November 26th, 2019


Artists threaten legal action over Block B member's chart-rigging allegations

K-pop boy group Block B member Park Kyung has been threatened with legal action after accusing some artists of concocting sales numbers to manipulate music charts.

Park Kyung wrote on his Twitter account on Nov. 24: "I want to do bulk buying like Vibe, like Song Ha-ye, like Lim Jae-hyun, like Jeon Sang-keun, like Jang Deok-cheol and like Hwang In-wook."

His agency KQ Entertainment later released an apology, saying Park did not intend to defame or accuse certain artists but wanted to criticize the music charts system.

However, the six artists Park mentioned have released a statement saying they will take a legal action against him.

source: The Korea Times

Eric Nam Made It as a K-Pop Star. Now He Wants to Make It Back Home in America

For years, Korean-American singer-songwriter Eric Nam reverse-engineered his songs. He wrote the lyrics in English, then translated the words into Korean to sound more familiar to listeners in South Korea, where he is based. But the U.S.-born artist has taken an entirely different approach to his latest project. Before We Begin, released earlier this month, is Nam’s first all-English album since he debuted as a pop soloist in 2013. With tracks ranging from a vulnerable expression of his experience with physical and mental burnout this year — writing “Love Die Young” was “a process of rehabilitation and catharsis,” he says — to a lead single that celebrates the feeling of an unhealthy relationship ending, the album marks Nam’s first step in shedding the label of a “K-pop artist” and positioning himself as a pop artist in the U.S. market.

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source: TIME

HINAPIA interview with joynews24: “I was so happy to stand on stage again."

“There was no guarantee that I would stand on stage again. So every moment right now is precious to me.”

Although HINAPIA is officially a rookie girl group that debuted 3 weeks ago, many of the members have previous experiences. After PRISTIN disbanded in May, several former members had a new start under the name HINAPIA. The girls can finally perform on stage again, and their fans can see them perform after waiting for a long time. The members expressed their wishes to promote for a “very very long time.”

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Source: joynews24 via u/PicklesandHam

The Tale of Nokdu Finale Discussion Post

NOTE: I'm going to be using full episode count instead of the half episodes.

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

It was such a beautiful ending! Tale of Nokdu has been a wonderful drama experience for me from the start til the very end. Did you like the ending of the drama, Omona?

November K-pop Group & Idol Brand Rankings

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Vagabond episode 15 & Finale Discussion Post

PLOT: Cha Dal-Gun (Lee Seung-Gi) is a stunt man who dreams of becoming a world famous action actor. His career is floundering, while he tries to take care of his nephew as his guardian. His nephew takes a flight from Incheon to Morocco for a taekwondo exhibition, but the flight crashes. In Morocco, Cha Dal-Gun sees someone that was a passenger on the fatal flight. He becomes convinced that someone or some group sabotaged his nephew's flight.

Go Hae-Ri (Bae Suzy) is an NIS agent and is currently working undercover in the Korean embassy in Morocco. She is tasked by the embassy to help the bereaved families from the fatal flight. Cha Dal-Gun turns to Go Hae-Ri for help in finding the man he saw in Morocco who was a passenger on the flight. Soon, Cha Dal-Gun and Go Hae-Ri uncover a far darker and more sinister conspiracy than they expected.

Cast: Lee Seung Gi (as Cha Dal Gun), Suzy (as Go Hae Ri), Shin Sung Rok (as Ki Tae Woong), Kim Min Jong, Moon Jung Hee, Baek Yoon Shik, Lee Kyung Young, Moon Sung Geun, Ryu Won, Hwang Bo Ra, Jang Hyuk Jin, Kang Kyung Hun, Kim Jung Hyun, Jung Man Shik, Yoon Na Moo, Yoo Teo, Kim Dae Gon, Lee Gi Young, Lee Shi Yoo, Park Ah In, Choi Dae Chul, Shin Seung Hwan, Yoon Joo Man, Lee Sung Jae, Choi Kwang Il
Director: Yu In-Sik
Writer: Jang Young-Cheol, Jung Kyung-Soon
Network: SBS
Episodes: 16
Release Date: September 20 - November 9, 2019
Runtime: Friday & Saturdays 22:00-23:10

Image and drama information from Asianwiki

You can watch on NetFlix | Dramanice

It's been a ride. I had high expectations because its a Lee Seunggi drama. It was ok overall still I felt like it was missing a little bit of something. Anyways, are we going to have a Season 2?
yeo fuckin one

Next on Billboard : 4 Kpop songs make it into their "The 100 Greatest MVs of the 2010s" list

69. BTS, "Blood, Sweat and Tears" (dir. Choi Yongseek and Ko Yoojeong, 2016)

“Blood, Sweat & Tears” is the thesis for BTS as a K-pop group whose work is rich for interpretation. The grab-bag of high-art references makes this music video ripe for fan theories. Cut to a museum filled with European Renaissance replications: Michelangelo’s Pietà explodes! Van Goghian sky swirls abound! V jumps off a balcony in front of a painting of the fallen Icarus! Amid this lavish portrait of BTS at the height of their game, one thing is clear: the septet makes K-pop for the thinking fan. -- CAITLIN KELLEY

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The full list can be found HERE

source: Billboard ; youtube @ ibighit, @ BIGBANG, @ 1theK & @ officialpsy

Hello again Omona, Hope you're not getting too tired of me posting these rankings yet! As the decade grows closer to its end, they seem to be multiplying like rabbits and I sort of like seeing what ~the west~ thinks of Kpop even when their obvious ignorance or lack of taste makes me roll my eyes. This list is the most invalid one so far imo because there should be so many more Kpop MVs up there. Polished aesthetics and crazy visuals is where Kpop actually slays all competition.