K-News Weekly Headlines: NU’EST And GOT7 Announce Tours, Produce X 101 Kicks Off, Xiumin Enlists In The Military
The second week of May has been filled with exciting concert announcements, riveting comebacks, and record-breaking achievements from your favorite idols!
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 May 5 to 11
- 2019 NU’EST Tour <Segno>
JR, Aron, Baekho, Min Hyun, and Ren will bring their best performances on the concert stages of Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and Taipei this year with more cities expected to be added. The upcoming tour marks the boys’ first concert tour together since their debut in 2012.
- GOT7 KEEP SPINNING 2019 World Tour
GOT7 is heading off for a new world tour this 2019 – and they have already dropped the dates and stops for it! With its various stops all around North and South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia, the tour will visit a total of 16 cities besides Seoul.
- Lee Sung Kyung To Grace Japan With A Joyful Fan Meeting
South Korean model-turned-actress Lee Sung Kyung will be gracing Japan with her highly-anticipated Be Joyful fan meeting next month. She will be meeting her Japanese fans for the very first time on June 21 at the Shinagawa Intercity Hall in Tokyo.
- Jeong Eun Ji To Stage First Solo Concert In Singapore
Busan born singer-actress Jeong Eun Ji will meet Singapore Pink Pandas on June 9 at Zepp@Bigbox, for her first ever solo concert, titled, Jeong Eun Ji 1st Singapore Concert [HyeHwa].
- SHINee To Launch An Exhibit To Celebrate Their 11th Anniversary
In celebration of SHINee’s 11th anniversary, the boy group wanted to say its thanks to fans in a meaningful way. Titled SHINee Debut 11th Anniversary Exhibition: You’re My Word, My Sentence, All My Languages – SHINee Day, the special exhibition will take place at the SM Celebrity Center in Seoul.
- Jeong Sewoon To Take Over South Korea And Bangkok With Zero Concert Series
Jeong Sewoon has just delighted his fans with the announcement of three-city stops for a concert series, titled Zero. The soulful singer is set to serenade his fans in July and August as he gets up on stage for a series of performances he will headline himself.
- Shopee Brings BLACKPINK To Manila For A Special Meet And Greet
BLACKPINK is once again Manila-bound, Philippine BLINKs! This June, get the chance to meet your idols up close as Jisoo, Lisa, Rosé, and Jennie hold a special fan meet thanks to Shopee.
K-Concert And Fan Meeting Recaps
- The Boyz Held Surprise Fan Meeting After M! Countdown Recording
After finishing the pre-recording for their comeback performance on M! Countdown, The Boyz held a surprise mini fan-meeting near the music show’s venue in Sangam, which delighted a lot of The Bs – who went to show their support for the group’s showcase.
- EXO Members Surprise Xiumin With Heartwarming Messages During Xiuweet Time
Before he officially bids a temporary goodbye, the singer decided to give fans a special farewell party through his solo fan meeting Xiuweet Time. Just like how EXO-L intend to send him off with the sweetest memories, his dongsaengs also did not let the opportunity to slip as they came together on stage to surprise their eldest hyung.
- BTS Kicks Off New World Tour At Rose Bowl Stadium
Worldwide K-Pop boy group BTS has officially opened their fresh world tour with an enthralling concert in Los Angeles, California. Particularly, the boys were able to perform at the outdoor Rose Bowl athletic stadium for the very first time on May 4.
- Jus2 Drives Singapore Ahgases Into A Trance At The Focus Premiere Showcase
JYP’s power du0 – JB and Yugyeom did not fail to meet their fans expectation at the final stop of their Asia tour <FOCUS> Premiere Showcase. Held at ZEPP@BIGBOX on May 4, Jus2 powered two hours of explosive performance for their raving fans.
- OH MY GIRL Talks About The Preparations For The Fifth Season
OH MY GIRL has finally released their first album, The First Season. To commemorate this, the quintet held a showcase at the K-Art Hall in Seoul. During the showcase, Hyojung, Mimi, YooA, Seunghee, Jiho, Binnie, and Arin opened up about their personal preparations leading up to the release of The Fifth Season.
- TXT Kicks Off First Overseas Showcase With Sold-Out New York Show
TXT members are indeed on their path to global stardom, proven by their sold-out showcase at the PlayStation Theater in New York on May 9 — the kick-off show to their six-city SHOWCASE: STAR in US tour. 2,100 fans filled up the seats at the venue and welcomed Yeonjun, Soobin, Huening Kai, Taehyun, and Beomgyu, with loud and passionate cheers.
K-Pop News Corner
- “Produce X 101” Explodes To Fiery Fourth Season Premiere Full Of Promising Trainees
Going global, Mnet’s reality show Produce X 101 kicked off its journey on May 3. Spicing the show are light variations added to the fourth season. To kick off its premiere, Bae Jin Young sweetly delivered wise words from his own learning to fellow agency’s two trainee representatives on Produce X 101.
- EXO’s Lay Zhang Graces The Met Gala
EXO’s Lay Zhang might have gone simple with his suit and sneakers in Met Gala standards, but no one can deny the beauty he embodied in his debut appearance. Ahead of his flight to the Big Apple, the singer-songwriter shared a few snapshots through his studio’s official social media channels.
- BLACKPINK Takes Home Best In Music Award At The 11th Shorty Music Ceremony
South Korean girl group BLACKPINK has bagged their first ever Shorty Music Award this year. The K-Pop idols bested international acts including Harry Styles, Post Malone, Kacey Musgraves, Janella Monae, Mason Ramsey, among others.
- BigHit Entertainment Announces Withdrawal Of TXT’s Fandom Name
BigHit Entertainment formally announced the withdrawal of TXT’s fandom name on May 6 as a response to concerns voiced out by fans of both the group and SNSD’s Tiffany Young.
- JYP Entertainment Defends GOT7’s Privacy With New Stricter Violation List
On May 6, the agency released a notice against privacy infringement of GOT7 on their official fan site. It announced that there are now additional violations in the list of offenses that could land an individual in its blacklist.
- Treasure 13 Members Show Off Their Charms In New Batch Of Profile Photos
The daily Treasure 13 updates continue for Treasure Makers with the release of the next batch of profile photos featuring Park Jeong Woo, Yoon Jae Hyuk, So Jung Hwan, Ha Yoon Bin, Park Ji Hoon, Mashiho, and Asahi. Ending the two-week long parade of new profile photos, YG Entertainment unveiled photographs of Kim Do Young and Yoshinori.
- Kyuhyun Returns To A Bustling Civilian Life
After nine years, all Super Junior members have now completed their mandatory military services as Kyuhyun returns to civilian life. He will be going back to broadcasting with Salty Tour, New Journey To The West, and Kang’s Kitchen. Super Junior’s maknae has also announced his plans to release solo music.
- Apink Launches Adventurous And Honest Reality Show Everybody Ready!
Everybody Ready! is a reality show that chronicles Apink’s trip to Jeju Island. Pink Pandas will get to see the girls’ everyday life together, as well as their journey to Jeju Island. They will also see behind the scenes look at their music video for “Everybody Ready?”
- iKON’s B.I, Ahn Jung Hwan, And More To Show Their Love For Dogs In New JTBC Variety Show
JTBC confirmed iKON’s B.I, Ahn Jung Hwan, and more animal lovers as part of the lineup for its new variety show. Titled Grand Buda-Guest, the show will have several celebrities becoming hoteliers for special customers – injured and abandoned dogs. The celebrities are tasked to take care of these dogs for the meantime while preparing them for adoption.
- EXID To Continue Japan Promotions As Five-Member Group Until 2020
Banana Culture announced that there will be no change in the member line-up as the two will still participate in the upcoming 2019 EXID Summer Live Tour, which will begin on August 11. Additionally, they will continue pursuing their activities as five members in the country for the next year.
- NCT 127 To Make Debut On The Late Late Show With James Corden
After their phenomenal sound across the country with their The Origin world tour, NCT 127 members brought their superhuman talents to American TV as they had made their debut on The Late Late Show With James Corden.
- NU’EST Grabs First Ever Music Show Win With “Bet Bet”
On May 8, JR, Aron, Baekho, Ren, and Minhyun grabbed the top spot on MBC’s Show Champion with their latest track “Bet Bet.” The song won over BTS’ “Boy With Luv,” TWICE’s “Fancy,” Super Junior D&E’s “Danger,” and N. Flying’s “Spring Memories.”
- WayV Takes Off And Lands On Top Of Music Charts With First Mini Album
WayV flew high on top of the charts with its first mini album Take Off, which came out on various global music sites on May 9, along with the music video of its lead single of the same name.
- BLACKPINK’s “DDU-DU-DDU-DU” Exceeds 800 Million YouTube Views
On May 11, the music video for BLACKPINK’S 2018 hit song “DDU-DU-DDU-DU” set a remarkable record as it surpassed the 800-million mark on YouTube. Notably, they are the first ever K-pop group to reach the impressive milestone.
K-Pop News Comeback News And Updates
- EXID Unveils Exciting Details About Their Upcoming Comeback
The countdown to the much-awaited comeback from EXID has started! Solji, LE, Hani, Hyelin, and Jeonghwa just unveiled a comeback timetable and more exciting details about their new mini-album, titled ME&YOU. The quintet also unveiled a parade of teasers on social media.
- Kim Jae Hwan Marks Nearing Solo Debut With New Teaser Photo
Kim Jae Hwan officially announced his upcoming debut on May 5, finally beginning the much-awaited countdown to the honey-voiced singer’s first arrival in the music scene as a solo artist. The vocalist is next in line among former Wanna One members making their debut as soloists as he blessed his supporters with a teaser photo announcing his preparations.
- WINNER Drops Aesthetic Black-And-White Teasers For New EP
WINNER levels up its “teaser game” as it comes out strong with aesthetically pleasing black-and-white photographs for its new extended play. The boy group treated its followers with continuous photo updates on May 5. The group later unveiled the title of their EP, WE, a title track, and a tracklist.
- Everything You Need To Know About OH MY GIRL’s The Fifth Season
OH MY GIRL is raring to gift the world with brand new music! The septet has been busy working on their album and giving their loyal Miracles reasons to look forward to their upcoming release — and they are about to show the world their newest music on May 8.
- GOT7 To Dwell Between Security And Insecurity In Spinning Top Album
GOT7 will join the series of May comebacks with its fifth studio album Spinning Top Between Security & Insecurity which will come out on May 20, preceding the boy group’s highly anticipated Keep Spinning world tour. GOT7 sent their Ahgases into a spiral by dropping a set of individual photo teasers, looking charismatic as ever.
- VIXX’s Hyuk To Release Sweet Collaboration For His New Single
A sweet surprise has welcomed the second week of May for fans of VIXX’s Hyuk as he announces the release of a new single. Jellyfish Entertainment unveiled the first teaser photo of the upcoming track at the midnight of May 7. It shows a number of photographs of the singer inside a recording room.
- BTOB’s Peniel To Turn Up The Music Scene With “B.O.D”
BTOB’s Peniel will bring the energy up this May through his upcoming digital single “B.O.D” which is set for release on May 13 at 6 p.m. KST. He describes it as a hip-hop song that will deliver the energy and vibe of a party.
- AB6IX Prepares For Absolute Beginning With Complete Individual Photo Teasers
AB6IX gears up for the much-anticipated debut as one of the year’s “monster rookies” with their various individual photo teasers’ completion! Set to roar with <B: COMPLETE> on May 22, the five-member group started teasing fans with individual photos.
K-Drama News, Recaps, And Reviews
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- Han Bo Reum Renews Contract With Keyeast, Takes Lead For MBN’s Gaming Drama
On May 3, Keyeast Entertainment announced that Han Bo Reum has renewed her contract and will continue to work as an artist under its management. Han also received the lead role in MBN’s upcoming drama Level Up, where she will be paired with actor Sung Hoon.
- Lee Min Ho Reunites With Kim Eun Sook In New Fantasy Romance Drama
Touted as a sophisticated imaginative series, Lee Min Ho will be joining a powerhouse creative team. Hwa&Dam Pictures confirmed that writer Kim Eun Sook will meet the actor again for The King: the Eternal Monarch (working title).
- Jung Hae In Shares Preparation For One Spring Night
For his second partnership with Ahn, Jung mentioned sharing insights with the director. To bring out the emotional scenarios, they work on making his character persuasive and heartfelt.
- Jung Jae Young Rocks “Baek Beom Look” In Photos For Partners For Justice 2
In the released photos, Jung’s sharp gaze stimulates curiosity on the story to be unraveled in the second season. The talented actor remarked that his character remains to be unaccepting of social norms. Moreover, he will experience depressing moment.
- Studio Dragon Expands Business Range Through Popular K-Drama Contents
Aligning its current and future productions, Studio Dragon aims to broaden its reach through popular Korean dramas it has produced. In the first quarter of 2019 alone, the famed production company achieved 40% increase in sales and operating profits.
K-Celeb Film/TV News
- EXO’s Xiumin Enlists In The Military
On May 7, Xiumin was officially the first member of EXO to enter boot camp, to serve as an active duty soldier. Ahead of his enlistment, Xiumin shared handsome photographs of his shaved hair on his Instagram account.
- Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung Signs With Saram Entertainment
Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung is ready to start a new chapter in her acting career! The singer-actress had formally signed an exclusive contract with Saram Entertainment. Through this move, she hopes to further develop her acting career.
- Kang Daniel Thanks Fans For Support After Court Sides With Him Against LM Entertainment
After such a long wait, Kang Daniel greeted fans with the announcement of the cancellation of his contract with LM Entertainment! With the court’s verdict regarding the case he filed against his now-former agency for breach of contract finally declared to be in his favor, the multi-talented idol is now officially free to pursue his own individual entertainment activities.
- NCT 127 Drops The Most Adorable Revelations In The “Most Likely To” Game
NCT 127 recently sat down with SiriusXM to reveal which of their current promoting members are the “most likely to” do these things! Can NCTzens match their answers to that of the boys?
- GOT7’s Park Jin Young Shares Anecdotes And Thoughts On Being An Idol-Actor
Park Jin Young revealed some behind the scenes stories in the interview conducted on May 3. He recalled being awkward, feeling nervous and having a little disappointment in his acting. He also spoke about being an idol and an actor at the same time.
- Yoo In Na For Star 1
As a muse of SWAROVSKI’s eyewear collection, Yoo In Na donned a variety of shades complementing her girl crush looks in the May issue of Star 1 magazine. Moreover, she posed graceful moods of a woman enjoying her time alone.
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- K-Drama Couch: “Doctor Prisoner” Rating Surges High + “Her Private Life” Tops Buzzworthy Drama & More
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Wherever you are in the world, these K-Dramas on Netflix would serve you doses of romantic tales if you are in the mood for love stories. Revolutionizing television cinematic landscape with inventive narratives, Korean romance dramas have become perennial favorites across different countries and ages.