Weekly Roundup: Celebrity Rise and Fall
K-Pop artists continue to flood Japan, and the country eagerly awaits IU’s debut. But the Wonder Girls and T-ara continue to see success with their latest Korean releases.
Meanwhile, legal woes was the theme of the week for our roundup of the stars who have fallen from the public’s good graces as MC Mong faced the dismissal of his appeal and Lee Sung Jin’s sentencing for fraud and gambling charges was postponed.
Check out which celebrities made our naughty or nice list this week!
Stars on the Rise
1. Hallyu Artists in Japan
In hallyu news, Kim Hyun Joong landed the number one spot on Japan’s Oricon Chart, beating out big names like Coldplay and Lady Gaga. Meanwhile, girl group Secret made its official debut in Japan with the release of Shy Boy on November 16.
But Japan can’t seem to get enough of “the 18-year-old muse” IU, who hasn’t even made her Japanese debut yet. Hold your horses, Japan! IU will hold her first showcase in Tokyo in January before releasing her first single in February.
2. Wonder Girls
Having a member who was picked as the worst singer out of all the many girl groups in Korea hasn’t fazed the Wonder Girls, taking home a trophy—or, shards of a trophy—on Mnet’s M Countdown and topping the Billboard K-Pop Chart.
T-ara made a dramatic comeback last week with new single Cry Cry. The members treated fans to a ballad version as well as the original flamenco-flavored version of the song, proving their versatility as artists.
4. YG Entertainment
Not only does the agency take risks on its artists (Tablo and Psy, anyone?), it is taking on another risk: the stock market. And it’s winning. Since getting listed on the KOSDAQ, the company has shown impressive numbers with competition for YG Entertainment’s public stock offering at 560 to one. Oh, and it’s debuting another girl group with former Superstar K2 contestant Kim Eun Bi. No big deal.
Stars Falling Flat
1. DJ DOC
The old school group found itself in some hot water when members Kim Chang Ryul and Lee Ha Neul appeared on KBS’ Happy Together and made jabs at former group member Park Jung Hwan, calling him ‘beat-deaf.’ The joke quickly turned sour when Park slapped them with a slander suit, ultimately leading Lee to announce he would be pulling out from all of his broadcast activities. Watch what you say, kids, because your words might come back to bite you.
2. MC Mong
The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the rapper’s appeal on November 16, maintaining that he is guilty of obstructing his official duties by intentionally delaying his military enlistment. Has MC Mong’s legal drama finally drawn to a close or will he appeal to the Supreme Court? We’ll have to wait and see.
3. Lee Sung Jin
The singer’s sentencing on fraud and illegal gambling charges was postponed to give Lee time to pay off his debt. This is the second time the sentencing has been postponed. Is the singer trying his luck or will the court run out of patience? Again, only time will tell.
4. Park Jin Young
The singer and producer of IU′s Someday failed to reach a settlement with Kim Shin Il at the third arbitration hearing on November 16. Kim demanded that Park admit he plagiarized the song, but Park refused, so a decision will be made on a later date...again.
Photo credit: Kim Byung Gwan
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