Holland, South Korea’s first openly gay K-pop singer, is planning a comeback slated for the end of March.
On Tuesday, singer Holland announced that he would be returning later this month with a new mini-album titled Nar-C on social media. According to the post, he will release his new record on March 31 at 6 p.m. KST.
According to other posts, the singer had made of social media the album will have two songs, including the title track “Nar-C” which will likely be about love. In subsequent teasers, Holland has included a single sentence that points to the theme of the song and album. On Wednesday he wrote “there was a boy who fell in love,” and on Thursday “The two boys have been dating for two years.”
Fans have expressed support and excitement for the first release from the singer since his last song “I’m Not Afraid” in July of last year. Since debuting with the breakthrough “Neverland” at the beginning of 2018, Holland had been praised for pushing the social boundaries of K-pop and for being one of the only LGBTQ figures in the spotlight.
Big Hit Entertainment has confirmed that BTS will release a new album next month with Seoul playing an integral part in its concept.
According to Big Hit Entertainment, BTS is scheduled to return on April 12 with a completely new album in a surprise comeback. The album titled MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA is the first from the group in about eight months.
During the second half of 2018, the group released the last installment in their Love Yourself trilogy with LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’ in August. The capstone to the trilogy saw BTS making impressive gains on Billboard’s album chart and streaming giant Spotify. Notably, it became the first Korean pop group to enter the top ten in Billboards Hot 100 chart with Fake Love, the title track from LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear.’
Starting in May the group will embark on a world tour with stops in Sao Paulo, London, Paris, Osaka, and more in addition to several in the U.S.
Apink’s maknae Hayoung shared on her Instagram with a picture promoting Apink’s new mini album ‘PERCENT’ released Jan 7 at 6pm (KST).
2019 has been with a busy start for many female Kpop idol groups like Red Velvet, BLACKPINK and now Apink as well. Apink’s 8th mini album ‘PERCENT’ was released on Jan 7 at 6pm (KST). What do PANDAs think of the M/V?
Apink’s Hayoung promoted her group’s new mini by sharing a photo with pink hair and background with the caption ‘%%’ the name of their title song, which means (응응) or yes yes in Korean.
BTS, GFriend, TWICE and EXID specially appeared on M Countdown’s 600th episode.
On January 3rd, Mnet’s M Countdown commemorated their 600th episode by the sudden appearance of top idols on air. BTS, Twice, Monsta X, BtoB, Mamamoo, Iz One and more were featured in special videos congratulating the show while GFriend and EXID prepared special performances to their past hit songs for the audience.
There were never seen performances by The Boyz performing as EXO and Fromis 9 performing as Girl’s Generation marking the younger artists honoring their predecessors on stage. Lovelyz specially performed their debut song ‘Candy Jelly Love’ in addition to special performances by Roy Kim, Laboum, Day6 and UP10TION.
The title of WINNER’s upcoming single has been revealed!
On December 14, YG Entertainment released yet another poster regarding the upcoming single of WINNER. According to the poster, the single is entitled “Millions.”
Furthermore, a source from the agency announced that the members had produced the upcoming single themselves. From producing to writing the lyrics, WINNER members took a total control, with a little bit of help from producer Kang Wook-Jin and Diggy.
Kang Seung-Yoon commented, “this single is rather sweet sounding. You can enjoy it however you like. I sincerely hope that this will warm your hearts and bodies during the cold winter. It is our end-of-year present to you.”
WINNER’s single “Millions” will drop on December 19 at 6PM, KST.
On December 14, YG Entertainment released a poster confirming the comeback date for boy group WINNER. According to the poster, the group will be making a comeback on December 19 with a single.
It’s been 8 months since they released their second full album EVERYD4Y in April. Afterward, each member took a break and focused on their individual activities. Song Mino released his first solo album XX of which title track “Fiancé” gathered a huge success.
Regarding the group’s comeback, Yang Hyun-Suk excited fans and said, “I want to give the best end-of-year present to both Winner and Inner Circle. I’ve got a good feeling about this single.”
On December 12, MNH Entertainment reported, “Chungha is planning on releasing a new album on January 2.”
After releasing her third mini album “Blooming Blue” in July, Chungha has been taking a brief hiatus from the industry. For the first time in 6 months, the singer announces new album release and excites her fans from all around the world.
MNH Entertainment continued, “this album focuses on Chungha more than her previous albums did. Therefore, it will show off a different side of the singer. Please look forward and send your warm encouragement as she prepares to return with a high-quality album.”
After debuting with “Why Don’t You Know” last summer, Chungha managed to hit a triple-success with “Roller Coaster” to “Love U.” As a result, the singer managed to solidify her place as one of the well-known and recognized Korean solo female artists of all.
Singer-songwriter Heize is returning just in time for winter!
On December 7, Heize announced the release of digital single via her official SNS account. According to the notice, the single “First Snow” will drop on December 14 at 6PM, KST.
Along with the announcement, the rapper also released two images that go along with the vibe of the upcoming track. In the pictures, Heize is dressed in a baby blue dress that reminds the public of princess Elsa from the famous Disney animation “Frozen,” increasing much curiosity among fans regarding the concept of the upcoming single.
Meanwhile, this upcoming track will announce the rapper’s first comeback in 9 months. After releasing mini album “Wind” in March, she has taken a small break from the industry. However, she is ready to release another winter song, hoping to provide warmth with her soothing and sweet voice.
On November 30, Red Velvet made a comeback with their 5th mini album “RBB” and title track of the same name. It was only three months after their successful “Power Up” promotions that the news generated much excitement from K-pop fans all around the world.
Especially when they revealed that the title track is “Really Bad Boy,” suggesting yet another “girl-crush, boy-killer” concept, fans were expecting a bop that would follow closely to the footsteps of previous hit-tracks of the similar concept, “Peek-a-boo” and “Bad Boy.”
And in one way or another, we did get something that was somewhat similar to them, with members running around busy trying to escape from werewolves in what seems to be an abandoned graveyard on a foggy night. It was a fun bop, indeed, with Wendy’s high pitch screaming (that was actually amazingly in tune) and a catchy “you’re a really bad boy” hook. Yet, there was something that kept pulling me back from adding the track into my daily playlist.
Despite the fans’ attempts to promote the track, “RBB” soon disappeared off many domestic charts. Tracks by other artists, such as Song Mino of WINNER and Wanna One kept pushing the track down the ranks, eventually letting even their non-title tracks to soar above the newest release of them all.
As a fan of Red Velvet, I was rather disappointed with the comeback. Usually, I am able to find a way to love all tracks no matter what, with “Rookie” as my personal hardest track to do so, but I just simply couldn’t figure out what was so charming about “Really Bad Boy.”
Here are two main things that I personally found the most disappointing about “RBB”
1. Hugely Miscalculated Timing
When they released the music video for “RBB,” it was quite apparent that the whole thing was based on a “Halloween” theme. The werewolves and pumpkins provided the spooky vibe to the video and the screaming from here and there added the horror to the song.
People started speculating that there must have been a huge miscalculation on SM’s marketing plans, since it was clear that the music video was meant to come out in time for Halloween, which was more than a month ago.
While other idols are trying to come up with their own Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé Christmas albums, Red Velvet is still trying to escape from ghosts, that is the ghost of their agency’s bad management skills.
Yes, “RBB” is catchy enough for the ReVeLuvs to swoon over, but it’s not strong enough for the general public to want to listen to them at near-Christmas time. For a track to succeed, it needs not only the support from their fans, but also the approval of the general public. “RBB,” by hugely miscalculating the timing failed to received the recognition of the public, which resulted in the rather disappointing results on various domestic charts.
Surely, the group has some other plan to celebrate the end of 2018. Maybe they are also preparing to drop their own Christmas album, ready to truly dominate the music market as they sort of failed to do so with “RBB.”
Whatever SM has in plan, they need to realize that “RBB” is not in any way the right way to end what could have been one of the most successful years of Red Velvet.
2. Been There, Done That
Previously, Red Velvet was known for being more successful with “red” tracks, such as “Red Flavor” and “Dumb Dumb” more so than their “velvet” tracks. However, with “Peek-A-Boo” and “Bad Boy,” they were finally able to gain the public’s blessing for their “velvet” tracks as well, as they stole the hearts of many with daring new looks. Thus, the group finally became Red and Velvet – proving that they are capable of pulling off both cute and sexy concepts.
However, I personally feel like they have gone slightly overboard with “Really Bad Boy.”
I could understand why they decided to make a comeback with another girl-crush look, as it has proven to be successful in the past, but it’s a fact that they have already, as commonly said, “been there” and “done that.”
Some of us are tired of these girls trying to go after the bad boys. I thought maybe it’s time that they showed off their amazing vocal skills in a different manner, as they did in “One of These Nights,” which was another successful “velvet” track.
The public knows what these girls are capable of. We know they have amazing vocalists and dancers. We know they can do more than just screaming and repeating “you’re a really bad boy” over and over again.
As important as it is to keep the materials that were once successful, it is also important to give them the music in which the members can showcase their unlimited potential as singers and artists. Red Velvet could have done better than “RBB” and I’m looking forward to what they will bring to the table for their next comeback.
Image Source – SM Entertainment
by. Dasol Kim
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Ladies Code announces first full group comeback in two years!
On December 5, several sources from the music industry reported that girl group Ladies Code is preparing to release an end-of-year “season song.”
This will be the group’s first full-group comeback in two years, since the release of album “STRANG3R” in October, 2016. As many fans have been patiently waiting for their return, this upcoming track will act as a special gift from the group.
Meanwhile, the members are currently focusing on individual activities. Ashley received lots of love from the public for her solo debut and Zuny launched her own reality YouTube show. Moreover, So-Jung featured in Mind U’s “Love Me,” and showcased her soothing and sweet voice.