Ryeowook says experiences in military changed his character, vocals

As the members of Super Junior temporarily suspended their K-pop career to fulfill the nation's compulsory military service one by one, the 11-member boy band has been unable to bring together its whole lineup for a joint performance since 2010.

Discharged from the military in July, Ryeowook became the group's 10th member to finish the 19-month mandatory service, bringing Super Junior one step closer to its full reinstatement. The final member, Kyuhyun, is scheduled to join when his service is completed next year.


BLACKPINK's Jennie garners 100 mln YouTube views with her first solo single

BLACKPINK member Jennie recorded 100 million YouTube views with her first solo single on Thursday, less than one month after the song's release, her management agency said.

The music video of "Solo," Jennie's first solo song, created by YG Entertainment's star producer Teddy, surpassed the 1 million-view mark on YouTube as of early Thursday morning, according to YG.

The feat was achieved in 23 days following the release of the bold, fashionable K-pop song -- the shortest time period any solo female K-pop singer has attained that record, YG noted.


TWICE dominates major 2018 Tower Records charts for K-pop in Japan

 TWICE dominated this year's major Tower Records charts in Japan in the K-pop category, the girl band's management agency said Tuesday.

The enchanting girl band's first full-length Japanese album "BDZ," released in September, topped the Tower Records chart for "top 10 K-pop albums" in the K-pop category, becoming the best-selling K-pop album in Japan, JYP Entertainment said in a press release, quoting the chart results.


Super Junior's concerts draw cumulative audience of 2 mln

K-pop boy group Super Junior's concert tour has so far attracted more than two million concert-goers, Label SJ said Monday.

The label, created by SM Entertainment to exclusively manage the group, said "The Super Show" surpassed the audience mark of 2 million when Super Junior performed in Tokyo Dome on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

The Super Show commenced in February, 2008, after the group released its second full-length album, "Don't Don." It was originally targeted for the Asian market, but has expanded to reach global audiences in some 30 cities over the past 10 years.


BIG BANG's Seungri to hold last solo concerts before military service

Seungri of boy band BIG BANG will put on solo concerts in several Asian cities early next year before he starts his mandatory military service, YG Entertainment said Monday.

He will perform in Hong Kong on Jan. 12 and Tokyo from Jan. 26-27. He will meet Japanese fans in Osaka from March 9-10.

In February, his Seoul concerts, "Seungri 1st Solo Tour [The Great Seungri] Final in Seoul," will be held at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium located at the Olympic Park in eastern Seoul, on the 16th and 17th.


SHINee's Onew to release solo album before joining military

K-pop boy band SHINee's vocalist Onew will release a solo album next month before starting his compulsory military service, his management said Thursday.

Onew will release his first solo album "Voice" on Dec. 5, which will be fronted by "Blue," a jazzy R&B song reminiscent of old pop songs, according to his management agency, SM Entertainment.

Including the lead song, the album has seven tracks. The album will be released on major on-line music stores.


Mamamoo delves into gloominess, tranquility of color 'Blue;S'

The members of Mamamoo showcase their new album, "Blue;S," in a press event on Nov. 29, 2018. 

Powerful vocalists Mamamoo came back to the K-pop forefront Thursday with their new album, "Blue;S," which delves into the gloomy and tranquil sides of the color blue.

Depicting the feelings of loneliness after a breakup, the third in their color-themed album series marks a sharp turnaround from their previous record, "Red Moon," a collection of sultry, passionate summer numbers released earlier this year.


BLACKPINK's 2016 song 'Playing with Fire' tops 300 mln Youtube views

 The music video for K-pop girl band BLACKPINK's 2016 song "Playing with Fire" surpassed the landmark figure of 300 million YouTube views on Wednesday.

The music video had accumulated more than 300 million YouTube views as of early Wednesday afternoon, according to the video sharing service and the band's management agency.

"Playing with Fire" was released in November 2016 as part of the quartet's "Square Two" digital singles. The song compares falling in love to the thrills and risks of playing with fire.


WINNER's Mino employs retro beats to enliven his hip-hop solo album

Boy band WINNER's rapper Mino released his first full-length album Monday, the lead hip-hop track of which utilizes brilliantly entwined retro Korean beats.

Beats and concepts were borrowed from a soulful, rhythmic 1969 Korean song whose title translates as "A Maiden from Soyang River" to add retro vibes to the lead track "Fiance." Including the unique lead song, the solo album "XX" has 12 tracks, with Mino composing and writing all the songs in collaboration with other artists.


BTS concert in Japan draws crowds despite controversy over A-bomb image

Renowned Korean boy band BTS has successfully finished its two concerts in Tokyo, drawing a total of 100,000 fans, the group's management agency said Thursday.

BTS performed live about 30 songs, including the Japanese version of "I Need You," "Run" and "DNA," during the "Love Yourself" concerts at the Tokyo Dome on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

This undated photo provided by Big Hit Entertainment shows the boy band BTS performing at the Tokyo Dome. (Yonhap)



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