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Weekly Recap: A Tragic Loss, Gg With Gg, And Controversy That "rang A Bell"
The Korean entertainment world has been rampant with dating news and it looks like T-ara"s Jiyeon and actor Lee Dong Gun have joined the ranks of new celeb couples! It was reported that the two became interested in each other after filming a Korean-Chinese joint production. Both Lee Dong Gun and Jiyeon"s agencies confirmed that the two are indeed dating. The singer opened up about her budding relationship with the actor as she told the reporters on the July 7 airing of "The Show Season 4," "It still hasn"t hit me, and I really don"t know."As for her fans, she commented, "Fans are people who always give me strength. This is the beginning if our relationship, so I"ll be thankful if you look upon us kindly. I"ll work harder as well." Jiyeon even took to her fan cafe to write a heartfelt message to her fans. She asked them to "watch over us and cheer us on," and promised that she will work ever harder to return their love.
Sones had much to celebrate in the month of July with the return of their favorite girls! You know who I"m talking about. Girl"s Generation dropped their new song called "Party," an upbeat, catchy summer dance track that makes for an incredibly fun listen! The MV for "Party" surpassed 1 million views in a matter of six hours on YouTube and took over the music charts as soon as it was released, achieving nothing short of everyone"s expectations as one of the biggest girl groups in the K-Pop scene.
Weekly Recap: Big Bang"s Takeover And Dilemmas, "call Me The Most Watched Video Baby", And Real-Life "pinocchio"?
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.
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.
Admit it, you shake it whenever this song pops up on your summer music playlist! After a series of mysteriously sexy teasers, SISTAR released their newest mini album and music video for "Shake It." To make matters even more exciting for them, the song quickly achieved a perfect all-kill while the video quickly garnered more than 2 million views! The girls are planning a special video to celebrate these achievements. Despite their success with this summer hit, the girls remain modest and humble, even as they placed in the top tier on Sport Chosun"s girl groups column along with 2NE1 and Girls" Generation. "It"s such an honor. But we"re not thinking about rising up by stepping down on our sunbaes," said Dasom.
Meanwhile AOA gave us all heart attacks over their newest hot music video! Despite joining the wave of girl group summer comebacks, members remained confident in their success as well as honored to be promoting alongside their sunbaes. "It"s an honor to be able to promote with our senior groups and we believe that there could be a lot to learn from closely watching the seniors," said Chanmi. To highlight their own strengths as AOA, she added, "However, we want to show charms that are unique to ourselves."
And it seems that Chanmi"s wishes to show off AOA"s unique strengths and charms were answered, as the music video easily surpassed 2 million views just a few days after its release! Congratulations to them for their success!
Epik High Concert The allkpop staff was lucky enough to attend Epik High"s New York City concert! The trio definitely threw some awesome performances of songs from their latest album Shoebox as well as fan favorites like "Fly," "Umbrella," and "Happen Ending." We even got to see glimpses of their awesome personalities and hidden agendas here and there, from Tablo"s comments on everything to Mithra"s wish to "spread the Korean language in America." Plus, it turns out that the trio really, really loves Shake Shack!
The "JYJ Law," proposed by Choi Min Hee as a measure to protect artists, failed to pass. While this law aimed to help artists by banning broadcast companies" actions of unjustifiably prohibiting the appearance of artists, the bill was instead put on hold on continuous evaluation as it was said to need further revisions. Let"s hope a law like this one can get passed soon to protect our favorite K-pop idols.
American wrestler Xavier Woods revealed his status as a Shawol. Tweeting a screenshot of Shinee"s "Alive," he gushed, "On repeat all day & is now my Gym Jam - about to learn these romanized lyrics SHINee I think I"m a Shawol." Welcome to the club Mr. Woods!
Weekly Recap: Fandom Wars, Breakup Rumors, And An "epik" Flash Mob
A flurry of dating rumors and contradictory statements surrounding After School"s Jung Ah and basketball player Jung Chang Young suggest that there"s some sort of relationship between the two! While representatives and After School"s management at Pledis Entertainment continue to insist that the two are not in an exclusive relationship and are merely good friends, Ilgan Sports claimed that the two are actually in a relationship. Fans themselves have noticed mysterious hashtags and tweets from their SNS accounts that suggest the initials of both Jung Ah and Jung Chang Young. Honestly speaking, if those hashtags don"t stand for initials, I don"t know what else they could even stand for.
Meanwhile, breakup rumors surrounding Brown Eyed Girl"s Ga In and actor Joo Ji Hoon were proven to be false! The two are reported to be "happily still together," with Joo Ji Hoon himself saying, "We are meeting well." I"m definitely glad to hear that!
The feud between VIPs and EXO-Ls continues to rage at out-of-control proportions. As both Big Bang and EXO continue to promote their most recent releases, fandoms are declaring an all-out war against each other with the situation only getting worse with a voting fiasco on "M! Countdown." What was originally attributed to be a small voting glitch for "M! Countdown" turned out to have been the result of some underhanded means that allowed fans to continue voting well past the 9 o"clock deadline, skewing the results.
When "I Love Dance," an NYC-based K-pop and hip-hop dance class and crew, announced their Epik High appreciation flash mob, the allkpop team knew that we just had to be there. I thought that we would be the earliest arrivals at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, but to our amazement, there was already a huge crowd lined up on the sidewalk by the time we arrived. Fans were eagerly waiting for the flash mob to begin, unable to hide their joy for such an awesome event. Between cheering fans, bustling personnel, and the allkpop team, it was definitely a lively and exciting scene that just buzzed with so much energy. (We"re also so glad that we got to meet so many of you, our readers, and we hope you enjoyed the merch!)
Because of the huge turnout of supporters and fans, the sidewalk turned out to be way too small for the crowd and dance team to stay in front of the theater. For the sake of everyone"s comfort and safety, the dance crew thoughtfully decided to move to a larger pedestrian area, where everyone gathered around to watch, cameras and smartphones at the ready. Then, the music began, and the dancers began to show us their moves to a spirited medley of Epik High"s very own songs!
Despite some glitches and problems with the music, the dancers remained smilingly composed during the awkward pauses in the music. I couldn"t help but admire the way they would pick their routine right back up the moment the music started again, acting as if nothing had happened. The dancers made sure the performance sailed smoothly, pumping up the crowd with energy as everyone cheered their support.
Were you able to see Epik High at Times Square in New York City yesterday? It was so much fun! Tons of fans got to be up close and personal with this talented trio and even win free merch from allkpop which was there to capture the moment.
Which also means there is no need to fret about missing out on the awesome flash mob because allkpop has covered everything! We"ll be releasing a recap later on today with tons of fun details and photos on the event, so stay tuned.
But as you wait, get ready for our giveaway. When the recap comes out later on, make sure you re-tweet it in order to win two - yes, two! - tickets to Epik High"s concert Friday night.
Weekly Recap: Bae Finds A Bae, The Best Revenge Is Living Well, And Brewing Legal Battles
EXO was another boy group contender to sway your hearts and sweep the charts this week. The group returned--a mere two months after the release "Call Me Baby"--with a brand new repackage album titled "Love Me Right" containing four extra songs! The album"s title song which is eponymous to the album, is a bouncy dance number with hints of jazz. Much like the earlier release of Big Bang"s songs, "Love Me Right" slayed real time charts by placing number one on a total of nine different music charts. Let"s not forget the MV which gained over 2 million hits in a matter of 12 hours, to the joy of EXO-Ls. What"s even more impressive is that the repackage album sold nearly 400,000 copies upon its initial release, which, combined with the ~750,000 figure of "Exodus" sales, make EXO the first group to reach 1 million album sales in over a decade. Congrats to the boys!
It seems the past EXO members are doing quite well for themselves, now that they aren"t under the aegis of SM. In fact, Kris and Tao were discovered to be busily furthering their careers over in China, what with Kris"s recent Vogue China photo shoot with Kendall Jenner, and Tao promoting a new mobile game as not an EXO member, but simply a "popular Asian idol."
The legal battle between SM and Kris and Luhan is progressing as well, with the courts forcing both sides to reach an agreement through compulsory arbitration. The two parties couldn"t reconcile within the two weeks time courts allowed them, and SM even raised an objection to the arbitration, meaning attempts to reach an agreement has failed. Now both sides are preparing to move on with their respective suits.
Weekly Recap: Relationships End, Families Begin, And Welcome Back Soldier!
"Smiling eyes" Girls" Generation member Tiffany and "beast" idol 2PM"s Nichkhun made headlines when their relationship was first announced to the public. Now, a year and five months after making their relationship public, they are making headlines yet again for a reason that may come as a disappointment for some and a boon for others. The two starlets decided to go their separate ways and have parted amicably. Both SM Entertainment and JYP Entertainment have confirmed the validity of the breakup, after checking with their respective artists. The main reasons for the split were the typical "busy schedule," and "no adequate time to spend with one another," which comes as no surprise as many idols are worked through and through, to the point of exhaustion. Though this is disheartening news as the idols made such a cute couple, they are still good friends and it won"t be the last time they see one another.
Dear EXO fans, no need to hold your horses any longer; let them loose and run free. What do I mean? Feel free to let your inner fangirl/fanboy explode with uncontrollable excitement and glee and let the "feels" take over! Your favorite boys in the entire world--no, scratch that--the entire universe have announced the release date for their repackage album of "EXODUS," which will be titled "Love Me Right." The repackage album is said to contain four new tracks, with the title track being the same as the album title. The group also heightened anticipation with various teaser images which I"m sure you either joyously cried or drooled over. In the group teaser photos the members are decked out in football gear, giving some hint as to what the theme for their new song will be. Be sure to also tune in for all four of EXO"s comeback stages, the first of which will air on "M! Countdown" on June 4.
EXO wasn"t the only group that had fans stirring with excitement. VIPs can hardly contain their emotions what with the announcement of Big Bang"s second portion of the "MADE" project. The first part "M," was already revealed earlier this month with the release of two tracks, "Loser," and "Bae Bae." "A" is the second part in the series, and the boys have already teased us with promotional images for the new songs which are titled "Bang Bang Bang" and "We Like 2 Party." The new tracks are expected to drop online on June 1 at midnight so you better be on the lookout!
Weekly Recap: A Flurry Of Comebacks, A Not-So-Gay Comedian, And Please Forgive Me
As we all know by now, Yoo Seung Joon--or Steve Yoo--is under fire from the Korean public for an incident that occurred over decade ago. Yoo, who was due for military service 13 years back, abruptly left Korea for the States and obtained U.S. citizenship, conveniently relieving him of the compulsory military service required of Korean men between the age of 18-35. During an interview on AfreecaTV, Yoo prostrates himself, and offers a tearful apology to the viewers for his past wrongdoing. Unfortunately for the singer, the Korean people don"t seem to be ready to accept his apology. In a recent poll, 500 Korean citizens were asked whether they think Yoo should be accepted back into Korea. Not surprisingly, 66% of the people surveyed revealed their sentiment that the singer should not be allowed back into his home country. Now the singer has requested a meeting with the Korean Immigration Office under the Justice Department, and seems to be biding his time on deciding what move will soften the hearts of the unforgiving public. AKP also provides two opposing stances on whether Yoo"s apology should be accepted so make sure to read more about it.
Yet another scandal is in the works, this one revolving around former EXO members Kris and Luhan and their past label, SM Entertainment. It has been a year since Kris filed a suit against the company for a breach of his rights, and half a year since fellow member Luhan took similar action against the label, but unlike Kris, Luhan cited discrimination as the primary reason for wanting to nullify his contract. Now the two artists are promoting themselves ever so enthusiastically in China, and SM can"t help but be little indignant since the label was the one that initially helped the boys rise to stardom. Now SM is bringing suit against the Chinese companies that are endorsing Kris and Luhan, seeking what they believe are rightful damages.
Former comedian Baek Jae Hyun causes uproar with his sexual molestation charges