Hot comebacks that will heat up the K-pop scene this July are lining up.
From veteran idols to rising stars leading the new generation, each has prepared to dominate the second half of 2023 with their own charm.
The youngest member of BTS, Jungkook, is ready to shake up the charts with his solo debut. His solo debut single, ‘Seven,’ to be released on July 14th, is a summer song that combines cheerful melodies with summer vibes.
Anticipation is high as the song is expected to generate a global craze, considering Jungkook’s previous successful solo tracks on domestic and international charts and the fact that the title of the song represents the number of BTS members.
Prior to this, on July 3rd, Jungkook officially released ‘Still With You,’ which was previously released on SoundCloud in 2020. The song already took the 1st place on the iTunes ‘Top Songs Chart’ in 83 countries worldwide.
The long-awaited comeback of EXO will finally be unveiled on July 10th. EXO will release their 7th full-length album ‘EXIST’ and continue their activities as a 7-member group, excluding Kai, who is currently serving in the military.
The pre-release tracks ‘Let Me In’ and ‘Here Me Out’ have already gained popularity on overseas charts. In addition, there is increased attention on EXO’s activities this time due to the previous conflict between SM Entertainment and the members Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin.
Oh My Girl, who has risen in popularity thanks to member Mimi’s variety show appearances, will make a comeback with their 9th mini-album ‘Golden Hourglass’ on July 24th. This is Oh My Girl’s first album in 1 year and 4 months. On July 4th, Oh My Girl released teaser images with a beach background, creating anticipation for new summer bops following their previous hits.
The ‘4th gen super rookie’ is also joining the battle. NewJeans aims for consecutive hits with their 2nd mini-album ‘Get Up,’ to be released on July 21st. Since their debut in July last year, NewJeans has achieved success with all their released songs from ‘Attention’ and ‘Hype Boy’ to ‘Ditto’ and ‘OMG,’ establishing themselves as the “4th gen powerhouse.”
NewJeans has already raised the comeback heat by pre-releasing the song ‘ETA’ through their recent fan meeting held on July 1st and 2nd. Furthermore, the release of fresh music and concepts that break the mold of their previous albums, along with the unveiling of teaser images with ballet and elf concepts, has raised expectations even higher.
NCT Dream, the “younger brother group” of EXO, will release their 3rd full album ‘ISTJ’ targeting Generation Z. They will sing about a dramatic love story in which two people with opposite personalities meet and fall in love, using an MBTI as the album and title track names. Currently, they are touring in the United States, and their comeback activities are expected to lead the global trend.
ZEROBASEONE (ZB1), formed through Mnet’s ‘Boys Planet,’ has set a new record ahead of their official debut. Their debut album ‘Youth in the Shade,’ set to be released on July 10th, has the highest number of pre-orders for a debut album in the history of K-pop groups, with approximately 1.08 million pre-order copies.
The title track ‘In Bloom’ captures the essence of ZEROBASEONE, who will bloom even more beautifully and brilliantly despite still being young and inexperienced. The song is expected to receive a positive response as it will be unveiled through a global showcase held on the album’s release day.