U-KISS Completes “Stop Girl” Promotions + Upcoming Korean Album

Hello,

This is NH Media. This is an announcement regarding to the completion of U-KISS’s “Stop Girl” promotions, amongst other news.

Last month, U-KISS promoted temporarily as a 6-member group, without AJ, for their 7th mini-album; a meaningful period for everyone. We are sad to announce the completion of this meaningful promotion period.

Although we were unable to promote with AJ during this period of time, SooHyun, KiSeop, Eli, Hoon, Kevin and DongHo have worked hard to put in even more effort to produce a great stage for everyone to see. The six members would like to thank you sincerely for the passionate support and love all the Kiss Mes have given. Thank you x 10000. ♡♡

Usually U-KISS holds a goodbye greeting in the very last week of promotions. However, due to unforeseen circumstances of broadcasting, we cannot organise the final greeting. The members and staff are equally as disappointed that we were unable to meet each other for the last time.

We hope that Kiss Me can be understanding towards our situation of the final broadcast. We will put in more effort to create more opportunities to meet on stage during the next album promotions.

U-KISS will be embark on their South American tour in Peru after their remaining domestic activities. After Peru, there is a scheduled performance in Malaysia. And finally, after Malaysia, they will once again begin their Japanese activities.

It is planned, after their Japanese activities and AJ’s return next year, for U-KISS to release their next Korean album. The details have yet to be confirmed, and we will post another announcement when it has been finalised.

Lastly, we’d like to thank Kiss Mes for showing such immense support towards the 7th mini-album ‘Stop Girl’. We will work harder so that there will be more opportunities to meet on stage and through broadcasts for the next album.

You know that U-KISS’s official fan cafe is always open for 365 days a year, right? Whenever there is U-KISS news, everyone is quick to spread the information!

Credits: U-KISS Fan Cafe + Rocketboxx.net (translations)

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I’m a Singer season 1 ends in controversy

The cast of MBC’s “I am a Singer” pose for photo (MBC)

Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, producer and distributer of hit TV program “I’m a Singer” announced on Wednesday that it would end the first season of the show next week.

“We will run the last episode of ‘I’m a Singer’ season one on Feb. 12. We’ll introduce a reformatted show after taking a break,” MBC said in a statement. It didn’t elaborate on when the second season will start or who will take charge. The broadcaster is expected to replace the current producers and staff of the program.

MBC is reportedly having difficulties producing and operating the program as its union went on general strike last week. The MBC union is demanding its CEO resign, claiming that the TV station is politically biased.

“I’m a Singer,” a weekly reality show in which the country’s top singers compete, was one of the most popular programs here last year. The show captivated the eyes and ears of viewers and was at the center of attention throughout the year. However, the popularity of “I’m a Singer” or “Nagasu” isn’t what it used to be.

The viewer share of the TV reality program dropped as low as 8.9 percent last month from the 17 percent it garnered in November. TV audiences seem to have started to question whether some of the new singers are qualified to be on the stage, saying they are not fresh enough to draw their attention anymore.

Rumors involving singers and staff kept spreading, and there is conflict between MBC and the original writers of the songs rearranged for the stage.

Singer Kang Saneh blasted MBC for taking profit from selling covers of his songs performed on the “Nagasu” stage without his permission.

The singers of the show who performed remakes of Kang’s songs include singer Tei and the bands Jaurim and YB.

“I don’t care if the artists used my songs to perform on the show. But it’s a problem when someone is making profit from someone else’s work,” Kang said in a recent interview.

Some observers say Nagasu has lost its loyal viewers to other rival programs such as SBS’ audition program “K-Pop Star.”

“K-Pop Star,” featuring world star BoA and two big name producers in Korea ― Yang Hyun-seok of YG Entertainment and Park Jin-young of JYP Entertainment ― has been drawing attention for its unique format and enthralling talents of the show’s young contestants.

By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldm.com)

Credit: The Korea Herald

Sungmin dressed as a girl but poses like a boy

Sungmin pose is hilarious! I love it!

 

 

[Trans] @donghae861015: Finally packing … Today, really, ELF were too pretty and lovable!! Thank you so so much!! We will definitely… do this again in Tokyo!! Teukie-hyung will arrange for that ㅎㅎ In that light, Sungmin-hyung and Eunhyukie and Donghae ^^ Good Night!! http://t.co/5H4XZbWg

 

Credit: allrise-xiahtic