Broadcast date: Nov. 27
Starring: EXO, Psy, BTS, UP10TION, Twice, Jun Jin and Shin Hye-sung of Shinhwa, JJCC, B.A.P, Park Bo-ram, Fly to the Sky, N.Flying, Oksang Dalbit, Bangkogin and Miss Daisy
The members of EXO made their grand V app debut on Friday evening, creating a frenzy among their fans, who have long waited for the boys to pop up on the app.
The live show was a short one, as the app even crashed for a bit amid such heavy traffic. But it sure was a packed one from EXO’s practice room, where the members caught up with fans, gave updates about their upcoming special album and had a surprise birthday celebration for Chanyeol, whose birthday was that day.
|EXO (Naver V app) |
When the members brought birthday cake into the room during the broadcast, Chanyeol jovially said, “It was predictable.” The newly 23-year-old blew out the candles on the cake that said, “Happy virus Chanyeol, happy birthday! From SM Entertainment staff.” In Korean, it is common to compliment someone as being "infected" with the "happy virus" for their constant spread of positive energy. The birthday boy prayed, made a wish and thanked the members and the fans for celebrating with him.
The members talked about the special album “Sing for You,” which will be released on Dec. 10. EXO will do a live show on V on the day.
|EXO (Naver V app) |
“We have been wanting to do the V app,” said Suho. “Because it’s our first time today, I feel a little out of it, more than feeling awkward.
“Now that we have started V, we will get closer to you through the app,” he promised their fans. “We want to try ‘meokbang’ (eating broadcast) and the now-popular ‘cookbang’ (cooking broadcast), where we cook and eat together, in upcoming broadcasts.”
|EXO (Naver V app) |
The members said they had to go back to practicing for the upcoming album and bid farewell to fans.
“Gangnam Style” star Psy had his fourth live show “Psy Little Television” at 11 p.m., where he introduced another new song that will be included in the upcoming seventh album “Chiljip Psy-da” -- meaning Psy’s seventh album, and a nod to the Korean soda beverage Chilsung Cider.
Psy revealed his upcoming song “Dance Jockey,” which he described as the album track with the most “heung” -- which roughly translates as excitement and an intrinsic sense of joy.
|Psy (Naver V app) |
He danced and sang part of “Dance Jockey” during the show and became a real disc jockey, turning off all the lights except for the laser effects.
“‘Heung’ is very distinct to Koreans,” he explained. “There is no other word that fully describes what heung really means.”
“I hope I gave you some heung today and your life,” he said and ended the show because he wanted everyone to go out and enjoy the night.
A string of other stars greeted their fans on the V app to spice up the evening.
|BTS (Naver V app) |
BTS members went live for a few minutes before their much-anticipated Seoul concert at 8 p.m., while Twice celebrated Momo’s birthday on their program “Twice TV2.”
|Twice (Naver V app) |
Rookie group UP10TION turned the tables by calling up and video chatting with their fans, asking them the questions instead.
|UP10TION (Naver V app) |
Separately, Shinhwa members Jun Jin and Shin Hye-sung went live on their respective channels to give updates on their lives. Shin, whose 36th birthday was Friday, celebrated by becoming a chef for the program and cooked miyeokguk, a seaweed soup traditionally served on birthdays.
|Shin Hye-sung (Naver V app)|
Two groups tuned in from the green rooms. B.A.P went live while waiting to appear on TV music program “Music Bank,” while hip-hop group JJCC tuned in from Jejudo Island ahead of starring in the Arirang TV radio show “K-Poppin Turn Up Party.” B.A.P went live again after ranking No. 1 on “Music Bank” to celebrate.
|B.A.P (Naver V app) |
Fly to the Sky members Brian Joo and Hwanhee popped up from their recording room to record a remake of “Winter Story,” a popular song originally by Jo Kwan-woo. Singer Lena Park will join the duo for the song.
|Fly to the Sky (Naver V app) |
N.Flying held a live concert at Coex in Seoul, while five members of EXID went live on the app after their “Music Bank” broadcast, where the girls performed new song “Hot Pink.”
|N.Flying (Naver V app) |
|EXID (Naver V app)|
Singer Park Bo-ram also tuned in to announce the midnight release of her song “Hyehwa-dong (Ssangmun-dong),” the soundtrack for popular drama “Reply 1988.”
|Park Bo-ram (Naver V app) |
Indie group Oksang Dalbit made their V app debut on Friday. Also, beauty blogger Bangkogin shared her tips for keeping hair bangs pretty, while another blogger Miss Daisy showed how to do EXID singer Hani’s makeup.
|Miss Daisy (Naver V app) |
Naver’s real-time broadcasting app V allows fans to interact with their favorite K-pop stars through live broadcasts. The app is available for Android and iOS. For more information, visit www.vlive.tv.
By Ahn Sung-mi (email@example.com)
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