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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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Lady Gaga 'Gonna Be OK' After Stage Fall

Lady Gaga is on the mend after a fall during a show last week.

"When they have to X-Ray almost your entire body...Just Dance. Gonna be ok," the 33-year-old singer tweeted Friday, alongside an image of her making the "OK" sign with her fingers.

A concertgoer Gaga invited on stage Thursday night in Las Vegas was holding her in his arms and lost his footing, dropping her onto her back into the audience below. Gaga returned to the stage and finished the performance, reassuring the fan who dropped her that he didn't do anything wrong and she wasn't mad at him.

"We f***ing love each other so much we fell off the damn stage," she told the crowd. "We fell into each other's arms, Jack! We're like Rose and Jack from the Titanic!" She got checked out by doctors after the show to make sure no bones were broken.

On Instagram, Gaga posted photos of her post-show routine, which includes "ice bath for 5-10 min, hot bath for 20, then compression suit packed with ice packs for 20."

Gaga's residency shows continue at the Park Theater at Park MGM through November 9th; she'll also perform December 28th, 30th and 31st.

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga confirmed her relationship status in an Instagram Story on Friday. "An about to be married woman and me, a single lady. Also thanks @hauslabs for the makeup," she captioned a selfie with her friend Sarah Nicole Tanno at her bachelorette party. Gaga was spotted kissing sound engineer Dan Horton back in July while at brunch in Studio City, California. She mostly kept the relationship private, although she did showcase a candlelit dinner with Dan back in September on her Instagram Story. They were also seen in attendance at a The Cure and The Pixies concert together.

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Liam Payne To Release 'LP1' Album In December

Liam Payne will release his debut solo album in December.

The 26-year-old said in a tweet that he will release the album LP1 on December 6th. "So I can finally reveal that my new album LP1 will be out on 6th December! Thanks for all your support as always, you're the best fans I could ask for. I can't wait to share the album with you with you all #LP1," he wrote.

Payne will release a digital version of the album for $13, a digital version and a CD for $14, a digital version and a cassette for $17, a digital version and a pink 12-inch vinyl for $25, and a digital version and a picture disc vinyl for $30.

LP1 features 17 songs, including the single "Stack It Up" featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie. Payne released "Stack It Up" in September.

That means come December, Louis Tomlinson will be the only former One Direction member who has yet to release a full-length solo album. Niall Horan and Harry Styles are about to release their second solo albums, while former member ZAYN released his sophomore album last year.

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Rihanna Upsets Fans By Using Chris Brown's Song In IG Video

Rihanna's Navy is not happy with her after she used her ex Chris Brown's music in the background of a Fenty Beauty video. Rih uploaded a post to Instagram, which displayed her Glossy Posse lip gloss in a pool, and the music playing with Brown's record, "Come Together," featuring H.E.R. Rih captioned the post, "Gang Gang. just me and my #GlossyPosse !!! @fentybeauty" One fan tweeted, "We not retweeting this one pumpkin." Meanwhile, another wrote, "If Rihanna got over so should ya lmao."

In other news, NBA player Nick Young revealed that he almost shot his shot at Rihanna. During an episode on the "Certified Buckets" podcast with Young, Chiney Ogwumike, and Sarunas J. Jackson, he explained missing his chance at Rihanna. He said that Rih was sitting courtside at a Lakers game in 2014, but Young said he didn't pursue anything because he just started dating Iggy Azalea. Nick said Rihanna contacted him after the game, but he didn't follow through. He said, "She hit me back, but I couldn't go full throttle with it because I was in the beginning stages of my relationship with Iggy."

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Selena Gomez Announces New Song, 'Lose You To Love Me'

Selena Gomez has announced that her new song, "Lose You to Love Me," will be coming out on Wednesday.

She posted the cover art to Instagram; It features a black-and-white close-up of her face. She captioned the post with part of the song lyrics, "I needed to lose you to love me."

In the lead-up to the announcement, Selena teased fans by posting a couple of throwback photos of herself as a kid, with captions like, "We always go into it blindly" and "I gave my all and they all know it."

She also posted another black-and-white photo of herself with the caption, "Rose colored glasses all distorted," and a video of a brightly lit marquee bearing the words, "I saw the signs and I ignored it."

Selena produced the recently-released Netflix docu-series Living Undocumented, and will voice a giraffe in the upcoming Robert Downey Jr. movie Doolittle, due in theaters in January.

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Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Camila Cabello, & More Unite For 'We Can Survive Concert'

Some of today's biggest music stars took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday night for a good cause in support of the American Cancer Society.

The seventh annual We Can Survive concert featured an all-star lineup of the Jonas Brothers, Becky G, Billie Eilish, Marshmello, Lizzo, Camila Cabello and Taylor Swift. There was also a surprise appearance from Halsey.

The stars united to help the American Cancer Society continue their life saving, breakthrough research, while also providing a live 24/7 cancer helpline for answers and support, rides to treatments and lodging near treatment centers for cancer patients all free of charge. Over $135,000 was raised from ticket sales and Twitter activations from fans. Backstage, musical performers also "bowled for a cause," winning the American Cancer Society an additional $1000 for every pin knocked down.

Taylor used a pink microphone during her set in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She performed five songs during her set – "Blank Space, "ME!" "Lover," "You Need to Calm Down," and "Shake It Off."

Halsey took the stage to perform some of her biggest hits like "Bad at Love" and her vulnerable new tune, "Graveyard."

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Quickies: Ashanti, Leslie Odom, Jr. , SuperM & More

ASHANTI TO STAR IN ‘CHRISTMAS WINTER SONG' FOR LIFETIME: Ashanti is set to star in and executive produce the Lifetime holiday movie, A Christmas Winter Song. Also featuring Stan Shaw and Sashani Nichole, the film will debut December 14th. "Clio, a Christmas shop owner, forms a special musical bond with Fred, a former jazz singer down on his luck," a synopsis said. "Having just lost her own father, Clio helps Fred reconnect with his own daughter and grandchildren, just in time for the town's annual Christmas concert." A Christmas Winter Song will be part of the cable network's "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" slate of holiday programming, set to begin October 25th.

LESLIE ODOM JR. RELEASES 3 NEW SINGLES: Leslie Odom, Jr., released three new singles, "Go Crazy," "u r my everything" and "Standards," on Friday. The trio of singles appears on Odom's forthcoming album Mr, set for release November 8th. The album features 10 other songs, including the single "Under Pressure." "new songs are out," Odom tweeted Friday. Odom will perform "Go Crazy" October 24th on The Late Late Show with James Corden and November 5th on Today. Odom wrote and recorded Mr over the past two years. The album is his first album of all-original material and features elements of soul, R&B, jazz and pop.

SUPERM'S ‘1ST MINI ALBUM' TOPS U.S. ALBUM CHART: K-pop boy band SuperM's The 1st Mini Album is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart. Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 roster dated Saturday is Summer Walker's Over It, followed by Post Malone's Hollywood's Bleeding at No. 3, DaBaby's Kirk at No. 4 and Taylor Swift's Lover at No. 5. SuperM's upcoming 10-date North American arena tour, launching November 11th, also includes a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer, where a CD copy of the album was bundled into the purchase price of the ticket. Customers could choose to redeem the album and have it mailed to them, but only those redeemed albums could count towards the charts. When the album was released on October 4th, SuperM celebrated by hosting a week-long, wildly popular pop-up shop in Los Angeles during street week, right next to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where fans could purchase the CD. The same week, SuperM held hyper-efficient album signings at record stores in the Los Angeles area, where only one band member signed each customer's CD to avoid bottlenecking – instead of having the entire group sign a disc.

IDINA MENZEL & ARIANA GRANDE SALUTES SANTA'S WIFE IN ‘A HAND FOR MRS. CLAUS': Former Wicked star Idina Menzel and Wicked super fan Ariana Grande have teamed up for a fun duet on Idina's new holiday album Christmas: A Season of Love, out now. The song, "A Hand for Mrs. Claus," was written by Frozen composers Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. In the humorous song, Idina and Ariana trade verses about Santa's wife, who gets no respect despite the fact that Santa couldn't do it without her. Ariana also appears on For the Girls, the new album from Idina's Wicked co-star, Kristin Chenoweth. Christmas: A Season of Love also features Idina teaming up with Emmy-winning Pose star Billy Porter for "I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," her Frozen co-star Josh Gad on "We Wish You the Merriest," and her husband Aaron Lohr on "I'll Be Home for Christmas." There's also a solo holiday version of the signature song from the show Rent, "Seasons of Love," as well as a tribute to Idina's Jewish heritage with "Ocho Kandelikas," a Hanukkah song she sings in Ladino, the ancient language of Sephardic Jews.


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