In the K-pop world, a comeback is a really big deal. Think of it as your favorite sports team’s first game of the season, except it happens a few times a year because it’s when a band releases their newest song. But the comeback isn’t just about a song, it’s about the whole concept behind it. Fans are looking forward to the comebacks a lotbecause in addition to hearing new music, they usually showcase a whole new look to the band.

On August 22, K-pop group Ive (pronounced short for “I have”) will release a new single, After liking. Continues from 2022 Love diving and 2011 Eleven, making it the six-piece group’s third release. If you’re unfamiliar with Ive or K-pop in general, now’s the time to get ready for the comeback, and here’s our guide to Ive’s songs and members, as well as some suggestions for other similar groups to listen too.

After like, expect soon

A tweet from Ive’s official Twitter account sent on July 24 provided early details of After liking, revealing an August 22 release date and a first look at the artwork used for the single’s title. Since then the group Instagram page has been updated with a large, 12-panel version of the teaser image.

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— IVE OFFICIAL (@IVEstarship) July 24, 2022

On August 5, the release schedule was fully revealed and quickly followed the track list for the single album. As with Ive’s previous releases, the single will feature two tracks: After liking and satisfaction. After liking continues Ive’s collaboration with lyricist Seo Ji-eum (who wrote Eleven and Love diving) and with producer Ryan S. Jhun. The official concept photos for After liking will be released before August 19, when the first teaser will be shown. On August 21st, we’ll see the all-important mixtape ready for the full release on August 22nd.

Just before the schedule was revealed, the band released “I have Summer,” a video that might suggest After liking topics. While Summer Idol songs are nothing new, the film suggests that Ive may take a more heartfelt, mature approach to the concept, as each member waxes rather poetic about love and loss. Even if I have Summer is not related to After likingconcept of, is still quite a beautiful short film.

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— IVE OFFICIAL (@IVEstarship) August 5, 2022

At this point, you might be wondering about Ive’s popularity. Following the group’s social accounts gives you a good idea – Ive has 2.4 million followers on Instagram, 1.6 million subscribers on YouTube, and his Twitter account has more than 866,000 followers at the time of writing. Not bad for a band active for less than a year, and an indication of why we should pay attention to the new release.

Meet the members

Ive is a group of six, so let’s take a moment to introduce them all properly. The leader is Ahn Yu-jin, who will be familiar to some K-pop fans as a member of the now-disbanded group Iz*one, where she performed alongside fellow Ive Jang Won-young. Both Yujin and Wonyoung won their spots in Iz*one during the 2018 survival music show. Production 48.

(left to right) Liz, Rei, Wonyoung, Gaeul, Leeseo, Yujin Ive Starship/Twitter

While these two members came to Ive with experience as part of a girl group and established fan bases, the other four members made their debut with Ive. The youngest member of the group is Lee Hyun-seo, known as Leeseo, and she is joined by Kim Ji-won, known as Liz, and Kim Ga-eul. While all the members so far are Korean, Ive’s latest member is Naoi Rei, known simply as Rei, who is Japanese.

If you are reading some of the names and wondering how to pronounce them correctly, this video can help you. If you want to get to know the members better, they all introduce themselves in this video, filmed just before the band’s 2021 debut, and comes with English subtitles. If you have more time, Ive got my own variety show – 1,2,3, Eve — this also has English subtitles, but we’d recommend watching 1theK’s as well Quiet late evening study time too.

Listen to Ive

Don’t just take the words of millions of followers as to why Ive’s return is long overdue. Instead, this is a great time to review or discover the band’s earlier releases for the first time. The debut single, Elevenwas released in early December 2021, and at just over three minutes long, it makes quite an impact, especially through the clever use of a varying tempo before the catchy chorus.

I returned in April 2022 with Love divingwhich is based on the electropop style of Eleven, but this time ups it with a gorgeous, ethereal tone on the vocals and chorus. The music video’s dreamy visuals match the lyrics perfectly, the dance break highlights Eugene’s talent, and it’s impossible not to copy the ‘love dive’ gesture in the choreography at appropriate moments.

The connecting tracks for the two single releases — take it and Royal — are just as catchy, but don’t leave as strong an impression as the A-sides.

After the release of Like

After likingThe release date has been announced and you can now pre-order the single. There are two main versions, one in a standard Jewel case and second photo book versionand each is divided into further separate editions. There are three different editions of the photo book and each will come with a different cover, CD art and photo cards. The six different gem-encrusted editions will have individual member covers.

Pre-orders are now open, but the artwork has yet to be revealed. There are several online stores that provide fast and reliable international shipping for physical K-pop releases — Global Interpark and Ktown4U are a popular choice – and most will provide the option to either order a single edition or purchase a complete collection of all three photobook editions or all six editions in a jewel box.

Some retailers seem to offer some exclusive versions of the photobook for those who pre-order After liking, and the initial run of copies will also include a poster and a special photo card. It’s worth shopping around before you order to make sure you get the best version for you.

If you like Yves, you’ll like these songs

If you’ve been listening to Ive’s songs and want something more, maybe with a similar sound or more from some of the members, here are three songs to try if you’re new and like what you’ve heard so far.

The first recommendation will probably be familiar to most Ive fans, but if you’re new to K-pop, you might not know Iz*one very well. This is the group that Yujin and Wonyoung started in, along with 10 other members, and we recommend listening Consistencydance-focused track from the 2021 album One reelwith lyrics about the right way to win someone’s heart.

Then make sure you listen Fearless by Le Sseraphim. Formed just recently, the new group has five members, with Kim Chae-won and Miyawaki Sakura also coming from Iz*one. The song has a very cool vibe, supported by a strong chorus and ultra-confident choreography in the music video. Our advice is to listen to the track through headphones, as it has solid bass and includes stereo separation that is otherwise easily missed.

Finally, just in case our recommendations seem biased towards ex-Iz*one members (we acknowledge and accept our bias), you’ll probably also enjoy Gfriend Disco Mago. It was the main release from what would become the band’s last album before breaking up, and we love the version shot for Studio Choom that showcases the disco choreography and costumes at their best.






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