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KARA in Thailand

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On 2ch, someone posted some links of KARA‘s rehearsal and live in Thailand. Along with a video of SHINee in Thailand as well. They arrived on 9/16 for the Thai-Korea concert. KARA, SHINee, and Ryan represented Korea for this friendly gathering. To represent Thailand, Golf&Mike also performed. If you don’t know Golf&Mike, they are part of Johnny’s in Japan. They had a side unit with NEWSYamapi to form the group GYM.

Don’t forget that KARA is also going to make their debut in Japan soon too.

FanCam of KARA and SHINee at the airport



For Live and Rehearsal; under cut.

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A’st1 what?

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So, was on 2ch in the w-inds. section, and someone posted this PV of this South Korean group, A’st1 (Asia star number 1). Why was this mentioned? Well according to netizen’s on there, one of the members Tomo is a die-hard fan of w-inds.* They are on the same label as SS501, DSP Entertainment.

For some strange reason, I kind of like this group better than SS501 after hearing this song. Everything about this song and PV scream J-Pop, just in Korean. If you watch it, I think you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I don’t know much other than there is one half Japanese/Korean member named Tomo, who also is the oldest, and a Chinese member, Hy Ming. That and they apparently challenged Super Junior when they first debuted last year and ate them words, because they are not doing anything now. But at least they don’t look half bad and they sound decent. I can’t listen to Super Junior, they remind me of Morning Musume, just guys and well we all know the truth about Morning Musume.

I do feel a bit sad for them, because they’ve only released one single, and they get no attention. DSP puts all their efforts into SS501 and KARA.

They’re performance on MNet with their debut song, “1.2.3.4. Back

For more information you can check out AsianFanatics.

*Thanks to purple for the correction.

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A collection KARA SS501

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SS501 will release a new 3-disc DVD, MBC Collection. Each DVD will contain rare footage, of never before scenes from the boys. Disc1 is a documentary of their history, disc 2 shows performance footage and disc 3 will reveal private footage of their travel to Thailand, fan event footage, interview with the members, etc. This collections also includes a 100-page deluxe photobook. (Pre-order at CDJ)

The DVD will be out on 11/25 through Universal Music Japan (UMJ). Coincidentaly the same Japanese label as Big Bang.  I’m not sure if they changed labels in Japan, because their label in Japan has been Pony Canyon. This might have something to do with KARA making their debut in Japan later this year.

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If they did change managements in Japan, I can’t help but think it’s because UMJ has done so well with Big Bang. SS501 hasn’t received that type of promotion in Japan and they’ve been there for over a year.

DSP Entertaiment said, “KARA’s Japanese management feels KARA has huge potential in Japan and we will begin full on promotions as originally planned.

It’s said that many of the industry professionals believe that KARA has the most potential of all girl groups in Korea. Which is probably true; they fit Japan’s image very well for idol groups. Yes I said idol, because that’s what they will be classfied as in Japan. Also, how much you want to bet that their music will be the epitomy of J-Pop and go against acts such as SPEED and MAX? They’ve been needing competition for quite some time, it looks like Korea is the place that can bring in some game.

Good luck to them, they will need it, especially in that Japan.

note: If you’re wondering about the title of this post, “kara” means “from” in Japanese.

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Other agencies’ exclusivity contracts

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Because of the whole situation with DBSK, some news sites have gone and done their own investigative reporting to see how well the other top acts fared in their exclusivity contracts.

SM Ent : 6-13 years
JYP : 7 years
YG : 5 years
DSP : 5-7 years

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Yoona of SNSD is the only one of the 9 girls who is contracted at 13 years. The reason: she’s been taking acting lessons since she was a child and has shown she can multi-task. “In YoonA’s case it’s due to the fact that she is not contracted as just a singer but as an actress as well.” said a SM representative.

SS501 is contracted for 5 years where as, KARA, is contracted for 7 years.  The reason? Girls are easier to market than males. Although an industry expert says, “Though top groups like TVXQ are omitted from this format, but typically girl groups that have the possibility of venturing into commercials, acting, and modeling tend to have contracts written out that are slightly longer than their male counter parts. It seems the younger they are the better that chances this will happen.”

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In my opinion, girls are just easier to market. If a female fails at selling records, they can easily put out a photobook, model, act in CM/dramas, etc. It’s easier to sell the female face and body than a male’s. It’s a proven fact in Japan and I’m sure it’s proven in Korea and Taiwan.

Some may say 13 years is a long time, while it is, if they start off young, they’re usually out of it in their early 20’s or so.  But if you entered in your teens, I can see where it sounded good “at the time”, but to be done with it in your mid 20’s just sounds like jail.

source: NOWNews

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Incheon Music Festival 2009

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SM TOWN isn’t the only big thing not happening. Get ready for the Incheon Music Festival on 8/22. Check out the artist line-up: Rain, Super Junior, F.T. Island, SS501, M, MC Mong, 2PM, Girl’s Generation, Chae Yeon, KARA, Lee Jung Hyun and other artists.

I want to go to this, if I was in Korea, I would so go! I think everyone’s fine except the SM artists. Maybe because SM Town’s concert’s is on hold they needed to put them to work on something else??

source: hanryu concert

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