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BTS RM Set to Release Second Solo Album 'Right Place, Wrong Person' on May 24

26 Apr 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
RM from BTS is set to release his second solo album 'Right Place, Wrong Person' on May 24, featuring 11 tracks in the alternative music genre. The album explores feelings of being an outsider and is expected to resonate deeply with listeners. RM has written the lyrics for every track, promising a unique artistic expression distinct from BTS albums. Big Hit Music has announced the release and anticipates high interest and expectations. This album follows RM's first solo album 'Indigo' released in December 2022.

BTS Jungkook's 'GOLDEN' Makes Historic 18-Week Run on Billboard 200, A First for K-Pop Soloists

19 Mar 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS member Jungkook's solo album 'GOLDEN' has made a historic 18-week run on the Billboard 200, setting a new record for K-pop solo artists. The album debuted at number 2 and has consistently charted, while the title track 'Standing Next to You' has also maintained a strong presence on the Hot 100. Jungkook's other singles, 'Seven' and '3D,' have achieved significant placements on various global charts. 'GOLDEN' has surpassed 2.9 billion streams on Spotify and has been recognized by major music publications. Jungkook has also climbed the Billboard Artist 100 chart, marking the longest duration for a K-pop solo artist.

BTS Jimin Sweeps K-Dol Monthly Ranking for the 33rd Time, Dominating 10 Categories

04 Mar 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jimin of BTS has achieved unprecedented success by topping the KDOL monthly, weekly, and daily rankings, securing the first place for 33 consecutive months. He has set multiple records, including the highest cumulative votes and most No.1 wins in various categories. Jimin's popularity is highlighted by his significant lead in the Hall of Fame and the global participation of fans through the KDOL app. As a reward, advertisements for Jimin will be displayed at subway stations in the metropolitan area.

BLACKPINK's Rose Debuts Self-Composed Track, Hints at More Solo Projects

14 Feb 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
Rose from BLACKPINK released her self-composed song 'vampirehollie' on her birthday, signaling her commitment to her solo career while maintaining the group's unity. She expressed gratitude to fans and shared her creative process. YG Entertainment confirmed BLACKPINK's contract renewal for group activities, allowing individual pursuits without additional agreements. Members Jennie, Jisoo, and Lisa are also engaged in solo projects. This trend reflects a broader industry movement where artists diversify their talents, contributing to both personal growth and the legacy of BLACKPINK.

Jungkook of BTS Tops 2023 U.S. K-Pop Solo Album Sales with 'GOLDEN'

13 Jan 2024  |  btimesonline.com
Jungkook's solo album 'GOLDEN' achieved the highest sales for a K-pop solo album in the U.S. in 2023, with 244,000 copies sold, according to Luminate. It set first-week sales records, surpassed 500,000 units within a month, and had three tracks sell over 500,000 units each. 'Seven' reached over one million U.S. sales in 71 days, earning RIAA Platinum certification. 'GOLDEN' charted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on other Billboard charts, with long-term success including four weeks in the top 20. It was recognized by major publications and topped the Circle Chart with 2,702,453 copies sold, making it the top-selling K-pop solo album in 2023.

BTS Jungkook Nominated in 4 Categories at the U.S. People's Choice Awards: A New Record for K-Pop Solo Artists

12 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jungkook has been nominated in four categories at the 2024 People's Choice Awards, setting a new record for K-pop solo artists. The nominations include 'The Male Artist of the Year,' 'The Pop Artist of the Year,' 'The New Artist of the Year,' and 'The Collaboration Song of the Year' for his song 'Seven (feat. Latto).' The People's Choice Awards winners will be announced on February 18. Jungkook's achievements highlight his significant impact as a solo artist, having previously won multiple awards at major ceremonies like the MTV Video Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.

BTS Jungkook Continues to Reign Supreme on Circle Chart with 'Standing Next to You'

10 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jungkook's solo track 'Standing Next to You' from his album 'GOLDEN' continues to dominate the Circle Chart's weekly Global K-Pop section, maintaining the top spot for eight consecutive weeks. Other songs from the album have also charted within the top 100. 'Standing Next to You' has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks and has been recognized by the Grammy Awards as one of the '15 K-Pop Songs That Took 2023 By Storm'. The album 'GOLDEN' leads the year's cumulative album sales among K-pop solo artists with over 2.7 million copies sold.

BTS Jungkook's 'GOLDEN' & 'Seven' Win Double Main Awards at the Golden Disc Awards

08 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jungkook made history at the 38th Golden Disc Awards by becoming the first male solo artist to win both the Digital Song and Album categories. His debut solo album 'GOLDEN' and single 'Seven' earned him the 'Best Album' and 'Best Digital Song' awards, respectively. 'GOLDEN' achieved the highest sales among K-pop solo artists, while 'Seven' set a record for the fastest one billion streams on Spotify. Jungkook's success extended to various other awards, including the Melon Music Awards, MAMA Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards, solidifying his status as a leading K-pop artist.

38th Golden Disc Awards Winners List: NewJeans, TXT, SEVENTEEN Lead Victories

07 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
The 38th Golden Disc Awards, held at Jakarta International Stadium, celebrated the best in South Korean music, with notable winners including NewJeans for Song of the Year and SEVENTEEN for Album of the Year. The event featured performances from top K-pop groups and recognized rising stars and veterans alike. Awards were determined by a combination of panelist opinions and sales, with some categories decided by online voting. The ceremony highlighted the dynamic and innovative nature of the K-pop scene, promoting cultural creativity and supporting the growth of the music industry.

Cameron Diaz Firmly Refutes Epstein Connection Amidst Unsealed Allegations

07 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
Cameron Diaz has denied any connection to Jeffrey Epstein following her name's mention in unsealed court documents from a defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell. Diaz's representative emphasized that she never met Epstein or had any association with him. The documents have implicated several high-profile individuals, including Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton, in Epstein's illegal activities. Epstein was found dead in 2019, and Maxwell is serving a 20-year sentence for her role in the trafficking network. The ongoing legal proceedings continue to focus on the victims seeking justice and the broader implications for those named in the scandal.

Blackpink Jennie and Jisoo Go Independent: K-pop Idols Embrace True Solo Ventures with Personal Agencies

06 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
As the seven-year exclusive contract period for idol groups ends, many idols, including BLACKPINK members Jennie and Jisoo, are establishing their own agencies to pursue individual activities with greater freedom. Jennie founded ODD ATELIER, while Jisoo is expected to start a company called Blissoo with her brother. This trend reflects a desire for autonomy and unique musical expression, though personal agencies face challenges such as operational immaturity and risk management. Other idols like Pentagon's Kino and former Astro member Rocky have also set up their own agencies, highlighting a shift in the K-pop industry towards more independent ventures.

Concerns Mount Over IVE Jang Wonyoung's Health Amid Alleged Weight Loss

06 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
Social media buzz has raised concerns over IVE member Jang Wonyoung's health following a viral TikTok video suggesting significant weight loss. Fans fear the pressure of maintaining an ideal body image is affecting her well-being, while some criticize the video for body-shaming and invading privacy. The incident highlights the intense scrutiny and unrealistic beauty standards in the K-pop industry. Despite the controversy, IVE continues to succeed with their EP 'I'VE MINE' and an upcoming international tour. The situation underscores the pressures of celebrity life and calls for a more supportive environment.

BTS Jungkook Crowned as Genius Korea's 'Top Male Solo Artist of 2023' for Second Year

06 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jungkook has been named Genius Korea's 'Top Male Solo Artist of 2023' for the second consecutive year, highlighting his enduring popularity and success. His solo singles 'Seven' and '3D,' along with his album 'GOLDEN,' have contributed to his widespread acclaim. Jungkook's achievements include high rankings on various year-end charts, multiple awards from Billboard, MTV, and Guinness World Records, and record-breaking streaming numbers on Spotify.

BTS Jin's 'The Astronaut' Dominates as Mexico's 'Song of the Year 2023'

04 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jin's solo single 'The Astronaut' has been named '2023 Song of the Year' by Mexico's 'House Radio' channel, showcasing its immense popularity. The song has topped various charts, including the 'Summer Recommendation Songs' and 'Rankig House TOP30'. Jin, who is currently serving in the military, continues to dominate global music charts, maintaining a strong presence in the music industry.

BTS Jungkook Dominates 2023 China Year End Awards: A Five-Crown Victory

03 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jungkook achieved a quintuple crown at the 'China Year End Awards 2023,' winning five awards including 'Best-Selling Male K-Pop Single' and 'Best-Selling Solo K-Pop Album' with his solo single 'Seven' and album 'Golden.' His success highlights his global influence, with 'Golden' achieving 'Triple Platinum' certification on QQ Music and topping Hanteo Chart's China section. 'Seven' also received accolades from Billboard, MTV, and Rolling Stone, while 'Golden' was recognized by The New York Times and UPROXX as one of the best albums of 2023.

BLACKPINK Jisoo Sets New Course with Family-Run Venture Amid Group's Contract Renewal

02 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BLACKPINK's Jisoo is preparing to launch a solo career with her brother's company, Biomom, under the new venture 'BLISSOO.' This marks a shift from YG Entertainment, which has supported BLACKPINK's rise to fame. Jisoo's move comes as BLACKPINK renewed their group contracts with YG Entertainment in December 2023, while solo activity contracts remain negotiable. Jennie has also pursued a personal venture, ODD ATELIER, with her mother. The individual career paths of BLACKPINK members may impact YG Entertainment's position in the K-pop industry, as evidenced by a drop in YG's stock price following the announcement. Jisoo's decision reflects a growing trend of K-pop idols seeking autonomy in their careers.

BLACKPINK Lisa Allegedly Spotted with Rumored Boyfriend Frédéric Arnault in Paris

02 Jan 2024  |  www.btimesonline.com
BLACKPINK's Lisa has been allegedly spotted in Disneyland Paris with rumored boyfriend Frédéric Arnault, sparking speculation about her personal life. The sighting, shared by a Chinese netizen, has fans debating its authenticity. Lisa's frequent visits to France and her recent professional achievements, including being honored with an MBE by King Charles III, have kept her in the spotlight. BLACKPINK extended their group contracts, but individual contracts with YG Entertainment remain unresolved. Fans eagerly await confirmation of the rumored romance as Lisa's star power continues to captivate audiences worldwide.

BTS Jungkook Dominates 2023: Tops K-Pop Solo Album Sales with 'GOLDEN'

02 Jan 2024  |  btimesonline.com
Jungkook's debut solo album 'GOLDEN' has become the top-selling K-pop solo album in 2023 with over 2.7 million units sold. It achieved 'Double Million Seller' status within 5 hours of release and set a record for the highest first-week sales by a K-pop solo artist. 'GOLDEN' debuted at 2nd on the Billboard 200 and remained in the top 50 for seven weeks, marking the highest ever UK chart position for a K-Pop solo album. It was included in the New York Times' and UPROXX's best albums of 2023 lists and is the first K-pop solo album to sell over 500,000 units in the U.S. in 2023. On Spotify, it surpassed 2 billion streams in 42 days, and on YouTube Music, it reached 1 billion streams, both records for a K-pop solo album.

Global Outpouring for Late Actor Lee Sun Kyun, Wife Jeon Hye Jin Mourns

30 Dec 2023  |  btimesonline.com
Actor Lee Sun Kyun's sudden death has drawn international media coverage, with his private funeral held on December 29th. Outlets like CNN, BBC, and Reuters reported on the event and his family's request for privacy. The media highlighted the social stigma in South Korea associated with drug use, which Lee was under investigation for prior to his death. His wife, Jeon Hye Jin, and their sons were present at the funeral. Lee was known internationally for his role in the Oscar-winning film 'Parasite.' His agency confirmed his death, and he was laid to rest at Seoul National University Hospital.

Global Outpouring for Late Actor Lee Sun Kyun, Wife Jeon Hye Jin Mourns

30 Dec 2023  |  btimesonline.com
Actor Lee Sun Kyun's sudden death has drawn international media coverage, with his private funeral attended by family and close colleagues. Psychiatrist Peter N. Jongho commented on the social pressures faced by celebrities in South Korea. The public showed mixed reactions to his death, with some attributing it to humiliation and others pointing to his presence at an entertainment venue. The stigma of drug use in Korea was highlighted, noting the harsh criticism celebrities face. Lee Sun Kyun, known for his role in 'Parasite,' had been under investigation for drug use and was found unconscious in his car. His funeral took place at Seoul National University Hospital, marking the end of his 48-year life.

BTS Jin's 'The Astronaut' Reigns Supreme for 61 Weeks on Argentina's Vega Radio

30 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS member Jin's solo single 'The Astronaut' has maintained its number one position on Argentina's Vega Radio's 'KPOP TOP40 Ranking' for 61 weeks, amassing over 100,000 votes. The song's global appeal is evident as it also topped the '2023 TOP 40 K-POP' and has been featured in Spotify's 'Top 10 Songs of 2023's Best K-POP.' The collaboration with Coldplay and the music video's success on YouTube further underscore its widespread popularity.

Blackpink Members Fail to Re-Sign with YG: The Members Leave, but the Team Remains

29 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Blackpink will continue group activities under YG Entertainment while pursuing individual careers separately. Jennie has established her label, OA, for her solo activities. Despite not re-signing individual contracts, YG remains supportive of the group's endeavors. Blackpink, marking their 7th anniversary, has achieved significant milestones in K-pop and plans to release a new album and embark on another world tour.

BTS Fights Back: Legal Action Against Stalkers and Impersonators

29 Dec 2023  |  btimesonline.com
Big Hit Music, the company behind BTS, has filed legal complaints against individuals for privacy invasion, impersonation, defamation, sexual harassment, and spreading false information about BTS members. Despite the members' military service, the company continues to take legal action. They have reported sasaengs (over-obsessive fans) under the Stalking Punishment Law, resulting in criminal punishment and are seeking stricter penalties. Impersonators have been indicted and await sentencing. Big Hit Music is determined to protect the artists' reputation and privacy without any settlement or leniency.

Twice Makes History: First K-Pop Girl Group to Conquer Japan's Nissan Stadium with 370,000 Fans

29 Dec 2023  |  btimesonline.com
Twice has become the first K-pop girl group to perform at Japan's Nissan Stadium, concluding their fifth world tour 'TWICE 5TH WORLD TOUR 'READY TO BE'' with a total of 370,000 fans across four Japanese regions. They announced additional performances for 2024 and the release of their fifth local album. Twice has achieved several firsts, including performances at major stadiums worldwide, and will continue their tour in 2024 with concerts in Mexico City, São Paulo, Las Vegas, Osaka, and Kanagawa. They will also release a pre-release single 'I GOT YOU' and their unit group Misamo will perform on NHK's 'Kōhaku Uta Gassen.'

Parasite Actor Lee Sun-kyun's Sudden Passing Shocks the World

28 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Actor Lee Sun-kyun's sudden death has shocked the entertainment industry and led to widespread mourning. His agency, Hodu&U Entertainment, announced his passing and requested respectful reporting. The funeral will be held quietly with family and colleagues. Major news outlets like CNN and BBC reported his death. The wake was held at Seoul National University Hospital, attended by family, colleagues, and notable figures from the entertainment industry. Several events and appearances were canceled in his honor. Many celebrities expressed their condolences and grief on social media. Lee Sun-kyun's funeral is scheduled for December 29th, with his final resting place in Buan County, Jeollabuk-do.

BTS Jimin Soars High as Emirates Airlines' Most-Listened Artist of 2023

28 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jimin from BTS has been named the most-listened-to artist by Emirates Airlines passengers in 2023, showcasing his global popularity. Emirates Airlines' data revealed Jimin's music as a favorite among passengers, alongside artists like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. Media outlets praised Jimin's achievements, noting his influence on platforms like Spotify and his record-breaking streams. Jimin's solo album 'FACE' and his song 'Like Crazy' have significantly contributed to his success, marking him as a prominent figure in the pop music industry.

SEVENTEEN Sets New Records in K-pop, Achieving Unprecedented Milestones in 2023

28 Dec 2023  |  btimesonline.com
SEVENTEEN marked their 9th year with record-breaking album sales, surpassing 16 million cumulative sales and setting new milestones in K-pop. Their albums 'FML' and 'SEVENTEENTH HEAVEN' achieved historic sales figures, with 'FML' becoming the best-selling single album in K-pop history. In Japan, SEVENTEEN placed three albums in the top 10 of Oricon's Annual Ranking and will perform at the 74th NHK 'Kōhaku Uta Gassen.' They sold out 23 shows in 2023, with over 1 million attendees. SEVENTEEN also made a significant appearance at UNESCO's headquarters and won 'Album of the Year' at the 2023 MAMA Awards. They plan to continue their success with upcoming tours in Asia.

Entertainment Industry Halts Events in Mourning for Actor Lee Sun-kyun's Tragic Death

27 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
The entertainment industry is pausing events to mourn the death of actor Lee Sun-kyun, who was found deceased in Seoul at age 48 amidst a narcotics investigation. Key events and broadcasts have been canceled or rescheduled, and figures from the industry have expressed their condolences and reflections on social media. Lee Sun-kyun was known for his roles in 'Parasite' and 'My Mister' and had been maintaining his innocence through legal representation until his passing.

BTS Jungkook's 'Seven' Sets Astounding Spotify Record, Paralleling Harry Styles

26 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS Jungkook's solo single 'Seven' achieved the fastest 1.2 billion streams in Spotify's history, equaling Harry Styles' record. The song has set multiple streaming records, been included in Spotify's 'Billions Club', and received numerous awards and recognitions from platforms like Billboard, MTV, and Rolling Stone. 'Seven' debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 'Hot 100' and maintained significant chart presence, highlighting its global popularity and acclaim.

Chaos and Concern at 2023 SBS Gayo Daejeon: A Night of Shocking Events

26 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
The 2023 SBS Gayo Daejeon, held on December 25th at Incheon Inspire Arena, was marred by several incidents including counterfeit tickets, a security breach involving aespa, and a stage accident with NCT's Ten. Despite the chaos, the event featured top K-pop acts and was hosted by SHINee's Key, IVE's Ahn Yujin, and Tomorrow X Together's Yeonjun. SBS has requested a police investigation into the ticket fraud and is assessing the damage. Fans expressed outrage over safety concerns, drawing parallels to a similar incident in 2019 involving Wendy.

BTS Jin's 'The Astronaut' Soars High on Spotify UAE Top 2: A Dazzling Display of Enduring Popularity

26 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS Jin's debut solo single 'The Astronaut' continues to enjoy global success, securing the 2nd spot on Spotify's 'Daily Top Songs United Arab Emirates' chart and achieving significant milestones on various platforms. The song, co-composed with Coldplay, has topped charts in the UAE, the US, and Japan, earning certifications and breaking records. Jin's enduring popularity is further evidenced by his inclusion in prestigious playlists and rankings, solidifying his status as a top global soloist.

BTS Jin's 'Super Tuna' Hits 74 Million on Spotify: A Testament to Enduring Love and Global Influence

25 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jin has achieved a significant milestone with his self-composed track 'Super Tuna,' surpassing 74 million streams on Spotify. The song, initially a birthday gift to fans, has garnered immense global popularity, setting records on YouTube and iTunes. Jin's influence continues to thrive even during his military service, with fans eagerly awaiting his return.

G-Dragon and Jennie Set the Stage for a New Chapter in Music from Fresh Nests: Anticipations Soar for 2024

25 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
G-Dragon from Big Bang and Jennie from BLACKPINK are embarking on new ventures in their musical careers, leaving YG Entertainment. Jennie has established her independent label 'ODD ATELIER' to explore new creative avenues, while G-Dragon has signed an exclusive contract with Galaxy Corporation, an AI metaverse avatar company. Both artists express gratitude towards YG Entertainment for their growth and success. Fans and the K-pop industry are eagerly anticipating their next moves in 2024.

BTS Jungkook's 'GOLDEN' Achieves Historic 6 Consecutive Weeks on Billboard 200: Sets New Record for Asian Solo Artists

24 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jungkook's debut solo album 'GOLDEN' has achieved historic success, securing a spot on the Billboard 200 for six consecutive weeks and setting new records for an Asian solo artist. The album has also performed exceptionally well on other Billboard charts, including 'Top Current Albums' and 'Top Album Sales'. Tracks from the album, such as 'Standing Next to You', 'Please Don't Change', and 'Closer to You', have consistently charted. Jungkook's previous singles 'Seven' and '3D' also continue to dominate the charts. 'GOLDEN' has been recognized by the New York Times and UPROXX as one of the best albums of 2023 and has achieved significant sales milestones, including being the fastest Asian artist studio album to reach 2 billion streams on Spotify.

BTS Jimin Tops iTunes 'Top Song' in 106 Regions: Global Popularity Expands

24 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS Jimin's solo single 'Closer Than This' has achieved significant global success, topping iTunes 'Top Songs' charts in 106 regions, including the US, UK, Canada, and France. The song maintained its number one position for two consecutive days on both the 'Worldwide iTunes Song' and 'European iTunes Song' charts, despite competition from popular seasonal hits. The music video also topped the YouTube Music Video Worldwide Trending list. Additionally, 'Closer Than This' reached number one on Japan's Oricon 'Daily Digital Single Ranking.' The song is a heartfelt message from Jimin to the ARMY, expressing his commitment and reassurance to his fans.

BTS Jungkook Triumphs Again Over Taylor Swift: Clinches 1st Place as '2023 Bop Of The Year' on America's Largest Radio Audacy

22 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jungkook has been named '2023 Bop Of The Year' by Audacy for his solo single 'Seven', surpassing tracks by global superstars like Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa. The song has achieved significant milestones, including topping Billboard's charts and setting a world record on Spotify. Jungkook has also won multiple awards, including at the MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, solidifying his status as a leading global solo artist.

BTS's V 'Layover' Hits Highest Ranking for K-Pop Soloist in Japan's Oricon Annual Ranking

22 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's V has achieved the highest ranking for a K-pop solo artist in Japan's Oricon Annual Ranking with his solo album 'Layover', which secured the 16th spot in the 'Album Ranking' and placed in multiple other categories. 'Layover' also performed well on Billboard Japan and the U.S. Billboard year-end summary chart, despite limited promotion. The album has surpassed 963 million streams on Spotify, marking significant commercial success globally.

YG's Recovery with BLACKPINK and JYP's Thriving Localization: K-Pop Agencies Set for Stellar 2024

22 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
K-pop agencies are poised for a stellar 2024, with YG Entertainment recovering through BLACKPINK's contract renewal and the debut of BABYMONSTER, despite facing challenges from key member departures. JYP Entertainment is thriving with its aggressive localization strategy, debuting multiple new groups and achieving significant success with Stray Kids in North America. The industry continues to expand globally, with K-pop's influence growing on the American Billboard charts and new partnerships enhancing business stability and revenue potential.

BTS Jungkook's Solo Power Unleashed: 'GOLDEN' Album Shatters 2 Billion Spotify Streams, Setting Asian Record

21 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's Jungkook has set a new record for the shortest time taken by an Asian artist to reach 2 billion streams on Spotify with his debut solo album 'GOLDEN'. Released on November 3, the album achieved this milestone in just 42 days. 'GOLDEN' has also dominated various Spotify charts and achieved significant sales milestones, including selling over 500,000 units in the USA within a month and debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200. The album has been recognized in prestigious lists such as the New York Times' 'Best Albums of 2023' and UPROXX's 'The Best Albums Of 2023'.

G-Dragon Shakes Off Drug Allegations, Plans Foundation and Comeback with Galaxy Corporation

21 Dec 2023  |  Business Times
G-Dragon, also known as Kwon Ji-yong, has been cleared of drug use allegations and is planning a fresh start by establishing a foundation for drug eradication and engaging in public service. He held a press conference with Galaxy Corporation, where he signed an exclusive contract, and announced his future activities and intentions to combat drug issues. Despite suffering from rumors and online abuse, G-Dragon is determined to work towards social issues and support artists without opportunities. He has left YG Entertainment and is looking forward to a partnership with Galaxy Corporation, with a comeback planned for 2024.

In Memoriam: K-pop Celebrities Who Passed Away in 2023

21 Dec 2023  |  btimesonline.com
In 2023, the entertainment industry mourned the loss of several K-pop celebrities. Hyun Mi, Moon Bin, Seo Se Won, Choi Sung Bong, Myeong Guk Hwan, Lee Pyeong, Byun Hee Bong, Charlie Park, Oh Chang Hoon, Haesu, Lee Ji Su, and No Young Guk passed away, leaving a profound sense of loss among colleagues and fans. The circumstances of some deaths, such as Seo Se Won's, are surrounded by suspicions. The Korea Singers Association and other individuals provided support for funeral arrangements in cases where the deceased had no one to claim their bodies.

BTS 'Spring Day' Surprisingly Re-enters Billboard Digital Song Chart at No. 5

20 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's 2017 track 'Spring Day' re-entered the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart at No. 5, while 'Outro: Tear' debuted at No. 22. Several older BTS tracks also re-entered the World Digital Song Sales chart. Members Jungkook, Jimin, and V achieved notable rankings on various Billboard charts with their solo albums and tracks, reaffirming BTS's enduring influence and success.

BTS Jungkook Sets Another Guinness World Record, Achieves Personal Fifth

20 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jungkook of BTS has set a new Guinness World Record for having the most number one hit songs on the IFPI's MENA chart, marking his fifth individual entry into the records. His solo singles 'Seven', '3D', and 'Standing Next to You' each held the top spot on the MENA chart for two weeks in 2023. Jungkook's previous records include the fastest time to reach one billion streams on Spotify and the most weekly streams for a male artist track. He has also achieved significant success on major music charts, including the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Official Singles Chart. Jungkook has been recognized in Billboard's 'Greatest Pop Stars of 2023' and 'The 100 Best Songs of 2023', and has won multiple awards, including at the MTV VMAs and MTV EMAs.

BTS Jungkook’s 'Standing Next to You' Holds Steady on Billboard Hot 100 for Six Weeks

20 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jungkook's solo album title track 'Standing Next to You' has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, currently at No. 99. His album 'GOLDEN' is also on the Billboard 200 at No. 41. Other K-pop acts like ATEEZ, Stray Kids, ENHYPEN, and NewJeans have charted as well. The military enlistment of BTS members has led to increased attention to their past songs, with 'Spring Day' and 'Outro: Tear' ranking high on Billboard's charts. 'Spring Day' is particularly resonant with fans during the group's military service.

BTS Jimin Crowned '2023 King of Kpop' for the Second Consecutive Year

20 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jimin of BTS has been crowned '2023 King of Kpop' by Shining Awards for the second consecutive year, securing 748,548 votes. The award recognizes his popularity and talent, with a donation made to a needy organization in his honor. Jimin has also been recognized by King Choice and Debeme, and his debut solo album 'Face' achieved significant success, including the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 entry by a Korean solo artist.

FIFTY FIFTY's Divergent Paths: Keena Triumphs with First Settlement, Former Members Face 13 Billion Won Lawsuit

19 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
The members of FIFTY FIFTY have taken divergent paths, with Keena receiving her first settlement and preparing for the group's next phase, while former members Saena, Sio, and Aran face a 13 billion won lawsuit for breach of contract. Attrakt has filed a civil lawsuit against the former members and The Givers, accusing them of joint illegal actions. The court rejected the former members' claims against Attrakt, leading to Keena's return and the termination of the contracts for the other three. Keena is now moving forward with new opportunities, while the future of the former members remains uncertain.

BTS Continues to Break Records Despite Military Hiatus, 'Yet To Come' Hits 200 Million Views

19 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS continues to break records despite their military hiatus, with their music video 'Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)' surpassing 200 million views. The song, from their 2022 anthology album 'Proof', reflects on their musical journey and has achieved significant global success, including high rankings on various charts. BTS now holds a total of 39 music videos with over 100 million views each, showcasing their enduring popularity and impact in the music industry.

BLACKPINK Continues with YG Entertainment: Members to Pursue Individual Contracts in a Flexible Manner

18 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
NH Investment & Securities has resolved uncertainties surrounding YG Entertainment with BLACKPINK's contract renewal. Researcher Lee Hwa-jung maintains a positive investment outlook for YG, citing the success of BLACKPINK, BABYMONSTER, and TREASURE. BLACKPINK's individual contracts will be flexible, balancing personal and group activities. YG Entertainment secures its major IP with BLACKPINK, planning new albums and a world tour. BLACKPINK, debuting in 2016, has achieved global stardom with numerous hits and their second full album 'BORN PINK' topping major charts.

BTS Jungkook Surpasses Taylor Swift and Beyoncé on Billboard Digital Song Sales Chart

18 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jungkook of BTS has maintained the number 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Digital Song Sales chart for four consecutive weeks with his solo single 'Standing Next to You'. His album 'GOLDEN' and other singles like '3D' have also performed well on various charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 and the Official UK Singles Chart. Jungkook's achievements are highlighted by his surpassing of prominent artists like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. Additionally, his collaboration with Usher on a remix of 'Standing Next to You' further showcases his global appeal and success.

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BTS's 'Spring Day' Makes a Surprising Comeback, Topping Global Charts 6 Years After Release

15 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS's song 'Spring Day' has experienced a resurgence six years after its release, topping global music charts such as Japan's Oricon and iTunes in 83 countries. The song's themes of longing and waiting resonate with fans as all BTS members have begun their military hiatus. 'Spring Day' was co-composed by RM and Suga and is part of the album 'WINGS Extension: YOU NEVER WALK ALONE'. The group is expected to return in full in 2025.

BTS's Military Service Quiets Controversial Military Exemption Debate for Pop Artists

15 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS members Jimin and Jungkook's enlistment in military service has quieted the debate over military exemptions for pop artists. The controversy began with a 2020 amendment allowing deferral of enlistment for cultural merit awardees, primarily benefiting BTS. A 2021 proposal to exempt BTS from service sparked fairness debates, leading to stalled discussions. Despite industry calls for non-discriminatory military service laws, the debate is seen as concluded with BTS's enlistment. Industry associations continue to advocate for fair application of military service laws for popular culture artists.

All BTS Members Enlist, Followed by EXO's Sehun - Full Group Reunions Postponed Until 2025

14 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Following the full enlistment of BTS members, EXO's Sehun is also set to enlist, with both groups expected to reunite post-2025. BTS members RM, V, Jimin, and Jungkook recently began their military service, joining Jin, J-Hope, and Suga who enlisted earlier. BTS aims for a swift return to group activities after their discharge in June 2025. EXO's Sehun, the last member to enlist, will start his service on December 21, with a full-group reunion anticipated after 2025.

BTS 'Spring Day' Surpasses Christmas Classics on iTunes Charts Amid Military Enlistment

14 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS' song 'Spring Day' has surged to the top of iTunes charts in 83 countries, surpassing Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas,' coinciding with the members' military enlistment. This resurgence underscores the enduring power of BTS' fandom. The song, from the 2017 album 'YOU NEVER WALK ALONE,' resonates deeply with fans. Additionally, 'Outro: Tear' also made a notable comeback on the U.S. iTunes chart. BTS members have fully entered their military service, with a complete group return expected in 2025.

BTS Jungkook Achieves Remarkable Reversal on U.S. Billboard 'Hot 100'

13 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS member Jungkook has made a significant comeback on the U.S. Billboard charts, with his solo album 'GOLDEN' and its title track 'Standing Next to You' climbing the ranks. 'Standing Next to You' reached 72nd on the 'Hot 100' and 13th on the 'Global 200', while '3D (feat. Jack Harlow)' and 'Seven (feat. Latto)' also secured notable positions. Jungkook was the only artist with two songs in the 'Top 10' of the 'Global (Excl. U.S.)' chart. Other BTS members, Jimin and V, also had their solo tracks charting globally.

BTS Jungkook’s 'GOLDEN' Hits Over Half a Million U.S. Sales, Setting a New Record for 2023 K-pop Solo Albums

12 Dec 2023  |  Business Times
Jungkook's solo album 'GOLDEN' has surpassed 500,000 U.S. sales, setting a 2023 record for K-pop solo artists. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on the Top Sales Albums and Top Current Albums charts. The title track 'Standing Next To You' topped the Digital Song Sales chart for three weeks, and 'Seven' sold over a million units, earning Platinum certification from the RIAA. Jungkook is the first K-pop solo artist with three consecutive songs in the top 5 of the Hot 100. 'GOLDEN' was recognized by the NYT and Uproxx as one of the best albums of 2023 and has sold over 2.5 million copies.

Former T-ARA Member Ahreum Addresses Divorce and Remarriage Plans: Denies Pregnancy Rumors and Warns Against Malicious Comments

11 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Former T-ARA member Ahreum (Lee Ahreum) discussed her ongoing divorce proceedings and plans to remarry in a phone interview with Edaily. She clarified that her divorce is not yet finalized and denied rumors of pregnancy with her current partner. Ahreum emphasized her intent to take legal action against malicious comments and defamatory content. She expressed gratitude for the support she has received and highlighted the importance of her current partner in her life. Ahreum's career includes appearances on KBS's 'The Unit: Idol Rebooting Project,' JTBC's 'Sing Again Season 3 - Unknown Singers,' and Tving's 'Between Marriage and Divorce.'

BTS Members RM, V, Jimin, and Jungkook Enlist for Military Service, Entering Official Hiatus

11 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS members RM, V, Jimin, and Jungkook are enlisting for military service, marking an official hiatus for the group. The members shared their thoughts on the enlistment, expressing a mix of relief and determination to return stronger. BTS has paused group activities since Jin's enlistment last December, with other members continuing solo projects. The group aims for a complete comeback in 2025, with all members expected to be discharged by then. Despite the hiatus, BTS continues to maintain its global influence, recently winning 'Worldwide Icon of the Year' at the 2023 MAMA AWARDS.

BTS Jin's 'The Astronaut' Surpasses 300 Million Streams on Spotify and Achieves Over 100 Million MV Views - Birthday Celebrations Skyrocket

11 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS member Jin's solo track 'The Astronaut' has surpassed 300 million streams on Spotify and achieved over 100 million views on its music video, coinciding with his birthday celebrations. The song, co-composed with Coldplay, has set multiple records on Spotify and YouTube, and continues to dominate radio charts in South America. Despite Jin's current military service, his popularity remains strong, with significant global support and numerous birthday projects celebrating his influence.

BTS Jungkook's 'GOLDEN' Marks 4 Weeks in Billboard 200 Top 20 - A Historic First for an Asian Solo Artist

11 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS member Jungkook's solo album 'GOLDEN' has made history by staying in the Billboard 200 Top 20 for four consecutive weeks, a first for an Asian solo artist. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 'Top Sales Album' and 'Top Current Album' charts, selling over 200,000 copies in its first week. Jungkook's solo single 'Seven' also achieved significant success, topping various charts and receiving a Platinum certification from the RIAA. Both 'GOLDEN' and 'Seven' have been recognized by multiple prestigious media outlets and have set numerous records, including on Spotify and Guinness World Records.

BTS Jungkook's 'GOLDEN' Marks 4 Weeks in Billboard 200 Top 20 - A Historic First for an Asian Solo Artist

11 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS member Jungkook's solo album 'GOLDEN' has made history by staying in the Billboard 200 Top 20 for four consecutive weeks, a first for an Asian solo artist. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 'Top Sales Album' and 'Top Current Album' charts, and has been recognized by various international media as one of the best albums of 2023. Jungkook's single 'Seven' also achieved significant success, including a No. 1 debut on Billboard's 'Hot 100' and a Platinum certification from the RIAA. The track set multiple streaming records on Spotify and was recognized by Guinness World Records.

BTS Takes Last Full Group Picture Before Military Enlistment Break until 2025

11 Dec 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
K-pop group BTS has taken their last complete group photo before 2025 due to members enlisting in the military. RM and V enlisted at the Nonsan Training Center, with V serving in the special mission battalion of the Capital Defense Command. Big Hit Music did not hold official events to avoid fan gatherings. Jin, J-Hope, and Suga, already serving, joined the farewell, while Jimin and Jungkook, set to enlist the next day, were also present. RM and V shared their feelings on Weverse, expressing hope and optimism for the future. BTS's complete group activities are expected to resume in the second half of 2025.

BTS Jimin's Solo Album 'FACE' and Title Track 'Like Crazy' Earn Top Honors in Genius Korea's 2023 Charts

15 Jan 2023  |  btimesonline.com
Jimin of BTS has been lauded for his solo album 'FACE' and its title track 'Like Crazy' in Genius Korea's 2023 charts. 'FACE' ranked second overall and first among solo artists, while 'Like Crazy' placed third in the Best K-Pop Songs of 2023. The song, which Jimin helped write and compose, was noted for its emotional depth. 'FACE' topped various charts upon release, and 'Like Crazy' was the first Korean solo artist track to reach No. 1 on Billboard's 'Hot 100'. Jimin's involvement in 'FACE' has been recognized by major music media, cementing his status as a leading K-pop solo artist in 2023.

BTS Jungkook Triumphs as Triple Crown Winner at Circle Chart Music Awards 2023

12 Jan 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
Jungkook of BTS has become a triple crown winner at the Circle Chart Music Awards 2023, securing awards in both album and song categories with his solo debut album 'GOLDEN' and single 'Seven'. 'GOLDEN' is the highest-selling album among K-pop solo artists in 2023, and 'Seven' has achieved over one billion streams on Spotify. Jungkook has also won awards at the Golden Disc Awards, Melon Music Awards, MAMA Awards, MTV VMA, MTV EMA, and BBMAs, and set several records on Spotify, officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

BTS V's 'Layover' Soars to Second Place on Billboard's Best K-Pop Albums of 2023

02 Jan 2023  |  www.btimesonline.com
BTS member V's solo album 'Layover' has secured the second spot on Billboard's Best K-Pop Albums of 2023. Billboard highlighted the album's unique sound influenced by jazz and Lo-Fi soul, different from BTS's style. 'Layover' offers an immersive experience with tracks like 'Love Me Again' and 'Slow Dancing,' and has been praised for its conceptual narrative and visual representation in music videos. The album has also been recognized by Rolling Stone and Time Out, and it holds the record for the longest-charting album on the Billboard 200 chart for a K-Pop solo artist in 2023.
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