The Korean music industry thrived in 2023, introducing numerous talented Kpop and trot girl groups. These rookie girl groups, each with a unique style and sound, have captivated global music lovers. The variety in music, dazzling dance routines, and striking visuals have garnered widespread appreciation, elevating the global stature of Korean music. Here is the list of rookie Kpop and trot girl groups debuting in 2023, and it’s time for you to vote on which group is best and worth rooting for.
The Best Rookie Kpop and Trot Girl Groups of 2023
Debut date: March 2, 2023
Debut single: Candlelight
Members: Song Hwanhee, Lee Heeju, Byun Subin, Kim Jamin, Jihyun, Kim Jiyoon, An Soyeon
Debut date: May 9, 2023
Debut album: ADYA
Members: Yeonsu, Seowon, Sena, Chaeeun, Seungchae
Agency: Starting House Entertainment
Debut date: June 20, 2023
Debut album: Unlock It
Members: Seoyu, Yeseo
Agency: OGAM Entertainment
Debut date: June 19, 2023
Debut single: Body Shake
Members: Jiyoung, Eun A, Cheong Eum, Nina
Agency: W2 Company
Debut date: July 18, 2023
Debut album: Love:ON
Members: SeoA, Ari
E:LFIN (엘핀) is an independent girl group that consists of two member. They initially started as a trio and marked their debut on July 18, 2023, with the single album “Love:On.” However, on August 2, 2023, an announcement declared Sika’s departure from the group. It was also revealed that there are plans underway to introduce new members to the group shortly.
Debut date: September 14, 2023
Debut album: 7+ UP
Members: Hwiseo, Nana, Yuki, Kei, Yeoreum, Yeonhee, Yeeun
Fandom: EL7Z U (엘즈유)
Agency: Apple Monster and DG Entertainment, was formed through the Mnet survival show Queendom Puzzle.
Debut date: January 8, 2023
Debut album: BLA:ZE
Members: Dasom, Yoonseo, Niya, Daeun, Yerim, Riha, Eunji, Hyejun
Agency: Artcompany SOUL
Debut date: April 28, 2023
Debut single: Stargram
Members: 5Joo, Da.U, Ever, Sirin
Formed by: composer Son Dayeon through a crowdfund on Tumblbug
Ikling (아이클링) is a distinctive project girl group, formed as an independent endeavor, comprising individuals who are not trainees, allowing them an opportunity to experience the idol life. The group’s members include 5Joo, Da.U, Ever, and Sirin. Their name is a blend of the words ‘Idol’ and ‘Sparkling’. The group was created by composer Son Dayeon and was brought to life through funds raised via a crowdfund on Tumblbug. They marked their entry into the music world on April 28, 2023, with the debut single “Stargram.”
JUJU SECRET (주주 시크릿)
Debut date: March 25, 2023
Debut single: Lonely Night
Members: Park Jinjoo, Lee Mijoo
Formed through MBC’s Hangout with Yoo
JUJU SECRET (주주 시크릿) is a project-based female duo, brought together through the MBC show, Hangout with Yoo. They stepped into the music scene on March 25, 2023, releasing the digital single “Lonely Night.“ The name of the duo is derived from the members’ names, each containing “Joo”, and it also nods to the children’s show, Secret Jouju.
KISS OF LIFE
Debut date: July 5, 2023
Debut album: KISS OF LIFE
Members: Julie Han, Natty, Belle, Haneul
Agency: S2 Entertainment
KISS OF LIFE (키스 오브 라이프; KIOF) is a South Korean girl group managed by S2 Entertainment, featuring members Julie Han, Natty, Belle, and Haneul. They marked their entry into the music industry on July 5, 2023, by releasing the mini album “KISS OF LIFE.” Additionally, KISS OF LIFE is currently participating in a dance challenge, collaborating with the K-content platform, COKODIVE, at the 2024 S/S Seoul Fashion Week, showcasing their versatile talents and expanding their presence in the entertainment industry.
Debut date: February 17, 2023
Debut album: LOVE & HAPPINES
Members: MiU, Suhye, Gaeun.
Agency: 143 Entertainment
LIMELIGHT (라임라잇; alternatively stylized as LΙΜΞLIGHT) is a dynamic girl group managed by 143 Entertainment. Unique to them, there is no restriction on the number of members in the group, with the current ensemble featuring MiU, Suhye, and Gaeun. They introduced their musical journey with a pre-debut mini album on September 29, 2022, and eventually made their official debut on February 17, 2023, with the EP “LOVE & HAPPINESS“.
Debut date: September 15, 2023
Debut album: Loossemble
Members: Hyunjin, Vivi, Gowon, Hyeju, Yeojin.
Loossemble (루셈블), an abbreviation for LOONA Assemble, is a girl group managed by CTDENM and comprises members Hyunjin, Vivi, Gowon, Hyeju, and Yeojin, all originally from the renowned girl group LOONA. They embarked on their musical journey, releasing the mini album “Loossemble,” on September 15, 2023.
Debut date: January 25, 2023
Debut album: PANDORA’S BOX
Members: SIU:, TYRA:, MARTY:
Agency: Metaverse Entertainment
The Kpop gaming world is buzzing with cool new team-ups, especially with a new Kpop girl group, MAVE. They’re part of a virtual Kpop group living in the online world called the Metaverse. This makes MAVE a fresh and exciting addition to the Kpop scene, blending music with virtual reality to offer fans something completely new and different.
Debut date: January 13, 2023
Debut album: RED MOON
Members: Rainie, Nahyun, Ruby, Hayun
Fandom: Prism (프리즘)
Agency: AO Entertainment
PRIMROSE (프림로즈), managed by AO Entertainment, is a girl group with four members: Rainie, Nahyun, Ruby, and Hayun. Yeum, a former member, departed on March 23, 2023, due to health concerns. PRIMROSE aims to redefine the existing idol group paradigm, anticipating to pioneer a novel idol lineage and usher in a new epoch of K-Pop. They initially debuted as a duo with Ruby and Yeum on January 13, 2023, presenting the mini album “RED MOON.” The group envisions a unique trajectory, setting a fresh and innovative tone in the Kpop landscape.
RuViChe (formerly known as MSG)
Debut date: March 23, 2023
Debut single: 배달의 민수 (Minsu of Delivery)
Members: Yoon Hanvi, Oh Sua, Bae Minso
Agency: S-Media Solution
RuViChe (루비체; initially introduced as MSG) is a trot girl group comprised of three members, operating under S-Media Solution Entertainment. The members, Yoon Hanvi, Oh Sua, and Bae Minso, are well-known racing models. They made their debut as a quartet on March 23, 2023, releasing the digital single “배달의 민수 (Minsu of Delivery).” The name RuViChe blends the words ‘ruby’ (a precious gemstone) and ‘luce’ (Italian for light), symbolizing their aspiration to shine brightly and be precious jewels in the world of trot music.
tripleS (with its subunits)
Members: Kim Yooyeon, Mayu, Xinyu, Park Sohyun, Kim Nakyoung, Seo Dahyun, Nien, Yoon Seoyon, Kotone, Chaeyeon, Gong Yubin, Lee Jiwoo, Kaede, Jeong Hyerin, Kim Soomin,Kwak Yeonji
Agency: MOD HAUS (모드 하우스)
TripleS, tagged as “The idol of all possibilities,” is a dynamic 24-member, fan-participation girl group managed by MODHAUS. This innovative group is integrating the realms of NFT and Kpop, with members swapping between group, units, and solo, driven by fan choices. They aim to unveil a fresh ‘dimension’ each season, bringing forth novel concepts, and providing a platform for fans to engage and influence the group’s content. Presently, they are unveiling members and have various sub-units like Acid Angel from Asia, +(KR)ystal Eyes, ACID EYES, LOVElution, and EVOLution each debuting with distinct music and style. Every year, depending on the number of S’s, they release a full group song.
+(KR)ystal Eyes (2nd sub-unit)
Debut date: May 4, 2023
Debut album: AESTHETIC
Members: Yoon Seoyeon, Chaeyeon, Lee Jiwoo, Kim Soomin
ACID EYES (3rd sub-unit)
Debut date: June 6, 2023
Debut album: Cherry Gene
Members: Kim Yooyeon, Kim Nakyoung, Yoon Seoyeon, Chaeyeon, Gong Yubin, Lee Jiwoo, Jeong Hyerin, Kim Soomin
LOVElution (4th sub-unit)
Debut date: August 17, 2023
Debut album: ↀ (Muhan)
Members: Xinyu, Park Sohyun, Seo Dahyun, Nien, Yoon Seoyeon, Gong Yubin, Kaede and Jeong Hyerin.
Debut date: October 11, 2023
Two Sisters (두자매)
Debut date: June 19, 2023
Debut single: 사랑은 마끼아또 (Love’s Macchiato)
Members: Kim Heejin, Yoon Seoryeong
Agency: JG Star Entertainment
Two Sisters (두자매) form a trot duo, featuring members Kim Heejin and Yoon Seoryeong, and are managed by JG STAR Entertainment. They stepped into the music scene on June 19, 2023, with their debut single “사랑은 마끼아또 (Love’s Macchiato).”
Debut date: April 11, 2023
Debut single: Keeping the Fire
Members: E.SHA, NIZZ, NOVA, HANNAH, ARIA
Agency: ESCROW Entertainment
X:IN (엑신) is a quintet girl group from South Korea, managed by ESCROW Entertainment, with members E.Sha, Nizz, Nova, Hannah, and Aria. They introduced themselves with a pre-debut single, “Who Am I,” released on March 12, 2023. Subsequently, they made their official debut on April 11, 2023, presenting the album “KEEPING THE FIRE.”
VOTE NOW – The Best Rookie Kpop & Trot Girl Groups of 2023
Now it’s time to vote for the rookie Kpop and trot girl groups you think the best and worth your support!
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