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First generation K-pop girl group S.E.S (left) and Hani of group EXID (right) Next year’s K-pop calendar looks to be dominated by girl groups. (S.M. Entertainment and Banana Culture via The Korea Herald/File)
Next year’s K-pop calendar looks to be dominated by girl groups, ranging from first-generation groups to rookies.
One of the earliest sensations, S.E.S. will kick off 2017 with the release of their first album in 14 years on Jan. 2. The group, formed by S.M. Entertainment in 1997, led the first wave of K-pop girl groups, alongside Fin.K.L. and Baby Vox. S.E.S. released the single “Love (Story)” in November and will be holding year-end concerts on Dec. 30 and 31, revving up activities for 2017.
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Junior groups such as AOA, EXID, Girl’s Day and Hello Venus -- which all debuted between 2010 and 2012 and faltered against the huge popularity of groups like Twice, G-Friend and Mamamoo -- are also set to return with new albums next month.
AOA is currently active in Japan, having released their first Japanese LP “Runway” there last month. The album topped the Oricon World Albums Chart upon its release.
“We’re looking to release a new album sometime between December and January, but the specifics are yet to be discussed,” the group’s agency FNC Entertainment said.
Some groups, meanwhile, will be returning with more than new music. Formerly four-member group April is set for a January comeback complete with two new members: DSP Entertainment’s trainee Rachel and Yoon Chae-kyung, who starred in girl group audition program “Produce 101” earlier this year. April debuted in 2015.
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Four-part multinational group MIXX, which debuted in May under Chiko Bros. Entertainment with the single “Oh Ma Mind,” will return in January as a five-member act.
Happyface Entertainment is heavily promoting Dream Catcher, its upcoming seven-part group, releasing multiple teaser posters from last month. The releases will continue until the group’s January debut, the agency said.