Welcome to another edition of SB Week in Review! Here’s all the news you might have missed:
- Taeyeon caused a three car accident in Gangnam early in the week. Following news of the accident were conflicting reports of reckless driving, preferential treatment, and Taeyeon’s “dismissive” attitude towards the situation. CCTV footage revealed she did in fact rear end a taxi that was at a complete stop, causing it to crash into the car in front of it. While eyewitness accounts said there were injuries, the police report said that there were no serious injuries to the victims. SM and Taeyeon have decided to deal with the matter privately, and Taeyeon has accepted full blame for the accident, according to authorities. Despite all the drama, Taeyeon will move forward with her December comeback.
- Mnet Asian Music Awards concluded the second and third rounds of awards in Japan and Hong Kong. Song of the year went to Twice for “Signal,” BTS was crowned Artist of the Year for the second time, and Exo took home their fifth Album of the Year MAMA for The War. Rookie awards went to Pristin and Wannaone — the latter of which also took home Best Male Group. How do you think the three nights, three cities tactic worked for Mnet this year?
- Melon Music Awards were also held this weekend, honoring the best digital performances in the domestic market. Digital monsters like Yoon Jong Shin, Heize, Twice, Eunji, Ailee and Ed Sheeran took home awards in their respective categories. Top honors went to IU‘s Palette for Album of the Year, BTS’ “Spring Day” for song of the year, and Exo once again was crowned Artist of the Year. Which performance was your favorite?
Debuts & Comebacks
- Check out our playlist of this week’s releases above!
- Rain is officially back with “Gang.”
- Jackson is “Okay” in his new solo MV.
- John Park wants you to “Smile.”
- Huh Gak‘s “Only You” MV stars Wannaone’s Ong Sungwoo and Victon‘s Sejun.
- Jun.K reflected on the past in his latest solo album My 20s, with the lead single “A Moving Day.”
- Map6 got emotional in “Love is Gone.”
- We had several debuts this week:
- Songstress Kisses looked back on a breakup in her debut track, “Hope You’re Ruined.”
- 1NB dealt with an ex-boyfriend in a slightly less sweet way with their “Where U At” debut MV.
- IU lended her lyrical prowess to Cherry B‘s “Her.”
- Loona debuted member Yves through “New.”
- BLK battled it out in “Hero.”
- Super Junior‘s Shindong lended a hand in the directing of Buster‘s “Dream On” MV.
- SF9 made “O Sole Mio” even more international with a special multi-lingual version of the track.
- Soon to debut boy group NewKidd put out a pre-release MV for “You Will Be Ma.”
- Fromis_9 also put out the pre-debut release “Glass Shoes.”
- Our SM Station track of the week is Wendy (Red Velvet) and Baek A-yeon‘s “The Little Match Girl.”
Teasers & Announcements
- Hyuna already gave a preview of “Hip & Lip” at the Melon Music Awards, but the MV teaser promises a few more surprises, like… braces?
- Twice‘s repackage album Merry & Happy will be appropriately holiday themed, with the gift of two title tracks!
- Uhm Jung-hwa‘s comeback is right around the corner.
- It’s almost time for Starship Planet‘s annual Christmas song.
- The Boyz will debut on December 6 with The First.
- Mnet is finally acknowledging the AKB48 roots of Produce 101 with the announcement of the new show, Produce 48.
- Soyu and Hani will team up for the new beauty broadcast SoyuXHani’s Beauty View on JTBC2.
- YG‘s survival show MixNine is suffering tragically low ratings. Maybe Yang Hyun-suk‘s blatant misogyny and questionable comments have something to do with that.
- Madtown is set for another round of mediations with their company GNI Entertainment. This will be the second mediation since the members filed for contract termination with the company.
- GFriend will hold their first concert Season of GFriend this January.
- Some fans plan to boycott Shinee‘s season’s greetings due to the inclusion of Onew.
- F(x)‘s Victoria assured fans that she is recovering well after an unexpected illness and surgery.
- Psy‘s “Gangnam Style” surpassed another milestone of 3 billion YouTube views.