With the release of their new album just around the corner, hip hop idol group Block B is already facing numerous obstacles for their comeback.
KBS has deemed the tracks “Did You or Did You Not” and “LOL” as unfit for broadcast, stating “vulgar expressions” as the reason.
The broadcast station stated that “Did You or Did You Not” brings to mind the question people ask when referring to sex: “Did you do it, or not?” In their Korean title, “haet suh ahn haet suh”, ”haet suh” is derived from the Korean verb “to do”, on it’s own. (If it is used in conjunction with other words, the meaning is changed)
Meanwhile, “LOL” contains the word “ggondae” in the lyrics (which is usually used as a slang referring to elders with a negative connotation).
Fans have expressed their outrage and refuted, “‘ggondae’ is a word that was definitely heard on KBS’ drama ‘God of Study’, and also used in SBS’s ‘Protect the Boss’.” They argued that it is unfair for the station to only impose such a standard on the music industry when the word is being broadcast publicly on dramas.
They also spoke out for “Did You or Did You Not” stating, “It is not right for a song to be judged vulgar only due to the title.”
Delly Boi, who co-wrote the song “Did You or Did You Not” took to his Twitter on January 26th to express his frustration with KBS’s decision. He wrote, “‘Did You or Did You Not’ doesn’t mean ‘did you have sex, or did you not’, it’s supposed to mean ‘Did you say it or did you not’… whew.. Do I need to explain everything, KBS high ranking officials?”
Singer Younha also expressed her disbelief at the outcome, stating on her Twitter, “They interpreted ‘Did You or Did You Not’ that way.. It was totally clear to me even without the lyrics. The lyrics were heart-wrenching. It seems they have quite an overactive imagination~~ Block B, this is a sign that your comeback is going to be daebak. To the Block B members and BBCs, don’t be hurt by it ^o^ “
In protest to KBS’s decision, fans have taken to creating a petition online titled, ‘We request the revision of KBS’s deliberation on Block B’s new songs’. By 10 a.m. (KST) on January 26th, more than 2,400 people had already signed the petition. The petition aims to gain 10,000 signatures by April 1st.
Those who participated in the petition commented, “I don’t even know what to say. Did you or did you not is a vulgar expression?” “Don’t ruin the result of months of effort [by Block B],” “Did you or did you not put some thought into your decision?” “My mom always says ‘did you or did you not’.. I guess my mom is using a vulgar expression everyday. I see now.”
Idol group B2ST have finally released their new song, “I Knew It“.
“I Knew It” is B2ST’s first new work in over eight months, and it was created for their upcoming world tour, ‘Beautiful Show‘. Member Dongwoon stars in the MV and his acting skills drew high praise from director Zany Bros, who said that Dongwoon should pursue acting seriously because of his talent.
On January 26th, Cube Entertainment finally unleashed what is being called a “themed music video”, and digital single for “I Knew It”, and viewers agreed wholeheartedly with the director about Dongwoon’s strong acting.
Although this “themed music video” is short in length (only 1 minute 50 seconds long), fans will be glad to see a new music video from the group after 8 months.
It is not yet clear whether a longer version of the MV will be released, or if this will be the only version.
SM Entertainment released its tenth official preview for its upcoming boy band EXO. The video featured its newest member, LAY. With EXO’s “PHOENIX” as the background music, LAY showcased his powerful dancing skills in an eerie abandoned warehouse with impressive stage effects.
Brown Eyed Girls Miryo will release her first solo album on February 1. Her agency revealed pictures of her working at the studio. The producer of Miryo’s solo album Lance stated, “We will show you an album that will feature Miryo’s unique charms unseen on the Brown Eyed Girls. Also, the album will be comparable to albums from veteran singers in terms of quality.”
The producer also stated, “Miryo has taken part in producing, and writing the lyrics on the album. Through writing rap she also told her own story. The photoshoot for the jacket and also the filming for the MV have finished. Currently we are focusing on finishing the album.”
Miryo’s first solo album will begin pre-sales beginning form January 19.
Se7en's new Japanese single will be realesed on January 18 as announced in Se7en's Japanese home page.
With this new album, Se7en will start his promotion activities in Japan, after he recently perfomermed during the "15th Anniversary YG Family Concert," where Se7en presented to his fans the new song for the first time.
Se7en himself announced his upcoming album through his Twitter account, posting a photo of him with the album's three different covers.
The album will be released in three versions and it will be available in music store from January 18. The first version will be a CD-only copy and the others will be two types of CD+DVD. In one DVD fans will be able to enjoy a making of the MV "Somebody Else", the other one will contain Se7en's different concerts and latest perfomances. However, the fans who buy only the CD will get a nice photo-booklet instead.
The album will contain the new songs "Somebody Else", "Understand" and the digital single "Angel" that was realesed in November, the Japanese version of "Better Together" and "I Am Going Crazy."
Go Eun Ah and MBLAQ’s Mir will appear on the episode of SBS “Strong Heart” that will broadcast tonight on January 17. (Korean Time) Mir stated, “I think I am always within my sister’s palm. Wherever I go I am always being watched by my sister.” (The expression “Always within one’s palm comes from “Journey to the West” and the wager between the Monkey King and Buddha. Basically, it means that one can never escape another.)
Go Eun Ah then stated, “I only did that because I care about my little brother. I am worried whenever he meets female friends so I always check. If he is interested in a girl, I do research on that girl.”
Mir also spoke about his sister Go Eun Ah’s well planned out schemes of stopping him from dating.
SNSD members Yuri and YoonA's names were featured on the Japanese SAT.
The Japanese SAT exam similar to America and Korea's, the aptitude test which evaluates students and determines their college attendance was held in Japan on January 14. During the Korean language portion, members Yuri and YoonA's named appeared in some of the problems asked.
That day, during the Korean test, Yuri's name was mentioned in paragraph 2-C question 7 in the following problem : "Yuri couldn't even speak because she was () surprised" and students had to fill in the parenthesis with the word (so).
Also, a multiple choice question was asked at paragraph 2-C question 8 with the following problem : "YoonA () ate breakfast and went to school." One of the answer was "hurriedly."
Even though the group's name "SNSD" wasn't mentioned, the names "Yuri" and "YoonA" emerged, who both are members of SNSD.
Netizens reactions to this were : "I'm really surprised to see their names appear in the Japanese SAT," and "Now i'm sure that SNSD really are the nation's treasures," and "SNSD is the ambassador of culture between Korea and Japan!"