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Blackpink x Selena Gomez, Twice’s Beyond Live virtual concert and Wonho’s solo debut: this week’s essential K-pop news wrapped

That Blackpink and Selena Gomez confirmed, Twice’s epic virtual concert debut and Wonho’s solo debut –phew, what a week in K-pop land

13 Aug 2020 - 3:15PM

That Blackpink and Selena Gomez confirmed, Twice’s epic virtual concert debut and Wonho’s solo debut –phew, what a week in K-pop land

Blackpink x Selena Gomez, Twice’s Beyond Live virtual concert and Wonho’s solo debut: this week’s essential K-pop news wrapped
AOA bullying scandal prompts calls for Seolhyun to quit TV drama cast, but crew member says singer-actress ‘will not be removed’

After Mina, a former member of K-pop girl group, self-harmed and hinted she was suicidal from being bullied, prompting her admission to hospital, there is pressure on AOA’s Seolhyun, who Mina said did nothing to stop the abuse.

12 Aug 2020 - 12:50PM

After Mina, a former member of K-pop girl group, self-harmed and hinted she was suicidal from being bullied, prompting her admission to hospital, there is pressure on AOA’s Seolhyun, who Mina said did nothing to stop the abuse.

AOA bullying scandal prompts calls for Seolhyun to quit TV drama cast, but crew member says singer-actress ‘will not be removed’
South Korean drag queen from Mamamoo and Brown Eyed Girls K-pop videos on haters, the Itaewon incident and changing negative perceptions

South Korean drag queen Nana has featured in K-pop music videos for Mamamoo and Brown Eyed Girls and has spent years trying to make drag more acceptable in the community, but was rocked by a recent incident.

12 Aug 2020 - 6:34AM

South Korean drag queen Nana has featured in K-pop music videos for Mamamoo and Brown Eyed Girls and has spent years trying to make drag more acceptable in the community, but was rocked by a recent incident.

South Korean drag queen from Mamamoo and Brown Eyed Girls K-pop videos on haters, the Itaewon incident and changing negative perceptions
The dark secret of K-pop: the fan-girls who keep their love for their idols hidden from friends and family, fearing ridicule

BTS and Exo followers, like most K-pop fans, are known for their enthusiastic support of their groups. However, there is a small group of fan-girls, some who are adults, who keep their love a hidden secret, fearing ridicule.

12 Aug 2020 - 11:00AM

BTS and Exo followers, like most K-pop fans, are known for their enthusiastic support of their groups. However, there is a small group of fan-girls, some who are adults, who keep their love a hidden secret, fearing ridicule.

The dark secret of K-pop: the fan-girls who keep their  love for their idols hidden from friends and family, fearing ridicule
Mina, formerly of K-pop group AOA, in hospital after self-harm incident and Instagram post suggesting she could be suicidal

The former member of the K-pop girl group posted a picture of an injured wrist on Instagram, and wrote that group members, as well as the CEO of the company that manages AOA, ‘have driven one normal person to death’.

10 Aug 2020 - 11:22AM

The former member of the K-pop girl group posted a picture of an injured wrist on Instagram, and wrote that group members, as well as the CEO of the company that manages AOA, ‘have driven one normal person to death’.

Mina, formerly of K-pop group AOA, in hospital after self-harm incident and Instagram post suggesting she could be suicidal
First female K-pop singer to come out as bisexual announces break-up with girlfriend on Instagram

After coming out on Instagram last summer, K-pop star Som Hein posted the announcement of the break-up with her girlfriend on the same account. She is the first female K-pop star to openly declare her bisexuality.

7 Aug 2020 - 5:11AM

After coming out on Instagram last summer, K-pop star Som Hein posted the announcement of the break-up with her girlfriend on the same account. She is the first female K-pop star to openly declare her bisexuality.

First female K-pop singer to come out as bisexual announces break-up with girlfriend on Instagram
BTS Dynamite: what we know so far about the K-pop boy band’s explosive first English language single, releasing on August 21

Moved forward for fans in lockdown and now set for release on August 21, here’s the full story on the K-pop legends’ landmark first English-language single

5 Aug 2020 - 8:00AM

Moved forward for fans in lockdown and now set for release on August 21, here’s the full story on the K-pop legends’ landmark first English-language single

BTS Dynamite: what we know so far about the K-pop boy band’s explosive first English language single, releasing on August 21
Yoona of Girls’ Generation flouted coronavirus curbs at karaoke – then posted Instagram apology

K-pop singer broadcast live stream with fellow singer Lee Hyo-ri from a karaoke room despite South Korean government rule against visiting shared public spaces.

5 Aug 2020 - 2:16AM

K-pop singer broadcast live stream with fellow singer Lee Hyo-ri from a karaoke room despite South Korean government rule against visiting shared public spaces.

Yoona of Girls’ Generation flouted coronavirus curbs at karaoke – then posted Instagram apology
When Seoul had only two tourist hotels – and visitors who chose the downtown one risked malaria and a noisy awakening

The Korean capital had only one tourist hotel, run by an English couple, until a Frenchman built another in 1901, igniting a fierce rivalry that ended when his was destroyed by fire.

4 Aug 2020 - 3:15PM

The Korean capital had only one tourist hotel, run by an English couple, until a Frenchman built another in 1901, igniting a fierce rivalry that ended when his was destroyed by fire.

When Seoul had only two tourist hotels – and visitors who chose the downtown one risked malaria and a noisy awakening
New album from former TVXQ singer Yoochun in the making: can the K-pop singer come back after drug scandal?

After retiring from show business following a drug conviction in 2019, ex-TVXQ member Yoochun has announced his comeback with a new album, and an exclusive fan meeting and a mini-concert in Thailand.

3 Aug 2020 - 4:14PM

After retiring from show business following a drug conviction in 2019, ex-TVXQ member Yoochun has announced his comeback with a new album, and an exclusive fan meeting and a mini-concert in Thailand.

New album from former TVXQ singer Yoochun in the making: can the K-pop singer come back after drug scandal?
Blackpink announce first full-length studio album since band’s 2016 debut

The new Blackpink album, which drops on October 2, was called The Album in a teaser poster released by the K-pop group’s label. The first pre-released single received 100 million hits on YouTube in 32 hours.

30 Jul 2020 - 1:06AM

The new Blackpink album, which drops on October 2, was called The Album in a teaser poster released by the K-pop group’s label. The first pre-released single received 100 million hits on YouTube in 32 hours.

Blackpink announce first full-length studio album since band’s 2016 debut
K-pop kings BTS have a new single coming out on August 21 – and it’s going to be in English

What do all the different colours mean?

29 Jul 2020 - 9:00PM

What do all the different colours mean?

K-pop kings BTS have a new single coming out on August 21 – and it’s going to be in English
K-pop queens Blackpink to finally release first full-length album in October

The next single from the record will feature a guest artist – but they’re not telling us who!

29 Jul 2020 - 1:24PM

The next single from the record will feature a guest artist – but they’re not telling us who!

K-pop queens Blackpink to finally release first full-length album in October
K-pop star Somi’s comeback single What You Waiting For was long overdue – so what’s next for the former I. O. I singer?

It’s been a year since her first and last single, solo debut Birthday – so what was the singer born Jeon So-mi waiting for?

29 Jul 2020 - 11:41AM

It’s been a year since her first and last single, solo debut Birthday – so what was the singer born Jeon So-mi waiting for?

K-pop star Somi’s comeback single What You Waiting For was long overdue – so what’s next for the former I. O. I singer?
BTS drop new English single to ‘boost fans’ energy’ during Covid-19 lockdown

K-pop boy band say the single, which is sung in English and comes out on August 21, is being released ahead of schedule to give their fans a lift during the coronavirus lockdown.

29 Jul 2020 - 3:56AM

K-pop boy band say the single, which is sung in English and comes out on August 21, is being released ahead of schedule to give their fans a lift during the coronavirus lockdown.

BTS drop new English single to ‘boost fans’ energy’ during Covid-19 lockdown
Super Junior’s Heechul, fans file police complaint against trolls, and K-pop star says ‘there will be no mercy’ for online comments

Kim Hee-chul has filed a complaint with South Korean police against dozens of people he says defamed and insulted him online and says: ‘They should be punished.’

27 Jul 2020 - 10:15PM

Kim Hee-chul has filed a complaint with South Korean police against dozens of people he says defamed and insulted him online and says: ‘They should be punished.’

Super Junior’s Heechul, fans file police complaint against trolls, and K-pop star says ‘there will be no mercy’ for online comments
K-pop superstars BTS set new Guinness record with ‘Bang Bang Con: The Live’ concert

Even in lockdown, the seven singers are unstoppable.

27 Jul 2020 - 1:33PM

Even in lockdown, the seven singers are unstoppable.

K-pop superstars BTS set new Guinness record with ‘Bang Bang Con: The Live’ concert
Privacy concerns see South Korean gay author’s books pulled by publishers – he outs people as homosexual without consent

Kim Bong-gon writes fictionalised accounts of life as a gay man in South Korea. Publishers have stopped selling his books, as they reveal private information of acquaintances without their consent.

21 Jul 2020 - 5:00PM

Kim Bong-gon writes fictionalised accounts of life as a gay man in South Korea. Publishers have stopped selling his books, as they reveal private information of acquaintances without their consent.

Privacy concerns see South Korean gay author’s books pulled by publishers – he outs people as homosexual without consent
Korean pop music archive digitised and reissued for vinyl lovers – it’s ‘our living history of K-pop’, record company boss says

Oasis Records Music Company, established in 1952 during the Korean war, has been digitising and preserving its music collection, which laid the groundwork for the K-pop industry.

20 Jul 2020 - 8:45PM

Oasis Records Music Company, established in 1952 during the Korean war, has been digitising and preserving its music collection, which laid the groundwork for the K-pop industry.

Korean pop music archive digitised and reissued for vinyl lovers – it’s ‘our living history of K-pop’, record company boss says
Exo’s Baekhyun, Sehun and Chanyeol pump out solo and sub-unit K-pop hits, while Suho, Xiumin and D.O. complete military service – but what’s Kai up to?

While Suho, Xiumin and D.O. complete military service, the other members of K-pop’s most popular 9-piece boy band have been keeping busy

23 Jul 2020 - 3:56PM

While Suho, Xiumin and D.O. complete military service, the other members of K-pop’s most popular 9-piece boy band have been keeping busy

Exo’s Baekhyun, Sehun and Chanyeol pump out solo and sub-unit K-pop hits, while Suho, Xiumin and D.O. complete military service – but what’s Kai up to?
Two members of iKon involved in a drink-driving car crash and could face charges: K-pop label apologises, promises investigation

iKon members Ju-ne and Jinhwan suffered minor injuries in the crash and were sent to hospital. The driver, an acquaintance who was also injured, was charged with drink-driving. The two K-pop stars could also face charges.

15 Jul 2020 - 12:45PM

iKon members Ju-ne and Jinhwan suffered minor injuries in the crash and were sent to hospital. The driver, an acquaintance who was also injured, was charged with drink-driving. The two K-pop stars could also face charges.

Two members of iKon involved in a drink-driving car crash and could face charges: K-pop label apologises, promises investigation
How Blackpink and BTS are bringing back the hanbok, a traditional Korean garment that K-pop fans around the world are falling in love with

K-pop groups Blackpink and BTS as well as a number of Korean dramas are making the hanbok – a traditional Korean costume – a popular item from the US to China, but some are still worried the outfit is losing its place in society.

15 Jul 2020 - 5:23AM

K-pop groups Blackpink and BTS as well as a number of Korean dramas are making the hanbok – a traditional Korean costume – a popular item from the US to China, but some are still worried the outfit is losing its place in society.

How Blackpink and BTS are bringing back the hanbok, a traditional Korean garment that K-pop fans around the world are falling in love with
Why Netflix’s Twogether is the reality show of the year – Taiwan’s Jasper Liu talks about working and travelling with Korean star Lee Seung-gi

It’s simple: two actor-singers from two cultures travel together to meet fans – what could possibly go wrong?

14 Jul 2020 - 6:00PM

It’s simple: two actor-singers from two cultures travel together to meet fans – what could possibly go wrong?

Why Netflix’s Twogether is the reality show of the year – Taiwan’s Jasper Liu talks about working and travelling with Korean star Lee Seung-gi
Monsta X comeback concert delayed while leader Shownu recovers from eye operation

Monsta X postponed the gig to allow Shownu time to recover from retinal detachment surgery. The concert will be live-streamed on August 9 on LiveXLive, a US platform.

13 Jul 2020 - 10:00PM

Monsta X postponed the gig to allow Shownu time to recover from retinal detachment surgery. The concert will be live-streamed on August 9 on LiveXLive, a US platform.

Monsta X comeback concert delayed while leader Shownu recovers from eye operation
‘We became close friends’: Lee Seung-gi on Netflix co-star Jasper Liu, meeting fans from Bali to Bangkok, and his personal travel style

Korean actor Lee Seung-gi and Taiwanese actor Jasper Liu teamed up for Netflix travel-reality show Twogether, and Lee enjoyed it so much, he wants to do a second season.

11 Jul 2020 - 12:15PM

Korean actor Lee Seung-gi and Taiwanese actor Jasper Liu teamed up for Netflix travel-reality show Twogether, and Lee enjoyed it so much, he wants to do a second season.

‘We became close friends’: Lee Seung-gi on Netflix co-star Jasper Liu, meeting fans from Bali to Bangkok, and his personal travel style
Why are Koreans rushing to buy expensive luxury goods from Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior – while ignoring discounts at local fashion brands?

Demand for high-end labels has seen them hike prices even further during the Covid-19 crisis, while Samsung C&T, LG and Kolon fashion brands flounder

11 Jul 2020 - 12:00PM

Demand for high-end labels has seen them hike prices even further during the Covid-19 crisis, while Samsung C&T, LG and Kolon fashion brands flounder

Why are Koreans rushing to buy expensive luxury goods from Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior – while ignoring discounts at local fashion brands?
Are BTS going back to school to delay their military service?

Could the K-pop icons be trying to buy time?

9 Jul 2020 - 7:30PM

Could the K-pop icons be trying to buy time?

Are BTS going back to school to delay their military service?
BTS members sign up for MBA course to delay military service, critics say

The boys of K-pop supergroup BTS have been accused of joining a graduate university programme to put off doing their compulsory military service in South Korea.

9 Jul 2020 - 12:45PM

The boys of K-pop supergroup BTS have been accused of joining a graduate university programme to put off doing their compulsory military service in South Korea.

BTS members sign up for MBA course to delay military service, critics say
First album by Irene and Seulgi of Red Velvet, Monster, shows K-pop duo’s chemistry as it tops the charts

Irene and Seulgi of Red Velvet have put the success of Monster, their debut album as a duo, down to their chemistry. The album hit the top of multiple music streaming charts worldwide this week.

9 Jul 2020 - 4:41AM

Irene and Seulgi of Red Velvet have put the success of Monster, their debut album as a duo, down to their chemistry. The album hit the top of multiple music streaming charts worldwide this week.

First album by Irene and Seulgi of Red Velvet, Monster, shows K-pop duo’s chemistry as it tops the charts
As Blackpink, Exo’s Baekhyun and Japan’s Nizi all top charts and break world records, K-pop’s global dominance is officially complete

Once dismissed as a passing fad, the global success of Blackpink and others proves K-pop will be a culture-shaping force to be reckoned with for years to come

7 Jul 2020 - 10:00AM

Once dismissed as a passing fad, the global success of Blackpink and others proves K-pop will be a culture-shaping force to be reckoned with for years to come

As Blackpink, Exo’s Baekhyun and Japan’s Nizi all top charts and break world records, K-pop’s global dominance is officially complete