Happy Boxing Day, everyone, and welcome to the last Roundtable for 2012!

As great as 2012 was for K-pop — great debuts, great comebacks, great scandals — it’s time to turn the page to a new year; and to welcome it, the Seoulbeats writers have drawn up their wishlist for 2013. What do you think of them? And what’s your 2013 wishlist?

Nabeela: OH MY GOSH I have so much on my K-pop list!

  • The EXO comeback— this better be a damn good song
  • Jun.K‘s solo EP with his own MV and promotional stint
  • A killer 2NE1 album
  • More K-pop socks!
  • Block B follow up tracks
  • The rest of ZICO on the Block 1.5
  • I want the B.A.P. stylists to gtfo the bleach and give me dark haired BYG
  • I want to see some rookie abs….
  • More B1A4 in Korea
  • I want to MBLAQ to win on the charts
  • G.O. back on IS2
  • 2NE1 needs to release that English album, like for reals now though
  • Oh and I want the JunHara ship to sail on.

Aannd I think that’s it!

 Lindsay: The condensed version of my wishlist for 2013

  • Korean comebacks, lots of them, especially SHINee, EXO, MBLAQ and B.A.P.
  • For B.A.P to stop being all blonde.
  • Some good rookie debuts (although I’m probably the only one to wish for more rookies…)
  • To hear less about Psy and “Gangnam Style,” please.
  • For Boyfriend‘s Hello Baby Season 7 to live up to my expectations (at least I can dream).
  • Less fan wars between EXO and B.A.P fans, and also world peace.
  • For Lee Joon and Oh Yeon-seo to get married for real.


  • To permanently remove bleach off of the coordinoonas of B.A.P.’s shopping list
  • EXO to finally comeback
  • For Seo In-guk to become uber-popular (and marry me)
  • For Seo In-guk and Jung Eun-ji to be a real couple already
  • For Flower Boy Next Door to be as good as SUFBB was
  • For tvN to release more great dramas
  • For even better comebacks
  • For Block B’s next album to top Blockbuster! #BlocktoberForever
  • For Zico to release more mixtapes
  • For Jaejoong to rock out hard in January (maybe a solo tour as well? I hear Canada is a great place to start)
  • For JYJ to come out with a really good album (and perform onstage again)
  • For DBSK to promote “Viva” live for once and to come out with more good material like “Catch Me” and “Tone”
  • For Jaejoong, Song Joong-ki, and Kai to answer my love letters with a Yes

Gaya: To be honest, all I want is Jino solo debut, more than an Exo comeback (yeah, I said it!) But I do have other wishes for 2013:

  • Kim Kwang-soo to retire already, and leave CCM in more competent hands
  • More co-ed dance pop groups
  • Sore songs with interesting lyrics (like “The Grasshopper’s Song,” “Face” and “Party XXO”)
  • Another great crop of rookies like we had this year
  • Hand-syncing laws to be overturned so that instruments can actually be played on music shows
  • More idols publicly dating
  • Joo Won and Park Ki-woong to take out the best couple award
  • A great Epik High album
  • SHINee to continue releasing great music in Japan, and at home
  • Also, some Minho currency would be nice…
  • Miss A‘s Fei to get more exposure and screentime
  • Exo-M‘s Chen to get better at Mandarin
  • … and yeah, OK, I want an Exo comeback. The fans are going insane, I swear. I’M going insane.

Bethany: Fatouma I will fight you to marry Seo In-guk.

  • For more Song Joong-ki in any form or fashion
  • For a year of great dramas
  • For amazing comebacks from Infinite, Beast, B1A4, C.N. Blue, and Block B
  • For B.A.P to get a well-deserved break (seriously, boys, as much as I love y’all, go get some rest!)
  • For some new drool-worthy rookies
  • For Taeyang to release some solo stuff (R&B, please)
  • For more adorable idol couples to go on WGM (wouldn’t mind Eun-ji and Seo In-guk or Suzy and Kim Soo-hyun)


  • Really good comebacks from everyone, in particular a wonderful full-length from B.A.P and SHINee.
  • More collaborations between groups not necessarily in the same company (Block B.A.P anyone?)
  • Continued Running Man wonders
  • I’m being redundant but just good music, please.


  • For tvN to continue producing quality material
  • Still waiting for Yoon Eun-hye to make her appearance on Running Man
  • JYJ to make a smooth transition back to normal broadcast channels (outside of dramas)
  • Jung-ah to graduate After School and join with Kahi to form an official duo
  • Solo Ye-eun promotions (putting my Ye/Sun duo wish on the back burner for a bit)
  • More of Infinite H


  • Another big push from solo artists
  • Return of industry legends Kahi and Hyori
  • Top rookies from 2012 making strong comebacks
  • A mature (dare I say sexy?) concept for IU
  • Large campaigns from Starship, Pledis, and Cube to challenge the Big 3
  • Another big year for YG and many of its artists
  • The return of Hwayoung as an actor or singer
  • More rookie groups featuring former underground rappers
  • The next laughable product designed to tackle the US market
  • Life after “Gangnam Style”

(Images via: JYP Co., Allure Magazine, YG Entertainment, Amped Asia)


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