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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…

Roh Jihoon | Official Comeback Confirmed + Teaser and Album Preview

It has been officially confirmed! After 19 long months, Cube Entertainment has finally announced the comeback of their solo artist Roh Jihoon. They’ve already released at least 5 or 6 teasers in preparation for his September 16th mini-album release. The mini-album will contain 5 songs and it sounds really good! Can’t wait for the official release, I already have 2 favorites off the new album.

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

Day6 | “Congratulations” Video Removed and Re-Uploaded + JYP Unusual Marketing Strategy

First, let’s start by saying, to all the fans who noticed this video was taken down, it was done allegedly due to hacking. I don’t know all the details but that’s what JYP and Junhyeok are saying. Junhyeok actually mentioned this as a possibility on his instagram account. But it’s back now! So if you want their views to get back up, go watch it and share it!

But why has there been so little promotion surrounding Day6? JYP said, they are trying a different approach to marketing this band.

DAY6 is a group that is different from other groups. Since they do band music, more than anything, their talent and skills are important. We’ve prepared a system where the members start from the very bottom and work their way up. In the end, the goal is to receive recognition as the band DAY6 through their talent.”

(source: allkpop)

I actually like that idea. But I’ll tell you why. They aren’t like the typical kpop group, they are an actually band. For them to become well-respected and popular in their genre, you have to go about it a different way. If you hype them up too much then they look like another cookie-cutter bubble gum pop group. But if you don’t hype them enough, people will forget about them. It’s easier to do it in a low-key fashion and let it spread by word of mouth.

Plenty of bands were able to become really big behind that type of marketing strategy and they lasted a long time. However, Day6 has nothing to worry about. They already have a huge fan-base and with the recent video hacking, they’re going to go even more viral.

What do you think? Marketing fail or “mad genius” strategy?

Wonder Girls | Talk About Sunye and Sohee + “I Feel You” Official Video Release

The ladies of the Wonder Girls have been extremely busy this week with promotions and photoshoots and getting fans ready to experience the new band experience. The new album REBOOT was released today and as soon as it dropped, it received an all-kill chart toppings in less than 90 minutes. Extremely impressive!

But leading up to this moment, many fans had even wondered if there was a possible disbandment after it was announced that Sunye and Sohee were not coming back and that the group on gone on hiatus. But the ladies were reported as saying, they didn’t even notice. They ladies always kept in contact with each other.

Even now, today as REBOOT is at the top of the charts, they say they’re still just as close.

“We even talked with Sunye and Sohee today, ” Yeeun said. “Just a bit ago, they texted saying that they are more nervous [than we are] and are half excited, half scared. They said that they’ll be looking on so don’t get nervous.”

(source: soompi.com)

And apparently they also have been stopping by the studio as well. It’s good to see how supportive they all are and how they’re all rooting for each other.

If you haven’t seen “I Feel You” yet, check it out below!