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[Today’s K-pop] TXT releases 1st carol

(Credit: Big Hit Music)
(Credit: Big Hit Music)
  Tomorrow X Together surprised fans with the group’s first carol, “Sweet Dreams,” Thursday.
The band gave just three hours’ prior notice in announcing the song’s release. The news came with an image that showed the five bandmates, each as a stamp, with a Christmas tree.
In the R&B-based tune featuring melodic piano sounds, they wish everyone a warm Christmas despite the challenging time, with only good things in the future.
Yeonjun and Huening Kai participated in writing the melody and Soobin, Taehyun and Huening Kai pitched in for the lyrics.
“We were sorry that we didn’t have many chances to meet Moa in person this year ... and worked on the music hoping we could pay back the love Moa gave us in what little way possible,” the band said, referring to their fan group.

Mamamoo’s Moonbyul to return with 3rd EP next month

(Credit: RBW Entertainment)
(Credit: RBW Entertainment)
Moonbyul of Mamamoo will come back with third solo EP “6quence” on Jan. 19, announced RBW Entertainment on Thursday.
It has been almost two years since her previous solo album, “Dark Side of the Moon,” and a single will be dropped in advance on Dec. 30, whetting the appetite of eagerly awaiting fans. The prerelease will be a collaboration with singer-songwriter Seori.
The timetable, which compared the release of the EP to that of a movie, had a film reel and a moon for Jan. 10 and 14, respectively, leaving some of the teaser contents a mystery.
Meanwhile, the band will appear in a livestream hosted by Moonbyul on Friday to celebrate Christmas Eve together. The quartet will play games and sing karaoke as well as enjoy food together. The highlight of the live broadcast will be reading fan letters and looking back at their seven-year career.

Ateez adds more concert to US tour 

(Credit: KQ Entertainment)
(Credit: KQ Entertainment)
Ateez will perform one more time in Los Angeles during an international tour in January.
Agency KQ Entertainment announced Thursday that the band has decided to extend the American leg of its world tour another day, adding a concert in Los Angeles on Jan. 31.
All tickets for the Fellowship: Beginning of the End tour, except those for Paris that are not open for purchase yet, have sold out. The eight-member act will kick off with a three-day stand in Seoul from Jan. 7-9. It will then fly to Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles, before heading to Europe to perform in Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Warsaw, Madrid and Paris.
Separately, its repackaged EP “Zero: Fever Epilogue” hit the Billboard 200 at No. 73 on Tuesday in the US. This is the second time the band has put an album on the chart.

Apink to reunite for February return: report

(Credit: IST Entertainment)
(Credit: IST Entertainment)
Veteran girl group Apink has finalized its plans to return as a whole unit, according to a local media report Thursday.
All six bandmates, including Son Naeun who moved to YG Entertainment in June, were shooting a music video on the same day, according to the report, adding the group is set to come out with a new album in February.
It has been almost two years since their previous album, and approximately 10 months since the previous song.
Even though Son is with another company while the rest of them renewed their contracts with IST Entertainment, they are each still devoted to the band and will continue to work as a team, IST Entertainment said in June.
The band debuted in 2011 with “I Don’t Know.”
On Dec. 31, Apink will host a fan meeting event and, as Jung Eunji said in a recent interview, “will meet fans face-to-face and comfort them.”

By Hwang You-mee (