As the opening act for her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball concert tour in North America, K-Pop girl group Crayon Pop gave the popular American artist a special gift of thanks.
During one recent performance, the Crayon Pop gave Lady Gaga one of their trademark outfits used for the performance of their hit single “Bar Bar Bar,” complete with matching helmet and her name scrawled in Korean on the back. All six of them then took a picture together and the Crayon Pop members posted it to their official Twitter account on July 23rd with the caption “Gaga-yon Pop.”
Crayon Pop’s agency Chrome Entertainment said, “Crayon Pop wanted to give Lady Gaga a gift to remember them by. As Lady Gaga invited Crayon Pop to open for her concert after watching the music video for ‘Bar Bar Bar’, the group produced a costume for her.”
Their agency further stated, “Lady Gaga and the band, dancers, and staff hold hands and pray before the concert for a safe show with no choreography accidents. After praying with Lady Gaga, Crayon Pop went up on stage.”
The ladies will return to South Korea on July 24th after they do the opening concerts for Lady Gaga in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Crayon Pop first joined the artRAVE tour in Milwaukee on June 26th. Crayon Pop, comprised of members Ellin, Soyul, Gummi, Choa and Way, went with Lady Gaga to a total of 15 states in the United States.
Ellin said, “We think it’s unbelievable to be touring with Lady Gaga. We have been fans of Lady Gaga since we were young. In interviews, we have said that we would love to collaborate with her. Now here we are, a dream come true.”
With this tour, Crayon Pop are getting more recognized in not only the United States, but Canada as well. According to Crayon Pop’s agency, there was a flash mob in Canada featuring Crayon Pop’s “Bar Bar Bar.”
During an interview, each of the members talked about their reactions to the numerous covers of their hit single titled, “Bar Bar Bar.” Way said, “There have been so many cover videos of our song. One of our favorites was an elementary school of more than 150 students imitating us on a playground. And then there are military guys covering us in lots of videos. It’s very flattering.”
Just recently, Crayon Pop celebrated their two year anniversary since their debut. Many of their fans sent them gifts on July 18th as they were having a great time looking back to the year they made their debut, which was on July 19, 2012. Crayon Pop’s first single was “Saturday Night”. The girls had a message after all their singles were played on the billboard video. The message said, “Congratulations Crayon Pop for 2nd year Anniversary.” After the message, the fans responded, “Wow that’s the best,” “Wow the pop mans are great,” and “The scale is huge.”
Crayon Pop; “Saturday Night” MV
Not only did fans in South Korea celebrate their two year debut anniversary; but other fans globally took to Twitter and congratulated the ladies; which the hashtag #crayonpop2ndAnniversary trended on the SNS.
Group Big Bang member Taeyang's brother actor Dong Hyun Bae will be under the same management as actors Yoon Sang Hyun and Seo Young Hee.
On July 23, MGB Entertainment announced that they have entered an exclusive contract with Dong Hyun Bae.
MGB Entertainment staff stated: “Dong Hyun Bae is passionate for acting, and has unlimited potential and talent. He is also very committed and responsible; we will not hold back on our support of Dong Hyun Bae, who has already developed his talents through plays and musicals.”
Dong Hyun Baek debuted in 2006 and have appeared in several movies and musicals such as “Grease.”
On July 21, G-Dragon posted a photo on his Instagram with “FAM.”
In the picture, Taeyang and Daesung are with G-Dragon drinking wine and making funny faces. Taeyang is covering his face with his two hands while Daesung is taking a sip. G-Dragon is making a cringed face for the camera.
In response, people said, “I want to be in between those two,” “BIG BANG please make a comeback!” and “Where are TOP and Seungri?”
G-Dragon and BIG BANG will participate with the YG Family concert on August 15 called ‘AIA REAL LIFE NOW FESTIVAL.’
A flurry of recent events has made some EXO fans think that Kris may be rejoining the idol group.
On July 21, EXO’s fans started trending #KrisExo on Twitter, and started a discussion on the social media site leading other fans to believe that Kris may be returning to twelve. Kris withdrew the group earlier this year, and filed a suit against SM Entertainment. The hashtag trended on Twitter for about a hour, with fans throwing out ideas explaining.
The hashtag began with an Instagram picture by the designer Marcelo Burlon. He posted two pictures on Instagram, one of him with Kris and then one of Kris alone. The first picture, with the two of them together, had the caption, “@galaxy_fanfan [Kris’ Instagram account] visiting County GQ #KrisExo #CountyOfMilan.”
The fact that he added #KrisExo to the picture led fans to immediately get excited, since Kris is not an active member of EXO and most people assume that he has no desire to return to the group whatsoever.
However, because Kris was aware that Marcelo Burlon posted the picture on Instagram, fans saw meaning in the fact that there was still a connection to EXO. Fans on Twitter implied that this meant Kris would be returning to EXO.
Fans on Twitter took the whole thing one step further when they began to put several small details together. Along with the hashtag, apparently a picture of Kris’ face appeared at EXO’s recent The Lost Planet concert in Chongqing, China. Sehun also was reported to removing OT11 from his Instagram biography, giving fans even more hope.
The fact that Kris is active individually in China, and that no SM artist has ever returned to a group after leaving the rest of the members, makes it unlikely that Kris will rejoin EXO. However, fans are still hopeful.
Since news borke a couple weeks ago of singer Park Bom’s past drug allegations, the 2NE1 member pulled out of filming additional episodes of the popular celebrity reality show ‘Roommate.’
The CP and PD for the program have confirmed that this week’s episode of the show will be the last one for Park Bom.
On July 5th, Park Bom explained her reasons why she is no longer participating the filming for the show and her feelings regarding the drug scandal incident. Park Bom said, “I am very sorry to all for having a great controversy because of me”. She further explained, “Because I feel terrible, I don’t have the confidence to film for ‘Roommate.’”
The CP for the show, Baek Jung Ryul, told Korean news media outlet TV Report on July 24th, “It seems the upcoming July 27th broadcast will be Park Bom’s final [appearance on ‘Roommate’]. She hasn’t been attending filming so there is no footage of her. Realistically speaking, it is as if she’s left [the show]… We haven’t made any plans for Park Bom’s possible following appearances. Nothing has been discussed… We also edited out a lot of the footage of Park Bom due to the controversy.”
Though, Park Sang Hyuk, the producer (PD) for ‘Roommate,’ is shining some light on the matter for 2NE1 fans who are disappointed. He told news media MBN, “It’s true Bom hasn’t been participating in the filming since the 11th. Due to this, she won’t be in the broadcasts starting next week. She couldn’t film because of schedules, so we can’t ultimately label this as her leaving… We have footage that has been recorded before, so Bom will be appearing in a portion of this week’s episode.”
Though the CP and PD have revealed that this week’s episode is the last for Park Bom, it is not yet clear if this is indefinite or just a temporary hiatus and that she will return once the scandal has completely died down.
However, one official from the production team was quoted in The Korean Herald saying, “Unless Park Bom expresses her intention to make an appearance in ‘Roommate,’ I think her long absence from filming can be interpreted as a permanent exit from the show”.
Be sure to watch the last episode of SBS’ ‘Roommate’ that will feature Park. The show is scheduled to air on July 27th at 4:10 PM (KST).
Block B held their mini album showcase on July 23 at Seoul’s Kwangjin-gu.
Block B will dive into promotions after their album release on July 24.
Title song “HER,” performed at the showcase, featured to be a sweet and romantic song, capturing hearts of female fans.
Leader Zico, who composed and wrote the song, stated: “We wanted a different image with our new album; we challenged ourselves to the rock blues genre with “HER” to show the public a new, evolved Block B.”
He added: “I think the trend these days is strong and powerful music - we tried to avoid that concept, and instead returned with a cute and fresh image.”
Internet users commented: “Block B is finally back!” “I bet Block B is going to top charts again.”
HA:TFELT is Yenny’s stage name, determined to make anew heartfelt music. Yenny will release her first mini album Me? with its music video on July 31, staging her comeback performance on Mnet’s “M Countdown” on the same day.
On July 23, Yenny released two teaser images and a teaser clip to signal her return.
The revealed clip starts off with Yenny staring out of her window on a rainy day. She hesitates, then throws off her clothes one by one to embrace the rain; this is symbolic of Yenny’s determination to cast aside her false image and show her true self.
Lary Love Dolley calls herself a “DIY/guerrilla filmmaker.” She is a horror writer, director and actress who isn’t afraid of transformation. Using makeup and sometimes a little prosthetics, Dolley can become really quite ghastly.
No, none of these transformations are permanent. But the scream queen knows drastic plastic when she sees it, and she sees it in K-pop.
"I enjoy watching others get plastic surgery procedures and transformations, like K-pop stars Brown Eyed Girls and Park Bom for example," Dolley told KpopStarz exclusively.
Rumors that K-pop stars are going under the knife abound. There’s a whole website devoted to “K-pop Surgery.” They picked on IU’s nose job; used their powers of deduction on G-Dragon of Big Bang’s nostril reduction and hit Sunny from Girls’ Generation in the forehead with implant accusations.
""This interest lends itself well to horror. I wrote a script called ‘Pumped.’ It’s a love story," Dolley deadpanned. "Psych. It’s a horror about plastic surgery."
Dolley did extensive preparation for the work, not just writing the screenplay, but plotting its direction in a very realistic photo shoot.
"On movie and photo shoots I usually do my own makeup since I have these particular concepts in my mind and feel well versed enough in makeup artistry to execute them. I can do beauty and horror makeup," she says.
"I have a preoccupation with watching plastic surgery procedures," she explains. "Korea, like America has a high rate of cosmetic surgeries."
The New Orleans artist ain’t just whistling “Dixie.” Ten years ago most Koreans who got plastic surgery were in their 20s and 30s. By 2011, South Korea’s Ministry of Education had to write and publish a book warning high school students about “plastic surgery syndrome” because some survey from Korea JoongAng Daily found that 41.4 percent of teens were “willing to have plastic surgery for beauty.”
"Being in the entertainment industry, you notice how common cosmetic surgery is and now it’s not just reserved for the wealthy or famous," Dolly agreed.
Dr. Sharon Lee, who brought her research on cosmetic surgery in South Korea to ”Around the World with Oprah” documented how plastic surgery can start as early as high school because it is seen as a “means by which to access power in Korean society.”
"One of the main driving factors in the Korean plastic surgery boom is K-pop, so many people want to emulate their idols," says the filmmaker. "Now all you need is a surgeon. Not everyone admits to the work but some K-pop stars admitted being familiar with the sharp side of a scalpel like Kwhangee from ZE:A and Goo Hara from Kara.”
"For entertainers like K-pop and Hollywood stars it’s this big open secret," Dolley says.
Yet Chocolat swears they “are 100% natural beauties.” Miryo promises she always belonged in Brown Eyed Girls and ZE:A’s Kwanghee denies that he hasn’t been able to drink alcohol since he got plastic surgery.
"With such an interest in horror and plastic surgery it is no surprise that a couple of years ago I came across the Korean horror film Cinderella," Dolley said. "In the 2006 psychological horror film, plastic surgery takes the main stage in the plot. Without giving too much away, the story is of a surgeon (Yoon-hee), an orphan she adopts (Faceless Girl) and Yoon-He’s own daughter (Hyeon-su) who takes center stage as she begins to heal, causing the Faceless Girl to be neglected (hence the title Cinderella) In an ugly turn of events a tragedy ensues and a ghost wreaks havoc on the Yoon-hee’s patients causing much terror."
"Cinderella is less tongue in cheek and more scalpel in cheek as it points the mirror back at the surgery obsessed culture to see the ugly root of such a fixation. It does not condemn those preoccupied with modifying their appearance but does question such motives. The film is a haunting mix of satire and horror," Dolley proclaimed.
Lary Love Dolley’s short horror “Ectoplasm” will air on American Horrors.
Lunafly will be taking Europe by storm this summer.
The three-member idol group’s agency, Nega Network, announced that Lunafly will be holding their “made by you 2014 lunafly in europe” tour from July 21 to 29.
"Aside from their tour, they have received numerous love calls from local broadcasting companies and showcased their overseas popularity," stated a representative from the K-pop group’s management company.
Yun, Teo and Sam will be visiting Italy, France and Portugal for their upcoming tour. Lunafly has previously performed on stages in Japan, China, Malaysia and South America.
They are scheduled to release a new album this fall.
Lunafly has been able to create an international fan base for themselves very quickly for an idol group that only debuted in 2012. Half-English, half-Korean member Sam, explained why during the group’s interview with MSN Entertainment Xin.
"The thing that makes us stand out is the fact that we release English versions of all our Korean songs," stated Sam.
He added, “We also write almost all of our own songs.”
Since their debut, Lunafly has had a different outlook on what they’d like their fans to get from their music, evident from their interview with the Korea Herald shortly after they debuted.
"When people look at the moon, they feel a lot of different emotions. All these different emotions represent the feelings we want to share with people with various genres through our music," stated Teo, who is responsible for the vocals, percussion and piano in the group.
Lunafly fans can only expect the best from the three members, who expressed plans of giving fans fresh, new material consistently.
"We have a lot of plans in the future to experiment. For each album, we are going to have a different concept. For our first album, we decided to go for a romantic concept, which is why I would say that all our songs have to so with love," explained Sam.
C-JeS Entertainment began their TV brand advertisements on July 21 during TV’s golden time.
$1 million dollars were invested to the 3 weeks of TV advertisements.
JYJ’s promotional team stated: “We wanted to express the synergy that the three members exuded when they’re together. Each member has reached the top in their respective fields, whether it be dramas, movies, musicals, or solo albums. Their passion and pride in what they do will be expressed through the advertisements.”
C-JeS Entertainment stated: “This advertisement is not for JYJ’s music or tour; it’s for JYJ as a brand. We will continue with promotions like these to make known JYJ’s worth and image.”
Meanwhile, JYJ released their new album title song MV teaser on July 22.