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[Weekly Up & Down] ‘Miss Trot 2’ Kicking Off Successfully VS ‘Mr. Queen’ Plain Sailing in Midst of Controversy

#BoA Inspected by Prosecutors for Alleged Smuggling of Zolpidem

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BoA was inspected by prosecutors for allegedly bootlegging psychotropic drugs such as Zolpidem from Japan. The medicine was caught in the customs search after BoA’s agency attempted to ship the prescribed psychotropic medication under the name of an employee from their Japanese branch. SM Entertainment drew the line and claimed that “it was a problem caused by the employee’s mistake” and fully cooperated in the investigation, as they promised not to make such mistake again. Furthermore, the company clarified that the drug is BoA’s prescribed medicine, and have earnestly provided evidence and paperwork during the investigative process. BoA too is told to have participated conscientiously in the investigation.

 

#Chae Rim Divorces Gao Zi Qi After 6 Years of Marriage

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Chae Rim has divorced Gao Zi Qi after 6 years of marriage. It is reported that Chae Rim is staying in Korea after recently completing the divorce process. The couple married back in 2014 after coming into connection through a Chinese drama series, The Lee Family. Though there were rumors of the couple’s marital discord back in March last year, the agency refuted those as “groundless” rumors. As Korean and Chinese media raised the rumors of their divorce, Chae Rim revealed to the press herself that “it is a divorce.”

 

#’Miss Trot 2’ Kicks Off Successfully

 

TV Chosun unveiled Miss Trot 2 on the 17th. It attracted the viewers as participants of this season were as talented as the previous season’s. They drew attention as their names rose to real-time searches on web portals right after the episode had aired. The viewer rating for its first episode was also better than expected. According to a rating agency Nielsen Korea on the 18th, the highest rate for Miss Trot 2’s first episode was recorded as 30.2%, and the national rating to be 28.7% (based on households with a paid broadcasting system). Since its first airing, Miss Trot 2 has topped all weekly entertainment programs, both on terrestrial and general channels.

 

#‘Mr. Queen’ Exceeds 10% in Viewer Ratings in Midst of Controversy

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Mr. Queen has hit double-digit ratings. According to a rating researching agency Nielsen Korea, the show’s 4th episode aired on the 20th has reached a 10.477% in ratings based on families with a paid broadcasting system. This is a higher rating than its previous episode, which was 9.022%, as well as the show’s highest rating so far. Mr. Queen has been in the center of a controversy concerning the original work’s distortion of history and anti-Korean sentiments. Ultimately, the production team has delivered an apology addressing various controversies such as historical distortion and sexual harassment, as well as editing the character profiles on their homepage.

 

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