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Yabuki Nako, Miyawaki Sakura, and Honda Hitomi talk about halting their AKB48 promotions for IZ*ONE

The AKB48 members shared thoughts on halting their Japanese group promotions for IZ*ONE.

On October 29, the 'Produce 48' girl group held their debut showcase at Olympic Hall in Seoul.

Yabuki Nako, Miyawaki Sakura, and Honda Hitomi will be halting AKB48 promotions for 2 years and a half for the project girl group. Regarding this, Yabuki Nako said, "There are so many things that are different from Japan. There's a difference in the language and there are many unfamiliarities. The members are helping us out. My Korean has improved a lot and I'm enjoying it."

Next, Miyawaki Sakura said, "Japanese fans can be disappointed but fortunately, they're cheering us on. I'll show a good, hardworking side of me through IZ*ONE promotions."

Honda Hitomi said, "There might be some who are disappointed but I want to challenge myself and see how much I can improve during the limited time of 2 years and a half. I hope they can cheer me on."

Choreographer Lia Kim picks TWICE’s Momo as most talented idol dancer

Lia Kim, founder of 1MILLION Dance Studio, appeared on MBC’s “Idol Radio” on October 28 to talk about a variety of topics including her work as a K-pop choreographer and founder of 1MILLION Dance Studio in Seoul.

Lia Kim is a popular for providing dance training K-pop idols and trainees. Also Lia Kim has been the choreographer who is behind many memorable K-pop dance routines for hit songs such as Sunmi’s “Gashina”, TWICE’s “TT” and “Like Ooh-Ah”, and I.O.I’s “Very Very Very”.

She was asked to choose the best dancer among K-pop idols. Lia Kim picked TWICE’s Momo and didn’t hold back her praise and respect towards the 'dance machine'. She said: “TWICE’s Momo is like a dancer sent down from the gods. She’s really good. Not even a sponge can describe what Momo is like, she’s able to start dancing right after she watches a routine. She’s able to recreate a choreography with very little explanation. She’s even able to take a routine and add her own charms and quirks to upgrade it to the next level.”

TS Entertainment announces legal action against Hyosung for signing with a new agency

TS Entertainment is taking legal action against Hyosung for violation of the contract.

On October 29, TS Entertainment officially announced their plans to take strict legal action against Hyosung for signing with a new agency, TOMMY & PARTNERS.

TS Entertainment stated,

"Our contract with Hyosung is still valid. A court trial is scheduled to take place on November 14, 2018, regarding this matter. Therefore, Hyosung signing with a new agency is a dual contract, and clearly a violation of the contract.

It's unfortunate how Hyosung signed a new contract and sent out a press release without having any discussion or going through proper procedures with us, in midst of our ongoing legal battle. We will take strict legal action against her for processing a new contract and announcing it to the press, and defaming our image and leading to confusion.

We appreciate everyone who loves and looks out for our artists. We will work our best for our artists.

Thank you."

Earlier, Hyosung announced she has signed with a new agency TOMMY & Partners. Meanwhile, Hyosung and TS Entertainment's legal battle on monetary issues is ongoing.

Yang Hyun Suk announces big plans for WINNER's 3rd full album + iKON's 'New Kids' repackaged album comebacks

Papa YG has big plans for his male groups, and he revealed some of those plans to fans through his latest 'FROM YG' letter on October 30.

First, Yang Hyun Suk addressed fans' concerns regarding the continued delay of WINNER member Song Min Ho's 1st solo album. The producer explained, "Because it is his first full album, there needs to be smooth, active broadcast promotions for several weeks; however, [WINNER] have been booked with overseas concert tour dates nearly every weekend except for one from September through November. The upcoming Hong Kong concert on November 24 marks WINNER's final overseas show for a while, and so we determined that the best release date for Song Min Ho's 1st full album is Monday, November 26."

The next question asked Yang Hyun Suk: "Will there possibly be a WINNER comeback within this year?"

A: "Yes. After Song Min Ho's 1st full solo album promotions, we plan on releasing WINNER's 3rd full album. We will notify you of more specific details including news of [WINNER's] domestic encore concert through a later notice."

Finally: "What are iKON's plans for the remainder of this year?"

A: "In honesty, the reason iKON were able to release many songs this year was due to the fact that last year, during periods of inactivity in their domestic promotions, they were able to work on many songs. In other words, most songs released this year were songs completed last year. The 'New Kids' series has come to an end after 4 parts, so on the last day of this year, December 31, [iKON] plan on releasing the repackaged version of 'New Kids'; afterward, they will begin a new series beginning next year. There will be one new song and MV in the repackaged version of 'New Kids', but we do not plan on having official promotions."

Sulli opens up about why she left f(x) on 'Jinri Store' premiere

Sulli opened up about why she left f(x) on the premiere of the 'Jinri Store'.

On the October 25th episode, Sulli was speaking with her manager when she revealed, "I think because I've been active since I was young, there haven't been many people who thought of me as young. There were a lot of scary moments. If they told me to do something, I would, and I didn't even know the reason why I had to."

She continued, "At a certain point, I started to wonder, 'Why do I have to do this?' I don't think it was a good fit for me," referring to her leave from f(x) in 2015.

Sulli concluded, "I was scared and unsure of my future, so I think I tried to protect myself as much as possible. I was trying to protect myself, so there was a sense of urgency. There wasn't anybody to listen to me when I was going through a hard time. It felt like I was just left alone in the world."

BTS x Steve Aoki drop English collaboration track 'Waste It On Me'!

BTS and Steve Aoki have dropped their English collaboration track "Waste It On Me"!

This is the third time the American electro house musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive is collaborating with BTS following their hit remix of "MIC Drop" and "The Truth Untold" from the group's album 'Love Yourself: Tear' last year. "Waste It On Me" will also be included in Steve Aoki's upcoming album 'Neon Future III'.

MAMAMOO planning a November comeback

MAMAMOO are planning a November comeback.

On October 25, 'Big Data News' reported, "MAMAMOO have been confirmed for a comeback in mid to late November." If reports are true, this will be the girl group's first comeback in 4 months since their last release 'Red Moon'.

For a November comeback, MAMAMOO would be joining Wanna One, TWICE, EXO, and EXID. Stay tuned for updates!

Hyeyeon to leave Gugudan due to health issues

Hyeyeon is confirmed to be leaving Gugudan due to health issues.

On October 25, Jellyfish Entertainment released an official statement explaining the decision was made after multiple discussions about her future and career. The agency stated, "Hyeyeon will be ending her activities with Gugudan. The decision was made after frequent discussions about the future career path and activities in the entertainment industry for Hyeyeon, who has been dedicated to her studies since May while taking a break for health reasons."

Jellyfish continued, "Though she'll be discontinuing with Gugudan, she'll continue on under Jellyfish Entertainment. Please continue to love and support Hyeyeon and the remaining 8 members."

Gugudan will promote with 8 members for their upcoming return with their 3rd mini album on November 6. In related news, Hyeyeon started an official hiatus this past May because of of her health. Stay tuned for updates on Hyeyeon and Gugudan.

JYP entertainment is really confident about TWICE's new title track 'Yes or Yes'

TWICE revealed that their comeback title track 'Yes or Yes' is written by Sim Eun-jee, who was also co-writer for TWICE's popular song 'Knock Knock', and is composed and produced by David Amber and Andy. David Amber also composed TWICE's popular song Heartshaker.

JYP shared, "Yes or Yes is a song that only Twice can sing. It is a colorpop genre, a bouncy and bright song. This song will instantly stick "its a good song" in ears. We are that confident, no further explanation needed."

iKON tease their 'Killing Me' choreography with a dance practice teaser

iKON have dropped a choreography teaser clip for "Killing Me"!

The teaser iKON's characteristic, awesome dance moves while giving fans another hint to what their comeback song will be like. In addition to their title track "Killing Me" composed by B.I, Joe Rhee, and R.Tee ; iKON's 1st mini album 'NEW KIDS: Continue' has coming up a sub-title track "Freedom" composed by Millennium, as well as "Only You", "Cocktail", and "Just For You".

Check out the teaser above and get ready for iKON's comeback on August 2 at 6PM KST.

Big Bang's Seungri reveals his income doesn't compare to what G-Dragon has in bank

Big Bang's Seungri revealed his income doesn't compare to what G-Dragon has in the bank.

On the July 25th installment of 'Night of Real Entertainment', Seungri shared, "I'm currently involved in businesses from a ramen chain and a cosmetics line to a manpower business. I've invested in biotech and nanotech, and I'm in the process of developing masks that protect people from yellow dust."

When he was asked about his income, Seungri responded that G-Dragon makes 100 times more than he does, saying, "He's not running any businesses, but he has a lot of money." Reportedly, G-Dragon earns 800 million Won ($714,820 USD) yearly from song royalties alone. 

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!