[What’s K-Popping?]: Weekly Rundown Ep.1

Whats K-popping, a new weekly rundown of the ongoings of the K-pop world, some you may know, some you might have missed, from BTS, Day26 Jae opening a youtube channel and more!

1: Fans are Furious after Reporter Accuses BTS’s Label of Foul Play

Earlier this week, on September 6, Jeon Won of Xports News released a segment surrounding the controversial issue of blackmail and corruption within Bighit Entertainment. According to the claims, the CEO of a contracting company, who has recently received a 1-year prison sentence for blackmailing Bighit Entertainment, threatened to hack and reveal the “illegal marketing” done for its artists.

Bighit allegedly responded by paying off the CEO, thus leading to more speculation of wrongdoing within the label. However, Bighit has denied giving any money to the blackmailer. Instead, according to the label’s claim, an employee had paid off the CEO out of fear that the blackmailing would ruin the artists’ images. In response to this spectacle, Reporter Jeonwon called out Bighit for the allegations that the label had used “illegal marketing”.

Promptly after this article was released, BTS fans became angry and discontent with the reporter’s statement. They demanded an apology, as well as the trend the hashtag, #엑스포츠_전원기자_사과해, meaning #Xsportsnews_reporter Jeonwon_apologize.

XSports News has since apologized for the article and for any distress it has caused. This entire situation has taken place less than a month before the BTS comeback album, “Love Yourself”, set to be released on September 18.

2: Jae from DAY6 Starts a YouTube Channel

DAY6’s Jae, known for his activity on Twitter, has just become a vlogger! His first video, “A Jae in the Life of Day VLOG #1”, which was uploaded on Wednesday, has already racked up almost 100,000 views. His YouTube channel name is, appropriately, “JaeSix”, with a rising following of 51,000 subscribers. Fans have speculated whether this is a publicity stunt to promote DAY6’s new song, also released on Wednesday, or if Jae will actually continue to vlog. Love DAY6 or not, you have to admit that anyone with a remote idea of who he is would enjoy watching his vlogs. Since Jae is a native of California, his vlog was done in English. Vlogs have recently become extremely popular in America, due to YouTubers like Jake or Logan Paul. Could he possibly be the first big vlogger to also be a K-pop star? We sure hope so! Be sure to check out Jae’s first vlog below:

3: Super Junior’s Leeteuk to host the 2017 Asia Artist Awards 

Earlier this week, it was announced that this year’s ‘Asia Artist Awards’ to take place on November 15 KST, will feature Leeteuk from Super Junior as the MC. He also hosted last year and will be taking charge of the event once again. The award show will include a lineup of 20 artists and 20 actors this year, presented in a stadium before 7,000 people. We hope to hear more about this year’s AA Awards. Please be sure to stay tuned for more information regarding this event!

4: VIXX’s Ken to Star in ‘Titanic’ Musical Yes, you read that correctly.

Ken from the K-pop group VIXX has just been announced to be the star in a musical based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. This musical is not based on the hit movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, but will instead focus on 5 members of the crew of the ship and their experiences. Ken has been cast as the leading role of Frederick Barrett, a romantic who plans to propose to the woman he loves by the time the ship lands. This musical is actually a Tony award winner from Broadway, which has apparently reached South Korea. This is not the first time a K-pop idol has become a musical star, however. Remember Baekhyun from EXO’s featured role in “Singin’ in the Rain” in 2014?

5: Sexual Harassment and Extreme Rude Behavior Reported at HIGHLIGHT Concert

HIGHLIGHT’s concert, performed at Gwangju Women’s University, has been reported to have been an awful experience for not only the group but the fans as well. Basically, free tickets to the concert were handed out on the campus of the college. Many of the recipients of these tickets who had no interest in the concert decided to sell them off, but this didn’t stop the rude behaviour present during the night of the concert. There was barely any support given for HIGHLIGHT, with people covering their ears and not even bothering to clap. On top of this, many college students attending the concert brought alcohol and food, littering trash everywhere across the venue. One girl even reported sexual harassment, claiming that someone had pulled her bra strap until it broke loose, before running away. There was also an unnecessary amount of people making rude comments about the group, blocking the view for concert attendees, and people being let in when the entry was prohibited.The events that took place that night are disgusting, as no music group deserves such a rude audience.

 

-Lee