- This week politicians and citizens alike mourned the death of former South Korean President, Kim Young-sam who passed last Saturday. Kim played an essential role in South Korea’s economic and democratic development in the 1990s, following decades of military dictatorships.
- South Korea’s final confirmed MERS patient passed away this week.
- Both the government and citizens are still reeling from the Seoul Protests that took place two weeks ago. While the government is seeking prosecution for some participants, questions have also been raised regarding the use of the water cannon and bus barricades.
- LOEN Entertainment plans to invest further in A Cube Entertainment, a subsidiary of Cube Entertainment.
Comebacks and Debuts
- CL made her official debut as a solo artist with the hype track “Hello Bitches.”
- GOT7 kicked off the holiday-themed releases with the adorable MV for “Confession Song” as part of their MAD repackage album.
- Nine Muses released “Sleepless Night,” debuting the track on music shows prior to the angsty MV’s release.
- Shinhwa‘s Kim Dong-wan returned with his second solo venture, W and its lead single “Du Du Du.”
- Rookie group April came back with “Muah!”
- Teen Top‘s brother group UP10TION also returned with their second mini album, Bravo! and “Catch Me!“
Teasers and Announcements
- Following up her Unpretty Rapstar 2 rise to popularity, Yezi reportedly plans to debut as a solo artist sometime in December.
- TaeTiSeo will return with a special Christmas album Dear Santa on December 4th. Exo also announced their upcoming second Christmas Album Sing For You through Naver V App.
- Even though they just wrapped-up promotions for “Ah-choo,” Lovelyz has already released an image teaser for their next release, “Lovelinus.”
- Yoon Mirae confirmed a December ballad comeback.
- BTS dropped a series of stunning teaser images and the MV teaser for “Run.”
- Laboum released a teaser video for “Aalow Aalow.” The official date of their return was yet to be announced.
- 15&‘s Baek Ye-rin dropped the first video teaser for her upcoming solo release, “Across the Universe.”
- Psy released teasers for collaborations on his upcoming album: “I Remember You” with Zion.T, “Dream” with JYJ‘s Junsu and “ROCKnROLLbaby” with will.i.am.
- Yun Jung-hoon and Han Ga-in are expecting their first child. Congrats!
- Sulli‘s Instagram was reportedly hacked for the second time this week.
- The MAMAs may have succeeded in booking YG‘s attendance, but there are still tensions regarding SM artists’ attendance as well as some accusation of vote rigging.
- The 36th Blue Dragon Film Awards took place in Seoul on November 26. Assassination took home the best film award, while actors, Lee Jung-hyun and Yoo Ah-in took home the best actress and actor awards respectively. Rookie actor awards went to Choi Woo-shik and Kim Tae-yong.