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K-Pop Wrap Up: Who & What Dominated The Headlines In May 2014

By Adrienne Stanley | May 31, 2014 08:07 AM EDT


May marked the return of some of the most popular male groups in K-Pop including EXO, INFINITE, and VIXX. While it was an exciting month for K-Pop fans, news headlines were dominated by disturbing rumors surrounding the impending lawsuit of former EXO member Kris.

The flames have continued to be fanned as neither party, SM Entertainment or Kris, have released solid information to the public regarding the issue. Although, this severance signals a conflict in the music industry, K-Drama fans also received disturbing news in the month of May.

Three couples in K-Drama announced their break-ups, with the most surprising news coming from two couples who fell in love while filming on set.

Actress Yoo In Ah and Ji Hyun Woo formally announced their break up on May 14, following speculation that their relationship had dissolved. K-Drama viewers were fond of the couple, who began dating following the conclusion of the time slip comedy “Queen In Hyun's Man”.

On May 15, media reports began to surface that Kim Bum and Moon Geun Young had called it quits, after dating for seven months. The actors were co-stars in the period drama “Goddess of Fire” and were also a couple that was well loved by fans.

K-Drama fans were delighted, however, to learn that actor Kim Woo Bin was newly single. On May 14, it was announced that “The Heirs” star had broken up with model Yoo Ji An.

Fans of 2NE1 vocalist Park Bom have engaged in friendly debate over whether the artist is more romantically interested in her “Roommates” co-star Lee Dong Wook or most recently, Park Min Woo.

While some shippers were busy speculating about the possibilities between these stars, others were more interested in the possibility of 2NE1x EXO (and other variations on the names).

Male groups have made a solid comeback.

SM Entertainment's EXO ushered in what has become an onslaught of male group comebacks. The group kicked off May with the release of the highly anticipated EP “Overdose” on May 7. Prior to its release, “Overdose” sold over 650,000 copies in pre-sale.

INFINITE made a strong return to K-Pop with the release of their thirteen track album “Season 2”. With a variety of musical genres, “Season 2” reflects the artistic evolution of INFINITE.

VIXX delivered a solid comeback with “Eternity”, which was released on May 27. “Eternity” is a four track EP which highlights the strengths of the ever changing group.

May was also a month for highly anticipated U.S. concert announcements.

The United States has been inundated with K-Pop concerts in recent months, with highlights including CNBLUE and U-KISS in January, followed by Boyfriend, Teen Top and B.A.P.

West Coast fans were treated to the LA K-Pop Festival and also had the opportunity to see a wide range of acts including EXO-M and B1A4 at the Korea Times Festival.

Fans of K-Pop in America are now excited for the upcoming Hallyu convention, KCON, which will take place from August 9 through August 10 in Downtown Los Angeles. Girls' Generation, BTS, and CNBLUE are among the headlining performers.

Tagged :  EXO, INFINITE, VIXX, Kris, SM Entertainment, Yoo In Ah, Kim Bum, Moon Geun Young, Kim Woo Bin, park bom, KCON


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