Tuesday, December 29, 2020

24 K-pop idols make it to ‘The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2020’ list

24 K-pop idols make it to ‘The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2020’ list: (Clockwise from top left) BTS’ V, BTS’ Jungkook, EXO’s Lay, NCT’s Taeyong, BTS’ Jimin, ASTRO’s Cha Eun-woo, ENHYPEN’s Ni-Ki, Seventeen’s Mingyu and Wonho. (Screenshots from TC Candler’s YouTube video) TC Candler’s The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2020 includes 24 K-pop idols, touting it as “widely

BTS’ Suga to attend Big Hit concert following shoulder surgery: ‘I’m recovering well’

BTS’ Suga to attend Big Hit concert following shoulder surgery: ‘I’m recovering well’

Sunday, December 27, 2020

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ becomes only pop album certified platinum in US in 2020

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ becomes only pop album certified platinum in US in 2020: BTS and the cover of their 'Map of the Soul: 7' album. (Big Hit) The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) revealed that K-pop superstars BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” has earned the distinction of being the only pop album that was awarded platinum certification in the US in 2020. In it

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Korea promulgates law to allow BTS to postpone military service until age 30

Korea promulgates law to allow BTS to postpone military service until age 30: BTS (Twitter) The Korean government promulgated on Dec. 22 a law that will allow K-pop superstars BTS and other pop culture artists to postpone their military service until age 30. This came after South Korea’s National Assembly passed a bill on Dec. 1 that grants outstanding pop culture artis

K-pop boy band BTOB’s Ilhoon facing case of smoking marijuana

K-pop boy band BTOB’s Ilhoon facing case of smoking marijuana: Ilhoon (Instagram)  Jung Ilhoon, 26, member of K-pop boy band BTOB, is facing a case of smoking marijuana several times for years. A report by Korean broadcasting network Channel A on Dec. 21 stated that the police investigated Ilhoon’s habitual drug use. The police determined that Ilhoon smo

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Korean music industry experts choose best singers, rookies of 2020

Korean music industry experts choose best singers, rookies of 2020: (Clockwise from top left) BTS, BLACKPINK, Seventeen, Oh My Girl, StayC, Aespa, Cravity and Treasure (Twitter, Instagram, Mnet Asian Music Awards) Korean music industry experts have voted to name the best singers, rookies and events of 2020. News outlet News1 held a year-end survey among 22 exp

Friday, December 18, 2020

K-pop star BoA probed on suspicion of smuggling psychotropic drugs to South Korea

K-pop star BoA probed on suspicion of smuggling psychotropic drugs to South Korea

Korean celebrities who passed away in 2020

Korean celebrities who passed away in 2020: (Clockwise from top left) Park Ji-sun, Go Soo-jung, Moon Ji-yoon, Park Ji-hoon, Yohan, Oh In-hye and Kim Ki-duk (Instagram, KBS News) The Korean entertainment industry mourned the death of several celebrities this year. In Google’s top trending searches in the Philippines for 2020, Korean actress

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Gallup survey reveals top Korean movie stars who shined in 2020

Gallup survey reveals top Korean movie stars who shined in 2020: The top 10 Korean movie stars who shined in 2020 are (clockwise from top left) Song Kang-ho, Lee Byung-hun, Ma Dong-seok, Hwang Jung-min, Jung Woo-sung, Gong Yoo, Ha Jung-woo,  Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hye-soo and Lee Jeong-eun (Instagram, KOFIC)  Gallup Korea has revealed its yearly list of the top 10

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Top 10 Korean entertainment stories of 2020

Top 10 Korean entertainment stories of 2020: (Clockwise from left) BTS, BLACKPINK, EXO’s Chen and Chanyeol, ex-AOA’s Jimin and Mina, scene in 'Parasite,' Lee Min-ho in 'The King: Eternal Monarch,' Choi Jong-hoon, Jung Joon-young, 2AM’s Im Seulong and Red Velvet’s Irene. (Photos: Twitter, Instagram, KOFIC, Barunson E&A, CJ Entertainment, SB

Friday, December 11, 2020

Hyun Bin, ‘Crash Landing on You,’ top Google searches in the Philippines in 2020

Hyun Bin, ‘Crash Landing on You,’ top Google searches in the Philippines in 2020: Google search, Year in Search 2020, Hyun Bin, Kim Soo-hyun, Korean dramas Captain Ri and his hit drama “Crash Landing on You” became the top trending searches in the Philippines in 2020. For its yearender, Google has released the 2020 Year in Search lists and in the Philippines, Korean persona

Late K-pop stars Sulli, Goo Hara’s Instagram accounts memorialized

Late K-pop stars Sulli, Goo Hara’s Instagram accounts memorialized: The Instagram accounts of the late K-pop stars Sulli of f(x) and Goo Hara of KARA have been memorialized. “Memorialized accounts are a place to remember and celebrate someone’s life after they have passed away,” according to a notice by Instagram. Sulli died at age 25 on Oct. 14, 2019. Her bod

Thursday, December 10, 2020

BTS online concert, ‘Dynamite,’ ‘Parasite’ among Google’s top trending searches in 2020

BTS online concert, ‘Dynamite,’ ‘Parasite’ among Google’s top trending searches in 2020: BTS (top) and “Parasite” (Twitter, CJ, Barunson, KOFIC) K-pop superstars BTS’ online concert and song “Dynamite,” and the Oscar winning Korean film “Parasite” were among Google’s top trending searches globally in 2020. Google has released the lists of the Year in Search 2020, which were “based

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Grammy nominee BTS bags multiple places on Billboard’s 2020 year-end charts

Grammy nominee BTS bags multiple places on Billboard’s 2020 year-end charts: BTS (Twitter) Billboard has released its annual year-end charts and K-pop idol group and Grammy nominee BTS placed in many rankings including bagging the No. 1 spots. In the overall rankings, BTS grabbed 18th place on the Top Artists for 2020 from 15th in 2019, 8th in 2018 and 10th in 2017.

Friday, December 4, 2020

YouTube unveils top 10 most popular music videos in Korea in 2020

YouTube unveils top 10 most popular music videos in Korea in 2020: YouTube, BTS, BLACKPINK, Zico, ITZY, Oh My Girl, Jo Jung-suk, IU, Hospital Playlist YouTube has revealed the top 10 most popular music videos in South Korea in 2020 as part of its yearender. The top 10 list is based on views in South Korea from the period Jan. 1 to Nov. 15 this year. BTS and B

Thursday, December 3, 2020

BLACKPINK becomes most subscribed Korean YouTube channel with over 50 million

BLACKPINK becomes most subscribed Korean YouTube channel with over 50 million: BLACKPINK (Instagram) K-pop girl group BLACKPINK emerged as the most subscribed Korean YouTube channel with over 50 million, earning them the Custom Creator Award or “Ruby Play Button.” As such, they are the first Korean channel to receive the “Ruby Play Button” award from YouTube, given to ch

Monday, November 30, 2020

K-pop boy band ENHYPEN officially debuts, talks about album, goals as rookie group of 2020

K-pop boy band ENHYPEN officially debuts, talks about album, goals as rookie group of 2020: ENHYPEN performing 'Given-Taken' (BELIFT LAB) New K-pop boy band ENHYPEN made their official debut today, Nov. 30, with the release of their album “Border: Day One.” Jungwon, Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo and Ni-ki comprise ENHYPEN, one of the most anticipated K-pop rookies of 2020 and

BTS ‘BE’ debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, K-pop idol group’s fifth album to achieve feat

BTS ‘BE’ debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, K-pop idol group’s fifth album to achieve feat: BTS (Twitter) Grammy-nominated BTS’ “BE (Deluxe Edition)” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200, their second album this year to achieve the feat and fifth overall. According to Billboard, “BE,” released on Nov. 20, has garnered 242,000 equivalent album units earned in the US in the week ending No

Sunday, November 29, 2020

TWICE, NCT, BTS, Kim Soo-hyun bag grand prizes at 2020 Asia Artist Awards

TWICE, NCT, BTS, Kim Soo-hyun bag grand prizes at 2020 Asia Artist Awards: (Clockwise from top left) BTS, Kim Soo-hyun, TWICE, GOT7, NCT and Monsta X (Twitter, Instagram) Singers TWICE, NCT, BTS, GOT7, Monsta X and Im Young-woong, and actors Kim Soo-hyun and Lee Jung-jae emerged as the grand prize winners at the 2020 Asia Artist Awards (AAA) held on Nov. 28 in South Kor

Total first-week sales of Grammy nominee BTS’ ‘BE’ album reach 2.27 million copies

Total first-week sales of Grammy nominee BTS’ ‘BE’ album reach 2.27 million copies

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

YouTube reveals first 24-hour views for BTS’ ‘Life Goes On’ music video

YouTube reveals first 24-hour views for BTS’ ‘Life Goes On’ music video: BTS (Big Hit Entertainment) YouTube has revealed the number of views in the first 24 hours and Premiere of K-pop superstars BTS’ new music video “Life Goes On.” On Nov. 20, BTS released their new album “BE (Deluxe Edition) and along with it was the music video for the main track. YouTube to

With Grammy nomination, BTS writes new chapter in K-pop history

With Grammy nomination, BTS writes new chapter in K-pop history: (Top) BTS in Manila on Dec. 6, 2014 during the interview and (bottom) the group’s photo for “Dynamite” (Photos: Jonathan Hicap, Big Hit) K-pop powerhouse BTS added a new chapter in K-pop history when they got nominated for the first time for the prestigious Grammy Awards. BTS are nominated for

Finally, K-pop superstars BTS gets Grammy nomination

Finally, K-pop superstars BTS gets Grammy nomination: BTS (Twitter) K-pop superstars BTS’ ultimate wish came through—to be nominated for a Grammy. The Recording Academy announced on Nov. 24 (Nov. 25 in the Philippines) the nominees for the 63rd Grammy Awards, which will be held on Jan. 31 next year. BTS have been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Gro

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Update: Typhoon ‘Ulysses’ donation funds by BTS ARMYs in the Philippines reach P3 million

Update: Typhoon ‘Ulysses’ donation funds by BTS ARMYs in the Philippines reach P3 million: BTS fans in the Philippines have raised a total of P3,106,697.92 (about $64,495) as of Nov. 16 to help families and communities affected by typhoon “Ulysses” (international name “Vamco”), which left 67 people dead and caused massive flooding in many areas including Cagayan and Tuguegarao. According to the National Disaster […]

Sunday, November 15, 2020

K-pop fans launch donation drives to help typhoon-ravaged Philippines

K-pop fans launch donation drives to help typhoon-ravaged Philippines: K-pop fans in the country and abroad have launched different donation drives and awareness on social media to help the Philippines, which has been ravaged by recent typhoons “Ulysses” (“Vamco”) and “Rolly” (“Goni”). Fans of Eric Nam in the Philippines donated to Tulong Kabataan España, which the K-pop star acknowledged […]

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

K-pop stars Kang Daniel, TWICE’s Jihyo break up after 1 year and 3 months

K-pop stars Kang Daniel, TWICE’s Jihyo break up after 1 year and 3 months: K-pop stars Kang Daniel and Jihyo of girl group TWICE, both 23 years old, have called it quits after being in a relationship for one year and three months. This is according to an exclusive report published on Nov. 10 by Korean entertainment news site Dispatch. Kang Daniel and Jihyo […]

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Winter Sonata’ producer reveals how Korean dramas are made, income of top-tier stars

Winter Sonata’ producer reveals how Korean dramas are made, income of top-tier stars: Kim Hee-yeol, vice president and head of drama production of top Korean drama company Pan Entertainment, revealed that “special grade” or top-tier Korean stars can earn a guaranteed income of 100 million to 200 million won ($89,000 to $178,000) per episode of a project. The exec, who was the producer […]

Friday, November 6, 2020

EXCLUSIVE: Krystal, Jang Dong-yoon talk about sci-fi drama ‘Search’ now airing on iQIYI

EXCLUSIVE: Krystal, Jang Dong-yoon talk about sci-fi drama ‘Search’ now airing on iQIYI: K-pop star and actress Krystal, aka Jung Soo-jung, and actor Jang Dong-yoon are currently starring in the OCN sci-fi K-drama “Search,” which is being streamed exclusively on iQIYI outside South Korea. Krystal plays the role of intelligent and fierce lieutenant Son Ye-rim while Jang Dong-yoon’s character, Yoon Dong-jin, is a […]

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

‘Let’s go,’ says 2PM’s Nichkhun as he lands lead role in movie ‘Hong Kong Love Story’

‘Let’s go,’ says 2PM’s Nichkhun as he lands lead role in movie ‘Hong Kong Love Story’: K-pop boy band 2PM member Nichkhun has been cast in a lead role in the Hollywood film “Hong Kong Love Story,” his agency said. “Hong Kong Love Story” is a romantic comedy to be directed by Keoni Waxman, who has helmed many films starring Steven Seagal. Nichkhun will star in […]

K-pop group 2AM’s Im Seulong to face fine, escape imprisonment for killing pedestrian

K-pop group 2AM’s Im Seulong to face fine, escape imprisonment for killing pedestrian: K-pop boy band 2AM member Im Seulong will avoid imprisonment and will be fined only for a traffic accident on Aug. 1 in which he hit and killed a man in his 50s with his car. Prosecutors indicted Seulong on Nov. 3 but have decided to file a summary order […]

Monday, November 2, 2020

Seventeen, NCT, BLACKPINK top Hanteo’s monthly album chart for October

Seventeen, NCT, BLACKPINK top Hanteo’s monthly album chart for October: K-pop groups Seventeen, NCT, BLACKPINK, TXT and TWICE copped the first five places in album sales for the month of October. South Korea’s Hanteo Chart has released the list of best-selling albums for the month of October based on online and offline sales. Seventeen’s “Semicolon” album, released on Oct. 19, […]

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Woman claiming to be EXO’s member Chanyeol’s ex accuses him of cheating

Woman claiming to be EXO’s member Chanyeol’s ex accuses him of cheating: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. A woman who is claiming to be the ex-girlfriend of K-pop boy band EXO member Chanyeol has accused him of cheating on her while they were in a relationship for three years. She made the revelation in an online post in South […]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Korean fan community asks Irene to leave Red Velvet due to ‘abuse of power’ incident

Korean fan community asks Irene to leave Red Velvet due to ‘abuse of power’ incident: A Korean fan community of K-pop girl band Red Velvet is asking leader Irene to leave the group for her rude behavior against an editor-stylist, which is being branded as “gapjil,” a Korean term meaning abuse of power. The statement calling for her withdrawal was posted on a DC Inside […]

K-pop boy band TXT sells 105,269 copies of new album ‘Blue Hour’ on first day

K-pop boy band TXT sells 105,269 copies of new album ‘Blue Hour’ on first day: K-pop boy band TOMORROW X TOGETHER, or TXT, made their comeback on Oct. 26 with the release of their third mini-album “Minisode1: Blue Hour.” According to Korea’s Hanteo Chart, “Blue Hour” sold 105,269 copies on the first day of release, compared to the first-day sales of 125,228 copies, or a […]

Thursday, October 22, 2020

China’s foreign ministry denies government blocking entry of BTS goods

China’s foreign ministry denies government blocking entry of BTS goods: China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied that the government has blocked the entry of goods related to K-pop superstars BTS into the country. Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian made this statement during a regular press conference on Oct. 21 when he was asked if China’s General Administration of Customs […]

Remaining CNBLUE members renew contract, to release new album this year

Remaining CNBLUE members renew contract, to release new album this year: The remaining three members of K-pop band CNBLUE have renewed their contract with their agency and will release an album this year. Agency FNC Entertainment announced that it signed new contracts with CNBLUE’s Jung Yong-hwa, Kang Min-hyuk and Lee Jung-shin. “We will do our best to provide the best support […]

ENHYPEN reveal their first trailer ‘Choose-Chosen’ for November debut

ENHYPEN reveal their first trailer ‘Choose-Chosen’ for November debut: ENHYPEN, touted as the most awaited rookie K-pop boy band, have unveiled their first trailer for their debut slated in November. The video, titled “Choose-Chosen” and uploaded on YouTube on Oct. 21, showed members practicing with member Jake’s narration in the background. The trailer has garnered 1.79 million views in […]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Korean drama ‘Youth’ names 7 actors to play BTS members

Korean drama ‘Youth’ names 7 actors to play BTS members: Seven actors who will play the roles of alter egos of the members of K-pop superstars BTS in a Korean drama have been revealed. Titled “Youth,” the drama will depict BTS’ worldview and is based on BTS Universe, an alternate or parallel universe, which has a narrative that is separate […]

K-pop band Pentagon bags first ever win on TV music show since debut with ‘Daisy’

K-pop band Pentagon bags first ever win on TV music show since debut with ‘Daisy’: K-pop boy band Pentagon’s dream finally came true: To win their first trophy on a Korean TV music show. Through their new song “Daisy,” the group clinched their first win on “The Show” on Oct. 20. It took four years since their debut in 2016 before they achieved it but […]

Monday, October 19, 2020

‘Crash Landing on You’ star Son Ye-jin buys building in upscale Gangnam area

‘Crash Landing on You’ star Son Ye-jin buys building in upscale Gangnam area: Multiple best actress winner and Korean actress Son Ye-jin has bought herself a building in the affluent Gangnam District in Seoul, South Korea. According to Korean media, the 38-year-old actress, who starred in the hit K-drama “Crash Landing on You,” purchased a building in Sinsa-dong, Gangnam for 16 billion won […]

NCT’s ‘Resonance Pt. 1’ tops weekly album chart with 644,711 copies sold

NCT’s ‘Resonance Pt. 1’ tops weekly album chart with 644,711 copies sold: K-pop boy band NCT grabbed first place on the weekly music chart with their new album “NCT 2020 Resonance Pt. 1.” According to Korea’s Hanteo Chart, the album sold 644,711 copies in the first week of release, higher by 538,622 copies than the “NCT 2018 Empathy” album, which had 106,089 […]

Friday, October 16, 2020

‘BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky’ documentary ranks first in 28 countries on Netflix

‘BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky’ documentary ranks first in 28 countries on Netflix: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s original documentary is the No. 1 most popular movie in 28 countries and regions, and emerged second overall in the world on Netflix. “BLACKPINK: Light Up the Sky,” directed by Caroline Suh, was released on Oct. 14 on Netflix and it showcases the rise to stardom […]

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

K-pop boy band Pentagon on new album ‘WE:TH,’ goal to win first place on music shows

K-pop boy band Pentagon on new album ‘WE:TH,’ goal to win first place on music shows: K-pop boy band Pentagon made their comeback on Oct. 12 with their 10th mini-album “WE:TH” and talked about their goal to win first place on TV music shows. “WE:TH,” pronounced as “weeth” and a combination of the words “we” and “with,” contains six tracks led by “Daisy,” an alternative rock […]

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Today marks K-pop star-actress Sulli’s first death anniversary

Today marks K-pop star-actress Sulli’s first death anniversary: One year ago today, Oct. 14, the Korean entertainment industry and fans all over the world were shocked when K-pop star and actress Sulli, former member of girl group f(x), died.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

BLACKPINK’s ‘Boombayah’ reaches 1 billion views on YouTube, group’s third MV to achieve feat

BLACKPINK’s ‘Boombayah’ reaches 1 billion views on YouTube, group’s third MV to achieve feat: Iconic K-pop girl group BLACKPINK set a new record when their “Boombayah” music video garnered one billion views on YouTube today, Oct. 13. “Boombayah” is BLACKPINK’s debut song along with “Whistle” released on Aug. 8, 2016 under their debut single album “Square One.” The music videos for “Boombayah” and “Whistle” […]

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Banned singer Steve Yoo’s Korean F-4 visa application denied anew despite Supreme Court ruling

Banned singer Steve Yoo’s Korean F-4 visa application denied anew despite Supreme Court ruling: Banned Korean-American singer Steve Yoo’s F-4 visa application was rejected again by the Korean consulate general in Los Angeles despite a Supreme Court ruling in his favor last March. Yoo, whose real name is Yoo Seung-jun, has been banned from entering Korea for 18 years when he acquired American citizenship […]

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

BLACKPINK sets new K-pop girl group record by selling 609,000 copies of ‘The Album’

BLACKPINK sets new K-pop girl group record by selling 609,000 copies of ‘The Album’: BLACKPINK sold more than 600,000 copies of their new album “The Album” in just two days to set the biggest initial sales record in K-pop girl group history. Korea’s Hanteo Chart revealed the sales numbers for “The Album,” which was released in physical form on Oct. 6 after it was […]

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‘Crash Landing on You’ star Hyun Bin thanks fans for birthday greetings, donations

‘Crash Landing on You’ star Hyun Bin thanks fans for birthday greetings, donations: Korean actor Hyun Bin, star of the hit K-dramas “Crash Landing on You” and “My Name Is Kim Sam-soon,” thanked fans for greeting him on his birthday and making donations. Hyun Bin celebrated his 38th (39th in Korea) birthday on Sept. 25 and to mark the occasion, his global fan […]

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

BREAKING: YouTube reveals official first 24-hour views for BLACKPINK’s ‘Lovesick Girls’ MV

YouTube reveals official first 24-hour views for BLACKPINK’s ‘Lovesick Girls’ MV: YouTube has revealed the total views in the first 24 hours of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s new music video “Lovesick Girls.” BLACKPINK made their comeback on Oct. 2 with “The Album” which includes the main track “Lovesick Girls.” The music video for the song was also uploaded on YouTube on […]

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Monday, October 5, 2020

K-pop supergroup SuperM’s ‘Super One’ album debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200

K-pop supergroup SuperM’s ‘Super One’ album debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200: K-pop supergroup SuperM’s debut studio album “Super One,” released on Sept. 25, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200 for the Oct 10-dated chart. According to Billboard, the album “bows with 104,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, 101,000 are from album sales, 3,000 from SEA units (equaling 5.2 […]

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Dara visits, eats at Filipino market in Seoul

Dara visits, eats at Filipino market in Seoul: Dara (aka Sandara Park) visited a Filipino market in Seoul and got to mingle and take photos with Pinoys and Koreans. She posted her new video “Philippines Market in Korea” on DaraTV on YouTube where she and producer Shin visited the Filipino street market near the Hyehwadong Catholic Church in […]

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Friday, October 2, 2020

It’s finally here: BLACKPINK drops ‘The Album’ with more than 1 million pre-orders worldwide

It’s finally here: BLACKPINK drops ‘The Album’ with more than 1 million pre-orders worldwide: Four years after their debut in the music scene, iconic K-pop girl group BLACKPINK finally have their first ever studio album. BLACKPINK released today, Oct. 2, “The Album,” an eight-track masterpiece fronted by “Lovesick Girls” in

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

‘Tenet’, BTS’ ‘Break the Silence’ in top 10 movies in South Korea in September

‘Tenet’, BTS’ ‘Break the Silence’ in top 10 movies in South Korea in September: The American action-thriller film “Tenet” placed first while K-pop superstars BTS’ “Break the Silence: The Movie” grabbed ninth place in the top 10 films in South Korea for the month of September. According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), which tracks box office results, 2.98 million people went to Korean […]

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More than 40 million adults in PH watch on YouTube every month

More than 40 million adults in PH watch on YouTube every month: YouTube has revealed that more than 40 million people aged 18 and above in the Philippines watch on the video platform every month in the past year. Watch time across content genres and the number of channels with more than 100,000 subscribers continue to grow, bringing opportunities to creators and […]

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ grabs No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 for third time

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ grabs No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 for third time: K-pop idol group BTS’ hit song “Dynamite” has topped the coveted Billboard Hot 100 for the third time as the song stayed on the chart for five consecutive weeks. “Dynamite,” BTS’ first all-English song, was released on Aug. 21 and it debuted on top of Hot 100 for the Sept. […]

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Monday, September 28, 2020

BTS’ most special album ‘BE’ set for release in November

BTS’ most special album ‘BE’ set for release in November: K-pop superstars BTS’ highly anticipated new album will be dropping in November, which will contain the “most ‘BTS-esque’ music yet.’ Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS’ “most special album” titled “BE (Deluxe Edition)” will be released Nov. 20 and fans can start pre-ordering it at 11 a.m. Korea Standard Time […]

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

PH’s ‘Aswang’ wins grand prize at 12th DMZ Int’l Documentary Film Festival in Korea

PH’s ‘Aswang’ wins grand prize at 12th DMZ Int’l Documentary Film Festival in Korea: Filipino director Alyx Ayn Arumpac’s “Aswang” won the grand prize at the 12th DMZ International Documentary Film Festival, or DMZ Docs, held from Sept. 17 to 24 in South Korea. “Aswang,” a Philippines-France production, was selected by the jury to win the White Goose Award, the grand prize, “given to […]

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Friday, September 25, 2020

BLACKPINK unveils favorite songs on Spotify ahead of release of ‘The Album’

BLACKPINK unveils favorite songs on Spotify ahead of release of ‘The Album’: Popular K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will be dropping their first studio album “The Album” on Oct. 2 and ahead of its release, they unveiled an exclusive, personally curated playlist on Spotify. In the Spotify playlist “BLACKPINK presents The Album,” Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa shared to fans their music preferences […]

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BLACKPINK unveils favorite songs on Spotify ahead of release of ‘The Album’

BLACKPINK unveils favorite songs on Spotify ahead of release of ‘The Album’: Popular K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will be dropping their first studio album “The Album” on Oct. 2 and ahead of its release, they unveiled an exclusive, personally curated playlist on Spotify. In the Spotify playlist “BLACKPINK presents The Album,” Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa shared to fans their music preferences […]

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‘Coffee Prince’ posts highest rating for ‘Docu Flex’ series

‘Coffee Prince’ posts highest rating for ‘Docu Flex’ series: The “Coffee Prince” special that reunited the cast of the hit 2007 Korean drama recorded the highest rating to date for the TV documentary series. Korean TV channel MBC’s weekly “Docu Flex” started airing on Sept.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

BTS, EXO, GOT7 nominated anew for 2020 Billboard Music Awards

BTS, EXO, GOT7 nominated anew for 2020 Billboard Music Awards: K-pop boy bands BTS, EXO, GOT7 received nominations for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs), a repeat of what happened last year. The BBMAs announced the nominees in 55 categories for this year’s ceremony, which will be held on Oct. 14 at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and to be […]

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New K-pop boy band ENHYPEN to debut by end of the year

New K-pop boy band ENHYPEN to debut by end of the year: A new K-pop boy band will be debuting this year under a company of Big Hit Entertainment, which has produced BTS. Upcoming multinational idol group ENHYPEN is composed of seven members who won in the recent Korean survival audition show “I-Land.” The winners were selected during the final episode of […]

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

BTS, NCT, ATEEZ, EXO emerge as most tweeted musicians in US under quarantine

BTS, NCT, ATEEZ, EXO emerge as most tweeted musicians in US under quarantine: K-pop boy bands BTS, NCT, ATEEZ and EXO became the most tweeted about musicians in the US during the quarantine period. Twitter provided Manila Bulletin Entertainment with the Twitter From Home trend report with the list of most tweeted about musicians, movies, TV shows and food, and emoji trends in […]

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Airing dates of ‘Coffee Prince’ documentary revealed

Airing dates of ‘Coffee Prince’ documentary revealed: The hit 2007 Korean drama “Coffee Prince” is getting some sort of a reboot through a documentary that will see the cast reunite after 13 years. Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye will join co-stars Kim Dong-wook, Lee Sun-gyun, Kim Jae-wook and Chae Jung-an for the TV documentary. According to MBC, […]

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ ranks No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, Global 200 music charts

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ ranks No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100, Global 200 music charts: K-pop superstars BTS’ hit all-English single “Dynamite” grabbed the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in its third week.  BTS made history when “Dynamite,” released on Aug. 21, topped the Hot 100 chart, becoming the first Korean act to achieve the feat. It spent two weeks at No. […]

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Korean actress Oh In-hye dies after being found unconscious at home

Korean actress Oh In-hye dies after being found unconscious at home: Korean actress Oh In-hye, who was found unconscious on Sept. 14 at her home in Incheon City in South Korea, has died. She was 36.

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Hyun Bin under self-quarantine after filming in Jordan

Hyun Bin under self-quarantine after filming in Jordan: Korean actor Hyun Bin, star of the hit drama “Crash Landing on You,” has returned to South Korea after filming his new movie in Jordan.  He arrived at Incheon International Airport on Sept. 12 and underwent testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He will be under self-quarantine for two weeks […]

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Park Bogum’s military training photo revealed

Park Bogum’s military training photo revealed

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

BTS topping Hot 100 chart to generate $1.43 billion in economic effect

BTS topping Hot 100 chart to generate $1.43 billion in economic effect: K-pop superstars BTS’ recent feat of topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart will generate an economic effect of 1.7 trillion won (about $1.43 billion or P69.7 billion), according to the Korean government.

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Korean government working to help BTS postpone their military enlistment

Korean government working to help BTS postpone their military enlistment: The Korean government and politicians are working together to help K-pop superstars BTS postpone their military service until age 30.  This came after BTS topped the Billboard Hot 100 on Sept. 1 through their new single “Dynamite,” earning the distinction of being the first Korean artist to grab the No. […]

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ music video sets 3 new Guinness World Records titles

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ music video sets 3 new Guinness World Records titles: Guinness World Records has announced that BTS’ new hit single “Dynamite” has set three new titles.  The “Dynamite” music video was released on Aug. 21 and YouTube earlier told Bulletin Entertainment that based on official count, “Dynamite” garnered 101.1 million views in its debut to set a new record for […]

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Music video of BLACKPINK’s ‘Kill This Love’ hits 1 billion views on YouTube

Music video of BLACKPINK’s ‘Kill This Love’ hits 1 billion views on YouTube: op K-pop girl group BLACKPINK set another record with their music video of “Kill This Love” reaching 1 billion views today, Sept. 2.  “Kill This Love” reached the milestone nearly 17 months after the music video was uploaded on YouTube on April 4, 2019.  This is the group’s second music […]

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

BTS captures No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100

BTS captures No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100: K-pop superstar BTS made history again by seizing the No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100, the first-ever South Korean artist to achieve the feat.

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YouTube reveals official first 24-hour views for BLACKPINK’s ‘Ice Cream’ music video

YouTube reveals official first 24-hour views for BLACKPINK’s ‘Ice Cream’ music video: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s new music video “Ice Cream (with Selena Gomez)” has set a second personal best record in its debut on Aug. 28.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

BTS bag all 4 awards, BLACKPINK win first trophy at 2020 MTV Video Music Awards

BTS bag all 4 awards, BLACKPINK win first trophy at 2020 MTV Video Music Awards: K-pop superstars BTS won four awards and iconic girl group BLACKPINK received their first ever trophy at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) held Aug. 30 (Aug. 31 in the Philippines).

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Friday, August 28, 2020

BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez melt fans’ hearts with ‘Ice Cream’

BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez melt fans’ hearts with ‘Ice Cream’: The much-awaited collaboration between K-pop group BLACKPINK and pop star Selena Gomez has been finally revealed with the worldwide release of the single “Ice Cream” today (Aug. 28).  Gomez was confirmed to be the next artist to work with BLACKPINK in a song last Aug. 12 and the name of […]

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ sets record for biggest first-day streams on Spotify

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ sets record for biggest first-day streams on Spotify

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K-pop idol Seulong’s fatal traffic accident case submitted to prosecution

K-pop idol Seulong’s fatal traffic accident case submitted to prosecution: The Korean police have submitted to the prosecution the case of K-pop boy band 2AM member Im Seulong who hit and killed a pedestrian last Aug. 1 with his car.  Seulong was driving an SUV at a three-way intersection on Susaek-ro near the Digital Media City subway station in Eunpyeong-gu, […]

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

ITZY’s ‘Not Shy’ album sells 144,000 copies in first week

ITZY’s ‘Not Shy’ album sells 144,000 copies in first week: K-pop girl group ITZY made their successful comeback with the new album “Not Shy” released recently. According to Hanteo Chart, “Not Shy” sold 144,355 copies in the first week of release or 79,696 copies more than their previous album “It’z Me,” which had 64,659 copies in the same period last […]

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Park Bogum asks fans not to go at his Navy enlistment due to COVID-19

Park Bogum asks fans not to go at his Navy enlistment due to COVID-19: Korean star Park Bogum will be enlisting in the Korean Navy on Aug. 31 and he is appealing to fans not to send him off due to the surge in the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in South Korea.  Blossom Entertainment, the 27-year-old actor’s agency, said that he […]

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Monday, August 24, 2020

IT’S OFFICIAL: BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ now No. 1 most viewed music video in first 24 hours, according to YouTube

IT’S OFFICIAL: BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ now No. 1 most viewed music video in first 24 hours, according to YouTube: K-pop superstars BTS’ new music video “Dynamite” has achieved another record on YouTube.  “Dynamite” was released worldwide and is the idol group’s first all-English track since debuting in 2013. Based on YouTube’s official count, “Dynamite” has amassed 101.1 million hits in its debut on Aug. 21 to set a new […]

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31 people infected with COVID-19 in Korean actors’ plays; K-drama filmings shut down to prevent infection

31 people infected with COVID-19 in Korean actors’ plays; K-drama filmings shut down to prevent infection

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

YouTube declares BTS ‘Dynamite’ as setting biggest MV Premiere

YouTube declares BTS ‘Dynamite’ as setting biggest MV Premiere: K-pop superstars BTS have set a new record for their new single “Dynamite,” which came out on Aug. 21.  YouTube told Bulletin Entertainment that “Dynamite” set a new all-time record for the biggest music video Premiere with viewers of over 3 million peak concurrents. This overtakes BLACKPINK’s “How You Like […]

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BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez to serve up ‘Ice Cream’ on Aug. 28

BLACKPINK, Selena Gomez to serve up ‘Ice Cream’ on Aug. 28: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK revealed the title of their upcoming song that they have collaborated with singer and actress Selena Gomez.  In a post on Twitter, the quartet unveiled that the title is “Ice Cream,” which will drop at 1 p.m. KST (noon in the Philippines) on Aug. 28.  “Ice […]

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Friday, August 21, 2020

K-pop superstars BTS go back to disco era with single ‘Dynamite’

K-pop superstars BTS go back to disco era with single ‘Dynamite’: K-pop superstars BTS have released today (Aug. 21) the new single “Dynamite,” their first all-English song since debut and which pays recognition to the disco that became popular in the 1970s.  “Dynamite” is a new song of an upbeat disco pop genre dropped six months after BTS released their record-breaking […]

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

COVID-19 positive Korean actor causes K-drama filming, plays to shut down

COVID-19 positive Korean actor causes K-drama filming, plays to shut down: Korean actor Seo Sung-jong was diagnosed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) causing the filming of two Korean dramas to stop and the cancellation of performances of two plays.  Seo Sung-jong is appearing in the KBS2 K-drama “Men are Men,” aka “To All The Guys Who Loved Me,” starring Hwang Jung-Eum and […]

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Boy band Treasure earns highest initial album sales among new K-pop artists this year

Boy band Treasure earns highest initial album sales among new K-pop artists this year: Treasure (Twitter) K-pop boy band Treasure made a great start in their music career by posting the highest first-week album sales among artists who made their debut this year.  Treasure made their debut on Aug. 7 with

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Report: 3 North Korean soldiers arrested for dancing to BTS song

By Jonathan Hicap 

Three soldiers in their 20s in North Korea were reportedly arrested by authorities after they were caught dancing to the choreography of a hit song by K-pop boy band BTS. 


Daily NK, a Seoul-based news website dedicated to anything about North Korea, reported on Aug. 11 that the three North Korean soldiers were nabbed while on tour at Baekdu Mountain, which borders North Korea and China. 

They are awaiting punishment for dancing to the choreography of the BTS hit song “Blood Sweat & Tears,” a song released as part of the boy band’s album “Wings” in 2016. The song’s music video has so far garnered 613 million views on YouTube. 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Ex-AOA member Mina declines police investigation into ‘bullying’ controversy

Ex-AOA member Mina declines police investigation into ‘bullying’ controversy: Actress and former K-pop girl group AOA member Mina has declined police investigation into the alleged bullying she suffered under former leader Shin Jimin despite that it tormented her for over a decade and drove her to self-harm and attempted suicide. The Gangnam Police Station got in touch with Mina […]

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Friday, August 14, 2020

BTS to hold concerts, release new album in fourth quarter

BTS to hold concerts, release new album in fourth quarter: K-pop superstars BTS will hold concerts in October and release a new album in the fourth quarter of the year.  This was revealed by Big Hit Entertainment led by chairman and CEO Bang Si-hyuk during its corporate briefing streamed on YouTube on Aug. 13.  The concerts, titled “BTS Map of […]

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Confirmed: BLACKPINK collaborates with Selena Gomez in next single

Confirmed: BLACKPINK collaborates with Selena Gomez in next single: BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez (Instagram)  It’s official: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will feature American singer and actress Selena Gomez in their next single.  YG Entertainment announced the new single will be released on Aug. 28, which will

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Park Bogum releases song ‘All My Love’ for fans ahead of military service

Park Bogum releases song ‘All My Love’ for fans ahead of military service: Park Bogum’s photo for his album (Twitter)  Korean actor Park Bogum released the song “All My Love” as a gift to his fans ahead of his military enlistment at the end of this month. The song was

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Former K-pop girl group AOA member Mina rushed to hospital

Former K-pop girl group AOA member Mina rushed to hospital: (From left) Former and current AOA members Jimin, Mina and Seolhyun (Instagram / Twitter)  The severe emotional stress that former K-pop group AOA member Mina (real name: Kwon Min-ah) has been going through due to bullying

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Hongbin leaves K-pop boy band VIXX

Hongbin leaves K-pop boy band VIXX: Hongbin (Twitter) Lee Hongbin, member of K-pop boy band VIXX, has decided to leave his group after causing controversy for criticizing things about other idol groups. “On August 7, Hongbin shared his intention to leave VIXX. After

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Friday, August 7, 2020

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ sets Guinness World Records title

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ sets Guinness World Records title: BTS (Big Hit Entertainment)  K-pop boy band BTS achieved another Guinness World Records title just a little over two weeks after setting one for their online concert.  This time, the seven-member idol group’s “Map of the Soul:

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

CCTV footage shows boy band 2AM member Seulong’s car fatally hitting pedestrian

CCTV footage shows boy band 2AM member Seulong’s car fatally hitting pedestrian: (Clockwise from top left) CCTV footage (top) showing the man (encircled) crossing the street and being hit by Seulong’s car; the intersection on Susaek-ro in Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul where the accident happened; and Seulong (Photos: screenshots

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Pedestrian killed by car driven by K-pop boy band 2AM’s Seulong in Seoul

Pedestrian killed by car driven by K-pop boy band 2AM’s Seulong in Seoul: Im Seulong (Twitter)  K-pop artist Im Seulong, 33, of boy band 2AM is under police investigation after he hit and killed a pedestrian in South Korea on Aug. 1.  According to the police, the car accident happened

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Monday, August 3, 2020

BTS to drop ‘Dynamite’ worldwide

BTS to drop ‘Dynamite’ worldwide: BTS (Facebook)  K-pop boy band BTS unveiled the title of their upcoming English single that will be released worldwide this month.  On Aug .2, BTS announced on social media including Twitter and Facebook that their new song

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

EXO-SC, BLACKPINK, ATEEZ top monthly music chart for July

EXO-SC, BLACKPINK, ATEEZ top monthly music chart for July: (Clockwise from top left) EXO-SC, ATEEZ, Red Velvet’s Irene and Seulgi, SF9, GFriend, BLACKPINK, Stray Kids, Lee Jin-hyuk, AB6IX and Woodz (Twitter) South Korea’s Hanteo Chart released the list of artists who topped its monthly music

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Zombie films ‘Peninsula,’ ‘#ALIVE’ dominate South Korean box office in July

Zombie films ‘Peninsula,’ ‘#ALIVE’ dominate South Korean box office in July: Kang Dong-won in 'Peninsula' (left) and Park Shin-hye and Yoo Ah-in in '#ALIVE' (Photos courtesy of KOFIC / Zip Cinema / Red Peter Films)  Korean zombie movies “Peninsula,” the sequel to “Train to Busan,” and “#ALIVE”

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Friday, July 31, 2020

K-pop acts get 2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominations

K-pop acts get 2020 MTV Video Music Awards nominations: Best K-pop nominees (clockwise from top left) BTS, EXO, Monsta X, Red Velvet, (G)I-DLE and TXT (Twitter)  MTV has released the list of nominees for 2020 Video Music Awards (VMA) and several K-pop acts are in

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

‘Crash Landing on You,’ ‘The World of the Married’ are most talked about K-dramas online

‘Crash Landing on You,’ ‘The World of the Married’ are most talked about K-dramas online: (Clockwise from top) Top K-dramas 'Crash Landing on You,' 'The World of the Married' and 'Itaewon Class'  (tvN / JTBC)  “Crash Landing on You” of tvN and “The World of the Married” and “Itaewon Class” of

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

‘Train to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula’ surpasses 3 million tickets, No. 1 for 2 consecutive weeks

‘Train to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula’ surpasses 3 million tickets, No. 1 for 2 consecutive weeks: (From left) 'Peninsula' director Yeon Sang-ho and stars Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Re and Kang Dong-won celebrate the 3-million ticket milestone with a cake (Next Entertainment World)  The Korean zombie film “Peninsula,” which stars Kang Dong-won and

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

BTS to release new song in August, new album this year

BTS to release new song in August, new album this year: BTS (Twitter)  K-pop boy band BTS stirred fans’ emotions when it was announced that they will be releasing a new song in August.  Big Hit Entertainment announced that “on August 21, 2020, the new digital single by

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

MAX to reunite with BTS’ Suga in his upcoming ‘Colour Vision’ album

MAX to reunite with BTS’ Suga in his upcoming ‘Colour Vision’ album: Max with Suga (Instagram)  American singer-songwriter MAX's upcoming album features a collaboration with K-pop boy band BTS member Suga. The 28-year-old multi-platinum artist will drop his album “Colour Vision” on Sept. 18. It has 12 tracks: “Blueberry

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Global fans pick their favorite K-pop stars in KTO survey

Global fans pick their favorite K-pop stars in KTO survey: (Clockwise from top left) BTS, Big Bang, EXO, Shinhwa, Super Junior and IU (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)  Last July 22, Bulletin Entertainment revealed the results of the social media analysis on Korean singers and actors in a

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

BTS’ ‘Bang Bang Con’ sets new Guinness World Records title for most viewed livestream concert

BTS’ ‘Bang Bang Con’ sets new Guinness World Records title for most viewed livestream concert: BTS during their online concert (Twitter)  K-pop boy band BTS’ “Bang Bang Con: The Live” held last month set a new Guinness World Records title for the most viewers for a music concert live stream. “756,000 fans

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‘Train to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula’ sells 2 million tickets in one week

‘Train to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula’ sells 2 million tickets in one week: 'Peninsula' stars Kang Dong-won (left) Lee Jung-hyun hold thank-you messages after their movie reached 2 million in total admissions on July 21 (Next Entertainment World)  “Peninsula,” the sequel to the 2016 hit Korean zombie film “Train

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

KTO Hallyu tourism report reveals most influential Korean stars on social media in the Philippines

KTO Hallyu tourism report reveals most influential Korean stars on social media in the Philippines: Most talked about on social media in the Philippines are (clockwise from top left) BTS, EXO, BLACKPINK, GOT7 and iKON The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has released a comprehensive research on Hallyu, or Korean Wave, tourism

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

8 Asian singers to release ‘Me Me We’ song of hope to overcome COVID-19

8 Asian singers to release ‘Me Me We’ song of hope to overcome COVID-19: AIZAT AMDAN
CHILLIES
ME ME WE SONG
NEWKIDD
QUEST
RAHMANIA ASTRINI
RAVI
VIXX

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Monday, July 20, 2020

K-drama ‘The World of the Married’ star Han So-hee apologizes for her scheming mother’s debts

K-drama ‘The World of the Married’ star Han So-hee apologizes for her scheming mother’s debts: Han So-hee as Yeo Da-kyung in 'The World of the Married' (JTBC)  Actress Han So-hee, who rose to fame through this year’s hit JTBC Korean drama “The World of the Married,” has issued an apology after

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

BLACKPINK’s ‘How You Like That’ Special Edition album sells 155,000 copies on first day

BLACKPINK’s ‘How You Like That’ Special Edition album sells 155,000 copies on first day: BLACKPINK (Instagram)  After setting Guinness and YouTube world records, K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s “How You Like That” achieved another feat by placing first on an album chart in South Korea.  “How You Like That” was released as

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Friday, July 17, 2020

‘Train to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula’ premieres at No. 1 in South Korea, sets best opening-day record this year

‘Train to Busan’ sequel ‘Peninsula’ premieres at No. 1 in South Korea, sets best opening-day record this year: Korean actor Kang Dong Won (left) in 'Peninsula' (KOFIC, Red Peter Films, NEW)  “Peninsula,” the much-awaited sequel to the 2016 hit Korean zombie movie “Train to Busan,” premiered on top of the box office in South

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

South Korea requires travelers from PH to present negative COVID-19 PCR test result

South Korea requires travelers from PH to present negative COVID-19 PCR test result: The South Korean government is requiring travelers from the Philippines to present a negative coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test result using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) before they will be allowed to board their flights to that country starting July 20.

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Korean star couple Ku Hye-sun, Ahn Jae-hyun now officially divorced after 4 years of marriage

Korean star couple Ku Hye-sun, Ahn Jae-hyun now officially divorced after 4 years of marriage: Ku Hye-sun (left) and Ahn Jae-hyun (Instagram)  After a little over four years of being married, estranged Korean celebrity couple Ku Hye-sun, 35, and Ahn Jae-hyun, 33, are now officially divorced. The agreement came out July 15

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

EXO-SC’s Sehun, Chanyeol sell 300,000 copies of ‘1 Billion Views’ album in 2 days

EXO-SC’s Sehun, Chanyeol sell 300,000 copies of ‘1 Billion Views’ album in 2 days: EXO-SC’s Sehun and Chanyeol (Twitter)  EXO-SC, a unit of K-pop boy band EXO composed of Sehun and Chanyeol, made their comeback and in just two days, they sold more than 300,000 copies of their new album.  The

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

iKON’s Ju-ne, Jinhwan injured in car accident

iKON’s Ju-ne, Jinhwan injured in car accident: iKON’s Jinhwan (left) and Ju-ne (Instagram)  K-pop boy band iKON members Ju-ne and Jinhwan suffered injuries when their vehicle hit a retaining wall on a national highway in South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea.  The accident happened at

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Korea’s Gaon Music Chart reveals new platinum certifications, top-selling albums for 2020

Korea’s Gaon Music Chart reveals new platinum certifications, top-selling albums for 2020: (Clockwise from top left) Monsta X, EXO’s Baekhyun, NCT 127, TXT and IZ*ONE (Twitter)  South Korea’s Gaon Music Chart has issued new platinum certifications for album sales and streaming.  Boy band EXO member Baekhyun led the album

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Nielsen Music midyear report: BTS, NCT 127 land in top 10 best-selling albums in US

Nielsen Music midyear report: BTS, NCT 127 land in top 10 best-selling albums in US: BTS and NCT 127 (Facebook/Twitter)  K-pop idol groups BTS and NCT 127 made it to the top 10 best-selling albums lists in the US for the first half of the year.  The two boy bands are the

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Friday, July 10, 2020

Red Velvet’s Irene-Seulgi ‘Monster’ album sells 110,000 copies in 4 days

Red Velvet’s Irene-Seulgi ‘Monster’ album sells 110,000 copies in 4 days: Red Velvet’s Irene and Seulgi (Twitter)  The debut album of K-pop girl group Red Velvet’s first unit composed of Irene and Seulgi sold more than 110,000 copies in four days.  Irene and Seulgi released their first mini-album

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Ex-AOA leader Jimin’s bullying issue latest in FNC Entertainment’s controversies

Ex-AOA leader Jimin’s bullying issue latest in FNC Entertainment’s controversies: From left: AOA’s Shin Jimin, CNBLUE’s Jonghyun and FT Island’s Choi Jong-hoon (Instagram/Facebook)  The departure of Shin Jimin as leader and member of K-pop girl group AOA due to bullying allegations by former member Mina has

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Top 10 best-selling K-pop albums in first half of 2020 revealed

Top 10 best-selling K-pop albums in first half of 2020 revealed: Caption (Clockwise from top center) BTS, EXO’s Baekhyun, NCT Dream, NCT 127, Seventeen, IZ*ONE, TWICE and GOT7 (Twitter/Facebook)  After naming the topnotchers in album sales by category, Korea’s Hanteo Chart has unveiled the overall top 10 best-selling

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

BTS, EXO’s Baekhyun named top-selling K-pop artists in 1st half of 2020

BTS, EXO’s Baekhyun named top-selling K-pop artists in 1st half of 2020: (Clockwise from top left) EXO’s Baekhyun, BTS, IZ*ONE, Cravity and Mamamoo’s Solar (Twitter/Facebook)  South Korea’s Hanteo Chart, “the world’s one-and-only real-time music chart," has revealed the list of the top-selling K-pop artists for the first half

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Woo Do-hwan meets ‘His Majesty’ Lee Min Ho before his enlistment

Woo Do-hwan meets ‘His Majesty’ Lee Min Ho before his enlistment: (Left) Woo Do-hwan and Lee Min Ho (Instagram)  Actor Woo Do-hwan, 27, who starred in the K-drama “The King: Eternal Monarch,” enlisted today (July 6) in the Korean military. A day before his enlistment, co-star Lee Min

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K-pop idol Jimin quits AOA as bullying scandal snowballs with more exposé by ex-member Mina

K-pop idol Jimin quits AOA as bullying scandal snowballs with more exposé by ex-member Mina: AOA’s former leader Jimin (left) and former member Mina (Twitter/Instagram) Shin Jimin, the 29-year-old leader of AOA, has quit the girl group as the bullying allegations against her by former member Mina further escalated and more

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

‘Parasite’ stars, crew invited to join Oscars Academy

‘Parasite’ stars, crew invited to join Oscars Academy: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organizes the yearly Oscars, has invited the cast and crew of the critically-acclaimed Korean film “Parasite” to join the organization.  They are among the 819 artists

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

So Ji-sub, Daniel Henney join IU, Lee Min Ho in COVID-19 donations

By: Jonathan Hicap
Korean star So Ji-sub and Korean-American actor and “Criminal Minds” star Daniel Henney have made generous donations to fund efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in South Korea.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘Crash Landing on You’ achieves success, renews romance rumors

The tvN drama “Crash Landing on You” has achieved success with the finale garnering the highest rating on the cable channel’s history, and has renewed the romance rumors between its stars.

“Crash Landing on You,” starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, aired its 16th and final episode on Feb. 16.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

WINNER's Hoony dances to Sarah G's Tala - Cross Tour in Manila, Mall of ...



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WINNER dances to Sarah Geronimo's Tala - Cross Tour in Manila, Mall of A...



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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Kim Myung Soo's press conference in Manila (Jan. 12, 2020) for his Come ...



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