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Best Ways to See More of Your Favorite K-Pop Idols

Can't get enough K-Pop? Check out these shows.

Running Man

Most K-Pop stars have carefully curated social media to give fans glimpses into their personal lives, but for some fans those little glimpses will never be enough.

Luckily, you don't need to resort to desperate measures to feel a little closer to your favorite idols. Korean entertainment is a world of endless crossovers, so you can get your fix of idol goodness in a few different ways.

Variety Shows

As anyone who's seen Jack Black's appearance on Infinite Challenge can tell you, Korean variety shows are crazy. We don't really have an equivalent in the U.S., but if you imagine a group of celebrities spending a whole day doing wacky Ellen/Jimmy Fallon games, you should get the idea. While Infinite Challenge is no longer running, it aired from 2005-2018 and regularly featured K-pop idols, along with actors, comedians, and athletes. With that many seasons, they've had a huge number of K-pop guests participating in the craziness, like T.O.P from Big Bang doing a ridiculous dance battle.

A similar show that's still airing is called Running Man, where you get to see members of BTS getting piggyback rides. The show also regularly features members of Bigbang, Blackpink, 2PM, CNBlue, and Miss A. With all the crazy antics that go on in these shows, you get to see more of the silly side of your favorite idols. Another variety show, Village Survival The Eight, has featured Jennie from Blackpink working with other celebrities to solve a fictional mystery. Along with the clips on YouTube, full episodes of these shows can be viewed for free on Rakuten Viki.

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After a less than exciting month in K-pop, this week's chart is absolutely bursting with new hits.

YG Entertainment's Akdong Musician are at the top of the pile, debuting at No. 1 with "Time and Fallen Leaves." The calculated seasonal ballad is the fourth chart-topper of the duo's short career.

Gaeko's "No Makeup" with Zion.T and HA:TFELT follows at No. 2, while Girl's Day's special ballad single, "I Miss You" enters at No. 4.

Rounding out the top five is boy band VIXX with "Error," which becomes their highest-charting single to date.

Seo Taiji's "Christmalo.win" debuts at No. 7, while his IU collaboration, "Sogyeokdong," is down to No. 11.

SECRET's Ji Eun arrives at No. 15 with her sassy new single "Pretty Age 25." Although she missed out on the top ten, the song has outperformed her last single, "Don't Look At Me Like That," which only reached No. 27.

Further down, SM Entertainment's new girl group Red Velvet debut at a so-so No. 33 with their new single, "Be Natural." It's a big drop from their first single, "Happiness," which hit No. 5 in August.

However, Red Velvet's performance is nowhere near as poor as Crayon Pop's new sub-unit Strawberry Milk, who debut at No. 93 with their J-pop-influenced single, "OK."

Check out this week's new K-pop singles below.

No. 1. Akdong Musician - Time and Fallen Leaves

No. 2. Gaeko - No Makeup featuring Zion.T and HA:TFELT

No. 4. Girl's Day - I Miss You

No. 5. VIXX - Error

No. 7. Seo Taiji - Christmalo.win

No. 15. Ji Eun - Pretty Age 25

No. 33. Red Velvet - Be Natural

No. 93. Strawberry Milk - OK