MAMAMOO / Photograph = RBW

K-Pop: The Return of MAMAMOO, iKON Looking to Hit Consecutive Home Runs

After setting daily records with the song “Long Scenario,” which came out on January 25, iKON released a new track on the 5th called “Rubber Band.” The song was written by B.I from iKON and Song Min-ho from the group WINNER.

“Love Scenario” soared to the top of music charts immediately after its release, and has yet to let go of the No. 1 spot. The song remained at the top of various music sites for the entire month of February. iKON was also awarded the No. 1 song trophy on a music program eight times for “Love Scenario.” On the episode of SBS’s Inkigayo that aired on the 4th, “Love Scenario” kept its place at the top for the third week in a row. All eyes are on iKON now to see if they can continue their amazing success with “Rubber Band.”

MAMAMOO will be making their comeback nine months after the release of Purple – the group’s fifth mini album which came out in June 2017. On the 7th at 6:00 p.m., the group will be releasing their sixth mini album, Yellow Flower. MAMAMOO will also be presenting a showcase on the 7th at 5:00 p.m.

The title song “Starry Night” is MAMAMOO’s first stab at the electro house genre. According to the group, a distinct feature of the song is the lyrics that compare the longing for a loved one that has left to time and nature. Fans of K-pop will be watching to see what MAMAMOO has in store this time around, as the group has always been praised for its exceptional talent with each of its previous records.

Weekend TV drama ‘Live’ / Photograph = tvN

TV: Noh Hee-kyung’s New TV Drama ‘Live’, MBC’s Full-Scale Operation

The History channel is launching a new variety show titled History in the Bottle. A press conference to introduce the new program took place on the 5th.

The concept behind History in the Bottle is to introduce all the knowledge in the world about alcoholic drinks. The show’s cast travels around in search of Korea’s traditional liquor, and shares stories about the culture and history behind the beverages. Cast members include film director Jang Jin – the central member of the show –  spirits columnist Myung Wook, novelist Kim Jung-hyuk, actor Park Gun-hyung, and F.T. Island’s Choi Jong-hoon. The first episode will air on the 7th at 9:00 p.m.

The press conference for the new TV drama Live (written by Noh Hee-kyung, directed by Kim Gyu-tae) took place on the 6th at 2:00 p.m. The drama tells the story of police officers from the Hongil patrol division as they work to solve cases. The cast list includes a group of actors who are known for their solid acting skills such as Jung Yu-mi, Lee Kwang-soo, Bae Sung-woo, Bae Jong-ok, and Sung Dong-il. Expectations are high for Live as it is the newest title from screenwriter Noh Hee-kyung, who was also responsible for the highly acclaimed drama Dear My Friends. 

MBC will be holding a press conference on the 7th for its new variety show Omniscient Interfering View, which first aired as a pilot program over the Chuseok holiday last year. A press conference will also be held on the 8th for the new MBC Monday-Tuesday drama, The Great Seducer (written by Kim Bo-yeon, directed by Kang In and Lee Dong-hyun).

Omniscient Interfering View was finally unveiled to the public as a regular program on the 3rd.  The program captures the daily lives of celebrities with the help of the stars’ managers, who act as informants on the show. The cast includes entertainers such as Lee Young-ja, Jun Hyun-moo, Kim Saeng-min, Song Eun-yi, and Yang Se-hyeong.

The Great Seducer is about the dangerous and beautiful nature of love between a group of twenty-somethings. Starring rookie actors Woo Do-hwan, Park Soo-young, Moon Ga-young, and Kim Min-jae.

Cast of ‘Vanished Night’ (from left to right) Kim Kang-woo, Kim Hee-ae, Kim Sang-kyung / Photograph = Reporter Lee Seung-hyun @Ish87

Movies: New Films on the Horizon, ‘Vanished Night’ and ‘Wretches’ Collide

Snatch-Up (directed by Heo Jun-young), a film scheduled to be released next month, held a press conference on the 5th to introduce the film. With a cast list that includes Kim Moo-yeol, Park Hee-soon, Lee Gyeung-young, Jun Kwang-ryul, and Im Won-hee, Snatch-Up revolves around seven people in pursuit of a bag filled with money.

A press conference was held on the 6th for director Lee Byung-heon’s latest film Wind, Wind, Wind. The film’s cast – Lee Sung-min, Shin Ha-kyun, and Song Ji-hyo – were on hand to introduce the film. Wind, Wind, Wind is a comedy about what happens when the smooth-talking charmer Seok-geun (Lee Sung-min), his naive and timid brother-in-law Bong-soo (Shin Ha-kyun) and his wife Mi-young (Song Ji-hyo) meet an attractive woman named Jenny (Lee El). Scheduled to open in theaters on April 5.

The movie Cheese in the Trap (directed by Kim Jeyeong) will be holding a press screening on the 7th at 2:00 p.m. Based on the Korean webtoon of the same title, Cheese in the Trap is a story about the love between a mysterious character named Yoo-jung (Park Hae-jin) and a charming college girl named Hong-seol (Oh Yeon-seo). Opening in theaters on March 14.

Notebook From My Mother (directed by Kim Sung-ho) – scheduled to be released on the 15th – will first be unveiled to the press on the 9th. The movie highlights the life of Ae-ran, who has run a side dish shop for 20 years. The cast list for the movie includes Lee Ju-shil, Lee Jong-hyuk, Kim Sung-eun, and Lee Joon-hyuk.

Kim Hee-ae, Kim Sang-kyung, and Kim Kang-woo have come together to show off their chemistry in Vanished Night (directed by Lee Chang-hee). The film Wretches (directed by Kim Baek-joon), which received a restricted rating, deals with the topic of school violence. Vanished Night opens in theaters on the 7th, and Wretches will be released on the 8th. It will be interesting to see if any of these films will be able to overthrow The Princess and the Matchmaker (starring Lee Seung-gi and Shim Eun-kyung) from the top spot at the box office. 

Translated by Jennifer Earwood