MANILA — South Korean girl group Twice is set to release new music late Monday, the first among several popular K-pop acts that are scheduled to unveil fresh tunes this June.
Twice will drop the extended play "More & More" at 5 p.m. (Philippine time; 6 p.m. in Korea), along with the music video for the lead single of the same name, according to posts on the group's social media accounts.
The record comes nearly 9 months since Twice's last single, "Feel Special," and marks the group's return as a 9-piece act after Mina, one of the Japanese members, went on hiatus in late 2019 due to anxiety.
Twice is considered to be one of the most commercially-successful female acts in K-pop, having sold over a million copies of the 5 records they released in less than 2 years since their debut.
But Twice isn't the only high-profile K-pop act that is set to make a comeback in June as the month also sees the long-awaited return of Blackpink.
The four-member girl group would reportedly unveil a single this June, ahead of the release of their first Korean full-length album in September.
Blackpink recently worked on a song with Lady Gaga for the American singer-songwriter's album "Chromatica," released in late May.
Other girl groups reportedly releasing new music in June include WJSN (Cosmic Girls), DIA, IZ*ONE, and Weki Meki.
Among the male performers scheduled to have their comeback this month are Stray Kids, Seventeen, Ha Sung Woon, AB6IX, Super Junior-K.R.Y., N.Flying, CIX, and Golden Child, according to reports and official social media posts.
February also saw a slew of releases from popular K-pop acts such as BTS, GFriend, Everglow, Loona, iKon, Pentagon, Kard, Dreamcatcher, and IZ*ONE, among others.
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted K-pop to put a halt on live concerts and overseas performances. Artists have continued promoting through weekly music shows, albeit without a live audience.