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Side Chatter: February, Week 4

Side Chatter: February, Week 4

By Corynn Smith
March 2, 2013

Another week, another round of industry updates! Check out the latest chart-toppers, collabos, international news and more for the final week of February, 2013, below.

Sold Out

Kim Jaejoong’s repackaged solo mini-album Y, which earned a #1 ranking on Thailand, Japan, and the Philippines’ iTunes charts, completely sold out its first printing!  All 50,000 pre-ordered copies flew off the shelves within days of release and now C-Jes Entertainment is flooded with restock requests.

Teen Top completely sold out the limited edition version of No.1. Pre-orders sold out on first day of sales, and all the physical copies were also sold within two days of release.

Baechigi sold out tickets to their third concert Return of Gold within ten minutes. The concert, which will be held in Hongdae for about 1,400 fans, is their first since returning from the military.

Photo: C-Jes Entertainment

Around the World

Jay Park lent his voice to Malaysian singer Mizz Nina’s latest single “Around the World.” The track was produced by Jay’s friend (and AOM team member) Cha Cha Malone. It’s available on iTunes!

Four member group M4M, a joint idol project between Cube Entertainment and Chinese agency Xing Tian will debut in both countries simultaneously. Jimmy, Vinson, Bin, and Alen, who survived the tough audition process in China, have been training in secret with Cube for about four years.

Big Bang‘s Daesung added a whopping 21 additional dates to his solo Japanese tour, D-LITE D’scover. Originally, Daesung was scheduled for only 4 dates in Kobe and Tokyo, but concert planners extended the tour to 25 dates in 17 cities due to high demand. His first solo album D’scover also peaked at #2 on Oricon’s Daily Album Chart this week.

SHINee‘s third studio album Dream Girl — The Misconceptions of You hit #2 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart this week. Dream Girl is in second behind Celtic Thunder’s Mythology.

Photo: Jay Park on Instagram


Thanks to f(x)‘s Sulli‘s make up tutorial ad for Etude House, the brand sold out their entire first shipment of Baby Choux Base, part of the Sweet Recipe cosmetic collection she models for. All 100,000 units of the product sold out in just two weeks, setting a new record for the company.

The boys of SHINee replaced Teen Top as endorsement models for Skechers shoes this week. They will be promoting the ‘GO RUN LIV’ line of sneakers that are built for both walking and running comfortably.

Younha, the endorsement model for EA Sports’ multiplayer online game MVP Baseball Online,  released a fight song for the South Korean national baseball team. Watch the ‘Run Version’ MV here.

Photo: Etude House


The online K-Pop community blew up this week when rumors of a possible couple connection f(x)’s Victoria and TVXQ’s Changmin appeared left and right. Netizens outdid themselves trying to provide “proof” of the relationship — providing photos of shared accessories, moments of special attention and even a pro-level investigation involving a reflection on a spoon. (A spoon, you guys.) SM Entertainment denies that the two are dating, and much of the “evidence” has been refuted by skeptics.

The SM press team really had their hands full this week: Girls’ Generation‘s Sooyoung was caught up in yet another dating scandal. Just barely out of the news for an alleged relationship with acting heartthrob Won Bin, a tabloid printed a story about the secret dating habits of Sooyoung & actor Jung Kyung Ho. SM insists that the two met at a church function and are just in a close junior-senior relationship — no dating involved.

Photo: Victoria on Weibo;SM Entertainment


In clebration of 10th year of establishment, Forbes Korea has reported this year’s list of the top 40 ‘Power Celebrities’, with PSY ranking at number one, with Girls’ Generation nad national gymnist Son Yeon Jae coming in at two and three respectively.  Actors, singers, athletes and MCs were ranked based on profit, influence, name value and professionalism.

Yoon Do Hyun is the new CEO of his agency, Daeum Entertainment. He adds this role to his already busy schedule leading the popular rock band YB/Yoon Band and MC’ing two television shows (K-Pop Star 2, One Night of TV Entertainment).

Photo: YG Entertainment

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