Friday, May 14, 2021

BTS to be special guests on HBO Max’s ‘Friends: The Reunion’

BTS to be special guests on HBO Max’s ‘Friends: The Reunion’: 'Friends' cast and BTS (Instagram and Big Hit)  K-pop superstars and Grammy nominee BTS will be special guests on the much-awaited “Friends: The Reunion.” HBO Max announced the lineup of special guests for the “Friends: The Reunion” special that will premiere on May 27. “‘Friends’ stars Jen

Thursday, May 13, 2021

J.Yoon, member of Korean rock band MC the Max, found dead

J.Yoon, member of Korean rock band MC the Max, found dead: MC the Max member J.Yoon (Instagram)  J.Yoon (real name: Yoon Jae-woong), member of the Korean rock band MC The Max, passed away on May 13. He was 38. According to the Korean police, J.Yoon was found dead at his home in Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu in Seoul, Yonhap News reported. His agency, 325

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘Mr. Queen’ star Kim Jung-hyun now free as contract with his agency ends

‘Mr. Queen’ star Kim Jung-hyun now free as contract with his agency ends: Kim Jung-hyun Korean actor Kim Jung-hyun, star of the K-dramas “Mr. Queen” and “Crash Landing on You,” announced that his exclusive contract with his agency O& Entertainment has expired on May 12. Last month, O& Entertainment disputed the duration of his contract, saying it should be e

Seo Ye-ji’s attendance at 57th Baeksang Arts Awards under discussion

Seo Ye-ji’s attendance at 57th Baeksang Arts Awards under discussion: Seo Ye-ji in 'It's Okay to Not Be Okay' (Instagram) Controversial Korean actress Seo Ye-ji, 31, star of “It's Okay to Not Be Okay,” won the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards’ Tiktok Popularity Award and her agency said her attendance at the ceremony is under discussion. Seo Ye-ji was chosen by fans a

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

NCT Dream’s ‘Hot Sauce’ album sells 671,396 on first day, debuts at No. 1

NCT Dream’s ‘Hot Sauce’ album sells 671,396 on first day, debuts at No. 1: NCT Dream (Twitter) K-pop boy band NCT Dream’s first studio album “Hot Sauce” sold more than 600,000 copies and debuted at No. 1 on music charts. With “Hot Sauce,” NCT Dream broke their own record as it generated 1,716,571 copies in pre-orders as of May 9, or an increase of 243 percent compare

Kim Seon-ho, Seo Ye-ji voted No. 1 for Baeksang’s #Tiktok Popularity Award

Kim Seon-ho, Seo Ye-ji voted No. 1 for Baeksang’s Tiktok Popularity Award: (Top, from left) Kim Seon-ho, Song Joong-ki, Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Joon-gi and Na In-woo; and (bottom, from right) Seo Ye-Ji, Shin Hye-sun, Kim So-hyun, Jung Soo-jung (Krystal) and Kim Hyeon-soo (Instagram / Twitter)  Actor Kim Seon-ho and actress Seo Ye-ji topped the votes for the 57th Baeksang Arts

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Fans donate, sponsor theater seat, run ad to celebrate actor Kim Seon-ho’s birthday

Fans donate, sponsor theater seat, run ad to celebrate actor Kim Seon-ho’s birthday: (Clockwise) Kim Seon-ho’s birthday video ad at COEX Crown Media, his “Actor Kim Seon-ho” nameplate on the Indie Space theater seat, the actor, and fans’ certificates of donations to The Beautiful Foundation. (Indie Space, Seonhohada USA, Kim Seonho Union, Salt Entertainment and screenshot from video

Brave Girls, BLACKPINK, Oh My Girl, TWICE top K-pop girl group brand rankings for May

Brave Girls, BLACKPINK, Oh My Girl, TWICE top K-pop girl group brand rankings for May: (Clockwise from top left) Brave Girls, BLACKPINK, Oh My Girl, TWICE, STAYC and Red Velvet (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) Brave Girls, BLACKPINK, Oh My Girl, TWICE and STAYC grabbed the first five spots in the latest K-pop girl group brand reputation rankings for May. The Korea Corporate Rese

Friday, May 7, 2021

ITZY sells 200,000 copies of new album ‘Guess Who’ in first week of release

ITZY sells 200,000 copies of new album ‘Guess Who’ in first week of release: ITZY (The Chart Show with Brooke Reese) K-pop girl group ITZY has sold more than 200,000 copies of their fourth mini-album “Guess Who.” According to Korea’s Hanteo Chart, “Guess Who” garnered sales of 200,130 copies in the first week of release from April 30 to May 6. The total is 55,775 co

Monday, May 3, 2021

K-pop group Monsta X’s Shownu suffers complications from eye surgery

K-pop group Monsta X’s Shownu suffers complications from eye surgery: Monsta X’s Shownu (Starship)  K-pop boy band Monsta X’s leader Shownu will take a break after he suffered complications from his eye surgery last year. In a statement, Starship Entertainment, Monsta X’s agency, said, “In July 2020, Shownu was diagnosed with ‘Left Retinal Detachment (Amotio Ret

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Gong Yoo-Park Bogum’s ‘Seobok’ leads top-grossing films in South Korea in April

Gong Yoo-Park Bogum’s ‘Seobok’ leads top-grossing films in South Korea in April: Gong Yoo and Park Bogum in 'Seobok' (left) and Seo Ye-ji and Kim Kang-woo in 'Recalled' (KOFIC) Korean stars Gong Yoo and Park Bogum’s sci-fi movie “Seobok” became the No. 1 top-grossing film in South Korea in April. The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) released the rankings of the top movies in A

ENHYPEN, ASTRO, Kang Daniel, Baekhyun, NU’EST top monthly album chart in April

ENHYPEN, ASTRO, Kang Daniel, Baekhyun, NU’EST top monthly album chart in April: (Clockwise from top left) ENHYPEN, ASTRO, Kang Daniel, EXO’s Baekhyun and NU’EST (Twitter / Pledis Entertainment) Korea’s Hanteo Chart has released the rankings for the 30 best-selling physical albums for the month of April. Rookie K-pop boy band ENHYPEN, ASTRO, Kang Daniel, EXO’s Baekhyun and

Friday, April 30, 2021

K-pop girl group IZ*ONE officially disbands; Japanese members leave Korea

K-pop girl group IZ*ONE officially disbands; Japanese members leave Korea: IZ*ONE at their online concert 'One, The Story' (Twitter)  K-pop girl group IZ*ONE, composed of nine Korean and three Japanese members, officially disbanded on April 29 when their exclusive contracts expired after two and a half years. The members were winners of the survival audition show “Pr

Thursday, April 29, 2021

‘My Love from the Star’, ‘Kairos’ actor Shin Sung-rok tests positive for COVID-19

‘My Love from the Star’, ‘Kairos’ actor Shin Sung-rok tests positive for COVID-19: Shin Sung-rok (Instagram)  Korean actor Shin Sung-rok, who played the villain Jae-kyung in the 2013 hit drama “My Love from the Star” and star of the 2020 drama “Kairos,” tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). His agency, HB Entertainment, confirmed that Shin Sung-rok tested posit

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Korean heartthrobs Lee Jong-suk, Cha Eun-woo team up in movie ‘Decibel’

Korean heartthrobs Lee Jong-suk, Cha Eun-woo team up in movie ‘Decibel’: Lee Jong-suk and Cha Eun-woo (Instagram)  Korean heartthrobs Lee Jong-suk and Cha Eun-woo, member of K-pop boy band ASTRO, have been cast in a new action film titled “Decibel.” It was announced that the two will be starring in the film along with Kim Rae-won, Jung Sang-hoon, Park Byung-eun, Jo

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

ENHYPEN sells 319,073 copies of new album on 1st day, talks about goals

ENHYPEN sells 319,073 copies of new album on 1st day, talks about goals: ENHYPEN at their online media showcase on April 26 (Belift Lab)  Rookie K-pop idol group ENHYPEN made their comeback on April 26 with the release of their second mini-album “Border: Carnival.” “Border: Carnival” contains six tracks: the carrier song "Drunk-Dazed," "Fever," "Not For Sale," "Mix

Monday, April 26, 2021

Youn Yuh-jung wins Oscar best supporting actress, first South Korean to achieve feat

Youn Yuh-jung wins Oscar best supporting actress, first South Korean to achieve feat: Youn Yuh-jung Veteran Korean star Youn Yuh-jung made history by winning best supporting actress at the 93rd Academy Awards held Sunday (Monday in the Philippines) in Los Angeles. The 73-year-old star won the award for her role in “Minari,” becoming the first South Korean to get nominated for a

Sunday, April 25, 2021

EXO’s Chen celebrates daughter’s first birthday

EXO’s Chen celebrates daughter’s first birthday: EXO’s Chen (Twitter) K-pop boy band EXO member Chen held a party at a hotel in Seoul to mark the first birthday of his daughter. Chen and his wife held a party to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday at Hotel Shilla Seoul in Jung-gu on April 24, according to an exclusive report by Kor

Friday, April 23, 2021

Auction of BTS Jimin’s hanbok suit worn on ‘Jimmy Fallon’ show canceled

Auction of BTS Jimin’s hanbok suit worn on ‘Jimmy Fallon’ show canceled: BTS member Jimin (left) wearing the hanbok that was originally set for auction (Big Hit Music, Myart Auction)  The scheduled online auction of K-pop superstars BTS member Jimin’s hanbok suit he wore during a performance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” was canceled. According to a n

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

All BTS members to enlist in military in 2022?

All BTS members to enlist in military in 2022?: BTS with their Order of Cultural Merit medals (Twitter)  What will be the prospect of all the seven members of K-pop superstars BTS enlisting together next year? An analysis report of HYBE Corp. (formerly Big Hit Entertainment) published by Korea’s Leading Investments & Securities Co. pred

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Petition filed demanding ‘Mr. Queen’ star Kim Jung-hyun to leave entertainment industry

Petition filed demanding ‘Mr. Queen’ star Kim Jung-hyun to leave entertainment industry: Kim JUng-hyun A petition has been filed demanding Korean actor Kim Jung-hyun, star of the dramas “Mr. Queen,” “Crash Landing on You” and “Time,” to leave the entertainment industry due to the controversies he is facing. The petition was filed on April 12 on the website of the Office of Korean

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Chilean TV channel apologizes over parody sketch of BTS

Chilean TV channel apologizes over parody sketch of BTS: BTS and the parody sketch group on 'Mi barrio' (Twitter, Megamedia, BTS Chile) Chilean TV channel Megamedia has issued an apology for the parody sketch of K-pop superstars BTS shown on its comedy program “Mi barrio” (“My neighborhood”) on April 10. The sketch comedy in the segment “El late de

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Fans’ early birthday greetings for EXO’s Sehun delayed due to new Seoul mayor’s name

Fans’ early birthday greetings for EXO’s Sehun delayed due to new Seoul mayor’s name: EXO’s Oh Se-hun (left) and new Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon (SM Entertainment, Seoul Metropolitan Gov’t)  Every year, fans of K-pop boy band EXO’s Sehun prepare a long celebration ahead of his birthday, which falls on April 12. But this year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government stopped the early disp

Friday, April 9, 2021

Music group files complaint vs BTS law on postponing military service to 30 years old

Music group files complaint vs BTS law on postponing military service to 30 years old: BTS members with their Order of Cultural Merit medals on Oct. 24, 2018 (Twitter)  The Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) and other entertainment agencies have formally filed a complaint against the so-called BTS law, which will allow outstanding pop culture artists who contributed to improvin

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Boys Love series ‘Close Friend’ set for launch

Boys Love series ‘Close Friend’ set for launch: 'Close Friend' stars   Twelve upcoming Thai actors will headline the new Boys Love (BL) series project “Close Friend” that will premiere this month. “Close Friend” will consist of six romantic miniseries accompanied by six original soundtracks (OST) by popular artists. Boys Love, a genre th

Monday, April 5, 2021

After ‘Start-Up,’ Kim Seon-ho to star in another tvN drama with Shin Min-a

After ‘Start-Up,’ Kim Seon-ho to star in another tvN drama with Shin Min-a: Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho (Instagram) Korean star Kim Seon-ho will be pairing up with actress Shin Min-a for a new drama that will air in the second half of the year. tvN announced that the two will star in “Seaside Village Chachacha,” a romantic comedy between dentist Yoon Hye-Jin (Shin Min-

Sunday, April 4, 2021

EXO’s Baekhyun reveals medical condition

EXO’s Baekhyun reveals medical condition: EXO’s Baekhyun (SM Entertainment)  K-pop boy band EXO’s Baekhyun was compelled to reveal his medical condition because of his military service. On April 2, Baekhyun announced that he will be enlisting in the Korean military on May 6, his 29th birthday. It was also reported that upon enlistm

Saturday, April 3, 2021

BTS, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande to be under one roof in $1.05 billion mega deal

BTS, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande to be under one roof in $1.05 billion mega deal: (Clockwise from top left) BTS, Justin Bieber, Seventeen, Demi Lovato, TXT and Ariana Grande (Twitter, Instagram) K-pop idol group BTS and pop stars Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato will become under one management after Hybe, the former Big Hit Entertainment, acquired a 100 percent s

Friday, April 2, 2021

K-actor Ji Soo’s agency sued for $2.66 million over ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ controversy

K-actor Ji Soo’s agency sued for $2.66 million over ‘River Where the Moon Rises’ controversy: Korean actor Ji Soo (Instagram)  Production company Victory Contents has filed a 3 billion won (about $2.66 million) lawsuit for damages against KeyEast, the agency of Korean actor Ji Soo, over the controversy involving the drama “River Where the Moon Rises.” Ji Soo was removed from the drama

K-pop boy band competition TV show ‘Kingdom’ premieres: Who will be No. 1?

K-pop boy band competition TV show ‘Kingdom’ premieres: Who will be No. 1?: The K-pop boy band competition TV show “Kingdom: Legendary War” premiered on April 1 on Mnet after facing controversies including dispute over stage design budget and one of its hosts stepping down pending investigation for violating social distancing rules. “Kingdom” features K-pop boy bands BTO

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Hanteo Chart reveals top 30 best-selling albums in Korea in March

Hanteo Chart reveals top 30 best-selling albums in Korea in March: (Clockwise from top left) EXO’s Baekhyun, BLACKPINK Rosé, ATEEZ, Super Junior, IU and WayV (Twitter, Instagram) Hanteo Chart has revealed the top 30 best-selling physical albums in Korea for the month of March. K-pop boy band EXO’s Baekhyun topped the monthly physical album chart for March wi

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

JTBC clarifies issues vs drama ‘Snowdrop’; to change name of Jisoo’s character

JTBC clarifies issues vs drama ‘Snowdrop’; to change name of Jisoo’s character: Snowdrop” stars Jung Hae-in and BLACKPINK’s Jisoo (Instagram) As opposition continues against the yet to be released Korean drama “Snowdrop” that will star Jung Hae-in and K-pop group BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, TV channel JTBC has issued another statement to clarify issues surrounding the project. A p

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

BTS finally speaks about #StopAsianHate: We faced discrimination too

BTS finally speaks about #StopAsianHate: We faced discrimination too: BTS (Twitter) K-pop superstars and Grammy nominee BTS finally spoke about the #StopAsianHate and #StopAAPIHate campaign aiming to stop violence against Asians that has been going on in the US. BTS have joined other K-pop stars, celebrities and leaders in denouncing hate and violence against As

Monday, March 29, 2021

#EXO’s #Chanyeol enlists in the military

EXO’s Chanyeol enlists in the military: EXO’s Chanyeol (Instagram) K-pop boy band EXO member Park Chanyeol has enlisted in the Korean military on March 29 to fulfill his mandatory duty as a citizen. The 28-year-old singer and actor entered a military camp to undergo four weeks of basic military training before he serves as an active

International fans sign petition to bring cancelled K-drama ‘Joseon Exorcist’ to #Netflix

International fans sign petition to bring cancelled K-drama ‘Joseon Exorcist’ to Netflix: (Clockwise from top) Jang Dong-yoon in ‘Joseon Exorcist,’ ‘Mr. Queen,’ and ‘Snowdrop’ stars BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and Jung Hae-in (Twitter, Instagram) International fans have signed an online petition to bring the drama “Joseon Exorcist” to Netflix after its airing was cancelled in Korea due to accus

Friday, March 26, 2021

Korean drama ‘Joseon Exorcist’ cancelled after 2 episodes due to history distortion

Korean drama ‘Joseon Exorcist’ cancelled after 2 episodes due to history distortion: Korean actor Jang Dong-yoon as Prince Chungnyung in 'Joseon Exorcist' (Instagram)  The Korean drama "Joseon Exorcist" has been permanently cancelled by TV channel SBS just after two episodes after it received severe criticisms from viewers over history distortion and use of Chinese props. "Jos

Thursday, March 25, 2021

#BTS brings highest rating for TV show ‘You Quiz on the Block’

BTS brings highest rating for TV show ‘You Quiz on the Block’: BTS with 'You Quiz on the Block' hosts show hosts Yoo Jae-suk and Jo Se-ho (Instagram) Korean TV talk and quiz show “You Quiz on the Block” garnered the highest rating in its history courtesy of K-pop superstars BTS. BTS members were the sole guests on the TV show on its 99th episode on March

NU’EST to ‘Romanticize’ in comeback album

NU’EST to ‘Romanticize’ in comeback album: NU’EST (Twitter) K-pop boy band NU’EST will be making their comeback next month with a new and second studio album. The five-member idol group composed of JR, Aron, Baekho, Minhyun and Ren will release their new album “Romanticize” on April 19. NU’EST announced the upcoming album on social

EXO member Chanyeol’s film ‘The Box’ dislodges ‘Minari’ to premiere at No. 1 in Korea

EXO member Chanyeol’s film ‘The Box’ dislodges ‘Minari’ to premiere at No. 1 in Korea: EXO, Chanyeol, The Box K-pop boy band EXO member Chanyeol’s new movie premiered at No. 1 at the Korean box office and ended the 21-day winning streak of the Oscar-nominated film “Minari.” According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), Chanyeol’s “The Box” sold 29,274 tickets on opening day on

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Ex-Stray Kids’ Kim Woojin comments on past rumor, solo debut

Ex-Stray Kids’ Kim Woojin comments on past rumor, solo debut: Kim Woojin (10x Entertainment) Singer Kim Woojin, former member of K-pop boy band Stray Kids, shared his feelings regarding the sexual harassment accusation. Woojin debuted in Stray Kids in 2018 and left the group in October 2019. In September last year, he was accused of sexual harassment.

BLACKPINK’s Rosé tops Billboard Global 200, Billboard Global Excl. US charts #CongratulationsROSÉ

BLACKPINK’s Rosé tops Billboard Global 200, Billboard Global Excl. US charts: BLACKPINK’s Rosé (Instagram) K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s Rosé’s “On The Ground” topped the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. US charts dated March 27. On Billboard Global 200, “On The Ground” tallied at No. 1 with with 92.1 million streams and 29,000 copies sold worldwide from M

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Celebrities, K-pop stars, leaders condemn attacks on Asians in US: #StopAsianHate

Celebrities, K-pop stars, leaders condemn attacks on Asians in US: #StopAsianHate: (Clockwise from top left) US President Joe Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Eric Nam, Jay Park, CL, Jeremy Lin, P1Harmony and Epik High’s Tablo (Instagram, Twitter, GoFundMe) From US President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris to celebrities and K-pop stars, people are condemning the

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

BTS on failing to win Grammy: Disappointed but ‘no worries’; proud to perform, be nominated

BTS on failing to win Grammy: Disappointed but ‘no worries’; proud to perform, be nominated: BTS discussing the Grammy Awards on their V Live broadcast on March 15 (Screenshot from BTS video) K-pop superstars BTS said they felt disappointed when they failed to win at the 63rd Grammy Awards but assured fans that they were okay and that they were very proud that they were nominated and per

Monday, March 15, 2021

Fans accuse Grammys of racism after BTS fail to win Best Pop Duo/Group award: ‘#scammys’

Fans accuse Grammys of racism after BTS fail to win Best Pop Duo/Group award: ‘#scammys’: BTS (Big Hit Entertainment)  K-pop superstars BTS failed to win their first Grammy Award and incensed BTS ARMYs accused the show of being racist. BTS were nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their hit song “Dynamite” at the 63rd Grammy Awards and fans were expecting them to win gi

Sunday, March 14, 2021

BTS and other Koreans at the Grammys

BTS and other Koreans at the Grammys: BTS and soprano Jo Sumi (Twitter, Instagram)  The 63rd Grammy Awards will be held on March 14 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT in the US (9 a.m. on March 15 in the Philippines). Millions of K-pop fans around the world will be watching the awards ceremony to see if K-pop superstars BTS will win their fir

Saturday, March 13, 2021

K-pop boy band Seventeen’s Mingyu resolves another school violence issue

K-pop boy band Seventeen’s Mingyu resolves another school violence issue: Seventeen’s Mingyu (Pledis Entertainment)  K-pop boy band Seventeen member Mingyu has sorted out another school violence controversy that allegedly happened when he attended a “hagwon,” a Korean term meaning a private academy or cram school. Last Feb. 28, Pledis Entertainment issued a statemen

Thursday, March 11, 2021

K-pop girl group IZ*ONE to disband in April

K-pop girl group IZ*ONE to disband in April: IZ*ONE photo for their debut album 'Color*Iz' (IZ*ONE website)  K-pop girl group IZ*ONE will be disbanding when their contracts expire in April after being active for two and a half years. IZ*ONE’s 12 members, composed of Korean and Japanese, were winners of the survival audition show “Produce

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ bags Global Album All Format Chart Award

BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ bags Global Album All Format Chart Award: BTS’ 'Map of the Soul: 7' is the first winner of the IFPI Global Album All Format Chart Award (IFPI)  The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an “organization that represents the recorded music industry worldwide,” named K-pop idol group BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” as the

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

BLACKPINK’s Rosé’s debut single album ‘R’ reaches 400,000 copies in pre-orders

BLACKPINK’s Rosé’s debut single album ‘R’ reaches 400,000 copies in pre-orders: BLACKPINK’s Rosé (Twitter) K-pop girl group BLACKPINK member Rosé’s debut solo album has reached 400,000 copies in pre-orders to set a record. YG Entertainment, BLACKPINK’s agency, said her single album “R” reached the milestone on March 8 to become the biggest pre-orders for a female solo art

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Korean fans threaten to boycott K-pop group (G)I-DLE’s Soojin over bullying controversy

Korean fans threaten to boycott K-pop group (G)I-DLE’s Soojin over bullying controversy: (G)I-DLE’s Soojin (Twitter) Korean fans of K-pop girl group (G)I-DLE have threatened to boycott member Soojin if her agency fails to provide proper explanation and resolve the accusations of school violence posted by netizens. Soojin has been accused of assault, extortion, bullying and stealin

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Korean actor Ji Soo admits committing school violence: I apologize on my knees

Korean actor Ji Soo admits committing school violence: I apologize on my knees: Actor Ji Soo (Instagram)  Embattled Korean actor Ji Soo, 27, has admitted to accusations that he committed school violence, saying his misconduct will be a part of him for the rest of his life. “I sincerely apologize to those who suffered because of me. There is no excuse for my past miscondu

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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