BTS to appear in videos promoting Seoul tourism overseas

K-pop superstars BTS will present seven different tourist themes in Seoul in a series of videos to be released this week, the Seoul city government said Sunday.

The videos, titled "My Seoul Playlist" and bearing the slogan "Live Seoul like I Do," will be released on TV, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other media platforms, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.



TWICE to return to K-pop scene with new album next month

 Top-rung K-pop girl group TWICE will release a new album next month, returning to the Korean music scene following its successful arena tour of Japan, its management agency said Thursday.

The new release scheduled for Nov. 5 will be TWICE's third album this year following the EP "What is Love?" dropped in April and the summer release "Summer Nights" in July, according to JYP Entertainment.

On Wednesday, TWICE completed its first arena tour in Japan, having successfully launched its first full-length Japanese album titled "BDZ."


TWICE tops Japanese monthly chart with first Japanese studio album

Girl group TWICE topped the Japanese Oricon's monthly albums chart for the first time with its first full-length Japanese album "BDZ," the group's management agency said Tuesday.

The album, which dropped on Sept. 12, scored 229,632 points to take the top post on the chart, according to JYP Entertainment. The score is counted based on album sales.


BoA to return with her 9th full-length album this month

 Veteran K-pop diva BoA will drop her ninth full-length album later this month, her management agency said Tuesday.

The new 10-track album, "Woman," will be released on Oct. 24. It is scheduled to be released in CD format the next day.

The title track is pop dance number with rhythmical bass and vibrant synth sounds in harmony with BoA's bright voice, according to SM Entertainment.

The 32-year-old singer's lyrics display female confidence and she gives the song a signature powerful performance.


BTS excites London on European leg of world tour

About 20,000 European fans of different skin colors, nationalities and ages enthusiastically sang the Korean-language lyrics of a BTS song when the massively popular K-pop boy band hit London's O2 Area on Wednesday (local time).

Many top global stars such as Coldplay, Madonna, Beyonce, Adele and Ed Sheeran have performed there before, but the arena's employees looked surprised at the unprecedented scene of the crowd singing along in unison.


Four Asian stops added to BTS' world tour

South Korean boy group BTS on Wednesday announced four new Asian destinations for its ongoing world tour.

According to the group's agency Big Hit Entertainment, the group will hold concerts at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium in Taiwan on Dec. 8-9, at the Singapore National Stadium on Jan. 19, next year, at the Asia World-Expo Arena in Hong Kong on March 20-21 and March 23-24, and at the Jajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok on April 6.


Documentary on BTS to hit local cinema next month

A documentary about BTS' global tour will open in local theaters operated by the movie chain CGV in November, according to industry sources Wednesday.

The movie, "Burn the Stage," shows the stories behind the septet's world tour, "2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour," which encompassed 19 cities, and vividly paints the hard work the young artists put in for the concerts.

It was originally made in eight parts and was shown to YouTube paid subscribers from March to May.

The release date has yet to be decided.


Monsta X to drop second LP later this month

 K-pop boy band Monsta X will drop its second full-length album later this month, its agency said Monday.

Starship Entertainment said the seven-member act will release the album titled "Are You There?" on Oct. 22 -- its first since its EP "The Connect" in March.

The group debuted in May 2015 and has slowly gained popularity in and out of the country. Earlier this year, it successfully finished its second world arena tour of 20 cities in Europe, Asia and North and South America.


BTS wraps up American leg of world tour with historic performance

 K-pop world stars BTS wrapped up the American leg of their world tour with a historic concert held at the Citi Field baseball park in New York City on Saturday (U.S. time).

About 40,000 fans packed the mega stadium in New York for the final concert of the American leg of BTS' ongoing "Love Yourself" tour. BTS was the first Korean act to have ever performed at the home field of the Now York Mets, joining the ranks of such legendary artists as Sir Paul McCartney, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.


Girl band Mamamoo to release debut single in Japan this week

Powerful female K-pop vocal group Mamamoo will debut in Japan this week with new singles and a concert tour of major Japanese cities, their management agency said Tuesday.

The quartet will release their Japanese debut singles -- the Japanese version of their previous song "Decalcomanie" and new release "You Don't Know Me" -- on Wednesday, according to RBW.

On Friday, the girl band will throw a concert in Osaka before performing in Tokyo on Sunday and Nagoya on Oct. 9, the agency also said.



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