22 Reasons K-Pop will rule in 2022

Client: i-D


If you’re new to the K-pop community, then the sheer scale of what’s going on might sound slightly overwhelming. The pace of new content is undeniably frantic but also one of the industry’s biggest draws: whether you stan one group or 10, whether you immerse yourself a little or 24/7, you’ll never be at a loss for music, behind the scenes videos, TikTok challenges, or survival and variety shows. Any seasoned stan can attest to the hugely entertaining nature of K-pop, and with the starting gun well and truly fired, we’ve rounded up 22 more moments awaiting fans in 2022. It’s going to be a big one, folks!


18. One to watch: Xdinary Heroes

The idol band Xdinary Heroes debuted on JYP sub-label Studio J last December. Not only are all six members vocalists as well as musicians, their sound really sets them apart — their first single “Happy Death Day” nodded at late 00s emo. They’ve also recently covered both Bring Me The Horizon and Nothing But Thieves. If the label continues to push the aural boundaries of idol band-dom, Xdinary Heroes will be one of the most intriguing and exciting breakout prospects for this year. 

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