Gaon Chart has revealed its chart rankings for the week of February 10 to February 16!
SHINee’s Taemin, MAMAMOO’s Hwasa, and Woody took No. 1 on this week’s charts, with Hwasa and Woody topping two charts each.
Not only did SHINee’s Taemin top this week’s physical album chart with his new solo mini album “WANT,” but the Kihno version of the mini album also charted separately at No. 3.
After spending three consecutive weeks at the top of the chart, SEVENTEEN’s latest mini album “You Made My Dawn” stayed strong this week at No. 2. BTS rounded out the top five, with their most recent album “Love Yourself: Answer” charting at No. 4 and their 2017 mini album “Love Yourself: Her” rising to No. 5 for the week.
Meanwhile, MAMAMOO’s Hwasa topped both the digital download chart and the social chart this week with her solo debut track “TWIT.” JYP Entertainment’s new girl group ITZY also made a strong debut on the download chart with “DALLA DALLA,” while Taemin’s new solo track “WANT” entered the chart at No. 3.
Woody’s “Fire Up” took No. 4 for the week, followed by Loco and Zion.T’s new collaboration “It’s Been a While” at No. 5.
Woody’s “Fire Up” also maintained its No. 1 spot at the top of both the overall digital chart and the streaming chart this week. Hwasa’s “TWIT” debuted at No. 2 on the overall digital chart, followed by MC the Max’s “After You’ve Gone” at No. 3, Chungha’s “Gotta Go” at No. 4, and ITZY’s “DALLA DALLA” at No. 5.
MC the Max’s “After You’ve Gone” charted at No. 2 on the streaming chart, followed by Chungha’s “Gotta Go” at No. 3. Lee Sora and BTS’ Suga’s collaboration “Song Request” took No. 4 for the week, with Hwasa’s “TWIT” rounding out the top five.
Hwasa’s “TWIT” debuted at No. 1 on the social chart this week, while BTS swept all four remaining spots in the top five: “IDOL” charted at No. 2 for the week, with “DNA” at No. 3, “Fake Love” at No. 4, and “Fire” at No. 5.
On February 20, Dazed Korea magazine revealed a pictorial and interview featuring “Radiant” stars Han Ji Min and Nam Joo Hyuk.
During the interview, Han Ji Min and Nam Joo Hyuk revealed their reasons for deciding to star in JTBC’s drama “Radiant.” The drama tells the story of Kim Hye Ja, a woman with the ability to travel through time who turns into an old woman in her 70s after an unfortunate accident.
Han Ji Min said, “I received the script for ‘Radiant’ while I was preparing for tvN’s ‘Familiar Wife‘ last summer. I wasn’t thinking about my next project at the time, but when I heard that ‘Radiant’ is a tribute drama for Kim Hye Ja, I said I would do it no matter what.” She continued, “It is a drama that really lets you think about the value of life and happiness. While you watch it, you will most likely find yourself quietly crying.”
Nam Joo Hyuk answered, “When will I ever get a chance to work together with great seniors such as Kim Hye Ja and Han Ji Min? That’s the primary reason why I chose this drama. Also, I had my heart set on my character, Jun Ha. The character is rather pessimistic, and I wanted to challenge myself to take on a role like that.” Han Ji Min also revealed that this drama has a special meaning to her. The actress said, “It’s been a little over 15 years since I made my debut. To be honest, there are times when I find filming dramas overwhelming. It’s because they are usually long-term projects. I occasionally want to escape.”
Lee Je Hoon expressed his passion for acting in a recent interview.
On February 20, Urbanlike released photos of Lee Je Hoon’s pictorial in the latest issue of the magazine. In the photos, the actor expresses the concept of “A Good Meal” by showing the everyday life of an urbanite including making coffee, reading a book, and eating. “An actor has to make an effort to do a good job at choosing and accepting the next assignment and break boundaries to show viewers a better performance every time,” said the actor in an accompanying interview. “Rather than thinking, ‘I did this much until now,’ I think that [actors] should continuously look for something they can improve on.” Lee Je Hoon recently wrapped up shooting the film “Hunting Time” (literal title) and will reveal his carefree trip to Cuba with Ryu Jun Yeol in JTBC’s new variety show “Traveler,” which will begin airing on February 21.
Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon will be embarking on her very first solo tour of Japan this spring!
On February 21, SM Entertainment announced that Taeyeon would be holding her first solo Japanese tour, entitled “Taeyeon Japan Tour 2019 ~Signal~,” this April. Although the singer previously held a sold-out showcase tour in Japan last June, the upcoming tour will mark her first official solo Japanese concert tour.
According to SM Entertainment, Taeyeon will kick off her tour in Fukuoka on April 13. She will then travel across the country to perform in Osaka on April 22 and 23, Nagoya on April 27, and Tokyo on May 9 and 10.
Ahead of her upcoming Japanese tour, Taeyeon will also be holding an encore concert in Seoul at the Jamsil Indoor Stadium on March 23 and 24.
Kim Dong Hee spoke about his character and co-stars from JTBC’s “SKY Castle.” On February 20, Nylon Magazine released Kim Dong Hee’s pictorial for the latest issue of the fashion magazine. The actor recently portrayed a kind-hearted high school student named Cha Seo Joon in the widely popular JTBC drama “SKY Castle.” In contrast to his on-screen character’s school uniform, Kim Dong Hee tried a different concept with bold styles, which reportedly earned the praise of the staff on set. The actor was able to showcase his sexy charms by sporting tone on tone suits, boots, and colorful looks with a touch of neon.
About beating fierce competition to play Cha Seo Joon, the actor said, “When I first received the script, the first emotion I felt from Seo Joon was that he’s very innocent. I thought, ‘He’s a high school student, but he has so much childlike innocence!’ I worried a lot about how to portray him well.” On working with many actors of a similar age, Kim Dong Hee explained, “We became really close amongst ourselves. The notifications for our group chatroom continue to go off. There weren’t many scenes of me with Song Geon Hee, who played Young Jae, but I’m really close with him now.”
FTISLAND’s Lee Hong Ki fired back at a netizen who left a rude comment on his Instagram about male idols.
February 20, Lee Hong Ki showed his support for his label mates SF9 and their new song, “Narcissus,” on his Instagram. He said, “#sf9#newsong#goodluck,” and referenced “SKY Castle” — in which SF9’s Chani starred as Hwang Woo Joo — in an acrostic poem with the Korean song title.
Lee Hong Ki wrote, “Mrs. Kang [Ye Seo’s mother] / [SF9] is different from your everyday group!! / Do you know how Ye Seo is doing right now? / Right now Ye Seo is!!!!!! / In her heart, she already likes and is cheering for the group that Woo Joo is in!!!! You have to wholeheartedly trust SF9.” On the post, one netizen commented, “Rainbow colored neon hair, gay expressions, acting cute, makeup = male idols today.” Lee Hong Ki responded in kind and with class, saying, “Private accounts, anonymous accounts, spineless, [full of] complaints = you and other trolls.”