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Which idol groups do French fans like the most?

Big Bang and 2NE1 were voted as the favorite K-pop male and female bands in France.

Korea National Tourism Organization, with branches in France, conducted a poll through the tourist site to evaluate the preferences and behavior of oversea Hallyu fans. Of the 3,775 French fans who responded, 49.9% voted for Big Bang as the favorite boy group, while 2NE1 won 64.8% of the votes as the favorite girl group.

A high proportion of French male Hallyu fans preferred Big Bang, in addition to those in their early twenties. 2NE1 was favored similarly by both male and female fans, who were between the age of ten to twenty.

Other groups who ranked in the top were Super Junior (45%), SHINee (35.5%), B2ST (33.8%), 2PM (24.2%) for male groups, and Girls’ Generation (45.4%), miss A (31.5%), f(x) (29.4%), and T-ara (25.9%) out of the female groups.

Of the solo male singers, Rain earned 33.2% of the votes, while IU earned 54.2% of the votes as the favorite solo female singer.

Source: No Cut News via Nate, Asia Today via Nate

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SM, YG, & JYP Entertainments to closely mentor their ‘K-POP Star’ contestants

On the March 25th live broadcast of the show,’K-Pop Star‘, the finalists who made it to the Top 6 were cast between the 3 agencies (SM, YG, JYP), with 2 finalists being cast to each agency. This marked the official start of the ‘Winner Debut Project,’ and each of the finalists will receive special training at their respective agencies in order to survive to the TOP 5, which will be broadcasted live on April 1st.

J.Y. Park, in addition to judging on the show, will personally be the producer for his 2 finalists at JYP. His finalists not only received help from some of the best experts in the industry, but also from the Wonder Girls, who have been very active in the finalists’ trainings. The Wonder Girls were on set for the live broadcast on the 25th, and showed an unusual attachment to the finalists by passionately cheering them on.

Yenny and Yubin, in particular, surprised the staff for passionately giving the finalists endless ideas and advice, from song selection down to every little detail, almost as if they were preparing for their own stage. Yenny, as a senior in the industry, took care of the finalists and even paid attention to the finalists’ psychological well-being, while Yubin, who has had an interest in styling, actively helped the finalists out on that front.

The finalists at YG also have an impressive mentor in former 1TYM member Teddy, who will be producing for them. Teddy, who is responsible for composing, writing, arranging, and producing most of the songs sung by YG artists such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, and Gummy, is said to have worked his magic with YG’s finalists.

At SM, the fact that Kenzie, the hit-making producer who has worked with BoA, TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, Super Junior, and f(x) will be working with the finalists, is heightening viewers’ anticipation.

The staff for ‘K-Pop Star’ revealed, “SM, YG, and JYP are giving their all in preparing the finalists for the next performance, as if they are preparing their own rookie singers for debut. The finalists, who have been receiving the best training available from the 3 agencies, will put on a show that can rival professional singers. We ask for your anticipation and cheers.”

Source + Image: Sports Chosun via Naver

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Big Bang’s “BLUE” appears on MTV Czech Repub lic + YG On Air shares “Bad Boy ver.2″

Big Bang‘s music video for “BLUE” recently aired on MTV in the Czech Republic.

MTV Czech Republic has a special program titled “MTV Wish List” where viewers can vote each week on what music video will be played on TV through the MTV website. Fans in the Czech Republic voted fiercely for Big Bang’s “BLUE” and it placed 2nd on the Wish List chart. With this result, the music video played on MTV Czech Republic.

JYJ’s “Get Out” also placed #1 and #2 on this same list.

Remember to Vote for Big Bang at the MTV Italy TRL Awards 2012 for “Best Fan” and also check out a special “Bad Boy ver.2” from YG On Air below.

Source: MTV Czech Republic
Tip: Slavo & STAR

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Big Bang hugs fans in Thailand

Over the past few days, the boys of Big Bang were in Thailand.

Yamaha Thailand invited Big Bang to Thailand to endorse their new TTX Scooter. Big Bang held a special concert on March 28th and the following day they held a special meet & greet at the Bangkok International Motor Show. During the meet & greet, lucky Thai VIP‘s had an opportunity to come up on stage and receive a hug from one of the Big Bang members!

A fan in attendance took video footage of the hugging portion from the meet & greet.

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After these events, the boys departed to Japan on March 30th and will focus on their Japanese promotions over the next few weeks with the recent release of their fourth Japanese album ‘Alive‘.

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Lee Hyori Raises Nearly $24K USD in Six Hours

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On March 23, singer, Lee Hyori’s Charity Bazaar raised nearly $24,000 USD in just six hours.

Lee Hyori’s Charity Bazaar is featuring on the “Golden 12,” a reality show on cable channel, On Style. This Charity Bazaar is the first project on “Golden 12,” a reality program that will show celebrities’ daily life. Through this first project, many fans are able to get a glimpse of Lee Hyori’s far and wide network.

Many celebrities participated in this Charity Bazaar to help Lee Hyori raise money for a good cause. Among them are actor, So Ji Sup, who donated a pair of his jeans and shoes, 2AM’s Seulong, who donated autographed CDs and sunglasses, Big Bang, Jung Jae Hyung, Gong Yoo, Park Si Yeon, Yoon Seung Ah, Tei and more.

The Charity Bazzar took place for six hours, gathering hundreds of people, who formed a line from the third floor to the seventh floor of the building. Lee Hyori and the other celebrities who participated not only donated their items but also spent six hours at the Bazaar explaining their item’s story and giving tips on how to style the fashion items.

This episode of “Golden 12,” which will air on April 5, includes the Lee Hyori‘s Charity Bazzar and the behind the scenes planning.

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Shinhwa backstage at ‘M! Countdown’ + Update on Shin Hye Sung’s condition

Legendary idol group Shinhwa has finally concluded their preparations and will be coming back to the stage amongst young idols like Big Bang, 2AM, and SHINee.

The group will be performing on March 29th’s ‘M! Countdown‘, they’ve been posting pictures of themselves backstage through their official twitter.

Shinhwa will be performing their new title track “Venus“, and they plan to pull off a spectacular performance, showing the experiences they have gained throughout the fourteen years since their debut. However, Shin Hye Sung has recently hurt his knee on March 25th at their concert ‘The Return‘, and it is unsure if he can deliver a powerful performance on stage with his injury.

Shin Hye Sung’s primary physician said, “Surgery is urgent in order to prevent risks of attaining an even greater injury. Great caution should be taken for at least six month after the surgery.” But despite what his physician said, Shin Hye Sung confidently expressed that he will continue to perform by saying, “I cannot become a burden to Shinhwa’s activities.

Fans have been worried about Shin Hye Sung’s health, but they seem reassured after seeing him smiling brightly and looking quite dashing in his black suit in the backstage photos.

On another note, this broadcast of ‘M! Countdown’ will be packed with great performances by CN Blue, Busker Busker, NU’EST, BtoB, and Noh Young Ho from ‘Voice Korea’.

Source & Image: Korea Economics via Nate

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Big Bang, 2NE1, and RAINBOW place in Top 5 on Oricon Charts

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On March 28th, both YG Entertainment groups Big Bang and 2NE1 along with DSP Media girl group RAINBOW released albums in Japan.

Big Bang released their fourth studio album in Japan ‘Alive‘ and it placed 2nd on the Oricon Daily Album Chart by selling 23,430 units.

Both the ladies of 2NE1 and RAINBOW released their debut Japanese albums ‘Collection‘ and ‘Over the Rainbow‘ respectively. 2NE1 placed 4th while RAINBOW placed 5th on the Oricon Daily Album Chart (Oricon only reports the sales units for the top 3 albums).

Congratulations to all the groups on this achievement!

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Source & Image: Oricon

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Actress Han Ga In keeps photos of G-Dragon on her smart phone

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Actress Han Ga In proved once again that she was an avid Big Bang fan.

Han Ga In recently held an interview on the March 28th episode of SBS‘s ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘.

The actress who is notorious for being a fan of Big Bang drew attention for being spotted not once, but twice at Big Bang concerts, and voluntarily confessed on a previous radio program that she was a huge fan of leader G-Dragon.

I’m envious of the energy and talent that flows from G-Dragon,” she remarked. “I admire him. I don’t think I would be able to speak if I met him in person,” she added bashfully.

Han Ga In then revealed the lock screen wallpaper to her smart phone, which was a photo not of her husband actor Yeon Jung Hoon, but her favorite idol G-Dragon himself.

You have no idea how much my husband nags about this,” she remarked. She then surprised viewers by unveiling an impressive number of additional Big Bang photos which were saved on her phone.

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Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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Big Bang’s T.O.P tried to run off set during recent shoot for ‘Strong Heart’

Big Bang‘s rapper T.O.P tried to hurriedly run off set in the middle of a film shoot.

The March 27th episode of SBS‘s ‘Strong Heart‘ was a ‘YG Family‘ special, featuring artists such as Psy, Big Bang, Se7en, Tablo, Gummy, 2NE1, and more.

Singer Gummy began telling a story about how she became intoxicated with alcohol and began singing Shim Soo Bong‘s “I Know Nothing But Love“, when all of a sudden Big Bang’s T.O.P tried to cut across the set unnoticed. But the camera caught him, and the sound that the heels of his shoes made against the studio floor were hard to ignore, causing everyone to turn their attention towards him.

Lee Seung Gi grabbed T.O.P who was leaving the set and asked where he was going. Embarrassed, T.O.P turned red and admitted that he wanted to use the restroom. “Gummy noona was talking, so I was going to secretly sneak out of here,” he confessed, causing everyone on set to laugh.

MC Lee Seung Gi then hilariously remarked that T.O.P looked like a dinosaur walking off set and mimicked him, causing the guests and audience members to continue howling with laughter.

Source & Image: IlganSports via Nate

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