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It's the end of the year, so Youtube has made Youtube Rewind 2012, showing the most popular Youtube videos of 2012. While each country has their own Rewind Youtube 2012 channel, the worldwide MV for the event is Rewind YouTube Style 2012, featuring a mash-up of culturally defining moments of 2012 and starring many well-known Youtubers. Does the name sound vaguely familiar? Watch the MV now!
Also check out the Interactive Timeline for Korea that features the most popular Korean Youtube videos of each month. Of course the timeline features artists like Girls' Generation, Wonder Girls, Shinee and Big Bang, but also many non-music Korean videos.
Korea's Top 11 2012 videos...
"[South Korea's] native popular music, universally known as K-pop, is also finding a growing international audience in places such as the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. And in other Asian markets, including Japan, it's already big business", begins Jon Matsumoto his article titled "The K-Pop Explosion" on GRAMMY.com.
He discusses the success of our beloved Kpop, its development, popular bands, strategies and how the Hallyu Wave has exploded throughout the world.
You can read his full article by following this link!
TaeTiSeo performed its first debut stage on Mnet's music show, M! Countdown, today. The girls presented their songs "Baby Steps" and "Twinkle" from their mini album, Twinkle.
In addition to that, they posed together with Shinhwa backstage, celebrating their debut as Girls' Generation's first-ever sub-unit.
Good luck to them on their following stages!
Girls' Generation's new subunit Taetiseo debuted their first mini album "Twinkle" through iTunes on April 29th. The album quickly sold thousands of copies, rising as high as the 4th spot on the US album chart.
The release of the album set a new iTunes record. "Twinkle" has reached the highest spot on the US iTunes album chart that any K-pop album has ever reached. This shows K-pop's growing popularity outside of Korea as more and more people become addicted to K-pop's catchy hits.
Aside from the US chart, "Twinkle" has done well in other countries as well. It has reach #1 in Bulgaria, #2 in Japan, #4 in Australia, #5 in Canda and #6 in Brazil to name a few.
After nearly 36 hours after its release, "Twinkle" is still at number #9 on the US iTunes album chart, showing the potential for K-pop to become a lasting presence on charts outside of Korea.
Girls' Generation's first sub-unit, TaeTiSeo, released its debut mini album, Twinkle, on iTunes on 29th April.
Check out the full article to have a listen to the girls' songs!
TaeTiSeo shared a short preview for its upcoming music video of "Twinkle". It focuses on Taeyeon mainly.
Have a look!
As you can hear, "Twinkle" is going to be a powerful, sexy and confident track. It has a touch like "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink a little.
What do you think about it?
SM Entertainment announced that Girls' Generation's sub-unit, TaeTiSeo (TTS), will release its mini album as well as its title track "Twinkle" worldwide through iTunes on 29th April at 12 pm. The online version will include a photo booklet which won't be available in the physical release of the mini album.
Beside that, SM Entertainment also revealed more details of TaeTiSeo's title song. "Twinkle" was composed by Brandon Fraley, Jamelle Fraley and Javier Solis, and it is described to be "funky soul medium-tempo dance music with an arrangement reminiscent of Stevie Wonder style music from the 70s and 80s in harmony with modern feel."
Meanwhile, TaeTiSeo's mini album will be in stores on 2nd May.
Rumors that SNSD would be forming their first sub-unit have turned out to be true. The group made the official announcement that 3 of its members, Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, will form the sub-unit Taetiseo.
The name Taetiseo was chosen to reference the names of the sub-unit's 3 members: Taeyeon, Tiffany an Seohyun.
The trio will be releasing their first mini album on May 2nd. The mini album is titled "Twinkle".
During the broadcast of SBS' Kpop Star, the participants, Park Jimin, Lee Hayi and Baek Ah Yeon, had the great chance to collaborate with GD&TOP, miss A and Girls' Generation's Tiffany and Taeyeon.
Baek Ah Yeon was the first to perform her special stage. She performed "Lady Marmalade" together with Tiffany and Taeyeon.
Next up was Lee Hayi featuring miss A, and they performed miss A's "Bad Girl Good Girl".
Last but not least, Park Jimin had a joint stage together with Big Bang's sub-unit of GD&TOP. They presented GD&TOP's song "Oh Yeah", which originally features 2NE1's Park Bom.
At the end of the show, the jury of Yang Hyun Suk, Park Jin Young and BoA decided to eliminate Baek Ah Yeon, so the finalists are Park Jimin and Lee Hayi.
A music publishing company, which is known to have strong ties with SM Entertainment and its artists, recently posted on its message board, "Our songwriter's song has been selected for one of the songs in Girls' Generation's subunit group's (Taeyeon, Tiffany, and Jessica) new album, so we're busy arranging the piece."
Since then rumours have been circulating that Taeyeon, Tiffany and Jessica will form Girls' Generation's first-ever sub-unit. SM Entertainment only responded, "Details have not been finalized yet", on these rumours on 12th April.
What do you think about the idea of making a sub-unit with Taeyeon, Tiffany and Jessica?
KBS' romantic drama, Love Rain, starring Korea's prince, Jang Geun Suk, and Girls' Generations' beautiful member, Yonna, has been gaining much popularity, and the love stories portrayed by the actors have touched the viewers' hearts.
However, not only the drama and the actors gain much love but also the OST tracks for Love Rain.
Love Rain's latest OST single is titled "Because It's You" and sung by Yoona's bandmate, Tiffany. Her soulful voice and the soft piano melody will make you get goosebumps.
Enjoy listening to it below!
Read the full article to listen to Love Rain's previous OST singles, "Love is Like Rain" by Na Yoon Kwon a...
SNSD member Yoona has revealed that she wants to get married when she's 32.
On the latest episode of KBS2's "Entertainment Relay", the singer was asked what her plans for marriage were. She told the host that she wanted to get married in 10 years, making her 32 before getting married.
Netizens had mixed feelings about Yoona opening up about when she wanted to get married. While many were glad to hear she wouldn't get married anytime soon, others were still upset over the thought of their idol married to to another man.
During the show, Yoona also talked about her current drama "Love Rain". She revealed that she and the show's staff are all worried about its low ratings, but are working hard to improve. When asked about her kissing scene with co-star Jang Geun Suk, she stated, "It was the weakest kissing scene from any SNSD member."
SMTOWN will kick off its 3rd world tour soon!
This year the SMTOWN Live World Tour, featuring Girls' Generation, SHINee, TVXQ, Super Junior, f(x) and more, will begin in Los Angeles on 20th May.
SMTOWN's L.A. concert will be recorded and broadcasted by the Korean TV station, MBC, later on.
Beside that, it was confirmed that the SMTOWN Live World Tour will take place in Tokyo, Japan on 4th and 5th August, and in Seoul, Korea on 18th August. There will also be concerts in many other major cities like Beijing, China.
Ticket sales for this event will begin on 5th April.
SNSD member Yuri stars in the SBS drama "Fashion King". In the drama, the singer shares a passionate kiss with co-star Lee Jae Hoon. This has caused many male SNSD fans to voice their disapproval of the girls kissing other guys.
Other SNSD members who have shared a kiss on screen include Jessica in "Wild Romance" and Yoona in "Cinderella Man". Tiffany has shared a kiss in the musical "Fame".
Male fans are not happy to see their favorite idols kissing other men. Netizens have stated things such as "I'm so jealous!" and "Yuri and Jessica kiss scenes were the most heartbreaking ones". However, other people have come to their defense, saying things such as "Don't mind the negative comments girls!" and "They're just acting".
SNSD member Jessica has not had plastic surgery according to SM Entertainment.
Netizens began speculating that the singer had gone under the knife after filming for the KBS2 drama "Wild Romance". While filming the show, Jessica looked very skinny. During her appearances after the show, people noticed her face looked fuller than before, causing people to wonder whether or not it was the effect of plastic surgery.
SM Entertainment has denied these rumors, stating "[Jessica] definitely has not had plastic surgery."
According to the agency, Jessica's schedule was very busy around the time she filmed "Wild Romance". This caused the singer to lose weight, resulting in her looking differently than she normally does.
Jessica has reportedly gained back the weight she lost and has had some time off to relax. She has recently taken a vacation in San Francisco.
V Magazine' new VJ, Chris Kutleta, introduces the favourite K-pop songs of Nicola Formichetti, who is known to be the fashion director of Lady Gaga and the French fashion house of MUGLER.
Nicola Formichetti has been sharing via Twitter and Tumblr that he's very into listening K-pop and J-pop for inspiration these days. That's why V Magazine asked him to prepare a playlist of his favourite songs.
His playlist features various tracks by 2NE1 and Big Bang and also 2 songs by Girls' Generation and SHINee.
Check out Nicola Formichetti's K-pop/J-pop playlist here!
Nicola Formichetti is the creative director of Lady Gaga, the fashion house of MUGLER, Vogue Hommes Japan and UNIQLO. Beside that, he also contributes much to fashion magazines as editor.
Which songs would you recommend him?
Last week, pictures of Girls' Generation (SNSD) in the nude surfaced and began spreading like wildfire online. These pictures were, of course, the product of Photoshop and someone with time to kill.
SM Entertainment is taking the issue seriously and has requested for a criminal investigation. It seems that the police have found the perpetrator (or one of them, at least). JoongAng Daily reports that the man behind the crime is a 50-something public servant working in the Yeonsu District Office in Incheon. He claims that he uploaded the pictures but did not create them himself.
The man has since been indicted by the police in Gangnam District in Seoul.
Talk about collision of the music worlds - at a fashion show, no less! C-pop princess Jolin Tsai and K-pop darlings Tiffany, Seohyun, and Yoona (of Girls' Generation) were spotted attending the Burberry Prorsum fashion show during London Fashion Week.
Coincidentally enough, Tsai was wearing the same shoes as Seohyun and carrying the same clutch as Yoona. That said, the four ladies were dressed to the nines, and no doubt turned heads.
xin msn reports that Tsai was in a good mood though, who was touring in the bustling city with her beau, Vivian Dawson. She shares, "I'm very excited because I'm a big fan of the brand. I've been here for a few days now, and had gone to a flea market. The earrings I'm wearing today were bought there."
What do you think? Who wore the pieces better?
On February 15th, nude photos of the members of Girls' Generation began spreading around the internet. Despite being photoshopped pictures of the girls, the images have caused a huge stir among netizens.
SM Entertainment, the group's management company, is taking a firm stance against the photoshopped photos. The company has request a criminal investigation be conducted against the creator of the photos and the netizens who spread them.
Girls' Generation went through a similar scandal in 2010. 97 people were found to have created and distributed the photos online. However, because most of the people involved were minors, Sm Entertainment dropped the charges.