ABOVE: TAEMIN (LEFT) WITH JONGHYUN
|I can hardly believe today's shock news that K-Pop superstar and frontman of Shinee|
has been found dead. He was only 27. Of course I expected there to be news that the
death may have been due to the relentless pressure forced on k pop artists with
their punishing schedules. And it looks like I wasn't wrong. And in some very
late up to date news Jonghyun's Sister claims that it was in fact suicide after
she received a phone text to say he was ending it all. And the cause of death was
carbon monoxide poisoning.
The news has rocked the k pop world. But will it change anything? And yet when
you watch the k pop tv shows here in the UK on Arirang TV (Sky 690) they seem to
be churning out new pop outfits by the week. How can you keep up with all that.
I just saw a new group on this week's edition of Pops in Seoul and there was eleven
members in the group. But why so many? I believe they were called The Boyz.
But I had absolutely no interest in them. To me they just represented the greed
and hunger by those evil k pop moguls.
Now the pressure must be on Shinee's Taemin who right now must be in a state
of shock as well as anger at the relentless k pop machine. Will he perhaps quit
Shinee for his own sanity there by forcing the rest of the band to shut down?
The executives and pop moguls that work in the k pop machine must be very
unpopular right now.
Jonghyun has been my number one favourite k pop artist and I'll miss seeing
him online. I just wonder if Shinee can go on now after this huge setback.
More on this story at THE GUARDIAN
MORE HERE on why Jonghyun chose to end his life