KPOP NOW – Gucci’s new tote bag – K-POP, K-FANS


“Vintage tote bag that brings back the vibes from 1970~1980’s which was a period full of practical and useful designs”

$1300

Pann: Gucci bag that’s going viral for its pretty looks

1. [+95, -0] When I see things like this, I feel like the designers are testing the consumers for how stupid they can be. But if this ends up becoming a trend, people will even buy the fake ones.

2. [+74, -0] No matter how I look at it, it looks like a laundry bag~

3. [+70, -0] That’s a laundry bag.

4. [+24, -0] Are they testing the consumers? “Let’s see how much they will buy as long as our brand name is stuck to it…”

5. [+20, -0] It looks like the laundry bag in my home.

6. [+14, -0] Without the logo, it would look like you’re going to do groceries.

7. [+9, -0] Gucci is losing it ㅋㅋㅋㅋ In the beginning, their designs targeting the young audience were great but they’re reaching now ㅋㅋㅋ The Gucci grandpa who passed away will be coming out of his grave to kill the designer.

8. [+9, -0] It’s better to buy a laundry bag from the dollar store ㅋㅋ



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KPOP NOW – Physical defects that decrease the quality of your life


Physical defects that decrease the quality of your life – K-POP, K-FANS

Physical defects that decrease the quality of your life

1) Rhinitis
2) Atopy
3) Ingrown toenails
4) Curly hair
5) Excessive sweating
6) Sty
7) Dry eyes
8) Allergies
9) Asthma
10) Period cramps
11) Flat feet
12) Constipation
13) Wisdom teeth
14) Teeth needing braces
15) Anemia
16) Balding
17) Cold hands
18) Intoe/overtoe
19) keratosis pilaris
20) Vaginitis
21) Insomnia
22) Chronic fatigue
23) Athlete’s foot
24) Scoliosis
25) Astigmatism





Pann: Physical defects that decrease the quality of your life


1. [+431, -3] Please include irritable bowel syndrome ㅋㅋㅋㅋ


2. [+291, -2] 26) Acne. F*ck.


3. [+227, -7] Why is hair not on the list? I have so much hair… I even have hair around my nipples. Am I the only one? It’s so frustrating.


4. [+68, -0] Canker sores should also be on the list… It’s so painful.


5. [+59, -1] 5) Excessive sweating is such a b*tch. I sweat even when I have a sudden turn in emotions. I always high-five with the back of my hands and wash my neck every second period and wipe it off with tissue. I hate summer the most.


6. [+53, -0] Atopy is the worst. When I used to have serious atopy, I always put my head down. When I saw myself in the mirror, I wondered if this was really a human face. My skin looked cracked, red, and bumpy… I could only envy and cry when I saw people with good skin.


7. [+50, -0] Where’s irritable bowel syndrome? This sh*t drives me crazy. Every time I’m nervous, my stomach hurts and growls so bad.


8. [+44, -0] TMJ disorder, f*ck…


9. [+40, -0] F*cking rhinitis, I have two mountains of tissue beside me right now.


10. [+39, -0] Vaginitis is the most painful one and I can’t even tell anyone about it.


11. [+35, -1] Shut up if you don’t have balding. Balding drives you crazy and there’s not even a solution.


12. [+31, -0] 26) Armpit smell


13. [+28, -0] 26) Migraines


14. [+28, -0] Can you include acne and text neck syndrome… It’s so stressful.

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KPOP NOW – Seventeen has gone downhill since giving up on the ‘fresh young’ concept?


Seventeen has gone downhill since giving up on the ‘fresh young’ concept? – K-POP, K-FANS

Seventeen has gone downhill since giving up on the ‘fresh young’ concept?



Pann: Has Seventeen given up on being public-friendly?


(OP criticizes Seventeen’s recent title tracks)


1. [+144, -4] Most of their core fandom has left since Home and Hit. It’s no wonder their digitals keep declining with their core fandom gone. The reason why Seventeen became popular in the first place was because of their fresh young concept. They were #1 in terms of that fresh young concept, that’s how they built their core fandom. Since this year, they gave up on public-friendliness and started focusing on the music they wanted to pursue. I think the members did give up on being public-friendly.


2. [+134, -4] I felt the decrease in their fandom power during Home and Hit ㅋㅋ A lot of fans were already starting to leave because of Produce 101 but Pledis still didn’t wake up and did Japanese concerts and gave baits every 2 weeks. If they cared about domestic fans and kept up with their fresh young concept, they wouldn’t have hit the bottom like this. What can you do when you can feel the hype is gone? If they wanted to win a daesang, they should’ve focused on public-friendliness and came back with another fresh young concept. They keep talking about wanting to win a daesang but the songs they release is the type of music they want, not the hype of music the public wants. They should give up on digital sales now. If their next song is also difficult and non-public-friendly and only liked by their fans, all of their core fans will be gone. 247, Snap Shoot, and Lie Again are getting better responses than their title track, enough said. If they have any idea what’s going on, please continue the fresh young concept that the public and core fans want…


3. [+127, -2] I’m a big fan and I just don’t know… I think it’s hard to expect better from their digital sales anymore. I guess they’re doing what they want.


4. [+77, -0] If you’re an idol, you must do the music you want only after you gain public recognition ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Oh My was really good, though…


5. [+68, -3] I’m a really big fan but I’m tired ㅋㅋㅋㅋ No matter how good the song is, the result is always the same. They’ve been on a wrong path since Home and Hit. They were fine during Pretty U, Don’t Wanna Cry, and Clap. But as the members age and keep releasing dark songs like this, their core fans left the fandom and their digital sales hit the bottom. It’s useless to wait for their digitals to go up. I think this is the limit of their digital sales.


6. [+67, -1] People say it’s because of the members’ age but it’s not like their age is bigger than the average age of idols. I don’t understand why they’re giving up their fresh young concept voluntarily. If they kept up with the fresh young concept until people recognized the concept as Seventeen’s, they could’ve became so much more popular… The fans of fresh young concept are getting tired and so am I ㅠㅠ


7. [+64, -6] Isn’t Home a really good song, though? Personally, it’s one of Seventeen’s top 3 songs along with 20 and A-TEEN.


8. [+59, -0] The only idol that my older brother knows is Twice, but he knows Don’t Wanna Cry, Pretty U, and Very Nice. In other words, Seventeen used to have very big public recognition. I’m not saying that they don’t have it anymore, I’m saying they were bigger before.


9. [+42, -0] When S.Coups went for tarot reading, the person told him to never give up on the fresh young concept. Why did they… They were fine until Don’t Wanna Cry, but Clap was such a bad song and their hair colors and makeup were such a mess. But the members did say they’ve wanted to do a dark concept, not the fresh young concept.


10. [+41, -0] Honestly, I listened to their title track once but didn’t want to listen to it again. Their new song is so messy. As a fan, I’m happy to see that they’re doing the music they want to do but I can’t help but feel sad. Daesang is already gone and I don’t even think they can win a bonsang…

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KPOP NOW – AOA’s job sexualization? – K-POP, K-FANS


Flight attendant

Auto mechanic

Police

Lifeguard

Lacrosse player

Pann: AOA’s job sexualization?

1. [+335, -17] AOA was originally a band concept. The company stripped them and switched to a sexy concept because they didn’t become popular. As a result, they gained so many male fans. AOA’s fandom was 50% male ㅋㅋ So they couldn’t change the concept. Their Queendom stage was the concept that AOA wanted to do.

2. [+254, -17] Do you think the members wanted to do that? They wore the outfits given by the company and shot the MV. Also, there were many girl groups with a similar concept at that time.

3. [+188, -12] You didn’t know that this was how they became popular? Their concept was fulfilling men’s fantasies ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

4. [+126, -5] This was why their Queendom stage was more meaningful…

5. [+65, -3] Huh? AOA has always done this. It’s nothing new. There’s more like this but you didn’t list all.

6. [+45, -10] The company made them wear it, I’m sure the members didn’t want to… They had to obey.

7. [+41, -0] It’s true that AOA has overdone this concept and it wasn’t a good thing. But the problem was that at that time, people didn’t find it problematic. People didn’t criticize them and AOA actually became popular by it. That was the level of the public.

8. [+35, -7] I feel bad for the people who have those jobs.

9. [+33, -6] I looked up and there was more. In my opinion, this teacher concept is the worst…

10. [+31, -1] They did it because their company made them. Their Queendom performance was what AOA really wanted to do.



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KPOP NOW – Japanese-themed pub in Hongdae gets replaced with North Korean-themed pub


Japanese-themed pub before

New North Korea-themed pub

Pann: A big Japanese-themed pub in Hongdae is gone

1. [+432, -3] What the f*ck, is the landlord crazy or something?

2. [+319, -5] The picture of Kim Il Sung… Gives me goosebumps.

3. [+114, -2] Would people even go there? People might go to Japanese-themed pubs because they like the Japanese vibes but who likes North Korean vibes?

4. [+101, -2] I hope the pub flops. Those who go to the pub will be seen as North Korean spies.

5. [+54, -7] Seeing the things that are happening recently, unification under communism doesn’t seem too impossible.

6. [+51, -7] I hate North Korea more.

7. [+46, -0] Wow, they’re putting up a picture of the person who caused 6.25 War and killed a lot of our ancestors. This is like putting up a picture of Hitler in Europe to run a pub.

8. [+45, -0] They must be out of their mind.



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KPOP NOW – Top 20 album sales from January~August in 2019


Top 20 album sales from January~August in 2019 – K-POP, K-FANS

Top 20 album sales from January~August in 2019

Pann: Album sales for male & female artists in 2019


1. [+296, -19] Wow, BTS really is a wall.


2. [+278, -15] BTS is #1 worldwide for this year ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Their album sales are amazing.


3. [+247, -12] BTS is insane ㅋㅋ Twice is a girl group, wow


4. [+154, -238] Wow, Baekhyun and Kang Daniel are doing amazingly well as soloists.


5. [+96, -4] Twice is a girl group, amazing…


6. [+87, -0] BTS’ album sales are #1 worldwide for this year ㅋㅋㅋㅋ So interesting.


7. [+75, -31] 80% of the total sales (6,787,895) is BTS. Insane.


8. [+57, -3] I think we need to take out BTS because they can’t be compared.


9. [+54, -1] 5M from BTS alone, wow… I’m a Twice fan but it’s crazy.


10. [+53, -0] The love BTS is getting can’t even be imagined by the members.

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KPOP NOW – Whereabouts of Mina, Choa, and Yookyung since leaving AOA


Mina – Didn’t renew her contract with FNC and left AOA in 2019. She joined O&Ent and is planned to promote as an actress.

Choa – Left AOA in 2017. Whereabouts unknown except her Instagram updates thanking her fans for birthday ads once a year.

Yookyung – Left AOA in 2016. Worked as an instructor at a drum academy. Got her master’s as a drum major. Uploads drum covers on Youtube. Joined an indie member ‘P.AZIT’ as a drummer.

Pann: Recent whereabouts of the members who left AOA

1. [+178, -6] People criticize Choa too easily. It’s true that she affected AOA in a negative way but it’s not like she’s promoting actively after leaving the group. Over the last 2 years she’s been doing nothing. I think it was very tough for her to be in front of the public at that time. Instead of forcing yourself to continue promoting and then getting into a scandal, it’s better to leave the group if you can’t handle it.

2. [+174, -3] What is Choa really up to?

3. [+93, -48] I read that when Choa decided to leave the group, Jimin tried to convince her by saying, “Unnie can go on any variety show but our members Yuna, Hyejeong, and Chanmi still need more time so please hold on until we’re stable enough.” But Choa disappeared and announced her withdrawal. I know Choa had her own struggles but considering the other members, I don’t see that that positively.

4. [+79, -8] I doubt Choa left the group because of a man…

5. [+68, -77] Didn’t Choa leave the group because of a man? I just feel bad for the rest of the AOA members because they lost their main vocalist. I hope the members do well, they didn’t seem to be paid well, too.

6. [+67, -2] Mina left, too? I didn’t know that.

7. [+66, -1] They must’ve wanted to stay as a band instead of stripping and being a girl group. The last member did join a band again.

8. [+43, -1] I’m a fan of a boy group and I’m not trying to shield Choa for affecting her group for dating. But I’ve always thought they must be struggling so much when they were promoting. They always pushed a sexy concept and wore short, tight outfits. Their fancams have really dirty sexual insults from men. The thumbnails are so provocative, too. Members like Choa and Hyejeong had it the worst. It must be really hard mentally to be a female idol.



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KPOP NOW – ‘Superstar K’ winner Kim Young Geun says some judges didn’t give him promised songs


‘Superstar K’ winner Kim Young Geun says some judges didn’t give him promised songs – K-POP, K-FANS

‘Superstar K’ winner Kim Young Geun says some judges didn’t give him promised songs



Q) What was the reason why you rarely promoted after winning ‘Superstar K’?


A) The prize money $200K was supposed to be used for the 7 judges. I was supposed to release 7 songs given by each judge. Only Brave Brother and FNC gave me songs. I haven’t heard anything from the rest. I want to keep working with them.


Summary: The prize money of winning ‘Superstar K’ is $500K. $300K is paid for tax and the rest of $200K money is used for the winner’s debut album production. The $200K is paid to the 7 judges and the judges have to give the winner a song, total of 7 songs. The judges were Gummy, Gil, Ailee, Kim Yeon Woo, Kim Bum Soo, Brave Brother, and Han Sung Ho. Only Brave Brother and Han Sung Ho gave the winner songs.





Pann: Whereabouts of the last winner of Superstar K


1. [+265, -0] Does that mean they took $200K for album production but didn’t give him songs? Isn’t that a scam?


2. [+177, -0] I knew Kim Bum Soo had a bad character but what’s with the rest ㅋㅋㅋㅋ


3. [+163, -0] I used to find some of the judges likeable. I’m so disappointed.


4. [+141, -0] What’s with Gummy, Ailee, and Kim Yeon Woo ㅋㅋㅋㅋ I guess all celebrities are a trash.


5. [+89, -0] Gummy is the most unexpected one. Disappointed.


6. [+83, -0] Wow, they’re robbers. This needs more attention. How can they crush a young man’s dream like that? Swallowing all that money and ignoring him like that, what delinquents.


7. [+68, -1] It’s not like the singers don’t have money. How can they be acting like that just because it’s not their business? I hope the winner finds strength.


8. [+60, -1] I used to criticize FNC all the time but they’re clean with things like this.


9. [+54, -0] The judges themselves aren’t even doing that great. Gummy and Ailee? It makes me laugh ㅋㅋㅋㅋ The judges should be those who are able to compose songs with a mindset of a producer. They’re all irresponsible. Fraud Mnet.


10. [+53, -3] The judges whom you expect the least from gave him songs and the judges whom you expect the most from didn’t give him songs. This is too much.

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KPOP NOW – 2019 rookie idol groups & their debut songs/dates


VERYVERY – Ring Ring Ring (Jan 9)

ONEUS – Valkyrie (Jan 9)

Cherry Bullet – Q&A (Jan 21)

Itzy – Dalla Dalla (Feb 12)

TOMORROW X TOGETHER – Crown (Mar 4)

EVERGLOW – Bon Bon Chocolat (Mar 18)

BVNDIT – Hocus Pocus (Apr 10)

1THE9 – Spotlight (Apr 13)

AB6IX – Breathe (May 22)


OnlyOneOf – Savanna (May 28)

CIX – Movie Star (Jul 23)

Rocket Punch – Bim Bam Bum (Aug 7)

X1 – Flash (Aug 27)

Pann: Rookie idol groups that debuted in 2019

1. [+69, -30] Honestly, I wish X1 doesn’t do well. I don’t hate them but if they do well, it’ll be an example that manipulating doesn’t matter as long as the fandom is big.

2. [+65, -101] It’s a bull that X1 is doing the best. I just hope they flop. Well, they’re flopping anyways ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Their song is so sh*tty.

3. [+64, -80] Itzy for girl group and X1 for boy group.

4. [+23, -5] Judging by the results, it’s true that X1 is doing the best. Those who are denying this are just jealous.

5. [+21, -3] CIX’s song is really good.

6. [+17, -2] Huh, isn’t it true that it’s X1 for boy group and Itzy for girl group? Look at their results, it’s true.



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KPOP NOW – Itzy members’ brand-name products – K-POP, K-FANS


Pann: I envy Itzy golden spoons’ brand-name products

1. [+100, -0] Didn’t Lia attend a really expensive school? Chaeryung is also from a rich family and Ryu Jin’s father is the head of a hospital.

2. [+76, -4] They always have at least one brand-name product in their Instagram photos. It makes me a little sad.

3. [+72, -0] They’re already golden spoons but the Louis Vuitton was sponsored.

4. [+58, -0] Rich family finds a handsome/pretty spouse -> Their kids are pretty/fit -> Repeat -> Their kids are too good-looking to not be celebrities -> They debut as idols/actors -> They make bank. For some reason, our country has so many cases like this.

5. [+22, -0] I heard that Lia and Chaeryung are from rich families.

6. [+19, -0] Ryu Jin is well-off, too. Her father is the head of a hospital.

7. [+17, -0] They have everything. Honestly, I’m so envious.

8. [+16, -0] Guys, don’t live your life by comparing yourself to others, especially to idols. What would you gain by comparing you to them?

9. [+15, -0] Most rookie celebrities are golden spoons. Maybe because it’s an arts field.

10. [+12, -0] Brand-name products and being a golden spoon aren’t the most valuable things in life. You just have to find something that’s more valuable than money.



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