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2011 welcomes a battle of the boy groups January 25, 2011

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An early forecast reveals that the beginning of 2011 will be marked with an influx of girl group debuts, but with the return of various male groups looming near, fans will get their full doses of testosterone in the near future as well.

Rookies including MBLAQ, Teen Top and Infinite have been generating lots of chatter and interest with their ongoing comebacks this month.

MBLAQ’s title track “Cry” was released just two days ago and has already secured high rankings on various charts including those of Mnet and Bugs. Their full album “BLAQ Style” will be released on the 10th with a live comeback on the 13th.

Teen Top, whose members got kpop fans doing double takes with their silver hair concept, released a MV teaser today for their comeback track ”Transform.” Due to member Niel’s injury, the group has pushed back their live comeback to the 13th.

Finally, Infinite will be returning with their second six-track mini-album “Evolution,” with concept photos and preview videos attracting much attention. Their comeback showcase is schedule to take place in just a few hours today at Seouls’ CGV.

On the other end, news of the impending returns of TVXQ and Big Bang, arguably the two largest male groups of the Korean music scene in recent years, has already been dominating headlines in regards to their comeback albums. TVXQ and Big Bang’s last albums, “Mirotic” and “Remember”, were released in September and November 2008 respectively, so these returns mark the end of two year hiatuses for both groups.

The special edition of TVXQ’s “Why (Keep Your Head Down)” album has been released today with the HoMin duo gearing up for a comeback on Music Bank on January 7, followed by appearances on Music Core, Inkigayo and possibly M! Countdown due to reconciliations between SME and Mnet. Choreographed by Rino Nakasone of the Beat Freaks, “Why (Keep Your Head Down)” also caught the attention of American gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

Big Bang’s sub-unit duo GD&TOP made waves with the release of “High High,” “Oh Yeah” and “Knock Out” last month, complete with the most expensive comeback stage in Mnet M. Countdown’s history. After Japanese promotion plans were delayed, it was also announced that GD&TOP will have a second round of promotions for “Don’t Go Home.” Furthermore, Big Bang’s maknae Seungri will be releasing a mini-album on January 13, and the entire group will be making a full comeback soon thereafter.

Unsurprisingly, TVXQ & Big Bang’s returns are being met with overwhelming receptions — “Keep Your Head Down” recorded massive sales immediately after release, and GD&TOP enjoyed 200,000 pre-orders for their album.

Like the 2009 domination of countless new girl groups including 2NE1, 4minute, f(x) and After School , it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of female debuts this year, but will 2011 mark the return of a boy group craze as well?

Write in our wall who is your Favorite/bet Kpop Boy group, and why??

Source: Naver&AllKpop

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– welcome to the B2ST Airplane [teaser] – November 13, 2010

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BEAST Concert TEASER EP.1 – Doojoon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBTOwp3dBTk&feature=player_embedded

BEAST Concert TEASER EP. 2 – Hyunseung
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ott3gCNIO3A&feature=player_embedded

BEAST Concert TEASER EP. 3 – Junhyung
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-AI_X1SF4w&feature=player_embedded

BEAST Concert TEASER EP. 4 – Yoseob
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRLrlxo3dfo&feature=player_embedded

 

MBLAQ….Will You Comeback?

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MBLAQ has announced,through their agency J-Tune Entertainment, that will return to the music scene early next year.

10Asia quoted a J-tune official stating:

“The boys are recording their title track and our goal is to release the album by January of next year. We aren’t sure what type of album it will be since it’s still in the planning stages.”

MBLAQ has plans to make their music internationally known. In addition, the five boys are beginning to work on their new music video.

Sorry kiddies…there is nothing to ask Santa for this year. Youf favorite band will comeback,but it will be after Christmas. At least we still have a BriVanWon presents to look forward too!

They will be Super-fly times 4!

Are you excited to MBLAQ’s comeback? just write your opinion or share your thoughts in our WALL.. Please DO NOT REPLY ON THIS MSG.

Source: Asia Economic Daily
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MBLAQ Mir is sad no one showed interests in him September 16, 2010


MBLAQ Mir talks that he has not been shown enough attention.

Mir wrote on his Twitter on 13th September, “I dyed my hair but why does no one know about that. Whyyㅠㅠ I made a big decision to dye my hair. The others, SeungHo hyung with his pantie, G.O hyung with his hair, Joonie hyung with his body and CheonDoongie hyung with his charms. I just hope that even for a short while I will get some attention and concern. I dyed my hair.”

It seems that Mir is sad that no one showed interests about his newly dyed hair even though it was a hard decision to him. Fans who saw the tweet commented, “Who is the one who made our Mir sad?”, “The hyungs, please show some concern to Mir” etc.

 

What does F.T Island mean to the members? September 11, 2010

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F.T Island has returned to Korea with their 2nd mini album Beautiful Journey after a year since their last Korean release. They’ve been met with successful results in their Japanese promotions and even held their first Japanese tour concert, bringing in over 20,000 fans.

“Our Japanese promotions went a lot better than we thought. We’re satisfied on every level excluding the fact that we all gained about 6 kg (laughter).”

Song Seunghyun introduced their mini album by stating, “We haven’t changed our music color that drastically in our new album because we tried to think of the people that would consider us unfamiliar if we changed anything.”

Member Choi Jonghoon also composed and arranged a song in their new album as well, titled Don Quixote. “I wanted to show everyone that we were working hard and improving as well. Not only me but the other members participated in the album production as well.”

Then what does F.T Island mean to these individuals? The majority of them answered by saying that it’s destiny.

Choi Minhwan replied, “My existence in this team is pure luck. Being able to meet such great members and great people to form such a group seems like destiny to me.”

Lee Jaejin laughed while confessing, “I was actually able to join the group because they thought I looked good on camera. I don’t think that I’m superbly talented, actually. I just learned everything I know musically.”

Song Seunghyun asserted, “F.T Island is destiny to me as well. I think it’s just fate that I’m able to work as a musician like this. It’s been my dream since I was little. Fate to me is never passing up the opportunities that come my way.”

Lee Hong Ki stated, “I want to promote as much music possible under the name of FT Island. The members are participating in individual activities but I’d like to become a band like the Shinhwa seniors where we all come together for concerts.”

With their satisfaction regarding their Japanese promotions, Lee Hong Ki didn’t forget to give advice to the many Korean girl groups that are overseas as well.

“I think it’d be good to show as much of your talent as possible and I hope the experience allows them to learn a lot of things. I learned a lot as well from our Japanese promotions. It helped me realize that I’m really nothing special in the big picture. Japan has a highly developed band culture as opposed to the Korean market and people are a lot more used to street bands. I truly learned a lot about music.”

He went on to conclude, “Lastly, I’d just like to advise them to enjoy what they’re doing instead of trying to create something. Wherever they go, whatever stage they stand on, being able to perform your own music without anxiety and truly enjoying it is all there is to it.”

source: allkpop

 

[INTERVIEW] 100901 Bugs: Into the Charm, Infinite[part 3]

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Q. Sungjong, your Quiz to Change the World appearance was impressionable.. is it a bit of a concept? Do you feel a rivalry with Jokwon?

SJ: It’s not that I don’t feel one. There’s a little bit. But because sunbaenim does so well, can I be compared to him?
WH: No. Sungjong has charms of his own.
SJ: At first, I didn’t think of laying on the table.
WH: He was sleepy. I heard the filming took a long time.
SJ: I was drunk with feeling.

Q. A lot of idols have debuted, and it looks like idols will keep coming out next year. How will Infinite make a distinction from them?

Infinite: Infinite’s name means ‘endless’. We will never restrict our potential, and we will always develop. We think that if we keep working hard with a healthy, bright, honest, and truthful image, many people will feel it.

Q. Besides appearing on major broadcasts, do you have greed for appearing in things like musicals?

L: I consider my job as a singer as a prerequisite. I have interest in modeling for magazines, so I want to try that. It’s fun doing acting with facial expressions.
DW: I have a lot of interest in composing music and writing songs. It’s fun studying rhymes and reading a lot of books. I’ve been continuously studying, and I write in my diary.
SG: If I have a chance, I want to try DJing. R&B or hip-hop. I used to do rock too, so I’m not picky and listen to everything.
HY: I have a lot of greed in many different areas, but right now I want to focus on dancing and singing.
SY: After succeeding as a singer, I want to do acting and variety. Finally, even trot music. My life plan is to succeed as a singer, enlist in the army, then, when I come back, step into variety programs and then do trot music.
WH: Do you want to do it together with me?
SG: Sungyeol is a friend with a lot of greed. He’s saying that after being number one in everything, he wants to spend his later years going around the country performing
WH: I also have a lot of areas of interest. I like musicals and acting, so I want to try that. My life is acting, so I think I would be good at it. It’s a decorated life. I’m a being who was born to become a singer. I want to learn piano. I want to play the piano so that when the hyungs or me sing, I can play. I want to try acting. If given the chance, I will work hard at anything.

Q. When you’re thirty, what do you want to do?

WH: For me, I think I will be planning my marriage. Right now, I must focus on this career.
SY: After going to the army, acting and variety. After feeling that I’ve done it all, I will turn to trot.
(A plan that is very detailed.. we will anticipate it.)
SG: Of course, after the army, I will probably be trying my best to make a comeback. I will do music until I die.
DW: I think I will meet a destined love. I will probably be planning marriage.
HY: I won’t know until I’m there, but I will probably still be a singer.

Q. L and Sungjong, what do you want to do when you become adults?

L: When I turn twenty, I want to go on a vacation with no money. Unlike when I was a student, I want to go on a vacation free and alone.
SJ: I want to do everything that I haven’t been able to do until now. I want to get a driver’s license and go places alone. I also want to visit different countries.

Q. It’s regretful, but it looks like the interview needs to wrap up. Please say a word to the Bugs family.

SG: Us Infinite will always promote brightly and enjoyably, and will become an Infinite who works hard to show everyone a cool image. This was Infinite until now. Thank you.

 

[INTERVIEW] 100901 Bugs: Into the Charm, Infinite[part 2]

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Q. You guys went to watch a movie together a few days ago, right? We saw on Twitter.

SG: It wasn’t the first time. We go frequently, but I think it was the first time after debuting. Before, we went frequently.
(You guys don’t have a lot of chances to watch movies, right?)
WH: We want to see them but we can’t because there’s no time.

Q. Your debut can be considered to have been with ‘Infinite! You’re My Oppa’. Do you keep in touch with the girl who was in it?

SG: We keep in touch with her occasionally, but L does the most.
L: Just seeing how she’s doing.. if she’s living well..
WH: He also whispers words of love. Do you love her?
L: I love her as a younger sister. We all keep in touch with her.
SG: Frequently, we text and talk to her on the phone. Jiae supports and monitors us a lot. I’m really thankful, and when we have time, I want to eat a meal with her.

Q. Can you really feel that you’ve debuted?

L: For me, I felt it just recently. I can’t sleep. As we debuted, we went on a variety of programs and had a lot to prepare and show everyone. I think that there are more things to practice now than there was before debuting. I also can’t sleep because I monitor myself personally. Things like that feel big.
DW: My decreasing weight and decreasing sleep. I feel things like that a lot. And as we keep promoting, the increasing screams of fans.

SG: A while ago, I went to Jeonju. Jeonju is my home town, and after a performance, I met my mother for a short time. If I hadn’t debuted, we would have had a lot of time together and I could have met with her longer. Because I’m busy, I can’t do that. When I talk to my mother on the phone, she says to me that before, she didn’t think this, but that now I really feel like a celebrity. That’s what she said. I felt that after debuting, there is a definite time constraint.

HY: Yeah, I didn’t really feel it before we promoted our title track, but I think that after promoting our follow-up track, I’m feeling it more.
SJ: Because of performances, I can’t see my parents a lot or have a long conversation with my mother, and that makes me sad. I felt that there is a limitation.

WH: I don’t think I’m feeling it, even now. I’ll work harder to feel it.
DW: You must not have feelings.
WH: Besides at music programs, I’m still not feeling it, and because we’re going back and forth between a busy schedule, when I think about what I did two days ago, I can’t even remember.
WH: But that’s just having a bad memory.
DW: When that happens, write in a diary.

(You write in a diary?)

DW: Yes. I write what I want to write. I write a lot of personal stories. A lot of it is about our schedule. We did this, we did that, things like that.
L: He writes daily tasks. I did this at this time.
DW: How do you know my diary so well? I’ve never shown it to you.

(Ah, yesterday, you guys did a performance with Jang Yoonjung. Are you close with her?)

WH: We got friendly with her yesterday. Really quickly. It was almost an intrusion, because there’s seven of us.
SG: We didn’t go on stage with her together. Rainbow sunbaenims went first.

Q. How was working with Tablo and Mithra?

DW: They made raps for us. When we were recording, they looked over our direction. They did it comfortably, so it came out well, and they caught things well. They helped us catch what direction our voices should go, helped with pronunciation, and thought of what direction we should go in.

(Did you definitely want to become a singer? That is, eum. We want to ask the reason you thought that you had to sing and dance.)

L: For me, instead of being a singer, I was interested in becoming an entertainer. I once saw a performance by Craig David and saw that there was a special thing that only singers had. So I became sure that I wanted to become a singer and began preparing, and became a singer.

DW: In the first year of high school, I once stood on stage doing dance and choreography. The team after me were people who sang. It was the first time that I had felt emotion from a song. I felt that besides dance, I could also identify with other people through singing, and I began my dream of becoming a singer at that moment.

SG: I was in a school band in high school and liked our company’s Nell sunbaenims a lot. I watched them perform live and thought that I wanted to become like them. I had the thought that after graduating, I wouldn’t go to college and instead just spend eternity singing. That’s why I auditioned and became a singer.

HY: Starting in elementary school, I watched television and thought that I must dance and sing, and began preparing in high school.

SY: I originally prepared to be an actor. While acting, I had an opportunity to go on stage to sing once. I sung and felt a different kind of charm. From then on, I prepared to become a singer.

WH: I felt it from the moment I was born. My career is a singer. I thought, I must sing while dancing.

SJ: During middle school, I ended up dancing at a festival. I can still remember the feeling of dancing on stage. I felt really comfortable and had fun while on stage, so I began growing my dream from then on.

Q. If you weren’t a singer, what do you think you would have done?

L: For me, photography. I think I would have become a photographer. Even though I don’t have a professional camera now..
DW: I have an interest in classical dancing and jazz, so I think I would have become a dancer.
SG: I’ve never thought about becoming anything other than a singer.
SY: Unemployed person!
SG: Just like Sungyeol just said, if I hadn’t become a singer, I would have just been unemployed. If I wasn’t a singer, I think I would be a dancer. I’ve liked dancing even from when I was young.
SY: I would have become a repeat student of acting.
WH: For me, a sports athlete or a cook. I think I would pursue something in the arts. I have a lot of interest in sports, like a soccer player. I would have become a sports athlete.

(You said that you wanted to become a singer ever since you were born.)

WH: Ah, I don’t have one. I’ve wanted to be a singer ever since I was born.
SJ: I have interest in art. I think I would have gone towards art. A painter or an art teacher.

Q. Isn’t it uncomfortable living in a dorm with seven people?

SG: No, it’s been uncomfortable even before debut. It’s been continuously uncomfortable. You would think we would get used to it, but the uncomfortableness is hard to get used to easily. Please let us move.
L: There are 12 people living in our dorm. We each take 10 minutes to shower, but it takes 1 hour and a half.

(Sunggyu, you’re the only member born in the 80s. It must be hard taking care of your dongsengs.)

SG: It’s really hard. It’s nearly always hard. I’m kidding. Because we have a lot of family members, I actually feel bad that I can’t take care of my dongsengs. Instead of it being hard, I think that I’m the one feeling sorry. I feel like I haven’t been doing my duties as a hyung.
DW: I think that because each person has such a strong personality, it’s hard to combine us together.
WH: Each of us does well on our own.
DW: Really?
L: Sunggyu hyung keeps us in check. Because he’s the leader, he keeps us in check and gives us a lot of advice.
SG: Because we live together and share rooms, I don’t need to be that role in the middle since the dongsengs talk amongst themselves and solve their problems. There’s not a lot of things that I need to get involved in. I know their personalities.
SJ: I think that we all understand each other while conversing.

Q. Sungyeol, it’s your birthday soon. Birthday plans?

SY: I think that in the middle, I’ll keep practicing. We have a performance the next day. Schedules. The performance is the present. I am a true musician.

Q. You use Twitter a lot, right? You must find it fun.

SG: There’s a lot of response to what he writes. I think that’s what he enjoys.
L: The picture of us at the movies was also uploaded by Sungyeol.

(Compared to this, Sungjong has only tweeted once.)

SJ: My laptop is broken right now. From now on, I’ll use it more often.
L: We’re learning a lot.