April 4th, 2021


Some Chinese K-pop idols support Xinjiang cotton accused of using forced labor

Several K-pop bands' former and current Chinese members have caused a stir with their apparent support for cotton produced in China's Xinjiang region accused of using forced labor.

Their open support for the Chinese government over the controversy has troubled their agencies which are wary of possible fallout from fans. Anti-China sentiment is in full swing in Korea these days as seen in the recently scrapped SBS TV drama, "Joseon Exorcist," over distorting history and belittling Korean culture by depicting distinctly Chinese foods and fashion.

Cotton produced in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region has, in recent years, come under fire over allegations that it is using ethnic Uighur Muslim minorities as forced labor. The Chinese government has flatly denied those accusations. Growing concerns over such acts of human rights violations have prompted global fashion giants such as H&M, Adidas, Nike and Burberry to make pledges to exclude Xinjiang cotton from their supply chains.

Chinese K-pop stars, including EXO's Lay, f(x)'s Victoria, Everglow's Yiren as well as three members of Cosmic Girls ― Mei Qi, Xuan Yi and Cheng Xiao ― all took part in a People's Daily campaign on their Weibo accounts, March 25, with the hashtag "I Support Xinjiang Cotton."

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source: The Korea Times

Park Soo-hong to take legal action against brother over financial irregularities

*A follow up to this post*

Comedian-TV show host Park Soo-hong will file civil and criminal lawsuits against his brother and sister-in-law who have been accused of having embezzling about 10 billion won over the past 30 years.

In a statement released to the media on Saturday, Park's lawyer, Roh Jong-un, claimed the star's brother and sister-in-law had broken a profit-sharing agreement and founded a corporation with money of which the financial source was not clear.

Park had sent a compromise plan to his brother, suggesting fully disclosing the two sides' incomes and sharing them in accordance with the 7:3 ratio they had agreed to earlier, but his brother has not responded to the request.

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source: The Korea Times

LOONA says English song "Star" is a "gift" for fans around the world

When LOONA released "Star," a new version of its Korean song "Voice" entirely sung in English, little did they imagine it would go on to make history on U.S. radio charts, a territory that has proven tough for non-English acts.

At a time when K-pop acts are collaborating with prominent overseas artists to break into the global music industry, the 12-piece act from a small agency in Seoul instead opted to release an English version of one of its Korean songs.

The strategy hit the mark. LOONA made its first entry onto the Billboard's Pop Airplay chart at No. 40, becoming the second K-pop girl group after BLACKPINK to crack the chart. "Star" also made Mediabase's Top 40 chart for nine straight weeks, the longest streak for an all-female K-pop act.

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source: Yonhap News

"Unexpected Business" with Jo Insung & Cha Taehyun (Ep 6)


Set in a small, rural town, the show is about two friends ― actors Zo In-sung and Cha Tae-hyun ― running a supermarket for 10 days.

Watch episode 6 here. In this episode, Shin Seung Hwan takes over the kitchen (and eats all the food). In Sung, Park Byung Eun and Nam Joo Hyuk begin to fish in choppy waters. Then return back to store in time for dinner.

source: kshow123

This Sunday on Inkigayo !

Who performed what: WJSN - "UNNATURAL" / "Last Dance" • Kim Sejeon (feat. Hoyoung of VERIVERY) - "Warning" • T1419 - "EXIT" NTX - "Kiss The World" • Weeekly - "After School" • Kang Seung Yoon (with MINO) - "Better" • SINCHONTIGER - "Won't Be Long" • PURPLE KISS - "Ponzona"Park Goon - "한잔해" • WOODZ - "Feel Like" • Rosé - "On The Ground" • PENTAGON - "DO Or NOT" • DRIPPIN - "Young Blood" • DKB - "ALL IN" • GHOST9 - "SEOUL" • Ciipher - "I Like You"MIRAE - "KILLA" •

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🥇 IU with "LILAC" (7521)
🥈 Rosé with "On The Ground" (7015)
🥉 Brave Girls with "Rollin'" (6160)

Sources: SBS KPOP & Soompi