This Week in K-Pop: Mamamoo Win Big, Lee Hi and Cosmic Girls Release New Music Videos
Curious about K-pop but don’t know where to start? Longtime veteran of the most exciting genre in music? Just an all-around happy-go-lucky music lover in general? Well, you’ve come to the right place because it’s an exciting time in the world of K-pop.
Since we at Celebuzz! love any and all music, every week we’ll be taking a look back at the best things that happened in K-Pop. This week’s highlights include: Mamamoo (again), Lee Hi, Cosmic Girls, Brown Eyed Girls’ JeA, and more.
Mamamoo is killing it this week. They took home the No. 1 spots on SBS MTV The Show, MBC MUSIC Show Champion, Mnet MCountdown, KBS Music Bank and SBS Inkigayo (for the second week in a row) for “You’re the Best.” In addition, “You’re the Best” is also No. 1 on the Gaon Weekly Digital Chart (the equivalent to Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in South Korea) for the second week in a row as well. Plus, Mamamoo are performing at the annual SXSW Festival in Austin tomorrow (March 16) as part of this year’s K-Pop Night Out.
Watch their performance on Inkigayo:
Lee Hi is finally made her long-awaited comeback with her sophomore album Seoulite, which happens to include collaborations with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music crew. She dropped two videos, one for her first single and ballad “Breathe,” and another for the mellow pop-funk hit “Hold My Hand”:
Cosmic Girls, the twelve-member Chinese-South Korean girl group who made their debut last month, premiered their new music video for “Catch Me.” Although the twelve-member group is a bit overwhelming (as I asked last week, who’s who?), the song is catchy enough:
Brown Eyed Girls’ Jea
GOT7 will be touring in America this year! JYP’s seven-member boy group announced five tour dates in the States as part of their Fly in USA 1st Concert Tour:
Friday, July 1 – Grand Prairie, TX (Verizon Theatre)
Sunday, July 3 – Chicago, IL (Rosemont Theatre)
Tuesday, July 5 – New York, NY (PlayStation Theater)
Friday, July 8 – Atlanta, GA (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre)
Sunday, July 10 – Los Angeles, CA (The Novo by Microsoft [Formerly Club Nokia LA Live])
Their song “If You Do” won three weeks in a row in October 2015 on The Show.
B.A.P. have announced the dates and locations for their North American tour.
April 14 – San Francisco (The Warfield)
April 17 – Los Angeles (Microsoft Theater)
April 19 – Vancouver (Orpheum)
April 21 – Dallas, TX (Verizon Theatre)
April 23 – Chicago (Rosemont Theater)
April 24 – Toronto (Massey Hall)
April 25 – New York (Playstation Theater)
April 27 – Atlanta (Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
May 1 – Mexico City (Pepsi Center WTC)
They’ve toured in American twice before, and they currently hold the record for most No. 1s on Billboard’s U.S.-based World Albums chart out of all K-pop acts.
Watch their amazing performance (and check out their all-pink ensembles) from Inkigayo below:
SM’s Red Velvet are making their comeback soon and have released the teaser video for “One of These Nights.” Watch them float in water below:
Snuper, who made their debut not too long ago back in November 2015, have a new video out for “Platonic Love.” It’s very bouncy and upbeat:
Eric Nam and Wendy
KCON, the world’s biggest annual music festival and convention, will be held not just in the United States and Japan (as it has in years past), but also will be expanding to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 25
Chiba, Japan – April 9–10
Newark – June 24-25
Los Angeles – July 29-31
As we mentioned above, many K-Pop acts like Mamamoo are flocking to Austin, Texas this week for the annual SXSW Festival where they will perform. There are two different Korea Night stages (K-Pop Night Out, March 16, and Seoulsonic, March 18), plus a variety of different stages. In addition to Mamamoo, indie act Neon Bunny, Zion T. with The Session, and many more will be performing.
Check out the entire calendar of performances on Billboard.