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BTS is the only foreign artist to be on Oricon's first half of 2017 rankings
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BTS is the only foreign artist to be on Oricon's first half of 2017 rankings

BTS is the only foreign artist to be in the top 10 on Japan's Oricon chart for the first half of 2017.

On July 14, Oricon Style reported the first half numbers including sales from singles, albums, and DVDs.  According to the numbers, BTS was the only foreign group listed in any of the categories.

BTS's 7th Japanese single "Blood, Sweat, Tears" which was released on May 10 ranked number 10 on the singles chart for the first half of 2017.  It was revealed that they were the first foreign artist to sell over 200,000 copies of their single album in 6 years.  "Blood, Sweat, Tears" sold a total of 238,795 copies during the first week.

Korea's Refreshing Twist on Chinese Cold Noodles
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Korea's Refreshing Twist on Chinese Cold Noodles

Cold noodles are a summer specialty in Korea, China, and Japan. Chinese people eat cold noodles without soup, mixed with vegetables, meat and soy sauce, but in Korea they are served in cold soup.

Thus the "Chinese" style cold noodles sold in Korean Chinese restaurants only really exist here and are to all intents and purposes an indigenous specialty.

The dish consists of noodles with seafood such as squid, shrimp, sea cucumber and jellyfish, and vegetable such as carrots, cucumber, and egg garnishes in icy chicken broth. Another thing peculiar of the dish is that it is served with peanut sauce and mustard. It is usually eaten from late spring to early autumn.

T-ara snags #1 on Chinese music sites with
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T-ara snags #1 on Chinese music sites with "What's My Name?"

T-ara are gaining much love in China wiith "What's My Name?" 

The group recently released their thirteenth mini album 'What's My Name', and their title song "What's My Name?" garnered much interest from China. Two days after the release of their music video, they gained 63,000 views on the Chinese music site YinYue Tai, snagging first place. 

"What's My Name?" was produced by Brave Brothers and has a tropical pop beat.

Make sure to catch T-ara's first performance of "What's My Name?" on 'M Countdown'! 

'Give Me a Meal' cast knock on the doors of Korea's past president?
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'Give Me a Meal' cast knock on the doors of Korea's past president?

'Give Me a Meal' cast members recently took to requesting a meal from the neighbors of NaeGok-Dong and were in for a surprise.  

As the cast members, including guests Gummy and Hwanhee, were exploring the streets of NaeGok-Dong in search of their next meal Gummy noticed a four-story mansion exclaiming, "This house is beautiful. I want to try and go there. I wonder what kind of person lives there." 

In response to Gummy, a resident stated, "This house belonged to former president Park Geun Hye." Upon hearing this the cast members were shocked that Lee Kyung Kyu asked, "Currently, is there anyone taking residence there?" The answer was, "Come again when she's released." 

North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea
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North Korean soldier crosses border and surrenders after hearing about life in South Korea

A North Korean soldier crossed over to South Korea after hearing about the life beyond the border.

On June 13, a North Korean soldier in his early 20s was caught crossing the MDL orMilitary Demarcation Line in Yeoncheon. The soldier, who is 175cm (5'7") in height and 52kg (114lbs) in weight, was identified to be a North Korean border patrol.

The soldier immediately raised his hands in the air and expressed his wish to surrender when spotted by the South Korean soldiers. He explained his strong wish to cross over to South Korea, and later further explained that his desires to do so grew stronger after listening to the stories by North Korean defectors aired through the South Korean loudspeaker broadcast aimed at the North.