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2AM’s comeback single sweeps music charts

Posted by diopatra on January 26, 2010

Popular K-pop quartet 2AM has taken the music industry by storm, placing their comeback single “I Can’t Let You Go” atop every online music chart in Korea on Friday following the album’s release the previous day, according to their agency on Friday.

JYP Entertainment said the song, the title track from the boy band’s first mini-album, topped all web-based charts including MelOn, Dosirak, Mnet, Cyworld and Soribada.

Others songs including “I’m Sorry I Can’t Smile For You” and “I Love You” from their mini-album featuring a total of six songs, have also made it within the top 10 of the charts.

2AM will return to the stage with the ballad on KBS’s music program “Music Bank” on Friday. The hard copy of their new record is set for release on January 26.

The group debuted with the hit track “This Song” in 2008. Earlier this week it was announced that 2AM’s member Jo Kwon will join the cast of the new season of SBS variety show “Family Outing.”


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[CM] Oranamin C – Aya Ueto, Tohoshinki

Posted by diopatra on July 8, 2009

very cute, and funny.

aya is pretty and the boys are so hot as always

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TVXQ’s Interview with Oricon

Posted by diopatra on July 2, 2009

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Shortly before TVXQ / DBSK / Tohoshinki’s impressive sales figure on the Oricon Chart, they conducted an interview on Oricon’s website.

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Q1: What do you want to do in your off time?
JS: Yoochun seems to like to travel; I myself also want to travel somewhere too! I want to go to the ocean.
YC: I want to travel somewhere~. Since Junsu wants to go to the ocean, uhm… I’ll choose to go to the desert then (laugh).
JJ: I want to go to Tokyo Dome. Even though we’re going to have a concert at Tokyo Dome this July, I’m never able to see my own concert (as in he wants to be in the audience); moreover, I want to go there for other events and not only concert. Like, a baseball match would be good too; I want to go to a Tokyo Dome that is full of people.
CM: I want to go to the forest or mountain or anywhere with nature. I want to go to those kinds of place to rest/heal myself.
YH: I want to come back to my parents’ house. Although it’s not somewhere special, the place makes me feel very good. In front of my parents’ house there’s a park, and it is my favorite place to be. That’s why I want to go there.

Q2: Items that you want/have an eye on right now?
JS: For now I don’t have anything in mind particularly…
YC: I want a pirate ship. But since I know that it would be hard to get one, it doesn’t have to be a pirate ship, a ship is also fine. Then, I’ll sail the ship to the ocean and do things like eating there. (T/N: You just want to go to the ocean with Junsu, don’t you XD)
JJ: I want 2 iPods. For why I want 2, one is for me of course; the other one is to give to Yoochun for his birthday because I have to (laugh). But lately I don’t have time to go buy them. (T/N: Jae thinks 5 iPods are still not enough for him… :S)
CM: Isn’t there a thing you use to cover your eyes on the plane? Eye mask? Yes that one. If I have it it’ll be dark so I will be able to sleep.
YH: Snowboard. I want to go snowboarding when winter comes. I always rented them but haven’t owned one. So this time I want to own one for myself. (T/N: You can borrow from Yoochun from TFPII LOL)

Q3: Thing that makes you feel touched lately?
JS: I got hurt recently. For that reason I couldn’t dance at the concert, but even so the fans at the concert were watching over me with gentle smiles. I was really touched; the smiles have become my strength.
YC: It’s pretty recent, but for my birthday, everyone was celebrating it for me. Everyone went to a bar, and the moment that the clock passed 12, they said “Congratulations!” to me. I was really touched by that.
JJ: Right now, I’m playing a game, and in that game, there’s someone playing a character using me as the model. Within that server, only 0.1% of the population is stronger than my character. It’s an Internet game, so there are a lot people playing it. That makes me feel very touched and happy. From now on I’ll also try my best.
CM: I got touched while watching anime “ONE PIECE”. The storyline is very good, and I really love it. That’s why it’s very popular in Korea too.
YC: Whenever 5 of use were doing greetings on stage and I saw the faces of fans, I got touched. I realized that a lot of people have come to see us. That’s why, I’ll also do my best, and from now on, I want to keep having that feeling of being touched.


Q: “Stand by U” is a very sad ballad, isn’t it?
YH: When I first listened to it, I felt that it was somewhat similar to our previous song “Doushi te Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattan Darou?”. But this song is certainly more realistic than “Doushi te Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattan Darou?”. I think that everyone, including us, has once experienced a love like that of the song.
JJ: Right. Even if it’s not totally the same, there must be a part in the lyrics that applies to each person. I myself have experienced that kind of thing, so it was easy for me to put my emotion into the song.
CM: I also sympathize with this song. That’s why when we sing it; I can naturally put my emotion into the song. I think many people would experience same thing as the person in the song, that’s why I believe that it would reach the hearts of a lot of people.
YC: In fact, we are singing this song on the tour, and when we sing it, the fans also seem to be able to feel the song. When “Stand by U” starts, everyone enters their own world. We never had a song like this before, so it brings a very fresh feeling too.
JS: Moreover, with this song, it’s not like we sing it with a loud voice or sing it with a climax; from the beginning until the end of the song, we sing it very ‘quietly’. We haven’t really sung a song this way before, so I also think that it brings a very new feeling to us.

Q: Right, this song is very hard to sing. However, I think that if one listens to it carefully, they would be able to feel the song.
JJ: That would be good. Because when we sang it quietly, it was hard to express the emotion, there were a lot of words in the song, and the pronunciation was also hard. But when we got used to it we were able to sing it with emotion; moreover, it was like a new challenge to it, so when we achieved it, it made us happy too.

Q: This song ends with a lot of regrets, as for you, is there anything that makes you regret?
JJ: Just now. Today, I didn’t get to eat breakfast so I felt very hungry. That’s why I wasn’t able to wait for my manager to by lunch boxes for us and I went ahead and ate cold Chinese noodles. Then I saw that the lunch boxes were so delicious, arghhhhh, I wish that I hadn’t eaten the noodles.
JS: Such a small regret (laugh).
YC: But I don’t really have that kind of big regret either. Because if there are things that make me feel regretful, I would not drag them along with me. I’m the type of person who faces ahead and thinks about the future.

Q: That is very good.
YH: Sure, I think we are all like that. Aside from Jaejoong’s tiny regret (laugh), we don’t really have any regret with our work/what we have done.
CM: Since we’re all human beings, I think there are times that we feel regretful. But I never think about doing things to fix it. Instead, I will think of how to not make the mistake that makes me regret once again.
JS: If we do that, I believe we’ll be able to grow more.

Q: “Stand by U” is a very sad song, but “Tea for Two”, on the other hand, is a very sweet one. It is so sweet that when you listen to it, you would feel shy (laugh).
YH: It really is a very sweet song about an ideal couple. I’m very jealous. Right now I’m very lonely, so I wish that someday I would be able to experience a sweet love like that. (T/N: You already have more than what you wish for XD)
JS: But if things are so perfectly happy like that, aren’t there things that also make you feel uneasy? Therefore, only after I overcome the uneasiness would I stay happy ever after. That’s the feeling I put into this song.

Q: What uneasy thing should be overcome?
YC: Cooking (laugh). The girl in the song was reading the recipe while trying her best at cooking. I think it’s a very important thing.

credits: KpopJjang + allkpop

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TVXQ is #10 Best Album Sales For First Half of 2009

Posted by diopatra on July 1, 2009

Oricon recently released their mid year album sales ranking for 2009 and TVXQ / DBSK / Tohoshinki did better than most expected. “The Secret Code” came in at number 10 with a sales figure of 248,000 for the first half of 2009. This placed them above popular artists such as KAT-TUN who had 237,000 sales for “Break the Records -by you & for you-” and Utada who had 228,000 sales for “This is The One.” BoA who released a combo “Best Album and American Debut album” was ranked 25th with a sales figure of 131,000.

Here are the Top 10 sales figures:
1. Mr Children – “Supermarket Fantasy” (1.2 million)
2. Exile – “Exile Ballad Best” (807k)
3. Dreams Come True – “Do Your Dreams come true?” (632k)
4. Reiorome – “Remio Best” (471k)
5. Ikimono-Gakari – “My Song Your Song” (404k)
6. Koda Kumi – “Trick” (385k)
7. Ayumi – “Next Level” (363k)
8. RADWIMPS – “Arutokorni no Teiri” (314k)
9. Unicorn – “Shamble” (250k)
10. TVXQ / Tohoshinki – “The Secret Code” (248k)

credits: allkpop

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32,000 Fans At TVXQ’s Thailand Concert

Posted by diopatra on July 1, 2009


The 5 member, male-group, TVXQ, mobilised 32,000 fans at their Thailand concert, and the performances ended successfully.

In a comment made on 29 June, SM Entertainment said, “This is “TVXQ 3rd Asia Tour Mirotic in Bangkok”, which was held on 27 & 28 June (Thailand time), at the Impact Arena. At the venue, it was filled with around 32,000 fans, and they heated up the atmosphere.”

According to the company, as part of this year’s “Asia Tour Mirotic”, the composition and performances of the concerts will be similar to that of the Seoul concerts that were held earlier this year in February. Thus, the screens and stage equipment were replicated in its entirety.

TVXQ’s concerts in Thailand were a huge success, and the rumors that have been going around that the group is in “crisis” has been dismissed.

In addition, the 「東方神起 4th LIVE TOUR 2009 ~The Secret Code~ FINAL in TOKYO DOME」will be held on 4 & 5 July at the Tokyo Dome.

Source: [chosunonline]
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