5 New Okay-Pop Acts to Watch in 2019


Every yr, increasingly more Okay-pop acts arrive on the scene, and 2019 is already gearing as much as be a extremely aggressive 12 months, with among the greatest leisure corporations within the Korean music business placing their weight behind new acts. Whether it’s a brand new Okay-pop boy band or lady group fashioned by a televised competitors, or a soloist’s long-awaited debut, we’re barely per week into 2019, however the yr is already seeking to be an impactful one with reference to new artists making their mark.  

Here’s a have a look at among the most intriguing rookie Okay-pop acts set to make their mark in 2019.

Cherry Bullet  

The preliminary plans and members of a brand new lady group from FNC Entertainment have been launched in August 2017, with members Yuju, Jiwon and Bora revealed, showcasing what appeared like a pure and harmless picture — however then silence. More than a yr later, the lady group was revealed in full as Cherry Bullet with a enjoyable and colourful vibe for a much more refreshing and intriguing look. Of the 10 members, Okay-pop followers are trying ahead to seeing Produce 48 contestant Park Haeyoon in addition to Yuju, who co-starred as a feminine lead in BTS' 2017 "Love Yourself Highlight Reel" video, and see the most recent mission from the company that crafted long-running acts like AOA, CNLUE and FTISLAND. The act's debut EP is titled Let's Play Cherry Bullet and shall be launched on Jan. 21, led by the only "Q&A."

JYP Entertainment’s Upcoming Girl Group

It’s been greater than three years since JYP Entertainment launched TWICE to the world, and now it's time for the Okay-pop firm to launch the hit group’s successor. In the previous, the corporate has put collectively a few of Korea's most distinguished lady teams, like Wonder Girls and miss A, so expectations are excessive to see what JYP has to supply in 2019. Though the group’s complete lineup is but to be revealed, JYP has stated that Shin Ryujin, who took the highest feminine spot on final yr’s MIXNINE competitors present, shall be a part of the act.

The firm can be set to launch its first all-Japanese lady group, which is reportedly being ready by the native department of JYP.

Big Hit Entertainment's new boy band

There's loads using on the brand new boy band coming from Big Hit Entertainment, stated to be launching someday in 2019. BTS has been a world-renowned success for the Korean report label, however the firm has but to solidify itself previous this one act. The new boy band will present us what the Big Hit model is evolving towards (in the way in which different Korean superlabels like SM, YG and JYP Entertainment have created their very own aesthetics and, in consequence, followings) and if the BTS ARMY and their famously passionate assist can lengthen to a different group. No idea or variety of members have been finalized for the company's first act in six years since BTS' debut, but when lightning can strike twice with this new boy band, there's no telling the place Big Hit can take their firm.


Despite being simply 17 years previous, it seems like Somi has lived a number of lifetimes within the Okay-pop world — all with out an official "debut." The bilingual singer (full identify Jeon Somi) garnered a big following for competing on sensational reveals like Sixteen (which created TWICE) and Produce 101 (the primary season for which she landed in first place and spent a yr selling with I.O.I), in addition to her solo actions that included tv and musical collaborations. After asserting her departure from JYP Entertainment, Somi is alleged to make her debut as a solo star underneath The Black Label, a subsidiary of YG Entertainment headed up by BLACKPINK producer Teddy and in addition the house to R&B famous person Zion.T. We know she will be able to shine in a gaggle (see I.O.I, Unnies or Girls Next Door), however this new chapter of solo Somi ought to be all of the extra intriguing.

YG Entertainment’s new boy band

Best recognized for the likes of BIGBANG, 2NE1, and BLACKPINK, YG already has two fairly standard boy bands on its roster, WINNER and iKON, however that’s not stopping the South Korean leisure firm from placing out a brand new group. The firm launched its competitors present YG Treasure Box on Nov. 26, and featured 29 potential Okay-pop stars aiming for his or her spot within the upcoming YG group. There are some acquainted faces showing, like Bang Ye-dam who appeared on Okay-Pop Star 2 in 2013 and a number of other who appeared on YG’s final present MIXNINE although no group ever got here out of it, and the group’s ultimate lineup is predicted to be fashioned in upcoming weeks.

The “Big three” Okay-pop firm can be gearing as much as kind a brand new lady group this yr, and is reportedly planning to host a female-focused competitors collection following the top of YG Treasure Box.

Along with these 5, many different acts — just like the quickly to debut VeriVery, paired boy bands OneUs and OneWe, and teams related to the Produce collection — are additionally already gaining plenty of buzz.