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[Today’s K-pop] SHINee’s Key tops iTunes chart in 23 regions with 2nd solo LP

(Credit: SM Entertainment)
(Credit: SM Entertainment)
Key of SHINee landed atop the iTunes top albums chart in 23 regions with his second solo studio album.

The LP “Gasoline” consists of 11 tracks including the titular track, which compares the explosive power of fuel to Key making his own way without hesitation, to an addictive hip-hop beat. The veteran idol wrote the words himself.

The LP is his first solo work since first EP “Bad Love” that ranked No. 1 on iTunes top albums chart in 32 regions. His first solo gig was LP “Face” that came out in November 2018, about 10 years since he debuted as a member of the band. The first LP topped iTunes top albums chart in 12 regions.

Key returned to Seoul on Tuesday after performing at label SM Entertainment’s all-star concert in Tokyo along with bandmate Minho.

Itzy’s 5th EP becomes band’s 1st million-seller

(Credit: JYP Entertainment)
(Credit: JYP Entertainment)

Itzy’s fifth EP “Checkmate” logged 1 million shipments as of Wednesday, according to label JYP Entertainment.

The album was released on July 15 and sold more than 470,000 copies in the first week of sales. It hit the Billboard 200 at No. 8, making the quintet the fourth K-pop girl group to make top 10 on the chart, after Blackpink, Twice and aespa.

The music video for main track “Sneakers” amassed 100 million views on YouTube last week, the group’s seventh music video to reach the milestone.

Meanwhile, Itzy held concerts in Seoul earlier this month and will resume its first international tour on Oct. 26. The tour will bring the bandmates to eight cities in the US. On Oct. 5, they will drop second single in Japan “Blah Blah Blah.”

BTS to host photo exhibit in Seoul, Busan

(Credit: Big Hit Music)
(Credit: Big Hit Music)

A photo exhibit chronicling the nine-year musical career of BTS will be held in Seoul and Busan, announced label Big Hit Music on Wednesday.

The show “Exhibition: Proof” will be held from Sept. 28 to Nov. 22 in Seoul and from Oct. 5 to Nov. 8 in Busan.

The exhibit will allow visitors to experience the band’s journey through not only photographs but also a series of interactive contents that incorporate props and video clips.

In addition to the spaces that cherish the records and defining moments from the septet’s career, records of BTS and its fandom, Army, will be on display like a chronicle, explained the management firm.

In the meantime, the band will hold a free concert for an audience of 100,000 in Busan on Oct. 15, wishing the city to win the bid to host a world expo.

WJSN’s Exy, SeolA suffer injury from car accident

(Credit: Starship Entertainment)
(Credit: Starship Entertainment)

Exy and SeolA of WJSN had an accident on Wednesday on their way to an event, said agency Starship Entertainment.

They, along with their managers, were brought to an emergency room and were told that they will need treatment for muscle pains and bruises, explained the company.

The 10-member act returned from Los Angeles last week after joining the lineup for K-pop groul concert KCON 2022 LA. It put out special single “Sequence” last month.

Separately, Exy is taking part in a reality contest show among rappers of K-pop girl group that include Moonbyul of Mamamoo and Mimi of Oh My Girl. The show started airing on Tuesday.

By Hwang You-mee