soompi.com: after having been sued by his record company for breaking the contract, jo sung mo and hae sung media have reached an agreement to settle the 70 uhk (approximately $7,000,000) lawsuit. jo will lengthen his contract an extra six months, promising to release his fifth album during that time period. jo is happy to have settled the lawsuit, and will return with his fifth album during february 2003.
12.30.02 - SES BREAKS UP
soompi.com: after five years as the popular girl-trio group, ses has finally called it quits. the break-up became formal once sm management company announced that talks of a renewal contract with eugene failed. reasons for the break-up were mainly because each of the three members have expressed different interests for their futures. sea would like to release her own solo album and make music of her own. shoo is currently mc of kbs "music bank" and would like to dive more into other aspects of the entertainment world. eugene, who recenly finished her kbs drama "loving you", would like to pursue her dreams in acting.
12.30.02 - JANG SEO HEE SWEEPS THE 2002 MBC AWARDS
soompi.com: at the 2002 mbc yun gi dae sang, jang seo hee took home six awards. after twenty-one years as an actress, jang finally received the honor of the yun gi dae sang, the highest award given to an actor or actress. along with the dae sang, she also received awards for: best couple, netizen's popularity award, best actress, and most popular actress.
12.24.02 - IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN...
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12.18.02 - RICK YOON CRITICIZES CHA IN PYO
soompi.com: korean-american actor rick yoon criticized korean actor cha in pyo, calling him a "liar" for not filming "james bond 007:die another day" as cha had promised to. the director also criticized cha, even saying that it would be even more difficult for cha to debut in america now. cha shrugged off the criticism, stating that he did not want to get into an argument with a fellow korean.
12.18.02 - CHAE RHIM CONFESSES TO A "NOSE JOB"
soompi.com: at a recent conference for her new kbs drama 'on top of the green fields', chae rhim revealed the fact that she had cosmetic surgery done on her nose right after high school. although always speculated by viewers and the media, chae rhim never mentioned anything about her cosmetic surgery, because "nobody ever mentioned it directly to me." at this conference, she also stated that if she marries, it will be to singer lee seung hwan. her new drama 'on top of the green fields' is scheduled to air beginning january 4, after the ending of the kbs drama 'who is my love?'. chae rhim's partner in the drama is choi su jong (tae yang een lee jae ma).
12.18.02 - HA RI SU BECOMES A "LEGAL" FEMALE
soompi.com: transgender star ha ri su recently filed an appeal to the courts stating that she wanted her legal records edited. the court approved the appeal, and ha ri su's name is now changed to lee gyung eun and her gender is a female.
12.06.02 - JAPANESE RECORD COMPANY INVESTS 5 BILLION WON
jusunlee: korea's largest hip-hop group yg family is going to make its debut in japan. a japanese rock record label unlimit recently invested 5 billion won in yg family to create a brand new hip-hop record label. yang hyun-suk, a former member of the taeji boys and ceo of yg entertainment is currently talking over the project with the president of unlimit. a joint promotion will begin early next year between korean and japanese hip-hop artists. yg family is also planning to launch its music business in taiwan, china and southeast asia. in the past, a number of korean artists have succeeded in promoting their albums in asia but this is the first time that a korean hip-hop group has joined hands with another asian country for a joint project. yg family is made up of 16 artists including jinusean, 1tym, swi.t and perry.
12.06.02 - HARISU: I WANT TO LEGALLY BECOME A FEMALE
soompi.com: transgender star harisu recently submitted a request to the courts asking for a change of records. currently, her legal records are under her male name "lee kyung yup" and her gender is a male. she wants to change her name to "lee kyung eun" along with legally become a female. ha ri soo became the first transgender star to make it big in korea. after several surgeries in 1995 in japan, even doctors have acknowledged that harisu is more female than male today.
12.06.02 - JANG NARA MAKES OVER $450K IN 1 DAY
soompi.com: on november 22, jang nara signed on to two cf modeling contracts - one 6-month deal worth 2-uk 5000-man won (over $204,900) with elite uniforms and another 1-year, 3-uk won ($245,900) deal with popeyes.
12.06.02 - BI AND LEE SO-YOUNG A COUPLE?
soompi.com: lee soo-young (age 24) and bi (age 20) make up just one of the latest stream of celebrity love scandals. they apparently became very close after appearing together on "kang ho-dong's chun-saeng-yun-boon" on mbc at the end of last month, and fans have reported seeing them on dates. finkl's lee hyori, who is one of lee soo-young's closest friends, is known to have helped bring them together after lee soo-young secretly confessed her feelings about bi. an associate of lee soo-young stated that "soo-young's expression has noticably brightened these days, as if she has fallen in love. during any breaks, she whispers into her phone or disappears for a while before coming back," and bi's side thus far is not refuting the rumor. however, their associates say that as it hasn't even been a month since they started dating, it is too early to actually regard them as a couple.