Huge Kpop Albums of 2020

What pandemic? Kpop still strong

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Jayden Devereese, Musicologist

2020 was quite the YEAR for kpop albums. The idols had nothing but time to create music to give to their fans. A few of the albums that stood out were BTS’ 3 albums, “Map of the Soul:7”, “Map of the Soul: The Journey” and their newest album “BE.” BLACKPINK released their first full album called “The Album.” Baekhyun released another album called “Delight.”  Twice also released an album called “Eyes Wide Open.”

At the start of the year BTS released “Map of the Soul: 7” on February 21st 2020. This album included songs that didn’t really hit non fans all that hard but definitely struck the fans. The music videos that were released for this album were “Black Swan,” “ON” and “Outro:Ego.” BTS then took 8 of their catchiest songs and translated them to Japanese and wrote 4 songs in Japanese for “Map of the Soul: The Journey” which was released July 14th 2020. For preparation of “Map of the Soul,” the group released a music video for the song “Stay Gold.” In November of 2020 BTS released their last album of the year called “BE” on the 20th. For this album a music video for the song “Life Goes On” was also prepared and released. 

BLACKPINK has created a few songs throughout their career but they finally released a full album on October 2nd of 2020. They released music videos for the songs “How You Like That,” “Love Sick Girls,” and “Ice Cream” which all have been played in the US a tremendous amount of times but the song “Ice Cream” was played most because of the  collaboration with Selena Gomez.

Baekhyun, a member of the group EXO, has been pursuing his solo persona and his 2020 album showed his dedication. His music video “Candy” for his album “Delight” managed to gain more than 50 million views (and counting) on YouTube. He debuted this album May 25th 2020.

TWICE released their album “Eyes Wide Open” in October of 2020. They posted their music video for “I CAN’T STOP ME” on album release day which was the 26th. Although the album didn’t make it big in the US it meant a lot to many fans nonetheless.

[Many thanks to the folks at Album of the Year.]