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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

K-Pop Star Dies in Apparent Suicide Using Coal

South Korea's Jonghyun appears to have killed himself by burning coal

(Newser) - A K-pop superstar in South Korea whose bandmates said "loved music more than anyone" died Monday in what appears to be a suicide, the BBC reports. Police say Jonghyun (full name Kim Jong-hyun), said to be in his late 20s, was found unconscious in a Seoul residence hotel and... More »

20% of South Korean Women Have Plastic Surgery

K-Pop fuels the obsession

(Newser) - Just how popular is cosmetic surgery in South Korea? So popular that one in five women there have had it, compared to one in 20 in America, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The statistic comes courtesy of the Atlantic , which mentions it in a broader look... More »

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