In K-Pop world, the first quarter is always the most exciting time for big pop releases.

April is looking especially juicy for brand new rookies. In the ultra-competitive K-Pop world, it's extremely tough for a new act to place themselves among the top idol stars. While these three rookie groups have not yet broken into the entertainment industry's mainstream consciousness, based on fan anticipations, K-Pop music video views and industry talk, we have picked the three acts who plan to debut in 2016.


NCT of SM Entertainment

In a South Korea's major showbiz agency SM Entertainment presented the idea of creating "New Culture Technology (NCT)," a new boy band will be a brand housing several different teams put together for each of the different cities in the world. Under the project aimed at expanding SM's overseas presence, an NCT unit will be based in one city to produce music catering to local fans, the founder Lee SooMan told reporters. NCT would help localize and expand the Korean pop culture wave "Hallyu".

Must Read : SM’s Neo Culture Technology: NCT Profile

Top 3 Most Anticipated K-Pop Group Debuts of 2016

SM Rookies Official


IOI of CJ E&M Production

The top 11 contestants of project girl group survival show “Produce 101” make their debut from as early as April. Produce 101 is a 2016 reality girl group survival show on Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public "produces" a unit girl group by choosing members from a total of 101 trainees from 46 entertainment agencies. A representative from the agency told OSEN, "22 finalists have thrust themselves into getting ready with the goal of a full-scale debut by the first half of this year."

Must Read : Which Trainee Will Debut? : Produce 101 Profile

Top 3 Most Anticipated K-Pop Group Debuts of 2016

Mnet "Produce 101"


Princess of StarMusic Entertainment

Six of little girls are soon to enter the K-Pop scene. PRINCESS will be composed of six members, and will debut under STARMUSIC Entertainment, which also seems to be a newcomer to the industry. Not much else has been revealed about the rookie girls. Hopefully more information will be released this year.  

Top 3 Most Anticipated K-Pop Group Debuts of 2016

Princess Official

1. NCT of SM Entertainment: Watch this!

2. IOI of CJ E&M Production: Watch this!

3. Princess of StarMusic Entertainment: Watch this!

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