[Weekly Digest: May 6-June 12] 'The Roundup' tops 10 mln admissions in S. Korea... BTS releases anthology album 'Proof' in celebration of 9th year

연합뉴스 / 2022-06-12 09:00:46
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by Ra Hwak Jin / An Hayeon

▲ This photo, provided by BigHit Music, shows group BTS. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

◇ BTS releases anthology album “Proof” in celebration of 9th year

K-pop supergroup BTS on Friday dropped the anthology album "Proof" that wraps up the first chapter of its nine-year career with a tribute to its journey to become a top boy band in the world.

"It's a kind of life story of the group where its past, present and future co-exist," RM, leader and rapper, said on "Melon Station," a mobile radio program run by the country's largest music streaming service Melon. "It's a special album that contains our history, sincerity, and heart toward Army," he added.

"Proof" is the K-pop septet's first release in about 11 months since the megahit single "Butter" on July 9 last year. It also is the first BTS album after its seventh EP, "BE," rolled out in November 2020.

The three-CD album consists of 48 tracks, including the biggest hits from throughout the group's career and three new songs -- "Yet To Come," "Run BTS" and "For Youth." Also included are subunit tracks, previously unreleased songs, and demo versions of some of the hit songs.

The album sold 2,155,363 copies (as of 11 p.m. on the 10th) on the day of release on the Hanteo Chart.

The title song “Yet To Come” ranked No. 1 on iTunes' Top Song charts in 97 countries including the United States, Canada and Australia as of 8 a.m. Proof topped iTunes' Top Albums chart in 65 countries including the United States, Sweden, and Japan.



▲ This file photo shows the cast of the action-comedy "The Roundup," including Ma Dong-seok(Right, U.S name Don Lee) and Son Suk-ku, at the CGV Pangyo screen greeting, which was held on June 6th, 2022. (Korea Odyssey)


◇ 'The Roundup' tops 10 mln admissions in S. Korea

The Korean action-comedy "The Roundup" topped 10 million admissions in local theaters on Saturday.

The sequel to the 2017 hit movie "The Outlaws" had set the record by 1:50 p.m., according to its local distributor, ABO Entertainment Co., based on a real-time box-office tally from the Korean Film Council.

It exceeded the mark on the 25th day since its release on May 18 and became the 28th film to reach the milestone of 10 million ticket sales in South Korea. The 27th film was Disney's "Frozen 2" shown at the end of 2019.

Also, it is the first South Korean film to achieve the feat after Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-winning black comedy "Parasite," which reached the 10-million milestone in July 2019.

In South Korea, with a population of 50 million, films that sell 10 million tickets are considered huge successes.

It also became the most-watched film in the nation since the COVID-19 pandemic began, outnumbering the previous No. 1, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" (2021), which posted 7.5 million in attendance.

"The Roundup" tells the story of Detective Ma Seok-do (Ma Dong-seok), who heads to Vietnam to extradite a suspect only to find out about additional murder cases involving an unknown killer who has committed crimes against tourists for many years.


▲ This photo shows a portrait of entertainer Song Hae displayed at an altar at Seoul National Hospital in the South Korean capital on June 8, 2022. Song, who had hosted KBS-TV's national singing contest since 1988, passed away at 95 in Seoul the same day. (Pool Photo) (Yonhap)

◇ S. Korea's oldest TV host Song Hae dies at 95

Song Hae, South Korea's oldest TV presenter, died Wednesday. He was 95.

According to the police and hospital officials, he passed away in the morning at his home in southern Seoul.

He had been admitted to a hospital for medical treatment and released several times this year. He tested positive for COVID-19 in March.

Song had a strong presence after he emceed KBS' "National Singing Contest," a nationwide singing competition show launched in 1980 on Sundays, in 1988.

Song was listed as the world's oldest TV music talent show host on the Guinness World Record for hosting the KBS show for 34 years.

As the late Song was loved by the public as a "national emcee" during his lifetime, a large number of people from the broadcasting, music, and political circles visited his altar in the early afternoon of Wednesday.

Yoo Jae-suk and Cho Sae-ho, who visited the funeral hall at 3:48 p.m. on the 8th, paid their tributes for about an hour and left the altar without saying much.

Trot singers such as Seol Woon-do, Jang Min-ho, and Jeong Dong-won followed, and senior comedians Shim Hyung-rae, Kim Hak-rae, and Lee Yong-sik stayed for a long time to protect the altar. 



▲ This photo, provided by Vine Entertainment, show Secret Number. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


▲ This file photo shows woo!ah! performing at a media showcase held for the first mini album "JOY." (Korea Odyssey)


◇ Girl groups Secret Number and woo!ah! make comeback one after another

K-pop girl group Secret Number released the fourth single “DOOMCHITA” on Wednesday, according to the agency Vine Entertainment.

“DOOMCHITA” is the group’s first album in about eight months since it dropped “Fire Saturday.”

The namesake title song “DOOMCHITA” is a song that combines addictive trap beats and powerful brass sounds. It confidently contains the message of "The only one in the world, no one can compare to me."

Secret Number also paid attention to the performances with its key choreography, such as "Slate Dance" and "Doomchit Doomchit Dance."

K-pop girl group woo!ah!, which made itself known as “Z generation icon,” released the first mini-album “JOY” on Thursday at 6 p.m.

The album contains a total of six songs, including the powerful title song “Danger,” “Joyride,” “Go Away,” “Switch Up,” “Stratight Up,” and “Catch the Stars.”

The title song “Danger” depicted the emotions of not being able to get away from "you” with the expression of falling into the "Danger."

The agency NV Entertainment said, “The members of woo!ah! will show refreshing charms and intense girl crush through “Danger.”



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