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    Dispatch releases evidence from assault case against Kim Hyun Joong

    Posted By:  wendy @ Aug 27 2014, 10:48 PM
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    Dispatch releases evidence from assault case against Kim Hyun Joong

    Dispatch has released evidence from the assault case against Kim Hyun Joong. (Warning: The images below may be disturbing to some readers.)

    The released document and photos shed more light on the exact nature of the reported assault committed against the star's girlfriend. The chest, both arms, left buttock, and left shoulder are listed as injured in the alleged altercation or altercations between Kim Hyun Joong and his girlfriend.

    Dispatch also contacted Kim Hyun Joong's agency KeyEast Entertainment to comment. The label stated, "For now we are sticking to what was said in our official statement, and any further information will be released through police investigations." When asked if their position might change after investigations, the agency reiterated, "Rather than not changing our position, it will be revealed through police investigations."

    As previously mentioned, Kim Hyun Joong's girlfriend filed a case against him for habitual physical abuse over the course of two months, and his agency responded that there was a single incident in which a fight between the couple got physical and that reports were exaggerated. Dispatch then released text messages that seem to support his girlfriend's allegations. Kim Hyun Joong is currently set to be summoned for investigation next week.

    What are your thoughts on the new developments?

    KeyEast Entertainment's Official Statement

    On August 23, KeyEast Entertainment presented Kim Hyun Joong's side of what occurred, casting doubt on the alleged "repeated attacks" suffered by his girlfriend as well as other reported facts.

    The agency stated, "After confirming [with Kim Hyun Joong], we found that it's true the two parties have known each other since 2012, but they didn't start dating until a few months ago... In the middle of their relationship, the two had an intense exchange of words. Though it's true that in their heightened emotional state things got physical, it's not true that there was continual physical assaults or that she's been battered and beaten over the past two months like what was reported."

    In terms of the reports that the woman in question suffered fractured ribs, KeyEast said, "Their physical fight was a one time occurrence, and her fractured ribs didn't occur due to their recent argument. Her ribs were injured when they were playing around previously, and the next day, they met with acquaintances. As there didn't seem to be anything abnormal, her injury wasn't recognized."

    The label made it clear that the earlier reports were one-sided, "We're very disappointed about the one-sided reports from the accuser making headlines and that the truth is being exaggerated." KeyEast added that Kim Hyun Joong will be willingly complying with police investigations in order to reveal the truth. The statement further mentioned that he plans to continue to fulfill the current commitments in his schedule, and afterwards, he will be focusing on resolving the case against him.

    The official statement concluded that the agency took a day to figure out the situation clearly before addressing yesterday's reports.
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    Song Ga Yeon to leave 'Roommate' reality show

    Posted By:  wendy @ Aug 27 2014, 10:43 PM
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    Song Ga Yeon to leave 'Roommate' reality show

    Following Park Bom and Lee So Ra, Song Ga Yeon will be leaving the cast of SBS' 'Roommate'.

    Song Ga Yeon makes the third cast member as well as the last 'Roommate' in the room, which she shared with Park Bom and Lee So Ra, to leave the reality show. A rep from 'Roommate' stated, "As Song Ga Yeon said she'd like to focus on [MMA], it was natural for her to leave the program."

    The rep also added, "Nothing's been decided about who will be chosen to join the show as new cast members. However, there's a high possibility that a female member will be cast."

    The last episode featuring Song Ga Yeon will be aired in mid-September. 'Roommate' airs every Sunday at 4:10PM KST!

    Are you sad to see Song Ga Yeon go?

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    Composer Joo Young Hoon requests clarification from the composer of Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' regarding possible plagiarism

    Posted By:  wendy @ Aug 27 2014, 10:41 PM
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    Composer Joo Young Hoon requests clarification from the composer of Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' regarding possible plagiarism

    A video comparing Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass" (2014) and Koyote's "Happy Mode" (2006) has been making rounds around the web, as Korean and international netizens alike debate whether this is a case of plagiarism. Trainor's song, which is currently sitting at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, has been pointed out to have very similar parts to Koyote's song.

    In the clip, provided above, the 27-second pre-chorus of "All About that Bass" is followed by the first verse of Koyote's "Happy Mode". As netizens have pointed out, the two songs have a similar melody, rhythm and tempo.

    Below is a comparison in which Trainor's and Koyote's songs are juxtaposed and played at the same time:

    It's said the speculations were first brought to composer of "Happy Mode" Joo Young Hoon's attention by Koreans living abroad who recognized the tune.

    Joo Young Hoon at first expressed incredulity that a song charting on the Billboard could be plagiarized based on his song. However he later revealed that this issue seems to be bigger than he originally thought as he started being contacted by overseas lawyers about the matter.

    On the 27th, the composer's reps revealed that they have sent a request for clarification from the composer of Meghan Trainor's song: "We heard that Meghan Trainor only participated in the writing of the lyrics for 'All About That Bass', and the composition was actually handled by a foreign composer... We have requested for an explanation from the composer... Once we receive a response, we will assess the situation to respond. We are currently consulting with a specialized lawyer. However, as this is a song that is very popular in the States right now, we are approaching this issue cautiously."


    Another side to the ongoing debate among netizens is that both songs are similar to a song from even earlier in time, Phish's song "Contact", which was released way back in 1989.

    Here is a comparison of the three songs, with "Contact" first, "All About that Bass" second, and "Happy Mode" third.

    Here are Koyote's and Trainor's full songs respectively.

    What do you guys think? Are the similarities enough for a case of plagiarism to be made?

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    Tiffany's house in Los Angeles revealed on 'The TaeTiSeo'

    Posted By:  wendy @ Aug 27 2014, 10:34 PM
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    Tiffany's house in Los Angeles revealed on 'The TaeTiSeo'

    The first episode of OnStyle's 'The TaeTiSeo' this week took viewers to an impressive house in Los Angeles owned by none other than Tiffany! While the inside of the house was not revealed, the outside was pretty with a beautiful landscaped yard and luxurious exterior.

    The members even headed over to the neighborhood's community pool, which was huge with clear blue water.

    Seohyun said, "I really like that we're able to rest like this. We had performances and we never had free time, so this is somewhat peaceful," with a bright smile. However, Tiffany joked, "We came to my house, but it feels like we went to Seohyun's," making everyone laugh.

    Did you enjoy the girls' first episode? Check out this scene at 4:27 above.

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    'My Lovely Girl' gives a peek at Rain and Krystal's chemistry in first teaser

    Posted By:  wendy @ Aug 27 2014, 10:26 PM
    Credit: allkpop

    'My Lovely Girl' gives a peek at Rain and Krystal's chemistry in first teaser

    The first teaser for upcoming SBS drama, 'My Lovely Girl,' has now been released, giving a glimpse at the chemistry between Rain and f(x)'s Krystal!

    Short and sweet, the teaser shows a hardworking Krystal toiling away while Rain soaks in the sun - that is until clouds cover the sky and Rain romantically shields Krystal from the rain (ironically enough) with a shirt tied around her head.

    What are your thoughts on the chemistry between the two? Meanwhile, the drama starts airing September 17.
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