K-pop comebacks fans have been waiting for

SHINee
Girls Generation
Super Junior
EXO
Red Velvet
Yubin
U-Know
Epik High
HyunA
IU
2PM
U-Kiss
Aespa
Baek Yerin
GOT7
Highlight (Previously known as BEAST/B2ST)
SHINee

K-pop boyband SHINee had suffered setbacks with the demise of their lead vocalist Jonghyun, and the compulsory military enlistment of members Onew, Key and Minho. However, SHINee fans have been eagerly waiting for the group to return to the music scene since the incident and SHINee delivered -- This now four-member group released their new album, ‘Don’t Call Me’, in February.

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Girls Generation

Although some of the members from the legendary k-pop girl group Girls Generation have left to pursue and focus on their individual careers, there have been rumours of their comeback due in 2021 floating around k-pop circles.

Sans Jessica, the other 8 members of the original lineup are reported to be in the works of making a new reunion album together that is due around May and June, according to Soompi.

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Super Junior

Having already announced their comeback in form of their 10th studio album titled ‘The Renaissance’, NME reports that the album, which will serve as a commemoration and celebration of the group’s 15th anniversary in the k-pop scene, will be due for release this March.

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EXO

With several members unable to continue in group projects due to other commitments, it is very hard to gather all the members of k-pop boyband EXO into making a comeback album. However, Naver reports that the group has a new album in the works due in the second half of 2021.

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Red Velvet

This k-pop girl group was forced into a temporary hiatus as the singer Wendy, was unable to join in the group’s promotional activities due to a fall injury she sustained last year.

With her recovery, the group has been restored to full strength and KBIzoom reports that there are rumours surrounding the girl group that they are due for a comeback this year -- with big plans to enter the US market this May.

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Yubin

Ex-member of Wonder Girls, Yubin has established herself as a hit solo artist with ‘Thank U Sooo Much’ landing in the 21st spot on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart.

The singer-rapper released her new single, ‘Perfume’ in January.

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U-Know

Member of K-pop royalty TVXQ, U-know’s last solo comeback was in 2019 with the mini-album 'True Colors’. In January, the rapper-singer released his latest and second mini-album, titled ‘NOIR’. Promotional media for ‘NOIR’ includes a mini four-part music video film series.

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Epik High

Hip hop group Epik High is one of the biggest household names in Korean music culture. Bandwagon reports that in follow up to their 2019 album ‘sleepless in __________’, Epik High will be out with ‘Epik High Is Here’ -- part 1 of a double album set. The album was released this January and like U-Know, a music film documentary has been out online to accompany the album release.

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HyunA

Part of PSY’s label P NATION, HyunA’s comeback was announced by both PSY and the label in their official Instagram. Back from her long hiatus due to poor health in January, HyunA released ‘I’m Not Cool’, which premiered on Mnet’s M Countdown.

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IU

This songstress is well known in the k-pop world for having a massive vocal range, hitting notes from all over. Having gathered huge attention from her hit ‘Blueming’ at the 35th Golden Disc Awards in early January, the singer revealed that she will be making a comeback with a new song meant to comfort her audiences during this trying time, Hellokpop reports.

True to her word, the awaited single and title song ‘Celebrity’ was released soon after in late January. Her 5th album is also due for release this March.

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2PM

This K-pop boyband has never performed in a full group since 2016 due to the conflicting schedules of its members and the compulsory military service the members had to serve.

According to Soompi, music label JYP Entertainment announced that the 6 member group will be expected to return in full strength this year, especially with its last member currently in military service, Junho, being due for military discharge this March.

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U-Kiss

Boyband U-Kiss have faced many structural changes with the once 6 member group being down to only 3 members at present -- with Soohyun being the only member from the original line up remaining in the group.

Although still not at full strength, Soohyun and Hoon have released a new single, ‘I Wish’ in Janurary as part of their upcoming comeback album that is anticipated to be out sometime this year.

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Aespa

SM Entertainment girl group Aespa last released their debut single, ‘Black Mamba’, in November. Despite being a rookie group, the girl group has hit the top of China’s QQ Music K-pop music video chart. Naturally, many are excited for Aespa to release their next song -- of which the girl group delivered. Their new single ‘Forever’, was officially released on 5th February.

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Baek Yerin

Having recently released ‘tellusboutyourself’ last December, Baek Yerin announced earlier that she will be releasing a new album. Fans were excited for the release and ‘tellusboutyourself’ remix album came out in February. The remix features many different artists working with her and a B-side to the original ‘tellusboutyourself’ album.

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GOT7

Despite having lost the backing of K-pop mogul JYP with the end of their contract with JYP Entertainment, GOT7 is still holding on strong in the K-pop world with their release of ‘ENCORE’ in February.

Rolling Stone reports that the song is a love letter to GOT7 fans with a message that members of the boyband aren’t done with the group yet, and are sticking strong together despite the seemingly disappointing news with being dropped from the JYP label.

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Highlight (Previously known as BEAST/B2ST)

2019 was a rough year for this boyband with many members tied up with military service, and with ex-member Junhyung being caught up in the infamous Burning Sun scandal.

South China Morning Post reports that rumours of their comeback in 2021 are swirling about with the release of Son Dong-woon, the last member to serve his military service last December.

(Image: Cube Entertainment)

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