Another US & Canada audition for Asian pop star wannabe. Korean agency JYPE is looking for new talents who are residing in USA and Canada and born in year 1982-2000, regardless of gender and nationality.
Korean pop star Rain and his former agency JYP Entertainment were ordered to pay ~USD8.1 million in damages to a Hawaiian event promoter for cancelling a concert in June 2007.
The judgement was made by a federal court on March 19th in Honolulu; both Rain and JYPE have stated their intention to appeal against the decision.
Rain’s Hawaiian concert at Aloha Stadium was cancelled a few days before the scheduled date; he is facing another lawsuit in LA for cancelling a concert just hours before the show (same tour as the Hawaii concert).
Rain’s spokesperson and JYPE’s representative have expressed their surprise with the verdict, saying that they expected themselves to win the case.
Frankly speaking, it would be very naive if they thought they could win… a concert was cancelled, and they don’t have a really good reason not to compensate, or at least share the damages with the concert promoter.
Asian fans might be shocked with the sum though; in Asian cases the compensations would normally for direct financial loses while neglecting other intangible aspects (e.g. punitive, reputation damage)… obviously it doesn’t work that way in the States.
[update] Rain and JYPE reached agreed on a settlement with Click Entertainment; the amount was not disclosed, but it’s expected to be much lower than the initial compensation [via KBS]
English subbed Korean MV of Irony by teenage pop group Wonder Girls, from their debut EP The Wonder Begins which was released in February 2007.
Girl groups used to be pretty popular in K-pop, but faded since the disbandment of S.E.S and Fin.K.L etc. Seems like the agencies are trying to revive the trend.
Korean pop star Rain will leave his mentor Park Jin-young after the end of his contract in June.
Rain joined JYP Entertainment as a trainee in 2000 and made his debut in 2002; he is now one of the top pop acts across Asia. There are rumours that he will be starting his own company; with his popularity and recent Hollywood advancement, he’s not short of options.
JYP will have to find someone to fill the void… the Wonder Girls perhaps?
[Update] The duo got back together as a team in December 2010.