This week was a bit slower than most, but still had some big headlines to keep things interesting! Some dramas continue, some dramas come to an end (possibly only temporarily), and new dramas resurface.
So what did you miss out on this week in the world of K-Pop? Let"s go!
ARMYs come to BTS"s rescue!
BTS (Bangtan Boys) are continuing to impress with their current promotions, finally dropping the long-awaited 19+ MV for "I Need U"! Meanwhile, ARMYs are showering the boys with love, celebrating their 700th day since debut with a worldwide trending hashtag, and coming to the boys" defense because despite their love overseas, they seem to be in rather hot water in their very own country.
Russian ARMYs recently posted something onto a Korean site, which earned some sympathizers" comments but also the wrath of a lot of other netizens. It was a sweet gesture born from sweet intentions, but what were they thinking? The Korean culture is vastly different from international cultures, and that"s something overseas fans need to understand. Not to mention, Koreans don"t care how popular a group is overseas. The Russian ARMYs poked the bear and might"ve made things worse for BTS in their own country in the end.
Tao is seemingly alive and well
Although fans seem a bit confused about this... Tao recently updated his Instagram with a picture of himself clad in denim (I"m on the fence about the return of denim-on-denim), and fans can"t help but note that he seems to be... perfectly fine? Some say they wouldn"t be able to squat like him if they were suffering the same leg injury. I say... I have no idea. Who knows.
Kim Hyun Joong leaves the controversy behind to serve his contry
Kim Hyun Joong is waving farewell and not looking back at the endless controversies and lawsuits from his admittedly crazy girlfriend. I mean, the back and forth is as questionable as always, but I have to say at this point that there does seem to just be something off about her. She"s relentless. Not that this puts him off the hook, either, but man... He also apologized to his fans through a handwritten letter and revealed he paid a settlement to his girlfriend in the past before scurrying off to the military. Possibly not the best escape in general, but a pretty good one for the situation.
B.A.P and CJ E&M?
There was finally an update for fans of B.A.P as it was revealed they had met up with CJ E&M! But the agency assures there was no discussion of a contract. Then what the heck did they meet for? Hm... *strokes mustache*
Noh Min Woo vs. SM Entertainment
The drama is never-ending for SM Entertainment as the agency is getting sued, once again, for its infamous "slave contract." But things are interesting this time because the artist in question is not even under the agency anymore; however, it seems the stress from his SM days followed him this far, this long and he"s had enough! Noh Min Woo is suing his past agency on the basis of being treated unfairly through a harsh contract in the past and blacklisted from programs since leaving. He thanked his fans for their support on Instagram while his mother cried on "One Night of TV Entertainment" when thinking back to her son"s hardships. Aw, right in the heart. Although there are still many things that need to be explained here for sure.
BoA puckers up
The Queen of K-Pop, BoA, is back with the MV for her title track, "Kiss My Lips"! Her nasally singing style is known to be a hit or miss and it"s personally a miss for me, but there"s no denying her incredible talent--especially considering the personal work she"s put into her album. She penned, composed, and produced the whole thing! Her dancing is topnotch, too, so you must check it out!
MONSTA X debuts!
MONSTA X finally made their monster debut after going through the ordeal of a survival program from Starship Entertainment. The result? Some decent music with a sick instrumental and way exciting choreography and charisma. Lots of potential here.
Who"s Dating Who?
Sunny and Seo In Guk??
In this case, who"s not dating who. Sunny and Seo In Guk suddenly found themselves in a dating rumor, and both their agencies stepped up to deny this. Sunny even commented on it personally, especially noting what a not-so-welcome gift this was on her birthday (happy belated!). Do you think they might actually be dating on the sly? Better yet, do you think they should? ;)
Female ulzzang and..? No seriously, who???
A female ulzzang recently grabbed the public"s attention for laying everything out on broadcast regarding her past relationship with a male idol! She said it"s only been 1.5 months since they broke it off (for the 4th or 5th time...) because she got tired of his busy schedule. Many fans are asking, "Why did she not expect this from an idol?" Good question! Others wondered why she was airing all this out on TV and making things awkward and potentially dangerous for the idol in question--all the while, trying to figure out who this idol is. Any guesses?
Park Soo Jin and Bae Yong Joon????
In this case, who"s marrying whom??? No seriously, this came so much out of the blue that I personally stared at shock and with furrowed eyebrows of confusion when I saw this news. Yup, Bae Yong Joon and Park Soo Jin are getting married. The random couple seems like two complete lovebirds, though they now have to deal with some public scrutiny, but honestly, it"s their business. He"s in his 40"s and he certainly had a handful of relationship experiences yet never married, so he must really think she"s THE ONE whether or not they only dated for three months. They"re mature adults, so congratulations to them!
Still, they had some explaining to do as netizens continue throwing their speculations out there (while not explicitly saying "SHOTGUN WEDDING"). Extra controversy arose when his past girlfriend publicly congratulated him, which was nice, but admittedly weird. I don"t think they"re chummy buddies. Why would you think doing that on your public SNS was a good idea? Not that it was as bad an idea as netizens thought to warrant such harsh criticism, but it isn"t a completely normal thing to do, either, c"monnnn.
What might be in store for next week?
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