Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: March 29 – April 4, 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 only be mentioned if there is an idol or idol group involved.

News to Note

  • Back in February, member of The Boyz Sunwoo was accused of school violence and bullying, which his agency Cre.ker Entertainment denied. This week, the accuser posted again to say that they had made the allegations up and apologized. You can read translations of their letter and Cre.ker Entertainment’s statement here.
  • Boy group HOTSHOT has disbanded after about seven years together. The group was probably best known for member Ha Sungwoon, who competed on Produce 101 and became a member of Wanna One (though he has not promoted with the group since appearing on that show). Several other members also participated in survival shows: Taehyun also went on Produce 101 and was part of the project group JBJ, while Timoteo and Hojung competed on The Unit (and Hojung made it into the resulting group UNB). You can read a translation of Star Crew Entertainment’s statement here.
  • Hwasa is the third MAMAMOO member to renew her contract with RBW Entertainment. Solar and Moonbyul did so earlier this year, leaving Wheein as the final member still in contract negotiations. Even if Wheein does choose to leave RBW, the agency has said that MAMAMOO is not going to disband.
  • Following the rumors of historical distortion in upcoming drama Snowdrop starring BLACKPINK’s Jisoo (mentioned last week), JTBC released an additional statement with more details. You can read a translation of it here.
  • Three former members of gugudan have left Jellyfish Entertainment following the expiration of their contracts: Mimi, Soyee, and Nayoung. Each of them posted a letter to their fans on Instagram; you can translations of each of the posts here.
  • INFINITE’s Dongwoo and Sungyeol have left Woollim Entertainment after the expiration of their contracts. This means that Woohyun and Sungjong are the two remaining INFINITE members who are still at Woollim Entertainment, though they are currently fulfilling their military service. You can read a translation of Woollim’s statement here.
  • MNET denied rumors of a feud with Starship Entertainment this week when Cosmic Girls did not appear on M! Countdown to promote their new song. According to MNET, the reason was because Starship requested that Cosmic Girls perform two songs but there wasn’t enough airtime. (Since Kingdom started airing, the length of the M! Countdown broadcast has been shortened.) You can read a translation of MNET’s statement here.
    • It’s worth noting that some people think that the reason MNET and Starship have been feuding is because Monsta X turned down an offer to appear on Kingdom, and that this is the latest instance of that conflict. (Other Starship artists like CRAVITY and Jeong Sewoon have not appeared on M! Countdown recently.) However, there is no concrete evidence of this.
  • It seems like Laboum might be the new girl group to follow in Brave Girls’ footsteps: their 2016 song “Journey to Atlantis” has been climbing up the charts again, and they’re considering promoting the song on music shows again.
  • Play M Entertainment announced that they have taken legal action on behalf of Apink’s Chorong against a former childhood friend who has been threatening her to end her career. You can read a translation of their statement about it here.
  • HYBE (formerly Big Hit Entertainment) has merged with American company Ithaca Holdings after Big Hit America acquired a 100% stake in the company. Through this business arrangement, HYBE also acquires Scooter Braun Projects, which manages artists like Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Justin Bieber. (Scooter Braun will be joining the board of directors for HYBE as part of the deal.) You can read more information about it here.
  • A.C.E member Wow will be going on a temporary hiatus for health-related reasons, meaning that he will not be actively promoting with A.C.E for their upcoming April comeback. You can read a translation of Beat Interactive’s statement about it here.

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.)

Kim Sungkyu (INFINITE), “Hush” (3/29)*

Kim Sejeong, “Warning” feat. lIlBOI (3/30)

Park Bom, “Do Re Mi Fa Sol” feat. Changmo (3/31)

T1419, “Exit” (3/31)

Kang Seungyoon (WINNER), “아이야 (IYAH)” (3/29)

Baekhyun (EXO), “Bambi” (3/30)

Cosmic Girls/WJSN, “Unnatural” (3/31)

Hoshi (SEVENTEEN), “Spider” (Mixtape release, 4/2)

*”Hush” is Sungkyu’s last release under Woollim Entertainment, though he remains a member of INFINITE.

Coming Up Next Week

Monday (4/5)Tuesday (4/6)Wednesday (4/7)Thursday (4/8)Friday (4/9)
(Red Velvet)
Kim JaehwanOnlyOneOf
Lee Jinhyuk (UP10TION)LunarsolarBAE173

This Week’s Music Show Wins

The Show (SBS MTV)No broadcast/winner
Show Champion (MBC)No broadcast/winner
M! Countdown (MNET)IU, “Lilac” (1st win)
Music Bank (KBS)IU, “Celebrity
Music Core (MBC)No broadcast/winner
Inkigayo (SBS)IU, “Lilac” (2nd win)

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 have included all the categories in the table because many of the charting songs are K-pop or K-pop related. To see a full breakdown of the chart, you can go here.

Album SalesIU,
Super Junior,
The Renaissance
NCT 127,
NCT #127
Take Over the Moon – Sequel
Overall DigitalBrave Girls,
Im Young Woong, “My Starry Love”IU,
“On the Ground”
StreamingBrave Girls,
“On the Ground”
Yoseob (Highlight) and Eunji (Apink), “Love Day (2021)”IU,
DownloadsIm Young Woong, “My Starry Love”IU,
“Don’t Call Me”
SocialBTSBLACKPINKIm Young Woong Lee Chan WonRosé

NOTE: NCT 127’s appearance on the album chart is especially interesting because NCT #127 is their debut album that was released nearly five years ago.

Other Charting News

  • IU’s “Lilac” achieved a Perfect All-Kill several days after its release. (She had a Certified All-Kill when I posted last week’s recap, and this happened just after.) This is her second Perfect All-Kill this year after “Celebrity.”

The International Side of K-pop

  • BTS’s “Dynamite” placed #26 on the Billboard “Hot 100,” marking its 31st week on the chart.
    • BTS has also become the first Korean artist to receive a BRIT Awards nomination (for Best International Group).
  • ITZY’s music video for “Wannabe” became their first to reach 300 million views on YouTube.
    • ITZY is also the first K-pop group to become global spokesmodels for American makeup brand Maybelline New York.

Notable Variety Shows Featuring K-pop Idols

Weekly IdolKnowing BrothersAmazing Saturday
This WeekATEEZBrave GirlsAkdong Musician
Next WeekBrave GirlsNon-idol girlsOh My Girl
(Hyojung and Jihyo)

Other Variety Shows or Segments

  • BTS had their own talk show special “Let’s BTS” on KBS. It might be available on YouTube depending on your country (it’s not available in mine). Soompi made a summary of it here.
  • Survival show Kingdom started this week, featuring groups BTOB, iKON, SF9, The Boyz, Stray Kids, and ATEEZ. Depending on your country, the first episode’s performances might be available on YouTube.
  • SEVENTEEN performed “HIT” on The Ellen Degeneres Show, which you can watch here.

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: Starship Entertainment (Cosmic Girls)

VIDEO SOURCES: YouTube*, D-Nation Entertainment (Park Bom), Jellyfish Entertainment (Kim Sejeong), MLD Entertainment (T1419), Pledis Entertainment (Hoshi), SM Entertainment (Baekhyun), Starship Entertainment (Cosmic Girls/WJSN), Woollim Entertainment (Kim Sungkyu), YG Entertainment (Kang Seungyoon), The Ellen Degeneres Show
*The music video for “Do Re Mi Fa Sol” is distributed by Stone Music Entertainment. The music video for “Spider” is distributed by HYBE Labels (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment).

OTHER SOURCES:  YouTube, Wikipedia, BillboardGaon Chart, KBS, MBC, MNET, SBS

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