[Weekly Digest: Nov. 22-28] BTS takes home three AMA awards and BLACKPINK's Lisa tests positive for COVID-19

나확진 / 인턴 차민경 / 2021-11-28 08:53:49
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by Ra Hwak Jin / Cha Min Kyung 


◇ BTS takes home three AMA awards and earns one Grammy nomination

▲ K-pop boy group BTS poses for the camera after securing three trophies at the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 21, 2021, in this Associated Press photo. (Yonhap)

South Korean supergroup BTS became the first Asian act to win artist of the year, considered the top honor, at the American Music Awards (AMAs) on Nov. 21 (U.S. time).

The K-pop giant also won in the favorite pop duo or group and favorite pop song categories with its megahit "Butter."

On Nov. 23, BTS earned a Grammy nomination for the best pop duo or group performance, but failed to get a nod in any of the four major categories.

The Grammy Awards' top four "general field" categories include, record of the year, song of the year, album of the year and best new artist.

Many BTS fans took to social media to express their dissatisfaction with the Grammys, saying they could not believe the K-pop megastar only got one nomination despite 2021 having been the most successful year for the group yet.

Twitter was also flooded with posts that had the hashtags "#Scammys" and "#BTS already won" written in posts by devoted fans worldwide since the nominees were announced.

However, BTS wrote on its official Twitter account, saying, "This is a huge honor. Thanks to everyone who supports our music journey!"

BTS is scheduled to throw a series of live in-person concerts in Los Angeles, titled "BTS Permission To Dance On Stage - LA" at SoFi Stadium starting at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 (Korean time).

◇ Hwasa makes a comeback with new solo album "Guilty Pleasure"

▲ This photo, provided by RBW, shows a teaser image for Hwasa's second solo single album "Guilty Pleasure." (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Hwasa of Mamamoo released her second solo single album "Guilty Pleasure" on Nov. 24. The singer's comeback comes after one year and a half since "Maria" in June 2020.

The album is listed with a total of three songs, including the title track "I'm a 빛(B*tch)" as well as "FOMO" and "Bless U."

"The past one and a half years was a time for me to grow from my past self to where I am right now. I went through a bitter phase in my music career and a lot of my worries were long term and heavy," Hwasa said in a showcase of her new album. "I finally feel like I've found myself after gaining balance little by little in my profession while preparing for this album."

Hwasa has kicked off her official promotional activities by performing "I'm a 빛(B*tch)" at KBS' music program "Music Bank" on Nov. 26. 

◇ BLACKPINK's Lisa tests positive for coronavirus; other members test negative

▲ This photo, provided by YG Entertainment, shows Lisa of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK, who released her first solo album "Lalisa" on Sept. 10, 2021. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Lisa, a member of top K-pop girl group BLACKPINK, tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 24. Meanwhile, Rose, Jennie, Jisoo of the four-member band received negative results after taking the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

YG Entertainment reported that all four members were vaccinated and Lisa was in good conditions without any major symptoms.

In hopes for Lisa's fast recovery, YG added that it would fully cooperate with the health authorities' guidelines and take preemptive measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

On the following day, Kino of K-pop boy band Pentagon also tested positive for COVID-19.


▲ A photo of Pentagon's Kino, provided by t.cast (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Pentagon's agency Cube Entertainment explained that an instructor, who entered the company building on Nov. 24, was confirmed to have contracted the virus, and everyone who had been inside the building underwent a PCR test.

"The rest of Pentagon's members, including Jinho, Hong-seok, Shinwon, Yeo One, Yan An, Yuto, and Wooseok were tested negative," Cube Entertainment added.

◇ Director Yeon Sang-ho's "Hellbound" becomes Netflix's most-watched TV program

▲ A poster of "Hellbound" by Netflix (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


The South Korean supernatural horror "Hellbound" has debuted at No.1 on the most-watched TV program list shortly after its global release on Netflix earlier this month, according to data released by streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol.

Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho of "Train to Busan (2016), "Hellbound" depicts social turmoil and unrest after a series of inexplicable supernatural phenomena.


Director Yeon said he was stunned to learn that the film debuted at No. 1 on the most-watched TV program list shortly after its global release on Netflix earlier this month.


▲ This photo provided by Netflix shows "Hellbound" director Yeon Sang-ho. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The six-part series is also based on the webtoon titled "Hell," co-written and drawn by Yeon and Choi Kyu-sok, which has received acclaim since its release in 2019.

"Hellbound" also topped Netflix's official weekly chart for non-English TV programs with 43.5 million hours of viewing for the week from Nov. 15-21, outnumbering "The Queen of Flower" with 38.6 million hours and "Squid Game" with 30.4 million hours.

Netflix said "Hellbound" made the top 10 in TV in 71 countries over the one-week period and topped the list in 12 nations.

Netflix began releasing its official all-time and weekly global top 10 lists of TV shows and films last week, based on aggregate viewing hours. The rankings are announced every Tuesday.

◇ Actors Park Shin-hye, Choi Tae-joon to get married next year

▲ This combined image shows actors Park Shin-hye (L) and Choi Tae-joon, provided by Salt Entertainment and Studio Santa Claus Entertainment, respectively. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

South Korean actress Park Shin-hye and actor Choi Tae-joon will tie the knot next year, the former's management agency said Tuesday.

The couple will hold a private wedding in Seoul sometime in January, according to Salt Entertainment.

Park also said in a posting on her fan community she is now pregnant and decided to start a new life with her longtime boyfriend.

Park, 32, and Choi, 31, have been dating since 2017.



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