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Sunye, Kang Jiyoung, and Nicole: The girls who dazzled K-pop 2nd generation are coming back 

Representative 2nd gen female idols are returning to the K-pop scene. 

Former Wonder Girls member Sunye is officially resuming her singing career as a soloist. Sunye signed an exclusive contract with Blockberry Creative in February. She will release her first solo album “Genuine” on July 26th. Ahead of the album release, dreamy and unconventional concept photos of Sunye are raising expectations. The pre-release track “Glass Heart”, to be dropped on July 19th, will heat up the atmosphere of Sunye’s comeback.

“Genuine” marks Sunye’s first official comeback as a singer in 10 years after Wonder Girls’ 2nd mini album title track “Like This” came out in 2012. Sunye suddenly got married and immediately moved to Canada in 2013. Since then, she has not been active as a singer and officially left Wonder Girls in 2015.

Since their debut in 2007, Wonder Girls has received love as a “nation’s girl group” and become iconic thanks to consecutive hits such as “Tell Me”, “So Hot”, “Nobody”, and “Be My Baby”. Sunye’s departure and the disbandment of Wonder Girls caused a lot of regret because Wonder Girls were doing well not only domestically but also overseas. They achieved amazing results, such as entering Billboard Hot 100 and appearing on public channel TV shows in the US. 

Currently, while her former bandmates such as Sunmi and Sohee are continuing their individual activities, Sunye is also returning to her music industry and garnering attention. Sunye, who is a mother of three children, appeared on tvN’s “Mama The Idol” last year and hinted at her return to Korea. 

Members of another 2nd gen top girl group, KARA, which swept Asia during their heyday, are also preparing for a comeback. KARA debuted in 2007 and conquered the music industry with numerous hit songs such as “Rock U,” “Pretty Girl,” “Honey,” “Mister,” “Lupin,” and “Jumping.” They gained particularly huge popularity in Japan and even held a concert at Tokyo Dome.

However, after Nicole and Kang Jiyoung left the group in 2014, KARA ended up disbanding in 2016. In 2019, former member Goo Hara passed away. It seemed difficult for the members to reunite. However, on June 14th, Han Seungyeon, Park Gyuri, Nicole, Kang Jiyoung, and Heo Youngji gathered at one place to celebrate the 15th anniversary of KARA’s debut, raising the possibility of a reunion.

Prior to this, Kang Jiyoung and Nicole, who had mainly been active overseas after KARA disbanded, announced their return to Korea as solo singers. Nicole will release her digital single on July 27th, making her 1st comeback in Korea in 8 years. On July 11th, she signed an exclusive contract with JWK Entertainment and officially announced the start of her activities in Korea, raising anticipation for her future appearances. 

Kang Jiyoung, who was active in Japan, also made a comeback with the release of the project single “Lucid Dream” on July 7th. In addition, Kang Jiyoung and Nicole will appear on ENA PLAY and MBN’s “Not Hocance But Scance” broadcast on July 18th to talk about their lives after KARA’s disbandment and the recent reunion of KARA members.

Source: daum

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