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[FocusNews] BTOB Yook Sungjae, “I think of my grandmother whenever it’s Lunar New Year”

Boy group BTOB member Yook Sungjae expressed his loving heart to his grandmother. On the 4th January, just two days before the Lunar New Year, Yook Sungjae who is busy shooting for ZUSSIX at a studio in NohHyun-Dong said,“Debut up till now, it seems as though I did not spent much time with my family at home/hometown. Therefore, for the Lunar New Year this time round, I must and planned to spend time with my family.”

Among his family, grandmother’s presence is the largest source of energy for Yook Sungjae. While both of his parents were working, younger Yook Sungjae spent most of his time with his grandmother. “When I was young, I had an uncle who had passed away, and that uncle looked exactly like me. I was surprised too. My grandmother said, ‘It feels as though your uncle has returned to life’, so she looks after me a lot. Whenever I think of my grandmother, regardless if it’s Lunar New Year or just normal days, I’d feel energized.”

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Last year, Yook Sungjae showed success in singing, acting and in variety scenes, one of the reasons why he was successful is because he met good people. When asked who he would want to bow three times during Lunar New Year, Yook Sungjae answered, “There are too many of them.”

After putting slight thoughts, Yook Sungjae chose actor Kim Minjae and sunbae singers. “First of all, Kim Minjae sunbae and I appeared on ‘Village’ together and I learned a lot (from him) then. He’s a Hyung that I’m really thankful to. Another would be JunJin sunbaenim. Although I met him for a short while when he was a special MC, we contacted each other continuously. Whenever we talk, he would give advice on teamwork and on life philosophy. I am really grateful to him.”

When asked about his hopes that have yet to be fulfilled last year, he said, “You’re referring to my wish as an individual, right? Then, it would be a solo album. Lately there are many remakes of songs from the 80s~90s. My type of music is kinda old-fashioned. Therefore, I hope to release a remake album too. It’s fine with BTOB too. Or, singing a touching ballad that would melt the cold winter.”

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Towards the end, Yook Sungjae gave his greetings to Focus News’ readers. “Everyone, 2016 Lunar New Year is just around the corner. I hope that you’d enjoy delicious food and spend the new year with an fluttering heart. With that in mind, I hope that everyone would work even harder for the whole year of 2016. I, too, will work even harder in 2016, so please look after me. Happy New Year!”


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Trans: loveindacube.wordpress.com

Source: Focus News

[MBN] BEAST Son Dongwoon, Matures though musicals

“2015 remains a year where I’m extremely satisfied with. I don’t know how everyone sees it but personally, I studied and took vocal lessons which I’ve been wanting to do and more than anything, it’s because I was given an opportunity that allow myself to do the best. Regardless of what the results are, I had fun.”

The maknae of idol group BEAST, Son Dongwoon, once again stand on the musical stage. It is his first musical since his last ‘Catch Me If You Can’ which was 3 years ago. Son Dongwoon who returns to the musical stage, is even more sincere for this production. He has increased time on stage, and is currently showing a mature self while interacting with colleagues in the waiting room.

Despite BEAST’s overseas schedules, Dongwoon did not neglect his musical performance ‘The Great Gatsby’ at all. Son Dongwoon show smiles within the tiring schedules, telling his determination to fare better in the musical.

“It seems like I put all efforts into musical practice from early September until November. Even right before the musical is about to start, I had no idea that there were this many Japanese schedules. Fortunately, there were no disruptions during the practice period, so I did both performances and schedules at the same time. Initially, I started without knowing (about the Japanese schedules). Perhaps, because of not knowing, which had allowed me to attempt this musical (laughs).”

Son Dongwoon’s appearance on ‘The Great Gatsby’ was surprising. Unlike ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ is a musical for small theaters. As a result, it didn’t have many idol singers in its lineup, unlike ‘Catch Me If You Can’. In fact, Son Dongwoon is the only idol currently active in the musical. Son Dongwoon who seemingly did not fit with ‘The Great Gatsby’ in many ways was vested with trust by the musical’s director Byun JungJu.

“When the musical proposal came to me, I met director-nim. He has the charisma to attract people. I was persuaded by his charisma, eventually, I’ve become a part of ‘The Great Gatsby'”.

‘The Great Gatsby’ is not an easy production. It requires singing numerous high notes and acting powerful scenes continuously . If there isn’t a strong foundation of skills, there is a high possibility that it would ruin the character of the musical. As compared to musical actors Kang KiDong or Jung Donghwa who plays the same role, although Son Dongwoon is still inexperienced, he is attracting the audience with his way of portraying ‘Gatsby’. Because of his good looks, when 페르수 asked for a breakup, Gatsby Son Dongwoon’s “I am ugly, is it?” can’t be easily changed nor understood. Just that he’s a handsome yet simple Gatsby, has turned to become his charms.

“Since I am a singer, I thought that I could act while singing, which makes it even better and more comfortable for me. But it wasn’t that way after I have started it. (Musicals) Are not done just by good singing skills, it needs emotions and expressions. As a result, it was really difficult. In order to sing songs like reading its lines, I did much effort in hopes to deliver the right emotions.”

All these while, Son Dongwoon is far from acting. As mentioned earlier, his acting experience was up to ‘Catch Me If You Can’ before ‘The Great Gatsby’ came. He had no other experience in drama or movies, not even webdramas which are popular among idols nowadays. Although it’s a ‘Song Through’ musical, the emotions of a character in ‘The Great Gatsby’ varies greatly. It is a production that requires not just good singing skills, but pronunciation and acting skills as well. For Son Dongwoon who had almost zero acting experience. ‘The Great Gatsby’ was nonetheless a difficult production for him.

“The mood changes are quick, and those parts are really difficult. There are exhausting times right after acting those scenes. Since these are scenes that links to another scene, instead of going back stage after one scene, there are many times where there is another scene and another situation on the same stage. These connecting scenes aren’t easy at all. There are times where it felt so difficult because I wasn’t able to deliver the contents of the script.”

Son Dongwoon shows his genuine side for this production. Standing on the musical stage after 3 years, Son Dongwoon is comparatively more positive and had gained stronger skills. He received recognition for his strong singing skills on ‘Mask King’, which once again gave him the help he needed for this musical.

“Previously, I would only want to show myself more frequently from time to time. But this time round, I put in my best efforts to concentrate. Since it is a production with many good singers, comparatively, I am fully aware that I am very much lacking with other actors in terms of voice volume and acting. Because of this, I learn something through the production everyday, to see if I’ve improved even a little for every step I’ve taken. In reality, I am the youngest among all the actors, so Hyungs and Noonas helped me in a kind manner, thus, I could enjoy the production.”

He is a young adult below the average age of the cast in ‘The Great Gatsby’. While Gatsby is a young man who had many downturns in life. As the maknae of a popular idol group, it is hard to find similarities between Son Dongwoon and the character he’s playing, but among experienced actors, he is named as having the charms of a ‘kind Gatsby’.

“To be honest, I am nothing similar to Gatsby. I have a ‘follower’ personality, which is unlike Gatsby, neither do I had experience in emotion acting that changes very fast. I had times like this when I was younger as a trainee, but thankfully, I lived through that and received many loves from people too. I did not think much about it after I have started working. I did not have a passionate love experience like Gatsby too. As there were little relevance with my character and ‘Gatsby’, it is definitely hard to be close to the role. Even so, as I am given the chance to act this role, it became even more interesting and amazing. The Gatsby I see, is a kind person. He’s kind yet selfish at times too. I don’t know if I showed that in my acting, but I practiced acting with that as a starting point.”

Like how Son Dongwoon himself points it out, Gatsby and Son Dongwoon are different not just from the visual perspective. He had nothing in common with Gatsby in terms of personality. For Son Dongwoon who has been blessed with love all these while, it will be difficult for him to wear the shoes of Gatsby for the very first time.

Among BEAST members, Son Dongwoon is not the only member who had musical attempts. Member Yang Yoseob was in prominent productions like ‘Joseph Amazing’ ,’Robin Hood’, ‘Cinderella’, collecting an increasingly wide filmography of his own as he gains recognition. In fact, Son Dongwoon and Yang Yoseob, both are having their musicals at the same period with ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Cinderella’.

“We didn’t share much of talks of support with each other. Rather than that, we share stories of each other’s working environment and directors as well as the story plot of the musicals. Just by that, we could gain strength.”

25 years old Son Dongwoon spent his 2015 to his fullest. Although there is nothing spectacular in regards to the results of his musicals, he felt satisfied with the efforts he had made.

“Not just 2016, if I have a long-term wish for the future, I hope to be a recognized singer, and to be a recognized actor through good productions. Musical attempts in the future? If (directors) look for me, I’ll be happy to be a part of it. If I have a good opportunity, I have the greed to stand on stage with a high quality production.”

Trans: loveindacube.wordpress.com

Source: MBN

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[TV Daily] 2015 for Cube Entertainment

수고했어2015 큐브엔터테인먼트

2015 was steady for Cube Entertainment. From 7-years-old idol groups BEAST and 4minute to just-debuted CLC, Cube has consistently releasing new albums every month. Although there weren’t much special issues, (Cube artists) have shown consistency in occupying top spots on both digital and music broadcast charts.

In 2009, Cube succeeded with both notable idol groups BEAST and 4minute, thus, being named as the ‘dinosaur’ agency. In recent years, however, it was unfortunate as there were no ‘top class’ idols apart from these two groups.

Despite that, artists under Cube continued promoting, and even debuted rookie girl group CLC this year. Cube’s consistency finally draw positive results. BTOB’s increasing rise in the entertainment industry, are runners of the new generation for Cube’s future. At the same time, CLC’s upcoming album in early 2016 is another project worth anticipating.

Unique vocals are chosen as the main features of Cube artists. Cube has produced the colors of a group by gathering a wide variety of vocals, thus, giving them the advantage to demonstrate their presences even if they are without the team. Last year, BEAST’ ballad track ’12:30′ that emphasizes each vocal color and 4minute Hyuna who is capable of emancipating trendy vocals despite not being a lead vocal have proven this formula. In addition, sub-sub-sub vocalist BTOB Yook Sungjae took the entertainment industry by surprise with his stable singing on MBC variety program ‘Mask King’, which is an element for having a wide range of vocals. Cube’s maknaes, CLC, were no exception too, as they accumulated experience and confidence even before their debut through busking projects.

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◆ Indeed 4minute and BEAST

4minute was the start. In January, 4minute unveiled pre-released track ‘Cold Rain’ followed by their 6th mini album ‘Crazy’ in February that took control over the entertainment industry. Same titled title track ‘Crazy’ and its strong performance took the spotlight as the only song that emphasizes ‘girl crush’ for the year of 2015.

4minute’s solo act Hyuna, who is known for her sexiness, had a perfect year as well. In August, her mini album ‘A+’ was yet again another strong contender on the charts. With the help of BTOB Jung IlHoon’s featuring, the track further reinforced her title as ‘The Sexy Queen’.

The popularity of ‘Roll Deep’ continued even till the end of 2015. On Gaon Chart’s Social Chart, the track took the coveted #1 spot. She was also the only artist under Cube who was awarded ‘Best Performance’ on MAMA.

4minute member Jeon Jiyoon’s late participation on Cable TV Mnet ‘Unpretty Rapstar’, created her presence as a solo rapper, and raised anticipation for her upcoming activities.

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BEAST’s activities were amazing too. First of all, Jang Hyunseung released his first solo album ‘MY’ in May, and put on an impressive stage. Through title track ‘Ma First’, he completely released his own distinctive colors, apart from duo group with Hyuna ‘Trouble Maker’. Jang Hyunseung’s not sexy, but freestyle performance gained good responses. Deviating from digital or broadcast activities, but the aim to ‘find Jang Hyunseung’s colors’ was a success.

In July, BEAST released 8th mini album ‘Ordinary’ with title track ‘YeY’. Although Big Bang, SHINee , Girls Generation and other top lead idols took the charts, BEAST  did not fall far.

Apart from this, the meeting between member Yong JunHyung and ballad group Noel created a new synergy. In November, Noel’s ‘In The End’ produced by Yong JunHyung, swept most major charts at #1. Yong JunHyung’s true worth as a ballad composer was proven.

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◆ Rediscovery of BTOB? This is now the start  

After 4minute and BEAST, Cube’s idol lineup is even concrete with BTOB’s growth. 2015 was ‘BTOB’s year’ as they successfully caught all three rabbits ‘Music, Acting, Variety’ in 2015.

In June, BTOB released their first full album ‘Complete’ and title track ‘It’s Okay’ came in #1 for the very first time on music charts. Despite the hot battle of girl groups, BTOB’s ballad as a factor that differentiates turned out to be a successful strategy. In October, BTOB released their 7th mini album ‘I Mean’ and once again position themselves with ‘Way Back Home’.

Apart from BTOB’s group activities, they are showing positive returns with individual activities too. In particular, Yook Sungjae’s active participation on ‘Mask King’, ‘We Got Married’, KBS drama ‘Who Are You’ and SBS drama ‘Village:Achiara’s Secret’ was amazingly impressive.

At the same time, Jung IlHoon showed involvement in featuring works, including Hyuna’s ‘Roll Deep’, Wax’s ‘Wind Watch’, and Jeon Jiyoon’s ‘Don’t Change’ on Unpretty Rapstar. Lee MinHyuk further raised recognition for his writing skills for fellow colleague ZE:A in their title track ‘Continue’ as well as his acting in webdrama ‘Nightmare Teacher’. Seo Eunkwang and Lee Changsub also created their presence on variety shows.

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◆ The Anticipation for Cube 

In March, CLC made a debut with their first mini album ‘First Love’, followed by a digital single ‘Eighteen’ in April and 2nd mini album ‘Question’, spending a busy first half-year.

‘Innocent Concept’ CLC showed potential for success as they are capable of delivering a combination of  stylish outfits, addictive chorus, and attractive choreography.

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In September, Roh Jihoon returned to the music scene after a year and 7 months with his 2nd mini album ‘Feel’. His vocal colors that suit the autumn and lovable melody garnered positive responses. In addition, five out of six songs were composed by Roh JiHoon himself.

Other than the artists mentioned, in 2016, it is predicted that Shin JiHoon and G.NA shall return with a comeback. The return of both female soloists are highly anticipated by fans.

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Source: TV Daily

[E Daily] HK Securities, “Cube Ent’s strong revenue, BUY”


Following the Q3 Report of Cube Entertainment, Heungkok Securities (HK Securities) expressed their anticipation for Cube Entertainment owing to strong revenue growth coming from BEAST and Hyuna’s comeback as well as the increasing revenue from Japan. HK Securities expressed a ‘BUY’ with a target price of ₩4,000.


HK Securities, “Although BEAST and Hyuna’s comeback in Jul~Aug had contributed to a huge increase in revenue, due to the decision to set up a Japanese subsidiary and other staffing needs, operating profit sees a slight decline. In the first half year, a commission fees of ₩ 200mil, merger fees of ₩ 2.3bil, adjustment fees for convertible bonds of ₩3.5bil were incurred.

After taking into consideration of listing expenses, although this year’s net profit will see a loss, as Cube’s artists’ active activities until December, we can look forward to strong external growth as well as vast improvement on its operating profit.

Cube Entertainment houses boy group BEAST and female group 4minute, both of which are successful in the domestic entertainment industry, thus, Cube Ent is a well-established agency. In terms of revenue, 50% comes from Beast, 15% from 4minute and 9% from BTOB. Apart from this, BTOB’s revenue proportions are seeing a gradual increase.”

“BEAST will be holding 8 Japan concerts until December as well as other concert schedules in other countries, while BTOB will be holding 2 domestic concerts and 3 in South East Asia. With 4minute’s particular popularity in South America, they will be holding 6 concerts in South America which are currently taking place.”

“As Japan subsidiary sets up, Beast and other artists will expect an increase of sales under a minimum guarantee for their Japanese concerts. In 2016, a minimum guarantee of ₩2Bil is expected for Beast’s smallest-scale concert activities in China which will increase based on the number of concerts, thus, we look forward to the incremental revenue.”


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Trans: loveindacube.wordpress.com

Source: E Daily

[Herald Financial] Cube Ent, Revenue ₩7.7Bil… 22%↑ from last year

Cube’s Q3 Financial Report:

  • Revenue: ₩ 7,717,650,000
  • Operating Profit ₩ 650,230,000
  • Net Profit ₩ 702,800,000


  • Compared to Q3 2015 (same quarter last year), Revenue increased by 22.4%
    Compared to Q2 2016, Revenue increased by 45%
  • Revenue (accumulated up to Q3) is ₩ 16,386,850,000 (15.5% higher than last year same period)
    Operating Profit (accumulated up to Q3) is ₩ 1,005,760,000


Cube Entetainment expressed, “In the first half year, due to a one-off fees for SPAC merger and other listing processes, the operating profit had seen a loss. If to take that out, the Q3 position of the company is extremely positive.”

On their Q3 Financial Report, “As a result of active promotions of our main artists and revenue generation from other new businesses, as compared to first half year where we focused mainly on rookie artists, in the 3rd quarter, Beast, BTOB, Hyuna and other main artists are actively promoting in and out of Korea.”

“Recently, BTOB, which houses trendy idol Yook Sungjae, have been gaining strong domestic fandoms and CF love calls. Their successful Japanese activities further adds to a better results. In addition, CUBETV which was launched on 1st July this year have been seeing revenue generation, thus facilitating a stronger growth in revenue.”

Meanwhile, Cube Ent plans to have over 20 overseas concert in the 4th Quarter for their main artists. Cube Ent also expressed aspiration to see a stronger revenue from video production business (ie CUBETV). Furthermore, the establishment of Cube Japan, Free-Duty Merchandising agreement and China Local KPOP Academy launch, shall see a positive increase in coming performance.

CEO Park ChungMin expressed, “After our first year report announcement, we promised that Q3 will see a turnaround, and we have fulfilled that promise. In the future too, in order to meet shareholders’ expectation and trust, we will focus on accelerating our efforts for Cube Ent to be a robust industry player.”

Trans: loveindacube.wordpress.com

Source: Herald Financial

[Xports News] ‘URS2’ Jeon Jiyoon’s unfortunate leave despite strong growth

5A weak start but a perfect ending as she tells the world not to change yourselves.

In the previous episode of ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’, Jeon Jiyoon stood on stage with BTOB Jung IlHoon and rapped to ‘This Ain’t Me’. Although she was defeated by KittiB, her energetic rap stage was memorable.

Having to join the cast abruptly in the mid-phase of  ‘Unpretty Rapstar 2’, Jeon Jiyoon’s ‘Cube title’ and ‘Naega, Naega Hae’ had led to concerns among netizens. Unlike season 1, season 2 sees more of idol cast like Wonder Girl’s Yoobin and Sistar’s Hyorin. As a result, her appearance was not happily welcomed. In fact, Jeon Jiyoon was on the brink of elimination.

Regardless of her troubled situation, Jeon Jiyoon walked the road of endurance. To Jeon Jiyoon, her innocent charms caught attention of the viewers, although her rap skills were not as amazing as the other rappers.

Jeon Jiyoon lived up to viewers’ expectation. Within a few episodes, Jeon Jiyoon became the most improved contestant. Her teamwork with Yoobin in the battle mission overturned her dark history of ‘Naega, Naega Hae’ and had led them to the coveted #1.

Her latest performance, ‘This Ain’t Me’, is the product of her growth. ‘Do not change yourselves because of others’ perception’, ‘You said boldly to take off the colored glasses on idols, but people will only tint their colored glasses even more. I will accept myself, that is my strongest weapon’ and other honest raps that viewers could relate to.

Although she was eliminated at the semi finals, Jeon Jiyoon’s challenge to be on the show is filled with meaning. There are no other rapper in the cast that could develop tremendously in this short period of time, which is why, Jiyoon’s leave from the show is even more unfortunate.

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Jeon Jiyoon’s improvement in every episode is really amazing. Yesterday’s stage was really cool. Also, I think there are many things for me to learn from. Because of her strong mentality, she isn’t defeated easily and has positively showing a better look. I felt that she’s a really amazing person. I will support you!!

Because of her fast growth, I’ve been watching the show continuously. I liked Jeon Jiyoon’s stage more than KittiB’s so it’s sad. Look forward for you in the future!

I’m honestly a fan of Jeon Jiyoon after watching this season of Unpretty Rapstar. She did not give up and was determined, cool and looks kind too. Her dumb charms are unlike any celebrity, it makes me smile. Hope she would continue to develop further! I will support you, Hwaiting!

Although I’m sad that you were eliminated, you did well!! I’ll be looking forward to your better look. Seedy Hwaiting!!

It’s not evil editing, but perhaps it’s because she was her true self, kind Jiyoon tends to show!!! Hope you will do well!

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Trans: loveindacube.wordpress.com

Source: Xports News