R&B vocalist SEAMO has a new album coming out, and it certainly isn’t his usual soulful fare.
The album will be called “5 Women” and it’ll be available on December 15th. The unique twist to this release is that it’s actually a collaboration album between SEAMO and five different women. He will challenge them all on the album in a test to prove himself.
The guests on the album will sing with him one after another, with the leading track featuring “ViVi” magazine model and singer Sara Mary. Both SEAMO and Sara May are powerful vocalists and coincidentally come from the same hometown, so this will certainly be an interesting collaboration.
SEAMO hasn’t revealed the names of the remaining women yet, but fans should stay tuned for future news on this exciting release!
For those who might not know who SEAMO or Sara Mary are, here is some of the latest from both of them:
AKB48’s preview for the PV of ’Beginner‘ has just been released!
As we’ve mentioned in a previous post, this single will come in five versions which includes 2 CD+DVDs, 2 Event editions, and a regular edition. It’s set to hit shelves and e-stores on October 27th, and will serve as the group’s 18th single.
A press conference for the upcoming live-action drama, “Reinoryokusha Odagiri Kyoko no Uso” was held on September 29th. “Reinoryokusha Odagiri Kyoko no Uso” was originally a manga by Kaitani Shinobu, the famous mangaka of “LIAR GAME”.
Actress Ishihara Satomi stars as the main character, a charismatic but fake psychic who is appealed to by the police to help solve criminal cases.
At the press conference, Satomi showed up in complete character by wearing the psychic’s “formal dress”. Interestingly enough, the actress participated in designing the dress, which made her stand at 180cm tall (she is originally 157cm).
She laughed, “It feels like I’m wearing a wedding dress.”
Other cast members were also present at the press conference, including Tanihara Shosuke and AKB48’s Ohshima Yuko. The drama will start airing on October 10th.
After capturing the nation’s heart with her role in the hit movie, “Speedy Scandal“, back in 2008, Park Bo Young disappeared from the entertainment industry.
Two years later, she is coming back with a brand new project, titled, “She is Looking at Me“, where she plays the female lead.
She received a lot of love calls after her role in “Speedy Scandal”, but she had a problem with her agency, and had to take a break for two years.
In her new project, she plays Ahsung, a woman with a personality disorder. The movie is a love story between Ahsung and Jiho, a guy who is bad at expressing his emotions. The male lead has not been cast yet.
After the Chuseok holiday break last week, M! Countdown returns for another exciting show filled with awesome performances. T-ara’s Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon are confirmed as MCs for this episode.
Aside from the comeback stage for Se7en, and the debut stage for Co-Ed, other performers on today’s episode include: V.O.S, Co-Ed, Dalmatian, Sori, miss $, San-E, Oh Jong Hyuk, Park Ki Young, Sunny Side, SunMin, and Moon Ji Eun.
2NE1 won today’s M! Countdown! Congratulations to 2NE1!
Rookie group Co-Ed have been receiving a lot of buzz lately from their 3D MV showcase and teaser jacket photos. Not only that, fellow labelmates T-ara are also doing what they can to raise the anticipation for their debut.
Well, the wait is finally over. They have made their debut on M!Countdown with the track, “Too Late“.
Ahead of the prestigious 2010 G20 Seoul Summit this November, it was revealed that 20 idol singers from popular K-Pop groups of today have been recruited to sing the theme song for the event.
The theme song titled, ‘Let’s Go‘ had been made specially for the event which will take place from November 11 – 12th at Samsung-dong’s Coex, for the discussion about the world’s economy.
The idol group members who will lend their voices include Gyuri (KARA), Seohyun (SNSD), Junsu (2PM), Changmin (2AM), Jaekyung (Rainbow), Jonghyun (SHINee), Sungmin (Super Junior), Kahi (After School), Luna (f(x)), JiEun (SECRET), Junhyung (B2ST), Gayoon (4minute), Min (miss A), G.O (MBLAQ), Bumkey (2wins), G.NA, Son Dambi, Seo In Kook, IU and Anna.
Korea is hosting this event for the first time and hopes to transfer a message through this song to youths that they should take on the world with confidence. With the growing influence that K-pop idols now wield on the young generation, there were no better candidates than them to do so.
The solo recordings were done from the 24 – 25th and all 20 of them came under one roof on the 26th to record the chorus portions.
‘Let’s Go’ is scheduled to be released in early October and footage of the idol singers recording the song will be edited into a music video.
On September 27th, a news article by Japan’s Asahi News, titled, “DBSK’s comeback potential“, speculated that Avex dropped promotional activities with JYJ because their contract with JYJ hindered Avex’s recruitment of other Korean stars. The article specified that Avex supported JYJ, but this caused a breakdown in relations between Avex and SM Entertainment to the point where the latter signed SNSD with Universal.
In summary, Aera, the author of the article, postulates that Avex split with JYJ as an act of submission to SM Entertainment and other Korean entertainment corporations.
Aera wrote, “It is commonly accepted in Korea that companies spend millions to train and promote artists from their early childhood. Korea’s entertainment business finds it inevitable that contracts must be of a certain length to guarantee profit. JYJ’s split from SM through legal proceedings put a huge scratch on the face of SM and Korea’s business. When Avex salvaged JYJ, it was a direct confrontation with SM.”
“When SNSD and KARA signed under Universal, and 2PM followed up with Sony, Avex had to consider the lack of fresh Korean recruitment. In the end, they opted to drop the immediately, but minimally profitable, JYJ for a chance to sign the new generation’s ‘DBSK’.”
Aera continued, “Just like in Korea, where fame is but an overinflated bubble, when DBSK broke up, their fame took a massive hit. Even in Japan, JYJ’s activities drew negatives comments such as, ‘money hungry dogs’, and other severe criticisms“.
Aera concluded by questioning whether JYJ has a bright future ahead.
J-rock unit, Porno Graffitti, has announced that they will be releasing a new single, “Kimi ha 100%” on October 27th. It’s been 8 months since they released their last single, “Hitomi no oku wo Nozokasete.”
As a follow-up song for the new single, they will include their cover of “Get It On” (T.Rex) which was used for a pepsi NEX CM (They also stared in the CM). In addition to that, they will add one more song to the single, but the details have not been revealed yet. Details of the upcoming single as well as the privileges will be up on Porno Graffitti’s official site later.
T-ara will be in full support of the rookie group, Co-Ed, on this week’s Mnet ‘M! Countdown’.
It has been reported that T-ara members Eunjung, Hyomin, and Jiyeon will be the special MCs for this week’s episode. They revealed, “In addition to our image on variety programs, we will show everyone exactly our talents as MCs.”
The producer of ‘M! Countdown’ revealed, “The singers will be appointed as the special MCs, and plan to show a different image of themselves. As much as the singers desired to be appointed the MCs, the viewers response to this has also heightened. We will try our best to not only give everyone the best stage, but to make the show enjoyable.”
Tune into allkpop as we unveil rookie group Co-Ed’s debut performance this coming September 30th.
Girl groups have undergone many changes since they first appeared in the music industry. Formerly known for their fantasy-like and unapproachable image, girl groups these days seem unafraid to bare all, as many are the driving forces behind variety programs. Their witty commentary and honest confessions have earned them countless headlines.
In those cases where they confess, what is the thing that is most often confessed by girl groups? Well, girl groups almost always confess their height and weight on variety shows, adding and subtracting from reality to fit the situation. Newsen and Sports Seoul recently surveyed the heights and weights of ten girl groups to get a closer look behind the screen.
SNSD, KARA, and f(x) were excluded from the survey, as their information was not listed in portals.
#1. What are the stats of the first generation idols?
S.E.S hold an average height of 161.3 cm, but Fin.K.L is taller by 7 cm, standing at an average of 168.5 cm. S.E.S also weighs an average of 49.5 kg, while Fin.K.L weighs 3 kg more at 49.5 kg.
The members weighing the least are S.E.S’s Shoo at 44 kg, and Fin.K.L’s Sung Yuri at 45 kg.
#2. Who is the tallest amongst the second generation idols?
First goes to none other than After School, standing at an average of 168.375 cm with their long, slender bodies. Rainbow comes in at second with an average of 165 cm, and 4minute in third with 164.6 cm.
UEE and Nana are the two tallest members of After School, standing at 171 cm. The rest of the members have similar heights, while Raina is the shortest at 166 cm.
The shortest group are the Brown Eyed Girls, standing at an average of 160.75 cm and weighing in at 45.5 kg. Secret came in second at 161.5 cm and weighing in at 45.2 kg.
Those in the 163 cm average category include T-ara (163.6 cm), the Wonder Girls (163.8 cm), and miss A (163.7 cm).
#3. Which girl group is the lightest?
The members of 2NE1 are the lightest with a group average of 43.5 kg. They stand at 162.5 cm tall. Dara is the lightest member among all the girl groups, weighing in at 40 kg.
After School averaged 48 kg, with Secret following at 45.2 kg, the Wonder Girls at 45.2 kg, Davichi at 45.5 kg, and miss A at 45.7 kg.
#4. All of the girl groups are underweight!
Celebrities are often seen making statements such as, “I look heavier on screen than I do in real life.”
When put through the BMI calculations though, results revealed that all of the girl groups were underweight. Using 18.5~23 as the healthy range, the Brown Eyed Girls came closest to being “healthy” with a BMI of 17.61.
Secret followed with 17.35, 4minute with 17.13, miss A with 17.06, After School with 17.06, the Wonder Girls with 16.85, Davichi with 16.71, 2NE1 with 16.47, and T-ara with 16.36.
The most underweight of all was Rainbow with a BMI of 16.11.