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Blackpink becomes highest-charting K-pop act on Spotify’s Global Top 50

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June 29 (UPI) — Blackpink became the highest-charting K-pop group on Spotify’s main chart with “How You Like That,” the latest single from the group’s upcoming studio album, according to the group’s agency Monday.

“How You Like That,” the first of the four-piece act’s two pre-released singles from its first studio album scheduled to come out in September, ranked second on Spotify’s Global Top 50 as of Sunday, YG Entertainment said. The song was released on Friday.

The female quartet outpaced BTS to become the highest-charting K-pop act on the chart. BTS previously reached as high as No. 3 with “Boy With Luv.”

Blackpink previously ranked as high as No. 5 on the chart with “Kill This Love” last year. “How You Like That” also reached as high as eighth on Spotify’s U.S. Top 50 chart.

The music video for “How You Like That” also broke the record as the fastest music video to achieve more than 100 million views on YouTube, reaching the milestone 32 hours after its release.

Upon release, the song also took the No. 1 spot on iTunes charts in 60 countries and regions.

One of the biggest K-pop girl groups today, Blackpink of YG Entertainment landed a successful debut in 2016, storming multiple music charts back to back with its edgy hip-hop tracks, “Whistle” and “Boombayah.” Other hits include “Playing With Fire” and “Kill This Love.”



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Watch: GFriend teases ‘Apple’ video

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July 9 (UPI) — South Korean girl group GFriend is giving a glimpse of its new music video.

The K-pop stars shared a preview of their video for the song “Apple” on Thursday.

The teaser opens with a shot of Eunha lying on a bed of flowers. Eunha and the other members of GFriend are also shown posing in a dimly lit room with cathedral windows.

“Apple” is the title track from GFriend’s forthcoming EP, Song of the Sirens. The group will release the mini album and the full “Apple” music video July 13.

GFriend previously shared a highlight medley and teaser photos for Song of the Sirens. The EP also features the songs “Time of the Snow,” “Mirror Room,” “Tarot Cards,” “Crème Brûlée” and “North Stairs.”

GFriend released an official schedule for Song of the Sirens in June.

GFriend also consists of Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB and Umji. The group most recently released the mini album Labyrinth in February.



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Tiger Woods docuseries coming to HBO in December

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July 9 (UPI) — A new docuseries about professional golfer Tiger Woods is coming to HBO in December.

The network announced in a press release Thursday that Tiger, a two-part series about Woods, will premiere Dec. 13. Part two will air Dec. 20.

Tiger is produced by HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions. The series follows “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods, 44, who won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters Tournament.

The series is directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) and Matthew Hamachek (Amanda Knox). Alex Gibney will executive produce with Sam Pollard, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict.

Tiger is based on Keteyian and Benedict’s book Tiger Woods. The series features never-before-seen footage and new interviews, including with Woods’ former caddy, Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo, Woods’ ex-partner Dina Parr, and Rachel Uchitel, one of Woods’ alleged former mistresses.

“Few global icons are more visible and less understand than Tiger Woods,” HBO Sports EVP Peter Nelson said. “His prodigy came with painstaking sacrifice; his perfected athleticism immobilized him in agony before the age of 40; his self-made fame enabled a self-destructive world of secrecy; and his redemptive reemergence posed as many questions as it answered — not only about one of the greatest sportsmen ever to live, but also the greater American society that engulfed him.”

Heineman and Hamachek said their goal with the docuseries was “to dive deeper and create an unflinching and intimate portrait of a man, who like all of us, is imperfect and inherently human.”

Tiger will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Woods will compete at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, next week, his first PGA Tour tournament since the season was suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He will also appear in a virtual version of the British Open, titled The Open for the Ages, that will air July 16 to 19. The special imagines a battle between Woods and Jack Nicklaus in their prime.



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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera presumed dead by drowning, sheriff’s official says

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July 9 (UPI) — Efforts to locate actor Naya Rivera at a Southern California lake have switched from a rescue to a recovery operation, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Ventura County sheriff’s deputy Chris Dyer told NBC News that officials believe Rivera died.

“We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake,” he said.

Rivera, 33, went missing Wednesday afternoon after renting a boat and taking it out onto Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son.

Search efforts were called off overnight and resumed early Thursday with more than 80 people. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said it received help from specialized dive teams from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties.

Dyer said there’s been no sign of foul play.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Eric Buschow told reporters Rivera had arrived at the lake and rented the boat at around 1 p.m. Wednesday and the boat was found 3 hours later with her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, inside but she was missing.

“He is safe with family members,” Buschow said of Josey

Rivera is best known for starring in the TV series Glee. She was briefly married to actor Ryan Dorsey with whom she shares custody of their son, Josey.



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