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The “real” music battle starts in May?


Even though we’re already seeing a competition of comebacks from many artists including Rain and Lee Hyori, it’s looking like the month of May will be just as competitive as April, if not more.

With the two top stars likely going to dominate this month and June’s FIFA World Cup approaching, many artists are looking to aim May as their comeback. After all, it’d be wise to avoid competition with Rain & Lee Hyori in April and also stay away from the dates of June 11th – July 11th, when Koreans will have their eyes glued to broadcasts of the FIFA World Cup.

It is also now speculated that 2PM, who is planning to comeback at the end of April, will push back their comeback date to May instead of April because of Rain and Lee Hyori’s delay of comeback from the naval ship tragedy.

Artists who are scheduling to comeback in May include the Wonder Girls (May 15th),SS501 (May 1st), 2NE14minute, Se7en and Son Dambi.

Son Dambi for one has pushed her comeback twice – first she scheduled her return for March, then dealyed to April, and is now shooting for a date in May. Regarding the delays, her agency stated, “It’s not because of the naval ship tragedy; it’s because we want to make Son Dambi’s album more complete and perfect.

The Wonder Girls, who originally planned to come back in April, will release their U.S debut album in countries around the world including Korea on May 15th, and the girls are planning to cross promote between America and Korea.

One of the related sources from the music industry speculated, “In my opinion, it’s useless to waste your energy coming back in April. A lot of the agencies are organizing their artists to comeback in May. In this coming May, we will see one of the fiercest gayo battles we’ve ever seen.

Source: AKP

KARA Nicole voted #1 for female singers who suits the cheerleader image the best


KARA Nicole has been voted the #1 female singer who suits the image of a cheerleader.

A survey was done on music site Monkey 3 from 2nd to 8th April with participation by 1,181 netizens on ‘Which female singer best fit the image of a cheer girl at the baseball field?’ and Nicole was voted #1 qith 329 votes (28% of total votes).

The reasons netizens pick Nicole for the poll are “She looks the best in cheerleader costume”, “It seems like she can get the right atmosphere with her dances like butt dance” etc.

Go under the cut for the rest of the poll results.

  1. KARA Nicole
  2. 4Minute HyunA (24%)
  3. After School UEE (23%)
  4. T-ara HyoMin (10%)
  5. After School GaHee (9%)
  6. WonderGirls SoHee (5%)

Source; My Daily

The Reason Behind JYPE Withdrawals!


What do Wonder Girls Hyuna and Sun Mi, and 2PM’s Jaebum have in common?

SBS’ E!TVE!News Korea – Star Q10 will investigate the reason behind the various withdrawals within JYP Entertainmentthat seems rare among other companies.

Right after Wonder Girls debuted, Hyuna left the group due to medical reasons.

Sun Mi, another former Wonder Girl, left shortly after Wonder Girls’ US debut.

Park Jaebum, a former member of 2PM recently left the group and still makes headlines.
Park Joonhyung was the oldest member of JYPE’s million-selling group groove overdose. A scandal of him and a female celebrity arose, and JYPE was on the brink of making him leave the group — but fans came in and because they had stocks in JYPE, they were able to prevent this from happening. Eventually, Yoon Kyesang left the group to serve his military duties.

In 2007, female soloist Joo debuted. She easily gained popularity since JYPE was becoming increasingly popular with the Wonder Girls’ success. However, as she gained more fans, her past was dug up, revealing pictures of her in bars around people who were smoking and drinking, while she was underage. She recently made a comeback with a song for Cinderella Sister’s OST.

Min was a JYPE trainee when she was 12-13 years old. She moved to America and was to debut with Lil John’s help as a fifteen-year-old. She was doing shows and was trained in English, hip hop dance, and singing. Her writers included Chris Brown’s, but all of a sudden, she disappeared.

J. Lim was the most popular unsigned street performer before JYPE signed with her. She was considered the Alicia Keys of South Korea. With one album under JYPE, she went to America to make an American debut. She sang a duet with Outkast’s Big Boi after returning from America for a break, but stopped activities ever since.

G. Soul was supposed to be the next Usher. He sand R&B, and admired R. Kelley. Likewise, he, too mysteriously vanished from the music scene.

With so many cases of withdrawal, it doesn’t seem completely wrong to call JYPE withdrawals a habit.
E!News Korea – Star Q10, scheduled to air on April 7 at 8PM, is going to unveil everything from JYPE’s history to Park Jaebum’s activities in America. Keep an eye on Kpoplive for the release of this episode!

Source: Newsen
Translation: ch0sshi@Kpoplive.com

Most Popular Idol Groups Survey


01. DBSK – Xiah
02. DBSK – Micky
03. DBSK – Jaejoong
04. DBSK – Yunho
05. SNSD – Taeyeon
06. DBSK – Changmin
07. Big Bang – G-Dragon
08. SNSD – Yoona
09. Super Junior – Heechul
10. Super Junior – Donghae
11. SS501 – HyunJoong
12. SNSD – Jessica
13. Super Junior – EunHyuk
14. Wonder Girls – SoHee
15. Super Junior – SungMin
16. SNSD – Tiffany
17. 2PM – Jaebeom
18. SS501 – Young Saeng
19. Big Bang – Seungri
20. Super Junior – LeeTuek
21. FT.island – HongKi
22. Super Junior – Siwon
23. SHINee – Taemin
24. Big Bang – T.O.P
25. 2PM – TaecYeon
26. SNSD – Yuri
27. 2PM – Wooyoung
28. Super Junior – KiBum
29. Super Junior – Ryeowook
30. 2PM – Nichkhun
31. Big Bang – Daesung
32. 2AM – JoKwon
33. 2PM – Junsu
34. SNSD – SeoHyun
35. SS501 – KyuJong
36. SHINee – JongHyun
37. After School – UEE
38. Kara – Hara
39. 2NE1 – Park Bom
40. Super Junior – KyuHyun
41. Wonder Girls – SunYe
42. SHINee – Onew
43. Kara – Seung-Yeon
44. SNSD – Sunny
45. Big Bang – Taeyang
46. FT.island – Minhwan
47. Super Junior – YeSung
48. Wonder Girls – Mimi
49. Beast – Yo-seob
50. SNSD – SooYoung
51. SHINee – Key
52. SHINee – Minho
53. Super Junior – ShinDong
54. 2NE1 – Sandara Park
55. Brown Eyed Girls – Narsha
56. Wonder Girls – YeEun
57. Tiara – Ji Yeon
58. Kara – Nicole
59. Brown Eyed Girls – GaIn
60. 2NE1 – CL
61. 4minute – Hyuna
62. Tiara – Eun Jung
63. SNSD – Hyoyeon
64. Tiara – Hyomin
65. Kara – Ji-Young
66. After School – Kahi
67. Beast – Dong Woon
68. MBLAQ – Lee Joon
69 Kara – Gyuri
70. After School – Jooyeon

Credits: SS501 Baidu + Wooyoung Baidu + (trans) fasintha @ lovekimhyunjoong.com +
ss501foreverfans.webs.com + gellie @ DailyKpopNews

WG is among Yahoo HK most-searched today


WG is a most-searched item on Yahoo Hong Kong today: http://hk.yahoo.com/
It’s still ranking #10 now. The Baidu WFs spotted it earlier when it was #8.

TOP 10 KPOP SONGS


10. Wonder Girls, ‘Nobody’
If ever there was a girl group formulated in the warm bath of an industry test tube, it was the Wonder Girls, who originally spawned from the TV show ‘MTV Wonder Girls,’ which has aired for three seasons in South Korea. Their biggest single, which charted in the U.S. fuses techno beats with a classically R&B progression and the best premise for a girl band video either side of the Pacific.

9. Yoon Do Hyun Band, ‘Oh! Pilsung, Korea’
When South Korea hosted the World Cup, the authorities that be anointed Yoon Do Hyun Band the “representative Korean music band” of the tournament. While the group does not fit snugly into the KPOP category, its brand of rock music–which is both slick and radio-friendly and at times devotes itself to traditional Korean instrumentation–has nonetheless won it a place in the South Korean establishment. The shout chorus-heavy anthem is backed by hair metal guitar riffage and hand claps. Guiltlessly delivered, and a temporary anthem for the country in 2002.

8. Kim Bum Soo, ‘Bo Go Ship Da’ (‘I Miss You’)
Kim Bum Soo is the first Korean performer to break the U.S. music charts with his 2001 single ‘Hello Goodby Hello,’ but his most famous KPOP songs in Korea is ‘I Miss You,’ which served as the theme song for the popular ‘Stairway to Heaven’ TV show and serves as an exemplary example of melodramatic KPOP ballads.

7. S-Blush, ‘It’s My Life’
S-Blush’s mercilessly sassy ‘It’s My Life’ recalls Justin Timberlake’s sexy back filtered through the righteous girl crew telling off a crew of exes. Perhaps the best thing about this track is that when it hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, the group was rumored in Korea Times to be the equivalent of pop star commandos, “covertly trained as part of the Global Project targeting overseas markets.”

6. TVXQ (Dong Bang Shin Gi), ‘The Way U Are’
TVXQ, who originally wanted to name themselves Dong Bang Bul Pae after the Korean translation for Wong Kar-wai’s ‘Ashes of Time’ have been one of the most consistent chart-topping KPOP bands of the past half decade. Largely due to their ascendancy in Korea, they’ve concentrated much of their output into Japanese markets. ‘The Way U Are’ is one of their earlier Korean releases, and showcases the genre’s long-term love affair with ’90s mainstream hip hop instrumentals and Justin Timberlake-inflected R&B.

5. Jewelry, ‘One More Time’
A KPOP song’s success is measured not only by their own country’s charts, but also those across the pond in Japan. After floundering through an unsuccessful freshman album and a lackluster sophomore release, this carefully calibrated girl group (who shed and replaced members with every commercial hiccup) traded in their “cute” images for the increasingly trendy “sexy” and “womanly.” This worked, and by their fourth album (and numerous other recalibrations), the fine-tuned pop outfit released their most successful track to date, ‘One More Time,’ a Baltic-infused bilingual number with a slick key change at the one-minute spot and a perfectly-metered break down halfway through.


4. H.O.T., ‘Candy’
Widely considered the predecessor to KPOP’s current infatuation with idol groups, H.O.T. set the boy band paradigm that largely reigned for the next decade. The second single on their debut album ‘We Hate All Kinds of Violence,’ fused the hip hop influences of a predecessor like Seo Taiji with a Sublime-esque fusion of reggae and ska.

3. Big Bang, ‘Lies’
Like the Wonder Girls, Big Bang were launched into the KPOP stratosphere through a TV show about them, called ‘Big Bang Documentary.’ Unlike Wonder Girls, Big Bang are widely credited for updating KPOP’s sound, and signaling its latest interest in electronica, though still filtered through the lense of upbeat hip hop stylings, as evidenced on ‘Lies’ off their first mini-album, ‘Always.’


2. Rain, ‘It’s Raining’
Rain has the distinction of being one of the Korean artists credited with building further hip hop and R&B influences into the KPOP universe in the tradition of Seo Taiji, perhaps most notably by inserting his moniker into the title of half his albums. So ‘It’s Raining’ is a shoe-in as Rain’s best KPOP song, and one of the top KPOP songs ever. Intended as a “comeback” track after a few year’s absence from the charts, the single immediately hit number one upon release in South Korea, and eventually won U.S. MTV play in anticipation of two sold-out dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2007. Rain also has the distinction of having won Time Magazine’s online poll for the 100 Most Influential People of 2009. He wasn’t listed in the print version.

1. Seo Taiji, ‘Nan Arayo’ (‘I Know’)
Seo Taiji, the grandaddy of contemporary KPOP, shifted the paradigm of what Korean popular music should sound like in the early ’90s. Prior to his arrival to the industry, KPOP had tampered little with cross-genre experimentation, remaining settled in the syrupy sweet realm of synthetic girl and boy band pop. Taiji became the first to include rap and R&B in his music, and is widely considered the Michael Jackson of Korean music. His break out single ‘I Know,’ released with his mid-nineties group Seo Taiji and Boys, marked the paradigm shift, and for breaking the ceiling wide open for what Korean popular music can sound like, it remains one of the top KPOP songs of all time.

Source: shoutcastingblog

Girl Group Debuts And Comebacks In April-May


The domination of the girl groups as seen by So Nyeo Shi Dae, T-ara and KARA in February and March will continue. We recently have seen After School return with their new song “Bang!”, and Secret with song “Magic” – much to the anticipation of fans.

In mid-April, we will be expecting a new album from SM Entertainment’s young girl group f(x), then later this month, we will also be seeing a new album from another girl group LPG. 2NE1 has also just announced yesterday that their new album will be released in April as well.

Coming mid-May, we will also be seeing the comeback of girl groups like Wonder Girls and 4Minute. It is known that 4Minute is currently working on their new album with the aim of releasing their comeback album in May. The Wonder Girls will also be having their comeback in Korea with new member HyeRim. They have been away for some time with their promotions in the States. Their new song and choreography has already been completed.

Despite the many girl groups already out there, we will be seeing the debut of more new groups.

In mid-April, SISTAR will debut with Bang ShiHyuk as their producer. In May 9-member girl group 나인뮤지스 will debut. One member of that group, Lee HyunJoo, came in first place during the 2007 Asia Pacific Super Model Contest.

Source : SportsDongAh and Soompi