Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Sandara Park says there was no discord among the 2NE1 members

Q. "One Step" is your first ever Korean film. Don't you feel pressure about debuting as a movie actress?
Sandara: I didn't feel any pressure about it because I tried my best at every moment and I was confident in myself. However, I couldn't sleep well after having a movie premiere yesterday. I don't know why, but I was so nervous.

Q. CL and Park Bom attended the movie premiere. What did they tell you about the movie?
Sandara: I was so happy because they said my singing has improved a lot.

Q. How about Minzy? She didn't attend the movie premiere.
Sandara: Even though she couldn't attend the event due to her busy schedule, she called me to support me. There seems to be some misunderstanding, by the way. Some people say there was some discord among us when Minzy left 2NE1. It's not true. We're still in a good relationship.

Q. Tell me about the breakup of 2NE1. Didn't you have any choice except to disband the team?
Sandara: Actually, I've been thinking about it since we were a 3rd-year girl group. I didn't want to part with them, but I knew we have to say good bye one day or other. It was very sad to part with them because we've been great friends for about 10 years.

Q. So, as a solo artist, will you focus on your activities as an actress?
Sandara: No, even though 2NE1 has been disbanded, I will still sing. I will sing and act at the same time, and that's why I'm preparing for my solo album.

Q. Tell me about your solo album.
Sandara: I think my solo songs will be totally different from 2NE1's songs. I want to try different things. For example, I want to sing very cheerful dance music. I hope I will release the album this summer.

Q. Don't you feel pressure to achieve a success as a solo artist?
Sandara: When I was a member of 2NE1, so many people came to our concert. However, it seems like many people don't even know about my movie. Well, I'm just trying to be positive. I'm not sure I can become as popular as 2NE1, but I know life is a succession of failures. I'll challenge myself and never give up.

Q. There are some people who say you have poor acting skills.
Sandara: I think it's because of my high voice tone, and it's true I was once frustrated when I heard such a criticism. Actually, when 2NE1 released a ballad music, my part was very small because music producers said my voice tone didn't fit such a music. So I tried to lower my voice tone, but it was not easy. However, I've changed my mindset after 2NE1 was disbanded. As I said, I'm trying to be positive, and I'll try to strengthen my strength instead of worrying about my weakness.

Q. Your new movie "Cheese in the trap" will begin shooting in April. Tell me about the movie.
Sandara: As it was already made into a drama last year, I think we need to make it into a totally new version. The director of the movie wanted me to be myself, and I'll try to show real me in the movie. I'm really looking forward to the movie.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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A message from Seo Inguk (enlists in the army on March 28, 2017)

I have to leave you to fulfill my military duty but I think 2 years will soon pass. I wish everyone's good health, and let's promise to meet again. I will miss you so much, but I'm sure I'll be full of joy when I meet you again. I'll be back after doing my best to defend the country. I love you.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Girl's Day wants to highlight their beautiful legs through "I'll be yours"

Q. You finally made a comeback after a long hiatus. How do you feel?
Sojin: I'm so excited now. We've prepared a lot for our comeback, and we took much part in the album. Minah and I took part in writing lyrics, while Yura participated in writing rap lyrics.
Minah: I've written a lot of lyrics but it's my first time to take part in writing lyrics of Girl's Day's song. I'm excited and worried at the same time.
Hyeri: I'm very nervous, more so than ever before. Of course, it would good if we get a good result on online music charts, but I'm just happy that we can sing our new song for our fans.

Q. It has been a year and 8 months since you released "Ring My Bell." Why did it take so long to make a comeback?
Yura: We wanted to release a high quality album. It took us a long time to choose our title song.

Q. So, tell me about your new song "I'll be yours."
Hyeri: The song is a sexy music and we've been always sexy, but the notable thing is that "I'll be yours" is a song of a girl crush concept. And the choreography of the song has emphasis on our beautiful legs. We wanted to highlight our legs because we have many members who have beautiful legs. Actually, when we do the choreography, I stand behind the other members. I think all the members except for me have beautiful legs.

Q. How do you keep your body in shape?
Hyeri: Before making a comeback, I was very worried because I couldn't lose weight. I think I ate too much for a long time. As I can't bear hunger, I worked out hard.
Yura: When we released "Ring My Bell" in 2015, I sometimes didn't eat at all to keep my body in shape. But this time, I combined both exercise and diet in order to lose weight. I ate brown rice instead of white rice, and I was on a weight control that allows me to eat only meat too.
Minah: I drank low fat milk with almonds and navy beans every morning. It helped me lose weight.
Sojin: I did flying yoga to improve my figure.

Q. It has been 7 years since you debuted. By the way, there are many idol groups who have been disbanded 7 years after their debut. What do you think about it?
Sojin: I think there is no such thing as a 7-year curse. Yura always says it's just because of the period of idol groups' contracts with their agencies. And actually, we've already renewed our contract a year ago because we felt confident in our future.
Yura: What I want to say is that we have a great team work.

Q. There are so many young and fresh girl groups these days. Who's your favorite one?
Hyeri: Yeah, there are many cute and pretty girl groups, and I've watched all of their performances. They're really good. In the old days, I had a sense of rivalry against other girl groups, but I don't these days. I'll support them as their fan.

Q. Tell me about your future plan.
Sojin: We've filmed a lot of TV shows just before making a comeback. We still have a lot to show, and We'll try our best at everything we do.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

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Reasons why IU's new song "Through the Night" is so special

On March 24, IU released her new song "Through the Night." And as soon as she made a comeback, the female k-pop star caused a sensation in the k-pop world by topping a variety online music charts. Well, some of you may take it as a matter of course because she is a super star who has been gaining huge popularity and it has been a long time since she released her new song. By the way, people in the k-pop world are kind of shocked now not only because IU's new song is very popular among k-pop fans but also because the song is a very special music. So, here are reasons why IU's new song is so special.

First, "Through the Night" is a music which contains analog emotion. Unlike most of young k-pop singers' songs, the song doesn't contain a catchy hook or complicated electronic sounds. Instead, the song consists of lyrical guitar melodies and IU's sweet voice. It's the song based on the sentiment from 1980s, and it's remarkable that IU, who is only 24 years old sang it perfectly like a very experienced singer. No other young k-pop singers can do it.

Second, the lyrics of the song are so beautiful. IU wrote the lyrics herself, and she absolutely showed great talent in writing lyrics. Her poetic lyrics such as "Tonight, I’ll send the glow of a firefly / to somewhere near your window", "Just like letters on the sand where waves stayed / I'm afraid you’ll disappear to a far off place / I miss you again and miss you more" are just amazing. Even professional lyric writers can't write such sophisticated lyrics.

Third, IU is a singer who knows moderation. Most of k-pop female solo singers who sing well usually try to show off their great singing abilities in their songs. They shout loudly and try to prove they have no trouble hitting the high notes. But IU doesn't do such things. Instead, she focuses on delivering her song's message by singing her beautiful lyrics in a calm manner.

Fourth, it's not all IU has. IU will release her 4th full album on April 21, and "Through the Night" is just a pre-released track of the album. IU still has many new songs to release, while some of the songs are totally different from "Through the Night." IU is still growing up as a musician, and I'm sure she will surprise us once more.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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Lim Siwan will not replace Kwanghee as a new member of "Infinite Challenge"

Q. Let's talk about your new movie "One Line". You played a swindler in the movie, and it's notable that you finally changed your image. You know, you've always played good guys in your previous dramas such as "The Moon That Embraces The Sun" and "Misaeng."
Siwan: Actually, I'm not the one who changed my image. The director of "One Line" changed my image, and I just accepted his suggestion. So, when I was filming the movie, I tried to focus on expressing my character as naturally as I could, instead of thinking about a change of image.

Q. What does "One Line" mean to you?
Siwan: In the old days, I was a perfectionist with my work. When I was filming "Misaeng," I had to prepare everything thoroughly, and that's why I was under a lot of stress. I felt great joy when people praised my acting performance, but the whole process was not a pleasure because I couldn't enjoy acting. So, I did a lot of thinking about my acting style, and I decided to change it. When I filmed "One Line," I didn't prepare everything thoroughly. Instead, I worked completely focused at the film site. "One Line" means a lot to me because it is the first movie in which I tried my new acting style.

Q. Just like you character in the movie, are you good at cheating people?
Siwan: No, not at all. There are many characters inside me, but I'm not the one who is very good at it. As I have a different personality from the character, I had to make much effort to get into the character.

Q. In the Korean movie world, you are a young actor of good reputation. It seems you're always praised for your kind manner. What do you think about it?
Siwan: Well, I am afraid I hardly deserve such high praise. I just wanted to be close with my coworkers, and I drank with them often because I love to drink with my senior actors.

Q. You turned 30 years old this year. When will you join the army?
Siwan: My enlistment has been repeatedly delayed due to a kind of a conflict of interest. I hate to make my fans wait for a long time, but I can't delay enlistment any longer. It's not confirmed yet, and I think I will join the army after my new drama "The King Loves" comes to an end.

Q. Your team mate Kwanghee has recently joined the army too.
Siwan: Yeah, when he was chosen as a new member of "Infinite Challenge," I envied him because I'm such a big fan of the program. Even though he had to go through a period of adjustment, he did much better in the end. I was proud of him.

Q. Don't you want to replace Kwanghee as a new member of "Infinite Challenge"?
Siwan: Me? No. I know I'm not suitable for "Infinite Challenge." I just love to watch the program.

Q. You've received love calls from various agencies since your contract with Star Empire expired. Are there any specific reasons why you decided to make a contract with Plum Entertainment, home to Kang Sora?
Siwan: My acquaintance with Kang Sora affected my decision, and I have known the head of the agency for a long time.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Sandara Park did good in her first ever film

2NE1's Sandara Park is going to debut as a movie actress. Her first ever film "One Step" is due for release on April 6, while the female idol star plays Sihyun, who loses her memory after being injured in a hit-and-run car accident and can't hear sound due to an incurable disease. I'm sure many fans are really looking forward to the movie.

Well, to say the conclusion first, she did good in the movie. On March 21, there was a press preview of the movie, and I could watch the movie in advance of the official release. She didn't look nervous at all, and she expressed her character naturally. And it's notable that she successfully got into the character even though it was her first ever movie and the character, who has an incurable disease was never easy to play. She showed an impressive singing performance in the movie too. She showed off her beautiful voice by singing and playing the guitar at the same time. I'm sure she proved her potential as an actress through the movie.

So, here's what the director of the movie talked about Sandara Park's acting. He praised highly on her.

I was really happy to work with her. I think she's a well-prepared actress because she memorized the lines perfectly. She is the best rookie actress I've ever worked with. And it was surprising that she made very little mistakes. It's hard for rookie actresses to do such a good job, but she was always thoroughly prepared. Personally, I hope she'll focus on acting rather than singing. Actually, she reminded me of Yoon Gye Sang, who's appeared in my previous movie. Just like him, Sandara Park has a great passion and desire to become a competent actress.

And here's what Sandara Park talked about her first ever movie appearance.

I decided to appear in the movie without hesitation because it's a music film. As it's my first ever film, I was nervous but I was very excited too because I love a challenge. I know I'm still lacking in many things as an actress, but I'll try harder and please give me your support. I hope to show good performance as an actress, and of course, I'll do my best as a singer too.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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HIGHLIGHT says it's not on bad terms with Cube Entertainment

Q. It's your first ever album since you left Cube Entertainment and changed your team name. How do you feel?
Doojoon: It's true we're worried and nervous about our new start. However, we know so many fans are supporting us, and we hope we'll make great memories together. We'll try our best.
Yoseob: Yeah, there are many people who cheer for us. Some say they congratulate us on our comeback, while others say they congratulate us on our debut.

Q. You've changed your name from BEAST to HIGHLIGHT. Why did you choose that name?
Dongwoon: I'm the one who created the name. The title of BEAST's last album was "Highlight" and it's the team name which contains the meaning "We want to be the highlight of the k-pop world." We'll muscle up and go for it because it's the second chapter of our career.
Yoseob: I recommended "With Us" as our new team name, but all the members didn't like. They said it sounds like a name of a convenience store.

Q. Don't you feel sorry that you can't use your old name "BEAST" any more?
Doojoon: We felt sorry because things didn't go according to our expectations. We wanted to keep using the name but the negotiations with our former agency didn't go well. We think we did it as best we could but the result was not good. However, we couldn't make our fans wait endlessly, and that's why we made a comeback as Highlight.
Yoseob: We can reclaim our old name but it could take a hell of a long time. I know our fans love us rather than our old name, and that's why we decided to make a comeback.

Q. So, will you reclaim your old name when the right time comes?
Yoseob: Well, it's true we became known as BEAST and we've recently talked about reclaiming the name as a joke. However, we know our fans are spending much money to promote our new name Highlight, and we will use the name for a long time to come.

Q. Some of your fans are worried if you are on bad terms with Cube Entertainment.
Doojoon: It's not true. Cube encouraged us to make a fresh start as Highlight. We have no bad feelings against Cube. And the agency promised to help us any way it can. You don't need to worry about our relationship with Cube.
Dongwoon: We still love Hong Seung Sung, the CEO of Cube Entertainment. When our contract with Cube expired, he told us to feel free to tell him what we need at any time. He is our mentor who can give superb advice for us.
Gikwang: We don't think ill of someone, and we love peace.

Q. Tell me about your new album.
Junhyung: The album is a mini album which contains a total of 5 tracks. As always, we've exchanged a lot of opinions about the album, and all the members took much part in it. And as it's our first album since we changed our name to Highlight, we wanted to show cheerful and energetic image of ourselves through the title track "Plz don't be sad." Please show lots of love.

Q. Since you debuted in 2009, you've been protected by Cube Entertainment, one of the biggest k-pop agencies. Didn't you have any difficulty establishing your own agency after leaving Cube?
Yoseob: It was hard to make our minds to establish our own agency. And I know we'll face some hard times in the future. However, I'm just happy that we can work pleasantly with our staff members.
Junhyung: We're satisfied with the fact that all the people in our agency work only for us. And I think we'll feel rewarded making a small agency grow.

Q. Is there anything you want to say to your fans?
Doojoon: We just changed our name due to unavoidable circumstances, and there is no difference between BEAST and HIGHLIGHT. We will be as we always have been. And we thank our fans for waiting for such a long time.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Actor Choi Taejun's comments about Chanyeol of EXO

Chanyeol was the youngest among all the actors who appeared in "Missing Nine." He has bright energy, and that's why we loved him. Even though he is a popular idol who has to manage a series of tight schedules, he was always sunny and cheerful. And as his eyes were so clear and beautiful, I was able to see why he is so popular among people. When we filmed a fight scene, it was physically very rough because we had to fight on the sand. However, he was always smiling, and I was thankful for his considerate attitude.