South Korean veteran singer Na Hoon-a has shocked a live national TV audience on Friday (Jan 25) by threatening to drop his trousers to prove that he had not been castrated by a Japanese gangster.

The 60-year-old crooner was at a news conference to deny rumour that his private part was cut off by a Yakuza (Japanese gangster), whom the media reported to be unhappy with Hoon-a for having a relationship with his mistress.

Korean singer Na Hoon-a drop pants to deny rumours
Na Hoon-a ‘dropping his trousers’ (Image courtesy of Chosun)

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SG Wannabe’s Chae Dong-ha is leaving the popular Korean R&B group soon. SG Wannabe’s agency, Mnet Media, has revealed that Chae will not be renewing his contract when it expires in May 2008.

Korean pop group SG Wannabe
SG Wannabe (L-R)… Kim Jin-ho, Chae Dong-ha and Kim Yong-jun (Image courtesy of Sina)

It has been a known fact that Chae is interested in branching out his career into acting and stage performances, but Mnet wanted SG Wannabe to focus in singing instead… Chae has no choice but to leave the group to pursue his own interest.

Chae’s decision has received blessings from his other group members, Kim Yong-jun and Kim Jin-ho. It’s not the end of SG Wannabe though, as Mnet has announced that they will find a replacement for Chae instead of disbanding the group.

SG Wannabe has been a hit group in Korea since making their debut in 2004. The trio’s 4th and latest album “The Sentimental Chord” is Korea’s best selling album of the year 2007.

SG Wannabe is expected to release their 5th album before Chae leaves the group.

Sg Wannabe The Sentimental Chord

The Recording Industry Association of Korea (MIAK) has announced that SG Wannabe tops Korea’s best selling album chart of 2007.

SG Wannabe’s “The Sentimental Chord” sold 190,998 copies, followed by Super Junior’s “Don’t Don” (164,058) and Epik High’s “Remapping the Human Soul” (120,301).

With South Korea’s 49 million populations, the sales figure is surprisingly low for a best selling album.

Bae Yong-joon’s “The Legend” bags 8 awards and becomes the biggest winner of the MBC Drama Awards 2007. The award ceremony was held on Dec 30 in Seoul, with Shin Dong-yup and Hyun Young as the emcees.

Below are pictures of some Korean stars on the red carpet…

Bae Yong-joon at MBC Drama Awards 2007 Bae Yong-joon at MBC Drama Awards 2007
Bae Yong-joon in clutches because of injury sustained while filming The Legend

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Korean pop girls group S.E.S got back together to celebrate their 10th anniversary at a special reunion with fans on Dec 9. It was their first official appearance as a group in 5 years.

S.E.S made their public debut in Nov 1997 and was arguably the most popular Korean girls group in late 90s and early 2000s. The group was however disbanded (albeit unofficially) in late 2002 with all the 3 members (Bada, Eugene and Shoo) pursuing their solo career instead.

Korean pop group S.E.S 10th anniversary reunion
S.E.S 10th anniversary reunion… Bada, Eugene and Shoo (L-R)

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More pictures from 6th Korean Film Awards

Song Yun-ah and JYP disco dance at Korean Film Awards 2007
Hostess Song Yun-ah and special guest Park Jin-young (JYP) performed on stage

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The 6th Korean Film Awards was held last Saturday (Dec 1) in Seoul. “Secret Sunshine” (밀양; Milyang) was the biggest winner of the night, bagging the best movie, best director (Lee Chang-dong), best actor (Song Kang-ho) and best actress (Jeon Do-yeon) awards.

Song Kang-ho, Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Chang-dong at Korean Film Awards 2007
The winning trio from “Secret Sunshine”…
(L-R) Song Kang-ho, Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Chang-dong

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Korean pop star Ivy is back on stage at a K-pop concert in Vancouver, Canada, on Nov 25 after staying hiatus since early November following a sex tape saga.

Ivy at Vancouver K-pop Concert Ivy at Vancouver K-pop Concert
Ivy at the K-pop concert in Vancouver (Image credits to Chosun)

Ivy ex-boyfriend has blackmailed her in October threatening to expose their (hidden) relationship to the public and claimed that he had a tape to prove it. Early speculations suggested that the ex-boyfriend might have a sex tape recorded secretly… but later investigations showed that such tape never existed.

Her ex-boyfriend is now charged for distortion and violent conduct (he is alleged to have hit Ivy and damaged her car).

The saga also led to rumours that Ivy had an affair with another singer (as claimed by her ex) that led to the sour relationship. The accusation raised heated discussions among netizens… some has shown their support for Ivy, but some doesn’t share as much sympathy. In the end the rumours still remained unproven despite some indications that it might be true.

Regardless, Ivy is back.

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