WINNER's Mino employs retro beats to enliven his hip-hop solo album

Boy band WINNER's rapper Mino released his first full-length album Monday, the lead hip-hop track of which utilizes brilliantly entwined retro Korean beats.

Beats and concepts were borrowed from a soulful, rhythmic 1969 Korean song whose title translates as "A Maiden from Soyang River" to add retro vibes to the lead track "Fiance." Including the unique lead song, the solo album "XX" has 12 tracks, with Mino composing and writing all the songs in collaboration with other artists.

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BTS concert in Japan draws crowds despite controversy over A-bomb image

Renowned Korean boy band BTS has successfully finished its two concerts in Tokyo, drawing a total of 100,000 fans, the group's management agency said Thursday.

BTS performed live about 30 songs, including the Japanese version of "I Need You," "Run" and "DNA," during the "Love Yourself" concerts at the Tokyo Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

This undated photo provided by Big Hit Entertainment shows the boy band BTS performing at the Tokyo Dome. (Yonhap)

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GOT7 to drop repackaged album next month

 Boy band GOT7 will release a repackaged album titled "Present: You & Me" on Dec. 3, its agency JYP Entertainment said Friday.

This will be the seven-member act's third album released this year following the EP "Eyes on You" in March and the full-length "Present You" in September.

The group is scheduled to hold concerts in Tokyo on Dec. 18-19 and Kobe on Feb. 2-3. It also plans to release a new EP album in Japan on Jan. 30.

The top photo provided by JYP Entertainment shows K-pop boy group GOT7. 

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EXO's latest album debuts at No. 23 on Billboard 200

K-pop boy group EXO has reached the 23rd spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the group's highest ever, with its latest LP, according to data released Wednesday for the week ending Nov. 17.

The chart performance of "Don't Mess Up My Tempo," released on Nov. 2, is the highest ever achieved by any K-pop group except for BTS. It is also the group's personal best yet on the chart.

Previously, it ranked 129th on the chart with the EP, "Overdose," 85th with the second LP, "Exodus," and 87th with the fourth LP, "The War."

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BLACKPINK's Jennie tops iTunes charts of 40 countries with 'SOLO'

Jennie of the leading girl group BLACKPINK swept iTunes charts of 40 countries around the world with her solo debut single Tuesday.

Released at 6 p.m. on Monday, "SOLO" is a hip-hop number mixed with pop elements. Written by producer Teddy, who has been with the group since its debut, and co-composed by Teddy and 24, the song is about a girl who matures and declares her intention to freely live her own life after separating from her lover.

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SHINee's Onew to join Army next month

Popular boy band SHINee's leader Onew will begin his mandatory military service next month, his management agency said Friday.

"Onew will enter the military as an active-duty soldier on Oct. 10," SM Entertainment said in a release. "We're not going to reveal the date and time of his entry as he wants to make it low-profile." He will have no separate event to bid farewell to his fans, it added.

Debuting in 2008, Onew has released such hit songs as "Ring Ding Dong," "Lucifer," "Dream Girl" and "Everybody" as a SHINee member.

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More than 100,000 tickets reserved for BTS documentary

Tickets sold in advance for an upcoming documentary about K-pop boy band BTS' ascent to global fame have passed the 100,000 mark, data showed Sunday.

According to data compiled by the Korean Film Council, "Burn the Stage," set to be released Thursday in the domestic market, ranked No. 1 on the chart based on the ticket reservation rate, which is at 26.8 percent. This was followed by "Bohemian Rhapsody" with 21 percent and "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" with 20.4 percent.

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Red Velvet to drop fifth EP 'RBB'

 Girl group Red Velvet will release its fifth EP, titled "RBB," on Nov. 30.

The new album will have a total of six tracks, including the main song "Really Bad Boy," according to its agency, SM Entertainment.

The band hit domestic music charts with "Bad Boy" in January and "Power Up" in August. It later had a tour of Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

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BTS' Japanese single tops Oricon daily chart

BTS' ninth single in Japan, "Fake Love/Airplane pt 2," has topped the country's Oricon Daily Singles Chart, data showed Thursday.

The album earned 327,342 points, based on physical album sales, beating the group's own record of 269,861 for its previous single, "Mic Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow."

 It is the group's sixth straight win on the chart, encompassing every single released in Japan since "For You" in 2015.

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Actor Park Bo-gum to emcee KBS' Music Bank in Hong Kong

South Korean heartthrob actor Park Bo-gum will serve as the emcee of KBS 2TV's Music Bank in Hong Kong, set to be held early next year, the broadcaster said Friday.

Park was the emcee of the South Korean music show Music Bank's 2018 world tour concerts in Singapore, Jakarta, Chile and Berlin.

Among the headliners of the upcoming live show at Hong Kong's Asia-World Expo Arena on Jan. 19 are TWICE, Ailee, FT Island, Monsta X, Seventeen and NU'EST W.

The Music Bank World Tour will be broadcast to 117 countries through the KBS World channel.

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