EXO Member Chen Announces Surprise Wedding to Pregnant Fiancee

This news is two weeks too late to make the Dispatch Jan 1 breaking scoop but there is now a first idol shocker of 2020. Chen of boy idol group EXO announced today via a handwritten note to his fans that he was getting married. The 29 year old singer and songwriter will be marrying his non-celeb girlfriend and the two are also expecting a baby. Of course this is a shotgun wedding, I don’t think even the happy couple will deny it, but timing doesn’t mean it will or won’t work out. I think it helps that fans are now able to accept their idols having a personal life, dating, having sex, getting married, and even getting divorced, that it’s now on the couple to make it work without worrying as much on external pressures. Good luck to the two and even more luck needed as they embark on being young first time parents in a few months. Continue reading

Cha Seung Won, Ji Sung, EXO and Many More Popular Stars Receive 2017 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards

The 2017 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards took place quietly with a cancelled red carpet due to the passing of beloved veteran leading man Kim Joo Hyuk earlier in the week. The big winners among stars I follow are … Continue reading

EXO, Yoo Ah In, and Hyeri Lead the 2016 Forbes Korea Top 40 Celebrity Power Rankings

The list is out for Forbes Korea magazine’s annual ranking of the 40 Most Powerful Celebrities, a ranking that takes into account a whole host of factors including buzz, name recognition, successful projects, number of CFs, and so forth. I … Continue reading

K-advertisers Name Most Valuable 2016 Entertainment Brands in Korea

Brand awareness and strength is a critical assessment element in the marketing industry, and stars have long since joined in the pool of companies and products which consumers connect with. The Korean advertising association released a data set this week … Continue reading