Every week, we are thrilled with breaking news and development surrounding both K-Pop and K-Drama. From debuts to comebacks, fan concerts and tours, photoshoots, ad campaigns, drama updates, birthday bumps, etc, the 5th week of March has been filled with breaking news and stories that have duly elicited a vast range of reactions from global fans.
With our Top News This Week article, we aim to collate and bring to you in one setting, all the vital news and happenings around K-Pop and K-Drama that you may have missed during the week.
It is cherry blossoms season in Korea but the beautiful leaves are not the only thing blooming as we have great news and events from your favorite idols and actors.
From an idol being named the new face of a famous designer brand to another completely slaying an editorial, and more teasers and trailers for the upcoming dramas in April, here are some of the top news of the week.
1. VICTON’s Han SeungWoo leaves fans stunned in this photoshoot for 1st Look Magazine
The popular idol who was recently discharged from the military, after successfully completing his enlistment, thrilled the hearts of fans by showing off his impressive physique and striking his best model-like poses in these pictures for 1st Look magazine. The photos have duly drawn a lot of compliments from global fans on social media. You can see the rest here.
2. BTS’ JungKook named the global ambassador of Calvin Klein
It is great news for JungKook and Army as the famous idol has been unveiled as the new face of the luxury fashion brand. The wonderful announcement came with a video and set of amazing pictures that have duly taken over the internet as fans gush over his striking good looks and impressive physique, while also calling for more brand deals for the idol.
3. CNBLUE’s Kang MinHyuk and Lee JungShin announce fan meeting date
The famous acting-dols are set to greet their fans in Bangkok, Thailand on the 21st of May, 2023.
4. EXO’s Kai earns his 2nd music show win for his hit song ‘Rover’
Kai’s promotions for his hit song ‘Rover’ has been beyond impressive, as social media is not just filled with video challenges of the song, he also earned his 2nd music show win for it as well. Congratulations Kai!
5. GOT7’s Bambam releases his new album and the music video of its title track ‘Sour & Sweet’
The famous idol has been gearing up for the release of his 1st studio album in the last month, and this week, he finally released the album and accompanied it with an amazing music video for its lead single ‘Sour & Sweet’.
6. Heize to make a comeback in April
This week, P Nation released the news that Heize will be making a comeback on April 5th with a new digital single, ‘Vingle Vingle‘.
7. Park JiHoon shares the tracklist and trailer for his upcoming album “BLANK 0r BLACK”
It is all roads to April 12 as the famous acting-dol is scheduled to make his comeback with his 7th mini album titled “BLANK or BLACK”. This week, he shared the tracklist of the songs that will be in the album.
8. Kim JaeHwan earns 1st win for ‘Spring Breeze’ on THE SHOW
Congratulations fill the air as the idol and his fans celebrate his 1st music show win for his hit song ‘Spring Breeze’ this week.
9. EPEX set to make a comeback in April, shares scheduler
This week, EPEX confirmed their new comeback date for their 5th mini album “Prelude of Love Chapter 2 Growing Pains“. The album is set to be released on the 26th of April.
10. Red Velvet shares tour stops and dates for their upcoming world tour
The renowned group are getting set to greet their global fans once again as they shared the stops and dates of their “RtoV” world tour this week.
11. UP10TION’s Lee JinHyuk signs with a new agency
The acting-dol signed with a new agency Bill Entertainment this week. The agency released the statement, noting that they will continue to support the artist in both his works as an actor and idol.
12. The new NCT sub-unit DOJAEJUNG set to make a debut in April
This week, SM Entertainment shared the debut date of the new NCT sub-unit. The group is set to make their debut on the 17th of April with their 1st mini album titled “PERFUME“. The agency also shared the first teaser images of the unit. You can see them here.
13. Kim WooSeok drops the concert film and music video teaser for his upcoming album “BLANK PAGE”
This week, the artist shared the concept film for his upcoming album “BLANK PAGE” with fans. The album is set to be released on the 3rd of April 2o23.
14. Lee ChaeYeon shares concept photos of her upcoming album
The K-Pop idol continues to build anticipation for her comeback with her 2nd mini album “Over The Moon” by sharing different concept photos Day and Night versions. The album is scheduled for release on the 12th of April 2023.
15. ASTRO’s Cha EunWoo is iconic for VOGUE magazine
The famous acting-dol lent his iconic visuals to the fashion and lifestyle magazine this week. The photoshoot has been shared virally on social media, amassing a great amount of compliments from fans who cannot stop gushing over his good looks. See more of the pictures here.
16. NCT’s Mark to release his 2nd solo song in April
This week, SM Entertainment revealed that the idol will be releasing his 2nd solo song titled ‘Golden Hour‘ on the 7th of April.
17. MONSTA X’s HyungWon and Kim JiEun announced as the new hosts of Inkigayo.
The idol and actress will be joining TXT’s YeonJun as the host of the music show.
18. Bang YongGuk signs with a new agency
The idol and producer recently signed with a newly formed agency, YY Entertainment. In a statement released by the agency, they said “We recently signed an exclusive contract with Bang Yongguk. As this is the first artist recruited by the company, we will provide full support so that he can expand his activities in a wide range. Bang Yongguk is an artist with excellent producing skills, and I’m happy to be with the company.”
19. New boy group xikers makes an amazing debut with the song ‘TRICKY HOUSE’
The new boy group has been the talk on social media for months now, garnering tons of support from excited fans who were looking forward to their debut. And this week, they finally made their debut with the song ‘TRICKY HOUSE’. You can click here to read our exclusive review on their debut showcase.
20. Comebacks this week
IVE – ‘Kitsch’
MAMAMOO+ – ‘GGBB’
21. BTS’ RM becomes the celebrity brand ambassador for BOTTEGA VENETA
It’s more great news for ARMYs as RM is the latest member to take over the fashion and luxury industry. In an Instagram update this week, the idol shared a picture of him sporting the brand’s latest bag with the caption “So happy to be a part of the Bottega family!”
22. Apink drops individual concept photos for their 10th mini album “SELF”
The popular girl group are getting set to make their much-anticipated comeback with the release of their 10th mini album “SELF“. The album is set to be released on the 5th of April 2023.
23. BLACKPINK’s JiSoo makes her solo debut with the album “ME”
It’s JiSoo’s solo debut day. The famous idol successfully makes her solo debut with the album “ME” and its lead single, ‘FLOWER’.
24. VICTON’s SeJun to enlist in the military in June
This week, IST Entertainment revealed that SeJun will also be enlisting in the military after receiving his basic military training in June. He will be serving as an active-duty soldier.
25. SEVENTEEN to make a comeback with their 10th mini album “FML”
SEVENTEEN thrilled the hearts of their global fans with the announcement of their 10th mini album titled “FML” which is scheduled to be released on the 24th of April.
26. BTS’ JiMin gets 1st win for ‘Like Crazy’
Congratulations to JiMin and ARMY as the idol earns his 1st win for his hit song ‘Like Crazy‘.
1. SBS drops the new cast posters for its upcoming drama “Dr. Romantic 3”
The star-studded drama has been gaining waves of attention as anticipation amongst fans continues to build ahead of its April 28 release. This week, SBS shared some pictures of 2 of its cast, fueling the excitement of fans about the drama.
2. Netflix drops the official poster for its upcoming series “BLACK KNIGHT”
The drama is set to star famous actor Kim WooBin, Kang YouSeok, and Esom. Its release date is scheduled for May 12.
3. tvN releases the official poster and trailer of its upcoming drama “Tale Of The Nine-Tailed 1938”
This week tvN shared its first official poster of the upcoming drama, which will be starring Lee DongWook and Kim Beom. It is set to begin airing on the 6th of May, 2023.
4. tvN shares the trailer of its upcoming drama “Family”
This week, tvN shared the trailer of its exciting new spy drama, “Family”. The drama is set to begin airing on the 17th of April and it stars Jang Hyuk, Jang NaRa, Lee SoonJae, and Kim KangMin.
5. Actor Yoo AhIn shares a lengthy message of apology to the public
The famous actor has been bridled by a drug scandal in the past month. And after his arraignment this week, the actor took to social media to apologize to the public for his actions and promises to cooperate with the law. Click here to read the post.
6. TVING shares 1st poster for upcoming drama “All That We Loved”
This week, TVING released its first official poster of the high teen romance drama “All That We Loved” starring EXO’s SeHun, Cho JunYoung, and Jang YeoBin. The drama is set to begin airing on the 5th of May.
7. Famous actor Yoo YeonSeok shows off his homely vibe in this photoshoot for allure magazine
The famous actors looks amazing in these sets of pictures for the fashion and lifestyle magazine.
8. YG Stage shares new profile picture of rising actor Kim HyunJin
In the past couple of weeks, YG Stage has been thrilling fans with new profile pictures of their actors. This week, they continued to do so, sharing some stunning pictures of their rising actor, Kim HyunJin. Click here to see more of the pictures.
9. Yoo YeonSeok announces fan meeting to celebrate his 20th debut anniversary
The famous actor is getting set to greet fans with a special fan meeting in celebration of his 20th debut anniversary. The event is scheduled to hold on the 8th of April.
Yoo InSoo – 25th of March
EXO’s XiuMin – 26th of March
BLACKPINK’s Lisa – 27th of March
Jin Kyung – 27th of March
OnlyOneOf’s Mill – 30th of March
ASTRO’s Cha EunWoo – 30th of March
iKON’s June – 31st of March
THE BEST STAGE PERFORMANCES THIS WEEK
JO1 – ‘Tiger’
Billlie – ‘EUNOIA’
xikers – ‘TRICKY HOUSE’
TRENDZ – ‘NEW DAYZ’
NMIXX – ‘Love Me Like This’
VARIETY SHOWS RECOMMENDATION