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GDragon gets slammed with another round of plagiarism accusations

Credits to: K Bites

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Big Bang GDragon gets slammed with another round of plagiarism accusations.

After all the stir caused by plagiarism accusations for his upcoming solo album title song ‘HeartBreaker’, GDragon’s ‘HeartBreaker’ album cover has also become the subject of the plagiarism talks.

The 30s preview to the title song ‘Heartbreaker’ was released on 11th August through GDragon’s me2day account, and he was accused of plagiarising Flo Rida’s ‘Right Round’ for that song. YG Entertainment also came out to speak about the plagiarism accusations.

There were also subsequent accusations of plagiarisms for the song ‘Heartbreaker’ relating to Oasis’s ‘She’s Electric’. And the song ‘Boy’ was also accused to have plagiarised that of Katharine Mcphee’s ‘Not ur girl’.

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With that fresh accusations of plagiarism arose that GDragon’s album cover looks too similar to English band Spiritualized’s 2001 album ‘Let it come down’ jacket. Also there was also debates about how GDragon’s concept for his album jacket looks similar to the concept of Lee JunKi’s ‘JStyle’ album photoshoot.

Earlier, GDragon has also been criticised for the top he worn on to 2NE1TV showing the picture of a naked woman.

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Netizens’ responses to these are:

  • “Isn’t this like exaggerating on GDragon’s capabilities?”
  • ku*****, “If there are no problems, there are always accusations for plagiarism when such albums come out”
  • dr*****, “I always thought that he is a genius, but with all these accusations, I have my doubts about it”
  • nu*****, “This is not something illegal. Isn’t all these accusations too much for a young singer like him who has so much potential?”

Court Accepts Dong Bang Shin Ki’s ‘SM Preservation of Evidence’ Form

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On July 31st, three members of TVXQ, Xiah Junsu, YoungWoong Jaejoong and Micky Yoochun, filed for an Exclusive Contract Validity Suspension and Provisional Disposition Request Form, and the Seoul Central District Court has accepted the three members’ Preservation of Evidence Request.

The Seoul Central District Court has accepted the three members’ Preservation of Evidence Request that they submitted on the 5th earlier this month through the Sejong Law Firm. This request was for the preservation of all receipts, transaction slips, account books and such to calculate the exact amount of TVXQ’s income.

It has been found that the Court demanded that SM hand in all documents relevant to this lawsuit. [Credits: jeeelim5@iscreamshinki.net]


Witnesses describe scenes at DaeSung’s car accident

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Big Bang DaeSung who was injured in a car accident on 11th August has left  fans much worried and shocked.

On MBC Section TV Entertainment News aired on 14th August, an interview with the witness to the accident was revealed. The witness has revealed his shock when he saw the car hitting up the guard rail and even caused a tree to uproot. An emergency officer Mr. Park said, “The car was damaged beyond recognition. The ceiling part to the car has also collapsed.”

“The coordinator was in between the seats. Manager’s right arm was stuck in the damage and he was screaming in pain. DaeSung was taken to the management office. He was complaining of back pain, and blood was flowing from his nose, his own face continued to bleed.”

A witness at the hospital also provided, “He looked like he hurt his face a lot. It was bandaged.”

It has been revealed that DaeSung will be undergoing an operation for his nose and eye area where there are fractions. And he will need 8 weeks of treatment.

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August 15, 2009 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment

Big Bang and 2NE1 to participate in Asia Song Festival with SuJu and SNSD

Credits to: K Bites

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It has been known that Big Bang and 2NE1 will be participating in 2009 Song Festival.

Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange has revealed the 2nd line-up to the 6th Asia Song Festival on 11st August.

And for the 2nd line-up, it has been known that groups Big Bang and 2NE1 will be participating in the event. Other than that, Japanese popular group V6 and Hong Kong singer-actor Eken Zheng YiJian will also be participating in the event.

It was known that groups Super Junior and So Nyeo Shi Dae will be participating for the event when the 1st line-up was revealed earlier. And now 2 more Korean singer groups Big Bang and 2NE1 joins the list, representing Korea for the song festival.

2009 Asia Song Festival will be held on 19th September in Seoul WorldCup Stadium.

August 11, 2009 at 5:14 am 1 comment

Updates on GDragon’s solo album and DBSK

Credits to: K Bites

Big Bang GDragon releases preview to debut solo album!

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Big Bang GDragon releases a preview to his debut solo album ahead of the official release.

YG said, “GDragon has revealed the preview to the song ‘Boy’ through meday site on 10th August.”

The responses to the preview was overwhelming, even though the song was revealed at 3am in the morning, it has received over 20K replies on me2day site, many fans have stayed up to wait for the song preview.

It is said that GDragon will also be revealing another song on 11th August, and will go ahead to reveal the title song on 12th August.

Meanwhile it has been known that both GDragon and the Brave Brothers, who will be releasing their solo albums on the same day on 18th, had filmed their MV on the same day on 7th August.


SM, “We give 40% of profits to Dong Bang Shin Ki”

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SM Entertainment revealed recently, “We split profits with group Dong Bang Shin Ki at the ratio of 4:6.”

Revealed on MC programme “Current Affairs Magazine 2580′ aired on 9th August, Dong Bang Shin Ki has brought in a recorded 49.8 billion KRW. Of these, SM has invested 22.4 KRW. And the rest was split between the group and SM at 4:6.”

SM said, “Of the benefits, Dong Bang Shin Ki gets 4 proportions and SM gets 6 proportions. Of the 27.4 KRW, Dong Bang Shin Ki gets 11.0 KRW and SM gets 16.4KRW.”

It was also revealed that for overseas promotions, Dong Bang Shin Ki gets 7 and SM gets 3 proportions.Also for overseas event, CF revenues, they are split at 7:3.

But according to the 3 members of Dong Bang Shin Ki, “The splitting of profits is not transparent. We cannot trust them.”

And also about their 13-year contract, SM said, “We also secured the time when the group went overseas to promote. In Korea 3~4 years, in Japan 3~4 year, in China, it was 3~4 years.”

And about this, the 3 members’ lawyer said, “This is a contract which will make this idol stars work their live. Also for album sales, they only receive no more than 0.4~1% for each member.”

Updates on the case of the lawsuit against SM Entertainment.

  1. Dong Bang Shin Ki fends off rumours for disband, “We hope to perform on this stage again next year” (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/k-bites-07-08-2009-iv-2ne1-big-bang-dong-bang-shin-ki/)
  2. The situation, the truth and distortions (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/dong-bang-shin-ki-the-situation-the-truth-and-distortion/)
  3. SM’s refutation against their cast (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/sm-entertainments-refutation-they-made-11b-krw-after-debut/)
  4. The 3 members’ official stand about their case against SM (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/08/03/dbsk-hero-micky-and-xiahs-official-stand-about-their-discord-with-sm/)
  5. The 3 members apply for retractile effect on 31st July (http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2009/07/31/dong-bang-shin-ki-xiah-micky-and-hero-for-a-lawsuit-against-sm/)

August 10, 2009 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

AJ, Yoon Doo Joon, So-1 and others to be in new boyband B2ST

Credits to: K Bites

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MTV is currently nurturing 6 member boy group ‘B2ST (Boys 2 Search the Top)’ through Star Documentary Reality.

This coming September, this boy group will debut with ‘Dancing Shoes’, promising a magnificent performance and great vocal talent. Joining the line-up is rising star AJ (Ace Junior), who is dubbed “the second Rain” of the group.

With their debut coming real soon, these boys had undergone strenuous training. They are also in the process of recording their song, going to MV sites and showcases, and preparing for the MTV filming.

Cannot be seen twice, this boy group’s debut image could be viewed on the broadcasting on Sunday the 23rd of August in the afternoon at 3pm.

Here’s more about each members

#1: AJ

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Lee Ki Kwang, better known as solo singer AJ. Because of controversies, he will be changing his stage name which has yet to be announced by his management. There has been news that he will be included in the cast for the second season of popular sitcom “High Kick.”

Birth Name: Lee Ki Kwang (이기광)
Birth Date: 1990.03.30
Blood Type: A
Height&Weight: 174cm&58kg
Birth Place: Seoul
School(s): Seoul Composite Art School
Hobbies: Dancing, and DVD appreciation
Trainee Years: 4yrs under JYPE
Favorite Singers: Taeyang of Big Bang, Omarion & Usher.

#2: Yoon Doo Joon

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He first appeared as one of the candidates for JYP’s new boy band on Mnet’s Hot Blood Documentary. Currently one of the rappers for AJ’s hit song Wiping the Tears.

Birth Date: 1989.07.04
School: JoongSan High School.
Height / Weight: 180cm/67kg.
Specialty: Singing.
Fact: Mgoon Audition 3rd place.
Special Fact: Likes “Black” music

#3: Poppin’ Dragon

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Yong Jun Hyeong, previously known as Poppin’ Dragon. He first debuted in the earlier generations of Xing. He, like Doo Joon, raps for AJ’s Wiping the Tears.

Real Name: Yong Jun Hyeong
Stage Name: Poppin’ Dragon
Birth Date: 1989.12.19
Interests: Dance
Family: Parents, younger brother
School: Ahnyang High School, theatre movie

#4: So-1

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Jang Hyun Seung aka SO-1. He was eliminated from Big Bang in the ninth episode of their documentary because he lacked stage presence and was too shy.

Birth Name: Jang Hyun Seung (장현승, 張賢聖)
Birth date: 1989.09.03

#5 YoSeob

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Yoseob. As you can tell from the chosen picture, it’s difficult to find pictures of him. He also has the least information out right now. All that is known is that he is a back-up dancer for AJ.

#6: Son DongWoon

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Son Dong Woon (1991.06.06), the final member of the group. He’s been a part of JYP as a trainee for quite a long while. Boy has good taste in music (his cyworld told me♥) and makes me assume that the new boy band will have a similar sound to ‘Wiping the Tears.’ Teased jokingly by fans for looking Thai, especially when with Khun (who is said to look more Korean than him). Even I agree that he has the typical Thai MC look (lol, Wake Club! I swear, those MCs look mixed). Very little formal information is known other than his birthday (which is at least a step-up from Yoseob).

Credit: 1, 2, kirra12 and love1sagain

I can’t wait till they debut!

Ex-Wonder Girls and Ex-Big Bang are

coming back!


August 10, 2009 at 11:34 am 4 comments

With worries about Dong Bang Shin Ki disbandment, Chinese fans join in the fan panic

Credits to: K Bites

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It seems that the Chinese fans have also joined in the fan panic with the news of danger that Dong Bang Shin Ki will disband.

On Chinese Sina.com and other media, there were reports about Dong Bang Shin Ki members Xiah JunSu, Micky YooChun and Hero JaeJoong has went up to Seoul Central District Court to apply for provisional retractile of their exclusive rights effect from their contract with SM Entertainment.

The reports also went, “With this news of a lawsuit by the Dong Bang Shin Ki members, many of Dong Bang Shin Ki’s fans have been taken aback, especially for their official fanclub Cassiopeia, they are in a panic state.”

With these reports, Chinese fans said, “If this is the route they choose, we will support them”, “But still this is the company that groomed them to be top stars, isn’t that a little too much?” with various responses.

Meanwhile, it has been known that members UKnow YunHo and Max ChangMin has decided not to join the rest of the members in this pending lawsuit.

With these news, there have much speculations that the chance of the group disbanding is high since it has been more than 5 years since they debuted in 2005.

But with that, SM Entertainment released official statements:

  • They said on 1st August morning, “It is true that Xiah, Hero and Micky made the application for provisional disposition to terminate the exclusive rights effects from their contract on 31st July at the district court. With that the company is very taken back by the action, we are trying to get confirm all the truth from them currently. “
  • They continued, “But as a representative group to the country and to Asia, our stand is that activities for Dong Bang Shin Ki have to continue even with this disposition application. And about the problems arising from the discussion to do a cosmetic entreprise, we plan to talk over them and sort out the problems as soon as possible.”
  • SM Entertainment’s representative added about rumours to the band’s disbandment, “On SM’s side, we still have much love for Dong Bang Shin Ki. We do not want them to disband. Let’s resolve this peacefully seeing the long time we have worked together since their debut till now.”

Read the full followup Korean news report here: [Updated] Dong Bang Shin Ki Xiah, Micky and Hero for a lawsuit against SM? Worries for group disband

I want to take this chance to also clarify, whatever that is reported on KBites about this case are only from Korean news sites. I don’t care what other sites or forums post, I’m going to stick with just the Korean news article on this case.

August 1, 2009 at 5:38 am Leave a comment

Dong Bang Shin Ki Xiah, Micky and Hero for a lawsuit against SM? Worries for group disband

Credits to: K Bites

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One of Asia’s biggest group Dong Bang Shin Ki, has 3 of its members in a possible lawsuit against their own company SM Entertainment.

Dong Bang Shin Ki members Xiah JunSu, Micky YooChun and Hero JaeJoong had gone to Seoul Central District Court to hand in an application for provisional disposition to terminate all effects of their exclusive belonging rights contract with SM on 31st July.

Latest updates on top:

Follow up #4:

After they released their official stand about the contract exclusive right clause retractile application, SM Entertainment’s representative added about rumours to the band’s disbandment, “On SM’s side, we still have much love for Dong Bang Shin Ki. We do not want them to disband. Let’s resolve this peacefully seeing the long time we have worked together since their debut till now.”

Follow up #3:

SM Entertainment has released their official stand on the case.

They said on 1st August morning, “It is true that Xiah, Hero and Micky made the application for provisional disposition to terminate the exclusive rights effects from their contract on 31st July at the district court. With that the company is very taken back by the action, we are trying to get confirm all the truth from them currently. “

They continued, “But as a representative group to the country and to Asia, our stand is that activities for Dong Bang Shin Ki have to continue even with this disposition application. And about the problems arising from the discussion to do a cosmetic entreprise, we plan to talk over them and sort out the problems as soon as possible.”

It has been know that members YunHo and ChangMin has decided not to take part in this lawsuit. Both of them are currently preparing for their drama debut this September and year-end.

Follow up #2:

One of the Korean new media No Cut News has known through phone call from SM that SM said, “We are aware that some of the (DBSK) members have some disagreements with the company, but we do not know that they have sparked a lawsuit wth the company. The director board of the company is currently having an urgent meeting in an undisclosed place in Seoul to discuss about their countermeasures.

They also added, “We will have our official stand asap”.

Follow up #1:

What will happen to the 3 members’ activities scheduled for Dong Bang Shin Ki? there is the upcoming SMTown Live 09 on 16th August. It seems that the members may not be appearing for the concert with their lawsuit with the company.

Especially with all the rumours lately about ‘disbanding of Dong Bang Shin Ki’. To add on, one of the 3 members’ parents have also established their won entertainment company in China.

Fans are also very taken back by this incident. Many have voiced their disbeliefs on various discussion forums.

Original article:

It has been known that their reasons for doing so is that the contract with SM Entertainment has many irrelevant conditions attached. It is also known that the content to the contract the 3 members cannot agree to includes having them belonging exclusively to SM Entertainment for 13 years and also unhappiness over profit allocation.

The lawyer responsible for this case said, “We are currently preparing for a lawsuit against SM for this contract. (About the reasons to why) We cannot reveal the details now.”

There has also been saying that the 3 members have differing views to SM on their upcoming ‘Dong Bang Shin Ki cosmetic enterprise expansion’.

Currently out of the 3 members, JunSu is already doing a cosmetic business with his parents. It is said that there were plans for the company to operate a cosmetic business, with sheep placenta as the main ingredient, using the group’s name as the brand name in Seoul GangNam and GyeongGiDo IlSan. It is said that there were also plans for the business to be launched in China bringing in hundreds millions KRW in profit.

But it has been said that the 2 sides are having some differing views and also complications arose through their discussion on how the product and brand will go.

Source: 1, 2, 3

Just to clarify:

  • The 3 members are applying to retract the the exclusive rights effects from their contract with SM
  • There are also other problems like differing views and problems in developing their cosmetic entreprise
  • Disbanding is a speculation on the Korean news side because the 3 members will not be able to continue on their activities since they are on the case

July 31, 2009 at 11:31 pm Leave a comment

Big Bang and Son DamBi to be featured for Brave Brothers’ new album

Credits to: K Bites

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The Brave Brothers (real name Kang Dong Chul) will be releasing his first single album ‘Attitude’ on 18th August. And there has been saying that Son DamBi and Big Bang, artistes who sang the songs he wrote, will be featured for this album.

From 2008 to 2009, Son DamBi has sung many hits written by the Brave Brothers like ‘Crazy’, ‘Saturday Night’; also there were Brown Eyed Girls with ‘What to do’, Big Bang with ‘Last Farewell’, After School with ‘Diva’. Brave Brothers have produced the many hits which took the Kpop zone by storm from 2008 to 2009. Not only did he write songs for the mainstream artistes, he has also worked on several underground artistes’ albums.

He said, “I am very thankful that the featured singers not only helped out with the songs, they even appeared for my MV. I am very thankful for these singers I have worked with this period of time. This album will bring good music with a new level of beat and sound.”

July 31, 2009 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

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