ITZY's debut single tops 100 mln YouTube views in shortest time span for any rookie band

 "IT'z Different," the debut single of rookie girl band ITZY, topped 100 million YouTube views on Monday, 57 days after its release in February, the fastest any new K-pop band has done so, its management agency said.

The music video of the single surpassed the milestone early Monday afternoon after being uploaded Feb. 12.

It marks the shortest time span ever taken for a new K-pop band to achieve the 100-million YouTube milestone, according to JYP Entertainment.


Red Velvet version of Ellie Goulding's song 'Close to Me' on its way

This photo shows the five members of K-pop girl band Red Velvet.

 A song collaboration between K-pop girl band Red Velvet and English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding will be released this week, Universal Music said Thursday.

The upcoming song set for release on Friday is a remix version of Ellie Goulding's "Close to Me" initially released in October 2018.

Red Velvet added a new layer of their voices to the original version, according to Universal.


Super Junior's subunit D&E to drop new album this month

Super Junior-D&E, a two-men subunit of K-pop boy band Super Junior, will drop their third EP later this month, the band's management agency Label SJ said Tuesday.

The duo of two Super Junior members -- Donghae and Eunhyuk -- will release "DANGER" on April 15, returning to the K-pop scene following their previous EP "Bout You" in August last year, according to the agency affiliated with SM Entertainment.


YG, major broadcasters burning bridges with scandal-ridden pop stars

The management agency of boy band BIGBANG ended sales of merchandise related to the disgraced former band member Seungri, while major broadcasters stopped servicing VOD contents featuring the singer and another scandal-ridden artist, Jung Joon-young, in the aftermath of the broadening sex and corruption scandal centering on the two K-pop stars.


BLACKPINK to drop new album, "Kill This Love," next month

K-pop girl band BLACKPINK will put out a new album, "Kill This Love," next month, its management agency said Monday.

YG Entertainment released a teaser image on its official website for the upcoming EP, announcing its release set for April 5.

The image shows the band's Thai member, Lisa, against a red backdrop imprinted with the album title and the release date in black text.


BLACKPINK surpasses 20 mln YouTube subscribers

South Korean girl group BLACKPINK has topped 20 million in the number of subscribers to its official YouTube channel, the first for a K-pop act.

The group hit the milestone Thursday (U.S. time) to become the first K-pop act to do so, U.S. Billboard magazine said. The number was 20,307,402 as of Sunday morning.

"This week, YouTube announced that the girl group is the first K-pop act to hit 20 million subscribers on their official channel," the magazine reported. "The recent Billboard cover stars are just one of 20 artists to ever hit the subscriber milestone."


SHINee's Minho to debut as solo singer before joining military

A file photo of SHINee's Minho 

Popular boy group SHINee's Minho will release his solo debut song before going into the military, his talent agency said Tuesday.

According to SM Entertainment, the song titled "I'm Home" will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on March 28 as the ninth entry in Season 3 of the company's digital music release program, "Station."

Debuting as a SHINee member in 2008, Minho has since released hit songs, such as "Replay," "Ring Ding Dong," "Lucifer," "Sherlock" and "Everybody."


BTS' 'Idol' video tops 400 mln YouTube views

The music video for K-pop sensation BTS' song "Idol" exceeded 400 million views on YouTube on Saturday, becoming the band's seventh video to reach the milestone, the group's management agency has said.

The latest achievement came seven months after the septet released the song, according to Big Hit Entertainment.

The boy band's six other music videos that have hit the 400 million-view mark include "DNA," "Fake Love" and "Mic Drop." "DNA," a 2018 song, has garnered more than 600 million views.


New boy band Tomorrow X Together scores highest-charting debut album on Billboard

This image of Tomorrow X Together, or TXT, is provided by Big Hit Entertainment. 

 "The Dream Chapter: Star," the debut album of new boy band Tomorrow X Together, also known as TXT, landed at 140 on the main Billboard 200 album chart, becoming the highest-charting debut album by a K-pop male act, Billboard said Tuesday.

The chart results dated March 16 came after the record earned 7,000 equivalent album units in the United States in its opening week, Billboard said on its website, quoting Nielsen Music.


Stray Kids to drop new EP to celebrate first year since debut

These teaser images, for Stray Kids' upcoming album "Cle 1 : MIROH," are provided by JYP Entertainment.

K-pop boy band Stray Kids will return with a new EP later this month to celebrate the first anniversary of their debut, the band's management agency said Thursday.

The EP, "Cle 1 : MIROH," will hit the K-pop scene on March 25, the date the band officially debuted in 2018, according to JYP Entertainment.

The members were recruited through an idol competition show in October, 2017, and released their first EP, "I am NOT," the next year.



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