[Today’s K-pop] GOT7’s Jay B frees up more for 2nd solo EP

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(Image credit: CDNZA Records)

GOT7’s Jay B released his second solo EP on Wednesday and discussed the new album with a series of Q&As ahead of the full release.

As the title “Be Yourself” suggests, he wanted to encourage listeners to enjoy more and live more fully, and to take a lighter approach. The singer-songwriter had all six tracks in his hands, and he dived into funk for the lead track “go UP” for the first time.

“I wanted to make a song that was upbeat enough in both performance and music that it would get everyone to get into a rhythm,” he said.

The overall ambience of the EP, he said, could be summed up in one word – freedom.

“Freedom is ingrained in the album as a whole, and in every single song… and that’s what makes the EP appealing,” he said.

Blackpink’s Lisa sets a record on the iTunes charts

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(Image credit: YG Entertainment)

(Image credit: YG Entertainment)

Blackpink’s Lisa topped the list of iTunes Top Songs in Micronesia, bringing the total number of regions to 101, a record for a female musician.

Her solo single “LaLisa” peaked at number 1 on Wednesday, and she became the second artist after Adele to ever top the charts in more than 100 regions. Lisa is also the first female solo act to top the iTunes chart worldwide.

“LaLisa” is the title track of her first solo EP, which was released in September last year. It debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 at number 84 and topped the iTunes Top Songs chart in 72 regions upon release.

Separately, Blackpink released its second studio album, Born Pink, last week and performed the main track, Shut Down, for the first time in the US on Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live. It topped the iTunes Top Songs chart in 43 regions.

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Ex-NU’EST’s Baekho will be making his solo debut next month

(Image credit: Pledis Entertainment)

(Image credit: Pledis Entertainment)

Baekho, formerly of NU’EST, will be releasing his debut solo EP on October 12, Pledis Entertainment agency announced on Wednesday.

The Absolute Zero EP signals a new beginning for the performer, who debuted in 2012 as a member of the five-piece group. He will be the first to release a solo album since the group broke up in March, marking the end of their 10-year career with the best-of album “Needle & Bubble”.

Baekho has written melodies for numerous of the band’s songs, including “Bet Bet”, “Love Me”, “I’m In Trouble” and “Inside Out”. He has appeared in a number of musicals and variety shows after the bandmates decided to pursue individual careers.

In July he organized a fan meeting alone for the first time, just in time for his birthday.

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(G)I-dle’s “Tomboy” hits 100 million streams on Spotify

(Image credit: Cube Entertainment)

(Image credit: Cube Entertainment)

According to the agency Cube Entertainment, (G)I-dle collected 100 million streams with “Tomboy” on Spotify on Wednesday.

“Tomboy” is the focus track of the quintet’s first full album “I Never Die” in March. The LP topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 24 regions and number 58 on the Billboard Global 200. The song was number 34 on the Global Excl. US chart while the music video racked up 160 million views.

The group is in the midst of their first international tour, which kicked off in Seoul in June. The tour covers 18 cities in North America, Latin America and Asia.

On October 17th there will be a comeback with the fifth EP “I Love”.

By Hwang You-mee
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