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    BTS Congratulated Halsey On Becoming A Mother, And 5 More K-Pop Headlines You Need To Read

    We stan BTS and Halsey's very wholesome friendship. ๐Ÿฅบ

    1. BTS will attend the UN General Assembly in September after becoming Special Presidential Envoys for South Korea.

    BTS poses while sitting at a table filled with books and games

    2. And, in extra-cute news, the group also tweeted Halsey a short congratulatory message after the birth of their child this week.

    @bts_twt / Via Twitter: @BTS_twt

    On July 19, Halsey revealed via Instagram post that they had given birth to their first child, Ender Ridley Aydin. Following the announcement, BTS tweeted their best wishes to the "Without Me" singer, writing: "Congratulations ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡ !!"

    Halsey and BTS's friendship dates all the way back to 2017 after she tweeted about meeting them at the Billboard Music Awards and later gave them each a box of churros. Since then, their bond has only grown stronger, so much so that they even have their own matching friendship bracelets.

    They've also collaborated on multiple tracks together including "Suga's Interlude" on Halsey's album Manic and on BTS's title track "Boy With Luv" from their album Map of the Soul: Persona. The two unstoppable artists went on to perform the latter live together at both the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball and the Billboard Music Awards in 2019.

    "I think a lot of people are really curious about the collaboration because obviously the boys are from Korea and Iโ€™m from the States," Halsey told E! about their Billboard Music Awards performance in 2019. "I think that we really show that, despite what seems like a language barrier at first, [that barrier] is really just unimportant when it comes down to a bunch of young people who really love music."

    Halsey added: "We just love hanging out, and it really shows through.โ€ We stan a thoughtful, supportive friendship!

    3. Monsta X's leader Shownu enlisted in the military this week. (๐Ÿ˜ญ)

    ๐Ÿ“ธ 210722 #๋ชฌ์Šคํƒ€์—‘์Šค ๋‹ค์‹œ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ๋งŒ๋‚  ๋‚ ์„ ๊ธฐ์•ฝํ•˜๋ฉฐ ๋ชธ ๊ฑด๊ฐ•ํžˆ ๋‹ค๋…€์˜ค๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค ๋”์šฑ๋” ์„ฑ์ˆ™ํ•ด์ ธ์„œ ๋ฉ‹์ง„ ๋ชจ์Šต์œผ๋กœ ๋Œ์•„์˜ค๊ฒ ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค. ๊ฐ์‚ฌํ•ฉ๋‹ˆ๋‹ค ! #์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•œ๋‹ค_๋ชฌ๋ฒ ๋ฒ  #MONSTAX #MONSTA_X #์…”๋ˆ„ #SHOWNU

    @OfficialMonstaX / Via Twitter: @OfficialMonstaX

    On July 22, Shownu made his official military enlistment, and it looks like his fellow Monsta X members were there to see him off. The group's Twitter account posted three photos with the members all huddled around Shownu, who sits in the center. In one image, fellow member Minhyuk can be seen with his hands placed on the leader's newly shaved head.

    "The promise of the day we will meet again. I will return in good health," Shownu wrote in the accompanying tweet. "I'll be more mature and come back with a cool look. Thank you!" He also added the hashtag #ILoveYouMonbebe.

    In a separate post, Shownu also shared three selfies before his enlistment that featured his new haircut. "Watch out for the heat, and take care of your health and happiness," he wrote. "I love you."

    Come back safely and healthily, Shownu! We all eagerly await the day when we can see you perform once again. ๐Ÿป

    4. KQ Entertainment confirmed this week that rapper Mingi will resume his activities as a member of ATEEZ!

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    In Nov. 2020, it was announced that Mingi would take a hiatus from ATEEZ's promotions due to symptoms of psychological anxiety. Eight months later, the company released a statement this week updating fans on his condition and confirmed he will return to the group.

    "Through counseling therapy, taking a long period of rest, and his own efforts, Mingi has regained his health," they wrote per translation by Soompi. "After checking his health status and having several discussions with Mingi, his parents, and his psychological counselor, we received the final verdict from his counselor that he could return to work without difficulties." You can read KQ Entertainment's entire statement here.

    To celebrate his homecoming, Mingi made his first official appearance back on the popular live-streaming platform VLive to greet ATEEZ fans new and old. "It's been a long time. I'm Mingi," he said. "You missed me, right?"

    He also personally updated viewers on his mental health. "Iโ€™m back. Iโ€™m well right now," he said. "It was a long time, you know? I've tried to reflect on myself and I also worked out hard. I spent a lot of time looking back at who I am. While doing so, I got better. I know itโ€™s not a short time, but Iโ€™m here now."

    5. JYP Entertainment's new girl group sold over 40,000 pre-orders of their mysterious album this week.

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    On July 7, JYP Entertainment unveiled a curious teaser trailer for what they described as a "blind package." It was later revealed that the "extraordinary" box actually contains the first single from the company's upcoming girl group, who will make their official debut in Feb. 2022.

    JYP Entertainment then revealed that prospective fans of the group would only be able to purchase the "limited & exclusive" album โ€” which includes the album's CD, premium membership card, photobook, poster, and more โ€” via pre-order from July 16-25. After that, no additional copies of the album, which is set for release in Feb. 2022, will be made.

    It seems that the mystery surrounding the group and the album has intrigued a fair number of K-pop fans. According to Soompi, the album has already racked up almost 40,000 pre-orders without any available knowledge about the album, the group, or any of its members. Let us know if you'll be pre-ordering Blind Package while it's available in the comments below!

    6. And Sunmi, JAYB, Stray Kids, and more announce that new music is on the way!

    My 3rd mini album โ…™ is coming for you๐Ÿ’– #SUNMI #ONE_SIXTH #6๋ถ„์˜1 #0806_6PM_KST

    @miyaohyeah / Via Twitter: @miyaohyeah

    * Sunmi unveiled the first teasers for her upcoming third mini album, One Sixth, which will be released on Aug. 6.

    * H1ghr Music confirmed that Jay B will release his first solo EP on Aug. 25. According to a press release, the record will be composed of seven tracks that all dabble in a variety of musical genres, including his single "Switch It Up," and feature multiple other artists.

    * Stray Kids unveiled a hilarious, superhero-inspired teaser trailer and album preview for their upcoming second album Noeasy, which will be released on Aug. 23.

    * According to Newsen, Park Ji-Hoon will release a new mini album in early August.

    * Exo's D.O. shared a music video teaser for his title track "Rose" ahead of the release of his debut solo album, ๊ณต๊ฐ (Empathy), on July 26.

    * Tomorrow X Together announced that their upcoming mini album, The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape, will be released on Aug. 17 by posting a unique teaser trailer. Since the announcement, the group has also revealed the album's contents and promotional schedule.

    * ONF took to Twitter to announce their upcoming "summer pop-up album," titled Popping, and share concept photos ahead of its release on Aug. 9.

    That's it for this week! Have a lovely weekend, and be sure to catch up on last week's news if you missed it! โœจ