Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: March 22 – 28, 2021

A summary of the news, current and upcoming comebacks, charts and music show wins, and more!

NOTE: Except in special cases, the news recapped in these posts will refer to K-pop only. K-dramas, variety shows, and other forms of entertainment will generally only be mentioned if there is an idol or idol group involved. This time, however, I am covering news about a couple of K-dramas because that’s really hot issue here in South Korea this week – even my co-workers, who almost never mention anything related to K-pop or K-dramas, have brought it up to me. Therefore, I consider it pretty big news.

News to Note

  • JYP has entered into a business partnership with Chinese company Tencent Music Entertainment. You can read more about it here.
  • DAY6’s Jae shut down his Twitch channel after he was heard making remarks that some considered inappropriate during one of his streams. You can read more about the situation and his apology here.
  • WM Entertainment has released another statement about taking legal action against songwriter and producer Tank for harassing Oh My Girl member Seunghee. You can read a translation here.
  • SBS period drama Joseon Exorcist was canceled after two episodes when it was criticized for distorting history by using Chinese product placement. (Note that there is currently some tension between South Korea and China – particularly over the origins of highly important aspects of traditional Korean culture like kimchi and the hanbok – so this plays a major factor in the general public’s response.) You can read a translation of SBS’s initial statement about it here, a translation of their cancellation announcement here, and translations of apologies from the cast and crew here (Jang Dong Yoon), here (Park Sung Yoon and Lee Yoo Bi), and here (the director, the screenwriter, and the other main cast).
  • Actress Seo Shin Ae made a post on Instagram saying that (G)I-DLE’s Soojin bullied her when they were in middle school. (Soojin had previously denied this rumor in both of her statements addressing all the bullying allegations leveled against her.) You can read a translation of the post here.
  • SPIRE Entertainment has announced they will debut OMEGA X, a boy group whose members have all previously debuted in other groups – most of which have disbanded at this point. Many of the members have also appeared on survival shows like Produce 101, The Unit, Mix Nine, and Under Nineteen. You can read more about it here.
  • Snowdrop, the upcoming JTBC drama starring BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, was criticized for possible historical distortion when parts of the plot were leaked online. Snowdrop is set in the late 1980s, which is a very important time period in South Korea’s contemporary history. I am not well-versed enough in South Korean history to feel that I can fully explain the situation, so I’ve linked this article that details why this is so important to South Koreans. It also provides a translation of JTBC’s statement on the matter.

This Week’s Debuts and Comebacks

(Please note that I won’t necessarily link every release that came out this week – just the ones that I’m aware of or popped up on my radar. The same is true of the “Coming Up Next Week” category.)

IU, “Lilac” (3/25)

Sorn (CLC), “Run” (special single – 3/23)

IU, “Coin” (3/26)

Coming Up Next Week

Monday (3/29)Tuesday (3/30)Wednesday (3/31)Thursday (4/1)Friday (4/2)
Yoon (WINNER),
solo debut
Baekhyun (EXO)Park Bom
DKBCosmic Girls (WJSN)
Kim Sejeong

This Week’s Music Show Wins

The Show (SBS MTV)Im Young Woong, “My Starry Love” (2nd win)
Show Champion (MBC)Rosé (BLACKPINK), “On the Ground” (1st win)*
M! Countdown (MNET)Rosé (BLACKPINK), “On the Ground” (2nd win)
Music Bank (KBS)Rosé (BLACKPINK), “On the Ground” (3rd win)
Music Core (MBC)Rosé (BLACKPINK), “On the Ground” (4th win)
Inkigayo (SBS)Rosé (BLACKPINK), “On the Ground” (5th win)

*Rosé’s first win for “On the Ground” was also her first music show win as a solo artist.

Album Sales, Streaming, and Charting

Gaon Chart

NOTE 1: Gaon‘s weekly charts reflect the previous week.

NOTE 2: Because not many K-pop songs make it onto the digital charts, I’ll only list the Top 5 for album sales and the social chart. Then I’ll make notes of any K-pop songs that placed high on the digital charts. However, this week I put all the categories in the table because most of them are K-pop songs. To see a full breakdown of the chart, you can go here.

Album SalesSuper Junior, The RenaissanceRosé (BLACKPINK),
Kick Back
Overall DigitalBrave Girls,
Im Young Woong,
“My Starry Love”
“On the Ground”
Yoseob (HIGHLIGHT) and Eunji (Apink),
“Love Day (2021)”
StreamingBrave Girls,
“On the Ground”
Yoseob and Eunji,
“Love Day (2021)”
Digital DownloadsIm Young Woong,
“My Starry Love”
“Feel Like”
“Don’t Call Me”
Kang Daniel,
“DO or NOT”
SocialBTSBLACKPINKIm Young Woong Lee Chan WonRosé

Other Charts

  • IU’s new single “Lilac” received a Certified All-Kill less than two days after its release.

The International Side of K-pop

  • Rosé (BLACKPINK) ranked #70 on Billboard‘s “Hot 100” with her song “On the Ground,” making it the highest-ranked single on the chart by a Korean female solo artist. “On the Ground” also ranked #1 on both the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts, making her the artist to have topped the Global Excl. U.S. chart both as part of a group and as a soloist.
    • Rosé will also be the first K-pop soloist to be a guest star on The Kelly Clarkson Show. She will appear on the March 29th episode.
  • BTS’s “Dynamite” ranked #34 on Billboard‘s “Hot 100” in its 30th week on the chart.
  • SEVENTEEN will perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show on April 1st.
  • The following K-pop music videos reached viewer milestones on YouTube:
    • TWICE’s “Like Ooh-Ahh” reached 400 million views.
    • IU’s “BBIBBI” is her first music video to reach 200 million views.
    • BTS’s “Dynamite” is the fastest K-pop group music video to reach 950 million views.
    • BTS’s “Life Goes On” also hit 300 million views.

Drama and Variety Show News (Related to K-pop)

  • Super Junior’s Kyuhyun will be one of the MCs for the upcoming spinoff of reality show Sing Again.
  • The Box, a film starring EXO’s Chanyeol, was released on March 24.
  • Victon’s Byungchan has been confirmed to join the cast of Yeonmo, which also stars SF9’s Rowoon.
  • 2PM’s Nichkhun and Chansung filmed cameo roles for the currently airing drama Vincenzo (fellow member Taecyeon is one of the main actors).

Notable Variety Shows Featuring K-pop Idols

Weekly IdolKnowing BrothersAmazing Saturday
This WeekVERIVERYNon-idol guestsASTRO (Eunwoo and Sanha)
Next WeekATEEZBrave GirlsAkdong Musician

Other Variety Shows or Segments

  • BTS appeared on the March 24th broadcast of You Quiz on the Block as the episode’s guests. You can read a recap of the episode here.
  • Brave Girls will appear on Running Man as guest stars next week.

SOURCES NOTE: I get my news from a mix of sources, and all of them report the same information and sometimes cite each other as well. So rather than linking the exact article for each and every news item (unless the article provides a lot more detail), I will cite my general news sources below. Each of them will most likely have an article and/or tweet providing more details on the item in question.

MY REGULAR NEWS SOURCES: Soompi, Omona They Didn’t (Livejournal), The Seoul Story (Twitter @theseoulstory), and Girl Group Zone! (Twitter @girlgroupzone)

FEATURED IMAGE SOURCE: Edam Entertainment (IU)

VIDEO SOURCES: YouTube, Cube Entertainment (Sorn), Edam Entertainment* (IU)
*IU’s music videos are also distributed by 1theK.

OTHER SOURCES:  YouTube, Wikipedia, BillboardGaon Chart, KBS, MBC, MNET, SBS, The Diplomat (1)

2 thoughts on “Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: March 22 – 28, 2021

    1. I know right??? Like I said, my coworkers rarely bring up K-drama or K-pop stuff – but the past few days it’s all they talk about at lunch. I’ve heard “Do you know Joseon Exorcist?” or “Do you know Snowdrop?” so many times!

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