2PM Nichkhun has issued a personal apology for his recent drunk driving incident. Nichkhun on the 26th, wrote on his Twitter, “I would like to write this letter of apology for such an irresponsible act. To the injured person, his family, the people of Korea, my fans, JYPE family and staffs, 2PM members, and all the people this situation has affected.” He continued, “I have betrayed the ones who have given me their love and support, the love and support I don’t deserve with such behavior. I feel the need to take some time off to re-think about my action and myself, to make myself a better person and never again repeat the same mistake.” He finished saying, “I am truly ashamed that I have disappointed so many, and I am deeply sorry.” Nichkhun was involved in an accident with a motorcycle while driving under the influence on the 24th, with a blood alcohol level of 0.056%. JYP Entertainment has already issued an official statement and apology earlier this week and stated that they were sorry on behalf of Nichkhun and would comply with further investigation.
On July 26, a K-Pop concert and a super model fashion show will be taking place on the same stage. This ‘Basket Poolside Party’ will be a mix of popular idol groups and super models coming together to create a fusion ‘HOT summer poolside festival’. This event will take place on July 26 at 7 PM at the Sheraton Walker Hill River Park. This new fusion show will be filled with fun performances and glamourous models. This will also air on SBS MTV “The SHOW” as an exclusive special with part 1 on August 3 and part 2 on August 10. Many idol groups and stars will be there including 2PM Wooyoung , After School , GLAM , ZE:A , Verbal Jint , Mighty Mouth , G.NA and more.
Idol group U-KISS has ranked in the TOP 5 with other famous Japanese artists on the Japan Oricon Chart. On July 25, they released their 3rd Japan single, “Dear My Friend.” Their album ranked 5th place on Oricon Chart on the first day. Famous Japanese artists such as AAA and EXIL also released on the same day. U-KISS is currently under one of the biggest agencies in Japan who have also worked with TVXQ and BoA . U-KISS has also been voted as the most successful group in Japan. U-KISS has ranked high on the Oricon Charts with every album they’ve released. They are getting ready to perform their last concert in their Japan tour before returning home.
MBC ” Idol Star Olympics ” Part 2 was held on the 26th. Over 100 of today’s idol stars were seen at the event. In this episode After School and SECRET met at the semi-finals for archery. Especially noticeable was the After School members’ natural athletic abilities. Uee in particular received applause for maintaining a score of at least 8 in a row in her competition against SECRET Song Jieun. Her expression was priceless; it confirmed her role as an actress. Uee’s expression alone made it appropriate to call her a goddess of archery.
Super Junior has won the ‘triple crown’ on Mnet ” M! Countdown .” On July 26 on Mnet “M! Countdown,” Super Junior won first place. On this day, candidates for the number one spot were Super Junior, 2NE1 , and 2PM Wooyoung . Super Junior ended up winning first place, making them the ‘triple crown’ for winning 3 times in a row. Kanging commented, “We will work hard so that new and younger idol groups will have someone to look up to.”
Gold medalist Park Tae Hwan talks about his scandal with Wonder Girls Sunye . On July 22, Park Tae Hwan talked about a scandal he had with Wonder Girls Sunye 4 years ago. As soon as he heard the news, he called Sunye and Yeeun and asked what the situation was. The three later met together and laughed together on the issue. He continued to say that at that time, the three of them attended the same church so he was always seen with them. He also said that this scandal was one of the funniest moments of his life. Park Tae Hwan and Sunye were involved in a scandal in 2008 which later revealed to be untrue. Park Tae Hwan will be participating in the London Olympics this year.
2PM Nichkhun will be stopping all activities due to his drunk driving accident. On July 26, JYP Entertainment announced that Nichkhun will temporarily be stopping all activities. JYP stated, “Nichkhun has received so much love for the past 5 years since his debut in Korea. He is truly very sorry for his behavior and will be taking time off to reevaluate himself. He will be back soon to meet his fans again.” JYP continued, “We have decided to honor his opinion and he will not be attending the ‘JYP Nation’ concert nor the JYP ‘Fan Day’ event.” Regarding his future activities, JYP replied, “We are working on his future activities, and for the ones that we’ve made a contract with, we are making sure that the companies don’t receive any bad reps due to our mistake.” Lastly, JYP commented, “We truly apologize for this incident and we will work hard to make sure this type of situation never happens again.”
ZE:A Dong Jun ‘s back injury raises safety issues with the ” Idol Star Olympics .” On the 26th on MBC “Idol Star Olympics” Part 2, ZE:A Dong Jun injured his back while competing in a game. From the start, he slipped, but, his over zealous heart to win took him over the hurdle. Nevertheless, his position was off so he fell and hurt his back. Dong Jun continued to toughen it out by wobbling over to the finish line, hand on back. After completing the race, Dong Jun was escorted out by the help of other players. Due to his injury he had to give up competing in the 100M race. Dong Jun expressed, “I got hurt because I was too nervous and too passionate. I’m pretty bummed out that I can’t participate because I was looking forward to it. I apologize.” Dong Jun’s incident yet again raised the issue of celebrity safety on shows like this. For the 110M hurdle race, 2AM Changmin , TEEN TOP Niel, ZE:A Dong Jun, SHINee Minho , Boyfriend Donghyun, 2AM Seullong, INFINITE Woohyun, and Dalmatian Simon participated. The gold medal went to SHINee Minho.
Idol group MYNAME has ranked number 9 on the Oricon chart. On July 25, MYNAME’s agency stated, “MYNAME’s debut single, ‘Message,’ has ranked number 1 on the Japanese album site, Tower Record and has placed number 9 on the Oricon Daily Chart.” MYNAME’s Japanese management has been making big promotion events to spread the word of the group and become more known. Also, the day MYNAME’s album was released, other famous Japanese artists such as AAA and EXILE, released their albums too. MYNAME was able to beat all the Japan artists and rank nuber 9 on the charts. They have received positive feedback such as, “The songs and the members seem to fit well together”, “They are a rookie idol group to look out for” and “Their live singing is amazing.” Their entertainment company also stated, “Their albums were selling out fast on album sites. As a way to commemorate their official Japan debut, they will also have a live concert for their fans. We are so shocked to see them rank in the top 10 on the Oricon chart. We plan to work harder to get their music known in Japan.” MYNAME is currently promoting their single and appearing
Famous girl group 2NE1 will begin their world tour, ‘NEW EVOLUTION’ starting in Seoul. The four members, CL , Dara , Bom and Minzy , will travel to 10 cities in 7 different countries, including the U.S. They will play in New Jersey on August 17 and in L.A on August 24. 2NE1 has been working with world famous choreographers and staff in order to bring the best on stage for their international fans. They have worked with producer will.i.am and designer Jeremy Scott for their world tour. They are especially excited to come to the U.S. as it will be a first for them. 2NE1 has been sweeping the U.S. K-Pop Billboard charts. They have been chosen as the Best New Band in the World on MTV Iggy as well. Their new title song, ” I Love You ” has also reached 7.3 million views within the first month. The world tour will officially begin this Saturday on July 28 at the Seoul Olympic Stadium. They will then leave for the U.S. to perform at the Prudential Center in New Jersey and the Nokia Theater in L.A.