K-pop News 120624: BTS’ JIN, Taemin, RED VELVET and more

Welcome to today’s K-pop roundup! We’ve got a mix of exciting news, from the long-awaited discharge of a BTS member to sold-out fan meetings and chart-topping singles. Here’s everything you need to know:

On June 12, 2024, the K-pop world celebrated as Kim Seok-Jin, known as Jin from BTS, completed his mandatory military service. Jin’s discharge not only made waves in South Korea but also captured headlines in prestigious media outlets worldwide.

In the United States, major publications such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone covered the event. European outlets like The Guardian and NME, along with Consequence, Paris Match, BBC, and Daily Mail, underscored the cultural and economic impact of Jin’s return. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) also joined in, reflecting BTS’s global influence.

Asian media played a crucial role in amplifying the news, with The South China Morning Post, Yahoo, Times Now, and Dispatch providing extensive coverage. Even the Mayor of Seoul and the US Embassy in Seoul acknowledged the event.

Every major Korean TV channel, including KBS, SBS, MBC, JTBC, and tvN, reported on Jin’s discharge. In Japan, Nippon TV News conducted an on-site report and interviewed fans, a first for a K-pop idol.

Taemin’s Never-Never Fan Meeting Sells Out During Pre-Sale, Servers Overwhelmed

SHINee member and solo artist Taemin has proven his immense popularity once again. According to his agency, Big Planet Made Entertainment, Taemin’s fan meeting ‘2024 TAEMIN FANMEETING [Never-Never]’ sold out shortly after tickets opened on June 12 at 8 PM KST. This impressive feat was achieved during the fan club pre-sale, even before general ticket sales began.

Taemin will meet fans in three sessions at the Jangchung Arena in Seoul on July 13 and 14. This fan meeting marks Taemin’s first face-to-face event with the first members of his official fan club, TAEMATE.

The event name ‘Never-Never’ reflects a fantasy-like space where Taemin will meet his fans, promising a fantastic stage that showcases his talent as a ‘stage genius.’ The event, planned to coincide with Taemin’s birthday on July 18, is expected to be particularly meaningful for fans.

Meanwhile, Taemin will participate in the MBC variety show ‘Hangout with Yoo’ on July 13 as part of SHINee’s full group activities.

ZICO’s ‘SPOT!’ Stays on Billboard Global Charts for 6 Weeks

Artist and producer ZICO continues his impressive run on the U.S. Billboard charts. According to the latest chart released by Billboard on June 11, ZICO’s digital single SPOT! (feat. Jennie) ranked 43rd on the Global (Excl. U.S.) chart and 81st on the Global 200 chart, marking its sixth consecutive week on the charts.

SPOT! has remained in the Top 50 on the Global (Excl. U.S.) and in the Top 100 on the Global 200 for six weeks, showcasing its enduring popularity. Billboard’s Global charts are based on online streaming and digital sales (downloads) from over 200 countries/regions worldwide.

Meanwhile, ZICO is set to perform at Waterbomb Seoul 2024 on July 5 at KINTEX and at the 2024 Beer Rock Music Festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on July 7.

Red Velvet Reveals Stunning Group Teaser Photos for Upcoming 7th Mini-Album ‘Cosmic’

Red Velvet is gearing up for their highly anticipated comeback with their 7th mini-album Cosmic. On June 13 at midnight KST, the group released another set of stunning concept photos where they display their alluring beauty as hoteliers of a mysterious hotel. In the photos, the members radiate their visuals in white uniforms.

Red Velvet will release the 7th mini-album ‘Cosmic’ on June 24 at 6 PM, promising fans a blend of captivating visuals and innovative music.

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