NowKPop International KPop Media Frontier Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:53:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 85292321 BLACKPINK’s Jennie goes ‘SOLO’ for her solo debut! Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:42:52 +0000

BLACKPINK’s Jennie just dropped her ‘SOLO’ M/V, making her solo debut and is looking stunning in the M/V!

This hip hop track is about someone walking out a relationship, leaving behind the lingering feeligns of an ended relationship, ‘going solo’! The song starts slowly, with an ‘innocent and delicate’ feel, then progressively gets strong and more aggressive, showing the contrast and change of a person’s mentality as one sees through the reality of a relationship that has ended!

Have you watched Jennie’s ‘SOLO’ M/V yet?

Stay tuned to NowKPop for more Jennie updates!

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IZ*ONE first win with ‘La Vie en Rose’ on MCountdown! Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:14:17 +0000 IZ*ONE grabs their first win with ‘La Vie en Rose’ on MCountdown (181108)!  IZ*ONE won with 10,884 points, exceeding MonstaX which was ranked second by 7000 points!

Leader Kwon Eun Bi  thanked their fans and the National Producers (voters of Producers 48) for the award! She also expressed her gratitude to everyone who has helped produced their album! Japanese member, Sakura also said that she will promise to work hard to express her gratitude to their fans!

Congratulations to IZ*ONE for their great success !

Their stage on MCountdown is stunning so remember to check it out !!!

Stay tuned to NowKPop for more IZ*ONE updates!!!

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IZ*ONE Profile Mon, 05 Nov 2018 14:35:06 +0000   (Back Row – from Left to Right : Yu Jin, Hye Won, Hitomi, Ye Na, Chae Yeon, Min Ju                             Front Row – from left to right : Chae Won, Yu Ri, Won Young, Sakura, Nako, Eun Bi)

IZ*ONE  (아이즈원 /アイズワン) is a girl-group formed by the 12 winners of Produce 48, the third season of Produce 101. IZ*ONE is a Korean-Japanese girl group with members from Japan’s AKB48 and affiliated groups as well as trainers from South Korea. The members of IZ*ONE are Jang Won Young, Miyawaki Sakura, Jo Yu Ri, Choi Ye Na, Ahn Yu Jin, Yabuki Nako, Kwon Eunbi, Kang Hyewon, Honda Hitomi, Kim Chaewon, Kim Minjoo, and Lee Chaeyeon. IZ*ONE will be promoting for two and a half years before the members are permanently returning back to their respective companies and groups. 

The official name for IZ*ONE fans will be WIZ*ONE (announced on 29th October 2018), standing for WIZARD. The meaning behind is for fans to enjoy the magical journey (WIZ short for Wizard) of IZ*ONE together as ONE!

Due to the unique combination of Japanese and Korean artists, the group will be managed by Off The Record Entertainment in Korea and AKS (AKB48’s company) in Japan.

Official Links :

Youtube: Official IZ*ONE  
vLive: IZ*ONE

SNS Accounts :

Instagram: @official_izone
Twitter: @official_izone
Facebook: official.izone
Weibo: Official IZ*ONE
Fan cafe: official-izone


Birth Name: Kwon Eunbi (권은비)

Stage Name: Eun Bi (은비)

Position: Leader, Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer 

Produce 48 : 7th Place

Birthday: September 27th, 1995

Zodiac: Libra

Height: 160 cm 

Weight: 46 kg

Blood Type: A

Hobby(ies): Running, Shopping 

Speciality(ies): Guitar, Dancing, Impersonations, Art

Official Colour: Purple


  • Debuted in the group Ye-A with her stage name being ‘Kazoo’ (2014-2015)
  • Her looks resembles Red Velvet’s Irene
  • Featured in Infinite’s Dongwoo’s ‘Embedded in mind’ M/V 
  • Fan of IU
  • Named as the ‘Mom’ of IZ*ONE

Company: Woolim Entertainment

Birth Name: Miyawaki Sakura (宮脇 咲良) (みやわき さくら) (미야와키 사쿠라)

Stage Name: Stage Name: Sakura (咲良) (さくら) (사쿠라)

Position: Visual, Vocalist

Produce 48: 2nd Place

Birthday: March 19th, 1998

Birthplace: Kogashima City, Japan

Zodiac: Pisces

Height: 163 cm 

Weight: 46 kg

Blood Type: A

Hobby(ies): Reading, Movies, Acting

Speciality(ies): Able to sleep anywhere, 

Official Colour: Pastel Pink


  • She is in Kami7, the group of the 7 most popular members from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, NGT48 and STU48
  • She is a fan of Irene from Red Velvet and a Reveluv
  • First center of Produce 48
  • Loves to drink green tea latte

Original Group: HKT48, AKB 48 

Personal SNS accounts: 

Youtube: Sakura’s gaming channel
Instagram: @39saku_chan
Twitter: @39saku_chan
Weibo: Sakura
7Gogo: miyawaki-sakura

Company: EMI Records 

Birth Name: Kang Hyewon (강혜원)

Stage Name: Hye Won (혜원)

Position: Lead Rapper, Vocalist 

Produce 48 : 8th Place

Birthday: July 5th, 1999

Zodiac: Cancer

Height: 163 cm 

Weight: 43 kg

Blood Type: B

Hobby(ies): Anime, Cartoons and Drama

Speciality(ies): Guitar, Piano 

Official Colour: Coral 


  • Nicknamed the Innocent Rapper for her pure and innocent looks
  • Attends the same school as member Yena
  • Her dog is named Zeze
  • Almost made her debut in DAYDAY and TheArk

Company: 8D Creative 

Birth Name: Choi Yena (최예나)

Stage Name: Ye Na (예나)

Position: Main Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist 

Produce 48 : 4th Place

Birthday: September 29th, 1999

Zodiac: Cancer

Height: 163 cm 

Weight: 45 kg

Blood Type: A

Hobby(ies): Reading Comic Books and Watching Movies alone

Speciality(ies): Games and claw machines

Official Colour: Yellow


  • Happy Virus of IZ*ONE
  • Her older brother is the former member of SPEED, Choi Sungmin
  • She attends the same school as fellow member Hye Won 
  • Fan of SISTAR’s Bora

Company: Yuehua Entertainment 

Birth Name: Lee Chaeyeon (이채연)

Stage Name: Chae Yeon (채연)

Position: Main Dancer,  Vocalist 

Produce 48 : 12th Place

Birthday: January 11th, 2000

Zodiac: Capricorn

Height: 163 cm 

Weight: 45 kg

Blood Type: A

Hobby(ies): Reading Comic Books and Watching Movies alone

Speciality(ies): Choreography

Official Colour: Mint Blue 


  • She participated in SIXTEEN (TWICE were the winners)
  • Her younger sister, Chae Yeong also participated in SIXTEEN
  • Her dog is named Chaeri (seems like Chae runs in her family ) 
  • She speaks Japanese
  • Closest to Sakura in IZ*ONE
  • Friends with TWICE members (from SIXTEEN), fromis_9’s Jiwon and Wanna One’s Daehwi
  • Named as the ‘Father’ of IZ*ONE

Company: WM Entertainment 

Birth Name: Kim Chaewon (김채원)

Stage Name: Chae Won (채원)

Position: Lead Vocalist 

Produce 48 : 10th Place

Birthday: August 1st, 2000

Zodiac: Leo

Height: 163 cm 

Weight: 42 kg

Blood Type: B

Hobby(ies): Watching Movies and Choreography videos, eating and listening to ballads

Speciality(ies): Singing, Dancing and eating spicy foods

Official Colour: Mint Green


  • Nicknamed ‘Angel ‘ and ‘Fairy’  Chae Won
  • Featured in Golden Child’s ‘Let Me’ M/V
  • Fan of  Taeyeon from SNSD 

Company: Woolim Entertainment 

Birth Name: Kim Minjoo (김민주)

Stage Name: Min Ju (민주)

Position: Visual, Vocalist 

Produce 48 : 11th Place

Birthday: February 5th, 2001

Zodiac: Aquarius 

Height: 165 cm 

Weight: 45 kg

Blood Type: AB

Hobby(ies): Walking, Photography, Watching Sitcoms and going to Amusement Parks

Speciality(ies): Guitar and imitating faces of animals

Official Colour: White


  • Nicknamed ‘Min Min’ (by Kriesha Chu) and Pepe (the green frog in the meme)
  • She attends the Seoul School for Performing Arts (SOPA)
  • Featured in Krisha Chu’s ‘Fallen Star’ M/V
  • Fan of Harry Potter

Company: Urban Works 


Birth Name: Yabuki Nako (矢吹奈子) (やぶき なこ) (야부키 나코)

Stage Name: Nako (奈子) (なこ) (나코)

Position: Vocalist

Produce 48: 6th Place

Birthday: June 18th, 2001

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Zodiac: Gemini 

Height: 150 cm (shortest in IZ*ONE XD) 

Weight: 40 kg

Blood Type: Unknown 

Hobby(ies): Eating Choco Pie and sweet food

Speciality(ies): Ballet, Fast Braiding, 

Official Colour: Sky Blue 


  • Shortest participant of Produce 48
  • Afraid of heights
  • Best in Korean out of all Japanese members in IZ*ONE
  • Went from Rank F to A in Produce 48
  • Fan of Jihyo of TWICE
  • Got her cute dimples from her mother

Original Group: HKT48

Personal SNS accounts: 

Instagram: @75_yabuki
Twitter: @nako_yabuki_75
Google+: Yabuki Nako
7Gogo: @yabuki-nako

Company: EMI Records 

Birth Name: Honda Hitomi (本田仁美) (ほんだ ひとみ) (혼다 히토미)

Stage Name: Hitomi (仁美) (ひとみ) (히토미)

Position: Libra

Produce 48: 9th Place

Birthday: October 6th, 2001

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Zodiac: Gemini 

Height: 158 cm 

Weight: 44.4 kg

Blood Type: A

Hobby(ies): Watching cooking videos

Speciality(ies): Basketball, Composing Song

Official Colour: Peach


  • Nicknamed: ‘Strawberry Princess’, ‘Hyi-Chan’ and Bang Hitomi (Break Hitomi)
  • Can do backflips as she was a cheerleader in elementary school 
  • Loves eating strawberries

Original Group: AKB48 Team 8

Personal SNS accounts: 

Instagram: @10_hitomi_06
Twitter: @hnd_htm__1006
7Gogo: @honda-hitomi

Company: King Records

Birth Name: Jo Yuri (조유리)

Stage Name: Yu Ri (유리)

 Position: Main Vocalist 

Produce 48 : 3rd Place

Birthday: October 22nd, 2001

Zodiac: Libra

Height: 160 cm 

Weight: 45 kg

Blood Type: AB

Hobby(ies):  Singing, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums 

Speciality(ies): Singing, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums 

Official Colour: Mint Green


  • She is from Busan, Korea
  • Joined Idol School (another survival programme)
  • Close to all fromis_9 members
  • She resembles former I.O.I member and Weki Meki member Choi Yoojung

Personal SNS : 

Instagram: @zo_glass 

Company: Stone Music Entertainment 

Birth Name: Ahn Yujin (안유진)

Stage Name: Yu Jin (유진)

 Position: Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer

Produce 48 : 5th Place

Birthday: October 22nd, 2001

Zodiac: Virgo

Height: 168.6 cm 

Weight: 48 kg

Blood Type: A

Hobby(ies):  Singing, Guitar, Keyboard, Drums 

Speciality(ies): Shopping in Gangnam 

Official Colour: Blue 


  • ‘Vitamin’ of IZ*ONE
  • She appeared in a CF prior joining Produce 48
  • Featured in Soyou & Baekyun‘s “Rain” M/V, Jeong Sewoon‘s “Just U” MV, Ailee & Mad Clown’s “Thirst” M/V and Yoo Seungwoo & Sandeul’s “Oppa” M/V

Company: Starship Entertainment 

Birth Name: Jang Wonyoung (장원영)/ Chang Yuanying (張元英)

Stage Name: Won Young (원영)/ Yuan Ying (元英)

 Position: Center, Maknae, Vocalist 

Produce 48 : 1st Place

Birthday: October 22nd, 2001

Zodiac: Virgo

Height: 169.2 cm (tallest in IZ*ONE)

Weight: 47 kg

Blood Type: O

Hobby(ies): Playing with her sister at home

Speciality(ies): English, Hip Hop 

Official Colour: Pink 


  • Nicknamed ‘Giant Baby’,  ‘Giant Maknae’, ‘Born to be Centre’
  • She is of Chinese / Taiwanese descent 
  • She speaks English
  • Featured in YDPP’s M/V
  • Complimented for her long legs 

Company: Starship Entertainment 

Music Videos:

La Vie en Rose : 

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TWICE makes a comeback with ‘Yes or Yes’! Mon, 05 Nov 2018 11:49:26 +0000

TWICE is back with ‘Yes or Yes’! This time TWICE returns with another Halloween theme, with the intro of the M/V involving the face warp that has been featured in the recent horror movie, ‘Truth or Dare’!

Once again, TWICE is able to bring us all a powerful and energetic dance track that which we all love!

For more TWICE comeback updates and news remember to follow us here at NowKPop!

Sana’s version of Truth or Dare’s Face Warp




Truth or Dare Face Warp

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[Musical Mondays] ‘Me After You’ by Paul Kim, a love song just in time for Fall Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:55:40 +0000

When the summer warmth starts to fade, the winter breeze lightly embraces our skin, we know that we have approached Fall. This summer, a lot of powerful, energetic tracks were released such as BLACKPINK’s ‘DDU DU DDU DU’ and TWICE’s ‘Dance the Night Away’, and it is now time for Paul Kim to give us a taste of Fall.

‘Me After You’ by Paul Kim captures the essence of a relationship and expresses it beautifully in this gentle ballad. The song brings us into the deeper feelings of love of a couple who has been together for a long time.

Paul Kim shows us that love is more complicated than what most see as just pure joy, as illustrated in many love songs like IZ*ONE’s ‘La Vie en Rose’ where everything is happy, rosy and bubbly. When listening to this song, the audience walks into a beautiful yet realistic love story and explores a journey of love with the feelings of joy, gratefulness and even the guilt of wanting to be better for one another through. Many people say that one matures through a relationship and this song is gracefully executed with Paul Kim being able to express the complexions of feelings and emotions through his soft yet powerful vocals which is well complimented by the precise instrumentals, illustrating the subtle changes that love does to a person. Indeed in reality, event the best relationships are definitely full of ups and downs, and the complicated mix of emotions is what makes love so hard to comprehend, with each relationship so different from one another.

If Summer marks the start of love, then Fall shall mark the maturity of love, which is definitely shown in Paul Kim’s ‘Me After You’

Have you listened to it yet? What are your comments on this song? Please do leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Check out our M/V review of IZ*ONE’s ‘La Vie en Rose’ which explores the pure happiness of love!

Learn about the phrase ‘La Vie en Rose’ and what implications of love it holds!

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Watch IZ*ONE’s dance practice for ‘La Vie en Rose’ Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:43:11 +0000

IZ*ONE is having a great debut, breaking multiple records, with ‘La Vie en Rose’! Besides ‘La Vie en Rose’ being a great song to listen to, the stunning choreography is defiantly one of the reasons why so many WIZ*ONEs are so crazy for their performances! The rose themed choreography with both delicate and powerful components really compliments the song and makes this performance super enticing to watch!

Since winning MNET’s survival programme, Produce 48, the 12 members of IZ*ONE must have worked hard to prepare for their perfect performances, so please do check out their dance practice and remember to continue supporting IZ*ONE!!!

Wanna know what ‘La Vie en Rose’ means? Click here to find out!

Click here to check out our M/V review of ‘La Vie en Rose’ !

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[Record Breaking] EXO makes an epic comeback with ‘Tempo’! Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:27:23 +0000

EXO-L’s have definitely been excited about EXO’s latest comeback with ‘Tempo’ and fifth studio album ‘Don’t mess with my Tempo’! The M/V has broken EXO’s previous first day view records, reaching over 17 million views in 24 hours (double the first day views of previous their comeback with ‘Ko Ko Bop’  racing over 8.8 million views) and as per the time this article is written, there views have racked up 21 million (48 hours).

Congratulations to EXO for such a successful comeback! EXO-Ls definitely helped make this impressive record happen!

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TWICE gives us a preview of ‘Yes or Yes’ in Knowing Brothers Sun, 04 Nov 2018 14:15:26 +0000

TWICE showed a small part of  ‘Yes or Yes’ during the latest episode of Knowing Brothers! The hosts of Knowing Brothers were all excited to be able to watch a live preview of TWICE’s new song ‘Yes or Yes’ and were surprised to only see such a small part of the new song. Seems like even the Knowing Brothers don’t get an exclusive full preview of ‘Yes or Yes’!

Are you excited for TWICE’s ‘Yes or Yes’? ‘Yes or Yes’ will be released on the 5th of November at 5pm KST, so remember to stay tuned to catch our M/V review and updates on TWICE’s comeback!

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[Breaking*] IZ*ONE’s ‘La Vie en Rose’ was sung by CLC in alleged leaked demo! Sun, 04 Nov 2018 13:51:03 +0000

A video has surfaced on the internet with dancers deciding to IZ*ONE’s debut song ‘La Vie en Rose’ and it is claimed that the demo version was allegedly sung by Cube’s girl group, CLC.

CLC members posing with Roses on their SNS accounts

Speculations are backed up with CLC members uploading short clips and pictures of roses on their SNS accounts, suggesting a comeback with a Rose related love song in May, and with CLC still not having a comeback since then, many speculate that CLC was originally set to make a comeback with ‘La Vie en Rose’. Youtuber, HYERL_0609 (Matt),is not just the uploader of the leaked demo, and has also made a video with line distributions of CLC members in the allegedly leaked CLC demo version of ‘La Vie en Rose’.

Furthermore, music producers and composers, MosPic (손영진) and Fredy, who have been composing songs for Cube artists G(I)-DLE, HYUNA, PENTAGON and CLC are seemingly involved in the production of IZ*ONE’s ‘La Vie en Rose’, once again, giving support to the claims of ‘La Vie en Rose’ originally being CLC’s comeback track.

Regardless how the history of this beautiful song, I’m sure everyone is glad that this song was eventually released to public for everyone to enjoy ! IZ*ONE is also achieving great records with this song, with the M/V being the most viewed debut M/V in KPop history! Since winning Produce 48, IZ*ONE members have worked hard in learning the choreography of ‘La Vie en Rose’!

Click here to check out IZ*ONE’s dance practice for ‘La Vie en Rose’!

If CLC did make comeback with ‘La Vie en Rose’, how did you think they will have performed this song differently from IZ*ONE? Please do leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

‘La Vie en Rose’ is actually the name of a really popular song with a lot of history which is also performed by Lady Gaga herself in the recent movie, ‘A Star is Born’. To learn more about the elegant history of this phrase and song, check out our article by clicking here. 

Also check out our M/V review of ‘La Vie en Rose’ here !



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IZ*ONE’s ‘La Vie en Rose’ debut stage on MBC! Sat, 03 Nov 2018 07:43:28 +0000

IZ*ONE has made a great start to their debut and promotions of ‘La Vie en Rose’. They have broken the history of being the most viewed KPop debut M/V in a day and also gained record breaking sales for most albums sold in a day!

Stay tuned to NowKPop for more IZ*ONE updates!!!!

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