Kara’s Kang Ji Young has officially left the cast of KBS’ Iris 2.
On January 8, DSP Media confirmed initial reports that the Kara member had left the drama production saying, “We contemplated appearing in Iris 2 but we came to hold differing opinions on a condition and we have decided to ultimately not appear in the production. As it is [Kang Ji Young’s] first acting attempt in Korea, this decision was made after considering what was best for both the production and [Kang Ji Young].”
It added, “Though [Kang Ji Young] won’t appear in Iris 2, we are continuing to receive other acting offers, which we are carefully considering.”
Kang Ji Young was originally slated to have a supporting role as an NSS agent in the spy thriller drama. The drama’s production is now looking to find a replacement, with conflicting reports saying a T-ara member is up for the part
Despite frostier relations between the Japanese entertainment industry this year and K-Pop artists, many K-Pop acts were represented in the list of nominees for Japan’s 27th Golden Disc Awards.
The awards revealed its nominees list on January 7. In it, Kara nabbed itself a ‘Best Asian Artist’ nominee for the second year in a row and also saw its Super Girl nominated in the ‘Album of the Year’ (Asia category) and the ‘Best 3 Album’ (Asia category).
Also nominated in the ‘Best 3 Album’ with Kara was Jang Keun Suk’s Just Crazy and Big Bang’s Alive.
In the ‘Best 3 New Artist’ (Asia category), B1A4, IU and Boyfriend were nominated, while B1A4 was also nominated in the ‘New Artist of the Year’ category.
SNSD’s Paparazzi was nominated for the ‘Song of the Year By Download’ (Asia category) while its Japan Tour Girls’ Generation was nominated in the ‘Best Music Video’ (Asia category)