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  1. By Bahk Eun-jiA former television director turned university professor has come under fire for criticising deceased K-pop star Goo Hara and implying the suffering caused by secretly recorded sex videos is trivial.During a November 27 lecture recorded by students, Ajou University professor Joo Chul-hwan described Goo as mentally vulnerable while talking about the need for students to be strong when facing criticism. The former member of K-pop group Kara, who had suffered from depression due to…
  2. Police in Seoul, South Korea, have asked prosecutors to consider pressing charges against a member of hit K-pop boy band BTS over an car crash in October, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday, citing police officials.Jungkook, the group’s main vocalist, was driving in central Seoul in October when he hit a taxi due to an “an error on his part”, manager Big Hit Entertainment said at the time.The 22-year-old singer admitted violating traffic laws, reached an “amicable settlement” with the…
  3. A feud has erupted in the Twitterverse this week after YouTube personality Ethan Klein criticised K-pop giants BTS in a video that the boy band’s fans have slammed as “homophobic” and “sexist”.“It’s like a little fetish – a little twink gay fetish about these K-pop boys,” the commentator on internet trends and popular culture said when reviewing YouTube’s most liked videos of 2019. The BTS video for Boy With Luv (featuring Halsey) ranked second in the music video category.“How did this become a…
  4. By most measures, the young women weren’t exactly radical.K-pop star Sulli didn’t like wearing bras. She found them constricting and felt more natural without one. She considered it her choice to appear in public without one if she felt like it.Fellow South Korean singer Goo Hara defended herself against online harassment about having plastic surgery to correct a drooping eyelid, and against an ex-boyfriend’s threat to go public with explicit images of her. On social media, she wrote in Korean:…
  5. Famous fathers: My father, Oleg Prokofiev, was a Russian abstract painter. In the 1950s and 60s, abstract art was forbidden in the Soviet Union, so he couldn’t exhibit his work or live as an artist. His second wife was Camilla Gray (a British art historian), who he met in Moscow but had to wait seven years for permission (from the Soviet government) to marry. She moved to Russia and they had a daughter, Anastasia, but a year later Gray fell ill with hepatitis and died.My father came to England…
  6. Each year, music streaming giant Spotify’s “Wrapped” campaign looks back at the songs, albums and artists each of its 248 million users worldwide listened to during the past 12 months. 2019 was a big year for Eason Chan Yik-shun, who was Hong Kong’s most streamed artist, on both the local and global lists. Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou came second on the global list, with mainland China-born Canto-pop singer Hins Cheung King-hin coming in at number three. Cheung was second on the list of most…
  7. K-pop was in a strange place at the end of the previous decade. Its biggest artists, such as Rain, BoA and Wonder Girls showed potential to take the sound global, but there was a disconnect between the excitement for the music in Asia and the rest of the world.Fast forward to 2019 and the K-pop scene is at an all-time high in terms of commercial success and global interest, with this past year being perhaps the industry’s biggest to date.From the boundaries pushed internationally to the…
  8. By Estelle LiotardK-pop stars are extremely popular on Instagram – and for a good reason. They know what photos to publish, what captions to write and what filters to use. They are good at interacting with the audience and they know how to gain a massive following.Every blogger who has a dream to become famous, influential and wealthy should follow the trends set by the K-pop stars. Here is a list of top trends that are worth your attention.Be gratefulK-pop stars regularly express gratitude…
  9. By Jung Hae-myoungThe death of South Korean actor-singer Cha In-ha has raised concerns that the country is witnessing the copycat-suicide phenomenon known as the “Werther effect”.Named after the protagonist of the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, it refers to the phenomenon of people taking their own lives following widely publicised suicides.Cha’s death on Tuesday followed the suspected suicides of Sulli, a former member of K-pop girl group f (x), on…
  10. By Dong Sun-hwaCL, a former member of the now-defunct K-pop girl band 2NE1, has teased a video of her upcoming solo EP “In the Name of Love” on Instagram and YouTube.The clip features the singer and other 2NE1 members, including Park Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy. The EP will reveal, in the form of a diary, how CL has spent her time following the group’s disbandment in 2016.“In the Name of Love” is CL’s first album since leaving the agency YG Entertainment in November, which represented her for…