SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA: If there’s one K-pop group under the megalomaniac label HYBE that has been laden with controversy since its announcement, it’s Le Sserafim. From accusations of promoting pedophile concepts by sexualizing underage members with their concept photos before their debut, to former member Kim Garam’s school bullying controversy as well as accusations of manipulating sheet music, The Sserafim saw it all. The girl group debuted in May 2022 and immediately after the bullying controversy at Garam school, the girl group was accused of fraudulently winning a music show against popular Korean singer, Lim Young -woong.
During the May 2022 broadcast of KBS2’s music program “Music Bank”, Korea’s most famous trotting and ballad singer, Lim Young-woong was brutally beaten by HYBE and Source’s rookie girl group. Music, Le Sserafim. During the music show, it was revealed that Le Sserafim won against Young-woong with 5348 broadcast points while the trotting singer got 0 points. However, Le Sserafim’s total score was 7881 for their debut single, “I Am Fearless” and despite being 5,000 points higher than Lim Young-woong, the singer recorded 7035 points for his performance of “If We Ever Meet Again “. Following this, the singer’s enraged fans alleged that KBS rigged the win and was responsible for the score manipulation. The issue got the police involved and it is eventually revealed that the faking turned out to be true.
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HYBE accused of buying Music Show wins for Le Sserafim
On August 25, three months after the incident, Korean media released the official information claiming that KBS2’s ‘Music Bank’ deliberately manipulated the show’s score in favor of HYBE’s The Sserafim, which prevented Lim Young-woong to score a win on the show despite his immense popularity in South Korea. Seoul Yeongdeungpo Police Station has revealed that it arrested the “Music Bank” producer who was found guilty of manipulating sheet music. After receiving a complaint about the alleged manipulation of sheet music, police reviewed documents submitted by KBS regarding the scoring criteria for the release of “Music Bank” sheet music. This report has fans claiming that HYBE and Source Music, the label that runs Le Sserafim, bought the musical show by bribing the producers. However, there were no such revelations from the Korean media.
One fan said, “Hybe can buy winnings but not a working security system.” Another said: “Now investigate hybe’s relationship with the melon next. as well as their bands’ album sales. and who they are in bed with in the media.” Another fan added, “Scam hybe paid to cover up scandals, manipulate rankings, buy wins and more.” Another fan said, “If HYBE can buy music bank trophies… I’m pretty sure all those BTS nominations and major awards are also bought by HYBE.” One fan said, “No wonder they didn’t win the Grammy because either Hybe couldn’t buy it or their music just sucks.” Another fan said, “So HYBE/Source Really bought producers for Le Sserafim to win. Now let’s check out all the other group wins from both companies please.” Another fan said, “HYBE and their ability to use money to buy wins for their groups.”
Hybe can buy winnings but not a working security system
— Lima (@longlegswonwoo) August 24, 2022
hybe buys mushow wins for their new girl groups to make them look much better and increase their popularity, so imagine what else they buy for their new girl groups. 🥸
— ৎ୭泡芙 puff 💿₊˚⊹❥ (@synkdyve) August 24, 2022
Fraudulent Hybe paid way to cover up scandals, manipulate charts, buy winnings and more https://t.co/oXkok7YZwI
— 🍀 𝙵𝚘𝚞𝚛 5𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚜▪︎ ғorever1 (@BBisVipBBB) August 24, 2022
If HYBE can buy music bank trophies… I’m pretty sure all those BTS nominations and major awards are also bought by HYBE.
— nami :)💋 (@lovesickkbp) August 25, 2022
So HYBE/Source really bought out producers for Le Sserafim to win. Now let’s check out all the other group wins from both companies, please.https://t.co/FKENlbWukx
— Jess 💙s Wonho (@JessiVenom) August 24, 2022
HYBE and their ability to use money to buy wins for their groups😂😂😂
— I am the reason (@Iamthereason5) August 24, 2022
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