Lovelyz gently floated back into the K-pop scene on angel wings last week with a repackage of their excellent Girls Invasion album, which was so good that many of its b-sides were better than most girl groups' title tracks.
IU (short for 'I own all U peasants coz I'm dat bitch and don't you forget it') is an artist that's constantly evolving. Although her sonic shifts are often subtle, the K-pop princess has continually tried new things on every album she's ever released, almost always with perfect results.
Despite a few suggestive teaser videos over the past couple of weeks, IU is still very much Korea's sweetheart on her comeback album, Modern Times. And thank god for that. While I was all prepared for a potential Park Ji Yoon "Coming of Age Ceremony" makeover, the sound and image IU's had since "Good Day" are so immaculate that it literally makes me want to denounce homosexuality and fight for her hand in marriage, and deep down I'm still not quite ready to let go of that just yet.
Whether it's Western pop or K-pop, the fourth quarter is always the most exciting time for big pop releases. Everybody rushes out their albums and your fave is battling someone else's fave and we all have fun little stan wars. It's great. October is looking especially juicy for K-pop this year: We've got the tarnished IU and T-ara putting out their first post-scandal releases, Taeyang and Kahi coming back after several years away from the solo spotlight, the almighty Nine Muses with their first full-length album, new stuff from underdogs like Block B and AOA, and a whole lot more.
I've rounded up the ten most anticipated K-pop comebacks of the bunch and ranked 'em all from least to best. Only the officially confirmed or strongly rumoured returns for October made the list, so that means no miss A, B1A4, Sunmi, or TVXQ.