Haven’t been able to catch up on current events and K-pop comebacks? Don’t worry, here’s a roundup of the latest news and hottest K-pop songs released between March 8 and March 15!
Popular K-pop comebacks
“Free Me” by TWICE
TWICE have dropped off their long-awaited comeback with “SET ME FREE”, the title track of their 12th mini-album “READY TO BE”. On March 10, their ONCEs fandom went wild with stylish performances and explosive music.
TWICE is currently promoting in the West with this newly released bop, appearing on talk shows such as “The Kelly Clarkson Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”.
“Rover” by EXO KAI
On March 13, EXO Kai released the song “Rover”, which is based on the album of the same name. It is also the world-class performer’s third mini-album in his thriving solo career. The album contains six tracks, including the title track “Rover” and the side tracks “Black Mirror”, “Slidin'”, “Bomba”, “Say You Love Me” and “Sinner”.
“Young, Dumb, Dumb” NMIXX
NMIXX uploaded a cheerful track on March 12 called “Young, Dumb, Stupid.” Unlike their “Mixx Pop”, where different genres are packed into one song, “Young, Dumb, Stupid” offers fans a simple listening experience.
Its highlight is the chorus, where the melody of the famous nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques” (known as “Brother John”) is embedded!
“on the street” by BTS J-Hope (with J. Cole)
J-Hope BTS offered ARMYs a collaboration track with singer J. Cole from “on the street”. What makes this digital single unique is that it evokes some of BTS’ early sounds from their debut days. In addition, J-Hope’s performance can be seen in “on the street”.
Latest news and issues
NCT Dream Jeno confirms positive COVID-19 test
On March 13, NCT Dream Jeno was tested for COVID-19, which was subsequently confirmed by his agency SM Entertainment.
(Image: Instagram: @nct_dream)
Due to his health condition, SM Entertainment has postponed the idol’s current and future activities to help Jeno recover. SM Entertainment has reassured fans that Jeno’s well-being is their priority and will now proceed to take action to focus on the idol’s recovery.
The agency stated:
“We will do our best to focus on the recovery of our artists, making their health and safety our top priority.”
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE: Jeno’s NCT Dream Tests Positive For COVID-19
BTS, SEVENTEEN, More receive recognition at No. 37 Japanese Gold Plates
On March 10, the Recording Industry Association of Japan (simply known as the RIAJ) announced the winners of the 37th Japan Gold Disc Awards.
The list was dominated by global K-pop group BTS, who won a total of five awards including Best Asian Artist, Downloadable Song of the Year (Asia), Music Video of the Year (Asia), Top 3 Albums for “Proof” and Jungkook with Song Award of the Year by Streaming (Western).
Other popular K-pop artists such as SEVENTEEN, IVE, Kep1er and more made the list, proving their growing fan base in Japan.
To find out what the other rewards are, read the full article at the link below!
SEE FULL LIST: Winners of 37th Japan Gold Disc Awards: BTS, SEVENTEEN, others receive recognition
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Written by Israel Monte