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Park Ji Sung kept his promise to IU by attending her concert

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Soccer player Park Ji Sung kept the promise he made to IU.

IU held her first solo concert ‘Real Fantasy‘ on June 3rd at Kyung Hee University’s Peace Hall and Park Ji Sung was present. The reason Park Ji Sung came was because he made a promise with IU on SBS’ ‘Running Man‘.

At the start of the second half of her concert, IU said, “There is a very special guest present today in the audience. We met through SBS ‘Running Man’ and I asked him to come to my concert and I am very grateful that he came.

Park Ji Sung was then surprised when he was suddenly shown on the electronic display board. He was initially shocked, but then smiled and waved.

Netizens who heard Park Ji Sung went to IU’s concert commented saying, “Did you give up on the Mysterious Park Ji Sung? He has great manners,I guess Park Ji Sung is an uncle fan too“, ”I would be so nervous if Park Ji Sung was present at my concert“, and “A successful fan“.

On another note, other celebrity guests present at her concert were 2AM, Ra.D, Heo Gyung Hwan, and Lee Seung Ki.

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

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2PM wraps up their final ‘SIX BEAUTIFUL DAYS’ performance at Nippon Budokan

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Idol group 2PM is broadening their horizons in Japan. The boys recently wrapped up their ‘SIX BEAUTIFUL DAYS‘ concerts held at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. Though there have been a number of Hallyu artists that have performed at the elite venue, 2PM was the first to perform for 6 days at once. All 60,000 seats for the shows had completely sold out, once again proving the boys’ explosive popularity in the local area.

2PM officially debuted in Japan in December of 2010. Only a year later, the boys decided to embark on a Japanese Tour and tickets sold out within a single minute of going on sale.

At a press conference that was held on May 30th, member Taecyeon remarked, “When I was a trainee, I heard Rain hyung had performed at the Budokan and I thought that it was pretty impressive. The fact that we stood for 6 days on the stage Rain was standing is pretty surreal.

During their final May 31st performance, an exciting laser show was put on to go with the exciting dance music. The fans got up from their seats and danced freely as they waved their neon glow sticks in the air, turning the concert into a night club. As the boys tumbled on stage and put on sexy chair performances singing “10 Points Out of 10“, “Hands Up“, and more, the fans enthusiastically responded with wild cheers. The six members captivated the audience with their fluent Japanese, and evoked laughter with their hilarious facial expressions. Taecyeon who stepped on stage to perform despite having suffered an arm injury after an intense arm-wrestling match earned the applause of the fans.

For each of the 6 days, the members took turns putting on a solo performance with self-composed songs, piano playing, and more.

But what exactly is 2PM’s appeal in Japan? It’s thought to be the boys’ approachable, friendly image combined with their ‘beastly idol’ concept. Member Wooyoung remarked, “After we developed that ‘beastly idol’ nickname in Korea, very naturally we decided on an equally fierce concept in Japan, focusing on powerful performances. The fans showed us a lot of interest because it was something that was never seen before in Japan.”

2PM is also currently personally teaching Korean on Japanese channel NHK, and their joint project with 2AM, ‘2PM&2AM’s Wonder Trip‘, is also in high gear.

To wrap up ‘SIX BEAUTIFUL DAYS’, the boys will also be performing in front of 24,000 fans at the Yokohama Arena on June 5th and 6th. 2PM will also be releasing their 4th Japanese single titled “Beautiful” on June 6th.

Source & Image : JoongAng via Nate

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2AM’s Jo Kwon to release a dance track for his upcoming solo album

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2AM‘s Jo Kwon will be releasing his very first solo album.

On May 31st, 2AM’s agency Big Hit Entertainment informed StarN, “Jo Kwon’s first solo album will be released in the near future.

2AM had released their second mini-album ‘Fitzgerald’s Way Of Love‘ back on March 12th, but the members began focusing on acting and overseas promotions only a month after promoting the album in Korea.

Member Jinwoon tried his hand at acting through KBS 2TV‘s ‘Dream High 2‘, Changmin made his musical debut with ‘Lacage‘, and now Jo Kwon is preparing for his solo activities.

2AM’s representatives continued, “The release was originally scheduled for early June, however, the production was postponed and the album may drop as early as July. Jo Kwon’s title song will be a dance track, and it should be either a mini-album or a full-length album.”

With this new album, he is planning on taking part in a variety of broadcast promotions,” the rep explained.

In related news, 2AM member Jinwoon is also working to release his own full-length album.

Source & Image: FinancialNews via Nate

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KBS airs ‘2012 Dream Concert’

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On May 12th, the top idol stars of today gathered together for the 18th annual ‘Dream Concert held at the World Cup Stadium in Seoul. Although it was held over two weeks ago, the mega concert finally aired on May 30th through KBS2TV.

Many of today’s hottest K-Pop Stars performed including, TVXQ, Girls’ Generation (Taetiseo), 2PM, 2AM, MBLAQ, SISTAR, SECRET, B2ST, 4minute, INFINITE, BOYFRIEND, A PINK, T-ara, KARA, B1A4, Ailee, EXO-K, ZE:A, Davichi, Rania and Teen Top.

The show was hosted by ZE:A‘s Siwan, 2PM‘s Taecyeon and KARA‘s Han Seungyeon.

Check out the performances below!

Opening

EXO-K

A Pink

Ailee

2PM

2AM

KARA

T-ara

4minute

B2ST

MBLAQ

SECRET

TEEN TOP

Rania

ZE:A

INFINITE

TaeTiSeo

TVXQ

BOYFRIEND
[Video coming when Found]

B1A4
[Video coming when Found]

Davichi
[Video coming when Found]

MC Cut

Ending

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2AM’s Changmin shares his diet recipe on ‘Come to Play’

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Vocal group 2AM‘s Changmin has drawn the attention of viewers with his knowledge of diet recipes.

The singer revealed his secret diet recipe called “Dietria” on the May 28th broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Come To Play – Chef King‘ special.

Changmin, who’s known for losing 66 pounds (30 kg) during his pre-debut days, revealed, “I received a lot of stress not being able to eat certain foods during my diet. So, I came up with a menu in which you can enjoy eating while dieting.”

I love eating ice cream. Instead of eating ice cream that contains high in fat, you can turn it into a high protein dessert by blending banana, skim milk, and nuts. However, eating too much of this can also lead to fat. It’s important to eat in moderation.”

Changmin then went on to explain “the cottage cheese salad diet” saying, “Body-builders tend to eat a lot of cottage cheese since it contains 0% fat.”

Upon hearing this piece of information, MC Kim Na Young abruptly asked how much it costs and where it’s sold, causing laughter. Changmin answered, “It’s not available here in South Korea because of its quick expiration date.”

Meanwhile, other guests on this episode include Super Junior‘s Ryeowook and Sungmin, Kwon Oh Joong, Lee Hyun Woo, and Yoon Hyung Bin.

Source & Image: TVDaily via Nate

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Kim Jo Han shares his experience as a vocal trainer for Girls’ Generation’s Jessica

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On the May 28th episode of SBS’s ‘Jung Jae Hyung and Lee Hyori’s You & I‘, soloist Kim Jo Han talked about his experience as a vocal trainer for idols.

When asked who he trained, Kim Jo Han replied, “I’ve taught Girls’ Generation‘s Jessica and Taeyeon, as well as SISTAR‘s Hyorin, among others.” Jung Jae Hyung asked again, “There must be singers who come to you because they aren’t very good at singing, but also singers that are already good but want more reinforcement?”

Kim Jo Han chose Jessica as an example, explaining, “Jessica is a great singer, but she had a weak voice at first because she wasn’t confident. She gained a lot of confidence after our training and now sings up to her full potential.”

On 2AM‘s Jo Kwon, he also expressed, “I call him a machine because he works so hard.”

Source + Photos: Newsen via Nate

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2AM’s Seulong picks his top 5 films about the world of men

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2AM became popular with hit tracks like “This Song” and ”I Can’t Let You Go Even If I Die“, but the group had to overcome many obstacles while actively promoting their music, appearing on variety shows, and pursuing acting. Now in his 20s, member Seulong shared his thoughts on his life and career as an idol star and vocalist in a recent interview. Seulong also picked his favorite films about the world of men and the struggles they go through.

2AM Seulong’s top 5 movies are as follows:

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1. ‘The Godfather’ (1977)

“No words can describe this film. I was captivated by the actors Marlon Brando and Al Pacino while watching the film. Although their acting was superb, I was more touched by the sad story line of the struggles of the men in that generation. I can’t imagine the thinking process that had to go into acting for this film.”

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2. ‘Cinderella Man‘ (2005)

“This is the story of a man who had to carry heavy burdens. The film takes place during The Great Depression when the main character needed to make money to feed his family, but all he knew how to do was box. Although he gets hit countless times, he was determined to stay alive in the ring, and this story really touched me.”

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3. ‘Grown Ups‘ (2010)

“I love comedy films that Adam Sandler features in. Although this movie seems like it was just made to make people laugh, there is a great moral to the story. It’s about men who grow older in age but have not matured in heart, and also brings up the value of one’s family.”

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4. ‘J. Edgar‘ (2011)

“Because this movie was not released in South Korea, I watched it not too long ago on DVD. I love that Leonardo DiCaprio starred in this film. I like the way he is now a mature, middle-aged man rather than when he was known for being a younger, pretty boy. The movie has a lot of points in its story to look back on.”

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5. ‘A Bittersweet Life‘ (2005)

“This features my favorite director and acting subaenims all in one film. I think the synergy of Director Kim Ji Yoon and Actor Lee Byung Hun is the best. I also like their film, ‘I Saw the Devil’. Every time I watch this film, I learn a lot from it.”

Seulong commented, “Before our recent album came out, I was able to have an important period of time to think and organize my thoughts. I was able to express the feelings I wanted for this album. Even though I don’t reveal much on the outside, I get very concerned about things on the inside. I try to be patient and pretend like everything is okay for the sake of others. Honestly, it’s harder as you get older to freely throw tantrums and cry when you’re sad in front of people. As I get older, there are many things I should let go of and hold in. ‘I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me‘ is a song based on this type of feeling.”

“I will keep on pursuing music. I also want to act. In whatever I do, I just want to have peace of mind. Because if I have peace of mind, I will not be shaken whether I succeed or fail.”

Seulong has already started his acting career in dramas and movies, and was recently selected as the honorary ambassador for the 13th annual Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF). 2AM also made a successful comeback with their mini-album, ’F.Scott Fitzgerald’s Way Of Love’, and will release a documentary film alongside 2PM entitled, ‘Beyond the Oneday‘ in Japan.

Source + Image: Naver

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TV Daily interviews rising rookie group JJ Project

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After making a strong debut on Dream High 2 and with their debut album, ‘BOUNCE‘, JJ Project is jam-packed with skills acquired through JYPE’s long practice hours and rigorous training.

JB (Lim Jae Beom, 19), and Jr. (Park Jin Young, 19) were the winners of the 5th JYPE Audition back in 2009. But with their skills and idol-like images, the duo were already being recognized and garnered a tight fan-base even before their debut.

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Jr., the younger one of the group commented,”In 2009, during summer break, we auditioned for the 5th JYPE Audition. Me and JB hyung auditioned together and placed 1st. And from then, hyung and I officially started getting trained and working as singers.”

Even as a rookie, Jr. showed phenomenal acting skills in Dream High 2, playing a lovable character with a southern Korean accent. In addition, his dancing skills caught the public’s eye during Dream High 2. Even After School‘s dancing machine leader, Kahi, admitted that she fell in love with Jr.’s dancing.

JB, the older of the group said, “[Since the audition,] we took language and dancing lessons for 2 years. We’re learning Japanese and Chinese, but I don’t think we are up to a high level yet. I think we need to work on it a bit more since the words are so foreign to us.”

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From the start, JB and Jr. bears the burden of having the same names as the legendary singer, Lim Jae Beom, and a singer-producer, Park Jin Young. And because of that, the public are expecting great things to happen in the near future.

There is no meaning behind it. Our real names are Park Jin Young and Lim Jae Beom. But since we are rookies, we won’t have our own original colors. So we just combined our first initials, J and J,” JB said.

Jr. added, “You can think of us as like a continuously evolving project team rather than a unit team. Being given the same names as legends can be considered as a fate or homework. We have to work harder if we want to live up to the name. It’s intimidating, but I want to grow and become like J.Y. Park and Lim Jae Beom.

JB revealed that many successful artistis and groups of JYPE were the biggest supporters and promoters for the JJ Project. Not only did CEO JYP give advice, but artists such as Se7en*, 2PM, 2AM, MissA, and Wonder Girls passed on their share of experience and knowledge to the rookie duo.

He commented, “The seniors taught us a lot. As singers, and even as life mentors, they gave us a lot of advices. I think 2PM’s Junho hyung and Taekyeon hyung worries the most. So I think we have to work harder

Watch JJ Project at 5th JYPE Audition:

For more updates on JJ Projects, tune into Allkpop!

Source & Photo: Nate

*Note, Se7en is signed to YG Entertainment, not JYP Entertainment.

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Staff Picks: Favorite Covers by K-Pop Artists

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Get a glimpse of what we’re talking about and listening to at the 6Theory office with this fun feature! We’ll be offering you guys a personal selection of our favorite things from K-Pop.

When people perform covers, it’s always fun to see their version of a song. But when our favorite idols perform our favorite songs, it’s like Christmas coming early! From the good to the bad to the just plain ridiculous, here are some of our favorite idols performing covers of K-pop and American songs!

IU – “Gee / Lies / Sorry Sorry”

IU’s acoustic mash-up of “Gee,” “Lies,” and “Sorry Sorry” melted hearts around the world. With her innocent voice and ‘girl next door’ appeal, you can listen literally listen to this girl sing all day.

Jay Park – “Candy”

H.O.T‘s “Candy” is one of the most covered songs in kpop. For everyone who has a sweet tooth, check out this rendition of Candy where old school meets new school as Jay Park teams up with original H.O.T. member Moon Hee Joon!

Ailee – “Halo”

When rookie artist Ailee covered Beyonce‘s “Halo,” she had some big shoes to fill. Not only did she do the song justice, but the singer made a statement that she’s here to stay and make her own mark in k-pop history.

Wooyoung, Nickhun, Kikwang, Yoseob – “Mister”

When members from 2PM and B2ST team up to cover KARA’s hit song Mister, you know it’s going to be pure entertainment. Check out Wooyoung, Nickhun, Kikwang, and Yoseob shake their badonkadonks as they perform KARA‘s infamous ‘butt dance’!

Big Bang – “I Am The Best”

In 2011, 2NE1‘s “I Am The Best” had everyone singing and dancing, “Naega jell jal naga!” And when a powerhouse group like Big Bang covers a song like that in concert, only one word comes to mind: EPIC.

2AM – “Bad Boy Good Boy”

2AM is known for their hilarious covers of female groups. But this time, Jo Kwon steals the show with his ridiculous outfit and his provocative dance moves. What’s even more entertaining is the reactions from the idols watching in the audience.

TEEN TOP – “Fantastic Baby”

When Neil, Rickey, and Changjo of TEEN TOP fiercely covered Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby,” it had VIP’s nodding in approval. BOOM SHA KA LA KA!

Girls’ Generation- “Tell Me”

The 9 members of Girls’ Generation fill the stage performing Wonder Girls‘ explosive hit “Tell Me”, giving the infectious dance some fresh ‘GG’ flair. Although often imitated, this may be one of the best covers of “Tell Me” out there.

Super Junior – “Gee”

Leeteuk as Taeyeon, Heechul as Jessica, Sungmin as Sunny, Eunhyuk as Hyoyeon, Siwon as Yuri, Kyunhyun as Sooyoung, Donghae as YoonA, Ryeowook as Seohyun

…Enough said.

Shindong – “Bubble Pop”

Last but certainly not least, here’s Super Junior member Shindong’s cover of HyunA‘s “Bubble Pop.” We’re not sure which is funnier: his outfit or the fact that he practiced the choreography until he got it spot on.

As always, we’d love to hear your own favorites — share your own top picks in the comments section below!

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