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Twice placed its third studio album “Formula of Love: O+T=<3” at No. 3 on Billboard 200, according to the publication on Monday. 

This is the strongest record for the group whose previous EP “Taste of Love” entered the chart at No. 6 in June, and is the third-highest for a K-pop act following BTS, SuperM (both No. 1) and Blackpink (No. 2). 

The nonet also became the first Korean female band to have two albums among Billboard 200’s top 10 in one year. Twice first joined the chart in June 2020 with ninth EP “More & More” at the lowest rung. 

Meanwhile, the band will kick off its international tour next month, starting with three-day live performances in Seoul. It will start American leg of the tour in February, visiting fans in Los Angeles, Oakland, Dallas, Atlanta and New York.

EXO’s Kai to host solo concert next month



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Kai of EXO will hold the first concert as a solo musician on Dec. 12, announced label SM Entertainment on Monday. 

Under the title “#Cinema - Kai: KLoor,” the live performance will be broadcast around the world via Naver’s Beyond Live channel. 

The performer took the first step on his own with an eponymous EP in November last year and will put out the second EP “Peaches” on Nov. 30. He has been raising the expectations high dropping a series of teaser materials including a mood sampler clip that was floated on Friday. 

On the same day, he opened a YouTube channel and uploaded his first video that included a range of scenes from his private life such as decorating his house himself and taking a walk along Han River. The channel drew more than 50,000 subscribers in one hour since it was opened. 

Kai also is starring as one of the six participants in a Netflix original show “New World” that started airing on Saturday.

Winner’s Mino signals new solo music





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Mino of Winner uploaded a poster announcing pending new music as a solo musician on Monday. 

It showed him in a silhouette surrounded by flaming fire without any specific dates or type of album. He unveiled one of the tracks from the upcoming album in his concert “Maniac” on Friday, however, highlighting his vocal against the backdrop of melodic piano sounds. 

“I will drop an album soon. You must not lose your focus even after the concert. Please hold your breath since I might come out with a ‘bam!’ when you lower your guard,” he said between performances. 

He has two full-length albums under his belt -- “XX” from 2018 and “Take” from last year -- and he co-authored all tracks from both LPs.  

In the meantime, the musician will debut as an actor through a Netflix original movie “Seoul Vibe” joining the A-list cast that include Yoo Ahin, Moon Sori and Ong Seongwu.

Stray Kids share teaser video for Christmas single





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Stray Kids gave fans a sneak peek at “Winter Falls,” one of the double title tracks from its forthcoming holiday special single. 

In the teaser clip that was uploaded on Monday, the eight members gave a glimpse of calm sensibilities set against equally serene scenes in winter, a sharp contrast to that of “Christmas EveL” which as full of free-spirited energy. 

The band’s single, also named “Christmas EveL,” consists of four tracks including the two main tracks and English version of “Domino,” from its second full album “Noeasy.” 

The single is part of the annual plan the band announced on New Year’s Day and also is a thank-you gift to fans who made the second LP a million-seller. The LP topped iTunes albums chart in 40 regions including the US and focus track “Thunderous” was No. 1 on iTunes top songs chart in 52 regions. Music video for the song garnered over 10 million views in less than 22 hours and became the most trending music video worldwide on YouTube after two days of release. 

The single will be fully unveiled on Nov. 29.



By Hwang You-mee

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