BTS extends Billboard winning streak to 17th week

 K-pop superstars BTS' latest album, "Love Yourself: Answer," has retained its presence on the key Billboard album chart for a 17th consecutive week, chart updates showed Wednesday.

The finale of BTS's "Love Yourself" trilogy came 74th on the Billboard 200 chart for the week of Dec. 29, up eight notches from a week earlier.

It was the 17th week in a row that "Answer" has ranked in the chart of the most popular 200 albums since it debuted atop the list in early September, the longest week for any K-pop record.

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Cosmic Girls to return to K-pop scene sans 3 Chinese members

K-pop girl group Cosmic Girls, also known as WJSN, will return to the K-pop scene next month without three Chinese members, Starship Entertainment said Monday.

The 13-member band's agency said the three Chinese members -- Meiqi, Xuanyi and Cheng Xiao -- are temporarily exempt from group activities for the upcoming new album, "WJ Stay?," because of their separate schedules in China.

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BTS makes top 10 on Oricon's three annual charts

South Korean K-pop band BTS produced the best results of any non-Japanese artist for this year on Japan's Oricon annual music charts, the music data company said Thursday.

According to the annual report released by Oricon, the group secured a place in the top ten on three main charts.

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K-pop group BTS's annual economic value estimated at 4 tln won: report

 The economic value generated by K-pop boy band BTS is estimated at around 4 trillion won (US$3.54 billion) annually, a local researcher said Tuesday, indicating that the global sensation plays a significant role in South Korea's economy that stretches beyond the cultural sector.

The Hyundai Research Institute (HRI) said the group's so-called annual production inducement effect, a term that refers to the economic value generated among related industries, is estimated at 4.1 trillion won annually.

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BTS tops nat'l survey on best recording artists of 2018

Global K-pop sensation BTS has topped a national survey on the best music acts of the year.

Gallup Korea announced Tuesday that the seven-member boy band earned 24.4 percent of support in a survey on South Korea's top recording artists for 2018.

Gallup polled 4,200 South Koreans between the ages of 13 and 59 from July 4-22, Sept. 7-27 and Nov. 7-30. It has a margin of error of 1.5 percentage points, with a confidence level of 95 percent. Participants were asked to pick their three favorite artists.

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BTS' 'Idol' tops 300 mln YouTube views

The music video for "Idol," K-pop boy band BTS' global hit song, has recorded more than 300 million YouTube views, the group's management agency said Monday.

The colorful music video for the lead track of the latest BTS album, "Love Yourself: Answer," released in late August, surpassed the YouTube threshold Sunday evening, according to Big Hit Entertainment.

It became BTS' eighth music video to top the 300-million mark, the most of any South Korean artists.

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G-Dragon, Jimin make Guardian's 30 best boy band members list

Two South Korean artists, BIGBANG's G-Dragon and BTS' Jimin, landed on the list of the 30 best boy band members chosen Thursday (local time) by the British daily newspaper The Guardian.

The paper ranked G-Dragon, the leader of five-member group BIGBANG, 11th for his role in ushering in "the era of the modern, multi-disciplinary Korean pop star," and bringing "an alluring androgyny and edge to the band."

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WINNER to release new digital single next week

Boy band WINNER will release a new digital single next week, the quartet's first record in eight months, their management agency YG Entertainment said Thursday.

YG did not disclose the title of the upcoming single, set for release Dec. 19, but a teaser image showed the four members huddling together and holding lighted matches.

YG portrayed the release as WINNER's end-of-the-year "present" to fans ahead of the band's release of a full-length album in the first half of 2019.

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K-pop boy band Monsta X wraps up Jingle Ball Tour in U.S.

South Korean boy band Monsta X successfully finished up the 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour in the United States, its agency Starship Entertainment said Monday.

The annual music show, presented by Capital One, featured popular pop stars like Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa and Khalid, and Monsta X was the first K-pop act to be part of the show.

The group performed in six American cities -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Boston and Philadelphia -- for seven days from Nov. 30.

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YJ's Kim Jae-joong to throw birthday parties in S. Korea and Japan

Kim Jae-joong, a member of the K-pop trio JYJ, will hold events next month for South Korean and Japanese fans to celebrate his birthday, his agency C-JeS Entertainment said Friday.

The event, titled J-Party, will take place on two dates, on Jan. 20 in Seoul and Jan. 28 in Japan, to celebrate his birthday that falls on Jan. 26.

Kim, along with two other JYJ members, has solid fandom in Japan where the singer has released albums and appeared on popular television shows.

In October, he released his second Japanese single, "Defiance."

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