January 16, 2024
SEOUL – BTS generated 500 million views on YouTube with the music video for “Black Swan,” according to label Big Hit Music on Monday.
It is the band’s 17th music video to reach the milestone.
“Black Swan” is a B-side track from its fourth studio album “Map of the Soul: 7” which came out in 2020. The song was dropped in advance and ranked No. 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 46 on UK’s Official Singles Top 100. It also topped iTunes top songs chart in 93 regions.
Meanwhile, MTV UK posted on its Instagram that Jin is set to bring out his first solo album this year, writing “Oh we are SO ready for Jin’s solo era.” He is the eldest member of the septet and was the first to enlist. He will be discharged in June.
Super Junior’s Kyuhyun to tour Asia as solo act
Kyuhyun of Super Junior will tour Asia for the first time on his own, announced agency Antenna on Monday.
He will embark on the tour starting with a three-day concert in Seoul on March 8-10 and visit eight more cities in the region from Singapore and Malaysia to Thailand and Japan.
The tour is named after his solo EP “Restart” which was released last week. The six-track album is the first he put out since he left SM Entertainment and signed with the new agency. The EP ranked No. 1 on iTunes top albums chart in 15 regions.
The veteran idol debuted as the main vocalist of Super Junior in 2008 and put out his first solo album, EP “At Gwanghwamun,” in 2014.
Mamamoo’s Solar to hold fan meeting
Solar of Mamamoo will host a fan meetup in time for her birthday, said agency RBW Entertainment on Monday.
The event, named “Happy Solar Day,” will be held in Seoul on Feb. 21 and is the first time she is greeting her fans in person all by herself. The party’s theme will be decided through a survey so that the meetup fan best accommodates her fans’ wishes.
Meanwhile, the songstress is set to release “Solar Sensitivity Part. 7” on Thursday. It is the seventh installment of her remake series that began in 2015 and the upcoming single will be fronted by her retake on “Love Has Gone,” a legendary hit song by Kim Gwangseok from 1991. She is resuming the series in almost six years.
Choi Yena sings of hope with 3rd EP
Choi Yena held a media showcase in Seoul on Monday to introduce her third EP “Good Morning.”
“The album is a candid portrayal of my own biographical stories,” she explained adding that she wanted to deliver messages of hope and consoling while giving listeners joy with a wide range of genres.
The mini album consists of four tracks including the titular track and “The Ugly Duckling,” which Choi picked as her favorite. She not only participated in every aspect of making the song but her nickname also happens to be “duck.”
She also mentioned her second single “Hate Rodrigo,” from last year, which she abruptly stopped promoting after it stirred up copyright infringement issues.
“I should have been more careful when working on music,” she mused asking fans to support and give her more time to be a better artist.