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  1. TWICE's 'Candy Pop' certified platinum by Japanese industry association SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- "Candy Pop," the latest Japanese single from South Korean girl group TWICE, has been certified platinum by Japan's recording industry association, the group's agency said Monday. The song recently received the certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan for selling more than 400,000 copies, JYP Entertainment said. It became the third TWICE song to be certified platinum by the association after its Japanese debut compilation album "#TWICE" and follow-up single "One More Time," released in October. The Japanese association gives the platinum certification to albums that sell more than 250,000 copies. TWICE is scheduled to return to the domestic music scene in early April and hold concerts titled "Twiceland Zone 2: Fantasy Park" in Seoul from May 18-20. It later plans to hold four concerts in Japan and perform in other Asian countries, including Singapore. A promotional image for TWICE, provided by JYP Entertainment (Yonhap) sshim@yna.co.kr (END) CR: Yonhap News Agency
  2. March Brand Reputation Rankings For Individual Girl Group Members Revealed On March 18, the Korean Business Research Institute announced this month’s ranking for brand reputation among individual girl group members. The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 111,233,224 pieces of big data on 318 girl group members from February 16 to March 17. With the recent premiere of her new drama “Tempted,” Red Velvet’s Joy rose six spots from the February ranking to top the list this month. With a participation score of 1,486,226, media coverage score of 473,820, interaction score of 651,752, and community score of 566,773, her total score for the month came out to be 3,178,571, which is a 16.56 percent increase from her February score. MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo also rose six spots to take second for the March ranking with a participation score of 1,977,812, media coverage score of 231,620, interaction score of 594,717, and community score of 362,747 for a total brand reputation score of 3,166,896. This is a 17.46 percent increase from her previous score. Following MAMAMOO’s recent comeback, Solar rose 67 spots from the February ranking to take third place. Her participation score is 1,029,568, media coverage score is 717,689, interaction score is 487,224, and community score is 758,066 for a total brand reputation score of 2,992,547, which is a 493.12 percent increase from last month. Check out the top 30 below: Red Velvet’s Joy MOMOLAND’s Yeonwoo MAMAMOO’s Solar Red Velvet’s Seulgi Red Velvet’s Irene WJSN’s Xuan Yi MOMOLAND’s Nancy MOMOLAND’s JooE TWICE’s Dahyun gugudan’s Mina Red Velvet’s Yeri WJSN’s Cheng Xiao WJSN’s Bona Girls’ Generation’s YoonA TWICE’s Sana TWICE’s Momo TWICE’s Nayeon MAMAMOO’s Wheein TWICE’s Mina MAMAMOO’s Hwasa Red Velvet’s Wendy WJSN’s Yoo Yeonjung WJSN’s Seola Weki Meki’s Kim Doyeon Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul Weki Meki’s Choi Yoojung TWICE’s Tzuyu Oh My Girl’s YooA WJSN’s Dayoung Source (1) TWICE's members: 9. Dahyun 15. Sana 16. Momo 17. Nayeon 19. Mina 28. Tzuyu 31. Jeongyeon 36. Jihyo 38. Chaeyoung CR: soompi, rekorea.net
  3. An Analyst Looked For The Most Popular Words And Seasons In Korean Songs: Here’s What He Found A study of over 26,000 Korean songs has shown which seasons and other words most commonly appear in lyrics! Korean literature professor Han Sung Woo from Inha University recently published a book entitled “The Language of Songs,” in which he shares the results of his study on the most common words in popular Korean music. He conducted his analysis by looking at 26,250 well-known songs. His first way of compiling songs to study was using lists of karaoke tracks, since finding their lyrics would be relatively easy and they’re also songs beloved by Koreans. He added songs released during the Japanese colonial period, as well as those published in a collection from the 1980s. One thing he was curious to find out through his research was which season of the year came up the most in Korean song lyrics. Of the four seasons, the word for “spring” was the most often used, appearing in 1,572 songs. “Winter” was next, showing up in 1,281 songs. “Summer” was the third most common with 1,001 songs in total and “fall” came in last with appearances in 541 songs. He also found the most common words overall in popular music. The word “I” (na — 나) appeared the most with 229,272 usages, and “you” (neo — 너) was next with 128,781. The syllable “geot” (것) appears in many grammatical structures and is a common component of sentences in Korean, and it was the third most common with 85,425 appearances. “Love” (sarang — 사랑) came in fourth place with 82,782 usages in the songs. In fifth was another word for “you” (geudae — 그대), which is commonly used in popular songs as a poetic or romantic way to refer to another person, and it was used 41,455 times. Han Sung Woo noted in his book that Korean songs are therefore often a love confession, written from a first-person point of view directly to someone else — the second person “you.” Have you noticed other recurring themes in K-pop songs? Source (1) CR: soompi
  4. Red Velvet, “Fight My Way,” “Chief Kim,” And More Win At 30th Korea Producer Awards he 30th Korea Producer Awards took place on March 15 at MBC Open Hall in Seoul. The Korea Producer Awards recognizes producing directors (PDs) and entertainers who have contributed to the free press and the development of society and culture. It is hosted by the Korea PD Association, and 106 currently-active PDs evaluated 128 nominated works and entertainers and gave out awards in 29 categories this year. The Best Variety Show award went to MBC’s “Welcome, First Time in Korea?” and the Best Drama award went to KBS 2TV’s “Fight My Way” and “Chief Kim.” Winners of the Performer Awards included Chun Ho Jin (in the actor category), Red Velvet (singer category), Park Na Rae (comedian category), and Kim Saeng Min (TV host category). The PD of the Year Award went to PDs from MBC and KBS who took a stand in the fight for impartial programming and autonomy during the recent network strikes. The ceremony recognized MBC and KBS PDs who refused to create programming while the strike was ongoing, including 10 PDs from MBC’s “PD Notebook” and 32 KBS PDs. The KBS PDs also produced and shared videos of the workers’ strike. Artists including Red Velvet, The Boyz, Min Woo Hyuk, and Seenroot performed at the awards show. Congratulations to all of the winners! Source (1) (2) CR: soompi
  5. KCON USA Announces 2018 Dates And Gears Up For Another Exciting Year It’s time to get ready for another epic KCON USA! The annual event has announced that its 7th edition will be held this summer from June 23 to 24 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and from August 10 to 12 at STAPLES Center & LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. KCON USA is the world’s largest Korean culture convention, and it will once again be bringing exciting concerts by K-pop stars and lots of interesting content at its convention, which this year will expand to include K-beauty and esports. Last year’s KCON USA was attended by 128,000 fans, which is the most in its history. KCON USA attendees get to experience A-list concerts, celebrity meet and greets, and workshops and panels, with topics that cover not only Korean music but also food, fashion, television, film, esports and more. You can check out more information at KCON USA’s website and also follow @KCONUSA on Twitter. Stay tuned for news on which artists will be performing at KCON USA this year! CR: soompi
  6. Pop stars take control of their sound Teaching their artists how to produce music has paid off for agencies iKon members from left: Kim Dong-hyuk, Song Yoon-hyung, B.I, Bobby, Kim Jin-hwan, Koo Joo-hoe and Jung Chan-woo. [YG ENTERTAINMENT] YG Entertainment’s seven-member hip hop boy group iKON is on a roll these days. On Jan. 25, their single “Love Scenario” topped numerous music streaming charts, and stayed there for five weeks straight - the longest streak for a male group since YG boy band Big Bang’s “Haru Haru” was number one on the charts for seven weeks in 2008. Despite competition from popular boy group Wanna One’s “I.P.U.,” which was released on March 5, iKON has continued to hover around the top spot. In fact, the group also released “Rubber Band,” a digital single on March 5. Although K-pop groups are releasing music at higher frequency than ever before these days, it still is notable for a boy band to drop a new song just weeks after releasing their first full-length album in two years. Based on the career paths of many of their groups, YG, one of the nation’s biggest entertainment agencies, seems to be continuing its tradition of giving their singers the skills to be their own producers, creating what have come to be known as producer-dols - a portmanteau of producer and idol, what pop stars are commonly called in Korea. iKON group leader B.I was active in writing lyrics and composing music for all of the songs included on the group’s second album, as well as “Rubber Band.” B.I proudly explained to the press that “this song was revised eight times, as if it was given CPR.” “Rubber Band” was produced by B.I. in collaboration with Song Min-ho from the YG boy group Winner. Both artists collaborated in writing the lyrics and the music. Although from the same agency, it was the first time for the two groups to collaborate on music. Both boy groups are products of the 2013 Mnet music competition program “Win: Who is Next,” and therefore, they are often referred to as brother groups. The guys who made the show’s final group debuted together as Winner in 2014, while those who failed to make the cut were cast in follow-up Mnet music competition show, “Mix and Match,” and later became iKON. As most of the members of Big Bang, who have played a major role in raising the agency’s profile, recently entered the military, YG has turned its focus to firmly establishing Winner and iKON’s standing in the music industry and ensuring their success. These so-called post-Big Bang groups are following in the footsteps of one of the most successful male acts in Korean music history. In July 2007, Big Bang dominated the Melon charts for six consecutive weeks with its song “Lies.” Just months later, in November of the same year, the group broke its own record with “Last Farewell” off of the album “Hot Issue,” topping the charts for eight weeks. This led them to secure their spot as one of the most successful bands in K-pop history. Unlike selling albums, topping the streaming music charts requires seizing the attention of listeners outside of a group’s diehard fans. This makes it difficult for a single band to dominate music charts for more than a few days. Female acts are no exception to this rule. When looking over Melon’s charts, only Wonder Girl’s 2007 release “Tell Me,” which held on to the top spot for seven weeks, and Girls’ Generation’s 2009 song “Gee,” which stayed atop the charts for eight weeks, managed to pull off such success. Even Psy, who made a name for himself internationally with his 2012 smash-hit “Gangnam Style,” only topped the charts for six weeks, making the success of “Love Scenario” even more notable. Boy band BTS, known for its hit song “DNA,” is another male act that has proven the importance of members’ roles in producing the group’s music. Through their success, fans’ expectation that their favorite group members will take part in producing their music has only increased. If idols like iKON’s B.I. and Bobby and Big Bang’s G-Dragon are able to produce their own music, the record-making process becomes a lot easier. Of course, the direction of each K-pop group is different. While YG’s Big Bang pursues sophistication, BTS from Big Hit Entertainment has focused on making music for young people, with the aim that the fans will grow together with the group. This also goes for J-Hope, the third member of BTS after RM and Sugar to release a solo mixtape project. The singer released the song “Hope World” off of the project on March 2. Starting his career off as a dancer, he became a rapper and then a producer. “Hope World” has been well recieved by fans around the world, ranking first on the iTunes Top Album Chart, which is compiled from sales in 63 countries. Mixtapes have now come to be perceived as a window for artists to freely communicate with their fans. iKON pursues “a style of music that everybody empathizes with. A kind of music that provokes imagination,” said Mimyo, the chief editor of Korean pop music website Idology. “As shown through their debut song ‘My Type,’ iKON’s strengths lie in their cheerful melodies that can be sung easily and the lyrics, which both male and female fans can relate to.” As for B.I from iKON, he is “inspired by movies and dramas because [of a] lack of experience,” and Bobby’s surprisingly romantic lyrics often appeal to people of many ages despite his fans mostly being in their teens and 20s. For the first time, some K-pop groups are promoting themselves as producer-dols. JYP’s upcoming boy group Stray Kids, who are scheduled to make their official debut on March 25, announced its debut album, titled “Mixtape,” in January. The group’s debut single “Hellevator,” was produced by the group’s leader Bang-chan, and Stray Kids even ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s “K-pop Artists to Watch in 2018.” “In the case of large entertainment agencies, it has been challenging to manage a number of K-pop groups at the same time,” said Professor Lee Gyu-tag of George Mason University Korea. “But as these group members have become more [independent with their music], self-producing has become possible, overcoming the limitations of the previous system [that hindered the management of big agencies].” BY MIN KYUNG-WON [lee.jeonghyun@joongang.co.kr] YG Entertainment's Winner, right, is also known for having a hand in the production of its music, thanks to the work of member Song Min-ho, second from left. Stray Kids, left, who will soon debut under JYP Entertainment, released its first song "Hellevator" on Mnet music competition program "Stray Kids." The song was composed by group leader Bang-chan, center. [ILGAN SPORTS, JYP ENTERTAINMENT] CR: Korea Joongang Daily
  7. MADTOWN’s H.O Shares What Life Was Like As A JYP Entertainment Trainee MADTOWN member H.O recently told some stories from his days as a trainee at JYP Entertainment. H.O spent time as a trainee at JYP before he joined the agency J.Tune Camp and debuted with MADTOWN in 2014. He is currently a broadcasting jockey on the website AfreecaTV. In a recent live show, he shared stories in the hopes that it would help others who dream of joining the industry. He said that he’d auditioned for JYP Entertainment by performing WINNER member Kang Seung Yoon’s song “Instinctively.” He explained, “I really couldn’t sing at all. I had only ever danced, and the only time I’d been able to sing was at karaoke. So I picked a song that I sang a lot at karaoke, it was probably a recent song at the time.” H.O added that he hadn’t been worried about the dancing portion of the audition, since he’d practiced dancing for a long time. However, there was a part of the audition where they turned on random music and asked the applicants to freestyle dance. “But when I’d learned to dance, I’d only learned choreography,” said H.O. “So I couldn’t do things like freestyle, because I’d never tried. They put on a really energetic pop song, and I just clapped.” He then did a funny impression of how he’d awkwardly clapped along to the song instead of dancing. He went on to say that he’d passed the audition and began training at a special training center. He clarified that while a lot of people know the famous main JYP Entertainment building where artists practice, there was a separate training center about a five-minute walk away where training took place. As he talked about the daily life of a trainee, he shared that trainees were given meal tickets for the cafeteria. In addition, he said that the building was set up with CCTV cameras everywhere, and he explained that he’d found all the blind spots by the time he was a month into his training, so he could sleep and eat junk food without being monitored if he wanted to. H.O also shared how the monthly evaluations worked at JYP while he was a trainee. “All of the kind of systematic entertainment companies that you would recognize are probably the same,” he said. “There’s an evaluation that they do once a month.” “It shows them how much a person’s improved, and how passionate they are,” he continued. “They kind of draw a picture in their heads. They say, ‘Oh, that person seems to be passionate, and it seems like they’ve practiced hard. Their skills seem to have improved since last month.’ Then they keep training them. But if they see them and think, ‘Oh, their skills haven’t improved since last month,’ then they keep observing. They don’t let them go right away. If they haven’t improved for two or three months and they don’t seem to be passionate, then they let them go. Then other trainees keep coming in. So it’s really competitive.” H.O was asked what the vocal lessons were like at JYP, and he said that since he’d never learned how to sing, he had to start with vocalization. He’d go into a practice room with a teacher and practice scales. “There’s something called a JYP basic scale,” he said. “It’s on an MP3 file.” He laughed as he shared how he’d connect an MP3 player to a speaker and follow along with a voice giving directions on the file. He also said, “At JYP, you can’t do monthly evaluations with Korean songs.” Even if trainees asked if they could sing a Korean song, they were told not to. Instead, the trainees all had to sing songs in English. “I still don’t know the reason why,” he said. When asked about the ages of the trainees, H.O said, “When I was there, there were some really young people, and elementary school students and middle school students. I think the oldest was 20 or 21 years old.” H.O went on to talk about the good environment at JYP, saying that when the monthly evaluations were finished, they’d host a birthday party for the trainees, and also held Christmas parties. The trainees who were celebrating a birthday were also given gift cards worth 50,000 won (approximately $46.83). “Also, at the very end of the monthly evaluations, they’d have a freestyle part,” he said. “The 40 to 50 trainees would all get together in one spot and make a circle. They’d turn on music and people would take turns coming out into the center and doing a freestyle dance, just doing whatever they wanted.” “Once a year, we’d also go somewhere as an outing,” he added. “I’m not sure what it’s called, but we’d have a campfire and stuff like that. They treated us really well.” When asked if they gave them clothes, H.O said that wasn’t provided, so he’d just buy several sets of track suits. “I was always ripping them,” he explained. “So I’d just buy five of the same thing.” H.O explained that trainees had contract periods, with some of them being a year or two years. He was asked if trainees were paid, and he confirmed that they weren’t. “Instead, there’s really no place to use money,” he said. “You can live on the allowance and they pay for a place for trainees to sleep, they give them food, and take care of the lessons. They provide everything.” He said, “It was actually hard at the time, but looking back on it now, it was a good memory and really fun.” A commenter asked if he’d go to JYP Entertainment again and debut, if he could go back in time. H.O replied, “If I could go back in time, I’d get into Bitcoin. Don’t be crazy.” MADTOWN has been on hiatus since 2016, and the group has been through a difficult time in the past year and a half. They remain in a legal battle to be completely free from their contracts with their former agency. Source (1) CR: soompi
  8. GOT7’s JB And Jinyoung Express Support For The “Me Too” Movement GOT7’s JB and Jinyoung shared their thoughts on the “Me Too” movement that has been sweeping South Korea lately during a recent interview in honor of the group’s comeback. See Also: GOT7's Jinyoung Reveals Unfortunate Side Effect Of Having Same Name As JYP Founder Park Jin Young “I want to applaud everyone who has courageously spoken up,” Jinyoung stated. “I believe there is a lot of unspoken pain everywhere, not just in the cultural or entertainment circles. I hope that they will be able to shake off their pain and confidently rise up again during and after the ‘Me Too’ movement. I hope the ‘Me Too’ movement becomes a good influence that spreads throughout society in general. I want to express my support and gratitude.” JB expressed, “I hope that such reprehensible acts will disappear. It makes me think that I have to mature properly. I thought it would be best if I become a role model without any disgraceful aspects as time goes on and I become a senior [in the industry] myself.” The GOT7 members were also asked if JYP Entertainment provided any education about such matters like sexual violence. JB revealed, “There are many programs within the agency. We have been receiving sex education since we were trainees. We can also receive ‘mental care.’ Park Jin Young thinks that a person’s character is the most important thing. We have always spoken about matters like this, and he also gives us a lot of advice as well.” GOT7 recently came back with their newest mini album “Eyes on You,” which features title track “Look.” Source (1) CR: soompi
  9. Planning your cherry blossom peeping spots : How to welcome the beauty of spring away from the big crowds It’s almost the time of year when the popular song “Cherry Blossom Ending” starts magically appearing on music streaming charts. One can never precisely forecast when the flowers will come to full bloom, but as soon as Korea escapes months of subzero temperatures, people get excited to see green leaves and colorful flowers blossoming on the now-barren trees. There will still be some spring showers and cold days before the flowers come, but many people plan ahead for quick getaways to some of Korea’s best places to enjoy the spring season. The Korea Tourism Organization is working to compile information about cherry blossom hot spots around the country, and has even made a guide for Japanese travelers looking to catch the flowers this year. Starting around April 7, Seoul is expected to see a majority of its cherry blossoms opening up, according to private weather service Weather I, which releases an annual flower forecast. It will take about a week for the flowers to fully bloom, so expect the crowds of people looking to take photos with the beautiful pink blossoms to come out in mid-April. 이미지뷰 In the southern part of the country, in places like Jeju and the South Jeolla and Gyeongsang regions, the pink flowers will make their appearance a bit earlier, with the flowers forecast to bloom in late March. Although Yeouido, western Seoul, and areas around Mount Namsan, in central, are known for having lots of beautiful cherry blossoms, there is no need to travel too far from home or work, as there are many other districts with streets lined with cherry blossom. Spots in your neighborhood are usually the best choice if you are looking to stay away from the crowds. Seokchon Lake in Songpa district, southern Seoul, is a hot spot for residents in the area to go for a walk. Towards the end of peak cherry blossom season, the flower petals that fall onto the lake create a beautiful scene rarely found elsewhere. Those close to the streams that lead to the Han River can easily go for a walk along a trail adorned with flowers. Not only cherry blossoms, but many other kinds of wild flowers welcome visitors alongside Yangjae Stream in Gangnam district and Jungnang Stream in Dongdaemun district, eastern Seoul. Residents in western Seoul have another option. A trail that runs through the out-of-service Gyeongui Line is a local gem. Virtually unknown for its spring beauty to those outside of the trail’s path, the walk is seldom crowded. The area is decorated with signs leftover from its days as a railway, making for great props to make your flower photos unique. Many of the theme parks in and around Seoul are also great places to check out flowers, especially for families that want other activities available for kids to enjoy. Right by its fun rides, Everland in Yongin, Gyeonggi, is home to Hoam Lake which is surrounded by trees, making it an ideal spot for a scenic drive or a walk. Children’s Grand Park in Gwangjin district, eastern Seoul, and Dream Forest in Gangbuk district, northeastern Seoul, are also great places to take a peek at flowers. With only about two weeks left until flowers across the country start to bloom, every region known for its cherry blossoms has begun announcing dates for their local flower festivals. One of the most popular, the Jinhae Gunhangje, will start on April 1 in Jinhae, part of Changwon in South Gyeongsang. The district is one of the most famous spots for cherry blossoms in the country and known for its many tree-lined streets. Gurye County in South Jeolla will hold a festival for two days starting April 7, which is also when Hadong County in South Gyeongsang will hold its festival as well. BY LEE SUN-MIN [summerlee@joongang.co.kr] CR: Korea Joongang Daily
  10. The next generation takes the mic K-pop’s newest girl group stars talk fame, fortune and the future [ILGAN SPORTS] Although Korea’s latest generation of girl groups only debuted in the last year or two, they’re already carving out their own space in the local entertainment industry. Gugudan, Momoland, Cosmic Girls, Weki Meki and Pristin are quickly gaining popularity, climbing higher on online music charts with catchy melodies and memorable dance moves. The latest batch of successful girl groups are known as the fourth generation. The first generation came in the 1990s, with hit groups such as S.E.S and Fin.K.L setting the tone for years to come. The mid-2000s saw the rise of the next generation, with huge girl groups like Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation and KARA claiming their spot in the annals of K-pop history. The third wave came in the 2010s, including big names such as Girl’s Day, Sistar and Apink. Though they may not be household names just yet, the newest groups are ready to take on the challenge and rise to the top. To find out more about the latest round of girl groups, Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, put together a panel of K-pop stars - one member from each of the five groups. Mina from Gugudan, JooE of Momoland, Dayoung of Cosmic Girls, Weki Meki’s Doyeon and Seongyeon from Pristin were chosen for the discussion as they will all turn 19 this year. The following are edited excerpts. Q. You will all become legal adults this year. Has anything changed for you? A. Dayoung: Nothing’s actually changed that much for me, probably because it hasn’t been that long. I thought that things would change dramatically, but I don’t feel much difference, especially because I’ve been so busy with [Cosmic Girls’] new album. Doyeon: I thought that I would always walk around wearing heels, and I had this thing about heels. My sister told me she would buy me some. Seeing photos of heels makes me feel [grown up]. You’re all very new to the entertainment industry. What’s it like, now that you’ve made your big debut? JooE: We all practiced so much, dreaming of our debut. It gives me such a fulfilling sensation. Mina: We recently held our first fan meeting in Singapore. They recognized who we were when we went abroad, and that felt really good - also quite surprising, too. I thought that no one would cheer for us, but we were grateful that they knew who we were and cheered for us. Dayoung: I feel emotional every time people recognize us. If there’s a placard for me or for our group in the audience, I feel so happy. I can’t properly express how thankful I am. It’s so overwhelming. Were there any negative experiences after your debut? Dayoung: Not so much that it’s a downside, but there’s something that’s a little difficult. We have 13 members in our group. Because we have so many members, we can’t all be at the center, or have longer parts than others. So it’s a little hard for us that not everyone gets as much attention as we would like. Doyeon: I haven’t come across anything that’s too much of an obstacle, yet. But just as it is with everything else, we can’t always like all the things we do. I think it’s difficult to accept that. I’ve been feeling a little frustrated after the debut because I want to look perfect. I know that I just have to change my mindset, and that there’s no need to rush but go step by step, because I have so much to show, but it’s easier said than done. I have my ambitions, but I also try to let things go at the same time. Who are your role models? And have you been able to meet any of them? Dayoung: I really look up to Lee Hyori. I used to sing and dance to her songs when I was younger. When the Cosmic Girls made a comeback last year, it coincided with her comeback date, and I bumped into her on a music program. I actually wrote her a message on Instagram, which I don’t think she saw yet (laughs). What’s important is that I was able to meet her. Seongyeon: I really like IU. I saw her once, and I wrote her a long letter on a CD and gave it to her. I jumped up and down when she won first place at a music show, and I was caught on camera [doing so]. I’m not sure if she saw that, but I was happy enough that we were in the same [place] at the same time. Could you give us some diet tips? Mina: The best thing is to keep looking at yourself. I looked at the mirror so many times while I was on my diet. When I see myself [in the mirror] after I’ve lost weight, I feel so proud and I keep carrying on, because I don’t want to return to [my] past. JooE: I take care of myself with a strict diet routine. If I’ve eaten a lot one day, then I only drink liquids the next day. I always work out. But because we don’t always get [the time] to work out when we’re working, I try my best to diet. What do you do on your days off? JooE: I like going to jjimjilbang (Korean spa) or public baths. But I don’t get to do that much these days, because people recognize me. I go sometimes with my mom to places people don’t usually go or on days when others are working. Doyeon: I like to walk around [the city] when I have no schedule. But the thing is, I keep looking down because I’m worried someone might see me. I walk around with my hat on and head to the ground. I try not to do that because I’m scared I might get too lonely, so I try to enjoy the things I used to before my debut - like having a stroll or going to cafes. What do you think you’ll be doing when you’re 30? Doyeon: If someone asks me whether I’m happy right now, I can definitely say yes. I hope I can say the same thing without any hesitation in 10 years time. Mina: I think it’s most important to last in the long run. I hope we can still be in business when we’re 30, just like Girls’ Generation. Dayoung: I grew up dreaming of becoming something like Girls’ Generation, I hope that I and the Cosmic Girls also become an inspiration for someone. BY KIM YEON-JI [yoon.soyeon@joongang.co.kr] CR: Korea Joongang Daily
  11. GOT7’s Jinyoung Reveals Unfortunate Side Effect Of Having Same Name As JYP Founder Park Jin Young GOT7’s Jinyoung has revealed the surprising thing he found hardest about sharing a name with JYP Entertainment founder Park Jin Young! See Also: GOT7 Appointed Honorary Ambassadors For Korea’s National Fire Agency On the March 10 episode of JTBC’s “Ask Us Anything,” Jinyoung asked the cast members to guess what was hardest about having the same given name as his producer. Super Junior’s Kim Heechul initially guessed that Park Jin Young had said to him, “Don’t besmirch my name.” Jinyoung replied, “He did say something like that to me, but that’s not the answer.” After some sleuthing, the cast eventually arrived at the correct answer: Jinyoung’s parents had often sent him homemade kimchi during his trainee days, but the company had sometimes delivered the packages to the other Park Jin Young instead of him. “My mom used to send me kimchi on a regular basis, but it kept disappearing,” he recalled. “To be honest, there were about three times when I didn’t receive it.” He went on to explain, “I found out later that there was a special storage area for deliveries to Park Jin Young. So from then on, my mom would send her packages to ‘trainee Park Jin Young.'” Heechul cut in, “Or ‘the good-looking Park Jin Young.'” Park Jin Young replied jokingly, “Then [the package] would come to me!” At the urging of the “Ask Us Anything” cast, Jinyoung then confronted Park Jin Young directly, asking, “Did you ever receive any kimchi?” However, the dazed Park Jin Young responded blankly, “I don’t know.” It appears as though the case of the missing kimchi may never be solved. GOT7 will be releasing its new mini album “Eyes on You,” featuring the title track “Look,” on March 12 at 6 p.m. KST. Source (1) (2) CR: soompi
  12. [V Report Plus] Once fails to recognize Twice (Naver V app) Dahyun of girl group Twice revealed anecdotes from the group’s recent fan events in a live broadcast held via Naver’s V app Saturday. In the broadcast, she shared a story from the fan event held earlier that day. “We had some kind of fan meeting event today,” she said. “On my way back, I saw a Once (Twice’s fan club name) at the crosswalk. I rolled down the (car) window to say hi but the fan looked at me as if he or she was thinking ‘Who is that?’ so I was very embarrassed.” “I was really excited to say hello,” she said, disappointed. “The fan recognized me a little later though.” The anecdote reminded her of another story from a recent fan event where the Twice bandmates took selfies with fans. “When the fans get inside to an event, they hand their letters over to our managers,” she said. “So we decided to stand there to get their letters directly as it was a small event.” “We were wearing our own clothes that day but I guess Once thought we would wear our stage outfits. They just passed by not recognizing us though we shouted out that we are Twice but they still passed by,” she said. http://www.vlive.tv/video/62277 http://www.vlive.tv/video/62489 CR: KPOPHERALD
  13. Park Jin Young Talks About A Misunderstanding When He Debuted And Future Goals Park Jin Young appeared on the March 10 episode of “Ask Us Anything” along with GOT7, where he talked about being mistaken for Jung Woo Sung early in his career and also his future goals. See Also: Watch: GOT7 And Park Jin Young Have Fun Backstage At "Ask Us Anything" He first talked about how he was able to finally debut and make it after failing countless auditions. He shared that through producer Kim Hyung Suk, he was finally able to debut, but because his agency had been small, he was unable to appear in anything to promote. He explained, “For nine months, I didn’t do any radio programs or TV shows.” Park Jin Young continued, “Jung Woo Sung had filmed his first commercial, and [because my song was used in it] the bottom of the commercial stated, ‘Park Jin Young’s ‘Don’t Leave Me.” So everyone thought that Jung Woo Sung was me. We were both rookies so they thought that I had Jung Woo Sung’s face.” He explained that this misunderstanding had been resolved during his first television appearance and performance. He commented that he had been wearing a scarf, fur pants, and a plastic jacket and that the agency had given him a perm the night before, which meant that he was sweating buckets even before his performance. He shared, “The viewers were waiting for Jung Woo Sung, so they were quite shocked.” Now a successful producer and singer, Park Jin Young talked about his upcoming goals. Kang Ho Dong mentioned, “They say that you haven’t had your glory days yet. Apparently you said that you wanted your prime to be when you’re 60 years old.” The singer responded, “My plan is to dance to the point where I hear, ‘How can he dance like that?’ when I’m 60 years old.” He continued, “For about three years, I studied a lot of medicine and biology. I calculated until what age I could maintain the best body, and it came out to around 60 years old.” Kang Ho Dong then jokingly asked if the singer had already planned if he had already planned out his 70s and 80s as well, to which he answered, “I haven’t. Right now, it’s really hard to live like this every day. I’m confidence that I can do it until I’m 60 years old. But after that, I’m going to eat what I want and not exercise.” Park Jin Young also talked about his goals as an artist. He shared, “My life goal right now is to have a concert entitled ’50 No. 1.’ So far, [including writing lyrics and composing,] I have 47 songs that have placed No. 1 on weekly music charts. If I’m able to do three more, I’m going to invite all the singers that participated in those songs and have a concert. There’s going to be a red carpet, with singers like Park Ji Yoon, Rain, g.o.d, Uhm Jung Hwa, and more.” He then shared a third, more personal goal of writing a book. He explained, “I want to write in a book on how and why I lived my life. I’m hoping that this book will help juniors in the industry when they ponder over why they’re pursuing this type of life. I want this book to help prevent juniors from becoming depressed or giving up.” Source (1)(2) CR: soompi
  14. GOT7’s Jackson Once Again Expresses His Confusion Over Korean Age Distinctions GOT7’s Jackson recently revived a very familiar complaint on JTBC’s “Ask Us Anything!” See Also: Watch: GOT7 Performs Comeback Track “Look” On “Ask Us Anything” The quiz that Jackson presented to the cast was “What about Korean culture do I find hard to understand?” The answer turned out to be “fast” or “early” birthdays. In Korea, people that are born in the same year are considered to be “friends” and usually require no special deference or honorific when speaking to each other. However, people born in January or February (prior to the start of the school year in March) can enter the grade of the students born a year before, and might be considered to be part of that age group rather than the one of their birth year. When Jinyoung asked if he had a target in mind when he asked the question, Jackson said, “It’s our team leader, JB.” JB was born in January 1994 while Jackson was born two months later in March 1994. Jackson calls JB hyung, though he has expressed confusion over this distinction many times in the past. “There’s only two months between us,” Jackson explained. “At first I didn’t know. Everyone else called him hyung, so I did too. But after a year and a half, I asked him what year he was born in, and he said he was born in January 1994. I asked him why I had to call him hyung.” He added, “It’s cool now” but went on to say, “And I understand that this is a school thing, if they get into school first then you have to call them hyung. But we didn’t go to the same school! So why? I’m a foreigner as well.” Yugyeom pointed out that the problem started because Jackson automatically started calling JB hyung at first, but Jackson said that he tried to call JB “B-Boy King” before JB told him to call him hyung instead. (They then re-enacted the scene, which was a lot less dramatic than Jackson originally painted it.) Source (1) CR: soompi
  15. GOT7 Reveals Goal Of Becoming Shareholders of JYP Entertainment In Front Of Park Jin Young GOT7 guest-starred on JTBC’s “Ask Us Anything” and revealed a dream of theirs, to the surprise of Park Jin Young. See Also: GOT7 To Appear On School Attack Segment Of Upcoming "Entertainment Weekly" Episode During the March 10 episode, Lee Soo Geun looked at what GOT7 had written on their “enrollment form” and revealed, “All of GOT7’s dreams are to become major shareholders of JYP Entertainment.” The members echoed Lee Soo Geun and declared, “We want to become major shareholders of JYP Entertainment.” They had also wrote that they wanted one of their members to become the CEO of the company. When the “Ask Us Anything” members asked, “Then, will the agency’s name have to change?” GOT7’s Jinyoung, who shares the same name as Park Jin Young, wittily replied, “If I become the shareholder, then it wouldn’t matter.” Park Jin Young couldn’t help but look surprised as he was caught off guard by his artists’ announcement, and made others laugh with his reaction. “Ask Us Anything” airs on Saturdays at 9 p.m. KST. Source (1) (2) CR: soompi