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https://www.koreaboo.com/news/bts-v-jungkook-shirtless-goodbyes-ahead-enlistment/ Mon, 11 Dec 2023 01:35:09 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/news/bts-v-jungkook-shirtless-goodbyes-ahead-enlistment/
BTS‘s V and Jungkook surprised ARMYs with a “shirtless” Instagram update, featuring their matching buzzcuts ahead of their enlistments!
V’s latest Instagram Stories update captured him and the maknae, Jungkook, on a video call—both without shirts, rocking their military hairstyles. Making the goofiest faces, V and Jungkook seem to be bidding their final goodbyes before parting ways, until 2025, for their mandatory services.
The caption reads, “Hyung is going first. Have a safe enlistment tomorrow.”
Following the update, ARMYs are losing their minds over the hot-damn “one last moment” from the “Taekook” duo. Here are some of the most relatable reactions to all the unexpected nakedness!
HE SAID ONE LAST MOMENT FOR THE TAEKOOK GIRLIES TO SURVIVE THE NEXT 1.5 YEARS pic.twitter.com/W8UTinSlSC
— Mila (@milas_kv) December 11, 2023
Taekook right now pic.twitter.com/oYk9kJIj0r
— Nana⁷ (ꪜ) (@YOONGIS_HH) December 11, 2023
taekook collab but at what cost pic.twitter.com/YNpfOfqjsf
— Terra ✰⋆ semi IA (@54hrtz) December 11, 2023
As for fellow teammate RM, he’s preparing for his enlistment in a much more RM-ish manner—with one of the most beautifully written letters addressed to his fans.
You can read the translated version here:
BTS’s RM Pens Heartfelt Letter To Fans Right Before His Enlistment
https://www.koreaboo.com/news/mbc-kdrama-mydearest-writer-apologizes-plagiarism-accusations-admits-intended-similarities/ Mon, 11 Dec 2023 01:11:27 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/news/mbc-kdrama-mydearest-writer-apologizes-plagiarism-accusations-admits-intended-similarities/
In a recent interview, scriptwriter Hwang Jin Young addressed the plagiarism rumors surrounding her K-Drama, My Dearest, for MBC.
Not too long after its premiere, My Dearest—dubbed one of the “10 Best K-Dramas of 2023“—was accused of being the “Korean remake” of Gone With The Wind. Some scenes were also accused of being an exact replication of other Western classics, like Tess of the d’Urbervilles.
At the time of the initial plagiarism accusations, Hwang claimed that the Western classic(s) served as an “inspiration.”
MBC’s “My Dearest” Under Fire For Allegedly Plagiarizing Legendary Hollywood Movie
Following the grand finale, however, Hwang explained via an interview with Sports Chosun that the viewers are right to argue that the show is “more of a remake than an inspiration.”
When I first thought of writing a ‘wartime romance’ K-Drama set during the times of the Qing invasion of Joseon, I found it difficult to overcome the pressure—more so because of how unsuccessful that war was. I didn’t know if I could create something good enough to be scheduled into the broadcasting schedule. After careful consideration, though, I decided to use Gone With The Wind‘s approach to keeping it lighthearted and romantic.
When viewers think about Gone With The Wind, they don’t associate the work with war. They think of the passionate love story between Scarlett and Rhett. So I thought that, as a variation of Gone With The Wind, My Dearest could spark the interest in viewers—even if it’s set during a lost war. Frankly, I never wanted to hide the fact that I was inspired by Gone With The Wind.
— Hwang Jin Young
Hwang also admitted that some of the scenes in the earlier episodes of My Dearest were, in fact, copied from Gone With The Wind‘s most iconic scenes—like the first encounter of the lead characters.
It was intended for some of the scenes in the earlier episodes of the show to be similar to the signature scenes from Gone With The Wind (like Rhett meeting Ashley for the first time or Rhett watching Scarlett pursue Ashley). I purposely had them clustered in the beginning of the show, so that even the viewers who weren’t aware of the inspiration would notice, ‘Hey, this show reminds me of Gone With The Wind.’ I hoped that the similarities would make the viewers curious as to keep watching and seeing how My Dearest ends up being different from Gone With The Wind. To be honest, I thought it was clever and I almost wanted recognition for how well that was done.
But some viewers believed that to be plagiarism. It’s constructive criticism that I wholeheartedly accept.
— Hwang Jin Young
Calling her scriptwriting “insufficient,” Hwang apologized for the plagiarism controversies surrounding the show.
Looking back, I wonder if I should’ve revealed from the get-go that the show was based on Gone With The Wind. But I think that would’ve been too ‘spoiling.’
Regardless, I would like to clarify once again that My Dearest is indeed inspired by the great Gone With The Wind. And to the viewers who might have felt offended by the similarities caused by my insufficient ability to storytell, I extend my deepest apologies as the scriptwriter spearheading the content.
That being said, I hope more viewers can watch My Dearest and see how the plot deviates from its inspiration, focusing on My Dearest‘s unique setting, characters, and episodes.
— Hwang Jin Young
Koreans are not impressed by Hwang’s interview. Most are expressing disappointment at the scriptwriter’s “shamelessness.”
- “That’s what remakes are, though. Based on original works, but with interpretive tweaks. That’s what the writer did, and so it was a remake. Not an inspiration. Stealing another creator’s foundational work is not to be considered acceptable.”
- “Wow… Amazing.”
- “So shameless… She’s basically admitting that she plagiarized. LOL. How stupid. But then again, she was stupid enough to plagiarize a classic from the beginning to end, so…”
- “Constructive criticism that you wholeheartedly accept, huh?”
- “Wow… So this is how shameless a person needs to get in order to plagiarize.”
- [Irrelevant Comment]
- “Wow… Why is she so proud of the fact…?”
- “So… Is she saying that she did copy Gone With The Wind but that it is absolutely not a remake? If this ain’t plagiarism, then what is?”
- “People saying it was a remake was not supposed to be constructive criticism. We were literally calling you out for plagiarizing. It’s not something that you wholeheartedly accept… You need to be ashamed of yourself and reflecting on your mistakes.”
- “This level of confidence, though… LOL. I read the interview multiple times, and it doesn’t sound too far from ‘Oops, you all caught me! Sorry!’ Ha…”
Despite the accusations, My Dearest became a huge hit for MBC—with viewers anticipating major wins at the MBC Drama Awards.
Read more about female lead Ahn Eun Jin here.
Actress Ahn Eun Jin Gets Facial Paralysis While Filming K-Drama “My Dearest”
https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/one-line-100-takes-ateez-intense-crazy-form-recording-process/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 23:36:17 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/one-line-100-takes-ateez-intense-crazy-form-recording-process/
ATEEZ released their album, THE WORLD EP.FIN : WILL, on December 1, and recently, the group dropped a behind-the-scenes video about the album’s production.
The members interviewed each other during the video, and Hongjoong wanted to know how difficult it was for the vocal-line members to record their title track, “Crazy Form.”
Hongjoong added that the style was “very different from what [the group] was used to singing.”
Yunho explained that each of the members met up to practice the chorus together, practicing as a group and individually to produce the specific sound they were looking for.
For Yunho, he explained that the line, “9024, kick that drum,” was difficult for him to sing in a powerful way that made it stand out.
Wooyoung agreed that it was one of the more difficult lines in the song, and because the group wanted the line to stand out, he admitted that each member recorded the line at least 100 times to get it just right.
Despite the challenge of getting the chorus just right, the members remained dedicated, and each added their unique twist, leaving them satisfied with the end result.
Fans and fellow idols are loving ATEEZ’s comeback promotions, and the group recently left audiences stunned with their performance at the 2023 MAMA Awards.
Check out fellow idols’ real-time reactions in the article below!
Cameras Catch K-Pop Idols Going Crazy The Moment ATEEZ’s San Took Off His Shirt
https://www.koreaboo.com/news/fifth-gen-kpop-boy-group-pre-debut-questionable-styling-mixed-reactions-netizens/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 23:22:28 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/news/fifth-gen-kpop-boy-group-pre-debut-questionable-styling-mixed-reactions-netizens/
NV Entertainment, home to Woo!Ah!, is preparing to debut its first K-Pop boy group, DXMON, in January, and the 5th gen group is already garnering attention after their unexpected styling went viral.
DXMON, who has also gone by N11 and NV BOYS, consists of six NV Entertainment trainees who have been selected for the group’s debut line-up.
The six members, Minjae, Hee, Seita, Rex, Jo, and TK, already have a growing fanbase, who have been following their activities through their YouTube trainee TV series and their social media accounts.
Recently, the group performed live at the 2023 Genie Music Festival, which had a line-up including fellow artists Lee Hi, Zico, Sik-K, Wonstein, BewhY, and more.
Following their performance, they quickly went viral for their eccentric hairstyles, which reminded many of TVXQ‘s iconic “Tri-Angle” hair.
During their recent festival appearance, member Jo debuted bright red hair, styled into Liberty spikes, while Hee debuted electric blue hair, and TK, Minjae, Seita, and Rex rocked hairstyles that some netizens found “outdated.”
The “questionable” hairstyles earned mixed reactions. While they received some negative feedback, many netizens also spoke up in defense of the members, understanding that their company likely chose the style for them to go viral.
Supportive netizens acknowledged they were now interested in the group’s upcoming debut, and others felt “sad” that the company wanted the group to go viral for their hairstyles instead of their talents.
- “Well, this will definitely get them at least one more look and attention.”
- “So…It ain’t easy debuting from a smaller management.”
- “But dang… I’m kind of interested now. Haha.”
- “Even their group name reminds me of Digimon. This is hilarious. LOL.”
- “But the K-Pop idol industry is KNOWN for debuting literal babies… So what the f*ck is this? Sigh.”
- “IDK if the members themselves would want to ‘go viral’ this way. If it were me, I’d be so sad to know this is how I’m debuting after all the hard work that I put in…”
- “The blue reminds me of Hisashi Mitsui’s hairstyle. Looks like the CEO chose to have them be remembered this way (vs. let them have good hairstyles).”
- “Wh- what even…?! I mean, the colors red and blue are fine. But they should’ve at least been styled better. T-T Their styles are early 2000s at best.”
- “A starfish…? I can’t believe people still do that kind of hair.”
Check out more “questionable” K-Pop hairstyles in the article below:
10+ Questionable K-Pop Idol Hairstyles That Received Mixed Reactions
https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/kwon-eunbi-got7-bambam-unfiltered-first-impressions/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 22:06:19 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/kwon-eunbi-got7-bambam-unfiltered-first-impressions/
Kwon Eunbi and GOT7‘s BamBam have earned attention for their endearing friendship and hilarious on-screen chemistry, and the two recently reunited to film for BamBam’s talk show, Bam’s House.
The two continued to show off their sibling-like chemistry, teasing each other while also sharing sweet stories about their friendship.
As the two playfully fought over whether or not to attend each other’s concerts, BamBam stated that Kwon Eunbi is “so consistent,” adding that her personality while filming is the same as when the cameras are off.
Kwon Eunbi asked BamBam if he felt the same way about her as he had when he met her, and BamBam hilariously replied that his impression of her “actually changed a little bit for the better.”
He continued, honestly saying that when they first met, he thought she might have been a “bit rude.”
BamBam added that, as he got to know Kwon Eunbi, he realized how nice she was, and the soloist agreed that she has a “plot twist charm.”
Kwon Eunbi had a first impression story of her own about BamBam. She shared that when she first met the GOT7 maknae, she thought he was “a bit cocky.”
Kwon Eunbi explained that when they first met, BamBam tipped his head to the side when bowing to greet her instead of tipping his head down.
BamBam clarified the situation, stating that he didn’t recognize her because her hat was covering her face.
When she was formally introduced to him, he still felt awkward but hilariously exposed Kwon Eunbi, saying that she “didn’t react all that nicely, either,” which she denied.
They both playfully agreed to disagree about their first interaction, but Kwon Eunbi did reveal that she found BamBam “adorable” and thought he was taller than she had expected.
The two continue to keep fans entertained with their fun friendship! Check out more on the dynamic duo below:
BamBam Gets Kwon Eunbi A Savage “Gift” After Calling Her Teeth Yellow On TV
https://www.koreaboo.com/news/bighit-music-releases-behind-scenes-hd-photos-bts-jungkook-golden-promotions/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 18:20:27 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/news/bighit-music-releases-behind-scenes-hd-photos-bts-jungkook-golden-promotions/
BIGHIT MUSIC recently released 37 exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of BTS‘s Jungkook, celebrating his solo promotions and his debut album, GOLDEN.
Check out the photos below!
BTS’s Jungkook released his solo debut single, “SEVEN,” featuring American rapper Latto, on July 23.
His cinematic “SEVEN” music video featured famous actress Han So Hee, and the duo’s visual chemistry had netizens stunned.
Along with the music video, Jungkook released an official performance video…
… and, of course, an accompanying dance practice video.
Despite the GMA Summer Concert Series being canceled due to inclement weather, Jungkook was able to prerecord a performance, wowing fans with his new song.
Jungkook amped up his global promotions, discussing his music, his creative process, his solo debut journey, and BTS on popular broadcasts.
Jungkook showed the world why he was nicknamed the “golden maknae” and took his live performances to the next level on stages in the U.S., Korea, Japan, and England.
Jungkook’s second promotional single from his GOLDEN album, “3D,” was released on September 29.
The single, featuring American rapper Jack Harlow, had netizens praising the catchy and “sexy” release.
With his second promotional single, Jungkook continued to try new sounds and styles, proving his talents know no bounds.
Jungkook continued to show off his natural singing and dancing talents, which proved he was born to become a star.
“SEVEN” and “3D” were just an introduction to the musical styles Jungkook would take on for his debut solo album.
Jungkook’s debut solo album, GOLDEN, was officially released on November 3, which included nine songs.
The new album debuted another promotional single, “Standing Next To You,” highlighting Jungkook’s incredible abilities as a performer.
The BTS maknae continued to show what he could achieve and stunned netizens and locals alike when he filled Times Square with adoring fans for a surprise performance with only a 30 minute heads up.
Jungkook’s GOLDEN promotions recently concluded, and the BTS maknae is now preparing for his impending military enlistment.
His unforgettable solo debut created many heartwarming memories for ARMYs to revisit in the months the BTS members are completing their military service.
https://www.koreaboo.com/news/woodz-cho-seungyoun-enlistment-military-letter/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 16:34:48 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/news/woodz-cho-seungyoun-enlistment-military-letter/
Soloist WOODZ (Cho Seungyoun) will soon be enlisting in the military on January 22, 2024. He announced the news through his fan cafe.
As South Korea allows its citizens to apply for service within a set time frame, he had begun pondering would be the optimal time to serve. WOODZ finalized his date for January next year.
Hello, this is Cho Seungyoun. Today, I’m writing a post as I have some news that I want to personally tell MOODZ. I will be enlisting on January 22, 2024, as per being called to duty by the country. Enlistment had always seemed so far away, but as the time frame for serving approached, I began thinking about the army since last year. I’ll be gone for a short while, to serve the country not as WOODZ, but as the young man, Cho Seungyoun.
It’s been around 10 years since I’ve debuted and begun promoting. I’m so thankful that my memories were filled with precious and happy ones with MOODZ. I will return even healthier, so I hope that everyone should also stay healthy and be filled with happiness, wherever you are.
Once more, I thank MOODZ for becoming a reliable source of strength, showering me with more love than I deserve.
WOODZ made his debut through the group Uniq in 2014. He is also part of the musical collective, M.O.L.A. He is currently promoting as a soloist.
https://www.koreaboo.com/news/bts-rm-heartfelt-letter-fans-before-enlistment/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 16:22:46 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/news/bts-rm-heartfelt-letter-fans-before-enlistment/
BTS‘s RM will soon be enlisting in the army on December 11, 2023. Right before his enlistment, he left a heartfelt letter for fans on Weverse. He addressed his service to the nation, whereby he will be placing his artist career on hold.
Hello, my beloved people.
I can’t believe that that day has come. I had so many things to say, buzzing around, but now that the time has come, it’s not easy to open my mouth.
I was very happy to have lived the past 10 years as BTS. Although I’ve been saying this as if it’s a habit of speech, an end is also a start! I trust without a doubt that if something passes, another good thing will be waiting for us.
Seokjin hyung and Hoseok, who had to bear this time first, would’ve had it way harder than us who are following in their footsteps. Seeing them steadily pull it off, even though they went a little late, I am gaining as much courage as possible.
These 18 months can be long or short, but I trust that it will be a time when we can all gain foreign but new inspiration and learning. Although it may be scary and daunting, is there anything more comforting than the fact that during this uncertain time, there will be something to expect and look forward to? It might be my duty, but I think that it is also everyone’s love.
RM reassured fans with the promise that they would soon meet again.
To become someone who is fondly remembered by others, someone who people wait for. It may be lonely and bitter at times, but that love is already enough for me. I, of course, hope that I can become someone like that to you.
More than words that pass through the ears of many, our time, love, and sincerity already prove our future. I wanted to become someone who is by your side, even when I’m not.
Let’s work hard, living our own lives, in our own places, and I hope that when I come back, we will be an “us” that is more generously connected in heart. Holding this small wish, I bid you a goodbye for a short while. When I come back, I’ll greet you in peace again.
No matter where we are, we’ll always be ourselvecs!
See you in the future. I am loving you guys a lot. I hope that this reacges you even just a little bit.
RM, Jungkook, V, and Jimin are all set to enlist in December 2023. They follow the footsteps of Suga, J-Hope, and Jin, who are already serving.
https://www.koreaboo.com/news/tara-ahreum-areum-marriage-divorce-new-husband/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 16:00:50 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/news/tara-ahreum-areum-marriage-divorce-new-husband/
Former T-ARA‘s Areum announced her divorce through social media on December 10, 2023. In a shocking twist, she also announced that she would be remarrying as soon as the divorce was official.
Areum previously married businessman Kim Young Gul in 2019.
Through her social media, she explained that she was still in the midst of a divorce, but had met a precious new person.
I’ve found someone who makes me always want to be next to him. I didn’t want to make his presence known because he is so precious. The love that started as if we were surrounded by auroras has become so true that after thinking about it, we have decided to make it known proudly. He taught me what happiness was as I was tired by so many things, but somehow, maybe he was someone who was in more pain than I was. He was the only one who ran to help me, without knowing if he would be harmed in the process.
He is someone who fills my once painful dreams with hope and flutters, and is bearing many things to help make my dreams come true. I’ve really met someone who is so precious, and is someone I am grateful for. Although I’ve been plagued by rude words to the end, I think that as long as I can stand proud, everything is fine.
Although I’ve continued to be tortured, and they even suggested coming to a compromise, even that has been postponed. But because someone I love is protecting me, I will not give up, and I am trying my best to enjoy life. I am also making the effort to make things up with good memories with my child. Thinking about it again, I’m really grateful.
I’m searching for happiness with this person, and through true love, I am overcoming these painful times.
She also clarified that she had not been cheating on her ex-husband. They had been divorced in name, but not on paper for a long time.
The definition of “cheating” is when someone loves two people at the same time. I gave birth to my second child alone, and I’ve lived a miserable life. I’ve been holding on barely, thinking about my children. I want to enjoy my life now. In the future, I’ll be dealing with malicious comments and guesses strictly. You’re free to think whatever you want to, but please remember that if you speak those thoughts out, you can be punished. I hope you make good decisions. I hope you will only leave comments of hope and support.
We wil register our marriage as soon as the divorce lawsuit is over, and we have already promised to marry each other. We will achieve our dreams together coolly, and have promised to set up the “Areum Foundation” to help many children.
As he didn’t sign the papers, we’ve been “divorced” for a few years already, just that it wasn’t legally sealed. I don’t think I need to say more. There’s also no need to slander him, or write childish posts about him. I don’t even want to think about it. I don’t want to be tangled up in messy punishments for slander, so I’m just going to bury it. So I don’t even want to think about attacking him. I’m going to think of only the good things and forget about the painful things!
We are standing above a train track with no final stop, and plan on walking the path of happiness. We will continue to love each other until you share our happiness. And it doesn’t matter if there are talks about precedents. The future is what is important. So you don’t have to worry about it. The haters who don’t know the situation will be punished legally. Thank you for the support and love. We will give you our love.
The news does not come as a surprise. On reality show Between Marriage And Divorce, she once made it publicly known that she was contemplating a divorce. This took place in May 2022. Read more about it below.
Former T-ara Member Areum Confesses Her Marriage Is On The Brink Of Divorce
https://www.koreaboo.com/lists/popular-soloist-debuts-year-based-album-sales/ Sun, 10 Dec 2023 13:34:42 +0000 https://www.koreaboo.com/lists/popular-soloist-debuts-year-based-album-sales/
The music industry often gauges the success of artists’ debuts through album sales, and solo debuts are no exception. In 2023, several solo artists from popular groups made a significant impact with their debut albums. The sales data mentioned here is calculated using Circle Chart — formerly known as the Gaon Chart — one of the most reliable sources for tracking music sales in South Korea.
1. BTS’s Jungkook
The BTS superstar set a new standard with his debut album “Golden,” released on November 3, 2023. The album sold an impressive 2,633,296 copies, marking a historic moment as it achieved one of the highest sales for a K-Pop solo artist.
2. BTS’s V
V released his debut solo album, “Layover,” on September 8. The album witnessed remarkable success, selling 2,243,861 copies. This feat demonstrated V’s immense global popularity and the strong anticipation for his solo work.
3. BTS’s Jimin
Jimin made his solo debut with the mini album “Face” on March 24, 2023. The album achieved significant sales of 1,696,398 copies, highlighting Jimin’s popularity and the high demand for his solo endeavors within the ARMY community.
4. BLACKPINK’s Jisoo
Jisoo became the last member of BLACKPINK to enjoy a solo debut by releasing “ME” on March 31. The album sold 1,535,581 copies, a testament to Jisoo’s strong individual appeal and the group’s loyal fanbase.
5. TWICE’s Jihyo
Jihyo from TWICE debuted with her mini album “ZONE” on August 18, 2023. It sold 599,735 copies, showcasing her talent as a solo artist and the solid support from TWICE fans.
6. NCT’s Taeyong
NCT’s Taeyong released his debut solo mini-album, “SHALALA,” on June 5, 2023. The album, which enjoyed success across various international iTunes charts, sold a total of 507,683 copies.
Soojin, formerly of the girl group (G)I-DLE, made her solo debut with the EP “AGASSY” on November 8, 2023. The album marked her return to the industry with sales of 70,000 copies, highlighting her enduring popularity.
Jini debuted with her EP “An Iron Hand In A Velvet Glove” on October 11, 2023. Her debut was successful, with sales reaching 61,904 copies, establishing her as a promising solo artist.