BTS Announced Their First In-Person Concerts In Over Two Years, And 5 More K-Pop Headlines You Need To Read

    Are you ready for the return of BTS live?

    1. BTS announced their first in-person concert series, Permission to Dance on Stage!

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    Alright ARMY, it's time to break our plans, live just like we're golden, and roll in like we're dancing fools because BTS has just announced concerts in the US! 

    Permission to Dance on Stage will be held in Los Angeles and is the group's first in-person concert in over two years since they held their final world tour, Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, in Seoul in October 2019. The four-night event will be held at the SoFi Stadium on Nov. 27 and 28, and Dec. 1 and 2, and comes a month after the group's online concert BTS Permission to Dance on Stage, which will be held on Oct. 24. 

    In a video announcing the upcoming concerts, leader RM shared that the group was "so excited" to finally reveal the news about the shows. "We’ve been itching to tell you," youngest member Jungkook added. "I hope this news will make ARMY glad."

    J-Hope stated that the group was currently "working hard" to prepare for the concerts in order to "compensate" for the long period of time fans could not see them perform due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The time for us to dance together without permission is nearing,” Jin said. “Let’s have a fun time together!”

    V capped off their message by stating: “We purple you, ARMY! See you very soon!”

    Tickets for Permission to Dance on Stage go on sale to the general public on Oct. 9. However, there are multiple pre-sale tickets available for fans who had previously purchased them for the group's 2020 MAP OF THE SOUL tour, or are part of their fan club. Check here for more event details and ticket information!

    2. It might be "Bad Love," but Key's latest single is perfect.

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    When it comes to artistry, Key is out of this world. Literally. 

    The music video for his sensual, '80s synth-drenched title track "Bad Love" sees the Shinee member careening through space on a USS Enterprise-inspired starship. As it hurtles toward an unknown red planet, the ship's radar detects that bad love is incoming, and the pressure gauge promptly bursts. As he reaches up toward the sky, Key's ship is shot down by lasers and explodes.

    The visual of Key attempting to singlehandedly pilot the ship and correct course away from danger, only to be caught in its web once again, is a perfect parallel to the song's lyrics. Its verses describe a toxic relationship that is the perfect slice of heaven and hell all at once. Just like the ship, his attempts to break free are thwarted by a relationship that continues to lure him back in like a moth to a flame. "Joy and despair are mine," he sings. "Even if I run away, there’s no paradise. Now I know it never finishes." 

    (Perhaps "Bad Love"-era Key should get some ~advice~ from fellow Shinee member Taemin; after all, he's found himself trapped in a dangerous, yet irresistible situation like Key's in the past too.)

    Packed with phenomenal high notes, smooth choreography, and impeccable clothing and design, the video for "Bad Love" simultaneously highlights Key's true star power and allows viewers a glimpse into the beautiful, highly stylized, and wildly wonderful world of his imagination.

    This week also saw the release of Twice's "The Feels," CL's "Loser Like Me," Itzy's "Swipe," Do Han Se of Victon's "Take Over," AB6IX's "Cherry," Ciipher's "Blind," and Hot Issue's "Icons," so be sure to check those out too!

    3. iKon's Bobby welcomed his first child with his fiancé!

    Bobby of K-Pop group iKon

    4. And BigBang's Taeyang and Min Hyo Rin revealed they are expecting!

    5. Actor HoYeon Jung shared a behind-the-scenes photo with Blackpink's Jennie from the set of Squid Game.

    6. And Seventeen,, N.Flying, and more announced that new music is on the way!

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    * Seventeen shared the promotional schedule and a dramatic concept trailer for their upcoming ninth mini-album, Attacca, which will be released on Oct. 22. 

    * revealed their promotional schedule, multiple concept photos, and a preview of their upcoming first mini-album, Veni Vidi Vici, which will drop on Oct. 12.

    * Super Junior D&E shared a collection of hilarious advertisement parody videos for their upcoming first mini-album, Countdown. Although the album has no confirmed release date, it is "coming soon" per a concert spoiler posted by the group online.  

    * N.Flying posted their promotional schedule, an intense music video teaser, and multiple jacket and title posters ahead of the release of their first repackaged album, Turbulence, on Oct. 6. 

    * On Sept. 27, Cravity took to social media to announce they will release a special video for their b-side hit "Veni Vidi Vici" on Oct. 7. They have additionally revealed the promotional schedule and concept photos for the visual. 

    * On Sept. 30, soloist and f(x) member Luna shared a series of concept photos for a "new single coming soon" on her Instagram. 

    * UP10TION's Lee Jin Hyuk shared a comeback spoiler and promotional schedule for his fourth mini-album, Ctrl+V, which will be released on Oct. 19.  

    * IU posted a mysterious image on social media with the message: "Meet again when strawberry moon comes up."

    * Soloist Woodz revealed the tracklist, lyrics poster, mood clip, and a music video teaser for title track "Waiting" prior to the release of his third mini-album, Only Lovers Left, on Oct. 5. 

    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! ✨