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NEW K.ID IDOL CHART: EPEX, Stray Kids stays & BLACKPINK returns to the Top 3



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Here are the top 10 weekly idols on the K-pop channel NEW K.ID for the first week of July.


EPEX dominates this week’s NEW K.ID Idol Chart taking the #1 spot for two weeks in a row! This rookie group also celebrates hitting 30 million views on YouTube for their “Lock Down” music views. “Lock Down” is the title track of EPEX’s first album "Bipolar Pt.1 Prelude of Anxiety" and the music video received 10 million views in just three days of its release, 20 million views in eight days, and followed by 30 million views in 16 days. EPEX was also named the "Highly Anticipated Star of 2021" on SBS MTV's "THE SHOW,” just 15 days after their debut.


At #2 is Stray Kids, who has just released their new digital single “Mixtape : OH.” The new song portrays the innocent emotions a person goes when he or she falls in love. Three group members- 3RACHA Bang Chan, Changbin, and HAN, composed the lyrics adding even more to their charm. The song includes addictive melodies with reggaeton rhythms combined with the honesty and anguish of a person in love reflected in the rap and lyrics. "Mixtape: OH" is part of the "Mixtape Project" that Stray Kids have been producing since 2019. Through the project, Stray Kids tell the stories of lost and troubled people with their musical talents. This is their third installment, following the release of "Mixtape: Gone Days" in December 2019 and "Mixtape: On Track" released back in March 2020.


Next up at #3 is BLACKPINK. According to YG Entertainment, BLACKPINK's "How You Like That" music video exceeded 900 million views on YouTube on the 24th. This means that BLACKPINK now has a total of five videos with over 900 million views- "BOOMBAYAH", "ASIFIT'S YOUR LAST", "DDU-DU DDU-DU", and "Kill This Love". On the first day of release, the "How You Like That" music video hit 86.3 million views on the first day of its release, and was listed on Guinness World Records at the time as "the most views of YouTube videos in 24 hours."


BLACKPINK also announced the start of "4+1 PROJECT," which consists of a total of five events, to mark the fifth anniversary of the group’s debut in August. Fans are also looking forward to BLACKPINK’s other projects such as "BLACKPINK THE MOVIE" which is set to be globally released in more than 100 countries around the world.


At #4 is MONSTA X. MONSTA X’s agency KINGKONG by STARSHIP confirmed that Hyungwon will appear as "Han Yo-han" in the web drama "Again, Fly." The web drama is a K-pop musical drama about the love and dreams of the students attending an arts high school. The character Han Yo-han, portrayed by HYUNGWON, always wanted to become a world-class dancer since he was a child, but gave up his childhood dreams due to an unexpected accident. However, by fate he discovers his newfound dream of becoming an idol. MONSTA X’s Hyungwon will not only be flaunting his acting skills, but also his dancing and musical abilities.

Following in at #5 is TOMORROW X TOGETHER. On June 25th, the 4th generation idol group released its digital single "0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)” featuring pH-1, Woodie Gochild, Seori (Zero by One Love Song). The newly released song is a remix of the song released on the group's latest album. By featuring pH-1, Woodie Gochild, Seori, the remix brings a different vibe to the love song. The lyrics written bypH-1 and Woodie Gochild about love intermixed with the play on words with TXT’s name is fun and interesting.



Coming in at #6 is GHOST9. The group has wrapped up their special concert “THE PORTAL.” The concert is part of "KCON World Premiere," which introduces promising K-pop artists to viewers around the world. The rookie idol group GHOST9 opened the concert with the title track "Think of Dawn" from its debut album "PRE EPISODE 1: DOOR" and then performed a powerful performance through their “Reborn" performance. GHOST9, which released four albums within nine months of its debut, selected a total of 13 songs and spent 75 minutes with global fans.

Following up at #7 is ONF. The group is set to perform in the “2021 Together Again, K-Pop Concert” hosted by KEMA and Arirang TV on July 17th. Also set to perform is NCT Dream, Oh My Girl, Brave Girls, Kim Tae Woo, Baek Ji Young, BTOB, AB6IX, CIX, Kim Jae Hwan, and Momoland.

BLITZERS takes the #8 spot. And right behind is THE BOYZ at #9. THE BOYZ member Eric released his first self-composed song “SOMEWHERE.” The song contains reflects the worries and concerns about the future and is now available on THE BOYZ's official channel on Soundcloud. And finally, at the #10 spot this week is BVNDIT.


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