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K-pop Weekly: BTS’ RM, Red Velvet, BoA, ITZY, New Jeans announce new albums; Spire CEO resigns; SEVENTEEN debuts Japanese EP

KPOP WEEKLY

K-pop Weekly took a hiatus last week with respect to the tragic incident in Itaewon. This week, there has been a slow but steady stream of new music releases from the likes of AleXa, OH MY GIRL member YooA, SEVENTEEN and more.

Additionally, fans can soon expect new music from an all-star lineup of artists, as comeback announcements were plentiful. Meanwhile, SPIRE Entertainment’s CEO finally resigned, but new reports indicate the company is continuing to spiral further into scandal.  

Veteran K-pop girl group EXID announce 10th anniversary single album ‘X’

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  • K-pop girl group EXID announced on Tuesday a special 10th anniversary single album titled “X.”
  • Announced via Sony Music Korea on Twitter, the title track appears to be called “Fire,” and a full tracklist will be revealed on Sep. 14.
  • Their last domestic comeback was in May 2019 with the EP “We,” but they have released Japanese albums during their hiatus.
  • All five members — Jeonghwa, Hani, Solji, Hyelin and L.E — reunited publicly last month for a 10th anniversary livestream.

K-pop superstars EXID marked their return on Tuesday with an announced 10th anniversary single album, “X.”

Sony Music Korea made the announcement with a Twitter post showing the official release schedule for the highly anticipated comeback. The tweet shows that album pre-orders will start on Sep. 8, a tracklist will be revealed on Sep. 14 and the possible title track for the album will be called “Fire.”

BLACKPINK reveals full tracklist for upcoming album ‘Born Pink’

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  • K-pop girl group BLACKPINK unveiled the tracklist of their upcoming album “Born Pink” on Wednesday.
  • The new album contains eight songs: the title track “Shut Down,” prereleases “Pink Venom” and “Ready For Love” and newcomers “Typa Girl,” “Hard to Love,” “The Happiest Girl,” Tally” and “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” with the last track notably crediting members Jisoo and Rosé.
  • BLACKPINK will embark on their world tour spanning seven months in over 25 cities, starting in Seoul in October.
  • “Born Pink” will be released on Sept. 16 and is the YG Entertainment girl group’s second studio-length album following 2020’s “The Album.”

K-pop girl group BLACKPINK have revealed the tracklist for their upcoming album “Born Pink.”

Following the reveal of their title track “Shut Down” on Tuesday, the album’s full tracklist was announced via BLACKPINK’s social media accounts on Wednesday. 

BLACKSWAN, the only active K-pop group with all non-Korean members, teases new music

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  • BLACKSWAN’s main rapper and lead dancer Fatou revealed that the group is preparing to release the “best song we've done as a group.”
  • With the recent departure of Korean members Judy and Youngheun, the group now consists of four members: Belgian-Senegalese Fatou, Brazilian-Japanese Leia, Indian Sriya and Brazilian-German Gabi.
  • Sriya and Gabi, the most recent additions to the lineup, joined in May after undergoing several months of training.
  • “Lumina, I know you've been ready for a long time.” Fatou shared. “I know. We are dying to come out too, but don't worry. We are working on new stuff already and it's good.”

BLACKSWAN, the only active K-pop group with all foreign members, is reportedly set to release a new single. 

With the recent departure of Korean members Judy and Youngheun, the group now consists of four members: Belgian-Senegalese Fatou, Brazilian-Japanese Leia, Indian Sriya and Brazilian-German Gabi.

BLACKPINK to make U.S. award show debut at 2022 Video Music Awards

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  • K-pop superstars BLACKPINK will make their U.S. awards show debut at the 2022 Video Music Awards on Aug. 28 with a performance of their upcoming new song “Pink Venom,” which is scheduled to be released this Friday.
  • The girl group is nominated for a VMA this year for best metaverse performance for their virtual concert collaboration with “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile.”
  • Group member Lisa is also nominated for an award this year for best K-pop for her solo song “Lalisa,” making her the first Korean soloist and first female K-pop idol to be nominated.
  • BLACKPINK’s new album will drop on Sept. 16, and their world tour, which will span seven months over 25 cities around the world, is scheduled to start in October.

K-pop icons BLACKPINK are slated to make their U.S. awards show debut at the 2022 Video Music Awards on Aug. 28.

The girl group quartet will perform their new comeback song “Pink Venom,” which will be officially released on Aug. 19. The track appears on their forthcoming album “Born Pink,” which is scheduled to be released on Sept. 16. 

Blackpink celebrates sixth anniversary by revealing next song title, world tour dates

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  • K-pop superstars Blackpink celebrated their sixth anniversary on Monday, announced the dates for their world tour and revealed the title of their upcoming comeback song: “Pink Venom.”
  • The song will be released on Aug. 19 at 12 a.m. EST, the music video for which YG Entertainment had previously said would be their most expensive ever.
  • Blackpink’s anticipated new album will drop in September, and their world tour, which will span seven months over 25 cities around the world starting in Seoul, then America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, is scheduled to start in October.

In celebration of their sixth anniversary, Blackpink gifted their fans, Blinks, with the reveal of their next comeback song’s title: “Pink Venom.”

A post to Instagram shows the title against a black screen with what appear to be pink snake fangs protruding from the top. The post lists the release date for the track as Aug. 19 at 12 a.m. EST and 1 p.m. KST. The announcement is a follow up to their music announcement trailer “Born Pink” last week, which also depicted the same pink fangs.

K-pop girl group StayC knows ‘We Need Love’ and drops new comeback ‘Beautiful Monster’

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  • K-pop girl group StayC dropped their newest single “We Need Love” today, led by the title track “Beautiful Monster.”
  • The single features three other songs: “I Like It,” “Love” and a remix of their title track “Run2U” from their EP from earlier this year, “Young-luv.com.”
  • StayC is one of the headlining acts for KCON LA 2022 next month and will also embark on a six-city U.S. tour with other KCON acts as part of the “KCON 2022 Rookies” ensemble.
  • The six members — Isa, Sumin, Sieun, Seeun, J and Yoon — debuted under High Up Entertainment in November 2020.

“StayC girls, it’s going down” again as the girl group released their newest single “We Need Love” today alongside the music video for the title track “Beautiful Monster.”

The single album comes complete with three other songs: “I Like It,” “Love” and a remix of their previously released title track “Run2U” from their February EP “Young-Luv.Com.” Every track on the album was composed and written by StayC’s High Up Entertainment executives Black Eyed Pilseung. Producers Rado and Flyt and veteran StayC collaborator Jeon Goon also assisted with song creation.

Aespa makes English-language track debut with ‘Life’s Too Short’

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  • K-pop girl quartet Aespa dropped their first English language song today called “Life’s Too Short.”
  • Originally performed at their Coachella debut, “Life’s Too Short” is one of two pre-releases alongside “Illusion” featured in their upcoming second mini album “Girls” out on July 8.
  • The sophomore mini album includes the namesake title track, “Illusion,” the English and Korean version of “Life’s Too Short” and previously released songs “Black Mamba,” “Forever” and “Dreams Come True.”
  • Aespa has an upcoming two-day showcase at the YouTube Theatre in Los Angeles on June 26-27 called “Showcase SYNK.”

After performing the song for the first time at Coachella’s main stage earlier this year, Aespa officially dropped their first English-language track, “Life’s Too Short.”

Part of the pre-release for their upcoming sophomore mini-album “Girls,” the music video for “Life’s Too Short” sees Aespa members Winter, Karina, Ningning and Giselle in a glossy early 2000s style, crooning about living their best lives while ignoring naysayers and the toxicity of people and social media. An earlier pre-release called “Illusion” surprised fans at the beginning of this month.

Weeekly’s Shin Ji-yoon permanently leaves group to focus on mental health

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  • Shin Jiyoon of K-pop girl group Weeekly has permanently left the group due to mental health concerns.
  • The lead vocalist and sub-rapper for the seven-member group took two mental health hiatuses: one back in August 2021 and another in March earlier this year. She has not resumed activities since.
  • According to IST Entertainment, Shin has dealt with anxiety since the group’s debut in June 2020.
  • Weeekly is slated to perform at HallyuPopFest in London next month.

IST Entertainment announced yesterday that Shin Jiyoon of their girl group Weeekly will permanently leave the group to focus on her mental health. 

According to the label, Shin has dealt with anxiety since Weeekly’s’s debut in June 2020. The seven-member group debuted with the album “We Are” and title track music video “Tag Me.”

K-pop girl group Loona to kick off their first-ever world tour with performances in 9 US cities

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  • K-pop girl group Loona announced today the first stops and dates for their first world tour.
  • The BlockBerry Creative girl group, alongside concert promoters MyMusicTaste, will visit nine cities in the U.S. starting on August 2 in L.A. and ending on August 19 in New York City.
  • Their world tour follows news of a comeback in the works slated for sometime in June, their first new album since their fourth mini-album, “&,” and the title-track music video “Paint the Town.”
  • All 12 members of Loona are currently competing in season two of the Mnet reality singing show, “Queendom.”

K-pop girl group Loona announced on Tuesday their first world tour, “Loonatheworld.” 

In collaboration with K-pop concert promoters MyMusicTaste, the Blockberry Creative 12-member girl group will kick off their world tour in the U.S., starting their nine-city run in Los Angeles on August 2. They will close out their U.S. leg in New York City on August 19. 

(G)I-dle announce dates and stops for 2022 world tour ‘Just Me ( )I-dle’

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  • K-pop girl group (G)I-dle announced their 2022 'Just Me ( )I-dle world tour today.
  • The Cube Entertainment girl group will start with two concerts in Seoul before heading to eight cities in the U.S. and parts of Mexico and then rounding out the tour with more stops in Asia.
  • This will be the first tour for the group as five members since the departure of Soojin.
  • Their most recent album “I Never Die” and comeback track “Tomboy” were released in March.

K-pop girl group (G)I-dle announced dates and stops for their upcoming 2022 “Just Me ( )I-dleworld tour today.

The Cube Entertainment group will start in Seoul for two concerts on June 18 and 19 before hitting eight cities in the U.S. as well as Santiago, Mexico City and Monterrey in Mexico. The tour will finally circle back to Asia with performances in Jakarta, Manila, Tokyo and Singapore.

Jiho departs from K-pop girl group Oh My Girl after seven years

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  • Jiho is departing K-pop girl group Oh My Girl after seven years, after having decided not to renew her contract.
  • All six other members of the group under WM Entertainment have renewed their respective contracts.
  • Jiho shared a heartfelt, handwritten letter to fans (collectively referred to as Miracle) on the group’s fan cafe to express her thanks and gratitude.
  • Oh My Girl debuted in 2015 with a self-titled album. Their most recent release “Real Love” comes off their second studio-length album of the same name.
  • The group recently celebrated their seventh anniversary since their debut on April 30.

Jiho is departing K-pop girl group Oh My Girl after seven years after having decided not to renew her contract with WM Entertainment. 

WM Entertainment released a statement yesterday confirming the news. All six other members — Hyojung, Mimi, Arin, YooA, Seunghee and Yubin (formerly known as Binnie) — however, have renewed their contracts.