Archive for March 28, 2011

What are the girls up to lately?

March 28, 2011

Although SNSD’s ‘Hoot’ promotional activities ended months ago, SNSD are still busy with their schedules, especially due to a series of CF activities within Korea.

A representative of SM Entertainment said, “This year, SNSD have been chosen as models for various CF namely Intel, Woongjin Coway’s WaterPurifier, Vita500, etc. Even nowadays, they are still actively doing CF-related activities. After the release of SNSD’s 3rd Japanese Single, ‘Mr.Taxi’ on April 13th,they will be preparing for related promotional activities of the single. In the future, there are also plans to produce other albums in Japan as well”.

The representative added, “Even after completing ‘Hoot”s promotional activities, the girls are still having a busy lifestyle everyday”.


Seohyun shocked Yonghwa with her own version of ‘Banmal Song’

March 27, 2011

On MBC’s ‘We Got Married (WGM)’ aired on March 26th, Seohyun and Yonghwa enjoyed their final date as the ‘married’ YongSeo couple. They were given a final mission entitled ‘Give each other a happy day as a gift’.

In this episode, which was the first part of their final story, YongSeo recalled their first ‘dating’ place; CN Blue’s practice room. Seohyun who had forgotten how to play the guitar at the beginning, started performing with the guitar singing the ‘Banmal Song’ with her own lyrics.

Seohyun said, “Jung Yonghwa seemed to be disappointed that I have not used banmal (informal form) with him up to this day”. Yonghwa then said, “I was simply touched that she prepared the song for me. I was totally surprised by the lyrics.”

Also, in this broadcast, the couple tried to reenact the day when they first met.


Intel Korea revealed Visual Dreams MV in 3D to selected guests

March 27, 2011

On March 26th, more than 900 clients and Intel staffs were invited to a cinema party at Korea’s first IMAX theatre, CGV Yongsan in Seoul. According to Intel Korea on March 27th, the 3D version of SNSD-Intel Collaboration Music Video ‘Visual Dreams’ was revealed at the event.

First introduced in conjunction with Intel’s launching of the 2nd Generation Core Processor, the ‘Visual Dreams’ music video was being presented again, but this time, in 3D.

Chief of Intel Korea, Lee Heesung said, “Creating the public’s understanding as well as the awareness of the complexity of Intel’s technology was communicated easily through collaboration with SNSD”.


What is YongSeo’s final mission?

March 25, 2011

The first part of YongSeo’s final story will be aired on MBC’s ‘We Got Married Season 2′ on March 26th.

In the 1st part of the story, the YongSeo couple will receive their last mission called ‘Please present the happiest day as a gift to each other’. The couple opened a bank account together a year ago for the ‘Final Happy Day’. All the money deposited into the bank account will be withdrawn and the couple will have a late night appointment to meet each other on their final day.

Which day would Seohyun and Yonghwa pick as gifts for each other? Be sure to catch the part 1 of YongSeo’s final story on March 26th at 5.10pm KST.


‘Himnae’, the song of hope and courage

March 25, 2011

Netizens selected SNSD’s ‘Himnae (Way To Go)’ as the best song that could provide hope as well as courage to people who are feeling down, depressed or suffering from disasters like the massive earthquake that shook Northeastern Japan recently.

Music site, Monkey3 conducted a survey entitled ‘What are the songs that provide hope and courage?’ from March 17th to 23rd. SNSD’s ‘Himnae’ received overwhelming support from netizens where it was ranked 1st with 253 votes (40%). ‘Himnae’ was released in 2009 and it was one of the songs in SNSD’s 1st Mini Album ‘Gee’. The song is special such that it could provide ‘energy’ and brighten up the mood of a depressed or disheartened person.

Kim Soohyun’s ‘Dreaming’, the OST of KBS drama ‘Dream High’ took the 2nd spot with 181 votes (29%) while In SoonI’s ‘Goose’s Dream’ came in 3rd with 71 votes (11%). Big Bang’s ‘Oh My Friend’ secured the 4th spot with 55 votes (9%), followed by Jaurim’s ‘Ha Ha Ha Song’ in 5th with 44 votes (5%) and Roller Coaster’s ‘Cheer Up, Mr Kim’ in 6th with 31 votes (5%).


Photoshop is barely needed

March 24, 2011

Anything different to YoonA’s photo after being edited using Photoshop?

Recently, on online community, netizens uploaded a photoshoped Yoona’s cosmetic CF photo and compared it to the original photo. Much to the amazement of netizens, there is almost no difference between the original (non-edited) and the photoshoped photo.

However, in the original photo, the color tone of YoonA’s neck is rather different from her overall skin color. With some amazing photo editing skill, the differences were minimized and the color tone seems to be more ‘natural’.

In reaction to this, netizens commented, “For YoonA there’s not even a need for Photoshop”, “How can this happen? I can’t even believe this”, “She’s really the one and only Goddess.”, etc

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YoonA’s ‘all-kill’ graduation photo

March 24, 2011

Recently, a post entitled ‘YoonA All-kill’ was published on an internet community site. The capture from a Japanese magazine featured graduation and school photos of female idols and actresses.

Due to her goddess-like natural beauty, YoonA’s graduation photo stood out among the photos of other Japanese female celebrities; an indication of YoonA’s massive popularity in Japan. Her photo stood out so prominently that it was dubbed as an ‘all-kill’.

Netizen who saw the post commented, “It’s really remarkable”, “This is really ‘all-kill’”, “I’m not even looking at other Japanese idols”, etc.


A peek into the lives of trainees

March 24, 2011

The conditions of trainees in entertainment agencies, the birthplace of idol stars were revealed.

On March 24th, according to the ‘Entertainment Management Industry Survey’ conducted by Professor Kim Mingyu of Ajou University, huge entertainment companies have about 100 trainees on average and about 70 of them are in their teenage years.

Average training period is 14.57 months. After group selection has been made, preparation for debut takes about 16.30 months. On average, the duration of the contracts signed by the trainees are good for 4.22 years. According to the survey, after debut, the entertainers signed a 7-year contract with their companies, in accordance with the standard condition of contract.

Generally, trainees begin their practice at 6pm – 7pm after their classes and reach home about 10pm – 11pm. Although complaints of unfair treatment are rare, some of the trainees were being asked to go on diet.

Also, 80% of the young entertainers missed their classes due to their schedules and activities as entertainers. The survey also studied cases where some of these young entertainers had to carry out long-hour activities through the night without prior consent.

The current trainee system was adopted since 1997 in companies like SM Entertainment, etc and today, the 7 main entertainment companies are practicing this system. The new Korean Wave (Hallyu) was spearheaded by idol groups who were mostly developed and groomed through the trainee system.

As the trainee system involves huge investment, it is difficult for small companies to implement the structure of the system which is similar to the ones adopted by big companies. Therefore, depending of the size of investment, there are variations in the structure of the trainee system in different companies. The education that the trainees received through this system is funded by the companies and they are mostly entertainment-related. Other lessons include foreign language studies, social skills, etc.

The ‘Entertainment Management Survey’ based on the existing environment of the entertainment industry was carried out to formulate plans that can be implemented to improve and strengthen the system in place.


SNSD conveyed congratulatory message to Sports Donga

March 24, 2011

In conjunction with Sports Donga’s 3rd Anniversary of its publication, various singers, actors and actresses as well as athletes conveyed their respective congratulatory messages. Here is the message from our girls:

“Hi, we are SNSD. Let’s enjoy sports news with the whole family! We would like to sincerely congratulate Sports Donga for the 3rd anniversary of its publication. We wish that Sports Donga would enjoy more success in the future and through Sports Donga, we hope to show a lot of our good sides to everyone. In 2011, please give us, SNSD a lot of love and we also hope that Sports Donga would receive a lot of love and interest from the public. Sports Donga fighting!”

Credit: Sports Donga