Hello, honey bees who have taste for the best honey aka K-Pop. It is time again for a new installment of your favorite THP feature – our K-POP HOTSPOT! So much happened this month from debuts to comebacks, so this K-Pop roundup is packed! Before we dive in make sure to check out the comebacks we already covered, such as ATEEZ, TWICE, PURPLE KISS, NEWJEANS, BLACKPINK, MONSTA X, NCT U, TXT, XDINARY HEROES, STAYC, SEVENTEEN, CHUNGHA, J-HOPE, ITZY, SF9, MX, and aespa.
Besides these amazing comebacks, there were so many milestones reached and tours announced that we will give you a short run down! First off are HYBE groups which are thriving! BTS were announced as ambassadors for World Expo 2030 (omg?! this is huge), ENHYPEN announced the U.S leg of their tour (tickets here btw), and TXT wrapped up the U.S leg of their tour (did you get to go? We are j e a l o us), Next up are our girls ITZY who reached another milestone by taking the #8 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with their banger Ep Checkmate (did you put your sneakers on?), which is well deserved. Also K-Pop rookies E’Last reached a new milestone by surpassing one million followers on TikTok (Hello? the content they are making HITS!). We are so proud of these groups.
In more unexpected news JYP announced this month that they teamed up with Public Records to form a global girl group through competition series A2K (intrigued? talented? find out more here). We can’t wait for this global girl group! Okay, we are done! Now, let’s get into many more amazing comebacks and debuts from July.
The kings of the summer, WINNER, are back with their fourth EP Holiday, and it was so worth the wait! The title track ‘ I Love U’ is an endearing and wholesome confession song with unbelievably high notes. But this is WINNER we’re talking about, so only they can pull it off. Their mini-album is full of bops, and our favorite b-sides are ‘10 Min,’ ‘Sweet Home,’ and ‘Little Finger!’
More than a year since their last group comeback, WJSN is back with their special single album Sequence! The title track ‘Last Sequence’ is literally the perfect pop dance song for the summer. And their b-sides are masterpieces, as per usual. ‘Done’ is a rave-worthy track showing off the girls’ strong and stable vocals. And ‘Aura,’ AKA their winning song on Queendom 2, is a bop that speaks for itself.
Nothing screams comeback of the summer quite like VIVIZ’s new mini-album Summer Vibes! These girls know all about those refreshing summer concepts, and we’ve been jamming along with them all month! The title track ‘Loveade’ is a bop, and we love their rap parts just as much as their chorus and high notes. All of VIVIZ’s b-sides are title track material, and we’re super lucky to have so many new songs in our summer playlists.
Are you ready to ‘Run?’ Jokes aside but H1-KEY really know how to make the perfect song for a jog! ‘Run’ sneaked up on us as when we first heard it. It was a bop but now after almost a month of listening to this, it’s a banger that won’t move from our playlist any time soon!
July is the month of girl groups! IRRIS made their debut this month and they really ‘Wanna Know’ why you don’t stan them yet! Like honestly, these girls brought the looks, vocals, and moves with this debut song! We really love how the vocals were front and center for this and the brass-led drop chorus had us grooving! Well, we are IRRIS fans as of right now.
Well, MCND sure know how to be a ‘#MOOD’ since their pre-release song dropped in June, and we’ve been excited for the full mini album to drop ever since! And THE EARTH SECRET MISSION delivered! The boys know how to hype us up and make it sound good. People really love to complain about noise music but MCND is far from that! They make it groovy and fun!
You know what? Keep the summer bops coming! July might be our favorite month for K-POP releases as everyone is catering to this season! BUSTERS offered their light-hearted and groovy single ‘Tropical Romance’ this month and it is giving us beach and ocean and that’s all we need this season!
Apink’s Chorong and Bomi are here to deliver that signature K-Pop sound that’s super addictive to listen to! Their new single ‘Copycat’ has those retro vibes, and it gets better and better the more we replay it. We’re sure you’ve seen their TikTok challenges on your feed by now. And the other tracks on their single album, ‘Oscar’ and ‘Feel Something’ are just as groovy. There are no skips here!
One thing about Super Junior’s comebacks: they’re not going to disappoint! Their new album The Road: Keep on Going is legendary just by being the group’s 11TH album. We can’t lie: we didn’t expect the title track ‘Mango’ to go that hard, but it did. There’s such a good mix of music genres and vibes in this album, and we’re obsessed with their harmonies in each track. Leave it to Super Junior to continue surprising us fifteen years in, with each new release.
July is THE month for iconic comebacks. Our fave summer queen Hyolyn is back with her third EP iCE, which we’ve been waiting for all season! The title track ‘No Thanks’ is an empowering anthem for knowing your self-worth and rejecting anything (or anyone) you don’t need in your life. So listen to Hyolyn’s advice and do what you want, and don’t apologize for it! Plus her high-quality b-sides are a blessing, especially ‘Over You’ and ‘Body Talk!’
Our multi-talented king ZICO is back, and we couldn’t be happier! His pre-release track ‘Seoul Drift’ is somehow nostalgic and super refreshing at the same time. The instrumentals, his voice, and the futuristic music video vibes are everything we’ve been needing this summer. ZICO’s music hits different for us no matter what.
‘Que Sera Sera’ well ILY:1 are back with another summer jam! The girls have been providing us with a fantastic debut song and now with the follow up to make our summer playlist perfect! We just hope people stop underappreciating these girls because they are out here delivering the goods!
Once again, Blitzers prove to us just how talented they are, even though they debuted only a year ago! Their third EP Win-Dow is a certified no-skips album, and we don’t think we could pick a favorite song even if we wanted to! The title track ‘Hit The Bass’ is lit from start to finish, from the beat to the music video that was filmed in Pakistan (yes, you read that right!). We’re beyond impressed with these boys, and we just might have to stan!
Hyuna is a baddie, and she knows it! Her new single ‘Nabillera’ is the perfect track to represent her free and unique personality. The chorus is super catchy, and it’s been stuck in our heads for weeks! We always love to see artists celebrate their authentic selves, and Hyuna is THE queen of being unapologetically herself (as she should!)
GreatGuys are here to bring us something great. Yes, our love for them might be blind but you can’t deny that ‘Blind Love’ is a great song. It is a super atmospheric piece of music and really catchy. We are in love and will from now on follow whatever these guys are doing!
After the release of ‘Alive’ last year as a Universe single, ASTRO is back with ‘U&Iverse’ showing a different side. What we love about this song is the bright sound mixed with the more emotional and nostalgic melodies. However, what we love even more about it is that it is an OT6 song and we couldn’t be happier to hear MJ’s voice in a new release. ‘U&Iverse’ is another amazing Univer single by ASTRO.
Surprise! HYBE’s new girl group NewJeans pulled a Beyoncé with their surprise debut music video, ‘Attention.’ The song made immediate waves on TikTok and set the tone for their official debut. Everyone is obsessed with NewJeans and their R&B flair on girl crush K-pop. We can’t wait to see what they do after this cinematic MV!
HWASA & LOCO
‘Somebody’ pinch us, our favorite duo Hwasa and Loco are back with SUCH a feel-good collab! Their new song has Hwasa’s dreamy vocals and Loco’s smooth rap flow front and center. And we can’t forget to mention how incredible their harmonies sound! Their chemistry in the music video is truly on another level because we couldn’t stop smiling and giggling at how cute they are.
We hear YOUNITE and we are in! We have been anticipating the boys’ first comeback for a while now and when ‘AVIATOR’ hit it really hit us! The title song is super playful and that chorus goes right into your ear with how catchy it is. This really must be because Dey not only is a member of YOUNITE but also one of the songwriters of this song. Well, their hard work for this album really paid off because we are addicted and excited for what’s to come.
TAN do not know how to rest, the boys just made their comeback last month in June and are back with another version of the mini album this month! Wowza does this one sound good though! ‘Walking on the Moon’ has such old-school vibes and the boys really prove they can sing and hit those high notes. The entire EP made its way onto our playlist!
We can’t believe HEZZ is taking the world on on her own and it sounds this good! ‘Churup’ is the perfect debut song for her, not only is it cherry and summery but it makes the perfect dance track. Our girl looks so good in this music video that we had to watch it a couple of times before we moved on with our lives.
Let’s all be nostalgic for a second! Are we the only ones missing Wonder Girls? We can’t be alone out here. Our leader Sunye is here with her first album! And she made the title for this a dancer pop banger! ‘Just A Dancer’ is perfect for Sunye and pre-release song ‘Glass heart’ had us in our feels over our queen’s vocals! It is so good to have her back!
ZICO really blessed us with not one, but TWO music videos for his comeback! His fourth mini-album Grown Ass Kid has nothing but bangers, trust us. ‘Freak’ has been on repeat for the last 24 hours, and the choreography is no joke! ZICO gives us old-school hip-hop vibes in ‘Trash Talk’ (feat. Changmo) that he knows we’ve been missing. This EP is a treasure. chef’s kiss
IST’s new boy group is here! ATBO finally made their debut and it’s anything but ‘Monochrome.’ We can really hear some solid vocals here and we are excited to hear more from them! But the entire song is super solid and we found some bangers! ‘WoW’ is a must-listen.
Hello? Kamilias? Where are you at? Our queen Nicole is back with another bop! ‘YOU.F.O’ – we love that title name btw – is here and our queen looks like a princess! She has not aged a day and the song is another bop to overplay every weekend! All hail KARA!
Did you miss girl groups like Lovelyz? Same here! Thankfully CSR is here to fill this hole and it sounds just as refreshing as expected. ‘Pop?Pop!’ feels like a breath of fresh air from the girls, it’s so light, cutesy, and full of pop vibes that we are obsessed. We say check those girls out because they will go far.
One of our fave Gfriend members returns with a digital single! Yuju teamed up with BIG Naughty to bring us the dreamy, and calming summer jam ‘Evening.’ We love to see this queen thriving on her own and the music she has been delivering to us has really been beautiful!
TO1 are back! Not only are we getting a new album today but we are also introduced to new members of the group! We are happy to see TO1 return to us in whatever formation because the music always hits the spot! The boys come back with upbeat and fun ‘Drimmin” today and it put a smile on our faces immediately. Thankfully, the rest of the album follows suit all the way to the beautiful ‘Butterflies’ which ends the album on a high note.
The myth, the legend, Jackson wang is back with another banger. We first got to hear ‘Cruel’ during his Coachella set and we have been anticipating the single ever since. And might we just say the wait was well worth it! (That one dance move with the female dance lives rent-free in our heads). The music video is absolutely beautiful and super cinematic! We love it so much! A king!
How did we make it through this month of bangers without collapsing, right? Are we ready for August’s comebacks to come at us in full force? Of course! What was your favorite comeback of July? Which one are you most excited about in August (and why is it Girl’s Generation)? Which tour are you attending next? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @TheHoneyPOP!
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