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We're already in the second week of November and comebacks and debuts of numerous K-pop artists just keep on coming. Besides these, a few events also took place in the music industry. In case you didn't get the time to check what's happening in K-pop this week, we have compiled some of the notable releases and events for you.
Here are the Hottest K-pop Songs and Events This Week You Should Check Out
LABOUM - 'Kiss Kiss'
Thanks to the sudden popularity of their five-year-old song "Journey to Atlantis," LABOUM managed to return to the music scene with a new mini-album, titled "BLOSSOM," on Nov. 3.
"BLOSSOM" comprises five songs including the title track "Kiss Kiss" and its instrumental version. This album is the girl group's first release as a four-member band following the departure of Yujeong this past September.
ASTRO MJ - 'Get Set Yo'
On Nov. 3, MJ became the first ASTRO member to make his solo debut. He released his solo trot single album "Happy Virus," which contains two songs: "Get Set Yo" (title track) and "Valet Parking."
Hit trot singer Young Tak produced ASTRO MJ's "Get Set Yo," which features child trot singer Kim Tae Yeon (who ranked fourth on "Miss Trot 2").
BTS Jin - 'Yours' ('Jirisan' OST)
On Nov. 7, Jin released his highly-anticipated song "Yours," which will serve as the original soundtrack for the tvN drama "Jirisan."
On the day of its release, BTS Jin's "Yours" quickly took the top spot on iTunes Song charts in a total of 82 countries. It is now the 2021 solo song with the most No. 1s on iTunes. It is also the fastest track to reach 80 countries in iTunes history, attaining the feat by 7:30 p.m. KST (one and a half hours since its release at 6 p.m. KST).
'SMTOWN Wonderland 2021' Winners Donate Prize Money to Blue Foundation
On Nov. 5, SM Entertainment announced the winners for the company's annual Halloween party, "SMTOWN Wonderland 2021," which was held on Oct. 31.
This year, eight artists received the "SM Best Dresser" award for having outstanding costumes. Bronze went to NCT Ten and Red Velvet Yeri, Silver went to NCT Taeyong & Jungwoo, Gold went to aespa Giselle, Platinum was received by Super Junior Shindong, Diamond was given to NCT Chenle and the Master was awarded to SHINee Onew.
All the winners donated their prize money to the Beautiful Foundation to support the expenses needed by youth transitioning out of foster care.
Yang Hyun Suk's First Trial on Charges of Coercion and Concealment B.I's Drug Investigation
On Nov. 5, the first trial for a case involving former YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk was held. The trial concerns Yang Hyun Suk and two other people's charges of violating the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Specific Crimes by giving threats of vengeance against an informant in the drug case of the former iKON member B.I.
During the trial, Yang Hyun Suk said that he neither threatened nor forced the informant to make false statements to the police.
BLACKPINK Lisa's 'MONEY' Becomes the First Female K-pop Soloist Song to Achieve this Billboard Feat
On Nov. 9, Billboard released the Hot 100 chart rankings for the week ending on Nov. 13, and one of the songs that made it to the list is BLACKPINK Lisa's "MONEY." According to the chart, the track claimed the No. 93 spot, marking its second week on the tally.
"MONEY" is the first song by a female K-pop soloist in history to spend multiple weeks on Billboard Hot 100.