#Rewind and #Recap - Korean Music Industry in 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020


2020 has been a tough yet a year of great change for the music industry. As the end of 2020 is around the corner, lets recap on some incidents that happened in the KPOP industry this year, including news on military enlistment, come back, marriages, break up and others. 

Love story and breakup


Kang Daniel and TWICE’s Jihyo relationship came in an end in November 2020 after dating for more than 1 year. The reason for their break up was because they were unable to meet up often due to their hectic schedules. The couple revealed their relationship to the public in September 2019. The couple had received a lot of attention from the global fans but unfortunately, they were also attacked by some malicious comments. 


Rapper Swings belatedly admitted about his breakup with actress Im Bora. The couple has been dating since 2017 but breakup rumours about them arose when they were found deleting all photos taken together on social media. Swings admitted to the breakup in October while Im Bora decided to remain silent. 

TVXQ Changmin’s marriage - Eli and Ji Yeon Su’s divorce

In 2020, some artists also shared their happiness and surprised us with the news of their marriage.


One of them is the member of the legendary group, TVXQ's Chang Min who announced his marriage with his non-celebrity girlfriend. He carefully delivered the happy news through a handwritten letter in June. The couple started dating back in December 2019. The wedding ceremony that was supposed to be held in September was postponed slightly later to October. 

Unfortunately, there was also news about divorced. Former U-KISS member Eli conveyed the sad news through his Instagram. He shared that he had been staying separately from his family and pray for his son and wife (Ji Yeon Su)’s happiness. In December 2015, Eli revealed that he had been married with racing model, Ji Yeon Soo for over a year since June 2014. 

CLICK B’s member, Kim Sang Hyuk also announced divorce after a year of marriage with online shopping mall CEO, Song Da Ye as they could not overcome their differences. Veteran singer Lee Sun Hee had also ended her 14 years marriage with her husband in May. 

Stars who returned to us after a temporary goodbye


2020 has also seen several stars who left us for a while for military enlistment to fulfil their duty. From Winner’s Kim Jin Woo and Lee SeungHoon to EXO’s Suho, to Zico, and more had enlisted this year. 

However, artists such as CNBLUE’s Kang Min Hyuk, HIGHLIGHT’s Yoon Doo Jun, BTOB’s Seo Eun Kwang, MinHyuk and Lee Chang Sub, SHINee’s Onew and Key, Exo’s Xiumin, Yoon Ji Sung and more had been discharged from the military as well! 

With that, CNBLUE had reorganized the band into a 3 members band and made a successful comeback. BTOB had also formed a unit Btob 4U consisting of Eun Kwang, Chang Sub, MinHyuk and Peniel. SHINee’s Key had also made his return to tvN’s Amazing Saturday alongside Han Hae after discharging from the military service. 

Singer Gummy - Bada became mum 


Gummy and Jo Jung Suk welcomed their first daughter back in August. A month after giving birth, Gummy resumed her activities by participating in the drama “Do You Like Brahms” OST. She also made a guest appearance on KBS 2TV Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook and had captivated the viewers with her unchanged singing ability and stage manner. 

Singer Bada had also become a mum after giving birth to her daughter in September. In November, she appeared in MBC’s entertainment program “Radio Star” and confessed that she had trouble breathing due to bleeding during childbirth.

Original article: Starnews 

There are quite a number of unfortunate incidents as well but let's hope that 2021 will be a better year for all! Take care and stay safe! 

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