Prosecutors issued a warrant for the arrest of Ta Jin Yo’s chief ringleader, who turned out to be a 57-year-old Korean-American businessman living in Chicago.He has defied the warrant, claiming indignantly that libel isn’t an international crime.Tablo was left shell-shocked and suffering from stage fright, a testament to his Kafkaesque encounter with the howling Internet hate mob.
Tablo left his label, Woolim Entertainment, when they hung him out to dry, saying, “We have nothing to say about allegations against Tablo that he had fake education qualifications.” The situation became so intolerable that the rapper was receiving threatening messages on Twitter, being yelled at in the streets, and began to fear for the safety of his newborn baby.
It took an investigative report on the TV channel MBC and the results of a prosecutor’s investigation to finally clear Tablo’s name.
One ex-trainee claimed in an interview that the going rate for a “meeting” with a female trainee was $220, while very young trainees, or those signed with a prominent label, cost between $700-900.
In 2010, Taiwanese singer Estrella Lin claimed that when she was a member of girl group 3EP Beauties, her agency bartered her body to potential investors.
Pop music from Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan is becoming increasingly popular on the world stage.
Japan, the world’s second-largest music market, is known for its “wacky” and entertaining music videos, while K-pop is riding the government-funded Korean Wave and crashing on the cultural shores of greater Asia and beyond.
Catering to these lunatics, these taxis drive at speeds of 200 kilometers per hour (124 mph) to keep up with music industry vans shuttling pop idols between destinations.
They say that hate is not the opposite of love, but rather they are two sides of the same coin.
While usually the audience is awash with colored lights during performances and cheers fill the air, when Girls’ Generation got on stage they were confronted with darkness and silence from the stands.
This would become known as the “Black Ocean” incident.
But once they sign a contract with an entertainment company, they find there is a lot more to pay than just hard work and persistence.