[SBS Star] EXO CHEN, BAEKHYUN and XIUMIN File for Termination of 'Slave Contract' with SM Ent.
Tension arises as CHEN, BAEKHYUN, and XIUMIN of K-pop boy group EXO announced the termination of their exclusive contract with SM Entertainment. On June 1, CHEN, BAEKHYUN, and XIUMIN's legal representative issued an official statement declaring the termination of their contract with SM Entertainment. Their accusation can be summarized into two points: unprovided documentation for payment and the forced long-term contract. First, the artists' argument is that their payment was 'unclear' throughout the 12 to 13 years of the contracted period; they claim that the artists have never been provided with any type of documents to explain or provide data concerning the artist's share of the revenue they produced. &'SM Entertainment failed to fulfill their responsibilities by unproviding the documents including the total revenue of their activities as a group, as well as the basis and details that prove the amount of cut the artists take as stated in the original exclusive deal. Their failure to meet their obligations under the Popular Culture and Arts Industry Development Act becomes the basis for termination.&' &'Starting from March 21, the artists have demanded the agency to provide documents or copies clarifying the basis of the payment the artists received. It was repeated as many as seven times.&', they wrote, &'However, SM Entertainment's persistence of their unfair position in refusing to provide the requested documents has resulted in today's decision of CHEN, BAEKHYUN, and XIUMIN filing for termination of their contract with SM Entertainment.&' &'If the company has been paying their artists the rightful amount of payment, there would be no reason to refuse to provide the details.&', they added, accusing SM of improper payment. Then, their legal representative shared that the matter would be taken to court. And their second accusation of the &'unfair long-term contract&' was about SM Entertainment forcing their artists to sign an unreasonably long-term contract that goes up to 12 to 13 years, which even can last up to 17 to 18 years if the artist signs a follow-up deal. The legal representative cited a standard contract for K-pop artist released by KFTC (The Korea Fair Trade Commission) that established a seven-year general contract term, which is proof that SM Entertainment's contract is forcing the artists to be under unreasonably long shackles. &'For K-pop stars whose fans are mainly teenagers, them in their 30s having the same amount of popularity as in their 20s is nearly impossible. This super-long term bears a possibility to affect the artist's whole life, depriving them of their talents and possibilities.&' Their side of the statement ended with CHEN, BAEKHYUN, and XIUMIN's explanation to the fans. &'It is severely challenging to take legal action against SM Entertainment which is a large company, but we started this process with hopes and courage to represent the years-old suspicions many SM Entertainment artists might have.&' &'We are sorry to worry our fans with this matter. Even though legal actions will be held due to differences in opinion on both parties, we will try our best to find the best solution to settle the conflict.&' &'This is a dreadful moment for us, trying to come forward against the piled-up unjustness. Please pay attention to our cry.&' After CHEN, BAEKHYUN, and XIUMIN's announcement spread like wildfire, SM Entertainment quickly made an official statement. SM Entertainment alleged that there's &'the outside force&' behind CHEN, BAEKHYUN, and XIUMIN's accusation, that 'they' are accosting SM Entertainment artists, infusing them with false information to make them neglect the exclusive contract with SM Entertainment and sign a double contract. According to the company, &'the outside force&' are coaxing the artists to make a wrong decision to breach the contract with SM Entertainment. &'They only care about the money, they do not care about the principles or the future of the artists. We will not stand idly by and take every legal action needed.&', they wrote. (Credit 'SMTOWN' YouTube, SM...SBS 뉴스 | 2023.06.01 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Park Eun Bin Shows Stunning Stage Presence with Cover of IVE 'I AM'
Actress Park Eun Bin surprised fans during a fan meet-and-greet in Japan with fantastic singing and dancing. On May 26, Park Eun Bin held a fan-meeting event 'Park Eun Bin's Note: Hi, Bingo' in Tokyo, Japan. It was her second time meeting Japanese fans, who are named 'Bingo'. Park Eun Bin and her fans had a special time together celebrating the star's recent accomplishment of winning the 'TV Grand Prize' at the 59th Baeksang Arts Awards. The crowd laughed as she recounted her first visit to a huge discount store known for its broad variety of products. &'I've always envied people who tell me they've visited this place in Japan. I wanted to go there too but was caught up in a schedule. But I finally got there yesterday.&' &'It was a wonderful, wonderful place.&', people giggled as she said. The crowd became even more thrilled when the actress began singing and dancing. Park Eun Bin has previously turned fan parties into concerts, playfully presenting a series of dance covers of K-pop groups' choreographies. The video of her dancing to K-pop girl group BLACKPINK's 'Shut Down' was widely shared online, shocking the online community users with her unexpected skill. ▶ [SBS Star] Park Eun Bin Gains Attention for Her Incredible Dance Cover of BLACKPINK 'Shut Down' For this time, Park Eun Bin delivered yet another stunning performance to another K-pop girl group, IVE's 'LOVE DIVE' and 'I AM'. Her perfect performance stunned the audience. Not only did she not miss a single move, but the actress was also completely immersed in her stage acting. 박은빈 I AM 나 쓰러진다 …… ?? pic.twitter.com/eqwBNAClUC ― s????? (@SILVER9_4) May 26, 2023 230526 HI BINGO in Japan?? LoveDive && I AM (IVE) 직캠 ???4k full : https://t.co/VAq49l0iwx #박은빈 #은빈노트_HIBINGO #PARKEUNBIN #EUNBINOTE_HIBINGO #Silver_Bunny pic.twitter.com/1vC81EhfbC ― s????? ??????? (@SilverBunny_904) May 28, 2023 And she was not done. The actress also sang 'Good Night Baby' by Japanese singer Aimyon, and her dainty vocals had the listeners completely captivated. Good night baby 2/3#박은빈 #parkeunbin pic.twitter.com/lhafmLhPRd ― 박친놈 (@fantasticppokr) May 28, 2023 As video footage of her performance spread throughout the internet, fans raved about this 'K-pop girl group' side of her. One person wrote, &'She's the seventh member of IVE!&' (Credit 'eunbining0904' Instagram, 'SILVER9_4' 'SilverBunny_904' 'fantasticppokr' Twitter) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.30 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] WINNER MINO Attends His Sister's Wedding in California While on Military Duty
MINO of K-pop boy group WINNER was spotted long-haired at his younger sister Song Dana's wedding. On May 28 (GMT-7), Song Dana had a wedding in San Francisco, California, the United States. Song Dana is also known to have been a part of K-pop girl group New.F.O who debuted in 2011. Footage of the beautiful wedding ceremony was shared on social media by wedding guests. The bride's older brother MINO walked her down the aisle, holding hands. mino on danah's wedding im happy for you, dana ?? and mino oppa too pic.twitter.com/JR2ARrpFx6 ― 밍 (@jmsarang0813) May 27, 2023 It seems the singer has taken over the role of their father who passed away last November. ▶ [SBS Star] WINNER MINO Shares a Letter to His Late Father Who Passed Away Last Month Later that night during the wedding reception, the sibling drew a cheer from the crowd by dancing flawlessly to the music. Mino and Danah share the floor for what would’ve been the father-and-daughter dance. This dance symbolizes the appreciation for the love and guidance they received throughout their life.#MINO #송민호 @official_mino_ #WINNER #위너 @yg_winnercity @yginnercircle pic.twitter.com/Bl4btUa64v ― YG_WINNER #위너 (@YG_WINNER) May 29, 2023 MINO gave his baby sister a big hug on her magical day. However, many have questioned how the singer was able to go to the wedding outside of the country while conducting supplemental service as an alternative to military duty in Korea. Plus, his long black hair raised some eyebrows. In March, MINO was announced to have attended the recruit training center for basic military service. The singer must have had to shave his head back then, even though he is currently serving alternative service. To clear the matter, his agency, YG ENTERTAINMENT, provided details about MINO's situation on May 29. The singer was granted military leave specifically for major family events, according to the company. The agency also disclosed that; contrary to its previous statement, the WINNER member had not even been enlisted to the recruit training center. YG ENTERTAINMENT mentioned, &'MINO did not attend recruit training service since he was excluded from basic military training.&', but did not elaborate on the reason. (Credit 'han_alice' 'ariell_dana' 'muscular_qeen' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.30 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] VIDEO: IU Caught Kissing a Stranger at the Gucci Cruise 2024 After-Party?
Singer/actor IU was seen kissing someone at a fashion show's after-party. On May 16, the Italian fashion house Gucci had Cruise 2024 show in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace. What made the show more special is that it was staged in Geunjeongjeon Hall, the country's national treasure. The lamp light glowed like a halo star in Geunjeongjeon, where the king greeted foreign envoys and ambassadors hundreds of years ago during the Joseon dynasty. Many celebrities have attended to add sparkle to the night and one of them was the fashion house's global ambassador, IU. IU dazzled in a see-through dress adorned with yellow embroidered flowers, perfectly elegant and lovely. Fans marveled at how beautiful she looked in the released photos. Later that day, however, fans were treated to another surprise. Thai actor/model Davika Hoorne posted a video of her and IU on Instagram. The video showed Davika Hoorne telling IU, &'Happy birthday&', and pursing her lips to ask for a kiss. IU shyly gave the Thai star a peck on the cheek. Instagram에서 이 게시물 보기 davikah(@davikah)님의 공유 게시물 Many have wondered how did IU, a well-known introvert, kissed a stranger. It was discovered that the two stars had met multiple times at Gucci fashion shows. In 2021, Davika Hoorne attended the Gucci FW21 show and became the brand's ambassador in 2022. IU also became the fashion house's global ambassador in early 2022, after being a Korean house ambassador since 2020. The two celebrities appear to have become closer as they were seatmates in several shows. 2020 - 2022 pic.twitter.com/kFY6ywc4qx ― 아이유 영상?? (@IUarchiving) September 23, 2022 It is also found that their birthdays are the same, May 16. Davika Hoorne congratulated IU's birthday alongside the video, referring to her as the twin. &'I hope you like my birthday gift! Wishing you all the best.&', she wrote. Online users cheered at their unexpected friendship, hoping they would remain the 'Gucci Seatmates' forever. (Credit 'GUCCI' YouTube, 'davikah' Instagram, SBS Entertainment News/Baik Seung-chul, 'IUarchiving' Twitter) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.17 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Will BLACKPINK Saga Go On? ROSE May Have Hinted at Contract Renewal
ROSE of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK said something that might imply that all the members will re-sign their contracts. BLACKPINK's 'Born Pink World Tour' concluded triumphantly on May 14 in Singapore's National Stadium. Singaporean fans greeted their return with joy following their last show in the country in 2019. Facing the sea of pink lights overflowing the stadium, ROSE wrapped up the concert with passionate words. Addressing their four years of waiting―which is never easy―the singer disclosed her gratitude to the audience for waiting for them and loving their music. &'We know you guys waited a long time for us to come back. Four years is a…it's a long time. So thank you for waiting patiently for us and thank you for supporting our music.&' Then she added, &'BLACKPINK isn't going anywhere! We love you so much.&' Blackpink said they ain’t going nowhere after 7 years ?? pic.twitter.com/BAtrGzNwFC ― ?? (@intolalisa_m) May 14, 2023 A hail of cheers rocked the stadium as she spoke. It was a touching speech indeed, but the fans may have rejoiced for a more complicated reason. BLACKPINK's contract with their management company, YG ENTERTAINMENT, is set to expire in the coming August. The members have been focusing on their world tour while also actively getting media attention as solo artists. The stakes have never been higher as many suspicions about potential conflicts of interest among the four members began to circulate. Some prospect is that the group will not survive the process and will be split up. The impending launch of the agency's first new girl group in seven years, BABYMONSTER, has raised concerns about the end of BLACKPINK's saga. However, ROSE's comment in a recent concert gave fans hope. &'BLACKPINK isn't going anywhere.&', her words have been interpreted as a positive signal that all members would renew the contract. The public's attention is focused on the future of K-pop legend. (Credit 'rose_are_rosie' Instagram, 'eleven_digits' 'intolalisa_m' Twitter) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.16 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] "Just Admit It!" Jeon So Min Could Not Stop Her Attraction to Cho Se-ho
Actress Jeon So Min had to accept her undeniable attraction to entertainer Cho Se-ho. The day's guests on the May 14 episode of SBS' television show 'Running Man' were comedian Cho Se-ho and actor Kang Hoon. The two visitors have caused opposing reactions from the 'Running Man' members, particularly Jeon So Min. Everyone was not so excited about Cho Se-ho who has frequently appeared on the show. &'Why do you come here so often?&', said Jeon So Min. Cho Se-ho claimed that Yu Jae Seok called him the day before, concerning his frequent visits to the show. &'We chat a lot on the phone, but yesterday felt different. He gravely said that I should lower my guarantee because I guest on 'Running Man' so often.&' Yu Jae Seok, embarrassed, said, &'I did the hard talk on behalf of the production team.&' However, another guest appeared and Jeon So Min could not be happier about it. Kang Hoon became Jeon So Min's favorite guest after appearing on the show last April. Entertainer Jee Seok Jin jokingly told Kang Hoon, &'So, has your life changed after you appeared on our show? You must be swimming in a sea of attention.&' &'My life is the same, but I think 'Running Man' became a highlight of my career.&', Kang Hoon politely replied. Then, the producer explained why Cho Se-ho and Kang Hoon were selected as today's guests. They prepared a game called 'Jeon So Min's Choice 2023' in which Jeon So Min, who has always regretted not being partnered with the guest she wants, finally picks a game partner she wants. Cho Se-ho who is known to have a lot in common with her, and Kang Hoon, her favorite guest, have answered the series of questions about Jeon So Min in advance. Not knowing whose answer that is, Jeon So Min had to pick the preferred answer between the two to discover who she genuinely wants to partner with. Entertainer Yu Jae Seok commented after hearing the rule, &'That would be fun. It is uncanny how many things Jeon So Min and Cho Se-ho have in common.&', laughing. &'I hate to admit but I've noticed that we do.&', Jeon So Min agreed. Despite her best attempts to select Kang Hoon's answers, Jeon So Min has drawn into Cho Se-ho's four times in a row. Jeon So Min peered at Cho Se-ho's answer she picked, in awe and frustration. Yu Jae Seok teased them, saying, &'You two are destined to be together.&', calling them a match made in heaven. &'This is bizarre.&', Cho Se-ho stated, &'I just wrote what I thought and she keeps picking my answers.&' &'This is your fate, just accept it.&', as comedian HAHA added, Jeon So Min denied. &'No, I'll create my destiny.&', she exclaimed. Nonetheless, she teamed up with the person she had chosen time after time, Cho Se-ho. (Credit SBS Running Man) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.15 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Kim Woo Bin Prays for Cancer Patients Reflecting on His Own Experience
Actor Kim Woo Bin looked back on his 6-year halt after being diagnosed with cancer. On May 10, Kim Woo Bin guested on tvN's television show 'You Quiz on the Block' and shared his life story. Started modeling career in 2008, Kim Woo Bin debuted as an actor in KBS' 2011 series 'White Christmas' and became a trusty actor with an impressive portfolio. However, there is a significant gap in his career from 2017 until 2022. In May 2017, Kim Woo Bin's cancer diagnosis was known to the public. Looking back at the time, he described the six years of hiatus as &'a heaven-sent vacation&'. &'I am born positive. Everything, in my opinion, has two sides. There's no such thing that is only good or bad. I took it as a vacation sent from above since I used to be so busy that I couldn't take time to rest.&', he explained. &'I turned to my family who live two minutes away I've only visited a few times. Back then I thought that was normal.&' Then the actor shared some emotional moments he experienced after the diagnosis. &'I looked into my mother's eyes to remember its shape. Sadness and delight came and go; it was a complicated feeling. Looking back, the time has left lots of fond memories.&', he stated. &'When I was diagnosed I left a handwritten letter for my fans. 'I look forward to saying hello to you again with nothing going on.', I wrote, and wished to keep my promise.&' Kim Woo Bin says since he got to keep the promise, his new goal is to live the moment to the fullest. &'Before, I focused on the future; now I try to give my all to the present. Today I'm grateful to be able to finish shooting 'You Quiz on the Block' without a hitch.&', he said. The actor wrapped up the interview by giving an encouraging message to those who are currently fighting for their lives. &'When I was sick, so many people prayed for me. They felt for my pain just because they had seen me on screen. I believe their love helped with my recovery. I pray hoping my prayer could reach more people.&' &'It is just bad luck.&', he resumed, &'And we just happened to stumble upon it. You know that it is not our fault that this has happened to us. Don't spend your time in regret. Fight on, keeping yourself and your loved ones in mind.&' &'With all the cheers and prayers you've sent in my heart, I myself will keep praying my prayer for miracles to happen in more families.&', Kim Woo Bin's heartfelt words moved the viewers' hearts. (Credit tvN You Quiz on the Block) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.12 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Song Hye Kyo Accompanied Her Friends to Confront a Phone Thief?
Entertainer Song Eun-i and singer Ok Joo Hyun recalled an episode from their past with actress Song Hye Kyo. On May 9, Ok Joo Hyun made a guest appearance on 'VIVO TV', a YouTube show hosted by Song Eun-i. Saying that they go way back, the friends became lost in old memories reminiscing about the time when the two and Song Hye Kyo were hanging out together. Ok Joo Hyun began to share a special memory she had with her pals. &'A long time ago, someone stole my cell phone at a broadcasting station.&', she said. &'That day was hectic because there was an awards ceremony. One moment I realized that one of my two cell phones was missing. When I called, the person didn't answer and ultimately shut off the phone.&' &'And later, I got a call from a random internet cafe, telling me to come pick up the phone.&' &'So I went there and got it, but the model was different from mine. As I looked at the home screen, I noticed that the phone owner had placed a picture of one boy group on it.&', she explained, revealing that the phone thief was a fan of a popular K-pop boy group at the time. Her suspicion grew stronger when she inspected the cell phone more attentively, she said. According to the singer, the owner of the phone transferred Ok Joo Hyun's whole contact list. She also claimed to have discovered the outgoing message which stated, &'Ok Joo Hyun's phone had nothing on it. Let's take it from another star.&' &'Eventually, I reached out to the phone thief and informed her that I will report her to the police and speak to the media about what she, the boy group's fan, had done. She begged me not to, saying that she couldn't bear putting their careers in jeopardy. So I told her if she came and see me in person I wouldn't press charges.&' Ok Joo Hyun says Song Eun-i and Song Hye Kyo accompanied her. Song Eun-i stated, &'Song Hye Kyo and I thought that we shouldn't let you go alone. I mean, this person was so love-blinded that she snatched a celebrity's phone. It's outrageous. We were afraid she might hurt you.&' Fortunately, they all encountered the individual and accepted her apology, safely ending the incident. (Credit 'VIVO TV - 비보티비' YouTube, 'kyo1122' Instagram) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.10 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] Kim Woo Bin Gives a Big Smile Meeting a Fan with an Interesting Connection
Actor Kim Woo Bin had a pleasant time with his longtime fan. On May 8, Kim Woo Bin appeared on a YouTube channel, 'dingo story'. He went to meet his longtime fan, a nurse named Yoo In-ah with 6 years of experience. The video started with a letter from her friend of 20 years to Kim Woo Bin, requesting him to meet and cheer up the fatigued friend. Kim Woo Bin knocked on Yoo In-ah's door disguised as a delivery man. &'Hello, In-ah.&', he tenderly greeted the surprised fan. They got in his car and drove away to go spend time together. &'I've watched your works countless times.&', as the fan said, Kim Woo Bin shyly smiled and responded, &'I'm really grateful.&' A conversation with his longtime fan constantly put a smile on the actor's face. And when his girlfriend, actress Shin Mina, was unexpectedly mentioned, he could not help but burst into laughter. Telling Kim Woo Bin about the time when she participated in an audition, the fan confessed, &'Actually, I dropped out of it as I reenacted one of Shin Mina's acting scenes.&' The fan and the star both succumbed to the laughter as she spoke. &'What exactly was it?&', Shin Mina's boyfriend curiously asked. According to the fan, it was SBS' series 'My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho'. She added, &'Only Shin Mina can do that. I actually thought, 'This is so terrible.', as I performed.'&' Kim Woo Bin laughed so hard that he slumped into the driving wheel. &'How strange for us to have a connection like that?&', as Yoo In-ah said, Kim Woo Bin nodded along. Kim Woo Bin earnestly listened to the fan as the conversation turned to her profession. The fan admitted the weight she feels working in a department that is directly related to one's life and death. &'I've got to realize how much of an influence the nurses' every word and even breath have on the patients.&', Kim Woo Bin opened up about the feelings he had when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. As his fan confessed how hard it is to find the right word to sympathize with patients, Kim Woo Bin shared one nurse's words that comforted him the most throughout his battle with the disease. &'She told me, 'My father used to be very sick but he is now healthy. Even healthier than before.' That was so nice to hear.&', he revisited the experience to encourage the fan. In the end, the actor gifted her with an air purifier and a warm hug, saying, &'Always be well.&' Yoo In-ah returned him the big grin as they said goodbye. (Credit '딩고 스토리 / dingo story' YouTube) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.10 | 방송/연예
[SBS Star] [VIDEO] "I Just Heard…" EXO KAI Tears Up Facing Short-Noticed Enlistment
KAI of K-pop boy group EXO showed tears after learning that he will be enlisted soon. On May 3, his management company SM Entertainment announced his impending enlistment. &'KAI has been preparing for EXO's comeback this year. However, due to recent changes in Military Manpower Administration rule, KAI is about to enlist at Korea Army Training Center on May 11 and will alternately perform his duties as Service of Social Work Personnel.&' Details concerning the upcoming EXO album will be disclosed as soon as the situation gets straightened out, according to the company. It was groundbreaking news for EXO fans who had been patiently waiting for the group's planned comeback in two years, and of course, for the singer himself. KAI went live on Instagram to talk to his fans after his imminent enlistment was publicized. &'I'm joining the military.&', then he laughingly added, &'Remember how you guys hated military-style clothing on me?&' The K-pop artist came in to reassure the fans shaken by the news, but he ended up breaking into tears as he saw the chatting box fill up with their affectionate messages worrying and rooting for him. After all, he was the one who was most impacted by the sudden news. &'I only found out about it today.&', he said, his voice cracking. &'It was so sudden that I was worried how you guys would take it. I'm okay with not having a break for me in between, but it sucks to be unable to see my fans before the enlistment. I think I'll miss you guys. I already do. There's no clue in how to prepare for the service. But as you know, time passes and I'll be back soon.&' KAI continued expressing how important the fans are to him. &'It all started with my love of dancing, and somehow I became a singer. I made my debut when I was 19, my training began at the age of 14, and from 8 I started dancing. I do love singing and dancing, but for all these years what I've most enjoyed was meeting my fans.&' &'It is frustrating to leave when I had prepared a lot for you guys. But will save it until we see each other again. Don't worry. Where would KAI go? After the military, nothing will ever part us. I will do everything I can with my best before I leave.&', said he, full of love and trust. KAI will report to Korea Army Training Center on the 11th of next week. The time and location will be kept private for KAI to be enlisted in quiet. 이..이게 뭐야..종인이 울어 진짜?ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅜ pic.twitter.com/wkLueWix1h ― ??마담???? (@mixx_sx) May 3, 2023 (Credit 'zkdlin' Instagram, 'mixx_sx' Twitter) (SBS Star)SBS 뉴스 | 2023.05.04 | 방송/연예