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K-News Weekly Headlines: BTS Wins Big At BMA, TVXQ Confirms Manila Concert, EXID On Career Plans, And More

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The first week of May has been met with exciting concerts from the music industry’s shining stars, spectacular comeback news from blooming artists, and much more exciting news!

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 28 to May 4

Upcoming K-Events

  • TWICE WORLD TOUR 2019 TWICELIGHTS

TWICE continues to build up hype for their upcoming world tour! The fancy nonet has recently unveiled additional details for their shows in the Philippines, and the United States.

  • Invitation: Late Spring, Early Night

Fresh from successfully completing his mandatory military service, South Korean actor Ji Chang Wook will be blessing fans with a special meeting in May. The upcoming fan meeting will be held at the Blue Square IMAK hall in Seoul on May 19, 6 P.M.

  • K-Pop World Music Festival 2019

This June, get ready to see some of Korea’s brightest stars take the stage as the K-Pop World Music Festival 2019 comes to Manila! To help K-Pop enthusiasts get excited, the event has unveiled a setlist of performers and ticket prices for this exciting event.

  • BLACKPINK 2019 World Tour “In Your Area” Bangkok: Encore

After its sold-out three-day concert in Thailand in January, BLACKPINK will set Bangkok’s concert stage on fire once again with a two-day encore concert in July. The encore shows are expected to attract great attention from the local fans.

  • TVXQ! Concert – Circle – #with

It is 16 years in the making, but for fans of the legendary boy group TVXQ in Manila, the wait will soon be worth it as Yunho and Changmin gear up to power the Philippine concert stage in July.

  • GFRIEND To Delight Philippine Fans With A Solo Concert In August

Chart-topping girl group GFRIEND will make its way to the Philippine shore this 2019, with its 2019 GFRIEND Asia Tour [Go Go GFRIEND] in August. This year, they will once again take the center stage with their second solo concert on August 25 at the New Frontier Theater.

  • 2019 PENTAGON World Tour <PRISM>

PENTAGON will embark on its first world tour that will see Jinho, Hui, Hongseok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yan An, Yuto, Kino, and Wooseok perform in 15 cities including Seoul from April to November this year.

  • 88rising Head In The Clouds Festival

GOT7’s Jackson and iKON will be going up on the Los Angeles stage for the upcoming 88rising Head In The Clouds Festival. Set to take place on August 17, the music festival will introduce some of the artists joining them for the second year of their annual celebration of the Asian music scene.

  • Super Junior’s Kyuhyun To Debut As A Soloist The Seoul Jazz Festival 2019

Kyuhyun is ready to go right back to performing onstage for his beloved ELFs. Super Junior’s maknae is kicking things off by debuting at the Seoul Jazz Festival 2019 as a soloist.

  • 2019 SBS Super Concert in Hong Kong

SBS just dropped the list of K-Pop artists, who will be gracing the stage at the upcoming 2019 SBS Super Concert in Hong Kong. Set to take place on July 6 at the Asia World Expo Arena, the spectacular music festival will feature some of the industry’s “super” groups and artists on its stage once again.

  • KCON 2019 New York

KCON 2019 New York revealed more artists joining their star-studded line-up of K-Pop groups lighting up the festival’s stage this year. Set to take place at the Madison Square Garden and Javits Center on July 6 and 7, the annual K-Pop celebration will continue spreading the Hallyu wave in its back-to-back showcase in the Big Apple.

K-Concert And Fan Meeting Recaps

  • BLACKPINK Stages A Spectacular Chicago Show

BLACKPINK continues to be the revolution, and their Chicago show is all the proof you need. BLINKS at the Illinois’ Allstate Arena truly had the time of their lives as they cheered, sang, and rapped with their favorite quartet.

  • Stray Kids Took Fans To Heaven With Fiery Performances During Manila UNVEIL Tour

Stray Kids rocked the Manila stage for the very first time as the boys brought their fiery performances over on April 27 at the Araneta Coliseum for the Philippine leg of its UNVEIL TOUR “I am..”.

  • Bae Jin Young Wraps Up First Solo Fan Meeting In Seoul

Serving as the first stop of his Bae Jin Young 1st Asia Fan Meeting Tour <I’M YOUNG>, Bae Jin Young spent an entire weekend with fans on his first ever solo fan meeting in Seoul on April 27 and 28!

  • ASTRO Successfully Completes The 2nd ASTROAD In Bangkok

The boys concluded their tour in Bangkok on April 27 amid the passionate support of AROHAs in Thailand. At the concert, ASTRO treated fans to impressive performances of their hit songs.

  • Jus2 Mobilizes Thai Ahgases At Focus Premiere Showcase In Bangkok

JB and Yugyeom of Jus2, a GOT7 sub-unit, had just completed a massive three-day sold-out concert in Bangkok on April 26 to 28 at Thunder Dome. Jus2 melted the hearts of the concert-goers with their strong and colorful performances on their showcase.

  • EXO-CBX Wraps Up Their Japan Tour With A Powerful Concert In Kobe

After staging a spectacular show at the Saitama Super Arena, EXO-CBX came to the end of their magical Japanese tour. On April 27 to 29, Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin took the Kobe Memorial Hall stage for the final leg of their MAGICAL CIRCUS – 2019 Special Edition tour.

  • Dua Lipa Joins BLACKPINK’s Newark Concert For Much-Awaited “Kiss And Make Up” Performance

British pop star Dua Lipa graced BLACKPINK’s concert in Newark, New Jersey on May 1. The girls surprised fans as they performed their collaborative track “Kiss And Make Up” for the first time ever.

  • Lai Kuan Lin Gleamed Like A Big, Shining Star On His “Good Feeling” Solo Fan Meeting In Singapore

Lai Kuan Lin delighted fans with his shining charisma and talent as he made his return to the land of Singapore for his solo fan meeting tour Good Feeling on April 30.

K-Pop News Corner

  • NU’EST Makes Glorious Return As “BET BET” Tops Domestic And Overseas Charts

Their Happily Ever After EP, fronted by “BET BET”, marked a glorious return for JR, Aron, Baekho, Min Hyun, and Ren as it received a heated response from K-Pop fans in South Korea and other parts of the globe.

  • BTS Wins Big At The Billboard Music Awards, Lands A Spot In Gold House’s A100 List

BTS dominated the Billboard Music Awards as they took home the Top Social Artist award for the third year in a row and became the first ever Korean act to win the Top Duo / Group award of this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Additionally, BTS was cited as one of the most impactful Asians in Gold House’s A100 List.

  • EXO’s Lay Zhang To Make His Debut Appearance At Met Gala This Year

Lay Zhang is ready make his name more known to the world of fashion through the Met Gala. The singer-songwriter has been invited to join the annual fundraising gala this year, which will take place on May 6 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

  • AB6IX Absolutely Sells Out Tickets For Debut Showcase Within 30 Seconds

The anticipation for AB6IX is definitely high. The excitement for their debut proved itself by how B: COMPLETE <AB6IX 1st Showcase> was marked sold out at such a high speed of thirty seconds after ticket selling opened on May 2 at 7 PM KST.

K-Pop News Comeback News And Updates

  • INFINITE’s Nam Woo Hyun Prepares For May Comeback

INFINITE’s Nam Woo Hyun shared more details about his upcoming comeback through the release of his first concept photo for his third mini album. Titled A New Journey, the EP will feature seven tracks and come out on May 7 at 6 p.m. KST. Additionally, the singer has unveiled a music video teaser for the title track, “Hold On Me”.

  • Golden Child Announces Glimmering Comeback Single For Spring

Golden Child is gearing up for a comeback with a new special single album, as revealed on April 29. Titled “Spring Again”, the special single album from the group is slated to be released on May 2 at 6 p.m. KST.

  • Treasure 13 Begins Countdown To Debut With Profile Photos

Treasure 13 got Treasure Makers holding their breaths in anticipation for what to happen next after it unveiled new sets of profile photos of Bang Ye Dam and Haruto, as well as Kim Jun Kyu and Choi Hyun Suk.

  • WINNER Signals Return With A New Photo Update

The start of May was definitely a delight for Inner Circles who, after five months since “Millions” came out, will finally get the comeback that they have longed for. The boy group, through YG Entertainment, unveiled teaser photos and a comeback date for their upcoming EP.

  • EXO’s Xiumin To Gift Fans With First Single

Ahead of his nearing military enlistment, EXO’s Xiumin announced that he will be giving fans a memorable parting gift with his first single “You.” Xiumin’s upcoming song “You” is set to be released on May 9, just two days after he officially enlists.

  • Kim Dong Han Releases “Focus” Comeback Music Video

Kim Dong Han had finally released his comeback music video “Focus”, the title track for his new album D-Hours AM 7:03, on May 1. The soloist completely captivated fans in the track’s music video as he showcased his sexy side through his ever-alluring vocals.

  • TXT Teases Upcoming English Version Of “Cat & Dog” Music Video

BigHit Entertainment unveiled the first music video teaser of the English version for TXT’s latest song “Cat & Dog” on May 1. The agency shared a short clip of the group on midnight KST, which surprised a lot of their fans.

  • EXID Talks About Comeback Plans And Contracts

EXID has quite a lot up their sleeves this year. The beloved quintet just confirmed their plans for the months to come: a group comeback, and the promise of individual projects in the near future as the group sorts out their contracts with Banana Culture Entertainment.

  • TVXQ’s Yunho To Release First Korean Solo Album

Known for his discipline and passion as the leader of TVXQ, Jung Yunho will now channel his love for the stage in a new endeavor as he gears up for his solo debut next month.

K-Drama News, Recaps, And Reviews

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  2. K-Drama Review: Haechi,
  • Park Hyung Sik To Appear On My Ugly Duckling As Special Host

On April 28, United Artist Agency confirmed the exciting news, “Park Hyung Sik recently finished filming for SBS’s My Ugly Duckling as a special MC.” According to reports, he amazed both the cast and the staff of the program with his undeniably charming visuals and good manners.

  • Arthdal Chronicles To Tell Its Heroes’ Journeys On Netflix In June

This June, prepare to marvel when you meet the heroes of Arthdal Chronicles. Netflix just announced on April 29 that the series will premiere globally in early June.

  • Ji Chang Wook Set To Make Hearts Melt In His First Lead Role After Military Service

There were talks that he was positively considering the role while he was still in the military. However, it was finally confirmed on April 30. The tvN drama will be called Let Me Melt (literal title). Ji’s character, Ma Dong Cho, is a TV producer who agrees to the “Frozen Human Project”, because it will be a big hit.

  • Ha Ji Won & Yoon Kye Sang Pair Up For A Sweet Ride In New jTBC Drama

Cable network jTBC sealed the deal with well-loved actors Yoon Kye Sang and Ha Ji Won for its new romance series Chocolate (working title). Set in contemporary world, Yoon will suit up for the role of a recluse neurosurgeon. Meanwhile, Ha takes her first chef role who is full of warmth.

  • Lee Hye Ri And Kim Sang Kyung To Shake Things Up In Business For Upcoming New Drama

Tentatively titled Miss Lee (literal title), Lee will co-star with Kim Sang Kyung in the upcoming office drama. The drama will be directed by Han Dong Hwa (Bad Guys: The Vile City).

  • List Of Winners In The 55th Baeksang Arts Awards

Celebrating the best of the best in both TV and drama, the night was full of glitz and glamour as the festive spirit took over the evening. Hosted by Park Bo Gum, Suzy and Shin Dong Yup, all the stars in attendance were in a celebratory mood. Actors such as Jang Ki Yong and Kim Hye Ja went home with big awards.

  • Kim Rae Won Makes Big Screen Comeback With Long Live The King

Long Live The King (literal title) is Kim’s first movie in two years since his 2017 movie The Prison. Much is expected from this movie, because aside from having Kim, the director is Kang Yoon Sung, who directed The Outlaws 1 and The Outlaws 2. 

  • Jung Ji Hoon To Cross Parallel Universe In New MBC Fantasy Drama

On May 3, MBC confirmed the appearance of Jung Ji Hoon, Lim Ji Yeon, and Kwak Si Yang as main leads for their new series Welcome 2 Life (working title). Jung Ji Hoon plays Lee Jae Sang, a cunning lawyer who will do everything in his power, may it be good or bad, to win his case.

  • KBS Drama Let Me Hear Your Song Holds First Table Read

On May 3, KBS released stills from the first table read for the upcoming drama Let Me Hear Your Song. Smiles lit up their faces as they gathered around and practiced a few scenes. Yeon Woo Jin, Kim Se Jung, Song Jae Rim and Park Ji Yeon led the rest of the cast for their script reading.

K-Celeb Film/TV News

  • Park Hyung Sik To Officially Enlist As A Military Police Officer In June

South Korean singer-turned-actor Park Hyung Sik has confirmed the date for his nearing military enlistment. United Artist Agency revealed that Park will be enlisting on June 10, serving in the military police department of the Capital Defense Command.

  • Girl’s Day’s Hyeri To Focus On Her Acting Career Under A New Agency

Girl’s Day’s Hyeri is ready to take her acting career to a new level as she signed with a new management agency following her departure from Dream T Entertainment earlier this year.

K-Magazine/Interviews

  • Yoon Ji Sung for The Star Magazine

Less than two weeks before he officially enlists, K-Pop soloist Yoon Ji Sung graced The Star Magazine as its newest male cover this May. Showing off his dandy charms, the former Wanna One leader looked undoubtedly appealing with his elegant poses.

  • Song Hye Kyo for Elle Taiwan

The actress recently graced the cover of Elle Taiwan for its May issue. In her photos, she showcased her soft and dewy complexion, casting a dreamy glow to the photo shoot.

  • Lee Sung Kyung for Beauty+ Magazine

Posing for a photo shoot with Beauty+ Magazine’s May issue, Lee showcased her talents in modelling. Famous for her light brown eyes and light brown hair, Lee was a picture-perfect model.

  • Jung Il Woo Reminisces Career Journey In Interview

The actor graced an interview after his recent drama wrapped, and shared insights about his life as an actor. In the interview, he revealed how the success of High Kick left a good impression to the audience. Jung Il Woo also shared his valuable experiences from his most recent drama, Haechi.

  • Jung Woo Sung for High Cut Magazine

Coinciding with his visit in the country to attend the 17th Florence Korea Film Festival, Jung Woo Sung shot photos for High Cut magazine. Donning colorful printed tops, he exuded the aura of Italian men. He also wore casual shirts, suits and loose pants with ease and charm.

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