[Today’s K-pop] Hybe announces the launch of the 1st girl group

(Credit: Source Music)

On Friday, the first girl group to debut under hit entertainment company Hybe kicked off a countdown to their launch.

Source Music, an agency under the mega label, opened a web page that only said “IM FEARLESS” next to a clock. A project begins on March 28 and will continue until the group makes its official debut in May.

The company announced earlier this month that it had signed Miyawaki Sakura and Kim Chaewon, formerly of IZ*ONE, as many speculated. Bang Sihyuk, president of Hybe, recently posted a photo taken with the two and said, “Welcome!” on social networks.

According to local media on Friday, the group will consist of six members, one trainee from Pledis Entertainment and two from Source Music along with the two idols. The latest member is from the Netherlands and was handpicked by the head of Source Music.

Twice sets another record in Japan

(Credit: JYP Entertainment)

(Credit: JYP Entertainment)

Twice topped Oricon’s weekly combined albums chart for the sixth time with its fourth-best album in Japan, according to an announcement Friday.

The compilation album, dubbed “#Twice4”, was No. 1 on the chart and the group now holds the record for the most chart-toppers.

The album landed at the top of Oricon’s daily album chart when it was released on March 16 and also reached No. 1 on its weekly album chart. It was the eighth time for Twice, and the most for an international girl group. It also ranks second for an international act.

The album swept major music charts in Japan, including Billboard Japan’s Top Selling Albums chart.

In April, the nine-member act will hold a three-day concert at Tokyo Dome. In July, he will release a studio album in Japan.

EXO’s Suho co-wrote all the songs on the solo album

(Credit: SM Entertainment)

(Credit: SM Entertainment)

EXO’s Suho has participated in writing the lyrics for all of the tracks for his upcoming solo EP, according to his record label SM Entertainment on Friday.

The EP, titled “Grey Suit”, consists of six songs including the title track. All the songs are about time.

The veteran idol released his first solo EP “Self-Portrait” in March 2020 and topped iTunes’ Top Albums chart in 53 regions as well as a series of music charts at home and abroad.

He completed his compulsory military service last month.

In the meantime, EXO will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with fans at a fan meet-and-greet event in Seoul on April 9. Suho, Xiumin, DO, Kai, and Sehoon will be at the event which will also be streamed live. The other members of the group are doing their military duty.

CNBlue’s Minhyuk releases book

(Credit: FNC Entertainment)

(Credit: FNC Entertainment)

CNBlue’s Kang Minhyuk wrote an essay book which was released on Friday, according to FNC Entertainment.

In the book, the musician shares his thoughts on his daily life.

“I hope you can find words or perspectives that can comfort you through this book as I did for myself,” he said in an interview posted on the website of the editor. He will meet readers in person at an event scheduled for April 9.

Kang debuted as a member of the group in 2010 and has also branched out into acting, appearing in a series of TV dramas. The group celebrated its 12th anniversary last December.

By Hwang You-mee
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