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[Weekly Up & Down] BTS and ‘#ALIVE’ Ups the Pride of K-Content

BTS Interviewed on KBS NEWS 9

BTS, who landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time as a Korean artist, appeared on KBS NEWS 9. This is the first time for the group to visit a network in Korea for an interview since they achieved the milestone. BTS also drew much attention by mentioning their next goal of attending the Grammy Awards to perform the solo stage. When asked if taking home the award at the Grammy is their next goal, the group answered, “We hope that we can become a candidate for an award and perform our solo stage. I don’t know if I can dare say this, but if we can win the award, that would be a dream come true.”

 

Sulli’s Documentary Causes an Uproar

Sulli, who passed away in Oct. last year, and her life were re-examined through MBC’s Docu-Flex. The late Sulli’s mother and people around her appeared to talk about Sulli’s life in person, and her ex-lover Choiza was also mentioned. Sulli’s mother confessed that she opposed Sulli dating an older guy and that she and her daughter had estranged when Sulli and Choiza started dating publically. After the broadcast, Sulli and Choiza became the hottest topic, and some netizens flocked to Choiza’s Instagram to post malicious comments. In response, the producer in charge said, “Please stop the malicious comments directed at Choiza. It was cut out, but Sulli’s mother also said, ‘My daughter lived a lonely life but she became so happy when she dated him,’” appealing to stop all the speculations and hate comments.

 

#ALIVE No. 1 on Netflix

Since it was on Netflix on Sept. 8, #ALIVE has been drawing worldwide attention. According to FlixPatrol, a streaming analytics firm, #ALIVE second on Netflix’s global movie chart as of Sept. 9, just one day after its release. Then on Sept. 10, the film landed at No. 1, topping the movie charts in 35 countries, including the U.S. and major European countries. Out of all the K-dramas and K-movies, #ALIVE is an unusual case of being ranked No. 1 on Netflix in the U.S. and European markets. It is expected that the film, which chose to join hands with Netflix, will give a new success story for the overseas release of Korean films.

 

EXO’s Chen Returns for the First Time Since He Became a Father

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On Jan. 13, EXO’s Chen officially announced his wedding plans, informing his fiance’s pregnancy. And since then, the artist has been demanded by fans to “exit” the group. In this situation, Chen released “Your moonlight,” the OST for drama Do You Like Brahms?, on Sept. 8. This is his first move since he became a father. Other EXO members promoted the song via their SNS accounts. In addition, Chen was with the group when Suho enlisted and when Baekhyun released his solo album, showing off their close friendship. Still, fans are demanding his exit.

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