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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 Update | Running Man’s Lee Kwang Soo’s Emotional Acceptance Speech + Running Man Issues Apology + “The Show”, MCs Jeon Somi And Wooshin’s Controversial Video Response

And here it is! The Weekend Update! No delay, let’s get started!

At the 2016 SBS Entertainment Awards, Running Man’s  Lee Kwang Soo was nominated and won in the category of Top Excellence Award. But it wasn’t just the award that’s garnering attention, it was also his very emotional acceptance speech that had even the cast getting emotional as well.

In his speech, he talked about how he felt about the cast and production team of Running Man, even giving a nod to fellow co-star/”older sister” Song Ji Hyo who referred to as “his real older sister”. Following the speech, he gave hugs to all of the Running Man team in attendance. Truly an emotional moment following the controversy that left the fans of Running Man extremely disheartened and confused.

No hard feelings?


And of course, all this is happening around the same time that the Running Man production team issued an official apology on their recent show.

“The December 25 episode of SBS’s “Running Man” was a Christmas special that featured a guest appearance from Kim So Hyun. At the end of the episode, all six cast members could be seen coming together. The scene was filmed after the recent controversy, and Kim Jong Kook broke the ice by saying, “I thought I wasn’t going to see your faces again, but here we are… Yoo Jae Suk then opened the big box in front of them. Inside the box was a bouquet of flowers and apples, along with a letter that read, “To our loving “Running Man” cast members. We apologize for the hurt and pain we have caused you. We will do our best to be a more mature and hardworking staff from now on.”

(source: soompi)

Fans are saying, that whereas the gesture was nice, it is far too little too late. Claiming that the show is now “ruined” and “the damage is done”.

I can’t say I disagree with their sentiments. The show ends February 2017.


And finally, the controversy heard around the world. Allegedly, during a Christmas greeting video from “The Show” MC’s UP10TION’s Wooshin and I.O.I’s Jeon Somi, it can be seen where Wooshin supposedly touches Somi’s chest. There was fan outrage and now public statements have been released to deny any and all physical contact between the two MC’s.

“When the controversy escalated and spread, “The Show” released a statement on Twitter that read, “The show’s staff were there on location when the two MCs were filming this video to monitor the footage. The scene was filmed with the two MCs keeping a reasonable distance between each other. We hope that there are no more misunderstandings regarding this.”

(source: soompi)

Here’s the thing, if you watch the video, you can clearly tell that it is simply the angle at which the camera is being held. There’s nothing physical going on here.

False alarm folks.

Kpop Update | “Running Man” Controversy Continues + Got7’s Jackson Begging Sasaengs “Leave Me Alone” Gone Viral + WINNER’s First Broadcast as Four Members + New Music

Alright, so I didn’t really want to title this “Weekend Update” because this was supposed to be on Wednesday. However, regardless of the day we’re going to get into all of this!

Starting with Running Man.

Everytime I hear something new about the cast of Running Man, I usually overlook it because it’s typically a lot of speculation. But with Gary shutting down his social media account after news broke following an announcement that Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook would be leaving the show, there might be some truth to what’s being said.

So what happened???

News broke that both Song Ji Hyo and Kim Jong Kook  would be leaving the show. The problem was, neither of them at the time were made aware of this. The show had announced it was going through changes, which is something each parties agencies acknowledged, however what they didn’t know was that this would include cast changes.

Song Ji Hyo’s Agency Statement:

“We knew Running Man would go through changes from SBS but it is true that we only found out from news reports which members would not be invited back. We do not want to comment on Song Ji Hyo’s feelings but it is not our official stance that it was not a good farewell. There is a definite road she needed to walk as an actress and considered leaving the show so it [seemed] natural to leave the show during the season-change. However, it is true there was a lack of active communication from the production crew in the steps leading up to Song Ji Hyo leaving the show. There is a lot of regret emotionally but as it is the production’s decision, we will humbly accept it.”

(source: koreaboo)

Kim Jong Kook’s Agency Statement:

“It is true that we were told about Kim Jong Kook leaving the show one-sidedly. It is regrettable. Even though Kim Jongkook was not in the best health condition, it was a program he really cared for and took part in.”

(source: koreaboo)

When did the two find out? The night of the report!

Now there’s speculation that Gary is responding to the news by cutting off his social media contact with all involved over slighting his friends. Of course this is purely speculation and nothing has been said to the affirmative, but it is interesting timing.

Gary has also unfollowed everyone on his Instagram account, previously following a total of 145 people. He also had 88 photos uploaded to his account prior to the purge. His last few posts were videos that were uploaded about 5 days ago.

(source: koreaboo)

Guess we’ll be following this story to see what happens…


Got7’s Jackson is also in the midst of a controversy that is taking the Got7 fandom by storm!

It is truly one thing to be surrounded with support and love by fans but it is another thing when that love and support becomes so overwhelming, it’s almost smothering. Jackson experienced this “smothering” love while in a Chinese airport recently. There’s a video from that experience that has fans all over outraged of Jackson begging on his knees for the sasaengs to leave him alone.

There’s another video of him asking fans to basically give him space, expressing how tired he is and asking them if he needs to get on his knees and beg. It was until after he literally gets on his knees begging and pleading that concerned fans begin to also plead with the others to leave him alone.

This comes on the heels of an incident, not too long ago, where fans actually forced him to crash his car when they were tailing him.

Seriously, this has gone too far.


In lighter news, WINNER has finally surfaced after being hidden away for a long time preparing for their comeback. But the moment is truly bittersweet seeing them now as a four member group instead of five. Earlier, it was reported that Taehyun would have to leave due to a medical condition making them a four member group officially.

On December 15th, WINNER greeted their fans through a live streaming broadcast. It was their first public activity with four members left in the lineup… The broadcast was done in conjunction with the statement by YG Entertainment that confirmed their comeback plans. The agency stated that WINNER and iKON are both preparing their albums, aimed to be released early next year.

(source: koreaboo)

It’s good to see that they will be making a return! And I’m sure we all wish Taehyun the very best and to get well soon.


Weekend/Monday Kpop Update | Seventeen’s Wonwoo Apologizes for Past SNSD Anti-fan Behavior + BTS Guest Star on 300th Episode of “Running Man” + Corn-Eating Trend Viral Video

I wanted to do this post yesterday but I couldn’t because I got a migraine out of nowhere. I unfortunately am one of the many who suffer from migraines. They’re awful.

However, I’m here today! So let’s get started!

We start this weekend with news about Seventeen’s Wonwoo who recently publicly apologized for his past “anti-fan” behavior against Girls’ Generation. Apparently, his many hateful and crude comments were leaked and he decided he wanted to apologize personally. Pledis Entertainment said in response:

“He wanted to apologize himself instead of through the label. He thought this would be the best way to express his feelings, so we are revealing this after a lot of thought. We apologize for not fulfilling our role as a guardian.”

(source: allkpop)

Many fans of Seventeen and SNSD are pretty divided on the issue. Though they are glad that he matured and apologized, some say it is either too little too late or that he’s only do this because it’s happening to him now. In other words, they don’t think he’s being too sincere. Personally, I can’t say whether or not I agree with them, but I do think we all make mistakes and this is just one of his. Hopefully in the future he’ll be more mindful of what he says about others.

You can view the full apology letter here below this is an excerpt.

“…First, I want to apologize for everyone who I have hurt by this situation. Instead of making excuses by saying they were foolish mistakes I made when I was young, or saying that I don’t remember what I did, I believed that admitting my faults and apologizing was the right choice, which is why I’m writing this…. Even though I wrote it when I was young, it is definitely something I wrote, and I am sorry to the Girls’ Generation sunbaenims, their fans, as well as Carats who were hurt by this. I am also sorry to the members, who worked hard together to become Seventeen together… I will work hard never to disappoint again. I will read all the criticism and advice on my immature actions and never forget them. Also, please continue to teach me. I apologize once again.”

The full letter is about a page or two long.


BTS will be guest starring on the 300th episode of “Running Man”! It was announced through instagram that they are currently filming for the appearance on the show. They also posted a picture that has all of BTS dressed in black against Running Man in all pink.

🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻 [ RunningMan NOW ] RM Ep.300 special < 7 vs 300 > is still filming now in Seoul. #BangtanBoys are joining RM as special guests today. RM members & #BTS is doing a mission related to number '300' now. RM Ep.300 on May 22 at 6:25pm KST on #SBS. 🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻 런닝맨 제300회 특집 < 7 vs 300> 서울에서 촬영 중. #방탄소년단 멤버 전원이 스페셜 게스트로 런닝맨에 참여 중. 런닝맨 멤버들과 방탄소년단은 현재 숫자 '300'과 관련된 미션을 수행 중. 런닝맨 제300회 5월 22일 오후 6시25분 방송. ••• #BehindTheScenes #BTS #RunningMan #RM #YooJaeSeok #Gary #Haha #JeeSeokJin #LeeKwangSoo #SongJiHyo #KimJongKook #개리 #하하 #유재석 #지석진 #이광수 #송지효 #김종국 #런닝맨 directed by #이환진 (@hwanjine) •••

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Apparently there’s a new trend to eat corn fast and it was all apparently started by this guy.

Well, the video went viral and copycat videos sprung up from it. And though there were some successes, the one that’s gone viral and potentially surpassing the popularity of the original is a video being dubbed “The Corn Girl”. She tried and well… it went horribly wrong!

I do mean… horribly wrong.

Thankfully she’s okay! The second half of the video she updated viewers by showing her doctor’s visit to treat her scalp.