April was one exciting month for K-pop: Wonder Girls’ Sun revealed her pregnancy, the 2NE1/will.i.am collaboration was released worldwide, Lee Hi grabbed her 2nd No. 1 before turning 17, G-Dragon launched his world tour and, of course, PSY continued to make history with his new single "Gentleman."
But May looks like it’s set to be just as hot with tons of exciting K-pop releases, news and tours to look forward to. Just before the May Day, here's are the 10 things K-Town is anticpating the most. New fans will have all the background knowledge to start your K-pop-infused May on the right foot and longtime K-poppers can give their thoughts on what they're most excited about for May.
1. Can T-ara Return to the Top?
May will be the month to see if T-ara find a way back into the public's good graces via a new sub-unit, T-ara N4. After a still unconfirmed bullying scandal that surrounded member Hwayoung's contract termination, the group has struggled to retain their chart-topping success that led to two K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1s ("Cry Cry" and "Lovey Dovey"). Not to mention, the group has lost many of their endorsement deals. The splinter group's single "Countryside Life" has all the elements of a hit, but will it be enough?
2. 2PM Makes Their Comeback Twice As Nice
Hugely-popular boy band 2PM will make their return to K-pop after almost two years of focusing on Japan and other markets. Last time 2PM promoted in Korea, the K-Pop Hot 100 hadn't even existed! The group is bringing new full-length album "Grown" with two lead singles reportedly titled, "All Day I Think of You" and "Listen to This Song and Come Back." It's clear the group's label, JYP Entertainment, is not playing around with this comeback either. Although JYP found success with acts 2AM and 15&, the major label's recent hit history is lackluster when you compare it to the other two majors YG Entertainment (home to PSY, BIGBANG, Gummy & Lee Hi) and SM Entertainment (Girls' Generation, SHINee, f(x)).
3. Lee Hyori's Grand Return
K-Diva Lee Hyori will make her K-pop comeback after three years absent from the scene. Once a member of successful 90s and 00s girl group Fin.K.L, Lee Hyori found major solo success (a la Beyonce or Justin Timberlake) since the group disbanded for solo activities in 2003. It was recently it was announced that she will return with three music videos. One will be for a pre-release track and another for her lead dance single featuring rapper Beenzino.
4. SHINee Promoting With Jonghyun
SHINee is promoting their new single and album without member Jonhyun. The prominent vocalist, who's still recovering from a car accident that injured his nose, makes his return in early April, though. SHINee fans(TK) will be making to see the longlasting K-pop boy band back as a quintet. Plus Jonghyun plays a major vocal--not to mention--visual--role in SHINee that Shawols undoubtedly are missing at the moment.
5. Hello Venus Sets the Stage for Success
Rising six-member girl group Hello Venus will release their fouth single in almost a year's time with "Do You Want Some Tea?" Late April marked the idol group's one-year anniversary with their notoriety rising. The sextet are pulling out all the stops for this comeback too. In various teasers for "Do You Want Some Tea?" we've seen Hello Venus show off a twin-like stylings as well as a cute 50s romantic theme. Not to mention, it looks like some members may get kissed on camera in the music video--a rarity in K-pop. Hello Venus may end up seeing their biggest hit to date with their new single.
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