BIGBANG Enjoys Time Together Ahead Of Upcoming Enlistments


Before G-Dragon and Taeyang enlist in the military, BIGBANG took time for a party with friends!

On February 22, Taeyang posted photos from the gathering. One image features a cake with the words “BIGBANG Forever,” and the other shows a picture frame of the five members.

Their friend Phillip Chun shared photos of the group and wrote, “Hope the members will healthily fulfill their military duties~.”

Andrew Oh also uploaded an image of Seungri, G-Dragon, and T.O.P with the caption, “May God Bless you Jiyong….Always remember to smile like you smiled at your Farewell gathering…..All the VIPs around the world will continue to pray for your safe return.”

G-Dragon is set to enlist on February 27, while Taeyang is enlisting on March 12.

CL Sends Off G-Dragon Before His Enlistment


With only a few days left until G-Dragon’s military enlistment, CL said good-bye to him through Instagram.

On February 19, CL uploaded a photo her and G-Dragon on her Instagram along with a short but sincere message, saying, “I won’t come visit you, so don’t worry.”

In the photo, G-Dragon can be spotted with facial hair and is posing with a fork covering one of his eyes.

G-Dragon will be entering the military on February 27, and his fellow member Taeyang will also enlist as an active-duty soldier on March 12.

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February Brand Reputation Rankings For Individual Boy Group Members Revealed

On February 18, the Korean Business Research Institute announced this month’s ranking for brand reputation among boy groups.

The ranking is based on the analysis of consumers’ participation, media coverage, interaction, and community indexes for 155,501,755 pieces of big data on 395 boy group members from January 16 to February 17.

Wanna One’s Kang Daniel came out on top for the seventh consecutive month. With a participation score of 6,881,473, media coverage score of 3,917,281, interaction score of 1,428,563, and community score of 901,753, his total score for the month came out to be 18,375,135, which is a 9.80 percent increase from his January score.

“Wanna One,” “Insolent Housemates,” and “Advertisements” are words that ranked high for the keyword analysis of Kang Daniel, while “Like,” “Handsome,” and “Cute” ranked high for his link analysis. The positivity-negativity analysis found that reactions are 85.41 percent positive.

With the news of his recent wedding and upcoming enlistment, BIGBANG’s Taeyang rose 13 spots to take second with a participation score of 4,621,536, media coverage score of 2,788,277, interaction score of 171,225, and community score of 901,753. His total score for the month is 8,482,790, which is a 136.78 percent increase from his previous score.

Wanna One’s Park Ji Hoon maintained his spot in third with a participation score of 1,130,345, media coverage score of 1,599,544, interaction score of 1,153,393, and community score of 1,846,040 for a total brand reputation score of 5,729,322.

All 11 Wanna One members once again made it into the top 30. The majority of BTS and BIGBANG members also ranked high this month.

Check out the top 30 below:

  1. Wanna One’s Kang Daniel
  2. BIGBANG’s Taeyang
  3. Wanna One’s Park Ji Hoon
  4. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon
  5. Wanna One’s Ong Seong Woo
  6. BTS’s Jimin
  7. Wanna One’s Hwang Min Hyun
  8. Wanna One’s Kim Jae Hwan
  9. Super Junior’s Leeteuk
  10. Wanna One’s Park Woo Jin
  11. BTS’s Jungkook
  12. BTS’s V
  13. EXO’s Baekhyun
  14. Wanna One’s Bae Jin Young
  15. Wanna One’s Lai Guan Lin
  16. BIGBANG’s Seungri
  17. Wanna One’s Ha Sung Woon
  18. Wanna One’s Lee Dae Hwi
  19. JBJ’s Kwon Hyun Bin
  20. BTS’s Suga
  21. EXO’s Xiumin
  22. Wanna One’s Yoon Ji Sung
  23. EXO’s Chanyeol
  24. BTS’s Jin
  25. iKON’s Junhoe
  26. Highlight’s Yoon Doojoon
  27. EXO’s Sehun
  28. BTS’s J-Hope
  29. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo
  30. BTOB’s Yook Sungjae

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100 Idols Vote For The Best Of The Best Among K-Pop Idols

K-pop idols seem to have it all from amazing visuals to stellar singing and dancing skills. But who do the idols believe are the best of the best?

For the second consecutive year, media source Ilgan Sports surveyed 100 idols in honor of Seollal (also known as Korean Lunar New Year) and they were asked to vote in a variety of categories like visuals, variety talent, and dancing and singing skills. A total of 21 idol groups participated in the survey and they were GOT7, NU’EST W, Red Velvet, RAINZ, MONSTA X, BTS, BLACKPINK, BTOB, SEVENTEEN, Super Junior, Akdong Musician, Wanna One, GFRIEND, Oh My Girl, WINNER, Taeyeon, TWICE, fromis_9, EXID, JBJ, and TRCNG.

From voting on the most handsome and beautiful idols to the greatest gamers and the idols other idols most want to collaborate with, 100 idols voted for 12 categories with interesting results.

Check out their choices below!

Most Handsome Idol

  1. BTS’s V (20 votes)
  2. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo (19 votes)
  3. SEVENTEEN’s Vernon (6 votes)
  4. NU’EST’s Ren (4 votes)
  5. WINNER’s Kim Jin Woo / SEVENTEEN’s Jeonghan (3 votes)

Most Beautiful Idol

  1. Red Velvet’s Irene (20 votes)
  2. TWICE (10 votes)
  3. TWICE’s Tzuyu (9 votes)
  4. Suzy (7 votes)
  5. Girls’ Generation’s YoonA / f(x)’s Krystal / BLACKPINK’s Jisoo / BLACKPINK’s Jennie (4 votes)

Most Comical Idol

  1. BTOB’s Eunkwang (15 votes)
  2. BTOB’s Changsub (11 votes)
  3. SEVENTEEN’s Seungkwan (9 votes)
  4. BTOB (9 votes)
  5. Super Junior’s Heechul / Super Junior’s Eunhyuk (4 votes)

Best Dancing Machine

  1. EXO’s Kai / TWICE’s Momo (13 votes)
  2. SEVENTEEN’s Hoshi (10 votes)
  3. SHINee’s Taemin / BTS’s Jimin (6 votes)
  4. Super Junior’s Eunhyuk / BTS’s J-Hope (5 votes)
  5. Wanna One’s Park Woo Jin (4 votes)

Idol you most want to collaborate with

  1. IU (9 votes)
  2. TWICE (8 votes)
  3. BTS (7 votes)
  4. SEVENTEEN’s Woozi (6 votes)
  5. BLACKPINK’s Rosé (5 votes)

Best Idol Gamer

  1. Super Junior’s Heechul (14 votes)
  2. VIXX’s Hongbin (12 votes)
  3. Wanna One’s Park Ji Hoon (9 votes)
  4. B1A4’s Gongchan / SEVENTEEN’s Wonwoo (8 votes)
  5. TWICE’s Mina / B.A.P’s Youngjae (7 votes)

Male Idol With Hottest Body

  1. Wanna One’s Kang Daniel (12 votes)
  2. MONSTA X’s Shownu (11 votes)
  3. MONSTA X’s Wonho (10 votes)
  4. BIGBANG’s Taeyang (6 votes)
  5. SHINee’s Taemin / EXO’s Kai / EXO’s Sehun (5 votes)

Female Idol With Hottest Body

  1. HyunA (14 votes)
  2. AOA’s Seolhyun (11 votes)
  3. TWICE’s Momo (7 votes)
  4. BLACKPINK’s Jennie (6 votes)
  5. EXID’s Hani (5 votes)

Idol Who Looks Even Better In Real Life

  1. ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo (12 votes)
  2. Red Velvet’s Irene (7 votes)
  3. TWICE (6 votes)
  4. TWICE’s Jihyo / BLACKPINK’s Jisoo (5 votes)
  5. Oh My Girl’s Jiho (4 votes)

Most Fashionable Idol

  1. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon (29 votes)
  2. BLACKPINK’s Jennie (9 votes)
  3. Block B’s Zico (7 votes)
  4. Sunmi / SEVENTEEN’s The8 (6 votes)
  5. JBJ’s Kwon Hyun Bin / Wanna One’s Lai Guan Lin (4 votes)

Best Idol Vocalist

  1. BTOB’s Eunkwang (10 votes)
  2. SEVENTEEN’s Dokyeom (8 votes)
  3. Wanna One’s Kim Jae Hwan (7 votes)
  4. Taeyeon / IU (6 votes)
  5. MONSTA X’s Kihyun / GFRIEND’s Yuju (5 votes)

Idol You Most Want To Get To Know

  1. BLACKPINK (7 votes)
  2. IU (6 votes)
  3. BTS’s V / BTS’s Jungkook / TWICE (5 votes)
  4. BTS / Red Velvet’s Irene (4 votes)
  5. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon / BIGBANG’s Taeyang (3 votes)

Do you agree with their choices?

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February Male Advertisement Model Brand Reputation Rankings Revealed

The Korean Business Research Institute has released the brand reputation rankings of male advertisement models for February.

The rankings were determined after an analysis of 17,665,502 pieces of data about 50 male brand models collected from January 13 to February 14. This was a 13.08 percent increase from the 15,621,606 pieces of data used in the ranking for last December.

The monthly brand reputation rankings are a result of big data analysis of participation, media coverage, communication, and community awareness as a means to study consumer habits.

Wanna One’s Kang Daniel topped February’s rankings with a total score of 2,408,201 points. This was a 19.76 percent increase from his previous score in the December 2017 rankings.

The chief of the Korean Business Research Institute, Goo Chang Hwan, commented, “Following the analysis for the February 2018 male advertisement model brand rankings, Kang Daniel recorded first. Kang Daniel’s brand as well as the “Kang Daniel syndrome” is continuing through the advertisements and various broadcast, music, and variety show activities he is participating in as a Wanna One member. In 2018, Kang Daniel will be a model for product and distribution advertisements, as well as for financial services.”

Gong Yoo took second place with a total score of 2,225,736 points, which was an impressive 163.62 percent increase from his 844,296 point score in the December 2017 rankings.

Finally, Kim Saeng Min placed third with a total score of 768,969 points, marking a 62.98 percent decrease from his top spot in the December 2017 rankings.

The top 30 for February are as follows:

  1. Kang Daniel
  2. Gong Yoo
  3. Kim Saeng Min
  4. Park Bo Gum
  5. Baek Jong Won
  6. Kang Dong Won
  7. Yoo Jae Suk
  8. Park Seo Joon
  9. Yang Se Hyung
  10. Jo Jung Suk
  11. Song Joong Ki
  12. Lee Byung Hun
  13. Lee Sang Min
  14. Kim Soo Hyun
  15. Lee Min Ho
  16. Yoo Seung Ho
  17. Jun Hyun Moo
  18. Hyun Bin
  19. Shin Dong Yeop
  20. Kim Jae Hwan
  21. Ha Jung Woo
  22. Kim Rae Won
  23. Seo Jang Hoon
  24. Jo In Sung
  25. G-Dragon
  26. Kim Jong Kook
  27. Kim Jong Min
  28. Kim Ji Suk
  29. Park Jae Bum
  30. Ma Dong Seok

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QUIZ: Which Male K-Pop Idol Are You Spending Valentine’s Day With?

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to daydream about which K-pop star to spend the day with. You can fantasize about going on that perfect date, receiving chocolates and teddy bears galore, and having that sweet conversation that could last all night. Sounds like perfection, right? If you’re having a hard time daydreaming about which perfect and charismatic K-pop star to spend this lovely day with, take this quiz to find out who we picked for you!

Hey Soompiers, what were your results? Let me know in the comments below!

binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her ultimate biases include Song Joong Ki, BIGBANG and BTOB. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!

BIGBANG’s G-Dragon Confirms Military Enlistment Date


BIGBANG’s G-Dragon will be enlisting in the military before the month is out.

On February 14, his agency YG Entertainment stated, “It’s true that he has received his draft notice. The BIGBANG members had always been thinking about enlisting as soon as they receive their draft notices. As such, G-Dragon will be enlisting as an active-duty soldier on February 27.”

They added, “He plans on quietly enlisting without an official farewell event in order to prevent any chaos from occurring on scene that day. He will diligently carry out his military service.”

Knowing he would enlist sometime this year, G-Dragon previously expressed his feelings about his upcoming enlistment during BIGBANG’s year-end concert at Gocheok Sky Dome. He said, “Just like how spring comes after winter ends, I hope everyone will stay healthy until then and won’t be sad. We will meet again soon. The five of [us] always hope that everyone will be happy. That is the source of our strength. If you patiently wait for the day we are [all] discharged, day by day, I believe that day will come quickly. Because our love won’t change.”

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