Wednesday Kpop Update | SME Introducing New Boy Group + AOA New Sub-Unit + Mnet New Chinese Reality Competition for Girl Group

Today was a good day in the kpop world!

First thing’s first, welcome back Rainbow! Rainbow has officially announced their comeback for February 15th!

SM’s founder Lee So Man has decided that there needs to be a new way to release music and they’ve come up with a plan. They’ll be releasing music through their new music channel “Station”. Every 52 weeks a new song will be released and the first song to be released was Taeyeon’s!

Taeyeon released a teaser for her upcoming single “Rain”. This comes days after the release of her collaboration with CRUSH on “Don’t Forget”.

KARA’s Gyuri is receiving lots of love and praise from fans as she ventures into the world of acting. After the official news of KARA’s disbandment, many fans were wondering what would happen to the members, new and old. Well, one by one we’ve been given updates on what each member is choosing to do and now Gyuri has been cast in a role for the upcoming k-drama, Jang Yeong Sil. Can’t wait to see her act again!

SM has really been making waves today. First with the announcement of their new music channel platform and with the release of Taeyeon’s new song, and now we have been told that they will be producing a new boy group!

“…Lee Soo Man said, “Under the brand of ‘NCT (Neo Culture Technology)’ different teams will debut based in different countries around the world.” There will be various collaborations and units formed between the different groups, allowing for movement of members and new recruits into the groups. There also won’t be a set member number for these groups. The first unit is expected to debut in the spring and be active in Seoul and Japan in the first half of the year. In the second half, another team will debut, active in China. Other groups are expected to debut to target the South East Asia region and Latin America. These various group will take one song and sing it in different languages.”

(source: soompi)

The new group was announced at the “SMTOWN: New Culture Technology, 2016” conference. Let me just say, I’m already a huge fan! I love their sound!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out their teasers below!

AOA has also joined in the huge news of the day by announcing they are in the process of creating a sub-unit. Three members of the group will be breaking off to form this unit.

But who will they be?

“FNC Entertainment’s rep told OSEN on January 27, ‘Chanmi, Hyejeong and Yuna will promote as a unit group. They are planned to release a new song in February. We ask for a lot of anticipation.'”

(source: allkpop)

That’s right everybody! Chanmi, Hyejeong, and Yuna are on their way to debut. The name hasn’t been released yet but I imagine it’s going to be part of their debut plans.

Can’t wait to see the teasers and hear the new music!

And finally, Mnet has decided to create a reality competition for a new girl group in China. This show is joining, “SMTM”, “Unpretty Rapstar”, “SIXTEEN”, and the currently airing show, “Produce 101” which is another reality competition.

“Mnet will be producing the idol survival program ‘Honeybee Girls’ that is scheduled to air February 3 on Zhejiang Satellite TV,” a representative said on January 27. “China expressed interest in our production department after seeing the show ‘SIXTEEN.’”

(source: soompi)

“Honeybee Girls” is a bit different that “Produce 101” because it will have 14 contestants vs. 101 and it’s specifically for China.


And now for new music to add to your playlists…





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