Friday August 29, 2014 Hong Kong






Somebody has been using Leo Ku's name to advertise a charity event, and the singer is not liking it at all.


As reported on Sina News, the singer, who attended a rehearsal for an upcoming concert alongside Shiga Lin, Mag Lam and Charmaine Fong recently, denied that he will be involved in a charity event in mainland China, after a poster of such event circulated online.


The said poster, which has been posted on the internet, featured a photo of the singer with the title "Film Star and Prince of Love Song Leo Ku Fan-Meeting". It is stated on the poster that he will be performing in a bar in mainland China on Saturday and the profit will be donated to charity.


However, upon close examination, it was revealed that it was not Leo Ku on the poster but a man who closely resembles him.


Leo said, "Many of my friends even contacted me to make sure, since they were surprised when they saw the poster. I have called [EEG manager] Mani to follow up."


Leo said that while he doesn't mind people imitating his style, he dislikes the fact that they are using his name on the poster for publicity.


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Nicholas Tse can't do romance with Joey Yung

Friday August 29, 2014 Hong Kong







Nicholas Tse jokingly expressed his regrets for inviting good friend and fellow EEG colleague Joey Yung to record a song and film a music video with him.


As reported on Hong Kong's On CC News, Nicholas, who has been busy promoting his romance film "But Always", recently wrote and produced the movie's theme song "Let Us Go On", and has invited Joey to sing the duet with him.


However, it was only when they started to shoot the music video that both stars realised that it was very awkward for them to play a couple. Nicholas said that he wasn't able to even keep a serious face when the director asked him to hug Joey from behind.


"Joey and I are as close as siblings, so holding each other and singing a love song feels very strange and very embarrassing," said Nicholas, adding that it somehow felt incestuous.


"It felt like a brother holding a sister, and it's very hard to hold back our laughter!"


However, the filming must go on, and EEG's manager Mani Fok had to interfere and made a few suggestions to them. Despite many outtakes, the two stars finally finished the music video in two hours' time.

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"Precious Harmony" is Joe Ma's last series

Friday August 29, 2014 Hong Kong







Actor Joe Ma recently revealed that his upcoming series, "Precious Harmony", will be the last drama with TVB before his contract expires.


As reported on Hong Kong's On CC News, the actor, who attended the costume fitting session in TVB City recently, revealed that he will be playing a mediator between the good and the bad.


"My character is a second generation of the underworld, and my father is a triad chief. In the series, my character is gentler than his peers," said Joe.


He also added that his love interest will be played by Kate Tsui.


When asked if he will renew his contract, Joe said, "It depends. I will decide along the way. But we're currently in negotiation."


"As an actor, I really hope to challenge myself," said Joe, when asked if he will expand his career to mainland China. "But I will miss Hong Kong viewers. So I hope to work between the two."


Johnson Lee and William Chak also star in "Precious Harmony".

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Friday August 29, 2014 Hong Kong







TVB actress Samantha Ko recently expressed her displeasure after a photoshopped photo of her face on a body of a naked woman holding hands with a child circulated online.


As reported on Mingpao News, the actress, who attended the premiere dinner for TVB's "Line Walker" recently, stated, "This is not the first time a person did this to my photo. I have kept quiet about it before, but it seems that it's getting worse."


"I feel so embarrassed about it but helpless at the same time. I don't think mothers would appreciate such pranks, and it is very disrespectful to children," she added.


Samantha also encouraged the public to do more charity work rather than wasting their time creating fake photos.


"If they like me, they should support my work instead," said the actress.

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Friday August 29, 2014 Hong Kon







Hong Kong singer Yumiko Cheng recently admitted that her husband, makeup artist Andy Leung, was indeed a divorcé, according to Mingpao News.


Previously, a Hong Kong tabloid published a cropped photo of the singer's marriage registration application and mentioned that Andy's status was written as divorced.


In response, Yumiko, who appeared at the Commercial Radio recently, admitted, "Yes. He was quite young when he married the first time. He was 21 or 22 years old at the time."


"I've already known this fact since we were dating," said Yumiko.


Meanwhile, the singer revealed that she will be holding her wedding at the North Harbour Grand Hotel on 5 September. However, most of the details have yet to be completed.


"The most painful part of the wedding plan is the seating arrangements. Some friends insisted on sitting together. It has given me a lot of headache," she said.

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BEIJING: Actor Kai Ko, who was arrested for smoking marijuana on Aug 14, was released after 14 days of administrative detention in Beijing at midnight on Thursday (Aug 28), Chinese media reported.

A large crowd of reporters and photographers gathered around the police station as Ko left the building, accompanied by a small group which included his parents. Ko and his party quickly departed but were greeted by more reporters at their hotel, and had to jostle their way past the crowd to reach the lift to their rooms.

"Smoking marijuana is illegal and harms both you and the people around you. I don't want to make the people around me sad again," said Ko, in an interview with a Chinese media outlet, his first following his arrest.

"I'll never smoke marijuana again, and hope the people in my life won't have any more contact with drugs. I feel there is no cause or reason for this. I made a mistake. I have to face up to it, accept responsibility for it and correct my mistakes."

Ko will hold a media conference to apologise for his actions in Beijing on Friday afternoon, and is scheduled to return to Taiwan in the evening. He will hold a similar media conference in Taiwan the following day, and may have to meet with the Taiwanese authorities to assist them with their investigations into the matter.

Unlike Ko, Jackie Chan's son Jaycee Chan, who was arrested with Ko on Aug 14, faces the more serious charge of providing a venue for drug use. It is unclear when he will be released from detention.


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The king of K-pop, Super Junior, is back with a seventh studio album: "MAMACITA." The album is the band's first in two years.

The 10 active members ― Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Sungmin, Shindong, Kangin, Heechul, and Leeteuk ― said they were excited and more nervous than ever as they looked forward to celebrating the group's 10th anniversary next year.

"This is a time I have been waiting for," said Leeteuk at a press conference at the Imperial Hotel in southern Seoul, Thursday. "I wondered when I could perform with the other members."

"Our goal with this album is to have a good time," said Lee, the leader, who returns to the group after completing his two years of military service.

"We have prepared hard," said Eunhyuk. "My heart is fluttering more than ever and we are anxious to show you our music."

As for the name and concept of the album, Heechul said, "'MAMACITA' means a cute little girl in Spanish."

"In English, it would translate to ‘She's gorgeous,'" said Leeteuk. "We have added more maturity as men, I guess," he added.

The leader said that members participated more in development of the album where Donghae co-wrote the song "Shirt" and members such as Eunhyuk did some of the choreography along with renowned choreographer Tony Testa.

The group still lives together, which contributes to the sense of teamwork.

"Frankly, we've fought a lot, but over the years that has created love too. I don't know if that is the right word to use for men, I guess loyalty among the members," said Leeteuk.

The group's goal is to "give hope and have good influence," said Siwon on those who listen to our music.

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K-pop boy band 2PM will have a comeback performance on Sept. 15, its agency JYP Entertainment said Friday.

“2PM will have comeback with a full set of members on the 15th next month, a week after Chuseok,” JYP Entertainment said in a statement.

“Since this is a return after 15 months, (2PM) will be carrying out lots of music and television entertainment activities,” the music label added, asking for fans’ support.

The boy band originally sought to stage a comeback showcase in April, but delayed it due to the national tragedy of the Sewol ferry disaster and the need for more preparation for the new album.

In the meantime, 2PM’s members have been engaged in individual entertainment activities on television shows as well as solo performances here and overseas.

The announcement came after Nichkhun recently signaled 2PM’s upcoming comeback in a television show, saying, “We are done working on the album. … All we need right now is practice and performance.”

The boy band is also scheduled to set out on a world tour to Korea, China, Japan and the U.S. on Oct. 3.

Korea Herald

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Music & New, Lyn’s agency, released images teasing the singer’s upcoming album yesterday on Twitter and Facebook.

One photo shows an invitation with the words “Lyn Home,” while another photo shows what’s written on the inside: an announcement about the singer’s new album, “Home,” which will be released on Sept. 12.

“Home” will be Lyn’s first live album. The performances recorded on the record are from a concert Lyn performed in May at Ewha Womans University, Seodaemun District, western Seoul.

All of the songs Lyn sang at the concert were put on the album, including many hits such as “Love… It’s All Lies,” “Breakable Heart” and “We Were In Love.”

It is also said that Lyn plans to add two new songs to the upcoming album, according to local media reports.

While the new album will be released online on Sept. 12, the hard copies will hit the stores on Sept. 16.

JoongAng Daily

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xpectations were very high when YG Entertainment launched its new boy band Winner because the last two K-pop groups to debut with the agency - Big Bang and 2NE1 - became globally renowned stars.

And Winner hasn’t disappointed. The group’s debut single “Empty” hit No. 1 on many local music charts after the album “2014 S/S” was released two weeks ago.

Winner’s inception was unusual. Last year, YG split its trainees into two separate teams and had them compete against one another on the reality TV show “Win: Who Is Next.” Viewers voted for the squad they preferred and the top choice earned the name “Winner.”

Although the show ended in October, the five-member group waited another year to release its first album. And to get more onstage experience, Winner traveled and performed with Big Bang during its international tour.

The members, who finally get to call themselves professional singers, sat down with Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, to share what it’s like to be on top.

Q. Did you think you would get the No. 1 spot on many music charts?

A. Kang Seung-yoon: It could be natural for some [fans] to think that the new group from YG is sure to get the top spot. But we didn’t think that such [a record] would obviously follow. We thought it would be great just to rank high. We’re delighted, but it also feels very surreal. We’re already feeling some pressure for our next album.

Does the fact that YG hasn’t introduced a boy group for about eight years weigh on your shoulders?

Kim Jin-woo: It’s extreme pressure, but at the same time it works as a stimulant so that we won’t settle and we won’t loosen up.

Many say people change after they get popular. Will that happen to you?

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