Despite the influence of coronavirus, the K-POP industry is eager to feel the fresh spring spirits. Even with the continued cancellation and delays of various events such as concerts, festivals as well as showcases, and fan meetings, multiple groups are preparing to create a spring breeze in the K-POP scene this April.
The Debut of the New Groups
What stands out the most in the K-POP scene this month is the official debut of new boy groups. TOO, a 10-member group selected through Mnet’s TO BE WORLD KLASS last year, will release their first mini-album REASON FOR BEING : 仁 (benevolent). The music video of the title song “Magnolia” was pre-released on March 31, and the album will officially be released on April 1.
Starship Entertainment will introduce a nine-member boy group CRAVITY for the first time in about five years. Koo Jung Mo and Ham Won Jin, who already appeared on Mnet’s Produce X 101, are included in the group. CRAVITY will released their debut album CRAVITY SEASON1. HIDEOUT : REMEMBER WHO WE ARE on April 14.
H&D, formed by former X1 members Lee Han Gyul and Nam Do Hyun, will release their debut album on April 21. Previously, they started their promotional activities in February with “Tomorrow Will Be Better Than Today,” the song they pre-released through their first fan meeting. However, due to recent coronavirus, their official debut has been postponed.
The Expectations for the Girl Groups and Female Solo Artists Comeback
The comeback rush of girl groups and female solo artists is also notable. On April 1, Hong Jin Young and Kwon Jin Ah are making their big return. Hong Jin Young will release her new album, Birth Flower, in a year and deliver unique charm through her title track, “Love Is Like a Petal.” At the same time, Kwon Jin Ah, who drew much attention for her emotional voice, will release her new song “Something’s Wrong.”
Then on April 6, (G)I-DLE will make a comeback. Though their comeback was originally planned for February, it has been delayed due to the spread of coronavirus. The group’s third mini-album I TRUST will convey the message of “I trust myself.” The title track “Oh my god” is leader Soyeon’s song, who created a series of hits starting with “LATATA.”
Apink will also return with their ninth mini-album, LOOK, on April 13. Attention is being focused on their comeback in a year and three months since their eight mini-album %%, released last January. In particular, this April is the ninth anniversary of Apink’s debut, and recently, Yoon Bomi released a photo of their dance practice on her Instagram.
OH MY GIRL is also currently preparing for a comeback by the end of April. OH MY GIRL, who is making a return to the K-POP scene in eight months after Fall In Love last August, recently made headlines as they appeared on Mnet’s Queendom, drawing attention for their new album. An official of OH MY GIRL said, “We are going to do our best to show a unique performance and a new charm.”
cignature, who debuted this past February with “NUN NU NAN NA,” will unveil their second debut lead single ASSA on the 7th. This is a new album to be released in only two months. Also, Girlkind, which has been reorganized into a four-member group, will make a comeback with their third digital single Future on April 14.
Solo and Full-Length Albums Release
Boy groups and male solo artists are also scheduled to make a comeback. On April 2, ONEWE will release their new digital single 3/4. Hwasa of MAMAMOO, artist of the same agency, participated in the featuring of the title song “Q,” drawing attention.
WINNER will also release their third full-length album, Remember, on the 9th. They got off to a good start with their pre-released song “Hold,” which was released on March 26. The fact that this is the last album with the voice of Kim Jin Woo, who is starting his military service on April 2, is catching the eye and ear of fans.
Changmin of TVXQ is set to release his first solo album, Chocolate, in 16 years of his debut on April 6. The title track of the same title, “Chocolate,” was written by the singer himself, drawing attention.