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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BTS, GFriend, TWICE & EXID Surprise Appearance on M Countdown’s 600th Episode

BTS, GFriend, TWICE and EXID specially appeared on M Countdown’s 600th episode.

On January 3rd, Mnet’s M Countdown commemorated their 600th episode by the sudden appearance of top idols on air. BTS, Twice, Monsta X, BtoB, Mamamoo, Iz One and more were featured in special videos congratulating the show while GFriend and EXID prepared special performances to their past hit songs for the audience.

There were never seen performances by The Boyz performing as EXO and Fromis 9 performing as Girl’s Generation marking the younger artists honoring their predecessors on stage. Lovelyz specially performed their debut song ‘Candy Jelly Love’ in addition to special performances by Roy Kim, Laboum, Day6 and UP10TION.


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By Sara N


KBS Song Festival Announces Final Lineup with 29 Teams

KBS announced the 29 participating groups and singers for its yearend song festival.

On December 20, KBS announced the third and final lineup for 2018 KBS Song Festival, which will be held on December 28 at 8:30 PM.

The newly announced teams are Celeb Five and Kim Yeon-ja, who have established their own genres in K-pop with unique music and performances. With their participation, a total of 29 teams are performing for the upcoming song festival.

Take a look at the list below for the artists to make appearances in 2018 KBS Song Festival:

Boy Groups – BTS, EXO, Wanna One, Seventeen, BTOB, Norazo, VIXX, NU’EST W, GOT7, Monsta X, and NCT 127
Girl Groups – TWICE, Red Velvet, GFriend, A-Pink, Oh My Girl, (G)I-dle, AOA, Lovelyz, Momoland, WJSN, and Celeb Five
Solo Artists – Hwang Chi-yeol, Sunmi, Chungha, Yong Jun-hyung, 10CM, Roy Kim, and Kim Yeon-ja


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Idol Star Athletics Championships Announced Historic Line-Up

One of the biggest idol star events in Korea, Idol Star Athletics Championships are coming back this year for the upcoming Lunar New Year.

This year’s idol sports event will be hosted by Jeon Hyun-moo, Lee Teuk, and members of TWICE.

For the archery game, which represents the games, TWICE’s Tzuyu and Red Velvet’s Irene are competing against each other. Gugudan, the gold medalist of the previous game, and GFRIEND are expected to present an interesting match as well.

In addition to iKon, which is joining the games for the first time, SEVENTEEN, Monsta X, NCT 127 are competing for the men’s games.

Gold medalists April’s Rachel and Alice’s Yoo-kyung are competing for the rhythmic gymnastics title. Members of MOMOLAND and (G)I-DLE are also participating.

2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships will air over the Lunar New Year holiday in Korea.


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Jun Hyun-Moo and Jo Bo-Ah Confirmed to Host 2018 SBS Gayo Daejeon

Two MCs for the upcoming 2018 SBS Gayo Daejeon have been confirmed!

On December 14, SBS announced that Jun Hyun-Moo and Jo Bo-Ah have confirmed to host the upcoming 2018 SBS Gayo Daejeon. The event will take place on December 25 at Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome.

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Jun Hyun-Moo has previously showcased flawless and smooth skills as an MC in music shows in the past, such as “Fantastic Duo” and “K-Pop Star.”

On the other hand, Jo Bo-Ah received much praise as an assistant MC in “Baek Jong-Won’s Alley Restaurant” with her unique reactions. She currently stars in SBS drama “My Strange Hero” with Yoo Seung-Ho.

Moreover, 2018 SBS Gayo Daejeon has also announced the lineup of performers. The list includes BTS, EXO, Wanna One, Red Velvet, WINNER, Apink, Sunmi, MONSTA X, NCT, SEVENTEEN, BTOB, TWICE, BLACKPINK, iKON, MAMAMOO, MOMOLAND, G-FRIEND, and GOT7.

Meanwhile, the event will unfold with a theme of “The Wave,” showcasing various performances that represent the past, present, and the future of K-Pop.

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2018 KBS Song Festival Announces MCs and 2nd Lineup

2018 KBS Song Festival has announced its MCs and 2nd lineup for the upcoming event!

On December 14, KBS announced further details about the upcoming 2018 KBS Song Festival. According to the notice, EXO’s Chanyeol, BTS’ Jin, and TWICE’s Dahyun have confirmed to host the event.

Along with the announcement about the hosts, the event also announced the second lineup of artists in attendance. The list includes A-list idol groups such as EXO, TWICE, AOA, Vixx, N’UEST W, GOT7, MONSTA X, NCT 127, Highlight’s Yong Jun-Hyung, 10CM, Roy Kim, Lovelyz, and Momoland.

Meanwhile, the first lineup included BTS, Wanna One, Red Velvet, SEVENTEEN, (G)I-DLE, BTOB, Apink, Hwang Chi-Yeul, Sunmi, Chungha, Norazo, and Oh My Girl.

2018 KBS Song Festival will take place at the KBS hall in Yeouido on December 28 at 8:30 PM, KST.

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2019 Idol Star Athletics Championship Announces Final Lineup of Participants

2019 Idol Star Athletics Championship has announced the lineup of participants!

On December 11, MBC announced the final lineup for this year’s Idol Star Athletics Championship. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the lineup for the upcoming event is more legendary and epic than ever before.

According to the notice, this year’s event will feature artists from the Big 3 companies – JYP, SM, and YG for the first time. More in detail, the lineup includes Super Junior, TWICE, SEVENTEEN, Red Velvet, MONSTA X, NCT 127, Stray Kids, (G)I-DLE, Momoland, ASTRO, The Boyz, gugudan, Celeb Five, and Golden Child. Moreover, iKon has announced their first-ever appearance in this particular annual event.

Furthermore, MBC had also previously announced a new category that’s been added to the event called a Penalty Shootout. For this particular event, iKon, SEVENTEEN, MONSTA X, ASTRO, NCT 127, The Boyz, Stary Kids, and Golden Child have confirmed participation.

Meanwhile, 2019 Idol Star Athletics Championships will air over the Korean Lunar New Year holidays.

Image Source – MBC, JYP Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, Pledis Entertainment

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TWICE’s First Movie ‘TWICELAND’ to Release on December 7th

Girl group TWICE’s first movie ‘TWICELAND’ will be exclusively released on December 7th at CGV ScreenX.

‘TWICELAND’ is TWICE’s first movie and it will feature actual live footage of the group’s world tour ‘TWICELAND ZONE 2: FANTASY PARK’. The movie will show not only TWICE members in the backstage, but also their honest interviews and deep thoughts about their fans.

Meanwhile, the movie will be screened at CGV ScreenX, which also screened ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and attracted many viewers earlier this month. With the official release date, the movie’s main poster and teaser video were released, as well.

‘TWICELAND’ will be featured in 50 CGV ScreenX cinemas starting on December 7th.


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by Audrey Joung


2018 Korea Popular Music Awards Announces List of Nominees

2018 Korea Popular Music Awards has announced the list of nominees for this year’s event!

On November 19, the 2018 Korea Popular Music Awards (hereafter 2018 KPMA) announced the list of nominees before the voting takes place the following day. They established the official website exclusively for the voting, where the fans can visit and root for their idols.

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So far, they have revealed the nominees for 3 categories – the Best Artist Award, Best Album Award, and Best New Artist Award. On November 20, they will further announce the list of nominees for genre-specific awards.

For the Best Artist, a total of 12 idols and groups have been nominated. The list includes, BLACKPINK, BTS, Chungha, EXO, MAMAMOO, NU’EST W, Red Velvet, Roy Kim, SHINee, TWICE, Wanna One, and WINNER.

Best Album Awards have 5 nominees, including BTS, Bolbbalgan4, Red Velvet, TWICE, and Wanna One. Lastly, Best New Artist also has a total of 5 nominees. It includes The Boyz, fromis_9, (G)I-DLE, Jang Deok-Cheol, and Stray Kids.

The voting will start on November 20 and continue until midnight on December 16. However, the voting for Popularity Award will end on December 20 at 5PM, KST. The actual event will take place on December 20 at the Ilsan KINTEX.

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