This Week in K-Pop: Wonder Girls Comeback, NCT 127 and Taeyeon Release New Songs
Curious about K-pop but don’t know where to start? Longtime veteran of the most interesting genre in music? Just an all-around happy-go-lucky music lover in general? Well, you’ve come to the right place because it’s an exciting time in the world of K-pop.
Since we at Celebuzz love any and all music, every week we’ll be taking a look back at the best things that happened in K-Pop. There were several highlights in the K-Pop world from this week as well as last. Wonder Girls made their comeback with a reggae-inspired song; there’s another new NCT sub-unit, and Taeyeon has two new tracks, one solo and one with Dean, and much more.
Wonder Girls are back with “Why So Lonely,” off their forthcoming fourth studio album. The reggae-esque sound of the new track and L.A. vibes of the music video are everything. Plus, they all look incredible. “Why So Lonely” also won this week on The Show.
NCT may have just made their debut in April (as sub-unit NCT U), but they’re already taking the K-Pop world by storm. Now, NCT’s second unit NCT 127 are here with “Fire Truck,” a high-tempo track featuring cool choreography with total Lil’ Jon and DJ Snake’s “Turn Down for What” vibes.
Girls Generation’s Taeyeon released her second solo extended play Why on June 28, featuring the dance-worthy single “Why.” She also released her lead single with the oh so cute Dean, “Starlight,” below. Fans of both the rapper and Taeyeon will love this laid-back song. “Why” won first place this week on Inkigayo, while “Starlight” won on Music Bank.
“L.I.E.,” released by EXID back in June, won two weeks on The Show! Watch their recent live performance on Show Champion below:
EXO’s “Monster” has been performing very well on the charts and in music competitions. It went to the top of the iTunes charts in seven countries, won three weeks in a row on M! Countdown, three weeks in a row on Music Bank, and two weeks in a row on Inkigayo, and one week on Show Champion. Watch their recent performance on Show Music Core below.
Sistar’s “I Like That” won two weeks in a row on Music Show Champion, and had No. 1 wins on both Inkigay and M! Countdown as well. Watch their live comeback performance on M! Countdown.
Taemin’s debut Japanese album Solitary Goodbye will be released at the end of this month, and includes 4 new songs in addition to the Japanese version of “Press Your Number,” the lead single off his most recent album Press It.
Seventeen’s newest song “Very Nice” is super poppy and features cute matchy-matchy ensembles on the boys. The music video hit 1 million views in less than 24 hours. They’ll soon be embarking on their 1st Asia Tour 2016 Shining Diamonds in August, which includes stops in Japan, Singapore, Australia and China.
K-pop artists like TVXQ’s Changmin, Super Junior’s Siwon, Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun, Shinee’s Minho, and Exo’s Chen and Baekhyun teamed up with Katy Perry, will.i.am and others to sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” for the new campaign “A Fair Chance for Every Child.”