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After weeks of polling, upsets and upstarts, this year’s March Madness competition has finally drawn to a close. Every step of the competition was fraught with tension as established idols took on rookie challengers, giants were toppled by reticent rappers, and now we can announce the ultimate winner can be revealed.

The final match-up was a clash of the titans as first-seeded female dancer, Sunmi faced off against first-seeded male vocal Baekhyun. The eventual winner of the year and crowd crowned fan favourite is the multi-talented man from SM, Exo’s Baekhyun!

The actor, singer, and dancer’s fans showed out for him, securing a victory with 63% of the votes. Well done, Exo-Ls, the SM reign is secure for another year.

Readers, how did your predictions fare? Did events unfold as expected, or were there more than a few surprises that wreaked havoc with your bracket? Let us know in the comments below!

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Do you want to be an active participant in the K-pop fandom? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work for a website that covers Korean entertainment? Do you have a lot of opinions about Hallyu that you have been dying to share? Are you good with social media and enjoy sharing K-pop related content? Here is your opportunity to be a part of the Seoulbeats staff!


Writers who are interested in writing about music, dramas, film, variety shows, and socio-cultural topics. We want writers who can contribute at least once a week for up to six months. We do a lot of workshopping and training with potential applicants so we’re looking for writers who are open to suggestions and serious about improving their writing skills. We are very flexible and will work around your schedule.


  • Access to a lively and helpful resource of knowledgeable K-pop fans. Submerge yourself in a team of experts who can foster and develop your knowledge of all things Hallyu. Become a part of a vibrant community of fans who will nurture and challenge your perspectives on K-pop.
  • The chance to have your voice and opinions heard on a large platform and receive extensive feedback from not only editors, but also from your peers and, most certainly, netizens.
  • Build your resume and portfolio while learning from a lot of great mentors. Our writers have been able to use the work they’ve done for Seoulbeats for their professional careers.
  • Get close to idols and other Korean celebrities by covering and attending events. We don’t have a requirement for location since our work is done remotely, but if you’re located in or are willing to travel to a major city where K-pop artists visit from time to time, you may be able to attend concerts on occasion.

If you’re interested in applying for either position (or both), just send us the following items in an email to recruiting[at] with the subject line “April 2019: [Your name]”

  1.  Please indicate which position you are interested in: Writing or Social Media. 
  2. For writing applications: Please send us a sample of K-pop writing that you’ve done before. This sample should show us your writing style and your ability to parse K-pop current events. The recommended length is approximately 500 words. If you don’t have a prior writing sample, you may write something specifically for this application. Please copy and paste the writing sample into the body of your email.
  3. For all applicants: list three reasons why you would be a good fit for the team.

If you have applied in the past and wish to apply again, you are more than welcome to do so!

We’ll be accepting applications until Monday, April 15 at 11:59 PM EST.

Best of luck to all applicants and feel free to ask any questions in the comments or in the body of your application email.

(Images via SM Entertainment, Banana Culture.)

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This… has been a long time in the making.

We as fans always toe the line between genuine admiration of craft and the almost desperate affection of a persona. We’re all guilty of it. It’s like when you fell in love with your favorite fictional character from literature, or from a television show. The line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred in our psyches as we come to grips with inexplicable emotions for someone we don’t know, and who will most likely never know us.

When the image is shattered, when these people we admire do things to highlight their hubris, their magnificent and terrible human frailty, something in our minds wants to rebel against the inescapable truth. That our favorites aren’t saints or statues. That sometimes people who we perceive as good can do horrible things.

In light of all this fervor over Seungri and his associates, I was forced to remember a time when someone I counted as a “fave,” in fact my ultimate bias, forced me to reevaluate my entire view of this thing called K-pop.

This is my attempt to finally leave that part of my life behind.

Note: I’m not writing this for sympathy. I don’t want pity. I don’t want anyone to pat me on the head and feed me any sentimentality. I just want some damn peace.

For pretty much everyone (or at least all the people in my circle of K-pop friends and acquaintances), Park Yoochun‘s case was open and shut. You either believed in his innocence or reviled him as a sex offender. Open. Shut. Nothing in between.

However, for nearly the past three years I’ve sat in cold silence, still unable to actually reconcile my love of this man (for one reason or another) with my personal moral code. Now that he’s taking steps to come back to the entertainment world, all these emotions, all this self-doubt has started brewing again. An acidic, painful stirring in my gut that has me anxious and continuing to question my moral fiber.

I started my journey with K-pop when a friend introduced me to Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK/TVXQ). Almost instantly I was drawn to the one they called Micky. It was the way he approached the entire idea of fame. For him it wasn’t a destination. It was a means to an end, a way to make enough money to bring his mother and younger brother back to Korea, back home. I also have a deep affection for people who don’t take any of it seriously. Who walk a path contrary to what people expect because of preconceived notions of what it means to be a “celebrity.” He’d go ghost for weeks at a time. Would laugh at things that were completely ridiculous, including himself. More than anything else, he reminded me of friends that I had growing up. Guys whom I counted as part of my circle.

Micky Yoochun was, essentially, one of us.

For two years I only had eyes for DBSK and, inevitably, for the semi Korean-American member with the deep voice and the goofy laugh. I combed through all the music, the dramas (on screen and off). When he finally started making films I was standing in the proverbial wings, looking on with pride at all the success, the accolades, the praise from his seniors.

Then in 2016, all of that screeched to halt. I heard the news, as everybody did. Yoochun was suspected of sexual assault. My instant gut reaction? I wanted his head on a platter. With the rampant sexism and previous instances of abuse and assault either going unreported or leaving the actual victim punished, I was out for blood. I wanted his ass under the jail.

Then more details started to trickle in. The more I learned, the more that fire turned into an ice floe in my chest. I was frightened for him. Frightened for myself, for all Cassies. We’re already a fandom heavily divided. This would do nothing but give more fuel to those who tout the members of JYJ as traitors who deserve whatever they get.

So, yes, from the moment the allegations came about my mind and heart were torn asunder. I don’t mean to wax poetic here. I’m being completely honest. I didn’t know what the hell to do. Being old enough to remember in vivid detail everything that happened to Michael Jackson, his history with allegations, and the current “situation” with Wade Robson (which I don’t want to talk about here. I’m not here to argue or debate about a situation that I’m already too close to), I’ve been through the circus. The hate. The anger. The whispers of uncertainty from fans. The bold and boisterous claims of those who really want to see someone else’s life destroyed for whatever reason. Been there. Done it. Hated every second of it.

During the year and half or so of the trials, interviews, and eventual prosecution of parties found to be attempting to extort money from Yoochun, there were countless op-eds, debates, knock-down, drag-out arguments both among fans and between either apathetic parties or ardent “anti-fans.”

When the smoke cleared, the dust settled, everyone had their say, and the fandom was yet again thrown into disarray, there was… silence. Absolutely nothing. Yoochun was vindicated in the eyes of fans, forever demonized by everyone else. And Yoochun? He was just… gone.

Two years. It’s been two years since anyone has heard anything from him. Two years where no one was even thinking about him. Two years where the scope of the entire Hallyu Wave has completely transformed into a global conglomeration. Two years in which the second generation of K-pop has become dismantled. Two years where I constantly battled within myself. Internal moral struggles between the feminist and the fan. The scales of my Libra personality tipping in either direction from the facts of his case.

Like most people, I want all the facts about Seungri’s case before I even speak on it with any clarity. I know for certain that everyone involved in this case played a part. As far as any powers-that-be who might have significant roles, I have my suspicions just as everyone else. With this case comes the usual barrage of think pieces, fan and “anti” bickering, name calling, and dysfunction. Just as with Yoochun, this case is being cast in a worldwide light for all its ugliness. Only now with the depth of the “scandal,” the sheer amount of parties involved, and K-pop’s visibility globally, the Hallyu world and all those affected are paying a much bigger price.

The feelings the situation engenders in me are still the same.

As Yoochun makes plans for a comeback, and with a new lawsuit lurking in the wings, I find myself yet again in a state of limbo. I’m still attempting to navigate just exactly what I feel about this. About him. So much of what I believe as a woman, as a fan of music (and more specifically the Dumpster fire that is K-pop) was challenged in 2016.

Now I’m sort of left wondering: Where do I go from here? What’s going to happen when he does start releasing more music? When he stars in more dramas and films? My mind wants to just block him out. My heart is still conflicted. In the end, what does that say about me, about my moral fiber, about my loyalty?

I’m still unsure of so much. What I am sure of is I can no longer hold on to him. Can no longer allow the discomfort of my now seven-year connection to keep me trapped. Make no mistake, that’s exactly what I am. However, in writing this out, in purging my clouded thoughts, confronting my guilt of both supporting him and at times genuinely being disgusted, (whether of him or the situation, I’m still unsure), I’m hoping I can begin on the road to closure. After almost three years, it’s about damn time.

(The Guardian, Korea Herald, Soompi, Forbes.)

Chen's 'Beautiful Goodbye' at #1 and Taeyeon's 'Four Seasons' at #2

Chen's song hitting the roof

Total market value of the big 3 (SM at #1)

IU's Instagram promoting Chen's 'Flower'


Pann: SM's situation right now

1. [+186, -9] EXO's main vocal and SNSD's main vocal...

2. [+173, -6] The songs are seriously good... I don't think SM put Taeyeon and Chen together on purpose to have a domestic fight. I think it's because Taeyeon's Four Seasons is doing much better than expected. Taeyeon and EXO fans seem to like that they're #1 and #2 together ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+163, -10] SM's neighborhood is about to be dragged to the police but SM is having a blast ㅋㅋ

4. [+48, -2] Chen's song is so good

5. [+38, -2] SM haters always talk about how SM is strong only with physicals and fandoms and weak with digitals... Once SM takes some effort with a digital release, they can easily all-kill the chart. What's important is that SM pursues music that they want to do instead of caring about the public. There's a reason why they're a major agency that's #1 with a lot of fans. They're competent in all aspects including physicals, digitals, and fandoms.

6. [+31, -0] The song is insane and so are the b-sides.

7. [+29, -76] I'm glad it's Chen and not Baekhyun ㅋㅋ It would've been hilarious if Baekhyun and Taeyeon were #1 and #2...

8. [+25, -1] See, SM can release public-friendly songs if they want to. Did they really have to release RBB, though?


Pann: I guess SM doesn't care about digitals

(Pann talks about how Chen released a song a month after Taeyeon)

1. [+85, -2] SM always loved team-kill...

2. [+84, -3] SM's work: Lion Heart vs. Dumb Dumb, Red Flavor vs. Kokobop, Rum Pum Pum Pum vs. Wolf

3. [+63, -2] So sad for both sides. Did they have to do this within a company?

4. [+26, -3] They're bad at planning... Do you not know the work they've done in the past years? SM needs to overhaul their staff. If YG is infested with crimes, SM is infested with hopeless workers...

5. [+26, -0] I'm streaming Chen's song because I like it but Taeyeon's fandom power is amazing. Her fandom is on par with male idols, she has both fandom and the public. I envy her.

6. [+20, -0] Whatever, happy for the SM siblings taking #1 and #2.

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When Shinee‘s Minho was a kid he wanted to play soccer like his father, defender-turned-coach Choi Yun-kyum. Not wanting to see his son suffer the long training hours and abusive environment, he dissuaded a then-five-year-old Minho by threatening to kick him out. Though that seemed to have worked, I can only imagine what Choi Sr.’s reaction was when his younger son was street cast by SM and started on the road to idoldom, with its long training hours and abusive environment.

I guess you could say it worked out in the end, with Minho established as part of a successful K-pop act and building his acting career as well. Now, it is time for him to complete his military service and it comes as no surprise to Minho’s fans (AKA Flames) that he will be joining the Marines.

Considering Minho’s enduring love for sport and physical activity, it seems logical that he would apply for one of the toughest military roles available. I mean, have you seen him at ISAC? Moreso than that, Minho is someone who is constantly pushing himself to do more, and do better. It comes off as extra at times (again, ISAC), but the genuine enthusiasm and effort are there.

Even if the result is nowhere near the level of his peers, Minho is someone who will endeavour to do the best he can. I may have called him a black hole of musical talent in the past, but goddamn he has been a black hole that tries. And whatever your thoughts on the military in general, you have to admit that joining the Marines is peak Minho.

This peak Minho is also what we’ve been seeing in the lead up to the Shinee rapper’s enlistment, with fans being lavished with a fan meet tour and now, an actual solo single that really exists. SM’s Station was created for exactly this type of project: a special release from an idol who may not have the time or direction to carry a full album promotion. 

In “I’m Home,” Minho stars as a jet-setting, corporate ladder climber — or at least said corporate ladder climber’s inner-, or younger, self. looking back at what he’s left behind to pursue his career.

It’s cuz I’m alone
Cuz I’m so tired
It’s not that I miss you or anything
It’s just my young heart
That’s trapped between the narrow door of emotions
Wants to be comforted

(Baby I’m Home
Baby I’m Home
Baby I’m Home alone)

The scenes become littered with telephones and alarm clocks, representing Minho’s ties to his personal and professional lives, respectively. He is almost haunted by these objects, being called out of tired slumber by two different types of rings. Then there is the ring box itself, representing a chance to choose a different path.

The MV ends with Minho running out of his business-trip suite, ring in hand, in a better-late-than-never moment, though this isn’t reflected in the song. The message of the lyrics are actually rather disheartening upon closer inspection — so, you feel lonely even with all your expensive baubles, but you don’t miss the other person (or, rather, the work needed to maintain a healthy relationship)? — but Minho sprinting “home” gives the MV a more romantic, if not necessarily hopeful, ending.

Another morally questionable choice was the use of a gentlemen’s club as a filming location. The State Room does seem to allow women for filming, at least. And it’s not like Minho and SM are politicians who have booked the place for an International Women’s Day event, a MV shoot isn’t that cringeworthy. At least the MV producers can be appreciated for their economic thinking: just about every scene not in the plane cabin is filmed at the club. You can even see the same black backdrop Minho runs past in the short lift scene that introduces the ring box.

Despite these hiccups, the song and MV do succeed at their main goals of giving Minho an opportunity to achieve a major K-pop milestone, showcasing both his singing as well as his signature rapping style, as well as give back to his fans. “I’m Home” was performed as part of the Best Choi’s Minho fanmeet tour, where the idol acquitted himself quite well. It is a shame that the studio version doesn’t allow Minho the same chance to go lower like other Shinee members have with their solos, but we get hints of it on stage (mainly to stay within a comfortable range, but I am still grateful).

Minho joins Marines training on the 15th and I admit that I am going to miss good ol’ Flaming Charisma. After so many years as a K-pop fan, I now join the ranks of those who have farewelled biases marching off to enlistment. And while I’m more likely to fondly remember his Taemin and Key dance covers/cosplay, here’s hoping that “I’m Home” is the first entry of more in his solo discography.

(Foursquare, The Guardian, Korea Joongang Daily, The Korea Times, Newsen, Pop!gasa, YouTube[1][2]. Images via: SM Ent., Naver, Osen via tumblr)

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Article: 'At this rate, they're CEO PD', Na Young Suk's annual earnings are $3.7M, Shin Won Ho's are $2.6M... Will there be a generation of $10M salary?

Source: Sports Choson via Nate

(For convenience, the currency is calculated by 1000 won = $1)

According to CJ E&M's business report released on Apr 1st, Na PD's annual salary was $0.215M and a bonus of $3.51M in 2018, total of $3.725M. The reason why his bonus was 94% of his earnings was because his shows like 'Yoon's Kitchen', 'New Journey to the West', and 'The Dictionary Of useless Knowledge' were big hits. He brought $100M profit to his company from PPLs alone.

Shin Won Ho PD's salary was $0.99M and a bonus of $2.495M, total of $2.594M. He was recognized for making 'Prison Playbook' a success.


1. [+386, -12] Wow~ I knew they were earning a lot but the profits they brought are even more amazing...

2. [+306, -15] Honestly, you have to approve of the two.

3. [+288, -13] It's because they're both talented ㅋㅋ

4. [+19, -0] They're the ones that made cable channels surpass public channels.

5. [+19, -1] They deserve it ㅋㅋ

6. [+17, -0] In this capitalist society, talented people deserve to earn more. As long as they pay their taxes.

Article: [Exclusive] YG Han Dong Chul PD's annual salary is $0.9M, higher than Yang Hyun Suk's

Source: Bridge Economics via Nate

According to YG's business report released on Apr 2nd, the most paid worker in 2018 was Han Dong Chul PD, earning a total of $0.9M. Han PD, originally from Mnet, signed with YG after making 'Show Me The Money and 'Produce 101' a success in 2017. In 2018, he produced an audition program 'MIX9' but it did not bring good results.

The second most paid person in YG was Yang Hyun Suk with $0.84M.


1. [+544, -8] "Wow, a worker's salary is higher than the CEO's??? Such a great company to work for!!!" Did you expect us to react like this? Their bandwagon skills are still far behind.

2. [+520, -14] Is Yang Hyun Suk joking with this media-play? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

3. [+447, -9] What ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

4. [+25, -1] So the rest of Yang Hyun Suk's money is evaded from taxes?

5. [+22, -1] The fact that this article is exclusive makes it funnier ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

6. [+21, -1] Bullsh*t ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ His annual salary is $0.9M and all he produced was MIX9? All it did was making trainees suffer ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Such a dirty society.

7. [+16, -1] I think they're trying to media-play the same way as Na Young Suk and CJ ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Thanks for the laugh.

8. [+15, -0] From now on, I will avoid any show that Han Dong Chul PD produces

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