Popular girl group 2NE1 with their recent hit single ” I Love You ” even transformed into magazine directors for their shoot with 1st Look magazine. 2NE1 released a short promotional video of their shoot with the fashion magazine. The video highlights each members particular fashion style and the concept of the shoot drawn inspiration from their upcoming global tour “New Evolution.” Each member posed of each members style based on a word member CL represents “style,” seen in her mesh t-shirt that she designed herself. Bom represents “beauty,” Dara represents “relationship,” and Minzy represents “culture.” In celebration of the magazine’s first birthday, some of the outfits and accessories seen in the video will be available for purchase at 1st Look’s homepage . 2NE1 will kick off their first world tour “New Evolution” starting on July 28 and 29 in Seoul.
Last 21st and 22nd, MBLAQ has successfully ended the Seoul Concert of ‘The BLAQ % TOUR’ that was held at Olympic Park Olympic Hall. The concert was planned from last June for the Korean fans followed by Indonesia and Thailand, but 9 thousand fans from all over the Asian countries including Japan, China, and Malaysia showed up at the concert. MBLAQ stated that the congratulating rice flowers that covered the whole wall of the Olympic Hall has exceeded 10 million tons and alot of artists such as IU , SISTAR , Dara , Go Euna, and Chinese idol Wei Chen participated in the concert. Some of the audience of the concert were over thirties. One male fan in his thirties, who came with his girl friend said that he was surprised by thier talent and the concert exceeded his expectation of idol singers. One of the couples in their late twenties also said that they both like MBLAQ because of the quality of the music and the tough performance. MBLAQ will be continuing on the tour in Osaka on July 26th-27th, Tokyo in 30th-31st and Taiwan in August 18th.
Woolim Entertainment revealed a mystery teaser video which gained much attention. Woolim Entertainment, who is also the agency for idol group INFINITE , revealed a 30 second teaser video on their official Youtube channel. In the video, there are no scenes but rather words such as ‘New Style,’ ‘New Music,’ ‘New Performance’ and ‘The Revolution of 201208’. Internet users commented, “Is this INFINITE’s new album concept”, “I can’t sleep because I am curious” and “Finally a girl group from Woolim Entertainment.” Many fans are curious to see what type of girl group they will come out with.
It has been revealed that MBLAQ member G.O has produced the title song for rookie group A-PRINCE first single. On July 23, they released their first single, “You’re the Only One” music video teaser on their official Youtube channel. MBLAQ G.O has recently finished filming for the drama, “Ghost.” An official stated, “G.O has never given out his songs to anyone else. We are honored to have received his song.” A-PRINCE’s title song was also produced with the help of MBLAQ’s Mir who helped with the lyrics. A-PRINCE’s title song will be released at midnight on July 25.
NU’EST has been gaining attention with their ‘angry bird’ dance. On July 11, idol group NU’EST comeback with their new song, ” Action .” They gained much attention with their performance which looked similar to the Angry Bird game. During the dance break of the song, member JR is seen jumping out to the front of the stage, just like the Angry Bird game where the birds are thrown to reach their target. They also have a deeper meaning to this dance in that just as the bird in the game is thrown to reach their target, NU’EST hopes to break the traditional ways of society. Many other groups have been gaining popularity with their fun and new dance moves as well.
On MBC TV “Show! Music Core” that was aired on 21st, GLAM showed a confident and talented performance with their debut song “Party (XXO).” Especially, GLAM threw away the kill heels but showed a boyish and bubbly hip hop performance. Party-like melody, energetic choreography and easy lyrics made the viewers enjoy the performance to its most. The song “Party (XXO)” has a message that when passionate people meet up, the party starts. On the other hand, artists such as Super Junior, T-ARA, SISTAR, TEEN TOP, Jang Woo Young, After School, Boom, B.A.P., Boyfriend, NS Yun-G, and Cross Gene performed their songs.
Jang Woo Young ‘s first solo album 23, Male, Single ranked number one on Hanteo Music Chart. On the Hanteo weekend chart that was announced on the 23rd, Jang Woo Young’s new album gold edition was ranked first and silver edition was ranked third on list. This remarkable result reflects on true fandom of his. The new album title song “Sexy Lady” is a song about a guy getting hypnotized after seeing a beautiful lady. It includes addictive beat of electronic music and Jang Woo Young’s sexy vocal is the highlight of the song. Jang Woo Young said that he’s honored to be the first on the list and added on by saying that he thanks for everyone who always cheer for him and would give the honor to the fans.
Recently, there have been many idol group members doing reality programs. Reality programs and idol groups started back in 2000 with famous groups such as Wonder Girls , Girls’ Generation , Big Bang , 2NE1 and others having their own reality programs before debut. Currently, there are many reality programs for rookie groups that have not debuted yet. Rookie idol groups are serious about reality programs because it is their chance to gain fans even before their official debut. With over a 100 rookie groups, it is hard to make a group known. Having pre-exposure to the public and the media is very important for these rookie groups. Having a reality program is the best way to gain this exposure. Rookie group Big Star ‘s agency stated, “It is very important to gain exposure and fans before debuting. Big Star’s fan club is slowly increasing as they are appearing in more broadcasts.” However, in the last half of this year, more than 20 new idol groups will be coming out, making it harder to have their own reality program. Many agencies try to make a ‘deal’ with broadcasting companies with sums up to the millions. One official stated, “There is
The song ” Like Money (Feat. Akon),” that is collaborated with worldly known artist Akon, is getting attention from major media such as Billboard and MTV after the release of the song. Popular radio stations like ‘100.9’ and ‘97.3’ mentioned comments such as “When can we hear Wonder Girl’s new song on the radio,” “‘Like Money’ is the best song of this summer,” and “Cheer for Wonder Girls who released a new song in America.” Adding on, Wonder Girls managed to perform a successful stage with Akon at ‘2nd Green Groove Festival’ that was held at Dechun Beach. Wonder Girls performed “Like this,” “Be My Baby,” “So Hot (Rock Ver.),” “Tell Me,” “Nobdy,” and Akon performed “Lonely,” “Be angel,” “Na Na Na,” “I’ll Wanna.” After the individual performances, Wonder Girls and Akon performed a combined stage of “Like Money.” About 40,000 audiences participated in the event. JYP Entertainment stated that “Like Money (Feat. Akon) is bringing a huge popularity in America,” and asked for support for Wonder Girls to go broader on world stages such as America and Japan.
Five popular K-Pop idol groups are to attend a music festival in Thailand. The Korean Big Five in Bangkok is to star 5 biggest K-Pop stars such as TVXQ , SHINee , BEAST , BTOB and one other surprise guest. Earlier it was announced to be B.A.P however later the concert organizer announced the group will not be joining the concert. The remaining artist has yet to be announced. The concert will take place at Aktive Square, Meungthong Thani, Thailand on September 8 to feature an unforgettable 3 hour show shared the event organizer Production Addict Co., LTD. The K-Pop wave in Thailand seems to be going on strong most recently in April of this year MBC held a joint concert of “2012 Thailand Hallyu Concert” at the Rachamankha Arena in Bangkok. The performance lineup featured an impressive lineup including TVXQ, SHINee, 2PM, BEAST, T-ARA, MBLAQ, FTISLAND, INFINITE and more. Not only that many exclusive concert performances stopping in Thailand to greet ardent K-Pop fans. Ticket Prices: 6,000฿ 4,500฿ 3,500฿ 2,500฿ 1,000฿ Those who will purchase 6,000฿ and 4,500฿ will have a chance to meet and greet the artists. (70 lucky fans that purchased 6,000฿ and 30 lucky fans that