Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: April 12-18, 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

  • YG is currently having (online) auditions for their next boy group. They are looking for young men born between 2002 and 2010. (I feel like I said something like this back when SM announced global auditions, but my 5th and 6th grade elementary school students were born in 2009 and 2010… I can’t even.) For more information, you can look here.
  • GOT7’s BamBam is temporarily pausing activities because one the staff members at his agency (Abyss Company) tested positive for COVID-19. BamBam himself tested negative, but is still self-quarantining.
  • I.O.I is planning a live broadcast for their five year reunion in May. (I can’t believe it’s been five years since the first season of Produce 101… everyone’s grown and done so much since then.)
  • aespa fans became concerned after seeing a behind the scenes video of a photoshoot where it appears a man is filming Winter with his phone camera. (Hidden camera type crimes and filming women without their knowledge or consent are VERY big issues in South Korea.) SM Entertainment released a statement about the situation, which you can read a translation of here.
  • The duo JBJ95, made up of former Produce 101 contestants and JBJ members Kenta and Sanggyun, has filed a lawsuit to terminate their contract with their agency Star Road Entertainment. You can read more about the situation here.
  • Cube Entertainment has announced the debut of a new group called LIGHTSUM. They did not specify whether LIGHTSUM is a boy group or a girl group… but based on the heavily pink aesthetic of the teasers, I’m going to go with the latter. (EDIT: I literally went to bed, woke up, and saw Cube confirmed it’s a girl group by revealing the first two members… I should have just gone with my instinct ^^”’) You can see their teasers and learn more about their name meaning here.
  • TREASURE’s Junghwan and Jeongwoo tested negative for COVID-19 after one of their schoolmates tested positive.
  • U-KISS’s Soohyun has left his agency after the expiration of his contract; he was previously with them for 13 years. You can read a translation of his Instagram post about it here.
  • Boy group BLACK6IX has disbanded after four years. You can read BLACKHOLE Entertainment’s statement here.
  • BLACKPINK’s Jennie recently came under fire when she posted photos of her trip to an arboretum on Instagram. One of the pictures showed seven people holding ice cream; some people construed this as a social gathering, which would violate South Korea’s current social distancing regulations. (Private gatherings are restricted to five or less.) Both the arboretum and YG Entertainment clarified that Jennie was at the arboretum for work purposes, meaning that the people in her picture were probably staff members and she didn’t break any rules.
  • There have been several recent developments in the bullying situation involving girl group April and their former member Hyunjoo. Back in March when many idols were being exposed for school bullying, Hyunjoo’s younger brother and her high school classmate made posts detailing that Hyunjoo was severely bullied by the April members and left the group because of it, not because she wanted to pursue an acting career. DSP Media denied the allegations, and it eventually escalated to the agency taking legal action against Hyunjoo and her family. (There are links to posts about all this in my March recaps). The newest events in this situation are as follows:
    • Hyunjoo made her own personal statement on Instagram about this situation; up until this point, she had not spoken about it publicly. In her post, she confirmed that she was bullied by the April members who were in the group at the same time she was. You can read a translation of her Instagram post here.
    • April members Chaewon and Yena made their own statements on Instagram responding to Hyunjoo and denying the bullying. This is also the first time any April members have publicly spoken about the situation. You can read translations of their Instagram posts here.
    • DSP Media also released another statement denying the allegations, which you can read a translation of 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.)

SHINee, “Atlantis” (4/12)

Kang Daniel, “Antidote” (4/13)

Kyuhyun (Super Junior), “Coffee”
Special single (4/13)

A.C.E, “Down” feat. Grey
Special single (4/16)

Wheein (MAMAMOO), “Watercolor” (4/13)

Yoon Jisung, “Love Song” (4/15)

THE8 (SEVENTEEN), “Side by Side”
Special single (4/13)

Coming Up Next Week

Monday (4/19)Tuesday (4/20)Wednesday (4/21)Thursday (4/22)Friday (4/23)

This Week’s Music Show Wins

The Show (SBS MTV)ASTRO, “ONE” (1st win)
Show Champion (MBC)ASTRO, “ONE” (2nd win)
M! Countdown (MNET)ASTRO, “ONE” (3rd win)
Music Bank (KBS)IU, “Lilac” (5th win)
Music Core (MBC)IU, “Lilac” (6th win)
Inkigayo (SBS)IU, “Lilac” (7th 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 usually 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. This week, I put all of the charts in the table because most of the releases are K-pop or K-pop adjacent. To see a full breakdown of the chart, you can go here.

Album SalesASTRO,
All Yours
Baekhyun (EXO),
Kang Seungyoon (WINNER),
(Red Velvet),
Like Water
Instinct Pt.1
Overall DigitalIU,
Brave Girls,
Justin Bieber, “Peaches” feat. Daniel Caesar and Given
Brave Girls,
Justin Bieber, “Peaches” feat. Daniel Caesar and Given
DownloadsIm Young Woong,
“Starry Love”
Lee Jinhyuk,
Kim Jaehwan,
“I Wouldn’t Look for You”
SocialBTSBLACKPINKLee Chan Won Im Young WoongRosé

The International Side of K-pop

  • BLACKPINK’s Rosé has officially earned two Guinness World Records:
    • K-pop soloist music video with the highest amount of views in the first 24 hours. (This beats the record set by PSY with “Gentleman” in 2013.)
    • First artist to rank #1 on Billboard‘s new global charts (specifically the Global Excl. U.S.) both as a soloist and as a member of a group.
  • BTS’s new Japanese single “Film Out” debuted at #81 on Billboard‘s “Hot 100,” their first Japanese song to do so. It also ranked #1 on the Digital Song Sales and World Digital Song Sales chart. “Film Out” is BTS’s 27th song to reach #1 on the World Digital Song Sales chart, which breaks their own record for artists with most #1 songs on that particular chart.
  • Chilean comedy TV show Mi Barrio recently came under fire for an inappropriate and racist sketch they did about BTS. Their network Mega TV eventually released an apology. You can read more about the situation here.
  • The following music videos reached viewer milestones on YouTube this week:
    • Momoland’s “BBOOM BBOOM” is their first music video to reach 500 million views. The only other two girl groups to have music videos with that high a view count are BLACKPINK and TWICE.
    • BTS’s “Dynamite” has hit 1 billion views, and is now the fastest K-pop group music video to do so. (The previous record holder was BLACKPINK with “DDU-DU DDU-DU.”) BTS now has 3 music videos with over 1 billion views, including “DNA” and “Boy With Luv.” They are also the only K-pop boy group to have any music videos with other 1 billion views.
    • BTS’s “Boy With Luv” also hit 1.2 billion views this week, making it the fastest K-pop boy group music video to reach that milestone. (The previous record holder was “DNA,” also a BTS song.)
    • TWICE’s “Yes or Yes” has reached 300 million views.
    • Red Velvet’s “Russian Roulette” reached 200 million views, their third to do so after “Bad Boy” and “Psycho.”

Drama and Variety Show Casting News

  • Yoon Jisung and AB6IX’s Donghyun have been confirmed to join the cast of I’ll Become Your Night. I mentioned last week that NU’EST’s JR has also been cast in this drama; all three will be playing members of a fictional band. Interestingly, all three of these also idols competed on Season 2 of Produce 101 – so they already know each other!

Notable Variety Shows Featuring K-pop Idols

Weekly IdolKnowing BrothersAmazing Saturday
This WeekCosmic GirlsASTRO (Eunwoo and Moonbin) + non-idol guestsNon-idol guests
Next WeekBrave GirlsHighlightTREASURE
(Jihoon and Jeongwoo)

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: SM Entertainment (SHINee) / While this is technically an image that can be found in their “Atlantis” music video, I got this specific picture from SHINee’s Twitter account (original tweet here).

VIDEO SOURCES: YouTube*, KONNECT Entertainment (Kang Daniel), LM Entertainment (Yoon Jisung), Pledis Entertainment (THE8), RBW Entertainment (Wheein), SM Entertainment (SHINee),
*”Love Song” music video is distributed by Stone Music Entertainment. “Side By Side” distributed by HYBE Labels, formerly Big Hit Labels.

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

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