K-pop trio SG Wannabe will return to the music scene later this year, according to an industry insider on Sunday.

The trio recently signed with CJ E&M, also the home of musicians Roy Kim and Davichi, and will start work on a new album.

“They signed the contract on Jan. 16 and CJ E&M will be involved in all aspects of the trio’s future career from producing and releasing the band’s albums to managing the three members, who had no agents before,” the insider said.

Since two of the members were recently discharged from the military, several entertainment agencies were interested in signing the trio, which was popular in the mid-2000s for its ballads.

SG Wannabe debuted in 2004 and soared to stardom that year.

But after the release of their seventh album in 2011, the three members did not extend their contracts with their agency and two joined the military. The group has not performed since then.

Among their past hits are the songs “While You Live” and “Timeless.”

JoongAng Daily

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Kim Jun-su, a member of K-pop trio JYJ, will release his third solo album in March.

“He’s working on a title track and he is likely to seek major changes this time compared to the past,” said his agency, C-JeS Entertainment.

Having started out in 2004 as a member of TVXQ, Kim walked out of the boy group with two other bandmates and formed JYJ in 2010.

After achieving success with JYJ, Kim released his first solo studio album “Tarantallegra,” which sold 120,000 copies. He then followed that album with “Incredible.”

With his second mini-album in 2013, Kim tried as many genres as possible, from R&B to dance to neo soul to funk.

JoongAng Daily

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Forty-four people are taking cash-strapped broadcaster ATV to court for failing to give them severance payment, the labour minister says.


The 44 were among employees whose job contracts were effectively terminated last month under labour laws after they did not receive their November salaries, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung said.


A hearing would take place at the Labour Tribunal on February 2, he said.


Cheung also warned that the station's legal responsibility over unpaid wages would not diminish just because a shareholder had offered to lend money to staff members awaiting their pay.


"I want to stress that it does not mean he has fulfilled an employer's responsibility to pay overdue wages," Cheung said yesterday. "


[The employer] is violating the law."


The beleaguered station has yet to give its 700-plus employees their December salaries and its largest shareholder, Wong Ben-koon, has said they can borrow money from him. ATV had also failed to pay up on time for September and November.


The 44 were among a total of 88 employees and former staff members who had filed their cases with the Labour Department, Cheung said.


ATV executive director Ip Ka-po said it had secured enough money to foot a third of last month's bill, but that the full sum was not expected to be payable until the end of this month.


Ip also revealed ATV was in talks with six potential investors to buy a stake in the company.


Each had signed a confidentiality agreement, while two of them had paid the HK$500,000 fee demanded by court-appointed accountants to examine the station's books, he said.


Buyers interested in acquiring 10.75 per cent of the free-television broadcaster must submit their proposals by Monday.


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Artiste, Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) attended an event and was asked whether she has heard of the news about TVB executive Virginia Lok  (樂易玲) heading over to now TV? Charmaine Sheh said she is unaware of the situation: "Have not heard about it, it's probably just a rumor". (It's heard that she and Sandy Yue Wing Shan (余詠珊) are quarreling?) It's not true. (Its seems like you know the inside story?) I don't think so, because I haven't heard her (Virginia Lok) say. (Did she say she was unhappy with her job?) No, she seems like she is enjoying her work. (If she asks you to head over, will you go?) Talk about it later.

Conditions of ideal spouse

Charmaine said she will be working on Chinese New Year and was asked whether or not she is happy to spend the fat year (Chinese New Year)? She laughed and said: "I would be happy" (Are you paying more tax?) "Don't mention it. It would ruin my mood!" Asked whether she has a date on Valentine's Day? She said: "Not sure, most likely have to work". (Conditions of ideal spouse?) Happy, I would smile once I see him and able to communicate. (Think about the single Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎)? Would you smile once you see him?) Go along with fate!

Source: ON.CC (HK) 
Translated by: lucychoi559 @ Asian E-News Portal

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Friday January 23, 2015 Hong Kong






At the Jade Solid Gold Awards Ceremony (勁歌金曲頒獎典禮), the last award was a newly created addition, called The Most Popular Singer for the Decade. The host first allowed the people to guess the recipient and said that this singer first debuted in 1999 and has received The Most Popular Female Singer ten times. Once the fans heard the description, they immediately shouted "JOEY". Since the the name of the award indicates ten years, everyone didn't need to think about it and knew it was for Joey Yung (容祖兒). When Joey went on stage, she had a little excitement, she said: "My mood is really hard to describe, the past ten years is also really hard to describe. Every time I get an award I would tell myself to work even harder the next time, so that no one will doubt my capabilities. Everyone who is by my side will all simultaneously feel strong. I thank my family, friends, and fans; you guys gave me a lot of strength." After Joey finished, Bob Lam (林盛斌) describes Joey as "the music queen that dominated for ten years". And then, Joey promptly sang a few good songs for everyone. 

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: chaierie @ Asian E-News Portal

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Friday January 23, 2015 Hong Kong



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Three days ago, G.E.M. Tang uploaded taking the MTR photo on Facebook. She left a comment: "The subway changes name to MTR. Finally, this is the first time I am taking the subway. Hahaha, so excited!" Immediately it attracted remarks from netizens and they left their comment and asked her: "Really your first time taking the subway?" And pointed out that as early as in 2007, it changed name to MTR (港鐵). G.E.M. replied: "I am an idiot. It is not the first time they change name, but I seriously think for a moment. I do not take MTR at least for the last two years. Today, I feel very emotional. Haha!" After that, G.E.M. also amended the description of the photo: "Did not take the MTR for a long time! Hahaha, so excited!"

After the concert in Hong Kong Coliseum according to Taiwan media reports, G.E.M. will hold her concert in March in Taipei Arena (台北小巨蛋). The organizer should start to sell the concert tickets in early February and it should be a challenge to ticket sales as it was only a month away, and she had insufficient popular songs in Taiwan.

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal

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Friday January 23, 2015 Hong Kong






Singer Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜) accepted a radio interview and spoke about the past when she kissed Ron Ng (吳卓羲) at the Childrens Song Awards (兒歌金曲頒獎禮) and received a lot of complaints from viewers. She was asked what caused this to happen? She admitted: "Because at that time, they did not know me well and I had no opportunities to do an interview. Maybe there is a misunderstanding and a lot of people said I was my mum". She also said that, at that time she did not receive any payment for her performance. She said back then, she had to study and could only perform when she was on holidays.

Source: ON.CC (HK) 
Translated by: lucychoi559 @ Asian E-News Portal

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Tavia Yeung reveals bareback scene: Already a limit!

Friday January 23, 2015 Hong Kong



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Artiste Tavia Yeung (楊怡) appeared in a spinster outfit at TVB city for the filming of new series Against the War of Tangxi (逆戰塘西). This scene talked about her being drugged and then abducted, greatly allowing her to show off her TV Queen acting skills! Speaking of the simultaneous action scenes, Tavia expressed that she would be extra cautious and watch her every step: "The men have many gun shooting scenes. (Fears getting injured while filming?) If it's an accident, there's nothing that can be feared, have to be cautious once we arrive at the scene!"

Speaking of her mentioning earlier that she had a scene where she had to reveal her back, Tavia smiled and said that revealing her back is her limit: "I am a spinster so I can't let others see my body. (Revealing your back?) That's already the limit!" In regards to her plans for the lunar new year, Tavia revealed that she will be paying a visit to her boyfriend Him Law's (羅仲謙) home and asking for red envelopes: "Last lunar new year, I caught a cold so I had to go see the doctor. (This year, going to boyfriend's home to meet his parents?) No need, we all know each other. But I will go around to get some red envelopes, I am not married yet, definitely have to get some now! (Going to boyfriend's home for red envelopes?) If I have time, I will go!" She also revealed that a few days ago, she traveled to Mainland for a ribbon-cutting ceremony as well as performed on stage with the TV King Roger Kwok (郭晉安); such a fruitful year for her!   

Source: ON.CC (HK)
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Source: Wacow @ Blog163 
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net 

Noblesse Oblige - 宦海奇官 (EPS 10-14) - 25 PTS (Peaking at 29 PTS)

Madam Cutie On Duty - 師奶Madam (EPS 1-5) - 25 PTS (Peaking at 26 PTS)

Come Home Love - 愛.回家 (EPS 682-686) - 22 PTS 

Variety Shows 
Festival a la Stars - 明星爱厨房 - 19 PTS

Scoop - 東張西望 - 19 PTS 

Seoul Searching - 流行首爾 - 18 PTS

The Voice 4 - 超級巨聲4 - 15 PTS

JSG Music Awards 2014 - 2014年度勁歌金曲頒獎典禮 - 14 PTS (Peaking at 17 PTS)

Sidewalk Scientist - 學是學非 - 13 PTS

Chef Nic - 十二道鋒味 - 12 PTS

(Nielsen TAM: 1 point represents 64,920 viewers)

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Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Shawn Yue Man Lok recently worked on Wong Jing's Lunar New Year film FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 2 (DOH SING FUNG WON II), bringing them back together years later. Seen as the rising film industry star, Lok Jai this time faced two Best Actors in Chow Yun Fat and Ka Fai. He had to stay alert to learn. He praised the "Seven Best Actor Cheung" for being very helpful to his junior despite his cool exterior. Ka Fai also said that Fat Gor once said the film industry in the next fifty years will be Nicolas Tse Ting Fung's world, but he felt that it will be Yue Man Lok's world.

Ka Fai and Lok Jai worked together before on HELIOS (CHET DOH). Working together again this time, they had even better chemistry. Ka Fai admitted that he was very protective of the younger generation of actors. They all belonged to the Hong Kong film industry so they should support each other. He also said that Hong Kong now seemed to have no actress. He did not want actors to be the same way. Lok Jai said that even though Ka Fai normally spoke very little and looked cool, actually he was very willing to help other actors and would give suggestions. Ka Fai joked, "I like to talk with whomever has more girls." Lok Jai looked ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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