Archive for August 31, 2011

[Updated] Sooyoung injured after car accident, all activities temporarily suspended

August 31, 2011

A bad news was announced today as SNSD’s Sooyoung was injured in a car accident.

On August 28th at 9am, Sooyoung was on her way to a volunteer service on Gyeongbu Expressway, when the car accident occurred near the rest area of the expressway.

On behalf of Sooyoung, an explanation was given, “It was caused by the carelessness of the opposite party. The oncoming car crossed over the traffic lane and hit the car Sooyoung was in.”

After the accident, Sooyoung was sent to a nearby hospital for treatment. Currently, she is resting in a hospital in Seoul and Sooyoung’s doctor said that since her sacral vertebra (sacrum) was injured, it will be difficult for her to carry out activities in the near future.

Because of her injuries, Sooyoung will be absent from the three ‘SMTOWN LIVE Tokyo Dome Concerts’, which will take place starting September 2nd. In light of this, it might also affect SNSD’s new album preparation and their upcoming comeback.

When the accident occurred, Sooyoung was on the way to a volunteer activity helping disabled people with their blindness.

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UPDATE 1: SM, “Sooyoung’s injury will not affect comeback”

In the latest development, a representative from SM Entertainment said, “She (Sooyoung) will not be attending the 2 concerts scheduled, but SNSD’s Korean comeback will be not affected. Because their comeback date has not been confirmed, we will ensure that the treatment to her injury is fully completed by then”.

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Update 2: Sooyoung’s sister Soojin tweets about Sooyoung’s conditions.

At about 11.30 pm KST on August 29th, Sooyoung’s elder sister Soojin (@sujincda) tweeted about her sister’s conditions after the accident. The following is the translated tweet:

수영이 걱정해주시는분들 감사합니다. 명랑공주 수영이는 변함없이 밝게 잘 있어요~ 구급차안에서도 병원에 와서도 뭐가 재밌는지 계속 웃었다고 하네요^^ 계속 기도부탁드려요.:)

Thanks to all who were worried for Sooyoung. There is no change in our cheerful princess Sooyoung and she looks fine. Don’t know what is so fun about being in the ambulance and going to the hospital but she keeps on laughing. Please continue to pray for her.


Update 3: Sooyoung’s mother left a message on the HwaSuEunHwa fancafe

Sooyoung’s mother kept fans updated with Sooyoung’s conditions as she left a message on SNSD’s fancafe HwaSuEunHwa on the morning of August 30th, two days after the accident. The following is the translated message:

All of you worried a lot, didn’t you? hehe.. Yesterday and the day before was hectic.. Sooyoung is doing better than expected~ Of course she is feeling a little pain, but she’s okay because she’s taking painkillers.

Since so many people have been enduring the pain with her and have been so worried for her, I realized just how much love my daughter has been receiving. And so I’m starting my day with a full heart.

Sooyoung is still the one reassuring family, members and friends with a bright face, so you don’t have to worry~ There are many others who are really hurt… She’s sorry about being in her room so she said she’s not in pain and that she’s okay..

Like what Sooyoung said, about always being there no matter what.. I will keep my word ~

So.. Please watch over her with a light heart, as well as the other members.. Please cheer them on ~ They tend to become awkward when one person isn’t there…

Thank you..


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Update 4: Soojin speaks on Sooyoung’s accident in an interview

SBS’s ‘Night of TV Entertainment’, aired on August 31st, reported about Sooyoung’s car accident, which resulted in a fractured coccyx (tailbone) from the unfortunate August 28th incident.

Sooyoung’s older sister Choi Soojin, a musical actress, talked about the serious accident in an interview. She said, “She (Sooyoung) bled a lot and I was so shocked at the incident at that moment, that I thought she could even die.”

She further explained, “There is a crack on her coccyx (tailbone) but we were told that there is no specific treatment or casts needed so she just has to rest. Perhaps she cannot attend some upcoming schedules but because she is willing to attend the activities, I thought perhaps she can attend some that doesn’t require much movements and provided that they are not stages that involve excessive movements.”

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SNSD to perform at ‘Autumnal Music Festival’ on October 16th

August 31, 2011

Singers, pop and idol stars will be gracing the stage of ‘Together With Youth, 1st Nationwide People With Disabilities VS Multicultural Arts Competition’. The event which will be held from October 14th to 16th at Yeouido Park Square, Seoul is jointly organized by 147 promoters from various sectors – social, education, welfare, medical, cultural, broadcasting, etc as well as Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MOGEF) and KBS.

In the 2nd part of the event on October 16th, there will be ‘Autumnal Music Festival’ which features performances by SNSD, f(x), FT Island, Kara, MBLAQ, Rumble Fish, ZE:A, T-ara, CN Blue, Jaurim, Super Junior, miss A, 4minute, Secret, etc.


SM artistes to invade New York on October 23rd!

August 31, 2011

Kpop which has become a global trend in 2011 will be invading the central of pop culture, New York.

SNSD, Super Junior, TVXQ and other SM Entertainment artistes will be joining hands to perform at the SM Town Live World Tour in Madison Square Garden in New York, USA on October 23rd.

Before flying off to New York to captivate 15,000 Kpop fans in Madison Square Garden, SM artistes are scheduled to perform a 3-day concert at Tokyo Dome from September 2nd to 4th, in front of 150,000 fans for the Tokyo leg of the SM Town Live World Tour.

on August 31st, a representative of SM Entertainment said, “With the concert to be held in Madison Square Garden which is recognized as America’s most prestigious concert venue, SM’s global brand power is once again proven”. Madison Square Garden had previously hosted performances by internationally-known pop stars such as Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, etc. It is also known as the home for the NBA professional basketball team, New York Knicks.


Soshi effect gave Woongjin Coway a 400% boost in sales

August 31, 2011

According to Woongjin Coway on August 31st, the company’s sales have risen 400% in the 2nd quarter of 2011 compared to the 2nd quarter of last year, all thanks to SNSD who was selected to be the models for Woongjin Coway’s ice water purifier.

In March this year, Woongjin Coway signed an exclusive model contract with SNSD to promote their new products by taking advantage of the friendly-image displayed through the ‘Coway, Take Care of Mom’ campaign. To strengthen their image as Korea’s no.1 water purifier brand, Woongjin Coway aims to expand their market to customers in their 20s – 30s.

According to a representative of Woongjin Coway, particularly, after YoonA’s ‘Self-sterilizing Ice Water Purifier’ advertisement in June this year, the sales of the new product has gone up by 38% compared to the sales of existing ice water purifier.

Woongjin Coway’s Marketing Communication Team leader, Kim JoonHyun said, “The sales of the ice water purifier have gone up 4 times compared to the same quarter last year. The huge contribution of SNSD’s advertisement on product awareness and increase in purchase can be seen clearly”.


YoonA summons you for protection with her deer-like eyes

August 31, 2011

From August 2nd to 29th, in a survey entitled ‘Idol star who possesses deer-like eyes that make you want to protect her?’ conducted on 369 participants, YoonA took the no.1 spot with 159 votes.

According to the participants of the survey, YoonA’s innocent eyes not only garner points for her beauty but upon seeing them, one would definitely feel like protecting her.

Kara’s Goo Hara came in 2nd with 125 votes while After School’s Uee took the 3rd spot.


[Updated] Tiffany takes up stage musical challenge with ‘Fame’!

August 30, 2011

Tiffany was selected to star in the stage musical ‘Fame’.

From November 25th onwards, audience will be able see Tiffany at Woori Financial Art Hall in Seoul Olympic Park as she was casted to play in a musical ‘Fame’. Tiffany will be playing the role of ‘Carmen Diaz’, who dreams to be a famous star in the shortest time possible.

‘Fame’ is a broadway musical based on the 1980 movie of the same title by director Alan Parker. The story reflects the dream and love of the students, who passed the strict auditions conducted by the PA Performing Arts School, which has the best reputation in the field of arts.

Besides Tiffany, this upcoming musical will be graced by a star studded line-up, consisting of Son HoYoung, Super Junior’s EunHyuk, CSJH’s Lina, Trax’s Jung Mo and other idol stars.

So far, among SNSD’s members, Jessica and Taeyeon were also previously involved in musicals. Taeyeon took part in ‘Midnight Sun’ while Jessica played Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde’.


Update 1: Tiffany attends ‘Fame’ Press Conference on August 30th

At 2pm KST on August 30th, Tiffany attended the press conference of the upcoming musical ‘Fame’ held at Lotte Hotel’s Crystal Ballroom with the rest of the cast from the musical.

When asked about her participation in the musical, Tiffany said, “Just like other members, I have continuously practiced on my singing and acting. With the passion I had during my trainee days, I will try to make up for the parts I am lacking.”

She continued, “I came to Korea when I was dreaming of becoming a singer in the States and was able to debut after my trainee days. In this musical, I will act as Carmen Diaz with the same passion and dreams I had back then.”

Tiffany also said that she will practice more and ask for advice from the other SNSD members who have already acted in musicals previously.

In ‘Fame’, she will portray the character Carmen Diaz, a girl with dreams to become a famous star. Even though she has some setbacks due to her excessive self-confidence, she overcomes them and struggles to become the top star.

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Fairies gather to support Ock JooHyun’s musical

August 29, 2011

Yuri, Tiffany and Seohyun went to support their sunbae singer Ock JooHyun for her musical.

On August 28th, Ock JooHyun updated her twitter account, saying, “The SNSD flowers are blooming in LG Arts Center.” With the update, she attached photos taken together with the members of SNSD.

Yuri, Tiffany and Seohyun, dressed casually, posed with their sunbae and the latter had make-ups on for her musical performance as the photos were taken before it started. Yuri and Seohyun wore the props from the musical on their hair, showing off their cute side.

In the other photo, Yuri, Tiffany and Seohyun made cute expressions.

Upon seeing the photos, netizens responded, “It’s nothing but a flower garden”, “All fairies of the 10s and 20s were gathered”, “Tiffany has a huge height difference with Ock JooHyun”, “The waiting room of the goddesses,” etc.

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Hyoyeon revealed close friend Min’s secret!

August 26, 2011

Hyoyeon revealed a secret of her close friend, Miss A’s Min.

In the variety show ‘Declaration of Freedom Saturday – Secret’ to be aired on KBS 2TV, Hyoyeon participated in the filming and revealed Min’s secret about her strong personality. This section was reported through videos.

Hyoyeon said, “When I went out with Min, I felt very embarrassed. She dances automatically when she hears music. She dances to Beyoncé songs on the street, isn’t that bad enough?”. Hyoyeon then asked Min to explain her behaviors.

Upon watching the videos, Min responded, “I’m not concerned about how others see me in the first place.” She then talked about herself being used to doing things candidly.

Yet, Shin BongSun said that she is embarrassed of Min’s behaviors and assured that she will not do such things again in the future.

‘Declaration of Freedom Saturday – Secret’ will be aired on August 27th.

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SNSD to attend Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Concert on Oct 7

August 26, 2011

The Korea Tourism Organization Kangwon-Do Promotion Office will be holding a Kpop concert on October 7th at the Alpensia ski resort in Pyeongchang at 7 pm.

The hosts are expecting an estimated attendance of 10,000 Korean fans and 2,000 fans from foreign countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan and various countries in Asia, America, and Europe to fill around 120,000 seats at the concert venue.

The organizers, who are looking forward to the concert, stated, “It will be meaningful to have a Hallyu concert in countryside rather than in the city. Since many foreign fans will come to the event, it will probably have a positive effect on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.”

Currently, the lineup for the concert consists of SNSD, Super Junior, Infinite, BouHwal, Kim GunMo and Baek ChungGang.

The concert will be free and the specifics about the distributions of the tickets are not decided yet.

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