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[Today’s K-pop] BTS’ Suga featured in Juice WRLD’s new posthumous album

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(Credit: Big Hit Music)

Suga of BTS made a guest appearance on a track from Juice WRLD’s upcoming posthumous album, “Fighting Demons.”

The rapper/producer is the featured artist on “Girl of My Dreams,” confirming a rumor that has been circulating for a while.

Suga, along with RM, collaborated with the American rapper, who died two years ago, on “All Night” from the original soundtrack for the mobile game “BTS World.”

In addition to his solo works under the name of Agust D, since 2017 Suga has been producing and writing songs for many musicians, including IU and Halsey.

He and his bandmates are self-quarantining, having returned from the US last week.

TXT’s 2nd LP repack makes Time list of “Best K-pop Albums of 2021”

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(Credit: Big Hit Music)

Tomorrow X Together’s repacked second full album was selected as one of the best K-pop albums of the year by Time magazine.

In an article published Wednesday in the US, the magazine named “The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape” from August among the top 10.

“If there’s any group with numerous contenders for best K-pop song of the year, it’s TXT,” read the article. “Luckily for fans, three of those tracks appear on the same album.” These are “LOSER=LOVER,” “Anti-Romantic” and “0X1=Lovesong (I Know I Love You).”

The repack was also one of Rolling Stone’s 50 best albums of 2021, and was the only K-pop album on the list.

With its second LP, the band ranked No. 197 on the Billboard 200’s year-end chart that came out last week. It is the only male K-pop act other than BTS ever to be included on the chart.

Seventeen’s Japanese record tops Oricon chart

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(Credit: Pledis Entertainment)

Seventeen’s “Ainochikara” topped Oricon’s daily single ranking Wednesday, according to the most recent tally announced by the Japanese media. 

The record sold over 107,000 copies after the title track landed atop a series of major Japanese charts as soon as it was released in advance Nov. 29.

The track is the band’s first ballad in Japanese, as well as its first winter song, and the record is part of its yearlong project “Power of Love.”

Separately, the 13-piece act was chosen as the artist of the month for MTV’s Push campaign, which highlights a global artist every month. The band is the first K-pop act to be selected. Past artists of the month include The Kid Laroi, Olivia Lodrigo and Remi Wolf. The December campaign starts Friday in the US.

Super Junior D&E drops new album  

(Credit: Label SJ)
(Credit: Label SJ)

Super Junior’s subunit D&E is putting out an epilogue album Thursday.

The duo added special track “Need U” to its first full-length album, “Countdown,” which came out last month, to mark the 10th anniversary of forming the unit. The LP topped iTunes top albums charts in 22 regions.

Both musicians participated in writing the lyrics.

“I worked on the music looking back at the time we’ve been together over the past 10 years, going over the memories,” said Donghae in a video clip that was uploaded last week.

“We wanted to present a song to our fans who have supported D&E throughout the time,” said Eunhyuk, adding that he will listen to the song whenever he misses his fans.

The special track will be unveiled Thursday, and the full epilogue album will be released the following day.

Meanwhile, Super Junior celebrated the 16th anniversary of its debut last month with a livestream.

By Hwang You-mee
(glamazon@heraldcorp.com)

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