July Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

We are now coming to the end of summer (but not quite, there’s about a month left thankfully!). We are also about to hit 500 posts! A few things we wanted to talk to you all about– KPopupdated is now @kpopsunbae! We went through a little rebranding, but you’ll see more of that in a little bit. Also don’t forget, we have a Discord Server: https://discord.gg/3gx6u5R (this link shouldn’t expire)! 

We also wanted to know if you guys had any type of content you would like to see from us– let us know on any of our social media accounts (Instagram or Twitter!). Constructive criticism is always welcome too! One last thing, what time zones are you guys in? Let us know so we can modify our scheduling if need be. 

Lastly, an exciting project will start coming to fruition in the coming months so you can look forward that official announcement! As always, thanks for following us!

–JR, Min, Onyx

NEWS:

July 7, 2009: – South Korea suffers a cyber attack, just after the US was hit as well.  
July 31, 2009: The

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(Dongui Bogamhave) is officially registered as a part of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.
July 1, 2010: The three neighboring cities, Masan, Changwon and Jinhae unified to create Unified Changwon City, which has a population of over 1 million people.

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July 29, 2010: Chung Un-chan decides to resign from the position of Prime Minister.
July 6, 2011: The International Olympic Committee awards the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang.
July 8-13, 2011: 2011 Asian Fencing Championship, Korea wins 9 gold medals.
July 24, 2011: 2011 World Aquatics Championships, Park Tae Hwan receives gold in the 400 meter freestyle.

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July 25–28, 2011: Floods and landslides hit Seoul
July 28, 2011: Asiana Airlines Flight 991 crashes into the sea close to Jeju Island after a fire broke out on the main deck. 
July 18, 2012: Tropical Storm Khanun makes landfall over Jeju Island and the South Jeolla Province.

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July 17, 2014: A helicopter searching for missing people from the sinking of the Sewol sinking in April crashes into the city of Gwangju, killing the five people aboard.

Public Holidays – July 17 – Constitution Day (제헌절(制憲節) Jeheonjeol) – The day celebrates the promulgation of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea in 1948.

DRAMAS

July 2009: Dream (This drama was singer Son Dam-bi’s acting debut. SHINee and Bobby Kim contributed to the OSTs.) 

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July 2011: Myung-wol the Spy (Eric Mun of Shinhwa is one of the main male leads. The show’s ratings averaged at around 7%. Ryeowook of Super Junior contributed to the OSTs along with BEG’s Narsha, Bobby Kim, and Lena Park.)
July 2011: The Princess’s Man (The drama did very well ratings wise– slowly climbing till it ended with over 20% ratings. It also won various awards at multiple awards show.)
July 2011: The Scent of a Woman (Stars Kim Sun Ah and Lee Dong Wook. Junsu of JYJ made a cameo. The show did really well in ratings and won many awards.)

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July 2012: Golden Time (Hwang Jung Eum is the main female lead. The show did really well with ratings and won four awards at different award shows. The OSTs features a lot of known singers including Every Single Day, 10cm, Byul, Zico, and Melody Day.)
July 2012: Reply 1997 (Full of star power including Apink’s Jung Eun Ji (this was her acting debut), Seo In-Geuk, former INFINITE member Hoya, SECHSKIES Eun Ji Won, and many other incredible cameos. Because it is set in the 90s, there is no usual soundtrack like other dramas, but the leads did release a special song for fans. It eventually achieved really great ratings (through word of mouth) and won many awards.) 
July 2013: Who Are You? (Ok Taecyeon of 2PM is one of the main male leads of this drama.) 

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July 2014: Hi! School: Love On (The show stars INFINITE’s Woohyun and Sungyeol. It was later broadcasted in five other Asian countries.)
July 2014: Fated To Love You/You Are My Destiny (The show stars Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara. It reached up to 12% ratings and won a few awards. It boasts a few great OST’s from Baek A Yeon, Jeff Bernat, VIXX’s Ken, Ailee, and Melody Day.
July 2014: It’s Okay, That’s Love (EXO’s D.O has a small but important role in this show. It got an average of 10% ratings, and won multiple awards.)
July 2014: Marriage, Not Dating (This show stars 2AM’s Jinwoon, Han Groo, and Han Sun Hwa.) 

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July 2015: Assembly (The drama starred Ok Taecyeon of 2PM. It peaked at 6% ratings.)
July 2015: Scholar Who Walks the Night (This drama stars Lee Joon Gi, TVXQ!’s Changmin. Jang Jae In, Yook Sung Jae from Beast(now Highlight), and G.NA participated in the OSTs. It also won a few awards.) 

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FILMS:

July 15, 2009: Chaw (This movie was made to emulate a B-rated Hollywood style horror film about an animal going mad and killing humans. Partially shot in the States with a variety of special effects.) 
July 23, 2009: Tidal Wave/ Haeundae (Singer Uhm Jung Hwa is one of the characters.

The film received over 11 million admissions and won ten awards at various award shows.) 
July 29, 2009: Take Off (This film was made to introduce the Korean people to ski jumping. It ended up winning a few awards.)

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July 20, 2011: The Front Line (This movie won multiple awards at various award shows.)
July 27, 2011: Leafie, A Hen into the Wild (This critically acclaimed movie made records, as over 2 million movie goers viewed. It was considered a “home grown animated” film. What made this so special is that animations tend to do poorly in Korea. Yoo Seung Ho is one of the lead voice actors.)

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July 12, 2012: Dangerously Excited/I’m a Civil Servant (This dramedy stars Yoon Je Moon and Sung Joon.) 
July 25, 2012: The Thieves (This is the 8th highest grossing film in Korean film history, winning multiple technical and acting awards.) 

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July 11, 2013: Pluto (This movie won an award at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. It stars Lee David, Sung Joon, and Kim Kkot Bi.) 
17, 2013: Mr. Go (This was the first Korean film to be completely shot in 3D.  This joint production between China and South Korea was based on the comic The 7th Team.)

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July 3, 2014: Mourning Grave (This horror film, starring Kang Ha Neul and Kim So Eun,   had over 200,000 ticket sales. MBLAQ participated in the main OST.) 
July 23, 2014: Kundo: Age of Rampant (This movie broke the record for highest opening day box office.) 
July 30, 2014: The Admiral: Roaring Currents (Just eight days later, this movie broke Kundo: Age of Rampant’s record for highest opening day box office.)

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July 22, 2015: Assassination (This movie won multiple awards.)  

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HAPPY STUFF:

July 2012: PSY shoots to stardom with his mega-hit Gangnam Style! Later, during the same year, the music video became the first video to hit 1 billion views on YouTube (and on the internet). As of writing this post, the video has over 3 billion views!

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SAD STUFF:

July 12, 2009: Ko Mi Young, a climber, passes away after making a false step.
July 2009: JYJ leaves TVXQ and SM. Soon after, they filed a lawsuit citing an overly long contract (thirteen years) and unfair profit distributions.  

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July 2015: Twin duo, Tasty, departs from Woollim Entertainment.

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TOP POST OF THE MONTH:

PSY – Gangnam Style!

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THIS IS ALSO OUR 500th POST!

July 20, 2015 TVXQ! released their second spec…

July 20, 2015 TVXQ! released their second special album: Rise as God

TVXQ! (동방신기) is a duo under SM Entertainment. This album was the last release before U-Know Yunho enlisted during July of 2015, and then Max Changmin did so as well in November of the same year. Because U-Know was enlisting so close to the release, there was minimal promotion. Regardless, the album debuted at no. 1 on the Gaon Music Chart, and did well in terms of physical sales. The album has a double title track with Champagne as U-Know’s solo, and Rise as One as Max’s solo. 

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