2021 is being considered the year for YG Entertainment soloists, with numerous comebacks and debuts scheduled for the first half of the year already, according to SPOTV News. Keep on reading to learn more.
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For the first half of the year, YG Entertainment already has a star-studded debut and comeback line-up. All of the artists that are expected to release music within the first half of the year are worldwide superstars who are active both in groups and as soloists and are able to attract a huge fan base with both their talents and visuals.
iKON member Bobby is the first idol to make his solo comeback this year. Bobby will be releasing his second full-length album "Lucky Man" on Jan. 25. This marks the idol's first comeback since his debut back in 2017 with "Love and Fall", meaning it has been about three years and four months since Bobby released music as a soloist.
Bobby has been well-loved in the industry for the various self-composed songs that he released in his first full-length album, "Love and Fall". Now, people are wondering how Bobby's musicality has grown throughout the past three years. Currently, YG Entertainment is in the process of releasing teasers, hyping up the idol's comeback,
WINNER's Yoon will also be returning as a soloist after being active as a member of his group. Yoon made headlines back in 2013 after debuting as a soloist with the song "It Rains" and "Wild and Young". Now, eight years later, Yoon will finally be returning to the stage as a soloist.
While Yoon has released solo songs through OSTs for dramas or through WINNER's albums, it has been eight years since he released an official solo release. Back in 2020, YG Entertainment announced Yoon would be releasing a full-length album and is preparing for it while still actively promoting with WINNER. They originally announced that the album would be released in the Fall of 2020, YG Entertainment announced that it was postponed due to Yoon's drama filming. It is now expected to be released within the first half of 2020.
Of course, this article would be incomplete if we did not mention the debuts from YG Entertainment that made headlines - the debuts of BLACKPINK Rosé and Lisa. YG Entertainment surprised fans when they confirmed both Rosé and Lisa are preparing for their solo albums. Back in 2020, YG Entertainment confirmed Rosé would be debuting as a soloist that year, but her debut ended up being postponed to give more time to work on the music.
Now, fans can expect both of the said BLACKPINK members to debut. According to reports, both members have already finished filming their solo debut music videos, meaning fans only need to wait for YG Entertainment to drop their debut schedule.
Jisoo is expected to debut as a soloist after she is done filming her drama "Snowdrop". Jennie debuted as a soloist back in 2018.
BLACKPINK Rosé, Lisa, IU and More: Who Will Claim As "SOLO QUEEN" in 2021?
With today's top singers heralding their solo comebacks and debuts -- Chung Ha, IU, HyunA, BLACKPINK Rosé and Lisa -- the attention of music fans are focused on who will be the "solo queen" of the year who will mark the biggest impact on the K-pop industry with their releases.
Here's the Powerful Comeback/Debut Lineup of Female Stars This 2021.
1. Chung Ha
Chung Ha, who delayed her comeback last year after testing positive with coronavirus, announced her full recovery and is now ready to drop another bop.
On Jan. 19, she will release a pre-release single "X.," while her first full-length album "Querencia" will be kicking off on February 15.
Chung Ha had a solid reputation in the K-pop industry as one of the best performing solo female artist, who is also not afraid to venture on colorful musical attempts. Thus, fans are curious if what aspect will she show in this album that is unique to viewers and listeners.
The "Nation's Sweetheart" is also preparing for another musical reset following her hit tracks, "Blueming," and "eight ft. and prod. by BTS Suga."
This Jan. 27, the idol-actress will drop the pre-release track ahead of her new album, whose release date is still kept under wraps.
In particular, K-pop enthusiasts are truly excited for her new music release as this is IU's full-length album in three years after "Palette," released in 2017.
Meanwhile, Edam Entertainment, IU's agency, teased music fans as they said that it is IU's first genre of music that she tries with bright and cheerful pop sounds that can be a boost to listeners.
>>> See more: IU Announces Comeback With 5th Full-length Album, Pre-releases Song On January 27
3. Hyun A
Considered one of the "Sexy Queens" of K-pop, HyunA is also making her return to the music scene. Initially, she was going to come back last year but due to her health condition, it was moved this year.
Indeed, the long wait is over as HyunA will be the first artist of P NATION to release a new album!
Recently, the "COMING UP NEXT" leaflet posted by Psy contained HyunA's photos that hinted at her upcoming release. In the photos, her unique aura and eyes in colorful backgrounds along with her hip styling intrigued fans.
Regardless of the kind of music, she will drop, HyunA will surely not disappoint!
4. BLACKPINK Rosé and Lisa
BLACKPINK Lisa and Rosé are preparing for their respective, long-awaited solo debut!
Previously, YG Entertainment confirmed that they will have their individual release, and announced as well that they recently finished the MV filming.
Though they are under the same group, there are different kinds of anticipation that fans are giving to the idols.
In particular, Rosé is the main vocalist of BLACKPINK, while Lisa is the main dancer. It is picking fans' interest if they will both focus on their strengths, or experiment on their other abilities.
Rosé rapping? Lisa singing? Who knows? We're all for it nevertheless!