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Did Exo and Red Velvet’s K-pop bullying and cheating scandals cause SM Entertainment to rush new girl group Aespa’s debut?

After K-pop bullying and cheating scandals with Exo and Red Velvet, did the huge Korean agency rush new girl group Aespa’s debut to create a distraction?

25 Nov 2020 - 7:00AM

After K-pop bullying and cheating scandals with Exo and Red Velvet, did the huge Korean agency rush new girl group Aespa’s debut to create a distraction?

Did Exo and Red Velvet’s K-pop bullying and cheating scandals cause SM Entertainment to rush new girl group Aespa’s debut?
Descendants of the Sun star Song Hye-kyo is rumoured to be making a comeback in new K-drama Now, We Are Breaking Up – what we know so far

She may no longer half of the Song-Song couple, but her on-screen chemistry with Park Bo-gum in Encounter was electric: what’s next for the That Winter, The Wind Blows star?

23 Nov 2020 - 10:49AM

She may no longer half of the Song-Song couple, but her on-screen chemistry with Park Bo-gum in Encounter was electric: what’s next for the That Winter, The Wind Blows star?

Descendants of the Sun star Song Hye-kyo is rumoured to be making a comeback in new K-drama Now, We Are Breaking Up – what we know so far
K-drama The World of the Married’s Han So-hee started out in a Shinee MV – the double of Itzy’s Ryujin, she comes from a modest background, raised mostly by her grandmother

5 things to know about the mysterious icon: raised by her grandma, she changed her family name, switched bar work for Seoul’s bright lights and landed a role as Minho’s girlfriend in a Shinee video

18 Nov 2020 - 10:00AM

5 things to know about the mysterious icon: raised by her grandma, she changed her family name, switched bar work for Seoul’s bright lights and landed a role as Minho’s girlfriend in a Shinee video

K-drama The World of the Married’s Han So-hee started out in a Shinee MV – the double of Itzy’s Ryujin, she comes from a modest background, raised mostly by her grandmother
IU gave generous gifts to fellow K-pop stars G-Dragon, Twice and Lee Hyori – Gucci rings, Chanel shoes, iPhones for all and Victoria’s Secret lingerie, for a start

K-pop fans are well-known for showering their idols with gifts, but IU is famous for giving plenty of gifts right back – both to her fans and fellow stars like G-Dragon, Twice and Lee Hyori

17 Nov 2020 - 5:40PM

K-pop fans are well-known for showering their idols with gifts, but IU is famous for giving plenty of gifts right back – both to her fans and fellow stars like G-Dragon, Twice and Lee Hyori

IU gave generous gifts to fellow K-pop stars G-Dragon, Twice and Lee Hyori – Gucci rings, Chanel shoes, iPhones for all and Victoria’s Secret lingerie, for a start
The Lee Hyori revival: project groups Refund Sisters and SSAK3 gave the first-gen K-pop star a delightful 2020 comeback – and we can’t get enough

In Summer and Don’t Touch Me were the retro mega-hits we all needed: here’s why we love the former Fin.K.L star’s new alter egos Linda G and Chun Ok

12 Nov 2020 - 2:56PM

In Summer and Don’t Touch Me were the retro mega-hits we all needed: here’s why we love the former Fin.K.L star’s new alter egos Linda G and Chun Ok

The Lee Hyori revival: project groups Refund Sisters and SSAK3 gave the first-gen K-pop star a delightful 2020 comeback – and we can’t get enough
Twice member Momo – 4 things to know about the Japanese K-pop girl group idol, girlfriend of Super Junior’s Heechul

‘Momo is like a dancer sent down from the gods’ – Momo is well-loved for her dancing skills, sincerity and chemistry with fellow members Nayeon, Jeongyeon and Chaeyoung

9 Nov 2020 - 1:54PM

‘Momo is like a dancer sent down from the gods’ – Momo is well-loved for her dancing skills, sincerity and chemistry with fellow members Nayeon, Jeongyeon and Chaeyoung

Twice member Momo – 4 things to know about the Japanese K-pop girl group idol, girlfriend of Super Junior’s Heechul
When K-pop and K-drama fans turn sour: Exo’s Chen and Baekhyun, Girls’ Generations’ Taeyeon and, most recently, Lee Do-hyun have all been the subjects of social media scandals – but why?

From liking posts on IG to not saying thank you for gifts, what did Exo’s Chen and Baekhyun, Girls’ Generations’ Taeyeon and, most recently, Lee Do-hyun, do to make their fans freak out and demand apologies?

5 Nov 2020 - 1:07PM

From liking posts on IG to not saying thank you for gifts, what did Exo’s Chen and Baekhyun, Girls’ Generations’ Taeyeon and, most recently, Lee Do-hyun, do to make their fans freak out and demand apologies?

When K-pop and K-drama fans turn sour: Exo’s Chen and Baekhyun, Girls’ Generations’ Taeyeon and, most recently, Lee Do-hyun have all been the subjects of social media scandals – but why?
Monsta X’s Minhyuk has shared the stage with fellow K-pop idols NCT’s Jaehyun, Astro’s Cha Eun-woo and April’s Lee Na-eun – but why did it drive fans wild?

He’s done stage and television appearance with fellow K-pop idols NCT’s Jaehyun, Astro’s Cha Eun-woo and April’s Lee Na-eun – but why did it drive fans so crazy?

3 Nov 2020 - 8:00AM

He’s done stage and television appearance with fellow K-pop idols NCT’s Jaehyun, Astro’s Cha Eun-woo and April’s Lee Na-eun – but why did it drive fans so crazy?

Monsta X’s Minhyuk has shared the stage with fellow K-pop idols NCT’s Jaehyun, Astro’s Cha Eun-woo and April’s Lee Na-eun – but why did it drive fans wild?
BTS members before the fame: how J-Hope, RM, Jin, V, Jungkook, Jimin and Suga signed with Big Hit Entertainment and what they dreamed of when they were kids

Jin got scouted by SM Entertainment, J-Hope attended the same school as TVXQ’s Yunho and 2NEW1’s Minzy, and Jungkook didn’t make it past the first round of Superstar K – but got plenty of agency calls anyway

3 Nov 2020 - 5:20PM

Jin got scouted by SM Entertainment, J-Hope attended the same school as TVXQ’s Yunho and 2NEW1’s Minzy, and Jungkook didn’t make it past the first round of Superstar K – but got plenty of agency calls anyway

BTS members before the fame: how J-Hope, RM, Jin, V, Jungkook, Jimin and Suga signed with Big Hit Entertainment and what they dreamed of when they were kids
BTS fans celebrate Jimin’s birthday with 97,000 adverts in The Dubai Mall, 8,700 newly planted mangrove trees and a really cheesy tribute song

Nearly 100,000 adverts in Dubai Mall and 8,700 newly planted mangrove trees in Indonesia is just the beginning – wait until you hear the song they wrote

9 Nov 2020 - 11:34AM

Nearly 100,000 adverts in Dubai Mall and 8,700 newly planted mangrove trees in Indonesia is just the beginning – wait until you hear the song they wrote

BTS fans celebrate Jimin’s birthday with 97,000 adverts in The Dubai Mall, 8,700 newly planted mangrove trees and a really cheesy tribute song
K-drama actor Joo Won’s comeback in sci-fi romance series Alice – but did you know he was almost passed over for his debut role in Bread, Love and Dreams?

Sci-fi romance Alice is Joo Won’s first major role after completing his mandatory military service – but what else has the versatile actor been in?

30 Sep 2020 - 3:02PM

Sci-fi romance Alice is Joo Won’s first major role after completing his mandatory military service – but what else has the versatile actor been in?

K-drama actor Joo Won’s comeback in sci-fi romance series Alice – but did you know he was almost passed over for his debut role in Bread, Love and Dreams?
Blackpink before the fame: what Jennie, Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo were like before they became K-pop idols

Two of them lived in New Zealand, another debuted as the mystery woman on a G-Dragon track – so who did what?

14 Oct 2020 - 5:34PM

Two of them lived in New Zealand, another debuted as the mystery woman on a G-Dragon track – so who did what?

Blackpink before the fame: what Jennie, Rosé, Lisa and Jisoo were like before they became K-pop idols
Jun Ji-hyun vs Song Hye-kyo: Korean drama stars of My Love from the Star and Descendants of the Sun, who deserves the title of ‘K-drama queen’?

They starred in competing K-drama series like My Love from the Star and Descendants of the Sun – but which leading actress has had the strongest career overall?

25 Sep 2020 - 10:47AM

They starred in competing K-drama series like My Love from the Star and Descendants of the Sun – but which leading actress has had the strongest career overall?

Jun Ji-hyun vs Song Hye-kyo: Korean drama stars of  My Love from the Star and Descendants of the Sun, who deserves the title of ‘K-drama queen’?
Exo’s Xiumin and D.O, BTOB’s Minhyuk, 2pm’s Junho and Shinee’s Key and Minho ... 10 K-pop stars finishing military service in 2020-2021

Back from the front: Exo’s Xiumin and D.O, BTOB’s Minhyuk, Shinee’s Key and Minho, and 5 more stars returning home in 2020 or early 2021

15 Sep 2020 - 5:03PM

Back from the front: Exo’s Xiumin and D.O, BTOB’s Minhyuk, Shinee’s Key and Minho, and 5 more stars returning home in 2020 or early 2021

Exo’s Xiumin and D.O, BTOB’s Minhyuk, 2pm’s Junho and Shinee’s Key and Minho ... 10 K-pop stars finishing military service in 2020-2021
Why don’t Song Joong-ki, Gong Yoo, Shinee’s Minho and other South Korean stars use Instagram or social media?

Lee Hyori recently quit Instagram after enraging Chinese fans – following the likes of Song Joong-ki, Gong Yoo, Shinee’s Minho and more Korean personalities who all shun social media

13 Sep 2020 - 2:38PM

Lee Hyori recently quit Instagram after enraging Chinese fans – following the likes of Song Joong-ki, Gong Yoo, Shinee’s Minho and more Korean personalities who all shun social media

Why don’t Song Joong-ki, Gong Yoo, Shinee’s Minho and other South Korean stars use Instagram or social media?