U-KISS is coming back to Korea with 6th mini album "DORADORA" after a successful Japanese career. Members of U-KISS commented, "Since we were successful in Japan, this Korean album and upcoming Korean activities are now more important than before." U-KISS focused solely on their Japanese career since last October.
SHINee is embarking on a series of concerts in Japan. "The First Japan Arena Tour - SHINee World 2012" will start on April 25 in Fukuoka, and will be performing in Hokkaido, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Tokyo, and Hiroshima. This arena tour consists of 20 concerts and SHINee is expecting to attract approximately 250,000 people in the audience.
Ryu Shi Won announced on his Japanese website that drama tour "2012 Spring Waltz with Ryu Shi Won," which was scheduled on June 2, is now cancelled. The announcement stated, "Due to Ryu Shi Won's ongoing drama filming schedule, he will not be able to participate in the event. We are very sorry for causing such inconvenience to the fans and asking for your understanding."
Infinite released their second Japanese single "Be Mine" on April 18. On the day of its release, "Be Mine" was immediately ranked at the second place on Oricon Daily Chart with 28,192 copies sold. "Be Mine" was originally released in Korea in 2011 and Infinite won first place on music ranking shows with the song.
Team "Trend Factory" won the Big Bang dance cover competition "FANTASTIC 1." The decision was made based on online voting poll as well as each members of Big Bang's judgement. Trend Factory successfully parodied and portrayed props and each Big Bang members' facial expressions in their cover music video of "Fantastic Baby" and received many compliments from both Netizens and Big Bang.
On the most recent episode of onStyle's "Golden 12," Lee Hyori and friends participated in an overnight temple stay. The semple Stay offers individuals a chance to live the lives of monks at a buddhist temple for a certain period of time. Lee Hyori and friends gathered around a camp fire to make a wish by writing down their wishes on pieces of paper and burning them in the fire.
ZE:A will be the first K-Pop artist to hold a showcase in the Middle East. ZE:A is scheduled to hold a fan meeting in Dubai, UAE on April 22, followed by a showcase in Abu Dhabi. Previously, ZE:A visited Abu Dhabi with Seo In Young and Nine Muses for a music festival in 2011. Their success in Abu Dhabi proved that the Middle Eastern market is the new blue ocean for K-Pop.
New boy groups EXO-K and EXO-M are garnering attention with their powerful choreography for the title song "MAMA." Both Korean and Chinese versions of "MAMA" music videos were revealed on YouTube on April 8 and reached 3 million in viewership in just about a week.
Entertainer Kim Gura is planning on visiting comfort women to apologize in person for inappropriate comments he had made in the past. A source told, "Kim Gura is aware of comedian Kim Mi Hwa's tweet, asking him to come with her to visit comfort women to apologize. He also agrees that paying these comfort women a visit in person to apologize is the right thing to do. Although he has not made any sp...
TVXQ Changmin appeared on the cover of fashion magazine "Dazed and Confused." The May issue of "Dazed and Confused" celebrates the magazine's fourth anniversary as well as 30th anniversary of Emporio Armani. Changmin has been picked to pose for the cover of "Dazed and Confused" as the new "man of Armani." He made time for this special occasion, even though he is swamped with busy schedule overseas...