The term sajaegi carries along with it a foreboding nuance and it isn’t something new to K-pop, an industry rife with politics and corruption, which exists mainly to generate profit. On April 28, girl group Laboum had brought home Music Bank’s #No 1 trophy for the first time ever since their debut in 2014. Their comeback song “Hwi Hwi”, was up against IU’s “Can’t Love You Anymore”, featuring Oh Hyuk. But instead of celebratory felicitations, they were met with the wrath of netizens for accusations of committing sajaegi.
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LABOUM's label denied sajaegi rumors.
The rumors had started with LABOUM's win on 'Music Bank', as viewers couldn't believe a song that ranked so low on digital charts could have won. Also, the first-week album sales count of 28,000 is a very high jump from their previous album's 900 first-week sales and 3,000 total sales.
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However, LABOUM's label said,
LABOUM's 2nd mini album 'MISS THIS KISS' is definitely not sajaegi. We are currently pursuing a lawsuit against those writing hate comments saying this is sajaegi for spreading false information.
LABOUM's Soyeon has been taken to the emergency room for excessive blood loss.
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On April 26, Soyeon was hospitalized after LABOUM's performance on MBC Music's 'Show Champion' after an extremely bad nose bleed. It's reported she showed signs of excessive blood loss before getting on stage, and though her agency Global H Mediaand producers of 'Show Champion' suggested otherwise, she decided she wanted to perform with LABOUM.
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On the April 26 episode of MBCs Show Champion, EXID took their second win for their latest comeback, Night Rather Than Day. The girl group beat out fellow first-place nominees IUs Palette (feat. G-Dragon), WINNERs Really Really, Jung Eun Jis The Spring, and Zicos Shes a Baby for the final crown.
In their winning speech, EXID thanked their agency staff and each other for working hard despite tough times and LE gave a special shoutout to Solji, who is currently taking a hiatus from entertainment activities as EXID promotes as a four-member group.
LABOUMs Soyeon immediately went to the hospital following her Show Champion performance on MBC.
Soyeon was reportedly not feeling well prior to the comeback showcase and was having nosebleeds from fatigue. After holding an emergency meeting, the staff had advised her not to perform but she was determined to go on stage.
For the safety of Soyeon, the production staff decided to push back LABOUM’s order of appearance and other artists also expressed concern for Soyeon.