KissAsian Insider: This Week in K-Pop+, Issue 4
HOT TOPICS: Hot bodies, SuJu Comeback, SNSD 4th Anniversary, Heartstrings
Welcome to Soompi Insider, a look at what happened in the K-Pop world this past week, covering music, dramas, fashion, beauty, and the Soompi community. We have something for everyone (eye-candy, gossip, romance, contests, mental stimulation), so don’t be shy, and enjoy the ride!
[hint]There may be a giveaway at the end of this article.[/hint]
With all this focus on beautiful bodies, it could be hard for the rest of us to feel good about ourselves. 2NE1’s CL shared her positive message of having confidence and loving yourself for who you are, while MBLAQ inspired us with their secret donations to great causes.
Other popular topics this week were G-Dragon’s new hair cut, Park Shin Hye as Jang Geun Suk’s mom’s choice for a daughter-in-law, and a Survival: I Am a Singer parody called Survival: I Am a Rapper, setting up our favorite idol group rappers against each other. Heartstrings continues to be the #1 drama in our community.
Soompi had an exclusive video and photo contest with 2PM in which our members were asked to create an original video or photo that represents the concept of “Hands Up”. There were so many awesome entries that 2PM looked through themselves and helped judge, and the winners were finally announced this week. Here are a couple of my personal favorites:
Finally, happy 4th anniversary to the lovely ladies of SNSD! We’re celebrating the occasion with a feature on their style through the years, from debut till now, and a special SNSD-edition of Songs Impossible to Listen to with a Straight Face Anymore Because of K-Pop. Our friends at Soshified had a video message placed on a digital billboard in downtown Los Angeles congratulating the girls on this milestone. SNSD continues to rule as the most popular thread in the forum.
- Cosmetics Brand Overview: Etude House (Sandara Park, Park Shin Hye, Go Ara)
- Style Through The Years – SNSD Edition
- Celeb Style File: Lee Da Hae
- Who Wore It Best: Han Ji Min vs. Uee
- Celeb Trend: MCM Backpacks
- Goo Hara Does Vintage Chic for “1st Look”
- Talk of the Town: Anti-Korean Wave?
- Super Junior’s Press Conference: “We’re Planning a World Tour”
- Wonder Girls Cover “Nothin’ On You” for Billboard.com’s Mashup Mondays
- 2NE1 Ranks #4 on Billboard’s World Album Chart
- Lee Min Ho Gets 400,000 More Chinese Fans after End of “City Hunter”
- Kim Hyun Joong to Hold High Five Session in Malaysia
- Jang Geun Suk’s Photo Books Take Top Two Spots of Oricon Book Chart
First time a makeup tutorial has made it to the chart, as well as the 2nd showing of the fanfic An Eternity of Eclipse.
Biggest movers: SeoHyun (+14), Scent of a Woman (+12)
Biggest Losers: WooJung Couple (-16), City Hunter (-15)
First off, last week’s winner is .liza., whose favorite K-Pop moments last week were Super Junior’s comeback photos and Park Shin Hye recovering from her accident – congrats! Message me on Twitter so I can send you the You’re Beautiful DVD Set!
This week’s giveaway is the collector’s edition of Super Junior’s 5th album, Mr. Simple, which includes 10 LP-sized member photos (12×12 in). It’s easy to enter – do it now, and tell a friend!
Step 1: “Like” Soompi on Facebook
Step 2: Follow @soompi on Twitter
Step 3: Tweet: Hey @soomp, I want the new Super Junior album, Mr. Simple, with 10 member photos! http://bit.ly/oaYj8A
Step 4: Leave a comment on this page, answering the question, “What was your favorite K-Pop moment this week?” Be sure to include your Twitter username.
That’s it! I’ll announce the randomly selected winner in next week’s edition of Soompi Insider.
– soomp out!
Pic spam of the week: the pig-rabbit makes an appearance