March 10th, 2021

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IZ*ONE Will Not Be Renewing, Will Still Disband in April

According to Mnet, IZ*ONE will be disbanding in April as planned.

On March 10, Mnet released the following statement:

“Hello. This is Mnet.

Ahead of the conclusion of the “IZ*ONE” project, Mnet, Swing Entertainment, and Off The Record have held discussions and listened to the opinions of each agency for the best activities the 12 members can carry out.

The activities of project group IZ*ONE, which debuted in 2018 with the album “COLOR*IZ” and grew into a girl group that represents Asia and is loved not only in Korea but also around the world, will come to a close in April as planned.

A two-day online concert “ONE, THE STORY” will be held on on March 13 and 14 with the fans who love IZ*ONE.

Mnet, Swing Entertainment, and Off The Record express our gratitude to the 12 members of IZ*ONE who showed their best, and we will continue to support them as artist so that the fantastical story they created together can continue on.”

IZ*ONE was formed as a project group through Mnet’s idol survival show “Produce 48.” The group debuted in October 2018 as a temporary group that would promote for two and a half years.

Source: U.Kim at Soompi, Naver

Red Velvet’s Wendy To Make Solo Debut in April

Wendy is gearing up for her solo debut!

On March 10, STARNEWS reported that the Red Velvet member is preparing to make her solo debut in April.

In response to the report, SM Entertainment confirmed, “Wendy is working on a solo album aimed for an April release. Please look forward to it.”

After being injured during rehearsal for SBS Gayo Daejeon in December 2019, Wendy took a long break from activities to recover her health. She has since made her gradual return through song releases, a new variety show, and a long-awaited performance with Red Velvet. Wendy will be the first Red Velvet member to make a solo debut.

Source: D.Kim at Soompi, Naver 1, 2
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Dreamcatcher Holding 2-Day Online Concert March 26th & 27th

Dreamcatcher has a 2 day online concert coming up at the end of March! On the 26th, they have their “Utopia” show that is labeled acoustic, and on the 27th is “Dystopia” and it is labeled rock.

They also posted a this or that tweet that looks like it has the tracklist for the two different days.

If you’re interested in watching, you can buy tickets here!

Source: @_mymusictaste
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Brave Girls Confirmed To Appear On “Running Man” And “You Quiz On The Block”

Brave Girls is making guest appearances on “Running Man” and “You Quiz on the Block”!

On March 10, a source from SBS’s “Running Man” shared to JoyNews 24, “Brave Girls’s appearance on ‘Running Man’ was recently finalized. The recording will take place on March 22.”

“Running Man” PD (producing director) Choi Bo Pil revealed, “There have been many questions and reports here and there about Brave Girls’ appearance on ‘Running Man.’ The production team is preparing an episode that will live up to the viewers’ expectations.”

The same day, a source from tvN’s “You Quiz on the Block” confirmed, “Brave Girls’ Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji, and Yuna are participating in the recording today. The footage will air on next week’s broadcast.”

Brave Girls’ 2017 track “Rollin'” recently went viral on YouTube and even saw a resurgence on music charts. In response to the song’s belated popularity, Brave Girls has been promoting actively on several shows. The girl group appeared on SBS Power FM’s “2 O’Clock Escape Cultwo Show” on March 10, and they will be performing on music shows “M Countdown,” “Music Bank,” “Music Core,” and “Inkigayo” this weekend.

Sources: Soompi, Naver 1 / 2, Joynews24

I'm so excited
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Dreamcatcher 'Odd Eye' and 'Wind Blows' Live Band Version

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Source: Mdromeda (MBC youtube channel 2

If only this was a collab with Rolling Quartz! This version is alright, but I feel like the drums and bass were too quiet? Like Yoo Hee-Yeol's Sketchbook this is great for isolating the live vocals.

Edit: Sorry mods, I accidentally submitted my draft without the 2nd video. I love it when lj crashes right before auto save. It won't happen again.

"River Where the Moon Rises" episodes 13 to 16 Discussion Post

Title: River Where The Moon Rises / The Moon Rising River
Revised romanization: Dalyi Ddeuneun Gang
Hangul: 달이 뜨는 강
Director: Yun Sang-Ho
Writer: Han Ji-Hoon
Network: KBS2
Episodes: 20
Release Date: February 15, 2021
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:30

CAST: Kim So Hyun (Pyeong Gang / Yeom Ga Jin / Queen Yeon), Kim Ji Soo (On Dal), Lee Ji Hoon (Go Geon), Choi Yoo Hwa (Hae Mo Yong), Kim Bup Rae, Cha Kwang Soo, Kim Jung Young, Son Woo Hyeok, Ahn Shin Woo, Wang Bit Na, Ki Eun Se, Park Sang Hoon, Hwang Young Hee, Jung Wook, Kim Dong Young, Oh Ah Rin, Lee Sang Chan, Won Woo, Yoon Ah Jung, Lee Hae Young, Yoon Joo Man, Jung In Kyum, Han Jae Young, Ryu Eui Hyun, Kim Hee Jung, Moon Jin Seung, Jung Eun Pyo

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You can watch on VIU (in select countries) and DRAMACOOL

SOURCE: Drama info and pictures from MYDRAMALIST

Its going to take a while before I get used to Na In Woo takingover Ji Soo's role. Still...the story dropped a bit for me but picked up again with the last few episodes.

Spotify and Kakao Settle Licensing Dispute, Music Returning to Platform


Spotify has announced that it has reached an agreement with Kakao Entertainment (previously KakaoM), making their content available on the platform across the globe, including for the first time in South Korea.

The two companies had been in a bitter dispute that saw Kakao — which last month launched a streaming service in Korea — removing the rights to hundreds of songs by its artists from Spotify after the licensing deal between the two companies expired and they failed to agree on new terms. A source tells Variety that the uproar on social media from fans of the label’s artists, which include IU and APink — as well as some artists themselves — led Kakao to return to the negotiating table, with terms not dramatically different from those originally offered. Variety was not immediately able to reach Spotify and Kakao reps for further comment on that information.

“We are pleased that Kakao Entertainment’s content and artists are back on Spotify, allowing our 345M+ global listeners across 170 countries to once again enjoy the music they love,” a Spotify spokesperson said. “Spotify’s mission has always been to connect artists to their fans all over the world and to give listeners access to all of the world’s music. We are delighted that our Korean listeners will now also be able to enjoy this local music alongside our 70 million+ songs and 4 billion+ playlists. We remain committed to making a positive impact on Korea’s music streaming ecosystem through our partnerships with artists, labels, and local rights holders.”

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source: variety

Pyo Ye-jin replaces Lee Na-eun in "Taxi Driver"

Actress Pyo Ye-jin will take over the lead role, previously given to singer and actor Lee Na-eun, in the upcoming TV series "Taxi Driver," according to the SBS Wednesday.

The replacement comes after Lee, a member of the K-pop girl group April, was axed from the series following recent accusations that she and other members ostracized Lee Hyun-joo when she was part of the K-pop group several years ago.

Earlier this month, Na-eun and the other April members came into the spotlight after a person who claimed to be Hyun-joo's brother accused the members online of ostracizing his sister. That, he said, led her to attempt suicide. Hyun-joo eventually left the group in 2016.

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source: The Korea Times

How girl group Brave Girls' 2017 song went viral in 2021 thanks to "Millboard" & YouTube

In today's world where social media is omnipresent, random things that fascinate people -- think viral cat videos, TikTok dance challenges, political conspiracies -- tend to go viral with the smallest triggers.

For one K-pop girl group, this happened in an unexpected yet dramatic way. Brave Girls, a once-forgotten name in the competitive industry where so many acts come and go quickly, saw its 2017 song "Rollin'" soar to No. 1 on domestic music streaming charts -- four years after its release.

The ascent was driven by the song's popularity on the so-called Millboard chart, a portmanteau of military and Billboard that refers to popular songs among the country's huge population of conscripted soldiers, and a YouTube channel that highlighted this popularity.

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source: 비디터ᴠɪᴅɪᴛᴏʀ & Yonhap News
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BTS "Map Of The Soul: 7" is the biggest selling album of 2020

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The IFPI Global Album All Format Award goes to BTS and their 4th album "Map Of The Soul: 7"!
Released in February 2020, the best selling album of 2020 broke the all-time sales record in Korea with 3,839,242 copies sold.
"BE" is No. 4 (2,343,709 copies sold in Korea in 2020 with a release on November 20th).

The best-selling albums of 2020 across all consumption formats, spanning physical sales, digital downloads, and streaming platforms.

BTS and their "Dynamite" is the No. 10 world's best-selling single of the year. This their first appearance in the IFPI Global Digital Single chart.

The IFPI Global Digital Single Award is presented to the world’s best-selling single of the year across all digital formats – including single track downloads, and streams on both paid subscription services and ad-supported platforms.

Source: IFPI 1 | 2 | 3, Forbes, photo IFPI Twitter