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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.

Tiffany with Mama Kors (Photo via Tiffany’s Instagram)

Tiffany takes a selfie with model Karlie Koss (Photo via Tiffany’s Instagram)

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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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Featured image via Tiffany’s Instagram

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SM Entertainment to Release the World’s First Hologram Musical

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
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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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Featured image courtesy of Soompi

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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.

Photo courtesy of Loen Tree.

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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.

Photo courtesy of Soompi

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EXO’s Luhan Files Lawsuit Against SM Entertainment

by REERA YOO

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.

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.

Featured photo courtesy of MTV Vietnam

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Jessica Leaves Girls’ Generation, K-pop Chaos Ensues

by REERA YOO

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.

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.

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G-Dragon, SPICA Join All-Star KCON 2014 Lineup

by JAMES S. KIM

Big Bang’s G-Dragon and girl group SPICA are the latest names to join the lineup for this year’s KCON, the largest Hallyu fan convention in America, happening on August 9 and 10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Billboard.com reported that the singer/rapper will headline the first of the two concerts at the festival, which also features fan meet-and-greets and panels.

G-Dragon, who performed with Missy Elliott at last year’s event, will join SPICA (U.S. debut), Girls’ Generation, IU, CNBLUE, Teen Top, B1A4, BTS, VIXX and Jung Joon-young on the stage. South Korean TV and movie stars Lee Seung-gi, Lee Seo-ji and Yoo In-na are also set to appear at the festival.

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KCON expanded to a two-night festival last year, and this year’s event will feature two concerts as well. South Korean music chart program M Countdown will also be filming the performances, which might mean longer sets from the performers.

Tickets go on sale today, and more ticketing options will be available later. You can purchase them at KCONUSA.com.

Top photo: G-Dragon performed with Missy Elliott at last year’s KCON.

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TIME Names Girls Generation’s “Mr. Mr.” One Of 25 Best Songs Of The Year

by STEVE HAN

Dubbed by TIME as the “K-pop juggernaut,” Girls’ Generation’s (aka SNSD) “Mr. Mr” has been chosen by the magazine as one of the 25 best songs this year.

Fans, they say, “won’t be disappointed by their latest dance-friendly single, and the addition of a scratchy electronic bass line and a hint of darkness should even attract listeners who don’t dig their usual bubblegum sound.”

“Mr. Mr.” made the list alongside Mariah Carey’s “Make It Look Good,” “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Rita Ora’s “I Will Never Let You Down.”

The selection of Girls’ Generation’s latest song comes at an odd timing as South Korean fans and media alike are starting to wonder if the popularity of the once mega-popular idol group is starting to wane. Even the search intensity on Girls’ Generation in recent months has been mediocre in comparison to Psy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nevertheless, Girls’ Generation will return to the U.S. in August to headline KCON 2014 in Los Angeles. KCON will take place over two days, Aug. 9 and 10.

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