Actress Kim Ji-soo of the JTBC drama “Love Again,” who is known for her long hair, is sporting a rather different look these days, according to her agency Namoo Actors yesterday.
Kim was shown in a short purple wig for a photo shoot in the fashion magazine Marie Claire. Kim is about to return to TV with the SBS drama “One Warm Word.”
“I liked the script because the lines are very straightforward and honest,” she said in the interview with the magazine.
She is playing Mikyung, a character trying to make a perfect home for her family.
The drama will air beginning Dec. 2.
By Lee Sun-min
Fans of Park Ji-yoon will be thrilled at the chance to hear the singer’s voice over the next couple of days.
Park, who released the new EP “Mr.” last month, will be a temporary DJ on the MBC radio program “FM Date” for today and tomorrow, said an official at her agency Mystic 89.
The program, which airs at 8 p.m. for two hours, is usually hosted by MBC announcer Kang Da-som. Its main audience is people in their 20s and 30s.
Although Park has not hosted a radio program, she has sat in temporarily.
The lead-off track from Park’s new album, “Mr. Lee,” which was produced by Yoon Jong-shin, has garnered much attention and performed well on the charts.
By Lee Sun-min
Girl group T-ara is signaling it is ready to return to the music scene with the release of its first teaser images yesterday.
In the photos, released by T-ara’s agency Core Contents Media, girl member Jiyeon can be seen posing in a black sweater, her eyes full of tears. She looks similar in two other photos, but with slightly different facial expressions. Fans seem to be curious but unsure what to make of the artwork.
“2013 What Should I Do” is scheduled to come out on Dec. 2. The song is a remake of the 1977 hit “What Should I Do,” the debut release by the Sand Pebbles, which won them the top prize in the College Music Festival that year.
The composer, Sinsadong Tiger, and others reinterpreted that classic song so it fit T-ara and modern trends.
Teaser images of the other members will be released soon.
The spotlight was on G-Dragon at the 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards, which was held on Friday at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, as he came away with four awards including artist of the year, best male artist, best music Video and best male solo dance performance.
“Thank you. I’ve prepared all these works with all my heart,” said G-Dragon while receiving the artist of the year award. “I’ll try to make performances that leave lasting impressions on audiences’ hearts.”
Veteran singer Cho Yong-pil, who scored a surprise hit with “Bounce,” his first in a decade, received the song of the year award, while boy group EXO won album of the year.
Launched in 1999 as the Mnet Music Festival, the show was rebranded five years ago as MAMA. Organizer CJ E&M says it is the biggest music award show in Asia.
Several big international names were on hand, including Stevie Wonder, who won the Music Makes One Ambassador award. Wonder also sang several of his most famous hits, including “I Just Called to Say I Love You” with Sistar’s Hyorin and Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok.
“The most important songs that have moved the world forward have been songs about love and about unity,” said Wonder as he received his award. “If we all can come together, we can make a world of difference.”
Norway’s comic team Ylvis performed “What Does the Fox Say?” that turned into a collaboration with Korea’s goofy girl-group Crayon Pop and their novelty song “Bar Bar Bar.”
Hallyu icon Rain, who was released from the military in July, performed a medley of his hits.
The event was broadcast live in 15 countries and also aired through YouTube, Yahoo Japan and Youku Tudou of China.
By Yim Seung-hye
The girl group Kara completed the last performance of its concert tour in Japan on Sunday, giving a tearful goodbye to its fans.
After performing 27 songs for 7,000 fans in Kobe on Sunday, some of the members burst into tears, saying that they are thankful for being members of the group.
The tears and comments made during the concert garnered much attention because Nicole, one member of the group, is reportedly about to leave the group and return to the United States in February to study music.
“Although there have been some hard times, seeing [the fans] reminded me why I wanted to sing and dance in the first place,” Nicole said toward the end of the concert.
Kang Ji-young, another member of Kara whose contract with DSP Media expires in April, also shed tears and said she is happy.
“I’m so thankful that you encourage me,” she said to the audience.
“I again feel touched and so happy. I will never forget today.”
By Lee Sun-min