Cover Here's the biggest news from the Korean entertainment scene this week (Art: Chesca Gamboa/Tatler Hong Kong)

From Blackpink’s Lisa releasing a new exclusive performance video for Money to ITZY’s comeback and Kim Young-kwang's upcoming performance in Netflix’s new thriller drama, here’s the biggest news in the Korean entertainment scene this week

It was another action-packed week in the world of Korean entertainment, with Blackpink’s Lisa taking the spotlight with record-breaking achievements of her solo debut Lalisa and her newly released performance video for Money. BTS also made headlines with their special performance at the United Nations General Assembly, while ITZY and CL also stirred quite a stir among fans with their upcoming comeback and new song releases. 

On the other hand, K-drama fans can also look forward to more binge-worthy shows coming up as actor Kim Young-kwang will star in Netflix’s new thriller drama and JYJ’s Jaejoong has been confirmed to make his acting comeback after four long years. 

Want to know all that and more? Read our weekly Korean entertainment roundup to stay updated with the biggest news in the industry. Missed last week’s summary? You can read it here.

Blackpink’s Lisa releases exclusive “Money” performance video on Youtube

Blackpink Lisa's solo title song Lalisa successfully debuted at No.84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the famous weekly ranking of the most popular tracks in the United States. The wildly popular artist has also set a record for the fastest K-pop female solo music video to reach 200 million views on YouTube.

This week, which is also Lisa’s second week of promotions, she continues to impress fans with her outstanding dance skills in a new performance video for Money—the B-side track from her single album. YG Entertainment shared the video on Thursday night (September 23), where Lisa is seen in cool, powerful looks surrounded by dancers in visually striking settings as she raps and sings about her riches. 

Speaking of the song, Lisa said: “I heard Money first and told Teddy [Teddy Park, the major producer for Blackpink’s songs], ‘Oh my God, Teddy oppa, I have to do this song, I want this to be my solo song.’ And he was like, ‘OK, let’s do it!’ [...] It’s a very addictive hip-hop song that everyone can enjoy. I worked on it, very excitingly. The rap was so fun.” 

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ITZY's comeback

Rising K-pop girl group ITZY is coming back with their first full-length album Crazy In Love. Members Yeji, Lia, Yuna, Chaeryeong, and Ryujin will be making a special comeback show stage on Naver Now today (September 24) at 1pm KST, where fans can anticipate performances for their new songs including title track LOCO and Swipe. According to the news, the music video for LOCO will be released at the same time of the show, while another video for Swipe is set to go live on September 27 at midnight KST.

The group has also previously announced that they would be appearing on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” premieres on September 27. Stay tuned!  

BTS performs at The United Nations and drops lyrics teaser image for their collaboration with Coldplay

Following the group’s appointment as Special Presidential Envoys for Future Generations and Culture by President Moon Jae-in last week, BTS was on a busy schedule this week as they gave an inspiring speech at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, and delivered a performance for their hit song Permission to Dance, which was filmed at the United Nation headquarters in New York.

At the event, the BTS members spoke on how their generation will be shaped by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and shared their hopes for the future. Leader RM said: "I've heard that people in their teens and twenties today are being referred to as Covid's lost generation, that they've lost their way at a time when they need the most diverse opportunities and must try new things," RM said. "But I think it's a stretch to say they're lost just because the paths they tread can't be seen by grown-up eyes.”

“We think that instead of the 'lost generation,' a more appropriate name would be the 'welcome generation.' Because instead of fearing change, this generation says, 'Welcome!' and keeps forging ahead," he continued. “If we continue to believe in possibility and hope, we will not lose our way but discover new ones.” Suga added.

The septet also visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York alongside South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook, completing their mission as cultural envoys.

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On the other hand, BTS has revealed a lyrics teaser image for their upcoming collaboration with Coldplay. The two acts will be releasing their official lyric video for their song, My Universe, on September 24, a documentary special on the 26th, followed by an official music video.

IU marks her 13th anniversary with a generous donation to charities

“Nation’s Sweetheart” IU has recently celebrated her 13th debut anniversary by giving back to the community with a generous donation to several charities and organisations. According to her label EDAM Entertainment, IU collaborated with brands she endorses to donate 850 million won (approximately US$720,000) worth of goods to help those in need. The list of donated goods includes 11,000 pairs of sneakers, 2,000 coats and pieces of winter clothing, 300 blankets and bedding sets as well as 2,000 first aid kits.

Since IU’s debut in 2008, she has been actively involved in philanthropy and donating to the less fortunate. Earlier in May, she also donated 500 million Won (approximately US$420,0004) to celebrate her 29th birthday.  

Blackpink appointed as United Nations Sustainable Development Goals advocates

The United Nations has officially named Blackpink their newest Sustainable Development Goals advocates. YG Entertainment shared the news on September 18, citing that the girl group had become the first Asian artist ever to be selected for the role. Upon being appointed advocates by UN Secretary General António Guterres, the members of Blackpink remarked, “We are honoured to be joining this journey towards a better world.”

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint of 17 broad goals that aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by the year 2030. The broad goals include several global issues, including poverty, inequality, climate change, peace, justice, and environmental degradation.  Earlier this year, Blackpink was also appointed advocate for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). 

CL dropped teaser photos for her new single

K-pop Queen CL dropped new teaser photos for her second single Lover Like Me on Instagram. In addition to an image posted with the phrase “No Lover Like Me”, which has seen CL flaunting her stylish red gown with blonde hair, another gorgeous photo of her dressing in black and lighting up matchsticks was also shared yesterday for the new single.

No Lover Like Me is set to be released on September 29 before her first full-length album, Alpha, which will be dropped in October.  

Twice to release first English single

Twice’s new English single, The Feels, is on its way. The girl group has revealed their promotional schedule today alongside the first concept photo with the 9 members donning stylish school-inspired outfits and eye-catching accessories.

As stated in the official timetable, the music video and song will be released on October 1. The group will also be performing at "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" for the very first time with the new song.

JYP Entertainment releases a new video of member Kyujin of their upcoming girl group

JYP Entertainment has recently dropped a video of Kyujin, the member of the label’s new girl group, covering Camila Cabello’s hit song My Oh My. A collection of behind-the-scenes photos of Kyujin’s video has also been shared, where netizens are captivated by her impressive vocals and good looks.

For the unacquainted, JYPn is the tentative name for the new girl group, which is set to debut in February next year. Four members including Kyujin, Jinni, Jiwoo and Sullyoon have been previously revealed in a dance video and various song covers. Earlier today, JYP Entertainment has also dropped a new video of Jiwoo and Kyujin dancing Bishop Briggs’s White Flag, featuring choreography by Kiki Soh.  

Mnet's music reality show ‘I-LAND’ and tvN drama ‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’ nominated for International Emmy Awards

Nominations for the 2021 International Emmy Awards were announced today and K-pop and K-drama fans will be pleased to hear that Mnet's music reality show I-LAND, and tvN drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay are on the list. I-LAND is has been nominated for the ‘Non-Scripted Entertainment’ category, while It's Okay to Not Be Okay is nominated for the ‘TV Movie / Mini-Series’ category. Winners will be announced at an in-person ceremony in New York City on November 22. 

JYJ's Jaejoong to make his drama comeback

JYJ’s Jaejoong will be making his long-awaited comeback to acting after four long years since his role in the KBS Drama Manhole in 2017. During an Instagram Q&A with his fans, Jaejoong confirmed that he has accepted to play the male lead in the new drama Bad Memory Eraser. He also mentioned that he has already attended the script reading session, which took place the day before with the rest of the cast. Actress Jin Se-yeon has been offered the female lead role in the drama, who previously shared the news and her excitement through a V-live and SNS updates.

Bad Memory Eraser tells the story of a man whose life was changed because of a memory eraser. It will be a romance drama that also depicts the growth of the main characters as they heal their wounds not through the memory eraser as expected, but the process of finding their true selves through love. 

New movie 'Dog Days' confirms star-studded cast

Kim Seon-ho, Youn Yun-jung and Kim Yoon-jin have been confirmed to lead the upcoming movie Dog Days directed by Kim Deok-min and produced by JK Film. Dog Days is an omnibus film that tells the story of various people growing up with their pets. 

It was also revealed that Youn Yuh-jung and Kim Yun-jin have accepted offers thanks to their trust in the production company JK Film and their relationship with director Kim. While Kim Seon-ho agreed to join because of his respect for the senior actors. According to the news, Dog Days is slated to begin filming in late December or early January of next year.

Kim Seon-ho has starred in various popular TV series and shows since his debut, including Start-Up2 Days 1 Night and the new drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Recently, he was also confirmed to take the lead in the new rom-com movie 2 O’Clock Date with Girls Generation’s YoonA. 

2PM’s Taecyeon and Kim Hye-yoon’s new historical drama reveals first teaser

2pm’s Taecyeon and Kim Hye-yoon's upcoming historical drama Inspector Joy has unveiled its first teaser. Produced by tvN as part of the channel’s 15th anniversary celebration, the drama is a comedy investigation series about a young gourmet (Taecyeon) who ends up becoming a secret royal inspector investigating the provinces for corruption. He later meets a divorced woman (Kim Hye-yoon) and there begins their love story.

Inspector Joy will be airing sometime in November.

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