Katherine’s K-pop Recap: November 22-28, 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

  • After soloist Samuel won his lawsuit to terminate his contract with Brave Entertainment last week, the company has released their own official statement where they explained their side of things and declared their intention to appeal. You can read a translation of it here.
  • IST Entertainment (the recently merged Plan A Entertainment and Cre.ker Entertainment) has shared an update about Apink member Chorong and the bullying allegations a former childhood friend raised against her earlier this year. You can read a translation of the update here.
  • After rumors of a dispute between BLACKSWAN members Leia and Fatou, the group’s agency DR Music has come forward with a statement about the situation. You can read it here.
  • Updates related to COVID-19:
    • 5 contestants on survival show Wild Idol have tested positive for COVID-19, as have two staff members. You can read more about it here.
    • BLACKPINK’s Lisa has tested positive for COVID-19, while the other members tested negative. You can read more about it here.
    • Pentagon’s Kino has tested positive for COVID-19, while the other members tested negative. You can read more about it here.
    • Victon’s Chan has tested positive for COVID-19, while the other members tested negative.
      You can read more about it here.
    • FNC Entertainment made a statement about SF9 member Rowoon’s COVID-19 vaccination status after he said he hasn’t been vaccinated yet due to a busy schedule, despite being active with both his group and as an actor. (He apparently said this when asked during an online video fan sign, and I guess it spread from there.) You can read a translation of FNC’s statement here.
  • Updates related to upcoming awards shows:
    • Four soloists have been confirmed to perform at the Melon Music Awards (MMA): IU, Heize, Lee Mujin, and Im Young Woong.
    • The MNET Asian Music Awards (MAMA) have announced the following idol groups as performers: Brave Girls, NCT 127, NCT Dream, Stray Kids, ATEEZ, ITZY, TXT, JO1, aespa, ENHYPEN, INI, and Kep1er. As of now, it’s unclear if these are all the groups and artists that will be performing – some of my sources say that it’s the full lineup, and others don’t.

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.)

SF9, “Trauma” (11/22)

Hwasa (MAMAMOO), “I’m a B” (11/24)

Coming Up Next Week

Monday (11/29)Tuesday (11/30)Wednesday (12/1)Thursday (12/2)Friday (12/3)
Stray Kids*cignatureIVE (*DEBUT*)

*I know that Stray Kids is releasing Christmas music, but I’m not sure if it’s a regular comeback that they’ll do full-on promotions for.

This Week’s Music Show Wins

The Show (SBS MTV)Monsta X, “Rush Hour” (1st win)
Show Champion (MBC)Monsta X, “Rush Hour” (2nd win)
M! Countdown (MNET)No broadcast/winner announced
Music Bank (KBS)Monsta X, “Rush Hour” (3rd win)
Music Core (MBC)TWICE, “Scientist” (2nd win)
Inkigayo (SBS)IU, “Strawberry Moon” (5th 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.

Album SalesMonsta X,
No Limit
Jeong Dongwon,
The Giving Tree
Not Friends (special edition)
Blood Moon
The Boyz,
Overall Digital“Merry-Go-Round,”
Show Me the Money 10*
Show Me the Money 10**
“Strawberry Moon”
“Wake Up,”
Show Me the Money 10***
Show Me the Money 10
Show Me the Money 10
“Strawberry Moon”
“Wake Up,”
Show Me the Money 10
Show Me the Money 10
Monsta X,
“Rush Hour”
Jeong Dongwon,
“Goodbye My Love”
Show Me the Money 10****

*”Merry-Go-Round” is by sokodomo featuring Zion.T and Wonstein. It’s also produced by Slom.
**”BREATHE” is by Anandelight, Mudd the Student, BE’O, unofficialboyy, and Geegooin featuring Mino (WINNER). It’s also produced by Gray.
***”Wake Up” is by Ourealgoat, SINCE, Ahn Byeong Woong, Tabber, and Jo Gwang Il featuring Gaeko (Dynamic Duo). It’s also produced by Code Kunst.
****”Limousine” is by BE’O featuring Mino. It’s also produced by Gray.

End of Year Charts

Melon released a list of the 100 Most Liked Songs of 2021 (on that particular streaming platform. You can view the full list here, and I’ve put all the K-pop groups and soloists who appear on it below:

SoloistsGirl GroupsBoy Groups
IU: #1 (“Celebrity), #5 (“Lilac”), #17 (“strawberry moon”), #21 (“My Sea”), #27 (“Hold My Hand”), #28 (“Coin”), #30 (“Ah Puh”), #52 (“Hi spring Bye”), #57 (“Epilogue”), #71 (“Flu”), #75 (“Troll” feat. Dean)Brave Girls: #2 (“Rollin'”), #19 (“We Ride”), #35 (“Chi Mat Baram”), #99 (“Secret Garden”)BTS: #3 (“Butter”), #8 (“Permission to Dance”), #20 (“My Universe” with Coldplay), #48 (“Dynamite”), #71 (“Life Goes On”), #82 (“Savage Love” remix with Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo)
Taeyeon (Girls’ Generation): #15 (“Weekend”)aespa: “#6 (“Next Level”), #26 (“Savage”)NCT Dream: #23 (“Hot Sauce”), #37 (“Dive Into You”), #41 (“Hello Future”), #55 (“My Youth”), #56 (“Life is Still Going On”), #58 (“Irreplaceable”), #64 (“Diggity”), #77 (“Rainbow”), #79 (“ANL”), #84 (“Be There For You”), #91 (“Rocket), #97 (“Countdown (3, 2, 1)”)
Rosé (BLACKPINK): #16 (“On the Ground), #33 (“Gone”)Oh My Girl: #13 (“Dun Dun Dance”)SEVENTEEN: #49 (“Ready to Love”), #52 (“Rock With You”), #88 (“Is it Still Beautiful”)
Joy (Red Velvet): #25 (“Hello”)STAYC: #18 (“ASAP”), #78 (“Stereotype”)SHINee: #51 (“Don’t Call Me”)
Baekhyun (EXO): #40 (“Bambi”)Red Velvet: #32 (“Queendom”)NCT 127: #59 (“Sticker”), #87 (“Favorite (Vampire)”)
Jeon Somi: #42 (“Dumb Dumb”)TWICE: #44 (“Alcohol-Free”)EXO: #81 (“Don’t Fight the Feeling”)
D.O. (EXO): #95 (“Rose”)(G)I-DLE: #47 (“HWAA”)TXT: #96 (“0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)” (featuring Seori))
LABOUM: #50 (“Journey to Atlantis”)
ITZY: #70 (“In the Morning”)
BLACKPINK: #89 (“Lovesick Girls”)

The International Side of K-pop

  • K-pop on various Billboard charts this week:
    • TWICE’s latest album Formula of Love: O+T=<3 debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, their highest result on the chart so far. It also placed #1 on the World Album Sales chart.
    • NCT 127’s Sticker placed #96 on the Billboard 200 in its ninth week.
    • Coldplay and BTS’s “My Universe” placed #37 on the “Hot 100” in its eighth week.
  • Some BTS news this week:
    • BTS attended the 2021 American Music Awards in Los Angeles. They won Favorite Pop Song for “Butter,” Favorite Pop Duo or Group for the third year in a row, and Artist of the Year for the first time. Artist of the Year is the biggest prize of the night, and BTS became the first artist to win it. They also performed “My Universe” with Coldplay (which you can watch here) and “Butter” (which you can watch here).
    • BTS has received their second Grammy nomination – “Butter” is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
    • BTS appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden. You can watch the interview here and their performance of “Permission to Dance” here.
    • BTS’s “Boy With Luv” is now their most-watched music video at 1.4 billion views, and it’s now the first and fastest K-pop boy group music video to reach that number. BTS’s previous most-watched music video was “DNA,” which is at 1.3 billion views – so it looks like “Boy With Luv” just narrowly passed it.
  • ENHYPEN performed “Tamed-Dashed” on The Kelly Clarkson Show, which you can watch here.

Notable Variety Shows Featuring K-pop Idols

Weekly IdolKnowing BrothersAmazing Saturday
This Week2AMStreet Woman Fighter special (part 2)Moonbyul and Hwasa (MAMAMOO)
Next WeekWeki MekiLee Seunggi and Kai (EXO)*Lee Youngji and Jeon Somi

*I believe this is to promote the Netflix variety show that both of them are part of. However, Kai is also about to drop some new solo music – so that could definitely come up as well.

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)


VIDEO SOURCES: YouTube, FNC Entertainment (SF9), RBW Entertainment (Hwasa), BTS’s YouTube channel (“Butter” performance), Coldplay’s YouTube channel (“My Universe” performance), The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Kelly Clarkson Show

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

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