Every year in South Korea, new talents and idol groups make their presence known to the K-Pop world. Most of these debuted rookie groups often generate waves of attention with their high-profile debuts. This year, we have already seen the revelation of talents such as T1419 (티일사일구) and there are still more to come as labels are launching new groups in the earlier part of the year.
Among these groups are acts assisted by the largest companies in the Korean music industry, such as Big Hit Entertainment (BTS, TXT), SM Entertainment (NCT, Red Velvet), and JYP Entertainment (TWICE, Stray Kids). Fans will see them aiming to take control of the global pop scene.
Let’s see some of the four groups making their debut this year in 2021:
1. Purple Kiss (퍼플키스)
Company RBW is set to include another female act on its list, and that group is Purple Kiss. For people who don’t know, RBW is responsible for creating one of the biggest vocal pop groups in South Korea, which is Mamamoo (마마무).
Even with having their formal debut in 2021, the female idol group have already shared their energetic performance style via a video of their pop-rock song “My Heart Skips a Beat”, which was released last November. Purple Kiss just recently showcased another pre-debut single, “Can We Talk Again”, on 3rd February, Wednesday.
2. Tri.be (트라이비)
Tri.be is a new female septet who has been gaining a lot of attention after their first release, with help of the collaboration between Universal Music and production team Shinsadong Tiger (이호양). The new female idol group has set their career in motion as a group with a single album, Tri.be Da Loca on 17th February. Moreover, the person working on the release is none other than Exid’s LE (엘이).
The rapper is famous for producing many hit songs of Exid alongside Shinsadong Tiger. At the same time, Tri.be member Songsun reportedly provided guide vocals for tracks that actually were used to become songs for Exid.
Also worth mentioning for newcomers, Tri.be’s group name is pronounced “try-bee”, just in case you have a hard time pronouncing the name.
3. Ciipher (싸이퍼)
Remember the days when MBLAQ (엠블랙) made its debut more than a decade ago? That group was produced by South Korea’s biggest and hottest K-pop idol and actor Rain (비), and now he has formed another group, Ciipher. It’s the first group from the singer’s company (Rain Company).
Out of the seven members, some will feel familiar to the audiences, as they were involved in South Korean music competition series. Such shows resulted in the formation of already famous K-pop groups like Monsta X (몬스타엑스), Treasure (트레저), and the recently disbanded and unfortunate group X1 (엑스원).
Last December, Rain revealed the members of the group he deemed as his “hidden sons” in a video that has garnered nearly 2 million views on YouTube.
4. Mirae (미래소년)
If anyone is familiar with K-pop groups like Kara, Rainbow, Sechskies, and Fin K. L, you will know that their entertainment company DSP Media has produced and pushed these groups to become big K-pop groups. The company is recently home to talents like Kard and April.
Now, another seven-member boy group will soon make their presence known worldwide in the K-pop scene. Not to mention, seven is known to be a magic number in K-pop. That boy band is Mirae, DSP Company’s first produced boy band in years. Unfortunately, not all the members have been revealed yet to the public at the time of writing.
But we already have two introduced. One is former X1 member Son Dong-Pyo (손동표), after facing such a harsh decision of shutting down the group due to the vote manipulation controversies, he is finally making a comeback for the new group. There is also Park Si-Young (박시영), and both are officially members of Mirae.