K-Pop News 220424: BOYNEXTDOOR, AESPA and More

Here is your K-Pop News roundup for April 22, 2024. Let’s dive right in …

BOYNEXTDOOR Shatters Sales Records with HOW?

BOYNEXTDOOR has set a new sales record with their second mini-album HOW?, selling 531,911 copies in its first week according to the Hanteo Chart. This marks a nearly 20% increase over their previous album WHY.. which solidifies their status as ‘half-million sellers’.

The album’s title track Earth, Wind & Fire helped propel the album to the top of Japan’s Oricon Daily Album Ranking and number one on iTunes Top Albums charts in five countries. The music video also quickly amassed over 40 million views. BOYNEXTDOOR continued to impress with dynamic comeback performances on major music shows like Mnet’s M Countdown.

NCT’s Doyoung Steps Out as a Solo Artist with YOUTH

Doyoung of NCT has launched his solo career with the release of his first album YOUTH. The album, which includes the powerful track Little Light, showcases a range of emotions reflective of youth, conveyed through Doyoung’s expressive vocals and a compelling guitar riff.

Coinciding with the album release, a music video premiered, setting a narrative in a mystical, firefly-lit forest. Doyoung also celebrated his debut with a special live event at Banpo Hangang Park, streamed globally, marking a significant step in his artistic journey.

AESPA Announces Armageddon, A Bold Full Album Comeback

AESPA is gearing up for a grand comeback with their first full album Armageddon. The album, which features a mix of genres including hip-hop and dance, will introduce a double title track with Supernova and later Armageddon.

Since debuting in 2020, AESPA has become known as ‘global hitmakers’, and this album continues to build on their unique concept and expanding narrative universe. An INTRO video and an updated promotional website have already started generating buzz among fans, with physical album pre-sales now open.

Zico Teams Up with Jennie for ‘SPOT!’, Reveals Year-Long Plans

Zico has introduced his 11th digital single SPOT! (feat. JENNIE) with a new concept photo showcasing both artists in stylish, casual outfits. The hip-hop track, capturing the spontaneous energy of friends at a party, is set for release alongside a music video. Zico, celebrating his 10th anniversary as a solo artist, also announced his role as the host for KBS 2TV’s new show ‘The Seasons – ZICO’s Artist’, signalling a busy year ahead.

Cherry Bullet to Disband After Five Years

After five years together, the girl group Cherry Bullet will disband, with members pursuing individual paths. FNC Entertainment confirmed that while Haeyoon, Jiwon, Remi, and May have terminated their contracts, Yuju, Bora, and Chaerin will continue their careers under the agency.

Debuting in 2019 with Let’s Play Cherry Bullet, the group faced changes early on and has now decided to close this chapter, prompting messages of support from fans for the members’ future endeavours.

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