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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Yuk Ji Dam’s Father Speaks Up About Kasper’s Post Regarding Wanna One’s Kang Daniel


Earlier today, rapper Yuk Ji Dam caused an uproar among netizens after claiming that a fan’s blog post was about her and Wanna One’s Kang Daniel.

When rumors began to circulate, Kasper explained the situation, saying that Yuk Ji Dam and Kang Daniel did “contact each other with interest” in the past but eventually “ended things on a good note.”

Yuk Ji Dam’s father also spoke up about the issue on his daughter’s behalf, who currently does not have an agency. He told Sports Chosun, “The whole situation is getting messy, but I can’t really explain why Ji Dam decided to post those things. As far as I know, the relationship between [Yuk Ji Dam and Kang Daniel] is what Kasper described it to be.”

Meanwhile, Wanna One’s agency YMC Entertainment announced that they’ll be taking legal action against any rumors.

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Yuk Ji Dam Makes Claims About Relationship With Wanna One’s Kang Daniel, Kasper Responds

Early morning on February 14, rapper Yuk Ji Dam posted on Instagram a screenshot of a blog post written by a fan of Wanna One’s Kang Daniel, in which the fan wrote a story from Kang Daniel’s point of view.

In a largely unintelligible caption, Yuk Ji Dam claims the post is about her and Kang Daniel, saying, “Isn’t stalking illegal? […] I couldn’t read it all because I couldn’t handle it.”

To protesting fans, Yuk Ji Dam asked them to refrain from saying anything if they don’t know the whole story, and when netizens brought up that she might be drunk because of her nonsensical post, the rapper insisted that she was completely sober.

The Instagram posts in question have since been deleted by Yuk Ji Dam, although one post remains, in which she says, “I’m not the one that needs to respond to this, but the people involved. If you don’t know the story, stop leaving hate comments. I don’t know either. Please show up … no more … pranks … makes me mad. I don’t know what’s what. People’s scars and whatnot, everyone has a story, so leave it alone for now.”

The fan who originally wrote the blog post has also closed her blog, saying that she doesn’t want to cause any trouble for Kang Daniel, and that she has no involvements with Yuk Ji Dam.

With rumors abounding after Yuk Ji Dam’s posts, Kasper wrote a brief explanation of the situation on her Instagram. Below is her full post:

“I debated a lot [about writing this], but because there seem to be so many falsehoods going around, I’m going to say a few words to aid understanding of the situation for Wanna One fans, Kang Daniel’s fans, and for those that have been concerned or angered by Yuk Ji Dam’s Instagram post.

“About two years ago, I invited [Kang] Daniel, who was a trainee at the time, to a party with people I knew (we used to go to the same cram school in Busan when we were younger). [Yuk] Ji Dam was there, too, and that’s how Ji Dam and Daniel came to know each other. They were around the same age, and everyone was getting along really well that night; afterward, [Yuk Ji Dam and Kang Daniel] met a couple more times with mutual friends, and I heard from both of them later that they were beginning to contact each other with interest.

“Not long afterward, the MMO trainees began to prepare for ‘Produce 101,’ and they became busy with their film and training schedules. To my knowledge, [Daniel and Ji Dam] ended things mutually and on a good note, with it being difficult for them to meet and contact each other since Daniel was focused on training for [‘Produce 101’], a show that he thought would be his last shot. After [Daniel] debuted, even if the two met at the salon, they would just exchange greetings; they didn’t contact each other or have a relationship, nor was that possible.

“I don’t understand why Ji Dam posted the screenshot of the blog post, or why there are so many errors in Ji Dam’s post to the point that it’s difficult to comprehend. However, what I am certain of is that the blog post doesn’t seem to be about [Daniel and Ji Dam’s] relationship at all. I can’t say more because I’m not directly involved, but, as the person that introduced the two to each other, I simply would like to prevent further rumors.”

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Koreans Vote Which Stars They Want To Give Chocolate To On Valentine’s Day


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With Valentine’s Day only a day away (February 14), a survey was conducted from January 19 to February 12 asking students which celebrity they would like to give chocolate to. In Korea, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a holiday in which females gift males with chocolate. Thus, the survey asks which male celebrities they would like to give chocolate to.

Popular actor Park Bo Gum came in first place with 30 percent of the votes while Kang Daniel came close behind with 27 percent of the votes.

Check out the rest of the results below!

1. Park Bo Gum (30 percent)
2. Kang Daniel (27 percent)
3. BTS’s V (10 percent)
4. Gong Yoo (8 percent)
5. Lee Seung Gi ( 8 percent)

Who would you like to give chocolates to on Valentine’s Day?

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YMC Explains Kang Daniel’s Hospital Visit


On February 8, fans saw Wanna One’s Kang Daniel at a hospital and expressed their concern for his health.

Fans posted on social media that Kang Daniel was getting treated by an orthopedic doctor at a hospital in Namyangju which is located in Gyeonggi Province. Many were worried that he had suffered a serious injury.

In response, a source from YMC Entertainment said, “Kang Daniel usually experiences discomfort in his legs, so he went to the hospital as a measure of preventing an injury.”

The source continued, “He only received physical therapy at a nearby hospital. He is not experiencing serious pain and did not get hurt.”

Kang Daniel previously injured his finger in August, so many fans were worried about another injury.

Meanwhile, Wanna One is preparing to make a comeback sometime in the first half of this year. Kang Daniel is also appearing on MBC’s “Insolent Housemates.”

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