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K-pop labels take legal action against internet trolls to protect their stars against defamation

BTS and Blackpink’s labels Hybe and YG Entertainment have declared war on internet trolls, promising legal action and calling for stricter penalties for defamation in South Korea.

BTS and Blackpink’s labels Hybe and YG Entertainment have declared war on internet trolls, promising legal action and calling for stricter penalties for defamation in South Korea.

K-pop labels take legal action against internet trolls to protect their stars against defamation
20 Oct 2021 - 6:15PM
Why Koreans are only allowed to buy one Chanel bag per year – new measures introduced to curb ‘opens runs’ as luxury fiends and resellers hoard bags

Chanel Korea is limiting its customers to only one bag per person, per year, in a bid to curb the frenzied ‘open runs’ of shopaholics and resellers

Chanel Korea is limiting its customers to only one bag per person, per year, in a bid to curb the frenzied ‘open runs’ of shopaholics and resellers

Why Koreans are only allowed to buy one Chanel bag per year – new measures introduced to curb ‘opens runs’ as luxury fiends and resellers hoard bags
15 Oct 2021 - 1:42PM
K-pop labels likely to hire more foreign staff, says industry veteran – but they need to speak and write Korean, and be ready to work around the clock, like Koreans, when needed

Foreign staff already work in star management, marketing and overseas for K-pop labels, says an industry veteran, and more could be hired as the music’s global reach increases.

Foreign staff already work in star management, marketing and overseas for K-pop labels, says an industry veteran, and more could be hired as the music’s global reach increases.

K-pop labels likely to hire more foreign staff, says industry veteran – but they need to speak and write Korean, and be ready to work around the clock, like Koreans, when needed
10 Oct 2021 - 8:15PM
‘I wanted to play an everyday character’: Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae on his sudden rise to global fame in the Netflix series and what drew him to the show

Lee Jung-jae says he was drawn to the role of Gi-hun in Squid Game, the hit Korean survival-game drama series on Netflix, because he ‘wanted to play an everyday character’.

Lee Jung-jae says he was drawn to the role of Gi-hun in Squid Game, the hit Korean survival-game drama series on Netflix, because he ‘wanted to play an everyday character’.

‘I wanted to play an everyday character’: Squid Game’s Lee Jung-jae on his sudden rise to global fame in the Netflix series and what drew him to the show
8 Oct 2021 - 6:43PM
On Netflix, celebrities Jay Park, Lee Joon-gi and Kim Yeon-koung help chef introduce Korean drinking culture to the world on Paik’s Spirit

Paik’s Spirit is a six-part food show celebrating Korean drinks. Celebrity chef Paik Jong-won and guests including rapper Jay Park and actors Lee Joon-gi and Kim Hae-ee share stories, drinks and food.

Paik’s Spirit is a six-part food show celebrating Korean drinks. Celebrity chef Paik Jong-won and guests including rapper Jay Park and actors Lee Joon-gi and Kim Hae-ee share stories, drinks and food.

On Netflix, celebrities Jay Park, Lee Joon-gi and Kim Yeon-koung help chef introduce Korean drinking culture to the world on Paik’s Spirit
1 Oct 2021 - 3:15PM
As big as BTS: Squid Game director on why Netflix thriller’s global success is not a surprise – ‘the most Korean is the most universal’

Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk says the global success of the Netflix show came as no surprise – he had the international market in mind from the start.

Squid Game director Hwang Dong-hyuk says the global success of the Netflix show came as no surprise – he had the international market in mind from the start.

As big as BTS: Squid Game director on why Netflix thriller’s global success is not a surprise – ‘the most Korean is the most universal’
8 Oct 2021 - 6:45PM
Squid Game phone number turns out to be real, and a Korean man is bombarded with calls and texts; a fringe Korean presidential candidate offers to buy it for US$85,000

A phone number featured in Netflix hit Squid Game turns out to be real, and its owner has been getting calls day and night; a fringe South Korean presidential hopeful offered US$85,000 to buy it.

A phone number featured in Netflix hit Squid Game turns out to be real, and its owner has been getting calls day and night; a fringe South Korean presidential hopeful offered US$85,000 to buy it.

Squid Game phone number turns out to be real, and a Korean man is bombarded with calls and texts; a fringe Korean presidential candidate offers to buy it for US$85,000
8 Oct 2021 - 6:46PM
Ex-Secret singer and actress Han Sun-hwa on her first movie role, in Cinema Street, putting K-pop and anxiety behind her and learning to care for herself

Han Sun-hwa, once of K-pop girl group Secret, has landed her first role in a movie, as the lead in Cinema Street, after several K-drama parts. She reflects on the demands of her singing career, and growing older.

Han Sun-hwa, once of K-pop girl group Secret, has landed her first role in a movie, as the lead in Cinema Street, after several K-drama parts. She reflects on the demands of her singing career, and growing older.

Ex-Secret singer and actress Han Sun-hwa on her first movie role, in Cinema Street, putting K-pop  and anxiety behind her and learning to care for herself
19 Sep 2021 - 5:45PM
How will China’s strict new entertainment rules affect K-pop idols? Fans of BTS and Blackpink can say goodbye to bulk-buying albums, paid votes on TV shows and gender-bending fashion …

Fans of Korean celebrities will be well familiar with buying multiple copies of albums and enjoying gender-bending fashion … so how are the Chinese government’s new rules going to change all that?

Fans of Korean celebrities will be well familiar with buying multiple copies of albums and enjoying gender-bending fashion … so how are the Chinese government’s new rules going to change all that?

How will China’s strict new entertainment rules affect K-pop idols? Fans of BTS and Blackpink can say goodbye to bulk-buying albums, paid votes on TV shows and gender-bending fashion …
7 Sep 2021 - 12:19PM
4 new Korean films starring K-pop idols, from Girl’s Generation’s Yoona in The Miracle to former Kara member Seungyeon in Show Me the Ghost

The third and fourth generations of K-pop stars are making waves in music, but the second generation – those who debuted 10 years ago – are turning to the big screen

The third and fourth generations of K-pop stars are making waves in music, but the second generation – those who debuted 10 years ago – are turning to the big screen

4 new Korean films starring K-pop idols, from Girl’s Generation’s Yoona in The Miracle to former Kara member Seungyeon in Show Me the Ghost
30 Aug 2021 - 3:09PM
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’s Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho open up about their undeniable chemistry in new Netflix romcom– are they the perfect K-drama couple?

‘I think we clicked very well,’ Shin said of her co-star Kim – so what else can we expect from the pair in their new Netflix K-drama romcom, and what inspired their portrayal of their characters?

‘I think we clicked very well,’ Shin said of her co-star Kim – so what else can we expect from the pair in their new Netflix K-drama romcom, and what inspired their portrayal of their characters?

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha’s Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho open up about their undeniable chemistry in new Netflix romcom– are they the perfect K-drama couple?
28 Aug 2021 - 12:00PM
Gamer conductor leads orchestral concerts of video-game theme music, and fans demand an encore

South Korean conductor Chin Sol is the driving force behind concerts based on video-game music. She shares her thoughts on the developing genre and its future.

South Korean conductor Chin Sol is the driving force behind concerts based on video-game music. She shares her thoughts on the developing genre and its future.

Gamer conductor leads orchestral concerts of video-game theme music, and fans demand an encore
23 Aug 2021 - 8:15PM
Would you stan BTS or Blackpink if they were mixed-gender like SSAK3? Why boy bands and girl groups are K-pop’s go-to recipe for success

Although popular in the 1990s, mixed-gender groups declined since the 2000s – so is there a chance they will ever take off, or are they doomed to fail?

Although popular in the 1990s, mixed-gender groups declined since the 2000s – so is there a chance they will ever take off, or are they doomed to fail?

Would you stan BTS or Blackpink if they were mixed-gender like SSAK3? Why boy bands and girl groups are K-pop’s go-to recipe for success
20 Aug 2021 - 12:00PM
K-drama stars heading to Hollywood: will Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon play Amadeus Cho in Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels?

Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon is rumoured to appear in The Marvels, Jeon Jong-seo just wrapped her first US film, and Yoo Teo will act in a romance drama by the company behind Moonlight and Minari

Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon is rumoured to appear in The Marvels, Jeon Jong-seo just wrapped her first US film, and Yoo Teo will act in a romance drama by the company behind Moonlight and Minari

K-drama stars heading to Hollywood: will Itaewon Class’ Park Seo-joon play Amadeus Cho in Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels?
11 Aug 2021 - 1:06PM
BTS’ Billboard chart takeover: are the fan Army playing fair? K-pop single Butter became 2021’s longest-running US No 1 thanks to three remixes, iTunes discounts, plus cassette and vinyl releases …

K-pop smash Butter became 2021’s longest-running US No 1 – thanks in part to fans mass streaming the track’s three remixes and bulk buying cassette and vinyl releases

K-pop smash Butter became 2021’s longest-running US No 1 – thanks in part to fans mass streaming the track’s three remixes and bulk buying cassette and vinyl releases

BTS’ Billboard chart takeover: are the fan Army playing fair? K-pop single Butter became 2021’s longest-running US No 1 thanks to three remixes, iTunes discounts, plus cassette and vinyl releases …
6 Aug 2021 - 11:53AM
Which K-pop songs have been played at the Tokyo Olympics? BTS fan Kang Chae-young got Blackpink’s Boombayah instead – but Butter and Dynamite are on the pump-up playlist

Gold-medallist Kang Chae-young asked for BTS but got Blackpink instead – fans have also counted tracks by at least 10 other K-pop acts, so who made the competition playlist?

Gold-medallist Kang Chae-young asked for BTS but got Blackpink instead – fans have also counted tracks by at least 10 other K-pop acts, so who made the competition playlist?

Which K-pop songs have been played at the Tokyo Olympics? BTS fan Kang Chae-young got Blackpink’s Boombayah instead – but Butter and Dynamite are on the pump-up playlist
4 Aug 2021 - 1:49PM
4 Olympic athletes who love K-pop: BTS, Blackpink and Mamamoo are all on these Korean sports stars’ pre-competition playlists

‘I’m crying right now,’ wrote South Korean archer An San when Mamamoo’s Solar left her a message on Instagram – not even sports stars are immune to the allure of K-pop, it seems

‘I’m crying right now,’ wrote South Korean archer An San when Mamamoo’s Solar left her a message on Instagram – not even sports stars are immune to the allure of K-pop, it seems

4 Olympic athletes who love K-pop: BTS, Blackpink and Mamamoo are all on these Korean sports stars’ pre-competition playlists
30 Jul 2021 - 8:00AM
Why Netflix’s Kingdom: Ashin of the North special is the ‘most perfect’ episode yet – according to director Kim Seong-hun, anyway

Sitting between seasons two and three, Kingdom: Ashin of the North promises to answer gripping questions about the true nature of undead-raising herb saengsacho – and who started the zombie epidemic

Sitting between seasons two and three, Kingdom: Ashin of the North promises to answer gripping questions about the true nature of undead-raising herb saengsacho – and who started the zombie epidemic

Why Netflix’s Kingdom: Ashin of the North special is the ‘most perfect’ episode yet – according to director Kim Seong-hun, anyway
21 Jul 2021 - 11:25AM
BTS member Jimin’s ‘genderless’ fashion just went viral – so why is androgynous style trending among K-pop stars?

Ahead of BTS’ hit song Butter, Jimin made waves by wearing a kilt with fur boots – and other stars like Exo’s Kai and Shinee’s Taemin have defied gender roles too

Ahead of BTS’ hit song Butter, Jimin made waves by wearing a kilt with fur boots – and other stars like Exo’s Kai and Shinee’s Taemin have defied gender roles too

BTS member Jimin’s ‘genderless’ fashion just went viral – so why is androgynous style trending among K-pop stars?
23 Jul 2021 - 7:16PM
3 more K-pop idols test positive for Covid-19: boy band Treasure is quarantining while Ateez’s San is asymptomatic, reassuring fans that he’s in ‘good condition’

Boy band Treasure is quarantining and Cinderella singer Seo In-young’s guest appearance on a reality show was cancelled, while Ateez’s San reassured fans that he’s in ‘good condition’

Boy band Treasure is quarantining and Cinderella singer Seo In-young’s guest appearance on a reality show was cancelled, while Ateez’s San reassured fans that he’s in ‘good condition’

3 more K-pop idols test positive for Covid-19: boy band Treasure is quarantining while Ateez’s San is asymptomatic, reassuring fans that he’s in ‘good condition’
16 Jul 2021 - 11:56AM
Chinese diplomat charged with drink-driving in South Korea will face prosecution

Police in Gwangju did not recognise the consul's drink-driving as related to official affairs, which is one of requisites for diplomatic immunity.

Police in Gwangju did not recognise the consul's drink-driving as related to official affairs, which is one of requisites for diplomatic immunity.

Chinese diplomat charged with drink-driving in South Korea will face prosecution
12 Jul 2021 - 8:06PM
Speculation of Moon, Suga summit in Tokyo mounts, as South Korea warns against leaks

South Korea has warned against leaks after Japanese media reports about consultations about a meeting between Moon Jae-in and Yoshihide Suga.

South Korea has warned against leaks after Japanese media reports about consultations about a meeting between Moon Jae-in and Yoshihide Suga.

Speculation of Moon, Suga summit in Tokyo mounts, as South Korea warns against leaks
12 Jul 2021 - 8:06PM
5 K-dramas and films delayed by Korea’s fourth Covid-19 wave, from Netflix’s Money Heist to Bogotá: City of the Lost starring Song Joong-ki

Song Joong-ki’s movie Bogotá: City of the Lost halted filming, TVN reality show Udo Inn was cancelled and even the theatre scene has been disrupted as Korea faces its worst outbreak yet

Song Joong-ki’s movie Bogotá: City of the Lost halted filming, TVN reality show Udo Inn was cancelled and even the theatre scene has been disrupted as Korea faces its worst outbreak yet

5 K-dramas and films delayed by Korea’s fourth Covid-19 wave, from Netflix’s Money Heist to Bogotá: City of the Lost starring Song Joong-ki
11 Jul 2021 - 9:00AM
Smartphone-ready Korean webtoons displace Japanese manga in global comic fans’ affections

Comic fans who struggled to view poorly scanned Japanese manga pages welcome Korean webtoons optimised for smartphone users, and like their graphics and storylines too.

Comic fans who struggled to view poorly scanned Japanese manga pages welcome Korean webtoons optimised for smartphone users, and like their graphics and storylines too.

Smartphone-ready Korean webtoons displace Japanese manga in global comic fans’ affections
10 Jul 2021 - 12:45PM
Scarlett Johansson on a decade of Black Widow, from Marvel’s Iron Man 2 to Avengers: End Game, what will she bring to her first solo superhero film? – interview

From Marvel’s Iron Man 2 to Avengers: End Game, Johansson has been playing the pioneering Avengers superheroine for more than a decade, so what will she bring to her first solo outing?

From Marvel’s Iron Man 2 to Avengers: End Game, Johansson has been playing the pioneering Avengers superheroine for more than a decade, so what will she bring to her first solo outing?

Scarlett Johansson on a decade of Black Widow, from Marvel’s Iron Man 2 to Avengers: End Game, what will she bring to her first solo superhero film? – interview
29 Jun 2021 - 11:31AM
North Koreans are worried about ‘emaciated’ leader Kim Jong-un, state media reports

The rare public comment on Kim’s health comes after foreign analysts noted in that the autocratic leader appeared to have lost a noticeable amount of weight.

The rare public comment on Kim’s health comes after foreign analysts noted in that the autocratic leader appeared to have lost a noticeable amount of weight.

North Koreans are worried about ‘emaciated’ leader Kim Jong-un, state media reports
28 Jun 2021 - 8:40PM
South Korean restaurants urged to shun China-made kimchi due to hygiene concerns

South Koreans eat so much kimchi that producers are unable to meet demand, with some restaurants relying on Chinese imports.

South Koreans eat so much kimchi that producers are unable to meet demand, with some restaurants relying on Chinese imports.

South Korean restaurants urged to shun China-made kimchi due to hygiene concerns
3 Jul 2021 - 11:55PM
Could a virtual K-pop girl group dethrone Blackpink? After Aespa’s VR avatars comes Eternity, an 11-piece girl band created from AI graphics – but with new tech comes problems too

‘Unlike human singers, AI members can freely express themselves,’ said Park Ji-eun, CEO of Pulse 9, the company behind new AI-powered girl band Eternity – but with new tech comes problems too

‘Unlike human singers, AI members can freely express themselves,’ said Park Ji-eun, CEO of Pulse 9, the company behind new AI-powered girl band Eternity – but with new tech comes problems too

Could a virtual K-pop girl group dethrone Blackpink? After Aespa’s VR avatars comes Eternity, an 11-piece girl band created from AI graphics – but with new tech comes problems too
12 Jun 2021 - 12:15PM
A Blackpink look for the office – how hanbok, or traditional Korean clothing, inspired a line of casual business attire

Hanbok, or traditional Korean attire, has influenced the looks of Blackpink and other K-pop stars, and now it’s being modified for casual business attire in South Korea.

Hanbok, or traditional Korean attire, has influenced the looks of Blackpink and other K-pop stars, and now it’s being modified for casual business attire in South Korea.

A Blackpink look for the office – how hanbok, or traditional Korean clothing, inspired a line of casual business attire
10 Jun 2021 - 12:15PM
Why K-drama fans are against Lee Seung-gi’s romance with Lee Da-in – the star of Netflix’s Vagabond woke up to a protest truck demanding he ‘make a quick decision’

Obsessive fans of the squeaky clean hero are angry about his romance with fellow star Lee Da-in – but have they gone too far this time?

Obsessive fans of the squeaky clean hero are angry about his romance with fellow star Lee Da-in – but have they gone too far this time?

Why K-drama fans are against Lee Seung-gi’s romance with Lee Da-in – the star of Netflix’s Vagabond woke up to a protest truck demanding he ‘make a quick decision’
3 Jun 2021 - 1:08PM