MANILA — South Korean entertainment company FNC Entertainment debuted on Monday its newest girl group Cherry Bullet, which seeks to replicate the success of the company's first girl group AOA.
Cherry Bullet's debut also comes at a time when K-pop's global appeal continues to grow, marked by the success of seven-member boy band BTS in US album charts, as well as the signing of girl group Blackpink with Interscope Records and its participation in this year's Coachella.
The competition among K-pop rookie groups is expected to be fierce this year because aside from FNC's Cherry Bullet, other top South Korean entertainment companies are gearing up to debut their own new groups, including BigHit Entertainment and YG Entertainment, which house BTS and Blackpink, respectively.
Here's a rundown of other K-pop groups set to take the stage this 2019:
TXT, which stands for Tomorrow X Together (read as "Tomorrow by Together"), is an upcoming boy group under BigHit Entertainment.
The number of members have yet to be confirmed but the agency has revealed five members so far. Details about their debut — such as concept, song and date — have yet to be revealed as well.
BTS member Jin asked fans to look forward to TXT during BTS' acceptance speech at the 28th Seoul Music Awards last January 15.
Four years after JYP Entertainment debuted Twice, arguably Korea's new "Nation's Girl Group," it is set to debut a five-member girl group called Itzy.
The expectations over Itzy are high as JYP was home to some of K-pop's most popular female acts such as Miss A and the Wonder Girls of "Nobody" fame.
Itzy consists of five members, which includes Shin Ryujin, who rose to popularity after featuring in a BTS highlight reel video and participating in the survival program "MixNine."
YG'S NEW BOY GROUP
In November last year, YG Entertainment premiered "Treasure Box," a survival program where the company's male trainees compete with one another for a spot in an upcoming boy group.
So far, five participants have been confirmed for the seven-member group, which will follow in the footsteps of male YG groups Big Bang, Winner and iKON.