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    Blackpink Performs On The Late Late Show And 5 Other K-Pop Headlines You Don't Want To Miss This Week

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    1. Exo's D.O. has been discharged from the military!

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    Yes, you read that right! Exo vocalist D.O. completed his military service this week and was officially discharged Jan. 25! To celebrate, the singer held a livestream on VLive and shared a soulful live performance of his solo single "It's Okay" on YouTube.

    He also shared a letter in Exo's fan community on the platform Lysn. "I've been discharged from the military," D.O. wrote. "Thank you for waiting for a long time. I will work hard. Stay healthy, everyone!"

    Welcome back, D.O.! We've missed you. 👉💕

    2. Blackpink performed on The Late Late Show With James Corden!

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    Blackpink in your area? More like Blackpink on your television! The group wowed audiences across the country with their performance of "Pretty Savage" on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Jan. 27 and looked absolutely flawless while doing it.

    The performance comes just days before Blackpink will hold their online concert "The Show" on Jan. 31 at 12 a.m. EST. If you haven't yet, you can still purchase a ticket to the event here!

    3. Seventeen's livestream concert drew in fans from over 122 countries over the weekend.

    Seventeen performs at their online concert
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    The group's concert, "2021 Seventeen Online Concert In-Complete," allowed fans from all over the world to virtually ~step into the diamond life~ on Jan. 23.

    "Although it’s a little disappointing that we’re meeting our fans online and not in person after such a long time, we’re very thankful, more than anything else, to be able to meet at least in this way," Seventeen said. “We’ve prepared meticulously to show high-quality performances tonight, and we hope our fans enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.”

    The three-hour concert saw the group perform over 20 songs from their discography, including fan favorites like "Kidult" and "Us, Again," as well as the Korean version of their poignant Japanese single "Fallin' Flower." The group's subunits also got time to shine too, with the energetic hip-hop team performing "Back It Up," the effortless performance team wowing with "Moonwalker," and the vocal team showing off their incredible skills with "Habit."

    You could say that Seventeen's concert, culminating with an encore performance of “My My,” “Campfire,” and “Healing," was truly a ~home run~.

    4. Golden Child turned up the heat this week with their single "Burn It!"

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    Golden Child's fifth mini album, Yes, was released on Jan. 25, and I've honestly been thinking about the music video for its title track, "Burn It," ever since.

    Without spoiling too much of the plot because it's so good, the video is a series of vignettes that see the members of Golden Child navigate complex relationships while also trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. The members have some seriously incredible acting skills, and the song's poignant lyrics about learning to love and forgive again complement the video's heartbreaking storyline perfectly. I can't wait to see what happens next!

    This week also saw the release of IU's "Celebrity," NCT 127's "First Love," Hyuna's "I'm Not Cool," Kuk Seung Pyo's "Why Do You," Bobby's "U Mad," (G)I-DLE's English and Chinese versions of their single "HWAA," and Dreamcatcher's "Odd Eye," so be sure to check those out too! ✨

    5. BtoB, iKon, and SF9 join the lineup of Mnet's upcoming K-pop competition program Kingdom.

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    The final lineup for Mnet's upcoming K-pop survival competition program Kingdom has been revealed! Per Newsen, SF9, iKon, and BtoB will go toe-to-toe with Stray Kids, Ateez, and the Boyz to find out which group is the best of the best.

    Last year, the Boyz won Mnet's preliminary program Road to Kingdom and secured themselves a place on the upcoming show, and Stray Kids and Ateez were confirmed to be part of Kingdom's lineup through a series of powerful performances at the 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards last month.

    The show is scheduled to air in April with TVXQ's Yunho and Changmin as its hosts.

    6. Blackpink's Rosé, BTS, and NCT 127 announce that new music is on the way!

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    * Blackpink's Rosé revealed a video teaser for an upcoming solo debut this week! She will be performing the full song during Blackpink's upcoming concert "The Show," which will be held Jan. 31.

    * BTS announced that they will be releasing BE (Essential Edition) on Feb. 19. The album includes its eight original songs but teases some "surprise gifts," too.

    * NCT 127 will be releasing their second mini album, Loveholic, on Feb. 17. The album consists of five new songs, including "First Love," which was released Jan. 27 to celebrate NCT Day. (Get it? It's 1/27!)

    * Jackson Wang released a video teaser for his single "一个人 Alone," which will be released Jan. 30.

    * Aespa will release a cover of Yoo Youngjin's song "Forever" on Feb. 5.

    * Purple Kiss announced the schedule for their second pre-debut single, "Can We Talk Now," which will be released Feb. 3.

    That's it for this week! Enjoy "The Show," and be sure to catch up on last week's news if you missed it! ✨

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