It’s On For K-Pop for the Final Stretch for This Year’s Awards
by Kaiser Lau
6 months ago
As we slowly approach the end of 2018, several K-pop groups including Wanna One, EXO, and TWICE, are planning their final comebacks of the year in late October to November, to increase their chances on winning the award of the year.
We’ve got IZ*ONE, a limited girl group formed in PRODUCE 48, to have their song debuted in late October. Fans are wondering if they can maintain the magic they had in the PRODUCE series as well as IOI and Wanna One, who have gained immediate popularity from fans with their first songs.
EXO has yet to make any comebacks in 2018, but they have confirmed an upcoming comeback on November 2, with the album 《Don’t Mess Up My Tempo》, where they will be highlighting Chinese member LAY, who will be joining after a brief hiatus from group activities. Fans are looking forward to this album, anticipating whether or not it can help EXO maintain their winning streak of Album of the Year in MAMA.
For a group that is slowly approaching their demise, Wanna One is preparing to give their fans a final departure gift in the middle of November, with all the members returning to their original agencies after the last day of this year. Another limited group NU’EST W have also planned their comeback in November, but after 2018, fans are more excited about seeing Minhyun, who is still currently with Wanna One, join the group again as a member of NU’EST.
After releasing their first Japan album and completing their Arena Tour, TWICE have confirmed they will be doing a comeback to K-Pop on November 5th. Fans have speculated that the title song will be “YES OR YES”, based on the poster that features the title. TWICE will also be holding fan meetings for “ONCE HALLOWEEN” on October 28th to celebrate their 3rd anniversary with their infamous fanclub, ONCE.
As a main rival of TWICE, Red Velvet has also just unveiled that they will be making a comeback in November as well. This will be Red Velvet’s third comeback of the year, following “Bad Boy” in January and “Power Up” in August.
Aside from the groups mentioned above, we’ve also got Highlight, BTOB, BoA, and KEY from SHINee, who are also all making their comebacks in November, and perhaps more to come. Who’s going to take it home this year? We’ll just have to get through and find out!