K-Pop News 190124: IU, HyunA, RIIZE and more

Hello K-pop fans! Here’s your daily dose of K-pop News Digest for January 19, 2024. Let’s dive into today’s headline-making stories. Read about IU changing the title of her track Love Wins, HyunA and Yong Jun-Hyung’s agencies commenting on their dating rumors, RIIZE releasing a Japanese version of Love 119, and more. Check out today’s K-pop News Digest to catch up on the most buzzworthy moments and milestones that have captured the hearts of fans worldwide.

IU changes song title after controversy

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IU has changed the title of her new song from Love Wins to Love Wins All. This comes days after the singer was accused of queer-baiting. The original title is a phrase commonly associated with LGBTQIA+ rights. IU’s company, EDAM Entertainment, also emphasized IU’s respect and support for all forms of love.

IU has also begun promoting the song under its new title. She released a teaser poster for the music video featuring BTS’ V. The two appear to face an uncertain situation, set in an apocalyptic world.

HyunA and Yong Jun-Hyung’s dating rumors

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Agencies representing K-pop stars HyunA and ex-Highlight member Yong Jun-Hyung issued brief statements regarding ongoing dating rumors. HyunA recently shared a photo of the her and Jun-Hyung holding hands. Fans took this as confirmation that the two were an item, with many congratulating the pair.

HyunA’s agency, AT AREA, stated they do not involve themselves in their artists’ personal lives. Meanwhile Jun-Hyung’s agency, BLACK MADE, commented on the difficulty of confirming personal matters.

RIIZE to release Japanese version of Love 119


K-pop group RIIZE will release a Japanese version of their third single, Love 119. The song, known for its soothing piano rift and rhythmic drum line, portrays the mixed emotions of first love.

The Japanese version will complement the group’s story-based music video, which was filmed in Japan. The song is already a huge hit for RIIZE, earning them their first music show win on M Countdown.

(G)I-DLE’s album sparks debate


The tracklist for (G)I-DLE’s second full album has sparked a debate about the length of K-pop releases. Fans expressed surprise and disappointment that the album, considered a full release, contains only eight tracks, with most songs under three minutes.

This has led to discussions about the trend of short songs and albums in K-pop, possibly influenced by platforms like TikTok.

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