Hello everyone, and welcome back to Week in Review. Here’s what you need to know going into the new week:


  • A Pink received more death threats, including a bomb threat at this week’s recording of Music Bank. The studio was temporarily evacuated, but the show went ahead. Police say the threat was made from outside South Korea.
  • Meanwhile, SNL Korea raised ire for its portrayal of Korean cartoon character Michol (from Dooly), considered to be a racist caricature of Black people, using A Pink’s Bomi.
  • T.O.P appeared in court over his drug charges this week, admitting to all charges. He faces two years’ probation.
  • A week after her announcement, FNC Entertainment has officially confirmed Choa‘s departure from the group.

Debuts & Comebacks

  • MFBTY came out with compilation album FeelGhood.
  • Shannon Williams‘ MV for “Love Don’t Hurt” has been banned from broadcast for its adult themes and depictions of tattooing, but you can watch it via our weekly playlist, above.
  • BoA returned with “Camo,” which our reviewer considered to be a phenomenal release.
  • Crush is back with Outside.
  • Lee Hyori recruited Killagramz for “Seoul.”
  • Stellar released the ambitious MV for “Archangels of the Sephiroth.”
  • Hyolyn and Kisum teamed up with producer Groovyroom for iced tea CF “Fruity.”
  • A Pink returned with “Five.”
  • Heize is back with a new EP, and a summer rain-powered bump in the charts.
  • Nam Tae-hyun‘s South Club dropped debut EP 90.
  • G.Soul poured some “Tequila with new labelmate Hoody.
  • Bernard Park has decided to perform under the name his birth name NakJoon, and released “Blame,” featuring Changmo.
  • Up10tion returned with “Runner” and Star;dom.
  • Peniel put out his single, “That Girl,” for BtoB‘s solo single project.
  • Loona‘s Jinsoul put out “Singing in the Rain.”


Teasers & Announcements

  • On the 5th, girl group Favorite (previously known as Astory Girls) will debut with “Party Time.”
  • On the 6th, B1A4‘s Sandeul and Yoo Seung-woo will release collab single “Oppa.”
  • On the 9th, Red Velvet will be having a fruit-themed summer comeback.
  • On the 11th, rapper One will have his solo debut under YGE, working with Cha Cha Malone.
  • On the 19th, K.A.R.D will officially debut with EP Hola Hola. The co-ed group will also be embarking on a five-stop Europe tour in September.
  • Other July releases to look forward to:
    • G-Friend are joining the summer rush with a late July comeback.
  • The next Station release is a collaboration between Exo‘s Xiumin and NCT [insert preferred subunit name]‘s Mark
  • We’re getting a JJ Project comeback!

Other News

  • Lena Park will be getting married in Hawaii on July 15. Congrats to the happy couple!
  • Jun Ji-hyun is pregnant with her second child — cue the “awwww”s.
  • New couple alert!
    • Bora of disbanded group Sistar and Feeldog of Big Star have confirmed their six month relationship. Seems they hit it off while filming Hit The Stage.
    • After an initial denial, Girl’s Day‘s Sojin and singer Eddy Kim also announced that they are dating.
  • Big Bang‘s “Fantastic Baby” became the first K-pop group MV to pass the 300 million view mark on YouTube. Check out our review of both Alive MVs here.
  • BTS were named as one of the 25 most influential people online by Time.
  • Yoo Ah-in has been exempted from military service due to a bone tumour.
  • Boys24 member Yoo Young-doo issued an apology after being caught selling fan gifts online.
  • A short portion of Kim Soo-hyun‘s latest film, Real, showing co-star Sulli’s nude scene leaked online this week, just before the movie’s release. While nudity in Korean films isn’t out of the normal, Sulli’s ex-idol status and the poor reviews for Real, along with the film’s marketing strategies centred on said nudity, meant the footage spread like wildfire among fans and the Korean public.

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