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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!


Wednesday Kpop Update | CL Edition [video]

I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do another one of these anytime soon but I’m back with a new kpop update. And just so know, this series is definitely coming back in full force next week! I’m not ignoring it anymore. I think I’ve taken enough time away from it and you’ve probably noticed by now. (Sorry tumblr!!) Don’t worry. Have no fear. It’s been revived!

So why am I focusing on CL?

As you all know, CL has been all over the place in the US. From concerts, live performances, fan meetings, interviews, chart topping new music… she’s everywhere! But… how much more exciting is it to hear of her experience from her own mouth? On this edition of CNN Style, they followed CL around her newfound city New York and listened to her talk about her experience.

Wednesday Kpop Update | CL First, Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart + WINNER Comeback Postponed + The East Light, New Boy Band

This week in kpop has been a bittersweet week for YG. CL has officially made kpop history by becoming the first Korean female solo artist to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 list! This is a huge deal. This list not only shows number of record sales and proof of how much airplay you can potentially get on radio, but it’s also a popularity contest. Only the popular songs make it to this list and CL, you have officially done it!

The song “Lifted” debuted at #94 on the charts. And even though many people will have a lot to say about that, I will say this, there are millions of songs that won’t even get that high on the charts! Congrats CL! Check out her performance on the late night show, The Late Late Show with James Corden.


In not so great YG news, WINNER’s comeback has been officially postponed indefinitely. I was one of the ones speculating that the “Who’s Next?” teaser was a hint at their potential comeback but now, I’m not so sure. Apparently, Taehyun is not doing well at all and hasn’t been for quite some time.

“On October 12th, YG Entertainment confirmed the delay in WINNER’s anticipated return as they updated fans about Taehyun’s condition. According to the agency, they were aware of his mental health condition during his trainee days. However, the singer and actor was unable to cope these last few months.”

(source: koreaboo)

It seems the stress of touring domestically and internationally has begun to take a toll on Taehyun. So while he recovers, WINNER will be put to the side for now.

I truly hope he gets better soon!


And finally…  Have you heard of The East Light? Yes? No? Maybe? Well if you haven’t or you’re unsure, you most certainly will!

“The East Light’s agency Media Line announced, “The average age of The East Line is fifteen years old. They are a dance group with the talents to open a new paradigm in the idol market. Although their age may be young, their skills are not.”

(source: soompi)

I definitely can’t wait to hear their music. I have my theories of what they’ll sound like but I’ll wait until it’s official!


Wednesday Kpop Update | CL “Lifted” #17 Billboard‘s Social 50 Chart, Mixed Reviews + BLACKPINK Gets Reality Show + Tiffany Sitting Out SMTOWN’s 20th Anniversary Hawaii Vacation + New Music Videos

Alright so I normally would take this opportunity to post about other stories along with the headlines but this time, I’m going to plug twentythirdstation.tumblr.com for more kpop news and photos!

Haha, shameless plug.

CL just recently made her official solo American debut with the song “Lifted” and not only did it do extremely well on US Billboard Charts, but it has garnered a lot of buzz and views! “Lifted”#17 on Billboard‘s Social 50 Chart and I’ll tell you, that’s not an easy feat. It has to be pretty good to make it that high on the charts for a new-comer. Congrats CL!

But even with all the good surrounding it, a lot of fans are divided over it. While she’s gaining new fans in America, she’s also gaining haters in the kpop world?

The comments range from “boring” to “this is amazing” to “she’s selling herself”?

**Names have been removed and exchanged for numbers instead.

“#2 IDGAF WHAT YALL HATERS SAY YALL NEED TO GO GET LIFTED LIVE A LITTLE THIS IS DOPE AF”

“#18 it gets more catchy the more you listen to it”

“#4: “This is so crap. The reason why 2ne1 became popular because they were different. CL is just following American mainstream garbage. She should’ve have done something different, like bring 2ne1’s style in to America. She is going to make it nowhere with a song like this. Her solo Korean songs are much better than this. Everything seems too forced and she is trying to hard to fit in. Don’t even start your music stuff on me because I do audio engineering.”

So as you can see, the comments are pretty divided. It kind of shocked me a bit. Whereas I knew there would be a bit of pushback, I didn’t expect to run across as many negative comments as I did.

If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out below!


BLACKPINK, another member of the YG family, is about to jump into a new arena themselves. They will be getting a reality show! That’s right folks, they are joining the ranks of other kpop idols who have their own shows so fans can get to know them better on a more personal level.

“According to their company’s statements on August 24, the group’s new reality show “BLACKPINK TV” will premiere on August 25 through Naver… Through “BLACKPINK TV,” fans will be able to get a sneak peek of the members’ daily lives and get to know the members in a more intimate fashion.”

(source: soompi)

I think this is a great idea! It’ll be a good chance for the fans to get to know the ladies better.

Show airs August 24th-25th.


And this brings us to Tiffany.

I know by now the news has spread and everyone knows what happened. Well, apparently, she’s now sitting out longer. Instead of making an appearance during SMTOWN’s 20th Anniversary Hawaii Vacation, she will be sitting out due to “self-reflection”.

If you don’t know what this day is for, it’s for SM Entertainment’s 350 artists and staff member to go on what is being called a “unity” trip for four days. This vacation is also going to be for celebrating the 20th anniversary of SM.

So why wouldn’t Tiffany be there?

“The spokesperson stated, “In order to continue with her deep self-reflection regarding the recent Korean National Independence Day SNS incident, it has been decided that Tiffany will not be participating in the SM Entertainment 20th anniversary Hawaii unity trip.”

(source: koreaboo)

I guess the hurt feelings ran deep and close to home. I do hope this goes away soon for Tiffany.