The speakers on our desks here at SBS PopAsia have been BLASTING this week, with so much new music coming in, and so much more yet to come. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu finally released her new MV, G.Na released a teaser for her comeback and AKB48 released a charity single for the victims of Japanese tsunami and earthquake.
So here’s just a taste of what you can expect on SBS PopAsia TV soon Lee Hi It’s Over
2AM's One Spring Day
U-KISS Standing Still
Teen Top's Miss Right
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Apologies for being away, I've been doing a bit of traveling...
Super Junior's Siwon tweeted a photo about Senyang, a city in China which he thought looked like Batman's Gotham City:
We asked you PopAsians about your favourite fantasy places from movies and lots of interesting places were brought up, like The Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, Pokemon territories, the tea party in Alice in Wonderland...
Too many awesome places to mention! In fact it made me feel KINDA like I traveled.
So I thought I'd share my Top 5 favourite Film Fantasy lands, in case you felt like a bit of 'traveling', too.
5 - NEVERLAND (Peter Pan)
Must Do: Sprinkle on the Fairy Dust and Fly!
4 - HOGWARTS (Harry Potter)
Must NOT Do: Study. Even if it's magic, it's still school and it's still studying, I say.
3 - RIVENDELL (Lord of the Rings)
Must See: That pagoda featured in 'The Hobbit 1'... (Can I PLEASE get married to Legolas there)
2 - PANDORA (Avatar)
Must Do: Bet you're thinking it--Ride a Toruk! (the dragon-like creatures in the film)
1 - TRITON'S KINGDOM (The Little Mermaid)
Must Do: Swim around singing 'Part of Your World--and which little girl HASN'T dreamed of doing this for real?
Thanks for staying with me thus far, would love to hear about your Top Fantasy world to visit! Sound off in the comments section below, or on Facebook when I post the link to this up. :p
Hey PopAsians, Princess Ania here with the update on Japan's Gold Disc Awards.
First up, let's rewind. The 'Japan Gold Disc Awards' is run by the country's Recording Industry Association (RIAJ) to recognize the year's top artists who've contributed to the industry.
Unlike the 'MAMA's'(South Korea's annual music event) there's no option for fans to vote on their favourite artists. Rather, the winners are chosen based on the actual sales number including downloads.
And so..... drum-roll please?
*BOOM BOOM BOOM*
Here's the winners list below:
- ARTIST OF THE YEAR • AKB48 (Japanese) • Che’Nelle (Western)
- BEST ASIAN ARTIST • KARA
- BEST ENKA/KAYOKYOKU ARTIST • Yuki Saori
- NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR • Nogizaka46 (Japanese) • One Direction (Western) • B1A4 (Asia)
- BEST 5 NEW ARTISTS (Japanese) • Ieiri Leo • A.B.C-Z • JIN • Sexy Zone • Nogizaka46
- BEST 3 NEW ARTISTS (Western) • Alexandra Stan • Hot Chelle Rae • One Direction
- BEST 3 NEW ARTISTS (Asia) • IU • B1A4 • BOYFRIEND
- BEST ENKA/KAYOKYOKU NEW ARTIST • Usuzawa Misaki
- ALBUM OF THE YEAR • “Mr.Children 2005-2010 ” – Mr.Children (Japanese) • “Believe” – Che’Nelle (Western) • “Super Girl” – KARA (Asia)
- BEST 3 ALBUMS (Western) • “¡Uno!” – Green Day • “Believe” – Che’Nelle • “Living Things” – Linkin Park
- BEST 3 ALBUMS (Asia) • “Super Girl” – KARA • “Just Crazy” – Jang Keun-suk • “ALIVE” – BIGBANG
- CLASSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR • “BATTLE NOTES” – →Pia-no-jaC← × Hakase Taro
- JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR • “Little Broken Hearts” – Norah Jones
- INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR • “Strings Of My Soul” – Matsumoto Takahiro
- SOUND TRACK ALBUM OF THE YEAR • “‘Persona 4 The Golden’ Original Sound Track” – Persona 4
- ANIMATION ALBUM OF THE YEAR • “‘Bakemonogatari’ Ongaku Zenshu Songs & Soundtracks” – Bakemonogatari
- TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MUSIC OF THE YEAR • “Dai 48 Kai Columbia Zenkoku Ginei Concours Kadaigin Nanten” – Nippon Columbia Ginei Ongakukai
- CONCEPT ALBUM OF THE YEAR • “COVERS” – BENI
- SINGLE OF THE YEAR • “Manatsu no Sounds good!” – AKB48
- BEST 5 SINGLES • “Ue kara Mariko” – AKB48 • “UZA” – AKB48 • “GIVE ME FIVE!” – AKB48 • “Gingham Check” – AKB48 • ”Manatsu no Sounds good!” – AKB48
- SONG OF THE YEAR BY DOWNLOAD • “Love Story” – Amuro Namie (Japanese) • “Believe” – Che’Nelle (Western) • ”PAPARAZZI” – Shoujo Jidai (Asia)
- BEST 5 SONGS BY DOWNLOAD • “Happiness” – AI • “Love Story” – Amuro Namie • “Yasashiku Naritai” – Saito Kazuyoshi • “Believe” – Che’Nelle • “Tatoe Donna ni…” – Nishino Kana
- BEST MUSIC VIDEOS • “ARASHI LIVE TOUR Beautiful World” – Arashi (Japanese) • “EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ～TOWER OF WISH～” – EXILE (Japanese) • “EXILE LIVE TOUR 2011 TOWER OF WISH ～Negai no Tou～” – EXILE (Japanese) • “The Monster Ball Tour At Madison Square Garden” – Lady Gaga (Western) • “JAPAN FIRST TOUR GIRLS’ GENERATION” – Shoujo Jidai (Asia)
- SPECIAL AWARD • “1969″ – Yuki Saori & Pink Martini
Release Date: Not sure but I hope it’s soon! Let’s say January! xD
I’m sure this is just the beginning!
See you back in the PopAsia studio 7 January 2013 for the LIVE at FIVE radio shows, which you can listen to on a Digital Radio, our Android and iPhone mobile Apps and on the website: sbs.com.au/popasia.
Is it true that everyone has a twin? Apparently everyone has a twin in the world, yours is somewhere over the rainbow. Or you can simply start looking for another half by watching cartoons. Celebrities and cartoon characters have a lot in common. Many famous faces remind us of beloved on-screen memories, both animated and in puppet form.
So let’s begin with the hottest couple in town, Ken and Barbie!
Ken and Barbie: T.O.P (Big Bang) doll anyone? Yunho (TVXQ) and Jessica (SNSD) they were named in ‘Barbie & Ken Award’ 2012 and received the dolls that looked like them. Jessica previously performed the song “I’m A Barbie Girl” during one of SNSD’s previous tours. Looks like she got her wish!
Disney Tribute: Girls can simply make a huge difference by changing hair style. 2NE1’s Dara could be Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Park Bom lives 'under da sea' The Little Mermaid style.
SISTAR's Hyorin and 2NE1's Minzi both look a bit like Mulan, don't you think?
Super Junior’s Siwon - Shang as Mulan and Shindong and Eunhyuk could be The Lion King's Pumbaa and Timon.
It's not just Disney and old cartoons though - it's all over the anime world too. Check these out from Naruto:
Hyunseung(Beast) - Gaaara, Zico(Block B) - Shikamaru Nara, T.O.P(Big Bang) - Kakashi-sensei and Jia(Miss A) - Sakura Haruno, G-Dragon(Big Bang) - Naruto Uzumaki, Taemin(SHINEE) - Rock Lee
Glasses are a fashion trend that has been popular for years. Asian pop stars can totally change their look and personalities just by changing their glasses. If you wear glasses, try one of these five looks - and totally reinvent yourself!
The Professional Look: There are no other accessories that can make you look more sophisticated than a pair of solid and chunky glasses, of course. Eunjung from T-ara and Kim Hyunjoong look so sleek and smart.
The Comic Look: Wearing those oversized comic glasses, they look so - even more - adorable. Look at Lee Kikwang (Beast) and Dara (2NE1). Those glasses cover half of their beautiful faces.
Harry Potter: It seems like these Harry Potterglassesare a fantastic collector's item for not only fans, but also idols. Maybe it's impossible to own Harry Potter's magic power by wearing his glasses, but we can feel it and catch the trendof fashion immediately.
Why So Serious? Our crayon boy G-Dragon said thousand times to our girls and boys, “GET YOUR CRAY-ON!” You can also match the glasses with your hair colour like So-Hyun(4minute), Nana(After-School) and T.O.P (Big Bang). These happy candy coloured glasses are sure to make them look fun, trendy and swag.
It's Party time: At this time of year, it's time to dress up, and this last trend can leave you looking either hot or hot mess. What do you guys think of Super Junior’s Yesung’s rabbit inspired style, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s heart shaped glasses and Jay Chou’s 3D one?
What do you think, what's been the fashion-highlight of 2012 for you?
Sunny from Girls Generation revealed her purple hair this week, she looks great – but idols changing hair colour is not a new thing. But ever noticed that they all go similar colours? Before we get to that - here's Sunny's new 'do
What started out life as a blog about hair colour must first take a detour around some science. Or maybe we should call it an art lesson; coz that sounds more fun.
Red, blue and yellow are called called Primary colours – which means they are the basis of all the other colours we know. Mix those colours in combination with either black or white (which are called tones) and you can make any colour. Mix all of them together and you get an awful browny-green colour – not at all a fun hair colour.
Sunny’s got purple hair. So does Japanese idol Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Kyary’s could be a wig though, she does love to dress up. Unfortunately, she keeps her purple hair safe with a guard-shark, and we were too scared to attempt to check for wigs.
To make purple, we mix blue and red together…
Hyunseung from B2ST supplies the red hair
And T.O.P’s blue hair certainly caused some talk earlier this year.
Fellow band-member G-Dragon couldn’t decide where he fits on this Asian Pop Colour Chart and chose a bit of both
Jo Kwon opts for a greeny-blue 'do
While Shindong from Super Junior stripped the blue out all together for some fancy pink hair
And pink, on the colour scale - is so close to purple it feels like we've come full circle
So yesterday I asked you guys who your ultimate 'biases' are--the one crush who outshines all your other crushes. I took the liberty of collecting the most popular ones and making an Ultimate Bias Collage!
Remember that this time last year, everyone was eagerly awaiting the first Kpop Music Fest in Sydney? I was lucky enough to host the press conference and be one of the first to see the twelve Korean pop acts. They’re a dazzling bunch, but pop duo TVXQ are just on another level (this is NOT the first time you’ve heard me say this), especially when you see them in person. Tall, lean and confident, they exude the charismatic aura of successful veterans.
Which is why I proceeded to do THIS the next Monday on PopAsia Radio:
To our surprise the video went viral among the Cassiopeia (TVXQ official fanclub) circles. From thereon Yunho was dubbed my “dark vampire prince” within PopAsia’s own circles.
Nearly a year later I was invited to special co-host the ABU TV Song Festival in Seoul, which showcases some of the most popular Asian pop acts from the Asia Pacific. Pop group Girls’ Generation was reported to be representing South Korea, and their member Tiffany was supposed to be the main female co-host.
As fate would have it, Girls’ Generation had to pull out of the event because of conflicting schedules, and TVXQ replaced them. Tiffany couldn’t host either, so I became the main female host.
I knew it was a great honour, but I didn’t know how MASSIVE it was until we were ALL backstage. It was like an out-of-body experience, rehearsing lines with Japanese pop group Perfume, who were wearing fluffy slippers, like I would rehearse back home with another PopAsia host. Later when the show was about to start I was rushing to my place when I tripped over someone really tall…someone really YUNHO. He and Changmin were ‘gonna go out before me and all the while I was playing it cool, trying to remember my part in the whole. It was all so ORDINARY, the things we were doing, but I guess that’s what made it so amazing.
Standing on the same stage as TVXQ, and introducing them to the audience.
Later still I would shake their hands, telling them well-done, noting that Changmin’s the smiley one. Backstage he’d dash off first so I only caught Yunho, who takes a photo with me and tells me to enjoy the rest of my evening.
Yep, that story’s come full circle. Thanks for being with us that whole time, PopAsians!
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