Wednesday, 30 October 2013

2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) Nominees has been Announced...Let the Voting Begin!

History of MAMA

Music makes one by bringing everyone together. No matter what genre or country, everyone comes out for one special night which is full of surprises as well as fantastic performances!!

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Mnet Asian Music Awards which is abbreviated as "MAMA" is Asia's top music awards. Launched in 1999 as the first as well as only Korean music video awards ceremony which was first named as Mnet KM Music Festival. Since that year, the location venue has changed by not only being in South Korea as well as only having Korean performers, other Asian stars from China, Japan as well as the United States has shown up and performed over the past years.

Over the years, the slogan has changed by being "Asian Wave" in 2009, "One Asia" in 2010, then "Music Makes One" in 2011-2013. This slogan was announced to bring different cultures, languages as well as people together on one great night and stage.

Asia's large-scale music awards ceremony, MAMA aims to bring Asia's music to the world, raise up the global stage and give international fans the opportunity to select the most beloved songs as well as artists of the year!!

MAMA is a place where K-Pop idols, Asian stars, and international celebrities come together for one night to create awesome collaboration stages that you will not see anywhere else.

This Year

This year, MAMA 2013 will take place in Hong Kong on November 22, 2013 (Friday) at 20:00 - 24:00 KST. Red carpet initiates at 18:00 - 20:00 and then the awards ceremony begins at 20:00 - 24:00 KST. Broadcast stations will be Korean as well broadcasted on Mnet, KM, tvN, OnStyle, O'live, Story On, XTM. Overseas broadcast will be Mnet Japan, Mnet America, and Channel M. There will be a live streaming by going to the link mwave.interest.me

Nominees

Here is this years nominees for the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards.

Best New Male Artist

Roy Kim

BTS

Bumkey

Yoo Seung Woo

Jung Joon Young

Best Male Group

EXO

Shinee

Shinhwa

INFINITE

Teen Top

Best Male Artist

G-Dragon

PSY

Lee Seung Gi

Lee Seung Chul

Cho Yong Pil

Best New Female Artist

Kim Ye Lim

Ladies' Code

Yoo Sung Eun

Lee Hi

Crayon Pop

Best Female Artist

Baek Ji Young

Sun Mi

IU

Ailee

Lee Hyo Ri

Best Female Group

2NE1

Girls' Generation

SISTAR

f(x)

4Minute

Best Dance Perrformance

G-Dragon: Crooked

Jay Park: Joah

PSY: Gentleman

Yong Yo Seob: Caffeine

Best Dance Performance

B1A4: What's Going On

EXO: Growl

BEAST: Shadow

Shinee: Dream Girl

INFINITE: Man In Love

Best Vocal Performance: Male

2AM: One Spring Day

Lee Seung Gi: Return

Lee Seung Chul: My Love

Cho Yong Pil: Bounce

K.Will: Love Blossom

Best Band Performance

CNBLUE: I'm Sorry

Nell: Ocean of Light

Dick Punks: Viva Primavera

Busker Busker: First Love

Jaurim: Twenty Five, Twenty One

Best Dance Performance: Female Solo

G.Na: Ooops!

Seo In Young: Please Love Me

Sun Mi: 24 Hours

CL: The Baddest Female

Lee Hyo Ri: Bad Girls

Best Dance Performance: Female

Girl's Day: Expect

Girls' Generation: I Got a Boy

SISTAR: Give It To Me

Crayon Pop: Bar Bar Bar

4Minute: What's Your Name?

Best Vocal Performance: Female

Davichi: Turtle

Lyn: Breakfast Heart

IU: The Red Shoes

Ailee: U&I

Lee Hi: 1,2,3,4

Best Rap Performance

MFBTY: Sweet Dream

Geeks: Wash Away

Dynamic Duo: BAAAM

Bacchi Gi: Shower of Tears

Verbal Jint: No Love (If It Ain't Love)

NISSAN Juke Best Music Video

G-Dragon: Coup D' Etat

Busker Busker: First Love

PSY: Gentleman

Lee Seung Chul: My Love

Cho Yong Pil: Bounce

Best Original Soundtrack

IRIS 2 OST- Davichi: Don't You Know

That Winter, The Wind Blows OST- The One: Winter Love

Gu Family Book OST- Suzy: Don't Forget Me

Master's Sun OST- Yoon Mi Rae: Touch Love

I Hear Your Voice OST- Jung Yup: Why Did You Come Now?

2012 MAMA

Want to relieve the exciting performances as well as the red carpet last year? Well you can, provided is the link that you can go to see last years event!

Link: http://mama.interest.me/history?type=replay

Start voting now and enjoy the recap from last years performances as well as red carpet!!

Finally, be sure to tune-in on November 22, 2013. If you miss it, there will be recaps uploaded.

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

This Year's Style Icons in South Korea: Results and Photos for the Style Icon Awards October 24, 2013 Event

October 24 was the "2013 Style Icon Awards" which is commonly known as SIA and was held at the Seoul's CJ E&M Center. The hosts for the night were 2AM's Seulong, Kang Seung Yeon, and Clara.

So here is some information on what is SIA in-case you are interested on knowing.

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What is Style Icon Award

Style Icon Awards (SIA) is held every year and is an award show in South Korea that celebrates those that have appealed to the public. SIA has evolved into a festival where fashion enthusiasts of Korea convene!!!

Though the day is not only a day of award; it is an iconic style festival which has expanded to include an exclusive night shopping, an after party, style film festival, fashion show, and tons more!!

While SIA is a ceremony that celebrates the past year in fashion as well as awards influential figures in the fashion world. The event also holds a concert as well as a media artist excavation project.

So with that, this is a big deal for all fashion enthusiasts and is a really fantastic event!! With that, here are the results on that night. Congratulations!!

Results

G-Dragon
Culture Coup d'Etat

Shinhwa
The Return of the 1st Generation Idol

Lee Seung Gi
The Eternal Nation's Man

SHINee
The Multidols who Rule Dramas, Variety and CFs

f(x)
This Generation's No.1 K-Pop Girl Group

Suzy
The Immortal First Love Icon

So Ji Sub
The Lord of all Men

Lee Jong Suk
The 21st Century Gentleman

Girls' Generation
The Legendary K-Pop Girl Group

Park Shin Hye
The Natural-Born Beauty

EXO
The Syndrome-Causing Rookie Idols

Kong Hyo Jin
The Rom-Com Queen

Han Hyo Joo
The Multitainer

Shin Dong Yep
The R-Rated Comedian

Cho Yong Pil
The Timeless & Original Oppa

Lee Seo Jin
The World-Traveling Luggage Boy

Bong Joon Ho
The Internationally-recognized Detail-oriented Director

Ryu Seung Ryong
The Actor Who Brings in Millions

Clara
The First Pitch Fashionista

Go Soo
The Classic Formula

Now enjoy pictures from the red carpet!!

Red Carpet Photos



Friday, 25 October 2013

K-pop Idols Being Fools with Each Other (Part Two)

HaHa is one of the funniest comedians in Korea. He is so insanely entertaining and watching him interact with female celebrities has got to be the best thing in the world. Watch this compilation of him expressing his love to top A-list actresses in Korea.

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Xiah Junsu discusses his weird/hilarious friendship with fellow member Changmin from back in the day when DBSK wasn't torn apart by stupid contracts and money!

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Hyori and Shinhwa have been friends since their debut days. Their interaction x amount of years later is so funny.

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2NE1's Park Bom is deathly scared of bees so here she is reacting when one flies near her. Also watch fellow members CL and Dara laugh and scream hysterically.

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Watching 2PM bully the heck out of Taec almost feels wrong but so funny at the same time.

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Shinhwa has been together for 15 years, which means farting around each other is just as normal as eating. Watch the hilarity ensue here:

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[News] Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan invited to 2013 Korean Film Festival in Myanmar

Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan invited to 2013 Korean Film Festival in Myanmar

[News] Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan invited to 2013 Korean Film Festival in Myanmar

Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan is representing Korea at the 2013 Myanmar Korean Film Festival.

On October 24, Live Works Company announced that Dongwan has been invited to the opening ceremony of 2013 Korean Film Festival in Myanmar to be held at the Yangon’s Traders Hotel in Myanmar. Every year, one Korean celebrity is attending the festival and Dongwan has been chosen as this year’s representative.

Dongwan stated, “It’s a great honor for me to represent Korea where Korean culture is promoted. I’ll try my best to help the cultural exchange between Korean and Myanmar.”



Thursday, 24 October 2013

2013 MAMA Candidates Revealed... Who Will Receive the Award This Year?

The candidates for the music awards 2013 Mnet Asian Music Award ('2013 MAMA') were revealed.

Today, Mnet revealed candidates for boy groups, girl groups, song of the year, singer of the year, and many others, totaling to 19 different areas.

For the male singer area, G-Dragon, Psy, Lee Seung Gi, and others rose as candidates, and for female artists, Baek Ji Young, Sunmi, IU, Ailee, and Lee Hyori were chosen.

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For boy groups, EXO, SHINee, Shinhwa, Infinite, and Teen Top were chosen and 2NE1, Girls' Generation, SISTAR, f(x), and 4minute for girl groups.

Online votes begin today until November 17 on the 2013 MAMA website.

Photo Credit: Mnet



Sunday, 20 October 2013

[Soompi Spotlight] Gary Admits He Was a Little Crazy When He Kissed Song Ji Hyo on “Running Man”

On Friday, October 18, five members of “Running Man” – Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Song Ji Hyo, Gary, and Haha met more than 100 members of the media at the “Watsons Race Start! in Singapore” press conference held at the W Singapore Sentosa Cove hotel. It was the first time for the cast to visit Singapore together. The other two members, Yoo Jae Suk and Lee Kwang Soo, were not able to participate in the Singapore leg of their Asia Tour due to other work commitments. 

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MC: Share with us your impression of Singapore.

Suk Jin: Singapore is a very beautiful city, and it’s my first time in Singapore. I like to say the air is very fresh and clean, and I’m very impressed with the beautiful scenery here in Singapore.
Haha: Hi, Singapore! This is my second time in Singapore. I love Singapore! I love Singapore food chili crab! Awesome, very good!
Jong Kook: This is my third time coming to Singapore. The trees are very big, the streets are very clean, and people are really nice.

MC: Will you become the mascot of Singapore’s trees?
Jong Kook: The last time I was here I talked about the trees a lot.

MC: This is Song Ji Hyo’s very first time joining the promotional tour, let’s give her a round of applause! (cheers from media)
Ji Hyo: Hello Singapore, thank you so much for the warm welcome! I think it is a beautiful city, and I’m so glad to be here.
Gary: Hello everyone, I am Gary. I’m so glad to be here in Singapore. This is my second day here, and I think it is a beautiful country and city. I had chili crab last night, it was really delicious! And I also have a tour around some clubs in Singapore.

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MC: What is it like being one of the cast members? (Gary)

Gary: ”Running Man” was my first time on a variety show, and it’s definitely a great honor to be in this, working with and meeting a lot of awesome people, and of course, I have a lot of fun, and I think I get all the good energy from every one of them. I’m always glad to be a part of the show.

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MC: As the only female cast in the “Running Man” family, what is it like for Ji Hyo to be on the show?

Jong Kook: She’s not a woman.
Haha: Superman.
Jong Kook: Sometimes, she’s stronger than us! 
Ji Hyo: It definitely a different feeling being the only girl in the cast, but I don’t think they see me as just a female – I’m a part of the ”Running Man” family. I don’t think it matters whether it’s a male or female, but it’s being a part of “Running Man.”

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MC: We usually see the show on TV, but tomorrow night is going to be a big event. Can we ask Haha what we can expect of the show for tomorrow night?

Haha: I hope we can engage more of the fans, and I hope you will enjoy the performance that we will be putting on tomorrow. Have lots of fun!
Suk Jin: Please look forward to the show. Since it’s our first time having Ji Hyo around, there will be a performance by the Monday Couple, Ji Hyo and Gary. The members are very excited for them, and I hope all the fans are as well.

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U Weekly: Recently in one of the episodes, Gary gave Ji Hyo a peck on the cheek. What does Ji Hyo think about it? And why is Gary so courageous nowadays? 

Gary: At that moment, I was a little crazy.
Ji Hyo: I guess it was good for me. 

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Shin Min: Each member of “Running Man” has got their own particular capabilities. If each of you can choose one member and take away that particular power from that member, which member will you choose and what power or capability will you choose to take away from him or her?

Haha: Suk Jin’s age, Jong Kook’s strength, the loveliness of the Monday couple.
Suk Jin: Haha’s betrayal 
Jong Kook: I want your son (Haha’s)

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Zaobao (in Korean): In recent episodes, there is less focus on the tearing off of the name tags, is there a reason why?

Suk Jin: I think she speaks better Korean than Kwang Soo.
Gary, Haha: The shows have already been filmed but not broadcast yet – we have segments of the name tag game but recently we have been trying out a lot of new games in our shows, and we want to develop and improve our name tag game in a more fun, engaging and exciting manner. So we have been doing a lot of new things. We hope you guys enjoy it and like whatever we are trying in the show. 

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MyKpopHuntress: Recently, Jong Kook has a lot of bandages on his back. Some of the “Running Man” games are quite tough, have they had any injuries in the past?

Jong Kook: Yes, understandably, we have been hurt many times as you know the games are very exciting. It’s not as dangerous as last time, but the bandages are just for protecting my injuries; they are not that serious.

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XinMSN: If they could redesign the game format, what kind of games do they want to implement?

Haha: We do meet up with our production team quite often to discuss what games we do on the show; we are definitely looking into it. We are exploring new ideas so I hope you guys can look out for new stuff in the future.

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Soompi: Was there a time where it was too hard and you wished you could stop running in the show? In which episode was that?

Jong Kook: Every week! 
Haha: Me too! 
Suk Jin: Same!

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Kavenyou: Fans have been following Running Man’s fashion, so how does it feel like to be a trendsetter?

Haha: It’s a great honor, and it feels great to have so many fans following our trends and fashion. Thank you so much for following us. We have uniforms and we try to think of them as interesting and fashionable as possible.
Gary: The most fashionable thing on the show would be the name tag. I went to a club yesterday, and I heard that one of the people in the club was seen with a name tag on the back to imitate “Running Man”. 
Haha: Many girls follow Ji Hyo’s hat that she wears on the show!

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GoKPop: If you could create an opponent idol team to compete against, who would you choose and why?
Gary: Recently Shinhwa appeared on our show- they were the first generation idol group in Korea. When they appeared in the show, we didn’t manage to win any one of them. So it’s good to have them back on our show and have a competition with them.

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Wan Bao: How has “Running Man” affected your daily life? 

Suk Jin: In our daily lives I can’t really see a lot of differences, but during our show we always have a VJ running around with us to film what we are doing. Though it’s not a problem to have them running behind our backs, I always get frightened because I’m usually the one whose name tag is torn off quickly so that’s when I get frightened even though it’s the VJ running around me. 

NEXT: Individual greetings from each member, plus some extras!



Friday, 18 October 2013

[News] Cast of “Barefoot Friends” Visits Shinhwa’s Shin Hye Sung’s Bachelor Home

Cast of “Barefoot Friends” Visits Shinhwa’s Shin Hye Sung’s Bachelor Home
[News] Cast of “Barefoot Friends” Visits Shinhwa’s Shin Hye Sung’s Bachelor Home

Shinhwa‘s Shin Hye Sung revealed his bachelor home to the cast of “Barefoot Friends.”

On the upcoming October 20 episode of the SBS variety show “Barefoot Friends,” the fixed cast members brought homemade food to the singer’s home.The current concept of the show is “homemade food.” The cast members learn about homemade from from celebrities who are famous for their culinary tastes and bring the food to another celebrity who lives alone. For this episode, Shin Hye Sung was the lonely single celebrity.

The cast members were impressed by Shin Hye Sung’s home but didn’t get too excited until they found a hairpin, presumably a woman’s. Shin Hye Sung defended himself by saying, “I have no idea how that got here. Please don’t make a big deal out of it.”

However, when the cast members found a microphone near his bed they teased him by claiming that, “he sings for a woman, even here.”



Cast of “Barefoot Friends” Visits Shinhwa’s Shin Hye Sung’s Bachelor Home

Shinhwa‘s Shin Hye Sung revealed his bachelor home to the cast of “Barefoot Friends.”

On the upcoming October 20 episode of the SBS variety show “Barefoot Friends,” the fixed cast members brought homemade food to the singer’s home.The current concept of the show is “homemade food.” The cast members learn about homemade from from celebrities who are famous for their culinary tastes and bring the food to another celebrity who lives alone. For this episode, Shin Hye Sung was the lonely single celebrity. 

The cast members were impressed by Shin Hye Sung’s home but didn’t get too excited until they found a hairpin, presumably a woman’s. Shin Hye Sung defended himself by saying, “I have no idea how that got here. Please don’t make a big deal out of it.” 

However, when the cast members found a microphone near his bed they teased him by claiming that, “he sings for a woman, even here.” 

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

[News] Kim Dong Wan to leave ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’

Kim Dong Wan to leave ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’

[News] Kim Dong Wan to leave ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’

Shinhwa’s Kim Dong Wan will not be participating in the second season of jTBC ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’.

According to jTBC, “Kim Dong Wan has decided to withdraw from jTBC ‘Shinhwa Broadcast 2’ which is set to premiere in November. He wants to focus on his acting career for the time being.”

Kim Dong Wan decided to leave the show after talking with the other Shinhwa members and program staff. Although he is unable to participate as a fixed member on ‘Shinhwa Broadcast’, Kim Dong Wan still plans to return with Shinhwa for its 12th album in their 16th anniversary in 2014.

Meanwhile, Kim Dong Wan will be starring in the musical ‘Le Passe Muraille’ as Dutilleul, which will start its run on November 13th.



Tuesday, 8 October 2013

[News] Shinhwa Lee Min Woo to Release '2012 Christmas Live Concert' Story Book

Shinhwa Lee Min Woo to Release '2012 Christmas Live Concert' Story Book
[News] Shinhwa Lee Min Woo to Release '2012 Christmas Live Concert' Story Book

Shinhwa member Lee Min Woo will be releasing his solo story book.

This story book will contain his 'Christmas Live Concert-ORIGINAL' that took place last December 23-24.

The Christmas concert sold out of the 4,000 seats in a matter of minutes, showing off his immense popularity. He held an outstanding concert that revealed his charisma and powerful dance moves.

The story book will also contain footage from the rehearsals and after party as well.

On the other hand, Lee Min Woo is currently a judge on the Mnet "Dancing 9" Show for the red wings team.



Saturday, 5 October 2013

MBC Music Core 06.15.13 – EXO’s “Wolf” Wins

Following up to their first ever music show win yesterday on Music Bank, EXO also takes their first Music Core win today with “Wolf.”

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Comeback stages today were by After School, SISTAR, IVY and Nell. New boy group B.T.S also had their debut stage.

♬ Comeback Stage
After School – “8 Hot Girl” – “First Love”
SISTAR – “Hey You” – “Give It To Me”
IVY(feat.WonderGirls Yubin ) – “I Dance”
Nell – “Ocean Of Light”

♬ Hot Debut
B.T.S – “We are bulletproof PT.2″ – “No More Dream”

♬ Good-bye Stage
Shinhwa – “This Love”
2PM – “All Day I Think of You”

♬ HOT stage
MBLAQ – “Smoky Girl”
Rainbow – “Sunshine”
EXO – “WOLF”
VIXX – “hyde”
Henry(feat. SHINee TaeMin) – “Trap”

♬ Sound-Holic
Boys Republic – “Party Rock”
N-SONIC – “Lie”

♬ New Song
BUMKEY (feat. Canto,Changwoo) – “Bad Girl”
Hurgak & Jeong Eun-ji(Apink) – “Short Hair”
HEYNE – “DALLA”

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2PM

EXO

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IVY Feat. Yubin

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MBLAQ

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Rainbow

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Huh Gak & Eunji

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Nell

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Henry

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B.T.S

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VIXX

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