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Kim Hyun Joong’s Ex-Girlfriend Drops Assault Charges

by REERA YOO

Kim Hyun Joong’s case has recently been closed with all charges of assault and battery officially dropped, said a rep from the Seoul Songpa Police department.

Last month, the K-pop star’s ex-girlfriend “A” pressed criminal charges against Kim for repeated beatings between May and July this year, claiming that her injuries including a fractured rib required up to six weeks of treatment. 

According to Star News, “A” filed a withdrawal of her lawsuit on Sept. 17, just a few days after Kim apologized to her in person and released a public apology on his official website. The official apology read:

“I am really sorry for inflicting serious mental and physical injuries on the person whom I’ve trusted and loved for two years. I am ashamed for behaving in a way man should not have behaved. As everything in this case was my fault, that person has no reason to be criticized. I apologize to her once again, and I want to express my apologies to her family and friends as well. Above all, I hope she will accept my apology and forgive me. Learning from this experience, I will work hard to become a bit more considerate person and to live a healthier life.”

Sun Jong Mun, “A’s” lawyer, told the Korean media that the plaintiff originally planned on dropping charges under no conditions if Kim publicly acknowledged the physical assaults and apologized for his actions. Sun added that “A” did not want Kim to be penalized after receiving a sincere apology from him and withdrew the case without accepting any settlement money, as previously agreed.

Regarding the withdrawal, there’s been mixed reactions from the public. While many fans are relieved that the case is finally closed, others seem upset that “A” has let Kim off the hook with a mere apology.

Photo courtesy of Soompi

 

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Korean Son of Deaf Parents With Cancer Sings Heartfelt Song on ‘SuperStar K6′

by REERA YOO

When asked by the judges of Superstar K6 for his reason behind auditioning, contestant Kim Jung Hoon could hardly hold back tears as he revealed a heartbreaking story about his family.

“Both of my parents are deaf,” Kim said in his pre-audition interview. He added that both of his parents lost their hearing during early childhood and currently have cancer: his mother suffering from thyroid cancer and his father from colorectal cancer.

“It felt like the world was falling apart,” he said.

Despite their disabilities, Kim’s parents came to the audition to show full support for their son.

“When we see our son, even though we can’t hear him sing, we believe that he can succeed,” Kim’s father said through sign language. His wife agreed, saying that they believe in their son whether he sings well or poorly.

Once Kim took the stage, he proved that he could sing not only beautifully but also with powerful emotion. His rendition of Lee Sun-hee’s “Fate” moved some of the judges to tears.

Watch his performance below:

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PSY and BIGBANG to Open and Close for the 2014 Incheon Asian Games

by REERA YOO

Global K-pop star Psy and boy band BIGBANG will be performing as the finales for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Asian Games, said YG Entertainment on Sunday.

Psy, whose viral music video “Gangnam Style” catalyzed him to global fame in 2012, will be the final act of the opening ceremony on Sept. 19 while BIGBANG will perform as the finale for the closing ceremony on Oct. 4.

The two YG artists will also be joined by various popular K-pop artists including EXO, CNBLUE, and JYJ.

soompi-incheon-2014-800x450JYJ, EXO, BIGBANG, and Psy have been confirmed to perform at the 2014 Asian Games (Photo Credit: Soompi)

The 2014 Asian Games, Asia’s largest sports event, will kick off Sept. 19 and conclude on Oct. 4. Incheon is the third South Korean host of the Asian Games after Seoul in 1986 and Busan in 2002. The Asian Games have previously been dominated by China, who last topped the medal table with 199 gold medals, with South Korea finishing second behind them.

Featured photo via Allkpop

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Kwon Rise of Ladies’ Code Dies After Car Accident

by REERA YOO

A second member of the K-pop girl group Ladies’ Code died after succumbing to injuries sustained from the same car accident that claimed the life of Go Eun Bi (EunB).

Kwon Rise, 23, died on the morning of Sept. 7 at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She had remained unconscious after undergoing more than 10 hours of emergency brain surgery following Wednesday’s accident, said Polaris Entertainment agency spokeswoman Kim Eun-kyung.

It’s been reported that Kwon’s parents, who flew from Japan, and her agency staff members stayed by her bedside until she drew her final breath.

On Sept. 3, fellow band member EunB passed away shortly after the van crashed into a guard rail on the rain-drenched Yeongdong Expressway near Seoul. Lee Sojung, another member of the five-member group, fractured her jaw from the accident whereas the two remaining members sustained only minor injuries and were treated for shock.

Police suspect that the van may have been speeding on the rainy road in order to meet the band’s tight schedule. Inspector Lee Ho-dong said that that the driver, who was treated for minor injuries, will be called in for more questioning.

“We are investigating the exact cause of the accident. But it’s difficult because the highway section where the crash occurred did not have a closed-circuit television camera,” Lee told the Associated Press, adding that a camera from inside the van was sent to the National Forensic Service.

Van after accidentLadies’ Code’s van was driving toward Seoul when it was involved in a crash on Sept. 3.  (Photo Credit: Yonhap)

It’s been revealed by Polaris Entertainment that the vehicle that carried Ladies’ Code was driven for the first time on the day of the accident, as it was a rental car. The agency also stated that the driver of the group’s van, Mr. Park, is not new to driving and has been an experienced manager of many years for the company.

“During his continuous activities as a road manager, he has not experienced any particular accidents,” said the agency’s representatives.

kwon rise's wakeKwon Rise passed away a day before Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving, a holiday known for its family gatherings. (Photo Credit: Star News)

Kwon’s wake is currently being held at the Korea University Anam Hospital, where EunB’s wake also held, and will continue until Sept. 9, when her funeral procession will take place. According to Naver, numerous celebrities have already attended the wake including singer Lee Eun Mi, Kwon’s mentor from Birth of a Great Star, the audition program that discovered her. Fellow contestants David Oh and Noh Ji Hoon were also in attendance along with MCs Yoo Jae Suk and Kim Jaedong. In addition, many celebrities have taken to twitter to express their condolences.

kwon rise(Photo Credit: hyunasback.tumblr.com)

Ladies’ Code debuted last year and recently made a comeback with their song “Kiss Kiss” before the accident took place. EunB and Kwon were known to have shared a close bond as the two were roommates and best friends.

Since the deaths of the two young K-pop singers, the local media are now questioning the safety of idol groups’ overwhelming schedules and South Korea’s road conditions.

Featured photo via HelloKpop

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EXO ‘Sasaeng’ Fan Arrested for Fraud and Embezzlement

by REERA YOO

A 21-year-old woman identified as Ms. Nam has been arrested for fraud and embezzlement in her efforts to raise money to chase after her favorite K-pop boy band, EXO.

According to Koreaboo and The Korea Times, Nam was arrested by the Gyeonggi Police on Sept. 5 for making multiple fraudulent online transactions. It was reported that she would borrow camera equipment from a rental store and then pretend to sell it at a discounted price online without actually delivering the goods to her customers. The police found that Nam used this same technique at least nine times, earning at least 470,000 won. Aside from cheating her customers, Nam also did not return the said equipment she borrowed back to the rental shop.

When police questioned her why she committed these crimes, she reportedly answered, “In order to follow EXO, I need money.”

According to reports, Nam is an unemployed high school graduate who has lost her parents and is considered to be a “sasaeng fan” — a person who spends excessive time stalking his or her favorite celebrities and invades their privacy through questionable means. “Sasaengs” are usually between the ages of 20 and 40 and have a costly lifestyle since they splurge on expensive camera equipment, taxi hires, plane tickets, and more.

Nam reportedly admitted that she stays at a cafe near EXO’s dormitory instead of going home at night. She at point stated, “When I was active as a ‘sasaeng,’ I was happy, but now I feel regretful.”

Nam is currently in custody, awaiting to receive charges.

Photo via The Korea Times

 

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Ladies’ Code Member EunB Passes Away in Tragic Car Accident

by REERA YOO

According to YTN, the popular K-pop girl group Ladies’ Code was involved in a fatal car accident and 22-year-old member Go Eun Bi, or better known by her stage name, EunB, tragically passed away on September 3 at around 1:20 A.M. (KST).

The girl group’s van was heading toward Incheon on the Yeongdong Expressway when it crashed into a protective wall in the vicinity of the Singal Intersection. As a result, the accident claimed the life of EunB. Two Ladies’ Code members, Lee Sojung and Kwon Rise, were left in critical condition and were hospitalized. Other passengers—the band’s manager, stylists, and the remaining two members, Ashley and Zuny—sustained only minor injuries.

The police are speculating that the van slipped due to the heavy rain, though they are currently investigating for more details. Polaris Entertainment, Ladies’ Code’s agency, earlier released an official statement with details of the accident and the conditions of Sojung and Rise:

“This is Polaris Entertainment.

We would like to explain everything regarding Ladies’ Code up until now. They were returning to Seoul after their schedule at Daegu, then around 1:30AM around Suwon, their back tire of the van fell out. This caused the unfortunate death of our member, EunB.

Currently, our other member Sojung and Kwon Rise are receiving treatment. The manager and other members received no major injuries. The members are on standby to move to a hospital in Seoul.

The location for EunB’s funeral has not yet been decided.

With an apologetic feeling towards everyone, including the fans who have received such a great shock [today], we hope that many of you will pray towards the members’ fast recovery. We will report back further details regarding the accident as soon as possible. Thank you.”

(Translated by Koreaboo)

Currently, Sojung appears to be in a stable condition whereas Rise remains in critical condition after reportedly have undergone three major surgeries for serious head injury. According to Osen, Rise’s fourth surgery was cancelled when her blood pressure fell rapidly and CPR was applied. She has been moved to the ICU and is being closely monitored for any changes in her condition.

EunB memorial picture

A memorial service for EunB was held on Wednesday at the Korea University’s Anam Hospital in Seoul. Family and friends placed flowers by the singer’s framed photo, and many fans and celebrities have taken to twitter to express their condolences.

EunB’s funeral will be held at Korean University Anam Hospital on September 5.

Correction: It was previously misstated that the van’s driver passed away in the accident. The police confirmed that the driver was treated for mild injury and was brought in for questioning.

Photos via Allkpop

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Amazing Taiwanese Girl Drummer Rocks Out to K-pop

Originally posted on Audrey Magazine

by ETHEL NAVALES

Step aside Ringo Starr and Travis Barker, we have a new favorite drummer in town. From the looks of things, she intends to keep her spot as a favorite.

Known to us by her English name, S. White, this Taiwanese jazz drummer and street performer has been turning heads and catching quite a bit of attention. In fact, her official Facebook fan page has nearly 200,000 likes. Now don’t let her youth and petite size fool you– White packs a punch in her performances.

She is often seeing laughing, singing along and bobbing her head while rocking out to everything from Crayon Pop to Lady Gaga. Many media sites have praised her on being such a “cute and pretty” drummer, but the reason she’s on our list of favorites is her undeniable talent and charm. Simply put, she has so much fun during her performances that we can’t help but smile along.

Check out some of our favorite S. White performances below:

 

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LA Festival Presents K-pop Singing & Dancing Battle

Have you dreamed of taking the stage like your favorite K-pop singers? The Korea Daily (Joongang Ilbo) and the LA Korean Festival Foundation (LAKFF) may have just what you’re looking for to make your daydreams a bit more concrete.

The 4th K-pop Singing & Dancing Battle is back, and it kicks off with a preliminary round on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Korean Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Finalists will then compete at the 41st Korean Cultural Festival on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Seoul International Park in Koreatown.

The first-place winner will receive $500 and a smartphone. Two second-place winners will receive $200 each, and popularity prizes in the form of $100 will be awarded to another two teams.

For contest rules and to register, visit this link. You can register until 5 p.m. on Aug. 29 for free. For more information, you can visit www.lakoreanfestival.org, email ukdec2013@gmail.com or call (213) 368-2675/2543. You can also check out the event’s Facebook page.

Preliminary Round
Saturday, Sept. 6
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Korean Cultural Center
5505 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Final Round
Friday, September 19
Seoul International Park in LA Koreatown (Friday night of the Korean Cultural Festival)

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