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[Today’s K-pop] Ex-Treasure Bang Yedam to debut as solo act

By Hwang You-mee

Published : Oct. 30, 2023 - 19:37

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(Credit: GF Entertainment) (Credit: GF Entertainment)

Bang Yedam, formerly of Treasure, is planning to return as a solo musician, according to agency GF Entertainment on Monday.

He is gearing up to release his first solo album on Nov. 23 and will drop a pre-release from the EP on Nov. 10, added the company.

He came under the spotlight through an audition show in 2013, where he was touted as a child prodigy, and after five years of training under label YG Entertainment, he debuted as a member of Treasure in 2020.

The left the band and the label, however, in November of last year after taking six months off. In August, he signed with the current agency.

“The phrase ‘solo artist Bang Yedam’ still feels awkward and the pressure to fill up the stage on my own is high,” admitted the musician, “But I am excited to be able to present my own performance.”


Fantasy Boys to return next month

(Credit: Pocket Doll Studio) (Credit: Pocket Doll Studio)

Fantasy Boys will make a comeback on Nov. 24 with new single “Get It On,” said agency Pocket Doll Studio on Monday.

The news of the rookie band finalizing the date of its return set fans abuzz. although the management firm said last week that the rookie band will announce this date on Monday. The new single comes about two months since its debut.

The 11-member act held its first fan concert in Tokyo two weeks ago performing Japanese-language versions of “New Tomorrow” and “One Shot” from its debut album. After a week in the Japanese capital city, it headed to Nagoya before visiting fans in Osaka. It is set to return to Japan in December, for its encore concerts, slated to be held in Tokyo and Nagoya.


StayC to put out 3rd single in Japan

(Credit: Highup Entertainment) (Credit: Highup Entertainment)

StayC will release its third single album in Japan on Dec. 6, announced agency Highup Entertainment on Monday.

The group’s upcoming single is titled “LIT” as is the main track that invites listeners to enjoy a “lit” life, in lyrics that mix Korean and Japanese. The album will also include the Japanese-language version of “Bubble,” the lead track from its third EP in Korea, “Teenfresh,” which came out in August.

In the meantime, the six members are in the midst of their first international tour, named after their third EP. After a live show in Seoul in late September, they embarked on the tour two weeks ago, which will be held in 11 cities -- seven in the US and three in Asia, until mid-February.


Pentagon’s Yuto sets eyes on Japan

(Credit: Rink Entertainment) (Credit: Rink Entertainment)

Yuto of Pentagon signed with an agency in Japan, said agency Rink Entertainment on Monday.

Rink Entertainment is a newly established company and through the new agency, he, originally from Japan, is set to move his base to tap into his native country.

He was a member of Pentagon since 2016. The bandmates celebrated the seventh anniversary of their debut earlier this month, but five out of the nine members, including Yuto, decided not to renew their contracts with management firm Cube Entertainment.

This led to speculation that the band is virtually disbanding, but the members assured fans that they are not leaving the team, uploading pictures of themselves as a group and writing “Pentagon Never Dies.”


By Hwang You-mee