Alamat ni Rapunzel

Ano ang meron sa mahabang buhok ni Rapunzel? Simulan natin sa isang kuwento:

Sa isang kastilyo, mayroong isang dalaga na nagngangalang Rapunzel. Dati ay maikli ang kanyang buhok. Ikinulong siya ng isang witch, na isinumpa ang kanyang mga magulang. Hindi natin alam kung ano na ang nangyari sa mga magulang niya mula nang isinumpa sila.

Ang batang Rapunzel ay lumaki na at nagdalaga. Sa katunayan, ang balita ng kanyang pagkakakulong sa kastilyo at ang kanyang natatanging ganda ang tumulak sa mga lalaki na ligawan siya.

Sa dami ng mga nanliligaw sa kanya, lalong humahaba ang hair niya. Bawat lalaking dumadaan sa kanyang kastilyo ay nagdagdag ng isang pulgada sa buhok ni Rapunzel.

Samantala, ang witch ay nasa bakasyon. Tulad ng iba, dumaan ang Prinsipe upang masilayan lang si Rapunzel. Dito na nabihag ang puso ng dalaga, at ibinaba ang kanyang mahabang buhok para makaakyat ang Prinsipe. Doon na nagsimula ang pag-iibigan nilang dalawa. Araw-araw ay laging dumadalaw ang Prinsipe, at lagi ding ibinababa ng dalaga ang buhok.

Nang umuwi ang witch, nagtaka siya kung bakit maikli na ang buhok ni Rapunzel. Actually, hindi ang witch ang pumutol sa buhok ni Rapunzel. Pinutol na ito ng dalaga dahil nag-break up na sila ng Prinsipe.

And she lived sadly ever after.

The end.

Memoirs: Bulkang Taal

Habang nagsusulat sa site na ito, biglang dumating ang balita ng pagputok ng Bulkang Taal. Natatanaw namin sa labas ang usok. Nakakatakot ding pagmasdan ang kidlat na kukurap-kurap, lalo pag gabi.

Paminsan-minsan, binabasa ko ang mga comments sa status ng mga evacuees. Paliwanag ng isang netizen, ang isang evacuee ay principal pala. Sa puntong iyon, napaisip ako.

Paano kaya yaong mga kakilala ko doon? Yung mga kasabayan ko. Yung ilan sa mga kaklase ko na tagaroon. Yung crush ko. Paano na? Ano kaya ang kalagayan nila?

Hindi natin alam ang bukas, pero kailangan natin itong paghandaan. Somehow, there’s something in common sa sitwasyon nila noon sa naranasan ko dati, kahit magkaiba.

Sa ngayon, marami sa mga evacuee ay nagsiuwian na matapos ibaba ang Alert Level 3. Pero nakaamba pa rin ang isa pang pagsabog. Ito’y dahil na rin sa naiipong magma sa ilalim.

Negatives

Sa mga isyu na nangyayari ngayon, may mga tao na kahit wala talagang alam, sila pa ang matitigas ang ulo.

Nandiyan na ang isyu sa PHIVOLCS pagdating sa advisories nito. Kahit noon pa, ipinanukala dati ni Prof. Clarita Carlos (pati ng dating head na si Rey Punongbayan) na ideklarang no-man’s land ang bulkan.

Alam na natin kung ano ang reaksyon ng mga kababayan sa ahensya. Walang nakinig kay Prof, hanggang ipinagbawal na mismo ni Pangulong Duterte ang pagtira doon sa isla.

Ang nangyayari ngayon sa bulkan ang nagpapatunay na tama ang sinasabi ng mga eksperto. At sa ganoong klaseng mindset, inilalagay ng ilang kababayan ang kanilang buhay (at ng iba) sa panganib.

Positive notes

Samantala, pinapasaya ng mga evacuees ang maraming tao. Tulad na lang ng nai-feature ko noong isang araw, kung saan nagsuot sila ng pang-kasal. Nakakatuwa na ang inihahaing pagkain ay kaparis din ng catering services. At dahil tuloy pa rin ang buhay sa mga evacuation centers.

Lumitaw din ang bayanihan ng mga tagaroon. Meron ding mga bahay na nagsisilbing evacuation centers, na malaking tulong para hindi magsiksikan ang mga bakwit. Madalas sila na mismo ang nagkukusa nang hindi nanglilimos ng tulong sa gobyerno.

Contributions

Espesyal sa akin ang lugar sa palibot ng lawa. Kaya ganoon na lang ang lungkot ko nang malaman ang balita.

Malaki man ang halagang binigay ko para sa kanila, isa na rin itong paraan para magpasalamat sa kanila. Isang pasasalamat sa pag-alalay sa akin, sa ilang mga araw na nandoon ako. Pasasalamat na rin sa paghubog din sa akin para marating ang estado ko ngayon.

Notes to Rest

Dear readers:

Let me rant even a bit, as I am not amused on what is happening now.

This site was intended to provide a different side of fun and news, and spread it to the world. But for more than five years, little improvements on its standing were noticed. TweetNewscaster aims to be one of the well-known sites after several years, something that is very difficult to achieve.

Out of hundreds of posts being published, few were read on regular basis. And even if I dealt with K-Pop to reach out to more people, nothing’s changed. I’m still being stuck on narrowing topics to what most readers want, instead of expanding it. I’m sensing that I am spending more time on things that give less (intangible) views.

As the days go by, I find blogging more taxing rather than enjoying due to lesser views.

It’s very difficult for me to promote this site, and as such we have to further limit postings starting February 17. The author will now focus on a different project, extend rest hours, and will play arcade games for now. These will be the case unless this site generates more traffic, or till further notice.

However, if you still want to keep in touch with me, please send your queries and love problems to tweetnewscaster@gmail.com.

We’ll continue this site, but we have to limit blogging. Thank you very much for continued support.

Regards,

TweetNewscaster

K-Pop Groups’ Longest Hiatus (January 2020)

You may wonder how long some groups take very long rest. With Flovers increasingly became restless on OTR‘s inaction re fromis_9‘s next comeback, the author decided to research groups on long hiatus.

This essentially follows that of TheBiasList, but some factors are changed. Points to be noted:

  1. Groups at a minimum should be given comebacks not more than six (6) months from last release date.
  2. Groups with members under military service are included too.
  3. Length of hiatus is counted as of this date.
  4. Girls’ Generation’s Oh! GG is included (though not mentioned), as they are not officially disbanded.

The table below shows 35 groups evaluated and identified as such. While this is due to various reasons (like vacation breaks, concerts, and promotions), the most frequently-cited reasons are on (1) lack of funds and promotions, (2) internal issues, and/or (3) mismanagement.

We will also use this to assess how their agencies are performing at year-end.

Here are the groups with the longest hiatus, arranged in ascending order. Count the days, and see for yourself, if you are willing to wait:

Group No. of Days Months
1 GWSN 186 6
2 PENTAGON 192 6
3 KNK 194 6
4 Honey Popcorn 204 7
5 GFRIEND 208 7
6 fromis_9 235 8
7 Chic Angel 242 8
8 Berry Good 245 8
9 Lovelyz 250 8
10 HASHTAG 284 9
11 BLACKPINK 296 10
12 IZ*ONE 299 10
13 NeonPunch 299 10
14 HOTPLACE 302 10
15 DIA 312 10
16 S.I.S 325 11
17 INFINITE 346 12
18 VIXX 357 12
19 IMFACT 366 12
20 FAVORITE 375 13
21 iKON 383 13
22 Apink 383 13
23 TVXQ 395 13
24 Highlight 431 14
25 HOTSHOT 436 15
26 BTOB 439 15
27 gugudan 445 15
28 APRIL 466 16
29 SHINee 502 17
30 Girls’ Generation 507 17
31 Shinhwa 515 17
32 24K 610 20
33 SONAMOO 810 27
34 CNBLUE 1041 35
35 BIGBANG 1139 38

 

Love Advice No. 119

From Papa Jack Advice Facebook page:

Good eve po, Papa Jack. Gusto ko lang po sanang humingi ng advice.

May live-in partner ako for four years now. May 2 kids kami. Maraming beses na kaming nagkaroon ng problema. Buong buhay ko, ginawa ko ang lahat. Pinagsilbihan ko siya. May time po nung mga baguhan kaming nagsasama, sinasakal niya ako. Pero wala lang sa akin. Lalayas ako, tapos babalik din.

Hanggang sa mabuntis po ako sa panganay ko. Four months po yung baby ko sa loob ng tiyan ko. Nilalaglag ko, dahil gusto ko nang hiwalayan siya at sustento na lang sa bata. Pero wala rin po akong nagawa dahil kawawa naman ang bata. Lalaking walang tatay. At ayaw ko pong mangyari iyon. Hanggang sa nagsama kami ulit. Sa biyenan ko po doon kami nakatira. Always mag-away kami, nakapagitna sila. Iyon din po ang hindi ko matagalan. Hanggang sa inalok ko siyang bumukod pero di niya nagawa.

…Nabuntis na naman po ako sa sumunod. Ang aking bunso. Problema na naman dahil sa barkada. Puro siya barkada. Umiinom, umuuwi umaga na. Okay lang sa mga magulang niya. Mama’s boy po kasi siya. Sa tuwing uutusan ko siya, kailangan pang pukpukin para sundin ka. Utos ng nanay niya, sobrang bilis niya, nanginginig pa! At iyon nga po, puro barkada.

Nag-decide ako na umuwi sa amin… at hindi ako umuwi sa partner ko. Kinabukasan, kukunin ko yung panganay ko sa bahay nila. Pagdating ko, ayaw na ibigay yung bata. Dumating sa point na inapi na ako ng lola niya. Sinabunutan ako at pinagsisipa ako. Pinagtulungan ako ng tatay niya, lola, at kapatid niya. Nanonood lang siya! Wala siyang ginawa. Siyempre po, nanay ako. Masakit sa akin na ganoon.

Kaya nagpa-DSWD po ako dahil gusto kong mabawi ang anak ko. Kinausap ko sila nang matino, pero tinago pa rin nila ang bata. Hanggang sa nagkita na nga po kami sa DSWD office. Hindi nila dala ang bata. Pinaninindigan na ayaw ibigay sa akin. Subalit ako pa rin po ang nanalo sa labas na iyon. Hanggang sa nagsama po ulit kami. Binigyan ko ng maraming chance si guy kasi mahal ko naman po at siya ang ama ng mga anak ko. Hanggang ngayon, ganoon pa rin po siya. Isip-bata siya.

Hanggang ngayon po, sa tuwing mag-aaway kami, parang wala lang sa kanya. Hindi ko siya makausap nang matino. Gusto ko nang makipaghiwalay, pero hindi ko magawa dahil kawawa ang mga anak ko. ayaw kong hindi buo ang pamilya nila. Ano po ang dapat kong gawin: Makipaghiwalay na ba o mag-stay at magsakripisyo para sa mga anak ko? Itago niyo na lang po ako sa pangalang Kim. Salamat po.

My Advice:

Makipaghiwalay ka na.

Bakit? Hindi niya kayang gampanan nang lubos ang pagiging padre de pamilya.

Hindi siya humingi ng tawad sa lahat ng nangyari sa iyo. At kung hindi pa rin siya magbabago, mag-isip ka na. Mas lalong kawawa ang mga anak mo kung hindi pa rin niya kayang panindigan ang pagiging ama.

Prepare mentally

Sa puntong ito, tapos na ang mga araw ng pagiging binata. Wala sanang problema kung wala pa kayong anak. Bahala na siyang magwalwal kasama ang barkada. Pero ibang usapan na dahil iba na ang sitwasyon.

Sa umpisa pa lang ng pagsasama ninyo, hindi na siya dapat nakaasa sa kanyang ina. Kailangan na niyang magpaka-magulang. Kung tutuusin, kahiya-hiya rin ang lagay ng pamilya mo kung laging alak at barkada ang inaatupag niya.

Sa ugali pa lang kitang-kita na hindi siya deserving na balikan. Malaking pagkakamali na kung ganoon pa ang gagawin mo. Uulitin lang ng biyenan mo ang ginawa sa iyo.

Break-up

Pero kung pinproblema mo ang pagkakaroon ng isang “buong” pamilya, at kung lalaki silang walang tatay, mas mabuting maghanap na ng lalaki na mas responsable.

Mas pabor ito sa iyo kaysa balikan siya. Kung titingnang maigi, nasa posisyon ka na para makipaghiwalay sa kanya. Madali na iyan.

Update: Share ko lang ang napakagandang quote:

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“Isa sa mga pinakamagandang regalo na puwedeng ibigay ng mga magulang sa kanilang mga anak ay ang masayang pagsasama.”

Custody

Kung nag-decide ka na tuluyang hiwalayan siya, mauulit din ang nangyari sa iyo sa DSWD. At iyan ay hindi natin maiiwasan.

Sakaling magmatigas pa sila, pumunta ka na sa Public Attorney’s Office para sa mga legal na hakbang. Bakit? Korte na ang pupuwersa sa kanila na ibigay ang kustodiya sa iyo.

Ito na ang pinakahuling hakbang na puwede mong gawin. Iyan ay para sa ikabubuti mo at ng mga anak mo.

K-Pop Write-ups: 1theK

As promised, we will discuss what’s in 1theK.

Positives

Some positive aspects are noted. The channel has become instrumental in streamlining content of various groups to a wider audience. In some instances, it helped few debut and underrated groups to obtain popularity (which might not be done if promoted individually).

Unfavorable changes

At any rate, they failed to sustain what they have attained for 2018. 1theK once reached the point where they promoted groups for every comeback uploaded. Last year, their considerable improvement was on providing descriptions of songs in their MVs. This helped viewers understand what’s inside it.

But with promotions of another channel called “1theK Originals,” these things were gradually stopped. It also changed the logo – for worse. Their previous logo was easily recognizable and is full of colors. Now it was less colorful. Plus, while the logo was prevalent in the past, it featured less and less later on.

Major changes

The author is sensing that its status as a leading K-Pop channel is shaking. It’s apparent that some agencies pulled out distribution rights to 1theK. This is the case with Pledis. In other cases, agencies made also their separate MVs, as is the case with Starship, Woolim, FNC, and Cube. This is not to mention fans’ suspicions over 1theK’s profit sharing (and deletion of MVs if the contract ends). How will 1theK respond?

In our previous reviews, we give incentives to every comeback that’s being uploaded to 1theK. These incentives are intended as reward for improvement, and to support the advocacy of being a “one-stop K-Pop channel”. But with unfavorable changes, and if GFRIEND decided not to upload it to 1theK in their next comeback, we have to remove these incentives. These will be reflected on our subsequent reviews.

K-Pop Write-Ups: Emphasis on Celebrities’ Attitudes

While the author may be enchanted by visuals and talents, it looks more on attitude. And you may have noticed that it is of prime importance, especially in rating groups and members. This is because attitudes from the stars can contribute to their success or failure. (Take note, even J.Y. Park himself recognizes this fact.)

We’ll repeat this again and again. This will be our guide as we discuss and review K-Pop this 2020.

Proper behavior

As K-Pop fans, we are used to them being prim and proper, avoid scandals, and so on to maintain it. However, this must be of less concern nowadays. At a minimum, (1) groups and members must correctly respond to issues, (2) be present on various engagements, especially overseas, (3) speak up immediately if untoward incidents happen; and (4) have regard for fellow members.

TWICE members complied with first point on Mina’s hiatus. Second point is being done by them also, plus BTS and BLACKPINK. CLC’s Sorn did this third point by apologizing on social media. On the last point, Red Velvet gave updates on Wendy’s condition.

Blast from the past

Let me give you an idea why I do have to reinforce this starting this year.

Thirteen years ago, K-Pop was not so popular. The author only followed an underrated non-Korean co-ed group, and picked a leader and lead vocalist as ultimate bias. Issues with a member surfaced, which the agency and the group haven’t resolved.

It led to that member being on hiatus. During her absence, fans engaged in wars, and more speculations emerged. It later came to a point where the group disbanded. Still, the agency and the group did not issue apologies or clarifications on this issue.

Apparently, incorrect responses over her attitude led to the group’s demise. And up to this writing, few people knew that this group existed.

Final Words

As this unfortunate incident is also happening on K-Pop, we have to be very strict on it.

Attitudes will be another important aspect we have to look upon, as we deal with the groups in reviews and year-end ratings. More changes are being implemented in this site to reflect it. Hope these things serve as strong reminder for K-Pop to take its issues very seriously.

K-Pop Resolutions: What Do I Want For K-Pop In 2020?

Even if a little bit late, hope K-Pop considers these points for improvement.

We all know that 2019 has been full of scandals and incidents, which the author also mentioned several times in this site. And as the year closed, netizens are expecting better things for this year. But these will be worthless if we don’t remind K-Pop to improve further. Hence, this article.

TheBiasList provided some resolutions agencies should follow for this year. We will rewrite it, but we will add some points that should not be neglected. These will help a lot for K-Pop to be on the right track. It will be our guide as we journey to K-Pop in 2020 and in the coming years:

  1. Stronger focus on mental health.

To some extent, agencies are responding now to this lingering issue. While the blogger focused on renewal of mental health, we need to emphasize this strongly. With Sulli and Goo Hara’s deaths, much improvement needs to be done.

Improvements include giving talents breaks, turning down malicious comments, personality development sessions, provision of psychological help, and having leeway over talents’ engagements outside like normal citizens. For benchmarking, K-Pop has to learn more on how BigHit Entertainment is managing this issue.

  1. Safety and health of talents

Wendy’s bad fall in Gayo Daejeon and Minari’s hiatus clearly stressed how important they are. Even if you ask international companies, they’ll tell you that safety and health is their utmost priority. Hopefully, we see more and more agencies responding to it for this year.

  1. Responsive agencies

Agencies being unresponsive contribute to list of sad events in K-Pop for 2019.

At a minimum, agencies need to provide immediate updates or clarifications everytime an issue pops out (dating, health, hiatus, or departure). Plus, correct responses need to be done on these incidents. RBW and BigHit are best examples.

K-Pop needs to seriously take lessons from utter mistakes made by MLD and FNC. It can be remembered that the two haven’t issued statements on Momoland and Cherry Bullet’s status for several months. This is despite their fandoms’ pleadings to do so.

And even if some of members departed, the two agencies still did not clarify what happened or issue apologies for delays they made. This costs less, but would’ve been a big help to maintain goodwill to customers.

As these incidents amount to unprofessional attitude, Japanese “zero-tolerance” approach will be used on this aspect. Even a slightest ignorance of this simple task will cast a permanent effect in dealings with most agencies*. This will be reflected as we rate groups’ performance in MV Reviews.

  1. Experiment on new concepts

This aspect is explained in detail by the blogger, but to cut it short, K-Pop should experiment further, or look back on tunes used ten years ago. Take the cases of tunes like Sorry Sorry, Fire, and I Got A Boy. Otherwise, they can borrow tunes from the 80s or 90s. 

To put it bluntly, international audiences like K-Pop due to its different take on music, and it being dynamic. But now that the genre is slowly succumbing to usual mainstream trends, K-Pop has to catch up.

  1. Bit leeway on dating scandals

As a love adviser for five years, the author recommends that no-dating policy be retained, but for a definite time (say, 3 – 5 years). The rationale is that no sensible guy will take risks during that time, if he is not serious in a relationship.

But if we see a repeat of Hyuna and Dawn, the agencies have to provide leeway. Sanctions may be enforced, but not too harsh. Cube made a terrible mistake on it, and MLD Ent did the same to Daisy. K-Pop should learn from the Big 3 + YG how they handle issues like this.

  1. No more Produce series

While Produce series helped some struggling groups like NU’EST and VICTON, the vote-rigging scandals substantially erased the trust over the series. We explained these in our previous article, and hope this continues till 2020 and beyond.

The scandals somehow stopped more heartbreaks for prospective fans, unlike that of I.O.I and Wanna One. And as of this writing, X1 disbanded. Again, creating temporary groups must be done by other shows, not by Produce.

  1. Another Queendom-style show

News circulated that another Queendom-style show for boy groups will be laid out. As Queendom helped underrated groups like Oh My Girl, AOA, and Lovelyz, it must be carried out on a continuous basis.

The show helped the groups to experiment on new concepts, shine further, develop potentials, and make new collaborations with other groups.

If you think additional resolutions need to be done, you may comment here below. We’ll consider including it next time.


* Due to outstanding attitude and/or attendance, some groups are exempt from this approach, namely BTS, BLACKPINK, TWICE, GFRIEND, and AOA.


Featured Image Credit: BTS concert in Seoul.

Rating K-Pop Agencies 2019: Part Three (MLD, Jellyfish, MBK, Play M, TS, Star Empire, Brave)

(Side Note: In rating agencies, primary objective is to evaluate agencies’ responses to various issues. Responses are a crucial ingredient for agencies’ and groups’ survival, fame, and profitability.

To a lesser extent, financial aspects might be tackled, but will not be a major factor in rating them.)


MLD Entertainment

What. A. Disappointment.

This is what best describes the agency for the year 2019. Let’s be frank about this.

Overview

The problem is only on how they respond. And MLD Ent did it unprofessionally, backfiring on the group’s popularity. Worse, it’s not helping that their complaints list is piling up one by one this year. The agency is not learning any lesson, and results later speak for itself.

This year, they made wrong move advising Daisy to rest due to dating scandal. They also let Dabin go somewhere else, without reminding her of priorities and commitments with fans. It made a statement against anyone assaulting the group, but lacked direct response on incident with Mexico. The group attends in various events incomplete, from PH media interviews…to KCON in Los Angeles this year. Not to mention Taeha and Dabin’s departure.

Playing deaf

MLD Ent is still playing deaf to Merries. In fact, Daisy’s mom emphasized the lack of response on these issues. Repeated statements is a signal that the problem is very serious. To add, they are giving stress to Merries.

Its dealing with a PH TV network just confirmed the major effects of wrong decision-making. We can now sense the group’s future direction with respect to standing in K-Pop.

In essence, they are not taking matters seriously, especially on dealing with Merries. Aside from this, they are wasting time and opportunities through these wrong decisions. These things are virtually absent in other small and big agencies.

To put it bluntly, speculations on the members can’t be avoided. If the agency does not clarify and solve issues, the burden falls on them.

Positives?

If MLD Entertainment reacted positively, they should’ve done these: (1) Remind Dabin of commitments with the group, (2) Do solo debuts or create subgroups first, while three members are absent, (3) issue frequent updates on Daisy and Taeha’s status to assure Merries, and (4) Dismiss dating scandals, considering that Momoland hasn’t established their status as a famous Korean group.

How far MLD Entertainment will go? With incorrect reactions going on, it’s not surprising if Momoland will still have a difficult time recovering on the year 2020.

Group(s) Rated: Momoland

Rating: 52.00%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 5
2 Rolling of comebacks 3
3 Handling boy groups
4 Handling girl groups 1
5 Assessment as whole 1
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 1
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

Jellyfish Entertainment

Still, VIXX is rarely felt in promotions, with virtually no proper comeback for remaining members. In their recent Parallel track, they did not give a complete comeback package like the other groups. In the meantime, Ravi and Hongbin got busy on their separate collaborations with Pepsi, plus Leo and Hyuk having their solo tracks.

Similar case goes with Gugudan, which I don’t sense any activities from them as of this writing.

Good point meanwhile was on updating Hyuk’s health status and prioritizing it. Plus, they are promoting its rookie group VERIVERY by providing them two lead tracks.

Rating: 80.00%
Grade: C-
Assessment: Needs Improvement

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 3
2 Rolling of comebacks 3
3 Handling boy groups 4
4 Handling girl groups 4
5 Assessment as whole 8
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 7
8 Other factors

MBK Entertainment

Being a punching bag of critics for several years, MBK faces fatal blows again this 2019.

Still, MBK is not yet improving. Might as well revamp the agency if it doesn’t improve for a long time. Talk about lack of promotions, want of activities for DIA, Jenny’s exit from the group, their lack of concern for Somyi, and Shannon’s departure after long period of neglect. These inactions did not help in putting their groups to fame. In fact, only T-ARA was tagged as one of the most famous, albeit lagging.

Exception is accorded to debut group 1THE9, where it debuted though with moderate fanfare. Still, with four months remaining before 1the9’s contract expires, the agency only managed to have limited tracks. MBK has to use the limited time wisely.

Its financial performance reflects the agency’s gross negligence in the past years till now. How do we know this? As revealed by Produce 101 trainees from MBK, the agency is struggling financially. (This ironically steers MBK away from bribe issues with Produce series.)

Rating: 52.73%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 1
2 Rolling of comebacks 1
3 Handling boy groups 3
4 Handling girl groups 2
5 Assessment as whole 5
6 Longevity of groups 7
7 Handling issues and responding 5
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

Play M Entertainment

With the name change from Plan A to Play M following merger with Fave Entertainment last February, we could expect newer approaches to promotion and activities. But still, they are not ready for this.

How we wish that the agency could provide Apink additional comebacks. While Eung Eung was quite enough, better if they add even one to keep them afloat. On a positive note, they provided solo debut for Hayoung, and pursued a malicious commenter against Naeun.

As to its boy group Victon, at least they provided a single comeback, and got first win on it. How much more if the agency would provide enough of these?

While no major issue so far that would cripple them, promotions and planning of events are their major weak spots. This year, they fall short from being one of outstanding agencies, and they should resolve it the soonest.

Rating: 83.64%
Grade: C+
Assessment: Improving

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 3
2 Rolling of comebacks 5
3 Handling boy groups 4
4 Handling girl groups 5
5 Assessment as whole 6
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 8
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 5

TS Entertainment

Still, TS Entertainment’s status is not yet improving. We see this with some of artists leaving, not counting lack of activities. The agency gets worse in handling its groups.

Less promotions

Even in the past year (and this year), we haven’t heard of any activities from their groups. Despite hitting with Makestar, TS delayed SONAMOO’s album. To add, B.A.P’s Youngjae left the agency and later transferred to Dmost Ent., and previously most members did the same. B.A.P “disbanded”. Talk about wasting potentials and profits.

If not for Nahyun and Sumin, would TS give SONAMOO soft comeback this year? Most likely not.

Legal Battles

It seems that legal battles are forever, namely that of Sleepy’s recent case and Nahyun and Sumin. Gleaning from lawsuits against its groups B.A.P and SECRET (Hyosung and Jieun), breach of contract is apparently the reason.

But the prime reason was on underpaying its employees, and its talents being broke. Talents are complaining of arrears, from Sleepy rapping about it, to B.A.P’s Yongguk explaining the story through a book. It reached the point that TS will be prosecuted by the government itself.

Secondary reason was on abuse, assault, and extortion, as explained by TRCNG’s Wooyeop and Taeseon in their lawsuit against TS.

Fire back

Wrong responses are fired back to Sonamoo and TRCNG. And you guess it, its director is pressing charges against the two TRCNG members. It made up statements to appear that the remaining members’ parents are still supportive of the agency.

And, you won’t believe it: They are still holding auditions for new talents! That’s another wrong move.

Wrong responses bring disastrous results up to financial level. In fact, TRCNG revealed that TS is in deep financial crisis. This resulted in them being on hiatus for more than a year.

If the artists themselves are filing lawsuits, then TS Entertainment is in a deep trouble. And if it wants to be more relevant, better respond next year.

Rating: 50.91%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Points
1 Promotion of groups 1
2 Rolling of comebacks 1
3 Handling boy groups 2
4 Handling girl groups 2
5 Assessment as whole 5
6 Longevity of groups 10
7 Handling issues and responding 5
8 Uploads videos to 1theK 2

Star Empire and Brave Entertainment

The author decided to make a review for both agencies, as they share same responses.

For the most part of the year, no news of the agencies’ status, till this came up. Star (through its sublabel) debuted ARIAZ, a new girl group; and Brave plans to debut another boy group. And judging from the way Star handled ZE:A, IMFACT, and 9Muses and Brave as to Bigstar and Bravegirls, surely these debuts will also turn out to be another failure.

It’s costlier to debut a new group rather than to promote existing groups, something which the agencies did not consider. Also, they did not seize various chances available for their groups to stand out.

Added negative point for Brave was on its utter disregard for a talent’s life, as Brave Girls’ Yejin explained. If Brave still does not learn its lesson, might as well putting its existing talents at risk too.

On a serious note, it does not make sense debuting new groups, if they cannot handle existing ones. They have to prove this statement wrong by catching up the soonest.

Star Empire:
Rating: 54.00%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Brave:
Rating: 41.82%
Grade: F
Assessment: Failed

Scoreboard

  Criterion Star Empire Brave
1 Promotion of groups 1 1
2 Rolling of comebacks 1 0
3 Handling boy groups 2 2
4 Handling girl groups 2 2
5 Assessment as whole 6 5
6 Longevity of groups 10 7
7 Handling issues and responding 5 5
8 Agency does not exhibit gross negligence 1