Girl group (G)I-Idle are among several K-pop acts planning to release new music in January, at the start of what will be another big year for Korean pop music. Photo: Getty Images Girl group (G)I-Idle are among several K-pop acts planning to release new music in January, at the start of what will be another big year for Korean pop music. Photo: Getty Images
Girl group (G)I-Idle are among several K-pop acts planning to release new music in January, at the start of what will be another big year for Korean pop music. Photo: Getty Images

K-pop in 2021 – what to expect: the return of Red Velvet and Shinee, Aespa’s continued rise, and synergy between Korean pop and video games

  • The major labels are likely to launch several new acts this year, some aimed at the rest of Asia rather than Korea, and to pursue links with video gaming
  • Expect to see bands build on the success of online concerts – with Seventeen and Blackpink coming this month – and fan meet-and-greets launched in 2020

Topic |   K-pop, Mandopop and other Asian pop
Girl group (G)I-Idle are among several K-pop acts planning to release new music in January, at the start of what will be another big year for Korean pop music. Photo: Getty Images Girl group (G)I-Idle are among several K-pop acts planning to release new music in January, at the start of what will be another big year for Korean pop music. Photo: Getty Images
Girl group (G)I-Idle are among several K-pop acts planning to release new music in January, at the start of what will be another big year for Korean pop music. Photo: Getty Images
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