Through a press release sent to media outlets, the agency stated the following:
Hello, This is Stardom.
We are sorry to greet you with this kind of situation during the beginning of the New Year. We wanted to offer an explanation as a part of what has been reported is false.
- On the issue of not being paid
Stardom Entertainment has calculated all the earnings of our agency artist Block B and have paid them. Regarding the calculations, we have fulfilled all the calculated payments.
In the contract, when there is an earning, the pay was supposed to be made on the 25th of every month. However, starting from April of 2011 to October of the same year, there was not a single earning during those 6 months, and thus, during then we could not pay out every month.
We want to make clear at this point that although the pay was scheduled to be issued out every month in the original contract, when the members’ parents visited in March of 2012, we settled to change the pay schedule from every month to every three months.
- On the issue of the agency CEO swindling money for promotions and such received from the parents of the members
Mr. Lee, who was first hired as a manager, falsely used the name of ‘CEO’ by forging documentation and it is true that he swindled money from some of the members.
Mr. Lee deceived the agency as well as the parents of the members and met separately with the parents and disappeared with the money of the agency and the parents.
The agency belatedly learned of this, and at the the time, the members’ parents decided to hold off on pursuing legal action as they were concerned about bringing harm to Block B.
Another victim of Mr. Lee has filed against him and the police are looking for him, we at Stardom are hoping that Mr. Lee will be caught soon.
The individuals who helped Mr. Lee during his fraudulent deeds are no longer with the agency and are putting the blame on the agency who is managing the Block B members. Regarding this we will be taking legal action [against the individuals].
- On the issue of the lack of broadcast appearances
After much preparation by Stardom, in February of 2012 Block B made a comeback; however, while in the midst of active domestic promotions, due to incident that happened at the Thailand interview, [the members] had to go through an eight month reflection period. Because the members weren’t able to make as many broadcast appearances after then, it seems the members of Block B are holding a grudge against the agency.
Stardom has also experienced difficulty during that period, and after working hard so that Block B could promote again, we were able to have them return to broadcast.
- On the existence of individuals behind Block B
We cannot help but lament as we have confirmed that there exist individuals who are encouraging and controlling the members behind this situation of requesting for the nullification of their exclusive contract when we have tried our best to provide even the smallest earnings to our agency artists, and cannot help but lament.
The individuals have purposely used the issue of pay to block the communication between the agency and the members and their parents, and have created mistrust towards Stardom; and we were able to learn from conversing with the members and their family recently that these individuals, who have done wrong while they were working within Stardom, have put all the blame on the agency.
- On our future course of action
To communicate with the Block B members, we sent over documents to their homes during the end of the year, and while preparing to meet them this afternoon, we learned of the lawsuit requesting for the nullification of their exclusive contract through articles on the internet. Despite that, Stardom promises to try our best to resolve the misunderstanding and the grudge between the agency and Block B.
We will try our best so that we can greet you with better news. Thank you.
There don’t seem to be any rules up yet, since it’s a fairly new site.
I can’t get into the picture posts to see if they post a rule or warning there, so I don’t know.
I don’t believe it has. I’m sorry. I looked through YouTube and all my other sources and couldn’t find it. All the other MNET Wide segments they have been on have been subbed. I think it was one of those segments that weren’t very important and people had translated exclusively through text and gifs. I know during that time BBI was weighed down with a lot of translating/subbing projects, so they didn’t have time to do it.
If anyone does know if this has been subbed, please let me know. ^^ Help the anon out.
- Admin Ink
We need as much support as we can!!
Block B will be here in Malaysia very soon and we need to show as much support as we can to the boys.
They’ve worked their asses for 8 months to recover and produce such an amazing album, so it’s our turn to do something on our part !
We want to show them that Malaysia DOES have BBCs.
I’ve seen what dissapointed idols look like and I wouldn’t want to see Block B sad, or dissapointed.
They make us happy, so why can’t we do the same?
Please help spread this;; please.
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We’re already on No.1 currently, all you need to do is keep voting till tomorrow!
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[NEWS] 121019 ‘ZICO’ Personally Tells the Story Through His Work Journal!
Block B’s Leader ‘ZICO’ Tells Us
First Full-length Album Work Journal!
They have returned after a long absence. Block B’s comeback story
Hello. This is Block B’s leader and this album’s producer Zico.
Starting now, I will tell you about Block B’s 1st full-length album [BLOCKBUSTER] through my, Zico’s album work journal.
The theme of Block B’s first full-length album is “freedom”.
Ever since the time that I’ve taken full-responsibility for producing on my own, I’ve continuously requested in interviews to not give the nickname ‘hip hop idols’ to the team, ‘Block B’.
The reason for this was because although there is a personality that comes with whichever genre the title track is, on the other hand at the same time, the concept or musicality becomes limited.
It is our own sort of deviation when I went for a diverse genre in this album in order to overcome that kind of dilemma.
We’re still young, everyday is an experience and our sensitivity is more acute than when we were adolescents, and we are kids with minds that are filled with desires we want to express.
-Introduction of the Main Songs from the [BLOCKBUSTER] Album Told by Producer ZICO
Track 3. Nillili Mambo (title)
A hip hop track seasoned with an arrangement of a heavy dance rhythm and a grand orchestra. I did this together with Poptime hyung who looks like Snoopy and NuSoul hyung who became famous for his appearance on Super Star K.
With “pirates” as our theme, we looked for and watched movies with the same subjects and we listened to the sound effects and OST that were inserted here and there, thus gaining inspiration for the source. It is brass and string orchestral music-oriented, and filled with middle and high-register ranges. For the sake of a smooth change in the composition, fx were used to widen the sound space. To counter the elaborate progression, we went with a simple kick and bass pattern.
In the composition of the melody line, focus was put on the members’ personalities. The first verse cuts off with rap, then the B part has B-Bomb’s mid-low range vocals which then continues with Jaehyo’s buildup. It goes into the hook with P.O.’s shouting and taunting, and then I put in Block B’s uniquely playful chorus. Overall, the lines were aimed to match the members’ timbre and tone.
I was looking for a nuance that is catchy and easy to follow like Nanlina, and then I used Nillili Mambo, which is very Korean-like and cute, as the title.
Track 4. Mental Breaker
A recently popular saying among people in their tens and twenties is “mental breakdown”. Honestly, I’ve been been keeping this theme in mind for a while now, and now I’m personally writing this as a song.
This track tells the scene of the mental breakdown in the process of meeting a girl who pushes and pulls a guy.
If you make a bouncy lead bass with a refined rhythm and beat, it gives a pop-like feel but I felt that it would have a high chance of becoming stale then, so I added some funk to the melody.
Because I thought that the only person among the members with the skills to deliver this kind of witty lyrics and rhythm, I challenged myself to vocals for the first time.
Track 5. No Joke
Park Kyung, P.O., and I, us three are always fooling around a lot..! But when working on music, I wanted to appeal that it’s as brutal as the 3rd year (of highschool) in November, so I made this track on impulse. While recording, I think I emptied more than 3 cans of energy drinks. Park Kyung’s aggressive and straightforward lyrics and flow stand out in this track.
Track 6. Movie’s Over
This is the first time I’ve done a rhythm and blues that tells of an earnest parting. Honestly, this song was not for Block B. I wrote this thinking of a female solo, and the song was completely composed of vocal lines. But after completing it, I realized that it was an emotional song that we had not tried before. So I readjusted the key and composed it again, adding a rap part and making it reborn into Block B’s version.
In order to give the subject a close mood, so I worked really hard on making the harmony and parts.
Yohan hyung who looks like the bear Ted did the guitar session, and sir Gye BumJoo did the chorus for us. This track is filled with the intentions of a couple exhausted from the repetitive breaking up and getting together.
Translated By: youngha @ BLOCKBINTL
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