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[Weekly Wrapup] 2/19-2/25

Don’t have time to keep up every day with all the latest news in the Kpop world?  Look no further as we go back and quickly review the biggest stories of the past week.

Main News

Several artists released their songs or albums this last week.  Miss A released their 4th mini-album and title track “Touch.” You can listen to the entire album here.  Superstar K2’s runner up John Park releases his official debut album, MV for “Falling.”  Brave Girls also released their new song “Nowadays You.”  Big Bang treated their fans to an early release of “Blue.”  Listen to the new track here and the other teasers released this week here.

2am announced they are making their comeback soon, as did Nine Muses.  Former H.O.T. member Tony An announced that he will be making his comeback as part of his own company’s idol group Smash.

Group JQT disbands, will make a fresh start with new agency and make a 5 membered unit called As the One.  Kara’s Gyuri undergoes vocal cord surgery and is recovering.  Block B’s rude comments in Thailand causes outrage among citizens and idols alike as 2PM’s Nickhun and others denounced the their actions.

In Japan, Secret started promotions for “So Much for Goodbye.”  Jang Geun Suk revealed teaser for Team-H’s new Japanese album.  Lee Seung Gi released his Japanese MV for “Alone in Love”, which you can watch here.  T-ara released the teaser for the Japanese remake of their debut song “Lies”, which can be heard here.  SNSD also released the MV teaser for their Japanese single “Time Machine.”  Watch it here.

Drama/Variety News

In last week’s episodes of Dream High 2, Hye Sung is forced to leave the school by her father.  Is this the end of her dream of being a singer?  Click here for our recaps of Episode 7 and Episode 8.  Fictional group HersheE, which is composed of Jiyeon(T-ara), Hyorin(SISTAR), and Ailee release their song “Superstar” for the OST.

It was also announced that IU will make appearances on the sitcom “Salamander Guru”, which is currently starring Shinee’s Minho.  Sunny Hill released the song “I Love You” for the OST.  Fashion King, starring SNSD’s Yuri and others, released their first teaser.  Watch it here.

In variety news, this week’s episode of “T-ara’s Pretty Boys” features the second week of the girls acting as stylists.  Actress Lee Da Hae guested in this week’s episode of Running Man punching water balloons, playing hacky sack in the spa, and other challenges.  The title of this week’s episode is “Spy Game.”  In SBS K-Pop Star, Lee Seung Joo was eliminated.

Lee Seung Gi has also been confirmed to be stepping down as host for Strong Heart and will film his last episodes in the spring to concentrate on his new drama, King 2 Hearts.  In lighter news, former MC Kang Ho Dong will be coming back to the show around the same time after stepping down last year due to various scandals.

Music Shows

Singer Jon Park began promotions for his new song “Falling.”  Idol groups miss A and Brave Girls began promotions this week for their respective songs “Touch” and “Nowadays You.”  Rookie boy group B.A.P. end their promotions for “Warrior”

Jay Park stopped T-ara’s 4 week streak on Music Bank for his first win.  On M! Countdown, FT Island beat out Jay Park and Se7en for their first win on the show with “Severely”.  They continued their success later on Inkigayo.  Check out all the performances.

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