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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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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Lee Dong-Wook to Host the New Project of “Produce 101”

Actor Lee Dong-wook has been chosen to host the new season of audition survival show, “Produce 101.”

On March 4, Lee Dong-wook’s agency confirmed the star’s appearance on “Produce X 101,” the upcoming season of the K-pop idol audition show.

“Lee Dong-wook is hosting the show as the ‘representative of national producers,’ and the shooting has launched today,” said the agency.

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“Produce X 101” is the fourth season of the popular K-pop audition show. In previous seasons, the show gave births to top idol groups including I.O.I, Wanna One, and IZ*ONE.

 

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LM Entertainment Responds to Report That Kang Daniel Is Leaving the Agency

LM Entertainment said it is discussing a solution with Kang Daniel after news emerged that the singer is preparing to make a comeback with a new partner backed by an investor introduced by Seungri.

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On Sunday, a media outlet reported that Kang Daniel is preparing to leave LM Entertainment and work alone as a one-person agency. Further, according to the report, Kang sent a statement to his agency to cancel the contract they have together.

Apparently, Kang’s desire to leave LM Entertainment comes after the singer met with a businessman that BIGBANG’s Seungri introduced him to last year. This businessman is said to have investors in place that are ready to back the singer’s career.

Responding to the news report, LM Entertainment said that it was a part of a misunderstanding between the company and Kang. “The statement that Kang Daniel sent is not about the termination of his contract. There is a misunderstanding between the company and the artist,” it said. Additionally, the company said they will move to communicate with each other and come to an agreement actively.

Kang became very popular after he competed in the second season of “Produce 101” and became a member of Wanna One. in 2017. After the group disbanded earlier this year, he left his previous agency MMO Entertainment with Yoon Ji-sung — another member — to join LM Entertainment. At that time, the agency promised to establish a team dedicated to Kang and Yoon to provide intensive support.

In particular, with Kang’s solo debut announced to take place next month, the issue of his agency has become more interesting. Recently, the singer had no activities besides an appearance on “Coffee Friends” and have not been active on social media since early last month. At this point, people are focusing on whether he will be able to resolve the conflict with his agency and make a successful solo debut.

 

 

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Bae Jin-Young Will Hold His First Solo Fan Meeting in April

Former Wanna One member Bae Jin-young plans to hold his first solo fan meeting with fans before heading overseas.

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On Thursday morning, C9 Entertainment announced that former Wanna One member Bae Jin-young will hold his very first solo fan meeting in Korea. The event is set to take place at Kyung-Hee University Grand Peace Palace on April 27 and 28.

While the fan meeting is several weeks away, fans don’t have to wait too long to buy tickets — preorders go on same March 7. Later on the 11th, regular tickets will be sold on Interpark’s ticketing site.

Starting with a fan meeting in South Korea, the K-pop star will head overseas to eight cities in seven different countries. In May he will be in the Philipines, then head over to Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Taiwan through June. Given the popularity of Wanna One and this being his first solo fan meeting tour, there might be a fierce battle over tickets.

Meanwhile, Bae will make his official debut outside of Wanna One as part of boy group C9BOYZ (tentative name) in the second half of this year.

 

 

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[Slide!] Kpop Idols Grace the Red Carpet for the 6th Annual Edaily Culture Awards

Kpop idols attended the 6th Annual Edaily Culture Awards on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul.

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BTS No.1 for Selling Most Albums on Ebay Korea for 2018

BTS has once again proven their global popularity by selling the most albums to foreigners on Ebay Korea for 2018!

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On February 17, Ebay Korea reported their sales for albums and photobooks increased by 62% while idol related goods like t-shirts, mugs etc. went up by 55% in 2018.

BTS’s 3rd album Love Yourself 轉 Tear was reported to have sold the most for 2018. Even though the BTS album as a packaged set with 4 versions could be considered to be one of the most expensive Kpop albums at 65,000 won (~$65), the price did not deter the popularity of the album. It has been reported that 1 out of 5 shoppers on Ebay Korea (aka gmarket global website) purchased the packaged BTS album set that included a photobook, photocard, poster etc.

Unboxing video of BTS’s 3rd album Love Yourself 轉 Tear for the curious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_c0oZG6ObQ

BTS’s 3rd album Love Yourself 轉 Tear, title track: Fake Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C2z4GqqS5E

Other boy groups responsible for increasing album sales by 62% includes Wanna One, EXO, GOT7, Super Junior and Shinee showing off the power of Kpop boy groups.

Congratulations to BTS for setting another record!

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Ha Sung-Woon Looks to Defines His Solo Career With ‘My Moment’

Former Wanna One member Ha Sung-woon to begin his solo career with the self-defining album “My Moment.”

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Ha Sung-woon’s agency Star Crew Entertainment released information about the singer solo debut following Wanna One’s disbandment in January. According to a fan cafe post made on Thursday at 6:00 p.m., Ha looks to define himself as an artist with his upcoming debut mini-album titled My Moment.

Starting tomorrow, his agency plans to release his first photo teaser, with the release of a tracklist and music video teaser quickly following until his album’s release on the 28th. In addition to preparing for the start of his solo career, Ha is also working to organize his first fan meeting. The event is scheduled to take place in early March at the SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul over the course of two days.

In the weeks following his domestic debut, Ha plans to embark on a multi-country fan meeting tour with stops in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and more. The flurry of activities is raising expectations for the artist and the success that he’ll reap as a soloist.

Meanwhile, Wanna One decided not to extend their contract with Swing Entertainment last year and disbanded. In January, they wrapped up their activities with a concert in Seoul.

 

 

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People Want to Give Chocolates to Kang Daniel for V-Day

Sorry, your date probably wants to give their Valentine’s Day chocolates to Kang Daniel.

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After his year-and-a-half career with Wanna One and his anticipated 2019 solo debut, Kang Daniel is as hot as ever. For Valentine’s Day, fans selected the singer as the star they want to give chocolates to the most. The result comes from a poll of over 10,000 students who were surveyed from Jan. 11 to Feb. 11 by SevenEdu, an internet tutoring company.

5,484 students (51.4 percent) voted for Kang, ranking him at no. 1. In second place was BTS member Jimin with 4, 285 (40.2 percent) followed by BtoB member Yook Sung-jae who had 592 votes (5.5 percent). The last two stars in the top five are actors Park Bo-gum and Jung Hae-in. After the results came in, a math instructor at SevenEdu commented that Kang has a “first love” image for women, making his vastly popular across different age groups.

Meanwhile, after Wanna One’s disbandment, Kang is working on a solo album under LM Entertainment.

 

 

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BTS Jimin and Ha Sung-Woon Show off Close Friendship

BTS member Jimin and former Wanna One member Ha Sung-woon celebrated the Lunar New Year together.

BTS Twitter (left) / Ha Sung-woon Instagram (right)

On February 5, Jimin sent warm greetings for Lunar New Year through Twitter. Along with the caption saying, “Happy New Year and take all the good luck,” the star shared several pictures. In the pictures, Jimin looks like he went out to see the sunrise.

 

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On the same day, the former member of Wanna One Ha Sung-woon posted several pictures to Instagram. The pictures show that Jimin and Ha Sung-woon took pictures for each other, as the backgrounds are the same. The well-known celebrity best friends even posed similarly.

BTS Twitter (left) / Ha Sung-woon Instagram (right)

The two K-pop singers also held an Instagram live session together, singing karaoke for the fans.

 

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