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Thursday, October 20, 2011

SNSD on their new concept, their past, and future plans

SNSD, who was once referred to as the nation’s dongseng girl group, has grown up and tossed aside their aegyo image. The girls, who used to sing “I love oppa” in their songs, have matured to a point where they can confidently tell “The Boys”, “I’ll lead you.”

This transformation comes as no surprise, since the girls are about to make their debut as a world star through their 3rd official album, which was released on October 19th. In addition to their songs being sold all over the world through iTunes, their single will also be released in the U.S. in November through Interscope Records.

Still, the girls who came in for the interview were as cute and lovable as ever, and they were brimming with a natural self-confidence. They stated, “We really like transformations,” and that “We were the one who insisted on doing the more powerful dances in this song. We want to show [a SNSD] who continuously grows and matures.”

They had an interview with OSEN :

What are thoughts about the release of the 3rd album? It was a little delayed.
Taeyeon – “SNSD has received a lot of love from all over the world. We prepared this album in return [for all the love].”
Sooyoung – “We were a little disappointed about the delay in our comeback since we, in our hearts and minds, were ready. But, since the delay was because of the venture into the U.S., it was all good. I think this will be a meaningful comeback.”

You worked with the famous producer Teddy Riley. How did you feel?
Sunny – “He brought a comfortable atmosphere. Rather than putting in special requests, he just told us to sing. He catered to the members, so a lot of the members’ individual colors were incorporated.”
Seohyun – “He complimented us a lot while we were recording. He also danced to the song.”

Are you satisfied with your title song, “The Boys”?
Tiffany – “SNSD’s songs hardly have any raps. This was our first time showing off our rap skills, so we were really anticipating it. I think the song came out well, so I’m very pleased. Instead of SNSD’s usual lively and girly image, we are anticipating that a more mature and cooler image will be shown [through this comeback].”

The choreography has become more powerful.
Sooyoung - “We tried hard to make it match the song, however, it’s not as aggressive or powerful as we thought initially. The ‘going down’ movement during the rap portion came about because there needed to be an impact at that point. The choreography team was trying to decide whether or not to include that move, but we insisted that we’d do it. They asked if it would be okay to just have 4 of the members do it, but all the members stated that they wanted to do it.” (laughs)

What did you emphasize the most in this 3rd album?
Sooyoung – “We tried to branch out so that we wouldn’t be limited to just one genre. If you listen to the album as a whole, you’ll see that rather than just a catchy hook phrase, the overall composition [of the song] is done well. Our vocals were heavily emphasized as well.”

This was the first time that Sooyoung composed.
Sooyoung – “I thought about what it would be like if there was someone who gave me such immense love. If there is someone who gives you a lot of love, this is a song you can listen to while you think of that person.”

I’ve heard that you are studying a lot about composing and producing, but your ideas don’t seem to be included a lot.
Tiffany – “I composed the English rap in “The Boys”.
Taeyeon – “I’m practicing a lot, but they are very strict. They don’t give us any advantage because we are SNSD members. We have to compete on the same playing field as regular composers and producers.”

“The Boys” image was surprising because it is much stronger than the usual SNSD image.
Sunny – “The lyrics’ [meaning] are up to the interpretation [of the listeners']. Rather than just the simple meaning of girls giving boys support, it can be interpreted in many ways. The girls could be telling the boys that we’ll take the lead, giving off a more tough image. It could also be interpreted as girls telling the boys to get their act together and cheer up. (laughs) The song is also aims to give courage to people, whether they’re girls or guys, who are tired out [by life].”
Seohyun – “With every album we release, we want to show you our growth. During the 1st album, we wore tennis shoes and showed you a young girl image. After that, we wore a white T-shirt and jeans like a college student. For this time also, we want to grow musically as well as in other areas.”
Taeyeon – “We really like transformations. I think fans also want to keep seeing different sides of us as well.”

You have accomplished a lot in the past year. What is it that you remember?
Seohyun – “Japan tour. Personally, I think I have learned a lot about how to enjoy the stage. I think I learned how to collaborate with fans for the first time. The collaboration between ourselves has gotten even better also.”
Tiffany - “During the Arena Tour, which had all of us traveling together for 3 months, the members spent a lot of time together and conversed a lot. It was another chance for [our friendship] to be strengthened. We ate yummy food and went to a hot spring, just as if we were on a field trip.”
Jessica – “The concert in Paris is memorable for me. Paris is my dream city.”
Yuri – “I also remember Paris the most. It was very sentimental. People with hairs of all different colors were singing along to Korean lyrics. Just the fact that they knew who we were made it so enjoyable.”

What are things you want to accomplish in the future?
Taeyeon - “To hold our own concert at Japan’s Tokyo Dome.”
Tiffany – “I want to try a world tour. I want to visit South America.”

You must feel a sense of responsibility as a representative of Korean singers.
Yoona – “There is a sense of responsibility and pressure, but we are thankful that people see us as leaders. We don’t set up a goal and say ‘we have to achieve it’. Rather, we just enjoy each moment and try to bond with each other more. I think that’s why good things have been happening. We are honored to be a part of this great time period to let more people know about K-Pop.”

Have you made a goal for your venture into the U.S.?
Tiffany – “Of course we have goals and anticipations, but we think that even having the opportunity to challenge ourselves is meaningful in itself. Rather than a venture, we just want to pay back our fans.”

It seems that you might have to promote with Wonder Girls.
Taeyeon – “I’m very curious, what kind of song will they come out with? I have a friend within the group, so I think I’ll be glad to see her.”

When rookie girl groups debut, they are often compared to SNSD. You are brought up a lot.
Seohyun - “To make us even a subject of discussion is an honor for us. Honestly, even when people say ‘SNSD, you’re amazing’, I’m still not sure. (laughs) So I think that I really have to try even harder.”

You are quite a ‘sunbae‘ ['senior'] group now.
Yoona – “It’s not because we’re getting old, it’s because many young girls have been coming out. (laughs)”
Yuri – “I was in the waiting room while serving as the MC for MBC‘s ‘Music Core’ when hoobaes came to greet me with their albums. It feels like it we had been doing just that just a few days ago, so it was a weird feeling.”
Sooyoung – “Truthfully, we didn’t have much of a chance to see sunbae female singers’ performances. We saw Lee Hyori sunbae, Beyonce, and Christina Aguilera‘s concerts, but we heard that the hoobaes these days want to see SNSD’s performance. They also said they were influenced by us. It was a very weird feeling, but at the same time made us very proud and happy.”

What has been the past 4 years like for SNSD?
Sunny – “To be honest, we didn’t know anything in the beginning and just went for it. As time passed, we started to develop a know-how. However more time passed, and we thought ‘Ah, there really isn’t a trick to all this’. But we were very proud and happy that we have been able to achieve a lot of things during the 4 years. Rather than thinking about the past 4 years, we are trying to figure out how to move forward.”

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

SECRET shares their thoughts on making comeback debut the same week as SNSD

The four ladies of SECRET are back with their first full-length album, ‘Moving in Secret‘. Different from the cute, girl-next door image fans are used to, SECRET has undergone a complete transformation. For their new album, they’re rocking mostly all-black ensembles and heavier eye-makeup for a more adult, sultry-look.

With this said, SECRET will also be going head-to-head against the ladies of SNSD who are making their comeback the same week as SECRET. Most idol stars have postponed their late-October comebacks and opted to begin their new promotions in early November to avoid the SNSD onslaught, but not SECRET. Newsen recently asked them about their bold decision, and the girls answered rather confidently.

They humbly stated, “We are a little concerned, knowing what SNSD is capable of. However for the two years that we’ve been in the industry, we’ve never looked at it as competition or wanted to win against anyone. We simply want to confidently show our fans our new look, as well everything we’ve worked so hard to put together. That in and of itself is enough for us.”

Although they were humble, they seemed confident and raised expectations for their full-length album. “They may have 9 girls to put on a phenomenal dance performance, but I think the four of us have fresh new appeals and we plan on emphasizing all of them.”Zinger joked,  “They may be the juggernauts of K-pop, but we too have our petite appeals!”

But SECRET has already started off strong. The girls are receiving attention for their mature & seductive transformation for this new album after showcasing their innocent, bubbly charm with “Starlight Moonlight“.
The girls want to express themselves as iconic & chic, confident women of the new era. SECRET makes their comeback debut performance with “Love is Move“ on the October 20th edition of Mnet’s M! Countdown .

SNSD introduced and revealed new concept photos for “The Boys” !

We’re only a few hours away from SNSD‘s global release of their 3rd full-length album, “The Boys“, and the treasure trove of eye-candy has finally started to crack open with these stunning new concept photos!

Korean community sites have been chattering excitedly about some new concept photos that’ve made their way online. In these photos, the girls flaunt a confident look that embraces sophistication with a touch of sass.

They’re definitely not aegyo princesses anymore, so their competition better watch out! SNSD is ready to take their pop queen crowns once again, and it looks like they’re not going to take any prisoners.

Not to fear, Sones — SNSD seems to understand the agony of waiting, and so they’ve shared a clip on YouTube to help the time go by. They introduce their album entirely in English, with Jessica and Tiffany taking the lead. Seohyun also speaks up at the end in English!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

BILLBOARD Top100 Chart 13th October 2011

  1. Someone Like You > Adele
  2. Moves Like Jagger > Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
  3. Pumped Up Kicks > Foster The People
  4. Sexy And I Know It > LMFAO
  5. Stereo Hearts > Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
  6. Party Rock Anthem > LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
  7. We Found Love > Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
  8. Without You > David Guetta feat. Usher
  9. You Make Me Feel... > Cobra Starship feat. Sabi
  10. You And I > Lady Gaga
  11. In The Dark > Dev
  12. Lighters > Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
  13. Give Me Everything > Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack, & Nayer
  14. Super Bass > Nicki Minaj
  15. Cheers (Drink To That) > Rihanna
  16. How To Love > Lil Wayne
  17. Headlines > Drake
  18. It Girl > Jason Derulo
  19. Strange Clouds > B.o.B feat. Lil Wayne
  20. Good Life > OneRepublic
  21. Rolling In The Deep > Adele
  22. She Will > Lil Wayne feat. Drake
  23. Take A Back Road > Rodney Atkins
  24. God Gave Me You > Blake Shelton
  25. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) > Katy Perry
  26. Mr. Saxobeat > Alexandra Stan
  27. Mr. Know It All > Kelly Clarkson
  28. Tonight Tonight > Hot Chelle Rae
  29. I Wanna Go > Britney Spears
  30. 5 O'Clock > T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
  31. Just A Kiss > Lady Antebellum
  32. Niggas In Paris > Jay Z & Kanye West
  33. If I Die Young > The Band Perry
  34. Nothing > The Script
  35. Marvin & Chardonnay > Big Sean feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash
  36. Crazy Girl > Eli Young Band
  37. I'm On One > DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne
  38. Better With The Lights Off > New Boyz feat. Chris Brown
  39. Fly > Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna
  40. The Edge Of Glory > Lady Gaga
  41. Crawling Back To You > Daughtry
  42. Barefoot Blue Jean Night > Jake Owen
  43. Made In America > Toby Keith
  44. Take Over Control > Afrojack feat. Eva Simons
  45. Long Hot Summer > Keith Urban
  46. Here For A Good Time > George Strait
  47. We Owned The Night > Lady Antebellum
  48. Work Out > J. Cole
  49. Dirt Road Anthem > Jason Aldean
  50. Easy > Rascal Flatts feat. Natasha Bedingfield
  51. I Like It Like That > Hot Chelle Ray feat. New Boyz
  52. Love You Like A Love Song > Selena Gomez & The Scene
  53. Fix You > Glee Cast
  54. Sparks Fly > Taylor Swift
  55. Remind Me > Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood
  56. Otis > Jay Z, Kanye West feat. Otis Redding
  57. Not Over You > Gavin DeGraw
  58. Baggage Claim > Miranda Lambert
  59. Marvins Room > Drake
  60. Tattoos On This Town > Jason Aldean
  61. Keep Your Head Up > Andy Grammer
  62. Hangover > Taio Cruz feat. Flo Rida
  63. Country Must Be Country Wide > Brantley Gilbert
  64. It Will Rain > Bruno Mars
  65. Best Thing I Never Had > Beyoncé
  66. I'm Flexin' > T.I. feat. Big K.R.I.T.
  67. Just Fishin'  > Trace Adkins
  68. Paradise > Coldplay
  69. Brighter Than The Sun > Colbie Caillat
  70. You And Tequila > Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter
  71. That Way > Wale feat. Jeremih & Rick Ross
  72. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie > Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  73. I Don't Want This Night To End > Luke Bryan
  74. Skyscraper > Demi Lovato
  75. When We Stand Together > Nickelback
  76. I Like How It Feels > Enrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull & The WAV.s
  77. Good Feeling > Flo Rida
  78. Drink In My Hand > Eric Church
  79. Mrs. Right > Mindless Behavior feat. Diggy
  80. All Your Life > The Band Perry
  81. Wet The Bed > Chris Brown feat. Ludacris
  82. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) > Lloyd feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
  83. Keep Me In Mind > Zac Brown Band
  84. Quickie > Miguel
  85. Got 2 Luv You > Sean Paul feat. Alexis Jordan
  86. One More Drinkin' Song > Jerrod Niemann
  87. Sail > AWOLNATION
  88. Body 2 Body > Ace Hood feat. Chris Brown
  89. I Got You > Thompson Square
  90. Let It Rain > David Nail
  91. Run The World (Girls) > Glee Cast
  92. Faster > Matt Nathanson
  93. Dance (A$$) > Big Sean
  94. Rain Over Me > Pitbull feat. Marc Anthony
  95. Party > Beyoncé feat.Andre 3000
  96. Papi > Jennifer Lopez
  97. Pretty Girls > Iyaz feat. Travie McCoy
  98. Love Don't Run > Steve Holy
  99. I Got Nothin' > Darius Rucker
  100. No Sleep > Wiz Khalifa
*bold > new debut for this week!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kim Hyun Joong on expectations for “Lucky Guy”

SS501‘s Kim Hyun Joong is making a comeback with his second solo mini-album, ‘Lucky Guy‘. For this latest work, he experimented with a variety of genres, from the punk-rock feel of “Lucky Guy” to the sweet ballad, “I’m Your Man“.

The star recently sat down for an interview with the Korea Times, where he revealed his thoughts on ‘Lucky Guy’, his solo promotions, and the overabundance of idols in the industry.

Q : Do you have any particular expectations for this album?
Kim Hyun Joong: “I just hope a lot of people listen and enjoy it. I’m interested in hearing what the public has to say about it, more than my actual fans. The sales for ‘Break Down‘ weren’t bad, but I wasn’t satisfied, which is why I focused a bit more on the music this time.”

Q : You are only promoting your album for three short weeks. Is that enough time?
Kim Hyun Joong: “I wish I could promote it a while longer, but I have a performance that was scheduled prior and wanted to release the album before then. It’s too bad, but I’ll work hard during the time I have.”

Q : Which song is your favorite?
Kim Hyun Joong: “Lucky Guy”. Why? Because it’s the title song (laughs). I want to have a good time performing this song on stage, because I couldn’t when I was performing “Break Down”.

Q : Is it lonely performing as a soloist after being in a multi-member group?
Kim Hyun Joong: “Not at all. I want to focus on making a phenomenal album, and when it’s all said and done, I’ll put on a free concert for my fans.”

Q : What do you mean, when it’s all said and done?
Kim Hyun Joong: “The career of a dance artist is short-lived. It’s not realistic for me to be in my mid-thirties and dance to 20 songs in a row on stage. I want to hold a final concert for my fans, while I’m still in my prime.”

Q : Rain has just enlisted in the military, meaning that there is now a void in the ‘male solo-artist’ domain. Are you looking to become the next Rain?
Kim Hyun Joong: “Rain has accomplished so much during his career. It’s a little different for me though, because I debuted with a group. Although it may not be me, there will be a solo artist who will surpass Rain’s achievements.”

Q : Don’t you think that K-Pop these days focuses too much on the music of idol stars?
Kim Hyun Joong: “I too was an idol star, but I don’t really have any particular thoughts about that. The music the idols are performing now might just be the music pushed by their agency. The stubborn ones will probably break out and produce a solo album to do the kind of music that’s right for them.”

Q : Have any junior idols caught your attention?
Kim Hyun Joong: “Not sure, I didn’t really watch any music programs, except when I was promoting “Break Down”. I’m keeping a close eye on SNSD though, because I know they are making a comeback at a date similar to my own.”

Q : Aren’t you a little intimidated to go head-to-head with the SNSD girls?
Kim Hyun Joong: “No, not really. I’m not trying to win against SNSD, I just think that the industry will be more lively with their comeback. There will be people who will listen to my music, despite SNSD releasing a new album.”

Q : Any plans to go back into acting?
Kim Hyun Joong: “I think I could maybe in June of next year. Nothing specific has been decided yet, but looking at my schedule, I think that would be best. I played two gentle roles for the last two, so this time I want to play the rough, bad boy.”

What appeals more to you, acting or singing?
Kim Hyun Joong: “Both have their own appeals. With my music, I can show you what I’m about, but when you act, you live the life of another person. When I sing, I want to act, and when I act, I want to sing (laughs). It’s just hard to do both, is all. With singing, though, you get rated once a week on music programs so it definitely keeps you grounded.”

What are your plans for this album?
Kim Hyun Joong: “The media and the public shocked me by asking if I was really releasing another album already. I thought maybe I rushed myself, but it’s something I put a lot of effort into and I want to work hard until early next year. I thank my fans for always keeping up with me, and if you have $0.70 to spare, how about you download my new single, haha.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rihanna 'Excited' for Chris Brown's Success: 'I'm a Fan'

Rihanna says she resented Chris Brown for a time, but has put that behind her and is happy that her former boyfriend has found success in music again. Rihanna tells Esquire magazine that disliking Brown "was taking up too much of my time" and that she has moved on from that.
"It was too much anger," the 23-year-old said. "I'm really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career."

Brown, 21, is serving five years of probation after pleading guilty to felony assault for the attack on Rihanna in the early morning hours before the 2009 Grammys. "Graffiti," the album he released 10 months after the attack, was a commercial disappointment. But his latest release, "F.A.M.E. (Forgiving All My Enemies)," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in March; it reached gold status and has multiple pop and R&B hits with songs like "Look at Me Now" and "Deuces," among other tracks.

"It's incredible to see how he pulled out the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?" Rihanna said. "I really like the music he's putting out. I'm a fan of his stuff. I've always been a fan."

Rihanna has done well musically, too: Her albums following the attack - "Rated R" and "Loud" - have both gone platinum, and she's releasing a new album, "Talk That Talk," next month. Her latest single, "We Found Love," is her 20th song to hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart since she debuted in 2005.

Overall, she says she wants to see Brown do well.
"I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have," she said.
The November issue of Esquire magazine hits newsstands on Oct. 16.

Rihanna Reveals Two Album Covers for 'Talk That Talk'

Rihanna has revealed the album covers for the standard and deluxe edition of her seventh album, "Talk That Talk" (Nov. 21).

In the version for the standard edition, Rih Rih licks her coral red hued lips, posing in a camouflage sleeveless shirt with the album title tatted on her right arm. Rihanna blows out a puff of smoke in the black and white version for the deluxe edition.

After four days of it's U.K. release, Rihanna's first single, "We Found Love,"  featuring Calvin Harris, raced up the U.K. chart to No. 1, making it her sixth U.K. No. 1 single since "Umbrella" in 2007.

Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift, the four-time Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to receive the coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 2 in New York City.

The 21-year-old singer-songwriter is the youngest artist to ever receive the honor, and it comes on the heels of earning several 2011 Billboard Music Awards, among them Top Country Album for the five-time platinum selling "Speak Now."

Swift has spent the past year on the Speak Now World Tour in support of her third album,  which debuted last October atop the Billboard 200, selling over a million copies in its first week. All 14 tracks on the country-pop juggernaut were composed by Swift, and she made Hot 100 history by charting 11 songs off the album in a single week.

The Pennsylvania native is used to breaking chart records and currently holds another Hot 100 record for most top 10 debuts, with seven. Her self-titled debut, released in 2006, holds the honor of longest-running album in Billboard 200 since 2000.

She followed that up in 2008 with "Fearless," a critically acclaimed set that established her as a skilled songwriter and a procurer of hits, including "Love Story," "You Belong With Me" and "White Horse." Swift's "Fearless" is the longest-running No. 1 album by a female country artist in 200 history. Not surprisingly, the 6-times platinum "Fearless" is the most awarded album in country music history and her overall worldwide sales now exceed 20 million albums and 40 million song downloads. Again, she's only 21.

"Taylor has shown the power of good songwriting with music that has transcended genres, and we're thrilled to recognize all of her successes over the past year by honoring her with the Billboard Woman of the Year Award," says Bill Werde, Billboard's Editorial Director. "At the young age of 21, Taylor has already made a major impact on music and has been an incredible role model for aspiring singers/songwriters and young women everywhere.  I look forward to watching her career continue to flourish in the years to come."

She is currently nominated for six 2011 CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year, and is readying the  November release of the CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray sets of her Speak Now World Tour.

Swift is a dedicated and prolific philanthropist as well, and has lent her time and efforts to raise money for causes ranging from clean water to literacy to disaster relief. She personally donated $1 million to to charities in the past year alone.

Billboard's annual Women in Music Event, now in its sixth year, celebrates the most powerful and talented women in the music business, coinciding with the publication of Billboard's Women in Music Power Players list. This year's event will be taking place on Friday, Dec. 2 at Capitale in New York City. Last year's honor went to Black Eyed Peas singer, Fergie.

Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11).

The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, "21," is the biggest-selling album of the year -- was nominated for artist of the year, favorite female artist, favorite album and favorite adult contemporary artist. Adele will compete against Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga for artist of the year.

Swift, Gaga, Lil Wayne, Perry, Rihanna and the Band Perry scored three nominations apiece. Pitbull and Nicki Minaj, who announced the nominations together this morning, each earned two nods, as did Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, LMFAO, Kanye West and Jason Aldean.

Perry and Pitbull are the first confirmed performers at the AMAs, which will be held Nov. 20 at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. and air live on ABC.

Here are the full nominees for the American Music Awards:

Artist of the Year
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Lil Wayne
Taylor Swift

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Female Artist
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Male Artist
Justin Bieber
Bruno Mars

Pop or Rock Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Maroon 5

Pop or Rock Album
Adele - 21
Rihanna - Loud
Lady Gaga - Born This Way

Rap/Hip-Hop Music: Favorite Artist
Lil Wayne
Nicki Minaj
Kanye West

Rap/Hip-Hop Album
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
The Throne - Watch the Throne
Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Male Artist
Chris Brown
Trey Songz

Soul/R&B Music: Favorite Female Artist
Kelly Rowland

Soul/R&B Album
Chris Brown - F.A.M.E.
Rihanna - Loud
Beyoncé - 4

Alternative Rock Music: Favorite Artist
Foo Fighters
Black Keys
Mumford & Sons

Adult Contemporary Music: Favorite Artist
Bruno Mars
Katy Perry

Latin Music: Favorite Artist
Enrique Iglesias
Jennifer Lopez

Country Music: Favorite Female Artist
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift

Country Music: Favorite Male Artist
Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton

Country Music: Favorite Band, Duo or Group
Zac Brown Band
Lady Antebellum
The Band Perry

Country Music: Favorite Album
Jason Aldean - My Kinda Party
Taylor Swift - Speak Now
The Band Perry - The Band Perry

Paramore Offers New Songs Through 'Singles Club'

Pop-rockers Paramore promised fans new material this year, and singer Hayley Williams and company fulfilled that promise with the announcement of the "Paramore Singles Club" via their official website's blog on Monday (Oct. 10). While fans will be able to download three new or recently released singles in multiple packages, the band has pushed its new album to a 2012 release date.

The club offers fans access to three Paramore tracks from this year: "In The Mourning," which was released as an acoustic track on YouTube; "Renegade," which was unveiled live at Fueled By Ramen's 15th Anniversary Concert on Sept. 7; and the brand new track "Hello Cold World." The tracks are available in four different bundles exclusively via the Paramore webstore, ranging from three mp3 downloads to a four-piece, 7" vinyl boxset that also includes "Monster," from last summer's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" soundtrack.

"This club is our way of getting these songs directly to the Paramore family," says the group. "We really wanted to do something special for all of you around the holidays to thank you for making 2011 so amazing and sticking with us as we go into 2012 and start working on the new album."

The tracks being offered in the Paramore Singles Club are the first pieces of new material from the newly reconfigured band, which saw the departure of Josh and Zac Farro late last year.

SECRET reveals new teaser photo for “Move”!

With one week remaining until their comeback album “Moving in Secret“ release, SECRET will be releasing a music video teaser on October 13th.

TS Entertainment revealed, ”SECRET’s first full-length album title track ‘Move”s music video teaser will be released through various music sites and the new company homepage on the 13th.”

SECRET’s new track “Move” was made by the hit-making duo Kang Ji Won and Kim Ki Bum who produced all of their previous hits including “Magic“, “Madonna“, “Shy Boy“, and “Starlight Moonlight“.

An TS Entertainment representative stated, “This time we are taking a risk in different direction, but it is a pop dance song that has enhanced SECRET’s colors. The addictive chorus and strong beat will capture the ears of the public once again.“

Following the teaser photos of the individual members, today a group photo of the girls was revealed. In the photo they have dark eye makeup, sexy hairstyles, and blingy black outfits, showing off SECRET’s ‘black charisma’. This photo has raised the anticipation for their upcoming album and music video.

Also the music video was directed by Hong Won Ki, who also directed SNSD‘s comeback video for “The Boys“. Many are wondering how the two videos will differ as they portray the two different girl groups.

Prior to the music video’s release, 23 jacket photos will be released through Naver later today.

Kim Hyun Joong to release a digital single in November + plans to act again next year

SS501‘s Kim Hyun Joong revealed that he will be making a comeback as an actor at the end of next year.

Kim Hyun Joong held a press conference for the release of his 2nd mini-album, where he explained, “Since I released a new album only four months after my last album, there may be some people who feel that it came out too soon. However, I wanted to show off as much as I could during the Asia or perhaps world tour that I’ll hold next year, so that’s the reason I’m releasing my 2nd mini album.”

He continued, “In the beginning of November, there’ll be a new digital single, and in January of next year, I will release another album.”

Kim Hyun Joong also talked about his acting plans as well. “I don’t think I can be a singer and an actor at the same time… When I’m a singer, I want the fans to see me as a singer… The Asia tour will end next June, then right after that I’ll start acting. Later on in the year, I’ll come back to the fans through a drama.” He added, “If I rest for too long, I become lazy… I’m also slowly starting to think about doing movies as well.”

After his appearances in popular dramas like KBS‘s ‘Boys over Flowers‘ and MBC‘s ‘Playful Kiss‘, many are interested in Hyun Joong’s return as an actor.

Kim Hyun Joong discusses the concept for “Lucky Guy”

Kim Hyun Joong recently sat down with reporters to talk about his upcoming music video for “Lucky Guy”.

“‘Breakdown’ was a very powerful track, whereas ‘Lucky Guy’ is more of an upbeat song that I will be able to enjoy with fans… The concept this time around was inspired by the movie ‘Ocean’s Eleven’.”

He continued, “This music video was shot with a gambler concept, but although the background and atmosphere make it seem like it’s in a casino, in reality, I’ll be playing Blue Marble.” (Blue Marble is a Korean board game similar to Monopoly)

With his last mini-album selling 110,000 copies, Kim Hyun Joong holds the record for the highest figure of album sales out of all the solo artists this year.

He joked, “Since the 1st mini album sold 110,000 units, I hope the 2nd mini album will sell 220,000 copies.”

Kim Hyun Joong will be hold his comeback stage on October 20th through Mnet’s ‘M! Countdown‘, and after three weeks of promotion, he will hold his first solo Japanese tour in November.

Kim Hyun Joong wants to be SS501′s best solo artist

SS501‘s Kim Hyun Joong held a press conference commemorating the release of his 2nd mini-album, “Lucky“, where he discussed the goals he had for his latest work.

The 2nd mini album starts off with “Do You Like That” and “Lucky Guy”, two tracks that carry a pop-meets-punk rock flavor. They are then followed by the softer songs, “I’m Your Man” and “U”.

Kim Hyun Joong stated, “The 1st mini album showed you the first glimpse of my image as a solo artist, and my capability in being able to ‘fill up’ the stage by myself without having all the members of SS501 there. The 2nd mini album will focus more on music in itself; as in it’s meant to be listened to, rather than being a background track for the visual components.”

He continued, “I didn’t dream of being a rocker, but I’ve always liked rock before joining SS501. I was in a school band during middle school, and played bass at church. I wanted to become a musician behind a cool rocker. I want to incorporate more rock genre music into future concepts.”

Although the promotion period for the 1st mini album was short, Kim Hyun Joong managed to sell 130,000 copies and the responses from international fans were also very positive.

He confessed, “It wasn’t easy promoting alone. There was a lot of work to do, from developing the album concept to finding songs, and it was exhausting. Before, I only had to do well on my parts, but as a solo artist, I had to calculate things like where it was hard for me to breathe while dancing; consequently, it was more difficult.”

Kim Hyun Joong continued, “But through the 1st solo promotions, I learned a lot of things such as how to control the tempo and speed.”

When asked what his goals for the new album were, Kim Hyun Joong stated, “I want this album to do better than the 1st mini album, and I want to hear that I’m the best as a solo artist out of all the SS501 members.”

SECRET to have sexy comeback performances!

SECRET has been garnering much attention for their sexy teaser photos and many fans are anticipating their comeback performances to be equally sexy.

With the release of their first full length album “Moving in Secret” just a week away, their comeback performances are planned to be extensions of these teasers. It has been confirmed that the shocking photos where not simply to capture attention, but that the focus and concept of their comeback as a whole is sexy.

On October 11th, a TS Entertainment representative stated,

“This new song will show SECRET’s sexy and confident side. We plan to continue with the image that we showed through the teasers.“

For their latest teasers, SECRET let go of their cute and bubbly image as they held poses slightly revealing their undergarments and their accentuating their silhouettes.

“Moving in Secret” holds the meaning of falling into SECRET. Their agency representatives revealed that this album will allow the public, that has held interest in SECRET through “Shy Boy” and “Starlight Moonlight,” to fall for SECRET’s charms once again.

SNSD officially joins Universal Music Group for U.S. debut!

SM Entertainment previously announced plans on releasing SNSD‘s upcoming album “The Boys“worldwide, and it seems their plans on doing so have been officially confirmed!

On October 12th, SM Entertainment revealed that SNSD will release a maxi single (similar to a mini-album) in the United States sometime in November through the well known Universal Music Groupunder Interscope Records, which currently houses extremely famous talents such as Lady Gaga,Eminem and the Black Eyed Peas.

Together with Universal Music Group, SNSD’s “The Boys” full-length album is expected to be released in Europe, South America, and other countries all around the world as well.

Furthermore, the girls who had postponed their comeback date in order to better market their album internationally have confirmed their comeback schedule by revealing their release date to be October 19th. This includes an official iTunes release, music video premiere through SM Entertainment’s official YouTube channel and Facebook, and lastly the physical album release in Korea.

Their title track ‘The Boys’ is the masterpiece of none other than Teddy Riley, who in the past has served as the producer of the legendary Michael Jackson. Teddy has put together a trendy track with a beat & melody that’s sure to widely please all listeners world-wide.

SNSD will make their long awaited comeback through the October 21st episode of KBS 2TV‘s ‘Music Bank‘.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SNSD’s album release and comeback date confirmed on 21st Oct!

Earlier, it was reavealed that SNSD‘s comeback would be delayed from the originally scheduled date of October 7th with SM Entertainment’s decision to release a U.S. album in addition to the Korean album.

Ever since then, fans as well as other artists who were scheduled to comeback in October, have been anxiously anticipating the date of SNSD’s comeback.

On October 10th, a source revealed to Star News that SNSD will hold their first comeback stage for their new song, “The Boys“, on October 21st through KBS‘s ‘Music Bank‘ (exactly 2 weeks after the original date).  The release of the album is also anticipated to be 2 weeks from the originally scheduled date, on October 19th.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

SECRET to go head to head against SNSD with ‘Sexy Black’ concept

On October 18th, SECRET will be coming out with their first studio album since their debut two years ago, so anticipation is running high in the industry.

SECRET's Sunhwa

TS Entertainment revealed that the girls will be stepping away from their retro cute charm like their past two comebacks, as they’ll instead be going for a ‘dark angel’ concept.

Representatives stated, “SNSD‘s comeback is said to be scheduled for the third week of this month – the same week as SECRET’s – but we won’t be avoiding them and will be going head to head.”

SECRET's Zinger
The girls have been on a roll thus far with ever release since their debut in 2009 and are well on the rise to becoming a top tier girl group so the statement doesn’t come as a stretch.  With cute looks, glamorous styles, and addictive songs to boot, SECRET will be giving a lot of girl groups a run for their money this time.

They’re also simultaneously juggling their Japanese promotions, so it’s a busy but fruitful year for the girls.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

BILLBOARD Top100 Chart 6th Oct 2011

  1. Someone Like You > Adele
  2. Moves Like Jagger > Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
  3. Pumped Up Kicks > Foster The People
  4. Stereo Hearts > Gym Class Heroes feat. Adam Levine
  5. Party Rock Anthem > LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock
  6. Sexy And I Know It > LMFAO
  7. Strange Clouds > B.o.B feat. Lil Wayne
  8. Without You > David Guetta feat. Usher
  9. We Found Love > Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris
  10. You Make Me Feel... > Cobra Starship feat. Sabi
  11. Lighters > Bad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
  12. You And I > Lady Gaga
  13. Cheers (Drink To That) > Rihanna
  14. In The Dark > Dev
  15. Give Me Everything > Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, AfroJack, & Nayer
  16. Super Bass > Nicki Minaj
  17. How To Love > Lil Wayne
  18. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F) > Katy Perry
  19. It Girl > Jason Derulo
  20. Good Life > OneRepublic
  21. Rolling In The Deep > Adele
  22. Headlines > Drake
  23. Tonight Tonight > Hot Chelle Rae
  24. I Wanna Go > Britney Spears
  25. God Gave Me You > Blake Shelton
  26. Mr. Saxobeat > Alexandra Stan
  27. She Will > Lil Wayne feat. Drake
  28. It Will Rain > Bruno Mars
  29. If I Die Young > The Band Perry
  30. Mr. Know It All > Kelly Clarkson
  31. Take A Back Road > Rodney Atkins
  32. Just A Kiss > Lady Antebellum
  33. Nothing > The Script
  34. I'm On One > DJ Khaled feat. Drake, Rick Ross, & Lil Wayne
  35. Niggas In Paris > Jay Z & Kanye West
  36. Marvin & Chardonnay > Big Sean feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Dash
  37. The Edge Of Glory > Lady Gaga
  38. Crazy Girl > Eli Young Band
  39. Barefoot Blue Jean Night > Jake Owen
  40. Better With The Lights Off > New Boyz feat. Chris Brown
  41. Made In America > Toby Keith
  42. Take Over Control > Afrojack feat. Eva Simons
  43. Fly > Nicki Minaj feat. Rihanna
  44. Motivation > Kelly Rowland feat. Lil' Wayne
  45. Remind Me > Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood
  46. Long Hot Summer > Keith Urban
  47. Otis > Jay Z, Kanye West feat. Otis Redding
  48. When We Stand Together > Nickelback
  49. Dirt Road Anthem > Jason Aldean
  50. You And Tequila > Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter
  51. Best Thing I Never Had > Beyoncé
  52. Easy > Rascal Flatts feat. Natasha Bedingfield
  53. Here For A Good Time > George Strait
  54. Skyscraper > Demi Lovato
  55. Love You Like A Love Song > Selena Gomez & The Scene
  56. Marvins Room > Drake
  57. We Owned The Night > Lady Antebellum
  58. Paradise > Coldplay
  59. Not Over You > Gavin DeGraw
  60. Sparks Fly > Taylor Swift
  61. Baggage Claim > Miranda Lambert
  62. 5 O'Clock > T-Pain feat. Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
  63. Keep Your Head Up > Andy Grammer
  64. Country Must Be Country Wide > Brantley Gilbert
  65. Just Fishin'  > Trace Adkins
  66. Tattoos On This Town > Jason Aldean
  67. Work Out > J. Cole
  68. The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie > Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  69. Brighter Than The Sun > Colbie Caillat
  70. That Way > Wale feat. Jeremih & Rick Ross
  71. Quickie > Miguel
  72. Pretty Girls > Iyaz feat. Travie McCoy
  73. Mrs. Right > Mindless Behavior feat. Diggy
  74. Rain Over Me > Pitbull feat. Marc Anthony
  75. Somewhere > Glee Cast
  76. All Your Life > The Band Perry
  77. Wet The Bed > Chris Brown feat. Ludacris
  78. Drink In My Hand > Eric Church
  79. No Sleep > Wiz Khalifa
  80. One More Drinkin' Song > Jerrod Niemann
  81. Dedication To My Ex (Miss That) > Lloyd feat. Andre 3000 & Lil Wayne
  82. Sail > AWOLNATION
  83. Fight For You > Jason Derulo
  84. Got 2 Luv You > Sean Paul feat. Alexis Jordan
  85. Faster > Matt Nathanson
  86. Let It Rain > David Nail
  87. I Got You > Thompson Square
  88. After Midnight > Blink-182
  89. Love Don't Run > Steve Holy
  90. I Don't Want This Night To End > Luke Bryan
  91. Set Fire To The Rain > Adele
  92. Every Teardrop Is Waterfall > Coldplay
  93. I Got Nothin' > Darius Rucker
  94. Body 2 Body > Ace Hood feat. Chris Brown
  95. Fish > Craig Campbell
  96. Gucci Gucci > Kreayshawn
  97. Walk > Foo Fighters 
  98. Far Away > Tyga feat. Chris Richardson
  99. Keep Me In Mind > Zac Brown Band
  100. Calling All The Monsters > China Anne McClain
*bold > new debut for this week!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

T-ara talks about topping the Oricon chart with “Bo Peep Bo Peep”

T-ara made headlines for being the first Korean girl group to land in Japan’s Oricon weekly chart with their debut single, “Bo Peep Bo Peep“.  Released on October 4th, the single sold 49,712 copies thus far, breaking the records set by SNSD and KARA‘s debut singles, which recorded at 44,907 copies (“Genie“) and 29,283 copies (“Mister“) respectively.

The ladies sat down with a reporter recently to discuss their feelings on landing such a formidable achievement.

They stated, “It’s amazing to see that we not only topped the Oricon daily chart, but the weekly as well. After achieving our goal of topping the chart, we all cried together and promised to work harder than ever.”

When told that they were the first Korean girl group to set such a record, T-ara replied, “After we found out that we were the first Korean girl group to do so, we felt even prouder of our accomplishment. The Korean and Japanese system is different, but our Japanese fans are just as enthusiastic and supportive of our Korean fans, so we didn’t feel any big difficulties.”

They continued, “We’re currently preparing for our Korean comeback in November and are spending busy days in the rehearsal room.  We will continue to promote in Japan.”

When asked what their goal for the rest of the year was, they stated, “Since we’ve achieved our goal of recording first place on the Oricon, we hope to achieve positive results with our Korean album.”

T-ara will be making their comeback with “Lovey Dovey“, an electronic club track by Shinsadong Tiger.

SNSD’s comeback causes a delay in the comeback of other artists

SNSD’s delayed comeback didn’t just upset fans; it’s also thrown the comeback plans of other artists into complete disarray.

Many had planned their comeback dates to avoid being overshadowed by SNSD, but now that the date’s up in the air, they all confessed that they have to re-adjust their schedules.

A representative of one artist who was originally scheduled to make a comeback at the end of this month said, “With SNSD suddenly delaying their comeback, we’re all worried about whether it will overlap with ours. It’s more beneficial for us on the digital charts, and gives us the chance to make headlines if there was a two week gap between their comeback and ours. It seems we’ll just have to set another date.”

Another representative added, “SNSD has made a lot of achievements overseas, and since it’s their first Korean comeback in a while, they will surely gain a lot of headlines. We’re trying to set a comeback date away from theirs, so we’re all keeping our ears open for a final date.”

There are rumors that SNSD has set their comeback for the third week of October, but SM Entertainment has yet to confirm.  All of their interviews and comeback stages originally scheduled for the first week of October have been postponed.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

SNSD’s “The Boys” to be delayed due to release in the States?

It has been revealed that SNSD has plans to delay their album release in Korea because they will also be releasing an album in the US.

SM Entertainment stated, “It has been decided that SNSD will release an album in the States in an attempt to market ‘The Boys‘ to the Korean and international audience simultaneously. The release dates are only tentative at this point and may change. We will announce detailed information as soon as things are finalized.”

According to an album sales website, SNSD’s new album was scheduled to be released on October 5th but it currently may be postponed.

This album is especially noteworthy, as Michael Jackson‘s very own producer Teddy Riley has written and composed an urban dance track for the girls.

With the possible delay of their album release, their scheduled October 7th comeback TV stage will most likely be postponed as well.


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