April was a great month for K-pop comebacks, with new tunes from 4minute, SECRET, T-ara, Jay Park, G-Dragon, and Davichi, just to name a few. May has only just begun, but it's already shaping up to be just as crowded and cutthroat as April was, with a mixture of veteran acts, stars of the moment, and next big things all set to return with new albums.
Check out our top five most anticipated K-pop comebacks for the month of May, below!
Following a two-year break from Korea to focus on the Japanese market, 2PM is finally coming back to Korea. The group's third studio album, Grown, drops soon, and they'll be promoting it with two official singles and a TV special on MBC. Under normal circumstances, 2PM would be at the top of our list, but the group's unnecessarily long absence from the K-pop scene and the declining success of JYP Entertainment has made them a little less relevant than they used to be. Hopefully the new album will put the boys right back on top where they used to be.
4. Nine Muses
The long-struggling Nine Muses finally got their big break in January with the release of their deliciously jazzy hit, "Dolls." It's one of the best pop songs we've heard all year, and performed incredibly well (by Nine Muses standards, that is) on the charts. With the group now finally relevant, the door's wide open for their new mini-album, Wild, to totally smash when it drops on May 9th.
B1A4 is part of the new generation of boy bands that has what it takes to become one of K-pop's next top-tier acts. They've gotten bigger and better with every release so far, and there's no reason why their ascent won't continue when their new mini-album, What's Going On?, drops on May 6th.
IU was well on her way to becoming this generation's defining female K-pop soloist when one leaked photo of her in bed with Super Junior's Eunhyuk single-handedly destroyed the naive and virginal image that the 19-year-old had built her entire career on. With her once perfect reputation now down the toilet, IU's promised to show off a mature new style when she releases her third studio album later this month. She's already hit the studio with Janet Jackson maestros, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, so she's certainly off to a good start.
1. Lee Hyori
As one of K-pop's undisputed "Queens," all eyes will be locked on Lee Hyori when she releases her first new material in over three years later this month. Promotions for her last album were cut short due to a damaging plagiarism scandal that left people questioning the now 33-year-old's relevancy, so the upcoming release of her new album (which will reportedly be lead by a pop single featuring acclaimed rapper, Beenzino) will be Hyori's chance to reclaim her crown.