K-Pop News 170124: Jimin, Jungkook (G)I-DLE, ATEEZ and more

Hello K-pop fans! Here’s your daily dose of K-pop News Digest for January 17, 2024. Let’s dive into today’s headline-making stories. Read about BTS members Jimin and Jungkook’s life in the military, ATEEZ and LE SSERAFIM selected for Coachella 2024, (G)I-DLE’s plagiarism accusations, and more. Check out today’s K-pop News Digest to catch up on the most buzzworthy moments and milestones that have captured the hearts of fans worldwide.

Jimin and Jungkook’s military life

Jimin and Jungkook after enlisting

BTS’ Jimin shared a heartfelt letter from the military, giving fans a glimpse into his life alongside Jungkook. In the letter posted on Weverse, Jimin expressed how he misses the fans and mentioned that he and Jungkook are doing well.

He revealed that the members keep in touch through public telephone calls and that Jungkook’s presence gives him strength. Jimin and Jungkook are expected to be discharged on June 11, 2025.

ATEEZ, LE SSERAFIM, and The Rose at Coachella 2024

ATEEZ, LE SSERAFIM, and The Rose at Coachella 2024

K-pop groups ATEEZ, LE SSERAFIM, and The Rose will perform at Coachella 2024. The festival, known for its diverse lineup, will feature these groups alongside other global artists.

ATEEZ will perform on April 12 and 19, LE SSERAFIM on April 13 and 20, and The Rose on April 14 and 21, marking a significant moment for K-pop on the renowned music festival stage.

Controversy over IU’s Love Wins

Fans love seeing how close BTS' V and IU are on Palette show

IU’s upcoming song Love Wins, featuring BTS’ V, has sparked controversy over its title. The phrase is commonly associated with LGBTQIA pride parades. This has led to criticism for its use in a seemingly heterosexual context.

However, others believe the phrase symbolizes the universal power of love. They argue that it should not be limited to a specific context. The song drops on January 24.

(G)I-DLE accused of plagiarizing photos


(G)I-DLE is facing plagiarism accusations after the concept photos for their second album were revealed. Netizens pointed out similarities between the group’s winter-themed photos and a pre-existing photoshoot by a brand named Aurela Hoxha.

Additionally, some Korean netizens expressed concerns over the revealing nature of the outfits in the photos. Cube Entertainment has not yet addressed these accusations.

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