TVXQ, Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, SHINee, f(x), Big Bang, 2NE1, Wonder Girls, 2PM, and miss A are some idol groups from the Big 3 entertainment companies in Korea. This year they will be debuting new groups to go head to head with each other.
YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment are debuting new boy bands WINNER and GOT7 in hopes of competing with EXO from SM Entertainment.
YG’s new boy group will be the first in 8 years since Big Bang. WINNER first appeared on YG’s new boy group debut project Mnet’s “WIN: Who Is Next.” Team A was the winning team, and earned themselves the title of WINNER. The group consists of “Superstar K2″ contestant Kang Seung Yoon, SBS’ “K-Pop Star” contestantLee Seung Hoon, Song Min Ho, YG veteran trainee Kim Jin Woo, and the youngest member Nam Tae Hyun. The 5 members have an average age of 21 years.
Currently they have their own reality TV show on Mnet’s “WINNER TV.” WINNER performed at Big Bang’s Dome Tour for their opening stage in Japan. Despite being rookies, their fan meeting gathered 8,000 fans. WINNER is currently preparing for their official debut, which could be as early as this month.
There are two main reasons why these 3 main agencies are debuting boy bands. The agencies are looking for new avenues of growth for the company, and many of the popular boy band members will soon be enlisting in military service.
Of course the Big 3 are also preparing girl groups, which have greater impacts in albums, events, and advertisements. Each of the agencies has dozens of trainees for upcoming debuts of new groups.
YG also has a girl group in the making. This group will be the first girl group to debut in 5 years since 2NE1 first appeared in the music world. The members are in their late teens and are fluent in foreign languages as well. They were supposed to debut last year, but it seems as if their debut has been pushed back because of WINNER’s activities.
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