Monday Kpop Update | BTS’ JK Cover of Justin Bieber’s “Nothing Like Us” + Ladies Code Official Comeback + Seolhyun CF “Body Double” Speaks Out + AOA is Getting Paid!

Ok so a lot happened today.

For starters, MBLAQ’s G.O is officially enlisting in the military. It was announced today that on Feb. 18th, G.O will leave quietly to fulfill his military requirement.

WINNER recently was on the SBS radio show, “Park So Hyun’s Love Game”. They talked about relationships and how they feel about their music… and then they said something that sparked my interest. They want to be on Running Man! They said that since they’re all equally athletic and love sport activities, they think they’ll be great for the show. Hopefully Running Man producers think so too!

SHINee’s Taemin released two teaser photos on twitter to get everyone ready and excited for his upcoming solo album. It’s going to be a huge event and he already has a full schedule ready to go!

The official release date is February 23rd!


I don’t know if you follow BTS on soundcloud, you probably do if you’re a huge fan, but for those of you who haven’t been following them, they do a lot of covers on their account. I usually like their versions more than the original song which is why I try to listen to the original first or else I won’t like the original at all. Which brings me to this, JK of BTS released a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Nothing Like Us” and honestly I just want him to release the song as an official cover. It’s just that good!

It’s currently still on repeat… 

Ladies’ Code shocked me today with this announcement

That’s right! The trio has returned with a comeback entitled “Myst3ry”. (Get it? Cuz it’s 3 so “Myst-3-ry”)  It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come and I’m so excited for their new music. I imagine they’ve changed their sound a bit as well.

I can’t wait to hear this “Myst3ry”.





Seolhyun got a bit of backlash after a post was released from Seolhyun’s body double with pictures from a CF saying that it wasn’t Seolhyun’s body, it was hers! That’s not uncommon when stunts are done involving celebrities however, the woman said she’s saddened by the whole thing. Saying simply, they used her body in the commercial filming in Thailand.

Well, after the post circulated all over, FNC responded.

Most of the filming included the face and not the entire body so [Seolhyun] filmed the scenes herself. The body double was only limited to the action scenes. When you look at the CF, there was around one second of an underwater scene which needed wires. That’s about all that the body double did.” 

(source: allkpop)

I’m not 100% sure what she expects to come of this but this is standard practice when using a double. Typically, they edit it so that nobody ever knows the celebrity wasn’t the one who did the stunts. It’s supposed to look seamless. I guess she wanted some acknowledgement for her part? I’m a bit confused by this situation.

And finally, AOA has done what very very few girl groups manage to do. They have officially broken even with FNC Entertainment which means, the ladies of AOA shall be getting paid! (insert applause!)

An FNC representative explained, “It is true that AOA members recently have started to receive an income due to their successful promotions last year. We cannot say how much that income was, however. From now on, the members will continue to get paid for their activities.”

(source: soompi)

This is a huge deal! Especially since it’s only been 3 years since their debut! For those of you who don’t understand this process, I’ll explain.

When groups are put together and go through training leading to their debut, (including promotions, fan signings, bookings, appearances, studio time, etc.), their agency will invest all the money. All they pretty much have to do is show up and perform well. However, they don’t exactly get a paycheck. They get a stipend in most cases. Once they begin making money from their debut and subsequent comeback releases, the revenue pays back the agency. Once they have officially paid back their agency, they can then start getting paid.

That’s pretty much the music business universally. It’s also one of the ways a lot of popular artists go bankrupt. But that’s another post for a completely different day. 

Congrats AOA! Enjoy your paychecks!



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