Weekly Roundup: Girls′ Generation Launches Its First Unit, Super Junior′s Australian Concert Canceled
Over the course of the past week, SM Entertainment announced its first-ever Girls’ Generation sub-unit, while one KBS drama crept up on its rivals to become the most-watched drama in its timeslot.
In other happenings, investigation into the Open World scandal continued to expose more ugly truths, while one girl group member received flak for failing to lip sync to her own song.
All part of this week’s Rise and Fall!
Stars on the Rise
1. SM Entertainment Announces First-Ever Girls’ Generation Sub Unit
Fans were in a tizzy after SM Entertainment confirmed the rumors on April 19 that Girls’ Generation would be spinning off its first-ever unit group.
Comprised of members Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun, the new sub-unit would be called TaeTiSeo (after the first syllable of each member’s name) and release the title song a day before the new mini album, Twinkle, is released on April 30. A teaser photo for the sub-unit was also released, and the three girls were nearly unrecognizable with their bright-colored wigs, dresses and vivid makeup.
The fantastical concept photo, along with the fact the unit is comprised of some of Girls’ Generation’s strongest vocalists, has raised expectation levels all around.
2. Kara’s Japanese Concerts a Hit With Fans, Fans Respond With Good Deeds
After experiencing a disbandment crisis just one year ago, Kara has come back stronger than ever. The members stood befoe some 20,000 fans at Japan’s Yokohama Arena on April 14 and 15, kicking off the Japanese leg of their Karasia Asia tour.
The Kara members expressed their gratitude to their loyal fans by working hard to give their best for the concerts. And Kara’s fans, in return, responded with remarkable kindness which is sure to make Kara proud as well.
Way to go Kara and Kara fans!
3. Big Bang Gets its Own ‘MTV World Stage Show’
Big Bang announced it would have its own MTV show, the appropriately titled, MTV World Stage – Big Bang Alive.
Set to air worldwide in over 160 countries on May 4, the show will broadcast clips from Big Bang’s performances from its album Alive during the group’s Big Bang Alive Tour 2012, interview clips and other performances.
The show is another item to add to Big Bang’s long list of accomplishments, which includes winning the Worldwide Act Award at the MTV Europe Awards and its global tour with Live Nation, which is set to kick off in May.
4. The Equator Man Becomes the Most-Watched Wed-Thurs Night Drama
At first it was king Lee Seung Gi and his MBC drama The King 2Hearts who ruled the current Wednesday-Thursday night time slot, before he was toppled by prince Park Yoo Chun from Rooftop Prince.
But while the two dramas were battling it out, The Equator Man managed to sneak up behind them, snatching the first place spot on April 19 with a 12 percent viewership rating.
Eliciting high praise from critics and viewers alike, Uhm Tae Woong’s drama of love, friendship and revenge has continued to build momentum in everything from its storyline to the drama’s acting, enabling The Equator Man to make an impressive rise from its initial last-place start, when it received a paltry 7.7 percent viewership rating against The King 2Hearts’ 16.2 percent rating.
The competition is still neck-and-neck, and it’s still too early to say who will be hold on to the first place crown in the end, but it marks an impressive rise for the largely-disregarded, underdog The Equator Man in the three-channel race.
Stars Falling Flat
1. Super Junior’s Australia Concert Gets Canned
Super Junior was on a roll with its ongoing Super Show 4 global concerts, having hit up Paris, France a few weeks ago and most recently Shanghai, China. But the past week brought some unfortunate news for fans in Australia after the sudden cancellation of the group’s Super Show 4 in Sydney concert.
Originally scheduled to take place on May 5 at Sydney’s Allphone Arena, the sudden cancellation was revealed to be due to the concert director being seriously injured.
We’re sure Super Junior is just as bummed as its Aussie fans, and although there’s no word yet on an additional concert for Australia being scheduled, we’re wishing the concert director a speedy recovery and also think the guys will make a trip down under sometime in the near future!
2. Ongoing Open World Investigation Reveals Uglier Truths
The ongoing Open World scandal investigation is digging up more dirt, while shocking the industry and public alike.
Over the past week, the number of known victims has risen from six to 11 individuals (including two who are underage), while additional individuals have been implicated as the issue has been handed over to the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office.
With the case growing bigger every day, attention is now being placed on the industry overall. Exposés are already revealing the issue may be more widespread than originally thought, while other unrelated but similar cases are being reported.
We’re sincerely hoping justice is brought quickly to the perpetrators and that measures are being taken to prevent such incidents from taking place again in the industry.
3. Kim Gura Quits Activities Due to Controversy From Past Comments
In a whirlwind string of events, Kim Gura quit all television broadcasts and activities last week after controversy erupted from an interview he gave in the past.
The comments were said by Kim Gura in an internet broadcast in 2002 in which he likened a group of prostitutes to comfort women using some choice words. Within a day, Kim Gura had announced his immediate decision to leave television to reflect on his comments and actions.
Public sentiments have been largely divided with some saying it was a matter of time before Kim Gura’s mouth would get him into trouble, while others were more forgiving.
It remains unclear when, or if, Kim Gura will return, but the incident is a reminder that so much can change over the course of a single day in showbiz.
4. Hyuna Flunks at Lip Syncing
Being a singer requires one to masterfully juggle singing, dancing and performing all at once, but 4minute’s Hyuna apparently had a memory slip as she forgot to mouth the words to her own song during a recent performance.
When screen captures from 4minute’s April 13 performance on KBS’ Music Bank were posted last week, Hyuna immediately became the center of criticism as the images showed Hyuna choosing to convey her song lyrics through her dance moves and not her mouth.
Hyuna could be seen not even attempting to mouth the words during the lip sync performance, all while the music played and the song lyrics showed up on screen. The incident came just a week after fellow 4minute member Nam Ji Hyun found herself at the center of criticism for her shaky performance.
In the ensuing days, Cube Entertainment and Hyuna issued an apology for the performance, but the debate continues on whether the incident was a simple mistake or validation that many of today’s singers are merely performers and not vocalists.
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