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[Weekly Up & Down] Park Ji Sun’s Sudden Passing Shocks the Industry + Jung Hyung Don Halts His Activities

#Lee Seung Gi and G-Dragon Announce Their Comeback

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Lee Seung Gi and G-Dragon officially announced their comeback. On November 6, Lee Seung Gi’s agency said, “Lee Seung Gi will release his 7th full-length album on November 12. And ahead of that, he will drop his pre-released song ‘Shameless Man’ composed by Yoon Jong Shin.’ Lee Seung Gi will be returning to the K-pop scene five years after he released his 6th full-length album in 2015.
G-Dragon is also reported to be working on new songs. On November 2, G-Dragon’s agency confirmed the rumors of the artist’s comeback, saying, “G-Dragon is indeed working on new songs.” No details have been released, but fans are already showing enthusiastic responses. Meanwhile, G-Dragon signed his third contract with YG Entertainment in March after being discharged from the military in October last year.

 

#Comedian Park Ji Sun’s Death Hits the Industry Hard

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Comedian Park Ji Sun died at the age of 35. Her sudden death shocked and saddened the entertainment industry. Her best friends Ahn Young Mi, Kim Shin Young, Jung Sun Hee and Jung Kyung Mi, were seen failing to attend their daily radio broadcast after hearing the shocking news. From November 2, when her funeral service started, to November 5, when she was buried, countless celebrities visited her service and mourned the death of their beloved friend.

 

#Jung Hyung Don Halts His Activities due to Deteriorating Health

Comedian Jung Hyung Don announced that he will be stopping all his activities as his anxiety disorder worsened. On November 6, Jung Hyung Don’s agency said, “Jung Hyun Don will be halting his activities for the time being due to his health. The anxiety disorder that he has been suffering from for a long time has become serious again recently.” In June, Jung Hyung Don mentioned his health problem in his entertainment show Veteran, and said “A couple of days ago, I had a panic attack in a few years. I had no anxiety attack for nearly two years, but I suddenly had an anxiety attack when I was filming and had to stop the recording for a while.”

 

#YG Decides to Postpone the Release of BLACKPINK’s Zookeeper Experience Video

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After BLACKPINK’s touching the baby pandas in bare hands sparked a huge controversy in China, YG Entertainment decided to postpone the release of the related video. They wrote, “After taking into consideration recommendations by panda conservation experts and the practice of international cooperation that ‘non-experts coming into close contact with baby pandas can cause various misunderstandings,’ we decide to postpone the release of the related video.” Recently, BLACKPINK has been embroiled in a controversy after a trailer that showed them touching a baby panda Pubao, born in Everland Zoo, without gloves and masks was released.

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