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Sex, Drug Scandal Exposes Shady Sides of K-pop’s Breakneck Ascent

Sex, Drug Scandal Exposes Shady Sides of K-pop’s Breakneck Ascent

SEOUL, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A snowballing sex and corruption scandal involving K-pop stars has brought to light the hidden dark side of the K-pop industry, and dealt the most devastating blow yet to K-pop’s breakneck growth into a lucrative, roaring international business. Seungri, of boy band BIGBANG, and singer-songwriter and TV personality Jung [...]

CNBLUE Member Lee Jong-hyun Admits to Involvement in Sex Scandal

CNBLUE Member Lee Jong-hyun Admits to Involvement in Sex Scandal

SEOUL, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Reversing its earlier denial, the management agency of Lee Jong-hyun, a member of K-pop rock band CNBLUE admitted Friday that the singer was involved in a widening sex scandal surrounding fellow K-pop stars. “Lee Jong-hyun is (admitting) that he deserves criticism for watching videos on KakaoTalk, disparaging women and [...]

YG Ends Contract with BIGBANG’s Seungri in Wake of Scandal

YG Ends Contract with BIGBANG’s Seungri in Wake of Scandal

SEOUL, Mar. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The management agency of K-pop band BIGBANG on Wednesday ended its contract with Seungri, a scandal-ridden star who is under probe for allegedly arranging sexual services for potential investors. The company, YG Entertainment, also apologized to the public for failing to properly manage the 29-year-old singer, who announced Monday [...]

BIGBANG’s Seungri Offers to Retire amid Snowballing Allegations

BIGBANG’s Seungri Offers to Retire amid Snowballing Allegations

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Amid snowballing criminal allegations that Seungri of globally popular K-pop boy band BIGBANG was behind a sex-for-business favor deal, the singer on Monday offered to retire entirely from the entertainment scene. “It would be better for me to retire from the entertainment scene at this point,” Seungri said in [...]