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[Today’s K-pop] EXO’s DO to drop 1st solo album: report


(Credit: SM Entertainment)
(Credit: SM Entertainment)

DO of EXO is putting out his solo debut album at the end of July, media reports said Friday.

His label SM Entertainment confirmed the news following the report.

He has released solo songs, such as “It’s Okay” and “Crying Out,” which were on the original soundtrack for the movie “Cart,” but this will be the singer’s first solo album since his debut in 2012 as a member of EXO.

The main vocal of the veteran idol band has been equally successful as an actor. He is shooting “The Moon” and was cast as the lead actor in remake of Taiwanese movie “Secret.”

Seventeen records best weekly sales this year 

(Credit: Pledis Entertainment)
(Credit: Pledis Entertainment)

Seventeen’s new album has had the best opening week of any album in Korea so far this year, agency Pledis Entertainment said Friday.

The band’s eighth EP “Your Choice” sold more than 1.36 million units in the first week, after it came out on June 18, the most of any album this year.
It is also the best sales record for the band, which sold about 1.09 million of its seventh EP “Heng:garae.”

The boy band sung “Ready to Love,” the title track from the EP, on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday in the US and will perform it again along with an interview on MTV’s “Fresh Out Live” on Friday.

The 13-piece act also announced that it would hold a fan meet in August. It is hosting its fifth fan meeting, called “Carat Land,” Aug. 6-8 at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul.

Seventeen will perform songs from the new EP for the first time in front of its fans at the event that will also be livestreamed online.

CIX teams up with Pentagon’s Hui

(Credit: NCSoft/Klap)
(Credit: NCSoft/Klap)

CIX and Hui of Pentagon are collaborating for a new song that will be released through Universe Music next week, NCSoft and its entertainment arm Klap said Friday.

The five-member band is unveiling a song titled “Tesseract” featuring the leader of Pentagon, who will also act as a producer. Hui is not only the main vocal of his band but also produced many of its hits, including “Shine” and “Naughty Boy.” He also wrote a series of songs for other musicians: Wanna One’s “Energetic,” WEi’s “Twighlight” and Ong Seongwoo’s “Heart Sign (Prod. Flow Blow).”

In the cover image that came out with the news, the quintet suited up in black and white and gaze at the camera from a set that looks like a futuristic science lab.

The band will drop a concept film, titled “The End of Infinity,” on Sunday followed by two versions of teaser snippets before the song comes out on July 1.

Kang Daniel to host fan meet to mark 2nd anniversary 

(Credit: Konnect Entertainment)
(Credit: Konnect Entertainment)

Kang Daniel will meet fans from around the world online to celebrate the second anniversary of his debut next month.

Its agency Konnect Entertainment recently uploaded a teaser that said “Coming Soon 0725.” On July 25, the musician will hold a fan meeting named “2nd Anniversary VR Fanmeeting - Dan2ty&: Walking with Daniel.”

The main theme of the event is empathy and Kang reaches out to his fans, overcoming the physical distance and the prolonged pandemic that have been preventing them from physical contact. Utilizing three-dimensional virtual reality technology that will be offered via an application exclusively developed for Kang.

The content will be prime content for Dan2ty, Kang’s official fandom community, said the management company. They will be able to look back at the past two years and the behind-the-scenes from previous albums and special performances will be delivered as lively as possible.

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

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