NCT 127 Drops New Album ‘2 Baddies’: Stream It Now

NCT 127 unveiled their new album 2 Baddies on Friday (September 16) via SM Entertainment.

The 12-track collection is the K-pop group’s first full-length studio set since 2020’s Sticker: The Third Album (which was repackaged last October as Favorite) and contains tracks like “Faster,” “Time Lapse,” “불시착 (Crash Landing)” and album closer “1, 2, 7 (Time Stops).”

While the nine-piece act hasn’t shared a single from the project yet, they have hinted at its concept and aesthetic with teaser videos filled with sleek luxury sports cars — just like the one that appears on the album’s birds-eye cover shot featuring all nine members. The album’s sound, meanwhile, shows off the idols’ eclectic versatility as they run through R&B, pop, electronic dance and hip-hop-leaning sounds.

To support 2 Baddies, Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, and Haechan will be treating fans in Los Angeles and New York City to a pair of bicoastal concerts on, respectively, October 6 and 13.

Sticker, which dropped almost exactly one year ago on September 17, 2021, earned the boy band a career high on the Billboard 200 when it peaked at No. 3 before spending 17 weeks on the chart. The album also completed the group’s hat trick of No. 1s on the Top Album Sales Chart following 2019’s We Are Superhuman and 2020’s Neo Zone also reaching the apex.

In between albums, Jaehyun made use of NCT’s new “NCT LAB” initiative to release his debut solo single “Forever Only.”

Stream NCT 127’s new album 2 Baddies in full below.

BLACKPINK’s Second Album ‘Born Pink’ Has Arrived: Stream It Now

Blinks, the wait is finally over. After several months of teasers, tour announcements and tantalizing campaigns, BLACKPINK‘s highly anticipated second album, Born Pink, officially arrived on streaming on Friday (Sept. 16).

In addition to the album, fans were also treated to the vibrant, neon-colored visual to accompany “Shut Down,” the lead single (also known as the “title track”) from Born Pink at the stroke of midnight.

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Though Born Pink is mere hours into its infancy, BLACKPINK’s previous Billboard successes provide some indication on how the album may fare on the charts. “Pink Venom,” the first taste fans got of the album, netted the four piece its second-highest charting song on the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at No. 22 on the Sept. 3-dated chart. (“Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez, which appeared on BLACKPINK’s The Album, peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 2020.)

Meanwhile, The Album was a major win for BLACKPINK. The group — which consists of members Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa and Rosé — peaked at No. 2 with the record on the Billboard 200, where it stayed for a total of 26 weeks. Album cuts “How You Like That” and “Kill This Love” charted at Nos. 33 and 41 respectively on the Hot 100 chart.

Up next for the K-pop stars is the Born Pink World Tour. Starting in October, the four piece will make stops in South Korea, North America, Europe and Australia, singing tracks from the new Born Pink album as well as beloved hits from their previous EPs and solo endeavors.

Listen to Born Pink below.

Chrissy Teigen Reveals She Had an Abortion to ‘Save My Life for a Baby That Had Absolutely No Chance’

Chrissy Teigen confessed Thursday that the miscarriage she said she had two years ago was actually an abortion — which came as a surprise to her.

Teigen and husband John Legend had revealed that in September 2020 they lost their son Jack at 20 weeks as a result of a pregnancy complication. At the time, they said it was a miscarriage.

Speaking at social impact agency Propper Daley’s “A Day of Unreasonable Conversation” summit, which was held Thursday (Sept. 15), Teigen said the revelation that it was in fact an abortion came as a shock to her.

“Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John and my third child, I had to make a lot of difficult and heartbreaking decisions. It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn’t either without any medical intervention,” she said.

Teigen, who shares Luna, 6, and Miles, 4, with Legend and is currently pregnant, noted she had great medical care and loving friends and family supporting her. She was also grateful for strangers who showed their support after the couple went public with the news.

She went on, discussing her miscarriage, before stopping herself. “Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion,” the star said. “An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never, ever put that together until, actually, a few months ago.”

Teigen said she came to the realization after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this summer. She expressed to Legend that she felt sympathy toward people who have an abortion and the circumstances they had to go through and the emotional decision “they” had to make, when Legend made her realize that she was in fact one of those people.

“I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn’t made sense of it that way,” Teigen shared. “I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage. And I became really frustrated that I didn’t, in the first place, say what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to actually understand that we had had an abortion.”

Teigen was doing a talk called “We Made That Choice.” The invite-only event — produced in collaboration with culture change agency Invisible Hand, with The Hollywood Reporter as a media partner — took place at Beverly Hills’ The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, and featured a full day of programming designed to unite television writers, producers and executives with cultural changemakers.

The day’s multiple conversations spanned intellectual humility, mental health, social and economic division, criminal justice, reproductive rights, climate change, responsible tech and more, which are intended to influence future onscreen storylines and help maintain authenticity in narratives seen on screen.

Kirsten Chuba contributed to this report.

iKON’s DK Talks Making His Runway Debut, Solo Music at New York Fashion Week: Exclusive

South Korea was fully represented for the upcoming 2023 spring/summer season at New York Fashion Week this year. Not only did the Concept Korea SS23 show spotlight three emerging Korean designers UL:KIN, BESFXXK and CAHIERS, but it highlighted additional areas of K-culture throughout the evening showing.

For the Tuesday evening (Sept. 13) show, Min, the singer-actress and former member of chart-topping girl group miss A, was in attendance at the show alongside cast mates Abraham Lim and Patrick Park all in the midst of rehearsal for KPOP, the forthcoming Broadway musical about the music scene.

Meanwhile, Stylists and representatives who work behind the scenes with top K-pop and K-drama talent were seated among NYFW guests. The show had an additional star power boost in the model lineup, with DK of iKON making his runway debut during UL:KIN’s presentation.

The K-pop boy band member (full name Kim Donghyuk) delivered two looks through the show, which showcased eco-friendly UL:KIN’s spotlight on material used in “magnet fishing,” which sifts garbage and debris out of waters, in their creations. For his first look, DK rocked a fisherman-inspired sport coat accentuating his sculpted physique and UL:KIN’s focus on upcycling before he stomped down the catwalk in a leather overcoat with fishnet overlay and pants that resembled a magnet fishing line.

Minutes after making his final turn during UL:KIN’s finale, Billboard caught up with an elated DK backstage at Spring Studios in Tribeca. Visibly ecstatic after his first walk, and as he got touch-ups at his hotel before heading to The Daily’s rooftop afterparty at RT60 at the Hard Rock Hotel, DK opened up about seeing a “dream” come true at the show and previewed new music.

As the likes of TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney and fashion model Coco Rocha celebrated Concept Korea at the afterparty, the singer-songwriter-producer closed his first fashion experience from a reserved table, making sure to shout out his fans — iKON’s iKONICs — even taking time to snap a pic with one who spotted him getting into his private car home after his long, eventful day. Read more with DK below.

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Kim Donghyuk walks the runway for ULKIN during the Concept Korea Spring/Summer 2023 fashion show during September 2022 New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery at Spring Studios on Sept. 13, 2022 in New York City.

Billboard: You just made your runway debut at New York Fashion Week. How are you feeling?

DK: It’s an amazing experience and I’m really honored to be here. I really want to say thank you to UL:KIN, to you and everyone for coming out. I’m so happy; this is my first time doing any kind of walking or runway. This is my dream to come do New York Fashion Week. I really just wanted to come to just take in all things fashion, but now I’ve debuted on the runway. I met a lot of people here and I learned a lot about fashion in general. I’m never going to forget this moment in my life.

What did you learn?

I learned more about the fashion world overall, but mostly how all people really have all different styles, they have their own color, they have different ways of thinking. When I go back to Korea, I want to study and take in more fashion knowledge so I can gain more and more of it.

Are modeling and fashion significant interests of yours?

Absolutely. I love fashion. I have a lot of model friends, they’re awesome, they’re really cool. I’m very happy to know more about their world and their real experience. I asked them for advice and how to just, you know, walk like others models. One of them said, “You’re not a model,” he said. “You’re a singer! Just walk in your own style confidently and show everyone who DK is.”

What other preparations went into this?

Well, I’m on a diet. [Laughs] And I watched a lot of videos of past runway shows and tried to imagine myself in them. I spent two days practicing walking in my house.

As someone from Korea working with a Korean brand, does it feel special to be that representation at an event like this?

Even though there are many great celebrities and models from Korea, I would like to thank UL:KIN for inviting me to the show and I want to share what I experienced today and throughout the whole project with the people of Korea. I’m looking forward to being invited to more and more shows in New York. [Laughs] I’ll be there for you for all seasons.

Were your iKON band members excited?

Oh yeah, I told my members and they’re like, “Oh you’re going to do well, let’s go DK!” These days I really talk a lot with Jay, he’s like an older brother, but he said, “You’re too small to be a model.” And I was like, “C’mon, bro!” [Laughing] He was just joking. He always talks with me and gives me uplifting messages. When I got down to New York, he checked in like, “You OK? How do you feel? Everything’s good? You’re going to do great.” Really supportive.

Do you think any of the other members would make good models?

We have June and Chan; they’re both really tall. Especially Chan, his physicality is perfect for a model. I only just debuted, so I can’t have any real thoughts or tips yet!

Who are some of your favorite brands?

I have a lot of favorite brands, especially UL:KIN. I love streetwear. But these days I’m really looking at Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Chanel—those are my favorites.

iKON last performed in New York in 2019 after your SXSW performance. How is it coming back?

I was really so excited to come here. This time, I walked a lot. We walked around Wall Street, Battery Park, we walked down Fifth Avenue, and passed by Rockefeller Center. I really felt like, “Wow, I really love this city.” New York and Seoul are similar, but New York is really big—I just love the buildings, the people walking, the whole feeling and vibe. All our members want to come to New York. Jay even replied on my Instagram saying, “I envy you.”

What else is coming with iKON?

These days, the members are focusing on their own schedules. Some of the members are preparing their solo albums, some of the guys are preparing to film in [TV] dramas or a movie. Everybody’s doing their own thing so I think our fans will love it. I hope they like it.

Are you working on music?

I’m still working on my solo album and my members’ solo albums. It’s not collaborations or features I’m producing them—well, I’m trying to, but I’m not sure [if the songs will be chosen].

What’s the sound of your solo music?

Well, there are a lot of great, really talented artists, but I’m trying to cover all genres. When you hear my music, you’re going feel very comforted. These days in Korea, there are a lot of people in the R&B world that I really love like DEAN and Crush. And I’m still a big fan of Chris Brown and Tory Lanez. Now, I’m doing production, writing songs, and trying to jump into the fashion thing. So, please, everybody, look out for me. I’ll always do my best.

Anything else you want to add?

Please make sure this is included: I love our fans, our iKONICs, I really miss them. And I hope to see them soon.

Mystikal to Be Arraigned on Rape Charges

The Grammy-nominated hip-hop performer Mystikal is scheduled for arraignment on charges accusing him of raping and choking a woman, and illegally possessing drugs at his Louisiana home.

Charges the performer will face during his arraignment Monday will include first-degree rape, which carries an automatic life sentence if Tyler is convicted.

“My client is innocent of all charges,” attorney Joel Pearce said in a text message Thursday. He said the rapper, whose given name is Michael Tyler, had a court order to protect him from the woman, and he is “the true victim.”

Pearce said he hopes he will be allowed to present evidence supporting bond for Tyler, who has been held without bond since the end of July. A judge denied bond on Aug. 4, but Pearce, who did not then represent the performer, said it was not a full bond hearing that would take evidence in Tyler’s favor.

Tyler was arrested July 31 on charges accusing him of choking and raping the woman at his home in Prairieville, an Ascension Parish community of about 33,000 near Baton Rouge.

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A news release Wednesday from the district attorney’s office said Tyler was indicted last week on 10 counts including rape, domestic abuse battery by strangulation and false imprisonment. Investigators who searched his home found “evidence to corroborate the victim’s account of the rape along with a variety of illegal narcotics,” the statement said.

An Ascension Parish grand jury brought the charges in two indictments handed up Sept. 6, The Advocate reported.

District Attorney Ricky Babin said in an email that because they are part of an ongoing criminal matter, the indictments are not public records under state law.

Pearce represented Tyler on rape and kidnapping charges that prosecutors in northwest Louisiana dropped in December 2020. Those charges, brought in 2017, had kept him jailed nearly 18 months before he was released on $3 million bond.

Mystikal told The Associated Press in April 2021 that he now is proud of lyrics he can imagine rapping to God.

His 2000 hit “Shake (It Fast) earned a 2001 Grammy nomination for best rap solo. In 2003, his Tarantula was nominated for best rap album and the single “Bouncin’ Back” for best male rap solo.

He pleaded guilty to sexual battery later in 2003. He served six years in prison.

J Balvin Debuts Air Jordan 2 Collab: Where to Buy the Sold-Out Sneakers Online

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J Balvin’s latest Nike collaboration sold out within hours of being released on the Nike SNKR app. The shoe collab debuted Thursday (Sept. 15) in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Balvin’s shoe offers a fresh take on the classic 1986 design. It features a celestine blue colorway with cloud graphics along the heel, collar and insole, and puffed-up panels on the upper ankle, with premium materials and air cushioning designed to keep your feet comfortable.

Rainbow stitching adds subtle pops of color to the dreamy shoe, which is accented with Balvin’s signature smiley face on the back and a glow-in-the dark tongue logo.

Although Balvin is known for his unique style, there’s a deeper meaning to the design aesthetic.

“Everything I do has to tell a story,” he explained in an interview with Complex. “I talked to Nike about how I wanted to reflect my mental health journey in a creative way. We discussed how I had to overcome walking through dark moments to find the light. That’s where we came up with the concept for this sneaker. I wanted it to be reflective of how you jump towards the light and your dreams and elevate yourself to get through the dark situations in life.”

The J Balvin x Air Jordan 2 retails for $300 in adult sizes, $100 for kids, and $80 for toddlers. All three sizes are sold out at Nike, but like with any limited drop, you can usually find the shoes on resale sites such as StockX, Fight Club, GOAT, and Grailed.

When shopping on resell sites, you should expect to pay a bit more than the regular retail price, especially for a limited releases like J Balvin’s Air Jordan 2’s. The pair listed below are among the cheapest online at $362, but the price could go up depending on availability.

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