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ZE:A Dongjun Plays Main Character + Sings OST For Drama To Benefit Disabled People

Group ZE:A's member Dongjun not only played the main character for the drama to benefit disabled people “Going Up The Sky Wall" but will also be singing the theme song, doing his best for the charity.

Dongjun played the main character Taeho in the drama “Going Up The Sky Wall”. He also sang “Hold My Hand”, which is the theme song for the drama, and all proceeds of the song will go to the charity.

The education department and the disability organization has been producing a project annually since 2009 to raise awareness for the disabled people. In this year’s project “Going Up The Sky Wall”, Taeho has a father who is disabled on the bottom half of his body.

The special part about this drama is that from the cast to the productions, everything is funded by donations.

The premiere for this drama was held yesterday where 300 students attended and gave a warm applause to all the cast.

The drama will be aired on April 18.

Photo Credit: Samsung

Source: KpopStarz

Actress Lee Da Hee Shared Why She Chose ‘Big Man’ And Revealed BTS Photos

Lee Da Hee shared why she chose to be part of upcoming KBS2TV drama “Big Man" as her next project after she fell in love with her character. She explained that her upcoming character will break stereotypes of every typical female character; she shared "If you think of a female lead role, you think of a stereotypical candy role or a fragile and cute role, but I think ‘Big Man’s So Mi Ra (Lee Da Hee) is a female lead character who is different from that stereotype. I felt the charm of her urban image and inner warmth… That is why once I read the script, I chose this as my next production without any hesitation.”

She continued “On 'Secrets', my character Shin Se Yeon had the strong image of a cold villain. I tried to break away from that image by growing out my hair and keeping my makeup light… The main priority is my acting, and although the cold image [of both characters] could be similar, their core personalities are definitely different. I should put more consideration into how I will differentiate my character.”

Big Man” tells the story of an orphan who has the similar story of “David and Goliath" as he tries his very best to protect his love ones. The drama is set to premiere on April 28 at 10 PM Korean Time. 

Source: KpopStarz

BoA Shared How She Got The Part For ‘Make Your Move’ And Her Thoughts On Singing And Acting

No doubt that BoA is one of the female Korean artists who is very successful today, after debuting at an early age of 13 and now, as she turns 29, a lot has change for her and her career move into acting. BoA shared that she had no plans to be an actress but opportunity struck as she was cast to star on “Make Your Move”. She said, “When I was busy with my singing career, the director came all the way to Japan and handed me a script. He saw my video on YouTube and thought that it would be good if I played the lead role of Aya. I was also suspicious and thought, ‘Why a movie suddenly?’ I share a lot of similarities with the character and her love for dancing, so I accepted it to express a lot of things through the movie. It started out as a dance movie, but it opened my eyes to acting… It’s difficult to act in Korean, so I honestly felt pressured moreso because all of the lines were in English. Not only that, I had to have a command of the language like a native speaker.”

She also explained her stance between singing and acting, “As a singer, my body is comfortable, but since the fans’ expectations are high, my heart is not at ease. However, as an actress, my heart is at ease, but my body is uncomfortable… Nothing in life is easy. As a solo singer, I try to stand out on stage as much as possible. But in acting, more than one person are working together so being natural is best. That’s the positive and negative of acting… Of course, the title ‘actress BoA’ is still strange and awkward to me. But if the staff on set call me, ‘Our actress nim~,’ I feel good.” 

BoA also starred in her first drama KBS 2TV's “Hope for Dating" and made also made a cameo in the film "Venus Talk" last year. Now, she was set to star in another film "Big Match”. 

Source: KpopStarz

Actor Jang Hyun Sung Joins Other Top Actor For A New Film ‘C’est Si Bon’

Multi talented actor Jang Hyun Sung, who was well known for his protrayal on “Three Days" or Jun Woo and Jun Suh’s dad on hit variety show "Superman is Back”, has another anticipated role on the upcoming movie “C’est Si Bon”.

One film insider shared to TV Report, “Jang Hyun Sung has decided to star in ‘C’est Si Bon’… Jang Hyun Sung is set to play the role of grown-up Lee Jang Hee. [Jang Hyun Sung] And Jin Goo will both play the same person.”

Jang Hyun Sung also revealed that he is practicing his guitar skills just for the movie on his recent interview with Ilgan Sports, “I started playing the guitar again for the filming of the movie ‘C’est Si Bon’… I first started playing the guitar during my military service. I only know how to play one instrument, and I learned how to play it again this time. It’s difficult to do it again… I am learning from a teacher.”

C’est Si Bon is said to have been a well-known music cafe in Korea in the year 1960s and 1970s; the story will center on the stories of the legendary singers Cho Young Nam, Song Chang Sik, Yoon Hyung Joo, and Lee Jang Hee, who were not so popular at the time. 

Jung Woo and Kim Yoon Seok is set to portray the younger and older versions of Oh Geun Tae, while Han Hyo Joo and Kim Hee Ae is set to play the role of ‘C’est Si Bon”s muse Min Ja Young.

Kim Hyun Suk is said to be directing, J Film will be producing, and CJ Entertainment is in charge of investment and distribution. ‘C’est Si Bon’ is said to be in theaters this winter! 

Source: KpopStarz

'Sunken S Korean Ferry' 2PM & 4Minute Send Condolences As Well

Many stars have been sending condolences to the victims and families of the sunken S Korean Ferry.

On April 16, the Jindo ferry that was on its way to the Jeju Island containing high school students, teachers, and workers, tilted to the side, starting to sink.

That day, 2PM's member Nichkhun posted, "I’m praying for the ferry. I hope the number of rescued people goes up.” Jun.K also posted saying, "I sincerely pray that all passengers will be safely rescued.” Chansung said, “I hope more people will be rescued.”

4Minute also gathered their thoughts. Kwon Sohyun said, “My heart really aches. I will really be praying that all the missing people will be rescued.” Jun Jiyoon said, “I’ll be praying that everyone will be safely rescued.”

Other than these, Super Junior, Rainbow, Clara, and many other stars have been sharing their mournful and prayerful hearts.

Photo Credit: Ajunews

Source: KpopStarz

EXO Showcase, New Song ‘Overdose’, The ‘Overdose Dance’ Is The Point Of The Song?

Group EXO's Dance point for their new song “Overdose" was revealed.

On April 15, EXO held the 'EXO COMEBACK SHOW' in Seoul. Their title song “Overdose” and its music video was shown for the first time.

On this day, EXO started off the show with their earlier hit songs from their 1st album. Then they performed “Growl" from their 1st repackage album and continued onto their new song "Overdose". "Overdose" is about a man who is "addicted" to strong love.

Before their performance, EXO members explained their ‘overdose dance.’ They said, “It’s literally an overdose dance. We’re overdosed on love. We get strength after eating love,” making a heart with their hands.

Their comeback show was streamed live through Samsung Music, where fans could enjoy it online through the website.

EXO will be releasing their full 2nd album on April 21.

Photo Credit: SM Entertainment

Source: KpopStarz

JungGiGo Postpones New Song ‘Want U’ Release

 

Singer JungGiGo delayed the release of his new song “Want U.” He’s mourning with the victims of the sinking.

 

JungGiGo was planning to release an exciting new song called “Want U (Feat. Beenzino)” on the 17th through numerous music sites. However because of the terrible ferry sinking accident, he took into account the sorrowful situation and announced postponement of the new song. He will be mourning with the victims of the accident.

JungGiGo’s agency Starship Entertainment said, “We send our deepest condolences to those suffering from the devastation caused by the sinking. At the end of our discussion, we decided to delay the release of his new song for the time being.” They continued, “We sincerely pray for the safe return of those missing.”

 

Source: KpopStarz

TVXQ Changmin’s ‘Mimi’ Drama To Release In 30 Japanese Theaters This May

TVXQ Changmin, who played the lead role in the drama, “Mimi,” will be releasing in 30 theaters around Japan.

On April 18, local Japan media stated that this drama, which aired in Korea this past February and March for a total of 4 episodes, would be edited and revised to release as a movie in Japan.

The first episode will start playing on May 9th, and the latter half will be playing on the 16th.

This movie also added on the already popular group, TVXQ, as well.

"Mimi" features a lovely and warm first love story that transcends time, with the fates of two people exchanged.

Changmin plays the main role of Minwoo and worked with actress Moon Ga Young for this drama.

TVXQ’s fan club, Cassiopeia, recently announced that it will participate in raising funding to help those involved in the recent ferry tragedy.

TVXQ, an acronym for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, is a South Korean pop duo consisting of U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin. They are known as Tohoshinki in Japanese releases, and are sometimes referred to as DBSK, an initialization of their Korean name Dong Bang Shin Ki.

Tree, TVXQ’s seventh Japanese studio album, was released on March 5th, 2014. It debuted at number one on the Oricon Albums Chart, moving 225,000 copies on its first week of release. Wtih Tree, TVXQ became the first foreign band in Japan to have three consecutive sutdio albums with first-week sales of over 200,000 copies, breaking Bon Jovi’s thirteen-year record.

TVXQ has been one of the most popular and influential K-pop group in Japan. Although K-pop market has been suffering from a recent anti-Korean culture movement in Japan, TVXQ still has been continuing with its success in many countries all over the world including Japan, also featuring in the Billboard magazine in America.

Source: KpopStarz

2AM Lead Vocalist Jo Kwon To Play Drag Queen In Seoul Production Of ‘Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’


2AM lead vocalist Jo Kwon will get a chance to show his dramatic range this summer with a lead role in a Seoul production of the popular musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”
Jo will reportedly play the part of a homosexual drag queen in the production, which opens at the LG Arts Center in the Gangnam District in July.

According to a representative for the singer from 2AM’s record label JYP Entertainment, despite the risqué nature of the role, Jo jumped at a chance to star in the musical, based on Australian director Stephan Elliott’s 1994 cult film classic, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”
“It’s a gay role,” Jo’s rep told eNEWS on Wednesday.
“He could feel a bit burdened by that fact, but because the role is quite unique and the production itself has a lot of good feedback, he decided to appear in it.”
"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" revolves around three main characters, two drag queens and a transsexual, as they make their way to the backwoods town of Alice Springs, Australia to perform a month-log run of shows in a tour bus bearing the same name as the show.
Though the JYP rep said, “Jo has been cast as the main lead in the musical,” it was not immediately clear which drag queen he will play in the show.
Last year, the 2AM singer made his professional musical theater debut in a South Korean production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
There are 28 classic pop songs featured in the stage production “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” by artists like Madonna, Gloria Gaynor and Cyndi Lauper.
The show first premiered onstage in Sydney, Australia in 2006. In addition to completing successful tours of the US and the UK, it also had a successful run on Broadway in 2011, with some help from producer Bette Midler.


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2AM Lead Vocalist Jo Kwon To Play Drag Queen In Seoul Production Of ‘Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert’

2AM lead vocalist Jo Kwon will get a chance to show his dramatic range this summer with a lead role in a Seoul production of the popular musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

Jo will reportedly play the part of a homosexual drag queen in the production, which opens at the LG Arts Center in the Gangnam District in July.

According to a representative for the singer from 2AM’s record label JYP Entertainment, despite the risqué nature of the role, Jo jumped at a chance to star in the musical, based on Australian director Stephan Elliott’s 1994 cult film classic, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.”

It’s a gay role,” Jo’s rep told eNEWS on Wednesday.

He could feel a bit burdened by that fact, but because the role is quite unique and the production itself has a lot of good feedback, he decided to appear in it.”

"Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" revolves around three main characters, two drag queens and a transsexual, as they make their way to the backwoods town of Alice Springs, Australia to perform a month-log run of shows in a tour bus bearing the same name as the show.

Though the JYP rep said, “Jo has been cast as the main lead in the musical,” it was not immediately clear which drag queen he will play in the show.

Last year, the 2AM singer made his professional musical theater debut in a South Korean production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

There are 28 classic pop songs featured in the stage production “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” by artists like Madonna, Gloria Gaynor and Cyndi Lauper.

The show first premiered onstage in Sydney, Australia in 2006. In addition to completing successful tours of the US and the UK, it also had a successful run on Broadway in 2011, with some help from producer Bette Midler.

Source: KpopStarz

Blackjacks Cry For 2NE1 ‘Gotta Be You’ Music Video Premiere

As 2NE1 continues their world tour and promotions, one thing that is distinctly missing is the promised “Gotta Be You" music video.

In early April, YG-Life wrote that not only will 2NE1 continue promotions for “Gotta Be You,” but a music video will also debut the following week.

2NE1 caught eyes when they disclosed the music video of 'Come Back Home,' for its mystical concept of virtual reality. Now, music fans are expressing high expectations for what kind of new appeal 2NE1 will show in the music video of 'Gotta Be You.'”

However, the week has come and gone, and the music video remains to be seen online.

Blackjacks are certainly used to YG delaying premieres and releases, but they are not taking this one quietly.

Recently 2NE1 not only performed the title track at their “All or Nothing” concert in Shanghai, but also at the YG Family Tour in Osaki.

Only time will tell when 2NE1 will release the music video.

In the wake of the South Korean ferry tragedy, it is likely that the release date of the video will be further delayed.

Source: KpopStarz

Akdong Musician maintains their position on top of the charts with ‘200%’

Akdong Musician seems to have solidified their title as the next ‘monster rookies’ with a monster showing with ‘200%’!

 

The song has yet to let go of its vice-grip on top of the charts, staying at the #1 position for two weeks straight! The track has maintained its lead on six real-time charts, including Melon, Olleh, Genie, Daum, Naver, and Monkey3.

Released on the 7th, AkMu’s first album seems to be a solid hit. How many times have you hit the replay button on ‘200%’?

Source: allkpop

lovehatekpopconfessions:

We as kpop fans can come together when a certain group is up for a big international award but not when Korea as a country is dealing with a very tragic situation right now?

Please stop complaining about comebacks being delayed.

Please be considerate of those who have lost family members, have family members who are still missing and those who survived this heartbreaking event. 

Peoples lives were changed forever in a matter of a day. These people deserve to have the focus on them in their time of need. Whatever news that is released that is related to the ferry is much more important then any comeback. 

It’s called humanity. If you are more concerned about your bias group’s comeback being delayed then you are for human lives I suggest you reevaluate your priorities in life.

-Admin A

#PrayForSouthKorea

CL Receiving Death Threats From Muslims For Possible ‘MTBD’ Quran Verse On 2NE1 ‘Crush’ Album

After the recent success with 2NE1's new album “Crush,” controversy surrounding CL's solo song “MTBD" is boiling over rapidly due to allegations of verses from the Quran being used on the track.

Things appeared calm until a YouTube video was uploaded of CL doing a live performance of “MTBD” on the 2NE1 “All or Nothing" tour.

This particular video more than the actual song itself is receiving a lot of backlash as some people claim they can hear children in the background using something that could be similar to a melodic Quran verse.

Now, CL’s Instagram as well as the official 2NE1 Facebook page, YouTube channel, as well as Twitter is being inundanted with criticism towards the song.

Some are even making death threats toward CL, causing the 2NE1 leader to begin blocking people on Instagram.

If CL song ‘MTBD’ really contains recitations of the Quran, 2NE1 can say goodbye to their Malaysia World Tour concert,” writes KyaryHime on Twitter.

Any backlash honestly needs to be directed to the person making the production decisions on the song (Teddy) and perhaps the company (YG Entertainment),” writes Asian Junkie contributor IATFB.

"I honestly don’t get the specific death threats (‘chop you up into pieces,’ really?) and the reaction that consists of swearing her off forever. I generally empathize by putting myself into the situation of the other person, but even given the most insulting things I could think of, I couldn’t see myself being driven to such illogical rage.”

What do you think of this controversy? Is there Quran verse in “MTBD” or are Muslims and trolls overreacting?

Source: KpopStarz

Jackie Chan To Debut His New K-Pop Male Idol Group JJCC This Month

 

In the midst of the current debates surrounding the comeback success of some of the strongest acts in K-Pop, Jackie Chan announced the upcoming debut of his male idol group JJCC or Double JC. While small details regarding the group were announced back in February more were revealed on March 10. Although he is an actor, Jackie Chan was involved of all aspects of planning for the group which ranged from recruitment to the production of their album. Jackie Chan also admitted to being heavily involved in the training process for JJCC.

Jackie Chan recognizing the power of K-Pop while backstage with EXO at the Buidai Fei Dian Awards.

The 59-year old actor maintained childhood dreams of becoming a pop star, however, he grew up to become one of the most famous Asian actors in the world. Jackie Chan is classically trained in vocals and has actively performed Mandopop, as well as Cantopop. He is able to lend a unique perspective to the K-Pop industry due to the fact that he is not only a successful actor, but has also contributed to the soundtracks of his films.

Recognizing K-Pop’s potential as a global medium, Jackie Chan created JJCC which is comprised of four Korean members and one who is Chinese. The members of JJCC are in their twenties with their average height around 180 centimeters.

JJCC will debut in Korea prior to venturing into other markets, with an ultimate goal of entering the global music industry. A representative of The Jackie Chan Group Korea, the agency which will represent JJCC, stated “JJCC will amaze the world with its different music and charm that has never existed before.” The Jackie Chan Group Korea went on to emphasize that JJCC will definitely distinguish themselves from other K-Pop groups.

While other K-Pop idols are represented by executives that have made in-roads into the Korean music market such as Yang Hyun Suk, Lee Soo Man, and Park Jin Young, Jackie Chan has the most international recognition. Prior to achieving success as martial arts action star, Jackie Chan had the humble beginning of performing as a stunt man for Bruce Lee. The Hong Kong actor has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars. With his fame established firmly in the West, specifically in the United States, it will be interesting to see if Jackie Chan and JJCC will be able to further penetrate the American pop music market.

JJCC is scheduled to debut at a yet to be announced date in March. Is this the most appropriate time for a new group to debut, considering that the high level of talent that is currently promoting?

Source: KpopStarz

MBLAQ releases first round of teaser photos for ‘Broken’ album release!

The boys of MBLAQ will be coming back soon with their 6th mini-album, ‘Broken’!

J.Tune Camp kicked off the teaser cycle with tantalizingly suave photos for members Mir, Seung Ho, Lee Joon, G.O and Thunder. Looking absolutely dashing in their formal outfits, the photos will definitely arouse their fans’ excitement as they wait for the long-awaited comeback!

'Broken' will release on March 24. Stay tuned for more comeback news!










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