March will be an important month for K-Pop
March’s K-pop releases are set to delight fans around the world, with a slew of A-list stars making their long-awaited comebacks! These stars include SHINee’s Onew, girl group TWICE, EXO’s Kai and BTS’ Jimin.
Onew, the leader of SHINee, will release his first solo studio album “Circle” on March 6th with the lead single “O (Circle)”, according to his management agency, the forthcoming album will feature nine additional tracks with different vibes. SMentertainment.
“Onew’s new album will showcase his unique voice and feelings,” SM said in a statement.
“O (Circle)” is a dreamy, groovy R&B song that compares human life to nature. Through her lyrics, she tells listeners that they all experience good and bad things in their lives. Renowned lyricist Kim Ea-na, who previously wrote the lyrics for Onew’s single “Way,” and vocalist Punch were once again involved in the creation of Onew’s new song.
“It’s the first time me and my company have worked on a song with that kind of atmosphere.”the singer said during the radio show Kim Eana’s Starry Night on February 20. “I also chose his name. »
Circle will also include Caramel – featuring rapper Giriboy – and Rain On Me. The latter was written by singer-songwriter Sam Kim.
It took Onew about a year to present his solo material after releasing his second mini-album, Dice, last April. Ahead of the release of Circle, the 33-year-old artist will perform his debut solo concert O-NEW-NOTE in Seoul from March 3-5.
TWICE, a household name in the K-pop universe, will release her 12th mini-album, Ready to be, on March 10, according to her management company JYP Entertainment.
The title of the upcoming EP is “Set Me Free”, a melody with simple but powerful sounds and confident lyrics.
“Melanie Fontana and Lindgren, who are responsible for the success of the group’s previous hits like ‘I Can’t Stop Me’ (2020) and ‘Cry For Me’ (2020), composed ‘Set Me Free,'” said JYP a statement.
The EP will also include “Moonlight Sunrise,” the band’s latest English-language single, which charted on Billboard’s Major Singles chart upon its release in January.
“It will contain seven tracks, including the English version of ‘Set Me Free'”, A JYP explained, adding that member Dahyun wrote the lyrics for one of the songs.
Following the release of Set Me Free, TWICE is about to embark on their fifth world tour entitled Ready to be. Among other things, the group plans 17 concerts in 14 cities in Korea, Australia and Japan.
The group will also receive the Breakthrough Artist Award at the Billboard Women in Music Awards, scheduled for March 1 in Los Angeles. This marks the first time a K-pop group has won awards at this annual event.
Also back is Kai from EXO. The singer will release his new mini-album Rover on March 13th. According to his agency SM, it will feature six songs, including the lead single of the same name.
“Kai, who is known to be a gifted performer, will show an even better version of himself this time around.”‘ said SM.
After releasing “Peaches” in 2021, it took more than a year for the singer to come back with a new solo album. He started 2020 solo with the self-titled album “KAI”.
On March 24th, Jimin of K-pop titan BTS will make his highly-anticipated solo debut with the album FACE.
According to his record label Big Hit Music, a number of high-profile musicians including Pdogg and Supreme Boy, as well as BTS frontman RM, were involved in creating the forthcoming album.
“‘FACE’ will show how Jimin marks a fresh start as an artist”added Big Hit Music. “He took an active role in the production of his mini-album to showcase his unique style.”
“FACE” will be preceded by the title track “Like Crazy” which will be available in Korean and English. According to Big Hit, the EP will also include “Set Me Free Pt.2” and “Face-off” among others. The premiere comes on March 17th, just before the official release of the mini-album. This is a song that underscores Jimin’s determination to move forward unhindered by complex inner feelings.
Jimin is the 4th BTS member to go solo after J-Hope, Jin and RM, who made their official solo debuts last July and December respectively.
In addition to the above groups, boy band Cravity and girl group NMIXX will also be heating up the K-pop scene next month with their new music offerings.