Wednesday, March 3, 2021

I’m healthy’: Sandara Park shows test results to prove she has no thyroid problem

I’m healthy’: Sandara Park shows test results to prove she has no thyroid problem: Dara on the Jan. 19 episode of 'Video Star' (left) and a photo she uploaded on Feb. 26 (Screenshot from “Video Star” and Twitter) Sandara Park, also known as Dara, former member of K-pop group 2NE1, has revealed her medical test results to assure fans and the public that she is healthy and has n

Korean actor Ji Soo, star of ‘River Where the Moon Rises,’ accused of school violence

Korean actor Ji Soo, star of ‘River Where the Moon Rises,’ accused of school violence: Actor Ji Soo and his school album (Instagram and online community) Korean actor Ji Soo (Kim Ji Soo), 27, who is currently starring in the K-drama “River Where the Moon Rises,” is facing several accusations of school violence including bullying that he allegedly committed when he was in middle sch

Saturday, February 27, 2021

German radio host Matthias Matuschik: ‘I am really sorry’ for attacking BTS

German radio host Matthias Matuschik: ‘I am really sorry’ for attacking BTS: Radio host Matthias Matuschik (left) and BTS (Matuschik’s website and Twitter) Embattled German radio host Matthias Matuschik has apologized for attacking K-pop superstars BTS on his show, likening them to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that should be eradicated with a vaccine and saying they

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Korean actor-singer Kim Myung-soo enlists in the Marine Corps

Korean actor-singer Kim Myung-soo enlists in the Marine Corps: Kim Myung-soo (left) and the new Korea Marine Corps recruits entering the training camp on Feb. 22 (Twitter, Instagram)  Korean actor and singer Kim Myung-soo, also known as L of boy band Infinite, has enlisted in the Korea Marine Corps. The 28-year-old entered the camp on Feb. 22 to undergo f

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Song Joong-ki’s new Korean drama ‘Vincenzo’ premieres at No. 1 in the ratings

Song Joong-ki’s new Korean drama ‘Vincenzo’ premieres at No. 1 in the ratings: Song Joong-ki (center), Jeon Yeo-bin (left) and Taecyeon (right) in 'Vincenzo' (Twitter/tvN) Korean actor Song Joong-ki’s new Korean drama “Vincenzo” is off to a good start, premiering at No. 1 in the ratings. According to Nielsen Korea, the first episode of “Vincenzo” on tvN on Feb. 20 got a

Friday, February 19, 2021

BTS’ J-Hope donates $135,600 to children with disabilities to mark 27th birthday

BTS’ J-Hope donates $135,600 to children with disabilities to mark 27th birthday: J-Hope at the press conference for BTS’ album 'BE' last November (Big Hit Entertainment) K-pop superstars BTS member J-Hope celebrated his 27th birthday on Feb. 18 and to mark the occasion, he donated to help children with disabilities. Charity organization ChildFund Korea announced that J-Ho

Friday, February 12, 2021

K-pop idol-actor Cha Eun-woo becomes newest member of Team #Penshoppe

K-pop idol-actor Cha Eun-woo becomes newest member of Team Penshoppe: Korean actor and idol Cha Eun-woo (Penshoppe) K-pop idol and actor Cha Eun-woo, chosen as one of TC Candler’s 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2020, is the newest endorser of clothing brand Penshoppe. Cha Eun-woo, the star of the recently concluded hit Korean drama “True Beauty” and member of K-po

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Kim Myung-soo talks about role, scenes as ‘Royal Secret Agent’ ends with highest rating

Kim Myung-soo talks about role, scenes as ‘Royal Secret Agent’ ends with highest rating: Kim Myung-soo as Sung Yi-gyum in 'Royal Secret Agent' (iQiyi) Korean actor and singer Kim Myung-soo’s drama “Royal Secret Agent” aired its 16th and final episode on Feb. 9 with the highest rating for the series. “Royal Secret Agent,” an iQiyi original and exclusive K-drama series, tells the st

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Australian civil rights org asks #GFRIEND’s #Sowon to apologize for #Nazi mannequin photos

Australian civil rights org asks GFRIEND’s Sowon to apologize for Nazi mannequin photos: The chairman of Australia’s leading civil rights organization has called on K-pop girl group GFRIEND leader Sowon to make a sincere apology and educate herself about the Holocaust after she uploaded photos posing with a Nazi mannequin in a cafe in South Korea. Sowon posted the photos on her Inst

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Globe illuminates sky with BLACKPINK drone display ahead of ‘The Show’

Globe illuminates sky with BLACKPINK drone display ahead of ‘The Show’: Iconic K-pop girl group BLACKPINK will be holding their global livestream concert “The Show” on YouTube today, Jan. 31, and ahead of the much awaited event, a spectacular drone display was held for them. Telecom giant Globe staged “The Opening Act,” a BLACKPINK-themed drone show in the Philippine

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

MANILA BULLETIN EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with #BLACKPINK on their YouTube concert, success, and fans

MANILA BULLETIN EXCLUSIVE: Q&A with BLACKPINK on their YouTube concert, success, and fans: BLACKPINK (YG Entertainment)  2020 became a phenomenal year for K-pop iconic group BLACKPINK. They solidified their status as the top K-pop girl group with their achievements and influence. BLACKPINK attained the “million seller” status when their first studio album “The Album,” released on O

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

K-pop idol group #Seventeen’s online concert attended by fans from 122 countries

K-pop idol group Seventeen’s online concert attended by fans from 122 countries: Seventeen performing at their online concert 'IN-COMPLETE' (Pledis Entertainment)  K-pop boy band Seventeen’s online concert “IN-COMPLETE” was held on Jan. 23 and it showcased their “performance powerhouse” status among fans from all over the world. According to their agency Pledis Entertainm

Monday, January 25, 2021

Winners at first #APAN Music Awards

Winners at first APAN Music Awards: Clockwise from top left) BTS, TWICE, Kang Daniel, Monsta X and NCT 127 (Twitter)  The inaugural APAN Music Awards ceremony was held on Jan. 24 to honor excellence in music in 2020. It was hosted by “Running Man” stars Kim Jong-kook and Jeon So-min at the Kyunghee University Grand Peace Palace

Friday, January 22, 2021

‘Daesang’ winner iKON finalizing to join ‘Kingdom’ K-pop boy band competition

‘Daesang’ winner iKON finalizing to join ‘Kingdom’ K-pop boy band competition: iKON (Twitter) iKON, which won the “daesang” (grand prize) for the song “Love Scenario,” is in the final stages of negotiation to join “Kingdom,” a competition between K-pop boy bands. Korean media reported that iKON, if finally confirmed to appear on the show, will be competing against Stray

Is Sandara Park sick? Fans worried about her swollen neck

Is Sandara Park sick? Fans worried about her swollen neck: Sandara Park on 'Video Star' with a swollen neck (Screenshots from MBC Every 1’s “Video Star”)  Fans have expressed their concern that something is wrong with Korean star Sandara Park’s health after seeing her on a Korean TV show. Sandara, also known as Dara and a former member of K-pop group

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

BTS for Smart, BLACKPINK for Globe: Telco wars go into K-pop high gear

BTS for Smart, BLACKPINK for Globe: Telco wars go into K-pop high gear: BTS for Smart (top) and BLACKPINK for Globe (Photos: Smart website, Globe) The rivalry between Smart and Globe, the two leading telecommunications companies in the Philippines, has spilled into K-pop. Smart Communications announced on Jan. 18 that it has signed up K-pop boy band BTS as its new

Monday, January 18, 2021

K-pop boy band Treasure tops weekly music chart with first official debut album

K-pop boy band Treasure tops weekly music chart with first official debut album: Treasure, The First Step Treasure Effect, Hanteo Chart, (G)I-DLE, NCT, Victon, TXT, Kai, ENHYPEN, MCND, Jeong Sewoon, Sungkyu, Infinite, EXO Rookie K-pop idol group Treasure topped the weekly music chart with their first official debut album “The First Step: Treasure Effect.” Hanteo Chart rele

Friday, January 15, 2021

SNSD’s Hyoyeon asked to name Korean actress ‘drooling from drugs’ in Burning Sun club

SNSD’s Hyoyeon asked to name Korean actress ‘drooling from drugs’ in Burning Sun club: Kim Sang-kyo (left) and Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon at Burning Sun club (Kim Sang-kyo’s Instagram)  K-pop group Girls’ Generation member and DJ Hyoyeon was dragged into the Burning Sun club scandal that forced Big Bang member Seungri to retire from the entertainment industry in March 2019. He

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on bashers after BTS issue: ‘We will just ignore you’

Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on bashers after BTS issue: ‘We will just ignore you’: Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (left) and BTS (Photos: Rep. Cayetano’s Facebook page and Twitter)  Lawmaker Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano addressed bashers after fans of K-pop superstars BTS criticized him on social media for using the boy band for political stunt. Cayetano

K-pop performance powerhouse Seventeen appears on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’

K-pop performance powerhouse Seventeen appears on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’: Seventeen (Pledis Entertainment) K-pop boy band Seventeen made their US debut performance of the song “Left & Right” on the Daytime Emmy award-winning “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Jan. 13. “My next guest has sold over six million albums and have had their songs streamed more than two billi

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Angry fans slam, curse Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano for using BTS for politics

Angry fans slam, curse Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano for using BTS for politics: Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano (left) and BTS (Photos: Rep. Cayetano’s Facebook page and Twitter)  Angry fans slammed and cursed Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano for using K-pop superstars BTS for political stunt. Cayetano is reportedly launching a political bloc in the House

President Moon Jae-in cites BTS, BLACKPINK for promoting Korea’s image abroad

President Moon Jae-in cites BTS, BLACKPINK for promoting Korea’s image abroad: (Top) South Korean President Moon Jae-in with BTS at the 1st Youth Day celebration on Sept. 19, 2020 and BLACKPINK (Cheong Wa Dae, Instagram) South Korean President Moon Jae-in has cited K-pop groups BTS and BLACKPINK, and the Oscar-winning film “Parasite” for promoting the image of South Korea a

Monday, January 11, 2021

GOT7 members declare #GOT7FOREVER as they attend last official event together

GOT7 members declare #GOT7FOREVER as they attend last official event together: GOT7 uploaded their group photo on Instagram (left) and showed solidarity at the 35th Golden Disc Awards on Jan. 10 (Instagram, screenshot from GDA video on YouTube)  Members of K-pop boy band GOT7 declared “#GOT7FOREVER” following a news report stating they have decided to leave their agency and

Sunday, January 10, 2021

IU leads winners in Digital Song Division on first day of 35th Golden Disc Awards

IU leads winners in Digital Song Division on first day of 35th Golden Disc Awards: (Clockwise from top left) IU, BTS, BLACKPINK, Mamamoo, Oh My Girl, ITZY, Hwasa, Zico and Red Velvet (JTBC Awards, GDA, Twitter)  K-pop princess IU led the winners on the first day of the 35th Golden Disc Awards (GDA) held on Jan. 9 and hosted by actor Lee Seung-gi and actress Park So-dam. The

Friday, January 8, 2021

BTS, NCT 127 top physical album sales in US in 2020: MRC Data year-end report

BTS, NCT 127 top physical album sales in US in 2020: MRC Data year-end report: BTS (top) and NCT 127 (Twitter) K-pop boy bands BTS grabbed the top spot and NCT 127 placed sixth in the top 10 physical album sales in the US in 2020. MRC Data, formerly Nielsen Music, released the “Year-End Report: US 2020” that was presented in collaboration with Billboard covering the peri

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Can GOT7 members surpass the ‘7-year jinx’?

Can GOT7 members surpass the ‘7-year jinx’?: GOT7 (Twitter) The news that K-pop boy band GOT7 member Yugyeom is planning to leave JYP Entertainment and join Jay Park’s AOMG label has made fans worry: Will the group disband or go beyond the so-called “7-year jinx”? For K-pop idols like GOT7, the 7-year jinx refers to the expiration of con

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

GOT7’s Yugyeom leaving JYP Entertainment for AOMG label: report

GOT7’s Yugyeom leaving JYP Entertainment for AOMG label: report: GOT7’s Yugyeom (Instagram) K-pop boy band GOT7 member Yugyeom will be leaving his agency, JYP Entertainment, after his contract expires this month. Korean media outlet SpoTV News published an exclusive report on Jan. 6 and stated that Yugyeom is planning to sign up with hip-hop label AOMG foun

Saturday, January 2, 2021

K-pop band NU’EST member Aron goes on hiatus due to anxiety, to undergo treatment

K-pop band NU’EST member Aron goes on hiatus due to anxiety, to undergo treatment: Aron (2nd from left) with fellow NU’EST members at the 2021 New Year’s Eve Live concert on Dec. 31 (Twitter)  K-pop boy band NU’EST member Aron, 27, has taken a break from his official activities due to anxiety. Pledis Entertainment, NU’EST’s agency, announced on Jan. 2 that Aron was diagnose

Son Ye-jin declares: ‘I am thankful for meeting Hyun Bin’

Son Ye-jin declares: ‘I am thankful for meeting Hyun Bin’: Korean actress Son Ye-jin personally acknowledged that she is in a relationship with actor Hyun Bin following the publication of a dating news report about them and confirmation from their respective agencies. In an Instagram post on Jan. 1, Son Ye-jin admitted that she is dating Hyun Bin, her c
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