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Heartfelt Confession on “Entertainment Relay”, “We’re Sorry for Causing Trouble for Our Fellow Singers”

Group Block B revealed their feelings about the Thailand interview through KBS 2TVEntertainment Relay”.

This is the first time Block B is revealing their thoughts and feelings through broadcasting after the interview controversy blew up. In the recent interview with “Entertainment Relay”, the Block B members said, “We believe we made a huge crime against Thai citizens,” as they lowered their heads. Block B’s leader Zico especially said with an apology, “We caused trouble for our fellow K-POP singers.”

“It was due to my lack of talent, and it was our fault so please do not see this as a problem about K-POP as a whole,” he requested.

Block B delivered their apologies to their Thai and Korean fans, their fellow singers, and their families. They will also reveal their current circumstances and their future plans.

Block B’s P.O. hospitalized, Shock from Suicide Petition

Block B member P.O. has been admitted to a university hospital on February 24th. Born on 1993, P.O. just graduated from high school last month and is Block B’s youngest member.

Recently Block B has faced a controversy due to an interview in Thailand and have been receiving criticism from netizens. They released an apology video and team leader Zico has shaved his head in remorse, but the wrath of some fans has not died down.

After the controversy erupted, P.O. has been in a state of panic in the past week and has received a huge shock from a suicide petition held by some rash netizens. During the broadcasting of MnetMCountDown”, P.O. participated in the pre-recording, but was not present at the live broadcasting, raising curiosity from the viewers.

Regarding P.O.’s hospitalization, Block B’s agency BrandNewStardom stated, “It is true that P.O. is currently hospitalized. It seems that he received a huge shock due to the recent controversy, but we don’t have an exact diagnosis yet,” avoiding an exact response.


Senior representative from Brand New Stardom interviewed about Block B’s controversy + VIDEO [Block B Apologies]

By now, anyone who’s a fan of K-pop is aware of 7-member idol group Block B. One of the boys’ interviews which took place in Thailand January 30th has stirred major controversy, and the boys have been receiving slanderous remarks from the public and the media alike.

The most sarcastic of remarks said, “They sure did their noise marketing properly,” deeply upsetting the members and their agency. When Star In caught up with Block B backstage at Mnet‘s ‘M! Countdown‘, all the members wore long faces. When approached for an interview, their manager denied the request. Instead, Star In met with a high ranking representative from their agency to ask a few questions.

– Did you neglect to act upon the situation, knowing what happened?
Not at all. I didn’t know at first because I didn’t travel with them to Thailand for the interview, but I was shocked upon seeing the fans’ criticisms. We were going to release an official apology on the 20th, but the controversy had already caught fire by the 19th. The attacks coming at us were so uncontrollable we didn’t know how to control the situation at hand. We got one step behind, and after that, everything got really difficult.

– Are you saying that this is unfair?
No. We deserve to be criticized, 100%. I am responsible as well. The apology statement was typed online after the members personally wrote it by hand. The Block B members were heavily disciplined and they learned a hard lesson. But to see the netizens’ comments be turned into news articles without proof or confirmation was really hurtful.


K-Pop royalty Big Bang releases ‘Blue’

Article from Yahoo Philippines:

K-Pop royalty Big Bang solidifies their “K-Pop blue blood” status with their latest release titled “Blue.”

Known for their hard-hitting hip-hop electronica hits like “Tonight” and “Love Song,” G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Daesung, and Seungri returns with their newest mini album titled “Alive” with “Blue” as the first track off the mini-album. “Alive,” Big Bang’s fifth EP consists of seven new songs and is set for release on February 29, 2012.

Given their K-Pop royalty status, “Blue” immediately topped various music portal sites including Melon, Bugs, Naver, M.net, Soribada, and many others upon its release. Boasting of a new “icy-cool” look, Big Bang is again taking the K-Pop world by storm.


The YG X-Files “How Much Does YG Earn?”

Former singer of ‘Seo Taiji and BoysYang Hyun-Suk currently representing YG Entertainment has stated that the revenue and operating profit were much higher than anticipated from that of the previous year.

On Feb. 9th, LIG Investments and Securities ‘YG Entertainment member idols X-File belonging to public (Jeong Yu-seok, an analyst)’ It is reported that this year’s sales had increased 122.7 percent to about 167 billion won, a 167.4 percentage higher than the anticipated 36 billion won. The current target price (based on 8 days) was predicted as 48,150 won but was 81,000 won, nearly doubling up ‘buying’ were revealed.

This report pertains to YG Entertainment’s singers Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en, Gummy, Psy, Tablo, and Actors/actresses Yoo In Na, Kang Hye Jung, Jung Hye Young whose activities were more vigorous than ever this year, and thus saying the performance improvement was expected. In particular, Yang Hyun-Suk audience brought nearly 15.0% for SBS ‘Kpop Star’ in his appearance on episode ‘The Boss is at Work’ where he also predicted that Big Bang and 2NE1 would increase rapid growth in sales.

During Big Bang’s comeback activities last year alone brought a revenue of 29 billion won. This year’s scheduled comeback for Big Bang is expected to increase even more sales. The report says, the scheduled March 2-4th Big Bang concert is expected to raise the revenue of 4 billion won. They are working with the music industry in the United States for 2NE1’s collaborations, even more growth than last year is predicted to show up for them as well.


Big Bang reveals addictive preview of ‘Love Dust’

Big Bang is aiming to bomb the music scene again with its new single Love Dust.

The group released a preview and commercial of Love Dust through YG’s official blog and Naver Music.

While Blue was a calm and lyrical piece, Love Dust showcases a brighter mood and an addictive hook, living up to the expectations of those fans who were looking forward to the single ever since its unique title was released.

The commercial for the single features a laid back T.O.P. It seems as if he is taking a rest before a shoot, listening to music in a neat suit that contrasts with his mint colored hair.


Big Bang Unleashes Teaser for Second Title Track “Love Dust” & Reveals Next Follow Up Song

YG Entertainment‘s Big Bang will release their second title song “Love Dust” on February 24.


SBS Strong Heart preparing for a “YG Special”

Lee Seung Gi’s last ep of Strong Heart to be ‘YG special’

On the 22nd, a related person from SBS said, “On the 15th March, at Strong Heart, ‘YG special’ where all the singers from YG entertainment will appear will be filmed. The production team are having meetings about various concepts such as Psy being the MC.”

March 15th is the date of the last recording of the current MC of Strong Heart, Lee Seung Gi. Lee Seung Gi is leaving the show in order to concentrate on his acting and singing activities.

SBS has been generous to YG artists. In 2010, when 2NE1 made a comeback on Inkigayo, for the first time ever, they performed 3 songs. In addition, in February 2011 when Big Bang made a comeback, a program called ‘Big Bang Show’ was made. Yang Hyun Suk is also active on SBS Kpop Star at the moment.

Big Bang to have their “Inkigayo” comeback stage on March 11

Big Bang is having their comeback on March 11 in SBS’s Inkigayo.

A staff member of SBS’s variety shows said in an interview with TV Report, “Big Bang is planning to return on March 11 in Inkigayo. Yet, we’re not sure about the details such as how many songs they will be performing, but they’re certainly giving returning performance on March 11.”

Because Big Bang has experience of performing three of their new songs in Inkigayo before, the group is likely to have another unusual comeback performance this time.

Originally, Big Bang considered returning to TV on March 4 after releasing its mini-album, but the group insisted to postpone the date to March 11 in order to focus on their upcoming concert.