Seventeen explores solitude, fear in 3rd full album

K-pop boy band Seventeen on Monday dropped its third full-length album, "An Ode," a collection of dark, charismatic numbers.

The 11-track album marks a sharp turnaround from the characteristic energetic, uplifting music style the band has pursued since its debut in 2015.

The record is led by the main track, "Poison: Fear," an R&B dance number, heavy with booming bass sounds.

The song comes with a stronger-than-ever dance performance by the mob of 13 performers clad in black suits with bold jewelry.


BTS agency to hold global audition to launch girl group in 2021

 The music label of boy band BTS said Wednesday it will throw a global audition this year to launch a K-pop girl group around 2021.

"In cooperation with Source Music, Big Hit is set to host the 'Plus Global Audition' to recruit members for a new girl group with a view to get it to debut in 2021," Big Hit Entertainment said, referring to the label for GFriend, which was merged into Big Hit earlier this year.


Famed skater Lee Sang-hwa, singer Kangnam to marry this yr

 Former South Korean star speed skater Lee Sang-hwa and singer Kangnam will tie the knot in the fall this year, their management agencies said Thursday.

They will hold their wedding on Oct. 12 at a Seoul hotel, according to Lee's Bonboo Entertainment and Kangnam's Dmost Entertainment.

They first met on SBS' reality show "Law of the Jungle" in September last year and became a couple. They confirmed their relationship in March.


NCT 127 to perform at global charity concert in New York next month

South Korean boy band NCT 127 has joined the lineup for an annual charity concert set for next month in New York as the first K-pop artists to perform in the event, the band's management agency said Wednesday.

NCT 127 will perform alongside Queen and Hugh Jackman as well as American musicians, like Alicia Keys and Adam Lambert, during the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 28 at Manhattan's Central Park, according to SM Entertainment.

The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival started in 2012 and organized by Global Poverty Project.


K-pop stars break out of glossy idol image with musical roles

At the height of his K-pop career this week, Hwang Min-hyun, a member of five-piece boy band NU'EST, launched a new show business career which his fans scarcely expected.

The 24-year-old Hwang appeared to his fans in his first acting role in the famous musical, "Marie Antoinette," as the show's main male character, Count Axel von Fersen, on Wednesday as the musical officially kicked off its three-month run in Seoul.


Police summon K-pop star Seungri over gambling charges

Seungri, a former member of the K-pop boy band BIGBANG, appeared Wednesday for a police probe over illegal overseas gambling allegations.

Dressed in formal attire, the disgraced K-pop star said he will sincerely take part in the probe and apologized for "causing deep worries". He did not reply to journalists' questions about gambling charges.

arlier this month, police booked Seungri and Yang Hyun-suk, the former CEO of BIGBANG's management agency, YG Entertainment, over the allegations.


Following 1st world tour, K-pop diva Sunmi returns with new single

Fresh off her first world tour this year, K-pop diva Sunmi returned to the music scene Tuesday with the new single "Lalalay," a self-composed Latin dance song.

The female soloist, a former member of girl group Wonder Girls, toured 18 global cities in Asia, North America and Europe from February to June in her first world tour "Warning."

The world tour inspired Sunmi to compose and write the new single "Lalalay" during her stop in Mexico City in March, according to her management agency, MakeUs Entertainment.


X1 defies vote-rigging scandal to debut as one of highest-profile rookies of 2019

Vote-rigging allegations and an ongoing police probe surrounding new boy band X1 mattered little as the 11-member group made a high-profile debut Tuesday through an idol audition TV show known for producing breakout K-pop stars.

It took only four months for the 11 members to rise from obscurity to stardom in the Mnet audition show, "Produce X 101," through which three sensational bands -- I.O.I, Wanna One and IZ*ONE -- were formed and thrived.


BTS' Japanese fan meeting plans called into question amid Seoul-Tokyo rows

Having enthralled some 210,000 fans with the Japanese edition in July of its "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" world tour, K-pop super band BTS returned home to a hero's welcome for its feat of bringing the peoples of South Korea and Japan together despite the countries' deteriorating diplomatic ties.

When the septet announced last week plans for another set of fan meetings in Japan, however, the response among their Korean fans were sharply divided, with many angry fans demanding Big Hit Entertainment, the management agency of BTS, cancel the trip to Japan.


Rapper Kisum challenges herself with first dance hip-hop record, 'Yeah!sul'

Female rapper and songwriter Kisum on Tuesday dropped a new EP, "Yeah!sul," fronted by a funky dance number, transforming sharply from her previous dark hip-hop music.

The EP's title, "Yeah!sul," translates in Korean as "Yeah! alcohol," or as "art" when read together, and the six-track album is led by "Let's Drink Up."

Kisum sampled the widely loved refrain from male duo Vibe's hit song with the same Korean title in composing and writing the main track "Let's Drink Up." But the sentimental song turned into a breezy dance hip-hop song in the hands of Kisum.



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