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K-pop star Seungri’s nightclub drug scandal ‘is just the tip of the iceberg’

Experts say Korean authorities’ systematic failure to stop drug dealing and the vicious competition in show business are the two leading cause of drug use by stars.

22 Mar 2019 - 3:53AM

Experts say Korean authorities’ systematic failure to stop drug dealing and the vicious competition in show business are the two leading cause of drug use by stars.

K-pop star Seungri’s nightclub drug scandal ‘is just the tip of the iceberg’
Amid K-pop scandals, two stars urged to reveal truth of actress’ death

Actresses Lee Mi-sook and Song Seon-mi are being pressed to break their silence over Jang Ja-yeon’s death in 2009 after South Korean President Moon Jae-in said several cases needed to be reinvestigated amid recent scandals.

21 Mar 2019 - 5:25AM

Actresses Lee Mi-sook and Song Seon-mi are being pressed to break their silence over Jang Ja-yeon’s death in 2009 after South Korean President Moon Jae-in said several cases needed to be reinvestigated amid recent scandals.

Amid K-pop scandals, two stars urged to reveal truth of actress’ death
K-pop sex scandal won’t ‘overshadow BLACKPINK’s new music’ as group aims to repeat BTS’ US success

The girl group, which starts a US tour in April as part of plans to expand its fanbase abroad, will go ahead with release of its new EP, its management agency says

20 Mar 2019 - 12:03PM

The girl group, which starts a US tour in April as part of plans to expand its fanbase abroad, will go ahead with release of its new EP, its management agency says

K-pop sex scandal won’t ‘overshadow BLACKPINK’s new music’ as group aims to repeat BTS’ US success
Opinion | What K-pop sex-and-drug scandals say about the dark reality that belies South Korea’s conservative values

K-pop’s squeaky clean image and raunchy performances have always been incongruous – and are increasingly out of sync with the modern world. Recent scandals reflect not only the dark side of the music industry, but of South Korea too.

19 Mar 2019 - 10:35PM

K-pop’s squeaky clean image and raunchy performances have always been incongruous – and are increasingly out of sync with the modern world. Recent scandals reflect not only the dark side of the music industry, but of South Korea too.

What K-pop sex-and-drug scandals say about the dark reality that belies South Korea’s conservative values
K-pop diva Taeyeon returns with new single on Sunday

‘Four Seasons’ is the latest offering from former Girls’ Generation star

19 Mar 2019 - 4:45PM

‘Four Seasons’ is the latest offering from former Girls’ Generation star

K-pop diva Taeyeon returns with new single on Sunday
K-pop sex-and-drugs scandal involving Big Bang star Seungri lays bare corrupt ties to police

A senior South Korean police superintendent is investigated on suspicion he helped cover up irregularities at the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul. Co-owned by singer Seungri, it was allegedly used to provide sexual services to investors.

19 Mar 2019 - 4:09AM

A senior South Korean police superintendent is investigated on suspicion he helped cover up irregularities at the Burning Sun nightclub in Seoul. Co-owned by singer Seungri, it was allegedly used to provide sexual services to investors.

K-pop sex-and-drugs scandal involving Big Bang star Seungri lays bare corrupt ties to police
Singer Lee Jong-hyun of CNBLUE admits involvement in widening K-pop sex scandal

After his initial denial, Lee apologises to fans for being part of chat room sharing videos of women secretly filmed having sex

18 Mar 2019 - 4:08PM

After his initial denial, Lee apologises to fans for being part of chat room sharing videos of women secretly filmed having sex

Singer Lee Jong-hyun of CNBLUE admits involvement in widening K-pop sex scandal
K-pop boy band BTS’ ‘Idol’ video passes 400 million YouTube views

The hit song joins six other music videos by the US chart-topping group that have achieved that milestone

18 Mar 2019 - 12:13PM

The hit song joins six other music videos by the US chart-topping group that have achieved that milestone

K-pop boy band BTS’ ‘Idol’ video passes 400 million YouTube views
‘You raped her’: read the texts from K-pop idols accused of sharing sex videos

Jung Joon-young’s group chat includes discussions of rape, drugging women and having sex with women who are being filmed without their consent. Other K-pop stars in the chat group include Seungri and Yong Jun-hyung.

16 Mar 2019 - 1:47AM

Jung Joon-young’s group chat includes discussions of rape, drugging women and having sex with women who are being filmed without their consent. Other K-pop stars in the chat group include Seungri and Yong Jun-hyung.

‘You raped her’: read the texts from K-pop idols accused of sharing sex videos
K-pop label YG is literally in crisis after sex and drugs scandals involving Seungri, G-Dragon and others

‘YG is literally in crisis’ was originally a line from a Netflix sitcom about the band, but it appears to have come true for the K-pop label.

14 Mar 2019 - 7:32AM

‘YG is literally in crisis’ was originally a line from a Netflix sitcom about the band, but it appears to have come true for the K-pop label.

K-pop label YG is literally in crisis after sex and drugs scandals involving Seungri, G-Dragon and others
K-pop boy band BTS’ agency to launch new global idol group

Big Hit Entertainment, which manages the seven-member group, and entertainment giant, CJ E&M, team up to form band by 2020

13 Mar 2019 - 3:15PM

Big Hit Entertainment, which manages the seven-member group, and entertainment giant, CJ E&M, team up to form band by 2020

K-pop boy band BTS’ agency to launch new global idol group
Dispute over world’s fastest followed Instagram account for K-pop star

Ex-Wanna One lead singer Daniel Kang is mired in a legal dispute with his agency LM, part of which involves control of his Instagram account, which set a Guinness world record by reaching a million followers in 11 hours.

13 Mar 2019 - 2:41AM

Ex-Wanna One lead singer Daniel Kang is mired in a legal dispute with his agency LM, part of which involves control of his Instagram account, which set a Guinness world record by reaching a million followers in 11 hours.

Dispute over world’s fastest followed Instagram account for K-pop star
Angry fans want Big Bang K-pop star Seungri kicked out over sexual, financial allegations

They claim the boy band member, 28, took advantage of the group’s name to promote his business and attract investors

13 Mar 2019 - 12:08PM

They claim the boy band member, 28, took advantage of the group’s name to promote his business and attract investors

Angry fans want Big Bang K-pop star Seungri kicked out over sexual, financial allegations
K-pop ‘birthday boy’ Suga of BTS donates US$90,000 to sick children’s charity as he turns 26

The boy band rapper also presents more than 300 dolls he designed to young South Korean cancer patients on Saturday

11 Mar 2019 - 5:40PM

The boy band rapper also presents more than 300 dolls he designed to young South Korean cancer patients on Saturday

K-pop ‘birthday boy’ Suga of BTS donates US$90,000 to sick children’s charity as he turns 26
How does Momo of K-pop girl band TWICE keep her abs ripped?

A Korean encyclopaedia describes Momo’s hidden talent as ‘body-waving using only her abdomen’

7 Mar 2019 - 1:03PM

A Korean encyclopaedia describes Momo’s hidden talent as ‘body-waving using only her abdomen’

How does Momo of K-pop girl band TWICE keep her abs ripped?
South Korean heartthrob actor Hyun Bin – star of ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ – plans Asian meet-the-fans tour

The star, 36, will visit Taiwan and Hong Kong as part of his ‘LOG INTO THE SPACE’ events, which start on April 13

7 Mar 2019 - 10:32AM

The star, 36, will visit Taiwan and Hong Kong as part of his ‘LOG INTO THE SPACE’ events, which start on April 13

South Korean heartthrob actor Hyun Bin – star of ‘Memories of the Alhambra’ – plans Asian meet-the-fans tour
Park Bo-gum to star as human clone alongside Gong Yoo in ‘Seobok’

Lee Yong-ju who was at the helm of 2012 romance ‘Architecture 101’, will be the director. Filming begins in April

6 Mar 2019 - 1:35PM

Lee Yong-ju who was at the helm of 2012 romance ‘Architecture 101’, will be the director. Filming begins in April

Park Bo-gum to star as human clone alongside Gong Yoo in ‘Seobok’
SHINee’s Key, 2AM’s Jeong Jin-woon and VIXX’s N join military in South Korea

All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve in the military

6 Mar 2019 - 10:32AM

All able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve in the military

SHINee’s Key, 2AM’s Jeong Jin-woon and VIXX’s N join military in South Korea
Chinese star of K-pop band Pristin denies dating son of billionaire Wang Jianlin

K-pop singer Zhou Jieqiong denies rumours she has been dating Wang Sicong, the only son of the chairman of China’s largest real estate developer. Chinese social networks claimed Zhou went on a recent trip to Japan with Wang.

6 Mar 2019 - 6:30AM

K-pop singer Zhou Jieqiong denies rumours she has been dating Wang Sicong, the only son of the chairman of China’s largest real estate developer. Chinese social networks claimed Zhou went on a recent trip to Japan with Wang.

Chinese star of K-pop band Pristin denies dating son of billionaire Wang Jianlin
Boy band BigBang are no stranger to scandals: stories of sex, drugs and K-pop

K-pop star Seungri’s nightclub is currently embroiled in a drugs and rape scandal, but he is not the only BigBang member to get into hot water. G-Dragon and T. O. P have both been embroiled in marijuana controversies and questions have been asked about their military service.

6 Mar 2019 - 1:49AM

K-pop star Seungri’s nightclub is currently embroiled in a drugs and rape scandal, but he is not the only BigBang member to get into hot water. G-Dragon and T. O. P have both been embroiled in marijuana controversies and questions have been asked about their military service.

Boy band BigBang are no stranger to scandals: stories of sex, drugs and K-pop
K-pop giants BTS to add five shows to US and European tour after all the band’s concerts sell out

K-pop giants announce extra concerts in Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, London and Paris, after all shows on the month-long tour sold out.

5 Mar 2019 - 5:09AM

K-pop giants announce extra concerts in Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey, London and Paris, after all shows on the month-long tour sold out.

K-pop giants BTS to add five shows to US and European tour after all the band’s concerts sell out
‘Billboard’ embraces BLACKPINK as its first Korean cover girls

K-pop’s new queens ‘touch down’ in US magazine ahead of sell-out six-city North American concert tour

4 Mar 2019 - 12:03PM

K-pop’s new queens ‘touch down’ in US magazine ahead of sell-out six-city North American concert tour

‘Billboard’ embraces BLACKPINK as its first Korean cover girls
K-pop acts Seventeen and BLACKPINK confirmed to play at Japan’s Summer Sonic music festival in August

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers and The 1975 are also on the bill

1 Mar 2019 - 5:39PM

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chainsmokers and The 1975 are also on the bill

K-pop acts Seventeen and BLACKPINK confirmed to play at Japan’s Summer Sonic music festival in August
BTS ‘father’ Bang Si-hyuk says he is driven to fight evil practices in K-pop music industry

Big Hit Entertainment’s founder and CEO tells students at Seoul National University graduation ceremony to take action against injustice

1 Mar 2019 - 9:01AM

Big Hit Entertainment’s founder and CEO tells students at Seoul National University graduation ceremony to take action against injustice

BTS ‘father’ Bang Si-hyuk says he is driven to fight evil practices in K-pop music industry
K-pop star Seungri to cooperate with police over nightclub drug and prostitution allegations

The BigBang member will voluntarily appear for police questioning over allegations against a nightclub he was associated with, including drug use and distribution, and solicitation of prostitution for foreign investors.

5 Mar 2019 - 11:45AM

The BigBang member will voluntarily appear for police questioning over allegations against a nightclub he was associated with, including drug use and distribution, and solicitation of prostitution for foreign investors.

K-pop star Seungri to cooperate with police over nightclub drug and prostitution allegations
Injury forces Korean heartthrob actor Lee Jong-suk to miss ‘active’ military service

The star, now filming soap opera ‘ Romance is a Bonus Book’, will spend two years as a ‘public service worker’ from March

28 Feb 2019 - 10:32AM

The star, now filming soap opera ‘ Romance is a Bonus Book’, will spend two years as a ‘public service worker’ from March

Injury forces Korean heartthrob actor Lee Jong-suk to miss ‘active’ military service
K-pop boy band BTS wins ‘best Asian artist’ and four other Japan Gold Disc Awards

The seven-member group and four other Korean acts, TWICE, GFriend, Seventeen and Momoland were honoured at Tuesday’s event

27 Feb 2019 - 12:46PM

The seven-member group and four other Korean acts, TWICE, GFriend, Seventeen and Momoland were honoured at Tuesday’s event

K-pop boy band BTS wins ‘best Asian artist’ and four other Japan Gold Disc Awards
‘Drunk’ K-pop idol Rain defends his latest film on Instagram after it was slated by critics

The historical drama Um Bok-dong is about an inspirational Korean cyclist who beat Japanese racers. The film’s accuracy was questioned and some critics rated it poorly, leading to Rain’s comments.

27 Feb 2019 - 1:19AM

The historical drama Um Bok-dong is about an inspirational Korean cyclist who beat Japanese racers. The film’s accuracy was questioned and some critics rated it poorly, leading to Rain’s comments.

‘Drunk’ K-pop idol Rain defends his latest film on Instagram after it was slated by critics
K-pop star Sunmi reveals new music plans at start of her 12-date solo world tour

The singer, who found fame with the girl group Wonder Girls, played a teaser video to fans after Sunday’s Seoul gig

26 Feb 2019 - 1:34PM

The singer, who found fame with the girl group Wonder Girls, played a teaser video to fans after Sunday’s Seoul gig

K-pop star Sunmi reveals new music plans at start of her 12-date solo world tour
K-pop girl group ITZY tops M COUNTDOWN music chart 10 days after debut with ‘Dalla Dalla’

ITZY is JYP Entertainment's first all-girl group since TWICE

26 Feb 2019 - 11:03AM

ITZY is JYP Entertainment's first all-girl group since TWICE

K-pop girl group ITZY tops M COUNTDOWN music chart 10 days after debut with ‘Dalla Dalla’