The 10 Most Anticipated Ok-pop Albums of 2019

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From a 20-year anniversary LP to boy bands poised to hit new profession highs, that is the Ok-pop you must hear this 12 months.

While Ok-pop artists and firms are notoriously secretive about their music plans till they're able to unleash the complete scope of their comeback, we do have a slight indication of how 2019 goes to shake out -- and issues look extraordinarily promising.

After 2018 noticed Ok-pop artists break chart limitations and additional widen their scope of affect, this 12 months shall be all of the extra essential to see how the business can develop and proceed to advance itself on a worldwide scale.

From legendary anniversaries to extremely anticipated data that would catapult acts to new business and inventive heights, try the 10 releases Billboard has eyed to make main affect from the Ok-pop scene this 12 months beneath. 

1. g.o.d, Then&Now (Jan. 10)

The traditional boy band will rejoice 20 years within the business with a particular new album contains new songs in addition to rearrangements of previous g.o.d hits. Most notably, superstars like IU, Henry, Urban Zakapa's Jo Hyun Ah and Yang Da Il be part of the band for a remake of 2001 Ok-pop legendary hit "Road," to assist introduce a brand new technology of listeners to the veteran quintet. 

2. GFriend, Time for Us (Jan. 14)

The chart-topping woman group will kick the 12 months off sturdy with their second full-length album. It's been nearly three years since GFriend launched their first LP, 2016's LOL, which noticed them cost their twinkly synth-pop with high-energy EDM for the only "Navillera." The sextet has revealed a mixture of ethereal, fairytale princess–like appears (as seen of their "Sunrise" visible teaser beneath) in addition to a darker, bolder vibe in the accompanying "Midnight" photos. Lead single "Sunrise" consists by the producers behind the group's 2018 hit "Time for the Moon Night," No Joohwan and Lee Wonjong.

three. ASTRO, All Light (Jan. 16)

The shortly rising boy band additionally appears to hit large on the prime of the 12 months with their first-ever full-length album All Light. The group has shared a spotlight medley of the album teasing all 10 songs, and whereas it hasn't been confirmed because the lead single, monitor No. 2 "All Night" is produced by LDN Noise -- the British manufacturing duo that's crafted No. 1 Ok-pop hits for the likes of SHINee, EXO and Red Velvet -- indicating this new LP may take ASTRO to a brand new profession excessive.

four. Seventeen, You Made My Dawn (Jan. 21)

After dropping the feel-good summer time EP You Make My Day in July, Seventeen will change issues up for the winter launch of You Made My Dawn. Previewed the darkish hip-hop monitor "Getting Closer," launched in late December, the 13-member boy band seem prepared to begin their 2019 with a extra mysterious aura, showcasing yet one more aspect of themselves in a profession that's seen the self-composing idols discover a great deal of completely different genres.

5. Tiffany Young, TBA (early 2019)

While the singer-songwriter has made strides in transitioning herself from girl-group member to solo star with two singles, Tiffany Young appears to have gone by way of a inventive rebirth that shall be proven on a five-track EP coming early this 12 months. After revealing a daring new look on social media, the star shared some ideas on her upcoming file and hinted that we'll get a deeper look into the tales and previous that made her the particular person she is as we speak.

"Recently having to handle a few of the most painful private struggles in my life about my household had made me notice how essential they have been into what makes me, ME," she wrote to her followers, referencing allegations of fraud made towards her father that pressured her to talk out about their relationship. "It has let me channel ALL of myself actually into my artwork whereas scripting this upcoming EP. its been a time to actually open up some wounds & heal." The file is led off by the only "Born Again," dropping on Jan. 24, with the complete EP anticipated quickly after.

6. Monsta X, TBA/Take.2

After an essential 12 months that noticed the boy band maintain their largest U.S. exhibits up to now and develop into the primary Ok-pop group to play on iHeart's Jingle Ball tour, Monsta X may barely preserve their 2019 plans contained when chatting with Billboard late final 12 months.

"We already made some stuff with different artists, nevertheless it's prime secret," Kihyun stated, earlier than I.M shared they've a collaboration with a male DJ that some suppose could be Marshmello after a photo together. The group additionally informed Billboard that they've extra English tracks coming, after previously sharing that fans can anticipate their Take.2 album following up October's Take.1 Are You There? that went Top 10 on the World Albums chart.

7. BTS

After scoring two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 and touchdown themselves the No. Eight-ranked Top Artist of 2018, it'd be robust for BTS to have a greater 12 months on the charts than they did in 2018 however we now have a sense they -- and their super-passionate ARMY -- can do it. While there haven't been any concrete plans revealed, BTS will seemingly sustain with their galloping launch tempo that in 2018 included a number of releases in Korean and Japanese, plus solo mixtapes and an English single with Steve Aoki. Some fans have speculated BTS' quiet February means the blokes will spend the month making ready for a late-winter/early spring return. No matter when it comes, this album shall be key in defining BTS' legacy.

Eight. BLACKPINK

After signing with Interscope Records, snagging enble billing on this 12 months's Coachella lineup and asserting world tour dates, eyes are on BLACKPINK to see how the woman group navigates their first large foray into the worldwide pop market. While it hasn't been clear what the following transfer is as a gaggle, the CEO of the quartet's Korean file label YG Entertainment Yang Hyun-suk did share that every member shall be releasing her personal tune. Jennie's "Solo" dropped in November -- touchdown her a No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales -- and we all know Rosé would be the subsequent member to launch, although no additional particulars have been shared.

9. NU'EST

After a miraculous profession resurgence since competing on Korea's Produce 101 present, NU'EST has spent greater than a 12 months splintered into the four-member NU'EST W sub-unit, whereas Hwang Minhyun promoted with Wanna One. Though nothing concrete has been shared but, a really telling video was uploaded on NU'EST's YouTube account on Dec. 31 (beneath) the place viewers noticed 4 flowers joined by a fifth flower, all however confirming Minhyun's return to his band mates. NU'EST W reached new heights for the group -- together with their highest Billboard chart positions up to now -- with the full-group comeback solely indicating the group rising greater.

10. BIGBANG/BIGBANG Member Solos

This 12 months will see the 4 BIGBANG members at the moment serving their army duties return, which their label YG Entertainment has hinted may result in new music from the band or the members. While youngest member Seungri has shared plans to enlist early this 12 months, having G-Dragon, Taeyang, Daesung and T.O.P all returning to the business is a serious musical occasion by itself.