From iKON To EXO, Here’s K-Pop Groups Who Made Their Comeback In 2019!

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K-Pop Is Ready To Stir Up The World With New Comebacks!

A comeback is a term used for groups’ or artists’ releases of their new projects including albums, singles, music videos, etc. It is common for K-Pop fans to eagerly await their favorite K-Pop groups or artists to update their music every year and these comebacks could just blow your mind. Here’s a list of new comebacks that will make you amazed! Read until the very end of this Channel-Korea article to find out about all the dazzling comebacks made in 2019.

iKON – I’m OK

iKON revealed their comeback on January 7th, 2019, with their repackage album New Kids Repackage: The New Kids. The track “I’m OK” was the lead track of this album written by iKON’s B.I. and Future Bounce with lyrics by B.I, Bobby, and Kim Jong Won.

This album is the last iKON album with B.I before his departure in June 2019 making a compilation of the 2017 single album New Kids: Begin, the 2018 album Return, the digital single “Rubber Band,” and the EPs New Kids: Continue and New Kids: The Final.

The meaning of the title track “I’m OK” is: “The message of the song comes from an idea of how people get sadder when people ask them, ‘Are you OK?’ and how they cry even more when told not to cry,” stated by B.I.

Bobby also said, “The song has its strength in its catchy melody. Many listeners will be able to empathize with the song.”

Tracklist

Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. “Bling Bling”
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Millennium
  • B.I
  • Millennium
Millennium 3:39
2. “Love Scenario” (사랑을 했다; Sarang-eul haetda)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Mot Mal
  • B.I
  • Millennium
  • Seung
Millennium 3:29
3. “Killing Me” (죽겠다; juggetda) B.I
  • B.I
  • Joe Rhee
  • R.Tee
  • R.Tee
  • Joe Rhee
3:13
4. “Freedom”
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Seung
  • Millennium
  • B.I
  • Seung
Millennium 3:21
5. “B-Day” (벌떼; beoltte)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Airplay
  • Kang Uk Jin
  • Airplay
  • Kang Uk Jin
3:34
6. “Rubber Band” (고무줄다리기; gomujuldaligi)
  • B.I
  • Mino
  • Seung
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Mino
  • Millennium
Millennium 3:17
7. “Beautiful”
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Teddy Park
  • Choice37
  • B.I
  • Teddy
  • Choice37
  • Teddy
3:16
8. “Cocktail” (칵테일; kagteil)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Millennium
Millennium 3:46
9. “Only You”
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Kang Uk-jin
Kang Uk-jin 3:32
10. “Everything”
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Psy
  • Psy
  • Yoo Gun-hyung
  • B.I
  • Psy
  • Yoo Gun-hyung
3:34
11. “Love Me” (나를 사랑하지 않나요?; nareul saranghaji anhnayo?)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Kush
  • Ju-ne
  • Choice37
  • B.I
  • Kush
  • Ju-ne
Choice37 3:28
12. “Don’t Let Me Know” (내가 모르게; naega moleuge)
  • B.I
  • Seung
  • B.I
  • Millennium
Millennium

 

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. “I’m OK”
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Kim Jong-won
  • B.I
  • Future Bounce
Future Bounce 3:36
2. “Goodbye Road” (이별길; ibyeolgil)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Future Bounce
  • Bekuh BOOM
Future Bounce 3:59
3. “Long Time No See”
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Choice37
  • Lydia
  • Taeyang
Choice37 3:26
4. “Best Friend”
  • B.I
  • Lee Jung Hyun
  • Future Bounce
  • Bekuh BOOM
  • B.I
Future Bounce 3:50
5. “Just Go” B.I
  • B.I
  • Kang Uk-jin
Kang Uk-jin 3:36
6. “Adore You” (좋아해요; joh-ahaeyo)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Seo Won-jin
  • Seo Won-jin
  • R.Tee
3:30
7. “Don’t Forget” (잊지마요; ij-jimayo)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • Kim Joon
  • B.I
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • Diggy
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • Diggy
4:13
8. “Jerk” (나쁜놈; nappeunnom)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Kang Uk-Jin
Kang Uk-Jin 3:43
9. “Perfect” (꼴좋다; kkoljohda) B.I
  • B.I
  • Future Bounce
Future Bounce 3:33
10. “Hug Me” (안아보자; an-aboja)
  • B.I
  • Bobby
  • B.I
  • Tablo
Tablo 3:36
11. “Just for You” (줄게; julge) B.I
  • B.I
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • LIØN
  • Kang Uk-jin
  • LIØN
3:21

 

Chart

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 30
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1


Dreamcatcher – PIRI

Dream Catcher, a group under Happy Face Entertainment, released “Piri” on February 13th, 2019. This song has a horror concept and an edgy vibe. In the music video, the scary ghost was shown in a chase down a hall, surrounded by creepy dolls, receiving a scary phone call, and the members dressed in red performing an unexpected dance choreography.

Dreamcatcher really offered a unique and different concept, especially compared to other girl groups in K-Pop. The vibe is somewhat similar to the one the girl group Crayon Pop used to give off.

“PIRI” is the title track off the group’s new mini-album The End of Nightmare.

Tracklist

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR FRA Down. JPN US World
The End of Nightmare
  • Release Date: February 13th, 2019 (KOR)
  • Label: Dreamcatcher Company
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Tracklist
  1. Intro
  2. Piri
  3. Diamond
  4. And There Was No One Left (그리고 아무도 없었다)
  5. Daydream (백일몽)
  6. Piri (Inst.)
3 138 43 6
  • KOR: 30,930
  • JPN: 2,821

TXT – Crown

The boy band TXT under Big Hit Entertainment released their comeback in 2019 with the title track “Crown” from the album The Dream Chapter: Star.

The concept of TXT’s “Crown” is a story about a boy who suddenly grows horns on his head. The boy is afraid of what people would say and he decides to hide in a place where there is no one until he sees a light. The boy meets another boy with wings and finally, he smiles. The boys recognize each other and since then they are not alone anymore.

Some news said this album of TXT has a correlation with BTS since the concept of the song is using wings and it is meaningful for someone who is different and is not just alone anymore.

Here’s the tracklist of the album.

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR BEL
(FL)
CAN FRA
Dig.
JPN SWI US
The Dream Chapter: Star
  • Release Date: March 4th, 2019
  • Label: Big Hit
  • Formats: CD, digital download, streaming
1 98 100 11 3 58 140
  • KOR: 211,564
  • JPN: 29,340
  • US: 4,000

 

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR KOR
Hot
JPN NZ
Hot
US
World
“Crown” (어느 날 머리에서 뿔이 자랐다) 2019 86 21 29 1 N/A The Dream Chapter: Star
“Cat & Dog” (English version) Non-album singles
“Our Summer” (Acoustic mix)
“9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)”

(9와 4분의 3 승강장에서 너를 기다려)

109 71 2 26 2
  • US: 2,000
The Dream Chapter: Magic

 

BLACKPINK – Kill This Love

BLACKPINK is in the house! In 2019, they released the phenomenal song “Kill This Love.” This girl group under YG Entertainment launched the song on April 5th, 2019, in collaboration with Interscope Records. “Kill This Love” was released as the title track of their latest album.

In one of their interviews, Rose said that “Kill This Love” is an empowering song that speaks within every word of the lyrics. Jennie also added, “It’s about killing toxic love that hurts us, makes us vulnerable, that makes us weak, and to really find ourselves within [that] love. [Finding] what makes us confident and comfortable when we’re in love.”

Here are the achievements of this song:

Year-end lists
Critic/Publication List Work Rank
MTV The Best K-pop B-sides of 2019 “Kick It” 20
Paper Paper’s Top 20 Albums of 2019 Kill This Love 9

 

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2020 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards Album of the Year – 2nd Quarter Nominated
Top Music Universe Awards K-pop Album Of The Year Won

 

Also, the tracklist of the album is shown below.

Tracklist

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. “Kill This Love”
  • Teddy
  • Bekuh BOOM
  • Teddy
  • R.Tee
  • Calabasas Sound
  • Bekuh BOOM
  • Teddy
  • R.Tee
  • 24
3:13
2. “Don’t Know What to Do” Teddy
  • Teddy
  • 24
  • Brian Lee
  • Bekuh BOOM
  • Teddy
  • R.Tee
  • 24
3:22
3. “Kick It”
  • Teddy
  • Danny Chung
  • TAEO
  • Teddy
  • 24
24 3:12
4. “Hope Not” (아니길)
  • Teddy
  • Masta Wu
  • Teddy
  • Seo Won Jin
  • Lydia Paek
Seo Won Jin 3:12
5. “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du” (뚜두뚜두, remix) Teddy
  • Teddy
  • 24
  • R.Tee
  • Bekuh BOOM
R.Tee 3:22
Total length: 16:19

 

This album with the title track “Kill This Love” has spread around the world and has gained worldwide popularity.

Weekly charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 18
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 8
Irish Albums (IRMA) 52
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 17
Japanese Hot Albums (Billboard Japan) 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) 10
Scottish Albums (OCC) 21
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 30
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) 23
UK Albums (OCC) 40
US Billboard 200 24
US Digital Albums (Billboard) 6
US Top Album Sales (Billboard) 10
US World Albums (Billboard) 1

 

Certification
Region Certification Certified units/sales
China (QQ Music) Diamond 645,000
South Korea (KMCA) Platinum 324,577

NCT 127 – Superhuman

NCT 127 released We Are Superhuman on May 24th, 2019, under the label SM Entertainment. This South Korean boy band also announced their first Japanese album, Awaken a month earlier on April 18th, 2019. Both the albums have the lead single “Superhuman” and five other tracks.

The superb track “Superhuman” is talking about how we all have our super-power possibilities. Mark, NCT rapper explains to Forbes, “We wanted to show that to people.”  This song has offered disco, house and hit electro-pop which might be the band’s catchiest chorus to date. You need to listen up too!

The band launched “Superhuman” with a performance on Good Morning America on April 18th. They are the third Korean act to appear on the program.

Mark the rapper explained that this song was also inspired by the movie Superman where Clark Kent begins transforming into Superman by opening up his shirt at his chest which they use as the main choreography point.

You will see the choreography that ends with a move where the guys are near-ripping open their shirts in a nod to one of the most iconic superheroes. And this move has become the signature of the choreography.

Among their achievements with the track “Superhuman” is debuting at number three on the World Digital Song Sales chart, with one thousand downloads sold, becoming the group’s seventh top-ten song on the chart. Moreover, We Are Superhuman also debuted at number 11 on the US Billboard 200 with 27,000 equivalent album units (with 25,000 being traditional sales) which has made NCT 127’s highest-charted album in the chart, also, second highest-charted K-Pop group in the chart.

Tracklist

Title Lyrics Music Length
1. “Highway to Heaven”
  • Sean Machum
  • Michael Foster
  • Charles Anderson
  • Gaelen Whittemor
  • Wilbart “Vedo” McCoy III
  • Richard Garcia
  • Sean Machum
  • Gaelen Whittemor
  • Michael Foster
  • Charles Anderson
  • Richard Garcia
3:20
2. “Superhuman”
  • Park Sung-hee
  • Lee Seu-ran
  • JQ
  • Ameli
  • Rick Bridges
  • Adrian McKinnon
  • Tak
  • 1 Take
3:57
3. “Fool” (아 깜짝이야) Rick Bridges
  • Rykeyz
  • Britten Newbill
  • Wes Period
  • Lucky Daye
2:41
4. “Jet Lag” (시차)
  • JQ
  • Kim Hye-jeong
  • Mark
  • Social House
  • Gaelen Whittemore
  • Sean Machum
  • Wilbart ‘Vedo’ McCoy III
3:15
5. “Paper Plane” (종이비행기) Oh Min-ju
  • Léon Paul Palmen
  • Jihad Rahmouni
  • Roel Donk
3:44
6. “Outro: We Are 127” Tak 1:27

 

Weekly charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Digital Albums (ARIA) 15
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 64
French Digital Albums (SNEP) 43
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 6
Scottish Albums (OCC) 77
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) 77
UK Digital Albums (OCC) 54
UK Physical Albums (OCC) 71
US Billboard 200 11
US Independent Albums (Billboard) 1
US World Albums (Billboard) 1

 

Year-end charts

Chart (2019) Position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 20
US Independent Albums (Billboard) 24
US World Albums (Billboard) 9

 

Year-end lists

Year-end lists
Critic/Publication List Rank
PopCrush Best Pop Albums of 2019 N/A

fromis_9 – FUN!

Fromis 9 also released their comeback on June 4th, 2019. Their lead track “Fun Factory” is the first on their latest single album. They launched first this single on Mnet’s M Countdown, followed by performances on KBS’ Music Bank, MBC’s Show! Music Core, and SBS’ Inkigayo.

The concept of the song is about having fun which starts with the girls appearing stressed and bored and then doing something fun and enjoying in different forms. Jiwon eats a plate of macarons, Gyuri waits until midnight to unbox various objects, Jiheon tries out virtual reality, Jisun engages in a gaming marathon, Seoyeon gets lost inside books, Nakyung believes she can fly on a trampoline, Saerom exercises with the TV, Chaeyoung watches a scary movie, and finally, Hayoung plays some board games.

They also imitate television advertisements from various brands such as Gyuri’s set as a hair model for Funsilk (Sunsilk) mixing references from the other brand and from a touching Pantene-like advertisement from Thailand. There is also a clip about a deaf girl learning how to play the violin despite criticism from her peers, and making a breathtaking performance wrapped up by Pantene’s slogan, “you can shine.”

Another reference to a commercial that they showed in the MV is Seoyeon doing the model for Fromisnine’s (Maybelline) makeup ads, Saerom shining for Fr’óreal (L’Óreal), Jiheon and Hayoung selling bottles of Fromi Sweat (Pocari Sweat), Nakyung and Jiwon are best friends for Clear&Clean (Clean&Clear), Seoyeon and Saerom double up as dark, sporty models in a Fromis (Adidas) parody, and Jisun and Jiwon lend their visuals to sell a green plum drink (Woongjin Green Plum Drink). So smart!

Fromis 9 also performed an energetic dance routine highlighting the Bomb Noodles. The noodle product that has been popular nowadays. They threw the ingredients to the screen as audiences or viewers were part of their magical ingredients. They also did form poses that mirrored “Love Bomb.”

It is so entertaining and interesting to watch their MV by combining all the various commercials or ads in another form of fun. This MV brings the opportunity to show the behind the scenes footage of the girls doing the ads.

Here the tracklist of the album:

Tracklist

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. “Fun!” Kim Ji-hyang, 초심, 구본암, Hwang Yu-bin Drew Ryan Scott, Sean Michael Alexander, Melodesign Avenue 52, Melodesign 3:03
2. “Love RumPumPum” Bumzu, Woozi (Seventeen) Anchor, Park Ki-tae, Bumzu, Woozi (Seventeen) Anchor, Park Ki-tae, Bumzu, Woozi (Seventeen) 3:05
3. “Fly High” Song Ha-young, Park Ji-won Nmore, Song Ha-young, Park Ji-won Nmore 3:39

 

Charts and Sales

Chart (2019) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 2

 

GFriend – Fever

In 2019, GFriend also made a comeback by releasing their new album Fever Season with the title track “Fever.” It was released on July 1st, 2019, by Source Music. It immediately hit the charts well by hitting at number 10 on the Billboard World Albums chart and topping the Gaon Album Chart.

GFRIEND talked about their new album concept, explaining, “We received a lot of love for our school trilogy at the beginning of our debut. We wanted to create a series again, so we brought ‘season’ from ‘Season of Glass.’”

Yerin also expressed, “Before, we had a soft concept, and this time, we tried to look cool.” Umji commented, “Although our images on stage are important, we wanted to show you how our album itself has developed, so we paid special attention to the songs.”

Yuju said, “It’s the first time I’ve been in charge of the verse part since ‘Fingertip’, so I’m excited.” Eunha added, “We worked hard to sing in a cool way.”

About the styles they use, Yuju described, “Rather than changing styles completely, we grew and transformed naturally. Rather than saying we tried on styles that didn’t suit us, we had fun practicing while thinking that it was ours.” Umji added, “We felt that it fit our age and concept well. We’re growing up, so it doesn’t seem right if we go with the same style and we don’t grow up in our songs. It’s a little new, but we’re trying not to lose too much of our [original image]. We will work harder so that many people can say, ‘GFRIEND is good at pulling this off too.’”

GFRIEND usually brings to life highschool and cute styles but now they made a change in the choreography as well. Sowon explained, “You’ll be able to see GFRIEND’s musical style upgraded to a new level. We’ll show you how much we’ve grown performance-wise, so look forward to it. There was a change in choreography, so we tried to unite in harmony while saving individual charms.”

SinB concluded, “In the past, we used to focus on sharp synchronization, and this time we focused more on individual feel and swag. Personally, I’ve never done this style of choreography, so I tried to look cool. I’ve dyed my hair an unusual color so I’m trying to maintain it.”

Here is the tracklist of their new comeback album Fever Season:

Tracklist

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. “Fever” (열대야; yeol-dae ya: lit. Tropical Night) Igi (Oreo), Cino (Oreo), Ung Kim (Oreo) Igi (Oreo), Cino (Oreo), Ung Kim (Oreo) Cino (Oreo), Ung Kim (Oreo) 3:34
2. “Mr. Blue” 13 13 13 3:17
3. “Smile” (좋은 말 한때; joh-eun mal hanttae: lit. Good Words) Noh Ju-hwan Roh Ju-hwan and Lee Won-jong Roh Ju-hwan and Lee Won-jong 3:15
4. “Wish” (바라; bala: lit. Want) MosPick MosPick MosPick 3:16
5. “Paradise” Islan Jeong Ho Hyun (e.one) Jeong Ho Hyun (e.one) 3:14
6. “Hope” (기대; gidae: lit. Expectation) Sowon, Yerin, Eunha, Yuju, SinB, Umji, Wonjong Lee Wonjong Lee Wonjong Lee 3:28
7. “Flower” (Korean version) 13 13 13 3:37
8. “Fever” (instrumental) Igi (Oreo), Cino (Oreo), Ung Kim (Oreo) Cino (Oreo), Ung Kim (Oreo) 3:33

 

Charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1
US World Albums (Billboard) 10