It's been a quiet week in the Korean entertainment scene but we're here to break down all the latest news you have to know
As we gear up towards the end of another month, the Korean entertainment scene has been fairly quiet—perhaps as groups prepare for their comebacks and as K-dramas wrap up filming. We've seen a lot of solo activities this week with Hwasa starting her own YouTube channel and teasing a new collaborative song, Peakboy also released a new song together with a music video that features the Wooga Squad while Exo's D.O. dropped his long-awaited solo debut mini-album.
Over at the K-drama scene, Song Hye-kyo teased fans with a photo of her and co-star Jang Ki-yong for their upcoming drama, Now We Are Breaking Up. We also see the first teaser poster for Kim Go-eun's Yumi Cells. Continue reading below to find out more details and other Korean entertainment news this week.
Missed last week's roundup? You can read it here.
Mamamoo's Hwasa launches YouTube channel
Mamamoo's Hwasa is the latest K-pop star to launch her own YouTube channel to celebrate her birthday. In the first video, she posted an introduction, "Hwasa or Maria. I'll share my daily life with you. Hwasa? Maria? Let me see. This is me. Now, let me tell you about me. Actually, there's nothing special."
In addition to the introduction video, she also shared a draft version of the group's 2020 hit, Dingga. As of this posting, the channel has already racked up 318k subscribers.
Hwasa is also set to release a collaborative song with Kinda Blue, an anonymous artist who makes covers on YouTube. On an Instagram post by user @nine21.kr, the song's title seems to be I can't make you love me and is set for an August 3 release date.
Peakboy releases "Gyopo Hairstyle" music video featuring Wooga Squad
Peakboy released his new electronic hip-hop Gyopo Hairstyle along with a music video and we spotted some familiar faces—the Wooga Squad which includes BTS' V, Strong Girl Bong-soon's Park Hyung-sik, Itaewon Class' Park Seo-joon and Parasite's Choi Woo-sik. Model and actor Han Hyun-min also appeared on the video.
The hip-hop soloist wrote, composed and arranged the lyrics himself. The new song uses trendy hairstyles from the 1990s and sends a message of wearing what you like or simply being you. In the video, V played a waiter, wearing a striking purple suit and carrying a mysterious blue drink, Park Seo-joon played the producer of a talk show, Park Hyung-sik was a customer in a cafe, Choi was a photographer and Han was a fashionable colleague of Paekboy.
Exo's D.O. releases his long-awaited solo mini-album
Exo's D.O. has finally released his long-awaited solo debut mini-album, Empathy. He also dropped a new music video for the lead single, Rose. D.O. sang in multiple languages for the eight-track album including an English version of Rose and a Spanish bonus track called Si Fueras Mia (If You Were Mine).
D.O. himself was involved in the writing process for Rose and another song, I'm Fine while Day6 member Jae—who composes music under his solo moniker eaJ—served as a composter for the B-side, My Love together with producers Andreas Ringblom and 220.
Korean lyricist team danke was also involved with the song I'm Gonna Love You which features Korean rapper, Wonstein.
Monsta X drops new single
Monsta X is back! The six-member group released a new single, Kiss Or Death for Universe Music, a Korean mobile app and web platform. The song release was also accompanied by a new music video where the members act as detectives travelling through time and space to look for clues.
Brother Su, who worked on the group's other songs, All and Love Killa also participated in the new single while member Jooheon and I.M. were involved in the rap portion. The group released their third Japanese album, Flowers of Love earlier this year and more recently, their ninth mini-album One of a Kind came out in June.
Kim Go-eun's new drama, "Yumi Cells" releases her character poster
Last week, it was announced that Got7's Jinyoung will be joining Kim Go-eun's new drama, Yumi's Cells. This week, the first teaser poster for the drama has been revealed and it's none other than Kim's character poster. Her signature bright smile lights up the poster while her "brain cells" peeks from behind the bulletin board.
Small notes are posted along the board introducing the directors and writers while some describe Yumi as "Daehan Noodle Kim Yumi", referring to the company she works at. Another note says, "What is love?" while the other reads, "Don't forget that you are the main character of this story."
The upcoming drama is based on a hit webtoon about Yumi, an ordinary office worker but the story is told from the perspective of her brain cells that controls her thoughts, emotions and actions. Yumi gets tired of her mundane life and longs for some romance. When she finds someone, her cells started going into a frenzy. Yumi's Cells will be the first K-drama to feature both live-action and 3D animation, offering a fresh new format of content. It's also set to star Ahn Bo-hyun as Goo Woong, Lee Yoo-bi as Ruby, Park Ji-hyun as Sae-yi and Jinyoung as Yoo Babi. Shinee's Minho—whom Kim has worked with before—will make a cameo as Woo Gi.
It will be directed by Lee Sang Yeob who helmed popular dramas such as Familiar Wife and Shopping King Louie and penned by Kim Yoo-joo who co-wrote Find Me In Your Memory together with newcomer Kim Kyung-ran. Writer Song Jae-jung who worked on W and Memories of Alhambra served as a creator as well.
Got7's Jackson unveils music video for "Drive You Home"
Another Got7 member is busy. Jackson Wang has just dropped his collaborative English single with Internet Money titled, Drive You Home. The song is co-produced by Nick Mira and David Stewert and co-written by Internet Money and Nija.
As with Jackson's other works before, he directed the music video and stars as its main character.
Song Hye-kyo poses photo with Jang Ki-yong ahead of upcoming drama
Song Hye-kyo has teased fans with a photo of her and Now We Are Breaking Up co-star, Jang Ki-yong on her Instagram. While much is to be desired from the photo as the two are not facing the camera, it's enough to get fans excited for the drama and see their chemistry.
In the black and white photo, the two are sitting side-by-side inside a photography studio which we can assume is the studio of Jang's character in the drama, who is a photographer. The caption reads, "Yoon Jae-guk and Ha Young-eun" their characters' names alongside the drama's title as a hashtag.
The drama is set to air this year which also serves as Jang's last drama before he goes for his military service.
f(x)'s Krystal and Kim Jae-wook in talks to lead new drama
Kim Jae-wook may be making a comeback after two years and his potential co-star maybe f(x)'s Krystal Jung. Kim's agency, Management Soop confirmed that the actor received a casting offer for Crazy Love and is "positively reviewing [the offer]. Should he accept it, he will play Noh Go-jin, a CEO of tutorial centre Go Study and a top math instructor in South Korea.
Meanwhile, Krystal's agency H&E Entertainment also confirmed that the actress received an offer and is reviewing it. The role is that of Lee Ji-young, Noh's secretary. She's the best at her job but is also quiet and introverted. You will soon see her in Police University which premieres on August 9.
The drama will be about a man who pretends to have amnesia when he's told that he will be murdered. A woman pretends to be his fiancee when she's told that she doesn't have much time left to live.