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Weekly Roundup: Super Junior Makes a Big Comeback and Lee Seung Gi′s Show Gets Canned

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2012.07.06 19:02 Mwave Stewart Ho

This past week two popular idol groups made successful comebacks and a rising Korean actor won a special award in China.

Over the same week, a popular singer and actor ‘s comeback variety show was unexpectedly canned while the planned appearance of a popular girl group on Running Man fell through as well.

Read on for more in this week’s Rise and Fall.

Weekly Roundup: Super Junior Makes a Big Comeback and Lee Seung Gi′s Show Gets Canned

1. Super Junior Makes a Big Comeback

The Super Junior hurricane hit the K-Pop world full force this week when the popular idol group returned with its sixth album. The music video for the comeback track also racked up a massive one million-plus views in 11 hours, while fans also did good by donating 500 kg of rice for the group’s comeback press conference.

[[►► Read more ‘Super Junior’ news here.]]

2. T-ara Slays the Charts

Not one to be outdone, T-ara also followed with a successful comeback. The song and much anticipated 20-minute sci-fi music video were all received well as was new member Ah Reum. In the process, the group even earned an all-kill on the real time online music charts.

[[►► Read more ‘T-ara’ news here.]]

3. JYJ’s Membership Week Comes to Successful End
JYJ played host to some 22,000 fans over the course of four weeks for its first membership week. Despite JYJ and its agency not profiting from the event, the special time was well received by fans and supporters and it was estimated to have brought in some 10 billion won in economic windfall for Korea.

[[►► Read more ‘JYJ’ news here.]]

4. Jung Il Woo Wins Huading Award in China

Jung Il Woo first made headlines for being the first Korean actor to attend China’s Huading Awards. He later one-upped himself by becoming the first Korean actor to receive an award there, taking home the Asia Male Actor Award.

[[►► Read more ‘Jung Il Woo’ news here.]]

Weekly Roundup: Super Junior Makes a Big Comeback and Lee Seung Gi′s Show Gets Canned

Stars Falling Flat

1. Lee Seung Gi’s Comeback Variety Program Gets Canned

After successfully concluding The King 2Hearts and even running in the Olympics, things appeared to be going well for the multi-talented actor.

Unfortunately, he was hit with some bad news this week when a planned variety program on SBS was suddenly canned for lacking the competition to face rival programs. A new SBS program is said to be in the works for Lee Seung Gi.

[[►► Read more ‘Lee Seung Gi’ news here.]]

2. 2NE1 is a No-Show for ‘Running Man’

Just as much as fans were looking forward to hearing 2NE1’s new music, they were also expecting to see the group make its rounds on various variety programs. Unfortunately, fans were disappointed to find out that the group’s planned appearance on Running Man had fallen through and that the group might not appear on any variety program shows this time around.

[[►► Read more ‘2NE1’ news here.]]

3. Fans Complain SNSD Stamps Are Too Expensive
Girls’ Generation (SNSD) was met with the honor of becoming the first Korean celebrity to appear on postage stamps in Korea.

Despite the excitement that followed the announcement, the stamp’s prices left a sour taste in many fans mouths who criticized the 20,000 Korean won (approximately 17.64 USD) stamp set as being too pricey.

[[►► Read more ‘Girls’ Generation’ news here.]]

4. Singer Sues Agency Rep for Attempted Rape

The dark side of the Korean entertainment industry was exposed once again this past week when an anonymous singer filed a lawsuit against an agency rep for attempted rape.

The incident served to shed more light on the darker and hidden underside of the industry, giving rise to the issue of whether stronger measures are needed to prevent such atrocities.

Photo credit: Kim Byung Kwan, Hea Jung Min

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