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BTS Impact On Korean Economy Calls For Military Service 'Review,' Seoul Says

Members of wildly popular K-pop group BTS may come under special review as the singers reach the age of mandatory military service.

Noh Hyeong-ouk, minister of Seoul's Office for Government Policy Coordination, said a "comprehensive review" is needed regarding military service obligations of BTS members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook.

Noh told South Korean ruling party lawmaker Kim Byung-wook and others at a parliamentary audit that BTS's economic relevance should be taken into consideration. "BTS ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts, and the band has had an annual $4.75 billion impact" on the South Korean economy, Noh said. "We need to review the need for an open-door policy regarding special exceptions from military service in the K-pop industry, in order to provide motives for Korea's expansion as a cultural content powerhouse," the South Korean government official said.

Noh's remarks comes a month after South Korea's military confirmed BTS would not be exempted from military service, required by law for South Korean men between ages 18 and 28. The oldest BTS member, Jin, will turn 27 in December, and the remaining six members are expected to reach conscription age within the next few years. Penalties for not completing service include prohibition on overseas travel.

Meanwhile, BTS shared a video Friday for their "Make It Right" remix featuring Lauv. The "Make It Right" video features scenes of BTS performing the song live interspersed with an animated story that shows a girl help a boy take on a journey and slay a dragon. The remix features lyrics in English and Korean.

The original version of "Make It Right" appears on BTS' EP Map of the Soul: Persona, which was released in April. BTS members RM, Suga and J-Hope co-wrote the song with Ed Sheeran. BTS will perform at the KIIS Jingle Ball concert in December.

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Kanye West's Attempt To Trademark 'Sunday Service' Denied

Kanye West applied to trademark "Sunday Service," but according to TMZ, his request was denied. The outlet reports that ‘Ye attempted to get exclusive ownership of the title to use it on clothing, dresses, footwear, headwear, jackets, loungewear, scarves, shirts, socks, and tops. However, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shut him down because someone is already using the name. Per documents obtained by TMZ, someone has already registered "Sunday Service," so he trademark application was denied because it would "likely cause confusion in the marketplace."

In other news, Kanye held his most-recent "Sunday Service" in Kingston, Jamaica. TMZ reports that the event took place on Friday (October 18th) at Emancipation Park. Kanye brought a choir of 120 people, who opened the service with the gospel song, "Prince of Peace." They also performed Damian Marley's "Welcome to Jamrock." The 2-hour service concluded with "Jesus Walks."

Despite the uplifting service, Kanye received backlash from people on social media, who blasted him for profiting off of government logos without paying royalties. To go along with Kanye's "Sunday Service" in Kington, he launched Jamaica-themed merchandise on his online shop. One person tweeted, "So do we get paid royalties for all this Jamaica-themed merchandise bearing government logos and what not? Or don't ask that either?"

In other news, Kanye's pastor, Adam Tyson, said that the rapper is quitting rap music. According to XXL, during an interview with Christian media outlet Apologia Studios, Tyson said, "Kanye started visiting our church back in mid-May." Kanye told Tyson that he turned to Christianity after feeling weighed down by the sins from fame and the music industry. Tyson then said, "The guilt of sin brought him down low. He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.'" The pastor also revealed that Kanye considered giving up rap. He said, "One time, he told me that he wasn't going to rap. I said, ‘Why not?' He said, ‘Well, that's the devil's music.' I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.' I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I just definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God's given you and use that platform for God.'"

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Authorities identify individual fatally shot in Sturgis home intrusion
STURGIS, S.D. – Authorities in Sturgis have identified the man shot and killed after he reportedly broke into a home early Sunday morning. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater says an autopsy is pending on 32-year-old Matthew Flagler. Flagler was shot once in the chest a...
October 21, 2019

Man arrested in mall scare did not have a gun
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Authorities have released the name of the individual involved in a massive police presence at Rushmore Mall in Rapid City Sunday night. Police were dispatched to the mall around 5:00 after a report of a man with a gun threatening people at the haunted ho...
October 21, 2019

Fire guts long time Aberdeen business
ABERDEEN, S.D. (HubCityRadio.com) - A longtime Aberdeen business was gutted by a fire Saturday night. Firefighters battled a blaze at Malchow's Home Furnishings on Main Street in downtown Aberdeen for hours. People were living in 13 of the 17 apartments above Malchow's. Official...
October 21, 2019


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