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[VIDEO] Emma Stone Admits Her K-pop Obsession on ‘Conan’

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by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
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It’s official. Emma Stone is a confirmed Blackjack.

On Tuesday night, Stone publicly announced her obsession with K-pop on Conan, describing the music to be “beyond excellent” and “very addictive.” When host Conan O’brien asked the Hollywood actress which K-pop artist was her current favorite, Stone listed girl group 2NE1, eliciting cheers from the audience. She later chose “I Am the Best” as her favorite song from the group.

Stone added that she became acquainted with the K-pop quartet when she was in Seoul three years ago for the The Amazing Spider-Man premiere.

When Conan’s co-host Andy Richter claimed that each K-pop band has about 15 members, Stone showed off her K-pop knowledge and corrected him, saying that only certain groups, such as Girls’ Generation, have a large number of members.

There’s no doubt that South Korean music has grown to become a global phenomenon in recent years, with several K-pop and K-indie artists touring overseas and performing at renowned music festivals, including South by Southwest (SXSW) and Liverpool Sound City. In addition, K-pop groups 2NE1, Girls’ Generation and Super Junior were recently nominated for a Teen Choice award.

You can watch the full clip of Conan and Stone’s K-pop conversation below:

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2NE1, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior Nominated for Teen Choice Awards

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Right on the heels of KCON 2015, FOX will be hosting its annual Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles next month. This year, three K-pop groups have been nominated for the inaugural Choice International Artist award.

Hip-hop quartet 2NE1 was nominated for the brand new category on Wednesday, alongside SM Entertainment’s Girls’ Generation and Super Junior. The three K-pop acts will be competing against British-Irish boy band One Direction, Australian rock band 5 Seconds of Summer, and British girl group Little Mix.

Launched in 1999 by FOX Network, the Teen Choice Awards celebrates popular and influential figures in film, TV, music and fashion. Every year, American teens between the ages of 13 and 19 vote for their favorite celebrity in each category, and the winners receive a surfboard with the awards show’s logo for that year.

K-pop fans can vote for their favorite artist by visiting TeenChoice.com or posting the artist’s name with the hashtag #ChoiceInternationalAward on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Voting ends next Friday, July 24.

The 2015 Teen Choice Awards will be held at Los Angeles’ Galen Center on Aug. 16 and will be aired live at 8-10 p.m. ET on Fox.

Last week, Girls’ Generation released the music video for their latest summer hit, “Party,” which currently has over 13 million views. Meanwhile, Super Junior is expected to release their 10th anniversary album, Devil, on Thursday. CL of 2NE1 is also slated to make her U.S. debut as a solo artist sometime later this year.

This is not the first time K-pop artists have been invited to the Teen Choice Awards. In 2009, Wonder Girls attended the ceremony as guests after opening up for The Jonas Brothers during their world tour.

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Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany and Sooyoung Attend New York Fashion Week

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
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Girls’ Generation members Tiffany and Sooyoung were recently spotted at the 2015 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week, reports KpopStarz.

Michael Kors personally invited Tiffany to attend his show, and the K-pop star flooded her Instagram with photos of her posing with the designer, Mama Kors, model Karlie Koss and fashion blogger Aimee Song.

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Sooyoung, on the other hand, was invited by Coach’s Creative Director Stuart Vevers to attend the brand’s Fall 2015 runway show. Since the long-legged beauty was celebrating her 25th birthday in New York City, Coach sent her a special birthday present: a blue Swagger Carryall bag, which retails at $495. She attended the show in a gorgeous all pink attire and sat in a front row V.I.P seat.

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It’s been reported that former Girls’ Generation member Jessica and her sister Krystal of girl group f(x) were visiting New York during the fashion week. It is unknown whether or not they attended any shows.

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SM Entertainment to Release the World’s First Hologram Musical

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SM Entertainment will premiere the world’s first hologram musical, School OZ, on Jan. 14 in Seoul, according to Soompi.

Based loosely on The Wizard of Oz, this hologram fantasy musical stars various SM artists, including Changmin of TVXQ, Key of SHINee, Suho and Xiumin of EXO and Red Velvet’s Seulgi. The story will center on the search for Dorothy, who mysteriously disappears before the day of the “Great Knight” championship. The 110-minute show will be screened at the SMTOWN Theatre, taking advantage of the venue’s high-definition screens, projectors and its start-of-the-art sound system.

SM Entertainment will also screen its hologram concert Girl Story, which stars Yoona of Girls’ Generation and SHINee’s Minho, on the same day of the musical’s premiere.

Tickets for both performances will be available starting Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. KST and can be purchased via the app “SMTOWN Theatre” or the agency’s dedicated website.

You can watch the trailer for School OZ below:

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IU Named South Korea’s Favorite Singer of 2014

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
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K-pop soloist IU was crowned South Korea’s favorite singer of 2014 in a poll conducted by Gallup Korea.

According to Yonhap, the poll was conducted from October to November and surveyed 2,774 people, ages 13 to 59, across the nation. IU topped the poll with 12.9 percent of all votes, edging out Girls’ Generation, who came in a close second with 12.4 percent of votes.

Earlier this year, the 21-year-old singer released a mini-album titled A Flower Bookmark, which was entirely comprised of covers of nostalgic K-pop songs from the late ’80s. Despite the lack of promotions, the album was a critical and commercial success, with most of her songs topping Korean music charts. The soloist was even featured in K-pop pioneer Seo Taiji’s song “Sogyeokdong,” making IU the first artist to collaborate with the veteran in 22 years.

Other artists that ranked in the top 10 included Sistar, EXO, Lee Sun-hee, Girls’ Day, Lee Sung-chul, Cho Yong-pil and BEAST.

According to Gallup Korea, a majority of teens picked EXO as the country’s favorite artist this year. Meanwhile, voters in their twenties and thirties chose IU.

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Tiffany of Girls’ Generation to Perform with John Legend

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
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Looks like Tiffany of Girls’ Generation will be sharing the spotlight with John Legend at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) in Hong Kong.

According to Soompi, an Mnet representative said that Legend had expressed his interest in collaborating with the K-pop singer, and SM Entertainment accepted his love call. Previously, there were a lot of speculation regarding the international collaboration when Tiffany posted on Instagram a screenshot of Legend’s “All of Me” playing on her smartphone. Although details of the joint performance are still under wraps, fans are already highly anticipating the duet between the two singers.

This is not the first time MAMA has hosted an international collaboration on its stage. Last year, Hyorin of SISTAR performed with the legendary Stevie Wonder. In 2011, 2NE1’s CL performed a cover of The Black Eyed Peas’s hit song “Where Is the Love?” with will.i.am and apl.de.ap in Singapore.

The 2014 MAMA will be held in Hong Kong’s Asia World Expo Arena on Dec.3. Other artists in the lineup includes G-Dragon and  Taeyang, IU, EXO, INFINITE, SISTAR and more.

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EXO’s Luhan Files Lawsuit Against SM Entertainment

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SM Entertainment is going through a rough year.

Following EXO member Kris’ lawsuit, (f)x’s Sulli’s sudden hiatus, and the recent withdrawal of Jessica from Girls’ Generation, another SM artist has filed for a contract termination lawsuit against the K-pop agency.

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According to the Seoul Central District Court, EXO’s Chinese member Luhan filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment on Oct. 10 in a bid to nullify his contract. The paperwork filed is reportedly the same as what his fellow bandmate Kris filed in May. It’s also being reported that Hankyul, the law firm that represented Kris and former Super Junior member Hangeng, will be handling Luhan’s case.

SM recently said in a statement that it was “baffled” by the lawsuit and claimed that they were in midst of discussing Luhan’s future activities after the artist had requested more individual activities in China. The agency added that they suspect a third party to be influencing Kris and Luhan’s actions.

“As it was with Kris’s case, Luhan filed a lawsuit when it was unnecessary, using the same pattern and lawyers after gaining immense popularity with the group, which leads us to believe that he is now prioritizing his own personal benefits while disregarding the understanding of his contract with the agency as well as everyone affected by his contract,” SM said in a statement.

While the specific details of Luhan’s case have yet to be revealed, media outlets are speculating that Luhan’s reasons for the suit are very similar to what Hangeng and Kris cited in the past. Sina, a Chinese media portal, recently revealed four main reasons as to why Luhan has filed termination against his agency:

1. SM Entertainment is unable to provide good future development plans for Luhan.
2. There is alleged discrimination in terms of treatment between Korean and Chinese members.
3. The allocations of resources are unreasonable.
4. Luhan has been experiencing health issues due to over-exhaustion of the body and stress

Rumors about Luhan’s fallout with his label first started circulating when the Chinese member was not present at the EXO concert in Bangkok last month. SM cited health problems as the main reason for his absence at the time, stating that the singer had been suffering from headaches and a sleep disorder. However, fans remained skeptical after Luhan’s consecutive absences from band activities including the SMTOWN concert in Tokyo.

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As soon as news of Luhan’s lawsuit became public, SM stocks plummeted down to the daily limit of 15%, resulting in a loss of 64 billion won, the company’s all-time low this year. This steep plunge has allowed YG Entertainment to take the lead in market capitalization, according to Koreaboo. With the recent departures of some of its most popular K-pop artists, SM is expected to see a continuous drop in its stocks, without much time for recovery.

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Jessica Leaves Girls’ Generation, K-pop Chaos Ensues

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Seems like Jessica of Girls’ Generation is making all the headlines today.

On Sept. 30, SM Entertainment released an official statement confirming that Jessica will be leaving Girls’ Generation, one of K-pop’s most popular girl groups and a driving force of the genre overseas.

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The agency told local media that “due to her personal situation” Jessica previously notified them about halting team activities after the release of one more album. However, due to the lack of specific negotiations, Jessica launched her fashion brand, Blanc, without prior consultation from SM. This caused a conflict of interests regarding the prioritization of Girls’ Generation’s activities, and despite ongoing talks, the situation has reached a point where the team can no longer be maintained.

“Thus, the agency had no choice but to pull up the plan for Girls’ Generation’s activities as eight members. While we were still working out the timing of the announcement, Jessica had already posted about her departure in her own words early this morning,” SM said.

On her Weibo, a China-based social media platform, Jessica wrote a message in both Korean and English, saying that she had been “forced out” of the group. Many fans first believed that the account was hacked since hacking is such a common occurrence among K-pop star’s social media accounts and no confirmation from SM was available at the time.

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The announcement of Jessica’s departure has spurred dozens of rumors from both the Korean and Chinese media.

According to Sports Donga, multiple industry officials have already confirmed that Jessica and her rumored Korean-American boyfriend Tyler Kwon, a CEO of a finance company, are planning to marry this coming May.

“They have already wrapped all major preparations for the wedding. The wedding will be in Hong Kong, and the two will live in both New York and Hong Kong,” reported Sports Donga.

Other media sources added that Jessica has been looking into design schools in New York to attend after her wedding. However, SM has denied all reports about Jessica and Kwon’s romantic relationship, despite photos and witness accounts of the two being seen together in Seoul, Hong Kong, and New York.

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Jessica and Tyler Kwon backstage at the Huading Awards. (Photo credit: Jessica’s Weibo)

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The Chinese media reported earlier this month that Jessica and Kwon were engaged, saying that the two were seen wearing similar rings in their Weibo photos. (Photo credit: TV Report)

This is not the first time SM Entertainment has had a member exit a group. This past May, EXO member Kris filed a lawsuit against the agency to nullify his contract. In mid-2009, members Kim Junsu, Kim Jaejoong, and Park Yoochun left the group TVXQ and sued the agency for unfair terms of their contracts, including its lengthy term of 13 years. The three then left the company to form their own group JYJ. In the same year, former Super Junior member Hangeng also filed a lawsuit against the agency to terminate his contract and returned to China to pursue a solo career.

While Jessica is no longer a part of Girls’ Generation, she and the other eight members have recently renewed their contracts with SM for an additional 3 years. Thus, Jessica will remain with the agency until further notice.

“We will continue to support and manage Jessica’s individual activities and Girls’ Generation’s activities as eight members,” SM concluded in its statement.

Meanwhile, SM Entertainment’s stocks are suffering a 5 percent drop since the company announced Jessica’s departure from the group, according to Venture Capital Post.