Ranking CJ ENM official probed over audition show vote-rigging scandal

 At least one ranking official at entertainment giant CJ ENM has been under investigation over the widening vote-rigging scandal involving the company's high-profile audition show, "Produce 101," a police officer said Tuesday.

Including the CJ official, around 10 people have so far been booked over the scandal, the ranking officer said during a meeting with a group of reporters.

The officer did not disclose the level of the booked CJ officials, however, or exactly how many of them were booked.


Park Jin-young returns as singer with vaudeville-style number

Park Jin-young, the founder and chief producer of JYP Entertainment, will return as a singer next month with a vaudeville-inspired fusion song, his agency said Tuesday.

The singer-songwriter-cum-entrepreneur, also known as J.Y. Park, will officially release the song, "Fever," on Dec. 1, returning to the K-pop scene as an entertainer, according to the K-pop agency.

The self-produced song brings together the vaudeville music genre with hip-hop. Its choreography is also a reinterpretation of typical vaudeville shows, according to the agency.


BLACKPINK becomes 1st K-pop group to have music video with over 1 bln YouTube views

BLACKPINK has become the first K-pop group to have a music video with more than 1 billion views on YouTube, the group's Seoul-based agency said Monday.

YG Entertainment said that the female group's "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" music video surpassed the threshold in the afternoon, nearly 17 months after it was released last June.

BLACKPINK is the second K-pop artist with the achievement, after singer PSY, whose mega-hit "Gangnam Style" has 3.4 billion views on YouTube.

The quartet, who debuted in 2016, is one of the most popular groups on the K-pop scene.


Audition show's fall from grace derails high-flying careers of winning bands

A fall from grace by "Produce 101," South Korea's most sensational idol audition show to date, is derailing the burgeoning K-pop careers of the show's winners.

Last week, police put in custody An Joon-young, the director of the Mnet cable show, and the program's chief producer over suspicions of rigging the results of the fan-voted competition show's four seasons.


BIGBANG members set to return to show biz amid ongoing scandal

With all of its members coming back to public life over the weekend, popular K-pop band BIGBANG is set to return to show business, but the future of the group remains unknown due to an ongoing corruption scandal.

As a well-known fashion icon across Asia, its leader G-Dragon, who was discharged from the military on Oct. 26, resumed his entertainment activities with a fashion collaboration with Nike.


Vote-rigging suspicions undermine reputation of K-pop audition shows

As police have been speeding up a probe into snowballing allegations of vote rigging at a popular K-pop TV series of "Produce 101," South Korean cable channel Mnet is seeing its sensational competition show lineup lose its decadelong reputation on the entertainment scene both at home and abroad.

Launched in 2016, "Produce 101" is the most successful among Mnet's K-pop idol competitions over the past 10 years based on a fan-voting system.


SM Entertainment joins hands with U.S. entertainment agency

South Korea's biggest music label SM Entertainment has joined hands with a U.S. entertainment giant to support its artists' global activities, the Korean company said Tuesday.

SM Entertainment, home to NCT 127, SuperM and EXO, said it signed a deal with the U.S.-based Creative Artists Agency, or CAA, in Los Angeles on Oct. 17 (U.S. time).

CAA is the biggest sports and entertainment agency in the United States, representing Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Mariah Carey.


TWICE announces Tokyo Dome edition of world tour

 K-pop girl band TWICE will hit the Tokyo Dome stadium next year on a new Tokyo leg of its ongoing world tour, the band's management agency said Monday.

The girl band is currently on the globe-trotting concert tour, with its Japanese leg having kicked off last week in Hokkaido.

According to JYP Entertainment on Monday, the ongoing Japanese leg will newly include two days of concerts at Tokyo Dome from March 3-4.


BIGBANG's G-Dragon discharged from military

G-Dragon, the leader of K-pop boy band BIGBANG, was discharged from the military Saturday, bracing himself for a return to show business.

Meeting with media and fans in front of the Ground Operations Command in Yongin, south of Seoul, G-Dragon, whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong, thanked his fans for their support. Some 3,000 fans came to the military base to greet the 31-year-old singer.

"I want to thank all the fans who have been waiting for me," said Kwon, using a megaphone. "Now, I'll do my best in my main business."


K-pop boy band WINNER seeks major change in style with new hip-hop album

Since its debut in 2014, boy band WINNER has thrived with its characteristically playful, funky music style under the patronage of K-pop mogul Yang Hyun-suk.

On Wednesday, the four-piece group released a new album, "Cross," without Yang's guidance for the first time. Yang resigned as chief producer of YG Entertainment in June amid a series of scandals that engulfed him and YG artists.



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