September 21, 2022 13:21
Girl group Kara, one of the most popular girl groups in the late noughties, are releasing an album after a seven-year hiatus.
According to their management agency RBW on Monday, the five-member group will release the album in November to celebrate their 15th anniversary.
Their last album "In Love" was released in 2015.
Kara currently consists of Park Gyu-ri, Han Seung-yeon and Heo Young-ji, but Nicole and Kang Ji-young, who left the group in 2014, will also join for the long-awaited return. The girls will honor former member Gu Ha-ra, who killed herself in 2019, in their new album.
Expectations are rising that all three noughties girl groups -- Wonder Girls, Kara, Girls' Generation -- will return to the K-pop scene.
In August, Girls' Generation released a full-length album, "Forever 1," to celebrate their own 15th anniversary. Many fans hope that Wonder Girls will also make a comeback.
The return of older manufactured groups comes amid the ever-growing rise of K-pop across the world. They may be able to cash in since they were practically pioneers in taking Korean music global.
Wonder Girls were the first girl band to make a debut in the U.S. in 2009, while Kara and Girls' Generation performed at the Tokyo Dome, the biggest concert venue in Japan, in 2013 and 2014.
They have fans from a wide range of age groups and have lots of hit songs to their name. Wonder Girls' "Tell Me" and "Nobody," Girls' Generation's "Gee," and "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)," and Kara's "Mr." and "Honey" were sensational successes at the time.
A music critic said, "These days, people know the names of idol groups but they're not familiar with their songs. Back in the 2000s, people remembered song titles first and then their names."
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