October 23rd, 2019

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BTS Roundup (Comeback/Interview, Mattel mini-dolls, Gus Van Sant)

In an interview with iHeartRadio discussing their recent collab with Lauv, RM confirmed BTS was working on their new album but stated that December's Jingle Ball was the "biggest event" they have left in 2019, possibly a hint that BTS's comeback would not be in the last part of 2019 as people have speculated but in early 2020 instead.

After collaborating with BTS before on BTS dolls, Mattel announced that they would be releasing new mini-dolls of BTS. BTS visited their new pop-up store to pose with big versions of their mini-dolls.

BTS with their minidolls
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In an interview with i-D magazine, Hollywood director Gus Van Sant mentioned he wanted to photograph Jimin:

Gus Van Sant's interview
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Is there one actor you wish you could have worked with? He’s not really an actor, but sometimes I see people that have a kind of peaceful thing about them that I like, and right now that person would be Jimin from BTS. I’d love to photograph him too, but maybe that’s something for the future?

Sources: iHeartRadio, BTS Official Twitter, i-D magazine

Glad they seem to be taking their time with the album and not rushing it this time.

The Tale of Nokdu episodes 5 to 7 (full episodes) Discussion Post

PLOT: Jeon Nok-Du (Jang Dong-Yoon) lives on an island with his father and older brother. He is smart and a good swordsman. Since he was little, his father did not let him study or go to the mainland. One day, his father and older brother are attacked by a group of female assassins. Jeon Nok-Du chases after one of the assassins to the capital. During that time, Jeon Nok-Du meets Dong Dong-Ju (Kim So-Hyun). She wants to shoot the King with her arrow, but Jeon Nok-Du saves her from trouble. Meanwhile, the assassin that Jeon Nok-Du chases goes into a widow village. To find out who and why his family was attacked, Jeon Nok-Du disguises himself as a woman and enters the widow village. There, he meets Dong Dong-Ju again. She is an apprentice to become a gisaeng.

CAST: Jang Dong Yoon (as Jeon Nok Du), Kim So Hyun (as Dong Dong Joo), Kang Tae Oh (as Cha Yool Mu), Jung Joon Ho, Kim Tae Woo, Yoon Yoo Sun, Lee Seung Jun, Lee Moon Shik, Song Geon Hee, Jo Soo Hyang, Park Min Jung, Go Geon Han, Lee Joo Bin, Yang So Min, Song Chae Yoon, Han Ga Rim, Oh Ha Nee, Yoon Sa Bong, Hwang Mi Young, Yoon Geum Seon Ah, Kwon Hyuk, Lee Eun Hyung, Hwang In Yeob,

Director: Kim Dong-Whee
Writer: Hye Jin Yang (webcomic), Im Ye-Jin, Baek So-Yeon
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 16 (Full Episodes)
Release Date: September 30 - November 19, 2019
Runtime: Monday and Tuesday 10:00PM

SOURCE: Image and drama information from Asianwiki

You can watch on VIU | Dramanice

Only one episode aired last week. This drama is moving on a nice speed storytelling-wise and a lot were revealed in the last 2 episodes. And I'm still enjoying Nokdu and Dong Joo's bickering!
NOTE: I'm going to be using full episode count instead of the half episodes. This post is for last week and this weeks episodes.
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JYP announces Chaeyoung will not participate in today's TWICE concert due to health issues

Source: Oh_mes2, Naver News

:( Get well soon. The girls seem to be dropping like flies, hope they get some rest soon. In this case though, it seems to be more a flu thing?
Woozi laughing but not
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AOA confirmed to make a comeback in November!

Seolhyun uploaded two never-before-seen photos with the hashtag “#AOA_In_the_Moonlight” on her Instagram account.

A source from FNC Entertainment confirmed to MyDaily, “AOA is confirmed to make a comeback in November. They have already filmed their music video. The photos Seolhyun uploaded on social media are from the music video filming.” The source added, “You can infer the concept of the upcoming album with the photos.”

source: sh_9513, soompi, naver
Woozi laughing but not
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IU posts drawing from Sulli on IG + Sulli completed filming ep 1 of 'Persona' before her passing

October 23, IU made a post on her Instagram for the fourth anniversary of “Chat-Shire,” her mini album released in 2015, featuring a drawing from her late friend Sulli.

IU wrote, “My dear Chat-Shire, happy 4th anniversary.”

The drawing is one that Sulli had posted on her old Instagram, captioned “Portrait,” and later gave to IU. It became the motif for IU’s “Red Queen” and was featured in the “Chat-Shire” album. At the time of release, IU revealed that she saw the drawing at Sulli’s house and took a picture of it because it was a perfect match for lyrics that she had been thinking of.

Meanwhile, IU, who had been preparing for her comeback, wrote a letter to fans earlier this week regarding the postponement of her album release in the wake of Sulli’s passing.

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source: dlwlrma, soompi 1 2, naver 1 2 3, balloon_wanted, daum

Would you want to see the Persona ep with Sulli released?
Sam Kim
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YG plans: Blackpink comeback in Q4 of 2019, Treasure 13 debut in Q1 2020, BIGBGANG contract renewals

Blackpink is expected to make a comeback in the 4th quarter of 2019 + Treasure 13 will most likely debut in the 1st quarter of 2020 + members of BIGBANG are expected to renew their contracts

On the 23rd, Hana Financial Investment reported that YG Entertainment (₩26,400 +6.02%) has maintained a “Buy” rating as the company’s future uncertainties seem to be resolving.

Lee Ki Hoon, a Hana Financial Investment researcher, said, “The repayment of redeemable convertible preferred shares (RCPS) to LVMH through investment company “Great World Music Investment, the completion of police investigations, and G-Dragon’s military discharge are all expected to be completed within one month. This potentially means that YG Entertainment will have a promising 2020, especially with high possibilities of BIGBANG and Treasure 13 promotions.”

He said that YG Entertainment’s estimated 3rd quarter sales and operating profit are at ₩63.9 billion and ₩-1.3 billion won, respectively. He further added that YGE will recover in the 4th quarter with AKMU’s recent release and Winner and Blackpink’s upcoming comebacks. Lee Ki Hoon noted, “YG Entertainment’s two key events is BIGBANG contract renewal and Treasure 13’s debut. Although it has not been officially decided yet, the possibility of BIGBANG contract renewal is high and Treasure 13 will most likely debut in the 1st quarter of 2020 at the latest.”

source: hankyung, hana via /u/PicklesandHam

Also, Taeyang and GD are discharged from military this week and over 3,000 fans from Korea, Japan and China are already expected to attend their discharge ceremony. YG has asked fans not to visit the ceremonies (because of the strengthened quarantines due to swine fever in the area).
Woozi laughing but not
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Minty From “High School Rapper 2” Revealed To Be 28 Years Old instead of 18 like she claimed

It was revealed that Minty from “High School Rapper 2” had been lying about her age.

On October 10, Minty’s agency released an official statement regarding the truth about Minty. Minty appeared on Mnet’s program “High School Rapper 2” and was recently swept up in rumors stating that she produced the girl group GSA (Girls’ Alert) and that her actual age was 37.

Below is the full statement from Minty’s agency:
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source: mintyarin, soompi, naver

From what i've been reading, she only auditioned for the show (which they showed in an ep), but didn't actually participate in the show. Here's her audition clip that went viral.

Omona, have you faked your age before?

Sephora opens first store in Korea


Sephora has opened its first store in Korea, where innovative beauty products and trends reign, the company said Wednesday.

At the grand opening event held at Parnas Mall in Samseong-dong, Seoul, Sephora Korea said it will strive to achieve double-digit growth in sales revenue over the next seven years, taking advantage of the growing interest in beauty specialist retailers.

The company also plans to open six other local stores and an official online store by 2020, as well as 13 additional stores by 2022.

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Beauty post? What's on your face right now, Omona?

source: The Korea Times & theseoulstory

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