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EXO, Psy & JYJ Kick Off The 2014 Incheon Asian Games With Spectacular Opening Ceremony Performances

EXO, JYJ, and Psy performed for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games

The ‘2014 Incheon Asian Games’ has finally started and three top K-Pop acts performed for the opening ceremony.

On September 19th, the opening ceremony for the ‘2014 Incheon Asian Games’ took place at the $429 million Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.  The opening ceremony featured performances from SM Entertainment's vastly popular boy group EXO, “Gangnam Style" hit-maker Psy, and K-Pop trio JYJ, who also provided the official song for this year’s games.

JYJ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSRCHELPmmg

The Ambassadors JYJ sang two of their songs that night. The songs were “Only One" and "Empty.”

EXO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaAjC9BlqRg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SllMfSBYrE

EXO performed two of their songs that night. The songs were “Wolf" and "Growl.”

Psy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4qrMHLU9mY

Psy performed his hit global single titled, “Gangnam Style.” He got the people dancing as he performed.

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U.S. Remake Of ‘My Love From The Stars’ Prompts Other Series Adaptations?

The popularity of the Korean rom-com series “My Love From The Stars" has yet to end.

Following reports that a Chinese movie adaptation of the film will be happening, it has now been revealed that an American remake of the series is in the works as well, according to the Korean publication Naver.

"The network has handed out a script commitment with a penalty attached to a remake of the Korean hit,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter.

"My Love From The Stars" is about a love story between an alien, who landed on earth 400 years ago, and one of the top actresses in modern-day Korea, according to the media outlet Yonhap News.

Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, who wrote on CW’s “The 100,” ”666 Park Avenue,” “The Vampire Diaries,” ”Dollhouse,” will reportedly be writing the ABC adaption and executive produce. Ji-eun Park, creator of the original series, is set to executive produce as well.

The ABC adaptation of the Korean series will be produced by HB Entertainment, the company that owns the original format, and EnterMedia Contents in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The names of the two leads will be changed to James and Lark. James was originally played by actor Kim Soo Hyun while actress Jun Ji Hyun took on the role of Lark.

"My Love From The Stars" has gained attention internationally and has been responsible for spreading Korean foods and culture. The series had even been discussed amongst officials in China, according to Variety.

"My Love From The Stars" is only one of the latest Korean series to be adapted in the U.S. CBS is reportedly teaming up with EnterMedia to develop a medical drama based on the Korean series “Good Doctor" while NBC is preparing an unscripted show based on the variety series “Grandpas Over Flowers.”

Although adaptations of various Korean series are in the works, “My Love From The Stars” has gained the most attention thus far.

"We’ve been prepared for the U.S. remake of the drama since February, and we’re thankful for getting this opportunity," Moon Bo-mi, head of HB Entertainment, stated in a press release. 

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BEAST Plans New Japan Single And Tour This November

BEAST is going to bring in thousands of fans in Japan this November with their upcoming tour.

Yoon Doojoon, Jang Hyunseung, Yong Junhyung, Yang Yoseob, Lee Gikwang, and Son Dongwoon, otherwise known as K-Pop male group BEAST, will hold a Japan tour later this fall..

The Japan tour is called the ‘2014 Beautiful Show in Japan - How About You?’

They will first initiate their tour in the Aichi prefecture on November 20th. BEAST will hold a total of five performances for their fans in Kobe, Fukuoka, and Yokohama.

BEAST is expected to bring in a total of at least 50,000 screaming fans to their concert series in Japan.

On November 14, to kick off the tour, BEAST plans to drop their new Japanese single, “How Are You?" Rapper Junhyung produced the new track, which also happens to be the group’s third single in the country.

The previous two singles that BEAST released in Japan were ‘Beast – Japan Premium Edition' on November 24, 2010. The second single was 'Bad Girl' on June 15, 2011.

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Eric Nam performs a melodious cover of Taeyang’s ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’

Eric Nam has performed his own cover of Taeyang's 'Eyes, Nose, Lips’!

Many artists have been covering Taeyang’s most recent release, including Topp Dogg and even Taeyang’s own labelmate Tablo. Eric Nam covered the song on ‘Lee So Ra’s Music Plaza' when he appeared on the radio show. 

Eric Nam’s is unique on his own, and while he didn’t put a spin on it like Tablo did or cover the full song like Topp Dogg, he still sounds amazing covering the song! He only had a guitar accompanying him, and the acoustic version of the song sounds like it could be a hit has well. 

Check it out above!

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Girls’ Generation Sunny Said To Be Joining EXO’s Baekhyun In ‘Singin’ In The Rain Musical

Wonderful news to all Girls’ Generation's Sunny fans as she was said to be joining  EXO's Baekhyun is one of SM Entertainment's production which is titled 'Singin' in the Rain'.

As their agency confirmed that the two labelmates are going to work together on April 24 saying “She’ll be starring opposite Super Junior's Kyuhyun and EXO’s Baekhyun. She’s already started practice.” SHINee's Onew is also have his own participation on the musical.

It is also Sunny’s return to the musical right after her previous one which is titled 'Catch Me if You can' in 2012. ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ will open its curtain from June 5 to August 3 at the Choongmoo Art Hall in Seoul.


Are you excited to see Sunny and Baekhyun together in a musical? 

Source: KpopStarz

San E and 4Minute’s Songs Deemed Inappropriate for Broadcast

KBS ruled against San E and 4Minute's Songs for their suggestive sexual content.

KBS stated that the lyrics in San E’s song “Body Language" was suggestive of R-rated material: “Do it, again and again and again/From the top, bottom, back, front/Unbutton your shirt and lean on me/Ride me up and down.”

4Minute’s song “Come In” contained lyrics: “Don’t hesitate and come deep inside me/Baby touch me.”

Besides the two songs, other songs that were deemed unsuitable for broadcast were Kang Min Hee's “Call Me Nuna" for containing a specific brand "Facebook”, Eddy Kim's “Slow Dance”, for mentioning a French vodka label.

Source: KpopStarz

Lee Joon Donates To Ferry Rescue “Even The Agency Didn’t Know About It”

Group MBLAQ's member Lee Joon donated $10,000 to the sunken ferry rescue and said “I’m embarrassed.”

MBLAQ’s agency said today, “Even though Lee Joon is busy filming for his drama, he was deeply lamenting as he was updated by the news. He donated in secrecy even without us knowing, we’re so proud of him.”

Lee Joon said, "I didn’t want people to know so I donated with my real name (Lee Jang Sun) but it was announced like this. I’m embarrassed.”

The organization that Lee Joon donated to said, “The name Lee Chang Sun donated so we didn’t know it was Lee Joon but we found out later when we were confirming with a phone call. He said it was his first time donating and apologized that his amount is so little.”

Source: KpopStarz

CJ E&M States: “Seo In Young is Not Joining Us”

 

CJ E&M addressed the broadcast that Seo In Young will be joining CJ E&M, stating that the rumors are not true.

On April 24, staff of CJ E&M stated: “CJ E&M and Seo In Young always have had a good partner relationship; we have invested in her albums and helped her in her promotions. Although Seo In Young will not be joining CJ E&M, it is true that we are looking for further ways to build a constructive relationship.”

Seo In Young previously left her 10-year agency Star Empire to establish her own Seo In Young Company in 2012. She had been active in different music and entertainment activities, rising as a fashionista through her beauty program hostess image.

Meanwhile, Seo In Young released her digital single “Love Me" last October, and is currently the hostess of SBSfunE "Star Beauty Show Season 4".

Source: KpopStarz

Epitone Project Pushes Back Album Release and Concert

 

Epitone Project expressed grief over the victims of Sewol, rescheduling his alum release and concerts.

On April 24, Epitone Project posted on his Twitter: “I’m sorry, but my new album release and concerts will be pushed back due to the period of distress. I will release further detail through Pastel Music. I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused”.

He continued: “I express sympathy over the victims and families affected by the Sewol sinking. I pray that the missing would be reunited with their families once again”.

Source: KpopStarz

Kim Soo Hyun Donates $300,000 to Danwon High School

Actor Kim Soo Hyun donated $300,000 to Ansan’s Danwon High School to comfort the loss of their students to the Sewol sinking.

According to sources, Kim Soo Hyun will personally deliver the sum of money to Danwon High School.

Kim Soo Hyun, who currently remains active in promotion in China, was known to have been in grief over the Sewol crisis. Leaving Korea to China for Samsung promotions, he had been restless and eager for news of more survivors of Sewol.

Staff stated: “Kim Soo Hyun wishes for the money to be spent on supporting teachers and students in their recovery from the trauma resulting from the incident. Although he grieves for the victims, he also looked for ways to help those around them psychologically and physically he hopes for their speedy recovery”.

Meanwhile, Kim Soo Hyun previously donated $200,000 to Chinese children and teenagers.

 

Source: KpopStarz

Sones Claim 2NE1 Bias Over Girls’ Generation At Allkpop

As top K-pop girl groups 2NE1 and Girls’ Generation continue to dominate the scene, some fans are claiming allkpop has a 2NE1 bias over SNSD.

Most recently, allkpop published an article about 2NE1’s new music video reaching 10 million views. This has yet again ignited the argument that the publication favors the YG girl group over Girls’ Generation.

Allkpop’s biased views towards 2NE1 is quite upsetting. They tweeted about 2NE1 reaching 10 million, but not for SNSD,” 2NE1 fan Corrine wrote on the microblogging website Twitter on Tuesday.

Since Girls’ Generation and 2NE1 are considered to be the top two female K-pop groups, the argument between Blackjacks and Sones of unfair bias has a longstanding tradition. Some believe that publications use both names to ignite fanwars and cause readership and comments to skyrocket.

Sones and Blackjacks are example of obsession fandoms. Fighting for views everyday,” wrote user Noobstuff on the allkpop comment section of a 2NE1 article.

"This place does have a surprising ton of [Blackjacks] and YG fans, and a mod or mods that is very BJ/YG bias,” concured Karaunnifan on an allkpop forum on February 7.

This is so true. Allkpop’s writers have been biased towards 2NE1’s ‘Come Back Home’ against SNSD,” tweeted SNSD fan Corrine on Wednesday.

The competition was magnified when 2NE1 and Girls’ Generation made their comebacks during the same week earlier this year.

This caused major K-pop publications to compare the two groups and their respective performances.

But others, however, believe that allkpop is simply praising the two popular groups equally.

Actually I think this place is both 2NE1 And Soshi biased. Which is natural considering they’re the biggest girl groups,” added Ash3070 on allkpop in a 2NE1 article.

What do you think? Do you think AllKPop is biased against Girls’ Generation?

Source: KpopStarz

Yang Hyun Suk to donate 500 million KRW ($481,000) to the families of the ferry victims through YGE’s charity program

Many celebrities have been trying to help out the Sewol tragedy relief effort in their own ways, and it has been revealed that Yang Hyun Suk of YG Entertainment is among them. He will be donating a sum of 500 million KRW (~ 481,000 USD)!

According to representatives over at YGE, Yang Hyun Suk held a meeting with company executives, where he stated, "As a parent myself with kids, I have fallen into great anguish while keeping updated with the Sewol incident and spilled tears every time I watched the news… There are probably no words in this world that can console a family that has lost a child." With this, he announced that he will be preparing a fund of 500 million KRW to be donated to the families of the victims of the tragedy that will be handled through the YG charity program.

A rep at the agency told Osen, “Throughout the meeting, the mood was very grave. After hearing about Sewol, Yang had already put a stop to all the activities of the agency artists, and had proposed that all employees participate in the mourning. Since then he had been wondering what he could do to help those who had become victims of the Sewol ship.”

YGE has been operating a charity project called ‘WITH' for a while now under the direction of Yang Hyun Suk, and the campaign had participated in numerous donations to children's hospitals and more to help those in need. 

The rep also added, "Yang has decided he will initially prepare 500 million KRW of donation and that YGE will look over the process and take the responsibility to make sure that the funds are delivered to the families who have fallen victim to the tragedy."

Other reps of the agency confirmed the news with various media outlets, commenting “Yang Hyun Suk has decided to give 500 million KRW to help the victims of the Sewol tragedy,” as well as “With Yang Hyun Suk as the center, all of YG had been in mourning and had been wondering how to help, and so this decision was made.”

Source: allkpop

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

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