From sexual harassment reports to rumors of a possible real-life drama couple, there was just too much to keep track of in the past seven days. If you need to catch up on the news of the K-pop world, just keep reading!
The Wonder Girls are back!
We now know that the Wonder Girls will be coming back as an idol band, and we"ve managed to learn even more about their August comeback! J.Y. Park is said to be composing the title track himself, giving his most senior girl group even more support as they get ready for their first comeback in over two years. Are you excited to see what the girls have to show us?
Big Bang"s global takeover
Big Bang is dominating the charts in not only South Korea but also all over the world! If you want to know the countries who have the most love for Big Bang, their latest single reached #1 on iTunes in Brunei, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Congratulations to Big Bang for dominating global charts!
Despite their dominating success, not all was well for Big Bang. With the release of Big Bang"s "Sober," netizens pointed out that the song sounded similar to The Wanted"s "Glad You Came." While some thought that the songs were way too similar for it to be coincidental, others pointed out that it"s impossible to find songs that sound similar to each other in this day and age. What do you think?
The music video dilemma
While 2PM"s comeback was scheduled for June 1st, a cancellation in the filming of their music video may cause inevitable delays in their return. According to JYP Entertainment, director Han Sa Min of DEXTERLAB abruptly stopped filming, as he stated, "I cannot film the MV because of personal relationships to an artist that is releasing music near the same time."
Netizens soon began to speculate that this "artist" that director Han was talking about was Big Bang. Despite YG Entertainment"s statement that Big Bang"s MV was filmed by Digipedi, Han Sa Min"s online portfolio continues to list Big Bang"s "Loser" and "Sober." He has also listed "Crooked," "Blue," "Bad Boy," and "Eyes, Nose, Lips" among others.
Luhan wants you to come ski
It seems Luhan has been busy over in China! It was previously reported that Luhan would be working with Chinese artist David Tao for the theme song for the Winter 2022 Olympics in China. Now, the MV teaser is out, featuring the song "Please Come to the Great Wall to Ski." Although brief, the teaser shows Luhan singing along happily and getting chummy with top Chinese artist David Tao!
Tao"s in the studio
Tao also found himself getting attention as photos of him in a recording studio made their rounds on the Internet. He uploaded the photos onto his studio"s Weibo account with the caption, "A hard-working man is really attractive. I"m giving my greetings to everyone who I have missed for so long." Complete with headphones and recording equipment, Tao appears to be recording some new material in the released photos, giving his fans many reasons to get excited!
"Call Me "the most watched video" Baby"
EXO-Ls rejoice! EXO"s "Call Me Baby" is the most watched K-pop video of the first half of 2015! Despite the video"s release in March, the Korean and Chinese versions of the music video boast more than 52,485,000 views today. Congratulations to both EXO and EXO-Ls!
SM Entertainment under scrutiny
SM Entertainment seems to be finding itself in a few problems. While artists from big agencies like JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment will be attending MBC"s "Infinity Challenge Music Festival," no singers from SM Entertainment will be making an appearance. To address this absence, an SM rep stated that "the musicians under SM Entertainment have no plans to appear on "Infinity Challenge Music Festival" this time. There is no special reason for it."
That wasn"t the end of the scrutiny of SM Entertainment for this week, however. Previously, actor and former member of TRAX, Noh Min Woo, had claimed that he had been a victim of one of SM Entertainment"s slave contracts, resulting in his being blacklisted from promotions after his departure from the agency. Now, the Fair Trade Commission has stepped in to investigate the validity of these claims.
Fake sex tapes prompt legal actions
As rumors of a sex tape featuring actress and boxer Lee Si Young started to spread on SNS, her agency quickly moved to counter these rumors. Stating, "We confirmed the contents of this rumor, and it is absolutely false. It"s such a shocking rumor that we will be taking aggressive action against it," her agency quickly moved towards legal actions. However, some individuals have apparently falsely labeled videos around the Internet as "Lee Si Young video" to entice viewers. Because such videos could tarnish Lee Si Young"s reputation, her agency is throwing all leniency aside and aggressively pursuing a lawsuit against such individuals.
Sexual harassment claims
The K-pop world was shaken by an actress"s claims of an instance of sexual harassment. The female actress of the case claimed that a male actor went overboard and undid the buttons on her top without her consent during filming of their movie. While the scene involved a scene of a husband drunkenly assaulting his wife, the act of unbuttoning her top was not in the script, nor was she consulted prior to filming. Due to the lack of consent regarding the unplanned act, she went on to file a police report. However, the male actor told the police, "If she thought it was problematic, she should have consulted me about this at the time of filming... I considered it a part of acting, and I had absolutely no intention of sexually harassing her."
As the news of the claim began to abound on the internet, fingers were pointed at actor Kim Bo Sung for being the accused assaulter. However, he denied the rumors were of him, stating, "The relevant misreport is not true. I"ve never been investigated by the police nor have I ever been accused." While he did work in the same movie as the two actors, he continued to clarify that he is not the actor in question.
Is "Pinocchio" real life?
When dating rumors of Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye spread throughout the Internet, the responses were overwhelmingly excited at the prospect of the two dating. Formerly appearing as the main couple lead on the drama "Pinocchio," the possibility of the two as an actual couple was proposed by media outlet Dispatch, which claimed that the two were a couple and had been dating for almost four months. To follow up on their claims, they released photos of their secret dates and nighttime car rides which strongly hinted that the two were more than friends.
While excitement grew, "Pinocchio" fans were left disappointed as their respective agencies released statements stating that the two were merely good friends. Sorry everyone, but looks like the "Darling Couple" is just a thing of dramas!
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