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[Today’s K-pop] Kang Daniel reveals title of focus track


(Credit: Connect Entertainment)
(Credit: Connect Entertainment)

Kang Daniel has announced the name of his title track from his upcoming EP - “Antidote.”

His agency Connect Entertainment posted a video snippet of his new EP “Yellow” at Friday midnight along with the title of the lead track. The musician participated in writing the lyrics for the alternative R&B number infused with rock, a signal that he is attempting to push the limits of his musical spectrum.

“It will be interesting to see how the story weaves into that of ‘Paranoia,’” said Kang, adding that it is a departure from what he has been doing. In the trailer, he gave fans a sample of his explosive vocals as well.

“Yellow” is the third installment from his color series and follows last year’s “Cyan” and “Magenta.” It comes out on April 13, eight months after previous EP “Magenta.” The eye-catching jacket cover, which he posted on his social media Monday, features a huge yellow diamond with fragments of Kang’s face reflected in every facet.

BTS to unveil new Japanese song next week

(Credit: Big Hit Entertainment)
(Credit: Big Hit Entertainment)

BTS is unveiling its new Japanese collaboration “Film Out” on April 2, the boy band’s label Big Hit Entertainment said on Friday.

It is the theme song for the movie “Signal: The Movie,” which is also being released in Japanese cinemas on the same day. Jungkook teamed up with band Backnumber’s Iyori Shimizu for the ballad that will be launched through the septet’s Japanese fan club website.

BTS is also preparing to roll out an album of its best Japanese songs for fans in June. Titled “BTS, The Best,” it chronicles the music the band made since its debut there in 2017. A total of 23 songs will be included in the album, such as the Japanese version of “DNA,” “Blood, Sweat, Tears,” “Fake Love” and “Idol,” as well as original Japanese tracks such as “Stay Gold” and “Your Eyes Tell.” Its English mega hit “Dynamite” will be included as a bonus track.

Twice shows off new photos for upcoming single

(Credit: JYP Entertainment)
(Credit: JYP Entertainment)

Twice on Friday shared jacket cover photos of its eighth Japanese single “Kura Kura.”

The nine members switch between looks radiating glitzy and sexy glamour to cute and preppy freshness fit for a ‘90s teen movie.

With lyrics written by head producer Park Jin-young, the group will sing of love for the first time in Japanese in the same-titled lead track. The single album goes on sale on May 12.

Twice’s second studio album “Eyes Wide Open” was included in Time magazine’s “The Songs and Albums That Defined K-Pop’s Monumental Year in 2020” and ranked No. 73 on Billboard’s Artist 100. All of their ten Japanese albums have earned platinum status -- those albums with more than 250,000 shipments or have sold over 4.2 million units in total.

Hyukoh to host online concert

(Credit: DooRooDooRoo Artist Company)
(Credit: DooRooDooRoo Artist Company)

Hyukoh will hold a digital concert that will be broadcast over the weekend.

The performance was filmed in advance in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, and made the most of the region’s lush pine tree forests.

The four-piece band announced a plan for an international tour last year that would have brought them to 42 cities in 19 countries as it came out with its fifth studio album “through love.”

The tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the bandmates decided to console fans with an online recital instead.

The playlist will mainly consist of tracks from “through love,” an album made with an eco-friendly concept of keeping the use of plastic to a minimum. Off-White, a fashion label founded by American designer Virgil Abloh who also is the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear, created the costumes for the concert.

By Hwang You-mee