Loona showcases debut album '+ +'

2018/08/22 17:46

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SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Yonhap) -- Girl band Loona showcased their debut album "+ +," or "Plus Plus," on Aug. 20 at Blue Square concert hall.

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K-pop girl band Loona launches official debut album

Following nearly two years of pre-debut promotional gimmicks, K-pop girl band Loona on Monday released their official debut album, bringing together all 12 members as a single act.

"+ +," or "Plus Plus," is the first extended play by the full lineup of Loona, whose Korean name translates into "Girl of the Month."

   The debut marks the culmination of the band's management agency BlockBerry Creative's "9.9 billion won" (US$8.8 million) pre-debut projects, which kicked off in October 2016.

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Super Junior-D&E's upcoming album

 The absence of long-running Super Junior member Kyuhyun, who is currently serving in the military, left Super Junior fans eagerly waiting for next year, when the boy band will return with the full 11-member lineup.

Filling the void, Super Junior's D&E, a subunit of two members -- Donghae and Eunhyuk -- will return to the K-pop scene with the duo's second extended play, set for release on Thursday.

The EP, titled "Bout You," is the duo's second record since "The Beat Goes On" was released in March 2015.

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Psy, BTS, Girls' Generation

The music video of sensational K-pop rapper and singer Psy's "Gangnam Style" has ranked 12th on Billboard's list of the 100 greatest music videos of the 21st century.

The critics-selected list, carried by Billboard on July 24, also put the music videos of K-pop septet BTS' 2016 song "Blood Sweat & Tears" and Girls' Generation's 2009 release "Gee" at 67th and 92nd place, respectively.

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VIXX's Ravi to have first individual European tour

Ravi, a member of the K-pop boy band VIXX, will begin his first individual European tour in October, his management agency said Friday.

Ravi will perform in 10 major cities in Europe from late October to mid-November during the tour titled "First Solo Europe Tour 2018," Jellyfish Entertainment said.

The tour will begin in Istanbul on Oct. 27 and will continue in such cities as Madrid, Vienna, Amsterdam, Brussels, Germany's Cologne, London and Paris.

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BTS charts on Billboard list of 200 albums for 8th week

K-pop boy band BTS' latest album "Love Yourself: Tear" charted on the key Billboard ranking of 200 popular albums for the eighth week in a row, the American music chart showed Wednesday.

The 11-track album ranked 48th on the Billboard 200 chart, retaining its presence since it landed atop the competitive chart less than two weeks after its release on May 18.

This week's result marks one step below the 47th place recorded last week.

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K-Pop sensation Kevin Kim back to Australia to join SBS PopAsia

A Korean Australian K-Pop sensation Kevin Kim of ZE:A is temporarily back to Australia to join SBS PopAsia.

SBS PopAsia has announced the launch of K-Pop sensation Kevin Kim’s new show SBS PopAsia Live with Kevin Kim.

Kicking off on Monday May 29, the show will air weeknights at 6pm.

Australian K-Pop artist, Kevin Kim, shot to fame as the lead singer with band ZE:A and is excited about joining the SBS PopAsia team.

10 years on, BigBang feel blessed, anxious about crown

Members of the South Korean boy group BigBang on Thursday expressed both happiness and anxiety about their success, being one of the country's few idol groups that survived 10 years in the competitive K-pop scene.

"I'm happy that we can still be together as a team after 10 years (from our debut), although we are a bit more pressured about the next 10 years," G-Dragon, the team leader, said during a press conference in eastern Seoul.

S. Korean pop culture event brings all races together in LA

A global K-pop festival in Los Angeles has brought together local fans, going beyond race, age group and gender, creating a giant melting pot of music lovers who danced and sang along with the artists from the other side of the globe.

Some 12,000 K-pop fans surged to KCON 2016 LA, the Los Angeles run of the world's largest K-pop festival, on Saturday (local time). The event ran from July 29 to 31.

HyunA to embark on Asia tour in September

South Korean idol singer HyunA will tour Taiwan and China in September after the release of her first solo album, her agency said Tuesday.

The 24-year-old former member of girl group 4minute is scheduled to release her mini-album "A'wesome" on Monday. The tour will kick off in Taipei on Sept. 4 and later take her to the Chinese cities of Guangzhou, Shanghai and Chengdu for concerts and meetings with an estimated 10,000 fans, Cube Entertainment said.

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