[Today’s K-pop] Blackpink’s ‘Whistle’ Music Video Surpasses 800 Million Views

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The music video for Blackpink’s debut song “Whistle” reached 800 million views on YouTube on Monday, according to record label YG Entertainment on Tuesday.

This is the group’s eighth video to reach the milestone after videos for songs such as “Ddu-du Ddu-du”, “Kill This Love” and “Boombayah”.

“Whistle” has been one of the band’s main double tracks since their debut single “Square One” released in August 2016.

The quartet is set to release their second full-length album “Born Pink” on September 16. The album’s pre-release track “Pink Venom” has remained on Billboard’s Hot 100 for two weeks since debuting at No. 22. Global 200 and Global Exc. US charts for two consecutive weeks, a first for a K-pop girl group. It also topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 75 regions. The music video for “Pink Venom” surpassed 100 million views on YouTube in less than 30 hours and 200 million views in seven days.

NCT Dream will kick off their Japan tour in November

(Credit: SM Entertainment)

(Credit: SM Entertainment)

NCT Dream will be touring three cities in Japan from November 23 to December 1, record label SM Entertainment announced on Tuesday.

It will be part of the “In A Dream” tour and will take the seven-member boy band to Nagoya, Yokohama and Fukuoka, where they will perform a total of five times. This will be the group’s first time holding a concert in front of fans in Japan since their first standalone concert in February 2020.

The septet released EP “The Dream” to mark the gig and topped Oricon’s weekly album chart with the album, becoming the first K-pop boy group to claim the spot before officially making their debut. debut in Japan.

Meanwhile, the group kicked off the “In A Dream” tour in Seoul last week, attracting around 135,000 fans online and offline. The Seoul concert was originally scheduled for last month but was postponed and moved to a new, even bigger venue, as Mark and Renjun tested positive for COVID-19 just days before the show.

Big Bang’s G-Dragon hints at collaborative work

(Credit: GD Instagram)

(Credit: GD Instagram)

G-Dragon of Big Bang uploaded an image and sparked excitement for his upcoming collaboration with virtual artist Wade.

The image read “Something BIG is Coming” with Wade spelled out using a water-inspired font. Wade is co-created by KB Lee, a creative consultant who has made a name for himself in street fashion, and digital IP firm IPX. The virtual influencer is themed around a mutant made of water, ready to make a splash in music, fashion and art. Wade will partner with GD’s own brand PeaceMinusOne, beginning with Wade Friends&Family which will be unveiled on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the veteran idol and fashion enthusiast was spotted at an art event co-hosted by Chanel Korea and Frieze Seoul last week.

In July, he paid tribute to Elvis Presley with a cover of the legend’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” in a video directed by Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann. In April, Big Bang released the single “Still Life”, their first full group effort in about four years.

AB6IX will release their 6th EP next month

(Credit: Brand New Music)

(Credit: Brand New Music)

AB6IX will release their sixth EP on October 4, agency Brand New Music announced on Tuesday.

News of the upcoming “Take A Chance” EP came with a poster that showed a peach-colored cake topped with a small sprout. Her previous album was May’s fifth “A to B” EP.

In August, the quartet held a fan meet event in Bangkok to meet fans in the Thai capital in person for the first time in three years. Park Woojin, however, was unable to join as he tested positive for COVID-19. The event is part of the band’s international fan-meeting tour which will bring the band members to Taipei in November. They have already stopped in six cities in the United States and two in Japan.

By Hwang You-mee
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