KPOP NOW – Hallyu drama “Phoenix” to be remade into daily drama after 16 yrs

Source: OSEN

Legendary drama “Firebird” starring Lee Seo-jin and Lee Eun-joo will be remade after 16 years.

According to an exclusive report by OSEN on the 30th, MBC drama “Firebird (Phoenix)” that was originally broadcast in 2004 will be remade as a daily drama.

The original author Lee Yoo-jin will also be in-charge of rewriting the script to fit a morning drama and is currently completing casting for filming scheduled to begin in the second half of the year. “Endless Love” producer Lee Hyun-jik will direct the drama under Samhwa Networks.

Actress Hong Soo-ah has been nominated as the main female lead and her production company has released a statement that “they’re positively considering the role.”

The remake of “Firebird” is expected to be fresh and fun with episodes that match the current 2020 era. As it will be remade into a morning drama, changes will be made to target female viewers in their 40s and 60s.

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KPOP NOW – G Dragon’s pet dog Gaho revealed to have visited a pet groomer

Source: Kookmin Ilbo via Naver

G Dragon‘s pet dog Gaho revealed to have visited a pet groomer after growing criticism.

On the afternoon of the 28th, a netizen shared a new photo of Gaho and wrote, “I inquired about Gaho at GD’s parent’s pension and found out that a dog groomer made a home visit today. He got his toenails clipped and ears cleaned.”

In the photos released, Gaho seems to have relatively shorter toe nails and is seen comfortably resting on a clean blanket.

Despite the fresh grooming, netizens criticism continued with many writing, “But he’s still pitiful. His blood vessels are longer and broken now so he’ll have to live that way forever. If we hadn’t criticized him, he wouldn’t have attended to him. The state of his toenails is an indicator of how neglected he really was. Does he think this absolves him of all responsibility?”

Netizens are still worried about Jolie as there is no news about him since he was reported lost.

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  1. [+2,473, -32] You should’ve taken care of him well before it became controversial in the media. It’s weird how he spends his money on all sorts of useless things except this;;;
  2. [+2,145, -35] ㅋㅋㅋ Isn’t it obvious that he’s conscious of the public’s opinion?
  3. [+1,943, -32] I’m sure he’ll post pictures of him and Gaho having fun on Instagram soon, like everything is fine. 
  4. [+154, -0] You raised him since he was a baby. Do you seriously have no sense of attachment or loyalty? If you don’t care to be responsible why did you even adopt the cat? 
  5. [+148, 2] I can’t believe he abandoned his aging dog like that. Gaho grew up attached to him since he carried him around all the time..isn’t it too much to keep him caged outside on a leash? How much did that dog cry? 
  6. [+140, -2] If that netizen hadn’t disclosed that Gaho was in such a state of neglect he would’ve probably die from his indifference. 
  7. [+139, -1] Did he trim his toenails because of the controversy? If so, I really hope he’s not allowed to adopt any more pets. 

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KPOP NOW – Famous actor Lee Soon Jae under controversy for abusing his manager A

Actor Lee Soon Jae will hold press conference to address suspicions of alleged manager abuse.

On the 29th, SBS 8 ‘Oclock News raised suspicions “that a famous and senior actor had unfairly terminated his manager A who had worked for him for two months.” 

The manager A conducted an exclusive interview with SBS and stated, “Lee Soon Jae’s wife ordered me to complete family chores including carrying and delivering water bottles as well as repairing family members’ shoes.”

In an exclusive interview with Sports Chosun, Lee Soon Jae addressed the allegations stating, “the allegations are too exaggerated and biased. While working for us in the two months, my wife only asked him to do some personal chores about three times. After I heard about it, I gave my wife a warning. I apologized to manager Kim for that.”

The actor asked manager A to stop muddying his life with unreasonable allegations adding, “I made my acting debut in the mid-80s and I’m over 60 years old. So you mean to tell me I don’t know how to properly treat a manager?”

Regarding allegations of unpaid wages, the actor stated, “Manager Kim once told me about his insurance and wage issues but I told him to reach out to the agency since they’re in charge on all matters concerning manager’s employment and treatment. I can apologize if I did anything wrong on my part but I will hold a press conference on July 2nd to reveal more details over the inflated allegations.”

  1. [+2,243, -45] Let’s wait and hear both sides before making any judgements. 
  2. [+2,001, -83] I think we should listen to both sides
  3. [+1,835, -203] Wait, so Manager A’s abuser was really Lee Soon-jae? How does that make sense? I’m so confused.
  4. [+449, -83] If you were in your 80s would you be able to carry a pack of bottled water? This manager is really working hard trying to cause a controversy. If Lee Seon-jae really had character problems do you think he would’ve been able to make it this long and gain such respect from his juniors…let’s just cut it short.
  5. [+436, -32] He’s just a two-month old crook that got to take his first shotㅋㅋ
  6. [+427, -24] Lee Soon-Jae appears confident though. I think he addressed this quickly because he didn’t want people to misunderstand him.
  7. [+316, -40] I trust in Lee Soon-Jae’s character
  8. [+168, -2] They made me carry bottled water at my company too. I guess Manager A should believe in my words too

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KPOP NOW – Nate to end its comment section effective July 7th

SourceMy Daily

Nate has officially announced plans to end its entertainment news comment service.

A Nate official stated on the 30th, “Nate news will end its comment service on entertainment news as of July 7th. After listening to the opinions of users that have expressed concerns about the adverse effects of the comment section on celebrities and broadcast programs, we have made the decision to terminate the service.”

According to the official, users can check and delete comments posted through “My Comments” even after the service is terminated.

Site Update: As for the blog, we will keep translating comments, if any, for trending articles shared in the main news section of Naver.

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KPOP NOW – Netizens demand animal abuse charges be filed against GD for pet neglect

Netizens are in deep anger over the neglected state of G Dragon‘s pet dogs for almost a decade.

Netizens are demanding that if it turns out the Big Bang member neglected his dogs, animal abuse charges should be applied under the Animal Protection Act.

According to Korea’s Article 2 (1)(2) of the Animal Protection Act last revised February 2020, “the act of neglecting pets (dogs or cats) is also defined as animal abuse. Animal abuse includes neglecting, or not taking appropriate measures to avoid physical pain and stress, hunger, and disease of animals without justifiable reasons.”

In the meantime, Germany has the strongest animal protection laws with heavy fines for abuse of animals. The U.S also differs in its punishment of animal abuse from state to state as its at the discretion of the judges but strongly punishes animal abuse arising from neglect.

  1. [+1,167, -23] Why adopt pets if you can’t care for them…he could’ve even let a friend adopt it instead…so infuriating. I can understand him being too busy to care for the dogs but then why adopt the cat? I think he only sees animals as an accessory or a piece of clothing. This is so disappointing. How are there fans still supporting him after this? 
  2. [+1,000, -16] GD: “so how much is the fine?”
  3. [+893, -16] He’d just scoff at the amount anyway
  4. [+76, -3] The world needs to know that popular Korean singer G Dragon is an animal abuser that treats his pets like toys that he can throw away once he gets tired of them…and that his new toy is a cat. 
  5. [+74, -4] I’m hoping someone would translate this to English and upload the video on YouTube. Please reveal the true character of Korean fashionista GD that treated the life of an animal like a fashion accessory!
  6. [+69, -1] He lives in a luxurious 90 pyeong penthouse while his own dogs are living in a cramped metal cage on a leashㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ. If he truly loved animals he wouldn’t have neglected his own pets like that. 
  7. [+34, -1] I hope he’s abandoned by his fans the same way he abandoned his pets. 
  8. [+33, -1] I want him punished!!

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KPOP NOW – GD abandoned his pet dogs because he’s currently a “cat lover?”

Source: My Daily

Netizens are speculating about the reasons why Big Bang‘s GD abandoned his pet dogs.

G Dragon is currently under controversy over his neglect of his pet dogs Gaho and Jolie. According to reports, his pet dog Jolie is reportedly lost after running away from his parent’s pension

In the past, GD attended a photo wall event at the 2009 MAMA awards ceremony with Gaho drawing attention and as a result, his “dog neglect” controversy has shocked many people.

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GD also appeared in various TV programs and showed off his dogs on music videos.

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A veterinarian from Sorae Animal Hospital stated, “Shar Pei’s are an active breed of dogs and have a lot of energy. As such, they’re required to be walked often and need a lot of care.”

But according to netizens, his neglect of his pet dogs can be explained by his current SNS activity. GD recently posted a photo of his new pet cat and did not hide his affection writing, “I love you.”

In the meantime, YG Entertainment has yet to address the growing controversy.
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  1. [+1,205, -21] Seriously though ㅋㅋ. He abandoned his dog at his parent’s pension where he can barely make three steps within his cage. He’s living in neglect without any care and stuck in a metal cage everydayㅋ.Was Gaho only lovable when he was young and playful? Is he serious right now? Please take responsibility and give us a clarification ㅋㅋ
  2. [+1,116, -14] Not too long ago the dog owner appeared on a program and said he didn’t have any experience raising dogs or cats
  3. [+1,106, -18] Aigoo~ this makes me curious whether he’s ever given the dog a bath on his own
  4. [+67, -1] So what will happen to his pet cat once it starts to age? Is he going to give it away too? He obviously adopted them because was lonely at some lonely these pets must feel now. It’s so disappointing that a powerful and influential figure like him did something like this
  5. [+63, -1] I doubt he’ll clarify this. Even if he does, I bet he’ll blame it on the pension managerㅋㅋ. How many times did he go and see Gaho after abandoning him? It doesn’t look like he’s trying to find Jolie either. He even bought another pet cat after throwing away Gaho. It’s clear he’s an animal hoarder that treats the lives of animals like a product purchase.
  6. [+57, -1] Is an animal an accessory? He’s a psychopath ㅡㅡ
  7. [+42, -1] He’s trash. This was a good look into his real character. 

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KPOP NOW – Doubts arise whether Yang Hyun Suk really stepped down from YG

Source: Top Star News

Netizens are expressing doubts whether Yang Hyun Suk really stepped down from YG.

This is because Yang Hyun Suk still has the largest stake in YG Entertainment shares at 17.31% as of the end of last year. Also, even though the agency appointed a new CEO Hwang Bo Kyung, she’s rarely seen, casting doubts whether Yang Hyun Suk and his brother Yang Min Suk really stepped down from their positions.

After a steep decline in YG Entertainment stocks due to Seungri‘s ‘Burning Sun‘ scandal and Yang Hyun Suk’s endless investigations over prostitution, tax evasion, and ‘hwanchigi’, YG stocks rose up to 41,000 on the 29th, hitting a 52-week high. Many speculate that his is because of BLACKPINK‘s ‘How You Like That‘ comeback.

  1. [+819, -27] I heard this directly from staff at YG that Yang Hyun Suk didn’t quit. YG is still in the hands of Yang Hyun Suk and his brother Yang Min Suk
  2. [+661, -16] Isn’t it obvious? Nothing has changed as long as Yang Hyun Suk doesn’t sell his shares.
  3. [+584, -124] I remember when they couldn’t sell out tickets Blackpink’s concerts even after they started giving out free invitations. It was still empty. ㅋㅋㅋ 90% of their YouTube views are from kids in South East Asia. Yang Hyun-suk is going to exaggerate like that, eat and run up the stocks while he distributes drugs in the back and gives luxury bags to prostitutes for sexual favors. 
  4. [+48, -8] Why they keep writing falsehoods like Blackpink saved YG? They barely had enough fans to fill out the concert and had to give out free invites. They don’t even have a full album to tour with. What money is Blackpink bringing in exactly? They’re popular in SEA but where’s the money in that?
  5. [+46, -11] What has Blackpink done to save YG?  ㅋㅋ They’re popular overseas but have yet to win a daesang in Korea let alone a Billboard award  ㅋㅋ. From the way they’re talking you’d think they’re selling out stadiums, winning Billboards and eating up the industry. 
  6. [ +45, -5] Stop taking us for fools. We know what’s going on alreadyㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  7. [+25, -5] Regardless of who the CEO is YG is always going to be controlled by Yang Hyun Suk ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ. Are they taking us for fools? ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  8. [+20 -6] They must think we have poop for brains ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

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KPOP NOW – Rapper KittiB takes a jab at G Dragon over “dog neglect” controversy

Source: 10Asia

Rapper KittiB took a jab at Big Bang G Dragon‘s alleged “dog neglect” controversy. 

KittiB quoted a tweet about G Dragon’s neglect of his pet dogs Gaho and Jolie and commented, “I hope that people that change animals like fast fashion will be banned from adopting animals again. I’m sorry for being human.”

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  1. [+1,403, -12] I mean..he really couldn’t spend any of his vast wealth to take care of Gaho? Or hire an animal caretaker? And now Jolie is lost too? He’s trash. He shouldn’t be allowed to adopt more pets.
  2. [+1,215, -8] I’m so disappointed. 
  3. [+1,134, -8] Aigoo~he was only a beloved pet when he was young and cute. I feel so sorry
  4. [+100, -1] He recently adopted a pet cat too. Does he think they’re just accessories? He escaped punishment for smoking marijuana, now its animal abuse. He needs to get hit with the law. 
  5. [+93, -1] This thug ba$tard is showing his true colors. You can tell someone’s true personality from how they treat animals
  6. [+87, -2] It’s not like he’s manly or have decent character. He’s a junkie too. I used to think he was naturally talented but it seems the only thing natural about him is his trash personality!
  7. [+73, -1] He abandoned Gaho and Jolie like that and still went and adopted a munchkin cat ㅋㅋ
  8. [+69, -1] I guess he got all the spotlight he needed and no longer finds them to be of use. 

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KPOP NOW – GD’s other pet dog Jolie reportedly ran way from his parents’ pension

Source: Kookmin Ilbo

G Dragon‘s other pet dog Jolie reportedly ran away from his parent’s pension. 

Recently, a post with photos of GD’s pet dogs Gaho and Jolie was shared on an online community. In the photo released, Gaho and Jolie drew attention with their long toenails and eyebrows that weren’t properly managed. 

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The author wrote, “Gaho’s eyebrows often poked his eyes, which made him teary. I felt sorry for him because he looked weak and droopy. The Shapei species are very vulnerable to skin diseases and are affected by temperature. It’s not a species to be raised outdoors. Also, dogs claws contain blood vessels so they should be walked often to naturally keep their claws short. If they grow long and the toe nails have to cut, the blood vessels can be cut in the process causing bleeding.”

The author also revealed the whereabouts of GD’s other pet dog Jolie and stated, “I don’t know who answered the phone when I called (the pension) but when I asked her why Jolie wasn’t there, she said that she had left the door open and Jolie disappeared.”

Netizens that saw the post exploded in anger writing, “So the dog isn’t even at the pension? They never walked him and now they lost him even after they were tasked with raising him?!”

Netizens also speculated that GD may have neglected Gaho and Jolie due to their poor/old condition. 

  1. [+1,868, -28] He had no problem showing them off on TV and getting the spotlight when they were young and playful but now that they’re old and big he got too lazy and neglected them to this point. For him pets are just fashion accessory. How could he abandon them at his parent’s pension like that just because they got old. What was he thinking adopting another purebred cat.
  2. [+1,723, -27] He’s got enough money to take care of friends and family but couldn’t save any money for his pets. Hul~ their eyes look so pitifulㅠㅠ 
  3. [+1,422, -23] Please don’t do this to your pets
  4. [+90, -1] Only animal abusers would treat their pets like fashion accessories. He went everywhere bragging about his pets when they were fresh and cute but once they got older they became a burden. He’s a terrible person. 
  5. [+84, -1] He carelessly adopted the pets only thinking about his loneliness and wanting to use them as accessories..but once he got tired of them he abandoned them at his parent’s pension and moved to a penthouse in Hannam-dong. ㅠㅠ I’m trying not to curse him as a fan but this is very disappointing. ㅠㅠ 
  6. [+75, -1] People in the comments really think he actually cared about his pets?ㅋHe only adopted them for Instagram photosㅋㅋ
  7. [+62, -1] Trash ba$tard
  8. [+55, -1] The only reason why people in the comments aren’t cursing him is because he’s GD. If this was any other idol they would go crazy. 

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KPOP NOW – BLACKPINK holds first comeback stage on Jimmy Fallon

Source: OSEN

BLACKPINK held their first comeback stage on Jimmy Fallon‘s ‘Tonight Show.’

The show aired at 1pm on the 27th KST on NBC with over 200,000 global fans waiting to stream their debut stage for ‘How You Like That.’ 

The group then participated in ‘Try Not To Laugh Challenge‘ on the show with Jimmy Fallon who also congratulated them for ranking #1 in the “Most Streamed Girl Group” category on Spotify. Jennie then once again thanked fans for their love.

In the meantime, ‘How You Like That‘ made its debut on Melon at #1 and received a roof kick and gained global popularity taking first place in the iTunes of 60 countries as of 7:00am KST on the 27th. 

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  1. [+1,499, -208] They look pretty but… a bit too Chinese martial arts. The hanboks look elegant though
  2. [+1,528, -261] Where’s the rest of the hanbok?
  3. [+611, -358] They look so pretty in the hanboks
  4. [+82, -36] Have you ever seen anyone where a jacket over a Kimono? So why wear a hanbok like that?
  5. [+58, -34] I like BLACKPINK out of all girl groups
  6. [+57, -45] That last scene of Jennie dancing in the hanbok. So prettyㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
  7. [+56, -26] Honestly, it’s not every day you see a Korean idol on a stage like that in the U.S. They even got to collaborate with popular western artist like Lady Gaga and got invited to a TV show that huge. It’s only because of their agency’s image they’re getting so much hate. If people are so confident themselves why not become a celebrity?
  8. [+50, -39] Our nation’s prestige
  9. [+45, -28] Wow짝짝짝 [clap clap clap]
  10. [+43, -23] Those hanboks look so hip and cool

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