Welcome to another edition of SB Week in Review. Here’s all the news you might have missed over the past week:
- KCon issued an apology after a Twitter user posted a job advertisement calling for event staff of “Asian” or “White – European” descent.
- Stray Kids headlined the Lollapalooza festival in Paris on July 21, the first K-pop group to do so.
Debuts & Comebacks
- Ikon’s Jay released “Blue Moon,” from his first solo EP of the same name, just prior to his military enlistment.
- Mamamoo+, a subunit of Mamamoo with Solar and Moonbyul, dropped a pre-release single “Save Me,” ahead of an August comeback.
- NCT Dream riffed on the MBTI trend in “ISTJ.” Check out our review here!
- Mirae showed ‘90s hip hop influences in “Jump!”
- IChillin sought to get summer going with pop-punk “Kick Start.”
- NewJeans dropped multiple videos from its new album ETA: “Cool With You” and “ETA.” Look out for our review of Cool With You!
- The Rose returned with rock anthem “Back to Me.”
Teasers & Announcements
- Yugyeom will release a new single album Lolo on July 24.
- Shownu x Hyungwon (a Monsta X sub-unit) released a music video teaser for “Love Me a Little,” the title track from the upcoming July 25 album The Unseen.
- ILY:1 posted a highlight medley for their July 25 release New Chapter.
- Treasure posted multiple track spoilers for their forthcoming album Reboot on July 28.
- Infinite dropped concept photos for their 7th mini-album 13egin ahead of its July 31 release.
- Xeed will come back with their second mini-album Blue on August 1.
- Kwon Eunbi will release The Flash, her first single album, on August 1.
- Xikers unveiled mood posters for their upcoming album House of Tricky: How to Play, to be released on August 2.
- BBGirls, formerly known as Brave Girls, will re-debut on August 3.
- Nine.i will come back with Blue Moon on August 3.
- BTS’ J-Hope released concept photos for the “Hope” edition of his 2022 solo album Jack in the Box, out on August 18.
- Twice’s Jihyo shared the timetable of teasers for her solo debut album Zone, out on August 18.
- Day6’s Dowoon was officially discharged from the military on July 16.
- TR Entertainment announced that TRI.BE member Jinha has left the group, following a health hiatus since last May.
- RBW reported that they are creating a new boy group with Hiroto, who appeared on Boys’ Planet. RBW is aiming for an October debut.
- CDNZA Records revealed that their contract with Jay B was terminated in April 2023.
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