|Girls’ Generation (SM Entertainment)|
This month has been filled with comeback releases including returns from B.A.P., Crayon Pop and Ga In, and there are more on the way.
With two of the country’s most popular girl groups, Girls’ Generation and 2NE1, announcing the release of their new albums, the remaining two weeks of February look to be a battle-filled competition among those hoping to make a big comeback.
|CNBlue (FNC Entertainment)|
Along with the K-pop powerhouses, popular boy band CNBlue as well as R&B vocal group Brown Eyed Soul and veteran singer-songwriter Lee Sang-eun are also jumping on the bandwagon of February returns with their latest releases.
As if Feb. 24 isn’t already keeping K-pop fans on their toes with the highly anticipated comeback albums of 2NE1 and Girls’ Generation, the four members of CNBlue are also hoping to make their mark that day with the release of their upcoming EP “Can’t Stop.” The boy band recently released a best-of album titled “Present” in Japan and secured themselves the No. 2 spot on the Oricon Weekly Albums Chart. The boys are looking to find the same success in their return to Korea with the release of their upcoming fifth EP, coming a year after the release of their previous hit EP “Re:BLUE.”
|2NE1 (YG Entertainment)|
The K-pop superstars of 2NE1 finally announced the official release of the group’s second studio album this month after their debut more than five years ago. The four ladies of 2NE1 will be going head to head with CNBlue and Girls’ Generation with their follow-up album “Crush.”
Although SNSD’s upcoming EP “Mr.Mr.” was originally slated to be released the same day as the albums by 2NE1 and CNBlue, officials from SM Entertainment announced on Friday that the release of SNSD’s new album may be postponed after a number of scenes for the video of the title track were reported to have been accidentally deleted. They are currently looking to see if restoration of these files is possible. An official decision on the album’s possible late release date has not yet been announced.
|Lee Sang-eun (Breeze Music)|
Outside the mainstream K-pop spectrum, long-time ballad rock singer Lee, who also goes by the stage name Leetzsche, also announced her return to the music scene with the release of her 15th studio album. Since releasing her debut album “Happy Birthday” in 1989, Lee has produced more than 20 studio albums including 14 full-length albums.
“We have signed a managing contract with Lee Sang-eun,” said a representative from V-Entertainment. “And after four years, she will be releasing her 15th studio album as well as starting to promote her music by appearing on broadcast programs and performing concerts.”
By Julie Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org)