[Today’s K-pop] Blackpink has the most YouTube subscribers among artists

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Blackpink has become the artist or group with the most subscribers on YouTube in the world.

According to label YG Entertainment, subscribers to the girl group’s official channel topped 65.2 million on Friday afternoon, surpassing Justin Bieber.

“It’s amazing. It’s a miracle moment made by Blink,” the band members said through their management company, thanking their official fandom.

“This is a result achieved with our fans, so we hope Blink will feel as much joy as we do. We will continue to be artists who deliver positive energy through great music and videos,” they added. .

In July 2020, Blackpink became the first artist from a non-English speaking region to enter the top five in terms of subscribers to YouTube’s music streaming service. Then it overtook Ariana Grande, Eminem and Marshmello at No. 2. The release of Lisa’s solo album gave the girl group the final boost it needed to climb to No. 1.

The quartet has gone strong on YouTube. It has 29 videos with over 100 million views each and nearly 20 billion views combined.

TXT will hold its first standalone concert next month

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Tomorrow X Together will hold their first standalone concert on October 3, the boy band announced Friday via its global fan community platform Weverse.

The live show, “Tomorrow X Together Live ‘Act: Boy'”, will be broadcast live. In the poster that announced the news, the five members of the group appear in black and white suits with knee-length pants emphasizing their youthful side.

The quintet has six albums to its name, from the three-part “Magic” series and the two-part “Chaos” series, with a “minisode” in between.

The group also announced on Friday that they are collaborating with American rock artist Mod Sun and will release a remixed version of “0X1=Lovesong (I Know I Love You).” The original song, featuring Seori, was the lead track from the second LP, “The Chaos Chapter: Freeze”. The American singer and songwriter participated in writing the song, and for the remix, Mod Sun wrote a new melody and English lyrics.

Stray Kids will release their 2nd single in Japan in October

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Stray Kids releases their second Japanese single, “Scars/Thunderous – Japanese ver.” On October 13, label JYP Entertainment announced on Friday.

“Scars” and the Japanese version of “Thunderous”, the lead track from their second full-length album “Noeasy”, are double tracks for the single, marking a first for the band. It will also include two other songs – “Call” and “My Pace” in Japanese.

“Scars” is co-written by the band’s own songwriting trio, 3Racha, and sings about how they’re ready to take on more scars, even though they already have plenty, to achieve bigger dreams.

The Japanese version of “My Pace” was included as a bonus track to mark that it was chosen as the theme song for a popular show on Ameba, a major streaming platform in Japan.

The eight-member group debuted in Japan in March 2020 with their best-of album “SKZ2020,” which was the top-selling K-pop album released in Japan in the first half, according to Tower Records. The group’s first single “Top” topped Oricon’s weekly singles chart three months later.

Victon’s Do Hanse set for solo debut

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Victon’s Do Hanse will release his first solo album on September 25, agency PlayM Entertainment announced on Friday.

He debuted as a member of the group five years ago and will be the second to release a solo album, after Han Seungwoo. As the lead rapper for the seven-piece act, he did rap duty for all of Victon’s songs. He also wrote “Where’s the Love?” from the band’s debut studio album, “Voice: The Future Is Now”.

Meanwhile, the group recently released their own series of original characters, named Toniiminii. The band members participated in the whole process, coming up with ideas and drawing the rough sketches to mirror each other. The characters became available for pre-order purchase last week and will soon be accompanied by a range of merchandise.

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

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