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Introducing the first annual “allkpop Awards”!

Posted by diopatra on December 7, 2010

The end of the year is near, and the Korean music industry is abuzz with news of upcoming awards shows that seek to recognize the most outstanding artists in a multitude of categories.

As a nod to these important events in the K-pop realm, allkpop has decided to initiate our first ever “allkpop Awards” this year, and we’re inviting fans from all over the world to determine the results!

That’s right – the votes will be 100% determined by international K-pop fans.

In order to ensure that the results are achieved in a fair manner, we’ve established a system in which votes can be submitted once a day per category via Twitter or Facebook.

Fans can vote as many times as they like over the course of the awards voting period, but again, only one vote per category per day will be counted.

We are aiming to make this an award that accurately represents the opinions of the international K-pop community, so check out the nominees below, and help decide K-pop’s best of 2010!

VOTE HERE

sOURCE: allkpop

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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)

Source: [tvn enews+Naver Blog (screencaps)+Yuaerubi]
Translation credits: jeeelim5@tohosomnia.net
Shared by: tohosomnia.net

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KARA releasing a full album

Posted by diopatra on July 25, 2009

Original Source: cooltrack
Tracklist translated by whaleatape @ KARAholic
Descriptions translated by cactus @ KARAholic

Arising to a girl group that represents Korea after releasing 2 mini albums [Pretty Girl] and [Honey] in the first half of 2009, KARA are due to release their second full album, [Revolution].

The title of the new album [Revolution] captures the meaning of their changes, both musically and visually, and also, the changes could be noticed by the earlier still cuts which have been released before the album release.

The new full album [Revolution] contains 10 tracks, including the title track [Wanna] and 7 other new songs as well as additional bonus tracks. Title track [Wanna] was composed and produced by the same producers, Han Jaeho and Kim Seungsoo, of [Pretty Girl] and [Honey], and is considered to be worthy of success hat-trick in addition to their previous hits songs. This track is a pop-dance song, based on speedy yet strong beats, as well as provocative synth sound. It also contains impressive, wonderful chorus and complete, well thought-out song development with meanings, and further displays the members’ matured voice. [Mister] was also produced by the same combination of Han Jaeho and Kim Seungsoo, and is a Euro-pop dance song based on Electronica sound. Furthermore, this song was in the competition along [Wanna] to be the title track of the album due to its impressive funky groove, and its display of Kara’s confidence as their new charm.

Trendy medium-dance ballad song [Magic], which shows a new side of Kara, has its focus on the smooth and matured vocal of Kara. The song represents Kara’s innocent and clear image well, as it contains emotional lyrics and pretty melody, which also brings a deep emotion of yearning, along with the string instrumental from 20 members of a fine Orchestra, which also enhances the dramatic song’s completeness.

Other than those, the album contains [Secretly Secretly] which is a combination of sad lyrics and bright melody; [AHA], which contains lovely lyrics and melody, yet is dynamic and has impressive song arrangement; [Let It Go], based on a stylish yet strong pop-style song, which is a song audience has never seen from Kara before; and as well as [Take a Bow], a cool-pop dance song with exciting beats. On top of that, the title song, [Same Heart], for a rhythmic game ‘Imusician’ which captured attention of the game-players and other listeners, and the instrumentals for [Wanna] and [Magic] were added to the album.

01. 미스터 (Mister)
02. Wanna (Title Song)
03. 마법 (Magic)
04. 몰래몰래 (Secretly Secretly)
05. Let It Go
06. Take A Bow
07. AHA
08. 똑 같은 맘 (Same Heart)
09. Wanna (Instrumental)
10. 마법 (Magic) (Instrumental)

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KARA’s Nicole call someone 4 years older than her as “Ahjussi”

Posted by diopatra on July 6, 2009

source: NOWNEWS LINK
thanks to mae@KARAholic
translated by coffeebeanie@KARAholic

New group Gary Gold Smith’s flower boy Smith (Jung Seung Hyun, 21) recalls an incident with KARA’s Nicole that left him flustered.

Smith revealed “About 2 years ago, I met KARA backstage and Nicole said to me ‘Ahjussi, you look pretty!’ which left me pretty shocked.”

In 2007, Smith was part of the group Monster. He says “One of the members of Monster was close to KARA so he said that he’ll introduce me to the girls. So we went to their waiting room. After I greeted the girls nervously, KARA’s Nicole immediately quipped ‘Ajhussi, you look pretty!’ It was pretty shocking to me.”

Smith was only 19 at that time and it was the first time he was ever called an ‘Ahjussi’, by Nicole who is 4 years younger than him.

“It was the first time I ever heard that, but it wasn’t really a bad feeling. Because I’m pretty. (Laughter) After that incident, whenever I see Nicole on TV, I see her originally innocent and honest nature. And also because of that incident, I feel a certain closeness, familiarity with her.”

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Kara: “We will become a worthy group.”

Posted by diopatra on June 26, 2009

Link: dcnews
Link by: Mae
Translated by Tinggg @ Karaholic

After an idol group is produced by a managing company, if there is a long blank time, not only is it hard to survive in the music field, but it’s very dangerous to your whole entertainment career. Especially if the blank is nearly a year between the debut album and the next one for an idol group, which makes it unimaginably burdensome for the members and brings despair to the public. Moreover, idol group stars are usually really young and haven’t really solidified their positions int he industry, which could thus be fatal.

Kara came out from DSP Ent, which producecd famous names such as Sechskies, Fin.K.L, Click-B, and SS501. Thus the expectations of the public were enormous. However with the debut of similar groups like Wonder Girls and SNSD, their potential shrank and people interests faded. Even worse, the lead vocal of the group Kim Sunghee left for personal reasons.

However they showed perseverance. The strong performers that had caught the attention changed to a relaxed Kara in July, revealing a transparent, sweet and loving group of girls on stage. To fill the loss of Kim Sunghee, we can’t forget the addition of new members Koo Hara and Kang Jiyoung.

After their nervous blank period, they shouted to their fans “we are here!” and kicked off activities. Their presence is slowly being felt in the music market, and are quickly making steps towards becoming mainstream.

Q: Let’s talk to the three of you about the first album. Although you caught attention by debuting as the “2nd Fin.K.L”, you weren’t able to get the popularity you hoped for.

Gyuri: We weren’t able to get the reviews we wanted because we couldn’t find our own color. With Break It, If U Wanna, Secret World, they all had different styles to show you something unique about Kara, but instead it kind of confused the feeling we gave off. So in this new album we’ve worked really hard to find a more exciting color for Kara.

Q: During your first album you participated in the program .

Seungyeon: The Showvival program ran on a really tight schedule. Every week we had to prepare a new stage and the choreography and songs were hard with all our broadcasting too, it was all too much and stressful. There was also a Showvival on the radio. Although everything about it was so hard, being part of the precious opportunity helped us learn about how hard it was for other singers as well, and we’ve learned our own short-coming. So it’s a chance for us to be re-born.

Q: I feel like with this show you gained more female fans, which is rare for female idol groups. It helped build a fan base right?

Gyuri: The image of us while preparing for Showvival was struggling and having difficulties, and we even made mistakes. However, I think seeing this image helped people more easily feel more connected and closer to us.

Q: After promotions on the first album ended, main vocal Sunghee left the group. Team changes are really difficult, how did you handle it?

Nicole: The rest of the members thus prepared really hard for this next album.

Gyuri: Sunghee was just an ordinary friend, but she was a really good one, so when she left we were all exremely worried, so we all practiced really hard. However, in our first performance for the comeback of our mini album, we felt we couldn’t really show our results. In the future we hope to really show our continuing improvement to everyone.

Q: What did each person do during the blank 10 month period?

Seungyeon: Gyuri and I went to school. We were preparing for our college entrance exams so we worked really hard in class. And I also continued to practice dancing.

Gyuri: I learned the drums and piano and even took an interest in songwriting, so I studied a lot for that.

Nicole: I trained a lot and started going back to school again.

Q: To train and go to school must be really hard.

Gyuri: Though Seungyeon was busy with MSL Break, Nicole and I were worried that we had nothing to do. So I had to have self-discipline. It wasn’t a time spent in vain, and in fact was quite helpful.

Q: When there’s a long downtime, many groups give up, yet you guys were able to come out with a new album. What was the difference for you guys?

Seungyeon: It’s really important to have faith. Though we debuted with our first album and then had a long blank period of struggle, we can’t feel like we lost and didn’t do well. Then when we stand back on stage, when the album comes out, when Kara has activities again, I can feel proud of what I did. You have to try really hard and trust yourself and not think things like “let’s give up here, let’s stop now.”

Nicole: I believed that this wasn’t the end. So I have to prepare for whenever the opportunity arises again and practice a lot. Anything I had to do, I did.

Q: After the downtime, you changed from a 4-person group to a 5-person one. What points have changed?

Gyuri: You can see that the atmosphere is not brighter. The average age has gone down, and the average height has gone up!

Q: Who raised it?

Gyuri: Maknae’s height is raised.

Seungyeon: And she lowered the age.

Gyuri: Such helpful friends. Treasure. Also with 5 members now, whether it’s in the dorm, traveling, or during interviews, it is much more lively. They’ve definitely helped lighten the atmosphere. The drawback is…um…there is none. Is there anything? Showering time has gotten longer?

Nicole: Yes, showering time has gotten a bit longer. And we have to wait a bit longer at the hair shop.

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