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Weekly Roundup: Rise and Fall

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2012.12.14 19:00 Mwave Stewart Ho

In good news, YG Entertainment artists dominated YouTube this year, while Kim Hyun Joong’s first Japanese album topped the Oricon chart on its first day.

However, Secret’s luck ran a little thin as the group was involved in a serious car accident this week, while Taiwanese singer Jay Chou continued to stir controversy with additional remarks on Hallyu and Psy.

Read on for more:

Weekly Roundup: Rise and Fall

Stars on the Rise

1. YG Entertainment is King of K-Pop on YouTube

YG Entertainment had a phenomenal year breaking records, raking in profits as well as collecting awards and recognition along the way.

The cherry on top to cap the stellar year was news that the three most watched K-Pop videos on YouTube for 2012 were by YG artists.

Psy and Big Bang’s music videos occupied the number one through three ranks of the most watched K-Pop videos for 2012 with the three videos alone amassing over 1.1 billion views (and counting).

In addition, three more music videos from Big Bang and a video from 2NE1 were also revealed to be in the ranking’s top ten, showing all eyes were indeed on YG’s artists this past year.

[[►► Read more YG Entertainment news here.]]

2. Kim Hyun Joong’s First Japanese Album Debuts at Number One
After releasing two single albums that recorded monstrous sales in Japan this year, many knew Kim Hyun Joong would be a force to be reckoned with.

His popularity was reflected once more at an event held for his album’s release, in which some 6,000 fans from all over Japan came to see the Hallyu star.

Unlimited finally dropped on December 12, selling 56,473 on its first day alone to easily give him a first place finish on the Oricon daily albums chart.

The star won’t have much time to relish in the accomplishment, however, as he will soon move on to do an autograph tour before setting off on a concert tour next month.

[[►► Read more Kim Hyun Joong news here.]]

3. BoA Announces First Korean Concert

With millions of albums sold and a career spanning over 12 years now, the word, “first” would seem hardly relatable to a mega star like BoA, but the singer announced her career-first Korea concert earlier this week.

Set to take place at the Olympic Hall on January 26 in Seoul next month, the Asia star will hit the concert stage in front of a Korean audience for the first time in her illustrious career.

Tickets will start selling through G Market on December 20.

[[►► Read more BoA news here.]]

Weekly Roundup: Rise and Fall

Stars Falling Flat

1. Secret Temporarily Halts Activities After Serious Car Accident

After releasing a new single album to favorable reviews, the girls of Secret were all set to launch promotions for their new album when they were blindsided by serious car accident that left member Zinger with injuries.

The van carrying the Secret members slipped on the icy road and turned over on December 11. The members were immediately sent to the emergency room with member Zinger suffering the severest of the injuries, including a hairline fracture in her rib and bruised lungs.

TS Entertainment has since made the decision to temporarily put Secret’s activities on hold as the members continue to recuperate.

[[►► Read more Secret news here.]]

2. Jay Chou Stirs Up More Controversy and Claims He Did Psy’s Horse Ride Dance First

After first bringing about heated debate for his comments on Hallyu and Psy, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou was at the center of controversy once more this week after making additional comments on the same subjects.

Jay Chou shared at a press conference for a movie this week that he wasn’t attempting to block Hallyu but to boost Hwallyu (the ‘Chinese Wave’).

Jay Chou then added that he had already done Psy’s ‘horse ride dance’ from Gangnam Style in one of his past music videos.

The vast majority of netizens, however, seemed to disagree, many pointing out the dances didn’t even seem remotely similar.

[[►► Read more Jay Chou news here.]]

3. Se7en’s Dog Passes Away

Se7en spent the past week in mourning as the singer revealed he had lost one of his best friends.

The singer revealed through a tweet on December 11 that his beloved dog, Ganji, had gone to heaven and revealed one last picture taken with his pet before Ganji passed away.

Big Bang’s G-Dragon and 2NE1’s Park Bom then expressed their condolences to Se7en via Twitter with Se7en advising G-Dragon to often take the time to play with his own dog Gaho.

R.I.P, Ganji!

[[►► Read more Se7en news here.]]

Photo Credit: YG Entertainment, KBS

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