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(Idol News) INFINITE talks about their individual charms, and how they got their nicknames

21 Feb


In an industry flooded with idol groups, it’s become increasingly difficult to remember which member belongs where unless one is a fan of that specific group. INFINITE has done remarkably well for a rookie group so far, but their comeback still needs that extra push to catapult them into superstardom.

Considering the overall level of perfection found in their comeback track, “Before the Dawn“, one would assume that the song would do better on the charts. In an interview with TV Daily, the reporter joked to INFINITE that “the song would have won #1 on music programs if it was performed by another popular artist.”

INFINITE coolly replied, “We talk about that a lot too. It’s been six months since our debut, and our comeback album’s been released now for a little over a month. Winning #1 is something our CEO must worry over (laughter). All we have to do is focus on the stage. We’ve certainly grown a lot in our mentality, and even matured from boys into men. There’s still some disappointment left, but whenever we feel that, we try to go back to how we felt when we first debuted.”

The boys mentioned in a previous interview that they would be able to move into a larger dorm if they got into the ‘Top 10′ on a music program. Unfortunately, they’re still short of that goal. However, it didn’t hinder them from being able to enjoy the smaller victories. The boys revealed, “One time, we went up three ranks and started screaming in the waiting room out of pure joy once we found out.”

It’s unusual for rookie groups to carry personal cell phones, but the INFINITE members all own one. They explained, “Each of the members have a different style. It’s harder to control us without cell phones. We once got them taken away for three days, but they eventually gave them back.”

In order to give them that extra push in public recognition, the members were asked to describe a personal charm about themselves.

Leader Sungkyu is known as ‘Honey Sungkyu’, a nickname bestowed upon him by his fans to describe his honey-sweet voice. Woohyun is ‘bolmae‘, a Korean slang term that usually means ‘a person who is more charming by the day‘. In Woohyun’s case, however, the meaning was changed to ‘a person you want to hit more and more by the day‘. Woohyun explained, “You have to see me at least four times to really get a feel of who I am.”

Dongwoo is ‘Smile Man’ for his wide smile, which may be surprising for some since he’s known for his cold, expressionless features. All that changes when he grins, and he’s said to look quite innocent and sincere. Hoya, who’s known as the powerful rapper of the group, is ‘all man,’ meaning he looks like a man through and through.

Sungyeol nicknamed himself as ‘elementary boy’, as the members confirmed, “He talks and acts like a little kid.”

L is known as the quiet one, but but melts fans whenever he smiles with his eyes, which earned him the nickname ‘cold city man.’ Maknae Sungjong is unmistakably known as ’beautiful man.’ But being beautiful doesn’t mean that he’s shallow; the members joked that he was kind-hearted enough to make friends with even ghosts.

The boys of INFINITE concluded, “The charm of INFINITE is that each of the seven members have their own clear and unique tastes. But we’re also like a combined set of presents. If you fall for one member, we’re sure you’ll fall for the rest of us. It’d be so nice if fans fought over who they liked more (laughter). If we continue to think preciously of our fans and work hard to improve ourselves, maybe someday people will remember us.”

Source + Photos: TV Daily via Daum
Shared : allkpop.com

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(Idol News) AKB48 to release their first album in April!

21 Feb


It’s just been announced that AKB48 will be releasing their first full original album on April 6th!

A total of sixteen songs will be featured in the currently untitled album, including the group’s huge hits “Ponytail to Shushu”, “Heavy Rotation”, “Beginner”, and “Chance no Junban”. The album will be available in two different versions: a limited ‘CD+DVD’ version and a regular ‘CD-DVD’ version. The limited edition is a special box set that comes with an exclusive 100-page photobook, a random collectible card featuring one of the girls, and an application for a special lottery. Albums purchased at any of the theater performances will include a ticket to a handshake event and a photographing session with the girls.

The DVD will also contain a few special goodies for fans – dance versions of the four songs mentioned above will be included alongside their PVs.

Stay tuned to tokyohive for more updates on this exciting new release!

Source: natalie & Tower Records Online
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[Spoiler: Paradise Ranch] Lee Yeon Hee and Changmin share a date by the fire

21 Feb

The production team of “Paradise Ranch” has unveiled some very cute and special stills of Lee Yeon Hee and TVXQ’s Changmin!

In the upcoming episode, which will air on February 21st, the two share a date in a peculiar fashion.

Lee Yeon Hee is shocked to find out that her boyfriend (played by Joo Sang Wook) is married, and her ex-husband Changmin feels bad for her. To calm down a bit, Lee Yeon Hee visits an old lady she knows and Changmin decides to come with her, to her surprise. They work together for the old lady in funny outfits with towels on their heads.

They even share a date by the fire and eat roasted sweet potatoes. Though she’s coping with heartache and shock, he’s there for her and makes her feel better.

They looked pretty adorable as a couple in those outfits, right?

Source : Sport Chosun Via Nate
Shared : allkpop.com

(Drama) Running

21 Feb


Title: 난닝, 구 / Running
Chinese Title : 跳动的心
Previously known as: 심장이 뛴다 / Racing Heart, 난닝구 / Running Shirt
Genre: Sports, drama
Episodes: 4
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2010-June-10 to 2010-June-17
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Synopsis
This heartwarming youth drama tells the story of Dae Gu, a young man who had to give up sports due to his painful past but discovers a passion for running, as well as friendship and love in his new acquaintances.

Cast
Baek Sung Hyun as Goo Dae Gu
– Kang Yi Suk as young Dae Gu
Park Min Young as Moon Haeng Joo
– Kim Ji Won as young Haeng Joo
Yoo Yun Suk as Heo Ji Man
– Choi Won Hong as young Ji Man
Jung Kyu Soo as Park Dal Jae
Go Yoon Hoo as Na Joon Soo
Shin Hyun Tak as Shin Ki Rok
Jun In Taek as Goo Sang Man
Kim Mi Kyung as Eun Mi (Haeng Joo’s mother)
Choi Jung Woo as Jong Il (Ji Man’s father)
Lee Dal Hyung as Yong Soo
Seo Bum Shik as Supervisor Hwang
Park Yong Gi as Deputy Mayor
Lee Byung Joon as young Dae Oh
Heo Il Hoo as marathon commentator


Production Credits
Producer: Kim Sa Hyun
Director: Lee Dong Yoon (이동윤)
Screenwriter: Choi Yoon Jung, Go Jung Won (고정원)

Source : TNS Media Korea
Original Publised : koreandrama.org

(Info) Rumor Control: Learn more about the TVXQ5′s member “rotation”

21 Feb

Please don’t fall for yet another rumor that some people are using to manipulate international fans: If you were told that either JJ, YC or CM was about to get “rotated” out of the group before or after TVXQ’s debut, if you were told that YH “cried and begged” SM so that JJ would be able to stay in the group, please read below to learn more about the “rotation”.

1) It was stated in January 2011’s court hearing by SM’s employee Kang, Jung Ah that SM was planning to take YH out of TVXQ before TVXQ’s debut. It was NOT JJ, YC or CM. Kang, Jung Ah also added that JS and JJ protested against this and hence YH debuted as a member of TVXQ.

2) There’s this one picture of 4 TVXQ members (everyone but JJ) and 1 SM trainee that has been floating around on the internet. This picture has caused fans to assume that it was JJ who was going to be rotated out of TVXQ.

However, this picture was taken out of “東方神起! Special Photo Essay TVfXQ! 3rd Storybook in Los Angeles” that SM published in 2004. Here’s the scanned pictures from that storybook (Click on the picture to Zoom):

Please take your time and check out ALL the pictures. You’ll see that there are various combinations of all five members and SM trainees. It was not just JJ who was missing from some pictures and replaced by SM trainees. So why was JJ singled out and targeted as the one who would be rotated out?

A fan saw TVXQ at the airport and posted a fan account that she saw JJ looking very down. That fan account was distorted and it spread over the internet that JJ was very depressed b/c he knew he was going to be kicked out of the team soon.

So it was just this 1 picture taken out of the whole photo book, combined with that one fan account, which generated the rumor that JJ was supposed to be kicked out of TVXQ. This rumor died down eventually. Recently it resurfaced thanks to a few people who started spreading it again.

3) CM and YC also became the targets of the same rumor; it was circulated at one point or another that either CM or YC was supposed to be kicked out of the team after TVXQ’s debut. However, these times, there was no story about how YH cried and begged SM to help YC or CM. The rumors disappeared eventually.

4) There is no evidence at all that YH cried and begged SM to let JJ, CM or YC stay in the group.

5) When SME attempted member rotation after TVXQ’s debut, YH’s father contacted a major fansite 2카동 (ikadong) and asked the administrators to upload a document on fans’ alliance’s webpage to stop the rotation. Here’s the link to ikadong’s announcement that mentions that event: galldcinside. There were a lot of fans who stated that YH is the one who was supposed to be rotated out. A lot of fans witnessed how YH’s fansite 그라티아 acted really quickly to stop the rotation. However, this all hearsay and there’s no direct evidence except fans’ statements that YH was supposed to be kicked off the group.

So what does this all mean? It means that:

1) YH almost did not debut as TVXQ but thanks to his team members, he did.

2) There’s NO evidence that JJ, CM or YC was going to be rotated.

3) The picture that some people are using as evidence that JJ was about to get rotated was taken out of context

4) There’s no evidence that YH was going to be rotated out, and there’s no evidence that his plea to SM saved his team member.

So why are some people reviving an old rumor at JJ’s expense to stress that YH helped a team member stay in the team? It appears that they are trying to emphasize that YH is a caring and responsible leader who saved his dear friend from losing his career and chance at stardom. But resorting to an old rumor to prop up Yunho’s reputation at the expense of JJ, how will that really help YH in the end?

Please feel free to RT, translate in other languages and post on your blog if you find this helpful. The second link may be deleted from DC Inside TVXQ Gallery if enough “hotel girls” report it as a problem. In that case, please copy and paste “이카동 공지” in your search engine and you should be able to find the same information posted on other sites.

Credit: SB

This is the picture they use to prove JJ wasn’t going to debut in TVXQ

But what about these pictures??

Credit : jyj3
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(CTS) Tanabata

21 Feb


Tanabata,also known as the “star festival”, takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet. It is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers (colorful, small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also decorate bamboo branches with various kinds of paper decorations and place them outside their houses. The most common Tanabata decorations are colorful streamers. Streamers are said to symbolize the weaving of threads. Other tanabata decorations are toami (casting net), which means good luck for fishing and farming and kinchaku (hand bag), which means wealth.

Tanabata originated more than 2,000 years ago with an old Chinese tale called Kikkoden. Once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. After they got together, they were playing all the time and forgot about their jobs. The king was angry at them and separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way). The king allowed them to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. Tanabata literally means the night of the seventh, and it’s also known as the star festival. It’s believed that Orihime and Hikoboshi can’t see each other if the day is rainy, so people pray for good weather and also make wishes for themselves.

Depending on regions, Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th or August 7th (which is around the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar) in Japan. Many cities and towns hold Tanabata festivals and set Tanabata displays along the main streets. It’s fun to walk through the long streamers on the street. In some regions, people light lanterns and float them on the river, or float bamboo leaves on the river.

Tanabata festivals in Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture and Hiratsuka-city, Kanagawa Prefecture are particularly well-known. Huge Tanabata decorations fill the main streets in these cities and attract millions of visitors every year.

Source : gojapan.about.com
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(Pandora’s Lyric) Black & White _ Jinwoon(2AM) – G.na

21 Feb


(Black Black Black White)
(Black Black Black White)

Black and white, Black and white
너와 나는 Black and white
You and I are black and white
나는 Hot 너는 Cool
I’m hot, you’re cool
Couple인 게 Mystery
It’s a mystery that we’re a couple

정말 정말 정말 정말 말도 안돼 말도 안돼
It really, really, really, really doesn’t make sense, doesn’t make sense
머리부터 발끝까지 맞는 게 하나 없니
From head to toe, there’s nothing in common
너보다 잘 맞는 남자들 많을 텐데
There should be lots of guys who’s a better match than you
정말 정말 정말 정말 말도 안돼 말도 안돼
It really, really, really, really doesn’t make sense, doesn’t make sense

Hey boy 맞춰 봐 바꿔 봐 해 봐 Come on boy
Hey boy, match it, change it, try it, come on boy
자존심 따윈 Kick it, Kick it, Kick it
Something like dignity, kick it, kick it, kick it
Oh no oh no oh no oh no 이제 좀 맞춰 봐
Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no, try to match me now

너와 나 Black and white
You and I, black and white
너 너 너와 나 Black and White
OhYou, you, you and I, black and white, oh
네 멋대로 제 멋대로 어쩜 그러니
Doing whatever you want, how can you?
너는 몰라 내 맘 몰라 왜 몰라
You don’t know, don’t know my heart, why don’t you know?

너와 나 Black and White
You and I, black and white
너 너 너와 나 Black and White
You, you, you and I, black and white
나밖에 없어 없다고 주윌 둘러봐
You only have me, look around you
제발 제발 제발 Back to me
Please, please, please, back to me

(Black, Black, Black, White)
(Black, Black, Black, White)

도대체 몇 번째 만났다 헤어지니
How many times are we going to break up and start again?
나보다 잘 맞는 여자 찾기 바쁘니
Are you busy looking for a girl who’s a better match?
정말 정말 정말 정말 말도 안돼 말도 안돼
It really, really, really, really doesn’t make sense, doesn’t make sense

Hey boy 자꾸 너 이럴래 자꾸 Come on boy
Hey boy, are you going to keep doing this, come on boy
거짓말 따윈 Kick it, Kick it, Kick it
Something like lies, kick it, kick it, kick it
Oh no oh no oh no oh no 나만 좀 봐줄래
Oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no, will you only look at me

너와 나 Black and white
You and I, black and white
너 너 너와 나 Black and white,
OhYou, you, you and I, black and white, oh
네 멋대로 제 멋대로 어쩜 그러니
Doing whatever you want, how can you?
너는 몰라 내 맘 몰라 왜 몰라
You don’t know, don’t know my heart, why don’t you know?

너와 나 Black and white
You and I, black and white
너 너 너와 나 Black and white
You, you, you and I, black and white
나밖에 없어 없다고 주윌 둘러봐
You only have me, look around you
제발 제발 제발 Back to me
Please, please, please, back to me

(Back, Back, Back to me)
(Back, Back, Back to me)
(Back, Back, Back to me)

(Hey 너를 봤어 Boy) 키스하는 널 봤어
(Hey, I saw you, boy) I saw you kissing
(Hey 너를 봤어 Boy) 넌 그녀가 더 좋았니
(Hey, I saw you, boy) did you like her more
(Hey 너무 했어 Boy) 난 너밖에 없는데
(Hey, this is too much, boy) I only have you
너 제발 좀 이러지마
You, please stop doing this

너와 나 Black and white
You and I, black and white
너 너 너와 나 Black and white, Oh
You, you, you and I, black and white, oh
네 멋대로 제 멋대로 어쩜 그러니
Doing whatever you want, how can you?
너는 몰라 내 맘 몰라 왜 몰라
You don’t know, don’t know my heart, why don’t you know?

너와 나 Black and white
You and I, black and white
너 너 너와 나 Black and white
You, you, you and I, black and white
나 밖에 없어 없다고 주윌 둘러봐
You only have me, look around you
제발 제발 제발 Back to me
Please, please, please, back to me

(Back, Back, Back to me)
(Back, Back, Back to me)
(Back, Back, Back to me)

Source : music.daum.net
Credit : WingedChunsa@soompi.com