Showdown: K-pop stars bat­tle for top chart spots

The Korea Times - - CULTURE - By Dong Sun-hwa sun­[email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Novem­ber will be a month of cut­throat com­pe­ti­tion for K-pop singers, with dozens of big names tun­ing up to vie for top spots on mu­sic charts. In­cluded in the line-up are EXO, MAMAMOO and IZ*ONE.

EXO

K-pop su­per­group EXO is poised to re­lease its sixth stu­dio al­bum “OB­SES­SION” on Nov. 27.

The EP will con­tain 10 cross­genre num­bers, but the lead track’s ti­tle is be­ing kept un­der wraps.

The band’s lat­est al­bum “Love Shot” hit shelves last De­cem­ber. With the al­bum, EXO be­came a “quin­tu­ple mil­lion-seller,” mean­ing five of its al­bums have sold over a mil­lion copies.

Six mem­bers — Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, Se­hun, Chen and Kai — will re­turn this time, ex­clud­ing Xi­u­min and D.O., who are do­ing their oblig­a­tory mil­i­tary ser­vice.

MAMAMOO

The four-piece girl group MAMAMOO will also re­turn with its sec­ond full-length al­bum “re­al­ity in BLACK” on Nov. 14.

The quar­tet’s agency RBW said the re­lease is about a par­al­lel uni­verse, where the mem­bers are not singers, but women with dif­fer­ent oc­cu­pa­tions.

The group — So­lar, Moon­byul, Wheein and Hwasa — is ap­pear­ing on Mnet’s com­pe­ti­tion show “Queen­dom.”

IZ*ONE

IZ*ONE will join the re­turn­ing line-up on Nov. 11 with its first stu­dio al­bum “BLOOM*IZ.”

Fronted by lead num­ber “FI­ESTA,” the EP has 11 B-side num­bers in­clud­ing the moom­bah­ton-fla­vored “DREAM­LIKE,” the dance-pop “DAY­DREAM,” the trop­i­cal dance song “OPEN YOUR EYES” and the bright “SPACE­SHIP.”

IZ*ONE is a Korean-Ja­panese project group com­pris­ing 12 fi­nal­ists from TV mu­sic sur­vival com­pe­ti­tion show “Pro­duce 48” on Mnet.

Its Korean mem­bers are Lee Chae-yeon, Kim Min-ju, Kim Chae-won, Kang Hye-won, Kwon Eun-bi, Ahn Yoo-jin, Choi Ye-na, Jo Yu-ri and Jang Won-young, while its Ja­panese mem­bers are Miyawaki Sakura, Honda Hit­omi and Yabuki Nako.

Cour­tesy of Off The Record En­ter­tain­ment

IZ*ONE is set to re­turn on Nov. 11.

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