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Roundtable: The Summer of 2017
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Roundtable: The Summer of 2017

Summer releases are always a highlight in K-pop. The companies go an extra mile with the music videos, girl groups dominate, and more often than not, the schedule is so jampacked that several artists dominate the charts for a week or two before another comes in to take the top spot. This summer has been eventful in K-pop from the scandals, the myriad of releases, groups celebrating their anniversaries, and groups both debuting, disbanding and members leaving groups.

For this edition for the Roundtable, we reminisce on the hot summer that is coming to a close just as the soft breeze of autumn promises to come. We ask the writers: what was your favorite summer release of 2017? Which song in particular dominated the summer?

EXO Confirms Summer Comeback Plans
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EXO Confirms Summer Comeback Plans

Previous reports stated that EXO is planning on releasing a new album in mid-July. The report claimed that the group has already confirmed their title track and are currently practicing the choreography for it. Furthermore, it stated that EXO will be filming their new music video next week.

More details about their comeback title track were revealed as well. A source said, The title track is already out. Its a song that agency representatives will be pleased with. During the hottest part of summer a lot of people say Its so hot. Hot is a hint for the new song. Thus many fans are speculating that the new title track will be titled The War as it sounds similar to how hot sounds in Korean.

Psy to return to the stage for 'SUMMER SWAG' concert after five long years!
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Psy to return to the stage for 'SUMMER SWAG' concert after five long years!

World star Psy will be holding a domestic summer concert after five long years!

On June 14, the singer made the official announcement via Twitter with ticket sales going live soon for '2017 Psy's SUMMER SWAG'.

SEE ALSO: Psy becomes first Asian artist to reach 10 million subscribers on YouTube and receive the Diamond award

Psy's legendary summer concert series held back in 2011 and 2012, remain unforgettable to those who attended, as well as those who heard about the shows through the grapevine. 

Roundtable: Oops! Jackson Did It Again
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Roundtable: Oops! Jackson Did It Again

Pepsi seems to be making all the bad advertising decisions although this time, involving GOT7’s Jackson. After a picture of Jackson wearing locks for a Pepsi advertisement was leaked, international fans were either in a rage over another instance of cultural appropriation, or angrily sighing over the fact that there was yet another case of cultural appropriation. Not willing to let it run its course, Jackson added fuel to the fire by saying that the cultural appropriation allegations were ‘ridiculous,’ that he ‘respect[s] and love[s] all race[s]’ and that he isn’t the only one doing it, finishing it off with a ‘haters gon hate.’

Dongwan updates fans on his knee injury ahead of Shinhwa's summer concert
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Dongwan updates fans on his knee injury ahead of Shinhwa's summer concert

Shinhwa's Dongwan updated fans on his knee injury, which he suffered back in February of this year.

He took to his official Facebook to post a set of handwritten letters, saying, "I've taken up a pen to deliver sorry news. Last winter, I slipped on a rainy day and injured my knee. I had hoped to be healed in time for this concert, but I'm still at a stage where I have to be careful."

Dongwan continued, "Unfortunately, I will have to miss out on the choreography for a few songs during the June concert. More specifically, I've torn myposterior cruciate ligament(PCL). Currently, my condition is positive, but nothing is for certain until my re-examination."