K-News Weekly Headlines: SF9, MONSTA X, And Stray Kids Make Powerful Comebacks + GOT7 Makes Debut On NBC’s “Today Show”
This week has been filled with exciting releases: various idol groups have been making powerful comebacks, and thrilling K-Drama releases are on the horizon.
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 June 16 to 22
- NCT 127 Takes Their NEO CITY: The Origin Concert To Singapore
Taking the island by storm, the boy group is set to stage NCT 127 WORLD TOUR ‘NEO CITY: SINGAPORE – The Origin’! Marking the group’s first official concert, they will meet fans on July 20 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, 5:00 p.m. SGT.
- Eun Jiwon To Stage Two-Day Solo Concert In Seoul This July
Eun Jiwon will treat hometown fans to a two-day concert, in line with his solo comeback album. On June 19, following the concept video teaser, YG Entertainment confirmed and revealed Eun Jiwon’s Seoul concert poster.
K-Concert And Fan Meeting Recaps
- Park Bo Gum Shares Thoughts On His Previous Drama Roles, New Film & Favorite Memories From His Asian Tour
Marking the last stop of his 2019 Park Bo Gum Good Day Asia Tour and his first fan gathering in the Philippines, the well-loved actor received warm welcome from the audience at Sofitel Manila.
K-Pop News Corner
- BLACKPINK’s Jennie and Red Velvet’s Irene Lead June Brand Reputation Rankings For Girl Group Members
Based on the big data analysis done by the institute from May 14 to June 15, BLACKPINK’s Jennie has been hailed as the leading girl idol in this month’s brand reputation rankings. With a striking increase from her previous record, Red Velvet’s Irene followed closely at the second place.
- BTS Named As “Global Phenoms” At The 2019 ARDYs: A Radio Disney Music Celebration
Bagging yet another trophy, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook took home the Global Phenom award. However, they were not able to make an appearance at this year’s ceremony which took place on June 16 (local time).
- JYP Entertainment Collaborates With Make-A-Wish Foundation
JYP Entertainment has partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help support children with critical illnesses. Through this partnership, the company aims to bring hope to children who are suffering from intractable diseases such as leukemia, brain tumors, and osteosarcoma.
- Stray Kids Appointed As Ambassadors For Korean Culture And Information Service
Stray Kids has been officially appointed as ambassadors for Korean Culture and Information Service! With this, the group will be helping in promoting Korean culture and Hallyu content even more overseas. Additionally, they will lend their talents to enhance the value of South Korea’s national brand.
- Lee Seung Hwan Holds Longest Concert In Korea With 9.5 Hours
Producer, singer and songwriter Lee Seung Hwan has just broken his own record of the longest concert in Korea. Last weekend, the 53-year-old singer held a 9 hours and 30 minutes concert at Korea University’s Hwajung Gymnasium; performing an incredible number of 93 songs.
- TVXQ’s Yunho Confirms His Hallyu Star Status As True Colors Tops Oricon Charts
TVXQ’s Yunho once again proved his top class influence through his first solo Korean-language mini album True Colors. Adding to the album’s various achievements, True Colors settled on the top position of the Oricon’s weekly digital album chart and the fifth spot on Oricon’s weekly album chart.
- Super Junior’s Yesung Casts His Pink Magic On iTunes Charts Worldwide
Casting his Pink Magic worldwide, Super Junior’s Yesung reigned over iTunes Album Charts in 25 countries, namely Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Poland, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Malta, Guatamala, and Colombia.
- K-Pop Female Vocalists To Square Off In Upcoming Survival Show “V-1”
V-1 targets members of girl groups to show their vocal prowess. The program will be a special feature show for the upcoming Chuseok. The title is the portmanteau of letter “V” which stands for vocal, and the number “1” which means the top.
- Starship Entertainment Announces MONSTA X’s Wonho Will Not Be Able To Perform In Malaysia Following Passport Issue
The entertainment company handling MONSTA X had issued their official statement on the afternoon of June 22 bearing the sad news of Wonho’s non-participation in tonight’s concert at the Malawati Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.
K-Pop Comeback News And Updates
- SF9 Sends Fans’ Hearts Into Overdrive With “RPM”
SF9 sends the hearts of Fantasies racing to a hundred beats per minute with their comeback track “RPM”! Before dropping their newest album and its lead track’s music video, the group greeted fans first on their comeback showcase held earlier on June 17.
- (G)I-DLE Unveils More Details About Upcoming Digital Single
This week, (G)I-DLE is ramping up the hype by revealing more details about their upcoming comeback! Six months after becoming señoritas, these girls are unveiling a brand new side to their personalities with their latest music.
- Red Velvet Renders Fans Speechless With Colorful And Inspiring Comeback Music Video For “Zimzalabim”
Red Velvet marked their whimsical return with the catchy lead track of their latest album The Reve Festival Day 1, which also came with a very bright and colorful music video – parading each members’ unique charms and outstanding visuals.
- Ailee Prepares To Take Off With Much-Awaited Comeback butterFLY
Ailee is ready to spread her wings once again as she announced her return with a new album. Titled butterFLY, the singer’s new album, which came after such a long time, is set to be released on July 2.
- MONSTA X Releases Music Video For “Who Do U Love?” Featuring French Montana
MONSTA X made Monbebes drop everything abruptly with news of a music video for their single “Who Do U Love” on June 18! A few days later, the group took fans into a visual buffet with the sleek, elegant, and stylish music video for their first original full English track featuring French Montana.
- Eun Jiwon Sizzles In Concept Teasers And Tracklist For Solo Comeback
On June 18, YG Entertainment unveiled the poster for the title track of Eun Jiwon’s solo comeback album. On June 20, YG Entertainment revealed the titles of the song included in Eun Jiwon’s sixth solo album, G1.
- Bigflo’s Euijin Hypes Fans For His Solo Debut With “e:motion” Track List
Bigflo’s Euijin, through his official social media channels, shared the song titles that will make up his mini album on June 18, receiving much excitement from his fans who vowed to support him in his new endeavor.
- Stray Kids Releases Powerful Comeback Music Video For “Side Effects”
Stray Kids has made another intense comeback, with the lead track of their newest album Clé 2: Yellow Wood, titled “Side Effects”. The nine-member boy group did not fail to amaze their fans once again with the overflowing power they displayed in their latest music video on June 19.
- VAV Teases New Summer-Themed Music Video Filmed In Bohol, Philippines With Spoiler Images
VAV unveiled their beautiful photos by the beach on June 19 as the newest teaser for their music video! Taking on a summer theme for the video, the group showed through the photos that they chose Bohol, Philippines as their filming location for a perfect summer getaway.
- EXO’s Baekhyun To Make A Solo Debut With His First Solo Mini Album, City Lights
EXO’s Baekhyun, through SM Entertainment, shared more details about his upcoming solo debut in a post on EXO’s various social media channels. The singer will shine bright as a soloist with his first mini album titled City Lights which will be unveiled on July 10.
- GFRIEND Releases Scorching Teasers For FEVER SEASON Comeback
GFRIEND is really pulling out all stops to make fans feel the rise in the temperature for their nearing comeback with “Fever”! Giving a warm first teaser for their comeback music video on June 20, the six girls gave Buddies proof that they didn’t come to play this summer.
- Ha Sung Woon Preps For Solo Comeback With Second Mini Album BXXX
Ha Sung Woon sent fans to cloud nine on June 21 with the announcement of his comeback as a solo singer! Titled BXXX, the singer’s newest release will mark his second mini-album as a soloist. It is slated to be released on July 8.
- Chungha Rolls Out A Set Of Teasers For Upcoming Comeback With Flourishing
Chungha is preparing to reign over summer once more with her upcoming mini album, titled Flourishing. To build up hype for her summer comeback, the soloist has released a parade of vibrant photo and video teasers for her mini album.
- BTS RM And Suga Release “All Night” For BTS World, Featuring Juice WRLD
Marking the last sub-unit OST for their soon-to-be-launched mobile game BTS World, BTS’ RM and Suga lived up to the high anticipation with “All Night”, released on June 21 at 6 PM KST featuring Juice WRLD.
- EXO’s D.O To Gift Fans With A Solo Track Ahead Of Military Enlistment
Before he officially begins his mandatory military service, EXO’s D.O. will first give fans a memorable parting gift with the upcoming release of his solo track. Notably, it will be the idol’s first single track in almost five years since he last participated in the OST of movie Cart.
K-Drama News, Recaps, And Reviews
- K-Drama Mid-Series Check: One Spring Night,
- K-Drama Premiere: Chief Of Staff,
- K-Drama Couch Recap – Arthdal Chronicles: Ep. 5, Ep. 6,
- ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo Makes Majestic Appearance As A Prince In New Stills For First Historical Drama
ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo makes the perfect royal heartthrob as he gives fans a sneak peek of his character Prince Lee Rim! Marking the ASTRO member’s first-ever historical drama, MBC’s Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung further excites fans as it continues to prove how well the singer fits his role as one of Joseon’s princes.
- Netflix Treats K-Drama Fans With Romance Through Love Alarm In August
Set for a Summer premiere, Love Alarm S1 narrates the story of friends who find themselves caught in between what they sincerely feel and what a mobile app recommends to be their liking. Portraying the story of bright girl Kim Jo Jo is actress Kim So Hyun.
- jTBC Reveals Main Posters for Newest Youth Drama Moment At Eighteen
Moment at Eighteen (English title) is jTBC’s latest foray into the world of young adults, and the release of the series’ posters emits that youthful vibe. Set in a school background, Moment at Eighteen will show deep and real emotions and capture moments that people experience once in life.
- The Divine Fury Drops Newest Character Stills Of Park Seo Joon And Woo Do Hwan
Lotte Entertainment released intense movie photos of Park Seo Joon and Woo Do Hwan in their new movie The Divine Fury. Park Seo Joon intended to show his intense acting skills that has never been seen before.
- AB6IX’s Lee Dae Hwi To Make His Acting Debut In New Short Drama Alongside Kang Min Ah
Lee Dae Hwi from monster rookie boy group AB6IX will be making his debut as an actor through a new SBS’ Mobidic short drama together with A-Teen 2 actress Kang Min Ah. In particular, the pair will be the lead stars in the upcoming short-form drama titled Yeonnamdong Global House.
- MBC’s Love Me Actually Drops Teaser Photos Featuring Kim Min Kyu And Chae Ji An
It has been a roller-coaster of emotions for Kim Min Kyu and Chae Ji An that fans who are rooting for them in Love Me Actually will definitely smile in the released photos of MBC. In the photos dropped by MBC, the two are shown on a lovely walking date in a beautiful place.
K-Celeb Film/TV News
- B.A.P’s Jung Daehyun Preps For Solo Activities Under A New Agency
B.A.P’s Jung Daehyun will showcase more of his charms as a soloist as he signs an exclusive contract with a new entertainment company. The singer will embark on full-fledged solo activities under STX LIONHEART who welcomed him and promised their strong support in his future endeavors.
- Stray Kids’ Felix To Take Over Pops In Seoul As Its Newest MC
Stray Kids’ Felix is officially taking over the MC duties for Arirang’s Pops In Seoul! The singer has landed a spot as the new MC of the English-language music variety show made especially for international fans by Arirang, as confirmed by a source from the program on June 19!
- TXT Showcases Trailer For First Reality Show ONE DREAM. TXT Premiere
TXT gave fans a sneak peek of the fun times they spent together as a group with the release of their first-ever reality show’s trailer on June 20. The preview for its first episode has excited fans with the overflowing beagle-like charm seen from the rookie group as they document their everyday lives.
- BTS To Grace The Small Screen With jTBC’s Exclusive Airing Of Love Yourself In Seoul Movie
Fans will get to witness the majestic performances of BTS on their own TV screens as jTBC preps to air the group’s ‘Love Yourself’ in Seoul 2018 concert! Multiple broadcasting officials reported on June 20 that the television network is preparing to broadcast the boy group’s concert last year.
- GOT7 Becomes First K-Pop Group To Guest On NBC’s Today Show
GOT7 is slated to land on American television screens once again as they get booked for an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, as confirmed by JYP Entertainment on June 21. They will also have a special stage performance prepared for their Ahgases tuning in to their guesting.
K-Photo Reels: Sulli For Marie Claire Korea July 2019 Issue, MONSTA X’s Hyungwon For Allure Korea July 2019 Issue, NU’EST’s JR For Cosmopolitan Korea July 2019 Issue, Cha Eun Woo And Shin Se Kyung For Singles July 2019 Issue, Shin Min Ah For Elle Korea July 2019 Issue, Park Min Young For Marie Claire July 2019 Issue, ASTRO’s Moonbin For Elle Korea July 2019 Issue, EXO’s Chanyeol And Sehun For W KOREA Magazine June 2019 Issue,
- Yoon Ji Sung Shares Desire To Be A Celebrity With Good Influence To Fans
Oh Boy! made fans miss Yoon Ji Sung even more as it releases his photos and interview shot before his recent military enlistment! The Wanna One alumni was able to share his positive outlook of using his time serving at the military to rest from his busy year as an entertainer.
- Quick Music Reviews: Giriboy’s “100 Years College Course”, Goonam’s “Moraenae Fantasy”, And Red Velvet’s “The ReVe Festival Day 1”
- Produce X 101 Recap: Trainees Continue To Vie For Top Spots As Position Evaluation Ensues, Show To Eliminate The Number Of Trainees By Half This Week + Introduce X-Repêchage System
- 7 Cute Moments Where MONSTA X’s Shownu Let His Natural “Dad” Side Take Over
More than a leader, MONSTA X’s Shownu has been known as his group’s “dad” for always looking out and taking care of his younger members since they debuted. In celebration of his birthday, here are seven cute moments where he let his natural “dad” side take over when it comes to MONSTA X.
- 9 Charming And Captivating Performances Of TWICE That We Likey Likey
Four years into their debut, Jihyo, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu continue to showcase their top-class talents through high quality performances and superb stages.