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Wednesday Kpop Update | 2NE1 Final Farewell, “Goodbye” lyrics dedication from CL + Running Man Has Returned, Statement Released Discuss What Happened + YG Entertainment Zones In on Japanese Market, New Girl Group Debut? + New Music

There has been a lot going on in the world these past few weeks. With politics, show drama, producer statements, and artist/idol controversies and break-ups, it’s good to get back to the music!

Starting with 2NE1. I have to start with them. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t.

As we all know, 2NE1 has officially disbanded. Even after the revamp and the finished album that was never released, the world never got to meet the new 3-member group. With Bom currently inactive, CL and Dara still signed with YG and Minzy off to another agency working on new music, it made the fans question if we would ever get that official swan song. And it looks like we did but there’s a story behind this song that I thought was so poignant and moving. Apparently it was written by CL not only for the fans but also for Minzy, who is featured on the song.

“The song is something that I had written before. After Minzy left YG Entertainment, the three of us were preparing an album. It was a song that was supposed to be like a letter to Minzy. I edited the lyrics so it would be talking to both Minzy and the fans at the same time. It didn’t take me long to edit the lyrics because I move fast when someone is believing in me,” CL said in an emotional interview to IIgan, as quoted by AllKPop.

(source: ibtimes)

How sweet is that! The music video features just the three of them as they move through images of video of 2NE1’s history, including Bom. The final images show a photo of all four of them together and then finally the remaining three as they each go there separate ways.

The lyrics are incredibly moving and I’m so sorry to see them go. I want to believe this isn’t the end of 2NE1. I know how hard CL fought for this song to be released and how badly she wants 2NE1 to make a comeback so we’ll see. It’s been done before so certainly it can happen again!

For now, let’s all cheer them on as they all work on their own personal endeavors.


Running Man also is making a splash in the headlines. Apparently, it’s not ending this year. A statement released by the team stated:

“Running Man isn’t just a variety program. It boasts 100 million fans just overseas and I don’t think it’s fair not to reflect their opinions and decide the fate of the show just because of internal problems… I believe the correct path is to undergo change in order to become a better show and give more to the fans. That is why we are back.”

(source: koreaboo)

Interesting. But even though it’s not ending this year does that mean it’s a permanent thing? And will the old members return with new members?

“We’re keeping the possibility open but it’s hard to recruit someone right away. The original cast will continue to keep Running Man moving forward and we’ll keep looking for someone to fill Gary’s void. I think this is something we’ll have to keep working on to figure out…”

(source: koreaboo)

We’ll see who comes back officially and who we will be introduced to as new members. For now, it’s good to see that’s it returned.


It seems that YG is looking to expand. Apparently, they’re looking into the Japanese market to release new music and a potential new girl group.

Samsung Securities financial researcher Yang explained, “Though the company has not seen any concert cancellations or anything to that degree, we are continuously monitoring China’s limited regulations. YG will be focusing more on the Japanese market this season… YG Entertainment is said to be preparing for the debut of a new girl group following the success of Black Pink. With YG’s revenues from their acting division increased by 10% this past year, they recently recruited a new producer to be in charge of all the video content business industry. “

(source: allkpop)

Well I guess this would be good news to fans in Japan of the large agency. This expansion could potentially be a really big deal so we’ll see what happens!


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Weekend Kpop Update | I.O.I Yoojung Parody of “Very Good”, Zico Responds + “Goblin” Delay, Creators Statement + Gary and Gil Ready to Split?

So, usually the netisphere is buzzing with different things that I couldn’t begin to predict happening, but it’s been unusually quiet. Or maybe, I just haven’t been paying attention. Either way, it’s been a lot of good news!

Suga has returned to BTS following an injury. He was noticeably absent from some promotions and the end of the year performance but have no fear, he has returned and is ready for their comeback in the future!

I.O.I’s Yoojung is also having a good and interesting week! Her parody of Zico’s “Very Good” was extremely well received by the fans but also by Zico himself. After the show aired, he responded to it saying simply,

I was watching and I was surprised to see my own stage parody. Yoojung copied me better than myself. She managed to be cute at the same time, so I enjoyed watching it.”

(source: koreaboo)


If you’re a fan of the show “Goblin”, you may have been wondering what the hold up was! There was this amazing moment and a cliffhanger and everyone was waiting to see what was going to happen next, with three episodes left annnnnnnnnnnnnnddd… the next episode cancelled and replaced by a special episode, “All Days Were Good”.

So what happened????

The producers say… they wanted the graphics to look right. While debunking all the popular rumors and wide-spread speculations, they gave a really valid reason.

“..While is it true we had a hectic filming schedule; when we reached the middle episodes, we didn’t have any problems filming the rest… The delay is partly due to our PD’s ambitious goals. The last 3 episodes are going to be full of bright colors, as they will be focusing on a lot of the magical and fantastical aspects of the storyline. Thus, we are planning on using a lot of computer graphics, which requires a little more time. We don’t want the computer graphics to look tacky, so we’re focusing entirely on improving the visuals so that it can live up to the name of being a fantasy drama.”

(source: koreaboo)

Honestly, I think that’s a better way to end a show. I’d much rather it be a late airing and look good then to be thrown together and trash. Sooooooooooooo many good dramas have gone that route and it’s always super disappointing and upsetting.

Quality over quantity any day!


It’s being reported that the Leessang company is about to split up due to Gary and Gil wanting to pursue solo career paths. They’ve already started their own solo labels, Magic Mansion and Yangbans Nation, but is this really happening? Will Leessang break up too?

Leessang Company, owned by Leessang’s Gil and Gary, are currently in the process of closing their business, and have already enlisted their building up for sale. January 13, according to an insider in the industry, Leessang Company’s employees have not been working since last year, and the company’s building is currently on the market priced at 9 billion won since January 11.

(source: koreaboo)

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens but honestly, this is super upsetting.


(Old) Legal Movie Review | The Client vs The Advocate: A Missing Body

Okay okay so maybe they’re not old! But they aren’t exactly brand new!

Probably one of the most difficult things when watching tv and movies in Korean is finding them! But occasionally, different places like Viki, dramafever, etc. will have free screenings of movies for a limited time if you’re looking for one. Or, you can just rent the movie on YouTube.

Two of the movies that I recently had the opportunity to watch were “The Client” and “The Advocate: A Missing Body”. Two movies with a similar premise involving a murder and a missing body. Neither was a disappointment!

Let’s start with “The Client“.

This movie felt like a remake of the American film “Primal Fear” which about an altar boy who is charged with murdering a Catholic Archbishop and his attorney fully believes in innocence despite the evidence. Same premise here. In “The Client”, a man is charged with murdering his wife on their wedding anniversary and despite the evidence against him, his lawyer fully believes in his innocence.

You follow the lawyer, turned detective, Kang Sung-hee (Jung-woo Ha) as he defends his client Han Chul-min (Hyuk Jang) in a case that has unexpected twists and turns. This movie is one where one thing is very important, you have to be paying attention. There were so many clues and details to who the killer was that I totally missed it! So when the ending came, I was floored!!

Now… the downside.

There were parts I felt that kind of dragged a bit. There were moments that could have been expounded on, beginning with the original murder case of the woman in the film. They mentioned a woman had been killed before the man’s wife was killed and from that somehow the cases were supposed to be connected. However, even though I got that much of it, I really feel like they could’ve tied it together a bit differently in my mind to make it not so obvious.

I won’t spoil it but definitely check it out if you can.


And the movies I talked about before and got super excited when I finally had a chance to watch it, “The Advocate: A Missing Body“.

Where do I begin with this movie??

The plot is simple, a top defense attorney, Byeon Ho-sung (Lee Sunkyun) takes on a murder case without a body. At first, he was against taking it for a few reasons and concerns but ultimately he takes the case discovering that the defendant and the victim were somehow romantically involved, but nobody even knew they were dating. Convinced of his client’s innocence, Byeon is forced into a world that challenges not only his knowledge of the law but also his very own morality.

I truly truly enjoyed this film. It had a few comedic moments that worked perfectly in off-setting this dark thriller. And I think each character fit their role perfectly. They were extremely believable.

The downside…

A lot of people said that the ending was predictable and to a degree I could see where they would think that. I thought it was very believable where it should’ve been but predictable where I was wish it wasn’t. One of the things that I had a hard time believing was with his boss at his law firm. Although everything was connected, the part of her adding a new case and telling him to move on from a previous case just seemed to predictable but the way she “changed” wasn’t very believable to me as it should’ve been and that was one of the pivotal points in the movie.

I felt a bit of it was rushed. And I was they would’ve taken time to let some moments play out a little longer.

Overall, it was a really good movie. I haven’t seen a movie like that in a while and the plot felt original to me.


So that’s it for this movie review! I’m probably going to do these more often since I’ve been watching more movies and less dramas.

Check out the trailers to both below!

Wednesday Kpop Update | CUBE Entertainment Releases Statement on Fake SNS Accounts for CLC + Teen Top Announces a Solo and Group Comeback + MAMAMOO Covers Top English Songs

Surprise!!

Fake accounts are a favorite past time for many people on social media. Some are parody accounts of a living person or an inanimate object. And then there are the fake sns accounts that are perpetrating as the real deal. The issue has gotten so bad for particular group kpop group that their label had to step in on their behalf!

What group? CUBE Entertainment’s girl group, CLC.

They released a statement saying:

“…Below are the official url addresses for both CLC and Cube social media accounts.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cubeclc
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLC.UnitedCube/

Please note with the exception of the listed links above, all other Twitter and Facebook pages belong to impersonated accounts. Such unauthorized accounts masquerading as official like on Instagram and many others are not organized by CLC or Cube Entertainment…”

(full statement here at allkpop)

I guess it’s probably time to stop now for all those doing it. The account is going to get shut down sooner or later.


Solo artists and group comebacks can be the highlight of any year. And that’s no exception for the latest announcement from Teen Top! Prepare yourselves, Niel’s solo comeback is on the way and so is a group comeback!


And finally, MAMAMOO is one of those groups that can remake a song and have you just completely in love with their version. They have the ability to make any song all their own. But what if there were 7 of these songs? Apparently, MAMAMOO has recorded covers to 7 top charting songs in English. Songs like, John Legend’s “All of You”, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”, Stooshe’s “Love Me”, and a few others. I won’t post all the videos here, but you can listen to their covers at this link on koreaboo.