2022 has been a momentous year for K-Pop. As travel restrictions lightened for many countries and broadcast restrictions were lifted, many 4th-gen groups were able to meet their fans in person for the first time.
Not only were crowds allowed back at the music broadcast filmings, but groups were now able to tour the world again.
Blip, a “go-to” app for K-Pop schedules and updates, compiled the ten groups with the busiest schedules in 2022. Here’s a summarized look into the groups’ busy 2022 and how many reported schedules they had this year.
10. Stray Kids
Stray Kids stayed busy this year with two comebacks in Korea and one comeback in Japan, award and variety show appearances, and their second world tour, MANIAC, with many other schedules in between.
The group recently released a new compilation album, SKZ-Replay, and is gearing up for encore shows in 2023 to end their successful MANIAC world tour!
The group had 960 reported schedules in 2022.
ATEEZ held two wildly successful world tours, The Fellowship: Beginning of the End, and The Fellowship: Break the Wall, this year. They’ve played multiple K-Pop festivals, released two Japanese-language mini-albums, released their ninth mini-album, and performed at year-end award ceremonies. This is just a peek into their jam-packed schedule as a leading 4th-gen group in 2022! ATEEZ is currently preparing for their SPIN OFF: FROM THE WITNESS comeback on December 30.
ATEEZ had 970 reported schedules in 2022.
(G)I-DLE has had an amazing year with two back-to-back hit releases, releasing their first album, I Never Die, and mini-album, I Love. In 2022, member Miyeon also made her solo debut with her mini-album MY.
The group went on their first world tour, Just Me ( )I-DLE, and also performed at various K-Pop music festivals and appeared on variety shows alongside releasing their own content.
(G)I-DLE had a reported 974 schedules this year.
PENTAGON impressively released their 12th mini-album, In:vite U, and held their live-streamed in-person PENTAGON’s Private Party fan meeting in April. The group released a new Japanese mini-album in September and performed at several music festivals.
Kino officially became the first PENTAGON member to make their solo debut with his special single, “Pose.”
PENTAGON had 975 reported schedules this year.
ITZY has also had a very busy year, releasing two Korean-language mini-albums, two Japanese-language mini-albums, and their first English-language single.
Along with all of the new music released, the 4th-gen group was able to go on their first world tour, Checkmate, and appeared and performed at multiple festivals and year-end ceremonies.
ITZY had a reported 1,058 schedules in 2022.
SF9 kicked off the year with four shows for their Live Fantasy 3: IMPERFECT solo concert. They released one Korean-language mini-album this year and one Japanese-language compilation album. The group performed at HallyuPopFest London 2022 and the 2022 Asia Song Festival.
SF9 held a five-city US tour in November and December and are preparing for their January 2023 comeback.
SF9 had a reported 1,140 schedules in 2022.
SEVENTEEN released an English-language single, “Darl+ing,” their fourth album, Face The Sun, a repackaged fourth album, and a Japanese-language mini-album.
The group also released their first film, SEVENTEEN Power of Love: The Movie, with concert footage, interviews, and exclusive behind-the-scenes moments, conducted an in-person fan meeting in Japan, and went on their third world tour, Be The Sun!
SEVENTEEN has had 1,212 reported schedules in 2022.
BTOB‘s Hyunsik and Sungjae completed their military service at the end of 2021, allowing the group to reunite as a full six-member group for the first time in three years. As a full group, they released their third album, Be Together, and they recently announced a 10th-anniversary concert of the same name to be held on December 30, 31, and January 1, 2023.
Minhyuk (HUTA) made his solo comeback with his album BOOM and held a sold-out solo concert in July.
The members have kept busy with their individual schedules as well.
BTOB had a reported 1,220 schedules in 2022.
2. Super Junior
Super Junior has had an impressive amount of schedules for the 2nd-gen group, and it can likely be attributed to the success of the group’s members when they’re together and separate.
The group released a special single album, The Road: Winter for Spring, in February and their eleventh full-length album, The Road: Keep on Going, in July.
Super Junior joined the KAMP LA 2022 line-up and showed their professionalism and true personality in making the most of the experience with fans at the event that was plagued with issues from the organizers.
They also went on their sixth world tour, Super Show 9: Road, and joined their fellow SM Entertainment artists at the four SMTOWN LIVE 2022 shows.
The veteran group had a whopping 1,619 schedules in 2022.
NCT had the busiest reported schedule in 2022, with NCT 127 and NCT DREAM making comebacks.
NCT 127 became the first NCT unit to conduct a dome tour in Japan, performing five sold-out shows for Neo City: Japan — The Link. The group also performed Neo City – The Link shows in the Philippines and Singapore, two shows in the United States, two in Korea, two in Indonesia, and three in Thailand. Along with touring, they also released their fourth album, 2 Baddies.
NCT DREAM released their second full-length Glitch Mode album and a repackaged version, Beatbox. NCT DREAM held their The Dream Show 2: In A Dream tour and released a concert film, NCT Dream The Movie: In A Dream.
Both groups performed at festivals and year-end ceremonies this year and participated in the five SMTOWN LIVE 2022 shows.
NCT had a reported 1,847 schedules in 2022.