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Artist of the Week | Minzy

This week’s artist of the week is Minzy!!

Since leaving YG Entertainment amidst 2NE1’s disbandment, Minzy has signed with CJ E&M’s subsidiary label Music Works. Under Music Works, she has released a solo album last year entitled Minzy Work 01: Uno and she also released a song for the drama Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People. And she’s been featured on two tv shows Sister’s Slam Dunk and King of Mask Singer. She’s been extremely busy!

It’s nice to see the members of 2NE1 doing well in their respective careers and I’m so excited about this debut album!

If you haven’t heard it yet, check it out below!

I don’t know why I’m so late getting around to doing this post and honestly I am seriously slacking on this series!!! I will be trying to do a better job at this. Also, if you follow the Artist of the Week series send me artists that you would like me to feature as well. You can either comment below or send them to me by email to twentythirdstation@gmail.com.

Wednesday Kpop Update | 2NE1 Final Farewell, “Goodbye” lyrics dedication from CL + Running Man Has Returned, Statement Released Discuss What Happened + YG Entertainment Zones In on Japanese Market, New Girl Group Debut? + New Music

There has been a lot going on in the world these past few weeks. With politics, show drama, producer statements, and artist/idol controversies and break-ups, it’s good to get back to the music!

Starting with 2NE1. I have to start with them. It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t.

As we all know, 2NE1 has officially disbanded. Even after the revamp and the finished album that was never released, the world never got to meet the new 3-member group. With Bom currently inactive, CL and Dara still signed with YG and Minzy off to another agency working on new music, it made the fans question if we would ever get that official swan song. And it looks like we did but there’s a story behind this song that I thought was so poignant and moving. Apparently it was written by CL not only for the fans but also for Minzy, who is featured on the song.

“The song is something that I had written before. After Minzy left YG Entertainment, the three of us were preparing an album. It was a song that was supposed to be like a letter to Minzy. I edited the lyrics so it would be talking to both Minzy and the fans at the same time. It didn’t take me long to edit the lyrics because I move fast when someone is believing in me,” CL said in an emotional interview to IIgan, as quoted by AllKPop.

(source: ibtimes)

How sweet is that! The music video features just the three of them as they move through images of video of 2NE1’s history, including Bom. The final images show a photo of all four of them together and then finally the remaining three as they each go there separate ways.

The lyrics are incredibly moving and I’m so sorry to see them go. I want to believe this isn’t the end of 2NE1. I know how hard CL fought for this song to be released and how badly she wants 2NE1 to make a comeback so we’ll see. It’s been done before so certainly it can happen again!

For now, let’s all cheer them on as they all work on their own personal endeavors.

Running Man also is making a splash in the headlines. Apparently, it’s not ending this year. A statement released by the team stated:

“Running Man isn’t just a variety program. It boasts 100 million fans just overseas and I don’t think it’s fair not to reflect their opinions and decide the fate of the show just because of internal problems… I believe the correct path is to undergo change in order to become a better show and give more to the fans. That is why we are back.”

(source: koreaboo)

Interesting. But even though it’s not ending this year does that mean it’s a permanent thing? And will the old members return with new members?

“We’re keeping the possibility open but it’s hard to recruit someone right away. The original cast will continue to keep Running Man moving forward and we’ll keep looking for someone to fill Gary’s void. I think this is something we’ll have to keep working on to figure out…”

(source: koreaboo)

We’ll see who comes back officially and who we will be introduced to as new members. For now, it’s good to see that’s it returned.

It seems that YG is looking to expand. Apparently, they’re looking into the Japanese market to release new music and a potential new girl group.

Samsung Securities financial researcher Yang explained, “Though the company has not seen any concert cancellations or anything to that degree, we are continuously monitoring China’s limited regulations. YG will be focusing more on the Japanese market this season… YG Entertainment is said to be preparing for the debut of a new girl group following the success of Black Pink. With YG’s revenues from their acting division increased by 10% this past year, they recently recruited a new producer to be in charge of all the video content business industry. “

(source: allkpop)

Well I guess this would be good news to fans in Japan of the large agency. This expansion could potentially be a really big deal so we’ll see what happens!

Wednesday Music Update | Minzy Breaks Silence – Releases Statement + Inkigayo Release Statement Amidst I.O.I Exclusion Rumors + Jessica’s New Solo Debut “With Love, J” + New Music Videos

The music world this week has been extremely busy. With new releases and comeback news, I’m surprised the world has not tilted yet.

Dal Shabet has been preparing fans for Subin’s new single, “Flower”. She’s released two more teaser photos before the release at Noon on May 12th KST.

Another recently announced solo debut artist, INFINITE’s Woohyun seems to have proven he truly has strong staying power in this industry. “Write…” went on pre-sale on May 9th and the 50,000 copies completely sold out before the official release on May 10th! Woolim went into overdrive trying to produce more albums overnight only to have to inform fans that production might take a little longer than expected. DEAN is also taking the world by storm by announcing his New York concert debut in June. After taking SXSW by storm back in March, he’s ready to return to the States for a showcase on the West Coast. Tickets are on sale starting at $45 on May 13th at Eventbrite!

And looks like we’ll be seeing Rapper Microdot in the near future! After seeing his performance on Show Me The Money 4, Culture Think has officially signed him to there label. They were thoroughly impressed with his performance and stage presence and are convinced he’ll be the perfect fit for their label. Sechs Kies also has officially signed with a label and they’ve signed with YG Entertainment. All the members, except Go Ji Young, have officially reunited to release new music for the fans. This comes right after their surprise reunion on Infinity Challenge.

But speaking of YG… 

After announcing to the world that Minzy had chosen not to re-sign with the label and ultimately parting ways to 2NE1, rumors began sprouting out about the labels she would sign to or even if she would ever sign to a new label again. All the speculations about why she left and whether she was ok began creeping into the atmosphere and still not one word from Minzy herself.

She finally broke her silence by releasing a statement in the form of a letter to her fans through instagram. She writes:

“Hello, this is Minzy. It is with a sincere heart that I write to you all. First, I would like to apologize to all those who expressed shock at the news of my departure. It is after careful consideration and much deliberation that I have decided to pursue a new journey as an artist named Minzy Kong. Ever since debuting with 2NE1 at the young age of 16, I have been grateful for the wonderful memories I shared with incredible fans worldwide. These experiences were undeniably precious and I take none of them for granted. Thank you all for helping me grow as an artist. I promise to work even harder to return before you all with an improved and more honest version of myself. Through a renewed vision and hard work, I hope to reciprocate the love, dedication, and support that you have shown me. Thank you to all the fans, family, and friends who have shown me their love and concern. I promise to return soon. love, Minzy”

And though I’m sure fans will surely miss her when 2NE1 re-emerges as a trio now, it’s for the best. Let’s keep supporting them all as they go through this transition.

Inkigayo is doing damage control as rumors spiral that they deliberately excluded I.O.I from early voting. The voting list was released on May 22nd and listed songs from Sech Kies, Busker Busker, and even Crush’s new song “woo ah”. But I.O.I, who released “Dream Girl” on the same day as Crush’s single, was not on the list which prompted many fans to assume that the action was deliberate.

I.O.I has been unable to appear on any public broadcasting music show which means they haven’t been doing much promoting so nobody expected the outright exclusion. Today Inkigayo responded saying simply, “it’s nothing personal, they’re just too new”.

“The announcement of totals on the online audience board is last year’s. Every week, the No. 1 place is decided through the system. The system totals up various weights using music chart rankings as reference…. I.O.I’s song has not been released long enough to gather data. Early voting is only available for songs that were within the Top 60 in the past week.”

(source: soompi)

In spite of all of that, I.O.I still may be able to appear on Inkigayo in the future.

I guess that’s the silver lining in all of this… 

To end on a happy note!

Check out Jessica’s newest teaser for her brand new solo debut of her album, “With Love, J”.  The official release date is May 17th at midnight!

And now for some new music…

Kpop Music Update | BTOB and DAY6 Join KCON 2016 + Minzy’s Alleged New Agency + Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany Solo Debut Teasers + Music Videos

Alright so this post is a day late! Normally a Wednesday post, I just couldn’t pass up on another Artist of the Week post. Sorry! But, we’re here today!

And we’re kicking off this week (or ending it) with more on KCON 2016! The line-up just keeps getting more and more exciting. It seems, in addition to BTS, MAMAMOO, SEVENTEEN and Ailee, BTOB and DAY6 have made their announcement as well!

Ugh!! I wanna gooooo!!!

After announcing that she was leaving YG and ultimately 2NE1, it seems that Minzy may have found a new agency to call home. Though Blackjacks were heartbroken by her leaving, they have expressed well wishes at this potential “could be official” rumor.

“According to a report from news outlet Sports Donga, an insider revealed to them that Minzy has decided to sign an exclusive contract with Music Works after having discussions with several different agencies… Music Works addressed the reports and commented, “It’s true that we recently met with Minzy to discuss an exclusive contract, but a contract has yet to be officially signed.”

(source: soompi)

Don’t know if she truly is signing with them yet but I’m sure if she’s talking with them we just might hear something soon.

Minzy… 화이팅!

And then there was another… Girls Generation member solo debut! 

It was announcement a little while ago that Tiffany would be making a solo debut as well and now, we get to see what that solo debut will look like because we are days away from it! She’ll begin performing her new song on May 12th on Mnet’s M!Countdown and then she’ll be performing on KBS’s Music Bank on May 13th, MBC’s Music Core on May 14th, and finally SBS’s Inkigayo on May 15th.