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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Taeyang to kick off his first solo world tour in Hongkong

Taeyang will be having his first solo world tour "2015 TAEYANG WORLD TOUR RISE".

Taeyang is repaying the immense support he has received for his latest album 'Rise' which was released in the summer this year. Taeyang will kick off his world tour in Hongkong at Asia World Expo Hall on January 10, 2015.

Other countries listed in particular order are China, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and Taiwan. Expect more countries to be added soon and experience Taeyang's emotional and powerful live performances.

Watch the teaser spot below:

Five-day journey of global citizens, exploring attractions in the city of Seoul comes to an end

▪ As a global digital campaign designed to emphasize dynamic and lively images of Seoul, Run@Seoul Week was designed to spread emotions and stories about Seoul to the world.
▪ Five runners received real-time missions from hundreds of thousands of global citizens and accomplished them at approximately 120 locations in Seoul, and the video was broadcasted live to the world.
▪ With activities of runners covering the theme of history, daily lives and trends of Seoul, and attractions of Seoul were disseminated worldwide, and opportunities for indirect and direct trips to various sites of Seoul were also provided.

(Nov. 25, 2014, Seoul) On Nov. 24, the city of Seoul announced successful completion of ‘Run@Seoul Week’, a global brand campaign for global citizens’ real-time tour of various attractions in Seoul through the online channel.

For five days from Nov. 19 to 23, a total of 400,000 global citizens visited the official website of Run@Seoul Week ( and they gave around 120,000 real-time missions to foreign runners, and all of the participants of the event were able to experience every nook and cranny of Seoul.

In particular, 5 runners from the USA, China, Japan and Singapore were chosen at an acceptance rate of 0.07% (1:1,400). They communicated with global citizens around the world in real-time and visited about 120 locations such as tourist attractions and famous restaurants in Seoul to accomplish missions with citizens of Seoul while broadcasting the city of Seoul to the world.

The final winner of Run@Seoul Week was Aaron Trimble from the USA, who perfectly completed about 30 missions during his five-day trip and delivered fabulous live streaming videos of his activities at his mission spots in Seoul.

Aaron Trimble stated, “It was amazing that people around the world could participate in the real-time activities for exploring Seoul through an open platform.” He then added, “I am very glad that I could rediscover various fascinate locations of Seoul by communicating with global citizens, and I am really happy that I could be the winner of Run@Seoul Week.”

The SNS award for the most active SNS user of Facebook, Twitter or Instagram was given to Syahmi Rashid from Singapore, and the award for the most photogenic runner who reflected the mission activities in video the best was given to Zhou Lin Jin of China. The award for the most popular runner was given to Xie Yi from China, and the award for the kindest runner was given to Kento Okazaki from Japan.

Tae-woong Kang, who planned the project as a general director of tourism in Seoul, said, “I hope Run@Seoul Week campaign provided opportunities for global citizens as well as foreign runners to not only explore famous tourist attractions in Seoul but also experience diverse daily lives of citizens of Seoul, the leaders of global culture and trends.” He added, “We plan to consistently implement campaigns for global citizens to communicate with one another and promote Seoul as a global tourist city full of fascinating aspects.”

The city of Seoul plans to make a short promotional video showing runners’ stay in Seoul and episodes of accomplishing missions in various sites around Seoul and spread the video through major video sites such as YouTube, Ustream, etc.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Teen Top Niel joins Kim Gura, Sam Hammington, and more as host for 'True Justice'

Teen Top Niel is making his debut as variety show's MC for MBC MediaPlus' new show 'True Justice'.

Niel is joining Kim Gura, Yoon Hyungbin, Sam Hammington and Kim BoSung, as they host the new program that will find ways to solve the problems and concerns of people in Korea.

For the pilot broadcast, it is revealed that comedians Lee Gukjoo and Jo Seho have participated in the filming. "True Justice" is expected to air in mid-December and will be broadcast on MBC Media Plus’s 4 channels: MBC Every1, MBC Music, MBC DramaNet, MBC Queen.

Kyuhyun fulfills his promise and finds a lonely girl at Gwanghwamun

Kyuhyun has fulfilled his promise to go in Gwanghwamun (title of his solo track) and finds someone who is lonely to cheer him/her up.

Yesterday, some fanaccounts were written on SNS stating that Kyuhyun is spotted at Gwanghwamun strolling around. Then, the accounts were supported with fantaken photos showing Kyuhyun approaching a girl and taking picture with her.

Later on, the girl, named JiEun, whom Kyuhyun approached uploaded on her SNS the album and picture Kyuhyun gave to her. She stated that Kyuhyun approached her and asked, "Are you lonely?" and suddenly sang his song. He also gave a signed album to her and took picture together.

In addition to that, the girl expressed her gratitude towards Kyuhyun for making her day better.

'SHINHWA LIVE 3D THE LEGEND CONTINUES' to be shown in theaters

Shinhwa's commemorative 15th anniversary concert which took place in Seoul in March last year will be shown in theaters.

Starting on December 11, fans and non-fans could relive the moments from Shinhwa's concert in 3D through 'SHINHWA LIVE 3D - THE LEGEND CONTINUES'.

So, for those who missed the live performances of the legendary group, you'll have a chance to join the hype on your convenience. Watch the trailer below:

T-ara to hold first domestic concert on Christmas

T-ara have announced that they are finally having domestic concerts right on Christmas day.

Although T-ara have gone overseas for concerts, the girls haven't performed for their domestic fans through a concert. Fortunately, this time fans are receiving special Christmas gift as they announced their upcoming "Merry Christmas T-ARA Family Concert".

The concert is happening on December 25 and the concert happens twice in Coex Auditorium. One at 3PM and the other at 7PM.
Monday, November 24, 2014

Kyuhyun reveals people mistake his sister as his girlfriend

Super Junior Kyuhyun shared a very interesting story on his guest appearance with Zhou Mi on Cultwo Show aired today.

Kyuhyun revealed a case where he went with his older sister, Cho Ahra, for a meal together and people started to mistaken her as his girlfriend.

A listener shared, "I once saw Kyuhyun eating along the neighborhood with his sister. I thought the pretty girl is his girlfriend."

Kyuhyun responded, "I went with noona in a restaurant. Because noona is pretty as he is, people keep on staring at her. So I intentionally asks her "Noona do you need more help?" and continues talking about mom," which evoked laughter.

Kyuhyun is a protective dongsaeng, isn't he?

Nam Tae Hyun apologizes, "I was joking like a friend, I'm sorry"

Nam Tae Hyun has offered his public apology for the recent controversy of using informal speech to audience at a concert.

On 24th, WINNER's agency told TV Report, "We apologize for the incident occurred last Saturday's concert." The agency further explained, "(he) was joking with fans and comfortably delivering the ment on stage. However, some people felt bad so he was really sorry." According to Taehyun, "I wasn't angry at that time. I want the fans to feel comfortable to me so I used informal speech. I am really sorry for that. I was thoughtless.

The agency continued to explain that WINNER fans are already used to this form of speech whenever there are events like fanmeetings, concerts, etc. However, those who are not familiar with the members have misinterpreted."

Meanwhile, Nam Tae Hyun also offered personal apology as what SportsChosun reported on their article, "To the fans, I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. I also thought of members for causing this and I thought I have to apologize quickly. I want to do the ment like that of a friend joking to my fans whom I like but suddenly it became a debate so I feel ashamed."

He added, "Now that even WINNER's too much friendly approach could cause debate like this, I will be more careful in the future."

Source: TV Report, SportsChosun
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Nam Tae Hyun stirs up controversy with his rude speech towards fans

The article about WINNER's Taehyun 'informal' speech towards fans is currently a debate on various Korean websites.

WINNER were among the performers of "GSConcert 2014" which was held on November 22 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul and was also attended by their seniors Girl's Day, SISTAR, Ailee, and more.

After few performances, WINNER's leader Kang Seung Yoon started the introduction and greeted fans. However, unlike others' calm introduction, Taehyun seemed to be rather more excited and overly shouted his introduction.

Unfortunately, the awkward moment didn't stop there. When Kang Seung Yoon was talking, the fans started to get noisy prompting Taehyun to break out and shouted, "He's talking!" using informal speech and manner.

For a moment, Kang Seung Yoon was surprised and the audience remained silent. Fortunately, the leader who looked embarrassed for an instant, managed to break the cold ice and started to talk again.

Netizens, including WINNER fans, are debating that it was just a playful side of Taehyun while others pointed out that the act was plainly rude. Watch the video below starting from 5:00 and tell us your opinion.

Meanwhile, the debate grew as Nam Tae Hyun had some 'iljin' controversies in the past.

Source: TVDaily via Nate
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“TOPP DOGG First Showcase 2014 Live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”

Jazzy Group are proud to bring you another sensational Korean pop showcase in Malaysia! TOPP DOGG First Showcase 2014 Live in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2014” will be held at HGH Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur on 7th of December 2014!

Topp Dogg was formed by Stardom Entertainment in 2013. Consisting of Jenissi, P-Goon Seogoong, Gohn, Hojoon, Kidoh, Sangdo, Nakta, Hansol, B-Joo, Xero, A-Tom and Yano, the group is one of the least Korean pop group which consist 13 members in a group a record which fellow Korean heartthrob, Super Junior has also held. Known for their powerful dance routine and charismatic on-stage performance, Topp Dogg is arguably one of the rising star for which the Korean pop industry could offer in recent times.

This would also be Topp Dogg’s first ever showcase in Malaysia following a recently successful showcase in their native country last year. And that’s not all! All VIP Zone ticket holders, will also entitle to attend an exclusive fansigning session with the boys! This would be an event in which ToppKlass would never want to miss.

The ticket price is listed as followed:
• RM280 VIP (Includes fansign passes for all ticket holders) (Ticket purchase only available at Jazzy Group’s office)
• RM180 Zone A
• RM100 Zone B

*All ticket price are subject to an additional RM3 charges of processing fees.

Tickets sales has begun on 13th of October, 2014 at 10 a.m. Tickets available at TicketCharge

Friday, November 21, 2014

Highlights from 1st and 2nd day of RUN@SEOUL WEEK

A global digital campaign titled ‘Run@Seoul Week’ has kicked off on Wednesday, November 19 with its official opening ceremony. This event is designed to promote dynamic and lively images of Seoul through global citizens’ interactive participation. Global citizens can directly and indirectly experience Seoul by watching the live video stream of 5 runners from US, Singapore, China and Japan.

(5 runners during opening ceremony; From left to right: Xie Yi from China, Aaron Trimble from USA, Zhou Lin Jin from China, Kento Okazaki from Japan and Syahmi Rashid from Singapore)

The runners are currently carrying out the missions of finding attractions in Seoul, given by the controllers. The Controllers from all over the world are giving real-time missions to the runners, and the controllers who give the best missions to the runners will get opportunities to win amazing prizes, including a round trip flight ticket to Seoul, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, action camera, digital camera and t-shirts.

Here are fun episodes from the 1st day of RUN@SEOUL WEEK!

Aaron’s mission spot was Dongdaemun, and his mission was to buy a short-sleeve t-shirt. Although he liked the area, he chose this mission as the most difficult one because he just could not find a short-sleeve shirt that he could buy with his budget. In addition, because it is winter in Korea, and the shop he went into was women’s clothing store, he did not have many options. Look at him struggling to find a shirt!

(Aaron trying to find a short-sleeve shirt to accomplish his mission)

Syahmi’s mission spot was Yongsan. Although he had a stereotype on Yongsan that it was an area for Electronics, after spending time in Yongsan, his impression on the area has changed. His mission was to visit “Jjimjilbang”(public bathhouse or spa), and he chose this mission as the most memorable one because he could finally visit Jjimjilbang for the first time. Look at him having “sikhye” (Korean rice beverage) there!

(Syahmi at Jjimjilbang)

 Xie Yi’s mission was to find a restaurant that had “galchijorim.” At first, he had hard time finding one, but fortunately, he encountered a Chinese person who was a waiter at the restaurant, so he could successfully complete his misson.

(Xie Yi at Galchijorim restaurant)

Here are fun episodes from the 2nd day of RUN@SEOUL WEEK!

Kento chose Samcheong-dong as the most memorable place of the day because he got to ride on rickshaw. He was able to experience and enjoy the area better because the rickshaw driver explained different parts of Samcheongdong for him.

(Kento with rickshaw driver)

Lin Jin’s mission spot was Insadong, and she picked apricot tea and cane stick ice cream as the most delicious foods she tried that day. She really enjoyed sweet and sour taste of the tea, and she said ice cream was really good, although it was strange-looking.

(Linjin enjoying her time in Insadong)

Watch the highlights video to learn more about the dynamic city, Seoul!

The campaign will end on Sunday, November 23, and all global citizens are encouraged to participate in the campaign as a controller. Any global citizens who love Seoul and are interested in Korean culture can participate as controllers via

JYJ's Yoochun wins 'Best New Actor' at 51st Daejong Film Festival

JYJ's Park Yoochun takes home title 'Best New Actor' from 51st Daejong Film Festival held today at KBS Hall, Yeouido,  in Seoul.

The winner for the 'Best New Actor' category is being anticipated as all nominees are deserving of the title. However, this year's ceremony hailed Park Yoochun as 'Best New Actor' among other nominees including Yeo Jin-goo, Im Si Wan, Choi Jin-hyeok, and Ahn Jae-hong. During his acceptance speech, he said,

"Honestly, I don't know. Sincerely thank you.It's my first time acting in a movie 'Sea Fog". Director Shim Sungbo, thank you, and to the senior actors I've acted with. This year is the last year of my 20s so thank you for leaving me a huge award as this. I'll work harder as an actor."

Park Yoo-chun proves to be deserving of this award with his amazing acting skills in the film “Sea Fog”. Congratulations!

Jessica to attend her first domestic activity on 25

After being withdrawn from SNSD, Jessica has been attending overseas activities mainly for her business, but it is reported that Jessica is going to attend her first domestic activity in Korea on November 25.

On 21st, according to PR agency Dimako, Jessica is confirmed to attend an event for fashion brand 'Fendi' at Lotte Mall in Jamsil. Aside from Jessica, actress Song Ji Hyo is also attending.

This is the first time Jessica is meeting publicly with Korean media and will be photographed on a domestic event.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

RUN@SEOUL WITH STAR: Jang Hyuk & Kim Yoo-Jung

Jang Hyuk and Kim Yoo-Jung, leading celebrities of Hallyu, have been appointed as 2014 Seoul Global Tourism ambassadors.

Jang Hyuk has chosen “Han River” as a world-class tourist attraction. He hopes that global citizens could enjoy not only major tourist attractions, but also nooks and crannies of Seoul through RUN@SEOUL WEEK.

Kim Yoo-Jung picked “small alleys in different parts of Seoul” and “Jamsu Bridge” as the places to go. She hopes that global citizens could try delicious Korean foods in Seoul through this campaign.

Watch the video to see what they said about RUN@SEOUL WEEK.

Jang Hyuk

Kim Yoo Jung

Kyuhyun takes his first solo win with 'At Gwanghwamun' at M!Countdown

Super Junior Kyuhyun is still making a successful solo debut by winning his first music show trophy with 'At Gwanghwamun' from M!Countdown today.

Kyuhyun and AOA are the top two this week and the total score gives Kyuhyun his first win, making the singer teary eyed while doing his thank you speech. He said, "Members, ELF, I got no.1".

Congratulations! Check out his performance below:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seoul City Presents Run@Seoul Week for Global Citizens

- Seoul Metropolitan Government invites global citizens to participate in interactive campaign to give missions to the runners so they can accomplish various missions given and deliver lively images of Seoul

SEOUL, Nov. 19, 2014 – Seoul Metropolitan Government has launched a global marketing campaign titled ‘Run@Seoul Week’ over a five-day period from the November 19th to 23rd. The campaign has been designed to allow global citizens to visit Seoul and accomplish missions of finding attractions in Seoul.

Run@Seoul Week has been arranged as a part of Seoul’s ongoing campaign called Seoul, My [ ] that continuing the participation of global citizen. If last year’s project was designed to convey different global citizens’ appreciation of Seoul through a movie, this year’s event is designed to promote the dynamic and lively images of Seoul through global citizens’ interactive participation.

Five global citizens from the United States, China, Japan and Singapore have been selected as ‘Runners.’ During the campaign period, the runners will travel through Seoul, carrying out different missions that are given out by ‘Controllers’ from all over the world.

Activities of a runner will be recorded via an action camera installed on his or her body and will be broadcasted live on the campaign website ( The content may be viewed on the live channel with the preferred language selected from English, Chinese and Japanese.

Controllers from all over the world will give real-time missions to the runners on their preferred language channel, and all the global citizens watching the live video stream can indirectly enjoy the images of Seoul.

The controllers who give the best missions to the runners during the campaign period will have a chance to win various prizes, including a round trip flight ticket to Seoul, Samsung Galaxy Note 4, action camera, digital camera and t-shirts.

Seoul Metropolitan Government stated “The current trend shown by global tourists visiting Seoul seems to go beyond merely visiting the conventional tourist attractions. They actually prefer first-hand tourism through which they can personally experience the daily lives of Seoul citizens, such as going shopping, eating and watching performances. We hope that ‘Run@Seoul Week’ can be an opportunity for global citizens to newly discover Seoul’s attractions and share its beauty with others, by participating directly in the scene or indirectly online.”

Jang Hyuk and Kim Yoo-jung, leading stars of Hallyu, also known as the Korean Wave, have been appointed as 2014 Seoul Global Tourism Ambassadors, and they will participate in various meaningful activities with the global runners during the campaign period.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

James appears as model on 'ANTM' and takes photo with Tyra Banks

Royal Pirates James and 'America's Next Top Model' host Tyra Banks recently took part in a pictorial and shared a cute photo together.

James joined the participants with another Korean model Jini Lee in a pictorial for Jinny Kim's shoes as a celebrity model. James, who is boasting a perfect model appearance took a chance to be photographed with Tyra Banks at the shooting location.

In the photo, Tyra had James' head leaning on her head displaying a very warm atmosphere.

G-Dragon and Taeyang are YG's Hiphop Project 1

YG finally ends the guesses of fans as he reveals the Taeyang is joining G-Dragon for YG's HIPHOP PROJECT 1.

An updated photo is uploaded on their blog showing the image of Taeyang. The pair is going to promote soon with a new single making fans excited.

Meanwhile, the other project group is consists of three members who will be revealed gradually starting on December 2.
Monday, November 17, 2014

TVXQ and JYJ to attend an event together; reunion is expected

Mark the date, November 24, as kpop fans might get to see the five members from TVXQ and JYJ together meeting up for the first time after they parted ways in 2009.

TVXQ's Changmin and Yunho, and JYJ's Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu are invited to attend the premiere of the movie 'Big Match' which will take place in  Wangsini, Eastern Seoul. As for TVXQ, the duo are going to support labelmate and senior BoA, while the trio is supporting their labelmate and the film's  lead actor Le Jung Jae.

Although the two groups are invited and so far reported to be attending, there's no final confirmation yet since there were many instances previously that one group didn't attend if one did. However, the media are also looking forward to this event, as it could be the first time the five members are bumping to each other in a public event.

Meanwhile, "Big Match" is set to premiere on November 27. Are you also expectant?

Jackson reveals the real deal between him and KARA's Youngji

GOT7's Jackson is caught off-guard with questions about his relationship with KARA's Youngji after their bickerings on 'Roommate' started to turn into speculations of a growing intimate relationship among netizens.

During their comeback showcase for their new album 'Identity',  Jackson makes clarifications to end the speculations about their 'some' relationship. He said,

"Me and Youngji are just really close friends only. It's not like 'some' relationship." He is also asked about another Roommate member Lee Guk Joo, to whom he's very affectionate with. He said, "Noona (Gukjoo) is really like a noona (sister) to me. She takes care of me like my real sister." He continued with a witty comment, "But she likes Seo Kang Joon so there's nothing I can do."

Meanwhile, GOT7 is going on a full pledge promotions starting today with their first album 'Identity'.

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