Six members of the popular K-pop boy band Beast pose in this preleased image, ahead of the release of its mini-album due for June 16. / Courtesy of Cube Entertainment
■ The popular K-pop boy band Beast has released seven songs on Facebook, with the actual mini-album set to be released on June 16.
The album was produced by the group's leader, Yong Joon-hyung, with help from the other five members. The group hit local music charts last year with such hit songs as "Shadow."
For this album, Yong co-wrote the music for the title track "Good Luck," in which Yoseob features his vocal abilities. Lee Gi-kwang wrote the music and the lyrics for the song "History." The album offers a diverse mix of genres including ballads, electronic dance music and rhythm and blues.
■ JYP artists will perform in three Asian cities, starting with Seoul in August. The artists — including the groups 2PM, miss A and 2AM and female singers Sunmi and Baek Ah-Yeon — will grace the stage at Jamsil Stadium Aug. 9-10. Then, they move on to the Asia World Arena in Hong Kong on Aug. 30.
The JYP tour will be stop at Tokyo's Yoyogi National Stadium Sept. 5-7._Meanwhile, The rookie K-pop group "Got7" will release its second album on June 23, JYP Entertainment said.
Before the release of its new album, the group will hold a showcase with fans at AX KOREA in Gwangjin-gu, northeastern Seoul. However, only fans that are members of the fan club "GOT7" may attend.
Taeyang in this preleased teaser image for his solo album "RISE"
■ K-pop star Taeyang's new album "RISE" is topping the local charts. The studio album by the Big Bang member contains nine songs, including "Eyes, Nose, Lips." It is his first album release since "Solar" in 2010. On June 3, "Eyes, Nose, Lips" hit the number-one spot on Korea's Billboard Top 100, and other music sites such as Melon, Naver Music and Bugs. His other songs, which include "Stay With me," and "One O'Clock in the Morning" also reached the top 10. "Eyes, Nose, Lips" is a song that focuses more on vocal emotion rather than performance.
■ Actor/singer Kim Hyun-Joong met with fans in Japan last week as his drama "Inspiring Generation" began airing there. Kim left for Japan May 30 to promote the drama. About 1,000 fans greeted Kim at the airport. The next day, he met with 10,000 fans at the Pacifico Hall, located at Yokohama National University. Joining the meeting was Im Soo-hyang, who co-stars in the drama. Kim thanked the fans for their support.
He said a lot of planning and effort went into "Inspiring Generation." Kim has been praised by the media for his performance in the drama, which was aired previously on KBS. The first episode of "Inspiring Generation" will be partially aired at 11:30 p.m. on July 6. The drama will be fully broadcast on Japan's DATV at 10 p.m. on Aug. 9.