NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1
Hello Hallyu+ users and welcome to this week's edition of ICYMI! We are very sorry for not posting last week, but we preferred to cancel the article due to the tragedy that happened on Sunday. We ask for your understanding.
To make up for it, we have compiled all new releases and forum updates from the last two weeks, in addition to the usual "News" and "Charts" portions. We hope you will enjoy the article!
BY BEEFY AND GALAXY
#1- After the tragic events of Sunday evening, several artists decided to postpone the releases of their new songs. Among them, Blue D's announced that her debut single "Nobody" would be posted on music platforms on December 2nd (so in a few hours, at 12PM KST). As for Crush, he will drop his 2nd full album on December 5th.
#2- Block B's Park Kyung is in trouble. Last week, he had posted a tweet that accused some artists of charts sajaegi. Even though he deleted the post and apologized, said artists have decided to take legal action against him. What do you think of his declarations?
#3- In more lighthearted news, BTS keeps getting international recognition and won prizes (Favorite Pop/Rock Duo or Group and Tour of the Year - the former for the second year in a row) at the American Music Awards. Congratulations to them!
#4- Last but not least, Billboard Magazine's staff listed what they consider to be the "100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s" in one of their new articles. Do you agree with this list, Hallyu+ users?
#1- We congratulate WJSN on grabbing their sixth win since debut on music shows! They took their new trophy home thanks to 'As You Wish', with 7370 points total! We are extremely happy for the group!
#2- After a year, CLC's Yeeun and NCT's Jeno have stepped down from their MCs positions on SBS MTV's The Show. We have enjoyed their presence on the program and will miss them dearly!
#3- Unfortunately, Produce groups IZ*ONE and X1 will not be attending MAMA this year due to Produce 101's infamous controversy. We are very sad to hear this news and wish the groups the best.
#4- Solo artist Hwang Chi Yeul will be making a comeback on December 3rd with a digital single 'No Title'! We are looking forward to his release!
#5- Baek Yerin, former 15& member, will be releasing an album on December 10th! This will be the idol's first record since her departure from JYP Entertainment. Are you looking forward to her future release?
#6- SNSD's Yoona and Astro's Cha Eunwoo will reportedly be the MCs for the 2019 MBC Gayo Daejejeon on December 31st! We can not wait to see them hosting!
#1- Sadly, another tragedy occurred on Wednesday, as the actor Godfrey Gao had passed away. He was the first Asian man to become the face of Louis Vuitton and was well known for his role in 2013's 'The Mortal Instruments'. We send our condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
#2- In other news, the lineup for the first-ever Ayakarnival idol live has been announced. This event is meant to showcase the most promising groups of the upcoming year and is organized by Momoiro Clover Z's Sasaki Ayaka! The lineup includes the groups: =Love, Coming Flavor (SKE48), EMPiRE, and Sasaki Ayaka herself. We are looking forward to it now more than ever!
#1- JYJ's Jaejoong will be making his long-awaited comeback in January of 2020! We are really excited and cannot wait for his new songs!
#2- On Thursday, we were given more details about Sejeong's upcoming digital single 'Tunnel' (with Dingo), as we learnt that the song was produced by Park Woosang. The man has mainly worked with Mamamoo, meaning we are in for a major bop!
#3- EXO will be meeting the cast of the movie '6 Underground' on December 2nd at the DDP Green Carpet Event! Should we expect a selfie of the group with Ryan Reynolds?
#4- WJSN performed for the ASEAN First Ladies at the 'ASEAN ROK K Beauty Festival'! We congratulate the group for having such an honor!
#5- Rookie group TXT will continue their promotions with their b-side 'Angel or Devil'! We are happy we can continue to be blessed by their performances!
#6- After a period of radio silence, Cherry Bullet's Linlin has opened an Instagram account. FNC Entertainment has yet to release a statement on the situation. What do you think is going on with the group?
#7- Last but not least, it has been revealed that the parents of the remaining TRCNG members have filed a legal suit against Wooyeop and Taeseon. Are you surprised by this development?
#1- To start off this day we were hit with some shocking news; Yeonwoo and Taeha had both left Momoland, and Daisy is still in discussion with MLD Entertainment. We are extremely sad to see them leave, and wish them the best with their future endeavors!
#2 Soloist Paul Kim made another comeback this year with a digital single titled, 'Single Heart'. Have you listened to the song yet?
#3- SNSD's Taeyeon fired back at former SM trainee Hong Minji after she claimed to have almost been a member of the group and said that she had been surprised to see them debut without her. Taeyeon shared that the group was not formed overnight and the members put a lot of effort into debuting. Do you feel like it was right for the Girls' Generation member to call her out?
#4- Super Junior's Leeteuk and ITZY's Lia will be the hosts of the 9TH GAON Chart Music Awards! The event will take place on January 8th, 2020! We are looking forward to seeing their dynamic!
#5- Park Jinyoung, known as J.Y. Park, has been confirmed to be attending MAMA 2019! We are very excited to see his performance!
#6- The new idol unit "Namie Women's Association" (JA Namie for short), is helping to revive the nuclear ghost town of Namie. The group (which was formed and is led by Clover Z's Sasaki Ayaka/Arin, and is comprised of Arin herself, four members of Amefurasshi and two members of B.O.L.T) will be holding a concert once a month in Namie in order to encourage people to return to the town. We truly hope this group will be successful in its goal!
#7- The Korea Singers Association calls for all portal sites (Naver/Nate) to immediately shut down comment sections on entertainment articles. This plan as been drafted following the passing of Sulli and Goo Hara. They also want the National Assembly to draft a bill that will punish those who create content to gain malicious comments and that will encourage act based content. We hope both actions will be implemented to protect artists.
#8- After months of investigations and trials, the molka group chat has been punished for their crimes. Jung Joon Young has been sentenced to 6 years, Choi Jong Hoon has been sentenced to 5 years, and Mr Kwon has been sentenced to 4 years in prison. Do you feel that justice has been served?
#1- The queen herself BoA will reportedly be making her comeback in December, and her new music video was reportedly filmed in the US! We simply can not wait for the release!
#2- Red Velvet's Yeri and Babylon have released a collaboration titled, 'I Will Be Your Warmth'! Make sure to go give the release a good listen!
#3- BTS made history by achieving a clean sweep winning all four daesangs at the Melon Music Awards 2019! The group won the following daesangs: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year! We congratulate the group on such a major achievement!
#4- Unfortunately, HALO's Kim Heechon has left Produce 101 Japan close to the final due to personal reasons. Produce Japan released a formal statement addressing his departure along with clarification on the Korean member's audition requirements. Make sure to check out the linked thread for the full official statement.
#5- Hollywood superstar Ryan Reynolds is said to be making a short guest appearance on SBS' Running Man! We can wait to see what antics ensue!
#6- Hello! Project will be initiating a trial run of allowing pictures to be taken at concerts. However, the company will not allow for-profit photography, professional equipment, and video recording. Japanese fans are opposed to it, as it could lead to performances being blocked and interrupted due to cameras and phones. We will be watching to see how this move will play out.
#1- Good news for Wanna One's fans: Ha Seungwoon and Park Jihoon will be attending Kim Jaehwan's first solo concert "Illusion" on December 14th and 15th! We're looking forward to seeing them together again!
#1- EXO - OBSESSION
EXO made sure this long wait for their comeback was worth it. They started off our week with the full album "Obsession" release and its lead single of the same name. "Obsession" connects EXO and their second, X-EXO persona in a dark, mysterious music video. The Members looked great and sounded even better in this dance track. We have been obsessing ever since, so do check out. Does EXO disappoint? I don't think so!
#2- SUNGMIN - ORGEL
Super Junior's member Sungmin surprised and delighted fans when he first announced that he would be coming out with a solo song. Last week "Orgel" and its mini album were released! The singer charmed us with his mellow, honey-like voice. The music box melody and guitar sounds helped to portray singer's emotions in this song and made his voice sound even more beautiful. We are sure you will enjoy this relaxing, gorgeous song, so check it out for yourself!
#3- WJSN - AS YOU WISH
WJSN sent us to space with their recently released song "As You Wish"! This marked group's return to their original concepts and gave us the opportunity to see how much girls have grown since then. The catchy chorus, adorable voices, gorgeous MV, powerful choreography and more are waiting for you in this song, so give it a listen and a look!
#4- IU - BLUEMING
The queen of ballads came back to conquer Korea and colored our Autumn blue. The long anticipated mini album "Love Poem" came with the title track "Blueming". The song is melodic and soulful, yet playful and cheerful. The pop track, her heavenly vocals and aesthetic MV set are just a part of reason why this song is playing non-stop for us.
#5- ASTRO - BLUE FLAME
Astro continues their flowery path of a maturing concept filled with great music. The latest to help pay homage to it is their 6th mini album and track "Blue Flame". The pop tune with a reggae beat at its heart and enticing dance breaks mark the new Astro sound, and we enjoyed it!
#6- GOLDEN CHILD - WANNABE
The Golden Child boys are no longer bright and cheerful. For the occasion of their first full album "Re-boot" and its lead single "Wannabe", the boys showed us a mature, more serious side of the group. The darker and sexier concept might be new, but sharp dance moves and well done verses building up to the catchy chorus is all the Golden Child that we know ! See for yourself how these men look in new style!
#7- AOA - COME SEE ME
A year after their last release "Bingle Bangle", AOA showed a new side to themselves with the mini album "New Moon". The lead single "Come See Me" is an electro pop dance track with a melodic guitar sound, catchy chorus and powerful members' voices that all helped convey coldness and loneliness of late night. The MV shows the members' bad ass side, a concept fans have been longing for! This release marks new beginning of AOA (hence the album title) and we couldn't be happier to see it!
#8- JYP - FEVER (FEAT. 수퍼비, BIBI)
Who does it like JYP? Truly no one makes us laugh and dance at same time like him. He stayed true to himself and painted his new comeback with "Fever" in his colours. The addictive pop tune is paired up with a bright, comedic music video that is sure to make you smile. So see for yourself what caused JYP's fever and how he cured it!
#9- AKB48 TEAM SH - WE WILL NEVER FIGHT
AKB48's Shanghai-based sister group AKB48 team SH came back with a surprise! For their album they decided to cover one of AKB48's most famous singles, "We Will Never Fight". Team SH managed to make song as powerful as it was in 2015 adding new, refreshing charms of their members. Check out how did Team SH look in this AKB48 song!
#10- FAKY - NEW WORLD
Jpop girl group, Faky, decided to make dance music trilogy with releasing three songs on "girl power" theme. Third of these singles, "New World", features a hip hop and EDM sound, beat drop chorus and bold dance breaks. A real treat for women empowerment! Check out this song and see how it was done!
#11- KANG DANIEL - TOUCHIN'
After his solo debut back in July, Kang Daniel made his first comeback with the digital single "Touchin'" . He went all out this time and combined various genres, such as rock, EDM and pop. The catchy melody accompanied with the cinematic MV was a real musical treat, so make sure to check out this comeback!
#1- EXO's 6th full-length album "Obsession" has sold more than 260,000 copies in only the first day! And what's more, it's 100% online sales only!
#2- SuperM's airline ad song has surpassed 10 million views on YouTube!
#3- GOT7's "You Calling My Name" has also surpassed 50 million views on YouTube, making it their fastest music video to reach the milestone!
#4- GAON has also released a new edition of their Observation Notes wherein Bolbbalgan4's "Galaxy" has been stated to have reached 200 million streams, Park Hyo Shin's "Wild Flower" has reached 5 million downloads, and many songs reached 2.5 million downloads!
It's that time of the month again - please help Admins and Founders choose the next "User of The Month"! There's not much time left for you to send your vote!
Here are the new awards that were added to our system over the last two weeks. You can request them here (don't forget to follow the instructions in the OP)!
Our Events Lead roseychu unveiled Hallyu+'s Winter Calendar! Visit the thread for a chance to win small gifts everyday!
Earlier today, she also announced the winners of November's Orbs giveaway! Is your username on the list?
On Wednesday, Rektinq posted the results of his "Make your own Kpop group" contest. Congratulations to The 5enses!
On Saturday, sooz made players search for "Rolling Pumpkins" all over Hallyu+, and Chomiczewska defeated them all!
Last but not least, we know some of you are currently participating in "Music Station", Riri's ongoing playlist contest! Good luck to all remaining players!
In the last two weeks, Shop+ has seen the addition of new plushies, SuperM's lightstick and numerous Kpop/Jpop albums (A.C.E, EXO, SHINee, GFriend, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu). Don't hesitate to pay the shop a visit when you finish reading this article!
Do you like writing short stories? If the answer is yes, you can participate in the Social Media's Christmas Writing Contest hosted by SM Lead meltrosz! Deadline is December 11!
Social Media Team also posted seven articles over the last two weeks!
- HyunA's single "Flower Shower", by Nara
- Kunio Kato's movie "Tsumiki no ie", by Idol Killer
- "Queendom"'s final songs, by Rektinq and yooamygirls
- Scandal's single "Saishuheiki Kimi", by meltrosz
- "Dodoro" (live-action movie), by Idol Killer
- Plusdays "Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day", by Nara
- "Kpop Idols who shine in Musicals", by Nara
Translation Team has been really prolific over the last two weeks! Here are all the new lyrics they've posted for Hallyu+'s users:
Your Woman Sleep with Others - Sleepless nights and haunting memories by sunflower
AOA - Magic Spell by Vivi
GWSN - Recipe ~ for Simon by Vivi
N.Flying - Waiting For... by Vivi
Mamamoo - HIP by yooamygirls
Momoland - Holiday by Vivi
ONEW - Illusion by yooamygirls
TOMORROW X TOGETHER - Magic Island by yooamygirls
WJSN - Badaboom by yooamygirls
WJSN - As You Wish by Vivi
AOA -(Joa Yo!)
EGOIST - The Everlasting Guilty Crown
IZ*ONE - Human Love
King Gnu - Hikoutei
Nogizaka46 -No you na sonzai
SCANDAL - The Ultimate Weapon, You
Suda Masaki - Sayonara Elegy
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