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Breaking: EXO-M’s Luhan Files Lawsuit Against SME to Nullify Contract
LIVE UPDATES HERE.
24-year-old EXO-M member Luhan has filed a lawsuit in Seoul’s Central District Court against parent company SM Entertainment, according to a report by the Chinese media site Sina, becoming the second group member to seek termination of his contract after fellow 23-year-old member Kris did the same back in May.
According to the report, the early contract termination lawsuit was filed this morning at 9 a.m. KST on grounds that the actual contract terms were “invalid,” with the paperwork appearing similar to the complaint filed by Kris earlier this year. Local media reported that the same law firm currently representing the former EXO-M leader, Hankyul, is also representing Luhan.

WHILE THE DETAILS OF LUHAN’S LAWSUIT REMAIN MURKY, THE CASE SHOWS SEVERE INTERNAL CONFLICTS WITHIN SM ENTERTAINMENT

SM Entertainment said they were looking into the situation and declined to elaborate. Meanwhile, the company’s stocks tumbled 3,100 KRW within 15 minutes of initial reports. SM’s stock price has plunged 19% below its starting price from last month.
No other information was available at publishing time. We will update as more information comes in.
Turmoil Dominates SM’s History
SM Entertainment has made constant headlines throughout the past few years, with a wave of contract termination lawsuits and public conflicts with artists plaguing the company.
In September, the company ousted Girls’ Generation member and prominent vocalist Jessica Jung due to internal disagreements over her independent business activities in fashion. In a statement, SM insisted that the singer privately announced her intentions to leave the group earlier this year after founding her newly-launched fashion business, the Blanc Group, without securing an agreement from the agency.

UNLIKE IT’S GLAMOROUS STARS, SM ENTERTAINMENT’S RECORD HAS LONG BEEN FILLED WITH CONFLICT, TEARS, AND DESPAIR

“We made a decision on her departure earlier than originally planned,” the company stated without elaborating. All nine members of Girls’ Generation recently renewed their contracts with SM for an additional three years, which means that she will remain with the agency until further notice.
In May, former EXO-M group leader Kris filed lawsuit against SM to nullify his contract on grounds that the company treated the idol as if he were an object rather than an artist, fully controlled his schedules, and had little regard for his opinion or health. Violations of basic human rights, freedoms, and career-choice were also cited.
“SM (Entertainment) controlled him like a pawn or a control-target rather than offering him opportunities as a celebrity,” an undisclosed source told Yonhap News at the time. “Over the distribution of profit, SM only showed him a self-made bill without any further detailed explanation. … This forced (him) into constant financial difficulties despite an overload of work and activities.”

WITH SO MANY CONFLICTS SWIRLING AT ONE OF K-POP’S BIGGEST COMPANIES, SOME ARE CALLING FOR THE RESIGNATION OF SM ENTERTAINMENT’S CEO

In 2009, Super Junior member and leader Hangeng also filed for contract termination, claiming the terms were restrictive and unfair as he pursued a solo career in China. His eventual win prompted mass debate over the treatment of idols and the stress conflicts between SM and its employees, as well as its working conditions.
In 2010, three members of TVXQ, which at that time was the biggest boy band in Asia, entered into a legal battle against the label citing unfair contract terms. The lawsuit dragged on until late 2012, and the three singers and SM dropped all legal filings following a court injunction.

Breaking: EXO-M’s Luhan Files Lawsuit Against SME to Nullify Contract

LIVE UPDATES HERE.

24-year-old EXO-M member Luhan has filed a lawsuit in Seoul’s Central District Court against parent company SM Entertainment, according to a report by the Chinese media site Sina, becoming the second group member to seek termination of his contract after fellow 23-year-old member Kris did the same back in May.

According to the report, the early contract termination lawsuit was filed this morning at 9 a.m. KST on grounds that the actual contract terms were “invalid,” with the paperwork appearing similar to the complaint filed by Kris earlier this year. Local media reported that the same law firm currently representing the former EXO-M leader, Hankyul, is also representing Luhan.

WHILE THE DETAILS OF LUHAN’S LAWSUIT REMAIN MURKY, THE CASE SHOWS SEVERE INTERNAL CONFLICTS WITHIN SM ENTERTAINMENT

SM Entertainment said they were looking into the situation and declined to elaborate. Meanwhile, the company’s stocks tumbled 3,100 KRW within 15 minutes of initial reports. SM’s stock price has plunged 19% below its starting price from last month.

No other information was available at publishing time. We will update as more information comes in.

Turmoil Dominates SM’s History

SM Entertainment has made constant headlines throughout the past few years, with a wave of contract termination lawsuits and public conflicts with artists plaguing the company.

In September, the company ousted Girls’ Generation member and prominent vocalist Jessica Jung due to internal disagreements over her independent business activities in fashion. In a statement, SM insisted that the singer privately announced her intentions to leave the group earlier this year after founding her newly-launched fashion business, the Blanc Group, without securing an agreement from the agency.

UNLIKE IT’S GLAMOROUS STARS, SM ENTERTAINMENT’S RECORD HAS LONG BEEN FILLED WITH CONFLICT, TEARS, AND DESPAIR

“We made a decision on her departure earlier than originally planned,” the company stated without elaborating. All nine members of Girls’ Generation recently renewed their contracts with SM for an additional three years, which means that she will remain with the agency until further notice.

In May, former EXO-M group leader Kris filed lawsuit against SM to nullify his contract on grounds that the company treated the idol as if he were an object rather than an artist, fully controlled his schedules, and had little regard for his opinion or health. Violations of basic human rights, freedoms, and career-choice were also cited.

“SM (Entertainment) controlled him like a pawn or a control-target rather than offering him opportunities as a celebrity,” an undisclosed source told Yonhap News at the time. “Over the distribution of profit, SM only showed him a self-made bill without any further detailed explanation. … This forced (him) into constant financial difficulties despite an overload of work and activities.”

WITH SO MANY CONFLICTS SWIRLING AT ONE OF K-POP’S BIGGEST COMPANIES, SOME ARE CALLING FOR THE RESIGNATION OF SM ENTERTAINMENT’S CEO

In 2009, Super Junior member and leader Hangeng also filed for contract termination, claiming the terms were restrictive and unfair as he pursued a solo career in China. His eventual win prompted mass debate over the treatment of idols and the stress conflicts between SM and its employees, as well as its working conditions.

In 2010, three members of TVXQ, which at that time was the biggest boy band in Asia, entered into a legal battle against the label citing unfair contract terms. The lawsuit dragged on until late 2012, and the three singers and SM dropped all legal filings following a court injunction.

K-Pop Chaos Erupts As Girls’ Generation Member Jessica Jung is Ousted
Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed reporting to this story.
The K-pop community is reeling after the ouster of Jessica Jung, one of the prominent lead vocalists from arguably K-pop’s biggest and most most-recognized girl groups in the world, Girls’ Generation.
The group’s agency, SM Entertainment, informed local media that Jessica would be let go from the group due to internal disagreements over her independent business activities in fashion, reducing Girls’ Generation to an eight-member act.
SM Entertainment, in a statement, insisted that the singer privately announced her intentions to leave the group earlier this year after founding her newly-launched fashion business, the Blanc Group, without securing an agreement from the agency. Jessica and the remaining members continue to be signed with the agency.

SNSD FANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE UP IN ARMS AFTER THE ABRUPT OUSTING OF JESSICA DUE MOVE TO HER INDEPENDENT, FASHION-RELATED ACTIVITIES

“We made a decision on her departure earlier than originally planned,” the company stated without elaborating. All nine members of Girls’ Generation recently renewed their contracts with SM for an additional three years, which means that she will remain with the agency until further notice.
“We will continue to support and manage Jessica’s individual activities and Girls’ Generation’s activities as nine members,” the company concluded.
The news immediately made international headlines and trended on social networks, with messages pouring in from devastated fans.
A Mysterious Message
On Tuesday morning on the China-based social blogging service Weibo, Jessica wrote in both Korean and English that she had been informed of her forced exit from the group by SM Entertainment and the eight remaining members, saying that she was “devastated.”
“My priority and love is to serve as a member of GG,” Jessica stated. But for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.”
“You guys are very special people that I love dearly. Therefore, you deserve to hear the truth from me,” she continued. “I am deeply saddened and hurt by those who I trusted and hope that you don’t ever have to experience this kind of pain.”
The remaining eight members, including Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung, Sunny, Yoona, Yuri, Seohyun and Hyoyeon departed for a fan event in Shenzen, China. Jessica did not appear at the airport terminal. SM Entertainment’s stock plunged by five percent as the news jittered the markets. The company did not respond to K-Pop One‘s requests for comment.

AFTER POSTING THE MESSAGES TO HER WEIBO ACCOUNT, WIDESPREAD SPECULATION THAT HER ACCOUNT HAD BEEN HACKED SWIRLED

Formed in 2007, Girls’ Generation, known to fans as ‘SNSD,’ has become one of K-pop’s most-recognized groups, with a slew of money-making singles and widespread commercial success in Asia and beyond vaulting them to the genre’s top spot. The 9-girl act has toured in packed stadiums around the world, including in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Jessica, a Korean-American, was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She recently announced her own fashion line “BLANC” in August of this year.
A History of Conflict
SM Entertainment has made constant headlines throughout the past few years, with a wave of contract termination lawsuits and public conflicts with artists plaguing the company.
In May, former EXO-M group leader Kris filed lawsuit against SM to nullify his contract on grounds that the company treated the idol as if he were an object rather than an artist, fully controlled his schedules, and had little regard for his opinion or health. Violations of basic human rights, freedoms, and career-choice were also cited.
“SM (Entertainment) controlled him like a pawn or a control-target rather than offering him opportunities as a celebrity,” an undisclosed source told Yonhap News at the time. “Over the distribution of profit, SM only showed him a self-made bill without any further detailed explanation. … This forced (him) into constant financial difficulties despite an overload of work and activities.”

UNLIKE IT’S GLAMOROUS STARS, THE LENGTHY HISTORY OF SM ENTERTAINMENT HAS BEEN AN UGLY ONE, FILLED WITH CONFLICT, TEARS, AND PERSONAL DESPAIR

In 2009, Super Junior member and leader of Super Junior M Hangeng also filed for contract termination, claiming the terms were restrictive and unfair as he pursued a solo career in China. His eventual win prompted mass debate over the treatment of idols and the stress conflicts between SM and its employees, as well as its working conditions. 
In 2010, three members of TVXQ, which at that time was the biggest boy band in Asia, entered into a legal battle against the label citing unfair contract terms. The lawsuit dragged on until late 2012, and the three singers and SM dropped all legal filings following a court injunction. K-Pop Chaos Erupts As Girls’ Generation Member Jessica Jung is Ousted
Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed reporting to this story.
The K-pop community is reeling after the ouster of Jessica Jung, one of the prominent lead vocalists from arguably K-pop’s biggest and most most-recognized girl groups in the world, Girls’ Generation.
The group’s agency, SM Entertainment, informed local media that Jessica would be let go from the group due to internal disagreements over her independent business activities in fashion, reducing Girls’ Generation to an eight-member act.
SM Entertainment, in a statement, insisted that the singer privately announced her intentions to leave the group earlier this year after founding her newly-launched fashion business, the Blanc Group, without securing an agreement from the agency. Jessica and the remaining members continue to be signed with the agency.

SNSD FANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE UP IN ARMS AFTER THE ABRUPT OUSTING OF JESSICA DUE MOVE TO HER INDEPENDENT, FASHION-RELATED ACTIVITIES

“We made a decision on her departure earlier than originally planned,” the company stated without elaborating. All nine members of Girls’ Generation recently renewed their contracts with SM for an additional three years, which means that she will remain with the agency until further notice.
“We will continue to support and manage Jessica’s individual activities and Girls’ Generation’s activities as nine members,” the company concluded.
The news immediately made international headlines and trended on social networks, with messages pouring in from devastated fans.
A Mysterious Message
On Tuesday morning on the China-based social blogging service Weibo, Jessica wrote in both Korean and English that she had been informed of her forced exit from the group by SM Entertainment and the eight remaining members, saying that she was “devastated.”
“My priority and love is to serve as a member of GG,” Jessica stated. But for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.”
“You guys are very special people that I love dearly. Therefore, you deserve to hear the truth from me,” she continued. “I am deeply saddened and hurt by those who I trusted and hope that you don’t ever have to experience this kind of pain.”
The remaining eight members, including Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung, Sunny, Yoona, Yuri, Seohyun and Hyoyeon departed for a fan event in Shenzen, China. Jessica did not appear at the airport terminal. SM Entertainment’s stock plunged by five percent as the news jittered the markets. The company did not respond to K-Pop One‘s requests for comment.

AFTER POSTING THE MESSAGES TO HER WEIBO ACCOUNT, WIDESPREAD SPECULATION THAT HER ACCOUNT HAD BEEN HACKED SWIRLED

Formed in 2007, Girls’ Generation, known to fans as ‘SNSD,’ has become one of K-pop’s most-recognized groups, with a slew of money-making singles and widespread commercial success in Asia and beyond vaulting them to the genre’s top spot. The 9-girl act has toured in packed stadiums around the world, including in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Jessica, a Korean-American, was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She recently announced her own fashion line “BLANC” in August of this year.
A History of Conflict
SM Entertainment has made constant headlines throughout the past few years, with a wave of contract termination lawsuits and public conflicts with artists plaguing the company.
In May, former EXO-M group leader Kris filed lawsuit against SM to nullify his contract on grounds that the company treated the idol as if he were an object rather than an artist, fully controlled his schedules, and had little regard for his opinion or health. Violations of basic human rights, freedoms, and career-choice were also cited.
“SM (Entertainment) controlled him like a pawn or a control-target rather than offering him opportunities as a celebrity,” an undisclosed source told Yonhap News at the time. “Over the distribution of profit, SM only showed him a self-made bill without any further detailed explanation. … This forced (him) into constant financial difficulties despite an overload of work and activities.”

UNLIKE IT’S GLAMOROUS STARS, THE LENGTHY HISTORY OF SM ENTERTAINMENT HAS BEEN AN UGLY ONE, FILLED WITH CONFLICT, TEARS, AND PERSONAL DESPAIR

In 2009, Super Junior member and leader of Super Junior M Hangeng also filed for contract termination, claiming the terms were restrictive and unfair as he pursued a solo career in China. His eventual win prompted mass debate over the treatment of idols and the stress conflicts between SM and its employees, as well as its working conditions. 
In 2010, three members of TVXQ, which at that time was the biggest boy band in Asia, entered into a legal battle against the label citing unfair contract terms. The lawsuit dragged on until late 2012, and the three singers and SM dropped all legal filings following a court injunction. K-Pop Chaos Erupts As Girls’ Generation Member Jessica Jung is Ousted
Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed reporting to this story.
The K-pop community is reeling after the ouster of Jessica Jung, one of the prominent lead vocalists from arguably K-pop’s biggest and most most-recognized girl groups in the world, Girls’ Generation.
The group’s agency, SM Entertainment, informed local media that Jessica would be let go from the group due to internal disagreements over her independent business activities in fashion, reducing Girls’ Generation to an eight-member act.
SM Entertainment, in a statement, insisted that the singer privately announced her intentions to leave the group earlier this year after founding her newly-launched fashion business, the Blanc Group, without securing an agreement from the agency. Jessica and the remaining members continue to be signed with the agency.

SNSD FANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE UP IN ARMS AFTER THE ABRUPT OUSTING OF JESSICA DUE MOVE TO HER INDEPENDENT, FASHION-RELATED ACTIVITIES

“We made a decision on her departure earlier than originally planned,” the company stated without elaborating. All nine members of Girls’ Generation recently renewed their contracts with SM for an additional three years, which means that she will remain with the agency until further notice.
“We will continue to support and manage Jessica’s individual activities and Girls’ Generation’s activities as nine members,” the company concluded.
The news immediately made international headlines and trended on social networks, with messages pouring in from devastated fans.
A Mysterious Message
On Tuesday morning on the China-based social blogging service Weibo, Jessica wrote in both Korean and English that she had been informed of her forced exit from the group by SM Entertainment and the eight remaining members, saying that she was “devastated.”
“My priority and love is to serve as a member of GG,” Jessica stated. But for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.”
“You guys are very special people that I love dearly. Therefore, you deserve to hear the truth from me,” she continued. “I am deeply saddened and hurt by those who I trusted and hope that you don’t ever have to experience this kind of pain.”
The remaining eight members, including Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung, Sunny, Yoona, Yuri, Seohyun and Hyoyeon departed for a fan event in Shenzen, China. Jessica did not appear at the airport terminal. SM Entertainment’s stock plunged by five percent as the news jittered the markets. The company did not respond to K-Pop One‘s requests for comment.

AFTER POSTING THE MESSAGES TO HER WEIBO ACCOUNT, WIDESPREAD SPECULATION THAT HER ACCOUNT HAD BEEN HACKED SWIRLED

Formed in 2007, Girls’ Generation, known to fans as ‘SNSD,’ has become one of K-pop’s most-recognized groups, with a slew of money-making singles and widespread commercial success in Asia and beyond vaulting them to the genre’s top spot. The 9-girl act has toured in packed stadiums around the world, including in Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Jessica, a Korean-American, was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She recently announced her own fashion line “BLANC” in August of this year.
A History of Conflict
SM Entertainment has made constant headlines throughout the past few years, with a wave of contract termination lawsuits and public conflicts with artists plaguing the company.
In May, former EXO-M group leader Kris filed lawsuit against SM to nullify his contract on grounds that the company treated the idol as if he were an object rather than an artist, fully controlled his schedules, and had little regard for his opinion or health. Violations of basic human rights, freedoms, and career-choice were also cited.
“SM (Entertainment) controlled him like a pawn or a control-target rather than offering him opportunities as a celebrity,” an undisclosed source told Yonhap News at the time. “Over the distribution of profit, SM only showed him a self-made bill without any further detailed explanation. … This forced (him) into constant financial difficulties despite an overload of work and activities.”

UNLIKE IT’S GLAMOROUS STARS, THE LENGTHY HISTORY OF SM ENTERTAINMENT HAS BEEN AN UGLY ONE, FILLED WITH CONFLICT, TEARS, AND PERSONAL DESPAIR

In 2009, Super Junior member and leader of Super Junior M Hangeng also filed for contract termination, claiming the terms were restrictive and unfair as he pursued a solo career in China. His eventual win prompted mass debate over the treatment of idols and the stress conflicts between SM and its employees, as well as its working conditions. 
In 2010, three members of TVXQ, which at that time was the biggest boy band in Asia, entered into a legal battle against the label citing unfair contract terms. The lawsuit dragged on until late 2012, and the three singers and SM dropped all legal filings following a court injunction.

K-Pop Chaos Erupts As Girls’ Generation Member Jessica Jung is Ousted

Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed reporting to this story.

The K-pop community is reeling after the ouster of Jessica Jung, one of the prominent lead vocalists from arguably K-pop’s biggest and most most-recognized girl groups in the world, Girls’ Generation.

The group’s agency, SM Entertainment, informed local media that Jessica would be let go from the group due to internal disagreements over her independent business activities in fashion, reducing Girls’ Generation to an eight-member act.

SM Entertainment, in a statement, insisted that the singer privately announced her intentions to leave the group earlier this year after founding her newly-launched fashion business, the Blanc Group, without securing an agreement from the agency. Jessica and the remaining members continue to be signed with the agency.

SNSD FANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE UP IN ARMS AFTER THE ABRUPT OUSTING OF JESSICA DUE MOVE TO HER INDEPENDENT, FASHION-RELATED ACTIVITIES

“We made a decision on her departure earlier than originally planned,” the company stated without elaborating. All nine members of Girls’ Generation recently renewed their contracts with SM for an additional three years, which means that she will remain with the agency until further notice.

“We will continue to support and manage Jessica’s individual activities and Girls’ Generation’s activities as nine members,” the company concluded.

The news immediately made international headlines and trended on social networks, with messages pouring in from devastated fans.

A Mysterious Message

On Tuesday morning on the China-based social blogging service Weibo, Jessica wrote in both Korean and English that she had been informed of her forced exit from the group by SM Entertainment and the eight remaining members, saying that she was “devastated.”

“My priority and love is to serve as a member of GG,” Jessica stated. But for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.”

“You guys are very special people that I love dearly. Therefore, you deserve to hear the truth from me,” she continued. “I am deeply saddened and hurt by those who I trusted and hope that you don’t ever have to experience this kind of pain.”

The remaining eight members, including Taeyeon, Tiffany, Sooyoung, Sunny, Yoona, Yuri, Seohyun and Hyoyeon departed for a fan event in Shenzen, China. Jessica did not appear at the airport terminal. SM Entertainment’s stock plunged by five percent as the news jittered the markets. The company did not respond to K-Pop One‘s requests for comment.

AFTER POSTING THE MESSAGES TO HER WEIBO ACCOUNT, WIDESPREAD SPECULATION THAT HER ACCOUNT HAD BEEN HACKED SWIRLED

Formed in 2007, Girls’ Generation, known to fans as ‘SNSD,’ has become one of K-pop’s most-recognized groups, with a slew of money-making singles and widespread commercial success in Asia and beyond vaulting them to the genre’s top spot. The 9-girl act has toured in packed stadiums around the world, including in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Jessica, a Korean-American, was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She recently announced her own fashion line “BLANC” in August of this year.

A History of Conflict

SM Entertainment has made constant headlines throughout the past few years, with a wave of contract termination lawsuits and public conflicts with artists plaguing the company.

In May, former EXO-M group leader Kris filed lawsuit against SM to nullify his contract on grounds that the company treated the idol as if he were an object rather than an artist, fully controlled his schedules, and had little regard for his opinion or health. Violations of basic human rights, freedoms, and career-choice were also cited.

“SM (Entertainment) controlled him like a pawn or a control-target rather than offering him opportunities as a celebrity,” an undisclosed source told Yonhap News at the time. “Over the distribution of profit, SM only showed him a self-made bill without any further detailed explanation. … This forced (him) into constant financial difficulties despite an overload of work and activities.”

UNLIKE IT’S GLAMOROUS STARS, THE LENGTHY HISTORY OF SM ENTERTAINMENT HAS BEEN AN UGLY ONE, FILLED WITH CONFLICT, TEARS, AND PERSONAL DESPAIR

In 2009, Super Junior member and leader of Super Junior M Hangeng also filed for contract termination, claiming the terms were restrictive and unfair as he pursued a solo career in China. His eventual win prompted mass debate over the treatment of idols and the stress conflicts between SM and its employees, as well as its working conditions. 

In 2010, three members of TVXQ, which at that time was the biggest boy band in Asia, entered into a legal battle against the label citing unfair contract terms. The lawsuit dragged on until late 2012, and the three singers and SM dropped all legal filings following a court injunction.

Cries of a Cover-Up Begin as ZE:A’s Lee Hoo Changes Tone After Striking Deal with Star Empire’s CEO
21 September 2014 at 8:07 p.m. EST: After a day of emotional tweets, ZE:A leader Lee Hoo has unexpectedly changed his tone after reportedly reaching a deal with Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak to ultimately alter and shift company management as well as the K-pop group’s contract.
In a fresh series of tweets, the singer defended the CEO, who he stated had cried during the negotiations, and vowed to “protect” him in addition to fellow group members.
“The CEO and I finished our conversation a while ago, and I am very thankful that my feelings were heard,” Hoo said. “I’d like to express my thanks to the CEO, who listened to my sincere words and cared for them.”
“I wanted my fans, the public to know about the CEO who is being scorned right now,” he continued. “Now that I have revealed everything…it feels empty. It’s a family feud between me and our CEO. The fact that there are other companies that may be worse, I don’t want my CEO to be left along [in the industry].”
The singer also stated that he would “keep fighting” for other celebrities, and called for other CEOs to join him and protect the artists:

“I will now protect ZE:A and Shin Joo Hak. These are not only my thoughts…Watching a CEO of an entertainment company apologizing and showing us tears made us all want to protect him more. The CEO told me to be patient, which is why I a not divulging any information. He told me to leave other agencies alone…he cried, he’s a person too, and he’s a man, which is why he told me that. Now that we’re on the same side…I’ll be patient, since our CEO apologized on behalf of the company.”

Hoo then posting a photo of the signature of Star Empire’s CEO, stating that he had “really protected us and listened to me today…Only will know what is above this picture.”
“We all cried a lot today, and we learned that if we speak our true feelings, things will work out,” Hoo concluded. “We saw the tears.”
The ZE:A leader had stated earlier that Star Empire’s CEO had slapped him “numerous times” and that he would “flip the entertainment agency on its head.” The latest messages have been met with overwhelmingly negative and profanity-filled reaction online, with social media users making their suspicions known.
“The CEO just cries and suddenly he loves and wants to protect the CEO and the big secrets about other companies will not get revealed? What the f*ck is this sh*t? It seem so fake and it doesn’t add up,” one commentator told K-Pop One. “Fans have the right to know what’s going on, because I’m not buying this.”
“This is complete shady bullsh*t. A few hours ago, you said the CEO made you think about committing suicide, and now you’re thanking him because he listened to your sincere words and cared for them? What the hell is wrong with you?” another said. “Did they threaten [Lee Hoo] or what? Or did they just pay him a big, fat check?”
Meanwhile, Star Empire released a statement on the negotiations, saying in-part:

“Late at night yesterday, [Lee Hoo] met with CEO Shin Joo Hak to talk about their sincere feelings and to solve misunderstandings. After talking openly about everything, they were able to solve all the friction. We should have taken interest earlier and held this conversation, but since we have spent so much time together, the thought that they would just understand just made the misunderstandings grow bigger. Through this situation, we will work even harder together. Lastly, we apologize for worrying everyone who love and show interest for [Lee Hoo], ZE:A, and Star Empire.”

What are your thoughts on this story? Has the issue been resolved, or is this just the beginning of something more?

Cries of a Cover-Up Begin as ZE:A’s Lee Hoo Changes Tone After Striking Deal with Star Empire’s CEO

21 September 2014 at 8:07 p.m. EST: After a day of emotional tweets, ZE:A leader Lee Hoo has unexpectedly changed his tone after reportedly reaching a deal with Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak to ultimately alter and shift company management as well as the K-pop group’s contract.

In a fresh series of tweets, the singer defended the CEO, who he stated had cried during the negotiations, and vowed to “protect” him in addition to fellow group members.

“The CEO and I finished our conversation a while ago, and I am very thankful that my feelings were heard,” Hoo said. “I’d like to express my thanks to the CEO, who listened to my sincere words and cared for them.”

“I wanted my fans, the public to know about the CEO who is being scorned right now,” he continued. “Now that I have revealed everything…it feels empty. It’s a family feud between me and our CEO. The fact that there are other companies that may be worse, I don’t want my CEO to be left along [in the industry].”

The singer also stated that he would “keep fighting” for other celebrities, and called for other CEOs to join him and protect the artists:

“I will now protect ZE:A and Shin Joo Hak. These are not only my thoughts…Watching a CEO of an entertainment company apologizing and showing us tears made us all want to protect him more. The CEO told me to be patient, which is why I a not divulging any information. He told me to leave other agencies alone…he cried, he’s a person too, and he’s a man, which is why he told me that. Now that we’re on the same side…I’ll be patient, since our CEO apologized on behalf of the company.”

Hoo then posting a photo of the signature of Star Empire’s CEO, stating that he had “really protected us and listened to me today…Only will know what is above this picture.”

“We all cried a lot today, and we learned that if we speak our true feelings, things will work out,” Hoo concluded. “We saw the tears.”

The ZE:A leader had stated earlier that Star Empire’s CEO had slapped him “numerous times” and that he would “flip the entertainment agency on its head.” The latest messages have been met with overwhelmingly negative and profanity-filled reaction online, with social media users making their suspicions known.

“The CEO just cries and suddenly he loves and wants to protect the CEO and the big secrets about other companies will not get revealed? What the f*ck is this sh*t? It seem so fake and it doesn’t add up,” one commentator told K-Pop One. “Fans have the right to know what’s going on, because I’m not buying this.”

“This is complete shady bullsh*t. A few hours ago, you said the CEO made you think about committing suicide, and now you’re thanking him because he listened to your sincere words and cared for them? What the hell is wrong with you?” another said. “Did they threaten [Lee Hoo] or what? Or did they just pay him a big, fat check?”

Meanwhile, Star Empire released a statement on the negotiations, saying in-part:

“Late at night yesterday, [Lee Hoo] met with CEO Shin Joo Hak to talk about their sincere feelings and to solve misunderstandings. After talking openly about everything, they were able to solve all the friction. We should have taken interest earlier and held this conversation, but since we have spent so much time together, the thought that they would just understand just made the misunderstandings grow bigger. Through this situation, we will work even harder together. Lastly, we apologize for worrying everyone who love and show interest for [Lee Hoo], ZE:A, and Star Empire.”

What are your thoughts on this story? Has the issue been resolved, or is this just the beginning of something more?

ZE:A’s Lee Hoo to Reportedly Take Reins of Star Empire as Contract Terms are Flipped
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21 September 2014 at 1:51 p.m. EST: Hour-long discussions between ZE:A leader Lee Hoo and Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak have reportedly resulted in a major shift in the K-pop group’s contract, as well as company management.
After a vocal Hoo took to Twitter earlier this week to release a barrage of complaints relating to “injustices” in the K-pop industry and beginning a tirade against Japanese athlete Daisaku Tanaka, who injured fellow ZE:A member Taeheon during an MMA match , Star Empire released a statement acknowledging the tweets and refusing to take a stance, citing ongoing discussions.
Those discussions, according to Hoo, have apparently resulted in some sort of transferred financial and operational responsibility from Shin Joo Hak to ZE:A, although no details were immediately available.
“It has been decided that Star Empire will be operated by me, by us, as a ZE:A company,” a rough translation of the singer’s tweets stated. “I promised all of you that ZE:A’s day would come. I said I would either knock it down or absorb it. Now is the time for you to protect us.”
The ZE:A leader also stated that the K-pop group’s contract, which consisted of a division of 1,000,000 won in a 3:7 ration, in which 300,000 won would be distributed to ZE:A and 700,000 would be distributed to the CEO, would be flipped.
“We will now receive 700,000 won for every 300,000 won the CEO makes,” Hoo stated, referencing his earlier tweets in which he lambasted the company for forced division of the limited amount of money between the group’s nine members.
“We will start fresh from the very beginning,” Hoo added. “To everyone, the fans and the reporters who helped us, thank you for revealing the truth. To everyone reading this, in the name of ZE:A, the singers, the actors, the dancers, and others…I want to tell you that we will live bravely.”
Hoo concluded with a message to other agency presidents and management:

“To all the agency presidents and management, take care of your issues, fix your mistakes, apologize and acknowledge them. What we want is to put down everything and get the hears of your artists. If something like this happens again in the future, the entertainment industry that I know, that I see, that I feel, [will be] flipped on its head.”

The singer had blasted Star Empire’s CEO by name in earlier tweets, asking: “Do you have a clear conscience?” He also threatened to reveal documents purporting to show the abuse by Shin Joo Hak, vowing to protect his members and fans and setting off a firestorm of commentary online.
His public disclosure of Star Empire’s contracts, his earnings, and his company’s lack of concern for his health, which are similar to the complaints lodged by former EXO-M leader Kris when he sought the termination of his contract with SM Entertainment, have sparked debate about the continual corporate focus on money in the industry,
K-Pop One has reached out for details in relations to ZE:A’s contract and the purported company transfer, and will update when we know more.

ZE:A’s Lee Hoo to Reportedly Take Reins of Star Empire as Contract Terms are Flipped

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21 September 2014 at 1:51 p.m. EST: Hour-long discussions between ZE:A leader Lee Hoo and Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak have reportedly resulted in a major shift in the K-pop group’s contract, as well as company management.

After a vocal Hoo took to Twitter earlier this week to release a barrage of complaints relating to “injustices” in the K-pop industry and beginning a tirade against Japanese athlete Daisaku Tanaka, who injured fellow ZE:A member Taeheon during an MMA match , Star Empire released a statement acknowledging the tweets and refusing to take a stance, citing ongoing discussions.

Those discussions, according to Hoo, have apparently resulted in some sort of transferred financial and operational responsibility from Shin Joo Hak to ZE:A, although no details were immediately available.

“It has been decided that Star Empire will be operated by me, by us, as a ZE:A company,” a rough translation of the singer’s tweets stated. “I promised all of you that ZE:A’s day would come. I said I would either knock it down or absorb it. Now is the time for you to protect us.”

The ZE:A leader also stated that the K-pop group’s contract, which consisted of a division of 1,000,000 won in a 3:7 ration, in which 300,000 won would be distributed to ZE:A and 700,000 would be distributed to the CEO, would be flipped.

“We will now receive 700,000 won for every 300,000 won the CEO makes,” Hoo stated, referencing his earlier tweets in which he lambasted the company for forced division of the limited amount of money between the group’s nine members.

“We will start fresh from the very beginning,” Hoo added. “To everyone, the fans and the reporters who helped us, thank you for revealing the truth. To everyone reading this, in the name of ZE:A, the singers, the actors, the dancers, and others…I want to tell you that we will live bravely.”

Hoo concluded with a message to other agency presidents and management:

“To all the agency presidents and management, take care of your issues, fix your mistakes, apologize and acknowledge them. What we want is to put down everything and get the hears of your artists. If something like this happens again in the future, the entertainment industry that I know, that I see, that I feel, [will be] flipped on its head.”

The singer had blasted Star Empire’s CEO by name in earlier tweets, asking: “Do you have a clear conscience?” He also threatened to reveal documents purporting to show the abuse by Shin Joo Hak, vowing to protect his members and fans and setting off a firestorm of commentary online.

His public disclosure of Star Empire’s contracts, his earnings, and his company’s lack of concern for his health, which are similar to the complaints lodged by former EXO-M leader Kris when he sought the termination of his contract with SM Entertainment, have sparked debate about the continual corporate focus on money in the industry,

K-Pop One has reached out for details in relations to ZE:A’s contract and the purported company transfer, and will update when we know more.

Update: ZE:A Leader Lee Hoo Posts Fresh Tweets as Star Empire Releases Statement
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21 September 2014 at 9:17 a.m. EST: ZE:A leader Lee Hoo has posted a fresh series of tweets (several now deleted) blasting the “injustices” within the K-pop industry and vowing to prevent any more “sacrifices” amidst the release of a statement by parent company Star Empire.
“We’e confirmed what Moon Junyoung [Lee Hoo] has posted, and are discussing his tweets with employees,” the company said in a statement provided to Soompi:

“From what he has written, it appears to be a financial issue, so we need to discuss the matter further in order to clarify our stance. Afterwards, we will issue an official statement.”

The company added that “the tweets were deleted by [Lee Hoo].”
Meanwhile, Lee Hoo has updated his Twitter with over 11 new tweets, two of them which are deleted. We have provided the translations of the initial two and are actively working to translate the rest as this story develops.

“Portal sites, I am disappointed. Don’t take down the search terms and please keep up ‘Moon Junyoung,’ ‘ZE:A,’ ‘Star Empire Mistreatment,’ and ‘CEO Shin Joo Hak truth,’ so the public will know. If you have sons like me, please do it. We can’t have another victim… If you act like this, I will reveal my first round [of revelations].”
I’m… asking you. Other people, other agencies, once you are on Star Empire’s side, I’ll reveal those companies’ wrongdoings as well… Don’t get hurt in this… Don’t get involved in other country’s war. If you can handle it, use your money. That’s your specialty. But this is the truth.”


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Update: ZE:A Leader Lee Hoo Posts Fresh Tweets as Star Empire Releases Statement

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21 September 2014 at 9:17 a.m. EST: ZE:A leader Lee Hoo has posted a fresh series of tweets (several now deleted) blasting the “injustices” within the K-pop industry and vowing to prevent any more “sacrifices” amidst the release of a statement by parent company Star Empire.

“We’e confirmed what Moon Junyoung [Lee Hoo] has posted, and are discussing his tweets with employees,” the company said in a statement provided to Soompi:

“From what he has written, it appears to be a financial issue, so we need to discuss the matter further in order to clarify our stance. Afterwards, we will issue an official statement.”

The company added that “the tweets were deleted by [Lee Hoo].”

Meanwhile, Lee Hoo has updated his Twitter with over 11 new tweets, two of them which are deleted. We have provided the translations of the initial two and are actively working to translate the rest as this story develops.

“Portal sites, I am disappointed. Don’t take down the search terms and please keep up ‘Moon Junyoung,’ ‘ZE:A,’ ‘Star Empire Mistreatment,’ and ‘CEO Shin Joo Hak truth,’ so the public will know. If you have sons like me, please do it. We can’t have another victim… If you act like this, I will reveal my first round [of revelations].”

I’m… asking you. Other people, other agencies, once you are on Star Empire’s side, I’ll reveal those companies’ wrongdoings as well… Don’t get hurt in this… Don’t get involved in other country’s war. If you can handle it, use your money. That’s your specialty. But this is the truth.”

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K-Pop One has obtained screenshots of the deleted tweets published earlier by ZE:A leader Lee Hoo, where he threatens to leak “explosive” information on Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak. LIVE UPDATES.

K-Pop One has obtained screenshots of the deleted tweets published earlier by ZE:A leader Lee Hoo, where he threatens to leak “explosive” information on Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak. LIVE UPDATES.

In Series of Impassioned Tweets, ZE:A’s Lee Hoo Vows War With Star Empire CEO
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In a series of emotional tweets today, ZE:A leader Lee Hoo (formerly Junyoung) threatened to leak “explosive” information on Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak in the name of protecting fellow group members and fans, setting off a massive firestorm online. A majority of those tweets have since been deleted as of publishing time, but the translations are contained below.
The singer abruptly began his tweets roughly three hours ago, opening with the sentence, “Everyone, you know I love you, right?”
Hoo then described the hospitalization of ZE;A member Taehun, who suffered a nasal fracture during his first-ever mixed martial arts match on September 12, where he went up against Japanese fighter Daisaku Tanaka.
“I wanted to hate [Tanaka] a lot,” Hoo stated. “But I felt that professionals and amateurs are very different. Even if I get hit 10 times, break my nose and fracture my face, I want to hit him at least once. But I heard that it is his last match. Taeheon’s surgery went well and he’s now out of the hospital. And now it might be late, but I send him applause. Fighter Tanaka, please live happily. I think you must know your last match was not that sweet.’
“I hope you know that loss became a sea of tears for someone, and that a lot of people were sacrificed,” he continued. “Since you are a professional and a man, I hope you know. From now on, I will live like a man. I watched the match and I felt a lot of things. I spilled tears, and I think I know what a man is. From now on, since I’m a man, I’ll live my life through my heart.”
Hoo then described his immense concern and anger after he asked Tanaka to stop the fighting as Taeheon bled. “I was his friend, I and was a member who loved him, because we had a concert the next day,” he tweeted. “But this is a broadcast, right? I guess [Tanaka] wanted to air him bleeding even more.”
“Would you have still done it if Taeheon, I, Ze:A’s fans, or the other members were your children? Today, as always, I spent all night just sighing,” he added.
The singer then pledged to “communicate and let the public know everything I’ve been keeping in my heart, what I saw with my eyes and the life I felt through my tears. I’ll hint and promise that my SNS will be the place for me to cry out about all the unfairness.”
“From now on, I’ll live like a human and a man. I won’t pass by if I see unjustness. I shouldn’t keep it all in,” Hoo continued. “All that came back to me were useless curses and the depression that trapped me…There’s nothing long to be said. I believe that a true leader, a true king, and a true sincere person should know how to listen to the cries of his people. I can’t be trickily like a fox, but I will live justly like a lion. No, that’s just my style, I won’t hide it.”
“I will show you what a true leader is, what true sacrifice is, and I’ll show you how tears turn to fury,” Hoo vowed. “If my Twitter account gets deleted, or muted, you can take that to mean that I am being pressured by that kind of influence. But, I’ll break it all.”
The singer then turned his ire to “trusted and loved” Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak.
“I asked you not to cross the line…you cross the line that you shouldn’t have,” Hoo stated. “Now you must deal with it. My lid is open. I have dealt with everything, from hair-loss to depressed.”
Hoo then warned Hak to be prepared for a barrage of what he claimed would be “explosive” revelations, tweeting: “I’ll show you what it really means to live as a man. I’ve…tried to ‘[commit suicide.] I saw my parents crying tears of blood in front of the family that I loved.”
“Be prepared. Starting tomorrow, I will be uploading data. No, I’ll explode it,” he said. “Do you remember when I asked if you were laughing at me. I’ll let you know how it feels like for that laugh to turn to horror. You called us your children, right? Your sons? Now, let me ask you the first question. All the money that the 9 songs made bleeding and crying…where did that all go? Reply with your hand on your heart.”
Hoo concluded by vowing to defend ZE:A, which he referred to “my children” and “brothers,” as well as his fans. “From now on, I’ll fight to protect my people,” he tweeted. “I will work to clear the blame of the singers who are being unfairly blamed.”
K-Pop One will continue to update this story as it develops.
Written by Andrew Peng. Jamie Hung contributed to this report.

In Series of Impassioned Tweets, ZE:A’s Lee Hoo Vows War With Star Empire CEO

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In a series of emotional tweets today, ZE:A leader Lee Hoo (formerly Junyoung) threatened to leak “explosive” information on Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak in the name of protecting fellow group members and fans, setting off a massive firestorm online. A majority of those tweets have since been deleted as of publishing time, but the translations are contained below.

The singer abruptly began his tweets roughly three hours ago, opening with the sentence, “Everyone, you know I love you, right?”

Hoo then described the hospitalization of ZE;A member Taehun, who suffered a nasal fracture during his first-ever mixed martial arts match on September 12, where he went up against Japanese fighter Daisaku Tanaka.

“I wanted to hate [Tanaka] a lot,” Hoo stated. “But I felt that professionals and amateurs are very different. Even if I get hit 10 times, break my nose and fracture my face, I want to hit him at least once. But I heard that it is his last match. Taeheon’s surgery went well and he’s now out of the hospital. And now it might be late, but I send him applause. Fighter Tanaka, please live happily. I think you must know your last match was not that sweet.’

“I hope you know that loss became a sea of tears for someone, and that a lot of people were sacrificed,” he continued. “Since you are a professional and a man, I hope you know. From now on, I will live like a man. I watched the match and I felt a lot of things. I spilled tears, and I think I know what a man is. From now on, since I’m a man, I’ll live my life through my heart.”

Hoo then described his immense concern and anger after he asked Tanaka to stop the fighting as Taeheon bled. “I was his friend, I and was a member who loved him, because we had a concert the next day,” he tweeted. “But this is a broadcast, right? I guess [Tanaka] wanted to air him bleeding even more.”

“Would you have still done it if Taeheon, I, Ze:A’s fans, or the other members were your children? Today, as always, I spent all night just sighing,” he added.

The singer then pledged to “communicate and let the public know everything I’ve been keeping in my heart, what I saw with my eyes and the life I felt through my tears. I’ll hint and promise that my SNS will be the place for me to cry out about all the unfairness.”

“From now on, I’ll live like a human and a man. I won’t pass by if I see unjustness. I shouldn’t keep it all in,” Hoo continued. “All that came back to me were useless curses and the depression that trapped me…There’s nothing long to be said. I believe that a true leader, a true king, and a true sincere person should know how to listen to the cries of his people. I can’t be trickily like a fox, but I will live justly like a lion. No, that’s just my style, I won’t hide it.”

“I will show you what a true leader is, what true sacrifice is, and I’ll show you how tears turn to fury,” Hoo vowed. “If my Twitter account gets deleted, or muted, you can take that to mean that I am being pressured by that kind of influence. But, I’ll break it all.”

The singer then turned his ire to “trusted and loved” Star Empire CEO Shin Joo Hak.

“I asked you not to cross the line…you cross the line that you shouldn’t have,” Hoo stated. “Now you must deal with it. My lid is open. I have dealt with everything, from hair-loss to depressed.”

Hoo then warned Hak to be prepared for a barrage of what he claimed would be “explosive” revelations, tweeting: “I’ll show you what it really means to live as a man. I’ve…tried to ‘[commit suicide.] I saw my parents crying tears of blood in front of the family that I loved.”

“Be prepared. Starting tomorrow, I will be uploading data. No, I’ll explode it,” he said. “Do you remember when I asked if you were laughing at me. I’ll let you know how it feels like for that laugh to turn to horror. You called us your children, right? Your sons? Now, let me ask you the first question. All the money that the 9 songs made bleeding and crying…where did that all go? Reply with your hand on your heart.”

Hoo concluded by vowing to defend ZE:A, which he referred to “my children” and “brothers,” as well as his fans. “From now on, I’ll fight to protect my people,” he tweeted. “I will work to clear the blame of the singers who are being unfairly blamed.”

K-Pop One will continue to update this story as it develops.

Written by Andrew Peng. Jamie Hung contributed to this report.

Global K-Pop Community Reels After Ladies’ Code Member RiSe Passes Away
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The already devastated K-pop community lost another talented star today after Ladies’ Code member Kwon RiSe passed away at the age of 23, according to a statement from the group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment.
"Kwon RiSe went to heaven on September 7, 10.10 a.m. KST," the agency stated. "Although early attempts at surgery and treatment were tried after she sustained serious injuries to her head during the accident that occurred in the morning of September 3, RiSe drew her final breath."
"We cannot hold back our apologies and also our grief in relaying this tragic news following the death of EunB. We ask that many pray for these two members and for the remaining members as well, who are most saddened," Polaris Entertainment concluded.
RiSe had sustained a critical injury to her head in an early morning car accident in South Korea on September 3 that claimed the life of fellow group member Go Eun-Bi. The crash is currently under investigation, according to local police, and Go Eun-Bi’s funeral was held earlier in the week.
The car accident occurred after a scheduled performance in Daegu, when a back wheel of the vehicle transporting all Ladies’ Code members broke off on Singal Intersection down Yeondong Highway, causing it to spiral out of control, hitting a guard rail. According to the black box from inside the vehicle, the airbags failed to deploy upon impact.
At the scene, RiSe sustained severe facial injuries and was bleeding from her head. Her pulse had stilled, and she was taken to the nearby Ajou University Hospital along with another member Sojung via emergency defibrilation.
There, she endured three surgeries, all spanning over the course of eleven hours, before medical staff were forced to halt the operation due to a severe drop in blood pressure. Doctors had expressed increasing concerns earlier today that her likelihood of recovery had decreased substantially.
The Ladies’ Code member was surrounded by her parents and agency staff members as she passed away peacefully.
To her parents, she was a beloved and talented daughter. To her friends, she was a bright light and an ambitious individual in their lives. To the world, she was an experienced vocalist and the face of Ladies’ Code, as well as a participant on ‘Birth of a Great Star’ and an actress on ‘We Got Married’ along with David Oh.
Fans and stars took to social media to share their remembrances of RiSe’s life, messages of support, and despair, with the hashtag “RIPRise,” similar to the hashtag “RIPEunB,” immediately trending worldwide. Girls’ Day’s Yura, Rainbow’s Jaekyung and Yoonhye, 2AM’s Changmin, 4minute’s Sohyun, U-KISS’ Soohyun, Lunafly’s Yun, APink’s Chorong, and other K-pop stars expressed their condolences online.
Ladies’ Code song ‘I’m Fine, Thank You’ from the 2013 EP album ‘Pretty Pretty’ skyrocketed to the top spot on multiple charts this week, including on music sites Bugs, MelOn, Olleh Music, monkey3, and others, as fans united to remember the contributions of the group members.
We offer our thoughts and condolences to RiSe and EunB’s family and friends, as well those who they touched with their dazzling voices. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.
Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed to this report.

Global K-Pop Community Reels After Ladies’ Code Member RiSe Passes Away

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The already devastated K-pop community lost another talented star today after Ladies’ Code member Kwon RiSe passed away at the age of 23, according to a statement from the group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment.

"Kwon RiSe went to heaven on September 7, 10.10 a.m. KST," the agency stated. "Although early attempts at surgery and treatment were tried after she sustained serious injuries to her head during the accident that occurred in the morning of September 3, RiSe drew her final breath."

"We cannot hold back our apologies and also our grief in relaying this tragic news following the death of EunB. We ask that many pray for these two members and for the remaining members as well, who are most saddened," Polaris Entertainment concluded.

RiSe had sustained a critical injury to her head in an early morning car accident in South Korea on September 3 that claimed the life of fellow group member Go Eun-Bi. The crash is currently under investigation, according to local police, and Go Eun-Bi’s funeral was held earlier in the week.

The car accident occurred after a scheduled performance in Daegu, when a back wheel of the vehicle transporting all Ladies’ Code members broke off on Singal Intersection down Yeondong Highway, causing it to spiral out of control, hitting a guard rail. According to the black box from inside the vehicle, the airbags failed to deploy upon impact.

At the scene, RiSe sustained severe facial injuries and was bleeding from her head. Her pulse had stilled, and she was taken to the nearby Ajou University Hospital along with another member Sojung via emergency defibrilation.

There, she endured three surgeries, all spanning over the course of eleven hours, before medical staff were forced to halt the operation due to a severe drop in blood pressure. Doctors had expressed increasing concerns earlier today that her likelihood of recovery had decreased substantially.

The Ladies’ Code member was surrounded by her parents and agency staff members as she passed away peacefully.

To her parents, she was a beloved and talented daughter. To her friends, she was a bright light and an ambitious individual in their lives. To the world, she was an experienced vocalist and the face of Ladies’ Code, as well as a participant on ‘Birth of a Great Star’ and an actress on ‘We Got Married’ along with David Oh.

Fans and stars took to social media to share their remembrances of RiSe’s life, messages of support, and despair, with the hashtag “RIPRise,” similar to the hashtag “RIPEunB,” immediately trending worldwide. Girls’ Day’s Yura, Rainbow’s Jaekyung and Yoonhye, 2AM’s Changmin, 4minute’s Sohyun, U-KISS’ Soohyun, Lunafly’s Yun, APink’s Chorong, and other K-pop stars expressed their condolences online.

Ladies’ Code song ‘I’m Fine, Thank You’ from the 2013 EP album ‘Pretty Pretty’ skyrocketed to the top spot on multiple charts this week, including on music sites Bugs, MelOn, Olleh Music, monkey3, and others, as fans united to remember the contributions of the group members.

We offer our thoughts and condolences to RiSe and EunB’s family and friends, as well those who they touched with their dazzling voices. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.

Written by Randi Wiggins. Andrew Peng contributed to this report.

‘The World Lost an Angel Today’: Thousands Mourn After the Passing of Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi
(This is an updated version of a previous post. We are receiving conflicting information on the conditions of Ladies’ Code members RiSe and Sojung, and will post additional information accordingly.)
Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed today. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other group members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds. 
The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.
According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as “EunB,” passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment at Ajou University Hospital. The Korea Herald is reporting that RiSe is reportedly in intensive care and that her condition is continually worsening due to low blood pressure, resulting in a halt in surgery procedures, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. The Fact also claims that Sojung will re-enter surgery shortly after sustaining injuries to her arm. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.
According to OneHallyu, RiSe had to be resuscitated via defibrillation, indicating that her heart had stopped at one point, and that her brain may have been dented in several areas. “The surgeons had to operate on her brain 3 times,” the site said in its initial report. RiSe’s parents have also flown to South Korea from Japan. We are looking for more confirmation.
Sojung will also be moved to the much-larger Korea University Anam Hospital shortly; RiSe is expected to follow suit. The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and will be discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. The group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.
Go Eun-B was been laid to rest at the Korea University Anam Hospital, where family members and friends have already gathered to pay their respects. 
K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.
The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi were currently being made.
Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korea Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.
Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minute’s Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.
Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”
We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.
Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report. ‘The World Lost an Angel Today’: Thousands Mourn After the Passing of Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi
(This is an updated version of a previous post. We are receiving conflicting information on the conditions of Ladies’ Code members RiSe and Sojung, and will post additional information accordingly.)
Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed today. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other group members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds. 
The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.
According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as “EunB,” passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment at Ajou University Hospital. The Korea Herald is reporting that RiSe is reportedly in intensive care and that her condition is continually worsening due to low blood pressure, resulting in a halt in surgery procedures, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. The Fact also claims that Sojung will re-enter surgery shortly after sustaining injuries to her arm. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.
According to OneHallyu, RiSe had to be resuscitated via defibrillation, indicating that her heart had stopped at one point, and that her brain may have been dented in several areas. “The surgeons had to operate on her brain 3 times,” the site said in its initial report. RiSe’s parents have also flown to South Korea from Japan. We are looking for more confirmation.
Sojung will also be moved to the much-larger Korea University Anam Hospital shortly; RiSe is expected to follow suit. The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and will be discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. The group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.
Go Eun-B was been laid to rest at the Korea University Anam Hospital, where family members and friends have already gathered to pay their respects. 
K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.
The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi were currently being made.
Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korea Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.
Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minute’s Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.
Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”
We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.
Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report.

‘The World Lost an Angel Today’: Thousands Mourn After the Passing of Ladies’ Code Member Go Eun-Bi

(This is an updated version of a previous post. We are receiving conflicting information on the conditions of Ladies’ Code members RiSe and Sojung, and will post additional information accordingly.)

Ladies’ Code member and group sub-vocalist Go Eun-Bi has passed away after an early morning car accident in South Korea, local police confirmed today. The driver was also killed in the crash, and two other group members are receiving treatment at Ajou University Hospital after suffering severe wounds. 

The accident occurred at 1:20 am KST along the country’s Yeongdong Highway as the vehicle with Ladies’ Code members rammed into a protective wall on the side of the road near Singal Intersection. According to YTN News, heavy rain and weather were a major factor in the crash, which also killed the driver. However, police said the incident was under investigation.

According to hospital officials, 22-year-old Go Eun-Bi, affectionately known by her fans as “EunB,” passed away after she was rushed from the accident site to nearby St. Vincent Hospital in Suwon. Members Sojung and RiSe also suffered severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment at Ajou University Hospital. The Korea Herald is reporting that RiSe is reportedly in intensive care and that her condition is continually worsening due to low blood pressure, resulting in a halt in surgery procedures, while Sojung is continually in stable condition. The Fact also claims that Sojung will re-enter surgery shortly after sustaining injuries to her arm. Hospital staff refused to comment or provide additional details, citing privacy concerns.

According to OneHallyu, RiSe had to be resuscitated via defibrillation, indicating that her heart had stopped at one point, and that her brain may have been dented in several areas. “The surgeons had to operate on her brain 3 times,” the site said in its initial report. RiSe’s parents have also flown to South Korea from Japan. We are looking for more confirmation.

Sojung will also be moved to the much-larger Korea University Anam Hospital shortly; RiSe is expected to follow suit. The remaining group members Ashley and Zuni, the group’s manager, and a stylist suffered only minor injuries and will be discharged, according to Moonrok News, citing a local law enforcement agent. All members will eventually be moved to Seoul. The group was heading in the direction of Incheon before the time of the crash.

Go Eun-B was been laid to rest at the Korea University Anam Hospital, where family members and friends have already gathered to pay their respects. 

K-Pop One has made the editorial decision to publish the photos of the crash.

The group’s agency, Polaris Entertainment, confirmed the passing of Go Eun-Bi through a statement and faulted a loose tire for the accident. The agency also claimed the vehicle flipped and spun several times before slamming into the protective rail. We are also awaiting further details from police. Polaris also stated that funeral arrangements for Go Eun-Bi were currently being made.

Conflicting reports of the number of Ladies’ Code members involved in the accident initially caused mass confusion in the K-pop world. According to the Korea Herald, the vehicle carried three group members and four stylists, while YTN News and SBS reported that all five group members and two stylists were present. Additional reports indicate that all five group members and one stylist were present, along with the deceased driver.

Meanwhile, the hashtag “#RIPEunB” has immediately begun to trend worldwide on Twitter, K-Pop One confirmed, as fans remember her life and legacy through posts, photos, and videos. A number of other K-pop stars and celebrities have expressed their condolences, including Block B’s Jaehyo and Taeil, Rainbow’s Noeul and Jaekyung, APink, U-KISS’s Lee Kiseop, Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea, 4minute’s Sohyun, 2AM’s Jokwon, TAHITI’s MinJae, Girl’s Day’s Sojin, A.KOR, SPICA’s Jiwon, miss A’s Suzy, and others.

Go Eun-Bi had been a member of Ladies’ Code since it debuted in February last year. The group is best known for its MVs, including “Pretty Pretty,” “Hate You,” and the recently released digital single “So Wonderful.”

We offer our thoughts and condolences to her family and friends, as well as the millions she touched with her dazzling voice. Our hearts also go out to the remaining Ladies’ Code members as we wish for a full recovery.

Andrew Peng, Randi Wiggins and Emily Brown contributed to this report.

UPDATE: Our tribute and K-POP ONE obituary on Ladies’ Code member Go Eun-Bi will be published tomorrow. Follow our continual coverage of the Ladies’ Code car crash: bit.ly/1trUSFq

UPDATE: Our tribute and K-POP ONE obituary on Ladies’ Code member Go Eun-Bi will be published tomorrow. Follow our continual coverage of the Ladies’ Code car crash: bit.ly/1trUSFq