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K-pop boy group CRAVITY make a ‘New Wave’ with fourth mini-album

  • K-pop boy group CRAVITY made a splash on Tuesday with their fourth mini-album “New Wave.”
  • The album includes title track “Party Rock,” their previously released English-language track “Boogie Woogie” and four other songs. 
  • Members Allen, Serim and Woobin all had a hand in co-writing several of the album’s songs.
  • CRAVITY debuted under Starship Entertainment in April 2020 with nine members.

K-pop boy group CRAVITY dropped their latest mini-album “New Wave,” led by the title track “Party Rock,” on Tuesday.

Aside from the title track, the mini-album includes five other songs: “New Addiction,” “Automatic,” “Colorful,” “Knock Knock” and their previously released first English-language single “Boogie Woogie.”

EXO’s Lay Zhang goes ‘West’ in new EP

  • Chinese singer, rapper and EXO member Lay Zhang, also known as LAY, released his new EP “West” over the weekend.  
  • The EP features five tracks in total: the prerelease title track “Veil,” “3 Wishes,” “I Don’t Care” and an English-language version of “Veil,” all of which were co-written and co-composed by LAY.
  • LAY is set to headline the inaugural MetaMoon Music Festival in New York in November.

Chinese singer, rapper and EXO member Lay Zhang – also known as LAY – dropped his new EP “West” over the weekend.

In addition to the title track “Veil,” LAY’s new EP includes four other songs: “3 Wishes,” “Understand,” “I Don’t Care” and an English-language version of “Veil.” LAY was involved with writing and composing every track on the EP.

EXO’s Xiumin shows off something ‘Brand New’ in debut solo album

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  • Xiumin of K-pop boy group EXO released his debut solo album “Brand New,” led by the title track of the same name, on Monday.
  • The album features four other songs including “Feedback,” which was arranged by Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar, and “How We Do,” which features NCT’s Mark Lee.
  • Prior to the album’s release, Xiumin worked on a few OSTs for K-dramas and also released a few unofficial solos, including “You” for the SM Station project.
  • He is now the seventh member of EXO to go solo.

With his debut album “Brand New,” singer Xiumin is now the seventh member of K-pop boy group EXO to go solo.

Xiumin’s debut album has four other songs: “How We Do,” which features SM Entertainment labelmate Mark Lee of NCT; “Feedback,” which was arranged by Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Caesar; “Love Letter” and “Serenity.”

All DAY6 members renew their contracts with JYP Entertainment

  • All four members of the South Korean boy group DAY6 have renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment.
  • Since DAY6 debuted under JYP Entertainment in September 2015, the recent news breaks the notorious “7-year curse” that several K-pop groups have faced.
  • Members Wonpil, Dowoon and Young K are currently completing their mandatory military service.
  • Leader Sungjin recently made his first public appearance since his military discharge, celebrating DAY6’s seventh anniversary with fans.
  • Wonpil, Dowoon and Young K, who make up the subunit DAY6 (Even Of Day), released “Darling of the Beach” in August, which was filmed and recorded prior to their military enlistment.

All four members of the South Korean boy group DAY6 have renewed their contracts with longtime label JYP Entertainment. 

JYP Entertainment told outlets on Monday that members Young K, Wonpil, Sungjin and Dowoon are sticking with them for the foreseeable future.

BLACKPINK make history with first-ever No. 1 album debut on Billboard 200

  • K-pop girl group BLACKPINK landed their first ever No. 1 album debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with “Born Pink.”
  • The new album reached 102,000 album units sold in the U.S. last week, making BLACKPINK the first girl group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since Danity Kane with “Welcome to the Dollhouse” in 2008.
  • BLACKPINK are also the first girl group to debut at the top of both the Billboard 200 and official U.K. charts simultaneously since Destiny’s Child 21 years ago.
  • The YG Entertainment quartet are set to embark on their world tour spanning seven months in over 25 cities, starting in Seoul in October.

BLACKPINK have “Shut Down” the Billboard 200 albums chart with their first album to debut at No. 1, “Born Pink.”

To achieve the Billboard milestone, BLACKPINK’s second studio album reached 102,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. last week. This makes BLACKPINK the first girl group to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in any country since 2008’s Danity Kane with “Welcome to the Dollhouse.”

VICTON’s Heo Chan suspends group activities after drunk driving incident

  • VICTON member Heo Chan was investigated by the police for a drunk driving incident on the morning of Sep. 20. 
  • According to a statement from VICTON’s label IST Entertainment on Thursday, Heo Chan will be suspended from all group activities moving forward. 
  • The K-pop act’s upcoming “2022 VICTON Fan Concert [Chronicle]” will be promoted with only five members.   
  • On Friday, Heo Chan posted an apology on his Instagram account.

Heo Chan of K-pop boy group VICTON has been suspended from group activities after being investigated by the police for a drunk driving incident on Tuesday.

VICTON’s label, IST Entertainment, issued a statement on Thursday saying that Heo Chan was cooperating with a police investigation. Per a translation from Soompi, the statement read: 

CIX member Seunghun reveals he was mugged in NYC

  • Seunghun of K-pop boy group CIX revealed he was mugged while in New York City earlier this week.
  • CIX was performing at the Korea-U.S. SMEs go TOGETHER event alongside K-pop soloist BoA and YG Entertainment boy group WINNER. 
  • During a livestream, Seunghun shared that he went out to get tacos sometime after the mini concert and was momentarily separated from his manager and bodyguards.
  • He was approached by six men who cursed at him and demanded all of his money, which he gave to them.
  • Seunghun assured fans that he is OK and is still excited to perform in New York.
  • CIX released their fifth EP “OK Episode 1: OK Not” last month.

Seunghun of K-pop boy group CIX shared during a livestream that he was mugged earlier this week in New York City.

CIX were in New York alongside K-pop icon BoA and YG Entertainment boy group WINNER for the Korea-U.S. SMEs go TOGETHER event, which was held at the The Rooftop at Pier 17.

Jun of K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN is in ‘Limbo’ with new music video

  • Jun of K-pop boy group SEVENTEEN dropped a new music video for his new solo single “Limbo” on Friday. 
  • “Limbo” comes in both a Korean-language version and in Jun’s native Mandarin.
  • This is his fourth solo single and his latest following last year’s “Silent Boarding Gate.”
  • SEVENTEEN will soon embark on the Southeast Asian leg of their “BE THE SUN” world tour.  
  • They will also perform at the first-ever LA3C festival on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

SEVENTEEN member Jun released his fourth solo single “Limbo” along with its music video on Friday.

“Limbo” comes in both a Korean-language version and in Jun’s native Mandarin. The single is the most recent follow-up to Jun’s 2021 song “Silent Boarding Gate.”  His other previously released singles include “Crow” and “Can you sit by my side?”

K-pop girl group Lapillus release new comeback album ‘GIRL’s ROUND Part. 1’

  • K-pop girl group Lapillus dropped their first comeback album “GIRL's ROUND Part. 1” on Thursday.  
  • The album is led by the title track “GRATATA” and includes other songs such as “Burn With Love,” “Queendom” and their debut single “HIT YA!” 
  • Lapillus debuted in June with members Chanty, Shana, Yue, Bessie, Seowon and Haeun under MLD Entertainment. 
  • They will make their U.S. debut at the inaugural KAMP LA music festival next month. 

K-pop girl group Lapillus are back with their new album “GIRL’s ROUND Part. 1” and the music video for their song “GRATATA.”

The comeback album includes four other songs: “Burn With Love,” “Queendom,” an instrumental version of “GRATATA” and the group’s June debut prerelease “HIT YA!” 

LOONA’s JinSoul sparks controversy with alleged beauty comments about pale skin

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  • LOONA’s JinSoul upset netizens after she made comments about wanting paler skin and being disappointed by how much she tanned during her group’s world tour.
  • While replying to fans on the Fab app, JinSoul said she had researched how to get paler, whiter skin and that hers should be returning soon.
  • Her fans alleged her comments were “colorist” and emphasized the fact that she just recently interacted with fans of all different backgrounds and skin tones across the world.
  • Others remarked that the idea of pale, white skin being better was so ingrained in Korean beauty standards that JinSoul may have been ignorant of the issue.

LOONA member JinSoul has come under fire for alleged comments about wanting paler skin. 

JinSoul was communicating with fans on the Fab app when one of them messaged the idol saying, “Jinsoul is so pretty because her refreshing facial features contrast with her pale skin.”

GOT7’s Jay B releases sophomore album ‘Be Yourself’

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  • GOT7 leader and soloist Jay B released his new album “Be Yourself” on Wednesday.
  • Paired with the album release was the music video for the title track “Go Up,” one of six songs on the album.
  • This is Jay B’s sophomore album following “SOMO Fume” in 2021 and his second release with CDNZA records after last month’s digital single, “Rocking Chair.”
  • Back in May, GOT7 returned to the music scene with their self-titled EP, their first comeback since leaving JYP Entertainment.

GOT7 leader and soloist Jay B dropped his sophomore album “Be Yourself” on Wednesday, along with the music video for its title track, “Go Up.”

Only a month after the release of his digital single “Rocking Chair,” Jay B returns with a six-track EP. Besides “Go Up,” the album includes “Break It Down,” featuring SIK-K, “Livin’”, “The Way We Are,” “Fountain of Youth” and “Holyday.” It is his latest album following “SOMO: FUME” last year.  

Mobile game ‘Cookie Run: Kingdom’ announces collaboration with BTS

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  • K-pop superstars BTS are collaborating with the mobile game “Cookie Run: Kingdom” for an in-game event.
  • The event, called “Braver Together,” will see the K-pop act transformed into their own Cookie and players on BTS-themed maps in the game, culminating in an in-game concert by BTS.
  • No official release date has been announced by the “Cookie Run: Kingdom” developers, South Korean game studio Devsisters.
  • “Cookie Run: Kingdom” is a free-to-play game where players can build towns and go on adventures fighting various enemies.

The mobile game “Cookie Run: Kingdom” announced a special in-game collaboration event with K-pop icons BTS.

The in-game event will be called “Braver Together.” A promo image shows the music septet in silhouette — or, in this case, cookie silhouette — form performing on stage for fans wielding lightsticks.