K-pop concerts, showcases and various other promotional events have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But that does not mean the industry is at a total standstill.
Many established and rising K-pop artists, including Kang Daniel and Exo leader Suho, are ready to drop new albums in coming weeks, according to their management agencies.
Kang’s first EP, “Cyan”, dropped on March 24, officially bringing him back to the music scene after he suspended his show business career in December, complaining of mental health problems.
The new album – led single 2U, an uplifting song befitting the spring season – carries a total of five tracks including Touchin’, which was previously released as a digital single.
“I am delighted and happy to be able to resume music and stage performance … I feel like I can do a good job,” Kang was quoted by his agency Konnect Entertainment as saying.
Marking the second anniversary of its debut, roaring boy band Stray Kids also unveiled a new digital single, Mixtape: On Track, on March 25.
Two solo albums will also light up streaming platforms in coming weeks, the first being the debut solo album of Suho, which landed on Tuesday, March 30. The six-track album, “Self-Portrait”, marks the Exo leader’s first solo album since he debuted with the nine-piece boy band in 2012.