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[Today’s K-pop] BTS’ J-Hope hits Billboard Hot 100 at No. 60 with solo song

By Hwang You-mee

Published : March 14, 2023 - 18:06

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J-Hope of BTS got on Billboard’s Hot 100 with his solo digital single “On The Street with J. Cole” at No. 60.

The single also was No. 2 on its top selling songs chart.

This is the fourth time the artist made the main songs chart, following “Chicken Noodle Soup,” a Becky G collaboration from 2019, as well as “More” and “Arson,” double title tracks from his first solo album “Jack In The Box” from last year.

“On The Street” notched top spot on the iTunes top songs chart in 80 regions upon release and set a record on Official Singles Top 100 in UK on Friday, debuting at No. 37, the highest spot for a K-pop solo musician. This replaced bandmate Jungkook’s Charlie Puth collaboration “Left and Right,” which peaked at No. 41.


EXO’s Kai lands atop iTunes chart in 40 regions with 3rd solo EP

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Kai of EXO headed straight to the top of the iTunes top albums chart in 40 regions with his third solo EP “Rover.”

The six-track mini album also swept a series of major music charts at home since its release on Monday. The album comes almost 1 1/2 years since his previous solo EP “Peaches.”

Separately, EXO will greet its fans as a full group in Seoul on April 8-9 at fan meet event “EXO Clock.” It has been over four years since all eight members of the band gathered, as they completed military duties one by one. The fan meeting will celebrate the band’s 11th anniversary.

The band will also host the event in Japan on the following week, meeting their fans for the first time in five years.


NCT127 hits Billboard 200 at No. 13 with repack

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NCT127 notched No. 13 spot on Billboard 200 with “Ay-Yo,” tweeted the US magazine on Tuesday.

“Ay-Yo” is a reissue of its fourth studio album “Two Baddies” that hit the chart at No. 3 in September last year, selling over a million copies in the first week. The two albums recorded 3.2 million in combined sales.

The 15-track repackaged album is the nonet’s sixth entry on the main albums chart.

In the meantime, three members of the NCT subunit – Doyoung, Jaehyun and Jungwoo – are preparing to release the first album as a trio. No specific date has been announced yet but label SM Entertainment confirmed last week that they will form the first subunit with fixed members under NCT.


Monsta X’s Minhyuk to enlist next month

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Minhyuk of Monsta X will start serving mandatory military duty on April 4, he told fans on Monday.

In a handwritten letter addressed to his fans, he shared the news and assured that he will be back soon. He will be gone for a short while and the only regret is that he will not be able to do keep his fans happy, he said, asking Monbebe not to be sad. Monbebe is the name of the band’s official fandom.

He is the second member of the six-piece act to enlist, after leader Shownu, who will be discharged next month.

Meanwhile, the band started its own reality show last month, its first since its debut nine years ago. Its most recent album was 12th EP “Reason” that came out in January and topped the iTunes top albums chart in seven regions.


By Hwang You-mee