Celebrities to Be Discharged From the Military This Year Include Leeteuk, Yoo Seung Ho, Se...

The public has been showing interest in the celebrities that will be discharged from the military by the end of this year following actor Ji Hyun Woo’s discharge after completing his military service on May 6. This coming July, actor Lee Je Hoon, Kim Moo Yeol, Super Junior’s Leeteuk, and more will be finishing up their mandatory service. Lee Je Hoon enlisted in October of 2012 and is currently ser...

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CNN Talks About “How K-Pop Cashes in on Image”

CNN recently wrote about “how K-Pop cashes in on image.” Reports say that K-Pop has grown by almost 50 percent from 2011 to 2012, earning an estimate of $ 290 million just last year. Concerts can sell out in minutes and fans quickly buy merchandise such as albums, DVDs and photobooks to name a few. Idols go through many years of vocal and dance training before they make their debut. Often, they al...

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Mate’s Jung Joon Il Discharges from the Military as the Last Celebrity Soldier

Band Mate’s member Jung Joon Ill was discharged from the military on October 30. Enlisting in January 2012, the singer transferred to the national defense media agency four months later in April, and continued his military service in the military’s singer and song writer department. However, with the celebrity military scandal last July involving singers Se7en and Sanchu, the Korean military’s adm...

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Park Han Byul Denies Break-Up Rumors with Se7en and Dating Rumors with Ryu Hyun Jin

On August 26, Park Han Byul topped headlines for two different rumors: a break-up rumor with her boyfriend Se7en and a dating rumor with the LA Dodgers star pitcher Ryu Hyun Jin. However, her agency, JF Entertainment spoke with eNEWS and said, “The break up rumors and dating rumors that were reported today are all false,” and “Park Han Byul is still dating Se7en and her dating ru...

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[Recap] Soompi Weekly Roundup – July Week 4

All the important Korean Entertainment news from this week in one place: This is your Weekly Soompi Roundup!  Director Kim Jong Hak‘s death has been ruled as suicide by the authorities. He was the director of classic dramas such as “Sandglass,“ “Eyes of Dawn,” and “The Legend.” His most recent drama was “Faith.”  Se7en, Sanchu, and five other celebrity soldiers hav...

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Se7en and Sangchu Plus Five Others Sentenced to Military Jail

It has been reported that Se7en and Sangchu have been sentenced to a 10-day detention in military jail along with five others. On July 25, the Ministry of National Defense announced that seven celebrity soldiers will be receiving a 4 to 10 day detention in jail. Out of those celebrity soldiers, Se7en and Sangchu received the most severe punishment of a 10 day detention due to violating the militar...

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Ministry of National Defense to Discipline and Relocate PR Unit Celebrity Soldiers

In the aftermath of the controversy over the military leniency toward celebrity soldiers serving in the army, the South Korean Ministry of National Defense has decided to abolish the celebrity soldier recruit system for the National Defense Public Relations Support Unit. In addition, the soldiers currently serving in the unit will be relocated to different field and service units. The public relat...

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Se7en’s Contract with YG Ends, Will YG Sign Him Again?

It has been reported that Se7en‘s contract with YG Entertainment has ended. While Se7en is being swept up in controversy for breaking several military conducts and visiting an adult massage parlor, his exclusive contract with YG has ended this past April. Fans are very curious as to whether YG Entertainment will sign with Se7en again. Se7en debuted under YG’s label with “Just Lis...

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