2PM Nichkhun has issued a personal apology for his recent drunk driving incident. Nichkhun on the 26th, wrote on his Twitter, “I would like to write this letter of apology for such an irresponsible act. To the injured person, his family, the people of Korea, my fans, JYPE family and staffs, 2PM members, and all the people this situation has affected.” He continued, “I have betrayed the ones who have given me their love and support, the love and support I don’t deserve with such behavior. I feel the need to take some time off to re-think about my action and myself, to make myself a better person and never again repeat the same mistake.” He finished saying, “I am truly ashamed that I have disappointed so many, and I am deeply sorry.” Nichkhun was involved in an accident with a motorcycle while driving under the influence on the 24th, with a blood alcohol level of 0.056%. JYP Entertainment has already issued an official statement and apology earlier this week and stated that they were sorry on behalf of Nichkhun and would comply with further investigation.
Idol group U-KISS has ranked in the TOP 5 with other famous Japanese artists on the Japan Oricon Chart. On July 25, they released their 3rd Japan single, “Dear My Friend.” Their album ranked 5th place on Oricon Chart on the first day. Famous Japanese artists such as AAA and EXIL also released on the same day. U-KISS is currently under one of the biggest agencies in Japan who have also worked with TVXQ and BoA . U-KISS has also been voted as the most successful group in Japan. U-KISS has ranked high on the Oricon Charts with every album they’ve released. They are getting ready to perform their last concert in their Japan tour before returning home.
Super Junior has won the ‘triple crown’ on Mnet ” M! Countdown .” On July 26 on Mnet “M! Countdown,” Super Junior won first place. On this day, candidates for the number one spot were Super Junior, 2NE1 , and 2PM Wooyoung . Super Junior ended up winning first place, making them the ‘triple crown’ for winning 3 times in a row. Kanging commented, “We will work hard so that new and younger idol groups will have someone to look up to.”
Idol group MYNAME has ranked number 9 on the Oricon chart. On July 25, MYNAME’s agency stated, “MYNAME’s debut single, ‘Message,’ has ranked number 1 on the Japanese album site, Tower Record and has placed number 9 on the Oricon Daily Chart.” MYNAME’s Japanese management has been making big promotion events to spread the word of the group and become more known. Also, the day MYNAME’s album was released, other famous Japanese artists such as AAA and EXILE, released their albums too. MYNAME was able to beat all the Japan artists and rank nuber 9 on the charts. They have received positive feedback such as, “The songs and the members seem to fit well together”, “They are a rookie idol group to look out for” and “Their live singing is amazing.” Their entertainment company also stated, “Their albums were selling out fast on album sites. As a way to commemorate their official Japan debut, they will also have a live concert for their fans. We are so shocked to see them rank in the top 10 on the Oricon chart. We plan to work harder to get their music known in Japan.” MYNAME is currently promoting their single and appearing
Rapper Verbal Jint will be holding a ‘Talk’ Concert on July 28 at the Seoul Olympic Park Muse Live. HIPHOP LE will be hosting this concert and Verbal Jint will be singing his hit songs as well as talking about his life and music with the audience. The MC’s will be Paloalto and Yumdda and will feature special guests such as Swings and San E . Verbal Jint is currently back with his 10th album, 10 Years of Misunderstanding .
With all the rookie groups making their debut right now its harder for each of them to make an impression and be original, and I’ve definitely found it hard to become a fan any of the recent groups, but GLAM has caught my eye. The extraterrestrial theme of this video is something we’ve seen from New F.O , and B.A.P , but of the three I like GLAM’s uses of it the best. Their E.T, out of this world concept in the video just helped to emphasize the theme of the song and wasn’t over done, or annoying, or kitschy. My favorite thing about this song is that GLAM is promoting being yourself. After reading the lyrics I interpreted this song as a celebration to be who you are and even if you’re a minority to continue to live your life the way you want. With lines like: its obvious they are singing about a same sex relationship which is actually a pretty bold thing to do in K-Pop , especially as a rookie group. The lyrics of this song are empowering, and that’s what sets the song, and GLAM apart from the rest. As much as I want to
6 member girl group TAHITI debuted on July 24 with their first single, ” Tonight .” TAHITI’s title song, “Tonight” features a house dance genre and was produced by the same produce who has worked with TVXQ and SHINee . DS Entertainment stated, “We used a new technique called ‘sound design’ in order to enhance each of the member’s voices. We want to make a new sound that will show off their style.” TAHITI debuted on MBC ” Show Champion .” Photo Credit: DS Entertainment
It has been revealed that BoA ‘s brother, Kwon Soon Wook has produced her music video. On July 22, BoA’s ” Only One ” dance version music video was released. The dance version and drama version of the music video were both produced by BoA’s brother . BoA received much attention with her dance version because of her charismatic and top quality dance performance. BoA’s brother posted on his twitter, “I guess it’s true that if you are a really good dancer, there is no need to change the camera angle or edit that much at all. Here is my sister’s music video’ Only One’ that I filmed.” Internet users commented, “BoA must be proud of her brother and her brother must be proud of her” and “The music video is great thanks to her brother’s great talent.” Photo Credit: SM Entertainment
Solo artists Son Dam Bi and Ailee have pushed back their comeback. Both Son Dam Bi and Ailee were aiming for a mid-August comeback, but because of unexpected circumstances, both singers have pushed back their comeback dates. The solo female match-up, has been therefore pushed back. Son Dam Bi, who starred in the popular MBC drama ‘” Light and Shadow ,” is returning to the music scene after the wrapping up of her drama. A representative of Son Dam Bi’s entertainment company stated on July 24, “We haven’t decided anything exact, but a mid-August comeback will be unlikely. We’re hoping for an early September release if the production wrap up goes well.” Ailee, who has received much love with her debut single will also be pushing back her much anticipated comeback. Ailee’s representative commented, “We’ve decided to have her focus on her TV activities, performances, and other schedules and pushed back her comeback. Although an exact date hasn’t been decided yet, the production of the comeback album is going well.”
IU has been chosen to sing the OST for the animated movie, “Sammy’s Adventure 2.” On July 25, IU revealed the “Stranded” music video, which is the adaptation of YouTube sensation, Greyson Chance’s song. IU’s pure and unique voice gives off a different feel from the original song. The song is a mixture of France and Korea’s divine talents, bringing out a new and fresh sound. This music video shows clips from the movie, “Sammy’s Adventure 2,” which IU has acted in as the voice of Ella. “Sammy’s Adventure 2” will release on August 2.