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TXT join BTS on top of US Billboard Social 50 chart

New South Korean boy band Tomorrow X Together (TXT) have climbed to second position on the US Billboard Social 50 chart, one place below their Big Hit Entertainment stablemates BTS.

25 May 2019 - 4:39AM

New South Korean boy band Tomorrow X Together (TXT) have climbed to second position on the US Billboard Social 50 chart, one place below their Big Hit Entertainment stablemates BTS.

TXT join BTS on top of US Billboard Social 50 chart
K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s Boombayah passes 600 million views on YouTube

The quartet is the first South Korean act to have two songs achieve that milestone after last year’s single, Ddu-Du Ddu-Du, which has 800 million YouTube views

24 May 2019 - 3:59PM

The quartet is the first South Korean act to have two songs achieve that milestone after last year’s single, Ddu-Du Ddu-Du, which has 800 million YouTube views

K-pop girl group BLACKPINK’s Boombayah passes 600 million views on YouTube
BTS in the UK: band invited by Beatles museum for VIP tour and gig

The Beatles Story, a Liverpool-based museum devoted to the iconic band, has extended an invitation to the K-pop stars when they visit England in June.

24 May 2019 - 2:52AM

The Beatles Story, a Liverpool-based museum devoted to the iconic band, has extended an invitation to the K-pop stars when they visit England in June.

BTS in the UK: band invited by Beatles museum for VIP tour and gig
South Korean singer Psy, whose Gangnam Style YouTube video tops 1 billion views, invites fans to name his ninth album

The South Korean star, 41, who enjoyed massive international success with his 2012 song, has asked fans to help choose the title for his new album release

24 May 2019 - 3:11AM

The South Korean star, 41, who enjoyed massive international success with his 2012 song, has asked fans to help choose the title for his new album release

South Korean singer Psy, whose Gangnam Style YouTube video tops 1 billion views, invites fans to name his ninth album
Former K-pop star’s conviction for 2014 sexual harassment is upheld in High Court

Lee Kyeong-ha, former TopSecret member, was found guilty of sexual harassment after an incident when he was 16. He was given a suspended 18-month sentence in May 2018 and the conviction was recently upheld.

23 May 2019 - 4:34AM

Lee Kyeong-ha, former TopSecret member, was found guilty of sexual harassment after an incident when he was 16. He was given a suspended 18-month sentence in May 2018 and the conviction was recently upheld.

Former K-pop star’s conviction for 2014 sexual harassment is upheld in High Court
How K-pop stars BTS rule the retail landscape, generating an estimated US$3.5 billion in sales and services last year

BTS are gaining fans and attention on their world tour, and products they endorse are enjoying huge sales. Retailers are falling over themselves to get some of that BTS magic to rub off on their products.

22 May 2019 - 4:57AM

BTS are gaining fans and attention on their world tour, and products they endorse are enjoying huge sales. Retailers are falling over themselves to get some of that BTS magic to rub off on their products.

How K-pop stars BTS rule the retail landscape, generating an estimated US$3.5 billion in sales and services last year
K-pop sex-and-drugs nightclub scandal: few arrests and women’s groups in South Korea are furious

South Korean women’s rights groups condemn inaction following police investigation of sex-and-drugs allegations surrounding Burning Sun nightclub where singer Seungri was a director; former Green Party candidate lashes out.

21 May 2019 - 1:52AM

South Korean women’s rights groups condemn inaction following police investigation of sex-and-drugs allegations surrounding Burning Sun nightclub where singer Seungri was a director; former Green Party candidate lashes out.

K-pop sex-and-drugs nightclub scandal: few arrests and women’s groups in South Korea are furious
Jennie from Blackpink sets record with 300 million YouTube views for solo K-pop single

There’s no stopping K-pop girl group Blackpink. Their recent album ‘Kill This Love’ broke the record for YouTube views – now the video for singer Jennie’s debut solo single has passed 300 million views, another record.

17 May 2019 - 5:57AM

There’s no stopping K-pop girl group Blackpink. Their recent album ‘Kill This Love’ broke the record for YouTube views – now the video for singer Jennie’s debut solo single has passed 300 million views, another record.

Jennie from Blackpink sets record with 300 million YouTube views for solo K-pop single
Will K-pop star Seungri be arrested? Seoul court poised to decide former BIGBANG member’s fate

Seungri and his business partner Yoo In-suk face embezzlement and pimping charges

15 May 2019 - 11:39AM

Seungri and his business partner Yoo In-suk face embezzlement and pimping charges

Will K-pop star Seungri be arrested? Seoul court poised to decide former BIGBANG member’s fate
‘K-pop idols are ugly,’ says ’90s South Korean singer Kang Sung-hoon

Kang Sung-hoon, lead vocalist with 1990s South Korean boy band Sechskies, has come under fire for criticising the appearances of current K-pop idols.

15 May 2019 - 5:11AM

Kang Sung-hoon, lead vocalist with 1990s South Korean boy band Sechskies, has come under fire for criticising the appearances of current K-pop idols.

‘K-pop idols are ugly,’ says ’90s South Korean singer Kang Sung-hoon
Why spas with beauty services for children are one of South Korea’s hottest trends

Shu Shu Cosmetic, Carrie & Kids Cafe and Grand Hyatt Seoul offer treatments such as massages, non-toxic sheet masks, water-soluble nail polishes and lip crayons

14 May 2019 - 1:31PM

Shu Shu Cosmetic, Carrie & Kids Cafe and Grand Hyatt Seoul offer treatments such as massages, non-toxic sheet masks, water-soluble nail polishes and lip crayons

Why spas with beauty services for children are one of South Korea’s hottest trends
K-pop’s most wanted faces: Irene, Yoona and Jennie are the most sought-after, says plastic surgeon

The members of Red Velvet, Girls’ Generation and Blackpink have the most requested looks for women seeking plastic surgery. Previously, South Korean actresses such as Song Hye-kyo, Kim Tae-hee, Han Ye-seul were more popular.

10 May 2019 - 7:04AM

The members of Red Velvet, Girls’ Generation and Blackpink have the most requested looks for women seeking plastic surgery. Previously, South Korean actresses such as Song Hye-kyo, Kim Tae-hee, Han Ye-seul were more popular.

K-pop’s most wanted faces: Irene, Yoona and Jennie are the most sought-after, says plastic surgeon
Lee Min-ho reunites with writer of K-drama series The Heirs Kim Eun-sook for new Korean TV show

The romantic fantasy drama, tentatively titled The King: Permanent Monarch, is set in a ‘parallel universe’

9 May 2019 - 10:00AM

The romantic fantasy drama, tentatively titled The King: Permanent Monarch, is set in a ‘parallel universe’

Lee Min-ho reunites with writer of K-drama series The Heirs Kim Eun-sook for new Korean TV show
K-drama actor Song Joong-ki steps out wearing his wedding ring – will that silence the divorce gossip?

The actor and his superstar wife Song Hye-kyo had previously both been seen in public without any wedding rings, prompting speculation of a split

7 May 2019 - 5:23PM

The actor and his superstar wife Song Hye-kyo had previously both been seen in public without any wedding rings, prompting speculation of a split

K-drama actor Song Joong-ki steps out wearing his wedding ring – will that silence the divorce gossip?
K-drama Goblin star Kim Go-eun and actress Go Joon-hee deny involvement in K-pop sex party

SBS investigative TV report rekindles allegations about which K-pop stars and actresses were involved in sex and drugs-fuelled party at Seoul nightclub

6 May 2019 - 3:33PM

SBS investigative TV report rekindles allegations about which K-pop stars and actresses were involved in sex and drugs-fuelled party at Seoul nightclub

K-drama Goblin star Kim Go-eun and actress Go Joon-hee deny involvement in K-pop sex party
How K-pop star Jennie of BLACKPINK stunned her fellow band members

Fans capture the moment of improvisation in photos and on video at four-member girl group’s New Jersey performance in the US, during its current world tour

6 May 2019 - 2:19PM

Fans capture the moment of improvisation in photos and on video at four-member girl group’s New Jersey performance in the US, during its current world tour

How K-pop star Jennie of BLACKPINK stunned her fellow band members
Are BTS the next Beatles? The K-pop kings are climbing the charts, but need to do more to be compared with the British legends

BTS have a long way to go to be compared to The Beatles. The British band had 21 songs that topped the Billboard Chart, far outstripping BTS so far. While The Beatles created Beatlemania, BTS have the Army, a truly global fan club.

4 May 2019 - 10:00PM

BTS have a long way to go to be compared to The Beatles. The British band had 21 songs that topped the Billboard Chart, far outstripping BTS so far. While The Beatles created Beatlemania, BTS have the Army, a truly global fan club.

Are BTS the next Beatles? The K-pop kings are climbing the charts, but need to do more to be compared with the British legends
K-pop band BTS celebrates double success at 2019 Billboard Music Awards

The group beats fellow nominee Maroon 5 to the top duo/group award and also wins the top social artist prize in Las Vegas, ahead of its extended world tour on Saturday

3 May 2019 - 12:26PM

The group beats fellow nominee Maroon 5 to the top duo/group award and also wins the top social artist prize in Las Vegas, ahead of its extended world tour on Saturday

K-pop band BTS celebrates double success at 2019 Billboard Music Awards
Japanese K-pop star Sana of the band Twice slammed for comments on imperial handover that upset Koreans

Sana, from girl band Twice, posted a comment about the Japanese emperor’s abdication that angered Koreans. She is accused of insensitivity towards Japan’s colonisation of Korea.

3 May 2019 - 4:04AM

Sana, from girl band Twice, posted a comment about the Japanese emperor’s abdication that angered Koreans. She is accused of insensitivity towards Japan’s colonisation of Korea.

Japanese K-pop star Sana of the band Twice slammed for comments on imperial handover that upset Koreans
BTS members Jimin and Jungkook are most powerful K-pop brands

Jimin edged out 987 K-pop singers to top the monthly domestic reputation index for April. Jungkook was ranked second, and all BTS members finished in the top 10 for this month.

1 May 2019 - 1:00AM

Jimin edged out 987 K-pop singers to top the monthly domestic reputation index for April. Jungkook was ranked second, and all BTS members finished in the top 10 for this month.

BTS members Jimin and Jungkook are most powerful K-pop brands
JYP’s plans for all-Japanese K-pop girl group Nizi spark social media backlash

Park Jin-young, the music company’s founder, criticised by fans over move to exclude Korean candidates from auditioning for new group, Nizi, which will seek to emulate the success of TWICE

30 Apr 2019 - 1:00PM

Park Jin-young, the music company’s founder, criticised by fans over move to exclude Korean candidates from auditioning for new group, Nizi, which will seek to emulate the success of TWICE

JYP’s plans for all-Japanese K-pop girl group Nizi spark social media backlash
Blackpink’s new music video Kill This Love banned from TV after Rose is seen driving without a seat belt

Korean media reports say television station KBS has banned the K-pop girl band’s video for violating the country’s Road Traffic Act. Photo cards of Blackpink members with bruised faces also angered fans as it glorified physical abuse.

30 Apr 2019 - 5:23AM

Korean media reports say television station KBS has banned the K-pop girl band’s video for violating the country’s Road Traffic Act. Photo cards of Blackpink members with bruised faces also angered fans as it glorified physical abuse.

Blackpink’s new music video Kill This Love banned from TV after Rose is seen driving without a seat belt
K-pop sex scandal fallout sees Park Jin-young of JYP become wealthiest talent agency boss

Value of his shares in JYP Entertainment – which manages TWICE and is among least affected – hit 192 billion won as Lee Soo-man’s SM Entertainment shares reach 181 billion won

29 Apr 2019 - 10:34AM

Value of his shares in JYP Entertainment – which manages TWICE and is among least affected – hit 192 billion won as Lee Soo-man’s SM Entertainment shares reach 181 billion won

K-pop sex scandal fallout sees Park Jin-young of JYP become wealthiest talent agency boss
K-pop star Seungri arranged prostitutes for investors in 2015, say police

Seungri could face arrest after Korean police examined bank records and phone conversations between Seungri and his business partner. The K-pop singer denies the accusations, saying he was only paying back the hospitality shown to him.

26 Apr 2019 - 1:13PM

Seungri could face arrest after Korean police examined bank records and phone conversations between Seungri and his business partner. The K-pop singer denies the accusations, saying he was only paying back the hospitality shown to him.

K-pop star Seungri arranged prostitutes for investors in 2015, say police
We’d love to work with Ariane Grande: K-pop band NCT 127 follow BTS to break the US

The boy band are in the US to promote their latest album, Superhuman, with a tour and TV appearances. They have already recorded a music video with Jason Derulo and would like to work with other stars.

26 Apr 2019 - 2:15AM

The boy band are in the US to promote their latest album, Superhuman, with a tour and TV appearances. They have already recorded a music video with Jason Derulo and would like to work with other stars.

We’d love to work with Ariane Grande: K-pop band NCT 127 follow BTS to break the US
Bigger than The Beatles? BTS celebrates 3 Billboard No 1 albums in a year

The seven-member group’s third chart-topping release, ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’, equals the feats of the British band The Beatles in 1995-96 and the American group The Monkees in 1967

25 Apr 2019 - 4:56PM

The seven-member group’s third chart-topping release, ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’, equals the feats of the British band The Beatles in 1995-96 and the American group The Monkees in 1967

Bigger than The Beatles? BTS celebrates 3 Billboard No 1 albums in a year
Disgraced K-pop stars cause renaming dilemma for Korean venues

K-pop stars such as Seungri and Park Yoo-chun have streets and parks in South Korea named after them. After their recent arrests on sex and drugs charges, there are calls for district offices to rename the venues.

25 Apr 2019 - 4:25AM

K-pop stars such as Seungri and Park Yoo-chun have streets and parks in South Korea named after them. After their recent arrests on sex and drugs charges, there are calls for district offices to rename the venues.

Disgraced K-pop stars cause renaming dilemma for Korean venues
New K-pop drug scandal as Park Yoo-chun tests positive for methamphetamine

The member of JYJ was questioned last week on suspicion of buying and using methamphetamine. Park’s agency C-JeS has announced it has severed ties with him.

24 Apr 2019 - 9:30PM

The member of JYJ was questioned last week on suspicion of buying and using methamphetamine. Park’s agency C-JeS has announced it has severed ties with him.

New K-pop drug scandal as Park Yoo-chun tests positive for methamphetamine
K-pop stars Twice get sexy with new outfits, lyrics and attitude in latest single Fancy

The K-pop girl band have dropped their cutesy image with sexually confident lyrics and looks. Their latest single Fancy comes from their seventh mini album Fancy You.

24 Apr 2019 - 1:38AM

The K-pop girl band have dropped their cutesy image with sexually confident lyrics and looks. Their latest single Fancy comes from their seventh mini album Fancy You.

K-pop stars Twice get sexy with new outfits, lyrics and attitude in latest single Fancy
Why are Korea’s Instagram millennials so obsessed with 1980s fashion, TV and music?

Korea’s digital generation is crazy about the global ‘new retro’ fad and are lapping up everything about the 1980s, from TV shows like Netflix’s Stranger Things to popular K-drama Reply and the era’s music

22 Apr 2019 - 12:00PM

Korea’s digital generation is crazy about the global ‘new retro’ fad and are lapping up everything about the 1980s, from TV shows like Netflix’s Stranger Things to popular K-drama Reply and the era’s music

Why are Korea’s Instagram millennials so obsessed with 1980s fashion, TV and music?