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[Today’s K-pop] NCT127 maintains spot on Billboard 200 for 11th week

By Hwang You-mee

Published : Dec. 8, 2021 - 18:00

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NCT127 extended its stay on the Billboard 200 for another week as its third studio album “Sticker” ranked No. 103 on the newest tally that was announced on Wednesday.

The LP hit the chart at No. 3 when it was released in September and topped four more charts from the publication including the top album sales chart. The album sold over 3.58 million copies and swept the charts in Korea, Japan and China.

The band will hold its second standalone concert “Neo City: Seoul - The Link” from Dec. 17 to 19 and kick off an international tour afterwards. More details are coming soon.

In the meantime, the nine-member act gave a sneak peek of “Earthquake” with a short clip last week. The hip-hop dance number will be included in the forthcoming third full album of NCT, of which NCT127 is a subunit, that will be released on Dec. 14.

Former IZ*ONE’s Kang Hyewon to drop winter song

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Kang Hyewon, formerly of disbanded girl group IZ*ONE, piqued the interests of fans with a teaser video for a special album on Wednesday.

The trailer featured Kang turning around and facing the camera while gingerly holding a mug. The holiday special will be released on Dec. 22.

Meanwhile, the performer is appearing on a variety show alongside a score of idols such as Yesung of Super Junior, Lee Daehwi of AB6IX and Hyunjae of The Boyz. She will also be appearing in a web drama -- the third season of hit series “Best Mistake” – which premieres later this month.

FT Island to release new music after 2-year hiatus

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FT Island uploaded the tracklist for its upcoming eighth EP on Tuesday.

It has been more than two years since its last release. The new EP, titled “Lock Up,” is about the complex feelings one has when facing a breakup. The lead track “Unthinkable,” as hinted through a poster with a lock and a chain as well as a teaser trailer, is about how one cannot accept a broken heart and wants to put away the memories of a loved one.

The EP will drop on Friday.

As part of a promotion campaign, the band is hosting a contest in which any one can sing “Unthinkable” on a singing room application, until Jan. 7. 

Brave Girls to host 1st concert next month

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Brave Girls will hold its first standalone concert in January, its agency Brave Entertainment announced Wednesday.

The group debuted in 2011 and after a few lineup changes, now has four members -- Minyoung, Yujeong, Eunji and Yuna. “Rollin’” from 2017 gained popularity online earlier this year and the group strengthened its position with “Chimatbaram,” the lead track from the group’s fifth EP that came out in June.

The group’s international fan club, named Fearless, officially launched last week.

The group won the Hot Trend and Best Artist awards at the 2021 Asia Artist Awards, as well as the Hot Trend award at Melon Music Awards 2021 last week.

The concert will be held in southern Seoul on Jan. 15-16.

By Hwang You-mee