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    Updated on Jan 24, 2020. Posted on Jan 24, 2020

    BTS Hung Out With Ariana Grande And Five Other K-Pop Headlines You Need To Read This Week

    New friends, nominations, and tours galore!

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    1. Twice is nominated for a Shorty Award for their ~likey-worthy~ social media content! They're up against some greats, including Lizzo, Céline Dion, J Balvin, Billie Eilish, and more. Can't wait to see who ~breakthroughs~ to win, *wink.*

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    Their bio mentions how the hashtag for one of their members, #MOMO, overshadowed the launch of a new iPhone by more than 200K tweets. Technology, who?? We only know Momo!! After all, she racked in 12 million views for her solo dance practice video — if that's not social media influence, I dunno what is!

    Vote for them on the Shorty Awards website in the "Music Influencers" category from now until Feb. 21!

    2. BTS hung out with Ariana Grande while rehearsing for their Grammys appearance with Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus! *screams for a few hours*

    3. BTS's V congratulated his dear friend Choi Woo-shik on his joint, history-making SAG Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture for Parasite with not one, but two cute tweets!

    @BTS_twt / Via Twitter: @BTS_twt

    The second tweet's caption translates to "I can't believe it's him at that ceremony." Aww! Woo-shik posted a video of them hanging out too.

    Parasite is the first foreign-language movie to win the top SAG Award. You can watch their acceptance speech here!

    4. Post Produce's voting manipulation controversy and X1's disbandment, Mnet officially confirmed that Iz*One (the winner of Produce 48) will resume their activities.

    Lee Young Ho / Sipa USA via AP

    They debuted on Oct. 29, 2018, with their EP Color*Iz, and were originally scheduled to promote as a group for two years and six months (so that'd be an end date of March 29, 2021).

    We'll see if that changes, but we're also very glad their hiatus didn't drag on! Now, if you need us, we'll be dancing along to "Violeta" until we get new music!

    P.S. You can read up on the scandal here. But TL;DR: Three producers and entertainment agency officials were indicted for rigging final show results, which should've been decided by the public.

    5. Exo's Chen and Dynamic Duo teamed up for the digital single "You," while Stray Kids released their first English EP, Step Out of Clé.

    Amoeba Culture / Via youtube.com, JYP Entertainment

    Chen and Dynamic Duo first collaborated in 2017 on the song "Nosedive."

    Step Out of Clé has two English tracks, "Double Knot" (for which they released a performance video!) and "Levanter," which were previously released in Korean off of their album Clé: Levanter. They're also about to kick off the US leg of their District 9: Unlock tour next week, which you can get tickets for here!

    6. It's time for our fave girl groups to shine! Gfriend, Everglow, Loona, and (G)I-dle all announced comebacks, while some are also coming to the States on tour!

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    Gfriend released the track list (featuring two tracks written by BTS' mastermind and CEO of Big Hit Entertainment, Hitman Bang — ICYMI, Big Hit acquired Gfriend's label last year) and a trailer titled "A Tale of the Glass Bead:Previous Story" for their upcoming album, Labyrinth.

    Ahead of the release of their first mini-album, Reminisce (which you can preorder on MyMusicTaste), on Feb. 3, Everglow announced their first US tour, the Everlasting Tour in USA! The five-date tour includes stops at Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago, Jersey City, and Los Angeles. Tickets have yet to go on sale, but we'll let you know as soon as they do.

    Loona unveiled the track list for their upcoming mini-album, #. They also opened their own TikTok channel!

    And the gifts continue, because (G)I-dle unveiled their 2020 I-land World Tour this week too! Stay tuned for deets!

    P.S. Dreamcatcher's main vocalist, Siyeon, will release a solo single on Jan. 29, ahead of a full group comeback (that's currently in the works).