[K-Drama] Life After Boys Over Flowers

It’s over now. All the hype, all the suspense on how the drama’s going to end. It’s all over…

Filming for Boys Before Flowers ended on the night of March 29, 2009. The tail end of filming brought the cast on a whirlwind schedule, taking them from all over Korea to Macau and culminated at Korea’s Incheon beach. Well, the dust has settled and now the cast and crew can only look back at the 5-months of hard work as a sweet memory.

The final episode of Boys Before Flowers aired on KBS2 in Korea on March 31, 2009. Imagine, barely more than a day of post-production time before the final episode went on air! That’s the insanely hectic pace the drama cast and crew had to live with for the past 5 months or so. A dreadfully stressful, exhaustive pace. Congratulations to them for pulling it all off i say!

That’s a wrap guys! Filming ends and the cast and crew celebrate…

Now that all the excitement of producing and first-time airing of the drama is over, what did the now scattered F4 members do? What did Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Joon and Kim Bum do on the days after they completed filming the drama? Let’s take a peek.

The next day – for the first time in five months(!), the four had completely different schedules. Of course the first thing on all of their minds were to get some much needed rest. But here’s what each ended up doing.

Lee Min-ho : Exercise, facial and rest!

On March 30, Lee Min-ho got some much needed rest. He also worked out / exercised (which he says is long overdue) and made an appointment with his dermatologist for a one-hour skin care treatment.

That afternoon, in a telephone interview with Sports Korea, Min-ho mentioned “I feel much better after a one-hour rest and treatment at the dermatologist (he probably fell asleep when the dermatologist worked on his face).” Then he asked jokingly “Do I sound different when I am lying down?” However, Min-ho did not have the luxury of taking the entire day off. He had a shooting (photography) appointment later that evening.

Kim Hyun-joong : Fan meeting

Kim Hyun-joong a.k.a. Ji-hoo sunbae (a name which his fans affectionately still calls him) has one of the most organized and active fans groups around! On March 30, Hyun-joong had a rehearsal with his bandmates for the fan meeting which would take place the next day.

On March 31, Hyun-joong was at Seoul’s Olympic Park meeting 4,000 very lucky fans. Kim Hyun-joong was joined by his SS501 band mates, Kim Joon and Kim Bum! Hyun-joong also told his fans that his band SS501 will be making a comeback soon.

Kim Bum : Busy shooting movie & CF

Kim Bum delved straight into shooting a movie after Boys Before Flowers wrapped up. The day after, he spent the entire morning at the film studio, then followed with CF shooting later. In fact, all the F4 members had a late night on March 29, taking photos and saying their good-byes. Despite staying up late the night before, Kim Bum had to wake up early for a full day of shooting.

Kim Joon : Begins his career as an entertainer

The end of Boys Before Flowers signifies a wonderful start to Kim Joon’s new career. Before playing Song Woo-bin on the drama, he was in the band T-MAX, but was still practically an unknown face. Now, all that has changed and his career in K-pop entertainment has been given a kick-start. On March 30, Kim Joon was at the recording of an MBC entertainment program.

Kim Joon spoke to Sports Seoul via a telephone interview and said, “During the drama (BBF), I received much love from my fans. Now, after the drama, I intend to return all that love.” He added that he aspires to become a good actor.


Source: Sports Korea
Pics: Focus News Network, Asia Economy
Credit:Kpopped!, http://www.asianfanatics.net

[K-Pop] Rain confident of winning appeal

Rain confident of winning appeal
Yahoo News

Korean artiste Rain recently lost his court case against Hawaii concert organizer Click Entertainment; his current artiste management company said they will reveal the truth behind the cancellation in the hearing of the appeal and is very confident that they will win the appeal.

The Hawaiian organizer raised legal proceedings in both Korea and Hawaii against Rain and his ex artiste management office for cancelling his Hawaii concert two years ago. Korean judicial office expounded that the concert was cancelled because the stage prepared by the Hawaiian entertainment company was “unsafe”; if performance was carried on by force, they would face serious consequences.

“The security problems brought up by the concert planner can be verified through the email correspondences between them and the Hawaiian concert director. We have filed an appeal; the second trial will reveal more truth.”
According to sources, the second trial will take place in California and three magistrates will replace the jury in making the final ruling.

Rain’s current artiste management office has also revealed that the result of the first hearing has not affected Rain in his work progress. “At the moment, there are no changes in Rain’s work arrangements. The date of release of Hollywood blockbuster “Ninja Assassin” and his overseas work schedule have also been confirmed.”

Sales for J.tune Creative, where Rain is a designer and model, is constantly improving and the company is currently planning to expand their businesses abroad.

[K-Pop] DBSK’s Mirotic Ban Lifted

Very soon, you will be able to see DBSK’s Mirotic being played on tv, radio in the original version and no more “19-only” stickers affixed on their Mirotic album.

In a ruling just passed this morning, the Seoul Court has ordered the Commission of Youth Protection to lift the ban that they had imposed on DBSK’s 4th album Mirotic last November after ruling that it was harmful and detrimental to youths because of the “objectionable” lyrics. This was followed by restricting Mirotic from being played on tv and radio and only allowing those above 19 to buy the album from stores. But the ruling seemed to be rather retarded since most of the fans have already gotten the album before the ruling was passed.

In order to minimize the impact to DBSK’s promotion for Mirotic, SM Entertainment made changes to the lyrics and the Mirotic clean version was used during performances:

I got you became I chose you
under my skin became under my sky

But SM Entertainment didn’t admit defeat and filed an appeal on 15th December, hoping to get the ban lifted and it has taken almost 4 months for the ban to be lifted. Kind of late considering it’s already April 2009 now and DBSK has since moved on with their career in Japan.

source: coolsmurf

[K-Pop] Gee Syndrome; Future Activities of SNSD

The childish group became a reality.

This is one party’s evaluation about SNSD’s Gee craze.

SNSD completed their mini-album activities at SBS Inkigayo on the 29th. The mini-album with the title track, Gee, was released in January and dominated the music industry.

Despite the music industry’s worst depression, the album sold 100k copies. The ‘Gee’ ring tones and caller rings have been downloaded 120k time and there are more than 35k Cyworld minihompys with it as the background music. The estimated profit exceeds 40 billion won.

The explosive popularity of Gee doesn’t end here. On KBS Music Bank, they’ve been 1st place for 9 consecutive weeks. In just a little over two months, they’ve dominated every music program there is. On radios, satellite-broadcasts, and cable-broadcasts, Gee has been played 1536 times. Singles are relatively short and the music industry’s myth that best-sellers are steady sellers is broken, which isn’t easy to convert, has been broken.

△ Goodbye Tell Me madness = Truthfully, SNSD had a successful debut and first album activities but was slightly shortcoming. This is because unlike Wonder Girls with Tell Me, which caused a syndrome throughout society, SNSD did not have an early hit single that shook the music industry.

But Gee has become a mega hit that took the madness out with one hit. The addictive hook and fast beat and the overall aspect of Gee has made the world ‘Into A New World’, gaining recognition from the military and the synergy effect of Gee has created the Gee syndrome. The song and lyrics portrays an image of a girl in love and has a graceful melody line and the different 9 members’ vocals were arranged appropriately.

One party involved in the music industry said, “To tell the truth, I didn’t like Gee at first.” and “Once SNSD came on stage, the song and dance combined to show SNSD’s energy. The song was good but the dance was superb and their singing abilities have improved.

Of course, Gee’s success is all thanks to SNSD’s huge fandom and their influence. But because of this, the Gee syndrome is also devaluated. The problem is the idol singers that have appeared in our nation’s music industry have all had experiences basking in their fandoms with similar conditions.

S.E.S. and Fin.K.L had a fan base with preposterous amounts of male fans that could easily overpower SNSD’s. But unlike ‘Tell Me’ or ‘Gee’, they couldn’t hit jackpots and become social phenomenons. For people in their teens, 20s, 30s, and middle-ages to recognize a group and their single’s popularity at the same time is extremely rare.

Either a group is remembered because the song is good enough, or the song gets stuck in peoples’ heads, showing how excellent the group’s talents are. SNSD’s Gee shows their potential and although they’re idols, it is evident through the quality of the album, that it has been taken into careful consideration and lots of care went into it. Mainstream music critics have evaluated more generously than expected.

△ SNSD’s recognition is preserved even when SNSD doesn’t appear. = Although SNSD’s official activities has ended, it seems SNSD’s recognition is strong, without any major hits. Taeyeon DJs on MBC Radio ‘Chinhan Chingoo’ (Close Friends), her OSTs seemed to yearn for spotlight and she has sung two digital singles of which have become hits.

Yoona will be coming in MBC’s Cinderella Man on TV. Before SNSD released Gee, Yoona appeared in KBS daily drama ‘You Are My Destiny’, becoming in charge of the group’s recognition. Once again, SNSD fans will be able to boost viewer ratings. The problem is whether or not and how much her acting skills will improve. When the growth curve is fast, a movie debut could come faster than expected.

Tiffany has already released a digital single. On the 26th, the digital single ‘By Myself’ was released and is an OST for SBS’s Jang Myung Go, and as soon as it was released, it became very popular. A charismatic, powerful voice that frequently sings pop and punky genres. Tiffany was only hidden by Taeyeon, and her vocals are pretty decent.

Jessica and Seohyun along with Tiffany have formed ‘Jetihyun’ to perform a single. It’s enough to think about making a similar project album. Sunny sang an OST for an OST and an animation, and has the potential for unique voice acting.

In the case of Sooyoung and Yuri, they appear in variety programs. Immediately, they snagged the MBC ‘Show Music Core’ MC’s positions and will be coming to viewers every week. In various variety programs, they’re active as guest MCs or invited guests due to their eloquence. In Sooyoung’s case, she can also take a U-turn towards acting. Hyoyeon possesses superior dance skills.

Although SNSD has officially stopped activities, there’s a high chance they’ll be coming to fans and viewers individually. Of course, there’s the problem that this won’t bring in profit as just an album in today’s music industry, but SNSD’s at their highest marketable peak.

In the end, although the scene of 9 ‘girls’ will disappear temporarily, there’s a high chance that the explosive popularity of ‘generation’ will continue.

△ The quicker the alternative is found, the better = SNSD showed us how popular Gee was. Now the focus is on how long things can last. When you consider the plentiful idol singers who disappeared without a sound, it’s better to find an alternative quickly.

In Thailand, SNSD’s recognition is beyond imagination.
Truthfully, in Japan, there’s countless groups with a concept similar to SNSD.

SNSD members must dream about their own alternatives. Focusing on satellite variety programs will wear one out, but to dilute the image of a singer, inevitably, requires excessive consumption. Some SNSD fans are able to meet them on TV often and despite positive aspects that are displayed, they worry.

First of all, if Taeyeon doesn’t have a dream to become an expert DJ, then she should focus on her vocals. In foreign instances, singers with singing abilities as foundation who don’t want to be temporary but long-term DJs, are rare phenomenons. They use their vocal chords everyday, and during live broadcasts, fatigue weighs on them.

When you compare the time of Taeyeon’s debut to the present, you can see that there’s been change in her vocals. The quality of her voice has deepened, but her voice volume and high pitch has become unstable, compared to when she debuted. Taeyeon has been called ‘the most perfect idol’ by fans and it’ll be good for them to give her advice and constructive criticism on her DJ’ing.

In Jessica, Seohyun, Tiffany, and Sunny’s case, they are recognized for their vocals once in a while but it’s not enough. Before releasing a digital single, where friendly competition could ensue, featuring in singers’ songs, or partaking in a lively OST, a singer must publicize their image. Sooyoung and Yuri should think of the successful variety MC Lee Hyori as their role models.

of course, SNSD’s dedicated fans may think it’s too early to be following my suggestions now. But the important thing is that SNSD’s fandom doesn’t want SNSD to disband. Although there’s a tendency to do solo activities without disbanding in today’s music industry, when SNSD members step out of their group role, they have the chance to have show their own personalities.

Credits to: Kuki News
Translated by: Hyunjin808@soshified.com/forums ; With assistance from mbear@soshified.com/forums

[J-Rock/Visual Kei] Versailles to release major label debut single and a new DVD!

Versailles major debut single

Versailles will release thier major-label debut single “ASCENDEAD MASTER” on June 24, 2009!

Versailles was formed in March, 2007. Soon after they released promotional material on the Web, they received international media coverage and request to perform in the live stage. In 2008, they toured Europe and gave fantastic shows in five countries. Then, during their concert on March 26 of this year, they announced that they will be going to major this summer.

The single “ASCENDEAD MASTER” features 6 minutes A-side track. Limited edition includes a bonus DVD featuring a music video spanning over 15 minutes. This epic music video is to going to come in three installments on the bonus DVD included with the limited editions Type A, Type B, and Type C, each of them including one installment of the movie.

— credits to CDJapan ^_^

[J-Pop/J-Rock/Anime] Mobile Suit Gundam 00 OST CD featuring L’Arc-en-Ciel and more! ^_^


Got this piece of info from CDJapan:

Compilation album release from anime series “Mobile Suit Gundam 00” featuring L’Arc-en-Ciel, the brilliant green, UVERworld, Stereo Pony, Yuna Ito and more. CD features the high-fidelity Blu-spec CD format (fully compatible with standard CD players), and includes bonus track “Unlimited Sky Unplugged Version” (Tommy heavenly6). Includes bonus Blu-ray feartures creditless intro and outro.


Gundam 00 sure did showcase top J-Pop/J-Rock artists for their soundtracks.  And some of those are my favorites — L’Arc~en~Ciel (duh.), UVERworld, the brilliant green, and Ito Yuna.  Hands down to Laruku’s Daybreak’s Bell and Yuna Ito’s trust you. Hehe.

Release date for this would be on July 8, 2009.