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. EXO made their comeback with the music videos for new songs “Monster” and “Lucky One;” Sistar came back with “I Like That;” 4Minute announced they were splitting; and much more.
EXO released their third studio album, Ex’Act, on June 9, 2016 in both Korean and Mandarin versions. Last year, they broke records when their second album, Exodus, earned the largest first-week sales ever for a K-Pop group on the Billboard 200; this time around, domestic pre-sales for the album surpassed 660,000, making it the most pre-ordered K-pop album of all time. In addition, their single “Monster” earned EXO their first No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Digital Songs Chart, making them only the sixth K-Pop act to do so.
They won the top prizes this week on Inkigayo, Show! Music Core, Music Bank, and M! Countdown for “Monster.” Watch the dance version music video for “Monster” below (and the full video here), as well as the music video for “Lucky One.
“Lucky One” (Watch the Mandarin version here)
Watch EXO’s live comeback performance on Music Bank below:
4Minute announced they were disbanding after unsuccessful contract renewal negotiations, just days before what would have marked their seventh anniversary together. Only HyunA renewed her contract with Cube Entertainment.
A Cube Entertainment rep stated:
As the contract end date approaches, the members have been in discussions for renewal, but while the agency tried to persuade them to continue the group, it ended up accepting the decision by the five members that they will not continue as a group. Due to the different opinion of the members, for all intents and purposes, the group will disband.
Reminisce by watching some of 4Minute’s best music videos, including “Crazy” and their most recent Skrillex collaboration “Hate,” below:
EXID won last week on Show Champion, Inkigayo and The Show for their new song “L.I.E.” Watch the new dance version for the song below.
U-Kiss finally released “Stalker,” the title song for their 11th Korean mini-album (which was released June 7).
Earlier this month, she also became the first Korean female celebrity to reach 7 million followers on Instagram.
Brave Girls are teasing their long-awaited comeback, High Heels, which will be released June 27, 2016. They will be making their comeback as 7-members group (with five new members and two original members, Hyeran and Yoojin) after a two and a half year hiatus, and following their single “Deepened” released in February. They haven’t released an album in 4 years (their second and last released being Re-Issue).
San E and Raina
The boys of Seventeen released the oh so sweet and cutesy video for “Love Letter” off their first full-length studio album Love & Letter, released back in April.
BoA and Beenzino
Wonder Girls are teasing their summer comeback, “To the Beautiful You.”
Gray and Loco
KCon, the annual K-Pop convention held in the United States and Japan, will be happening in New York and Los Angeles soon (June 24–25, and July 29–31 respectively).
Fans can expect to see Mamamoo, DAY6, Seventeen, Ailee, BTS, BTOB, Eric Nam, Crush and Dynamic Duo in New York. In LA, the two-day event will bring SHINee, I.O.I, GFRIEND, CNBLUE, DEAN, and Block B on Saturday, and BTS, ASTRO, Girls’ Generation- TTS, Twice and Monsta X on Sunday.
B2st are teasing their comeback, marking their first since member Hyunseung departed back in April. HIGHLIGHT is set for release on July 4.
— CUBE ENTERTAINMENT (@cubeunited) June 22, 2016
— CUBE ENTERTAINMENT (@cubeunited) June 15, 2016
Junsu, aka XIA, released the performance video for his track “Rock the World.”
Former EXO member Tao released the ballad “19,” the soundtrack to his new film Edge of Innocence, (which hits theaters July 8). Tao plays the male lead in the film, which is based on a novel by Japanese mystery writer Soji Shimada, Summer, portrait of a 19 year old.
Jellyfish Entertainment has been teasing a new girl group, and announced the name Gugudan a couple of days ago. The group consists of nine members: Mimi, Hana, Haebin, Nayoung, Sejeong, Sally, Soyee, Mina and Hyeyeon.
— Jellyfish Ent. (@jellyfish_ent) June 17, 2016