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Our latest and most important updates and developments in the K-Pop industry articles. These updates may include new releases and performances by K-Pop artists, announcements of new tours and projects, and updates on the personal lives of K-Pop artists.

34 Dead, 34 Injured Following Kyoto Animation Arson Attack

Kyoto, Japan: A suspected arson attack has left 34 dead and 34 injured at Kyoto Animation (KyoAni). According to CNN, the attack is Japan’s worst mass-killing in over 20 years. In 2001, an arsonist killed 44 people in Tokyo. Among those...
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[UPDATE] Himchan Pleads Not Guilty at First Trial

B.A.P’s Kim Himchan appeared in court July 12, 2019 for a hearing regarding indecent acts by compulsion charges against him. In 2018, Kim was accused of sexually assaulting/harassing* a woman in her twenties while on a vacation with...
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Jose Arredondo, Samuel Kim’s Father, Slain in Mexico

Tragedy struck a member of the K-Pop world today as Jose Arredondo, the father of K-Pop idol Samuel Kim, was found dead in his home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico following an apparent home invasion. Arredondo, who just turned 58-years old July 8,...
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[2nd UPDATE] Update: Huayi Brothers Part Ways with Kang Ji-Hwan

Following Kang Ji-Hwan’s admittance that he sexually assaulted two female staffers at his Gwangju home following a dinner party and an evening of drinking, Huayi Brothers decided to nullify their contract with the 42-year-old actor. The...
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[UPDATE] Actor Kang Ji-Hwan Admits to All Charges; Victim Tried to Call Police 13 Times

On July 9, 2019, actor Kang Ji-Hwan (Joseon Survival, Be Strong, Geum-Soon!, 90 Days, Time to Love), 42, was apprehended at his Gwanju home for “indecent assault.” According to reports, Kang and two outsourced female staffers went out for...
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BTS Named to Forbes’ Highest Paid Entertainers List

Forbes recently released their “Celebrity 100” list that details the world’s highest paid entertainers. This year’s list calculated pre-tax earnings between June 2018-June 2019 and counts income before fees for managers, lawyers, and...
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BTS to Become Second K-Pop Act to Perform Solo Concert in Saudi Arabia

Fresh off the heels of Super Junior’s groundbreaking tour stop in Saudi Arabia, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS will perform in the kingdom this coming October! BTS will bring the Speak Yourself stadium tour to Saudi Arabia, making...
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BTS to Receive Star on Dubai’s Walk of Fame

Earlier in July 2019, Dubai Stars announced that BTS will have a star on the Dubai Walk of Fame. BTS were selected to have a star following a Dubai Stars project fan vote. Starting in March, fans had an opportunity to vote for the group using...
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Super Junior Successfully Wrap Saudi Arabian Concert

Super Junior made history July 12, 2019 when they became the first K-Pop act to perform in Saudi Arabia. Super Junior ‘s welcoming video display from Arab ELF. SJ are shinning in the sky of Jeddah ?✨...
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T.O.P First BIGBANG Member Discharged from the Military

On July 6, 2019, BIGBANG’s T.O.P was discharged from his mandatory military service. When T.O.P enlisted as a conscripted police officer February 9, 2017, he was set to be discharged November 8, 2018. However, the actor/rapper was wrapped...
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J-Pop Music Mogul Johnny Kitagawa dies at 87

Hiromu Kitagawa was born and raised in Los Angeles, and served in the U.S military during the Korean War. Kitagawa later worked at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, where he was inspired to promote boy bands after seeing the movie West Side Story....
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Kangin Leaves Super Junior

In news that isn’t surprising, Kangin announced his departure from Super Junior. Kangin has been plagued with a bevy of scandals involving alcohol including drinking and driving and an alleged bar brawl. E.L.F have started petitions and...
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Actor Kang Ji-Hwan Accused of Sexual Assault, “Indecent Assault”

South Korean actor Kang Ji-Hwan (Jo Tae-Gyu) was arrested July 9, 2019 on suspicions of sexual assault according to reports. The 42-year-old actor, who is known for his roles in Be Strong, Geum-Soon!, Monster, Coffee House, and Incarnation...
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Shinhwa’s Minwoo Accused of Sexual Harassment; Complaint to be Withdrawn

Shinhwa’s Minwoo Accused of Sexual Harassment; Complaint to be Withdrawn

Shinhwa’s Lee Minwoo has been accused of sexual harassment following a June 29, 2019 bar incident. Lee was at a Gangnam-bar with other celebrity friends according to reports. While there, Lee and his party approached two women in their...
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Park Yoochun Receives Sentence

Park Yoochun Receives Sentence

Former TVXQ and JYJ member Park Yoochun received his sentence for buying and taking drugs. On July 2, 2019, Park received a sentence of two years of probation and fined 1.4 million KRW (around $1200 USD) at the conclusion of his trial for...
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