February 17th, 2020

Yamamoto Takeshi, KHR

IZ*ONE Breaks K-Pop Girl Group Record For First Week Album Sales On Day Of Release

IZ*ONE’s “BLOOM*IZ” has broken the first week album sales record for K-pop girl groups on the day of the album’s release!

TWICE’s “Feel Special” held the previous record with 154,028 copies sold in the first week of its release, and IZ*ONE’s “BLOOM*IZ” has broken the record with approximately 175,249 copies sold on Hanteo Chart as of February 17 at 7 p.m. KST.

The album was released on February 17 at 6 p.m. KST, meaning that the album’s sales for the upcoming six days and 23 hours will also count towards its total first week sales.

The current top 5 of K-pop girl group first week album sales are as follows:

IZ*ONE “BLOOM*IZ” (2020) – 175,249 and counting
TWICE “Feel Special” (2019) – 154,028
TWICE “FANCY YOU” (2019) – 151,051
BLACKPINK “Kill This Love” (2019) – 146,094
IZ*ONE “HEART*IZ” (2019) – 132,109

Source: soompi.

After waiting for 4 months of uncertainty, their fans are out for blood. This is for all the people who wanted them to disband.
Yamamoto Takeshi, KHR

Mnet has not paid X1 members yet, 42 days after disbandment

Mnet has responded to reports that the members of X1 have not been paid yet for their activities.

On February 17, an exclusive report from Ilgan Sports claimed that despite X1’s disbandment being announced 42 days ago, the members have yet to receive any payment for their activities in the project group.

The report claimed that the agencies of the members have reached out to CJ ENM multiple times to request payment for X1’s activities, but have yet to receive a response. Since making their debut last August, X1 held their premiere show-con at the Gocheok SKY Dome, sold merchandise at the show-con, sold over 500,000 copies of their debut mini album “Quantum Leap,” and appeared in various overseas events including KCON. But according to the report, the X1 members have not been paid for any of their work yet.

A source from Mnet responded to the report and stated, “We have been in continuous conversations with each member’s agency regarding the issue of payment,” and “We plan to send a statement of accounts to each agency today. We will follow the necessary procedures.”

X1 was a project group formed through Mnet’s “Produce X 101” and made their debut in August 2019. However, a controversy over voting manipulation arose surrounding the “Produce 101” series, leading to the group to go on hiatus as the situation unfolded. In January, it was announced that an agreement was made by the agencies of the members that the group would disband.

Sources: Naver (1, 2), soompi.

Selling over 600k albums, charting on digital charts for over 4 months, selling out Gocheok Sky Dome, selling out their merchs, multiple festivals and not getting a single penny, then being ruthlessly thown under the bus once they (mnet) announced they would no longer profit from X1's past AND future activities.

Zico's "Any Song" rules S. Korean music charts backed by viral cover dance videos

Zico, a rapper and music producer, became the latest K-pop sensation as his latest hip-hop number, "Any Song," topped weekly domestic music charts for the fourth week in a row.

The hypnotic song topped the Gaon weekly digital chart, operated by the Korea Music Content Association, for the week of Feb. 2-8, securing its fourth week atop the chart.

Since its release on January, "Any Song" has stayed on top of daily digital song charts of major online music streaming services, including Genie Music, Naver Music and Melon, almost every day. The move is unusual as K-pop music charts are often monopolized by idol groups.

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source: Yonhap News & Peachyam

Last episode of "Crash Landing On You" sets tvN's record high rating

The romantic comedy "Crash Landing On You" ended its two-month run Sunday with the highest viewership for the cable channel tvN's drama series.

The final episode of the series starring A-listers Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin marked 21.7 percent in nationwide viewership, according to data released Monday by Nielson Korea.

It surpassed the 20.5 percent record set by the channel's 2016 hit series "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" as the most-viewed tvN drama.

The 16-episode series tells a story about an heiress of a big-name fashion business in the South who crash lands in North Korea and meets a North Korean soldier after she is blown there by a windstorm while paragliding.

Despite controversy for depicting North Korea as a normal country, the on-screen chemistry of two of the country's hottest stars, Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, helped the drama win rave reviews, especially from female fans.

source: Yonhap News

The Return of Superman Ep 316

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Jam Jam and her family goes on a trip! They go to Singapore, where Heejoon and Soyul went on their honeymoon. Yeonwoo and Hayoung go to the spa for the first time, where Kyungwan sets up a special date. Do all kids talk like that in real life? Because I was so confused lol. William and Ben spend their morning stealing food and setting fashion trends. Then they go to the dentist, where it’s Ben’s first time. It’s Haoh’s first full day without mom, and he spends it at the salon. Everyone marvels at his speech development. Then he and Gary prepare for his mom’s return. So many kids around the same age on the show now! Haoh and Ben are only a week apart. And Gunhoo and Jam Jam are only a few months older than them.

source: KBS WORLD TV 1 2 3 4 5

Itaewon Class episode 5 & 6 Discussion Post

Director: Kim Sung-Yoon
Writer: Jo Gwang-Jin (webcomic & screenplay)
Network: JTBC
Episodes: 16
Release Date: January 31 - March 21, 2020
Runtime: Friday & Saturdays 23:00

Cast: Park Seo Joon, Kim Da Mi, Nara, Yoo Jae Myung, Ahn Bo Hyun, Kim Dong Hee, Kim Hye Eun, Ryu Kyung Soo, Lee Joo Young, Chris Lyon, Lee David, Yoon Gyung Ho, Kim Mi Kyung, Won Hyun Joon,
Yoo Da Mi, Hong Seo Joon

Plot: On the first day of attending his new high school, Park Sae Ro Yi punches his classmate Jang Geun Won, who was bullying another classmate. The bully is the son of CEO Jang Dae Hee. The bully's father runs restaurant business Jagga where Park Sae Ro Yi’s own father works. CEO Jang Dae Hee demands to Park Sae Ro Yi that he apologizes to his son, but Park Sae Ro Yi refuses. Because of his refusal, Park Sae Ro Yi gets expelled from school and his father gets fired from his job. Soon, an accident takes place. Park Sae Ro Yi’s father dies in a motorcycle accident caused by his ex-classmate Jang Geun Won. Burning with anger, Park Sae Ro Yi viciously beats Jang Geun Won. He is soon arrested and receives prison time for violent assault. Park Sae Ro Yi decides to destroy the Jagga company and take revenge upon CEO Jang Dae Hee and his son Jang Geun Won. Once Park Sae Ro Yi is released from prison, he opens a restaurant in Itaewon, Seoul. Jo Yi Seo, who is popular on social media, joins Park Sae Ro Yi’s restaurant and works there as a manager. She has feelings for Park Sae Ro Yi.

SOURCE: Drama information and image taken from Asianwiki

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News anchor ignites debate on going braless

MBC's news anchor Lim Hyun-ju has ignited a debate about women going braless in public places that started after she appeared on live TV without a bra and spoke openly about it.

In the MBC program titled "Series M," which was aired on Thursday, Lim was shown preparing for a live television show without wearing a bra as a part of her participation in a "No Bra Day" challenge for the program.

Whether or not it is acceptable to go braless is one of the most contentious issues here in Korea. Some people claim wearing a bra is unhealthy for women as it puts undue pressure on the chest while others say it is simply inappropriate for a woman to go braless in public.

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source: The Korea Times

Kingdom Season 2 official teaser

As winter approaches, the battle between the living and the undead in Joseon is just beginning. The royal court is teeming with snakes, the zombies are coming, and the crown prince has a nation to save. The worst is yet to come, and everyone will need to choose a side without knowing who they can really trust.

Ju Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong, and Bae Doona return in the highly anticipated second season of Netflix Original Series KINGDOM.

Coming to Netflix March 13.

source: The Swoon
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Chungha will make her comeback on February 29

source: OH_mes2, naver
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Seventeen miniroundup: Mafia game in "The Genius"-style, VN&DK Birthday, Vernon hangs with Seungyoun

Seventeen playing the mafia game is always the best, and this time they spiced it up by doing it "The Genius"-style!

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source: SEVENTEEN, like17subs, @seokedmin, pledis_17, 17_HAMZZI, @carrot_sarada, soonberries, konnichihello, Toh K, woodz_dnwm

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WINNER confirm last album as a complete group before military service

Winner will be making a comeback with their last album as a complete group.

On the 14th, an official from YG Entertainment confirmed reports stating, "Winner is preparing their new album. We can't confirm the release date yet. We will let you know later on the official schedule."

According to reports, Winner is preparing a new album with the goal of releasing it in March. They have finished filming the album jacket and are currently recording new songs. This will be the group's first full-length album before Kim Jin Woo and Lee Sung-hoon enlist in the military. The album will consist of songs written by the members and their title track will be a song composed by member Song Minho.

In the meantime, Kim Jin-woo, who was born in 1991, and Lee Seung-hoon, who was born in 1992, are scheduled to join the military within this year.

source: @dailynaver, dailynaver, naver

This seems so fast o.o
Sam Kim
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(TW) Nam Tae Hyun is not doing well in his latest IG live

Nam Tae Hyun has apologized for leaving his group WINNER.

On the 10th, the South Club member held an Instagram live with fans where he apologized for leaving WINNER and also confessed that he had been hacked. In particular, Nam Tae Hyun is seen crying hysterically causing worries among netizens.

He stated, "I always miss my fans so much. There are a lot of people who left and when I talk like this things become a hot topic. But I've gotten hacked and the hacker obtained my personal information and photos of all the people I've met."

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source: @dailynaver, dialynaver 2, naver 2 3, souththth, soompi 2