[Weekly Up & Down] SM Goes Through Heaven and Hell in Just a Week

#SM Rookie Girl Group aespa Becomes the Talk of the Town

SM Entertainment’s first girl group Aespa in six years since Red Velvet swept the spotlight even before their official debut. When SM Entertainment reported the news of aespa’s debut on October 26, keen attention was paid to the members whose names entered the portal site’s real-time search keyword. The name “aespa” is a combination of “æ,” which comes from the words “avatar and experience,” and “aspect.” A total of 4 girls are included in the group: KARINA, GISELLE, WINTER, NINGNING.


# EXO’s Chanyeol Stays “Silent” Even After His Alleged Ex-Girlfriends’ Disclosure

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SM Entertainment, which had a hard time with Irene’s personality issue last week, fell into distress once again due to the controversy over Chanyeol’s personal life. On October 29, A, who claimed herself to be Chanyeol’s ex-girlfriend, wrote a lengthy post online, argued that the artist cheated on her with more than 10 women during the three years they were together. Although the article was deleted, the controversy grew as the copied article spread like wildfire. Chanyeol and SM Entertainment did not make any official position.


#Drama ‘Hello? It’s Me!’ Halts All Filming due to COVID-19

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The aftermath of COVID-19 is still hitting the entertainment industry. On October 26, a staff from KBS’s new drama Hello? It’s Me!, starring Kim Young Kwang and Choi Kang Hee, was confirmed with COVID-19, halting all filming schedules. Those who had contact with the patient, including Kim Young Kwang, were tested for the virus and received negative results. However, the shooting was suspended for the time being.


#Drama ‘The Penthouse: War in Life’ Embroiled in Controversy over Its Provocative Plot

SBS’s new drama The Penthouse: War in Life successfully attracted attention from the first episode with its provocative story and unconventional production, but was soon buried in criticisms from viewers from the second episode. The episode that aired on October 27 stirred up controversy by portraying middle schoolers habitually committing crimes such as kidnapping, locking up other classmates, and mass assault. In response, the production team announced their official position on October 29, saying, “We will have an internal review and change the ratings whenever it’s necessary. The third episode, which will air on November 3, will be rated R according to internal review.”

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