New releases and new artists! 2015 is shaping up to be a whole lot better than 2014.
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8 Jan 2015 - 1:28 PM  UPDATED 8 Jan 2015 - 5:52 PM

CROSS GENE -

This 6 member K-pop boy band originally debuted in 2012 but we haven’t heard much from them in the past few years… until now. In 2014, the boys came back with “Amazing-Bad-Lady” and “I’m Not a Boy, Not Yet a Man” (recently premiered on SBS PopAsia TV). In 2015 the boys are gearing up for a Japanese release “Future”. Psyched! 

G-Friend -

G-Friend is a new 6 member K-pop girl group: Eunha, Yuju, Umji, Sowon, SinB, and Yerin managed by Source Music Entertainment. They have a sporty, fresh look, but that’s all we know so far. The girl group are due to debut January 15.

iKON –

A new YG hip hop group we’ve heard a lot about so far thanks to enigmatic rapper Bobby (and of course from YG’s trainee reality show “Who Is Next: WIN”) and one we will hopefully hear a lot more from this year.

Amber (solo debut) –

Who cannot wait to see what one of the feistiest girls in K-pop comes up with this year? Whatever is it, it’s going to be bangin’. More on that here

After School’s Lizzy (solo debut) -

While we wait for a complete After School to make a complete comeback, here’s something else we can get excited about: Lizzy’s solo debut!

Her agency announced, "[Lizzy] will release her first solo digital single 'I'm Not an Easy Girl' on the 23rd. She will make her solo debut on the January 17th filming of 'National Singing Contest', becoming the first idol to do so."

4TEN -

4TEN is a reasonably new four-member girl group – MIB’s sister group - consisting of TEM, Hyeji, Eujin, and Hyejin. They only debuted in August of last year but there was so much going on, a lot of people missed them! Check out their latest video “Why”:

6MIX –

The K-pop world was awash with whispers that JYP Entertainment would be debuting a 6-strong girl group to follow on from GOT7 (Lena who features in Sunmi's "Full Moon" MV was also rumoured to be in the group)… but we’re still waiting! Who knows if this will actually happen – keep your eyes peeled PopAsians!

JJCC –

We fell in love with JJCC when they debuted in 2014 (and yes, we’re biased – they have an Aussie member Prince Mak and he’s awesome!) with the release of “At First” and “One Way” and we can’t wait for their forthcoming comeback.

JJCC tweeted on the 6th, "Set the music industry and women's hearts on fire! Let's eat, play, and live well in 2015~ Together with JJCC in 2015~~~~^^*coming soon 2015.01.14."

The Hoopers -

The Hoopers and their cute tom-boy styles are set to debut via Universal Music Japan this coming March. The J-pop girl group consists of 7 members, chosen from the 5,000 applicants for cross-dressing group Fudanjuku's "Next Generation Audition" held last fall.

Check out their teaser:

SEKAI NO OWARI –

Japanese pop band SEKAI NO OWARI stormed into our hearts this year with the release of “Dragon Night” and left us wanting for more galloping pop goodness (I seriously imagine riding horses when I hear that track). Lucky they have a new album due out on January the 14th. #YAY 

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu -

KPP has just revealed that her new 10th single, “Mondai Girl” will be released this coming March! The song also features as the theme song for Japanese drama "Mondai no Aru Restaurant".

Mondai Girl Tracklist:

01. Mondai Girl

02. KISEKAE (the theme song for the new Nintendo 3DS CM)

03. My Room (the theme song for Chintai CM)

04. (Title undecided)

05. Mondai Girl (Instrumental)

06. KISEKAE (Instrumental)

07. My Room (Instrumental)

ONE OK ROCK -

J-rock group ONE OK ROCK will be releasing their new album in February 2015 entitled "35XXXV". The album: completely recorded in the US will also feature Kellin from US band Sleeping with Sirens on one of the tracks, "Paper Planes".

LinQ –

This Japanese girl group signed to Warner Music Japan in 2013 and this is their rollicking new single “Wessai!! Gassai!!” released in September last year. Who knows what they’ll come up with in 2015… but how cool do they sound?  

TFBOYS -

TFBOYS (also known as The Fighting Boys) are a super young trio featuring members: Wang Yuan, Wang JunKai and Yi YangQianXi. They’ve been around since 2013 and are already massively popular in China – what do you guys think of their sound?

Popu Lady -

Popu Lady is a Taiwanese, 5 member girl group with a bubbly pop sound similar to Perfume or Orange Caramel in sound. This song “More” featured on their 2014 mini-album release of the same title. No news of their comeback dates yet, but we’ve got our eyes on these girls!  

Twinko –

Twinko, a 5 member girl group from Taiwan, just released their first mini-album last year in November so they’re most likely still busy promoting it now as we are enjoying it! Here is one of the tracks taken from it, “Bling Bling”. See what you think…

Honorable Mentions...

January/February releases TBC:

CNBlue's Yonghwa (solo debut)

SHINee's Jonghyun (solo debut)

EXO - new album

A.Kor - single release

After School - new album

Eric Nam - new album

Nine Muses - rumoured new album (fingers crossed)

Who else are you excited about this 2015?!?!