Welcome to Soompi Insider, a look at what happened in the K-Pop world this past week, covering music, dramas, fashion, beauty, and the Soompi community. We have something for everyone (eye-candy, gossip, romance, contests, mental stimulation), so don’t be shy, and enjoy the ride!
<hint>There may be a giveaway at the end of this article.</hint>
Of rain, body parts, and relationships – old and new. Oh, and music.
This week in South Korea was wet, wet, and wet, ranging from 3-hour commutes to deadly floods and landslides. We were shocked to hear that “Korea’s Little Brother” Yoo Seung Ho was involved in a serious car crash that resulted in fractures to his face, and Park Shin Hye’s continued recovery from last week’s accident resulted in last-minute rewrites for this week’s episodes of Heartstrings.
One of this week’s hottest stories on Soompi showcased the collarbones of many of our favorite celebs. Who knew the clavicle could be so sexy? We also learned the secret to our favorite ladies’ long, slender legs, how 2NE1’s Dara thinks she’s ugly, and how SNSD‘s “Princess Fiona” Hyoyeon is finally getting some love for her looks as Song Hye Gyo’s doppelganger.
Some old relationships came back into the spotlight, including Jaejoong tweeting about missing ex-DBSK bandmates Yunho and Changmin, A.N.Jell bandmates Park Shin Hye and Lee Hong Ki encouraging each other, and Kim Hyun Joong speaking candidly about his old flames. We celebrated Eugene’s wedding, and look forward to the possibility of a new hot couple when Jay Park confessed he wanted to be on We Got Married with Min Hyo Rin.
It would be remiss not to mention 2NE1 setting a record with 5-straight “all-kills” (topping every music chart) with their new single, “Ugly”. 2PM also had this year’s longest winning streak on Music Bank with their hit “Hands Up”. Super Junior comeback mania continued with the revealing of the rest of the teaser photos, ending with Heechul’s smoldering mad-hatter pose (check out our Super Junior Gallery to see some adorable chibi versions of the photos). T-Ara‘s “Roly Poly” reached #1 for the first week on Soompi’s own Weekly Music Chart.
“Farewell, City Hunter – you will be missed for all your epic bad-a$$ery, as well as your sweet and funny moments.”
“Hello, Scent of a Woman – you’ve already exceeded the 20% ratings mark with your first 2 episodes. I expect a lot from you over the next couple months.”
As you may know, the Goguma Couple (CN Blue’s Jung Yong Hwa + SNSD’s Seohyun from We Got Married), a.k.a. YongSeo, is extremely popular on Soompi, as evidenced by their related threads dominating our forums. Our member diannerz wrote a 17-point blog this week in support of why YongSeo is Real that’s received a lot of love from our community.
Here’s the rest of the week in a big fat nutshell:
- Fashion Closet: Jung Yong Hwa’s Dandy Looks from “Heartstrings”
- Who Wore It Best: Male Idol Groups in White Outfits
- Stars Love Rainstory Umbrellas
- Fashion Closet: Park Shin Hye’s Stylish Animal Print T-shirts from “Heartstrings”
- Celeb Style File: U-Know Yunho and Max Changmin
- 2NE1, MBLAQ, and BEAST Sweep German Music Chart
- BEAST Performs at MTV World Stage Live In Malaysia 2011
- SNSD’s Tiffany Reveals Thoughts on Hallyu Wave for History Asia TV
- U-KISS to Have Concerts in North America and Asia
- “K-Pop Star” to Hold Auditions in Argentina and Paris
- Super Junior Remains #1 in Taiwan for 60 Straight Weeks
- KBS’ “Music Bank” to Host a World Tour?
- Big Bang’s TOP and Lee Yeon Hee’s Couple Stills for The North Face
- Kim Tae Hee Releases Her Pictorial as the Face of ISABEY de Paris
- Big Bang’s CF for Sparklingade
- Talk of the Town: JYJ’s Uphill Battle
- Yang Hyun Suk Reveals Plans for YGE’s Movement into the US Market
- Biggest movers – 2NE1 and BEAST (+10)
- Biggest losers – Big Bang and CN Blue (-8)
- New this week: Yoon Eun Hye, After School, Scent of a Woman, and Super Junior
|1. Girls’ Generation / SNSD (-)
2. YongSeo/용서/SeoHwa Couple (+1)
3. ▶ ✩✩✩ SHINee ✩✩✩ ◀ (+2)
4. Heartstrings / You’ve Fallen for Me (-)
5. ☜♥☞ Joongbo Couple ☜♥☞ (-3)
6. ►►YG________♠ 21 (2NE1) ♫♪ (+10)
7. WooJung Couple ♥ (+3)
8. W H A T . D I D . Y O U . B U Y . T O D A Y ? (+7)
9. • • • → __ ♫ f(x) ♫__ ← • • • (+3)
10. MinJoong/HyunMin ♥ The Oppa/Dongsaeng Couple (+1)
|11. City Hunter (-5)
12. ♥ Official Khuntoria Couple ♥ (-3)
13. Samples? Freebies? Coupons? Savings? (-6)
14. ■ BEAST • B2ST ■ (+10)
15. HoMin (TVXQ) (-2)
16. ♛ BIGBANG ♛ (-8)
17. Jyp’s Wonder Girls (+1)
18. What Did You Wear Today (-1)
19. Myung-Wol the Spy (-5)
20. SEOHYUN (+2)
|21. Yoon Eun Hye (NEW!)
22. JO KWON ♥ GA IN COUPLE (-3)
23. Good Sunday – Running Man (+6)
24. After School (NEW!)
25. Scent Of A Woman (NEW!)
26. Goo Hye Sun (-3)
27. ~☜♥☞ 2PM ☜♥☞~ (-2)
28. ♪ ☆ 「c.n Blue」 ♪ ☆ (-8)
29. Lee Min Ho (NEW!)
30. Super Junior (NEW!)
Insooni is the R&B diva of Korea, with a career spanning over 30 years. Born to a Korean mother and African-American father, she is a distinguished pioneer of K-Pop who, while probably older than your mom, can shake her groove thing like no one’s business. As proof, I present to you the best SHINee‘s Ring Ding Dong cover EVER.
First off, last week’s winner is @chermaine2. Congrats! Message me on Twitter so I can send you the Dream High photo cards.
This week’s giveaway is a You’re Beautiful DVD Set (Region 1), one of my favorite K-Dramas ever. Since this is a serious giveaway, I’ll make you work for it just a little more (but not too much ^^).
Step 1: “Like” Soompi on Facebook
Step 2: Follow @soompi on Twitter
Step 3: Tweet: Hey @soomp, I want your You’re Beautiful DVD Set!! http://bit.ly/qkKnwY
Step 4: Leave a comment on this page, answering the question, “What was your favorite K-Pop moment this week?” Don’t forget to include your Twitter username so I can match up the winner.
That’s it! I’ll announce the randomly selected winner in next week’s edition of Soompi Insider. You are welcome to enter as many times as you’d like (Step 3) – tell a friend!
A.N.JELL fan for life,
Pic spam of the week:
Here is the Ceej sporting a one-of-a-kind tracksuit made by a famous Italian designer who sewed the sequins on by hand, one by one.