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Now President Trump has created a new reality show

President Trump held a press conference on Thursday afternoon. In the doing he created a new reality show that Americans are just going to love over the next four years.

The name of the show? Beat the Press. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “beat” in several ways, but the two most relevant here are “to strike forcefully” and “to overcome, as in a contest;defeat.” The President did both at his press conference.

There he stood, Trump in the lion’s den as it were. Calmly, methodically he called on reporters all over what the President and his staff see as the hostile media landscape. There was CNN’s Jim Acosta, sharply reprimanded weeks ago at a presser by the then president-elect, now recognized and engaged in a back and forth. (Full disclosure, I am a CNN contributor. As a former Reagan aide these Trump/Acosta matches seem increasingly to remind of President Reagan’s famous duels with ABC’s Sam Donaldson. They are definitely “get the popcorn” moments.) There was a scolding for Jake Turx, Ami Magazine’s White House Correspondent, who seemed to be suggesting that Trump was anti-Semitic. Turx later said Trump’s impression was not true, that he was merely trying to get the President’s thoughts on a rash of anti-Semitic bomb threats and other actions. Be that as it may, Trump would have none of it.

And so it went.

As it wound down, speaking directly to the CNN coverage he sees as biased but really addressing the larger issue of media bias he said: “…the public sees it. They see it. They see it’s not fair.” The President is correct about the public’s view of the media writ large. As was noted by a Gallup poll released last September in the middle of the presidential campaign confidence in media fairness had “dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history…”.

Make no mistake. President Trump is one of the savviest media watchers ever to occupy the Oval Office. Raised both personally and professionally in New York City, the media capital of not just America but the world, he has played the media for decades as if he were a world class violinist working his equally world class Stradivarius.

The real question here is not “how did he do?” The answer to that is simple. His critics hated his performance and his supporters will love it.

Answer? The President is famously a watcher of the newscasts. He saw the headlines. His antagonists had ignited a media firestorm with hot if vague stories about shadowy Russian dealings with his campaign and turmoil in the White House. There were leaks of classified material.

The instinctive fighter and counter-puncher in Trump had him quite instinctively doing what he always does— take the fight directly to his opponent of the moment. This time the opponent wasn’t “Low Energy Jeb” Bush or “Little Marco” Rubio or “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz or “Crooked Hillary” Clinton. This time— and not for the first time — the opponent was the media itself.

Thus Trump walked calmly into the East Room of the White House, looked his opponents straight in the eye – and let them have it. Launching Beat the Press, a brand new reality show starring President Donald Trump and the White House press corps.. And unlike the ups and downs of television shows dependent on nightly ratings?

This time the star and his new show have an iron clad four-year contract.

News Mayor de Blasio to cut off city’s use of nonprofit

Eight months ago the city signed a $16 million contract with a nonprofit that had been cited repeatedly for housing the homeless in decrepit apartments and hotels.

On Thursday Mayor de Blasio pulled the plug, announcing that in the coming months, the city will phase out its use of Bushwick Economic Development Corp.

In Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, BEDCO houses hundreds of homeless families and single adults in 11 hotels and 33 so-called “cluster sites,” private apartment buildings notorious for scandalous conditions.

De Blasio had criticized both programs before he was elected mayor but was forced to expand the use of both as the shelter census rose from 53,000 in January 2014 to 60,000 this week.

The city will move the all the homeless individuals now living in these hotels and apartments to either permanent housing or other hotels and cluster sites not run by BEDCO.

BEDCO Director Frank Boswell did not return calls.

The nonprofit, which receives tens of millions of taxpayer dollars each year from the city and state, was one of several groups DHS paid to house the homeless.

In March 2015, the city Department of Investigation cited several of those groups — including BEDCO — for routinely placing families in squalid apartments with dozens of housing, building and health code violations.

At one BEDCO building on E. 174th St. in the Bronx, DOI found a large dead rat that had been lying in the lobby for days.

At the time, DOI criticized the city’s habit of repeatedly retaining the groups on an “emergency” basis without actual contracts. That gave the city little leverage to demand the groups remedy horrendous living conditions.

BEDCO also placed families in the Bronx building where two infants were scalded to death in December due to a faulty radiator. A tenant at the building told the News she’d reported a busted radiator in her apartment to BEDCO, but no one came to fix it.

The BEDCO announcement came three days after the mayor was criticized for saying nothing about the homeless crisis during his rambling 65-minute State of the City address Monday night.

The decision to cut off BEDCO is part of a de Blasio promise made last year to eliminate all “cluster sites” by 2018. He’s also vowed to end the use of hotels, but without a specific deadline.

The cut-off also represents an abrupt about-face. Just eight months ago, DHS renewed two BEDCO contracts, including a $2.2 million contract that was to continue through June and a $16.8 million contract that was to continue into 2020.

The nonprofit currently has 12 contracts with DHS, most of which expire this year. It also manages eight traditional shelters, and the city says it will review those contracts as well within the next 90 days.

On Thursday Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks said the city is taking multiple steps to make sure homeless families get safe and healthy lodging.

Last year, Banks said, the city eliminated 10,000 code violations in shelters and “cluster sites,” and will stop using these apartments and hotels as soon as possible.

“As part of the 90-day review of homeless services, we are aggressively reforming decades-old policies and practices, including ending relationships with providers who have had a history of serious shelter conditions or other issues,” Banks said.

Jets needs to cut Darrelle Revis For Some Reason

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) reacts after intercepting the ball during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Darrelle Revis played two-hand touch for 17 weeks before finally getting physical.

The aging, contact-averse cornerback’s alleged involvement in a sketchy after-hours street fight on the South Side of Pittsburgh last weekend should prompt the Jets to make the most sensible decision: Cut this guy now before he embarrasses you more.

Revis’ play this season hovered between disgraceful and pathetic, but he crossed over into an altogether different realm with his alleged behavior in the wee hours of the night a few days ago.

Revis could face a litany of charges, including robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault resulting from an ugly incident that the Jets must distance themselves from in a hurry.

According to a statement released by the Pittsburgh Police Department Thursday night, Revis was involved in an altercation on Sunday around 2:30 a.m. that resulted in two men losing consciousness after being punched on a street corner.

One of the men who recognized the seven-time Pro Bowler “began recording the interaction on his cell phone and continued to follow Revis,” according to the police statement, before Revis “snatched the cell phone away and attempted to delete the video.”

Revis threw the phone into the street before an argument ensued, according to the statement. Another man came to “assist” Revis before the other two men “state that they were punched.”

The police statement reveals that “witnesses state the two were unconscious for about 10 minutes” and “the Officers viewed the cellphone video and confirmed that the person was Revis.”

Revis’ attorney Blaine Jones told KDKA-TV that his client was assaulted by five men (shockingly, none were wide receivers) before the cornerback suffered injuries that required medical attention.

If it wasn’t bad enough that Revis embarrassed the organization with his half-hearted effort and awful production on fall Sundays last season, this is a stain that the organization simply doesn’t need.

It would be annoying enough to deal with if Revis, you know, were actually still any good. Now that he’s become an overpaid liability, the choice to sign the divorce the papers shouldn’t be difficult. Cut the cord. Arrivederci. Sayonara

Revis was a delusional, excuse-making mess in the second year of his blockbuster five-year, $70 million deal, playing like a disinterested wealthy man counting his money.

His propensity to shy away from contact was the soundtrack of his season. His lack of commitment – he came to training camp overweight despite collecting those checks from Woody Johnson – was inexcusable. His fading skills might have been understandable if not for his pathetic effort.

At times, it seemed as if Revis either purposely shied away from contact or actually believed that NFL rule makers had turned this sport into two-hand touch. Either way, he was ineffective.

He bristled at criticism, refusing to admit what everyone blessed with the gift of eyesight plainly knew: His skills were eroding at a rapid pace.

Todd Bowles, assistant coaches and players were left to make excuses for the erstwhile difference maker. He just had a few hiccups, they contended with a straight face. He’s still a game-changer, they pleaded with their fingers crossed behind their backs.

Darrelle Revis gets first INT of year, future with Jets uncertain

By the end of the season, Revis was dropping hints about a position change to safety as if that would cure his aversion to contact and inconsistent effort. Thankfully for the Jets, only $6 million of the $39 million fully guaranteed in his mega deal remains.

If the Jets were contemplating asking Revis to slice his $13 million base salary to $6 million (to cut his $15.3 million salary cap charge in 2017 in half), these latest developments in Western Pennsylvania should change their thinking.

Eat the money. Get rid of him. The poor saps who sign Revis will likely pay him the veteran minimum for 2017, so the Jets would be on the hook for about $5 million due to off-set language in his contract.

Cut your losses. The reunion didn’t work out. It was fun while it lasted.

The Revis circus will go on, but that doesn’t mean that the Jets should be a part of it. Jones admitted in a Thursday night news conference that Revis would surrender to police if/when he’s charged.

“He’s not going to run from a warrant,” Jones said.

Revis, who will turn 32 this summer, also will face league discipline if the charges stick.

“We’ve spoken to Darrelle,” a Jets spokesperson said. “We’re aware of the incident. We’ll have no further comment.”

News GOP oversight chairman wants charges against Hillary Clinton

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who has refused Democratic requests to investigate possible conflicts of interest involving President Trump, is seeking criminal charges against a former State Department employee who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday asking him to convene a grand jury or charge Bryan Pagliano, the computer specialist who helped establish Clinton’s server while she was secretary of state.

Pagliano did not comply with two subpoenas ordering him to appear before the oversight panel. The GOP-led committee later voted to hold him in contempt of Congress.

Earlier this month, Chaffetz met with Trump at the White House and agreed not to discuss oversight. He has rebuffed calls for his panel to look into Trump’s businesses and possible conflicts.

Chaffetz said in a statement that allowing Pagliano’s conduct “to go unaddressed would gravely harm Congress’ ability to conduct oversight.”

Pagliano refused to answer questions in 2015 from a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. He later spoke to the FBI under immunity, telling the bureau there were no successful security breaches of the home-brew server, located at Clinton’s home in suburban New York City. Pagliano said he was aware of many failed login attempts that he described as “brute force attacks.”

The email issue shadowed Clinton’s candidacy for president, and Republicans were steadfast in focusing on her use of a private server for government business, with several high-profile hearings leading up to the election.

Chaffetz and other Republicans cast Clinton as reckless with U.S. national security by insisting on using private communications systems at potentially greater risk of being penetrated by Chinese and Russian hackers. But Democrats insist the sole purpose of the Benghazi hearings — and a separate inquiry by Chaffetz — was to undermine Clinton’s presidential bid.

She lost to Trump despite winning the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

FBI Director James Comey announced last July that the FBI was not recommending charges against Clinton in the email case, although he characterized her actions as “extremely careless,” a remark that Democrats condemned as unnecessary editorializing. Then, just 11 days before the Nov. 8 election, Comey advised Congress that new emails potentially connected to the case had been discovered and would need to be reviewed. A follow-up letter nine days later said the email review had done nothing to change the FBI’s original conclusion.

Many Democrats and Clinton herself have suggested that Comey’s actions so close to the election likely affected the outcome.

For You K-Pop Love Songs for Valentine’s Day

Chocolates and flowers are great, but Valentine’s Day is all about love — and what better to relay heartfelt feelings than a good pop song? Korean pop, in this case. Korea is flooded with songs that address the ups and downs of relationships while trying to understand the emotion that makes people do crazy things.

For Valentine’s 2017 we’ve picked 25 K-pop songs that depict all sorts of romances: Happy ones, sad ones, lustful ones, innocent ones, and even one or two quirky ones. The whole range of the phenomena that we call love  is included in this playlist, so take a listen:

“Some” by Soyou & Junggigo

With this 2014 megahit, Soyou and Junggigo solidified the word “some” into K-pop fans’ vocabulary to describe the tricky in-between of a relationship that isn’t official, but has potential to grow into something more. Musically, the duet takes on that same sentiment as the duo trade off verses and varying feelings in a track that never gets too fast or too slow, but stays somewhere right in the middle. It’s undoubtedly a situation many may find themselves in on Valentine’s Day with this charming track relatable on so many levels.

“Symptoms” by SHINee

With high-flying vocals, the SHINee boys are lovesick and are trying to cope with all the dangerous signs that come from falling hard for someone. In fact, the guys’ love goes so deep, they end the moving R&B cut declaring: “I can’t live if I lose you.”

“Eat” by Zion.T
Korean R&B crooner Zion.T touches on what people really love the most in this snappy tune: food. “Take this song out and eat it like chocolate,” he sings, offering this jazzy song’s heartfelt lyrics up like the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, even if it’s not wrapped in a red heart-shaped box.

“My Love” by Lee Seung Chul​

One of Korea’s best live performers, Lee Seung Chul broke his four-year hiatus away from the music scene in 2013 with this heartbreaking-yet-uplifting rock-pop tune to detail love torn apart and a situation where it’s too painful to even say “I love you,” much less goodbye.

“Gold” by Hyomin

The warm embrace of the hazy synths and layered strings paired with the T-aramember’s breathy cooing sounds a bit more like British pop or something Sia would try than K-pop, but it works incredibly well with “Gold.” As Hyomin earnestly expresses how love improves her, or makes her golden, it’s hard not to feel the power of love.

“Eyes, Nose, Lips” by Taeyang

Love may be over, but the BIGBANG member mournfully reflects on the beauty of an ex in this tender R&B ballad. His emotions overflow on this romantic track, surpassing its melancholic nature to become one of the most beautiful Korean love songs ever.

“Heaven” by Ailee

From her debut single, Ailee proved that she had an ability beyond her years to communicate the deeper experiences one feels in love. In this dedication track, Ailee’s partner protected her and “taught her how to love in a harsh world.” Or, as she describes it, it’s simply “Heaven.”

“Wild Flower” by Park Hyo Shin

It may be about getting over the past and moving forward, but there are few rock ballads more beautifully poignant than “Wild Flower.” Park’s tender vocals soar over the accompanying instruments, rising and falling to match the building strings as he wails in anguish to match the pain of a longing heart. Despite the intensity, the song crescendos then lands gently, with the promise of renewal hummed along by Park’s mellow “la la la” melody.

“Airplane” by f(x)

This standout album cut on their adored Pink Tape LP sees f(x) using an “Airplane” as a metaphor to a potentially dangerous yet important adventure in romance. It’s all done over a fascinating blend of soaring harmonies and melancholy electro-pop production to paint a picture both lyrically and sonically.

“Love In The Ice” by TVXQ

Although it’s nearly a decade old, the operatic “Love In The Ice” is still a chilling-inducing ballad. The sweeping melody and earnest, soaring vocals are filled with such overwhelming passion as to induce a visceral response from the performance’s intensity.

“Touch Love” by Yoonmirae

With quivering vocals, the veteran rapper-singer describes how a love can create a true sense of warmth — even without touching — on this moving, piano-driven soundtrack ballad.

“Pretty U” by Seventeen

If you’re looking for some sweet encouragement on Valentine’s Day, here you are. Beginning with an a capella harmony and propulsive rap before launching into a sweet pop sound, “Pretty U” is an upbeat, light-hearted song perfect for the start of new love. The song’s staccatoed pacing between singing styles reflects the bafflement that accompanies the beginning of a relationship and the lyrics ask all the big questions, like when should you tell someone you love them and what should you wear when you do so. It’s pure, saccharine bubblegum love.

“Friday” by IU feat. Jang Yi-Jeong

For this acoustic duet, the pair realstically describe the anticipation of counting down the hours to see a new beau again. IU decides “Friday” is the perfect day to reunite with her new love — more or less because she says so — and croons alongside History’s Jang Yi-Jeong while the duo ponder what makes the other so irresistible.

Co-Ed K-Pop Group K.A.R.D Reveals A Second Single with ‘Don’t Recall’

Rookie K-pop act K.A.R.D continues to impress with the release of their latest single, “Don’t Recall.”

The second of three project singles, the co-ed K-pop act released “Don’t Recall” on Wednesday (Feb. 15). The tropical house track is the follow up to last year’s “Oh NaNa,” which landed K.A.R.D the distinction of being one of Korea’smost intriguing new pop acts.

“Don’t Recall” solidifies K.AR.D’s synth-pop and hip hop hybrid styling. With lush synths and rhythmic beats, “Don’t Recall” is a mellow dance song, fitting with the angsty post-breakup lyrics. But while “Oh Nana” benefited from the catchy hook, the post-chorus’ whirring instrumental drop becomes the driving force of “Don’t Recall.”

The brightly-colored music video features the members in the lap of luxury, playing chess and flipping cards, while appearing desolate about their ended relationship. The highlight of the video is the sharp, provocative choreography — including shirt-lifting motions — that are almost too sexy by K-pop standards. (But just almost.)

Since their first single, K.A.R.D has gained a staunch international following thanks to their unique co-ed concept with two female singers and a pair of male rappers. The group is produced by DSP Media, the company that created popular Korean idol acts like Fin.K.L, Sechs Kies, SS501 and Kara. Along with K.A.R.D, the label currently also houses the boy band A-Jax and the girl group April.

“Don’t Recall” is the second in a trilogy of singles, each of which will featured a “hidden card.” The first song, “Oh NaNa,” featured Kara’s Heo Youngji as a third female vocalist, while DSP has yet to unveil the alternate version of “Don’t Recall” featuring the secretive addition.

The Reason BTS’ ‘Spring Day’ Is the Perfect Move for the K-Pop Boy Band Both Artistically & Professionally

If there’s a K-pop act that is navigating the global music scene best, BTS is arguably the top choice. Since their 2013 debut, the boy band has broken records on the Billboard 200 — becoming the Korean act to land the most albums on the chart and net the biggest first-week opening — in addition to being a constant presence on charts like Billboard‘s Social 50, World Albumsand World Digital Song Sales tallies. Yet, it’s only with their latest release “Spring Day” that a BTS single seems most likely to break the group into new chart territory and that’s thanks to smart artistic and professional decisions.

Undoubtedly, BTS has found the major enthusiasm for their LPs thanks to the deeper social and personal topics the band discusses with past album tracks touching on bullying, mental health and the dark sides of adolescence. Meanwhile, past singles like “Run” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears” and their accompanying videos stood out for exploring deep devotion, but ultimately only explored that one topic. “Spring Day” takes things a step farther by getting more into the journey one takes during a tough time or break up.

On the single, the members sing and rap about an internal winter inside them due to missing someone and, at first, there does not seem to be an end to the heartache — likely a commentary on depression and mental health, topics the band had discussed in past album tracks and mixtapes. Yet by the end of “Spring Day,” there is a change and the boys describe how there is a light and warmness that inevitably comes with Jungkook declaring, “No darkness, no season, is forever.”

The guys are still pining for their lost love, but they aren’t staying in a one-track mindset. Instead, they use the weather and seasonal metaphors to describe how things get better — a lesson many of their young fans can find comfort in when dealing with relationships, or school, friends, family, their careers or beyond. While it’s all done over hard-hitting beats, buttery vocals and punchy rap verses — as one would expect from any BTS release — it’s this newfound maturity and enlightenment that makes the single stand out so much.

Not only was “Spring Day” a smart artistic move, but it was extremely savvy for BTS and their Korean label BigHit Entertainment to focus on one single for the repackaged deluxe version of their hit album Wings titled You Never Walk Alone.

Wings already broke — and continues to break — multiple chart records, including when it became the first K-pop album to spend multiple weeks on the Billboard 200 and also as it celebrates a remarkable 18th week on World Albums this week. By leading a re-ignited excitement over You Never Walk Alone with one single, fans are more than ever collectively focused on this one song.

That focus was seen when “Spring Day” flew into the the Top 10 of the Top Overall Songs chart on U.S. iTunes after its release on Sunday and remained high even as tracks from the 2017 Grammys began racing up the rankings. No K-pop group has sent a song as high on the iTunes singles chart, with only PSY being the other Korean act to land a song as high when “Gangnam Style” topped the ranking in 2012. A tweet from BigHit’s CEO Bang Sihyuk even commented on the accomplishment on Twitter:

Hitman Pd-nim said

What an honor! Thanks! BTS is the first K-pop group to reach the US iTunes Top 10 with #SpringDay!

The hype for “Spring Day” is particularly high in America as the band gears up for three arena concerts in America, a major indication of the fans ready to support, buy, stream and watch the music video for this single and not be as distracted by a full-length album’s worth of material. (Though, one should not disregard the new tracks including ultra-fierce “Not Today,” the long-awaited thumper “Outro: Wings,” or the introspective “A Supplemental Story: You Never Walk Alone.”)

There are hurdles BTS will need to jump over to have their single be a chart hit in America, including releasing the song two days after the charting period started on Friday and major competition from songs associated with the Grammys. But if the numbers end up in BTS’ favor and they chart a single on the Billboard Hot 100 — or even the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, which counts the 25 singles just below the top 100 — it will be a major accomplishment, but not one unearned. By continuing to progress as artists, the band’s business- and chart-savvy moves only make their releases able to be that much more celebrated.

News K-pop Biggest Agencies Drawn Into South Korean Of Presidential Scandal

The political scandal threatening to bring down South Korean President Park Geun-Hye moved into the realm of the Korean entertainment industry this week when K-pop agencies were connected to the family of Choi Soon-Sil, Park’s friend who has been accused by critics of manipulating South Korean politics.

Popular acts like Psy, known internationally for his hit “Gangnam Style,” and Korean rocker Lee Seung Chul denied connections to Choi.

Following Choi’s arrest and Park’s reshuffling of her cabinet this week, the K-pop world was dragged into the mix when Representative Ahn Min Seok of the Democratic Party of Korea told a radio show that Choi’s sister, Choi Soon Deuk, exerted influence over entertainment businesses through her connections with Korean celebrities. According to Ahn, Choi Soon Deuk befriended members of a celebrity soccer team and her daughter, Jang Si Ho, used her family’s influence to become entrenched in the entertainment industry.

YG Entertainment, one of Korea’s Big Three entertainment companies, denied all links to Choi Soon-Sil and her family after rumors ran wild following Ahn’s revelation that a “giant agency and its artist” gained favors from Choi. According to Korean news outlets, the agency refuted any claims of connections to the Choi family, including the alleged relationship between Choi’s niece and Psy, who joined the agency in 2010. The company also denied the rumor that Choi’s niece, Jang Si Ho, was employed by YG. Billboard has also reached out to YG Entertainment for a statement.

Since it was founded in 1996 by CEO Yang Hyun Suk, YG Entertainment has been a leader of K-pop and managed numerous acts including K-pop icons BIGBANG and2NE1.

The agency of Korean rock star Lee Seung Chul also denied allegations of connections between the singer and Choi, clarifying that he was a member of the celebrity soccer team over a decade ago and has no relationship with Choi. Lee was linked to Ahn’s claims due to his high-profile performances at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games in Russia and a UN event earlier this year.

As more revelations about Choi’s influence were unveiled, the Culture Ministry reassessed and announced this week that it will review all projects allegedly influenced by Choi and her alleged associate, a television commercial director named Cha Eun Taek. Cha was on the Presidential Committee and allegedly used his power to push Choi’s vision on the Culture Ministry.

Choi, who has never held office nor has any sort of security clearance, was closely involved in Park’s career and personal life to the degree that she reportedly edited some of the president’s most important speeches and oversaw Park’s presidential wardrobe. The discovery of her impact on the Korean government has led to an immense upset in South Korea, where people have taken to the streets to protest the extent of a civilian’s pull on Park’s administration.

South Korea is notorious for corruption scandals plaguing politicians and Park was distinguished for having few close connections to influence her. Her father, dictatorial President Park Chung-Hee, ruled Korea from 1961 until 1979 when he was assassinated by the chief of his security team.

During a televised apology on Friday (Nov. 4) where Park took full blame for the political turmoil, she emphasized that it was her connection with Choi that led to the situation. “I put too much faith in a personal relationship and didn’t look carefully at what was happening,” she told South Korea, appearing on the verge of tears.

Park said she will cooperate with the police investigation surrounding Choi’s activities.

Niall Horan says One Direction reunion is ‘definitely’ happening

Dust off your One Direction gear because the band might be getting back together.

Niall Horan, one of the band members, suggested in an interview that loyal “Directioners” shouldn’t lose hope for a reunion.
“It will definitely happen, of course,” Horan told the Australian radio show “Smallzy’s Surgery” on Tuesday. “As I’ve said many times, we’d be stupid not to.”
One Direction went on extended hiatus last March, but they always promised their fans it wasn’t permanent. Shortly before the band announced their split, Zayn Malik quit to pursue a solo career.
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Fans have worried that the hiatus is reminiscent of what happened with the boy band ‘NSync. They announced a hiatus in 2002, then went years before taking the stage together again. They reunited in 2013 at the MTV Video Music Awards for a medley of greatest hits.
Even Horan, who released his debut single, “This Town,” last year, admitted that for now everyone in One Direction is focusing on solo projects.
“I’m doing [my music], going to be doing a bit of a tour. Harry’s got his movie coming out, Harry’s doing his thing,” Horan said. “Louis’s doing his thing and Liam’s doing his thing. A year has gone so quick already. But when [a reunion] does happen, it’s going to be great.”
Horan did not reveal when fans can expect to see them take the stage together again.

Kpop News Why Asia’s biggest bands are splitting up

Seven South Korean pop groups have split up in the last 12 months — two since the beginning of 2017 — raising questions about the future of the manufactured and wildly popular music genre, which has taken Asia by storm.
Mega group Wonder Girls released their final single last Friday. The decade-old group was the first K-pop act to enter the US Billboard Hot 100 with their hit “Nobody” in 2009.
Industry figures point to 2017 as a “pivotal” and “transitional,” year for K-pop, with some wondering about the genre’s future. Fans on Twitter, from as far as St. Louis, Missouri, to the Philippines, were lamenting about an “era ending.”
“It’s pretty sad to see these groups disband,” said Paul Han, co-founder of allkpop, a site for K-pop gossip and news, which has 10 million monthly readers worldwide.
“You could see that their popularity has waned from their peak and naturally they receive less promotions and eventually disband.”
In January, “Kings of K-pop” Big Bang played their last concert before going on hiatus — after dominating the charts for 10 years. Girl groups Kara, 2NE1, 4Minute, I.O.I and Rainbow have disbanded after multi-year careers that saw them sell millions of albums and fill stadiums across the globe.
K-pop emerged in South Korea in the early 1990s, and labels such as JYP, DSP and YG built the nation’s pop industry from the ground up, creating a training scheme that churned out stars for music, soap operas and movies.
In 2009, the genre first came to global attention with the Wonder Girls, who opened for the Jonas Brothers on their tour. Then in 2011, Big Bang released “Alive,” which was the first Korean-language K-pop album to make the Billboard 200.
But it was PSY in 2012 who really cemented its popularity when his single “Gangnam Style” rose to No. 2 on the Billboard 100 and almost broke YouTube.
“K-pop really garnered an external following outside of Asia,” said Tamar Herman, who covers K-pop for Billboard Magazine.
The recent splits come down to a number of reasons.
K-pop music contracts usually last seven years, said Herman, and with many of the biggest acts starting out in 2009 and 2010, it means more groups could disband soon.
Still, it’s fair to say that many K-pop acts have outlasted or at least matched the lifespan of many Western pop groups — the Spice Girls lasted four years, Destiny’s Child at nine, *NSYNC seven and One Direction at six.

Scandals

K-pop’s success has also been dependent on a highly-polished image. Stars typically can’t be seen dating, getting plastic surgery, or become embroiled in any kind of scandal, said Herman.
2NE1, a hip-hop-pop group that split in late November, was still popular, but disbanded when one member left and another dealt with what its record label CEO described earlier this year as a health issue, according to South Korea news agency Yonhap.
Record labels DSP (Kara and Rainbow) and JYP (Wonder Girls and I.O.I) declined to comment to CNN, except for confirming that the groups were disbanding. The JYP press team did add that the Wonder Girls disbandment was a “sensitive issue.”
How big is Big Bang? 06:46
Boy band Big Bang has gone on hiatus so its members can go on military service, mandatory in South Korea. This could take the band out of commission for at least four years and whether they will regroup is very much in the air.
Will military service derail Big Bang?

Girls vs boys

Most of the groups that have split up have been girl groups, because boy bands may be “better investments,” said Jeff Benjamin, Fuse TV Senior Editor, who covers the genre.
“On average, album sales for boy bands majorly surpass girl groups and boys go on way more tours in Asia.”
“In the end, it feels like there is ultimately a shorter investment window with girl groups—who do tend to sell more singles than boy bands, but that doesn’t help the bottom line as much as album sales and tours would—and it seems like those factors would make a group quicker to throw in the towel.”
Some groups are conceived as having limited shelf life.
I.O.I, was created as a part of a reality show in 2016, creating a super group of 11 from different entertainment companies. I.O.I was supposed to disband after a year of promotions and ended this past January. “It’s despairing, but you see a bit of that discard the old and in with the ‘hot and new’ that you can see in various other industries,” said Han.

K-pop’s future

As for the future of K-pop, industry figures believe a new generation of acts – such as co-ed group K.A.R.D, plus girl group Black Pink and singers G-Dragon (from Big Bang) and CL (2NE1) can sustain the genre.
Arenas, like the Staples Center and Prudential Center, are still selling out K-pop concerts. Artists are also doing more collaborations across South Korea and the US.
And, traffic for the allkpop site has been increasing, with more users in the US than any other country, Han said.
“I have to admit, I was nervous when I saw groups like Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, Wonder Girls — leaders of a generation of K-pop — not as active as they once were and wondered about the scene’s future, especially with international fans,” said Benjamin.
“New groups are gaining international fan bases way quicker than their predecessors had, likely thanks to social media, YouTube, and the fact that these fans are already a part of the K-pop scene, and that is very promising.”