BLACKPINK's music video draws 400 mln YouTube views

The music video of BLACKPINK's "As If It's Your Last" has drawn more than 400 million YouTube views, its agency said Friday.

The video surpassed the 400 million viewership mark at noon Friday, 15 months after its release in June 2017, according to YG Entertainment. BLACKPINK has achieved the feat in the shortest period of time among K-pop female groups.

The record is likely to be broken soon as the music video of BLACKPINK's latest song "DDU-DU DDU-DU," released in June, hit the 300 million view mark in 68 days and is fast approaching the 400 million mark, according YG.


BTS at U.N.: Find your name and voice by speaking about yourself

Addressing a United Nations session as the first ever South Korean artists, the boy band BTS urged young people to find their own inner voice and see themselves through their own eyes by speaking about themselves.

The septet was invited to give a short opening speech at an event during the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Monday (New York time) to launch UNICEF's new partnership "Generation Unlimited."


BTS becomes first Korean artist nominated for American Music Awards

K-pop phenomenon BTS has been nominated for the annual American Music Awards (AMAs), slated for Oct. 9, becoming the first Korean act to receive such recognition, according to its organizer Thursday.

"On Sept. 12 local time, the 2018 American Music Awards announced its nominees, and BTS has been included in the Favorite Social Artist category," the AMAs announced online.

BTS will be competing with four other singers for the category -- Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Shawn Mendes.


iKON is coming to Australia in October!

K-Pop idol group iKON will be making their way to Melbourne and Sydney in October.

Meanwhile, K-pop boy band iKON will drop its new EP, "New Kids: The Final," on Oct. 1, the group's management agency has said.

It will be the third release from the group this year after "Return" in January and "New Kids: Continue" in August, YG Entertainment said.


BTS drops music video of 'Idol' featuring Nicki Minaj

K-pop boy band BTS on Friday dropped a music video of their latest song, "Idol," featuring American rapper Nicki Minaj.

The new video updated on YouTube is an extended edition of the original version of the song's video released two weeks earlier but has additional images of the American rapper's performance as well as those of BTS fans covering the "Idol" choreography.

A separate version of the track featuring Nicki Minaj was released digitally two weeks earlier as the original version went public on the album "Love Yourself: Answer."


Sunmi seeks to solidify her post-Wonder Girls solo career with first EP

 Putting behind the 10-year career she built in the sensational girl band Wonder Girls, Sunmi has successfully built her presence as a soloist within a year of her departure from the band with her first two captivating singles, "Gashina" and "Heroine."

   The 26-year-old's new single "Siren" is the third and the latest part to top off her "Warning" trilogy, released Tuesday in the form of an extended play titled "Warning."


BTS claims double victory on Billboard 200 albums chart

K-pop boy group BTS has scored its second No. 1 title on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with its latest work, "Love Yourself: Answer."

   It is the K-pop sensation's second achievement on the American music chart after its "Love Yourself: Tear" rose to the top in May, rewriting K-pop music history.


GOT7 to release third full-length album 'Present: You' next month

Boy band GOT7 will drop its third full-length album "Present: You" in mid-September, its management agency said Thursday.

The release of the new album on Sept. 17 comes after the septet has recently wrapped up a world arena tour that brought them to 17 cities across the globe.

Through GOT7's SNS accounts Thursday, JYP Entertainment released two teaser images for the upcoming record, showing the seven members in cotton candy-color outfits and huddled together on a fur-strewn carpet.


Subunit of Girls' Generation to bring together 5 members for new singles

 Oh!GG, a subunit of K-pop female band Girls' Generation, will release their first singles next week, their management agency said Monday.

Girls' Generation-Oh!GG is a five-member band which SM Entertainment launched after some of the members, including Tiffany and Seohyun, left the talent agency last year. The new band consists of Taeyeon, Sunny, Hyoyeon, Yuri and Yoona.

The subunit will release two digital singles on Sept. 5 on major online music stores -- "Lil' Touch" and "Fermata"



illion YouTube views just two months after its release.

The feat was achieved on Thursday, 68 days after the release of the song and its umbrella album, "Square Up," setting the record the fastest K-pop video to hit the 300-million-view mark, according to YG Entertainment.

BLACKPINK became "the fastest K-pop act to pass the mark," despite girl groups generally being assessed as having weaker fanbases than their boy band counterparts, YG noted.

YG has said the YouTube channel for BLACKPINK has over 10 million subscribers, the highest number for any K-pop music group.



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