Katherine’s K-Pop Recap: July 26-August 1, 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

  • The Fact Music Awards will be held online on October 2. You can read more details about it here.
  • C9 Entertainment canceled their planned merchandise for CIX’s 2nd anniversary after people voiced their worries about plagiarism – the CIX members wore tennis outfits in the teaser photos that looked similar to the uniforms worn by characters in Japanese manga/anime series Prince of Tennis. You can read a translation of C9 Entertainment’s statement here.
  • An extra on upcoming KBS drama Yeonmo contracted COVID-19, a drama that SF9’s Rowoon is starring in. Rowoon didn’t have contact with the extra because he wasn’t there for that day of filming (he was promoting with SF9), and he doesn’t need to get testing. Victon’s Byungchan, who is also acting in the drama, had a similar situation. You can read more about the situation here.
  • Back in March, there was some controversy surrounding upcoming JTBC drama Snowdrop when details of the plot were leaked online and people became concerned about historical accuracy and the depiction of certain characters. (Snowdrop will star BLACKPINK’s Jisoo and will serve as her acting debut.) A petition to suspend filming reached around 220,000 signatures and made it to the Blue House, who released a statement about it this week. It simultaneously addresses the canceled drama Joseon Exorcist, which was heavily criticized for similar reasons. You can read a translation of the statement and learn more about the situation here.
  • Weeekly member Jiyoon will be taking a temporary hiatus for mental health reasons and will not be part of the group’s August comeback. You can read a translation of Play M’s statement about it here.
  • Monsta X’s Hyungwon has tested negative for COVID-19 after someone on the set of his upcoming drama contracted the virus. Since he is considered a close contact, he will still go into self-isolation despite his test result.

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.)

D.O. (EXO), “Rose” (*SOLO DEBUT* 7/26)

Dreamcatcher, “BEcause” (7/30)

Kangta, “Christmas in July”
(7/28 – special single)

Jackson (GOT7), “Drive You Home” with Internet Money (7/29 – English single)

Akdong Musician, “NAKKA” with IU (7/26)

Monsta X, “Kiss or Death” (7/26 – single for Universe)

Solar and Moonbyul (MAMAMOO), “Promise You”
(7/28 – special single)

This is a remake of a song originally by VIBE, and it’s the first song in a project celebrating the group’s upcoming 20th anniversary.

Jinyoung (GOT7), “Dive” (7/29 – special single)

Coming Up Next Week

Monday (8/2)Tuesday (8/3)Wednesday (8/4)Thursday (8/5)Friday (8/6)
Golden Child
Jeon Somi

This Week’s Music Show Wins

NOTE: Many music shows have been canceled this week because of the Tokyo Olympics.

The Show (SBS MTV)No broadcast/winner
Show Champion (MBC)No broadcast/winner
M! Countdown (MNET)Jeon Soyeon (G)I-DLE, “Beam Beam” (2nd win)
Music Bank (KBS)BTS, “Permission to Dance” (6th win)
Music Core (MBC)No broadcast/winner
Inkigayo (SBS)No broadcast/winner

Album Sales, Streaming, and Charting

Gaon Chart

NOTE: Gaon‘s weekly charts reflect the previous week. To see a full breakdown of the chart, you can go here.

Album SalesBTS,
NCT Dream,
Hello Future
(Kit version)
NCT Dream,
Hello Future
Turn Over
Overall DigitalMSG Wannabe (M.O.M), “Foolish Love”BTS,
“Permission to Dance”
“Next Level”
Lee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
StreamingMSG Wannabe (M.O.M), “Foolish Love”aespa,
“Next Level”
Lee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
“Permission to Dance”
DownloadsIm Young Woong,
“Trust in Me”
BTS, “Permission to Dance”Jo Jung Suk,
“I Like You”
SG Wannabe,
“You’re the Best of Me”
Jang Beom June,
SocialBTSBLACKPINKTWICEKim Ho Joong Im Young Woong

The International Side of K-pop

  • BTS news this week:
    • “Butter” has reclaimed the #1 spot on Billboard‘s “Hot 100” from BTS’s other single “Permission to Dance,” and it’s now spent eight (nonconsecutive) weeks in first place. “Permission to Dance” came in at #7, which is actually the rank that “Butter” had last time.
    • “Butter” and “Permission to Dance” ranked #1 and #2 on Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart respectively.
    • BTS came in #1 on Billboard‘s Artist 100 for the 18th (non-consecutive) week.
    • BTS made their first appearance on BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge,” performing “Permission to Dance” and “Dynamite” as well as a cover of “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans.
    • According to McDonald’s, the BTS meal increased their global sales by 41% in the second quarter of the year. You can read more information about it here.
  • TXT’s The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE remains the longest charting K-pop album of 2021 on the Billboard 200, spending its 7th week at #181.
  • League of Legends virtual group K/DA’s 2018 single “POP/STARS” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States. (“POP/STARS” and several other K/DA singles feature the voices of (G)I-DLE’s Soyeon and Miyeon.)
  • The following K-pop music videos reached new viewer milestones on YouTube:
    • BTS’s “Permission to Dance” reached 200 million views.
    • BTS’s “Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” became their fourth music video to hit 1 billion views – following “DNA,” “Boy in Luv,” and “Dynamite.” The only other K-pop artists with four music videos over 1 billion views are PSY and BLACKPINK.
    • MAMAMOO member Hwasa’s “Maria” is her first music video to reach 200 million views.
    • Super Junior’s “Mr. Simple” is their first music video to hit 200 million views.
    • Big Bang’s “Let’s Not Fall in Love” also reached 200 million views.

Notable Variety Shows Featuring K-pop Idols

Weekly IdolKnowing BrothersAmazing Saturday
This WeekDreamcatcherNon-idol guestsNon-idol guests
Next WeekGolden ChildNon-idol guestsSummer Special: Wooyoung (2PM), Kwanghee (ZE:A), Minhyuk (Monsta X), Miyeon ((G)I-DLE)

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: Happy Face Entertainment (Dreamcatcher)

VIDEO SOURCES: YouTube, BBC Radio 1 (BTS’s “Live Lounge” performances), Happy Face Entertainment (Dreamcatcher), MAJOR9 (“Promise You”), SM Entertainment (Kangta and D.O.), Starship Entertainment (Monsta X)*, Team Wang (Jackson), YG Entertainment (Akdong Musician)
*”Kiss or Death” preview and Jinyoung’s “Dive” performance are distributed by 1theK.

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

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