K-pop: HYBE concedes to Kakao in fight for SM Entertainment
14 March 2023 | 5:47 am
BTS' management agency HYBE has lost a weeks-long tussle for South Korea's second largest entertainment group to the tech conglomerate which owns KakaoTalk.
20 Jul 2017
A South Korean court on Thursday handed K-pop sensation T.O.P. a suspended 10-month jail sentence for drug use.
30 Mar 2019
South Korea police are questioning two K-pop stars, including boyband Big Bang's Seungri, over allegations of sex tapes, secret chat about rape, and deals facilitated by prostitutes.
27 Oct 2019
The K-pop star and actress Sulli has been found dead at her home south of Seoul, police say. There were no signs of foul play, but officers did not find a suicide note.
3 Dec 2019
In the span of just six weeks, two beloved K-pop singers have ended their lives in South Korea. The suicides have sparked soul-searching in the country, where female stars are expected to adhere to puritanical expectations. Those who don't become victims of online attacks, which can take a mental toll. We take a closer look.
23 Jun 2020
In our first in-studio press review since France's lockdown measures began in March, we explore claims that TikTok users and K-pop fans sabotaged Donald Trump's Tulsa rally, as well as the Egyptian president's threat to intervene in Libya and a petition to change the name of Columbus, Ohio to "Flavortown".
9 Apr 2021
The Brave Girls were losing courage just weeks ago, on the verge of breaking up and abandoning their dreams of K-pop stardom after years of going nowhere. Then a pseudonymous YouTuber called Viditor uploaded a compilation of them performing on South Korean army bases -- and saved their careers.
13 Aug 2021
Seungri, once part of South Korea's K-pop 'royalty,' was convicted on charges related to arranging sex workers for potential investors in his entertainment firm.
21 Sep 2021
The UN climate summit opens in New York, with K-pop band BTS performing their hit song 'Permission to Dance' at the United Nations.
28 Dec 2021
Three BTS members — Suga, RM and Jin — have tested positive for COVID-19. The superstar group had recently returned to South Korea from the United States where they held their first in-person concerts since the pandemic.
16 Jun 2022
We look at press reactions to the White House announcing President Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia. British papers react after the government's plan to send illegal migrants to Rwanda to be processed was scuppered by the European Court of Human Rights. Also, K-Pop band BTS announces they are taking a break, much to the dismay of their millions of fans. Finally, Crocs has come up with a new summer collaboration: margarita-inspired Crocs!
17 Sep 2022
The new all-girl pop group NewJeans is being criticized for sexually suggestive lyrics. The group's management agency insists some of the lyrics are being deliberately misinterpreted.
26 Oct 2022
Under a 2019 revision of the law, globally recognized K-pop stars were allowed to put off their service until 30. Military service is hugely controversial in South Korea where all able-bodied men aged between 18 and 28 must fulfil their duties as part of efforts to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea.
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