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K-News Weekly Headlines: TXT Confirms Fandom Name, Lee Min Ho & Ji Chang Wook Complete National Service, Exciting Comebacks & More

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This week has been met with news of idols starting or ending their military enlistments, singers embarking on tours, and a long list of much-awaited comebacks.

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 21 to 27

Upcoming K-Events

  • 2019 HYOLYN 1st World Tour [TRUE]

Pumped stages and scorching hot performances are ready to be unleashed by Hyolyn in June for her first full concert in Malaysia. Happening on June 28, 8:30 PM at Dewan Wawasan Menara PGRM. Brace yourself for 16 explosive songs that Hyolyn has prepared for her loyal fans.

  • TXT To Perform On iHeartRadio’s 2019 Wango Tango

Just two months after their successful debut, TXT is proving all ready to take on a bigger stage as they are set to perform at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. TXT joins the amazing lineup of performers including Jonas Brothers, Halsey, and more. With Ryan Seacrest as host, Tyga, Ava Max, and Fletcher will also hype up the crowd as special guests.

  • Luna To Embark On A “Fragrant” Solo Concert This May

f(x)’s Luna is gearing up to serenade South Korea with her first solo concert! Get ready to witness the singer’s unique vocal prowess as she takes the stage on The Fragrance of Luna this May.

  • TWICE Unveils Additional Details About Upcoming World Tour

After the announcement of their upcoming world tour, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu are building up hype for the tour by unveiling a poster and an official title for their tour: the TWICE WORLD TOUR 2019′ TWICELIGHTS. The nonet also shed light on their upcoming concert in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Park Bo Gum Fan Meeting In Manila Postponed Due To Recent Earthquake

On April 24, Blossom Entertainment announced that the 2019 PARK BO GUM ASIA TOUR in Manila will be postponed due to the recent earthquake. Similarly, the actor took to his Twitter account to make the same announcement.

  • Scoop Row: Kim So Hyun’s Small But Certain Happiness

In time for Kim So Hyun’s birthday celebration on June 4, the pretty actress is setting up the stage for an intimate meeting with her fans. Scheduled on June 1, the event will be a venue for her to meet fans for an advance celebration.

  • Sunmi’s First World Tour Heads To Europe

Sunmi alerts her fans with additional dates for her first world tour WARNING as it heads to Europe for another series of powerful performances! The “Siren” and “Gashina” singer will make several stages in Europe extra hotter with her alluring vocals and captivating choreography.

  • GOT7 Unveils Mysterious Teaser And A World Tour Announcement

GOT7 teased fans on April 26 at 12 AM KST, with a mind-boggling short clip together – with a surprise world tour announcement. A date of May 20, whose significance remains unknown, was also consecutively shown, followed by the shocking announcement of the group’s world tour commencing on June 15 and 16.

  • Nichkhun Solo Concert “HOME” Encore in Japan ~ Sweet 624 ~

Hottests in Japan will get the chance to celebrate the 31st birthday of 2PM’s Nichkhun with him as JYP Entertainment confirmed the singer-actor’s encore concerts in the country in June. The upcoming shows will held on June 27 and June 28 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall.

  • MONSTA X Adds Shows To Sold-Out Japan Concert Tour

MONSTA X announced the addition of one more show to their set of concerts in Japan after completely selling out all the dates immediately. Titled MONSTA X 2019 JAPAN FAN CONCERT [PICNIC], the tour will visit five cities in the country and conduct a total of six shows for its run.

  • INFINITE’s Nam Woo Hyun To Bring Sweet Tunes Through His Asia Tour

INFINITE’s Nam Woo Hyun is truly going all out for his fans in the coming weeks and months. Following the announcement of his comeback earlier this week, the singer amplifies the excitement as he kicked off his Asia tour in Taiwan.

K-Concert And Fan Meeting Recaps

  • BLACKPINK Stages Revolutionary Second Performance At Coachella

After making their fiery debut on the Sahara Tent stage, BLACKPINK only set the bar higher on their second performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On April 19, the girls got to perform their smash hits once more to an even bigger Sahara Tent crowd.

K-Pop News Corner

  • ATEEZ Makes Debut On Billboard’s Social 50 Chart

ATEEZ has more and more people saying their name, and their social media presence proves it. As of April 20, the group made their debut on the Social 50 chart on #49.

  • BTS Makes History On The Billboard Charts

As of April 22, BTS has officially topped the Billboard album charts three times in less than a year, sealing this phenomenal feat with their latest album Map of the Soul: Persona. Additionally, BTS had become the first and only Korean act to achieve at least two simultaneously-charting hits as “Make It Right” and “Boy With Luv” are on the Hot 100 charts.

  • NU’EST Takes Top Spots On Charts Ahead Of “Happily Ever After” Comeback

The anticipation for the full-group comeback of NU’EST continues to amplify as the boy group’s sixth mini album Happily Ever After secured number one spots on weekly and real-time charts of various music sites for the week ending April 21.

  • TXT Presents Meaning Behind Official Fandom Name

Matching the group’s youthful charms, the fandom name “Young One” already had the group’s supporters cooing, especially with its sweet significance between them and the five boys. Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun, and Huening Kai unanimously chose the name among the many suggestions sent in by their fans.

  • EXO’s Chanyeol Soars On Top Of iTunes Charts Worldwide With “SSFW”

EXO’s Chanyeol finally released his first official solo song — and made his way through the hearts of many. “SSFW” landed on the number one spot of iTunes charts in 14 countries including Norway, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

  • D1CE’s Woo Jin Young Aims To Join Show Me The Money 8

D1CE’s Woo Jin Young will make his way back to survival reality TV after he decided to join the upcoming season of the rap competition TV show Show Me the Money. Through the show, Woo Jin Young will showcase his growth as a rapper.

K-Pop News Comeback News And Updates

  • TWICE Returns Boldly With A Powerful “FANCY” Music Video

After almost a month of teasing and hyping up fans, South Korean girl group TWICE has finally returned with new music and a more fearless aura. Their newly released seventh mini album FANCY YOU has been attracting a lot of love and support from ONCEs worldwide.

  • Weki Meki To Make May More Beautiful With A Comeback

Suyeon, Elly, Yoojung, Doyeon, Sei, Lua, Rina, and Lucy will return to the music scene with a new album– seven months after their comeback single album Kiss, Kicks and its title track “Crush” was released in October 2018!

  • OH MY GIRL Performs Miracles With First Full Length Album

After their 2019 OH MY GIRL Fan Meeting [Miracle Today], the girls announced that they will have a comeback with their first full length album! The members relayed how they worked hard for the album, adding that they would very much appreciate the anticipation and support for the project.

  • Kim Jae Hwan Confirmed Preparing For Sweet Solo Debut

Swing Entertainment confirmed on April 23 that Kim Jae Hwan has indeed commenced preparation for his upcoming solo debut. The former Wanna One member was reported to have been spotted shooting photos for his album jacket, marking the start of full preparation for his anticipated solo debut.

  • Kim Dong Han Sets The Clock For His Third Mini Album

To hype up the anticipation, his agency, Oui Entertainment released a comeback scheduler on April 23 for his third EP D-HOURS AM 7:03. The former JBJ member also posted a teaser video of the concept photo and a tracklist via his Twitter account.

  • INFINITE’s Nam Woo Hyun Prepares For Solo Comeback

Almost five months since his digital single “A Song For You”, INFINITE’s Nam Woo Hyun announces his return to the music scene as a solo artist with a new album by the end of April or early next month.

  • Super Junior’s Kim Heechul Successfully Debuts With “Old Movie”

Super Junior’s Kim Heechul may not take over the entire universe anytime soon, but with his new song, he continues to prove that he is a global star. After its release, “Old Movie” went on to secure the number one spot in seven countries on iTunes charts.

  • Park Bom To Release Her First Solo Album This May

May is shaping up to be an exciting month for Blackjacks, as Park Bom is gearing up to release her first solo album! D-NATION Entertainment has recently unveiled additional details about her upcoming comeback.

  • Jenyer Opens Up About The Theme Of the moment i loved

4Minute’s Jenyer is kicking off the countdown to her comeback by talking about the theme of her mini-album, the moment i loved. The singer has reportedly finished recording four songs for the mini-album, which is slated for release on May 4.

  • Yoon Ji Sung Releases Special Album, Dear Diary

K-Pop singer Yoon Ji Sung has dropped his most-awaited special album Dear Diary as a memorable gift to fans ahead of his upcoming military enlistment. Alongside his album release, he also dropped his much-awaited music video for title track “I’ll be there.”

  • Bae Jin Young Makes Emotional Debut With “Hard To Say Goodbye”

After unveiling a tearful live clip, Bae Jin Young left fans clutching their hearts in pain and sadness with the music video for his solo song “Hard To Say Goodbye” on April 26.

  • Chancellor And Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon To Team Up For A New Single

R&B singer Chancellor taps Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon for his upcoming single titled “Angel”, which is set to be out on May 1. The R&B singer unveiled a look on his new single through a black-and-white teaser posted on his social media channels on April 26.

  • AB6IX Makes Debut Announcement With Their Version Of “Hollywood”

AB6IX boldly announced their debut through a special, pre-released performance music video of the song “Hollywood” on April 26. Flashing their official debut date as May 22 in the video, the five-member group ended the heightening suspense for their much-awaited absolute beginning together.

  • Davichi Announces Comeback In May With New Album

Shining pop duo Davichi is gearing up for a comeback next month! A representative from Stone Music Entertainment announced that the duo is busy working on a new album, and fans can look forward to hearing from them on May 17.

  • BTS Releases “ARMY With Luv” Music Video

Surprise, for BTS dropped a new version of their comeback music video “Boy With Luv” on April 27! The new version made everyone coo at its amplified cuteness by providing a more fun, carefree video showcase of the song.

K-Drama News, Recaps, And Reviews

  1. K-Drama Sneak Peek: Save Me 2, Different Dreams, The Secret Life Of My Secretary,
  2. K-Drama Review: My First First Love,
  • Netflix Sprinkles Fantasy And Romance With Global Release Of Abyss

Not long since delighting its subscribers with My First First Love, Netflix followed up with its latest addition to the vibrant catalog of its Korean drama series. Frosted with supernatural seasonings, Abyss narrates the story of a stunning female prosecutor and an unattractive businessman, who are brought back to life with the help of a soul-reviving marble called Abyss.

  • One Spring Night Is The Newest Korean Romance Series Netflix Fans Would Love

From the writer-director tandem of highly-popular series Something in the Rain, an idyllic picture of genuine romance will be painted in One Spring Night. The K-Drama is set to depict an encouraging love tale between a man and a woman searching for love. It aims to reminisce romance at its brightest and most poignant yearning.

  • Ahn Woo Yeon To Wrap Up Filming For The Banker Prior To Military Enlistment

On April 22, it was announced via a press release that the actor will enlist in active duty on April 30. His agency further announced that the actor is in the midst of filming The Banker, which will be his last drama prior to enlistment. He is set to complete filming the day before enlistment before preparing for admission.

  • A-TEEN 2 Boasts Of Musical Masterpieces In Its Stellar OST Lineup

SEVENTEEN, Baek Yerin, and We Are The Night have all confirmed their participation in A-TEEN 2‘s loaded OST lineup! The show revolves around a string of students who are in their senior year of high school, following their stories of hardships and growing up.

  • Sky Castle To Soar To More Viewers On Netflix

Because Netflix only brings the best Korean series, fans can now enjoy 2019’s record-breaking hit series, Sky Castle. Beginning April 28, the lauded jTBC drama had started streaming on Netflix.

  • Lim Soo Hyang and Lee Jang Woo To Serve Up Mystery And Romance In Forthcoming MBN Drama

MBN officially completed the cast for its upcoming drama, Graceful Family. Lim Soo Hyang and Lee Jang Woo team up for the first time to set viewers’ hearts ablaze in the newest drama.

K-Celeb Film/TV News

  • MustB Members Suffer Injuries From Terrible Car Crash

Following news of the horrific car accident which involved the rookie boy group MustB on April 21, it was shared that one of the members had also obtained major injuries and is currently receiving treatment. Unfortunately, the accident claimed the life of the group’s manager, aged thirty-six.

  • Song Ha Yoon Signs With New Management

On April 22, King Kong by Starship announced that it had signed an exclusive contract with the actress. The management is home to many Korean stars like Lee Kwang Soo, Lee Dong Wook, Chae Soo Bin, Kim Bum, Kim Ji Won, Park Hee Soon, and Lee Hyung Suk to name a few.

  • Kang Daniel Faced Off With LM Entertainment In Court

Kang Daniel and his agency LM Entertainment faced off in their first court battle over the controversial disputes hounding the former Wanna One member’s contract on April 24.

  • Yoon Ji Sung Announces Date For Nearing Military Enlistment

South Korean singer Yoon Ji Sung had announced that he will be officially enlisting in the military on May 14. The former Wanna One member shared the news of his enlistment through a heartwarming message on his fan cafe.

  • Lee Min Ho Officially Completes Military Service

Lee Min Ho has officially completed his mandatory military service! He served as a public service officer at the Suseo Social Welfare Center in Gangnam District Office. Though no news have been released yet on Lee’s new project after the discharge, fans of the actor are more than glad to welcome him back.

  • Fantagio Entertainment Announces Hello Venus’ Official Disbandment

On April 26, Fantagio Entertainment officially announced the impending disbandment of Hello Venus next month. According to the agency’s official statement, the members have decided not to renew their contracts as a group.

  • BLACKPINK’s “Kill This Love”, Park Bom’s “4:44” And More Banned For Broadcast By KBS

After conducting thorough reviews, broadcasting company KBS released the results for its fourth-week music video evaluation. As an outcome, several music videos, which were already released, had been declared unsuitable for broadcast.

  • Ji Chang Wook Officially Discharged From Military

In the morning of April 27, the handsome actor walked out to greet his awaiting fans with a bright smile and cheerful wave. The actor was part of the 5th Artillery Army Brigade stationed in Cheorwon in Gangwon Province.

K-Magazine/Interviews

  • Yoon Shi Yoon For Singles Magazine

Gracing a pictorial interview with Singles Magazine, Yoon Shi Yoon shared stories about his new drama Nokdu Flower. Confidently donning various clothing in the photo shoot, the actor attracts effortlessly with his gravitating gaze and manly charms.

  • SHINee’s Minho For Elle Magazine

Prior to his enlistment on April 15, Choi Min Ho was able to sit down with Elle Korea for a short interview following his dazzling pictorial for the magazine’s May issue.

  • Park Seo Joon For Esquire Magazine

Park Seo Joon decorates the cover of Esquire Magazine with his signature elegant charm. The leading man of What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? displays his exquisite style, with a suit and tie combo for that irresistible CEO charisma.

  • Kim Ha Neul For Marie Claire Korea

The actress was ravishing in her photo shoot with Marie Claire! Kim wore loose and flowy dresses that accentuated her figure and luscious long hair. Set on the beaches of Vietnam, Kim’s photo shoot inspires others to take a breather and relax, but still stay fashionable.

  • Gong Hyo Jin For Vogue Korea

Elegant and chic, multi-awarded actress Gong Hyo Jin evokes charisma in one of the photos emphasizing a cat’s eye makeup with a faint smile on her face. The high-quality jewelry with diamonds glistens and complements her sophisticated look. Looking at a mirror, the shot attracts with a unique aura.

  • Lee Kwang Soo For Nylon Magazine

To make his mark even more permanent, Lee Kwang Soo paired with Nylon Magazine Korea for a feature. The neon-colored lights complimented the versatility and fun atmosphere the actor brings with him all the time.

  • EXO’s Suho For Singles Magazine

This May, EXO’s charismatic leader Suho will be gifting fans with his stunning visuals as he graces the cover of Singles Magazine. Showing off his undoubtedly captivating looks, Suho made the Paris photo shoot even more romantic with his elegant poses.

  • Bae Doona For Marie Claire Korea

Exuding her unique charisma, Bae Doona effortlessly pulled off a picture of GIORGIO ARMANI beauty. In the photos released, Bae suits up in a white and black theme. Her mood reflects power in the images showing her makeup of orange nude tone.

  • Uee For Harper’s Bazaar

South Korean actress Uee showed off her timeless beauty in a recent photo shoot with Harper’s Bazaar. Gracing the streets of Berlin, the actress has surely captivated everyone’s attention with her mesmerizing visuals and model-like figure.

  • Red Velvet’s Yeri For Grazia Korea

Red Velvet’s maknae is gracing the pages of Grazia Korea next month! In a photo shoot with the magazine, Yeri showed off her youthful charms with a photo shoot in sunny Hawaii.

  • Jung Yu Mi For Harper’s Bazaar

A goddess of elegant visual image, Jung Yu Mi tantalizes in close-up photos highlighting her exquisite features. Following the concept of “Essential Moments”, Jung effortlessly showed her chic and entrancing beauty as a modern woman.

  • Sooyoung For Marie Claire Korea

Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung will be giving Marie Claire’s pages bright splashes of color next month! The magazine recently unveiled photos of the singer-actress, showcasing her stunning visuals while sporting a flowing, blue dress.

  • SEVENTEEN’s DK Talks About Preparations For Musical Debut With “Xcalibur”

After showing off a completely different side of him in the musical’s teaser posters, SEVENTEEN’s DK amplified the excitement for his debut with Xcalibur as he talked about his preparations for the musical.

  • Park Bom Shares What Having Sandara Park For Her “Spring” Comeback Means To Her

For Park Bom, Sandara Park, her fellow 2NE1 member and good friend, is nothing but a good addition to her comeback with “Spring”, describing the singer-actress as “helpful”, “confident”, “excited”, and “positive”.

  • Jung Ryeo Won For Harper’s Bazaar

Shot in an atelier in Paris, Jung Ryeo Won, who is known for her interest in art, was in her element. Reflecting poise and grace, she snapped frames of images gravitating people to stare. In particular, the printed dresses she donned evoked elegance.

  • SF9 For Dazed Korea

SF9 elevated Dazed Korea‘s May issue with an attractive pictorial that showed of each member’s colorful personality through the lens of a film camera. The unique and youthful photo shoot gave the photographs a nostalgic and dreamy vibe with various colors complimenting the boys’ style, moods, and visuals.

K-Features

The roster of May 2019 Korean dramas so far has the highest concentration of romance and comfy series, with perfect additions to the grit and stellar productions that are currently airing.