Confession of a Wandering Soul

Ranking of Male and Female Idol Groups by 30 Entertainment Reporters

Posted by diopatra on February 8, 2010

Public Recognition
1. TVXQ
2. Big Bang
3. 2PM
4. Super Junior
5. SS501
6. 2AM
7. SHINee
8. FT Island
9. U-Kiss, BEAST

1.Girl’s Generation
2.2NE1
3.Brown Eyed Girls
4.Wonder Girls
5.KARA
6.4Minute
7.Jewelry
8.After School
9.T-Ara
10.f(x)

Income
1. TVXQ
2. Big Bang
3. Super Junior
4. 2PM
5. SS501
6. FT Island
7. SHINee
8. 2AM
9. U-Kiss, BEAST

1.Girl’s Generation
2.2NE1
3.Brown Eyed Girls
4.KARA
5.Wonder Girls
6.After School
7. Jewelry
8.4Minute
9.T-Ara
10.f(x)

Vocal Skills
1 TVXQ
2 2AM
3 Big Bang
4 FT Island
5 SHINee
6 2PM
7 Super Junior
8 SS501
9 BEAST
10 U-Kiss

Dancing Skills
1 2PM
2 TVXQ
3 Super Junior
4 Big Bang
5 SHINee
6 SS501
7 BEAST
8 U-Kiss
9 2AM
10 FT Island

1. Girl’s Generation
2. 2ne1
3. After School
4. 4minute
5. Brown Eyed Girls
6. Wonder Girls
7. Kara
8. F(x)
9. Jewelry
10. T-Ara

Fashion Sense
1 Big Bang
2 TVXQ
3 2PM
4 SHINee
5 Super Junior
6 SS501
7 2AM
8 FT Island
9 U-Kiss, BEAST

1.Girl’s Generation
2.2NE1
3.Brown Eyed Girls
4.Wonder Girls
5.4Minute
6.KARA
7.After School
8.Jewelry
9.f(x)
10.T-Ara

Overall for male idol groups
1 TVXQ
2 Big Bang
3 2PM
4 Super Junior
5 SHINee
6 SS501
7 2AM
8 FT Island
9 BEAST
10 U-Kiss

1.Girl’s Generation
2.Wonder Girls
3.2NE1
4.KARA
5.Brown Eyed Girls
6. Jewelry
7.After School
8.4Minute
9.T-Ara
10.f(x)

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Super in More Ways Than One

Posted by diopatra on February 8, 2010

If you can rattle off the names of the 13 cuties comprising the popular Korean Pop Group Super Junior (SuJu for short) without missing a beat, then you are a Certified KPop Devotee.

Try it (at random): Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, Han Geng, Yesung, HeeChul, Sungmin, Donghae, Kangin, Kibum, Siwon, Ryeowook, Shindong and Kyuhyun.

Got it? Congratulations!

Of course, you know that not all the members were discovered in Korea in a relentless recruitment that took almost a decade, starting in the late ‘90s, around Asia. Auditions kicked off in the early 2001. Han Geng was discovered in Beijing and Kibum in L.A. The group was completed only in 2006, with Kyuhyun as the 13th recruit.

SuJu outnumbers Slipknot by four members. SuJu membership equals the members of Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and April Boys put together.

Observed a KPop fan, “The (SuJu members) sing and dance, and kiss flowers, and giggle, and apply astringent,” and even dress up in girlish attires but make no mistake about it, they are not gay. “They are just whiny people screeching songs about heartbreak and pain,” added the KPop fan. “They just want to give out love and free hugs…”

Initially known as Super Junior 05, the group took a bow on Korean television in 2005 with its debut album SuperJunior05 (TWINS) that sold over 28,000 copies.

The group’s second album, Don’t Don, was released in 2007, followed by the third, Sorry, Sorry in March 2009.

Good news for SuJu fans: The group is coming to Manila as part of its Asian Tour: Super Show 2 set for April 10 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Your third album, Sorry, Sorry, is well received all over Asia and with it you also have gained a bigger fanbase which makes you the greatest boy group in Asia. So what can we expect from your fourth album?

“We are really glad to have an opportunity to reach as many listeners as we can all over the world with Sorry Sorry. It drew huge support from the fans as well as other music lovers. We will try our best to live up to that enthusiasm. Please be ready for our new album which surely will show another best performance and colorful music styles. Thanks.”

(For all the members) Do you guys ever sleep? A lot of you regularly attend and record shows, fly to different countries for guestings, film dramas. But you all still manage to smile and look happy. What’s your secret in having such a positive outlook in life despite all the hardships?

“We consider the tight schedules as the proof of the fans’ love and support. We are enjoying it. We sometimes feel exhausted and yet as soon as we feel the fans’ encouragement, we forget about all the fatigue. Definitely, the love and support of the fans are the motivation for us to run and smile more.”

(For Siwon) A lot of your fans notice you take photos of members all the time with your camera. Would you consider releasing a photobook of your pictures soon?

“Glad to hear that! At the moment I’m taking pictures as just my hobby to keep the remembrance of the people around me, so they are not that professional at all but just keeping the pieces of my private memories. If I have the chance to learn more with my camera, and if there is any opportunity to release a photobook, I may go for it (or may not).

What I can clearly say at this moment, is that taking pictures is one of my favorite hobbies.”

(For Ryeowook) Given an option to release a solo album, would you go for ballads or something different like a song-dance album like Insomnia, the one you will perform at the Super Show?

“If I have the chance to release a solo album, I would try to produce the album with all my best efforts to represent more of my personality and color.”

Do the members have any favorite artists that are not Korean?

Ryeowook: I listen to all kinds of music. I like Craig David a lot, so I decided to do a solo performance of Insomnia in this Super Show 2. I hope you like it.

What does Super Junior think of SHINee?

“SHINee is like the good younger brother whom we consider very talented and special in terms of musical ability. We actually do a lot of sports together and got to know each other better. We have been watching them even before their debut, we feel very proud of them whenever we see them trying their best on and off the stage.”

Who among the Super Junior members has the best command of English?

“Probably it’s Siwon because he’s always reading English newspapers
and books, so he might be the one who could speak English the best.”

Have you ever thought that you would visit the Philippines?

“We have heard that Sorry, Sorry has reached the top of Philippine charts, so we were really glad and wanted to visit as soon as possible. We are a bit nervous but very excited to think of visiting Philippines and we like to see all the fans during the Super Show 2 concert.”

What type of girls do you like?

“We all have different tastes. Shindong likes someone who is cute and adorable, and Siwon likes someone who he can communicate with very well. Leeteuk likes someone who is innocent and understanding; Kyuhyun and Sungmin like someone who is nice and charming. But ideal types of girls tend to change a lot, so I think that it changes depending on what kind of people you meet.”

How do you feel about being with Super Junior and being so famous all over the world?

“I’m happy that I’m one of the members of Super Junior. The teamwork is good and individually the members are good. Also, we are happy that not only Koreans but many other people outside Korea are cheering for us. If we get the chance, we want to visit more countries and meet all kinds of people. To all the fans who are giving much love even from abroad, thank you again.”

If you were not with Super Junior, what do you think you would be doing?

“It depends on each member. If I were not with Super Junior, how would I be? Hmmmm…I think this is a difficult question. I think we would be just ordinary students or maybe not members of Super Junior but still a celebrity. But we think being Super Junior is the best. We can’t think of anything else.”

What are some of your most memorable performances?

“The most memorable one is the Asian concert tour. There’s a time when we feel that we are united with the audience. We enjoy every show in every city. I think the second half or the encore part is the most exulting moment. We feel really good with all our songs and we feel really good when our audience responds to our performance positively. That’s when we feel our best.”

What are your favorite songs and why?

“We love all the songs, but the performance of Sorry, Sorry is very memorable. It is the creation of the global dancer, Nick Bass. He visited Korea and coached us in our choreography. We learned many things by being together and we had so much fun because it’s new compared to the performance that we’ve done before, and there were many changes in the choreography. And also, not only Korean but many other Asian fans loved our song and the choreography of Sorry, Sorry. There were parodies and many UCC videos regarding that. We love it as much as many people loved our performance.”

Why do you think Super Junior is a huge success?

“This is a difficult question since we are still on our way to our goal. First, our first step was something new. There were not much groups that had lots of members like us back then, and there were no group that sings, acts and at the same time works as a DJ, MC and in many other fields. So I think that is why as soon as we had our debut, we had a chance to show our individual appeal and that each of us was active in different fields. I think the reason why not only Korean but other Asian fans love us is because we are active both as a group and individually. It creates a synergy effect.”

(Note: The Super Junior Concert at the Araneta Coliseum on April 10 is produced by PULP LIVE headed by Vernon Go. Tickets are priced at P7,500, P6,500, P4,500 and P1,000, available at PULP [telephone 687-1709] and through TicketNet [911-5555].)

(E-mail reactions at rickylo@philstar.net.ph or at entphilstar@yahoo.com)

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100207 4minute experience in Manila

Posted by diopatra on February 8, 2010

[FANCAM] Hot Issue


[FANCAM] Muzik


[FANCAM] Stick with you (cover)


[FANCAM] Hot Issue Remix

*post fancam of “Won’t Give You” and “What a girl wants” later.

just come home from 4minute meet and greet in SM North Edsa Annex.

i had a blast. the girls were great on their performance, and they all look gorgeous.

im really bias fan of jiyoon, gawd, she looks great.

after seeing their tv appearance, i feel sorry for them. i assume that 4minute-ph were not able to enter the studio since almost no one cheering for them.

first on a noontime gameshow last saturday, were almost audience are adults, only kpop group they know is wonder girls.

and a noontime variety show today. cant see any 4minute fans cheering. audience cheering on cue. well atleast the hosts are a bit better.

so when i went to meet and greet i really cheer for them. the audience response on their mall tours is better. fans are screaming their name, singing and dancing while their performing. i hope they feel more welcome.

and seen other kpop FC’s on the event giving support to the girls. Well at least seen fellow members of SJUPH.

a bit disappointment on the MCs of the event, comparing them to Super Junior. Saying that 4minute surpasses super junior on sales. not sure what sales are they talking about, is it the over all sales or the monthly sales. if its the over all sales, i really doubt it. but if its the monthly sales, the super junior were release last month. and they were no. 1 upon release and still on the chart. one thing is not also sure is, what super junior are they talking about, is it the suju’s sorry sorry album or the suju-m album?

promoters, organizers and other people behind the event should put in mind that this (kpop) is different from others. other FCs are also there, so saying something like that would destroy the artist your promoting. they should be more careful next time and research more on the artist.

all in all its a great experience and wish they comeback next time for a concert.

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Fans Cry, SJ To Arrive In Taiwan On 19th

Posted by diopatra on February 6, 2010

For Super Junior’s first concert in Taipei, Super Show 2, at the Taipei Arena, the organizers, Super Dome, has confirmed with the Korean side and made an official announcement that only 10 members will be going. Hangeng, Kangin, and Kibum are confirmed to be absent. As soon as the news was released yesterday, fans on PPT’s website flocked together howling in grief and wanting to cry. They were heart-broken as Hangeng will not be able to realize his agreement to come to Taiwan to celebrate his birthday.

With the February 20th and 21st performance by SJ, at the Taipei Arena, on the horizon, Super Dome confirmed the performing members with South Korea and made an official announcement about the reply on their website. Even though he participated in the original tour and had fans strongly hoping for his appearance, Hangeng is determined not to go to Taiwan. Though the three members did not attend the previous Beijing concert, thus preparing the fans, they were still extremely sad as when Hangeng visited last year, he had promised to go to Taiwan in February to celebrate together with the fans. It was unexpected that the promise will be unable to be fulfilled leading to fans “crying” and “collapsing.”

Fans excited about SJ’s visit have even stated that after receiving their New Year’s money (Chinese New Year) they will head straight for the airport. Taking fan’s security into considering, Super Dome is keeping the flight information of SJ to Taiwan a secret. Right now, they have only revealed that they will be arriving on the 19th and the exact flight will be announced closer to the date.

Credits: CpopAccess
Original Article: UDN

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TVXQ chosen by American viewers as ‘the foreign artiste who should be introduced to Ellen Degeneres’

Posted by diopatra on February 6, 2010

TVXQ has been chosen by viewers of a famous American talk show as ‘the foreign artiste who should be introduced to Ellen’.

In the ‘Send Ellen Your International Music Suggestions!’ event that began on NBC’s ‘Ellen Degeners Show’ homepage in January, TVXQ received over 20,000 suggestions and was recorded as the artiste most suggested by netizens. This was achieved by a collaborative effort of fans in Korea as well as in Asia.

Many of the suggestions included the popularity of TVXQ/Tohoshinki in Japan and in Asia in general. This seems to be the work of fans across Asia coming together for a common cause.

With TVXQ being chosen as the singer with the most suggestions, many wonder if TVXQ will appear on the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’. The ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’ is a representative talk show in America alongside ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and is popular with around 10 million households tuning in. Even just appearing on the show will be a strong foundation for an entry into the American music market for TVXQ. The Ellen Degeneres Show homepage did state that the singer with the most suggestions may be asked to appear on the show.

Regarding this, TVXQ’s agency SM Entertainment stated, “We did hear about this but we have not yet received an official invitation.” He also continued to say, “Currently, TVXQ is split between U-Know Yunho-Choikang Changmin, and Xiah Junsu-YoungWoong Jaejoong-Micky Yoochun. At the current situation, it would not be easy for the five members to appear on the show together.” Currently, TVXQ is performing only in important events in Japan.

Source: [isplus+Yuaerubi]
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