Technically February is the beginning of 2013 in the Lunar Calendar, and rightfully so as we reviewed the top ten most viewed articles on KpopStarz. In February, we saw a trend going for scandals, confessions and new beginnings. Idols are signing on and off their television commitments.
Apart from these most viewed news though, we did cover some important ground this month, that can shake and make the Kpop industry better. In the middle of the scandals, we also raised the questions and explored things in depth.
Without further ado, first we round up the top ten issues, with page views, or what this writer calls 'page votes' as the sole determining factor.
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Determining the Top Idols Since Debut
In February, we featured a ranking of K-pop Idols since debut. Did your favorite make the list? While this was entirely user-generated and aggregated a few charts together, it created not only page views but also a lot of buzz. Check out the comments in said article for a healthy discussion of opinions on who should've made the chart. Whether or not such ranking was accurate is a minor issue. The key takeaway is the value in terms of sales that catapult idols to the top of the ranks. While many know that you love your idols a lot, if they are not making money, then business and even their own management can view them as less valuable.
Girls Generation Yoona Has A Twin Sister? In Malaysia?
We also unearthed SNSD Yoona's doppelganger this month. She is a SONE based in Malaysia, and is a natural beauty like her famous lookalike. Many were surprised and amazed at this possibility. While Yoona's doppelganger looks great sans makeup, it gives us an idea how pretty Yoona looks without makeup as well. Now, I wonder where the other SNSD doppelgangers are...
G-Dragon Admits To Being A Bad Boy?
Acknowledging the issues that has plagued BIG BANG over the past two years, leader G-Dragon has come forward saying they have crossed lines and will be more careful moving forward. It is a refreshing thing to hear G-Dragon speak like this after a succesful year for BIG BANG on tour and in album sales. It sounds like they have really learned big lessons from their past incidents and are now more resolute on making the best of out of everything.
SNSD (Girls Generation) Shows Girls Just Want To Have Fun, Even At Rehearsal
During their album promotion cycle for "I Got A Boy" SNSD member were seen behind the scenes goofing around and being very relaxed prior to their performances. For such an active promotion cycle, it is great to know that the girls of SNSD remain in good spirits. Yes, the divas do have this side to them.
CNBLUE versus Girls Generation, Battle To Sing Each Other's Title Songs
The battle is already fierce as is, but it got even more fierce when CNBLUE attempted to sing Girls Generation's "I Got A Boy" track in one of the music shows and the 9-member girl group responded right back with their own version of "I'm Sorry" While it was still available on Youtube, it was quite a funny incident.
Lee Min Ho and Girls Generation Yoona 1+1 Equals Cutie
For an interview while they were shooting for an outdoor clothing brand, actor Lee Min Ho and SNSD Yoona did the 1+1 Cutie song together. The number of hits this news had proves just how much of a power couple they could be, even if only for an endorsement.
"We Got Married" World Edition Begins Casting, 2PM Taecyeon Selected
This reality dating program doesn't show any signs of stopping. Even after challenges due to scandals or exiting couples, the reality program began to cast for its new edition and season -- the World Edition. 2PM Taecyeon and Taiwan female idol Wu Ying Jie were the first ones selected to star in the said program. Later, labelmate Jung Jinwoon was also casted for the regular edition and is now appearing with Go Jun Hee. Lee Hong Ki of FTISLAND is also appearing in the international edition like Taecyeon, and will star opposite Japanese idol Fuji Mina.
Also much read about in the "We Got Married" franchise is the demise of the pairing between MBLAQ Lee Joon and Oh Yeon Seo. It can be remembered that in January Oh Yeon Seo was rumored to be dating her co-star Lee Jang Woo. The actress then denied these rumors (after confirming it nonetheless), and continued to film the show with Lee Joon. However, tension between the two can already be noted, until finally, citing reasons of schedule conflicts, Lee Joon bid the program adieu.
2NE1 Park Bom Shows Professionalism At Its Best in Seoul Music Awards
What would you do if your shoe breaks in the middle of a performance, especially if you are a K-pop idol? You keep going. Such is the grace and professionalism that 2NE1 Bom showed during the Seoul Music Awards. Bom continued on with her performance barefoot and didn't appear at all frazzled by the mishap. What a way to set an example!
CNBLUE and FNC Tries to Stop Crying Nut From Crying
This was quite a hot topic, and sensitive especially among CNBLUE fans. In this incident, Crying Nut took CNBLUE to court for allegedly infringing on their copyrights for the use of their song, and its later commercial release. While MNET, the distributor of the commercial release and also the producer of the event where the song was used, already dealt with Crying Nut, this still didn't feel enough for the indie band. So, FNC makes an official apology statement to Crying Nut.
Dating Rumors Between TVXQ Changmin and f(x) Victoria Ups The Temperature
It started with a microblog post, Victoria's Weibo post where Changmin was seen reflected on her spoon. While their management has later denied any romantic relations between the two, fans were able to find further evidence on a possible romantic relationship. Evidence unearthed were strong enough to rule the truth. This news made sure February gets to say goodbye with a bang. Spanning multiple days, this issue sparked other dating rumors, as well as speculations on SM Entertainment's dating policy.
That rounds up KpopStarz February Top Ten issues. Other than these, we also explored and posed questions regarding cancelled concerts, dating policies and a lot others. If anything, the above top-ranked articles show something about you, our readers. We find out that the top noisemakers are different from each other. We have a nice assortment of idols and artists bringing in the buzz. As March is now upon us, the hottest issue today is a nice indication that we are about to get on another thrilling ride in Kpop.