Weekly Roundup: Celebrity Rise and Fall
2NE1 tops our list of ‘Stars on the Rise’ this week because the girls have been slowly, but surely making their mark in the U.S. and beyond, headlining concerts and making ‘best of’ lists. IU is preparing to advance into Japan, where the ‘Prince of Asia’ Jang Keun Suk, who also made our list this week, could probably teach her a trick or two about fan service. Girls’ Generation rounds out the list this week with the worldwide release of single The Boys featuring Snoop Dogg just one day away.
Meanwhile, singer Ali sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry when she revealed she was the victim of sexual assault after receiving flak for her song Na Young-i. And actor Park Hae Jin and Jeong Un Taek are dealing with their respective legal issues.
Below is our list of the celebrity highs and lows of the week.
Stars on the Rise
The ladies of 2NE1 are popping up everywhere these days. 2NE1 took over Times Square last Monday as the headliners of MTV Iggy’s 2011 Best New Band in the World Concert, where they performed a parade of their hits, including I Am the Best, which SLANT magazine recognized as one of ‘The 25 Best Singles of 2011.’
Fashion designer—and leader CL’s bestie—Jeremy Scott, who recently collaborated with 2NE1 on a new pair of kicks for Adidas Originals, even stopped by to cheer the girls on. Oh, and BBC sat down with CL to chat about how K-Pop is taking over the world—no big deal.
Speaking of taking over the world, singer IU has been making waves not only in Korea but abroad. The young singer’s decision to forego college may have raised a few eyebrows, but ‘the nation’s younger sister’ is making the grades on online music charts and music programs with her latest song You and I. IU will hold a concert at the Tokyo Bunkamura Arts Theater Orchard Hall, a first for any Korean singer, on January 24.
3. Jang Keun Suk
There has been much interest surrounding the hallyu star’s upcoming drama Love Rain, which costars Girls’ Generation’s Yoona, and the ‘Prince of Asia’ was all about showering his fans with love at an open shooting event for the drama, where he expressed his gratitude by handing out lunch boxes and, of course, blowing kisses.
As if boxed lunches and kisses weren’t enough fan service, Jang also announced the official launch of his YouTube channel as another means for the actor to communicate with his adoring fans.
4. Girls’ Generation
The girls may have their sights set on taking over the universe, but the world will have to do for now. The girls’ latest hit The Boys is slated for a worldwide release on December 20, and they’ve enlisted rapper Snoop Dogg to shake up the track in the remix version. Speaking of boys, the girls also revealed what they look for in the opposite sex. We hope you’re taking notes, fellas.
Stars Falling Flat
Tough week for Ali - the singer came under fire for Na Young-i, a song Ali composed and wrote about a sexual assault victim from a well-documented case from 2008. Though the song was meant to encourage and comfort Na Young, the victim′s family as well as netizens, were upset by the seemingly unclear nature of the song. The singer went on to hold an emergency press conference, where she made a shocking confession that she herself was also a victim of sexual assault.
While we, in no way, blame Ali for what she went through, there′s no denying that she upset many people. Still, we can only hope that the singer′s brave confession will help turn around public sentiment and encourage those who have dealt with similar issues.
2. K-Pop Star producers
The producers of the SBS audition program were accused of rigging the show when a netizen uploaded screen caps of an audition video featuring Yoon Hyun Sang, one of the show’s talented contestants, claiming he was a JYP trainee. The producers maintained that it was a misunderstanding, and that while Yoon had auditioned for JYP, he was not a trainee.
3. Park Hae Jin
Okay, here’s the deal. Park Hae Jin sued a representative from his former agency for reporting false information to the media that the actor, who received exemption from military service in 2004, was trying to dodge the draft (which, for the record, isn’t true—even CBS made the correction).
However, the rep was found not guilty of the charge, so he is now suing the actor for defamation and making false accusations. Park’s current agency revealed they have plans to countersue. Whew, even we had some trouble keeping track.
4. Jeong Un Taek
A victim who claims he was attacked by the actor at a restaurant came forward for an interview with enews to tell his side of the story. Let’s hope both sides can settle all of the he said-he said peaceably.
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