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RECAP: 2014’s Biggest K-pop Stories So Far

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This year has proven to be both controversial and tragic for K-pop, with many idols publicly announcing their romantic relationships to a tragic car accident, which caused the death of two loved idols.

We take a look at this year’s biggest K-pop stories so far with Asian Pop Radio. Our recap starts at 4:25 minutes.

EXO Kris sues SM Entertainment

Picture: Blogspot

Picture: Blogspot

Kris submitted a lawsuit against his agency on May 15 claiming that SM overworked him and never considered his opinions.

“The company has treated me like a machine part or as an object of control rather than presenting a vision as an entertainer,” the 24-year-old singer whose real name is Kris was quoted as saying in the submission.

The singer, who was recruited into the company at the age of 16 in 2007 said that his contract should be annulled because he wasn’t in equal position when negotiating the terms of his contract.

SM Entertainment was quick to deny the allegations this morning but has since confirmed that it was looking into the facts.

“We are perplexed by the incident … we will do our best to keep EXO’s activities on track.” An S.M. Entertainment spokesperson said.

Kris’ legal reps met with SM lawyers to settle the case outside the court, but negotiations filed and the case will now proceed to a trial.

Kris has released a song for Chinese film Tiny Times 3 and is rumoured to be releasing a solo mini-album.

Read more about Kris’ lawsuit with SM Entertainment here.

K-pop couples come out

Baekhyun and Taeyeon. Picture: KpopStarz

Baekhyun and Taeyeon. Picture: KpopStarz

This year has been a special year for K-pop, with many idols publicly announcing their relationship.

EXO member Baekhyun and Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon caused a big controversy when they confirmed their relationship earlier this year. They were forced to face reporters when Korean media Dispatch caught the pair on a date near EXO’s dorm.

Many international fans showed their support for the couple, but many Korean netizens were in uproar after the confirmation.

Korean netizens started a petition to demand Baekhyun to leave EXO, while Taeyeon received many hate messages on her social media profiles.

f(x)’s Sulli and Dynamic Duo member Choiza were also pressured to announce their relationship, after much speculation.

Rumours began when a fan found Choiza’s lost wallet and saw photos of Sulli in it. Choiza’s agency quickly denied that the pair were dating.

Speculation heated up when Choiza’s cousin posted numerous photos of what was thought to be Sulli, Choiza and himself hanging out.

Dispatch later photographed them on a date near Namsan Tower. Both SM Entertainment and Amoeba Culture confirmed the relationship.

Kim Hyun Joong assaults his ex-girlfriend

Picture: Lotte

Picture: Lotte

On August 22, news broke out that Kim Hyun Joong’s girlfriend had filed a police report that the actor had physically beaten her up two times.

Key East Entertainment later released a statement saying that the two couple were dating for only a few months and that the girlfriend had not broken her ribs because of Kim Hyun Joong beating her, but as a result of ‘playing’.

The agency also said that the two were indeed involved in a physical fight but dismissed claims that he had beaten her twice.

Korean media Dispatch later released text messages and photos, which proved Key East Entertainment’s statement false. The report showed that the couple had dated for two years, just as alleged by the girlfriend.

From the series of text messages, Kim Hyun Joong also acknowledged and apologised for the bruises and pain his girlfriend was going through.

After almost a month after the charges were laid on the actor, Kim Hyun Joong released a public statement apologising for physically assaulting his girlfriend.

Kim Hyun Joong wrote on his official homepage the following statement:

Hello. This is Kim Hyun Joong.

Through this incident, I have caused serious mental and physical injuries to a person that I have trusted and loved for two years, and I am deeply sorry for that.

I feel deeply embarrassed of myself for doing things a man should not do.

As this whole case is a consequence of my wrongdoing, 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.

I will learn from this incident by doing my best to live a more well-behaved and healthy life.

His ex-girlfriend then dropped the charges without asking for any financial compensation.

Read more about Kim Hyun Joong’s assault here.

2NE1 Park Bom accused of smuggling illegal drugs

Picture: YG Entertainment

Picture: YG Entertainment

Park Bom’s drug scandal came to light after a Korean publication, Segye Ilbo reported that Bom tried to ‘smuggle’ drugs in from America to Korea in 2010.

YG came to her defence and said that he was aware of her prescription after she told him about a traumatic soccer event when she was still studying in America.

A newspaper article from 1998 and 2000 then showed that Park Bom witnessed a friend dying on the field during a soccer game.

Netizens reacted unkindly and asked for the case to be re-investigated so that Bom could be ‘put in jail’.

“Relaunch investigations and put her in jail… The law system is changing for the worse..” One top comment on Naver said.

Another one comment said if Bom’s case was like in the past, she would have been called to retire.

“Times have changed too fast. In the past, this would’ve called for reflection or straight up retirement. Nowadays, large companies can just shield her and take down all of the articles, allowing her to go on world tours without a care for what anyone thinks.”

Park Bom later left the show Roommate and has since then kept a low public image.

Read more about Park Bom’s drug scandal here.

Ladies’ Code’s EunB and RiSe dead after fatal car accident

Ladies' Code RiSe and EunB passes away after tragic car accident.

Ladies’ Code RiSe and EunB passes away after tragic car accident.

Ladies’ Code’s EunB has died at the age of 22 in September after a tragic car accident, which left RiSe and Sojung in critical condition.

The group were returning to Seoul after a schedule at Daegu, when the back tire of the van fell out and ran into a wall, which caused the death of member EunB at 1:30AM on September 3. She passed away at the scene.

RiSe was later confirmed dead after four days of being unconscience.

Read our full recap here.

13 Comments

  1. Serialmania

    October 1, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I’m still more sad about the Ladies Code accident than anything else happened in Kpop world…

  2. Naif

    September 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    And Now, Girl’s Generation’s Jessica issue!! … v.v this is not the yeear of kpop v.v

  3. Beatriz Socorro

    September 30, 2014 at 1:13 am

    It’s been a tough year for kpop

  4. m

    September 30, 2014 at 8:41 am

    RE: Bom:

    She smuggled medicine, not drugs. There’s a difference. Medicine may be drugs, but drugs are not medicine. Medicine is used to treat illnesses. Drugs are used to get addicted and high. You don’t get addicted or high off of medicine.

    • Destinie

      September 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Not saying anything bad about her but medicine is technically drugs. Like if the medication is legal in one country but not another people will always give it the negative title of “drugs.” Even if it is something like aspirin.

  5. Nayeli Meneses

    September 29, 2014 at 4:15 am

    stop reminding me Ladie’s Code’s accident, my heart already had enough

  6. Mistique Lee

    September 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I agree with Alexandra Mendez I also don’t see Baekhyun & Taeyeon’s relationship as a scandal … I know fans supported them, I’m one that did but I also know netizens lost their minds because they felt betrayed, which is completely ridiculous because none of them even know either one of them personally !!! As for Park Bom nothing ever became of that because they had nothing on her to charge her with !! They brought a case up that was finalized years before !!! As for Kim Hyun Joong he admitted to his wrong doing & will most likely get charged for it !!! As for Eun Bi & Rise I just hope their family’s are getting through such difficult times & that both girls souls are at peace !!

    • Tammy Crowe

      September 28, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      They didn’t say that it was a scandal. They said these are the top stories. Although, shouldn’t Leeteuk’s family tragedy be in the mix?

    • Mistique Lee

      September 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Yes I think it should be to .. As well as the fraud & blackmail stories

  7. Rhaf Clarisse Soriano

    September 28, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    TuT

  8. Alexandra Mendez

    September 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Is a good report but the only thing I have never seen as an scandal is Baekhyun and Taeyeon relationship. They look adorable together

    • Riko Conaitza

      September 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Maybe you haven’t, but a massive amount of people completely lost their shit after the relationship was confirmed. That’s why it’s in there with the other scandals, it was kind of a big deal when it came out.

    • Alexandra Mendez

      September 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      I know how many people literaly lost their mind, but aren’t idols humans and deserve to be loved? I know is hard in the kpop industry

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