Katherine’s K-pop Recap: August 9-15, 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

  • NCT’s Jungwoo and Stray Kids’ Lee Know have officially joined Kim Minju as MCs for MBC’s Music Core, replacing SF9’s Chani and fellow Stray Kids member Hyunjin. The trio hosted their first episode together this week and had a performance that you can watch here.
  • Former Big Bang member Seungri has been sentenced to serve three years in prison. He was previously indicted on nine different charges, including mediation of prostitution, gambling, and embezzlement. You can read more about the situation here.
  • Founder of YG Entertainment Yang Hyun Suk and B.I had their first hearing in their ongoing case. B.I is accused of buying and using drugs, while Yang Hyun Suk is accused of threatening Han Seo Hee – the informant and whistleblower – and trying to cover up the situation. (B.I was signed to YG Entertainment and was part of iKON at the time.) You can read more about what happened at the hearing here.
  • Cube Entertainment announced that Soojin has left (G)I-DLE. She was one of the first K-pop idols to be hit with bullying allegations earlier this year, and she had been on hiatus up until this point. You can read a translation of Cube’s statement here, but it doesn’t really provide any details or developments in the situation. (But the article links back to other ones that summarize all of the main events.)

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.)

Hyoyeon (Girls’ Generation), “Second” (8/9)

The Boyz, “Thrill Ride” (8/9)

Park Jihoon, “Gallery” (8/12)

Ten (NCT/WayV/SuperM), “Paint Me Naked”
(SM Station – 8/10)

ONF, “Popping” (8/9)

Ha Sungwoon ft. Don Mills, “Strawberry Gum” (8/9)

Hyolyn and Dasom (SISTAR), “Summer or Summer” (special single – 8/10)

Doyoung and Haechan (NCT), “Maniac”
(special single prod. Ryan Jhun – 8/12)

Coming Up Next Week

Monday (8/16)Tuesday (8/17)Wednesday (8/18)Thursday (8/19)Friday (8/20)
Red VelvetTXTPentagon (sub-unit of Kino, Yuto, and Wooseok)CRAVITY
CIX

This Week’s Music Show Wins

The Show (SBS MTV)ASTRO, “After Midnight” (1st win)
Show Champion (MBC)ASTRO, “After Midnight” (2nd win)
M! Countdown (MNET)Jeon Somi, “Dumb Dumb” (1st win)
Music Bank (KBS)ASTRO, “After Midnight” (3rd win)
Music Core (MBC)ASTRO, “After Midnight” (4th win)
Inkigayo (SBS)BTS, “Permission to Dance” (8th win)

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.

Gaon Weekly Chart

#1#2#3#4#5
Album SalesASTRO,
Switch On
Golden Child,
Game Changer
BTS,
Butter
Weeekly,
Play Game: Holiday
Dreamcatcher,
Summer Holiday
Overall DigitalAKMU feat. IU,
“NAKKA”
MSG Wannabe M.O.M,
“Foolish Love”
Lee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
ASTRO,
“After Midnight”
aespa,
“Next Level”
StreamingMSG Wannabe M.O.M,
“Foolish Love”
Lee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
AKMU feat. IU,
“NAKKA”
aespa,
“Next Level”
BTS,
“Permission to Dance”
DownloadsASTRO,
“After Midnight”
AKMU feat. IU,
“NAKKA”
Heize,
“On Rainy Days (2021)”
Mido and Falasol,
“Let’s Forget It (Drama Ver.)”
Jeon Somi,
“Dumb Dumb”
SocialBTSBLACKPINKTWICEIm Young Woong Block B

Gaon Monthly Chart (for July)

#1#2#3#4#5
Album SalesBTS,
Butter
D.O. (EXO),
Empathy
NCT Dream,
Hello Future
(kit version)
SF9,
Turn Over
NCT Dream,
Hello Future
Overall DigitalMSG Wannabe M.O.M,
“Foolish Love”
aespa,
“Next Level”
BTS,
“Permission to Dance”
Lee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
BTS,
“Butter”
StreamingMSG Wannabe M.O.M,
“Foolish Love”
aespa,
“Next Level”
BTS,
“Butter”
Lee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
Heize,
“Happen”
DownloadsBTS,
“Permission to Dance”
Im Young Woong,
“Trust in Me”
MSG Wannabe M.O.M,
“Foolish Love”
Taeyeon,
“Weekend”
MSG Wannabe JDSK,
“Only You”
SocialBTSBLACKPINKTWICEIm Young Woong Kim Ho Joong

Gaon Certifications

Group/ArtistAlbum/SongCertification
EXODon’t Fight the FeelingMillion (album sales)
SEVENTEENYour ChoiceMillion (album sales)
NCT DreamHello FutureTriple platinum (album sales)
TXTThe Chaos Chapter: FREEZETriple platinum (album sales)
TWICETaste of LoveDouble platinum (album sales)
IULove PoemPlatinum (album sales)
Monsta XOne of a KindPlatinum (album sales)
Stray KidsCle 1: MIROHPlatinum (album sales)
TREASUREThe First Step: Chapter TwoPlatinum (album sales)
BLACKPINK“Lovesick Girls”Platinum (streams)
IU“Celebrity”Platinum (streams)
Dua Lipa“Don’t Start Now”Platinum (streams)

The International Side of K-pop

  • BTS’s “Butter” ranked #4 on Billboard‘s “Hot 100” this week, while “Permission to Dance” placed #27.
  • TXT’s The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE continues to be the longest-running K-pop album of 2021 on the Billboard 200, placing #126 in its ninth week.
  • KCON has announced its fifth online concert series, “KCON:TACT HI 5,” which is scheduled to happen from September 18 to 26.
  • BTS has been nominated for 5 MTV Video Music Awards this year: Best K-pop (“Butter”), Best Pop (“Butter”), Song of the Year (“Dynamite”), Best Choreography (“Butter”), and Best Editing (“Butter”).
    • The other nominees for Best K-pop are Monsta X (“Gambler”), SEVENTEEN (“Ready to Love”), TWICE (“Alcohol-Free”), BLACKPINK and Selena Gomez (“Ice Cream”), and (G)I-DLE (“DUMDi DUMDi”).
  • The following K-pop music videos reached new viewer milestones on YouTube:
    • Jennie’s “SOLO” hit 700 million views, making her the first K-pop female soloist to ever do so.
    • Big Bang’s “FXXK It” reached 200 million views.

Notable Variety Shows Featuring K-pop Idols

Weekly IdolKnowing BrothersAmazing Saturday
This WeekThe BoyzNon-idol guestsJoy and Yeri (Red Velvet)
Next WeekONFNon-idol guestsNon-idol guests

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: The Boyz Twitter account (original Tweet here)

VIDEO SOURCES: YouTube, 1theK (“Maniac” music video), Cre.ker Entertainment (The Boyz), Maroo Entertainment (Park Jihoon), MBCKpop (Music Core MC performance), SM Entertainment (Hyoyeon/Ten), Star Crew Entertainment (Ha Sungwoon), Stone Music Entertainment (“Summer or Summer” music video), WM Entertainment (ONF)

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

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