SHINee's Minho to debut as solo singer before joining military

A file photo of SHINee's Minho 

Popular boy group SHINee's Minho will release his solo debut song before going into the military, his talent agency said Tuesday.

According to SM Entertainment, the song titled "I'm Home" will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on March 28 as the ninth entry in Season 3 of the company's digital music release program, "Station."

Debuting as a SHINee member in 2008, Minho has since released hit songs, such as "Replay," "Ring Ding Dong," "Lucifer," "Sherlock" and "Everybody."


BTS' 'Idol' video tops 400 mln YouTube views

The music video for K-pop sensation BTS' song "Idol" exceeded 400 million views on YouTube on Saturday, becoming the band's seventh video to reach the milestone, the group's management agency has said.

The latest achievement came seven months after the septet released the song, according to Big Hit Entertainment.

The boy band's six other music videos that have hit the 400 million-view mark include "DNA," "Fake Love" and "Mic Drop." "DNA," a 2018 song, has garnered more than 600 million views.


New boy band Tomorrow X Together scores highest-charting debut album on Billboard

This image of Tomorrow X Together, or TXT, is provided by Big Hit Entertainment. 

 "The Dream Chapter: Star," the debut album of new boy band Tomorrow X Together, also known as TXT, landed at 140 on the main Billboard 200 album chart, becoming the highest-charting debut album by a K-pop male act, Billboard said Tuesday.

The chart results dated March 16 came after the record earned 7,000 equivalent album units in the United States in its opening week, Billboard said on its website, quoting Nielsen Music.


Stray Kids to drop new EP to celebrate first year since debut

These teaser images, for Stray Kids' upcoming album "Cle 1 : MIROH," are provided by JYP Entertainment.

K-pop boy band Stray Kids will return with a new EP later this month to celebrate the first anniversary of their debut, the band's management agency said Thursday.

The EP, "Cle 1 : MIROH," will hit the K-pop scene on March 25, the date the band officially debuted in 2018, according to JYP Entertainment.

The members were recruited through an idol competition show in October, 2017, and released their first EP, "I am NOT," the next year.


Red Velvet set to release Korean version of Japanese single 'Sayonara'

This image of Red Velvet is provided by SM Entertainment.

K-pop girl band Red Velvet will release this week a Korean version of their recent digital single, "Sayonara," initially issued in Japanese last month, the band's management agency said Thursday.

The single was first released in Japan on Feb. 20 as a winter song that sentimentally recalls memories and happiness from a past love.

The band will release the Korean-language version of the song on Friday at 12 p.m. through online music stores, including Melon and Genie, according to SM Entertainment.


BTS stays on Billboard main album chart for 27th week

BTS arrives for the 61st annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019, in this UPI photo. 

K-pop boy band BTS has remained on Billboard's main albums chart for the 27th week in a row.

"Love Yourself: Answer" came in 97th on the Billboard 200 for the week of March 9, slightly down from 92nd the previous week, according to the chart released Tuesday (U.S. time).


BLACKPINK becomes first Korean cover girls for Billboard

These images provided by Billboard show four different versions of the Billboard magazine's March cover featuring BLACKPINK. A pink-hued photo image of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK hit the cover of the Billboard magazine's March edition, making the quartet the first Korean female music group representing the American pop magazine.

The cover image of Billboard's March edition was released on its official website on Thursday (U.S. time), showing the four BLACKPINK members, clad in colorful dresses, lying on their

backs and staring up at the camera.


NCT 127 to begin tour of 11 N. American cities in April

This image of NCT 127 is provided by SM Entertainment.

 K-pop boy band NCT 127 will visit 11 North American cities in April as part of its ongoing first-ever world tour, the group's agency said Wednesday.

The North American leg of NCT 127's world tour, "NCT 127 World Tour 'Neo City - The Origin,'" will kick off at Prudential Center in New Jersey on April 24 and then move to 10 other cities, according to SM Entertainment.

The itinerary includes Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Toronto, it said.


First album from BTS agency's new boy band exceeds 100,000 in presales

This photo provided by Big Hit Entertainment shows the agency's new boy band Tomorrow X Together.

The debut album by a new boy group from BTS' management agency has already scored 104,385 pre-orders ahead of its release next month, the album's distributor said Friday.

Tomorrow X Together's album titled "The Dream Chapter: Star" achieved the milestone only two days after it became available for pre-orders Wednesday, Iriver said.


BTS' latest album appears on Billboard album chart for 25th week in row

This poster for BTS' new round of a concert tour was provided by Big Hit Entertainment.

Worldwide K-pop phenomenon BTS' latest album "Love Yourself: Answer" appeared on the main Billboard album chart for the 25th week in a row, chart results showed Thursday.

The album ranked 86th on Billboard 200 for the week of Feb. 23, stepping up from last week's 91st place, according to Billboard chart results.



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