After a long time, I play with Jiyoung by snapping sel-cas
cr: _karatweets @ twitter.
KARA’s “STEP” was ranked No. 1 on the weekly charts of the 4 main websites for ringtones in Taiwan.
“STEP,” which KARA released on the 25th of last month in Taiwan, was top-ranked on the weekly charts (in Asia) of the 4 main websites for ringtones in Taiwan, as reported this week.
KARA’s “STEP” was already ranked No. 1 on online music websites in Korea and also on the weekly ringtones chart of Recochoku, the biggest online site for ringtones in Japan. With this, KARA became a legendary group, top-ranked on music websites in all three countries of Korea, Japan, and Taiwan with a Korean song.
Meanwhile, KARA came back to Korea on the 25th after their promotion activities for their 5th single album “Winter Magic” in Japan. Park Gyuri is still staying in Japan for the musical 200 Pounds Beauty in which she is playing a lead role.
Source + Photo: tvreportcr: en.korea.com
translations of Kara-t.com (the administrator’s letter/explanation of why he/she is closing down kara-t):2008년 11월.
누구보다 예쁜 우리 카라. 카라에 관심있는 사람들이라면 누구나 함께할 수 있는 공간을 만들자. 예쁜 아이들을 예쁘게 담을 공간을 만들어보자.
그런 마음으로 카라티닷컴을 오픈한지도 어느덧 3년이 되어갑니다.
시간이 흐르면서 정말로 많은 이들이 카라를 사랑하는 마음으로 카라티닷컴에 모였고, 함께 그 마음을 나누었습니다.
카라티닷컴의 모습 역시 시간의 흐름과 함께 끊임없이 변화했습니다. 외형적 모습뿐 아니라 이러저러한 어울림 속에서 규칙들도 많이 바뀌었지요.
어려운 시기들도 겪었지만 회원분들과 함께 카라에 대한 애정을 나눈 시간들은 즐거운 기억으로 남습니다.
이제 카라티닷컴은 그 즐거운 기억들을 가득 담은채 멈추어 서려고 합니다.
November 2008.Our KARA is the prettiest among all others. Let’s make a space where we can be together with people whoever have interest in KARA. Let’s make a space to capture these pretty girls’ moments in a prettily way. (in this case he means pretty as in precious)With that thought in mind, I have opened Kara-t.com and it’s been about almost 3 years since.As time passed, many people gathered around Kara-t because of their love for KARA, and we shared those heart.Kara-t.com as well kept changing constantly as the time went on. Not just on the appearance but also the rules as we tried to make a better society/community.Although we have been through some hard times, the times when (kara-t) members and I shared our love for KARA, will remain in me as enjoyable memories.Now, with the good memories still in it, Kara-t.com is coming to a stop.
불철주야 시도 때도 없이 카라를 응원하겠다는 그 마음이 변한 것은 아닙니다.
그저, 더이상은 마음에 담아두고 참아내기에 벅찬 일들과 짓눌린 마음의 고통들이
카라티닷컴의 운영자로 감내하기 어려웠기에 내린 결정입니다.
It’s not that I have changed how I am going to support KARA night and day, anytime.It’s just that, the burden some work and the pain that has been suppressed in my heart is too much to bear.As a Kara-t.com’s administrator (the head person, I guess the president of the club) it was very difficult, so I have came to a decision.
많은 어려움들은 오해로 인한 것들도 있었고, 생각의 차이로 생긴 것들도 있었습니다.
다만, 누군가와의 오해라는 것이 한쪽에서만 노력한다고 되는 일이 아니라는 것과
하나의 팬덤 안에서도 각각의 활동 영역을 지켜가며 해나가는 역할은 다르다는 것을 말씀드리고 싶습니다.
팬질은 상하 수직적 관계도 정치적 관계도 아닙니다.
안방팬이건 공방팬이건 임원이건 동등한 위치에서 각자의 역할을 하면 그뿐입니다.
There were some misunderstandings when things were hard, and also differences in opinions caused some troubles. I want to say that a misunderstanding of/with someone cannot be solved only through one side working hard to explain the misunderstanding and also that within a fandom, individuals have different roles to carry within their own active region/area.Being a fan doesn’t have upper and lower classes, nor is it a political thing.Whether you are a living-room-fan (it is a Korean word to describe fans who usually supports KARA through the internet, TV, etc) or a open-show-fan (this is a Korean word to describe fans who will go to public shows such as Music programs and variety/talk shows where public guests are allowed to watch live on set) or a board/staff member, it all works out when everybody carry out their role at the same rank/equal position. (I think in here the administrator is saying that we are all just the same kamilias and no one is greater than the other)
그런데도 팬사이트의 성향이 정치적으로는 어떤 색이니 하며 정치적 색깔론을 펼치는 분들부터 세력싸움이라는 말을 하시는 분들까지
팬사이트들을 어떤 악의 축처럼 바라보시는 분들이 계십니다.
지금도 여전히 삐딱한 시선으로 뭐든 반대를 위한 반대를 이야기하고,
본인의 잣대로 저희를 판단하는 것으로도 모자라 이곳 저곳에 자신의 판단을 정의인냥 퍼뜨리는 누군가 역시 있습니다.
But there are people who talk about this fan site’s disposition in a political way as to what kind of side it’s on and also there are people that call for different power/social classes (within kamilias in kara-t)There are some people who view fansites as the axis of evil.Still to this day, they disagree on things in a negative way,And they judge us based on their own standard, and as if that is not enough, there are some who spread their opinions around as if they are justice.
카라가 좋아서, 카라에게 미쳐서 지난 4년간 아이들이 나타난다고만 하면
아무리 먼 곳이라도 예쁜 모습을 담기 위해 전국 각지를 돌아다녔습니다.
새벽에는 잠 대신 사진 편집, 영상 편집을 택하고, 많은 사람들과의 공유를 택했던 일들과.
우리 카라 어디가나 어깨 펴라고 하루에도 여건이 되면 두세번씩 서포트를 하던 그것이.
크고 작은 행사 가리지 않고 곁에서 응원했던 그런 모든일들이
그저 악의 축이 했던 일들이라면, 누군가에게 쑥덕거림을 들을 이야기라면
더이상 이곳에서 팬사이트를 운영하며 팬질을 할 이유가 없을 것입니다.
Because I like KARA, because I am crazy about them, the past 4 years, wherever the girls would show up,Even if it was far away, I wanted to be able to capture their moments so I went around anywhere in Korea.At dawn I chose editing pictures and/or videos over sleep, and chose to share with many people.To let the girls be proud of themselves wherever they went, I would support them two to three times under appropriate conditions.Whether a big or small festival, I wouldn’t care and would support the girls and be at their side. All of these things,If the axis of evil were going to take credit for that, and I have to deal with people whispering behind my back,There is no more reason to fanboy/fangirl by running a fansite.
저희를 믿어주셨던 분들께는 많이 죄송하지만, 그 믿음으로 버티기엔 한계선을 너무나도 지나 버렸습니다.
불철주야 시도때도 없이 함께 오래도록 응원하고 싶었습니다.
하지만,응원하는 마음으로 진행하는 서포트마저도 마스터 개인을 위한 것으로 매도당하고
카라티닷컴에 소속되어 있다는 이유 하나만으로 비난받는 회원분들께 저희가 어떻게 계속 함께 응원하자 손을 내밀 수가 있을까요?
팬 문화 가운데 수많은 길 중 하나의 길이었던 일이 팬덤을 망치는 악의 축이 되어버린 일개 팬들은 이제 원하시는 대로 사라져 드립니다.
일개 팬 몇몇이 사라져도 유지될 팬덤이겠지요. 다양성 중 하나만 사라질 뿐입니다.
I am very sorry to those who have trusted me, but despite that faith, the border has been crossed too much already.I wanted to support (KARA) night and day, anytime for a long time.But, the supports that are organized through genuine hearts to cheer the girls, were judged as if I was doing it for my own good.And how can I tell the (kara-t) members to continue supporting the girls with us (he/she and other head people) when they are being bashed at just because they are a member of kara-t?Among the fan culture, there are many roads and the axis of evil fans wanted to walk the way where they wanted to destroy a fandom. As you (axis of evil fans) wish, it (kara-t) is disappearing.This is a fandom (kamilia) where it will continue even if few fans disappear. Among many varieties of fans, only one type is going away.Fanboy/fangirl beautifully.
갑작스럽게 닫는 죄송함을 조금이나마 덜고자 당분간 자료게시판들은 열람가능한 상태로 유지될 예정입니다.
Sorry for closing all of sudden. To make it a little better, the boards will be open for a while.*the italics were my notes that will hopefully help you to understand easier. Sorry it took some time, it was like translating 3 pgs of essay.*As you guys can probably tell, the administrator seems he/she had a really hard time. So please, respect his/her opinion.
Translations:Hospitality service for KARA no.3Wentz: What would you like to do today?
KARA: We want to be relaxed/soothed.So they came to Epson Shinagawa Aqua Stadium.On the escalator, Wentz asks them if they ever had fish as pets. Ji Young says yes, goldfish. When Seung Yeon answers about what kind she had, she says, “These little ones.”They all freak out about the manta ray. Nicole says she’s touched one. [or at least I think it’s Nicole’s voice] Hara points to the sawfish and says, “This is dangerous.”Wentz: It’s good that we have 2 cameras because we end up splitting up.They go crazy over the penguins.
Announcer: Apparently, KARA has a special reason to get excited over the penguins.
Wentz: Terry-san, KARA has the “Penguin Dance,” right?
Ji Young, Seung Yeon: Oh, that’s right!
After the dance, Ji Young asks the penguins to dance it.Terry has called a special guest. It’s Pucchi, a 19 year old sea lion. He’s been performing for 6 years.
Wentz: Hey, Nicole won’t… Terry-san! Nicole… Nicole won’t go up to him. Nicole! Nicole!
Announcer: Nicole seems to be quite scared of Pucchi. On the other hand, the other members get all excited about Pucchi.After Pucchi stands on one fin, Nicole seems to show an interest in him. She shakes his fin, and Wentz says, “Hehehe, how scared are you.” [Her upper body is leaning forward, but her legs stay planted. He says something like “how much of your hips do you have pulled back,” basically calling her out on her chicken-ness.] But it seems like Wentz is also scared of Pucchi. Seung Yeon tells him to man up.Hara makes a little wordplay joke and says, “Iruka wa iruka” (Are there any dolphins). Terry says, “She’s saying something funny.”They go to the dolphin trainer to learn some signals for the dolphin’s tricks.
Seung Yeon: Dance for me~!
After Hara’s turn, Terry says, “He/she sounded good.”
Wentz: Terry-san, there are some here too.
Terry: Excuse me, please give them some raw fish.
Ji Young: We’re good.After watching the dolphin show:
Hara: This was my first time seeing it. So I was surprised.
Seung Yeon: The jump so suddenly, so I was really surprised and I thought, “this can’t be real.”
Ji Young: I really enjoyed it. (Lit. I was really soothed.) I was surprised and touched.
Nicole: They jumped really high and I was surprised that they could do that.
Gyuri: I really enjoyed it. (Lit. I was really soothed.) Thank you.At the end, Gyuri talks about Super Girl [btw, Supergirl’s name is Kara. Coincidence?]
Gyuri: It’s going to be a bright album full of joy and hope. Please look forward to it. I also hope that you will watch over our transformed selves.
On the October 19th broadcast of MBC‘s ‘Radio Star‘, the MCs treaded some daring waters by asking KARA what they thought was the reasons behind their success in Japan.
The MCs bluntly asked, “We heard that KARA is more popular than both SNSD and 2NE1 in Japan, why do you think that is?”
Leader Gyuri carefully replied, “There’s probably a variety of reasons. SNSD and a lot of other girl groups are also receiving a lot of love in Japan, but they say that our popularity is higher. We’re actually not sure of the reasons ourselves.”
Goo Hara attributed their popularity to their proficiency of the Japanese language stating, “We don’t have an interpreter with us when we go on variety shows.” The MCs asked back, “Kind of like Ida Daussy in the past then, right?” Another remarked, “So you’re basically a group with five Ida Daussys.”
Note: Ida Daussy is a French woman who moved to Korea in the early 90′s after marrying a Korean and she became a TV celebrity because of her Korean language skills.
After much laughter, the girls continued, “We also adjust to new locations / adapt to new environments really fast. We could probably survive no matter where you place us.”
My mobile phone... ㅜㅜㅜㅜ Is it good-bye like this? ㅜㅜㅜ "Painful", I say!!!
ah guys I took it out too late it was already on TT I think it was my fault and missed the timing TT I think my phone is across the river now...
(across the river meaning, it died, to "heaven" kind of)
“KARA and 2NE1 use hotels. Although temporary, the cost in comparison with efficiency is good.”
Idols that have recently debuted in Japan in the last year or so tend to grab hotels as a means for lodging. This is because they don’t have long periods of actives in Japan at a time. Whenever activities pop up, these groups come visit for shorter periods of time. However, with each group, which hotels they choose and how they use them are a bit different.
Kara and 2NE1 in particular use a designated hotel. In Kara’s case they have a long-term contract with a well known hotel in Akasaka. When Kara decides to stay in Japan, this hotel agreed to provide them their designated rooms and not take guests in rooms around them. For meals, they usually take use of hotel meals, eat where they are carrying out their activities, and sometimes go out for Korean at Akasaka or Shinjuku.
Japanese girl group Perfume recently attended a press conference on the 14th for the 2011 Asia Song Festival (ASF) held at the Inter-Burgo Hotel in Daegu.
The girls who were at the event representing Japanese artists revealed, “We met SNSD at a music program we both participated in and we became close. We e-mail each other from time to time.”
They continued, “We’re also close with KARA. We threw a party before coming to Korea for the ASF and invited KARA to join us… KARA suggested we introduce ourselves at the ASF in Korean but we’re not sure if we can do it well. Ji young cheered us on a lot before we came.”
Perfume is a popular Japanese group who have sold at least 300,000 copies of each of their albums since 2008.
The Asia Song Festival is a large banquet held for the top artists of 6 different Asian nations, and this year is especially noteworthy as both the ASF and the ‘World Athletic Championships‘ are being held for the first time in the city of Daegu. Singer G.NA was invited to the ASF as an ‘Influential Artist of Asia‘.
Other artists such as Super Junior, SNSD, Lee Seung Gi, B2ST, miss A, U-KISS, will attend the festival to commemorate the event. Perfume and AAA from Japan, Peter Ho from Taiwan, Leo Kufrom Hong Kong, Bibi Chow from China, and Tata Young are also scheduled to perform at the festival. The festival will be held at Daegu Stadium on October 15th.
On October 8th, singer David Oh had a fan meeting at the Hongdae Rolling Hall in Mapo, Seoul. During the event, the singer was asked what his ideal type would be like. David responded with, “My ideal type changes frequently.”
He cautiously continued, “However, I do like women with bobbed hairstyles.” Guest Noh Ji Hoon, who accompanied David, candidly revealed, “He likes KARA‘s Nicole.” David was startled by Ji Hoon’s unpredicted response and quickly explained, “I like cute girls.” Uncharmed, the MC immediately replied, “Which still means that you like Nicole.”
As the fan meeting progressed, Noh Ji Hoon complimented David by saying, “He’s a really innocent and kind guy” to which David responded, “Ji Hoon is really cool hyung, but he does have that bad guy aura.”
Lastly, Noh Ji Hoon finished off the meeting with, “David is practicing really hard. He’s going to show a new side to himself that will blow you away, so please anticipate his upcoming work.”
On 8th of October, Korean singer, David Oh, had an amazing fan meet at Hongdae Rolling Hall in Mapo, Seoul. During the meet, he was asked who his ideal type was and David answered vaguely with, “My ideal type changes frequently.”CR: Ningin
In a cautious manner, he continued, “However, I do like women with bobbed hairstyles.” Guest Noh Ji Hoon, who accompanied the star, wittily revealed, “He likes Kara’s Nicole.” David was shocked by Ji Hoon’s unpredicted confession and quickly explained, “I like cute girls.” Without a blink, the MC immediately replied, “Which still means that you like Nicole.”
As the fan meet went on, Noh Ji Hoon complimented David by saying, “He’s a really innocent and kind guy” to which David replied, “Ji Hoon is really cool hyung, but he does have that bad guy aura.”
Finally, Noh Ji Hoon ended the meeting with, “David is practicing really hard. He’s going to show a new side to himself that will blow you away, so please anticipate his upcoming work.” Seems like a good guy for Nicole!
KARA‘s contract with their Japanese music label will officially end soon.
The girls have experienced some explosive popularity in Japan, and according to a entertainment insider, KARA’s contract with Universal Music Japan only requires them to release one additional album.
Other rival labels who have gotten wind of the news are swiftly trying to seal a new contract with the girls.
Hallyu management officials stated in detail, “Taking into consideration their fame in Japan along with their album sales to date, it would be easy for them to sign a contract for at least $8.5 million over three years“.
KARA is currently promoting in Japan under ‘Universal Music Japan’ but their contract with the music label will end early next year. Universal pitched an idea to KARA’s agency DSP Entertainment, requesting to lengthen the contract for another year or two, and they’re currently in negotiations.
The details of their new contract have not been revealed, but those in both the Korean & Japanese Entertainment industry are fully aware that because KARA is the hottest Hallyu idol in Japan right now, their demands will most likely be high & specific. Still, rival labels are making their best effort to offer KARA a better deal. They know the value of KARA in the Japanese entertainment market. Insiders believe that with their current status in Japan and the number of albums sold, they would require to be paid at least $2.5 million per year. ”As a whole, their annual sales from Japanese promotions alone probably equal close to $42 million… A cool $2.5 million annually should be easy.”
But not only are the girls the hottest girl group in Japan, they hold the records for most albums sold by a Korean artist. Their singles “Jetcoaster Love” as well as “Go Go Summer” both sold over 200,000 copies, and their “Mister” ringtone were downloaded by 750,000 consumers back in March. Thus, the girls were given the label ‘Triple Platinum’ by the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
The girls are constantly being asked to be featured on programs and guest-star on others, but they cannot accept all of the offers because they simply do not have enough time for all of them. KARA promoted their new track for three short weeks in Korea, but proved that was enough time for them to seize the #1 spot on several music charts. KARA’s last performance was on SBS Live Inkigayo ‘Go-green Concert with UN CCD‘. They performed more ambitiously during this performance than any other, perfectly nailing their hip dance for their title track, “STEP“.
KARA’s “STEP” was an all-kill, topping the charts of Mnet’s M! Countdown as well as others. In the first two weeks of their comeback, their song was #1 on five different music programs.
The girls have wrapped up their three-week promotions in Korea and are preparing for their next Japanese single. Their teaser for “Winter Magic” has already been released in Japan.
Source & Image : Newsen via Nate
Girl group KARA is finally number one on domestic soil.
The numbers for the girls' third album "STEP" are out, according to GAON Charts.
After having been released on September 6th, STEP sold 97,667 copies during the month of September, making them the number one album for the month.
The title song of the same title also achieved great results. "STEP" placed number two for September's Combined Digital Chart and number one on the September Downloads Chart with 1,719,950 downloads.
Compared to other girl groups, KARA was the second girl group to hit number one on the monthly album chart, following 2NE1. Also, they're the first girl artist or group to sell over 90,000 hard copy albums, In fact, the numbers are continuing to rise with the 100,000 mark right around the corner.
GAON Charts calculates album sales, buy subtracting the amount of albums left in storage of the music production companies from the total albums initially produced.
Thought of the day: I'm truly a blessed person. ^^ Really thankful to all my precious family, friends, Kamilias who wished me happy birthday!! Seriously seems like this is the best birthday I've ever had so far. I'm so happy ^^ !!