K-pop News 110724: Jin, Seunghan, NEWJEANS & more

The latest K-pop news for July 11, 2024 features BTS’ Jin heading to France for the Paris Olympics, speculation about RIIZE Seunghan’s return, NEWJEANS’ new role as tourism ambassadors, a US boy band accused of plagiarizing TXT songs, and BLACKPINK Lisa’s latest Billboard success.

BTS’ Jin heads to the 2024 Paris Olympics

Jin of BTS

BTS’ Jin, selected as a torchbearer for the 2024 Paris Olympics, departed from Incheon International Airport on July 11. Jin’s participation follows an announcement from July 2. The Olympics will begin on July 26, with the torch relay traveling through 64 regions in France.

Jin reassured fans with a message on Weverse, saying: “I’ll go and come back,” promoting unity and peace through his role.

Is Seunghan secretly returning to RIIZE?

Seunghan of RIIZE
SM Entertainment

RIIZE member Seunghan, on hiatus since November 2023, may be returning soon. On July 10, fans noticed how RIIZE were closely shielded while leaving a scheduled event. The secrecy surrounding their exit raised speculation that Seunghan was with them.

This has fueled intense fan speculation about his potential comeback. Fans have been pressing SM Entertainment for clarity on Seunghan’s status and continue to support him.

NEWJEANS appointed Korea tourism ambassadors


On July 11, NEWJEANS began their duties as honorary ambassadors for Korean tourism at an official appointment ceremony. They received plaques from Yoo In-Chon, South Korea’s Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, who encouraged them to promote Korea during overseas performances.

The Ministry aims to attract 20 million tourists by year’s end, with NEWJEANS participating in the Visit Korea Year campaign.

NKOTB accused of copying TXT songs


New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) are facing allegations of copying three TXT songs, including Magic and Back for More. Fans noticed similarities between their songs’ melodies and lyrics, triggering debates online about potential plagiarism versus inspiration.

While some argue for plagiarism, others believe it could be due to shared producers or coincidental similarities.

HYBE: ADOR opted for NEWJEANS to skip collab

HYBE: ADOR opted for NEWJEANS to skip collab

HYBE revealed that the decision for NEWJEANS not participating in the Grammy Museum exhibit was made by their lavel ADOR. The exhibit, titled HYBE: We Believe in Music, features items from various HYBE artists.

However, fans were shocked that NEWJEANS were missing from the list of HYBE artists featured in the exhibit. This soon prompted accusations of “NEWJEANS erasure”. HYBE clarified that the participation of artists was determined by their respective labels.

ROCKSTAR hits new billboard milestone for Lisa


BLACKPINK member Lisa continues her ROCKSTAR era success with her latest single debuting at #70 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is also her highest solo entry to date.

This achievement surpasses her previous peaks with Lalisa and Money, making Lisa the first K-pop female soloist with the most songs on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking her tie with CL of 2NE1.

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