Sweet Sweet Kpop’s Favorite Debuts of 2016

With each year comes more debuts, with hopeful artists aiming to make a mark in the music industry. 2016 was jam-packed with memorable debuts and rookies demonstrating skills that set them apart from the rest.

From groups like BLACKPINK to NCT 127, here is a compilation of some of our favorites!

BLACKPINK

BLACKPINK is one of the hottest groups from this year! They debuted with the fierce and attention-grabbing double title songs, “Boombayah” and “Whistle,” capturing the hearts of millions. Since then, they’ve also released “Playing With Fire” and “Stay,” demonstrating their multitude of talents.

ASTRO

Astro is a 6-member boy group composed of Eunwoo, JinJin, MJ, Moonbin, Rocky, and Sanha. They debuted in February under Fantagio Entertainment with “Hide & Seek,” and have since released titles like “Breathless” and “Confession.” They’re well-known for their energetic stages and refreshing, catchy music. Many of their non-title songs are great as well, such as “Morning Call” and “Your Love.”

I.O.I

I.O.I is one of 2016’s hottest groups, and there’s a good reason why! This girl group consists of 11 members from the show “Produce 101.” They are an international girl group with catchy music and promising talent.  Their most-recent song is “Very Very Very,” which has an addictive, cute pop beat. Unfortunately, they will disband in 2017 and return to their respective agencies, but they’ve given their fans many unforgettable memories!

PENTAGON

Pentagon is Cube Entertainment‘s newest boy group and is consisted of 10 Korean, Chinese, and Japanese members. They debuted in October with “Gorilla” and just had a comeback with “Can You Feel It.” The group was formed on the show “Pentagon Maker,” where they were put to the test in various categories, such as dance and teamwork. Overall, Pentagon has a lot of potential, with impressive vocals, rap, and dance abilities.

NCT 127

NCT 127 is one of the NCT subunits and made a hard-hitting debut with “Firetruck.” This SM Entertainment boy group is making a comeback in early January with two new members, Doyoung and Johnny, along with a brand new album, “NCT 127 Limitless.” Since their debut, they have won rookie awards and are beginning to cultivate their individual music and performance style. Members in this group have also debuted in other subunits, such as NCT U.

 

K.A.R.D

K.A.R.D is a co-ed group from DSP Media and just recently debuted with the amazing and catchy song, “Oh NaNa,” guest-starring ex-KARA member, Youngji. Their name stands for King, Ace, JokeR, and HiDden. Current members are BM, Somin, J.Seph, and Jiwoo. They are garnering a lot of attention and show a lot of promising skills! We can’t wait for what else they have in store for us!

WJSN (Cosmic Girls)

WJSN debuted under Starship Entertainment in February with “Would You Like?” and title song “Mo Mo Mo.” They are coming back in January with a new album, “From.WJSN,” along with “I Wish.” Their song, “Secret,” is one of my favorite tracks from them, with a magical and mystical themes and a sound resonating with refined, lullaby-like qualities. They have an amazing aesthetic, music style, and many beautiful, talented members. As they develop their individual and group identities, they’re definitely a group to look out for!

KNK

Under YNB Entertainment, this five-member boy group debuted as its company’s first male idol group. With the group having an average height of 185 cm (6.1 ft), they have gained much attention not only for their tall stature, but also for their breath-taking debut with “KNOCK“. Aiming to ‘knock on k-pop’ as the name KNK implies, the boys have captured the hearts of fans with their harmonic voices and quirky personalities. Feel free to become a “tinkerbell” along many others through listening to their music and keeping up with their weekly livestreams!

Which debut made your heart flutter? Who are you looking forward to?

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