[K-Pop] Big Bang & 2NE1’s Lollipop Re-edit MV (DOWNLOAD LINK ADDED!)

The re-edited version of Big Bang & 2nE1’s Lollipop  music video is already out!  There are more close ups of the members here, especially Sandara. Check it out!

Download the video here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/m8x9bb

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[K-Pop] Super Junior Interview

Original article: http://sj-market.com/bbs/zboard.php?id=data&page=1&sn1=&divpage=2&sn=on&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=10121

translated by evanesco@sj-world

credits to DOLCE @ AF

1. Leeteuk

Q : Since you’re SJ’s leader, surely you have been very tired, can you tell something about this ?
A : I’m leader but there hasn’t been any especially hard time at all. I hve spent a long time to train with the other members so we can understand each other and know the others’ feeling easily just by looking into each other’ eyes. The others dongseang are very good, we’re different in age but we’re like real brothers and family. Actually rather than having hard time, I feel sad/pity because as a leader, I should make the speech at the award ceremony or music show but I’m often shedding tears so I can’t finish my speech at all. Not long ago, when we got No.1 on music bank, I cried so hard that I barely finished my speech. I even couldn’t stop crying when we performed the encore.

Q : There was an article about your white syndrome, surely the fans are very curious about this
A : There were so many people wondering about this after the show had been aired. I don’t have a white syndrome, I just like white stuff like clothes, furniture, accessories…It seems that I only feel comfortable if I can see white around me.

2. Eunhyuk

Q : Can you tell us about the title song “Sorry sorry” and its choreography?
A : “Sory sorry” is a trendy dance song and we want to show everybody Super Junior’s own color and charm. I hope people will like the song after listening to it just once, can sing along to the song and feel good & comfortable when listening to it. This time, Sorry sorry’s choreography is created by a world-wide famous choreographer Nick Bass, with the harmony of the group dancing and every member’s movement will make a polished and energetic performance. In addition, we will continuously change our formation during the whole song so please watch out our choreography.

Q : 10 years later I will become………..? Do you have that image in your head ?
A : I don’t have the clear image of me 10 years later, but I still want to be a singer as well as active in various fields, and I might be married then ^^

3. Hankyung

Q : Which is the most difficult thing when you prepared for this album ?
A : We prepared for this album while SJM still had activities in China so we had to go between China and Korea. Therefore, I felt a bit tired. But all the members had motivation for the 3rd album, we had worked hard for this album and put in many ideas. Actually, it was quite hard that we all wanted the album to be released soon.

Q : What have you gained and lost after you joined in Super Junior ? And the reason ?
A : It seems that I didn’t lose anything after I became Super Junior’s member. Although I don’t have time for myself I’m grateful that I have gained a lot of things like the other members that I can call them my family, brothers, and the love & support from all the Asian fans are the biggest present I have ever received.

4. Yesung

Q : Can you give some advice for all the trainees who keep the dream of becoming a singer like you ?
A : Once you want to begin, you have to be sure that you really want to do it, you have to think carefully because it’s not wonderful like you always imagine. During the training period, you’ll have to do both practicing and studying so it’s very tiring, you’ll have to work very hard and it will take you a lot of time. But even while you are making your dream come true, there will be time that you’ll suffer a slump and there will be many hard times, but you shouldn’t forget a truth: that chance always come to those who work hard and never give up.

Q : What do you think is the charm of Super Junior’s vocal line (Ryeowook, Kyuhyun, Sungmin, Yesung) ?
A : All the 4 members have their own voices’ charm. Ryeowook has a beautiful voice, Kyuhyun has a sweet voice, Sungmin has a sweet and tender voice and I have a husky voice. It’s not only 4 members but also the others have their own voices’ charm so we are given the lines up to the style of the song. Therefore, we can show the different feelings of the songs.

5. Ryeowook

Q : Your preparation of the 3rd album is seems to be diffirent from the others, how did you get the determination ?
A : Since we were busy with unit and individual activities so we were determined to get together again and begin to prepare for Super Junior’s new album. There was so a lot of anxiety since we come back after such a long time but because people support the 3rd album alot and give us a lot of love so we feel very happy.

Q : Which song do you think is the most perfect in this album and the reason ?
A : In fact I’ve listened to the other members’ opinion about 3rd album, I also listened to all the songs when choosing and recording them. Therefore, all the songs are in my heart now and it’s very hard to choose the most perfect song. But beside the title song, I think it’s the 4th track “Angela”, we had changeed the lyrics and the vocal so many times when recording this song, if you listen to this song, you will feel good and love it.

6. Kyuhyun

Q : You joined in later than the other members, so how was the adaptation, is there any difficulty ?
A : Although I joined in late, but since I’m the youngest so hyungs always take care of me and thanks to them so I didnt have any difficulty

Q : What is goal of the 3rd album ?
A : I hope people will recognize Super Junior by our music. Because our members have so much talent so we appeared on many variety shows and have received a lot of love. But by this album, we want people to know us as singers, I also want that we’ll have a cheerful & funny image but still cool and serious.

7. Sungmin

Q : Is there any country in Asia that you especially want to have activities in ?
A : Besides having unit-group Super Junior M in China, there is not country that we actually have full time activities. In fact, we’re so busy with activities in Korea so we can just go to Japan and Thailand sometimes for promotion, we cant be active there. But whenever we went to there, the fans always warmly welcome us, give us a lot of love so we’re grateful.

Q : What training did you received to become a singer ?
A : Before debut we had vocal training, dancing lession, acting lession, we received many training about everything, after debut we focused on vocal training. The person who want to learn acting will learn acting. I’m majored in Musical at my university because I like to be able to perform on stage.

8. Kangin

Q : You have received a lot of help from the senior musicians for this album, so how was the work ?
A : Yoo Youngseok sunbaenim and FTTS’s Hwanhee sunbaenim have attended to record this album. Yoo Youngseok sunbaenim’s “Shining star” and Hwanhee sunbaenim’s “Let’s not” are the gift songs for us. We’re grateful that we had received a lot of advice, praise and encouragement from them when recording this album. Our 3rd album is more abundant because of them.

Q : Which is the most difficult thing because you’re an idol ?
A : There is not an extremely difficult thing because I’m an idol. Recently, Idol star do not only have fans in 10’s but also receive love and recognition from people who are in 30’s & 40’s. Also, from Super Junior’s debut up to now, I have showed people a lot of image so I’ve heard “You dont look like an idol” a lot. Therefore, I dont have to suffer from qualifying myself for the word “Idol” ^^

9. Shindong

Q : You’ve showed a perfect image in “Sorry sorry”
A : In fact I always have a comic image in people’s eyes so I wondered how to make people accept this image. But fortunately there are so many cool people around me so I can work more hard. I also keep myself from not gaining weight ^^

Q : From the trainee time to now, is there any hard time and unforgettable story ?
A : In fact my trainee period is shorter than the others’. It’s interesting that I can learn many things after I was accepted to SM. And an unforgettable story is the first time I went to the company, I and DBSG could see the other stars in person, I was very proud of it with my friends ^^

10. Heechul

Q : Did you feel worry that while you prepared for the album, SNSD were received a lot of love ?
A : Rather than worry, I felt very good. SNSD are like my close and cute dongsaeng, Also I had a good presentiment about “Gee” so after seeing that people loved it, I feel very good.

Q : When are the time that you like most and hate most about the fans ?
A : I always feel grateful to the fans. Thanks for always supporting us. Before the 3rd album is out, the fans even made the teaser poster themselves and showed their enthusiasm. In fact there wasnt anytime that I hate the fans, but sometimes there are some people who called me during the night or find out dorm and interrupt our personal time.

11. Donghae

Q : Which is your most attracted song in this 3rd album and the reason ?
A : Besides “Sorry sorry”, there are many other attracted songs. But If I have to choose once, I will choose “Reset”. Although I like all the songs in the album but “Reset” is always my favorite style of song. The melody is sweet, if you listen to it you will like it.

Q : Is there any hard time while you’re in Super Junior ?
A : There is not any extremely tired or stress time while I’m in Super Junior. We always look forward to prepare a new album/performance. We even couldnt sleep while preparing for this 3rd album because of uneasy and anxiety.

12. Shiwon

Q : Is there any time that you are jealous with the other members ?
A : The other members have many talents and when they showed their ability, I have been jealous with them sometimes. Teukie hyung is very good at talking, Shindong hyung is very witty and can make the atmosphere brighter. ^^ There are so many things from the others that I’m jealous with and also want to learn.

Q : Is there any preconception from fans about Super Junior ?
A : There is not any preconception, Super Junior always show a good and funny image when we’re on the variety shows ^^ although we like the bright image but we want to show our own style of music in the 3rd album. Rather than a bright and cheerful image, we want to show a cool and serious image on the stage, we had worked hard for out music, dance and concept. Fortunately, many people like our change this time and we’re grateful because of that.

13. Kibum

Q : What is your thanks to Super Junior’s members ?
A : In fact I’m not good at express my feeling, I always have the thanks to in my heart but I cant say it directly to the person. From the past and until now ~ thanks for always understanding and caring about me

Q : Is there any member in Super Junior who is considered the most trustful member ?
A : It’s always Teukie hyung. We have so many members, many thought, many opinions but he tolerated us very well and lead us very well. He’s such the best leader !!!

Ayumi Hamasaki strips down for book version of her diary

TOKYO —Singer Ayumi Hamasaki, 30, is releasing a book which features photos of her in a bikini. Hamasaki has appeared just once in a bikini – for a calendar – since her singing debut in 1998. Her new book, titled “Ayu no dejideji nikki 2000 – 2009A” (Ayu’s Digital Diary 2000-2009), is being released to celebrate her 10 years in the music industry as well as celebrating 100 column pieces written by Hamasaki for monthly fashion magazine Vivi.

The book features 30 photos of Hamasaki, including some of her having lunch and shopping with staff and friends, as well as the eye-catching ones of her in a bikini, taken in Hawaii in January. More than 30,000 copies of the book have already been ordered, which will sell for 3,780 yen from Tuesday.

The book release comes just days before the beginning of her upcoming national tour, which starts with a show at Saitama Super Arena on April 11.

Japan Today

[K-Pop] Rain voted #2 in Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Singer Rain has been voted at #2 position currently for an online poll for American magazine TIME’s 100 most influential people.

Rain was at #2 position on the poll done on TIME official site on the 6th with 36 points average and 3.68 million votes, right after Moot, the founder of ‘4chan’ with 80 points average at 5.54 million votes.

source: kbites

[Anime/J-Movie/J-Pop/Hollywood] DiCaprio Considers SMAP for Ninja Scroll Film

Producer Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly intends to “cast with Japanese people”

The Nikkan Sports newspaper reports that Hollywood figure Leonardo DiCaprio is considering casting Japan’s SMAP entertainment group as the main leads in Warner Brothers and Appian Way’s proposed live-action adaptation of the Ninja Scroll anime. Yoshiaki Kawajiri wrote and directed the original 1993 anime about a wandering ninja fighting a conspiracy of demons. Appian Way is DiCaprio’s production company which acquired the rights to the anime last year. In addition to performing a string of hit singles, the five members of SMAP — Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Goro Inagaki and Shingo Katori — have acted in many films based on manga and anime. However, they have not acted together in the same film since 1994’s Shoot.

According to Nikkan Sports, casting is in progress with DiCaprio’s expressed intention to “cast with Japanese people.” In November, DiCaprio told MTV‘s Splash Page that he is producing both this project and the proposed live-action adaptation of the Akira anime for Warner and Appian Way, but emphasized that he does “not really” have any interest in acting in them. In the same interview he professed to be a big fan of both Akira and Ninja Scroll, and added, “I know there a lot of loyal fans out there of the project and die-hard fans, so we’re going to try to do the best job we possibly can and we’re not going to make the movie until the script is in the right shape.”

At a SMAP event at the end of last year, Nakai said, “I want to do a movie with [all the members of] SMAP.” SMAP‘s agency told Nikkan Sports, “We have no official comment, but if this comes to fruition, we would certainly want to consider it strongly.”

Image © 1993 Yoshiaki Kawajiri/Mad House/JVC/TOHO Co. LTD/MOVIC Inc.

Update: Kimura starred as the title character in Howl’s Moving Castle, and he also played Memerink in Trinity Blood. Kusanagi played Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank anime movie and Kouichi in Hime-chan’s Ribbon. He is also starring in the Yume o Kanaeru Zō television anime and is slated to star in a live-action historical romance loosely based on the plot of Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Appare! Sengoku Daikassen film. Inagaki played the Kamen Rider G lead in the live-action special of the same name and Dr. Ratchet in the One Piece: Karakuri Shiro no Mecha Kyohei film. Katori famously played Riiya the kid werewolf in Akazukin Cha Cha, Hattori-kun in the live-action Ninja Hattori Kun The Movie, and Haoumaru in Samurai Shodown: The Motion Picture.

As a group, SMAP, performed four theme songs for Hime-chan’s Ribbon and the “Kimi iro Omoi” opening theme for Akazukin Cha Cha. The five members also acted in the animated and live-action Gatchaman 2000 commercials for NTT East ISDN.

Source: anime news network

[J-Pop] Yuna Ito new album release in May 2009! ^_^ (UPDATED!)

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Will update when more info comes out.

THE ALBUM’S TITLE IS “DREAM”.


Kyaaaaaaaa~ I knew it! I felt that she would release a new album soon! ^_^  Overjoyed~

I went to Yuna Ito’s official website to see if she will release a new album any time soon. And yeah, SHE WILL! ^_^  No further infos have been disclosed yet, all I know is that she will release it in May.  Same month as L’Arc~en~Ciel’s Live in Paris DVD. I am going to be so broke >_<

So far she has released 2 singles, and was featured in one of Spontania’s latest singles, which could be a part of the album.  Kyaaaa~ I can’t wait! ^_^

[J-Pop] YUI’s new song’s tie-in with Fullmetal Alchemist Season 2 (UPDATED! Added covers)

After being on a hiatus since she released her album “My Short Stories”, YUI sort of made an indirect comeback in the music scene by writing songs for others, notably to the  new girl group called “Stereopony.”   The band’s next single “I do it” which will be released in April was written by YUI herself.

As for this next news, both YUI fans and anime fans should rejoice this April!  Why? Because YUI will be coming back with a brand new single for the second season of the anime “Fullmetal Alchemist”, which will be aired by Animax.  YUI’s next single “again” is said to be an upbeat song, and will be the opening theme of FMA.  However, the release date for the actual CD single will be on June 3.

credits to: ANN, tokyograph
here are the covers:
Regular Edition

Limited Edition

credits to KaiserKawaii-san @ Japinoy ^_^

Download link for the new song can be found at my Downloads category.