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IOI achieve their first perfect all-kill with 'Very Very Very'!



The girls did it! IOI achieved perfect all-kill with "Very Very Very"!

At 3:30 p.m. on October 19 (KST), IOI's new track scored #1 on every single chart, real time and daily, as well as #1 on iChart's weekly and real time charts. IOI's achievement is even more meaningful and special not only because it's their first perfect all-kill, but also because the girls made the record with their final comeback song of IOI's promotion. 

Many congratulations to IOI!






SM to form a 'K-Pop International School'



SM Entertainment has a 'K-Pop International School' in the works, the opening date for which is set tentatively for early next year in Seoul's Gangnam District. This special school is being planned by SM Entertainment in conjunction with Jongro Academy, and will house around 300~400 students. 

The formation of this school is an alternative type of school that will teach foreign students and aspiring celebrities subjects such as the Korean language, Math, and English, along with applied music and dance. 

70% of the matriculated students will be exchange students from foreign countries such as China, and 30% will be aspiring Hallyu star hopefuls within Korea. 


SM and Jongro Academy started holding promotional events starting in November in order to explain the enrollment process, and they will be hosting foreign exchange students who wish to study and engage in celebrity activities at the same time. They will also the start recruiting students within Korea the same way.

Applied music and dance will be taught by SM while Jongro Academy will teach the regular curriculum and provide general educational guidance.

Though the school will start off as an alternative school, SM and Jongro plan to transform it into an international school in the future. 

EXO's Kai and f(x)'s Krystal are dating!



The rumors are true! EXO's Kai and f(x)'s Krystal are a couple!

On March 31, 'Dispatch' released photos of the two SM artists on secretive dates. It is reported that Kai and Krystal became friends during their trainee days, and have been close ever since. Their friendship led to deeper feelings and now they are a lovely couple.

Despite their busy schedules, the two idols have been enjoying secret dates in and out of Korea. In the photos below, Kai and Krystal reportedly met up on February 17, after Kai wrapped up EXO's concert in LA. They were seen dining at a crab restaurant that both sisters Krystal and Jessica enjoy going to.

So the rumors are true... Kai and Krystal are dating! Then again, it's April fools, could dispatch be fooling everyone?







'KBS News' crew are overwhelmed by Song Joong Ki's presence at their headquarters



The KBS News crew were beside themselves with excitement when Song Joong Ki alighted their headquarters with his top star aura and killer flower boy charisma. 

When the actor arrived at the official headquarters of KBS News on Wednesday, pictures of him were uploaded real-time on the news program's official Twitter. With a standup guy like Song Joong Ki, I think this sort of special star treatment is well in order. 

The actor arrived in a clean, sharp suit, wearing a shy smile and remaining polite all throughout his visit. Song Joong Ki's visit to KBS News headquarters was not only a big deal because he's such a popular star but also because he was the first ever celebrity to appear on 'KBS News9'! 

'KBS News9' reeled in a real good catch! 



Good news has arrived on Hyeri's condition!



Girl's Day's Hyeri, who was hospitalized for encephalomeningitis, has left the hospital. 

Dream Tea Entertainment officially announced that Hyeri has left the hospital during the afternoon of March 10. A rep from the agency said, "The doctor claimed Hyeri will now be okay to rest at home, so she has left the hospital. Giving Hyeri plenty of rest and giving her time to recover will be the top priority."

As for her schedule, "She will not have any until she fully recovers." Dream Tea Entertainment also shared thanks to the fans as they said, "Your attention and care became a great encouragement. She will soon recover and come back to return the love."

Finally we hear some good news about Hyeri's condition. Rest well, and return healthy, Hyeri! 

Dongho and his bride look lovely in their wedding photoshoot



Former U-KISS member Dongho will be tying the knot very soon, and his beautiful wedding photos have been revealed! In the released photos, you can also see what Dongho's bride looks like, and we think she looks very pretty in her wedding dress.

His fiancee is revealed to be one year younger than Dongho. The two will get wed on November 28 in Nonhyun-dong, Seoul in a private wedding.

Don't you think the couple look lovely in their wedding photos?





iKON's 'My Type' MV surpasses 10 million views!



It's hard to believe iKON is just a rookie group, because they're just so dang popular. Their first MV "My Type" recently surpassed the 10 million view count milestone!

In a little over a month, iKON achieved this milestone, thanks to the enormous number of fans and dedication of fans. Not to mention it's an amazing song and a cute and fresh MV.

Congrats to iKON and all the fans!



Rainbow's Hyunyoung and Alex reported to be in a relationship



There might be another celebrity couple out there, because Clazziquai's Alex and Rainbow's Hyunyoung are reported to be in a relationship!

According to a news outlet, the two were said to have met earlier this year through acquaintances and then started dating.
Their mutual friend stated, "Alex and Hyunyoung have been dating for four months. Alex liked Hyunyoung, and Hyunyoung accepted Alex's feelings. From that point on, they didn't worry too much about being careful with those around them and are enjoying dating."

They added, "Alex brought Hyunyoung to his concert's staff dinner and introduced her as his girlfriend. They're such a cute couple."

This is another couple with a large age gap, 12 years to be exact.

Hyunyoung's company has so far stated that they are in the process of confirming the news.

Eunhyuk sheds tears as he officially enters the army



Super Junior's Eunhyuk has entered the army as of today. In the afternoon of October 13 KST, Eunhyuk joined the 102nd division in Kangwondo Chuncheon.

Before he left, Eunhyuk thanked fans for all their support on his SNS, saying that he was always happy because of them. Look at that enormous pile of letters from fans wishing him the best in the army! His members also showed their support for Eunhyuk through SNS posts.

Fans and his members showed their love for Eunhyuk not only in writing but also in person, as tons of ELFs and Kangin and Leeteuk showed up to give their support. Many fans were seen holding signs and posters, encouraging Eunhyuk.

Before he began his service, he greeted ELFs who came for him, also revealing his new short hair cut, fit for the army. And as he gave his last message, he couldn't help but shed tears.

Eunhyuk is the 7th Super Junior member to join the army, and Donghae and Siwon will also join soon after.

We wish Eunhyuk the best of luck in the army!



Netizens express disapproval at Daesang award going to Kim Soo Hyun in '2015 Korea Drama Awards'



With the announcement that Kim Soo Hyun has won the Daesang (Grand Prize) at the '2015 Korea Drama Awards' for the second time in a row, there has been mixed responses from netizens - a vast majority crying out that this seemed to be an unfair popularity vote considering the other amazing actors he beat.

Back in 2014, he won for 'You Who Came From the Stars.'  This year, he won for 'Producer' in which he played the bumbling rookie producer with a big heart, winning over the audience with his naive sweetness.  However, netizens raise the question of how his role beat out other big players like veteran actor Yoo Dong Geun from 'What's With This Family,' who wrenched hearts with his portrayal of a father devoting the rest of his short life to his children after discovering a fatal illness, and Ji Sung from 'Kill Me, Heal Me,' who played a man inflicted with dissociative identity disorder and overwhelmed by a traumatic past, going back and forth seamlessly between comedy and angst.

The top comments in the articles go, "Kim Soo Hyun did well, too~~ but Ji Sung was so extraordinary in 'Kill Me, Heal Me'.. what a shame.." "You're telling me he beat 'What's With This Family's Yoo Dong Geun?"  "You're telling me HE won instead of Ji Sung??? kekekekeke," and, "Kim Soo Hyun did well in Producer but... I think it was right for Ji Sung or Joo Won to win.  He won because of his drama last year.  What is this, a popularity award?  I cannot understand the wins of either Kim Soo Hyun or Kim Tae Hee.  It's even harder for me to understand how the writer of 'Yong Pal' won.  A worst award ceremony than when the Grand Bell Awards failed."

Other popular comments go, "Congratulations Kim Soo Hyun~~  You acted well in 'Producer.'  Don't worry about the malicious comments~~" "Is there no answer for this? No matter how much I think about it, the most memorable acting was Yoo Dong Geun and Ji Sung..  If they pick based on popularity, then I acknowledge this.." "It's definitely a popularity award keke giving it to the person who acted with his feet," while others said more bitterly, "You're 29 now, aren't you going to the army?" and, "Just go to the army."

What are your thoughts?  Do you think this was an unfair popularity award?  Even I have to admit Yoo Dong Geun and Ji Sung were completely amazing in their respective dramas; their performances blew me away... Leave your own opinions below!





IU reported to be dating singer-songwriter Chang Kiha?



We have some mind blowing news to report. Nation's younger sister IU may be off the market! Dispatch has reported she and musician Chang Kiha (age 33) are currently in a relationship. 

The two are said to have officially began dating this past March, and Dispatch caught several photos of the two together on dates, which took place mostly at each other's houses. Even with busy schedules, the two are said to have made time to meet each other.

It's a bit of surprise, as the two have a large age gap, 11 years to be exact. But the coupe were said to have gotten close through talking about music. Chang Kiha is a member of the indie rock band Kiha & The Faces

What are your thoughts?




Red Velvet's 'Dumb Dumb' hits 10 million views on YouTube!



Red Velvet is undoubtedly one of the biggest rookie groups active in the K-Pop scene at the moment, and their recent 10 million mark on "Dumb Dumb" is proving just so! 



The MV came out on September 8--nearly three weeks ago. The views have been steadily increasing since then, hitting the magic 10 not too long ago. With it's colorful MV, and the catchy, memorable hook, it's no big surprise that "Dumb Dumb" has already gained 10 million views. 

Congrats to the girls! 


Yoon Eun Hye wins first place for a second time on 'Goddess's Fashion'



After her last win on 'Goddess's Fashion's August 29 airing, actress Yoon Eun Hye took home her second win on the show's seventh episode. 

Yoon Eun Hye wore a shocked expression when her name was called as this mission's winner; however, that shocked expression soon gave way to euphoria and delighted laughter at her win. 

The actress raised a triumphant 'V' sign up in the air to celebrate her victory and didn't forget to smile brightly in the group photo. 

For this mission, Yoon Eun Hye had worn a tweed, checkered piece with a blouse underneath that was severed at the sleeves. Her cell phone case had matched the checkered print of her outfit. 

The total bidding for Yoon Eun Hye's piece was around 6,550,000,000 KRW (~$5.48 million USD). 

'Goddess's Fashion' is a competitive show on which five stars and five designers make up a team to participate in various missions. The outfit that wins on each episode gets bid at the highest price and will be sold in China. 

Despite the plagiarism controversies surrounding her last win's outfit, which some pointed out looked too similar to a design by Yoon Choon Ho, Yoon Eun Hye managed to win another mission. 

Regarding the plagiarism accusations, Yoon Eun Hye said, "There is no reason for me to plagiarize. It is just a marketing ploy." Yoon Choon Ho had released his own statement on the matter, and the actress has yet to respond. 





Girls' Generation's 'Lion Heart' MV surpasses 20 million views!



It's an understatement to say that Girls' Generation's "Lion Heart" promotions were a hit! Their super popular music video "Lion Heart" has just went beyond the 20 million view count milestone!

They managed to achieve this milestone in a little over a month, and we're sure everyone will agree their summer promotions this year were one of their best yet.

But there's more! Girls' Generation's 2012 PV "All My Love Is For You" has also recently passed 20 million views!

Congratulations to Girls' Generation and SONEs!


Are you ready for JYP Entertainment's USA&CANADA audition?



JYP Entertainment's '2015 USA&CANADA AUDITION' has finally started!

According to representatives of JYP Entertainment, they are currently accepting applications through their main audition page and are getting ready to leave for Washington D.C. on September 26.

The audition locations have also been set and will be held at the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C.TVK24 in Los AngelesPacific Academy in Vancouver, and finally at Hansik Korea in Toronto. Audition times will be announced on a later date.

AUDITION DATE & LOCATIONS:


September 26 (Saturday) - Washington DC - Korean Cultural Center (2370 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20008)

October 4 (Sunday) - Los Angeles - TVK24 (3435 Wilshire Blvd. 19th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90010)

October 10 (Saturday) - Vancouver - Pacific Academy (10238 168 Street, Surrey, BC V4N1Z4)

October 17 (Saturday) - Toronto - Hansik Korea (1101 Finch Ave W. Unit 4&5 Toronto, ON M3J2C9)

In efforts to promote the upcoming auditions, Jae from DAY6 wrote on his official Instagram page, "I was able to achieve my dreams through the auditions. You will also be given that opportunity."

Meanwhile, you can still apply to the auditions via online by visiting their official audition page here! Selected finalists from this audition will be given the opportunity to be trained under the JYPE training program.

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO PREPARE FOR YOUR JYP ENTERTAINMENT AUDITION:

  • Vocal: First verse of song of choice (without instrumental)
  • Dance: Music CD or MP3 and 1~3 minutes of dancing
  • Acting: 1~2 minutes of impromptu or prepared acting
  • Model: Posing and cat walking

APPLY HERE

Best of luck to everyone who will be participating in this audition!

iKON go for an all-kill on real-time music charts with 'My Type'!



iKON had impressively topped 6 music charts immediately after their warm-up single "My Type" was released, and now we're pleased to report that they have topped the remaining two music charts, achieving an all-kill for their track!

As of September 15, 7am KST, "My Type" has topped all 8 main real-time music charts, including MelonGenieOllehNaver MusicMnetMonkey3, and now also Soribada and Bugs!

Congratulations to iKON and may they have many more all-kills to come!

'Running Man's Ji Suk Jin joins Yoo Jae Suk by signing with FNC Entertainment!



Wow, FNC Entertainment is on a roll! They're quickly becoming a top name in the industry with all these big name stars they're signing on lately! Their newest addition? It's none other than the beloved Ji Suk Jin of 'Running Man'!

He's joining his fellow 'Runing Man' star Yoo Jae Suk by signing a contract with the agency for his future promotions. FNC promised to do their best for him, stating, "We will not spare any efforts in promoting Ji Suk Jin domestically and internationally."

Ji Suk Jin, who debuted as a singer originally, has become known for his various MC gigs as well as his position on 'Running Man'. He has quite a following not only in Korea but China as well, so FNC has got themselves a great new name to add to their roster!

FNC's lineup now consists of Yoo Jae Suk, Song Eun Yi, Jung Hyung Don, Noh Hong Chul, Lee Kuk Ju, Moon Se Yoon, and Ji Suk Jin, on top of their existing music artists.

YG Entertainment reveals the release date for Tablo's collaboration track with Joey Bada$$!



Around a month ago, it was announced that Tablo would be participating in a global hip hop project with Korean producer Code Kunst and Brooklyn-based rapper Joey Bada$$.

Now, YG has spilled the details on this sure-to-be-grand collaboration with a kick-ass teaser image! The picture shows broken, jagged pieces of the Korean 100 Won and the US quarter overlapping each other, signifying the joining of the rappers from East and West, respectively. The posting also reveals the release date is this coming September 5 at midnight.

Who is excited for this release? I know I am! 



'Unpretty Rapstar 2' reveals final batch of teaser videos for Hyorin, Sua, and Yezi



'Unpretty Rapstar 2' is coming up soon, and the show has revealed its final batch of teasers featuring SISTAR's HyorinFIESTAR's Yezi, and YG Entertainment trainee Sua.

Hyorin says that she wants to prove herself, Yezi throws a few insults, and despite being the youngest of the contestants, Sua raps that she's sure to be the winner. The three have their own unique styles, so it's up to the viewers to decide which rapper they prefer the most. Whose teaser impressed you?

Check out Gilme and An Soo MinYubin, Kasper, and KittiB, and Heize, Ash-B, and Truedy if you missed them, and Hyorin, Yezi, and Sua's above and below!










Kim Ki Bum announces that he's officially 'finished' with SM Entertainment



It seems that Kim Ki Bum's contract with SM Entertainment has finally come to an end. There were always questions as to whether the star, who was technically still a member of Super Junior last we heard, would return to the group, but it looks like it's now very unlikely.

Kim Ki Bum posted to Instagram a few hours ago, "2015 August 18th. Finished with SM Entertainment. Let's begin my new life...!!! Thank you to SM, who was with me until this time." The idol-turned-actor has not been active with Super Junior for 6 years and has been pursuing an acting career since he started his hiatus.

SM Entertainment has also confirmed that Kim Ki Bum's exclusive contract with the agency has come to an end.

Stay tuned for updates from Kim Ki Bum!


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