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Big Bang are doing their bit to show the support for Korea in the upcoming Soccer World Cup event. I love the clips! Enjoy;

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A new Taeyang fan site have recently been created, http://taeyangsol.com/. The site is dedicated to Taeyang, including his events, fashion, news and just everything about Taeyang. It also features some other great catergories such as, kpop news, kpop fashion, fan zone, twitter updates and more to follow to the great Taeyang fan site. Check it out for yourselves! There’s also a Taeyang.com Facebook Page to keep to updated with the latest updates of the site. The link is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Taeyangsolcom/369070179901?ref=ts.

It’s opened to all Taeyang fans, kpop fans, fashion fans and all netizens. Get yourselves on that site!

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Twins are back! Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung are back together as Twins. They are to celebrate their 10th anniversary with a concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum. There will staging a two show concert on 16th and 17th of April. Great news? Well it’s got to be for the die hard fans.

Since Gillian Chung’s involvement in the scandal with Edison Chen, her popularity fell dramatically. Still to this day, she’s not gaining support from the public and Charlene Choi’s fans. The fans of Charlene have even commented in forums to say Gillian should leave Charlene alone.

This concert will be their first since 2006, this time they are to prove the strenght and maturity of their performances and voices. We are promised to see a different side of twins, not the naive young girls anymore. The concept of the show will be based on their latest single “Everybody bounce up.” They want to send a message across to all that no matter what situations Twins get themselves into, they will always bounce back up to reach their goals.

The theme of the concert is created by Tomas Chan. In the concert poster (above), Twins are the main focus and they are dressed exactly the same to prove they are back together as one act. Both Charlene (left) and Gillian (Left) are dressed in a more rock ‘n’ roll style, so we may see more performances from them base on that.

The concerts are on sale now! If you are going, write me a review please.

MTC@YoYoAsia

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In this topic, we will look at how athletes and sportspersons turned their career to the entertainment industry. Many have joined the industry as a singer, an actor, an actress or a presenter. Can they strike gold? Will their mentality suit the entertainment and showbiz industry? Is this the trend we should support? Let’s look at some who have made their way to the industry.

Liu Xuan

First, we will look at a Chinese OlympianLiu Xuan. In the Sydney 2000 Olympics she became the first woman to claim gold medal for China on Women’s Balance Beam as well as China’s first All Around Medallist .

Liu Xuan

Liu Xuan was born on March 12th, 1979 in Changsha, the capital city of China’s Hunan Province. At the age of five, she starting training as an gymnast with the encouragement from her father. Liu’s Mother also was a gymnast but had to cease training because of the closure of the gym during the Cultural Revolution.

Contrary to some reports, my mother never really wanted me to go into the sport and was much against the idea of me becoming a professional gymnast,” Liu said during an interview. “That’s probably because back in her time, potential gymnasts had to go through a lot of hardship with little reward. She just wanted me to grow up healthily and happily.”

It was actually my father who gave me the biggest push  in taking gymnastics seriously. He wanted me to achieve what my mother had always wanted for herself because he knew that was what, deep down, she really wanted.

Liu Xuan won the hearts and support of Chinese and international  fans through her  youthful energetic personality, sweet smile and her gymnastic skills, of course. This attracted the media in Hong Kong and a lot of focus was put upon her. She was praised by both fans and media as the “Xuan Beauty,” but at the time she was still the most beloved sports star.

Liu Xuan

After the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Liu Xuan began her retirement from the national team in 2001 at the age of 22. She still had the hunger to learn and experience more in life and decided to enrol a Journalism course at Peking University. This also favoured her by the media and the entertainment circle, which created her fan base throughout Asia. Having gained recognition from media and fans worldwide through her success as a gymnast, this raised interests by Entertainment companies.

In 2005, Liu Xuan began another direction in her career, she headed towards the showbiz and entertainment industry. Her life took a huge turnaround, as she took on her career as an actress, presenter and singer. The “Xuan Beauty” started filming for a movie in June 2005. The film was more like an introduction of her to the business, to build up her acknowledgement. Much more experience was required of Liu.

Liu Xuan and Rain

Liu took on other jobs, as a presenter for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Her role was to report on-site gymnastics for Hong Kong broadcaster TVB. Later in July 2009, she signed a contract with TVB as an actress.

Liu had also been in a few movies and dramas, although she did not make a huge success through those roles but it gave her the insight and experience to acting.

The other challenge she set herself in the entertainment industry is to become a singer. She has already sang along side the Hong Kong Pop QueenJoey Yung.” Her first two singles were based on the Olympic theme. At the helm of her first single “Chu Fa,” a pop/rock act that’s reflects of what is going through an athletes mind before an Olympic game. Through the development of that single, she had the chance to work with Hong Kong’s Rock ‘n’ Roll legend, Paul Wong.

Liu Xuan and Joey Yung on JSG Show:

During this year, Liu Xuan is said to be releasing her own music album, and TV series on TVB.

Liu Xuan on TVB

Although Liu have not made an instant impact in her new direction in life and maybe very little have been achieved compared to her career as an gymnast. But at YoYoAsia admires the way she is continuing her performance on a different stage and the effort she is putting in.  Will she make a success? It is very hard to say at this point as she has not released enough performances for us to judge. But I’m sure she will have the will-power and determination to grab the chances when they fall to her. Maybe it’s too soon to judge.

We have seen some other athletes and sports persons that are also now  well know celebrities. Is this a good trend we should look forward to? Yes, if they can entertain us and provide amazing performances. Different celebrity backgrounds might just bring freshening acts that will entertain us from time to time.

The other celebrity that took the path of from being an athlete to become a singer, actor and present is Alex Fong.

Alex Fong

Alex Fong was a swimmer. He represented Hong Kong in many competitions. Although he did not gain huge success and recognitions world wide but he was very popular in Hong Kong. Again the Entertainment saw the opportunity and persuaded him to quit swimming and change his career. Of course, he was signed up and began training as a singer and actor.


Alex Fong have already released many songs and starred in many movies. The genres are mostly based on love stories and songs as he is know as the “Pretty Boy of the Pool.” The genres suited his personality and looks, which created a huge fan base for him in Hong Kong. In my opinion, he’s not the best singer and actor but his songs are catchy and easy to listen to. Same goes with his acting, there’s still a lot of room for improvements.

Here’s a duet by Alex Fong and Stephy Tang:

We would like to see these athletes and sports persons to make an huge impact in showbiz. Set trends and acts that have never been done before. What we wouldn’t like to see is retired athletes or current athletes just jump into the showbiz industry without any related talents and just expect to earn quick money.

MTC@YoYoAsia

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Private Corner

Jacky Cheung Jazzes up in his “Private Corner”

God Of Songs, Jacky Cheung has so far produced a whopping 57 albums in his 26 year long career. His latest album, ” Private Corner ” is his first Cantonese album since “Life Is Like A Dream” in 2004, and we now see him venturing out into the world of Jazz music.

The New Challenge

This style of music has the instruments flowing their own melody & rather than following the tune, the vocals are a complimenting accompaniment singing it’s own expressive song, that when fused together – creates the musical art we know as Jazz. For this reason, it makes this style of music one of the toughest to present. So how does “Hok Yau (Jacky Cheung)” do in his latest jazzed up quest?

Private Corner” compiles many various styles of Jazz, such as the slow & seductive blues in  迷你 (track 1) & 戀上你背面 (track 6), ragtime (a.k.a happy jazz) is sampled in “Double Trouble(track 2. While 月巴女且  (track 5) experiments with 1930s swing, and show jazz is performed in 不只有緣  (track 3). Each song is full of emotion & showcases Jacky’s trademark baritone vocals to be more charismatic than ever – The whole album is like a musical story, and the listener can really get the feel of being in an atmospheric speakeasy or a classy cabaret show. The authentic instrumentals perfectly compliment Cheung’s voice & they go together like Ying & Yang, smoothly harmonised & so pleasant to the ears: Which seems to always be the case no matter what type of song the talented JC opts for – whether it be the classic powerful love ballads he’s famed for, or his cantopop & mandopop hits loved by the whole nation, his talent is overwhelming & admired by most.

The Most Talented?

Jacky’s also experimented with different genres of rock (alternative, light grunge, art rock) and I think most will agree when I say he’s outstanding no matter what he sings – even when it’s something completely different & alien to him, he’s proved time & time again he can do it. Not only does he get the job done, it gets done in his own particular branded style, with extra polish to make any song his own. Yes, he owns the song, any song, every song – he truly is a musical chameleon. It’s not hard to understand why he’s been dubbed “God of Songs” – and rightfully too, as I can think of no candidate who could compete. Jacky Cheung is in a league of his own – Really… What can’t this 49 year old do?! This quarter of the “4 Heavenly Kings” is top vintage, an all round legend.

The Gifted Jacky Cheung

It’s not only due to his gifted musical talent – he also possesses great acting skills, is a well-rounded family man who’s charitable, has a grounded personality & quirky humour which gives him great public relations with the mutual respect of the media & with society. There really isn’t one bad word I can say about this man! The multi-talented mogul who’s won numerous prestigious awards (too many to be listed!) is so hard driven he deserves all the success he has & more… What will he bring next to his colourful career? The way we’ve seen him exceedingly push the limits, I’m beginning to think that for our 歌神 – God of Song: there are no limits…

Here’s his live performance of 迷你:

WY@

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Superstars are linked to being glam & beautiful, but could they still be the stars that shine & illuminate the industry if they did not fit the idealistic standards of looks that are being put upon them?

The old saying “Beauty is skin deep” really is becoming old, as it’s been revealed that many stars of Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Japan have been turning to cosmetic surgery to perfect their looks. It’s become so popular in fact, that the more difficult task would be to name celebrities that haven’t been under any flaw correcting procedure.

The most common operation of all is blepharoplasty, which alters the eyelids to create a double fold.

Before

After

The mighty Jackie Chan was born with single eyelids, until he had the double lid op back in 1976. The reason he gave? He craved for a more “western” look. Just a few years later, his career in Hollywood was born & has flourished ever since. Would he still have had his booming success if he’d left his typically oriental eyes as they were?  Yes, we may think so now, but would he had been accepted by the western world in the first place, based on talent alone?

Before

After

Another star who had ascending success after going under the knife is Hong Kong singer Leo Ku who had been in the entertainment industry since 1991 but had never been a major star. In 2000, he’d seeked advice from a metaphysicist & was told that by making his eyes bigger, his luck in the industry would increase as bigger eyes create greater affinity with the audience. This advice proved to be helpful as since 2003, Ku’s popularity rose dramatically is now has a firm & secure place the top, being referred to as one of the ‘New Four Big Heavenly Kings’.

It is a known fact that a higher percentage of the East-Asian population have single eyelids as opposed to double, so why is it that the majority of faces we see through the media nowadays all have big, beautiful & round, double-lidded eyes? It’s what’s considered more attractive, but who put that idealism there in the first place? Is that what the audience wants, influencing the stars into giving us what we want to see. Or is it because the stars looks are influencing the audience’s minds into what’s considered as beautiful?

Would stars such as Jackie Chan, Leo Ku, Takeshi Kaneshiro – who’s talent cannot be denied, still possess their status today if they had their natural looks, which weren’t even unattractive in the first place!

A few other stars who have admitted to altering their faces are Chow Yun Fat, Kim Dong Wan, Baek Ji Young, Dave Wong Kit & Fan Bing Bing, amongst many others. Although the public doesn’t feel the need for confirmation, and even when surgery has been blatant, it is not seen to be a big deal in this society, so long as it’s improved their looks. The positive reaction from audiences are only promoting younger stars to follow onto the surgical train. I don’t disapprove of surgical enhancements so long as it affects nobody but the subject, but as a celebrity possesses such a dominant voice which can be widespread over the public, what message are they sending out? Is it necessary to go to such extremes in order to succeed? Can appearance fill in the gaps that lack talent? Or can having good looks be classed as a talent alone? Can stars who possess the most skills in the trade still be recognised without feeling the need to enhance what nature provided them?

Rain (Jeong Ji Hoon)

Lee Jun Ki

Rain Bi Hoon is fine proof that they can. Rain, who is one of very few Koreans who haven’t had surgery, told a CNN interviewer that he had previously been rejected from several auditions for being “too ugly” and because he had single eyelids. Not only did this no hinder his fame, it only pushed him to work even harder & he has since become one of the most recognised Asian stars of the new generation & was named in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People Who Shape Our World”. A few other single lidded celebs to come out triumphant consists of HK singer Andy Hui, Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh, Korean drama queen & king, Han Ji Hye & Kwon Sang Woo, top Korean model/singer/actor Lee Jun Ki & Super Junior – Eunhyuk. Certainly the listed few can’t be considered to be unattractive?

Han Ji Hye

So, although we know there’s nothing wrong with having smaller eyes without a fold in the lid, there’s no denying there’s definitely something more captivating about someone with the alternative. Belonging in such a superficial culture with such abundant access of good products & experienced surgeons, it’s very understandable for performers to surgically enhance their features. Especially below the harsh spotlight of the media where you are constantly being watched, judged & criticised, stars are under tremendous pressure to look their best. The fact audiences consider big, double-lidded eyes to be most mesmerizing, it’s so easy to do so & be accepted with such ease, we can only see this trend rising with popularity as beauty products & minor cosmetic procedures are now readily available, and the public are willing to spend a small fortune on them – but why does it seem like such a necessity?  Maybe this craze will eventually die down once the single lid peepers, which are still more popular with the western world, become such a minority that they’ll become the next most wanted in the facial feature fashion list, based on it’s rarity factor. But for now, the likelihood is miniscule & east-asians with westerners eyes are totally IN – and will still be “big” for a long time to come…

Angelababy

Ayumi Hamasaki

The modern faces on magazine covers today all seem to have an eerie resemblance to dolls, with perfectly chiselled & symmetrical faces, a long & thin pointed nose, then big sparkly jewel eyes all embedded onto a canvas of porcelain skin. Is the perfect face just a mask hiding a population full of insecurities? The modern vision of beauty appears to be unrealistic & unobtainable. Can anybody else see how overall, this can have an unhealthy psychological effect? The faces of today seem to contradict the traditional & typical features that east asia is known for, and what most possess – The small almond eyes, a flatter rounded face, a broader nose with a less prominent bridge & shy lips. The ironic thing is that although east Asians may see this as common & unattractive, it is what the westerners envy us for – and it’s what the majority of us have to start off with! Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think anything can beat sporting a natural look with confident attitude & grace. There’s nothing more attractive than being completely comfortable in your own shoes (or body!) – and having faith in your inner self to succeed no matter what you carry externally. Surely this should be what attributes more to be what you’re seen as and should exceed & overpower any physical flaws.

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YoYoAsia.wordpress.com

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2PM is a South Korean boy band, which was branched out from two subgroups containing eleven members. The other group is 2AM. Now 2PM is currently formed by six memebers; Junsu, Junho, Nichkhun, Taecyeong, Wooyoung and Chansung.

2PM have proved their abilty with their first number one ” Again and Again“. Their other popular songs include ” I Hate You” and ” Heartbeat”. These singles and albums have rose quickly to the number one spot on many music sales charts.

2PM’s songs and albums have already won them recognition in Asia and many awards:

2009

  • M.net 20’s Choice Awards: HOT Performance Stars
  • M.net 20’s Choice Awards: HOT Summer Heat Popularity Award
  • M.net Asian Music Awards: Best Male Group
  • M.net Asian Music Awards: Artist of the Year
  • 24th Golden Disk Awards: Disk Bongsang Award
  • KBS Music Festival: Song of the Year ( Again and Again)

2010

  • 19th Seoul Music Awards: Popularity Award
  • 19th Seoul Music Awards: Bongsang

Here we have on YoYoAsia, 2PM’s latest hit ” Tik Tok”. We think it’s gonna be a successful one too. Enjoy the MV….

MTC @ YoYoAsia.wordpress.com

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