[Trans] 111016 U-Know Yunho vs TOP, Aiport Fashion Doppelgangers?

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TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho and Big Bang’s TOP, who have recently rose as the airport fashionistas of the Hallyu Wave, have become a hot issue for wearing similar outfits.

On his return to Korea on the 11th of October after the New York-Korea Festival, U-Know Yunho could be seen wearing mirror-style sunglasses, a black print t-shirt and black pants, finishing the stylish look off with a safari jacket.

Big Bang’s TOP, who was on his way to New York for a photoshoot, wore Boeing sunglasses, a white t-shirt, black pants and a khaki safari jacket, and gave the appearance of being U-know Yunho’s doppelganger as the two stars took on a similar casual and chic look.

The jacket both stars chose is a product from Calvin Klein Jeans and is part of a sporty and stylish set with a zip-up hoodie cardigan. The two components can be worn separately or together and are perfect for chilly autumn weather.

Netizens who saw the photos left comments such as, “They both look great”, “It’s hard to pick a winner”, “Their looks perfect the style”, and “How do they make such ordinary clothes look so stylish?”


[Trans] 111015 “Topping Charts Makes You The Best?”… The Truth Behind Hallyu-dols Topping Oricon’s Charts

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“Topping charts makes you the best?”

Oricon. It’s a familiar word. With idol groups pouring into Japan, articles related to the Oricon Charts have been flooding Korea. Recently, we’ve seen more than a handful of articles without the title ‘So-and-So Tops Oricon’s OO Charts’. It’s all thanks to the exclusive contracts signed with Japanese agencies and their strategic debuts.

On the 29th of September, three Korean idol groups topped the various categories of the Oricon charts. T-ara, TVXQ and 2NE1 beat Japanese singers to come out on top in the daily single charts, the daily album charts and the weekly album charts respectively.

But we mustn’t just accept a ‘No. 1′ on the Oricon Charts for its outward appearance. This is because though it may be the same ‘No. 1′, the internal stability is totally different. One representative of the K-Pop industry stated, “Every idol group that has entered the Japanese market is using an Oricon marketing strategy,” and “The Oricon charts represent album sales.What matters is the actual number of copies sold, not the rankings.

In fact, the ‘No.1′ spots by the three groups appeared to look the same, but were completely different when looked into. The actual amount of albums sold, as well as the difference in albums sold with the second highest album on the charts, made a clear distinction between these achievements. We’ve delved into the truth that lies between the number ’1′ on the Oricon Charts and we were able to compare the actual popularity of these idol groups in Japan.

◆”The ‘No.1′s are all the same? The nutritional value is different”

Last month, TVXQ, T-ara and 2NE1 dominated the Oricon charts as they topped the daily album charts, the daily single charts and the weekly album charts respectively. But the evaluation they received was completely different. While one topped the charts with soaring album sales that were above everyone else, another topped the charts thanks to a successful fence-sitting strategy.

The team with the highest nutritional value in their achievement was TVXQ. They sold 105,486 copies of their new album ‘TONE’ on the first day. This is the first time since their debut in Japan that they have sold over 100,000 copies of an album on its release date. And the difference in album sales between TVXQ and second place was immense. They sold almost nine times more than ‘Sakanaction’, who sold 17,957 copies of their album. TVXQ’s first day album sales can easily put on the same level as that of Japan’s top singers such as Ayumi Hamasaki and V6.

T-ara’s achievements were quite surprising. They ranked high on the daily and weekly charts of their debut single ‘Bo Beep Bo Beep’. Selling 20,068 copies on their debut date, these figures are similar to the average number of singles Japanese singers sell when they top the Oricon single charts. What’s equally surprising is the fact that T-ara beat SID, who have been named the hottest artistes of the year in Japan. On the day of T-ara’s debut, SID sold 16,851 copies of their single and came in at second place.

2NE1′s ‘No.1′ came out of sheer luck. ‘Nolza’ topped the weekly charts (19th~25th) with 26,334 copies sold, barely beating the modern rock group ‘Every Little Thing’ with a 5,149 copies difference. But 2NE1′s weekly album sales are similar to what T-ara sold in a single day (21st). It would be meaningless to even attempt to compare them with TVXQ. 2NE1 was able to top the charts thanks to the fact that luckily, there wasn’t much competition against them.

◆”Comparing their future value with all Hallyu-dols”

All the records set by Hallyu-dols till now can become a standard to compare the true value of these top spots on the charts. No other idol can be compared to TVXQ and their activities. T-ara’s debut achievements are similar to that of Girls’ Generation and KARA. Though 2NE1 ranked high on the album charts with their debut album, there’s no substance in their win.

First of all, TVXQ are the undisputed top dogs and boast an absolute advantage in album sales. They are constantly breaking their own records. For example, this is the first time they’ve sold over 100,000 copies on their first day. This shows that JYJ leaving the group didn’t hinder TVXQ’s Japanese activities and regardless of the long hiatus they took, they are still powerful in the industry.

T-ara, who sold 20,000 copies of their single on the first day, came out on top ahead of their competition of Rainbow (10,141 copies) and After School (9,060 copies) who debuted around the same time. T-ara’s achievements can be compared to that of Girls’ Generation or KARA’s weekly results. The two groups sold around 40,000 copies of their debut singles and T-ara sold a total of 49,712 copies of their single in their first week.

Though 2NE1 topped the charts with their debut album that sold 26,334 copies, they’ve mostly been met by criticism of ‘sneak thieving’. There’s no substance in their win as their weekly album sales are only one fifth to one tenth of the album sales of KARA and Girls’ Generation’s weekly album sales. KARA sold 107,403 copies of ‘Girls’ Talk’ while Girls’ Generation sold 232,000 copies of ‘Girls’ Generation’

◆”Oricon Marketing, What matters more than the rankings is internal stability”

Oricon boasts the most powerful influence in the J-Pop market. That may be why K-Pop agencies are focusing their efforts on Oricon marketing. It is being used as a mere tool to show off idol groups’ achievement. But we must not be fooled by the mere outward appearance of a ‘No.1′ spot as the ranking may be the same, but the actual worth of the win is completely different.

An expert in the J-Pop industry stated, “You have to look into when and from whom the ‘No.1′ spot was taken. There’s a big difference in releasing an album at the same time as ‘SMAP’ and at the same time as a rookie group,” and criticized the bubble surrounding the No.1 title as he pointed out, “It would be a mistake for one to use only a ‘No.1′ spot on the Oricon Charts to gauge a group’s popularity in Japan.

Of course, there’s no reason to devalue the worth of the charts’ rankings. No matter whether the competition was fierce or not, a ‘No.1′ spot on the Oricon charts is a meaningful achievement. The problem is the exaggerated reports made on such achievements. We must not distort the essence of the charts in order to make an image of a Hallyu star. What’s more important than rankings is internal stability, and this can only be achieved through high album sales.

A representative of the K-Pop industry stated, “The gauge for a group’s popularity lies in their album sales. The numbers that change every day and every week are nothing but a mirage. A bubble that can burst at any minute,” and “Instead of obsessing over numbers, idol groups should focus on honing their skills. What’s most important is to gain a competitive edge if one wants to survive in the Japanese market for a long period of time.

[News] From Yunho to Gong Hyo Jin, Who Are The Stars Who Have Used The Same Hat?

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Recently, from idols to actresses, celebrities who have been using the same hats have been gathering buzz.

Because the celebrities featured in the photos are top-notch fashionistas who are active in the entertainment circle, ranging from various fields such as dramas, variety, movies, singers etc, even more attention has been gathered. Even when they appear on broadcasts with a natural feel, these people who can create news with just their ability to wear clothes well are always able to maintain their stylish look.

Even with a comfortable outfit, they are still able to excude a fashionable feel, and the item “hat” has a huge part to play in that. Like the saying that goes “Fashion is not completed by just wearing clothes well”, in order to show off a sophisticated appearance from head to toe, these people have chosen hat fashion.

Although they are obviously using the same hats, through their hat fashion which complements their individual characters, they have shown off images of different colors and gathered much attention. From now on, we will analyze the similar hat fashion of these sophisticated fashionistas.

<We Picked The Fedora Style>


TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho showed off his sophisticated airport fashion which comprised of a checkered Jillby Stuart By Hats’s On Fedora hat. The brown tartan checks stood out on the hat, and compared to the U-Know Yunho who oozes charisma on the stage, he showed off a classic and dandy style.

Jang Hyuk, who had recently appeared in the movie “The Client”, also used the same hat recently. Although they are of the same design, Jang Hyuk used a different color from U-Know Yunho — grey. With a simple mannish look, he chose this fedora as the “point” item and showed off a stylish feel.

Leessang’s Gary, who is currently active in SBS “Running Man”, discarded his present image as a hip-hopper when he appeared on a talk-show, showing off a relaxed style. Using the same hat as U-Know Yunho and Jang Hyuk, he moved away from an everyday natural style to appear with a sophisticated formal look.

[note: only Yunho-related parts have been translated.]

[Trans] 111019 JYJ · KBS “Music Bank” Appearance Battle Enters Round Two

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The battle between JYJ and KBS to appear on broadcasts have entered round two.

KBS is still maintaining a conservative stance on the appearance of JYJ. After announcing their stand for a second time this May, they now cite the fact that JYJ is “currently involved in a lawsuit” as the reason, the same viewpoint that they had mentioned in May.

In May this year, KBS, in response to the audiences on why JYJ was unable to appear on Music Bank, expressed that “JYJ is currently doing artist activities while having two contracts, and we have decided that allowing them to appear on broadcasts in such a situation would potentially interfere with the progress and order of our cultural industry”

Following that, JYJ expressed, “The courts have ruled that JYJ’s contract was unilaterally unfair, and ruled that contract to be nullified,” and requested that KBS change their stance, but KBS removed the earlier message, and then announced that “JYJ did not officially release and album, and therefore is unable to appear. When the album is released, they would of course be able to enter the charts,” changing their official stance.


However, recently JYJ released their official album, but were not allowed on “Music Bank,” and were unable to enter the charts as well. On the message boards, audiences have been leaving an increasing number of comments on this issue.

Following which, KBS announced, “With the official album and the temporary injunction, the situation has changed, but so far the injuction as well as the effectiveness of the various exclusive contracts, compensations and various lawsuits are still underway, and these have nothing to do with the ruling of the temporary injunction. We maintain our stand on the appearance of celebrities currently involved in a lawsuit,  and until a conclusion is reached, we will continue to monitor the situation’s progress,” reiterating their stand.

The JYJ side once again protested. JYJ’s management company said, “KBS’s denial of their official reply to the public which was made in May, which was uploaded onto the message boards, is very regrettable. We have very strong objections to this reply on the message boards.”

They also said, “Despite JYJ being in the midst of a lawsuit to correct the unfair contracts that violates the artists’ rights, the courts have twice sanctioned JYJ’s activities despite the lawsuit. If KBS maintains their above position, then we would like them to present evidence that all appearing artists have been evaluated with the same standards.”

They stressed that “If KBS respects the sanctity of the court’s decision, then please protect JYJ’s freedom to do their artist activities, as ruled by the court. We feel that this should be the true responsibility of KBS.”

[News] Kim Jaejoong is the End-All of 4-D Personality! Silly Photos Talk of the Town

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Once You Get To Know Him, Kim Jaejoong is the End-All of 4-D Personality! The Three-Photo Set of Silly Photos Talk of the Town


Photos that contain JYJ Kim Jaejoong’s silly attractiveness have been revealed and thus are gathering the eyes.

On an online community recently, a series of photos were posted under the title of “Kim Jaejoong, Silly-Attractive Man.” These are photos that include those that he posted on his Twitter that show Kim Jaejoong being silly.

The so-called “Flower-Beggar of Legend” wearing a flower-hat and also a  permed-hair wig. A quirky self-photo taken while shampoo-ing. Kim Jaejoong who has turned into Santa by slathering on foam. These photos that are tinged with Jaejoong’s silliness made those who saw them laugh.

The netizens who were exposed to the photo showed a variety of responses: “Entertainer designated by the Heavens. Whatever he does, it is pretty.” “4-D Jaejoong. It has been more than a few days that he has been silly.” “Even when he lets himself become uncool, he is cute.”

On the other hand, JYJ will hold a solo concert in Barcelona, Spain, on the coming 29th.

[News] 111020 Absence Of JYJ In Year-End Awards “A Serious Problem”

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The season for year-end music awards is back. Not only will the 3 broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS be holding their music festivals at the end of December, there are various other music awards and festivals that are being prepared for November.

The most serious problem regarding this year’s music award ceremonies is whether JYJ (Park Yoochun, Kim Jaejoong, Kim Junsu), the group formed by 3 previous members of TVXQ, will be able to perform. With their own interests at stake, ex-management company SM Entertainment had shown their disapproval over JYJ’s participation in the music awards and festivals.

In reality, if JYJ were to attend and won an award, SM Entertainment, with whom they are in a legal dispute, could refuse to participate in the event. From the organizers’ standpoint, the groups that have enjoyed huge popularity this year include f(x), TVXQ, Super Junior, as well as SNSD, who have just made their comeback. As such, they would have to bear the burden of possibly missing out on all these “big fish”.

However, it is also difficult to completely close the door on JYJ. Recently, their first Korean album “In Heaven” sold more than 300,000 copies so JYJ are more than qualified to receive invitations to music awards. The JYJ fanbase also can’t be ignored. As an example, JYJ fans have shown their collective power following successive refusals to allow them to perform on KBS “Music Bank”. If JYJ are still unable to attend the year-end awards, they will be able to raise the issue of fairness in these awards.

JYJ’s side expressed their standpoint, “At present, they will be able to attend the award ceremonies as they do not have any overseas schedules planned after mid-November. If there are requests for discussions by the award organizers, they have the intention of attending.”

On the other hand, the Melon Music Awards will begin on 24 November and the MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Festival), organized by cable channel Mnet, will be held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 29 November. In early Deember there is the Golden Disc Awards, in mid-December the GAON Charts Awards and early next year, the Seoul Music Awards will be held.

[News] 111020 Kim Junsu, Yoon Doojoon & Lee Kikwang Help To Win Star Soccer Match

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On the afternoon of the 19th, the [2011 PEACE STAR CUP] soccer match between FC MEN and MIRACLE FC was held at the Suwon World Cup Stadium.

JYJ’s Kim Junsu, Beast’s Lee Kikwang and Yoon Doojoon participated in the celebrity soccer match. In the first half, FC MEN led by Kim Junsu, was falling behind at 0:3. However, they showed their skills in the second half of the match, overturning the scores 4:3; the exciting game garnering cheers from the fans.