The time has come. Being the final day of 2016 (or even the morning of 2017, depending on your time zone), I've gathered the good and bad highlights to help recap what went on in the Kpop/KDrama industry this year. So let's celebrate the good, and improve from the bad!
It's quite safe to say that 2016 was a strong year for many new groups. We've had over 150 debuts! There were many groups that gained a lot of support from their debut, while others got a bit looked over. Some of the most successful debuts this year include Astro, I.O.I, BlackPink, KNK, NCT, Agust D, Ravi, and K.A.R.D. Others that got a little less recognition include Imfact, Voisper, Matilda, VRomance, INX, Victon, A.DE, O21, and Boys24. (Debut MVs are in the slidshow!)
Along with debuts, multifandoms were gifted with a handful of comebacks. Many groups released full albums, which made us go crazy. Needless to say, 2016 gave us many songs to add to our 'favourites' list. Some hit artists were BTS*, Big Bang*, Sistar, Twice*, Mamamoo*, Seventeen*, Red Velvet, SHINee*, AKMU*, VIXX*, B.A.P*, GOT7*, EXO*, GFriend*, TeenTop, and a ton more!
Asterisks (*) next to the group name mean the group has had more than one comeback this year, so make sure to check them all out!!
On the darker scheme of things, 2016 was also a year where some of our favourite groups disbanded. We've lost groups like 4Minute, 2NE1, LC9, SPEED, Road Boyz, Kara, Rainbow, The Ark, BTL, M.I.B, LedT/LED Apple, and several more. Though these amazing groups have gone their separate ways, their fanbases still remain.❤
Departing Members/Military Enlistments
Moving a bit on the scale, there were also a good selection of idols that left their groups due to either personal reasons or military enlistments. We all cried as we watched Junhyeok of Day6, Minzy of 2NE1, Jenissi of ToppDogg, Taehyun of Winner, Kyungil of History, Hyunseung of BEAST, Jia of Miss A, Sunhwa of Secret, T.O.P of Big Bang, AJ of U-Kiss, Seunghee of DIA, Ryeowook of Super Junior, and other idols promote their final comebacks before leaving their groups. Some K-Actors who were enlisted in the military include Lee Minho, Ji Changwook, and Lee Seunggi. We hope to see them back safe in 2018!
Idols' names that are bolded mean they are taking a temporary leave due to mandatory military service.
Going back to the bright side, 2016 was a year of anticipated K-Dramas! Many dramas hit a huge success, and brought fame to new actors and actresses! Some of the best dramas this year include Please Come Back Mister, Hwarang: The Beginning, Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, Descendants of the Sun, Uncontrollably Fond, The Entertainer, Remember: War of the Son, The Legend of the Blue Sea, W - Two Worlds, Doctor Crush, Marriage Contract, Goblin, Cinderella and Four Knights, The K2, and a lot more!
Injuries and Accidents
Fans all around can agree on one thing; they all want their idols to stay safe, healthy, and happy. Unfortunately, many stars were hurt this year, whether it was due to on stage/mid-performance accidents or sasaeng fans. On a lesser degree, some idols were exposed to illnesses, yet were still exempted from promotions. The list of idols include Lay of EXO, Xiumin of EXO, Jaeho of History, Suga of BTS, Rap Monster of BTS, Jin of BTS, Jungkook of BTS, Sulli of F(x), Leo of VIXX, Hani of EXID, Hyeri of Girl's Day, 24K, Jackson of GOT7, Seunghyun of FTIsland, Minhyuk of BTOB, ASTRO, SinB of GFriend, Yuju of GFriend, Monsta X, Minhyuk of Monsta X, Seulgi of Red Velvet, Yeri of Red Velvet, and many more.
Fortunately, most idols recovered quickly with minimal to no damage!
Scandals, Rumors, and Gossip
Like any other year, 2016 was filled with scandals and rumors. Please note that I don't support the idea of getting into idols' personal lives, but some of these really impacted the kpop fandoms. We had Kai and Krystal's Relationship, Wiz Khalifa and Taeyeon's collaboration, Lee Minho and Taylor Swift, Taeyong apologizing for his past incidents, Park Yoochun being accused with sexual assault, BamBam and Yugyeom at a party in LA, CL's unedited version of MTBD, Tzuyu's China/Taiwan flag controversy, Kangin's DUI case, Zico and Seolhyun's relationship(+breakup), and a few others.
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Vingle Kpop Community
Finally, the Vingle Kpop Community has grown so much this year. We've welcomed many new members, and grew closer to one another each day. I want to thank each and every single one of you guys for helping Vingle become what it is today. Thank you for an amazing year, and I look forward to spending another 365 days with you guys! <3
Tagging the Peeps!
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