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LADIES′ CODE′s Lee So Jung, Ashley, and Zuny have all been discharged from the hospital.

On October 23, Polaris Entertainment told Newsen, "The health conditions of So Jung, Ashley, and Zuny are all almost back to normal, so they were discharged."

′Right now, So Jung is in Wonju, Gangwon-do, Ashley in the US, and Zuny in Gwangju, Jeolla-do, resting with their families," said the agency. "After the members have found stability mentally, they plan on returning to the dorms."

LADIES′ CODE unfortunately experienced a tragic car accident on September 3 at around 1:20 AM on a freeway in Yongin, when its fan hit a barrier. Members EunB and Kwon RiSe lost their lives through the accident. Lee So Jung received surgery for her facial fractures, while Ashley and Zuny experienced minor injuries.


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Nine-member K-pop boy group ZE:A, also known as Children of Empire, will temporarily perform without Moon Jun-young, the leader of the group.

Star Empire Entertainment, the boy group’s agency, issued a letter of apology yesterday to the band’s fans for causing trouble with Moon.

The entertainment company released the letter as an answer to a message Moon wrote on his Twitter account last month.

Moon’s tweet publicly blamed the head of the entertainment company for mistreating the group’s members.

“Kim Tae-heon [a member of ZE:A] got hurt while he was shooting a reality TV show, but we didn’t treat him properly right after and it enraged the members,” the entertainment company said through its letter.

“Moon thought he couldn’t communicate with the company and he resorted to Twitter and the public for the sake of his group members.”

The agency added that “the company established a new system by reflecting opinions of all the ZE:A members, and all the employees and executives of the company apologized for causing trouble.”

The company also said that Moon’s temporary departure is “giving him time to plan for his future career and performances.”

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Marking their 10th anniversary since debuting, TVXQ will launch a global live tour titled “T1ST0RY,” according to SM Entertainment, the K-pop duo’s agency.

The title of the live tour was coined by combining the duo’s name, the number 10 and the word “history.”

The tour will start off at Olympic Gymnastics Arena, southeastern Seoul, on Dec. 6 and 7, and will continue to other major cities outside the country.

TVXQ successfully finished a world tour in 2012, stopping in cities such as Los Angeles, Chile, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Seoul concert tickets will go on sale Tuesday through G-Market, an online open market.

JoongAng Daily

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Actress Kong Hyo-jin has chosen a theatrical play as her next project after finishing the drama series “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” according to Soop Entertainment, the actress’s agency.

Having debuted in 1999, Kong has been featured in popular films and drama series such as “Thank You” (2007), “Pasta” (2010), “The Greatest Love” (2011) and “The Master’s Sun” (2013), but this will be the first time she tries her hand at theater.

The 34-year-old actress, who has often been dubbed “the queen of romantic comedy,” will play the lead role in “Educating Rita.”

She will be paired up with veteran actor Jeon Mu-song.

Actress Kang Hye-jeong is also double-cast as Rita. Both Kong and Kang are close friends.

The play will hit the stage early December and will run for about two months.

It is an usual move for an actress like Kong to choose to act in a play as she has already proved her acting prowess with her down-to-earth portrayal of various characters, from a single mother with a HIV-positive daughter to an over-the-hill girl group member.

JoongAng Daily

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Actor Kim Soo-hyun, star of the hit soap "My Love from the Star," will be appointed as a promotional ambassador for Seoul on Saturday.

Kim will appear at a festival in Dongdaemun and start his activities to promote the city.

"We are glad to appoint Kim, who became one of the most popular Korean stars across Asia, a promotional ambassador for Seoul, and expect him to contribute to the city's tourism projects," a city official said.

The festival will feature various events, including a make-up show, a dance competition and a traditional performance.

Chosun Ilbo

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Postage stamps featuring the boy band Big Bang will be issued in China, Japan and Korea on Oct. 31.

The stamps are available in three different designs. Preorders for the Korean version began on Wednesday.

The gilded stamps will be sold along with postcards in Korea, while the Chinese version in black and red colors comes with a set of commemorative coins. The Japanese version commemorates the band's tour of the island country's five cities.

The management agency claimed that the stamps will make great presents for fans as they feature unreleased pictures of the band.


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BEAST revealed their special mini album for the fifth debut anniversary.
 
The group's 7th mini album titled "TIME" was released on October 20 at 12:30 p.m. (KST). The title track "12:30" portrays the pain after a break-up describing the hands of a clock at the time 12:30 which point the opposite directions. Also, appealing piano sound and rhythm emphasize the emotion in the song and the member's delicate vocals blended with melody completed a sad melo music video.
 
Another song "Drive," a hiphop genre track, includes an impressive reciting intro part. Driving-like melody line develops the story in the song reminding a scene in the film.
 
The third track, "It's All Good," with a R&B rhythm, sings to comfort himself that breaking-up is better than being together for themselves ironically.
 
Meanwhile, BEAST appeared on KBS 2TV Talk Show "Hello Counselor."

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A Chinese version of the hit drama "Full House" will be going into production, with Eli of U-KISS set to play the lead role.

The production team heading the drama, Group8, will team up with Asia Media Holdings for the Chinese project. The original Korean drama "Full House" starred Rain and Song Hye-gyo, hitting as high as 40% in viewer ratings.

Auditions will be held to cast the female lead aside Eli. Filming is scheduled to start in December.

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Exo fans are still stunned after two of the group’s Chinese members filed separate lawsuits against SM Entertainment to nullify the validity of their contracts.

And some industry insiders are concerned that one of the most popular K-pop bands will soon see an exodus of its Chinese members, prompted by the departure of Luhan and Kris.

Most recently, Luhan filed a lawsuit Oct. 10 against SM, while another Chinese member, Kris, did the same in May.

There are four Chinese members left, along with six remaining Korean members.

Luhan reportedly cited unfair distribution of income among group members, tight schedules and infringement of privacy as his reasons for submitting a lawsuit against SM to the Seoul Central District Court. When Kris sued the agency, he put forward similar reasons.

Whether Korean or not, boy and girl group members often announce their departure when their act’s popularity is at its peak.

Fans and critics see this as the ugly side of Korean show business and its incubation system, the long process trainees at entertainment agencies go through, but some see the stars who attempt to leave their groups as people who “eat and run” - a newly coined expression in Korean - after gaining sought-after popularity.

Often shortened as meoktwi, the practice has negative connotations, referring to people who are driven by their own interests.

But in a column published Tuesday by online news agency Media Today, culture critic Kim Heon-sik publicly blamed SM for failing in its trainee system. The company is the country’s largest entertainment agency that is home to musicians like Girls’ Generation and Super Junior.

“Korea’s idol incubation system is a time-consuming process and also requires trainees to sacrifice [to become a star], but is it right to train [Chinese idols] in the same way as Korean members?” Kim asked.

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K-pop trio JYJ successfully finished their Asia tour last month. Starting in Seoul, the trio then traveled to Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Taipei, Shanghai and Bangkok, attracting more than 100,000 fans.

The group is currently preparing for its tour of Japan in November and December, according to C-JeS Entertainment.

JYJ will hold concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and other major cities on its tour, “Ichigo Ichie,” or “Once in a Lifetime” in Japanese.

The group will also release its first digital single in Japan. The trio has yet to release an official album in Japan, though their Korean albums and hits have topped the Oricon music charts sans any promotion there.

Last month’s tour marked the first time Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun and Kim Jun-su have come together to perform as JYJ. Before then, the three entertainers were busy working on solo projects. Aside from performing as JYJ, the three work in musicals, on television and in film.

JoongAng Daily

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