Weekly Roundup: Rise and Fall
Here’s all the biggest news that occured this week with the latest Weekly Roundup!
Psy continued to make history as he climbed the charts and got down with Britney Spears to Gangnam Style and 2AM announced its first-ever Asia tour.
However, fans were shocked to see a sensational piece on Big Bang’s Seungri, implicating him in a sex scandal, while T-ara continued to weather a difficult storm.
Read on for all the details below!
Stars on the Rise
1. Psy Makes Highest Showing on Billboard, Dances With Britney Spears and More
Psy made the most of another week as he appeared on On Air With Ryan Seacrest and then followed up by getting down with Britney Spears and Ellen Degeneres on The Ellen Show. He’s also set to make his daytime television performance debut on The Today Show tomorrow.
During this same period, Gangnam Style entered the Urban Dictionary and became Newsfeed’s phrase of the week, while Psy rose to #4 on America’s iTunes chart and made the highest showing for a Korean artist on the Billboard Hot 100 (at 64th) and dethroned the previous record-holders, the Wonder Girls.
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2. Lee Joon Gi Passes 2 Million Followers on Weibo
This week, Lee Joon Gi surpassed the two million followers mark on Weibo, reflecting once more the actor/singer’s incredible popularity in Asia.
Already holding a solid fan base in Korea and Japan, Lee Joon Gi is looking like he’s well on his way to capturing the hearts of fans in China and the buzz and interest in his current drama, Arang and the Magistrate, is also showing the growing demand for Lee Joon Gi to make his official entry into China as well.
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3. 2AM Announces its First Asia Concert Tour
2AM relayed some exciting news this week by announcing it would bring its sweet harmony to Asia this fall.
Embarking on its first Asia tour, The Way of Love, 2AM will hit up Hong Kong, Taiwan and Seoul as it performs for fans with an acoustic band.
Perfect for the upcoming autumn season, fans should snatch up the tickets quickly before they’re gone!
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Stars Falling Flat
1. Big Bang’s Seungri Implicated in Sex Scandal
Fans were sent into a state of shock and anger when Japanese weekly gossip magazine, Friday, published a story on Seungri implicating him in a sex scandal and publishing semi-nude photos of him.
The piece contained an interview with a woman who alleged she had slept with Seungri, spilling some salacious details about the Big Bang member.
Many fans are choosing to take the story with a grain of salt, especially in light of the magazine’s ’hit or miss’ record, but YG Entertainment continues to remain silent on the issue.
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2. T-ara Faces Quiet Crowds and Negative Album Reviews
T-ara continued to weather the turbulent storm threatening to derail the group’s career.
Another controversy blew up after a recent T-ara performance in Jeju Island was said to be met with a muted response with the group only performing Sexy Love before scuttling off stage.
The issue grew to the point that Core Contents Media stepped in to explain that the group only performed one song due to time constraints. The agency also acknowledged the crowd was largely lackluster but maintained it wasn’t due to any malicious intent.
T-ara is continuing to soldier on but with its recent album facing plummeting reviews and ratings , the debate over whether T-ara’s comeback was just too soon continues to remain a hot topic.
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3. ‘Five Fingers’ Storyline Accused of Being Plagiarized
Even in the midst of a dispute with the Korean Broadcast Actors Union over T-ara’s Ham Eun Jung’s sudden departure, the headaches continued for SBS’ Five Fingers this week.
The drama became the center of controversy once again after a blogger pointed out the drama’s storyline seemingly mirrored that of a previously released novel titled, Blood Rhapsody.
Five Fingers has said it would look into the matter, but the various controversies, along with the drama’s sliding ratings, are showing this particular drama is certainly not drama-free.
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