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  1. By Estelle LiotardK-pop stars are extremely popular on Instagram – and for a good reason. They know what photos to publish, what captions to write and what filters to use. They are good at interacting with the audience and they know how to gain a massive following.Every blogger who has a dream to become famous, influential and wealthy should follow the trends set by the K-pop stars. Here is a list of top trends that are worth your attention.Be gratefulK-pop stars regularly express gratitude…
  2. By Jung Hae-myoungThe death of South Korean actor-singer Cha In-ha has raised concerns that the country is witnessing the copycat-suicide phenomenon known as the “Werther effect”.Named after the protagonist of the novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, it refers to the phenomenon of people taking their own lives following widely publicised suicides.Cha’s death on Tuesday followed the suspected suicides of Sulli, a former member of K-pop girl group f (x), on…
  3. By Dong Sun-hwaCL, a former member of the now-defunct K-pop girl band 2NE1, has teased a video of her upcoming solo EP “In the Name of Love” on Instagram and YouTube.The clip features the singer and other 2NE1 members, including Park Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy. The EP will reveal, in the form of a diary, how CL has spent her time following the group’s disbandment in 2016.“In the Name of Love” is CL’s first album since leaving the agency YG Entertainment in November, which represented her for…
  4. World-conquering boy band BTS swept the biggest annual K-pop awards show for the second year running, taking home eight major awards including best male group, song of the year and album of the year.The Mnet Asian Music Awards (Mama) ceremony was staged on Wednesday night in the 30,000-capacity Nagoya Dome in Japan by South Korean entertainment and media giant CJ E&M. Last year the main Mama awards show was held in Hong Kong, but it bypassed the city this year because of the anti-government…
  5. Messages of support have been flooding in for K-pop star Daniel Kang, who has made the decision to take a break to deal with mental health issues. This announcement comes as South Korea struggles to come to terms with a spate of celebrity deaths.The hashtag #WeAreWithDaniel has been trending on Twitter ever since the agency representing the 22-year-old former member of K-pop boy band Wanna One announced Kang would be putting his career on hold to seek treatment for depression and panic disorder…
  6. Police in South Korea said on Wednesday the cause of actor-singer Cha In-ha’s death was still not known, a day after the 27-year-old was found dead at his home.His was the latest in a string of deaths that have rocked the Korean entertainment industry.Cha, whose real name is Lee Jae-ho, made his screen acting debut in 2017 in the short film You, Deep Inside of Me, and was a member of entertainment company Fantagio’s actor group Surprise U, which released two K-pop albums.Social media reaction…
  7. The jailing of South Korean stars Jung Joon-young and Choi Jong-hoon on rape charges offers a ray of hope in what has been a dark year for K-pop.While K-pop followers will look back on 2018 as a triumphant year for South Korea’s biggest cultural export, with many outfits achieving unprecedented international success and boy band BTS becoming the first K-pop act to top the US album charts, 2019 will mostly be remembered for a series of tragedies and scandals that shook the industry.The apparent…
  8. The apparent suicide of a second K-pop artist in six weeks has cast renewed focus in South Korea on cyber bullying of vulnerable young stars, and how it mostly goes unpunished.South Korean police consider cyber violence a serious crime and have an active programme educating the public how not to fall prey to online attacks, or to become the perpetrator.Charges laid are steadily on the rise with nearly 150,000 cases last year, but they form just a tiny part of what goes on and there is no good…
  9. The K-pop industry is known to have strict rules for its stars – including dating bans, spartan training regimens and diets, and sometimes slave-like and unfair contracts. But, say experts, the industry has additional requirements for its female artists – unspoken rules that are reflective of South Korea’s patriarchal society.This increased pressure faced by female K-pop stars was again highlighted this week when South Korean singer and actress Goo Hara was found dead at her home in Seoul.Goo’s…
  10. The latest suicide of a popular South Korean singer has prompted calls in the country to overhaul laws on sexual assault and to more harshly punish revenge porn. Goo Hara, 28, was found dead at her home in Seoul on Sunday. Her last message on Instagram showed her staring into a camera lens from beneath blankets on her bed with a message of “good night”. Police say a note was found at the scene in which she expressed hopelessness. Many in South Korea were already aware of her past, which…