Epic K-pop Showdown: 3rd Generation Icons INFINITE Clash with Rising 4th Gen Powerhouse ITZY
Marking a grand return, the emblematic 3rd generation boy group INFINITE and the rapidly rising 3.5 generation girl group ITZY are scheduled to release new music simultaneously on July 31.
INFINITE, a group that ushered in the golden era of K-pop, is drawing significant attention with their full-member comeback after five years. Meanwhile, ITZY, returning after an eight-month hiatus with new music, is generating significant buzz with their unique music style. Considering the heat of K-pop artist comebacks in July, all eyes are on INFINITE and ITZY, who will wrap up the month with their highly anticipated returns.
Labelled as the 'return of the legends,' INFINITE will release their 7th mini-album 'Begin.' The album title, where the 'B' is written as '13,' signifies INFINITE's new journey marking their 13th debut anniversary. The title track, 'New Emotions,' suggests the start of a new chapter in INFINITE's career.
The album 'Begin' features a total of five tracks, including the titular 'New Emotions,' 'Intro: 13,' 'Jet Lag,' 'I Got You,' and 'Find Me.' The concept is incredibly diverse, piquing curiosity through teaser photos showcasing the group's chic, sexy, and refined charm alongside warm group photos.
However, the title track stands out as the most intense of all their albums to date. The teaser for 'New Emotions' captures the members' grown-up, masculine visuals. INFINITE members, dressed in neat suits and racing on the rooftop of a building, display a mature physicality and exceptional acting skills.
The beat is also sophisticated, with a dynamic rhythm that grips the heart and distinctive member vocals that weave seamlessly throughout the song. Notably, the song is a product of the famous producer Ryan Jhun, adding to the excitement about what harmony the hit-makers INFINITE and the genius composer Ryan Jhun will create. The album promises a masterpiece capturing INFINITE's A to Z with tracks like the refreshing and hopeful 'Jet Lag,' the acoustic melody of 'I Got You,' and the ballad 'Find Me,' where main vocal Sungkyu's appeal is highlighted.
Cultural critic Ha Jae-geun predicts, "The comeback of idols from their past prime era has been frequent and received well. INFINITE's comeback will be no exception. If the public praises INFINITE's activities, we might see more comebacks from past groups, leading to a harmonious blend of old and new in the music industry."
ITZY, known for consistently advocating the message "Be true to yourself," plans to capture the hearts of fans once again with their 7th mini-album 'Kill My Doubt.' The album, including the title track 'Cake' and a total of six songs, is the most 'ITZY-esque' album that expresses 'a solid belief and courage that breaks self-doubt.'
JYP Entertainment is going all out in promoting 'Kill My Doubt.' With the release of three teaser videos for 'Cake' and the production of three music videos including 'Bet On Me' and 'None Of My Business,' ITZY is set to burst with energy and liveliness. The upgraded visuals of ITZY's members are worth noting as well.
One of the most exciting reasons for ITZY's comeback is their performance. True to their reputation for intense and disciplined dancing, ITZY has organized a dance medley for their highlight reel, featuring Dance Line member Ryujin. From the graceful 'None Of My Business' to the shocking 'Kill Shot,' ITZY promises more than just auditory pleasure, but also a visual treat.
Critic Ha pointed out, "ITZY has been a frontrunner in the girl-crush concept from the start. With powerful choreography and confident lyrics, they grabbed attention. It's worth watching how ITZY's comeback will resonate in competition with the popular 4th generation girl groups."
INFINITE and ITZY's new albums will be released at 6 PM. As we move into the peak of the summer in August, it will be interesting to see what musical splash these two groups make to cool down the hot weather.