Kang Daniel and LM Entertainment Begin Legal Battle Over His Contract

Kang Daniel, a former member of the group Wanna One, will start a legal battle with his agency LM Entertainment.

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Former Wanna One member Kang Daniel and his agency LM Entertainment failed to reach an agreement and entered into a legal battle. “We filed an injunction with the Seoul Central District Court against LM Entertainment to suspend [Kang’s] contract,” said Kang Daniel’s legal representative on Thursday.

According to Kang side, LM Entertainment signed a joint business contract to transfer various rights of the exclusive contract to a third party for compensation without Kang’s consent. The injunction request, consequently, is in response to the company’s actions, which Kang says is a violation of his exclusive contract.

Sending a message to his fans, Kang said “I’m very sorry to the fans who are so concerned that the situation is going to be a legal dispute,” and “I hope this will be over as soon as possible.” Moreover, he asks fans to “trust him” and wait just a bit longer for his return.

The lead up to the legal battle began earlier this month when reports emerged that Kang has sent the agency a statement asking to be released from his contract. While LM Entertainment initially denied that Kang was leaving the company, it has become clear that leaving was the singer’s intention.

Unfortunately, the dispute with LM Entertainment has put a red light on Kang’s solo debut that was supposed to take place next month.

 

 

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MONSTA X to Release an English Version of ‘Play it Cool’ With Steve Aoki

Social media posts by DJ Steve Aoki and MONSTA X confirm that the group’s song “Play It Cool” will have an English version.

Steve Aoki (left) and Monsta X – Starship Entertainment

Earlier this week, DJ and producer Steve Aoki posted a message on social media where he announced that the English version of MONSTA X’s song “Play It Cool” is scheduled to be released this Friday. Following his announcement, MONSTA X’s retweeted his message on its official account confirming the news.

The song is from the group’s full-length album TAKE.2 WE ARE HERE, which came out last month. The group collaborated with Aoki to create title song “Alligator,” and the two parties have decided to link up again for the English version of “Play It Cool.”

Fans of the group praised the song for its clean and refined vibe. In particular, rapper Joohoney participated as a vocalist for the first time. Moreover, with member I.M. helping to craft the rap parts of the song, he was able to achieve a different sound that deviated from the powerful and intense music that the group is known for.

Meanwhile, “Play It Cool” will come out on Friday in the United States, and Saturday in Korea. It will be available on music sites worldwide.

 

 

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Holland Announces the Release of a New Mini-Album Nar-C

Holland, South Korea’s first openly gay K-pop singer, is planning a comeback slated for the end of March.

On Tuesday, singer Holland announced that he would be returning later this month with a new mini-album titled Nar-C on social media. According to the post, he will release his new record on March 31 at 6 p.m. KST.

According to other posts, the singer had made of social media the album will have two songs, including the title track “Nar-C” which will likely be about love. In subsequent teasers, Holland has included a single sentence that points to the theme of the song and album. On Wednesday he wrote “there was a boy who fell in love,” and on Thursday “The two boys have been dating for two years.”

Fans have expressed support and excitement for the first release from the singer since his last song “I’m Not Afraid” in July of last year. Since debuting with the breakthrough “Neverland” at the beginning of 2018, Holland had been praised for pushing the social boundaries of K-pop and for being one of the only LGBTQ figures in the spotlight.

In only a year, he was voted as the most important youth culture influencer in Dazed Magazine‘s “Dazed 100” and accumulated over 300,000 followers on Twitter alone.

 

 

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Jason Derulo to Appear on ‘Bae Cheol-Soo’s Music Camp’ Radio Show

American pop singer Jason Derulo is going on a promotional round in South Korea with plans to stop by a popular radio show.

Promotional material for Jason Derulo and Jerry Greenberg’s press conference event at the KT 5G Experience Hall- 7SIX9 Entertainment

On Sunday, Jason Derulo, an American pop artist who has achieved global fame, touched down in South Korea. His visit to the country is part of a promotional tour the singer is conducting to promote his single “Let’s Shut Up & Dance” featuring EXO Lay and NCT 127, on a tribute album to pop legend Michael Jackson.

As part of his promotional tour, the Derulo will participate in a recording for MBC FM4U radio show “Bae Cheol-Soo’s Music Camp” on Tuesday. Notably, this is the singer’s first appearance on a local radio program. As a result, many are anticipating an interesting and engaging conversation between him and the show’s host, Bae Cheol-soo, who is considered a pop music expert.

Before his radio appearance, Derulo is scheduled to participate in an event at the KT 5G Experience Hall, which is operating in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul. There, he will have a press conference where he will talk about the tribute album and the collaboration with Lay and NCT 127.

On another note, Jerry Greenberg a producer and friend of such acts like AC/DC, Led Zepplin, and Michael Jackson will accompany Derulo during his visit and join the press conference. Greenberg participated in the creation of the album, being the chairman of 7SIX9 Entertainment, the music label that produced the record.

Additionally, with this collaboration between American and Korean pop singers, the producer has expressed interest in starting other such projects in the future.

 

 

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Ong Seung-Wu Met 4,600 Fans in Thailand

Ong Seung-wu met over 4,000 fans at his first solo tour city, Bangkok.

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On March 16, the former Wanna One member Ong Seung-wu visited Thunder Dome in Bangkok, Thailand, to meet local fans. It was his first stop of the artist’s first-ever Asia fan meeting tour, “Ong Seung Wu 1st Fanmeeting Tour ‘Eternity.’”

As soon as the ticket sales opened, the online server went down and all 4,600 seats were reserved right away, proving the artist’s massive popularity.

Ong Seung-wu entered the stage singing Bruno Mars’ “Treasure.” Returning the fans’ enthusiastic welcome with a bright smile, the artist interacted with the local fans on site.

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“Fans complete my life and everyday,” said Ong Seung-wu. “Fans are there to cheer me up, to be happy for me, and they complete the last piece all the time. I’m so grateful of everyone and I will work hard to become a completed one.”

Wrapping up the fanmeeting event, the singer said, “It’s only a start now and it’s only my first overseas fanmeeting event.”

“I’m so happy that we’re having two first times,” said him, implying the fanmeet as a member of Wanna One. “It feels so special to have two first times. It almost feels like it’s never-ending. There is no end to us and I will meet you all again.”

Ong Seong-wu then interacted with fans individually through a hi-tough session after the fan meeting.

 

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YG Entertainment Severs Ties With Seungri and Terminated His Contract

YG Entertainment ends of its exclusive contract with Seungri.

Seungri speaks to the press before entering the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s station for questioning on Feb. 27 – OSEN News

On Wednesday, YG Entertainment (YG) announced in an official press release that it has decided to terminate the exclusive contract with Seungri, real name Lee Seung-hyun. It was a process initiated by Lee the day before.

“After Seungri announced his retirement [from the entertainment industry] on the 12th, YG accept his request and terminated his exclusive contract with us,” the statement reads.

Moreover, following this news, the agency acknowledged that it does not manage its artist to the best of its ability. As a result, it plans to work with employees and executives to create a better company.

The following is the full text of the press release.

Hello, this is YG Entertainment.

Starting with the [Burning Sun] club incident in which Seungri was involved, and the following series of controversies, we would like to extend our deepest apology to fans an those who were affected or involved.

After Seungri announced his retirement [from the entertainment industry] on the 12th, we accepted his request and terminated his exclusive contract.

As an artist management company, we recognize that we have not thoroughly managed our artists and are deeply reflecting on this.

Lastly, we are aware that we are in need of significant improvements and we promise to work with our executives and employees to determine the best way to do so.

 

 

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SM and JYPE Vow to Fight Back Against False Rumors and Internet Trolls

Both SM and JYP Entertainment have issued statements concerning false rumors and malicious comments made about groups EXO and TWICE.

Group EXO and TWICE – SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment

The entertainment industry has once again declared war against false rumors, malicious comments, and internet trolls. Recently, K-pop groups EXO and TWICE have found themselves victims to this round of hate and unfounded claims and vitriol. As a result, their agencies, SM and JYP Entertainment plan to fight back with the law.

In a statement it released on both its official website and on social media, SM Entertainment said that it would take strong measures against the current round of malicious rumors surrounding EXO.

“The content related to our artists, which is currently circulating online, is totally groundless,” stated the agency. “It is spreading to the extent that is can seriously damage [our] artists and our reputation. We will take legal action against those who have been identified [in writing, posting, and disseminating] the rumors.”

Likewise, JYP Entertainment released a similar statement where it said the false information about TWICE hurt the group’s image and will take “all legally available measures” to prosecute the offenders. Furthermore, it plans to inform the original creator of these rumors and those who shared them of their looming legal doom.

According to the entertainment company, these kinds of unfounded rumors is punishable under the Cyber Defamation and Contempt Act. As a result, there is a viable legal channel for agencies like SM and JYPE to take when faced with a situation like this.

Currently, both companies are collecting evidence and looking to move forward with legal action. In particular, JYPE is communicating with its internal legal team as well as external firms.

 

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Hong Jin-Young’s First Full Album Tops Trot Music Charts

Singer Hong Jin-young’s first full-length album’s title song “Love Tonight” has taken over South Korea’s trot music charts.

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Hong Jin-young had made an impressive comeback when she released her first full-length album Lots of Love last Friday. Not only has she managed to dominate South Korea’s trot charts but also made a massive stride in her career. This album marks the singer’s first full album since she debuted with “Love Battery” ten years ago.

As of Monday, the record’s title track “Love Tonight” ranked no.1 in the trot music category on the nation’s most used music sites including MelOn, Bugz, Soribada, and Naver Music. Further, it also clocked in at the 25th spot in the real-time music charts where competition with idol music is fierce. Her hit from last year, “Goodbye” also rose on the charts at the time of the new album’s release.

Remarkably, Hong composed all expect two of the songs on Lots of Love. “Love Tonight” combined the classic melodies of trot with disco funk that heralds back to the 1980s. The resulting retro sound is addictive and easy to listen to.

 

 

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BTS Confirmed for an April Comeback With New Album

Big Hit Entertainment has confirmed that BTS will release a new album next month with Seoul playing an integral part in its concept.

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According to Big Hit Entertainment, BTS is scheduled to return on April 12 with a completely new album in a surprise comeback. The album titled MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA is the first from the group in about eight months.

During the second half of 2018, the group released the last installment in their Love Yourself trilogy with LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’ in August. The capstone to the trilogy saw BTS making impressive gains on Billboard’s album chart and streaming giant Spotify. Notably, it became the first Korean pop group to enter the top ten in Billboards Hot 100 chart with Fake Love, the title track from LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear.’

Starting in May the group will embark on a world tour with stops in Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Osaka, and more in addition to several in the U.S.

 

 

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TXT Thanks BTS for Warm Support

Newly debuted K-pop boy group TXT expressed how they’re thankful of their senior group BTS.

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The March 11 episode of “Section TV Entertainment News” is to feature the interview with BigHit Entertainment’s newly debuted group TXT.

TXT has garnered much attention even before the debut. As “BTS’ brother group,” TXT made their name known, which resulted in an impressive record of 10 million MV views in 13 hours.

In the interview, TXT members are to introduce themselves individually. Members are to share the signature choreography of their debut title song, “Crown,” as well as to show some “aegyo” for the fans.

TXT member Yeon-jun especially thanked the senior group, BTS, for mentioning TXT at the Grammys.

“It was such an honor and we’re always thankful of them for giving out thoughtful advice all the time,” said Yeon-jun.

“If the opportunity allows, we also want to go abroad to share show our efforts and performances to more people,” he added, sharing the group’s ambition.

 

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