2020 may be beginning to wind down, but K-pop’s getting busier than ever. In a year where K-pop has proved its tenacity and continued full speed ahead regardless of the global pandemic, this past week saw artists awarded for their efforts, and others continue to drop the hits. Catch up on some big K-pop news below. Big Hit plan companywide New Year’s Eve concert Though much of the world is still void of live events because of the coronavirus pandemic, Seoul’s music scene is cautiously planning for some concerts at the end of this year, including a roster-wide one from Big Hit Entertainment on New Year’s Eve. Set to have both online and in-person audiences, the December 31 event will feature BTS , GFriend, Tomorrow X Together, Nu’est, yet-to-debut boy band Enhypen, Lee Hyun, and Bumzu. It will be the BTS members’ first event with an in-person audience since lockdown shut down much of the world. Exo and SuperM member Kai teases solo debut Anticipation for the Gucci brand ambassador’s first solo release has been rising ever since SM Entertainment announced it earlier this year, and this week saw the first taste of what Kai is going to offer with his upcoming first EP. Set to drop on November 30, it is said “to open new world of musicXperformanceXstyle”. 'World-class performer' KAI to debut solo! 1st Mini Album 'KAI (开)' out on 11/30! To open new world of musicXperformanceXstyle! 6 tracks of various genres! Pre-orders available from today! #카이 #KAI #엑소 #EXO #weareoneEXO #开 pic.twitter.com/4WowgklBdC — EXO (@weareoneEXO) November 11, 2020 November releases impress October and November are always busy for K-pop as artists release new music ahead of end-of-year event season, and Monday came in a big way with releases from not one or two but three major artists: Taemin returned with his Act 2 of his “Never Gonna Dance Again” album series, GFriend finished up their current album trilogy with “Walpurgis Night”, and Ha Sung-woon, formerly of Wanna One, returned with his EP “Mirage”. No time for love for Jihyo and Kang Daniel Twice’s Jihyo and soloist Kang Daniel, also formerly of Wanna One, issued statements this week confirming they had broken up after rumours began circulating . The pair had been publicly together since summer 2019, but the romance came to a halt reportedly because they were too busy with their careers for the relationship. Bloomberg names Blackpink biggest band in world The American financial outlet dubbed Blackpink the biggest band in October in its Pop Star Power Rankings . BTS was ranked tenth in that same time period, a major win for South Korea-based artists. Wall Street Journal dubs BTS 2020 music innovators As the year begins to wind down, award season is slowly creeping up on the world, and BTS are already winning big. At The Wall Street Journal Magazine’s 10th annual Innovator Awards on Wednesday, the septet were recognised for their efforts in the musical world, with their impact garnering comparison at the event to that of The Beatles. NCT to return with Resonance Pt. 2 The 23-member boy band just wrapped up promoting their “Resonance Pt. 1” singles From Home and Make a Wish , but NCT isn’t slowing down: they’ll release the second half of the project on November 23. Cnblue teases return The pop band released teasers for their upcoming return with Then, Now and Forever and album “Re-Code”. It’ll be the first release from Cnblue as a trio, and follows the departure of Lee Jong-hyun from the act in 2019 after the guitarist-vocalist admitted involvement in sex crime abuses . Boa releases 20th anniversary doc The K-pop icon celebrated her 20th anniversary this year, and is planning to release an upcoming album in commemoration. But ahead of it, a new documentary arrived on YouTube this week that explored Boa’s legacy.