It has been a busy week in K-pop in terms of releases – with a wide range of artists from big artists such as Twice and DKB to name a few alongside emerging groups such as rookie group IVE showcasing their talent on a global stage.

This week also features a wide range of new and unknown artists that are definitely worth a listen!

CIX – 458

A personal favourite of mine this week, this boy group never fails to disappoint. Maybe not one of the first K-pop boy groups you might think about, but this release proves that these boys are not the ones to sleep on. Building off their first album ‘OK’ this song is part of their latest EP ‘OK’ Episode 1: OK Not.

The aesthetics of this music video is strong with a great choice of outfits and props matched by the effects and the strong vocals and harmonisation with the strong rapping bringing the song a good balance.

IVE – After Like

What can be said about this song that hasn’t been said already featured in the UnitedKpop song of the week accessible here. This song has further propelled this rookie girl group into K-pop stardom topping both the YouTube music charts alongside the iTunes and album charts.

The song features a song message of female empowerment alongside a strong music video featuring great colours with each member representing a different colour with strong visual effects such as fireworks and scenes with props and background matching each member’s colours.

AB6IX – chance

It wasn’t too long ago that AB6IX released their latest EP, but another week and another impressive release from the 4-member boy group, this release is accompanied by a beautiful music video. Made up from a compilation of their US tour both on stage and off, this song pulls at the heartstrings with beautiful moments of them preparing to perform and interacting with fans, placed alongside bright colours and beautiful lyrics and singing ability. This song is a must for any AB6IX or anyone looking for a classic summer tune.

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DATE ARTIST SINGLE ALBUM/OST
22nd August CIX 458 5th EP ‘OK’ Episode 5: OK Not
IVE After Like 3rd single: After Like
Ha Jun Seok A lovely picture  7th single: A lovely picture 
23rd August Soo Yeon Lim BingBing 1st EP: Gateway
Jay B Rocking chair  5th single: Rocking chair 
LEO Losing Game 3rd EP: Piano man Op. 9
San E, Rocoberry It’s sunny today Single: It’s sunny today
24th August SeoriA End And  Debut single: End And
Pre’Melo TRIP Single: TRIP
Yeonjae When we loved each other Debut single: When we loved each other
Ha Sung Woon Focus 7th EP: Strange World
AB6IX Chance SIngle: Chance
25th August Haedeun  Island  9th single: Island
JunJi Be mine 1st single: undergrOund idOl #3
BaKha I didn’t mean that 2nd single: I didn’t mean that
Yeri, Sam Kim Nap Fairy Nap Fairy – SM Station
DKB 24/7 5th EP: Autumn
26th August APOKI (Feat. E-40) West String 4th single: West Swing
Hyeon Seok Cheon Smile Sweetly Debut single: Smile sweetly
Lee Mingyu Serenade Single: Serenade
Seventeen, Anne Marie _World Single: _World 
Twice Talk that Talk 11th mini album: between 1&2
27th August Gentle monkeys As if we were invincible  Single: As if we were invincible 
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