BTS ranks high on Billboard album chart for 5th week

K-pop boy band BTS' latest album "Map of the Soul: Persona" ranked high on the Billboard main album chart for the fifth week in a row this week, chart updates showed Wednesday.

"Persona" came in at 17th on the Billboard 200 for the week ending May 25, the fifth week it has appeared on the chart since it landed atop in late April, according to the chart updates.


K-pop star Psy to unveil new album in early July

K-pop star Psy will return to the forefront of the K-pop scene with a new album in early July, his management agency P Nation said Tuesday.

"Psy will return with his ninth full-length album in early July ... and premiere (the album) in the 2019 Swag Show," the agency said, referring to his annual summer concert series.

It is his first album release in more than two years following his last and eighth full-length album "4X2=8" in May 2017.


GOT7 aims to keep going forward to reach the top

After more than five years, boy group GOT7 has released its first autobiographical album, a shift from its previous focus on love songs.

The seven-track EP, which hit the shelves and major music streaming sites Monday, tells autobiographical stories of the seven members.

The spinning top of its title -- "Spinning Top: Between Security & Insecurity" -- is an idea that the band's leader JB came up with.


New single 'Ah Yeah' embodies everything about band WINNER

Honest lyrics and upbeat melodies have been the trademark of the five-year-old K-pop boy band WINNER, as in their 2017 hit song "Really Really."

The four-piece band aims to again embody the qualities unique to them in their latest extended play, "WE," released Wednesday evening.

The six-track album is led by "Ah Yeah," a summer dance song depicting a clean end to a romantic relationship. Its lyrics say: "If not for love, we are strangers ... I am not sorry at all ... I don't care about your bloody tears ... I don't care if I am called trash."


BTS' latest hits top 10 on Billboard album chart for 4th week

"Map of the Soul: Persona," the latest album by K-pop super band BTS stayed in the top 10 of the Billboard main album chart for the fourth consecutive week, the chart showed Wednesday.

The record ranked 8th on the Billboard 200 for the week ending May 18, down a notch from 7th the previous week.

It marks the fourth week in a row that the album has been among Billboard 200's top 10 albums since it debuted at No. 1.


New army of K-pop stars breeds generation of avid young hallyu fans

As K-pop band BTS' latest hip hop song, "Dionysus," hit the speakers at a small dance studio on a quiet backstreet of Shinjuku district in Tokyo one Saturday morning in May, a group of Japanese boys and girls swung their arms back and forth in sync with the music, their eyes focused and serious.

After the instructor walked the 13 teenagers, including several primary schoolchildren, through the choreography of the song's chorus, it took only a few repetitions for them to copy its elaborate dance moves while she called out the beat.



BLACKPINK becomes 1st K-pop group to have music video with over 800 mln YouTube views

BLACKPINK has become the first K-pop group to have a music video with more than 800 million YouTube views, its Seoul-based agency said Saturday.

YG Entertainment said that BLACKPINK's "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" surpassed the threshold at around 4:16 p.m. Saturday, nearly 11 months after the music video was released last June.

Excluding PSY, the South Korean solo artist whose mega-hit "Gangnam Style" has 3.3 billion views on YouTube, BLACKPINK is the first K-pop group to see one of its music videos reach 800 million views online, according to YG Entertainment.


BTS to take Busan in June

The council for South Korea's second-largest city said Thursday that BTS, the award-winning, chart-topping K-pop sensation, will perform at Busan Asiad Auxiliary Stadium on June 15 and 16.

Two members of the seven-piece group, Jimin and Jungkook, are from Busan, 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul.

The shows have been scheduled for the auxiliary venue, rather than Busan Asiad Main Stadium, to protect the grass field ahead of football matches there later in the year.


K-pop band NCT 127 to showcase new single on CBS' 'The Late Late Show'

 K-pop boy band NCT 127 will appear on U.S. broadcaster CBS' "The Late Show with James Corden" next week to showcase their new single, the band's management agency said Wednesday.

Joining the famous U.S. talk show on May 14 (U.S. time), NCT 127 will stage "Superhuman," the lead track of their fourth EP due on May 24, according to SM Entertainment.



Momoland to drop new single featuring Vietnamese singer Erik

K-pop girl group Momoland is set to drop a new single, "Momola," featuring famed Vietnamese singer Erik, on Tuesday, its management agency said.

The new single, which is on its way to hit the music scene Tuesday evening, is a sentimental ballad song that veered from the group's other energetic, dance numbers, according to MLD Entertainment.

The new song, whose Korean title is translated as "You are the only love," delves into the longing and sentimental feelings of love through medium-tempo melodies, MLD said.



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