K-News Weekly Headlines: BTS And BLACKPINK Break Records, NU’EST Group Comeback & More
Catch up to Korean entertainment news with ease as we summarize what happened each week. Stay regularly updated with your favorite artists and bias by following this segment closely with us!
This weekly digest will cover K-Pop comebacks, album releases, and Korean drama news, reviews and updates. Relevant news on Korean entertainment such as celebrity buzz, film and box office information, as well as concert tours and fan meetings will also be included.
*Covers Korean entertainment news from April 14 to 20
- Xiuweet Time: Xiumin Fan Meeting
Before he bids a temporary goodbye to his beloved EXO-Ls, Xiumin will make sure his fans have something sweet to remember him by through his first ever solo fan meeting in Seoul.
- 2019 Hyun Bin Fan Meeting Tour – LOG INTO THE SPACE in Hong Kong
Six years after his last fan meeting tour, Hyun Bin is all set to reunite with his Hong Kong fans. The actor has prepared an exciting stage that will surely thrill the hearts of his fans this May.
- N.Flying FLY HIGH PROJECT NOTE 3. Spring Memories
Scheduled on April 27, fans can look forward to N.Flying’s sizzling stages at the MUV hall, Mapo-gu in Seoul. The concert is part of the year long “Fly High Project” which take the boys busking, doing performances as they debut new songs.
- BLACKPINK To Embark On Their First Japanese Dome Tour In 2019
On April 15, YG Entertainment revealed the additional dates and stops for BLACKPINK’s In Your Area World Tour. The group will be embarking on a highly-anticipated three-city dome tour in Japan; mobilizing a total of 205,000 fans for four concerts across Tokyo, Osaka, and Fukuoka.
- KCON 2019
CJ E&M has finally announced some details regarding the official upcoming legs of KCON 2019. After exciting fans with a star-studded lineup for its first leg in Japan, CJ E&M has revealed the dates for three more cities set to be visited by the annual showcase of talents from K-Pop stars.
- JYJ’s Kim Junsu To Go Way Back In Encore Concerts In South Korea
JYJ’s Kim Junsu will return to South Korea’s concert stage for a series of encore concerts in May and June. Making the announcement on April 17, the singer confirmed he will hold 2019 Way Back Xia Encore Concert at the Hwajeong Gymnasium of Korea University from May 31 to June 2.
- GFRIEND Comes Back To Singapore With An Eagerly Awaited July Concert
It’s going to be a special time for GFRIEND and Singapore Buddy in July! The 2019 GFRIEND ASIA TOUR [GO GO GFRIEND!] in SINGAPORE is happening on July 20 at 7PM in the Star Theatre, The Star Performing Arts Centre.
- Super Junior’s Kyuhyun To Meet His Fans Again For His First Post-Military Service Activity
Super Junior’s Kyuhyun will hold a solo fan meeting event titled Again, Meet Today (literal translation of 다시, 만나는 오늘) at the Peace Hall of Kyung Hee University on May 19 to commemorate his return after a two-year hiatus due to his mandatory military service.
- Park Ji Hoon To Celebrate His Birthday With Free Fan Meeting Event
Park Ji Hoon officially announced that he will be celebrating his upcoming birthday with his beloved fans. Titled May I Love You?, the event will serve as a grand birthday party with none other than the idol’s fans as his special guests. It will be held on May 26 at 5.29 PM KST, and is scheduled to run for two hours.
K-Concert And Fan Meeting Recaps
- Taeyang And Daesung Thrill Fans With Powerful Performances – In Army Uniform
BIGBANG members Taeyang and Daesung, who are currently serving in the army, have thrilled the audience with powerful performances at the 100th Anniversary of Korean Provisional Government Establishment Concert on April 11.
- BLACKPINK Makes History With Fiery Coachella Performance
On April 13, BLACKPINK made history by being the first Korean act to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The quartet truly redefined what it means to set fire to the stage with their passion and talents.
- Hyun Bin Launches Sweet Memories At LOG INTO THE SPACE Asia Tour In Seoul
Taking off on a high note, Hyun Bin gifted fans with superb memories at his 2019 Asia tour kickoff on April 13 at Sejong University’s Ocean Hall. Appearing in dark navy suit, Hyun’s soothing voice filled the air as he sang “Is You”, an OST from his most recent drama Memories of the Alhambra.
- MONSTA X Marks Electrifying World Tour Kickoff At We Are Here In Seoul
April 13 and 14 were big days for MONSTA X and their fans. The group tore up the stage with intense performances and soaked the audience with sweat, water and unforgettable memories. It was a bright beginning to an eagerly-awaited world tour.
- BTS Opens Up About Their Inspirations Behind Map of the Soul: Persona
To celebrate the massive success of Map of the Soul: Persona, BTS held a press conference at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul. RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook opened up about their inspirations and the long journey behind Map of the Soul: Persona.
- EXO-CBX Wraps Up Magical Performance At The Saitama Super Arena
Powerhouse trio EXO-CBX had just wrapped up the MAGICAL CIRCUS – 2019 Special Edition at Saitama Super Arena. Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin truly gave their all as they staged a larger than life concert, filled with powerful performances.
K-Pop News Corner
- BTS Smashes YouTube Records With “Boy With Luv” and “DNA”
Good news, ARMYs! “Boy With Luv” is officially the fastest music video to surpass 100 million views — a day and thirteen hours after its initial release. Additionally, the boy group’s music video for hit song “DNA” has set a new record as it surpassed 700 million views on YouTube.
- BTS To Attend Billboard Music Awards And Perform With Halsey
Billboard confirmed that BTS will be blessing this year’s ceremony, not just with their attendance but also a superb performance of their latest release. The group will be performing “Boy With Luv” live with singer Halsey, whom they collaborated with for the song.
- EXO’s Sehun, 2PM’s Nichkhun, And GOT7’s Mark Shine At The 2019 Weibo Starlight Awards
EXO’s Sehun, 2PM’s Nichkhun, and GOT7’s Mark shone with recognition from the 2019 Weibo Starlight Awards held on April 11. Taken place in Hong Kong, the awards ceremony honored the top-performing celebrities, topics, and companies as reflected on Weibo for the past year.
- MAMAMOO Builds Up Hype For “Knowing Bros” With A Humorous Preview
This week, MAMAMOO is bringing their unique humor to the small screen once more as they are starring in the upcoming episode of Knowing Bros! jTBC recently unveiled a humorous preview of what MOOMOOs could look forward to seeing on this Saturday.
- BLACKPINK Breaks Records On Billboard Music Charts And YouTube With “Kill This Love”
BLACKPINK continues to make history with “Kill This Love”! The quartet has officially broken records on Billboard’s major music charts, and smashed another YouTube record by being the fastest Korean act to garner 200 million views.
- TWICE To Celebrate “Idol Room” Anniversary With Two-Episode Special
This month, ONCEs can look forward to seeing TWICE’s third appearance on jTBC’s Idol Room. However, this is no ordinary appearance for the girls will be celebrating the show’s upcoming one-year anniversary through a special episode.
- ASTRO Becomes Ambassadors For Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation’s “Thank You, Teacher” Project
ASTRO has been bestowed the honor of becoming Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation’s ambassadors for their “Thank You, Teacher” project. The group pledged full support for the successful hosting of their thank you-letter writing contest.
- BTS Claims Spot In Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People Of 2019” List
On April 17, the magazine revealed the 100 notable personalities in the world who had made the most impact for the recent year. Among those named was the unstoppable and unparalleled South Korean boy group BTS – who appeared in the list’s “Artists” section.
- Lee Gi Kwang Pens Heartfelt Letter To Fans Prior To Enlistment
On April 17, a handwritten letter from the singer was posted on the official website of Highlight. In the letter, Lee reminisced about the 10 years since he made his debut. He thanked all his fans for all the many moments that have been happy, precious and joyful.
- BTS Dominates The Oricon Charts With Map of the Soul: Persona
BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona continues to dominate international charts. After conquering the Billboard and the UK Official Charts, the boys remain unstoppable as they conquered the Oricon Charts.
- IZ*ONE To Make A Spectacular Debut At Knowing Bros
IZ*ONE’s dream is finally coming true as the girls are finally making their debut on jTBC’s Knowing Bros. A jTBC representative confirmed that the group has recently finished filming an episode, which will be released mid-May.
K-Pop News Comeback News And Updates
- AB6IX Completes Individual Photo Teasers Ahead Of Debut
Following the release of two group photo teasers which completely oozed with mystery on March 30 and 31, Brand New Music unveiled individual photo teasers for AB6IX’s five members as they continue to prepare for their upcoming group debut.
- Kim Dong Han Announces Comeback During 300-Day Debut Anniversary V Live
Fans of Kim Dong Han had a double celebration as he announced his comeback date during his 300th day debut anniversary celebratory V Live broadcast. The soloist personally announced that he is slated to stage his comeback on May 1.
- EXO’s Chanyeol To Sweeten April With His First Official Solo Song “SSFW”
EXO’s Chanyeol will unveil his first official solo song titled “Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter (SSFW)” on April 25 as part of the third season of SM Entertainment’s digital music project SM Station.
- MONSTA X I.M Raises Expectations For Upcoming Mixtape
- NU’EST Promises A “Happily Ever After” In First Full-Group Comeback
The three-year wait of fans of NU’EST will finally be over as the boy group drops the date of its highly-anticipated comeback this April. JR, Aron, Baekho, Min Hyun, and Ren confirmed their comeback through a prologue film, a website, and a set of regal individual photo teasers.
- Apink Asks “Everybody Ready?” In New Song Dedicated To Fans
Apink shared the album cover of its upcoming digital single titled “Everybody Ready?” on its social media channels — three days before it drops on April 19. The album cover garners attention for its cute layout which incorporates the lightstick design of the girl group.
- The Boyz Complete Group And Individual Comeback Concept Photos
The Boyz completely entice fans with their refreshing aura as they finish revealing group and individual concept photos for Bloom Bloom! All 12 members of the group enticed their The Bs as they owned the colors blue and green with two group concept photos on April 15.
- 4Minute’s Jenyer To Make Solo Comeback
4Minute alumni Jenyer is gearing up to make waves in the music industry. The singer will be making her first comeback with a brand-new mini album, showcasing four new songs.
- TWICE Flaunts Playful Yet Classy Sides In More “FANCY YOU” Teasers
With less than a week before officially releasing their seventh mini album FANCY YOU on April 22, TWICE is making fans more excited and curious as they revealed fancy teasers and a fiery sneak peek of their choreography across social media.
- Super Junior’s Kim Heechul To Release His First Solo Digital Single
Super Junior’s Kim Heechul will shine even brighter as he sets out to debut as a soloist with the release of his first solo digital single “Old Movie” this month.
- NCT 127 Says “We Are Superhuman” In First Teaser For May Comeback
The boys of NCT 127 drop a mysterious group photo with the words “We Are Superhuman” on midnight of April 17, seemingly warning fans of their upcoming return which was earlier reported to be next month. NCT 127 will also debut its newest track “Superhuman” ahead of the release of We Are Superhuman on ABC’s Good Morning America on April 18.
- NCT 127 Drops 1st Full-length Japanese Album Awaken
Hyping up their fans since last month, South Korean boy group NCT 127 finally dropped their first full-length Japanese album Awaken on April 17. Though promoting without member WinWin, the K-Pop nonet is continuously captivating everyone’s hearts with their undeniably alluring musicality.
- N.Flying Stays Radiant In Sweet Teaser Photos For April Comeback
N.Flying looks bright in their warm and sweet teaser photos for their upcoming album Fly High Project #3‘s lead single “Spring Shining (literal translation)”!
- Bae Jin Young Sheds Tears In Teaser For Solo Debut Song “Hard To Say Goodbye”
Showing off his acting skills, Bae Jin Young managed to pull off a tearful performance in the fifty-second short teaser. In relation to his single’s title “Hard To Say Goodbye”, he aimed to tug at his fans’ heartstrings as he cries his heart out in the emotional video.
- TXT Unveils Adorable Photos Of Beomgyu For “Cat & Dog” Concept Photos
TXT’s Beomgyu got fans screaming “adorable” in the new set of concept photos for “Cat & Dog”, which brighten people’s social media feeds at midnight of April 18.
- Park Bom Announces Exciting Collaboration With MAMAMOO’s Wheein
This year, Park Bom is determined to continue developing her solo career as she prepares for another splashing comeback. The soloist is changing things up as she is collaborating with MAMAMOO’s Wheein this time.
K-Drama News, Recaps, And Reviews
- jTBC’s Anticipated K-Drama Unveils Star-Studded Cast
A new flowerboy cast is confirmed to headline jTBC’s Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency (literal title). Kim Min Jae, Seo Ji Hoon, Park Ji Hoon and Byun Woo Suk are set to banner the new series with Gong Seung Yeon.
- KBS Newest Drama Perfume Whiffs An Enticing Aroma With Its Star-Studded Cast
KBS recently completed its stellar cast for their upcoming fantasy drama, Perfume! Shin Sung Rok, Go Won Hee and Kim Min Gyu are all confirmed to star in the drama. Shin Hye Jeong also recently joined the cast.
- IU Shines Four Times Brighter In Netflix’s “Persona”
Comprised of four short films; Love Shot, Collector, Kiss Burn and Walking at Night, Lee Ji Eun (IU) displays distinctively different characters and highlights her impressively evolving growth as an actress.
- jTBC’s Begin Again To Return With An Exciting Third Season In July
South Korean music and travel variety show Begin Again will be returning with a more exciting third season this July. Unlike the previous season which focused largely on the artists – who were finding their roots and discovering real intentions, the new season aims to bring different nationalities together through music.
- Ji Sung Goals Another Hit Medical Drama Through Doctor Room
Challenging his new project, Ji Sung marks a new role in a medical drama to be broadcast on SBS. Doctor Room aims to explore the stories of pain medicine doctors. It will be based on the Japanese novel “The Hand of God” by Yo Kusakabe.
- Song Seung Heon And Lee Sun Bin Gear Up To Stage The Great Show
The drama delves around former Assemblyman Wi Dae Han (Song Seung Heon). His promising political career is interrupted when he has to deal with the problems of his family. Lee Sun Bin takes the role of the hero’s university junior and a writer for a current affairs program.
- Yeo Jin Goo Readies To Warm Bang Minah’s Heart In My Absolute Boyfriend
The Korean re-imagination sets the heroine as a team leader of special effects makeup team, who becomes cold-hearted from the love scars she acquired in the past. Meanwhile, Zero Nine is created by a genius mechanic when an heiress requested for a humanoid robot to cure her loneliness.
K-Celeb Film/TV News
- Song Hye Kyo Teams Up With Wong Kar Wai For Chinese Film Projects
At the recently concluded 38th Hong Kong Film Awards, Song Hye Kyo announced sealing a deal with Wong Kar Wai’s production company. “I want to cooperate with more Chinese actors and filmmakers,” the actress said.
- Choi Kang Hee Switches To New Management
On April 15, Management Road announced its partnership with Choi Kang Hee. Prior to signing with her current manager’s new company, the actress has been freelancing since her contract’s expiry on January 2019.
- Sewol Ferry Tragedy Film Birthday Takes Box-office Lead
Inspired by the Sewol ferry tragedy, Lee Jong Eon’s Birthday nabbed the top spot at the weekend box office. According to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), the movie sold 231,089 tickets during the weekend sales, bringing up the total number of tickets sold to an impressive 761,807.
- JYJ’s Kim Junsu Shows Off Charisma In Character Poster For “Xcalibur” Musical
JYJ’s Kim Junsu will breathe life to Arthur, the legendary British monarch, through Xcalibur, the South Korean presentation of the musical Artus-Excalibur. In the new character poster unveiled on April 16, the singer emits an intense aura with his strong charisma and presence, fitting for the character’s destiny as king.
- Musical Mefisto Unveils Its Star-Studded Cast
Musical Mefisto announced its star-studded cast, which includes several notable idols for its lead male and female roles. Landing the lead male roles are INFINITE’s Nam Woo Hyun, VIXX’s Ken, HOTSHOT’s Noh Tae Hyun, and South Club’s Nam Tae Hyun.
- Lee Da Hae Joins FN Entertainment
FN Entertainment announced on April 17 that it had signed with the actress. Furthermore, it will commit to fully supporting the actress. Lee has been active in various genres in her extensive acting career.
- Fantagio Music Responds To Rumored Disbandment Of Hello Venus
Fantagio Music denied earlier reports pointing to the disbandment of Hello Venus after seven years. The entertainment company dismissed the rumors of the members going their separate ways to pursue solo careers as singers and actresses.
- Han Ji Min For High Cut Magazine
Han Ji Min exudes the warmth of spring sunshine as she graces the cover of High Cut Magazine! The actress also sat down for an interview with the magazine, where she opens up about two projects she had recently worked on: Mitsuba and recently concluded drama The Light in Your Eyes.
- BTS’ V Is I-Magazine’s Best Fashion Face Among Asian Males
After the analysis of more than 12,000 photos and videos published in 2018, BTS’ V was crowned the Best Fashion Face among Asian males with votes from over 30 countries and 350 professional photographers, designers, make-up artists, stylists, editors, and the publication’s in-house team in United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, and South Korea.
- Choi Si Won For Singles Magazine
My Fellow Citizens star Choi Si Won shows off his naturally good looks and tall physique in the magazine photo shoot. Clad in casual yet perfectly coiffed outfits, the actor exuded an aura of mystery as he toyed with a camera in his photos.
- Lai Kuan Lin For Harper’s Bazaar
Lai Kuan Lin is featured in the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar where he channels a model-like style and candid yet mature appearance. He talks about acting, fashion, and life in an accompanying interview.
- Jang Ki Yong For Nylon Magazine
Clad in full denim, Jang Ki Yong embodies casual chic with his disheveled hair. His background as a fashion model is clearly evident as he unmistakably takes over the entire shoot.
- Shin Min Ah For Cosmopolitan Korea
Shin Min Ah is all ready to light up next month’s cover of Cosmopolitan Korea. Clad in a knitted Chanel outfit in the cover page, the actress embodies the image of “spring bling.”
- Nam Joo Hyuk And Kim Ji Soo For LEON Magazine
Celebrity best friends Nam Joo Hyuk and Kim Ji Soo will be gracing LEON Magazine’s cover next month highlighting their great synergy. Known for their captivating looks, the two actors are effortlessly making everyone’s hearts flutter with their photos.
- NU’EST For Elle Korea
Ahead of their comeback on April 29, JR, Aron, Baekho, Min Hyun, and Ren posed for photographs for Elle Korea‘s May issue — their first full group magazine spread after announcing their return.
- Im Si Wan For Cosmopolitan Korea
Sharing what he learned about acting, Im Si Wan expressed how the process of acting is really hard. Since it has to be done for a long time, he has learned to jive and challenge himself to do it.
- IZ*ONE For 1st Look Magazine
IZ*ONE’s charms are in full bloom as they grace the cover of 1st Look Magazine. The magazine recently unveiled retro-inspired photos of the girls, showcasing their charms as individuals and as a group.
- TWICE For Allure Korea
TWICE showed off their mature charms as they grace the pages of Allure Korea. Readers can look forward to seeing their favorite girl group show off a brand new charm like no other next month.
- Lai Kuan Lin For GQ Korea
Lai Kuan Lin recently sat down with GQ Korea for an interview accompanying his sleek-styled pictorial for the magazine’s May issue, where he talked about his life philosophy – including the “boomerang effect”.
- Hyoyeon For Grazia Korea
Kim Hyoyeon is the face of summer as she showcases her graceful visuals in a photoshoot with Grazia Korea. In a photo shoot with the magazine, Hyoyeon showcases two sides to her visual around Hawaii. This up and coming DJ will be gracing the magazine’s pages on its May 2019 issue.
- Quick Reviews: Yourbeagle’s “Look Different But It’s Same”, Seojae’s “Demian”, And BTS’s “Map Of The Soul: Persona”
- K-Pop Debut Look Back: When Apink Became Rookie “It Girls”
Apink celebrates their eighth year in the music industry this week. As this sweet girl group celebrates this milestone with their beloved fans, let us take a look back at 19 April 2011; when Apink dominated the stage and became “it girls”, as they truly kicked off a career that would shine for years to come.
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