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."

Former BESTie member Hyeyeon to start a new career as a trot singer

Former BESTie member Hyeyeon has revealed her new career as a trot singer.

Earlier on today (October 25th), STAR Ent announced that Hyeyeon has signed a brand new contract with the company, upon leaving her previous agency YNB Entertainment. As a vocalist from her former group BESTie, the female singer has decided that she will start afresh, this time as a trot singer. According to STAR Ent, they recognized Hyeyeon's potentials four years ago, when the girl group member participated in Mnet's music program 'Trot X'.

Alongside Jang Yoon Jung and Hong Jin Young, Hyeyeon is expected to follow suit as the new generation's line-up of talented trot singers. At the earliest, Hyeyeon will announce her comeback as a re-debuting trot singer by the end of October.

Zion.T reveals he's a huge fan of Red Velvet

Zion.T revealed he's a huge fan of Red Velvet as a girl group.

On the October 25th episode of 'Kim Shin Young's Noon Song of Hope', Zion.T opened up about collaborating with Red Velvet's Seulgi for his song "Hello Tutorial". He said, "I'm a majorly big Red Velvet fan."

Zion.T continued, "It's the first time I've ever liked a girl group since I was born. I have a habit of writing songs when a thought comes to mind, so I made songs based on feelings. I thought it would nice to sing together with Seulgi."

Though he's known to be quite tough in the studio, he revealed he was too nervous to be harsh during recording, saying, "To be honest, I was really nervous. I was thinking to myself that I should be less harsh than usual, but I ended up being the same as usual. Seulgi ended up doing multiple times more takes than I did during the 5 hours."

Hyeyeon leaves handwritten letter for fans following news of exit from Gugudan

Hyeyeon has left a handwritten letter for fans following the news of her exit from Gugudan.

On October 25, Jellyfish Entertainment revealed Hyeyeon would be officially leaving the group due to health issues, and she's shared a handwritten letter to fans on Gugudan's fan cafe. Hyeyeon's letter is as follows:

Dear Danjjaks,
Hi, this is Hyeyeon.

It has been some time. I'm sorry for being late [with an update]. As my company has already shared the news, I will no longer be a member of Gugudan, but I will join and be a Danjjak, who will always continue to support Gugudan. I made the decision after thinking long during my hiatus and focusing on both my studies and health.

Thanks to Danjjak, I have been able to focus in my academics, and I am also recovering well. I am grateful for all the memories I have been able to create with Danjjak. I was able to share precious moments with Danjjak by my side, who got to see me grow and gain experience. This will be a time of my life I will never forget and always cherish! I will never forget and always remember all the times spent with Danjjak, who are the most precious to me!

I will continue to focus on both my health and academics, and I'll be completing my activities with Gugudan. I hope to give a proper goodbye. Please continue to cheer on all the unnies of Gugudan as they continue to show a more beautiful side of them. I too will support Gugudan as a Danjjak. I hope to meet you all soon.

Thank you Danjjak, I love you.
Sincerely, Hyeyeon"