December 4th, 2018

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Lee Young Ja's Agency Responds To Her Brother Being Accused Of Fraud



Lee Young Ja’s label IOK Company stated, “A few days ago, we received a tip about Lee Young Ja’s older brother. After confirming the facts with him, he said that Lee Young Ja was not involved at all and that the matter had already been settled through an agreement.”

The agency added, “After confirming the facts, we sent both the address and contact information of Lee Young Ja’s brother to the other party through the person we received the tip from. However, the other party publicized the case through a national petition although we provided all information to get in contact directly. The agency, along with Lee Young Ja, will look into the matter so that it can be settled smoothly, and we will fulfill the moral responsibility to prevent further damage.”

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source: @soompi, naver via soompi
Park Siyeon
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New Hong sister drama to air on tvN, IU received the offer to star



tvN has released an official statement regarding the Hong Sisters’ upcoming drama.

The network commented, “The Hong Sisters’ new drama is confirmed to air on tvN,” and added, “The broadcast timing has not been decided yet.”

As stated by IU’s agency, tvN also said regarding her casting, “It is true that she was given the offer, but nothing has been confirmed.”

source: @soompi, naver, soompi
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Big Hit applied for trademark rights for the names "BTS" and "Army"



Big Hit Entertainment officially responded to various reports stating that the label has registered for trademark rights for the names “BTS” and their fan base “ARMY.”

According to the Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS), Bit Hit Entertainment applied for trademark rights to the two names last July. In response, the label stated, “It is true that we are actively securing trademark rights related to us.”

Prior to BTS’s debut, Big Hit Entertainment registered “Bangtan” and “Bangan Boyz” in 2012. BTS has been added to the registry because the group has been widely called that, not only in Asia, but also in South America and Europe. Also BTS has taken on a new meaning of “Beyond The Scene.”

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source: @soompi, soompi, newsen, naver
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Brand New Music Apologizes Following San E’s Outburst At Company-Wide Concert



Past post
On December 4, Brand New Music posted a statement of apology on its official Twitter account.

The agency wrote, “Hello, this is Brand New Music. We [at Brand New Music] accept full responsibility for all of the controversies related to the ‘Brand New Year 2018’ concert, and we would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who felt uncomfortable because of this incident, including the audience members and the [other Brand New Music] artists.

“We will be even more cautious in the future and make efforts to ensure that this kind of incident never happens again. Thank you.”

source: soompi, BN_Music, @soompi
cold Yoon Shi Yoon
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Some IZ*ONE fans criticize Sakura and Nako's participation in HKT48 concert + agency replies



On December 2, it was revealed that Miyawaki Sakura and Yabuki Nako will be participating in HKT48’s 8th anniversary concert at the Tokyo Dome City Hall on December 15. A source stated, “Their participation was decided on suddenly. We hope they will be able to take on their last performance as HKT48.”

The two debuted as members of project girl group IZ*ONE following the conclusion of Mnet’s “Produce 48.” Following their debut, their agency Off The Record released a statement about the Japanese members on September 24. In the statement, they shared that Miyawaki Sakura, Yabuki Nako, and Honda Hitomi will be halting all their AKB48 Group activities to wholly focus on IZ*ONE activities until April 2021, when their IZ*ONE activities is scheduled to conclude.

The overlap in HKT48 and IZ*ONE activities has received some criticism from fans, as they saw it as IZ*ONE’s agency going back on their word. Fans released a joint statement, where they stated, “The IZ*ONE fan union cannot understand this announcement. This is our statement denouncing IZ*ONE’s agency Off The Record.”

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source: soompi 1 2, newsen, naver, @soompi
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2019 ISAC Lunar New Year will reportedly begin filming on Jan 7th



source: OH_mes, naver
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Korea to spend 8 trillion won on mental illness treatment by 2020

The cost of treating mental illness here is expected to exceed 8 trillion won ($7.1 billion) by 2020, more than that for gastrointestinal problems, the most common form of illness among Koreans, according to "Koreans' mental disease burden," a report by a research team from Korea University.


The report stated that the cost for mental illness and behavioral disorders, and the disability-adjusted life year (DALY) of these, will keep growing, increasing by 22 percent for men and 35 percent for women by 2030.

DALY is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to bad health, disability or early death.


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source: koreatimes
kitty kitty

Omona, do you want to play: Girl of the year edition

Hello Omona,

2018 is coming to an end, we're all busy with holidays preparation and now doesn't seem like the right time to hold a competition, hence this proposal:
Would you guys like for this kitty to hold a new(ish) competition in early 2019 titled "Girl of the year"? *

The goal would be to determine who has been the true queen of 2018.
Being sexy isn't the only factor here, your fave will be judged on
- Her physique: is she the prettiest/sexiest of them all?
- Personality: is she funny, cute, dorky?
- Talent: that one speaks for itself
- And versatility: can she sing, act, compose? Does she venture outside of k-entertainment (example: queen Uhm Jung Hwa started her own lingerie business). Is she the wholesome queen we all admire and aspire to be when we grow up?


So the question is, do you want this kind of event?
This poll is closed.

Girl of the yea

yea
81(82.7%)
nay
9(9.2%)
I want something else
8(8.2%)


* Kitty doesn't care for boys but under peer pressure we may hold a boy of the year competition as well
@mods, it'd be super duper great if you could stick this one
dazed

Samsung Electronics Extends Its Official Olympic Sponsorship to 2028




On Tuesday, Samsung Electronics signed a contract with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to extend its official sponsorship contract to the 2028 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles.

The president of Samsung Electronics Koh Dong-jin, along with the company’s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong signed the contract with Tsunekazu Takeda, chairman of the IOC Marketing Committee, and IOC president Thoman Bach present.

Under the sponsorship contract, Samsung Electronics will participate in the wireless and computing field until the 2026 Winter Olympics and the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, following the 2022 Beijing and 2024 Paris Olympics. The venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics is still undecided.

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I really need to upgrade my Galaxy tab. And holy crap I keep forgetting we get the Olympics in 2028. That's only 10 years. We should, like, start prepping or something? Ah, I'm sure it'll be fine.

source: KPopLove via Korea Daily
dazed

Ladies Code announces first full group comeback in two years!



On December 5, several sources from the music industry reported that girl group Ladies Code is preparing to release an end-of-year “season song.”

This will be the group’s first full-group comeback in two years, since the release of album “STRANG3R” in October, 2016. As many fans have been patiently waiting for their return, this upcoming track will act as a special gift from the group.

Meanwhile, the members are currently focusing on individual activities. Ashley received lots of love from the public for her solo debut and Zuny launched her own reality YouTube show. Moreover, So-Jung featured in Mind U’s “Love Me,” and showcased her soothing and sweet voice.


source: KPopLove via Korea Daily
BTS//SUGA

BTS YEAR-END SLAYAGE: BILLBOARD/SPOTIFY VER.



TOP ARTISTS - DUO/GROUP: #2
INDEPENDENT ARTISTS: #1
INDEPENDENT ALBUMS: #3 LY: Tear, #4 LY: Answer, #9 LY: Her
WORLD ALBUMS: #1 LY: Tear, #2 LY: Answer, #3 LY: Her, #5, Hope World (EP) #9 mono., #13 Face Yourself
BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS: #85 LY: Answer, #101 LY: Tear, #150 LY: Her
SOCIAL 50 ARTISTS: #1
WORLD ALBUMS ARTISTS: #1 BTS, #6 J-Hope, #7 RM
HOT DANCE/ELECTRONIC SONGS: #68 Waste It on Me
DANCE/ELECTRONIC DIGITAL SONG SALES: #38 Waste It on Me


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sources: Soompi via Variety, billboardcharts, Billboard 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|

edited in a couple more that i missed
Bae of all baes Matsumoto Jun.

Korean elementary school students choose the Most Memorable People and Trends of 2018




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Source: @soompi, Naver via Soompi

BTS and iKON truly living out their Artist of the Year and Song of the Year titles even among children lol jk