Jessica forced out of Girls’ Generation

Didn’t see this coming. Korean pop group Girls’ Generation, one of the biggest K-pop acts, has kicked a member, Jessica, out of the group. There’s no sign that this would happen (at least not in public); and the timing couldn’t be weirder as all the members have just renewed their contracts a few weeks ago.

Jessica posted a message on her Weibo early this morning (September 30, 5am KST), quote…

I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated – my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.

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Girls’ Generation Chocolate Love dance practise

An old video of Korean pop group Girls’ Generation practising for Chocolate Love, a commercial theme song for Cyon mobile phones in 2009. The video has just been unveiled by their choreographer Jae, who’s part of BeatBurger, SM Entertainment’s performance director(s) who have been involved in many SNSD works…

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SMTown Live World Tour in Paris

Korean record label SM Entertainment has held two SMTown concerts in the French Capital on June 10/11, featuring the likes of TVXQ, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee and f(x) etc. Loads of photos and videos have been uploaded onto SMTown’s official Facebook and Youtube. Below are some of the stuff…

SMTown Live in Paris concert 2011

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Jessica & Krystal – Tik Tok video & wallpaper

A cover of American singer Ke$ha’s Tik Tok by American-born-Korean-idol siblings Jessica & Krystal Jung at the SMTown Live concert in Seoul on August 21.

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SM Entertainment to sue cartoonist

SNSD cartoon sexual harassmentKorean entertainment agency SM Entertainment is going to take legal action against a cartoonist for his drawing which is said to have sexually harassed their pop group Girls’ Generation.

The cartoon by Yoon Seo-in shows the girls ‘taking exams’ while covered with just a cloth, and with some ambiguous messages. Sexual harassment or not, it’s up to debate; but it has caused uproar among the protective fans.

I find it ironic though, that the company is suing people for a suggestive cartoon when they themselves are busy sexing up the girls to sell more products. The MV of their previous hit, Tell Me Your Wish for example, shows the girls in ultra short pants, and in a few scenes, jumping on bed singing “Tell Me Your Wish.” There’s plenty of rooms for imagination.

Off course that doesn’t mean that the fans are entitled to respond to their fantasy in public in an indecent manner. But countering it with legal action? That’s probably a bit too much for this case in particular… it’s just a freaking cartoon.