KPOP NOW – BLACKPINK’s first online concert ‘The Show’ garners reviews online



Article: “Black Pink’s On-con felt like watching a 100,000 won show ㄹㅇ”

Source: Pann

OP describes their experience from BLACKPINK‘s first On-Con [Online Concert]. 

OP writes, “They re-arranged all the songs, changed up the dance, and re-arranged the sets with a band. The VCR was high quality, outfits were upgraded and freaking insane and Rose’s solo was f***in amazing. Isn’t the ticket price too cheap? We got to watch all this just for 36,000 won and we can re-run the stream 8 times in real-time. I love the re-arrangement for ‘Don’t Know What To Do’. When all four came out they looked like they were coming from Elsa’s cave, grabbed a standing mic with the backdrop of an electronic guitar. I felt like I was to f***ing lose it!

+ Jennie wrote the lyrics for her solo rap and Jisoo’s stage was originally a pop song but she sang the lyrics in Korean  ㅠㅠㅠㅠ . The lyrics were completely different!”

1. [+182, -54] What’s really amazing is the fact that Jisoo was preparing to film her drama and doing the on-con at the same time…she’s a natural born hard worker 

2. [+152, -29] I think Jisoo’s solo song is a Korean song she composed on her own. When she says “I’m living alone in the world I created with you…wake up”…Daebak…so crazy

3. [+135, -20] Hey hey hey hey ㅑ f***ing crazy! Not one single won was wasted…the re-arrangement of DDU DU DU wow…. the water wow…. the fire…wow….wow

4. [+95, -4] Seriously I’m a K-dol and have watched my fair share of On-Con’s but looking at Blackpink’s stage today you can tell they poured a lot of money into it….the amount of effort that went into the stages is ridiculous. There’s a reason why they didn’t come out at any of the award ceremonies..

5. [+70, -7] Jisoo’s solo song is called Habits (it’s a pop song) I think Jisoo wrote the Korean part, but the lyrics are crazy

6. [+66, -2] I would’ve been upset if they wasted that DDU-DU stage at MAMAs ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ ㄹㅇ legendary

7. [+52, -5] Wow, Lisa’s rap

8. [+47, -1] All their solo songs include Ji-Soo’s were f***ing crazy. Lisa danced, rapped and sang on her own, Jennie’s solo rap re-arrangement with the Korean feel at the end…Ah I can’t wait to hear Rose’s title soon!!!!!!!! If her b-side was this good, how bad-ass is the title?

9. [+43, -1] Today’s on-con shows exactly why Blackpink is top girl group without contest. Each member is powerful and capable on her own even if they’re from a large agency. This was the first time I felt an on-con wasn’t a waste of money because each member’s stage abilities were amazing!

10. [+38, -1] Seriously BP’s On Con was f***ing crazy;; Costume╋Stage effects ╋Lights ╋Band ╋Live. For 36,000 won nothing was lacking. Not one single stageㄹㅇ…YG, thank you for always being sincere..



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KPOP NOW – Are Hyuna’s concepts getting too weird?


Article: Hyuna seems to be a real one-of-a-kind wall in Korea;;;

Source: Pann

OP writes that even though Hyuna’s concepts, costumes (snake) and makeup are getting weirder, she still has a strong stage presence even with such strong dancers behind her. 

It seems like Hyuna is the queen of crazy concepts in Korea ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ. 

  1. [+439, -690] That’s not talent…it’s hard to watch, no luxury feel at all
  2. [+431, -64] What crazy concept? All she did was get a bunch of naked men behind her. It would be completely different if a talented person tried this concept ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  3. [+182, -5] I don’t know…just not my taste. 
  4. [+170, -17] Back when she was doing Bubble Pop I really felt like Hyuna could be the next Lee Hyori. Now she’s just…it’s just too dirty and obscene. 
  5. [+113, -67] I would’ve agreed to this with her past concepts but not the Hyuna now…everything is bizarre. This is not a concept that any male or female will gravitate to. Because she’s not a singer the breadth of what she can sing goes down so it’s difficult for her to sing a song with an actual melody
  6. [+110, -16] Looks like Cube reigned in her concepts a bit (in style and music) to make it friendly for the public. Ever since she went to Psy’s label, he lets her do whatever she wants to do so it got weird. It’s really uncomfortable and hard to watch..
  7. [+43, -6] She’s still not singing 
  8. [+36, -1] The song actually sounds good but I don’t think if fits Hyuna at all. 



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KPOP NOW – (G)i-dle’s Shuhua under controversy for being rude to her fans on V live


Article: “Why is G-idle’s Shuhua talking like that?”

Source: Pann

While holding a V live for fans, Shuhua kept complaining about not receiving enough hearts. 

When member Wooqi told her, “fans hands are hurting because they pressed too many hearts,” Shuhua replied, “So what? Our hands are also hurting right now.”

Fans kept asking her to turn down the music because they couldn’t hear her voice and she retorted, “Then turn down your phone volume. Why are you guys so demanding?”

  1. [+705, -39] Honestly if this was a male idol that made a comment like that, he would’ve been terrorized right out of the channel 
  2. [+670, -23] Maybe I’m being too sensitive but I’m honestly turned off by her. She’s not even trying to be cute, she just talks without thinking
  3. [+562, -22] Her fans are seriously cursing Neverland asking “why they are concerned with it?” ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  4. [+424, -1] Shuhua talks reckless like this a lot, it’s just that her unnies are too nice so they shield herㅋㅋㅋ. She doesn’t even know what she’s doing is problematic ㅋㅋ 
  5.  [+300, -2] She’s bringing down the group’s image in all kinds of ways
  6. [+287, -6] If you’re going to be rude and ignore your fans with your nonexistent talent then just f*** off back to your country
  7. [+247, -10] The cheapest (G)i-dle member..



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KPOP NOW – KakaoTalk under fire for their new ‘multi profile’ feature that encourages affairs among couples


Article: “Affair abuse” vs “Privacy”…polarizing reactions to KakaoTalk’s new ‘Multi Profile’ feature

Source:  Hankyung

KakaoTalk‘s new ‘multi profile‘ feature is eliciting polarizing reactions from users.

On the 28th, Kakao launched a service that allows users to set up their own profile using text and photos according to their conversation partners. In addition, they can create up to 3 separate profiles. 

Many users became concerned that the multi-profile feature will be exploited for infidelities and fraud because “the other party won’t know that the user has set up a multi profile.”

One user wrote, “If scammers make up their minds, they can lead a double life.” Another said, “I think they’ll be more affairs and cheating. I hope they’re able to show the user is using a multi profile.”

Netizens in various online communities worried that “impersonation will become much easier. They’ll be more cases where people deceive and create distance between each other.” Another added, “not just infidelity but even voice phishing and identity washing will increase. No one wants this so why are you insisting on adding this?”

KakaoTalk’s “multi-profile” feature

However, many are arguing the feature will prevent unnecessary exposure to private life with an office worker in his 20s stating, “I can set up a profile with a common picture without being noticed by my coworkers and boss, and add the features I want.” 

Another office worker in his 30s stated, “I was stressed out with various criticisms about my personal profile so it’s nice that they created ‘multi profile’ feature. I’ll use it right away.”

An elementary school teacher in his 30s stated, “I haven’t changed my profile pic for more than a year because of my parents but now I can post whatever photo I want. It’s a useful feature for those that have jobs that deal with parents like daycares and hagwon instructors. Now we can set up company images for work and personal profiles for friends and family members. I think it’ll be good if students use multi-profiles to contact professors or make themselves look like model students.”

  1. [+4,454, -951] This is a feature no one wants or needs
  2. [+3,104, -201] How is it Katalk’s fault if people choose to cheat and scam? Honestly, did Kakao do anything wrong as the developer? If you’re worried about something like a multi-profile then maybe you don’t know who you are yourself or the acquaintances you keep.
  3. [+1,520, -104] Even without a service like this, cheaters are going to cheat and do affairs…stop using this feature as an excuse
  4. [+1,168, -399] So many pathetic people here obsessing over PSA. Are PSA’s so important that we need to use multi? Please get rid of this. If you don’t want people to message you on Katalk just add them as friends on WeChat. There’s no need to change up our lives for a multi to talk to someone we don’t care to be close to. 
  5. [+616, -29] This will be full of scams 
  6. [+286, -19]ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ A lot of Kindergarten parents must’ve been upsetㅋㅋㅋ. Nowadays, a lot of Kindergarten teachers share photos on Katalk, Instagram etc. Many people cursed at me for the photos I was sharing there so this is 100% an amazing feature ㅋㅋㅋ
  7. [+162, -38] Life is already complicated enough without adding multi-profiles…this is only going to create more dirty private lives ㅋ
  8. [+85, -13] Why would anyone use this unless they have something to hide?? Looks like there are a lot of people that are not proud of their actionsㅋㅋㅋ
  9. [+52, -9] Stop creating tools for sex offenders!!



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KPOP NOW – Police rule Iron’s death a suicide despite missing suicide note


Article: Police “No suspects charged with the murder of Iron… no suicide note found.”

Source: Sports DongA

Police have ruled out charges of murder as they are not able to find any suspects. 

A police official stated, “After investigating the exact circumstances of his death, so far, we have not found any suspicion of murder. No suicide note has been found.”

Police plan to consult with the bereaved family and decide whether to conduct an autopsy.

Regarding his special injury case where he assaulted his teenage mentee with a baseball bat, since the court rejected his arrest warrant because “there was no fear of destroying evidence and fleeing,” due to his death, the case is expected to end with no right to indict. 

  1. [+131, -5] Goodbye, live like a normal person in your next life
  2. [+73, -0] This is why you never really know about life. He had a chance to become a BTS member and even got to semifinals on SMTM3 and still couldn’t grab either chance..
  3. [+55, -24] He died bleeding to death on a flowerbed…how can you rule that a suicide? I don’t understand..
  4. [+27, -9] Maybe he was high on drugs and did something on impulse?
  5. [+23, -5] So many commenters here seem to be even worse ba$tards than Iron..
  6. [+14, -0] Someone is dead but they’re going to close the case as a suicide without a will..? Looks like they’re in a hurry to close it without enough investigation? Whether a celebrity or regular person…shouldn’t they be given sufficient opportunity and doubt in the face of death? A young man died in such a vain way but he’s getting killed again by public opinion..
  7. [+15, -3] Looking at the comments, it looks like our country is dominated by evil and selfish people who hide under the guise of being good and righteous. So many ugly people..
  8. [+7, -0] Maybe he under the influence of zolpidem, had hallucinations and jumped..?
  9. [+7, -1] There are so many thug ba$tards like him in the entertainment industry. Just look at Yang Hyun Suk and Seungri…they’re wolves in sheep’s clothing when it comes to drugs and drinkingㅋㅋ



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KPOP NOW – Chinese beauty creator ‘Chi Yu’ under controversy for deep faking IU’s face for content


Article“Huh? Wasn’t that IU?” The reason why its different with deep fake technology….” Hul

Source: Asia Economy

Recently, a Chinese beauty content creator ‘Chi Yu‘ [China IU] with a face similar to IU appeared on a Tik Tok wearing clothes similar to IU and using her unique expressions. A lot of netizens mistakenly took her for IU and sent her messages in support.

It was later revealed that she used ‘deep fake’ technology to synthesize her face to resemble IU as much as possible in order to market her content. An expert has asked for investigations into allegations of people using celebrity’s images to create deep fake content.

In the meantime, due to increase use of deep fake videos on Twitter, netizens posted a petition on Twitter asking for “strong punishment of illegal video ‘deep fake’ sites and users that cause celebrities to suffer.” As of the 28th, the petition has been signed by 381,160 people. 

  1. [+2,195, -30] My hate for China is more than that of Japan..
  2. [+683, -2] Nothing’s real except the corona…
  3. [+222, -6] Even the history of China is fake.. Only the Corona is true
  4. [+139, -4] Great…so we’re stealing people’s faces now..
  5. [+23, -2] I hate the Japanese because I’m Korean…I hate China because I’m human. 
  6. [+16, -0] China seriously takes the cake for being the worst race on Earth 
  7. [+10, -0] It’s not even that she’s a fake IU look-alike. This is a deep fake scam. Ah…IU-ssi please sue her to oblivion!! Stealing other people’s face for content is a crime!
  8. [+8, -0] Just wait, next they’ll be screaming IU is Chinese just like they did with our kimchi ~~ㅉㅉ



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KPOP NOW – AKMU confirmed to have renewed their contract with YG for 5 years


Article: [Official] AKMU renews with YG, signs a five-year contract

Source: STAR News

AKMU‘s Lee Chanhyuk and Lee Soo-hyun have renewed their contract with YG. 

According to STAR News, the sibling duo showed their trust in YG by renewing their contract for 5 years.

An official from YG stated, “Although they’re still young, they’re deeply thoughtful and have a very mature side. It’s true that all of YG’s executives and employees were deeply moved by news that AKMU renewed their contract with YG for such a long time. We will not spare our support and will do our best to support and help them grow as artists.”

  1. [+378, -24] Honestly, other than the long hiatus of YG artists, they get top quality MV’s, high-end outfits and make good money too…they’re a perfect duo at YG
  2. [+275, -1] YG’s image is a mess but they pay their artists well and treat them good too. Other than the long hiatus for comebacks, everything else is perfect. Even Kang Do won renewed with them too.
  3. [+169, -22] AKMU’s name and music is perfect for YG and plus they’ve moved into a new building too. They’re going to become YG’s main group later on. 
  4. [+134, -7] Them renewing their contracts without much thought like this is honestly a good thing. I don’t think there’s a company out there that would take care of them this well. When it comes to the welfare of its artists and profit-sharing, YG is top
  5. [+93, -3] Even though Yang Hyun Suk and other idols there are trash…I gotta say I’m not surprised they renewed because the company takes care of them well
  6. [+92, -7] People that don’t care about AKMU or buy their albums are the loudest ones commenting telling them “to go to Antenna”ㅋㅋ. Anyone that listens to their music and knows AKMU knows this is the right choice for them to stay in YG ㅋㅋㅋ
  7. [+57, -3] YG invests over 100 million a year on their trainees and don’t even ask them to pay it back. Yea…the company’s image is s*** but you gotta admit the company itself is good. Just look at Treasure. Plus their new building is no joke..

Additional source: Pann



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KPOP NOW – Big Bang T.O.P’s 29,600 won bakery order becomes a hot topic online


ArticleBig Bang T.O.P. ordered 29,600 won worth of delivery from a bakery and told the owner, “I’m 35 years old…”

Source: My Daily

Big Bang T.O.P‘s delivery order has become a hot topic online.

On the 28th, TOP posted a photo on his Instagram showing his 29,600 won delivery order of 6 items from a bakery in Jung-gu, Seoul that included puffed cream bread, moon cakes, vegetable salad bread, sausage pizza, patbingsu and pizza bread.

In the “special request” line he left a short message to the bakery owner writing, “To owner-nim, I’m 35 years old. The place where my mom and dad for the time and eventually gave birth to me was XXX [Taegeukdang Bakery].”

Afterwards, his post became a hot topic online and netizens left comments writing,

[+422] ㅠㅠㅠㅠ So cute ㅠㅠ

Top-ssi, do you even know what you’re saying right now…I’m in shock ㅋ

ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ you’re the cutest in the worldㅋㅋㅋㅋ

[+412] Why didn’t you order Monaka ice cream? 👁👁🔥🔥🔥

[+286] As an adult, isn’t it weird to eat food from the place your mom and dad first met..?

After the post became a hot topic, he shared another post captioned, “Unintentional…🤷🏻‍♂️”

What are your thoughts on his post?





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KPOP NOW – Rapper Iron discovered dead in a flowerbed outside an apartment


Article: [Comprehensive] Iron found dead

Source: Sports DongA

Rapper Iron has been discovered dead.

According to police, a security guard found Iron bleeding in a flowerbed outside an apartment in Jung-gu, Seoul at around 10:25am on the 25th (today). He was rushed to the hospital but ended up dead.

Iron was the runner-up on SMTM3 and has committed various crimes. In 2016, he was sentenced to 2 years probation after 8 months in prison for smoking marijuana and fined 5 million won for assaulting his girlfriend with a baseball bat. In Dec 2020, he was investigated by police for assaulting a teenage boy who was learning music from him with a baseball bat. 

Police are still conducting investigations into his death.

  1. [+2,693, -118] It’s difficult to live well after sinning as much as he did
  2. [+1,977, -105] School bully, marijuana, assaulting his girlfriend, assaulting his mentee…he even swore at Dok2 on Instagram~ he lived as a trash his whole life so I hope you don’t live like that in heaven
  3. [+517, -23] He lived a short but dirty life
  4. [+473, -39] Goodbye…I have nothing else to say, let’s live kinder lives from now on
  5. [+437, -30] To all the kids asking people not to curse him after his death…think objectively. Imagine if Iron wasn’t some celebrity but a random guy on the street who assaulted his friend and hit her with a baseball bat, assaulted a mentee that was like a dongsaeng to him. How is he any different that your neighborhood criminal? ㅋㅋ Act woke if you want but you look stupid asking people not to criticize him…mourn him quietly and leave the rest of us alone~~
  6. [+344, -6] When I kids like him and Hwang Hana I just think…Ah~I only have one life to live so I need to live it well without shame. Money and fame don’t matter…you just need to be a good person in the end. 
  7. [+176, -7] Why didn’t he kill off Cho Doo Soon on his way out..
  8. [+79, -3] I can’t get myself to feel bad for a ba$tard like him that assaulted a teenage boy and beat up his girlfriend with a baseball bat. 



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KPOP NOW – [BREAKING] Hwang Hana’s drug test comes back negative


ArticleHwang Hana, suspicious negative drug test?…”It won’t come out even if they re-do the test”

Source: Maeil Economy

MBC News Desk‘ obtained additional voice recordings of Hwang Hana where she’s heard showing confidence in her conversations with acquaintances saying, “(drug test) will never come out. It will never come out even if they re-do it.”

Later, in the first hair drug test conducted on her, the results came back negative. Police think Hwang Hana manipulated the test by repeatedly bleaching and dying her hair. 

  1. [+480, -10] Her husband died after testifying for her ㅋㅋ her acquaintance Jung Tae is in critical condition…as expected of Namyang
  2. [+208, -2] She doesn’t seem to be a regular drug offender…let’s squeeze her out to the end until she confesses it all…
  3. [+133, -3] Smells fishy. I hope a movie comes out on this
  4. [+100, -7] Burning Sun is coming back to life tooㅋㅋㅋㅋ
  5. [+34, -0] A lot of things are suspicious…two of her acquaintances attempted suicide all of a sudden too. Friends that do drugs tend to inject and abuse drugs together. If the police think it’s all strange but aren’t doing anything then we need the prosecution to step in for a thorough investigation to be done!!
  6. [+26, -0] Police always omit anything that could be evidence. Especially if its related to top-tier chaebols…why? ㅋㅋ
  7. [+13, -0] Why haven’t you seized Nam’s cell phone and conducted investigations!!?
  8. [+6, -0] Ah…instead of a movie, we’ll need a series to cover it all ㅋㅋ



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