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Best Ways to See More of Your Favorite K-Pop Idols

Can't get enough K-Pop? Check out these shows.

Running Man

Most K-Pop stars have carefully curated social media to give fans glimpses into their personal lives, but for some fans those little glimpses will never be enough.

Luckily, you don't need to resort to desperate measures to feel a little closer to your favorite idols. Korean entertainment is a world of endless crossovers, so you can get your fix of idol goodness in a few different ways.

Variety Shows

As anyone who's seen Jack Black's appearance on Infinite Challenge can tell you, Korean variety shows are crazy. We don't really have an equivalent in the U.S., but if you imagine a group of celebrities spending a whole day doing wacky Ellen/Jimmy Fallon games, you should get the idea. While Infinite Challenge is no longer running, it aired from 2005-2018 and regularly featured K-pop idols, along with actors, comedians, and athletes. With that many seasons, they've had a huge number of K-pop guests participating in the craziness, like T.O.P from Big Bang doing a ridiculous dance battle.

A similar show that's still airing is called Running Man, where you get to see members of BTS getting piggyback rides. The show also regularly features members of Bigbang, Blackpink, 2PM, CNBlue, and Miss A. With all the crazy antics that go on in these shows, you get to see more of the silly side of your favorite idols. Another variety show, Village Survival The Eight, has featured Jennie from Blackpink working with other celebrities to solve a fictional mystery. Along with the clips on YouTube, full episodes of these shows can be viewed for free on Rakuten Viki.

Culture Feature

Shein's Swastika Necklace Scandal: Fast Fashion or Just Fascism?

A cultural misunderstanding may be responsible for Shein's swastika necklace scandal...but it's still an awful company

Popular fast-fashion retailer Shein came under fire this week for selling a swastika necklace on their website.

A Chinese company, Shein has become well-known for their inexpensive clothing and accessories, often featured in so-called "haul" videos on YouTube. Shein has since removed the necklace from their site and issued an apology. But screenshots of the faux-gold necklace—listed for between $2.50 and $4.00 as "Metal Swastika Pendant Necklace"— quickly spread on social media, with users expressing their disgust at the apparent insensitivity to what that symbol represents.

Earlier this month Shein was called out for cultural insensitivity after listing Muslim prayer rugs—some featuring an image of the sacred Kaaba in Mecca—as "Fringe Trim Carpets" for decorative use and for selling traditional Southeast Asian dresses modeled by white women and renamed to remove cultural signifiers.

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EXID's surprise sleeper hit Up & Down, fuelled by member Hani's sexy fancam, continues its ascent up the charts this week by climbing two spots to No. 5.

It's the group's highest-charting single to date by far, easily beating the No. 36 peak of their 2012 debut, Whoz That Girl.

The No. 1 song of the week belongs to ballad king Sung Si Kyung's Christmas single Don't Forget, followed by A Pink who stay put at No. 2 with LUV.

Super Junior's Kyuhyun is still going strong with his solo single At Gwanghwamun, which is back up two spots to No. 3, while rapper Master Wu's Come Here featuring Dok2 and Bobby arrives at No. 8.

Meanwhile, trending girl group AOA continue to show staying power as their latest hit Like a Cat remains at No. 10 for a second consecutive week.

INFINITE's latest subunit INFINITE F debuts at No. 23 with My Heart Is Beating, followed by boy band BtoB's Christmas single You Can Cry at No. 24.

Last but not least is new female soloist Shannon, who arrives at a solid No. 32 with her first single Daybreak Rain. This is quite good for a rookie female pop artist, especially one from a smaller agency like Shannon.

Check out this week's top K-pop hits below!

No. 1. Sung Si Kyung - Don't Forget

No. 5. EXID - Up & Down

No. 23. INFINITE F - My Heart Is Beating

No. 24. BtoB - You Can Cry

No. 32. Shannon - Daybreak Rain