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BTS Is Taking a Break. There's More Than Music at Stake

K-pop group's break, which it says is temporary, spurs debate in Korea on conscription, activism

(Newser) - The surprise announcement by BTS last week that they were taking a break to focus on members' solo projects stunned their global fan base, shaking their label's stock price and leaving many questions about the K-pop supergroup's future. HYBE, the company behind the band, denied the group was...

K-Pop Superstars Test Positive For COVID

BTS heartthrobs RM, Jin, and Suga were all vaccinated

(Newser) - Three members of the K-pop superstar group BTS have been infected with the coronavirus after returning from abroad, their management agency said. RM and Jin were diagnosed with COVID-19 on Saturday evening, the Big Hit Music agency said in a statement, per the AP . It earlier said another member, Suga,...

Oxford English Dictionary Adds 26 Korean Words

They include a term for the world's growing interest in South Korean culture

(Newser) - The Korean wave has swept over the Oxford English Dictionary, which included more than two dozen new entries for words of Korean origin in its latest edition. The dictionary, which describes itself as the "definitive record of the English language," says the growing global popularity of Korean culture...

K-Pop Stars Address UN General Assembly

BTS members spoke at sustainability event

(Newser) - It was a United Nations speech that got attention like few others—a plug for vaccines, young people, and the earth's well-being from superstar K-pop band BTS. Addressing the stage for a sustainability event, the seven-member musical juggernaut appeared before the renowned green-marbled backdrop in the General Assembly hall...

Kim Jong Un Has a Problem With K-Pop

'New York Times' reports the North Korean leader has called it a 'vicious cancer'

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un is apparently no fan of BTS or Blackpink. But some in his country apparently are, and that has had the North Korean leader on a verbal tirade against the pop culture invasion that's apparently seeped in from the South. Following reports on Kim's crackdown on...

Kim Jong Un Outlaws Tight Jeans, Slang

South Korean culture is creeping across the border

(Newser) - As the pandemic grinds on and North Korea’s borders remain essentially closed, Kim Jong Un is cracking down harder on youth culture. A law passed this winter, called the "Law on the Elimination of Reactionary Thought and Culture," carries penalties from 5 years in prison to death,...

Another S. Korean Star Dies Young
S. Korean
Actress
Found Dead
at 26

S. Korean Actress Found Dead at 26

Song Yoo-jung is only the latest of nation's young stars to die

(Newser) - A disturbing trend in South Korea has continued in 2021: Another of the nation's young stars has been found dead. Actress Song Yoo-jung, 26, died on Saturday in Seoul, though no cause of death has been revealed, reports CNN . As the New York Times notes, her unexpected death has...

As Investors Scoop Up Shares, One Thing Looms Over BTS

K-pop group's star is rising—but military service awaits

(Newser) - Ordinary investors got a shot at shares in the management agency of K-pop sensation BTS on Monday and Tuesday. And they didn't hold back, requesting 58.4 trillion won worth—the equivalent of $50.2 billion. As AFP reports, that's 607 times more than the value of the...

This New Music Video Is Smashing YouTube Records

K-pop sensation BTS is racking up millions of views per hour for 'Dynamite'

(Newser) - The South Korean K-pop group BTS has dropped its first all-English song and video on YouTube, with record-breaking results. The minute "Dynamite" debuted, somewhere between 3 million and 4 million viewers were watching it concurrently, which could wind up being double the previous record, reports Forbes . The old mark...

TikTok Teens Claim They Messed With Trump Rally

Ditto K-pop fans

(Newser) - Teen TikTok users and K-pop fans are apparently patting themselves on the back for what they claim was a successful prank related to the attendance at President Trump's Tulsa rally on Saturday. While Trump's re-election campaign trumpeted last Monday that it had received more than 1 million ticket...

K-Pop Band's Fans Respond in Big Way to $1M BLM Donation

BTS fans match boy band's Black Lives Matter donation

(Newser) - K-Pop superstars BTS announced a $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter on Saturday—and it didn't take long for the boy band's devoted fans to match it. The "ARMY" fan collective, which spread the word under the #MatchAMillion hashtag, said its campaign had raised $1 million...

Well, a Celeb Pulled an April Fools' Coronavirus Prank

K-pop star Jaejoong ended up taking the post down

(Newser) - A K-pop star apparently didn't get the April 1 memo. As governments across the globe went so far as to issue warnings against pulling coronavirus-related April Fools' Day jokes, the singer Jaejoong from the K-pop group JYJ told his 1.9 million fans on Instagram he'd been diagnosed...

K-Pop Star's Death Is 3rd in 2 Months
Another K-Pop
Star Is
Found Dead 

Another K-Pop Star Is Found Dead

Cha In Ha found dead at home at age 27

(Newser) - South Korea has been rocked by the third sudden death of a K-pop star in two months. Cha In Ha, a member of the boy band Surprise U who'd also appeared in a short film and TV drama, was found dead at his home on Tuesday at age 27,...

Two K-Pop Stars Guilty of Rape; One Shared Video

Female victims were too drunk to resist assaults

(Newser) - Two K-pop stars will spend the next several years behind bars—punishment for raping women who were too drunk to resist. Jung Joon-young, a singer-songwriter who rose to fame on a TV talent show, and Choi Jong-hoon, a former member of the boy band FT Island, burst into tears Friday...

K-Pop Star Who Had Attempted Suicide Dies
Another K-Pop Star Is Dead

Another K-Pop Star Is Dead

Goo Hara, who attempted suicide earlier this year, was close to a singer who killed herself last month

(Newser) - Goo Hara, a K-pop solo artist, actress, and onetime member of the group Kara, was found dead at home in Seoul on Sunday. Police did not release a cause of death. Her last communication was a "goodnight" post on Instagram on Saturday night, Newsweek reports. Hara, 28, had attempted...

K-Pop Star's Death Brings New Scrutiny to Industry
K-Pop Star's Death Brings
New Scrutiny to Industry
the rundown

K-Pop Star's Death Brings New Scrutiny to Industry

Sulli, 25, appears to have committed suicide

(Newser) - Her name was Choi Jin-ri, but she was better known to her legions of fans in South Korea and elsewhere as Sulli. The 25-year-old actress and former K-pop star was found dead in her home near Seoul on Monday in what police say was an apparent suicide, reports the Yonhap...

Sex Scandals Take Down 2 K-Pop Stars
Sex Scandals
Take Down
2 K-Pop
Stars

Sex Scandals Take Down 2 K-Pop Stars

More could be coming

(Newser) - South Korea's K-pop industry has a growing sex scandal on its hands. One K-pop star was charged this week with running an illegal prostitution ring, and now another singer has admitted to sharing secretly filmed videos of himself having sex. Jung Joon-young, 30, released a statement admitting he filmed...

K-Pop Band Member Accused of Wearing Controversial T-Shirt

BTS' Jimin allegedly wore shirt celebrating mushroom cloud over Japanese city in WWII

(Newser) - A popular South Korean boy band was set to appear on one of Japan's biggest TV stations this week, but that appearance has been canceled due to a clothing choice one of its members may have made. Per the Guardian and CNN , K-pop group BTS was scheduled to be...

S. Korea Just Tried to 'Create a Peaceful Mood' With the North

Propaganda loudspeakers near border silenced before summit between 2 nations this week

(Newser) - The last top-level meeting between North and South Korea took place 11 years ago, and tensions have since "risen dramatically," per the Los Angeles Times . And so South Korea is offering an olive branch ahead of this week's summit, silencing the speakers it uses along the border...

Kim Watches S. Korean Pop Stars in Pyongyang
Kim Jong Un Goes
to K-Pop Concert

Kim Jong Un Goes to K-Pop Concert

He was 'deeply moved' by South Koreans' performance

(Newser) - North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clapped his hands and said he was "deeply moved" as he, along with his wife and hundreds of other citizens, watched a rare performance by South Korean pop stars visiting Pyongyang. The concert highlights the thawing ties between the rivals after years of...

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