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Wonder Girls’ “Like This” MV gets over 3 million hits in 3 days

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The Wonder Girls‘ comeback music video “Like This” has hit over three million views just three days after its release!

Released on June 3, the YouTube video has recorded 3.3 million views, showing that the girls still have what it takes to maintain their position at the top.

Not only that, but “Like This” is currently ranked first on daily and combined charts on digital music charts like Daum Music and Soribada.

Representatives of JYP Entertainment expressed, “Wonder Girls’ have been amassing great success with their comeback, recording three million in YouTube views and ranking first on major music charts. We’d like to thank our fans for their support and ask that you continue to give them your support.”

The girls will be making their comeback on June 8th’s KBS‘s ‘Music Bank‘.

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Over 100 groups fight for music program slots this summer

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While many fans are already familiar with the big names that are making their comebacks this summer, they’ll still be surprised to hear that a whopping 100 teams are scheduled to promote at the same time this summer.

This puts a big strain on the music programs, as there are only so many slots that are free for the taking. Unfortunately, this also means that songs will be heavily cut down to accommodate as many artists on one show as possible. With so many comebacks lined up, artists shouldn’t expect to receive special treatment, as music programs have revealed that it’s getting harder and harder to schedule two stage comebacks, which is usually the norm for bigger artists.

With the Wonder Girls starting this week, followed by f(x), and After School right behind them next week, 2NE1 and B2ST will also be coming back in the same month. As the latter two haven’t released any finalized dates yet, lesser known artists have no choice but to schedule their debuts or comebacks right alongside them. Also fighting for their share of the pie are Dal Shabet, Boyfriend, and ZE:A, who are scheduled for comebacks as well, and various rookie artists and groups.

One industry official expressed, “There are a lot more managers than usual at broadcast halls these days. They are all working for artists with considerable names so it’s a bloody field out there right now. There have been people saying that there will be over 100 teams promoting this summer.”

Music programs are also stressed with the inflation of top groups. With everyone achieving considerable accomplishments on the charts and rising as one of the ‘top groups’, there are more and more popular groups to cater to.

Another official stated, “When we call the music program PDs to discuss comeback preparations, the first thing we hear is a deep sigh. They’re always calling us to cut down our songs further. There are so many popular artists that rookies have to cut their songs down significantly.”

Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver

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Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung shares her thoughts on Jessica’s baseball pitch

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Girls’ Generation‘s Sooyoung shared her thoughts on member Jessica‘s embarassing baseball pitch in May.

On the June 6th broadcast of SBS‘s ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘, MCs Sooyoung and Yoon Do Hyun analyzed recent baseball pitches made by celebrities.

As they were looking through a variety of opening pitches, Jessica’s pitch also showed on screen. Jessica had a perfect pitching stance and a powerful throw, but the baseball ended up landing only a few feet away from her. As to not interfere with the baseball game, she was only given one chance for the opening pitch and unfortunately had to step off the mound.

Jessica’s pitch became a very hot topic, and several parodies were made. One parody features an explosion going off after the ball hits the ground.

In response to Jessica’s pitch, Sooyoung humorously commented, “This is the kind of pitch that probably won’t happen within this decade again. I’m proud that we’re members [of the same group].

Source & Image: Newsen

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KARA’s Nicole attends SHINee member Key’s musical

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KARA‘s beautiful member Nicole is known for her multiple celebrity friends, and lately she has been enthusiastically showing them her support.

Last week, she was busy visiting her hoobaes, A-JAX, and also attended her friend IU‘s concert. Now, she has shown her support for a fellow celebrity friend once again. On the 6th, Nicole shared that she had visited SHINee‘s Key.

While attaching a collage of photos, Nicole wrote, “Clap, clap, clap! Our Kibum [Key’s real name] did very well >_<. [His musical] was amazing to watch~. Do well for tonight’s final show!” One of the photos in the collage features her and the SHINee member flashing a friendly pose, and a few others showing Key on stage during his “Catch Me if You Can” musical performance.

After having finished up the KARASIA tour recently with the rest of her group members, Nicole seems to be taking the time to visit her friends and check on their activities. Meanwhile, she is still busily hosting SBS‘s Inkigayo along with IU and fellow member Goo Hara. SHINee’s Key on the other hand will soon be delivering his last musical performance along with labelmates Super Junior‘s Kyuhyun and Girls’ Generation‘s Sunny.

Source & Image: Nicole’s Twitter and Catch Me if You Can website
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Girls’ Generation & Big Bang continue to dominate the CF market

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There have been a number of celebrities who have dominated the CF market, shooting a wide variety of CFs for different corporations. But the top advertisement model status for the past year went to none other than Girls’ Generation.

According to Korea’s largest advertisement information site TV CF, Girls’ Generation had made appearances in 26 CFs since June 5th of last year. The total number takes into consideration CFs filmed by a single member, as well as the CFs the girls filmed as an entire group.

2nd place went to popular idol group Big Bang. For the past year, the boys have filmed a total of 24 CFs including endorsements for Sunny10, Naver Music App, and more. Idol groups such as Big Bang and Girls’ Generation are usually the top choices for corporations when it comes to selecting advertisement models.

In third place was actress Kim Tae Hee who endorses Elastine, Blacksmith, French Café, and more, while actor Kim Soo Hyun, who to rose to fame after taking on a role in hit drama series ‘Moon That Embraces The Sun‘ came in fourth place.

Actor Won Bin who filmed 20+ CFs in the last year for K2, MaximTOP, LG Cinema 3D SmartTV, and more came in 5th place. Girls’ Generation member YoonA who also filmed 20 CFs tied for fifth place. In addition to filming CFs with her fellow group members, YoonA is also an independent model for brands such as Innisfree.

The nation’s favorite figure skater Kim Yuna and multi-talented star Lee Seung Gi each filmed 17 CFs in the past year and tied for 7th place, while actor Gong Yoo and JYJ member Yoochun who each filmed 16 CFs in the past year both came in 10th place.

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Source & Image: asiae
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Op-Ed Looking Back At May, Looking Forward to June: Can We Get Along?

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May 2012 could go down as the one of most successful months for K-pop’s advancement internationally. Google‘s YouTube teamed up with South Korean Public broadcasting station MBC for a worldwide streaming concert. That wasn’t all, another major music publication (Rolling Stone) wrote their first K-pop piece, and a sub-unit (TaeTiSeo) racked up the highest ranking for a K-pop artist on the Billboard 200 album chart. Ideally, it should all lead to positive signs, especially as June is preparing to be an extremely exciting month given the large amount of comebacks. But… is it all positive?

It’s no secret that K-pop has been able to make strides in the West due to the internet, thanks in part to YouTube. With the recent partnership with MBC, it’s only appropriate that the video sharing site would create a concert for the millions who flock to watch the music videos and live performances. While simultaneously aired on South Korean television, the show was streaming through the “YouTube Presents” channel and at its peak had 115,000 viewers (during Girls’ Generation performances). A venue filling 115,000 is nothing to gawk at, but when one considers 115,000 viewers watching worldwide from most likely the comfort of their own home, the number feels somewhat small. Especially considering that most of the online viewership doesn’t really have a venue to watch their favorite Korean music stars on television daily, this streaming concert would be something they would be sure to watch live. It feels like fans were not able to fully commit to this concert.

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Also take a look at Rolling Stone‘s first foray trying to understand the K-pop movement with a list of ten acts most likely to break America. As the writer of the article who has read every comment on the page, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the amount of arguing between fans ripping each other apart between who should and shouldn’t have been on the list. Rather than focus on the fact that Rolling Stone, a well-respected music source, was giving a nod towards K-pop, it seems some fans wanted to rather focus on bickering.

Still, if one wanted to look towards solid evidence that K-pop’s presence is growing out West, they could look to TaeTiSeo’s recent EP release. The sub-unit earned the highest Billboard 200 chart position for K-pop ever. As reported on allkpop, the group gave fans an incentive to buy their copies on iTunes and posting proof, promising possible prizes through a contest. With all the fans flocking to buy the EP that Saturday, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the EP fell off the chart the following week. There was no promotion to further push it, so perhaps we should not be surprised. But if there was a proper full debut, would the efforts be exciting for just a few days and then fans move on to the next big thing?

For lack of a better word, K-pop is a very “instant” and “now” genre. While most Americans are used to long, drawn out campaigns for a single, premiering months before a full-length album, K-pop works very differently. Typically teaser photos will kick off a comeback and it’s not long before we have the song and EP/album with one or two singles before things have wrapped. Maybe fans are simply acting in a similar fashion to the way the industry works? But to music fans who are used to the long album promotion cycles, there’s some risk involved on such a fast moving environment.

I am an international pop music fan and find nothing more exciting when I see my favorite overseas artists breaking through America successfully. I’m currently over the moon that one of my favorite songs from the summer of 2011, Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, is an unstoppable force in America now. Perhaps K-pop fans, you feel different, but should we not pull together positively so that our favorites have the opportunity to tour Asia and beyond? If K-pop as a genre can make further strides, if one succeeds, this means all acts will be in a better position to break other countries. When I look at other great Op-Ed pieces on the site, for example about the lack of Asian males in Hollywood, I think we all on some fundamental level, feel the same and ultimately have the same goals for this music we enjoy so much.

The longest running #1 hit in America this year was released in Australia last year.

Moving forward to today, June 2012, this month may go down as one of the most exciting in K-pop in recent memory. Comebacks from some of the top groups mixed with these recent strides in the West means more eyes than ever will be watching what South Korean artists are producing. Groups getting big shoutouts on these lists including Wonder Girls, Big Bang, 2NE1, AfterSchool, and Ailee are all making their comebacks this month. Even a smaller group like Dal Shabet’s comeback or Girls’ Generations’ new Japanese single “Paparazzi” will get more attention due to the exciting time in K-pop.

With the genre on a higher platform than ever, this month could be crucial to gaining new fans and supporters. Sharing music and performances that you enjoy and show the high quality of K-pop (regardless if you’re a fan of that actual act) will only help further strides for K-pop in your country and make it more likely for you to see your favorites in concert or on your local iTunes. There’s always going to be fights between fanbases of the artists, but it seems to make more sense that the pop fans of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Beyonce fight each other when these artists have conquered almost every territory. K-pop artists always appear so civil and supportive of each other so why do the fans act differently with these infamous “fan wars”?

Perhaps there are deeper problems in the genre. As fans, we cannot deny feelings like certain groups were robbed of winning music programs. But is there also a reason to bicker over it? At allkpop, I see the readership as being in a very unique position to help break K-pop to Western countries, in particular America with the largest music business worldwide. I am inspired by the position allkpop finds itself in and am excited by the prospect of bringing some of my viewpoints on this platform.

What do you think? What were your thoughts on this past May for K-pop? Are there deeper problems than just fans arguing? Does K-pop even need to break into the West? Let’s discuss (and hopefully be civil) in the comments.

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Suzy’s still-cuts from ‘Caribbean Bay’ advertisement shoot shared online

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After announcing a new female celebrity would be endorsing their brand with idol group 2PM, popular water park Caribbean Bay posted photos of miss A‘s Suzy posing with 2PM on official promotional pictures through Everland Caribbean Bay’s official website.

Soon after, additional photos of Suzy from the photo shoot were released on online community sites. The netizen who posted the photos wrote, “Caribbean Bay model Suzy displayed her masterpiece of a figure.

The waterpark was previously endorsed by Girls’ Generation members Yuri, YoonA, and Seohyun, but this year, they decided to sign all of 2PM along with Suzy.

Fans who were captivated by Suzy’s summer figure remarked, “I like this Suzy better“, “She’s dominating movies, dramas, and now advertisements too“, and “Caribbean Bay definitely know what they’re doing.

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Source & Image(s): DongA via Nate

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Wonder Girls’ “Like This” doing well on the charts

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Wonder Girls‘ title song, “Like This“, from their new album, ‘Wonder Party‘ has topped various music charts within three days of its release, showing their power as one of the reigning girl groups in K-Pop.

According to the agency, Wonder Girls’ “Like This” ranked #1 on Daum and Soribada real time charts in the morning of June 6th.

“Like This” is an exciting tune that showcases the Wonder Girls’ powerful energy and charisma. Wonder Girls explore a unique electronic sound with hip-hop beats that makes listeners want to get up and do the “crab legs” dance with them.

JYP Entertainment stated, “Wonder Girls’ ‘Like This’ reached #1 on music charts within 3 days of its release. We thank fans for their support and we ask that you continue to support the Wonder Girls.”

Get ready for the Wonder Girls’ comeback stage on the upcoming broadcast of KBS‘ ‘Music Bank‘ on the 8th.

If you haven’t seen it already, check out the “Like This” music video below!

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Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung poses with the gentlemen from ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’

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Actor Kim Su Ro revealed a photo taken on the set of SBS‘ ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity‘ with Girls’ Generation member Sooyoung.

On June 5, Kim Su Ro tweeted, “Prologue of 5th episode of ‘Gentleman’s Dignity’! Spolier~Shh~It’s a secret! Fighting, hoorah~ Staying alive until the end is winning,” along with the above photo.

Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung is surrounded by the four handsome, “flower boy” actors: Jang Dong Gun, Lee Jong Hyuk, Kim Su Ro, and Kim Min Jong.

Fans replied, “They have a glow to them,” “Even [when they’re] just standing, it looks like a magazine photoshoot,” and “Eye candy.”

Watch a preview of Sooyoung’s appearance in the video below at 0:22.

Source: OSEN via Nate

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