K-pop diva Sunmi to go on world tour starting February

K-pop diva Sunmi will go on a world concert tour starting next month, her first since the former Wonder Girls member launched a solo career in 2017, her management agency said Wednesday.

The tour will kick off on Feb. 24 in Seoul and bring her to eight cities in the United States and Canada, as well as Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo, according to Makeus Entertainment.

Following the first round of the tour, dates in European cities will be added for a second stage, Makeus said.


2PM's Junho to release compilation album next week

This teaser image for Junho's upcoming compilation album, "TWO," is provided by JYP Entertainment. 

Junho, a member of K-pop boy band 2PM, will release his second compilation album on his birthday next week, his management agency JYP Entertainment said Monday.

The new album, "TWO," set for release Jan. 25, is Junho's second compilation album since his first titled "ONE" came out in September 2015. The upcoming release date coincides with his birthday, according to JYP.


BTS' management agency set to launch new boy band Tomorrow X Together

This image of Yeonjun, the first known member of Tomorrow X Together, was provided by Big Hit Entertainment.


Big Hit Entertainment, which manages K-pop boy band BTS, on Friday unveiled the first member of a new boy band it is set to launch.

Big Hit uploaded photos of and an introductory film about the new band's first member, Yeonjun, on its website and social media accounts, as well as a logo for Tomorrow X Together, signaling the imminent debut of the band.

The band is Big Hit's first boy group since it launched BTS in 2013.


SHINee's Minho to go on a fan meeting tour of 4 nations

This image of SHINee's Minho was provided by SM Entertainment.

Boy band SHINee's Minho will tour four Asian countries in the following months to meet and greet with his local and overseas fans, his management agency said Wednesday.

The fan meeting tour, "Best Choi's Minho," will kick off on Feb. 16 in Seoul's Sangmyung Art Center and take Minho to a two-day event in Tokyo on Feb. 23-24.

He will then fly for two days of events from March 2-3 in Bangkok and Taipei, respectively, SM Entertainment said.


Wanna One's Ha Sung-woon to start solo career next month

Wanna One member Ha Sung-woon poses for photos during a press conference held on Nov. 19, 2018 to announced the release of the boy band's first full-length album "1¹¹=1 (Power of Destiny)."

Ha Sung-woon, a member of the disbanded boy band Wanna One, will return to the K-pop scene with his solo debut album next month, his management agency said Monday.

"Ha Sung-woon, who is scheduled to come back to his (original) management agency after completing his career with Wanna One, will unveil his mini album in late February to start his solo career," Star Crew ENT said.


BTS wins top prize at Golden Disc Awards

Global K-pop stars BTS on Sunday won the top prize in the album sales category at a prestigious annual music awards ceremony in South Korea.

BTS took home six prizes, including the top award, at the 33rd Golden Disk Awards, which recognize accomplishments in the K-pop industry.

"We accept the awards on behalf of all Armies," group leader RM said at the awards ceremony held in Seoul's Gocheok Sky Dome, referring to BTS fans.

"2018 was the year that we bore fruits through our hard work," he added.

The septet received the top award for the second straight year.


BLACKPINK's 'Whistle' draws over 300 mln YouTube views

BLACKPINK's debut single "Whistle" exceeded 300 million YouTube views on Friday, the girl band's fifth song to top the mark, its management agency said.

The 2016 song's music video hit the milestone of 300 million YouTube views Friday morning, YG Entertainment said.

It is BLACKPINK's fifth song to have surpassed the mark in about two years since their debut in 2016, including their 2018 song "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du," which topped 500 million views.


Kang Daniel starts Instagram, draws over 1 mln followers in 11 hours

Kang Daniel, a member of the now-disbanded popular K-pop boy band Wanna One, drew more than 1 million followers within little more than 11 hours of opening his personal Instagram account, his feed showed Thursday.

Kang launched the account on Wednesday as he gears up for a solo career following the disbandment of Wanna One earlier this week.

The star reached 1 million followers at 2:30 a.m., about 11 and a half hours after he opened the account, according to MMO Entertainment. Four of Kang's images were uploaded to the account @thisisdaniel_k during its first few hours.


Hwang Chi-yeul to release second full-length album this month

Hwang Chi-yeul, a leading light in the phenomenal popularity of Korean pop culture worldwide, will release a new album this month, the second full-length record of his 12-year music career, his management agency said Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Hallyu star will return with the release on Jan. 21, according to How Entertainment. His first album, "Five Senses," was released in 2007.

Since his debut, Hwang remained largely obscure before finally making his name known to the public in the 2016 television music game show "I Can See Your Voice."


Apink to return with 8th EP early next month

K-pop girl band Apink will drop its eighth extended play early next month, their first release since this summer, its management agency said Thursday.

The new release, "PERCENT," is a six-track record, fronted by the lead track, "%%." Apink will premiere the new music at a concert to be held in Seoul from Jan. 5-6, Plan A Entertainment said.

Team leader Park Cho-rong wrote the lyrics for "Enough," the fifth track of the album, the agency noted.



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