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Set for Japanese debut, KARA receives overwhelming response after appearing on local music program

Ahead of their first Japanese single release on 11th August, KARA had left for Japan on 29th July and is currently doing promotions there.

Greeted warmly by over 100 fans at the airport when they reached Japan, the girls did not take a moment to rest and went straight to NihonTV music variety TV program ‘Happy Music’ where they performed together with other local stars like AKB48, Chemistry etc. And their performance had received overwhelming response.

As soon as the reservation sales for the girls’ upcoming album opened on 15th July, all 3 versions of the album were up #1,2,3 on the local daily album sales chart Tower record.

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Upcoming ‘model-dol’ girlgroup Nine Muse for debut album release on 12th August

Another team joins the inflood of girlgroups in the Kpop scene.

After the phenomenon of the inflood of girlgroups we witnessed last year in Kpop in 2009, which continued into this year, yet another group will join the phenomenon.

After the comeback of girlgroups like So Nyeo Shi Dae, WonderGirls, Brown Eyed Girls, KARA and f(x) together with the debut of new girlgroups like miss A, SISTAR, Girl’s Day, a 9-member group Nine Muse will debut on 12th August.

Known as ‘model-dols’, the group has garnered interests even before their debut after it was known that the members come from modelling background.

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Idols are ‘supermen’ and ‘superwomen’? They want to rest too…

From drama, variety, movies, radio to public performances, the opportunities that idols see these days have increased. It has become an age where idols have to explore other areas and not just stay in one to show off their charms. And these idols will need to spend their energy in the various areas they are exploring into.

The phrase ‘one source multi use’ is just the right one to use on idols. Even though they debuted as singers, they don’t show just the features of a singer. If the stage is not ‘wide’ enough for one, one move on to look at drama, movie, theatre and musicals etc, to show more of one’s charms and talents one cannot show in just the short duration of 3 minutes on stage. In the midst of achieving that, these idols will need the strength of that of an ‘iron man’. Even though this is a chance for the singers to up their rich and fame, without the energy to do so is also useless.

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KARA Nicole reveals, “My Korean name is Jung YongJoo”

KARA Nicole reveals her Korean name.

Nicole was on SBS Good Sunday – Hero Girls aired on 1st August when she revealed, “My Korean name is Jung YongJoo.”

And when asked about the meaning of her Korean name, Nicole explained, “The cintamani of the dragon.” which had the other members laughing.

Other than Nicole, the other members also revealed their real name. Jung GaEun is Baek SeongHyang, Hong SooAh is Hong GeunYeong. Hong SooAh said, “Last time, my manager oppa had a dream. He was walking on a street and a grandfather kept saying ‘SooAh SooAh’. And after I changed my name to SooAh, I get to do many endorsements.”

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KARA Nicole, “It’s tough living prettily”

KARA Nicole makes a surprise voice appearance on ‘SaeBaKwi’.

On MBC ‘SaeBaKwi’ aired on 31st July, guest appearance Jo HyeRyeon had made a phone called to Nicole during a speed quiz segment.

Nicole was sleeping when she picked up the call, and her voice and speech had everyone present cracking up. The MCs then asked, “Did you pick up this call while sleeping?” and Nicole said, “A little.”

And it was revealed that Nicole has been on weight control. With that Park Miseon said, “It’s tough living right?” and Nicole, “It is tough living prettily.”

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Idol Groups Only Have a Few Words in Solo Parts as Number of Members Increase

“The Beauty of Four Seconds.”

This is the snarky label from the Internet for Heechul, member of an idol group Super Junior who only has four seconds of solo singing time in “Sorry Sorry,” the title song for the group’s third album. Together, there are 13 members of Super Junior who sang this song. Since all 13 divide up a single song, each member can call himself a “singer” after singing for only four seconds.

Lately there are increasing cases in which solo parts of a song last no more than a few seconds, as the number of members in the idol groups such as Super Junior, Girl’s Generation and After School increase. This is contributing to the pop culture in which those who rely on looks or conversation skills are considered “singers” regardless of their singing abilities.

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4Minute, KARA, Big Bang and So Nyeo Shi Dae – August is the month of Japanese activities for Korean idols

Korean idols will heat up the Japanese music scene.

This August, several Korean idol teams will be releasing their albums in Japan and start their Japanese activities.

First we have 4Minute, they will be releasing their new single ‘IMMM’ on 28th July. The girls have headed over to Japan on 27th July. Already earlier in May, the girls released their debut Japanese single ‘Muzik’ and the single went up to the TOP 20 chart on Oricon.

Next will be KARA having their official Japanese debut on 11th August. The MV to their Japanese debut song ‘Mister’ was released on 28th July, and they have flown to Japan on the same day to Japan to prepare for their activities for the song. Currently the song is already moving up fast on Oricon charts.

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KARA reveals MV to Japanese version of ‘Mister’

The full MV to KARA’s Japanese version of ‘Mister’ has been revealed on 28th July.

The girls will be having their Japanese debut next month with this song.

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