Daily Archives: 2012/03/27

[NEWS] 110926 JYJ’S JUNSU ADMITS HE FELT PAIN AFTER HEARING TVXQ’S “DON’T SAY GOODBYE”


On September 25th, JYJ‘s Junsu confessed that he felt heartbroken when he heard TVXQ‘s “Don’t Say Goodbye” recently.

Junsu began by talking about the lyrics for the song, saying, “We won’t let go of each other’s hearts and overcome everything. Cause you are my everything to me.”

He went on to write, “It’s a song that I liked a lot. I randomly listened to it for the first time in a while. But this song feels unfamiliar to me now. It hurts my heart…”

“Don’t Say Goodbye” was included in the special edition of TVXQ’s 4th album, “Mirotic“, back when all five were together in one group. The song is a pop ballad describing the moment of breakup between a couple.

Source + Photos: Mydaily via Naver
credit: allkpop

[NEWS] 110922 K-POP’S SLICK PRODUCTIONS WIN FANS ACROSS ASIA


MANILA (AP) ― How did Seoul become Asia’s capital of cool?

Even here in the Philippines, once an undisputed bastion of American pop and Hollywood movies, South Korean pop music, soap operas and fashion are now all the rage.

“I want the same brown, but slightly blonde color, as Sandara’s hair,” says 22-year-old hotel worker Kins Wu, referring to girl band singer Sandara Park as she sifts through color samples at a Manila branch of a Korean hair salon.

The phenomenon, known as Hallyu in Korean, took off around the start of the millennium with TV soap operas that became huge hits with Asians of all ages. Then came K-pop music, with its flashy choreographed dance moves, now imitated by teenagers from Beijing to Bangkok.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak ranks the overseas success of “K-pop” among his country’s top achievements, and the government operates a ‘Korean Wave index to gauge the fever for its cultural exports.

Taiwan took the top spot in 2010, nudging out Japan. China, Thailand and Vietnam are also on the list, and the state-funded Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange says Malaysia will be added this year and the Philippines, as early as 2012.

“The Republic of Korea is making young people all around the world wild with K-pop,” Lee said in an Aug. 15 speech marking Korea’s liberation from Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule.


South Korean pop group Girls’ Generation performs in Tokyo on Aug. 25, 2010. (AP-Yonhap News)

The success is not by accident. South Korea has developed an entire industry to take attractive actors and singers and turn them into larger-than-life stars, carefully managing their look and every move. The polished productions caught on elsewhere, and a few bands such as TVXQ and 2PM are now being created with overseas markets partly in mind.

The music is modeled on American and European pop, said University of the Philippines professor George Fabros, who taught in South Korea in the 1990s, but with crisper performances and flashy hair colors and fashion that appeals to Asian youth.

“They train for years before their debut, and for every album they have different concepts so you won’t get bored with them,” said Daren Lazaro, a 20-year-old management student in Manila.

For some, it is also easy to identify with stars and story lines from another Asian culture.


Christine Rodriguez, second from left, sings with friends in a “noraebang” or karaoke during their regular gathering in Manila, Philippines, on June 2. (AP-Yonhap News)

The downside may be a stifling of individual creativity, but the TV ratings, DVD sales and screaming fans at K-pop concerts show it’s a formula that works.

Almost all the leading drama channels in Taiwan show at least two South Korean soap operas a day at peak evening hours, and music video programs carry the latest on the K-pop scene. For TV stations, it’s cheaper to buy the Korean hits than develop their own programs ― that have no guarantee of success.

“Korean entertainers have a superior body language for comic effects, while they also avoid crude language, unlike Taiwanese programs,” said Vivi Ko, a 30-year-old government worker who is studying Korean.

Screaming fans pack K-pop concerts in Thailand, waving homemade, backlit support signs, and Korean stars endorse products aimed at children and youths, from candy to scooters.

In the Philippines, the themes in South Korean TV dramas of love for family, enduring romance and destiny are familiar ones.

Networks make it easier to identify with the programs by dubbing them in Tagalog and giving the characters Filipino names. When Kwon Sang-woo visited Manila some years ago, fans called him “Cholo” ― his Tagalog name in the popular drama “Stairway to Heaven.”

But there’s also an element of the exotic ― the settings in South Korea, whether brightly lit bridges along the Han River or cherry blossoms fluttering to the ground ― that seems to appeal to many Filipinos’ wanderlust. The writers for Sparkling, a glossy magazine devoted to K-pop, flew to Seoul earlier this year to map out an itinerary of “Hallyu hotspots” for Filipino tourists.

The craze has spilled over into other areas. Thai teens trying to achieve the Korean look snap up cosmetics from South Korea. Also popular are contact lenses that make one’s eyes look bigger, like the cute characters in Japanese and Korean comics.

Yoo Kyung-yeon, a Korean hairstylist working in Manila, said that clients recently started requesting a hairstyle similar to actress Ha Ji-won’s after her drama “Secret Garden” aired in the Philippines. Men want a haircut like that of actor Lee Min-ho, who rose to fame in the hit series “Boys Over Flowers.”

Christine Rodriguez, a 24-year-old social media analyst in Manila, gets together with friends once or twice a month for “noraebang,” as karaoke is called in Korean.

That they don’t speak the language doesn’t stop them from singing in it and mimicking the dance moves of boy band TVXQ.

They often end the night at the Korean restaurant next door, where they snack on “gimbap” rice rolls and “tteokbokki” rice cakes, popular street foods often seen on South Korean dramas.

Rodriguez belongs to a TVXQ fan club that has 1,000 members and is one of more than 40 clubs that participated in the second annual Philippine K-pop Convention last year. The event drew 5,000 people, and more than 60,000 “like” its Facebook page.

That’s a leap from the 50 or so K-pop fans Rodriguez said she would meet in online chat forums and email groups in 2001.

Miki Acuna, a 21-year-old nursing graduate from Manila, has traveled to Thailand and New York to catch TVXQ concerts. She said she likes the way the singers sound, move, look and dress, and the slick packaging by their promoters.

“The youth today are looking for spunk, the new look,” said Schedar Jocson, a University of the Philippines lecturer who has written a paper on K-pop’s influence in his country.

“They are looking for their own niche or their own identity,” he said, and both the TV shows and pop music give them something more expressive and experimental than homegrown alternatives.

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[TRANS] 110923 TOHOSHINKI’S LATEST PHOTOBOOK “SUN” TO BE RELEASED 29 OCTOBER!



With photography by Mika Ninagawa, and fully shot in Spain!

From their current state of mind to a strong, determined message, a fulfilling interview is included as well.

This is a luxurious photobook that condenses the charm of the two men that have never been seen before.

B5 Size, Hardcover / 128 Pages / Full color / Price To Be Determined

Released by Gentosha
http://www.gentosha.co.jp/


Source : [Bigeast Official Site]
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[TRANS] 110920 JYJ LAND EIGHT COMMERCIALS, EVEN WITHOUT ANY BROADCASTED ACTIVITIES



The blue chip of commercials.. Even their special album is released through a commercial

JYJ have become blue chips of commercials.

Following their recent appointment as CF models for a pharmaceutical company, JYJ will also become the contents CF models for LG Electronics’ smartphone Optimus. Contents CF models don’t appear in the commercials themselves, but they indirectly promote the chosen brand through broadcasted activities or music videos. Through their upcoming CF, JYJ plan to release the music video of ‘Get Out’, a track from their special album ‘In heaven’ that is set to release on the 27th, for the first time.

Currently, JYJ are active as CF models for a total of eight products in the beverage, clothing, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and smartphone industries. The interest in JYJ’s active role as CF models is high as these accomplishments were made without a single broadcasted activity excluding the members’ individual activities.

A representative of their agency stated, “JYJ have been receiving a flood of offers for commercials as well as offers to renew existing contracts,” and “We will choose advertisements that best fit JYJ’s image and greet fans through these ads.” A representative of the industry stated, “Using JYJ as CF models leads to a direct rise in sales,” and “Though they haven’t had any broadcasted activities, they are perfect for CF models as celebrities like them are scarce.“


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[NEWS] 110923 JYJ’S JAEJOONG SAYS GOOD MORNING WITH A SELCA


JYJ‘s Kim Jaejoong greeted his fans with a fresh new selca.
Shared on the morning of September 23rd, Jaejoong wrote, “Another hwaiting for today”.
Fans have been bombarding his Twitter with replies that praised his intense stare and masculine charisma. His dark eyebrows, strong jaw, and perfectly coiffed hair made many fans swoon and claim that this was the best way to wake up.
Netizens concurred as they commented, “He gets better looking every day“, “So much masculinity, so much charisma“, and “I could be perfectly happy everyday if you kept saying hello with these selcas“.

Jaejoong is currently acting in the popular SBS drama, “Protect The Boss“.

Source + Image: Naver
credit: allkpop

[NEWS] PENZAL Q FILMING


Junsu Exudes Cute Charms on the Set of Penzal Ad Filming
JYJ Junsu Rises to Become the Cutie of the Set of Penzal Ad Filming?

The photos directly taken of JYJ’s Junsu on the filming set of an advertisement has been revealed.

On September 22, Penzal Q revealed through its official facebook the photos of JYJ in the set of the filming. JYJ has been selected as the model for one of Zongkeundang’s main products, Penzal Q.

In the photo, Kim Junsu who perhaps was bothered by the lighting blocks the lighting with Penzal and then takes it away, smiling brightly. In particular, the clean cut suit emphasizes Junsu’s gentle image along with his cute charms.

The netizens who came across the photo showed a variety of responses: “Really, a cutie.” “He’s a painkiller that I don’t even need medicine.” “I want to see the ad soon.”

On the other hand, JYJ is gathering interest with their first appearance on an advertisement airing on public TV. Their advertisement for Penzal Q, “Do not hurt,” can be seen in the beginning of October on the official facebook of Penzal Q and on public TV.
Yoochun Smiles With His Eyes to Melt Hearts on the Set of Penzal Ad Filming
JYJ Yoochun. At His Lovely Smile of the Eyes, Even the Filming Staff Feels Refreshed and Fun

The photos directly taken of JYJ’s Yoochun on the filming set of an advertisement has been revealed.

On September 22, Penzal Q revealed through its official facebook the photos of JYJ in the set of the filming. JYJ has been selected as the model for one of Zongkeundang’s main products, Penzal Q.

In the photo, Yoochun is putting himself to filming, wearing a suit that is of a lovely style, and sometimes serious and sometimes teeming with playfulness. In particular, his cute and bright smile of the eyes added to the refreshing atmosphere of the filming set and melted hearts of numerous women.

The three members who reunited after quite a while all immersed themselves into filming with a happy expression and so they gave the staff on set much energy.

The netizens who came across the photo showed a variety of responses: “Looks like a playful prince.” “His visual is great.” “Wow, totally cute~~.”

On the other hand, JYJ is gathering interest with their first appearance on an advertisement airing on public TV. Their advertisement for Penzal Q, “Do not hurt,” can be seen in the beginning of October on the official facebook of Penzal Q and on public TV.

Jaejoong’s Sculpture-like Visual Like from a Romance Manga on the Set of Penzal Ad Filming


JYJ Jaejoong. All Eyes on the “Romantic Visual” Like One of the Male Lead From a Romance Manga

The photos directly taken of JYJ’s Jaejoong on the filming set of an advertisement has been revealed.

On September 22, Penzal Q revealed through its official facebook the photos of JYJ in the set of the filming. JYJ has been selected as the model for one of Zongkeundang’s main products, Penzal Q.

In the photo, Jaeojong is showing off a brown-toned suit and an exterior that is like a sculpture. He evokes the image akin to that of a main character from a romance manga. Further, the lighting from the filming set melds into Jaejoong in an atypical way to make one even feel a romantic mood.

The netizens who came across the photo showed a variety of responses: “My eyes were cleansed automatically.” “Indeed, he is the best of visuals.” “I feel that I will be healed just by looking at the ad.”

On the other hand, JYJ is gathering interest with their first appearance on an advertisement airing on public TV. Their advertisement for Penzal Q, “Do not hurt,” can be seen in the beginning of October on the official facebook of Penzal Q and on public TV.

Source: Hankyung Star News + Hankyung Star News + Hankyung Star News
Translation Credit: JYJ3

[NEWS] JYJ IN OPTIMUS Q2 CF EXUDES CHARISMA



Group JYJ’s cell phone CF has been revealed and is thus gathering attention.

JYJ was selected to be the model for Optimus Q2, the smart phone from LG Electronics. On the 20h, LG Electronics revealed: “Because JYJ’s musicality, powerful performance, and the chic feel melded well with the particularities of the product, we have come to have them as its model.”

The current ad uses the music video of Get Out which is a song included on JYJ’s first Korean-language album and is becoming a hot issue. In the ad, JYJ wearing a black suit is singing and dancing to Get Out and is exuding charisma.

The netizens who saw this responded as follows: “I wish to see them on TV soon.” “Totally cool.” “Is it that you’re finally going to be on public TV? Daeback.” “Is this like a preview? My heart beats in just watching this.” “Going going to preorder the phone!”

Source: ENews24
Translation Credit: JYJ3
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