The Big Bang members are promoting themselves one by one. After Seungri‘s Sexy “Let’s Talk About Love,” Daesung‘s romantic Japanese Single “I Love You,” G-Dragon‘s his music charts-topping “Coup De’tat” and Taeyang‘s recently released “Ringa Linga,” fellow member T.O.P is preparing for his own solo comeback. He released first first teaser image through YG Entertainment‘s official website.
T.O.P will be coming back with his solo track, “Doom Dada.” The teaser picture has a vintage western feel with T.O.P riding a motorcycle with a slightly creepy giant baby in the motorcycle side car. T.O.P.’s giant bow and his perfectly parted hair hints at a song that might be comical or tongue-in-cheek.
The teaser picture also announces the release date for “Doom Dada” as November 15, at noon.
After wrapping up their concert in Hong Kong last weekend, South Korean girl group Girls' Generation appeared at the airport yesterday night when Jessica was allegedly mistaken for a fan by a security guard due to the chaotic situation.
According to witnesseses at the scene, Jessica fell and hit her head on a railing after she was pushed by the guard. The 24-year-old reportedly laid motionless on the ground for a moment before her manager helped her up and carried her onboard.
Although Jessica was able to walk on her own after getting off the plane at Incheon Airport, she appeared to be weak as her movements were very slow.
In other related news, the Hong Kong concert organiser has refuted all reports which claimed that Taeyeon and Yoona had gone club hopping with Gillian Chung's ex-boyfriend Mr. K, also known as Tyler Kwon, at the renowned partying street Lan Kwai Fong. The two were said to be so drunk that they fell down the stairs into a back alley filled with garbage.
'The members checked into the hotel immediately after arriving in Hong Kong [last Friday],'¯ said a representative. 'And they never left the hotel after that.'¯
Tyler has also clarified on the incident via a microblog entry. In the post, he verified that the two girls pictured in the reports are his cousin and friend, and not Taeyeon or Yoona.
The post read: 'Happy Bday my favourite baby cousin! Was fun having you in HK (despite that one night), turns out you're famous here now. People think you're Taeyeon and your friend is Yoona! Lol. Anyway, hope you had a safe flight back; say hi to everyone back home for me!'¯
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Nov 11 2013
Korean popular TV personality Lee Soo-geun has pleaded guilty to a charge of illegal gambling, while two other male stars Tak Jae-hoon and Tony An have been examined by the prosecution with the same charge.
An official with Lee Soo-geun’s agency SM C&C showed the official position of the star Monday morning that he would step down from all the TV shows he takes on and have time for self-restraint.
SBS’s “8 o’clock News” reported Sunday night that Lee, Tak and several male stars have been charged with illegal gambling. Tak and his agency has not showed their official positions yet.
Tony An, who get recently split up from his 18-year-younger girlfriend Hyeri of Girls’ Day, was also reported Monday morning to had gone trough the prosecution investigation last week.
While these stars’ illegal gambling case are still taken care by the prosecution’s office, the TV shows these stars are currently starring in will be directly affected by the case.
Last Thursday, Lee already taped the last episode of him on KBS’s variety show “Two Days and One Night,” set to leave the same channel’s sports variety show “Cool Kiz on the Block.”
An official with Tony An’s current cable TV show “20th Century Pretty Boy” (translated title) told TenAsia that they’re in an internal meeting since they just knew his case this morning and they have nothing to say about his position until the investigation result come out.
Tak, one of the popular TV hosts who appeared in numerous variety show including the second season of Mnet’s “Beatles Code,” was clouded with taking on the third season of the popular talk show.
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Group Super Junior will give a lecture on Hallyu and Korean culture at Oxford University.
SM Entertainment, the group’s agency, announced that Super Junior will visit Oxford University at the invitation of Oxford Korean Students’ Assocation and the Asia-Pacific Association and give a special lecuture at Oxford Union Debating Chamber on Nov.10.
Super Junior will talk about their experiences as K-Pop celebrities, global Hallyu as well as Korean culture in the lecture.
Nov 08 2013
Taeyang, a member of K-pop boy band Big Bang, ranked No. 1 on major local charts and iTunes charts in five countries with his latest solo upon its release Friday, the singer's management agency said.
"Ringa Linga," the title piece off his second full-length solo album, rose to the top of real-time charts of major local music services such as Olleh Music, Mnet, Bugs and Naver Music, after it was uploaded on the Internet at midnight Thursday before the album's release, YG Entertainment said.
The song also topped iTunes charts in five countries -- Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam and China (Macao).
Composed by fellow Big Bang member G-Dragon and Jose E. Luna, a foreign composer, the hip-pop piece features a rhythmical rap and refined melody as well as direct and provocative lyrics.
Taeyang will release the music video of "Ringa Linga" at midnight Friday, according to YG
The movie ‘Commitment’ (director: Park Hong Soo; production: The Lamp, Golden Fish) led by Big Bang’s T.O.P, is proving to be a big success especially with students taking the Sooneung.
According to statistics released by the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) today, ‘Commitment’ which had opened on November 6th, drew 130,737 admissions yesterday to lead the box office chart.
‘Commitment’ is the comeback piece for T.O.P after a 3 year hiatus since ’71: Into the Fire’, and sees T.O.P lead a movie for the first time in his career. The movie is about a North Korean youth named Myung Hoon (T.O.P), who is forced to become a spy in South Korea in order to save his sister Hye In (Kim Yoo Jung) from harm.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ had been dominating the local box office in Korea since its opening. But on the day of the Sooneung yesterday, ‘Commitment’ got a great boost from students taking the exams and became the box office leader in the process. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ drew 95,726 on the same day to place second, and saw its accumulated admissions rise to 1,366,367.
‘Gravity’ finished in third place with 42,834 admissions, and saw its accumulated admissions going up to 2,462,496; ‘Blood and Ties’ (director: Guk Dong Suk; production: Sunshine Film) led by Son Ye Jin and Kim Kap Soo drew 40,815 admissions, and has accumulated admissions of 1,480,128.
Despite the presence of young popular stars like Seo In Guk and Lee Jong Suk, ‘No Breathing’ which made its debut on October 30th isn’t finding much love among audiences. ‘No Breathing’ only drew 19,729 admissions on the same day, with its accumulated admissions rising to 355,101. ‘Wish’ directed by Lee Joon Ik was in 7th place, and has ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Actors Jang Guen-suk, Eddie Peng and Jaycee Chan's personal photos and messages with Chinese model, Lin Xiya were leaked online recently
According to Hong Kong media reports, messages and personal photos of Korean actor Jang Guen-suk, Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng and Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan with Chinese model Lin Xiya were recently leaked online, after the latter reportedly lost her phone.
The photos which went viral within minutes caused an instant uproar amongst netizens. Many of them, including Jang Guen-suk's management company, have expressed that the entire incident was a publicity stunt carefully planned out by Lin Xiya.
'This photo is heavily edited, we have no idea who this girl is,'¯ said the Korean heartthrob's manager when probed by reporters.
A photo posted by Jang Geun-suk to refute the one circulating online
In response to rumours on his scandal, Geun-suk posted a picture of him in the arms of a man online '“ replicating the pose seen in one of Xiya's photos that was circulated on the internet.
On the other hand, actors Eddie and Jaycee were also said to share an intimate relationship with the model when screenshots of their flirtatious text exchange circulated amongst netizens online. Both of them have yet to comment about their respective scandals.
Apart from them, photos of other popular celebrities such as Jackie Chan and Jay Chou were also exposed in this incident.
Nov 06 2013
Actor Ryu Si-won, who is in the middle of a messy divorce with his wife, is bringing a new lawsuit against her, accusing her of lying about him in previous court proceedings.
According to cable entertainment channel Y-Star, Ryu’s lawyer submitted a complaint to the Gangnam Police Precinct on Monday afternoon.
“Ryu wants to keep a low profile about this additional lawsuit, so I can’t tell you the details, but he decided to file an additional lawsuit against her because she gave false testimony,” said a member of Ryu’s legal team.
Ryu was ordered in September to pay 7 million won ($6,450) for using violence against his estranged wife and blackmailing her. He also installed a GPS tracker on his wife’s car in May 2011.
Ryu appealed that court decision, and the appeals trial is slated to begin on Friday.
Foreign media have recently shown great interest in K-pop group Girls’ Generation, after they won a YouTube award.
American CNN reported that Korean girls group Girls’ Generation won the prize of “Music Video of the Year” in the first YouTube Music Awards held in New York on Nov.3 and that the popularity of the pop group is a national phenomenon in Korea.
CNN posted an article on its website on Nov.4 with a title “K-pop group Girls’ Generation beats Miley, Lady Gaga to first place in YouTube awards.” It reported that while Girls’ Generation may be unknown to an American audience, the pop group is a national phenomenon in Korea and introduced the the group’s music video “I Got a Boy.”
The news media also reported that “It’s not the group’s first foray into the United States, as the ladies appeared on the ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ and also ‘Live! With Kelly’ last year.”
Girls’ Generation drew attention from foreign media as they were the only Asians to win a YouTube award in last weekend's prize-giving ceremony.
A representative of SM Entertainment, the group’s agency, said “The award means Korean artists won against world-famous celebrities and proved that Korean music and singers are able to lead the world in music. For that the foreign media showed their keen interest in the prize winning of the group.”
Girls' Generation won the Video of the Year award for "I Got a Boy" at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards in New York on Monday.
The song was nominated along with nine other music videos including Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat, "Miley Cyrus's "We Can't Stop" and Psy's "Gentleman,"
Of all the music videos released this year, the 10 nominees were selected based on the number of views, subscriptions and clicks. The winner was chosen based on an online vote by fans.