Nov 21 2014
Luhan, former member of K-pop boy band EXO, was named the most valuable male star in China on Thursday.
The Chinese idol received The Most Valuable Male Star Award at the 2014 Baidu Moments Conference, held by China’s largest portal site Baidu, in Beijing Thursday.
Luhan’s appearance at the event attracted the media spotlight in China as it was his second official event since he filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract.
Earlier, Luhan also appeared at the promotional event for his upcoming film ”Back to Twenty,“ less than a month after he waged the legal battle.
As Luhan accepted the award, he said, “It is thanks to all my fans that I can stand here today.”
The Most Valuable Female Star Award went to Chinese actress Li Bingbing.
The idol-turned-actor’s Chinese rom-com, “Back to Twenty,” a remake of the Korean film “Miss Granny,” is to be released in China on Jan. 15 next year.
Lee Byung Hun has returned to Korea.
BH Entertainment, Lee Byung Hun’s agency, stated on November 21, “We’re making the announcement en bloc because we’ve received many inquiries. Lee Byung Hun entered Korea on November 21 at 6 a.m. (KST). We hope there are no misunderstandings in regards to his schedule.”
Having carried out his official and unofficial schedules in America, Lee Byung Hun will likely have no problem attending the trial on November 24, as he secretly returned to the country on November 21. During his stay with Lee Min Jung in America, Lee Byung Hun carried out his schedules as the honorary ambassador of California and wrapped up work for his Hollywood movie.
Lee Byung Hun’s agency previously stated, “We did not rearrange the schedules to avoid the trial on the 11th in the first place and have no reason to avoid it so we will definitely be attending the trial on the 24th,” adding, “Even if a special circumstance arises there is actually nothing more important than the trial right now. We will be attending after becoming familiar with information related to witness attendance.”
In September, Lee Byung Hun was the victim of attempted blackmail of 5 billion won by Glam’s Da Hee and model A. Da Hee and model A were arrested and charged for making a joint threat and the first round of trial was held on October 16, during which Da Hee and model A partly admitted to making a threat but also made new claims.
About this, the police requested Lee Byung Hun as the witness and the second trial was to be held on November 11 but when Lee Byung Hun gave a notice to not attend the trial due to his stay in America, it was postponed to November 24. On that day, Lee ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Girls’ Generation (SNSD)’s former member Jessica will be making her first public appearance in Korea since leaving the group.
According to Dimaco on November 21, Jessica will be attending the photowall event for the fashion brand ‘Fendi’ taking place on November 25 in Lotte World Mall, Songpa-gu.
Apart from Jessica, actress Song Ji Hyo will also be attending the photowall event.
Jessica left SNSD as of September 30. Afterwards, Jessica gathered attention by attending an event in China but this will be her first time attending an event in Korea, about two months after she left the group.
Jessica has been focusing on running the brand ‘Blanc & Eclare,’ which she recently launched.
Super Junior′s Shindong will be postponing his military enlistment.
On November 25, Shindong was scheduled to enlist at the Uijeongbu 306th Reserve Corp, but due to pain from a herniated disc, he will be postponing his enlsitment.
Following treatment for the herniated disk, he plans on enlisting as an active duty soldier for his country. The enlistment period wil be sometime in early 2015.
Before his enlistment, Shindong will focus on his treatments.
Nov 21 2014
Big Bang members G-Dragon, right, and Taeyang will join forces on a project dedicated exclusively to hip-hop, the singers’ agency, YG Entertainment, announced on Thursday.
YG produces music that is loosely based on the genre, but this is the first time the major company has formed a group fully focused on it.
Under the name GD X Taeyang, the duo will release a digital single partly composed and written by G-Dragon. Producers Fliptones and Freedo were also involved in making the track.
Both the song and its music video will be unveiled at midnight on Nov. 21.
G-Dragon and Taeyang began training at YG when they were 13 years old and have been performing together for the past 14 years. Although the two have been involved in Big Bang, it’s the first time the two will work together as a duo.
YG said the two have been sharing their thoughts on the hip-hop project for a while.
The agency has a second hip-hop project in the works, which will be revealed on Dec. 2. YG said three of its musicians will participate in the second project.
Nov 21 2014
The return of four-member band Ulala Session was marred by a leaked video in which some of the members are seen urinating in the street.
Because the video went viral on the day the band released their fourth studio album “reJOICE,” one Internet user, echoing the comments of many others, suggested they were “attracting much-needed publicity” before their comeback.
A spokesperson for Ulala Company, the band’s agency, confirmed the people in the video were members of Ulala Session, but countered the criticism, saying, “Some say it is a marketing strategy, but that’s not true.
“As far as I know, the video clip has been on the web for a week, but it became the talk of the town because the band has released their new album.”
The agency assumes the video clip was leaked from a rental car company the band often rents a vehicle from because the video came from a vehicle’s black box.
Ulala Session was the third-season winner of the popular TV audition show “Super Star K.”
The band had five members when they first joined the reality TV show, but their front man, Lim Yoon-taek, lost his battle with stomach cancer in February 2013 shortly after winning the competition.
The band’s first studio album is filled with upbeat pop tracks.
Nov 21 2014
Former figure skater Kim Yu-na has reportedly broken up with her ice hockey boyfriend Kim Won-jung.
Local news outlets reported on Wednesday that the date of the breakup has not been identified, but multiple close friends of the two athletes confirmed unanimously that it has happened.
The former Olympic gold medalist, who often goes by Queen Yu-na, confirmed her relationship with her boyfriend in March after a local Internet news website published paparazzi photos of the two together.
Kim’s agency shared further details of the relationship by releasing a statement when the couple was confirmed.
“The two first got to know each other as Yu-na entered into Korea University in 2001 and they began to develop a romantic relationship as the two happened to practice at Taereung National Training Center,” the agency said in a press release.
After the romance was revealed, however, Yu-na’s boyfriend was involved in a series of scandals.
He was serving in the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps at the time but was kicked out of the sports division in August and transferred to an ordinary Army unit as punishment for being absent without leave during his military service.
It turned out a drunken driver had run into Kim during his leave, but Kim did not report the car accident to the military.
Nov 21 2014
K-pop idol boy band GOT7 has returned with their first full-length album “Identify.”
GOT7 celebrated their comeback by holding a special showcase for “Identify” on the 17th at the AX Hall in Gwangjin-gu. The group performed new album tracks including “Gimme,” “She's a monster,” the title track “Stop Stop It” and more on the stage.
The title track “Stop Stop It” was created by producer Park JinYoung for the group’s unique groove and special performance. During the album production work, producer Park showed authentic leadership helping the members to establish their identity as musician. One of the members JB mentioned about their identity and said, “We wants to be the best on the stage, but also a friendly group to the fans.”
Meanwhile, the group’s first full-length studio album “Identify” was released at midnight on November 18th.
Super Junior’s Kyuhyun revealed that he was able to make his solo debut due to what SM’s Lee Soo Man said.
On November 13, Kyuhyun attended the showcase and press conference for his first solo album At Gwanghwamun at the Yes 24 Muv Hall in Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu and explained the process of his solo debut.
When asked, “Why do you think you were the first to make the solo debut from Super Junior?” Kyuhyun answered, “I think it’s thanks to the popularity I gained from variety shows and my likeable and friendly image.”
Kyuhyun said, “I like songs by Sung Si Kyung, Park Hyo Shin and Kim Dong Ryul sunbaenims. My taste of music suited autumn the best and I also communicated actively with numerous songwriters as I worked on Super Junior songs. That helped out greatly.”
Then Kyuhyun added, “Actually, the biggest reason is because Lee Soo Man sunsaengnim often said, ‘I think it’s about time for Kyuhyun to go solo’ at company dinners. I think it’s because of that.”
Meanwhile, Kyuhyun’s first mini album At Gwanghwamun was participated by famous songwriters and teams, including Kenzie, who wrote numerous hit songs, pianist Yiruma, Brown Eyed Soul’s Jung Yeop & Eco Bridge, songwriter Yoon Young Jun, Yang Jae Sun, TVXQ’s Max Changmin and more.
The album includes seven songs, including the title At Gwanghwamun as well as Eternal Sunshine, At Close, Moment of Farewell, One Confession, Flying, Deep In The Night and My Thoughts, Your Memories. Kyuhyun will begin promotions starting with KBS 2TV’s Music Bank on November 14.
Rain will be strongly confronting rumors regarding nude photos.
On November 13, a photo of a nude man began circulating online. The netizen, who spread the picture, explained that it was a nude photo of Rain that was leaked out of Kim Tae Hee′s cellphone. Regarding this, Rain′s agency has stated that it was completely false.
Rain′s legal representative, Kim Nam Hong, told Newsen on November 13, "We′ll be filing a complaint sometime today or tomorrow. This is completely false."
"We don′t know with what intention it was released. At first, we thought it was something to laugh over, but a surprising number of people actually believed it was Rain. We thought that everyone would dismiss the photos, but it′s actually becoming a problem. It′s a problem because people in Japan and China will also look at it, and many believe it′s from Kim Tae Hee′s cellphone."
The lawyer continued, "It is a very childish act. We believe that [the netizen] is doing it on purpose to raise credibility. [The netizen] even added, ′I hope it′s not.′ That seems even more malicious to us."
"If you don′t blur out the eyes in the picture, it′s clear that it′s not Rain, but we′ve come to the conclusion that the eyes were covered up on purpose. The person doesn′t have the skill to photoshop a picture, so [the netizen] cleverly hid the eyes. We were going to overlook the issue at first, but we decided to strongly confront this issue after believing that it was done out of malice."