Katherine’s K-pop Recap: August 16-22, 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

  • fromis_9 is changing agencies from Off the Record Entertainment to Pledis Entertainment, becoming label mates with boy groups NU’EST and SEVENTEEN. (And sort of with BTS, TXT, and ENHYPEN because Pledis is part of HYBE.) They’re also preparing for another comeback in September. You can read a translation of Pledis Entertainment’s announcement here.
  • There are rumors about two former IZ*ONE members joining Source Music (also part of HYBE) and becoming part of the agency’s new girl group. One is Chaewon, who was originally a trainee at Woollim Entertainment. The other is Sakura, who returned to Japan but decided to retire from her original group HKT48 this summer. There are also rumors that a third IZ*ONE member is in negotiations to join, but her identity is less clear. None of this news is confirmed by the agencies in question, so we’ll have to wait and see. You can see a news report about Chaewon here and one about Sakura here.
  • All four members of WINNER have renewed their contracts with YG Entertainment for five more years. You can read more about the situation here.
  • JYP Entertainment announced that TWICE’s Jeongyeon will go on hiatus again for mental health reasons. She previously took a break from activities around their comeback with “I Can’t Stop Me” last year, and returned in a limited capacity for June’s “Alcohol-Free.” You can read a translation of JYP’s statement here.
  • iKON’s Bobby has shared on Instagram that he’s getting married and will become a father in September. You can read a translation of his post here.
  • VERIVERY member Gyehyeon will temporarily sit out of performances for the group’s latest comeback after he injured his foot. You can read a translation of Jellyfish Entertainment’s statement here.
  • Starship Entertainment announced that they will debut a new girl group by the end of this year. Though they didn’t confirm any of the members, many people are expecting former IZ*ONE members Wonyoung and Yujin to be part of the group. (Both of them were originally Starship trainees and returned to the agency after IZ*ONE’s disbandment.)

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.)

Red Velvet, “Queendom” (8/16)

CIX, “Wave” (8/17)

Kim Jong Kook and ATEEZ, “바다 보러 갈래?”
(Special single, 8/16)

Yuto, Kino, and Wooseok (Pentagon) – “Cerberus”
(Special single, 8/18)

TXT, “LO$ER=LO♡ER” (8/17)

CRAVITY, “Gas Pedal” (8/19)

Ten and YangYang (WayV), “Low Low”
(Special single, 8/17)

Pentatonix ft. ATEEZ (Jongho, Yunho, San) – “A Little Space” (Collaboration, 8/21)

(Not technically K-pop, but I wanted to include it because I’ve been listening to Pentatonix forever and I’m 100% living for this)

Coming Up Next Week

Monday (8/23)Tuesday (8/24)Wednesday (8/25)Thursday (8/26)Friday (8/27)
Brave GirlsCLMIRAEJay B (GOT7)
(*solo debut*)
Stray KidsKwon Eunbi
(*solo debut*)

This Week’s Music Show Wins

The Show (SBS MTV)The Boyz, “Thrill Ride” (1st win)
Show Champion (MBC)The Boyz, “Thrill Ride” (2nd win)
M! Countdown (MNET)The Boyz, “Thrill Ride” (3rd win) / No broadcast*
Music Bank (KBS)The Boyz, “Thrill Ride” (4th win)
Music Core (MBC)The Boyz, “Thrill Ride” (5th win)
Inkigayo (SBS)Lee Mujin, “Traffic Light” (1st win)

*The broadcast for M! Countdown was canceled this week because a couple of staff members contracted COVID-19.

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 SalesThe Boyz,
D.O. (EXO),
Park Jihoon,
My Collection
Overall DigitalLee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
AKMU ft. IU,
MSG Wannabe (M.O.M),
“Foolish Love”
“Next Level”
StreamingLee Mujin,
“Traffic Light”
MSG Wannabe (M.O.M),
“Foolish Love”
AKMU ft. IU,
“Next Level”
DownloadsThe Boyz,
“Thrill Ride”
Ha Sungwoon feat. Don Mills,
“Strawberry Gum”
Park Jihoon,
AKMU ft. IU,
SocialBTSBLACKPINKTWICEIm Young Woong Kim Ho Joong

The International Side of K-pop

  • BTS news this week:
    • “Butter” placed #7 on Billboard‘s “Hot 100,” while “Permission to Dance” came in at #55.
    • BTS’s Japanese album BTS, The Best entered the Billboard 200 at #19. It was also the fifth best-selling album this week.
    • Jungkook’s solo track “Begin” from 2016 re-entered the World Digital Song Sales chart and placed #1, making BTS the first artist ever to have 31 songs top the chart. (They already hold the record for artist with the most #1s on this chart, so this is just adding onto that total.)
    • “Dynamite” is BTS’s first single to go platinum in the UK.
  • BLACKPINK The Movie, which was originally released as a limited engagement, has earned almost 5 million dollars (USD) so far. You can read more about its earnings here.
  • The following K-pop music videos have reached new viewer milestones on YouTube:
    • EVERGLOW’s “La Di Da” reached 100 million views.
    • IU’s “Celebrity” also hit 100 million views.

Notable Variety Shows Featuring K-pop Idols

Weekly IdolKnowing BrothersAmazing Saturday
This WeekONFNon-idol guestsNon-idol guests
Next WeekStray KidsCL and Jeong Junha (comedian)Non-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: SM Entertainment (Red Velvet)

VIDEO SOURCES: YouTube, Big Hit Music (TXT*), C9 Entertainment (CIX), Cube Entertainment (Pentagon), KQ Entertainment (Kim Jong Kook and ATEEZ), Pentatonix’s YouTube channel, SM Entertainment (Red Velvet/Ten and YangYang**), Starship Entertainment (CRAVITY)
*The “LO$ER=LO♡ER” music video is distributed by HYBE Labels.
**The “Low Low” music video has WayV’s specific label (Label V) credited in the thumbnail, but is posted on SM Entertainment’s account.

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

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