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While 2018 was pretty bittersweet for fans, it also meant that a lot of our favorite 2nd gen groups finally got to reunite this year. From 2PM, INFINITE to SHINee, CNBLUE etc, all of these groups have members that are back and some of the groups are complete as well! But there are more groups that finally coming back from their hiatus due to finishing their mandatory service in 2020. Read on to know more.
B1A4 are one of the few 2nd gen groups that are still together and active. They released an album before their oldest member, CNU enlisted as well as the moment he came back. Who’s doing it like them! CNU came back in August and immediately put all of its efforts into its latest comeback. It’s this era’s title music video which Tony and Neha Kakkar’s Shona Shona heavily drew inspiration from. Read about it by clicking here
CNU wrote 5 of the tracks while he was in the military. With their 4th full album, B1A4 released the title track “Like A Movie” in October. Similar to the title, the cinematic music video makes us feel like we are watching a movie. A mix between a ballad and a pop song, it’s like a movie showing how love makes one feels like they are in a romantic movie.
2. EXO – Xiumin
The very first EXO member to enlist in the military is back! It felt like forever but Xiumin was finally discharged a week back! While he did perform and hang out with fellow SM labelmates and member, DO in service, “EXO-Ls” have been waiting for him. Fans felt pretty nostalgic when he performed You for the first time during his discharge V Live. What’s more, Kai dropped by to surprise his “Hyung” with a cake! He also made appearance in Kai’s V live for his latest comeback .
Looks like Xiumin has been more than making up for his absence. Pretty much like Shindong and Leeteuk, Baekhyun accompanied Xiumin to a drinking show hosted by none other than Super Junior’s Kyuhyun. The two danced to Growl after Xiumin regaled us with his time in the military. To top it all, Xiumin’s already showing off his visuals for magazines like allure early next year. Here’s hoping we can listen to his beautiful vocals soon.
3. U-KISS – Hoon
Rejoice because U-KISS is back! Well, temporarily. But with Hoon finally coming back in August, the 2nd gen group is united for a while since their maknae is a ‘97 liner. Fans were pleasantly surprised with Hoon’s early appearance. The singer turned actor was actually in the Marine Corps before he was discharged in advance on September 30th due to the new regulations. He’s already appearing on variety shows like Video Star dancing along with 2AM’s Jinwoon to Lisa’s famous crab song.
So, does that mean we are getting a comeback? It’s been 4 years since the release of Stalker. Jun is doing pretty well as an actor while Soohyun has been booked and busy on shows like The Masked Singer. But the three members are hanging out too as evidence from the dance practice they posted. Soohyun and Hoon had also got together for a duet. Not only that, quite recently, Soohyun shared that Teen Top’s repackaging of their older viral songs inspired U-KISS. So, don’t fret, looks like the members are up to something for the new year.
2020 has seen a lot of idols finishing their mandatory service in 2020 and 2021 is going to be equally eventful with members from EXO, Block B, and Winner coming back. Which of your favorites are in the military right now? Whose discharge are you looking forward to? Do let us know.
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January 12th, 2021
Alternative hip hop band Epik High is one of the oldest bands in the Korean Industry as they have been together for almost two decades. Tablo, Mithra Jin, and DJ Tukutz, the members, formed the band in 2001 and are known worldwide for merging different kids of music. They even marked history by becoming the very first Korean act to perform at Coachella in 2016. In 2018, after six years the group left YG Labels and made a comeback under William Morris Endeavor in 2019 and now, they are back again!
On October last year, Epik High released a video message announcing their comeback and on January 12, Epik High finally announced all information regarding the artists that they are collaborating with and the songs that will be included in part 1 of their new double album, ‘Epik High is Here’. The album is set to release on January 18, 2021 and has an amazing collaborations.
Line up 1 – CL and Zico
Line up 2 – Heize, Nucksal, ChangMo, and Kim Sa Wol
Line up 3 – Gsoul, Woo, Miso, and B.I
Epik High has been active on Instagram and Twitter, updating the public about their new album and even revealed the names of all their 10 songs. After the long wait, all the artists to be featured has finally been announced. The first song that is more likely to have its MV teaser released soon is ‘ROSARIO’, a title track that features CL and Zico. A combination that has set the fans on high expectation. Fans are also really excited to see Zico on the list as he is currently performing his military duties and will be inactive until 2022.
Further, fans have also extended their warm greetings to former leader of YG boygroup, iKON, B.I, as he prepares to make a comeback in the entertainment industry after an 18-month hiatus. Winner of ‘Song Writer of the Year,’ Kim Han Bin (B.I.) in September 2020 was appointed as on of the executive directors of IOK Company. “I would be lying if I deny that he is currently preparing for his return. However, whether he is coming back as solo, group, or producer, and other particular details are still undecided” representative from IOK disclosed.
The song list evidently shows that this album is going to be a culmination of a variety of genres revolving around the ongoing pandemic. Tracks like ‘Social Distance 16’ and ‘End of the World’ clearly back this up. Covid-19 has affected people in different ways and each song title sounds like a story to tell. The song ‘Based on a True Story’ from its very name is expected that the artists would sing about a unique story or stories that probably they personally experienced or about someone else’s experience.
All in all, although no further details have been released, this album is definitely going to be something that people can relate with and an EPIC album for sure.
Before the album is released, a documentary named ‘Epik High is Here’ will be released on January 15, 2021. “Based on A True Story” ft. HEIZE and “ROSARIO” ft. CL and Zico will drop on the 18th of January 2021, Korean Standard Time. Which song are you most excited for? Tell us everything in the comment section and stay connected with us to know more.
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Look out K-Pop stans, because 2021 is going to be the comeback year for our favorite 2nd generation boy groups. Military service is a phase which all of us are well aware of and we are always dreading for it to arrive. However, at the end of the dark tunnel, the day finally arrives when we get to see our idols active again doing what they and we love. In 2020, several members from groups like Infinite, 2PM, SHINee and BTOB are being discharged from their military service and it has been truly a good year for us.
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2020 has been a year of staying home and for the K-Drama and K-Pop fans, it became a little easier to follow that as we got a lot of new and interesting Korean content from time to time to keep ourselves entertained without going out of our homes and we are loving it !