K-News Weekly Headlines: Kang Daniel’s Contract Issue, Seungri Scandal, K-idols’ Interviews, Event Exclusives & More!
We are wrapping up this week with much-awaited comebacks, stunning magazine features from your idols, and a plethora of new K-Dramas!
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 entertainment news from March 17-March 23
- KCON Japan 2019
Marking the fifth year of the world’s largest Korean culture convention to be held in Japan, this year’s KCON makes sure to bring over some of the biggest and most talented names in the current K-Pop scene to take over the stage of Makuhari Messe!
- MAMAMOO Marks First Fan Meeting In Singapore
- HallyuPopFest 2019
This year’s HallyuPopFest continues to up the ante as they complete their stellar lineup: as artists such as Hyolyn, TREI, KARD, N.Flying, Kanto, and WINNER have officially been confirmed to perform at the event. Learn more about ticketing details and their featured artists through our handy guides!
- PENTAGON Announces A Two-Day Concert In Seoul
Titled 2019 PENTAGON CONCERT – PRISM, the back-to-back shows will mark the group’s first domestic concert for almost a year following their fifth solo concert TENTASTIC Vol. 5 – MIRACLE in April 2018.
- K-FIESTA 5: Enchanted
UP Euyeomuyeo, an organization at the University of the Philippines – Los Baños (UPLB), which aims to promote South Korean culture in the country, brings back the only K-Pop convention in UPLB, K-FIESTA.
- GFRIEND Adds Another Stop To The Go Go GFRIEND! Tour
GFRIEND is set to bring their Asia tour to as many cities as possible, as the group has recently added Yokohama in its lineup of cities for its upcoming Go Go GFRIEND! Asia Tour which will kick off on May 18 and 19 at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Seoul.
- Apink Celebrates Eight Years Through A Fan Meet
In commemoration of another milestone, the girls have invited their beloved Pink Pandas to a special night of music and sweet interactions! Apink 6th Panda Fan Meeting [Apink is Eight Years Old] is happening on April 20 at the Daeyang Hall in Sejong University, which will welcome 2,000 lucky fans at 5 p.m. KST.
K-Concert And K-Fanmeeting Recaps
- Park Ji Hoon Creates MAYmorable Memories At His Manila Fanmeet
Park Ji Hoon won over the hearts of many Filipino Mays with all the explosive performances and fun activities he prepared for the Manila stop of his First Edition Asian Fan Meeting Tour on March 15, 2019.
- So Ji Sub Gives Filipino Fans Sweet Highs And Hellos At His Fan Meet
Befitting of his top star status, So Ji Sub threw in a lavish party for his Philippine fans who were excited to meet him up close for the first time on March 16. The actor went all out and gave his loyal supporters saccharine and surreal moments to cherish forever.
- Lovelyz Bring The Soothing Touch Of Winter To Singapore
- TWICE Shines In Their Japan Dome Tour
TWICE made a brilliant start to its Dome Tour 2019 #Dreamday in Japan on March 20 at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, officially becoming the first K-Pop girl group to hold a dome tour in the country and the fastest foreign artist to perform at the Tokyo Dome.
- No Sleep No FOMO Members Stage An Amazing Launch Party
It was surely a delightful afternoon with lots of fun and revelations at the launch of Viu’s No Sleep No FOMO held at Zouk Singapore on March 20. With so much energy, the casts spontaneously talked about what they did with real time interaction with fans throughout the journey.
K-Pop News Corner
- GOT7’s Mark Unveils Second Collaboration With Represent
GOT7’s Mark continues his pursuit in the fashion industry as he released teasers for his second collection with fashion brand Represent– and formally released his limited edition fashion line, titled XCIII Evolution, exclusively through Represent’s website.
- BTS Dominates March Brand Reputation Rankings
Aside from maintaining the top spot for group brand reputation rankings for the tenth month in a row, BTS shows that they remain unstoppable as each member earned a spot in the Top 10 idol brand reputation rankings.
- Xiumin Kicks Off EXO’s Upcoming V Live Series
EXO’s Xiumin will start off the boy group’s upcoming V Live series, Heart4U, which will feature the members’ personal stories and showcase their individual charms one-by-one.
- BTS Prepares A Talk Show And Pairs Up With Spotify For ARMYPEDIA
As the second installment for the interactive puzzle hunt’s offline gathering, ARMY UNITED in SEOUL sets out to encourage more ARMYs to participate through a talk show game that BTS themselves have prepared. To make things even more exciting the ARMYPEDIA hunt gets bigger as Spotify joins in!
- MONSTA X Extends Contract With Litmus
MONSTA X extends their contract with casual clothing brand, Litmus. Their exclusive agreement guarantees their continuous role as ambassadors of the brand.
- C9BOYZ Welcome Kim Se Hoon To Its Lineup
C9 Entertainment unveils another member as the youthful Kim Se Hoon joins the lineup of dashing boys suiting up as members of the tentatively-named soon-to-debut group C9BOYZ.
- Girl’s Day Yura Finds A Home With Awesome ENT
Girl’s Day’s Yura signs with Awesome ENT, following her departure from Dream T Entertainment early this year. Under Awesome ENT, Yura becomes labelmates with Park Seo Joon, Jo Soo Min, Hong Soo Hyun, and more.
- SHINee’s Minho To Enlist In Marine Corps This April
The esteemed idol-actor will be bidding a temporary goodbye to his fans on April 15 as he begins his mandatory military service, after his application to serve in the marine corps has been confirmed.
- INFINITE’s Sung Yeol To Quietly Enlist Next Week
INFINITE’s Sung Yeol will join the list of K-Pop idols who take a hiatus to fulfill their mandatory military services this year, as Woollim Entertainment confirms that the singer-actor will enlist as an active duty soldier on March 26.
- Brand New Boys To Make Their Debut This May
Get your hearts ready – Brand New Boys has announced that they will be making their much-anticipated debut this May! The quartet announced their debut schedule through their very first V Live broadcast as a complete group on May 20.
- Stray Kids Reach Their Highest Ranking On Billboard’s Social 50
Stray Kids has returned to Billboard’s Social 50’s Top 10 after successfully achieving their highest ranking yet at No.8.
- Produce X 101 Gives First Look At Trainees
Produce X 101 has finally introduced their trainees for the new season through a showcase of their new title track, “X1-MA”! After this sneak peek, the producers gives its viewers the lowdown on the first batch of trainees to be featured on the show.
- MAMAMOO Showcases Teamwork On Q! My Dance
They said that “it’s okay to not be fine” – but MAMAMOO prove that they have the finest teamwork in Q! My Dance history. The dynamic girl group did so well in their little competition that they flustered the staff.
- MONSTA X Rewards Monbebes With “Alligator” Performance Video
MONSTA X gives its avid followers a special treat for their hard work and perseverance. Starship Entertainment gave a various set of goals for music video views and Monbebes worked hard to stream it.
- Jason Derulo Praises EXO’s Lay Zhang And NCT 127 In Latest Interview
American singer-songwriter Jason Derulo showered EXO’s Lay Zhang and NCT 127 with good words in his interview with The Associated Press published on Billboard.
- ONEUS Reveals Official Fandom Name
Through a recent V Live broadcast and social media announcement, ONEUS shows just how much they love their fans by giving them a fitting celestial name: TO MOON.
- 1THE9 Goes To Wonderland Through New Reality Show
Members of Under Nineteen‘s debuting boy group 1THE9 showed off unexpected charms and new sides of themselves in the first episode of their reality show Wonderland which was aired on March 22.
K-Pop Comeback News and Updates
- NCT 127 Gears Up For A Japanese Album
Titled Awaken, the group’s new release will serve as their first full-length Japanese album. After being announced on March 16, two group concept photo teasers for the album had also been unveiled later on the same day.
- Girls’ Generation Taeyeon To Release An Emotional Serenade
Coming after nine months since her third mini album Something New, Taeyeon will once again showcase her emotional vocals and deep sensibility through the single “Four Seasons” and its B-side track “Blue”.
- SHINee’s Minho Drops A Solo Song Through SM Station
It may have taken eleven years, but Shawols may be glad to know that SHINee’s Minho is finally coming out with his first ever solo song this March through SM Station Season 3. The upcoming single, described as an R&B and hip-hop track with a memorable whistling song in its intro, captures the feeling of emptiness and loneliness amid a glamorous yet busy life.
- MOMOLAND Unveils Teasers And A Mystery Tracklist
- B.A.P.’s Zelo And Youngjae To Release Solo Albums
- PENTAGON Unveils Teasers For Genie:us
- Park Ji Hoon Allures Fans With Tracklist And Concept Photos
Wanna One alumnae Park Ji Hoon has been thrilling fans with the countdown to his upcoming solo debut by revealing his mysterious concept photos and tracklist!
- EXO’s Chen To Release A Solo Album
EXO’s Chen is looking to bloom just in time for the next month as he confirms a release date for his solo comeback, a mini-album titled April, and a flower. The singer has also unveiled a comeback schedule and a tracklist!
- KARD Releases Explosive Teasers For “Bomb Bomb”
KARD is gearing up to end March with a bang, as they just unveiled explosive teasers for their upcoming digital single “Bomb Bomb”. The group has continually built up hype as they unveil teaser photos for their much-awaited comeback.
- VIXX Ravi Releases Music Video For “See-Through”
VIXX’s Ravi surprised Starlights as he wanders in the streets of Europe for the music video for “See-Through”, one of the tracks from his second extended play R.OOK BOOK which he released on March 5.
- 1TEAM Reveals Tracklist For Upcoming Mini-Album
1TEAM continues to exceed expectations as it is revealed that member BC, recognized for his songwriting and composing skills, will pen all three tracks of the mini album Hello!
- MONSTA X Collaborates With Steve Aoki
MONSTA X announced that a track, from their latest album, Take.2: WE ARE HERE, will have an English version. “Play It Cool” is produced by world-renowned DJ and producer, Steve Aoki.
- IZ*ONE Releases Teasers And More Details For HEART*IZ
IZ*ONE is all ready to bloom as the group rolls out another set of teaser photos for their upcoming mini-album, HEART*IZ! Additionally, Lee Daehwi has confirmed that he produced a track for the girls’ upcoming comeback.
- U-KISS Jun Teases Solo Debut On Instagram
Kiss Mes can look forward to more solo music soon, as U-KISS’ maknae confirms that he is working on his solo debut. Jun gave his loyal fans a sneak peek of his debut through Instagram, posting a photo from his upcoming music video.
K-Drama News, Recaps, and Reviews
- jTBC Rounds Up Cast For Upcoming Historical Drama
Kim Min Jae is confirmed to appear in jTBC’s historical romance drama, Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency. In talks to complete the crew are Seo Ji Hoon and former WANNA ONE member Park Ji Hoon.
- Lee Jung Jae And Shin Min Ah Star In jTBC’s Latest Political Drama
Returning for their small screen projects, Lee Jung Jae and Shin Min Ah will greet the audience with a peerless story against the backdrop of Korea’s government system.
- Kam Woo Sung And Kim Ha Neul Pair Up In jTBC’s The Wind Blows
Having a fair share of successful romance stories in television dramas and films, Kam Woo Sung and Kim Ha Neul add another project to their growing list.
- Cast And Production Crew For Save Me 2 Hold Script Reading Session
Actors Jo Jae Yoon, Han Seon Hwa, Yoon Ah Ahn, Ha Yeong Ryu, Seo Young Hwa, Woo Hyun, Kim Soo Jin, Kim Young Sun and Kim Mi Hwa attend the script reading for OCN drama, Save Me 2.
- OCN K-Dramas Make Waves Outside Korean Audiences
Numerous OCN dramas are getting attention from international viewers and award-giving bodies. As such, dramas like The Guest and Life On Mars gained international recognition. Through Netflix, OCN series Black, Bad Guys: City of Evil and Possessed have reached to a wider audience.
- One And Only Love Cast Attend Scenario Reading
The scenario reading was held on March 18 at KBS annex. Attracting attention were the warm souvenir shots of the main characters who were focused on script reading. For four hours, the actors immersed on their roles without any sign of weariness. It has added excitement to what’s in store on this newest KBS2 TV series due to the high interest exhibited.
- Lee Ki Woo Lands His First Lead Role In SBS’ New Drama
Lee Ki Woo lands his first lead role in SBS’ Doctor Detective. He will be taking on the role of chaebol Choi Tae Young, starring alongside The Miracle We Met star Kim Hyun Joo.
- Han Ji Min And Jung Hae In Enjoy Script Reading For Spring Night
In earnest spirit, the script reading session went on with the actors fully expressing the colorful emotions of their characters: Han Ji Min, who plays the role of a librarian, gave a pleasant smile to the scene with her lovely energy. Portraying the role of a pharmacist, Jung Hae In presented mature and vigorous charm with his deep voice.
K-Celeb, TV/Film News
- Kang Daniel Files A Contract Termination Against LM Entertainment
The former Wanna One member and his legal team had submitted a request for exclusive contract termination versus LM Entertainment at the Seoul District Court, citing a breach of contract after the entertainment company transferred the singer’s rights to a third party without his knowledge.
- Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Jun Ho Depart From Their Programs
Amidst gambling controversies, actors Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Jun Ho announced their departures from 2 Days 1 Night and their other programs through public apologies.
- Jung Joon Young Arrested For Illegally Filming Ten Women
Jung Joon Young was booked for illegally filming and sharing footage of him having intercourse with at least 10 other women. The Seoul District Police Department handed down the decision after the actor was brought in for additional questioning on March 21.
- Law of the Jungle Announces Their Thailand Cast Lineup
Law of the Jungle has announced the addition of iKON’s B.I., Park Woo Jin, and Lee Seung Yoon to the cast lineup for its Thailand edition on March 20!
- Viu Introduces New Reality Travelogue
Viu, a leading pan-regional over-the-top (OTT) video service from PCCW Media Group with more than 30 million monthly active users, launched its newest premium production in the form of the reality travelogue series — No Sleep No FOMO.
- BLACKPINK And Nam Joo Hyuk To Model For Paradise City Hotel And Resort
Paradise City Hotel & Resort is gearing up to bring the Korean wave closer to its customers! To make this possible, the resort has chosen two phenomenal advertising models: BLACKPINK and actor Nam Joo Hyuk.
- Nam Joo Hyuk Sits Down For Interviews With Esquire Magazine And Sports Chosun
For Esquire Magazine’s April issue, Nam Joo Hyuk sported a mesmerizing look as he sports the Dior Man Freepol collection, and showed generous affection for his role as Lee Joon Ha in the jTBC drama The Light in Your Eyes. The actor also sat down with Sports Chosun to talk about the changes in his career.
- EXO’s Suho For Grazia Magazine
EXO’s Suho goes all sincere as he sits down with Korean magazine Grazia for an interview, where he talks about EXO’s unchanging role throughout his career.
- Tiffany Young For Allure And Vogue
See Tiffany Young catwalk in a catsuit and rock out with a ukulele as she tries nine things she has never done before with Allure. The soloist also shared her 18-step beauty routine with Vogue and the rest of the world.
- 1THE9 For Star1 Magazine
- Ong Seong Wu For GQ Korea
Besides dazzling fans with his photoshoot for GQ Korea, Ong Seong Wu also shared his honest thoughts about “fan service” and self-evaluation in an interview with the magazine.
- NCT 127’s Jae Hyun For Grazia Magazine
Jae Hyun takes center stage in his first solo pictorial for Grazia Korea since making his debut as a member of SM Entertainment’s boy group NCT 127. The singer also sat down and talked about NCT 127’s first solo concert, future plans, and more in the accompanying interview.
- Kang Daniel For Elle Magazine
- Jus2 For Vogue Korea
JB and Yugyeom of Jus2 embody beauty and allure in their latest photographs for Vogue Korea’s April issue as they showcase charismatic chemistry together.
- Chae Soo Bin For Cosmopolitan Korea
The lead actress of Where Stars Land has unveiled her musical character look in the April issue of Cosmopolitan. In addition, she shared her journey and insights to her chosen profession.
- Kim Go Eun For Marie Claire Korea
In celebration of her eighth-year anniversary as an actress, Kim Go Eun shows her charms as she becomes the featured artist for the April 2019 issue of Marie Claire.
- ASTRO Sanha For Nylon Magazine
ASTRO’s Sanha shed his boyish charms and transformed into a fatally attractive man in his first solo photo shoot for Nylon magazine’s April issue. the youngest member of the boy group celebrates his youthfulness, as well as his transition from the cutie idol image he cultivated.
- EXO Xiumin For Harper’s Bazaar
EXO’s Xiumin tantalized not just with his dazzling visuals but also his sincere answers about EXO and EXO-Ls in an interview following his pictorial with Harper’s Bazaar.
- Ha Sung Woon Sits Down For An Interview With 10Star
Following his photo shoot which centered on his sparkling visuals, Ha Sung Woon sat down with 10Star for an interview where he talked about his ultimate goals as a solo artist and for the entire year itself.
- VIXX Ravi For Vogue Korea
VIXX’s Ravi has everyone gasping for air in his latest photos for Vogue Korea where he posed to captivate with his impressive stature and body. In photographs released by the magazine, the rapper defined beauty and sensual appeal as he tried various poses and showed his dynamic charms.
- SEVENTEEN Jun, Mingyu, DK, And Vernon For Arena Homme +
Jun, Mingyu, DK, and Vernon prove that SEVENTEEN has no visual hole as they stun with their photos for Arena Homme +’ April issue. In the new photographs, the boy group members show off their extraordinary visuals and standout charisma, emanating calm yet deadly and chic atmosphere.
- K-Drama Couch: “Big Issue” & “Possessed” Create Buzzes On First Outing
- K-Drama Couch: “Romance Is A Bonus Book” & “Liver Or Die” End In Smiles & Tears, “He Is Psychometric” Begins
- Quick Reviews: GWSN’s “The Park in the Night Part Two”, Soma’s “Seiren”, and Yerin Baek’s “Our Love Is Great”
- K-Pop Debut Look Back: When BTOB Staged An “Insane” Debut Showcase
- 4 GOT7 Music Videos Which Surpassed 100 Million YouTube Views And Still Counting
On March 21, around 1 a.m. KST, the MV of “A”, the boys’ lead single from the extended play Got Love, hit the 100-million-view mark, becoming the fourth MV of the boy group to do so. In celebration of this milestone, we look back on all the music videos of GOT7 with more than 100 million views.