Mainly known as a part of K-pop vocal powerhouse group BTOB’s rap line and the only American member of the group, Peniel Shin is back with his single “Valentine”, marking his first official solo release after the fun, EDM-influenced “That Girl”. The full-English, rather mature-sounding single was released on Soundcloud right on Valentine’s day.
Taemin, known as SHINee’s main dancer and vocalist, is back with his 2nd mini album “WANT”, with the promotional image of the album showing a very Taemin-ish, alluring message: “Will leave you wanting more, thirsting for more”.
Crystal-clear CLC is back with a mini album and making several points with their feminist anthem “No”, a fresh, groundbreaking synth pop and EDM-influenced tune.
South Korean boy group EXO has just released a live album from their 4th headlining tour, "EXO PLANET #4 - The EℓyXiOn". The tour marked as one of the biggest tours by a South Korean artist in 2018. Consisting of 35 songs they performed on their Seoul encore date, the live album showcases EXO's ability in performing live—in audio format.
More than a year ago, Korean indie rock band Cheeze disbanded, leaving vocalist Dalchong on her own and taking on her band’s name as her new solo act stage name. Since then, she has been releasing a few songs under the name “Cheeze” - including the intriguing Short Film Sequence series.
BTOB’s can-do-it-all member Lee Minhyuk’s self-composed, self-written first solo album Hutazone is out just in time for his military enlistment. His compositions take us on an intense journey as we listen to what appears to be a full K-pop boyband in one person’s body.
As one of the most celebrated singers in South Korea, Kim Taeyeon is not an unfamiliar name to K-pop fans - and many non-K-pop fans. She has recently toured around Asia to promote her new soul and R&B-infused solo EP “Something New”, with Singapore as her final destination. This is the scoop on the finale of her Asia tour.
Super Junior’s Ryeowook is back with his EP “Drunk On Love”, making his first comeback as a soloist after his release from the military. The singer gifts us with a few brand new tracks and a slight touch of jazz and orchestra-inspired pop.
With experimental k-pop group f(X)’s long hiatus, no one really expected the group or one of the members to have a comeback any time soon. Yet main vocalist Luna is back with her self-composed single “Even So”, which this time around highlights her ability as a composer rather than a main vocalist with a light yet powerful soprano voice.
2018 was a great year for music, including Korean pop music. In this article, editor Claudia Siregar has compiled a list of must-listen K-pop releases (including albums and singles) of 2018.