[Today's K-pop] Enhyphen to release new album in January: report

[Today’s K-pop] Enhyphen to release new album in January: report
(Credit: Belift Lab)
Enhyphen is putting out a new album next month, according to a local media report on Monday.

It has been only three months since it released first studio album “Dimension: Dilemma” which sold over 1 million copies and ranked No. 11 on Billboard 200, a feat for a rookie band that debuted in November 2020. The LP also topped a number of Japan’s Oricon charts. 

The band debuted on Billboard 200 with its second EP “Border: Carnival” that hit the chart at No. 18 in April. 

The septet won Global Rising Artist Award at Melon Music Award 2021 on Saturday and picked up two trophies at 2021 Asia Artist Awards earlier last week. It recently celebrated the first anniversary of debut with a series of events including a two-day in-person fan meet session that was livestreamed as well. 

Enhyphen will perform at 2021 Mnet Asian Music Awards this Saturday.

Boy band Xdinary Heroes debuts 

[Today’s K-pop] Enhyphen to release new album in January: report
(Credit: JYP Entertainment)
Boy band Xdinary Heroes held an online showcase on Monday to announce its debut.

“I am so happy and excited to make the debut I’ve been dreaming about,” said leader Gunil, “even more so because I can do this with my precious bandmates.” 

“It is our goal to show many colors of Xdinary Heroes that haven’t existed in the world,” declared Jungsu. All six members are capable of writing songs and the musical capabilities are the band’s strength, he added.

The name of the band, shortened from “extraordinary heroes,” signifies that anyone can be a hero. Under the catchphrase “We are all heroes,” the six-piece act will seek to express the dreams and tell the stories of ordinary people. 

In addition to delivering the message, the band hopes to make itself known for strong performances, differentiating itself from idol groups. 

“In terms of musical instruments, our team is a full band and we’d like to utilize it,” emphasized Gunil.

Mamamoo’s Moonbyeol to drop solo music

[Today’s K-pop] Enhyphen to release new album in January: report
(Credit: RBW Entertainment)
Moonbyeol of Mamamoo will come back as a solo musician with an EP next month, announced agency RBW Entertainment on Monday. 

It has been almost two years since her previous solo album “Dark Side of the Moon” and she will express unique charm and sensibilities that have not been shown yet, said the company. 

The news came with a poster that showed the songstress gazing at the camera with half of her face veiled, highlighting the feminine side of her who have been known for her genderless appeal. The previous second solo EP featured powerful performances, accentuated with uniforms and suits, and was among top five on iTunes top albums chart in ten regions.

She is hosting a livestream show on Naver’s NOW platform and recently joined a soccer variety show. 

Meanwhile, a documentary film that chronicles the seven-year career of the female quartet came to the cinemas on Dec. 3.

Big Bang’s Taeyang welcomes 1st child

[Today’s K-pop] Enhyphen to release new album in January: report
(Credit: YG Entertainment)
Taeyang of Big Bang and actress Min Hyorin recently welcomed their first child, a boy, according to media reports on Monday. 

The musician’s label YG Entertainment confirmed the news but did not provide any more details such as the exact date of birth.

Min’s agency Plum ANC, and YG Entertainment, verified in late September that they were expecting a child following news reports. She starred in music video of his solo song “1AM” in 2014 and started dating soon after. They married in February 2018.

By Hwang You-mee
(glamazon@heraldcorp.com)

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