Need some new albums to beautify your K-Pop display? You can go wrong with these stunning album packaging designs from 2021 releases.
1. Red Velvet – “Queendom”
The “Girls” version of Red Velvet’s new album, Queendom, is all-pink excellence. Presumably modeled on 90s Barbie packaging, the design fits the theme of their teaser photoshoot perfectly.
2. NCT DREAM – “Hot Sauce”
Jewel cases are typically frowned upon by K-Pop fans, but the “Jewel Case” version of NCT DREAM’s Hot Sauce album was elevated by its vibrant external wrapping. Designed to look like a real snack packet, it even features the album’s tracklist in the form of a nutritional information panel on the back.
3. Soyeon ((G)I-DLE) – Windy
(G)I-DLE Soyeon’s solo Windy may take up a lot of space in your K-Pop display, but it’s definitely worth it. The album comes packaged in a relatively flat box, but when it’s opened up, the box looks like a fast-food container to fit the album’s theme.
4. ATEEZ – “ZERO: FEVER Part.2”
If you buy ATEEZ’s ZERO: FEVER Part.2 album, you need to buy all three versions. Each one looks cool on its own, but the effect they have when played side by side is simply awesome.
5. Wendy (Red Velvet) – “Like Water”
There are only 300 copies of Red Velvet Wendy’s Like Water “Limited Edition” version album in the world, and it’s easy to see why they’re so highly coveted. Inside the front of the case are dozens of hand-placed real flowers chemically treated to last for up to five years.
6. PENTAGON – “Love or Take”
PENTAGON’s Love or Take may not have an unusual shape, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful albums of the year. Each version is designed to look like a manga volume, complete with stunning anime-style illustrations of each member.
7. Weeekly – “We Play”
Last but not least, if your parents aren’t keen on you buying K-Pop albums, you can easily disguise Weeekly’s We Play as a school book or diary. The album’s “JUMP/UP” version was made in the form of a ring-bound journal with a hardcover, which has the added benefit of making it easy to flip through the photobook. Plus, member Jiyoon drew the cover illustration herself!