K-Pop Boy Bands Rush First Half of February

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So far, February has seen new K-pop from hip-hop artists and girl groups, but the month is gearing up for an influx of testosterone as numerous boy bands release new music.

Popular acts like Block B and BTS have confirmed comebacks in the first two weeks of February, as have many less-established male Korean idol groups. Newer bands like Day6 and NCT Dream also are suiting up to get involved in the race to come out on top.

Block B, Day6 and rookie group SF9 will each drop new music next Monday, Feb. 6. Block B, known for their unconventional approach to K-pop that has resulted in a reputation both for their swaggering dance songs and their sentimental ballads, will drop their first single of 2017, “Yesterday.” Ahead of its release, they’ve shared some teaser videos, one of which recreated the iconic opening sequence from Friends, yellow umbrellas and all.

Meanwhile, both Day6 and SF9 have also has also previewed their upcoming music on their social media accounts; Day6’s “You Were Beautiful” will be the second single from their year-long monthly release project, a follow-up to January’s “I Wait.” SF9, a new group from the same agency as CNBLUE, AOA, and FTISLAND, will release their third single since they debuted last year.

Next week will also see music from NCT Dream, the youthful unit of SM Entertainment’s larger NCT project. They’ve released numerous teaser images ahead of their new song, “My First and Last.”

The 13th will bring a new BTS album, Wings: You Never Walk Alone, an update of their record-breaking 2016 Wings album. They’ll bring their new and old music alike to KCON Mexico next month.

Boy bands from smaller companies -- like rookie boy band Masc who released “Tina” on Friday (Feb. 3, 4 in Korea) -- also are putting up a fight in February. Cross Gene, B.I.G, and Bigflo, have also planned new music to be released in the first two weeks of the month.

The second half of February is still up in the air with only a few acts confirming set dates, but girl groups like TWICE, Wonder Girls and Lovelyz have also confirmed the release of new music throughout the month, raising the stakes for February overall.

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