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K-pop Weekly: SM terminates contract with co-founder, BLACKPINK’s Jennie gifted custom Porsche and the 2022 AMAs reveal nominated K-pop acts

This week saw a plethora of new music releases from veteran idols and soloists alike. There was also a “League of Legends” collaboration, as well as some shake-ups with industry giant SM Entertainment and the addition of a K-pop category to this year’s American Music Awards. 

Music Releases Oct. 10 Monday South Korean “League of Legends” team T1 joined forces with boy group THE BOYZ and DJ Raiden for their theme song “Last Man Standing.” THE BOYZ member Sunwoo, a T1 fan himself, co-wrote the song. While the music video is out now, it will be released on all streaming platforms on Oct. 16.   For Generation 2 K-pop fans, Brown Eyed Girls’ leader and soloist JeA released a new single titled “Orange Drive,” which was co-composed by the singer and produced by VERYGOODS. Jea’s last solo “Greedyy” came out in 2020, featuring MAMAMOO’s Moonbyul. 

NCT’s Jeno teams with designer Peter Do to become first K-pop artist to open New York Fashion Week runway show

  • NCT’s Jeno is the first K-pop star to open a runway show at New York Fashion Week.
  • Vietnamese American luxury designer Peter Do joined forces with SM Entertainment's first initiative at the fashion event.
  • Do’s collection focuses on the concept of time and includes personalized invitations in the form of memory boxes, containing a CD mix featuring SM artists that Do listened to as a child among other items.
  • Red Velvet’s Seulgi will be a guest of honor, and SM trainees Shohei and Eunseok will debut at Fashion Week on the runway.

NCT’s Jeno became the first K-pop artist to open a runway show at New York Fashion Week, thanks to Vietnamese American fashion designer Peter Do. 

Do previously styled fellow NCT member Johnny for the 2022 Met Gala, but this is the first initiative from SM Entertainment at the iconic annual fashion event in New York City. Scheduled for Sep. 13, Jeno will help highlight Do’s Spring/Summer 2023 collections.

Aespa harassed during their performance at all-boys school, photos posted online with sexual comments

  • K-pop girl group Aespa was harassed during their performance on Monday at an all-boys high school, the alma mater of their label founder Lee Soo-man.
  • Four boys rushed the stage uninvited and took selfies with the girls, which were then posted online with sexually inapporiate comments.
  • The girls were also rushed at and touched while leaving the school, leading many netizens to criticize SM Entertainment for not providing enough security for the group.
  • Kyungbock High School has since issued an apology letter to SM Entertainment over the incident but took the apology down after it was met with criticism for blaming outsiders rather than taking responsibility for their students actions.

During their recent performance at an all-boys school, K-pop girl group Aespa was caught off guard when students rushed the stage and took photos with them, some of which were later posted online with sexual comments.

Coming off the heels of a historic performance on Coachella’s main stage, Aespa was invited to perform Monday at Kyungbock High School in Seoul during a school festival. The high school is the alma mater of Lee Soo-man, head of Aespa’s label SM Entertainment. Per tradition, many new SM groups have performed at the school.

‘Dreams Come True’: K-pop girl group Aespa to perform on Coachella’s main stage

  • K-pop girl group Aespa announced today that they will perform on Coachella’s main stage during weekend two of the festival, on April 23rd. It will be the group’s first live concert performance in the U.S.
  • Aespa is the first K-pop girl group to perform on the music festival’s main stage after Blackpink became the first ever to perform at Coachella when they took to the Sahara stage in 2019.
  • According to a press release from the group’s label SM Entertainment, Aespa will perform their hit songs “Black Mamba,” “Next Level” and “Savage” in addition to an unreleased track.
  • The group’s first and only other performance in the U.S. was in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last November.

Aespa made fans’ “Dreams Come True” when it was announced today that they will make their U.S. concert debut by performing at Coachella during its second week. They will be the first K-pop girl group to perform on the music festival’s main stage. 

Blackpink originally made history by becoming the first ever K-pop girl group to perform at the festival when they took to the Sahara Stage in 2019. Other Korean artists like Epik High, Bibi and Jackson Wang have already rocked the festival during its first weekend. 2NE1 leader CL even surprised fans with a group reunion performance. 

K-pop agency SM Entertainment to help Saudi Arabia develop its own idol training program

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A partnership between K-pop agency SM Entertainment and the Saudi Arabian government is reportedly in the works.

SM founder Lee Soo-man met with Saudi Arabia’s Princess Haifa bint Faisal Al-Saud and other government officials in Riyadh on March 23 to discuss exporting South Korea’s K-pop training system to the Middle East. The goal is to create a line of Saudi idols.  

Girls On Top: K-pop’s latest supergroup includes BoA, members of Red Velvet, Aespa, Girls’ Generation

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South Korean label SM Entertainment has announced the formation of its first female supergroup, Girls On Top, or simply GOT.

Who they are: The group, which will debut in January 2022, will consist of seven members from SM’s existing female acts. This makes them the apparent female parallel to the label’s own SuperM, which debuted in August 2019 and was called the “Avengers of K-Pop.”