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[Today’s K-pop] Enhyphn to celebrate 1st anniversary all week

(Credit: Belift Lab)
(Credit: Belift Lab)
Enhypen piqued the interest of fans on Tuesday with a poster that bore the weeklong schedule for the first anniversary of the group’s debut.

Along with the poster, the band shouted out to its official fandom Engene, asking if they are ready to enjoy the anniversary with the hashtag “2021 Eniversary Stage 1122 Timetable.” The septet will celebrate the anniversary that falls on Nov. 30 with a string of content including family photos, two dance videos and a magazine that will be unveiled beginning Tuesday throughout the week leading up to the day.

The event resembles the annual “Festa” of BTS, under Big Hit Music, which also belongs to Hybe alongside Enhypen’s agency Belift Lab.

In under a year, the rookie band became one of the leading idol groups in Korea, placing its million-seller first studio album “Dimension: Dilemma” at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 last month. Its second EP, “Border: Carnival,” in April ranked No. 18 on the chart.

Ateez’ Hongjoong to perform on streets 

(Credit: KQ Entertainment)
(Credit: KQ Entertainment)
Hongjoong of Ateez will be busking in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, next week.

Hongjoong launched a subchannel -- By. Hoongjoong -- of the band’s main Ateez account in May, collecting the music videos for his partly Korean-language covers of timeless hits including Michael Jackson’s “Black or White,” Prince’s “Purple Rain” and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” He promised fans then that he would perform on the streets after collecting another 1 million views from that date.

The video of him covering Linkin Park’s “Numb” has garnered the most attention, drawing compliments from the rock band’s Mike Shinoda and approval from the band’s official social media account when it was uploaded in January. It has since surpassed 2.1 million views.

The event will be held in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, on Nov. 30.

Meanwhile, Ateez is planning an international tour that will start with a concert in Seoul in January. 

Ive to debut on Dec. 1

(Credit: Starship Entertainment)
(Credit: Starship Entertainment)
Girl group Ive uploaded concept photos of Yujin and Gaeul for forthcoming debut single “Eleven” on Tuesday.

The two bandmates of the six-piece act strike confident poses in all-black costumes surrounded by mirrors. The band has been releasing a series of promo clips, and the last one’s theme “Eleven” turned out to be the title of the single that will be unveiled Dec. 1.

In time for the official debut, Yujin, Wonyoung and Liz will appear as guests on TV variety show “Baek Jong-won’s Alley Restaurant.” The episode will air early next month, according to a source from the show producer.

Separately, Yujin, formerly of the since-disbanded IZ*ONE, decided not to take the national college entrance exam that was held throughout Korea last week to focus on the group’s debut.

Onewe drops demo album track in advance 

(Credit: RBW Entertainment)
(Credit: RBW Entertainment)
Boy band Onewe put out the main track from its upcoming demo album on Tuesday.

The prerelease “Star” is the lead track from “Studio We: Recording 2” that is slated to be released on Dec. 7. The demo album shows a more candid side of the band as it includes the first guide version of the songs. It also carries on the band’s narrative centered on celestial bodies.

“Star” is about how one wants to stay close to another after a fateful encounter, explained Kanghyun.

Yonghoon has been intent on writing a song that could keep the planet narrative and upon hearing an instrumental made by a company producer, whipped up the melody of the chorus. Cya, who participated in writing the lyrics and melody for “Star,” recommended looking up at the night sky while listening to the part where Dongmyeong and he make a wish on the star.

The quintet is also planning to bring out their second EP in January. 

By Hwang You-mee (
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