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News Roundup: What happened in February?

February seems like a distant memory. But it’s better late than never to review what happened last month. From hitting milestones on social media to the announcement of celebrity participants for the second season of Produce 101. February was anything less than drama-free.

Forbes Korea announces their top 40 power celebrities

Image source: © Park Bo Gum, Soompi, 04.03.2017, www.soompi.com

Image source: © Park Bo Gum, Soompi, 04.03.2017, www.soompi.com

Forbes Korea unveiled their annual ranking of the Top 4o Power Celebrities late last month. The list included a mix of Hallyu stars such as actors, actresses, groups, solo artists and even athletes. EXO ranked in the chart at 4th place for the fourth consecutive year; while TWICE, BTS and I.O.I made their debut on Forbes list and proved they are a force to be reckoned with.

Park Bo Gum took the top spot which was no surprise as the actor’s popularity rocketed through his lead role in KBS’ Moonlight Drawn By Clouds. The runner up was Song Joong Ki (heart eyes!) following the global success of his drama Descendants of the Sun.

Find out if your favourite star made the cut on Forbes’ Top 40!

EXO’s Chanyeol hits 10 million followers on Instagram

Image source: © EXO's Chanyeol, Kpopmap, 04.03.2017, www.kpopmap.com

Image source: © EXO’s Chanyeol, Kpopmap, 04.03.2017, www.kpopmap.com

The most active EXO member on social media and networking sites (also known as SNS in Korea) hit 10 million followers on Instagram. Chanyeol, who is currently starring in MBC drama series Missing Nine, posts the most often including handsome selfies which keeps EXO-L’s happy and at bay.

Congratulations, Chanyeol on 10 million! If you are not already following him, check out @real_pcy. You won’t regret doing so.

China blocks Korean entertainment on streaming platforms due to row

Image source: © Descendants of the Sun, Dramafever, 04.03.2017, www.dramafever.com

Image source: © Descendants of the Sun, DramaFever, 04.03.2017, www.dramafever.com

A moment of silence for our Chinese K-drama watching friends. Billboard reported Chinese audiences won’t be able to watch their favourite Korean dramas on streaming sites because of a political dispute between the two countries.

China is very fond of Korean entertainment and even created their own version of popular variety show Running Man. But in retaliation of Seoul’s move to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system, they have blocked videos and other content of Korean music and dramas.

A website known for uploading Korean dramas informed on social media that they will not be posting for the time being. They hinted at China’s strict restriction with the message: “Everybody should be aware of the reason for this”.

NU’EST and former Toppdogg member to participate in Produce 101

Image source: © NU'EST, Miss Kpop, 04.03.2017, http://misskpop.weebly.com/nuest-profile.html

Image source: © NU’EST, Miss Kpop, 04.03.2017, http://misskpop.weebly.com

Rumours about the second season of Produce 101 have been flying around for the last two months. But it was revealed NU’EST and a former member of Toppdogg will be participating in the show.

Produce 101 is a reality survival show which was set up last year. In the first season, they produced girl group I.O.I from a pool of over 100 trainees. This season, it is the boys’ turn.

Pledis Entertainment confirmed NU’EST would halt promotions to participate in the male version of Produce 101. However, fans are concerned considering NU’EST was formed in 2012 and considered an experienced ‘sunbae’ group.

Former Toppdogg member and KNK are rumoured to join, but this has not been confirmed to be true.

Korean music services change their ranking system

Image source: © MNET, CJ MNET, 04.03.2017, http://english.cj.net

Image source: © MNET, CJ MNET, 04.03.2017, http://english.cj.net

So long are the days when we could stream new music videos all day long. The new changes in Korean music charts will be affecting midnight music releases – which most popular groups rely on.

The main Korean music sites such as Melon, Genie and Mnet will be reformatting how their charts are managed. The change will mean only performance of songs released between 12pm and 6pm. This will be reflected in real-time charts and will help to maintain fair rankings among groups and artists.

Lets see whether the plan of action will work well for both music charts and groups and artists!

Charlie Puth responds to BTS’ Jungkook’s We Don’t Talk Anymore

Image source: © BTS' Jungkook, Allkpop, 04.03.2017, http://www.allkpop.com

Image source: © BTS’ Jungkook, Allkpop, 04.03.2017, http://www.allkpop.com

BTS have been receiving a lot of international attention – they have even been on the Billboard 200 chart six different times with their albums The Most Beautiful in Life Pt. 2, Young Forever, WINGS and You Never Walk Alone.

One of BTS’ fans is American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, who followed BTS on Twitter after Jungkook posted a preview of his cover We Don’t Talk Anymore in January.

Recently Jungkook released the full version and was complimented by Puth publicly on Twitter. However he made the mistake of calling him ‘Jungcook’ which sent ARMY into meltdown.

Listen to the full cover below:

Chelsea Jobe

Journalism student, but a professional fandom flirt on weekends. Ex-Directioner. Watches BTS' Perfect Man at least once a day, and is not ashamed to admit it.

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