Welcome back to another edition of SB Week in Review in its new Sunday time-slot! Summer comeback season is picking up, and there’s a lot to keep up with. Worry not, we’ve got you covered.
- Following nearly two years of dating rumors, it’s finally confirmed that Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo are not only an item, but will be tying the knot in October. Congratulations to the couple!
- SM and Label SJ confirmed that neither Sungmin nor Kangin will participate in the upcoming Super Junior album. Sungmin released a personal message apologizing to fans for his lack of consideration in announcing his marraige.
- Lee Hyori is under some serious criticism for using parts of the holy Gayatari Mantra in her track “White Snake.” Not only did she sample one of the most important mantras of Hinduism, but the Sanskrit is also mispronounced in her track.
- BTS has been re-branded from Bullet Proof Boy Scouts to Beyond the Scene.
- An Ilbe user threatened to use hydrochloric acid to attack Twice members, reportedly for promoting in Japan. JYP is taking the threat very seriously and plans to press charges.
- Obama gave a shout out to Shinee… and In and Out Burgers at the Asian Leadership Conference.
Debuts & Comebacks
- Cube released a cute choreography video for BtoB Peniel‘s solo track “That Girl.”
- Red Velvet debuted The Red Summer with a fruit-themed, but expectedly whimsical MV for “Red Flavor.” The group will hold their first solo concert this August!
- BTS remade Seo Taiji and the Boys‘ “Come Back Home.”
- Lee Hyori came back from a four year hiatus with Black and a title track MV of the same name.
- B1A4’s Sandeul and Yoo Seung-woo like being called “Oppa.”
- Day 6‘s Every Day6 is a gift that keeps on giving. This month’s track is “Hi Hello.”
- Bang Yongguk dropped a new solo track and MV for “Yamazaki.”
- Favorite declared that it’s “Party Time” in their debut MV.
- Halo announced “Here I Am.”
- VAV are back with “ABC (Middle of the Night).”
- Kim Tae-woo released an anthem to destination weddings in “Following.”
- Our SM Station track of the week is “Young & Free” by NCT‘s Mark and Exo‘s Xiumin. Can you believe there are eight years between them?
Teasers & Announcements
- Zico‘s coming back with a new mini album Television on July 12. The MV teaser for “Artist” gives off some retro vibes.
- After weeks of mysterious hair color changes and rumors, SM finally unveiled the teaser for Exo‘s July comeback with “Ko Ko Bop” and The War. The surprise news also came with three new social media accounts, and a unique Twitter hashtag. We can anticipate the next comeback update on July 10.
- K.A.R.D. will officially debut with the mini album Hola Hola on July 19. The group has also added more stops to their American tour!
- It’s almost time for new YG soloist One to debut with “Gettin’ By” on July 11.
- Cosmic Girls just wrapped up promotions for “Happy” and are already planning a follow-up comeback with “Kiss Me.”
- Nam Taehyun and South Buyers just debuted with 90, but they’re already teasing the release of “No.”
- Dream Catcher will drop their first mini album on July 27. Until then, the group will tease mystery codes through their Twitter.
- A repackage of KNK‘s Gravity is on its way!
- Park Bo-ram will return with Orange Moon and “Why, You?” on July 13.
- Jessi‘s coming back blonde for Un2verse.
- We can expect a slew of rookie debuts over the next couple of months:
- B1a4’s labelmate rookie group WM Boys have begun to tease their debut.
- Surprise U are ready to say “I Do” in individual debut teaser videos.
- Woollim Entertainment‘s Golden Child have released more member teasers as well as a new Making Video.
- C9 is also launching a new girl group, Good Day on August 31.
- During his concert in Bangkok, G-Dragon took a fall through a hole on stage. Thankfully, he was not injured.
- Following his successful first solo Japanese concert, Taemin will hold a Korean solo concert Off-Sick in August.
- Hyungwon of Monsta X will be taking a break to treat a skin infection.
- Wanna One fans are officially known as Wannable. Who’s excited for their impending debut?
- Tiffany and Grey still aren’t dating.
- Gain and Joon Ji-hoon have ended their relationship after three years. In related news, the friend of Joon Ji-hoon who reportedly offered marijuana to Gain will not be facing legal repercussions.