At Wembley Stadium, BTS shake up home country of Beatles, Queen

A wave of 60,000 spectators turned London's landmark Wembley Stadium into a sea of ecstasy as K-pop band BTS took the biggest British concert stage with its signature hip hop number "Dionysus" late Saturday.

It was a landmark moment of BTS' high-flying world music career, debuting the band at Wembley, the heart of the concert industry in Britain, a country that spawned such legendary music bands as the Beatles and Queen.


EXO's D.O. to join military in July

 D.O., a member of the popular boy band EXO, will join the military in July, putting his flourishing entertainment career on hold, his management agency said Thursday.

The 26-year-old, whose real name is Do Kyung-soo, will enlist in the Army on July 1 to fulfill his mandatory military service, according SM Entertainment.

"D.O. wanted to fulfill his duty of national defense as soon as possible after Xiumin started his military service on May 7 as the first EXO member to do so," SM said.


Back from 1st world tour, NCT 127 releases new album

Fresh off its first globe-trotting concert tour, K-pop boy band NCT 127 released a new album on Friday led by an energy-boosting EDM number.

The group's fourth extended play, "NCT #127 We Are Superhuman" runs to six tracks and features "Superhuman" as its main song.

"(It) sends out a message that anyone can be a 'superhuman' if they realize their personal potential and run toward their dream with positive energy," member Jaehyun said of the EDM-laced dance song in a press conference in Seoul ahead of the album's official release Friday evening.


BTS ranks high on Billboard album chart for 5th week

K-pop boy band BTS' latest album "Map of the Soul: Persona" ranked high on the Billboard main album chart for the fifth week in a row this week, chart updates showed Wednesday.

"Persona" came in at 17th on the Billboard 200 for the week ending May 25, the fifth week it has appeared on the chart since it landed atop in late April, according to the chart updates.


K-pop star Psy to unveil new album in early July

K-pop star Psy will return to the forefront of the K-pop scene with a new album in early July, his management agency P Nation said Tuesday.

"Psy will return with his ninth full-length album in early July ... and premiere (the album) in the 2019 Swag Show," the agency said, referring to his annual summer concert series.

It is his first album release in more than two years following his last and eighth full-length album "4X2=8" in May 2017.


GOT7 aims to keep going forward to reach the top

After more than five years, boy group GOT7 has released its first autobiographical album, a shift from its previous focus on love songs.

The seven-track EP, which hit the shelves and major music streaming sites Monday, tells autobiographical stories of the seven members.

The spinning top of its title -- "Spinning Top: Between Security & Insecurity" -- is an idea that the band's leader JB came up with.


New single 'Ah Yeah' embodies everything about band WINNER

Honest lyrics and upbeat melodies have been the trademark of the five-year-old K-pop boy band WINNER, as in their 2017 hit song "Really Really."

The four-piece band aims to again embody the qualities unique to them in their latest extended play, "WE," released Wednesday evening.

The six-track album is led by "Ah Yeah," a summer dance song depicting a clean end to a romantic relationship. Its lyrics say: "If not for love, we are strangers ... I am not sorry at all ... I don't care about your bloody tears ... I don't care if I am called trash."


BTS' latest hits top 10 on Billboard album chart for 4th week

"Map of the Soul: Persona," the latest album by K-pop super band BTS stayed in the top 10 of the Billboard main album chart for the fourth consecutive week, the chart showed Wednesday.

The record ranked 8th on the Billboard 200 for the week ending May 18, down a notch from 7th the previous week.

It marks the fourth week in a row that the album has been among Billboard 200's top 10 albums since it debuted at No. 1.


New army of K-pop stars breeds generation of avid young hallyu fans

As K-pop band BTS' latest hip hop song, "Dionysus," hit the speakers at a small dance studio on a quiet backstreet of Shinjuku district in Tokyo one Saturday morning in May, a group of Japanese boys and girls swung their arms back and forth in sync with the music, their eyes focused and serious.

After the instructor walked the 13 teenagers, including several primary schoolchildren, through the choreography of the song's chorus, it took only a few repetitions for them to copy its elaborate dance moves while she called out the beat.



BLACKPINK becomes 1st K-pop group to have music video with over 800 mln YouTube views

BLACKPINK has become the first K-pop group to have a music video with more than 800 million YouTube views, its Seoul-based agency said Saturday.

YG Entertainment said that BLACKPINK's "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" surpassed the threshold at around 4:16 p.m. Saturday, nearly 11 months after the music video was released last June.

Excluding PSY, the South Korean solo artist whose mega-hit "Gangnam Style" has 3.3 billion views on YouTube, BLACKPINK is the first K-pop group to see one of its music videos reach 800 million views online, according to YG Entertainment.



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