It's hard to believe that Block B have been together for over half a decade. The boys debuted with “Freeze!” back in 2011 and celebrated their sixth anniversary last weekend. While they're just one year away from K-pop’s infamous ‘7-year curse,’ it's hard to imagine anything bringing Block B down in the near future given their current popularity. You could even say that Block B are bigger now than they've ever been before.
The group have had a huge 2017 so far thanks to their mega-hit “Yesterday.” The rock-rap track all-killed the digital charts upon its release in February before topping the Gaon chart to become Block B’s first ever number one single. While boy bands are usually stronger in physical sales than digital, “Yesterday” has shown some serious longevity on Melon and racked up some pretty high sales overall. The song’s performance is even more impressive considering that it wasn't officially promoted on music programs. It also peaked at No. 7 on Japan’s Oricon charts, showing Block B’s popularity overseas.
Meanwhile, Zico has just scored himself another solo hit with his latest single, “She’s a Baby.” The slow jam topped Melon as soon as it was released, before settling in at No. 2 behind digital queen IU. Zico amassed a run of huge solo hits throughout 2015 and 2016, and it looks like this year won't be any different. He's already one of Korea’s biggest male artists right now, and his individual success only adds to Block B’s popularity.
Zico’s not the only member of Block B thriving outside of the group right now either. Park Kyung has also established himself as a soloist with hits like “Inferiority Complex” as well as his own musical compositions for Block B. He's also a star of the variety show Problematic Men, while P.O has found success with OnStyle’s Lipstick Prince.
Considering some of the controversies and hardships Block B faced early in their career, it's amazing to see just how far the boys have come. Fans are now waiting for the group to schedule a full-scale comeback in Korea, which is long overdue (their last physical release with live promotions was Blooming Period over a year ago). Judging by their schedule, it looks like they have some free time in June before kicking off their Japanese tour in July. Hopefully that means they’ll surprise and return with an album next month, but if not, I’m sure we’ll get something before the end of the year.
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