Scandal-ridden member Kangin to leave Super Junior

Kangin, a scandal-ridden member of long-running K-pop boy band Super Junior, said Thursday he will leave the team, ending his 14-year membership.

The 34-year-old, whose real name is Kim Young-woon, broke the news on his Instagram account.

"I decided to leave behind the title, Super Junior, with which I spent a long time," he said.

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TWICE's Mina to be absent from ongoing world tour due to 'psychological' issues

Mina, a Japanese member of K-pop girl band TWICE, will not be part of the band's ongoing world tour from this week due to health issues, the band's management agency said Thursday.

"Mina is suddenly feeling extreme psychological tension and enormous anxieties about being on stage," JYP Entertainment said on the band's website for fans.

"There's not any diagnosis out yet, and verification is being sought through various medical institutions," the agency said, adding that it has decided that Mina needs medical treatment and undisturbed rest.

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Ha Sung-woon's second solo album hits summer music scene

Ha Sung-woon, a former member of sensational boy band Wanna One, returned to the summer music scene Monday with his second solo album, which delves into different shades of a color of summer -- blue.

"BLUE," a medium-tempo pop song laced with acoustic drum and synthesizer sounds, is the main number of the five-track album, "BXXX," Han's second EP following his first, "My Moment," released on Feb. 27. Ha partly wrote the lyrics for "BLUE."

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Boy band Pentagon kicks off world tour

Boy band Pentagon has kicked off a world concert tour, bringing it to 23 cities across the globe, its management agency said Friday.

The world tour, named "Prism," kicked off with its inaugural concert in Seoul in April and will take the band on a journey to perform in 23 cities in Asia, the United States, Europe and South America from August to December.

The list of destinations includes Santiago, Milan, Lisbon, Berlin, Paris, Moscow and Tokyo in addition to major U.S. cities, according to Cube Entertainment.

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K-pop artists' Japanese careers unperturbed by worsening Seoul-Tokyo ties

South Korea-Japan relations are deteriorating as the countries' history-driven diplomatic row is widening to imperil their economic ties. Still, the neighbors' cultural ties remain mostly unscathed, with K-pop artists accomplishing unprecedented feats in the Japanese pop market.

On Thursday, "Lights/Boy With Luv," the new Japanese single album by globally-loved K-pop boy band BTS, took No. 1 on the Japanese Oricon daily single chart, one day after its release in Japan.

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Girl band I.O.I gets back together for new album in Oct.

The formerly 11-piece girl band I.O.I will be reinstated as a nine-member group to release a new album in October, a music label said Monday.

The new album, set for release in October, will be the first music release by I.O.I since the project group's official disbandment two and a half years ago.

The band will return as a nine-piece group without two members -- Yoo Yeon-jung and Jeon Somi -- according to Studio Blu, the label for the upcoming record.

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BTS garners more than $50 million from stadium tours in May

 K-pop band BTS topped the monthly list of tour grosses with the biggest attendees among global superstars in May, Billboard reported on Thursday (on U.S. time).

"From only eight shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Sao Paolo, the South Korean superstars grossed US$51.66 million and sold 384,498 tickets (in May)," Billboard said, citing figures from Billboard Boxscore.

"These towering earnings mark the biggest one-month total of 2019 so far," it said.

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Ex-members of boy band Wanna One to heat up summer music scene

Within its short career, project boy band Wanna One speedily and surely carved out a name for itself on the K-pop scene. Former members of the disbanded group are expected to make a splash in the music scene next month with a host of new releases.

Arguably the most eye-catching event in the K-pop scene next month will be the return of Kang Daniel, a central member of the 11-piece band formed on a talent competition show. The band was active from August 2017 to January this year.

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KCON New York 2019 announces lineup for K-pop concert

The New York leg of this year's KCON, an annual K-pop concert series outside of South Korea, will bring together an army of young and rising K-pop bands including IZ*ONE and Seventeen, the host said Thursday.

A total of 12 K-pop bands will perform during the two-day KCON event set for July 6-7 at Madison Square Garden and Javits Center in New York City.

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Chungha releases first self-composed song on new album 'Flourishing'

K-pop diva Chungha on Monday released her fourth EP, "Flourishing," whose title track is the first song she has composed.

The fourth track, "Flourishing," is a trap soul number written in English that sends out a message of self-confidence.

The fifth song on the EP, and its main track, "Snapping," is an intense, seductive number that diverges from Chungha's previous summer singles such as "Love U," a track off "Blooming Blue," dropped in July last year. 

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