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G-Dragon Becomes 1st Korean Artist to Win Chinese Ad Deal Since THAAD Fallout

G-Dragon Becomes 1st Korean Artist to Win Chinese Ad Deal Since THAAD Fallout

SEOUL, May 4 (Korea Bizwire) — G-Dragon became the first South Korean celebrity to sign a corporate endorsement deal with a Chinese company following Beijing’s virtual ban on “hallyu,” or South Korean pop culture, since 2016, the singer’s agency said Monday. The singer-rapper of K-pop act BIGBANG recently signed a deal with Chinese bottled water [...]

G-Dragon Under Fire for Preferential Treatment During Military Service

G-Dragon Under Fire for Preferential Treatment During Military Service

SEOUL, Jun. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Allegations of special privileges for K-pop icon Kwon Ji-yong – better known by his stage name G-Dragon – after he was hospitalized while serving military duty have escalated into a full-blown controversy. Dispatch, an online publication known for its focus on celebrities, reported that G-Dragon had been hospitalized in [...]

BIGBANG to Release Unpublished Song

BIGBANG to Release Unpublished Song

SEOUL, March 8 (Korea Bizwire) — Popular boy band BIGBANG will put out an unpublished song performed by all five of its members for the first time in about a year, the group’s management agency said Thursday. “BIGBANG will release a song produced in its entirety,” YG Entertainment said in a release. “As Taeyang and [...]

K-Pop Star Jung Yong-hwa to Enlist, Leaving Behind Cloud of Familiar Controversy

K-Pop Star Jung Yong-hwa to Enlist, Leaving Behind Cloud of Familiar Controversy

SEOUL, Feb. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – CNBLUE frontman Jung Yong-hwa is set to enlist in the armed forces come March 5, according to an announcement made on January 26 by his talent agency FNC Entertainment. The surprisingly sudden decision to fulfil his national duty, after it was revealed that Jung was investigated by police for [...]