Weekly Roundup: Rise and Fall
Hyun Bin fans who have long been awaiting his return had their dreams finally come true with the actor’s permanent discharge from the army, while lovebirds Haha and Byul finally tied the knot.
Gangnam Style, and K-Pop for the matter, was put on the defensive after public comments made by Taiwanese singer Jay Chou, while Busker Busker had to address rumors regarding its official status as a band.
Get the scoop below:
Stars on the Rise
1. Hyun Bin Discharged From His Military Duties
After two years of carrying out his military duties, Hyun Bin was finally released from his service on December 6.
Understandably Hyun Bin’s mixed emotions and thoughts proved uncontainable as the actor tearfully shared his gratitude at the sight of the droves of fans and members of the press that showed up.
After some rest, Hyun Bin is looking to return straightaway to what he loves doing most - acting.
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2. Big Bang Finally Performs at the Tokyo Dome
Fresh off their big win at the 2012 MAMA, the Big Bang members showed no signs of slowing down as they finally hit up what’s often regarded as the pinnacle performing stage for an artist in Japan - the Tokyo Dome.
With the roaring support of 55,000 fans, Big Bang finally performed at the Tokyo Dome on December 5, reflecting the group’s stunning growth in popularity since its early days when the members used to perform in front of a mere 2,000-something crowd at the Tokyo JCB Hall.
And with Big Bang looking to only build upon its accomplishments - both as a group and in the members’ respective solo careers, things in Japan are looking fantastic baby, indeed.
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3. Byul and Haha Get Married
Haha and Byul officially said their ‘I Do’s’ in front of a star-studded crowd.
They received some major celebrity support and love along the way and it’s looking like this star couple will only shine brighter in the future.
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Stars Falling Flat
1. Jay Chou Calls for Stymying of K-Pop
Taiwanese singer Jay Chou opened Pandora’s box at an awards ceremony this past week after reportedly urging for not only an end to Psy’s Gangnam Style but calling on his fellow Chinese singers to stymie the growth of K-Pop.
Needless to say, a floodgate of differing opinions have followed in light of his controversial remarks and the topic of music, once more, has seemingly fallen victim to politics and nationalism.
The debate rages on in the online world for some, but others are simply hoping music will pull through to provide healing for the ugly rifts between nations and between people.
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2. Busker Busker Denies Rumors It’s Disbanding
One of the most successful breakthrough acts of 2012, Busker Busker has garnered near-unanimous praise and an immense fan following.
But after staying away from the spotlight for most of the latter half of 2012, leader Jang Bum June’s solo appearance on an internet broadcast brought about a flood of rumors and reports that the band had officially called it quits.
The facts couldn’t be any farther from the truth, however, as Jang Bum June himself stepped forward to clarify that the band had not disbanded but agreed to remain in hiatus for the rest of the year until 2013, when it would resume making and playing music.
And that couldn’t be any sweeter news for the legions of Busker Busker fans waiting in anticipation.
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3. MBC Cancels All Sitcom Production
MBC has long been struggling to draw in viewers to its television programming, leading it to recently revamp its Sunday night variety lineup.
The television network seems to be erring on the side that drastic times calls for drastic measures and, in the latest turn of events, announced it would not only be canning its sitcom, What is Mom, but would be doing away with its sitcom production entirely for the time being.
The move is especially shocking considering MBC’s long-running history of producing successful and well-received sitcoms, and viewers have already begun expressing their displeasure.
MBC’s alternative strategy has yet to be announced, but the network is signaling it will more or less be starting from scratch in 2013 to try and regain its competitive edge over rivals SBS and KBS.
Photo Credit: Hea Jung Min, Jay Chou’s Facebook
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