows a shocking hairstyle that became a subject of interest.

As a picture ,from the 3rd mini album title song “Haru Haru” music video shooting, got released into the internet, it caught the eyes of netizens.

The appearance of G-Dragon with the ‘Mohican’ hairstyle gave a shock to fans.
Big Bang fans say that they could not believe it, and also at the same time think it is a fresh shock and are showing expectations.

Meanwhile, on the day that G-Dragon have shooting a music video, he felt anger towards his ex-girlfriend that had betrayed him that , during a scene where he throws items on top of a table, he got injured by glass pieces."


Source: SSTV and asianfanatics.net
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credit and Edit by: Vicky @ big bang korean wordpress.

*** Extra info:
BB’s comeback stage will be on Inkigayo on August 10th. tune in to SBS on August 10th, 3:15pm KST.
they will be performing 2 songs from their 3rd mini-album STAND UP: “Haru Haru” & “Oh My Friend.”
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" The four-member rock band Nell has been invited to the "Summersonic Rock Festival" in Japan



Nell and other international pop stars such as Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Panic at the Disco will be performing on August 9th and 10th in Tokyo and Osaka for the Summersonic. Nell goes onstage on the 10th for Osaka's "Park Stage" section. Since Seo Taiji's invitation to perform in 2001, Nell is the first Korean group to participate.

"Summersonic producers liked Nell's musical style and the individuality of the members," announced Woollim Entertainment, which represents Nell. "They believe that Nell has a musical style which is appealing to fans overseas."

Woollim added, "We are honored and this is perfect timing because Nell is wrapping up promotions for their fourth album. We will try to show everyone what our world of rock sounds like."

Nell released their fourth album, "Separation Anxiety," in March and since then have sold over 60,000 copies. Their concert last month sold out.

The number of concert-goers for Summersonic are estimated to be 80,000. Past international stars who have performed at the Summersonic Rock Festival includes, Linkin Park, Green Day, Metallica and Radio Head."


source: http://english.kbs.co.kr/mcontents/entertainment/1539175_11692.html
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Posted 8/7/08
"SUJU Happy Meet Miss Korea Candidates



Article from hankooki.com

Translated by Cynthia Kang for ELF Philippines

Male group Super Junior Happy brightened up the 2008 Miss Korea Pageant where they were invited to perform.

The group's leader Lee Teuk said "My heart is full to meet the Miss Korea Candidates. Their beauties are enhanced by intellect and pretty features. Thanks for having us here."

With the 51 candidates of Miss Korea will let us know the truth "not only eyes will judge" neither tremble an idle talk. But the fact that the candidates have gone too far to reach this stage because of their efforts.

Lee Teuk said, "Choosing the new Miss Korea will take just a minute. That minute leads the fact that it is only simply evaluated by the outward appearance. It should begin with culture and wisdom and a preparation process. Passing a difficult process without the possibility of taking pride put them to sensibility".

Super Junior Happy performed "Pajama Party" and "Sunny" along with the Miss Korea candidates. As they descended from the stage "showed the whole world including America their charm"."


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"Big Bang " Music got ‘deeper’ and genre became ‘wider’ "



The 5-person group Big Bang’s value soar with each new album release.

Last second-half of the year, they kept the top of the K-Charts for several months with hits like “Lies” and “Last Farewell.”

Unlike idol-groups that lend their voice to other people’s songs (ref. to the composers that “sell” their songs to have other people sing), Big Bang has the ability to compose and produce, creating a wide fan-base. Tae Yang in his solo-album, Top in drama, Seungri in musical, and Dae Sung in show programs demonstrate their talent, creating bigger individual worth within the group.

Reunited Big Bang released their 3rd mini-album “Stand Up” on the 8th.

This album, within the boundary of rap music, experiments with Bossa nova, Rock, and other variety of genres, making it even more rich (ref. to the article title, how their music got “deeper”). It seems YG, the foremost brand for Black music in Korea, experimented with different genres through Big Bang.

According to the members on the night of the 7th at a pension at Ga- Pyeong, “Till now, we worked with Perry, Teddy, and other YG Family members before, but we worked with Japanese DJ and composer Daishi Dance, an outside artist for the first time, and No Brain participated in featuring, creating a more mature and deep music”

Working together with Daishi Dance was a surprise. For one time, “Lies” was accused of sounding similar to Daishi Dance’s “Moon Garden” and “P.I.A.N.O.” by the netizens.

According to G-Dragon, producer and composer of “Lies,” “Since people listen differently, they can think that,” but “we have nothing to hide so we aren’t too worried about it”

But “If there’s room for debate, we will feel more at ease if we put an end to it. That’s why we asked (translator’s note: the word used comes closer to “begging.” Apparently, Big Bang REALLY wanted to work with Daishi Dance and kept asking YG to put them in contact) our company that we wanted to work together with Daishi Dance. After asking them, they easily accepted our request. Working with Daishi Dance was expanding my limits,” said G-dragon, showing his satisfaction.

In the title song “Haru Haru,” co-composed by G-dragon and Daishi Dance, G-Dragon added his addictive melody over Daishi Dance’s stylish accompaniment. “It’s Shibuya-kei music like “Lies,” but I hope you get the feeling that it’s more emotional,” said G-Dragon.

“Chakhan Saram,” co-composed by Top and Kush, is Bossa nova-like, and “All My Friend,” co-composed by G-Dragon and No Brain, is a cool rock sound that seems appropriate for an Olympic cheer song.

“In “All My Friend,” we needed a strong voice. We asked Arrangement and Featuring to No Brain who worked with us well in concerts. It was an enriching and fun experience,” said G-Dragon.

According to G-Dragon who’ve worked as the album’s producer, there were often hard moments. After each member finished their individual activities, he recorded them in order and he himself stayed up many nights, sleepily working, creating the need for re-do.

[skip: basically, each recaps member's individual activities and their thoughts on it. they're all really happy about it =) ]

“Now, each and every one of our 5 members are noticeable and shining. We now have the power to appeal more when we’re together. Big Bang’s music too seems even more defined by Tae Yang’s music” (G-Dragon)

With Seo Taiji, Kim Gun Mo, Lee Hyori, and other big names in the music industry coming back, isn’t there a burden releasing an album at the same time?

“It’s burdening, but I think it’s a good opportunity. Since there’re alot of big seniors, there’s alot to look at Korean music scenes right now. Being newcommers (translator’s note: I know Big Bang’s not “new” since it’s been 2 years since their debut, but they’re saying they are in front of their big name seniors like Seo Taiji who’s been in the industry for over a decade or so), our first priority is not to fall behind in our competition with our seniors.” (Members)

According to G-Dragon regarding Seo Taiji, “Since I was little, I admired Seo Taiji sunbae-nim and was influenced by his music. Even the new music this time experimented with the Drum and Bass genre, and I was awed this time too.”

“People who listened to music via internet lined up at music stores to buy his CD and looked up music programs. It feels like the music markets getting bigger again.”

“I’ve recently watched a movie on the Rolling Stones and was inspired by how they played happily and passionately on stage even when they were over 60. The age difference is past (translator’s note: the word used is 띠동갑 which originates from the Chinese zodiac. Your “animal” comes back every 12 years. They’re basically saying how the Rolling Stones are older than their animal -senior: they’re older than them past 12 years.) 띠동갑, but their passion is something to follow up on from our great sunbaes. Sometimes, I think to myself, ‘What will we be doing in our 50s and 60s” and all our members go, “We’ll be on stage.” Of course, we probably won’t be dancing as much… haha” (G-Dragon)

The members will be have their come-back in SBS “Inki Gayo” on the 10th and will be returning to Japan afterwards. On the 11th, they have planned a fan meeting and starting from October, accompanied by a new album."



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"Big Bang Release another New MV



Big Bang has officially released their new Mv for the JRock inspired song Oh My Friend after less than one week of Haru Haru.

Since the boys are now back in Japan for their Japan activities, YG decided to release the new MV in a rush to keep fans satisfy.

Due to their upcoming tour in Japan, Big Bang have not done any Live performances for Haru Haru aside from the comeback stage. As for the Oh My Friend, it is unclear whether they would perform Live or just skip over like their Always song."


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Posted 8/14/08
" New Boy Band: Smash



This 6 member boy band known as Smash, from TN Entertainment is supposedly "extremely talented."

The 6 members, Sae Gae, Chun Woo, Han Bang, Jerry, Hiro and Naruro are not only pretty boys and dancers but also composers and lyricists. Or so the press release states.

Smash will debut on Mnet M Countdown on the 14th (later today in Korea) and their first mini-album and MV will be released on the 19th.

Will these 6 rookies Smash the competition or make us want to Smash our speakers? What do you all think?"


source: http://www.allkpop.com/index.php/news_rumors_full/new_boy_band_smash_is_supposedly_talented/
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