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K-Pop's GOT7 to Leave JYP Entertainment

GOT7 is moving in a new direction.

All seven members of the South Korean boy band are parting ways with their longtime agency JYP Entertainment, Korean news outlet Dispatch reported Sunday (January 10).

“The GOT7 members are very close. They agreed on staying together, but they disagreed on the choice of their agency. After multiple discussions with the company, they decided to part ways,” a source from the report says, via Soompi.

The 35th Golden Disc Awards will reportedly be GOT7’s last activity as a group.

Member Jinyoung had finished his final discussions to sign with the actor agency BH Entertainment, while Yugyeom had meetings at AOMG. Sublime Artist Agency confirmed they are in talks with Youngjae about a possible contract. JB is reportedly receiving offers from a famous hip hop label to become a solo artist, while Jackson will reportedly continue activities under his own label, Team Wang. BamBam will reportedly balance his activities in Thailand and Korea, and is in talks to sign with MakeUs Entertainment.

According to the report, Mark will return to his hometown of Los Angeles to be with family and start a YouTube channel.

“The members care a lot about GOT7. Though they will each promote separately, they agreed to make time when GOT7 reunites,” a source shared in the report.

“We can not confirm which [agencies] each member is in contact with. We will inform you once our position regarding GOT7’s contract renewal is ready,” JYP said in a statement.

The group all shared the same selfie together on social media as well.

“The past 7 years have been the best years of my life. Nothing is coming to an end, just the beginning. The seven of us are going to continue to bring you guys the best version of us till the end. #GOT7FOREVER,” Mark wrote.

Find out which K-pop stars are the most followed on Instagram.

10 Most Followed K-Pop Idol Personal Instagram Accounts

So many K-Pop superstars also happen to be social media sensations – and the top accounts have millions and millions of followers!

From solo superstars to girl group and boy band members, plenty of South Korean stars have become huge on Instagram. And based on the latest roundup of idol follower counts, we know who the most popular stars are on the social media platform!

Here’s one hint: the top four most-followed individual accounts are all in the same group! That same act just broke some Guinness World Records as well.

10. IU
17.1 million followers

Click inside to see who else are the most followed K-pop acts…

K-Pop Star Mark Tuan of GOT7 Donates $7,000 to George Floyd Memorial Fund

GOT7‘s Mark Tuan is helping out.

The 26-year-old member of the South Korean boy band made a donation of $7,000 to the official George Floyd Memorial Fund on Sunday (May 31).

Mark shared the news of the donation to the fund with a screenshot on his Twitter account that day.

“Stay strong, stay safe,” he captioned the post, along with a link to resources for helping out with the Black Lives Matter protests around the nation following George‘s murder in Minneapolis, Minn.

George‘s brother recently spoke out about the phone call he received from President Donald Trump, and how he was treated during that conversation. Find out what he said…

Mark‘s bandmate JB recently got candid with his views about masculinity and femininity on the cover of this magazine.

GOT7's JB Gets Candid About His Views on Masculinity & Femininity

JB of GOT7 is on the digital cover of Allure‘s Beauty of K-Pop issue, out now.

Here’s what the 26-year-old Korean singer had to say…

On the contradictions between JB the K-pop star and Jaebeom the regular guy: “I’m usually the type to steer away from the typical ‘star’ character, but my job is to fulfill that. I contemplated a lot about, What should I do? What should I do? I came to think it would be interesting to show myself as a character. I am myself, but I’m expressing one side of it.”

On weaving together conventional representations of masculinity and femininity in his presentation: “[Rather] than thinking in two separate categories of masculine and feminine, I just express [the things that I like] in the way that feels like me. Of course, [my definitions] change from time to time.”

On how his views of masculinity and femininity have evolved: “When I was growing my hair out, at first, I thought I would look feminine. Then, I realized there’s no masculine or feminine way of doing things. And after trying it out, I felt like the look is just like me in my own style.”

On what prompted him to grow out his hair and wanting to provide alternate representations of what a male K-pop star can look like: “I wanted to get out of that box of K-pop style. When you look at pictures of other guys, they usually have the same [stereotypical], two-block hairstyle (K-pop’s take on an undercut). Because it’s part of our jobs as idols to look impressive, I wanted something different — a new look with more texture. This is my own way of expressing that.”

For more from JB, head to Allure.com.

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K-Pop Star Jackson Surprises Fans With Hot Shirtless Bottle Cap Challenge Video - Watch!

Jackson is looking so hot while completing the viral bottle cap challenge – and serving up a major shirtless surprise!

The 25-year-old GOT7 boy band member uploaded a video of himself attempting the viral challenge on Tuesday (July 16).

“I really can’t sleep yall…okay last one 🤣 Tell me if you feel the 🔮 alright close my eyes drop my phone 😴 #bottlecapchallenge #jacksonwang #王嘉爾 #잭슨 #blessed,” he captioned the post.

Watch Jackson attempt the bottle cap challenge inside…

Instagram Reveals Most Popular Korean Accounts of 2018 - See the Top 10!

Instagram has announced the most popular Korean accounts in the 2018 Instagram Awards as of Thursday (December 20).

The awards included six categories: Most Loved Account, Top 10 Accounts, Account With Most Growth, Top Boy Group, Top Girl Group, and Photo With Most Likes.

BLACKPINK’s “Solo” star Jennie won Most Loved Account of 2018, which was based on views and likes of Stories and posts.

“I’m always thankful that [fans] are interested in my Instagram. Please keep an eye out for my Instagram, as I will be sharing more memories,” she said of the win.

BTS won the Top Boy Group category and BLACKPINK won Top Girl Group.

BTS also won Photo With the Most Likes for their picture at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, and their fandom, the ARMY, won Top Fandom Community.

See the full Top 10 below!

1. BIGBANG’s G-Dragon (@xxxibgdrgn)
2. EXO’s Chanyeol (@real_pcy)
3. EXO’s Sehun (@oohsehun)
4. EXO’s Baekhyun (@baekhyunee_exo)
5. Lee Jong Suk (@jongsuk0206)
6. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon (@taeyeon_ss)
7. GOT7’s Jackson (@jacksonwang852g7)
8. BLACKPINK’s Lisa (@lalalalisa_m)
9. Nam Joo Hyuk (@skawngur)
10. BLACKPINK’s Jennie (@jennierubyjane)

Note: G-Dragon has been the top-followed Korean celebrity since 2014.

K-Pop Group GOT7 Heads Out of France After Paris Concert Stop on World Tour 'Eyes On You' 2018!

GOT7 are on the move!

The popular K-Pop group made their way through Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport on Thursday (June 13) in Paris, France.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of GOT7

“Thank you, Paris GOT7 ♡,” the boys wrote on their Twitter following their Paris concert stop on their 2018 World Tour “Eyes On You.”

The group’s world tour kicked off in May in Seoul, and will extend throughout the world including stops in Los Angeles, Houston, New York City, Mexico City and Hong Kong. Check out all the tour dates!

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