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SONES (fans) of K-pop‘s Girls Generation a.k.a. SoShi better start saving up now. According to Universal Music Japan, the girls will be releasing their fifth Japanese single on Sept 26, reports soshified.com.
The yet-to-be-titled single, which comes three months after the release of their fourth Japanese single Paparazzi, will comprise two new songs.
The group will also be releasing, on the same day, the Girls‘ Generation Complete Video Collection, that comprises MVs of some of their Korean and Japanese hits.
Preorders for both items are already available through online retailers CDJapan (www.cdjapan.co.jp) and yesasia.com.
On another note, electronics manufacturing company Casio, may release a Girls‘ Generation limited edition Baby-G watch before the end of the year.
The group was recently appointed Casio‘s Baby-G brand ambassador for the Asian-Pacific region. Malaysia is among the 12 Asian-Pacific countries (the others are South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Australia) where the group is the official brand endorser.
Check out the Baby-G website featuring the girls at www.baby-g.co.kr. You can also view the girls‘ cute Baby-G commercial, the WINK campaign, said to be the first of many to come, at www.youtube.com/user/casiobabygkr.
Hoodlum gone good
K-ACTOR Lee Je-Hoon’s last project, before he enlists in the military at the of the end of the year, is director Yoon Jong-Chan’s new movie My Pavarotti, reports dramabeans.com.
It is inspired by musician Kim Ho-Joong’s real-life story which he shared on the TV programme Star King on July 18, 2009. A troubled child, he turned his life around after his grandmother introduced him to music.
Jang-Ho (Lee) came from a family that did not have much and ended up mixing with the wrong crowd. Against the odds, He is an musical genius who loves to sing and dreams of becoming famous.
His dream comes true after he meets Sang-Jin (Han Suk-Kyu). A once promising singer, Sang-Jin has lost his passion and is now drifting aimlessly around, working as a high school music teacher.
Chat with 2NE1
ARE you a fan of K-pop girl group 2NE1? Here’s a not-to-be missed opportunity to have a live chat with the four-girl group via Facebook, reports dailykpopnews.net.
As the first Asian singer to visit the social networking service’s headquarters in California, the girls will conduct an exclusive live Q&A session through the group’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/2NE1) and at Facebook Live (apps.facebook.com/facebooklive).
The event will be held on Aug 22, from 5pm to 5.45pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time),
HONG KONG star Bosco Wong, who was recently dumped by Myolie Wu after being together for eight years, has joined the cast of the new TVB series, tentatively titled A Good Heart Goes Haywire a.k.a. Everything Begins from the Heart, reports hyn5-hyn5.blogspot.com.
One of the golden couples in Hong Kong showbiz, the high-profile breakup was said to be due to Bosco’s alleged infidelity.
This 30-episode series revolves around a ruthless triad leader (played by Michael Miu) who gets a heart transplant after an accident. After being given a second lease on life, he renounces his evil ways. Enter Bosco’s character, who seizes the opportunity to take control of the triad.
GA-IN, of K-pop girl group Brown Eyed Girls, has been cast as one of the three female protagonists in director Park Je-Hyun’s new movie, tentatively titled The Joseon Beautiful Three Musketeers, reports allkpop.com.
Set in the Joseon era (July 1392-October 1897), this action-comedy revolves around three beautiful musketeers who help to thwart an uprising against the royal family.
Ga-In’s character Ga-Bi is said to be skilled at martial arts and is the youngest of the trio. Rounding up the cast are Ha Ji-won (as the leader Jin Ok) and Kang Ye Won.
Gangnam Style, part two
K-POP singer Park Jae-sang, professionally known as PSY,who recently became a global sensation with his smash hit Gangnam Style, has released a sequel to the wacky and catchy dance pop single, reports soompi.com.
Titled Oppa, You’re Just My Type, this new single features Hyuna of girl group 4Minute, and is said to be the female version of the original hit, which was the title track of his latest album, PSY’s Best Sixth (Part 1).
Gangnam Style satirises the gangnam (Gangnam is a posh district in Seoul where the rich live) lifestyle.
The Gangnam Style MV, which was released on July 14, had gone viral online and so far, has recorded over 28 million hits and counting. Check out the MVs of both versions at www.youtube.com/user/officialpsy.
TAKUYA Kimura of J-pop boy band will headline Fuji TV’s new Getsu 9 drama series tentatively titled Priceless, reports tokyohive.com.
Based on an original script by Kazunao Furuya, it revolves around the protagonist (Kimura), a successful executive in a large company who has everything going for him. One day, he gets framed for something he didn’t do and is sacked from his job. And in a blink of an eye, he loses everything, including his job, money and home and become a destitute. He ends up in a park where he befriends two homeless children who make him realise that money is not the most important thing in life.
Despite the turn of events, Kimura does not harbour any anger or bitterness but maintains a positive attitude that helps him weather the storm.
Kaho the villain
JAPANESE actress/model Kaho will play the female lead in WOWOW’s new drama series Hitori Shizuka, reports doramaworld.blogspot.com.
An adaptation of Tetsuya Honda’s book of the same name that was published in 2008, it revolves around Shizuka Ito, a mysterious woman who’s linked to five murders that stretch over 10 years.
It is said that this is the first time Kaho, who made her acting debut in 2004, plays a villain. firstname.lastname@example.org