K-pop News 031023: Jungkook, Jennie, Bang Chan and More

Greetings, K-pop fans! Welcome to your news digest for Oct 3, 2023. Let’s dive into today’s headline-making stories. Read about Jungkook’s solo album, Jennie’s stunning Chanel appearance, Jisoo’s YouTube record, Bang Chan’s livestream, and Jessi’s highly-anticipated comeback under MORE VISION:

BTS’ Jungkook announces solo album Golden

BTS' Jungkook announces solo album Golden

ARMYs are celebrating the news that BTS’ Jungkook is releasing a solo album, titled Golden. The album was announced by BIGHIT MUSIC, which described it as “inspired by the golden moments of Jungkook, the golden maknae of BTS”. The album will contain 11 tracks, including his recent singles Seven (feat Latto) and 3D (feat. Jack Harlow).

Pre-orders for Golden begin on Oct 4 at 11AM KST, with a release date of Nov 3 at 1PM KST. BIGHIT MUSIC also confirmed that Jungkook will be making appearances and performances to promote his solo album Golden. ARMYs immediately caused the hashtag #Jungkook_Golden and “11 Tracks” to trend on X (formerly Twitter).

BTS' Jungkook announces solo album Golden

Jennie goes viral for Chanel look at Paris Fashion Week

Jennie goes viral for Chanel look at Paris Fashion Week

BLACKPINK’s Jennie continues to prove to be the perfect global ambassador of the iconic luxury brand Chanel. The spotlight was on her as she graced the Chanel Spring Summer 2024 show at Paris Fashion Week, captivating fans worldwide with her doll-like beauty.

Jennie emerged in a stunning light cream two-piece ensemble, featuring a waistcoat and shorts, elegantly complemented by understated accessories. Despite the rainy and chilly weather, she took the time to greet fans who waited for her outside the venue. Photos and videos of Jennie from the event quickly spread across social media, with fans raving about her visuals and her fit.

BLACKPINK’s Jisoo hits 400 million views for Flower MV

BLACKPINK's Jisoo hits 400 million views for Flower MV

It was also a big day for Jennie’s BLACKPINK groupmate Jisoo. Her solo debut music video Flower smashed a K-Pop record by reaching 400 million views on YouTube. It is the first K-Pop video of 2023 to hit this massive milestone, showing the power of Blinks and their support.

The music video achieved this record just six months and three days since its release on March 31. This song is part of her first solo album, ME, and fans and critics have praised Jisoo for her powerful vocals and artistry. Jisoo’s solo career is on fire, and the success of Flower proves it. It’s a big win for Jisoo and her fans.

STRAY KIDS’ Bang Chan to hold livestream

STRAY KIDS' Bang Chan to hold livestream

STAYS received a huge surprise today when Bang Chan revealed that he was planning to hold a livestream. He announced the live on Bubble, saying: “I’m still in Japan, so it might be difficult to go on live. Is it ok if I do it tomorrow?” A screenshot of the chat immediately went viral, with STAYS voicing their excitement over seeing Bang Chan online again.

This will be Bang Chan’s first livestream since the sudden hiatus of his popular Chan’s Room livestream, which went offline in May 2023. Fans were quick to note that this livestream is not a new Chan’s Room episode, but instead a one-time activity to mark his 26th birthday. Most STRAY KIDS fans are planning to private their viewings and translations of the livestream, in order to prevent Bang Chan’s words from “being misrepresented by antis”.

Jessi announces comeback under Jay Park’s MORE VISION label

Jessi announces comeback under Jay Park's MORE VISION label

Jessi, the fierce and talented rapper and singer, is gearing up for her highly-anticipated comeback under the banner of Jay Park’s label, MORE VISION. Media reports unveiled that Jessi is in the final stages of preparations for her upcoming album. According to MORE VISION, Jessi’s comeback is scheduled for the end of this month, although the exact release date is still being discussed.

This comeback holds special significance as it marks Jessi’s first music release under MORE VISION since her departure from P Nation in July 2022. Fans are eagerly awaiting Jessi’s return, anticipating the powerhouse performances and charismatic presence she’s known for.

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