Fourth-generation K-pop group leaders are proving that age is no barrier to success at the helm. These gifted leaders are young, yet they already have the experience and wisdom that will serve them well. In this article, we will profile ten of these remarkable up-and-comers.
YOO SU-A – CSR
A2Z Entertainment oversees CSR, a new South Korean girl group. Yoo Su-a, the oldest of the group’s seven members, was born in 2005. She entered the world on July 23, 2005, making her the youngest-ever CSR leader when she took the helm in 2022 at the tender age of 17.
LEE JU-HYEON – LIGHTSUM
Juhyeon is the leader and primary dancer for the South Korean girl group LIGHTSUM, who are signed to CUBE Entertainment. On April 8, 2004, she entered this world, therefore she is already 18 years old. Her debut as LIGHTSUM came in 2021 when she was only 17 years old.
YANG JUNG-WON – ENHYPEN
South Korean singer Jungwon, 19, is one of the world’s youngest leaders. Belift Lab’s boy band ENHYPEN was created because of him winning the reality show “I-LAND.” It was on February 9, 2004, when he entered the world. Jungwon, while only 16 years old, debuted with ENHYPEN in 2020.
HONG HYE-JOO – CLASS: y
South Korean newcomer female group CLASS: rapper y’s and vocalist Hong Hyeju emerged from the “My Teenage Girl” reality show’s incubation program. She turned 19 this year, having entered the world on December 9, 2003. In 2022, at the tender age of 18, she made her debut as the head of CLASS: y.
AN YU-JIN – IVE
Yujin is the leader of IVE, a popular fourth-generation female group under Starship Entertainment’s supervision. She also used to be in the band IZ*ONE. Yujin is a 19-year-old who entered the world on September 1, 2003. Yujin, then 18 years old, first took the helm of IVE in 2021.
OH JUN-SEOK – ATBO
K-pop newcomers ATBO (an acronym for “At The Beginning of Originality”) were assembled by IST Entertainment via the reality competition “A, B, Or What?” Because of his senior status, Junseok is the group’s de facto head honcho. This ATBO rookie made their debut in 2022 and was born on March 3, 2003.
NONAKA SHANA – LAPILLUS
Nonaka Shana is a rare example of an international influencer in the K-pop scene. This Japanese singer was born on March 13, 2003, making her 19 years old. Her management company, MLD Entertainment, oversees the rookie girl group she heads, LAPILLUS. As of 2022, she was making her debut with LAPILLUS.
OH HAE-WON – NMIXX
NMIXX is a rookie girl group from South Korea that was formed and is managed by SQU4D, a part of JYP Entertainment. Haewon, the frontman of NMIXX and an idol himself, formed the group at the tender age of 19. On February 25, 2003, she was born, and in 2022, at the tender age of 18, she made her debut with NMIXX.
CHOI TAE-HUN – TNX
TNX, a new K-pop boy band led by Taehun, formed as a result of the reality competition “LOUD.” PSY’s management company, P NATION, developed and currently oversees TNX. It was on November 19th, 2002 that he entered the world. On May 17, 2022, this 20-year-old made his TNX debut.
LEE EUN-SANG – YOUNITE
Lee Eun-sang, a singer and actor from South Korea, is one of the two group leaders of the new kid on the K-pop block, YOUNITE. Brand New Music is responsible for both the group’s formation and management. He used to be in the band X1 and now he’s a solo artist. Twenty years have passed since his October 26, 2002, birth.
A leader is one who holds the group together. Eventually, we realized how crucial it was to establish ourselves as a frontrunner in the K-pop world. Despite being young and having hurdles, these ten exceptional young leaders are doing an excellent job of carrying out their leadership responsibilities.
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