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KPop Events By The Month: 2018
- 1 — New Year’s Day
- 1 — New Gaon Policy takes effect. USB devices and other non-traditional downloads will now be calculated as albums rather than streaming. Streaming values will now have more weight since it is the major form of music consumption.
- 5 — GDA voting closes (Korean Golden Disc Awards)
- 8 — 7th Gaon KPop Star Awards app voting begins
- 9 — iHeart Radio Awards voting opens
- 10 — (Korean) 32nd Golden Disc Awards Day 1, Song Awards. 5pm KST
(MoAA. Manila, PHKINTEX. Ilsan KR). Broadcast on JTBC. *venue change was due to untrustworthy ticket sales from MoAA and MoAA partners.
Hosts: Lee Seung Gi & Lee Sung Kyung
Lineup: IU, TWICE, Wanna One Yoon Jong Shin.
- 10 –– iHeartRadion Music Awards voting opens
- 11 — (Korean) 32nd Golden Disc Awards Day 2, Album Awards. 5pm KST (
MoAA. Manila, PHKINTEX. Ilsan, KR). Broadcast on JTBC.
Hosts: Sung Si Kyung & Kang SoRa
Lineup: BTS, EXO, GOT7, SEVENTEEN
- 15 — recording for 2018 Lunar New Year ISACs begin
Field MCs: Bomi (Apink), Jun Hyun Moo, Leeteuk (Super Junior)
Bowling MCs: Hani (EXID), Sunggyu (Infinite)
Male Lineup includes: ASTRO, The Boyz, NLK, BTOB, The Eastlight, Golden Child, IMFACT, IN2IT, KNK, MONSTA X, MVP, MYTEEN, NCT 127, NU’EST W, ONF, Rainz, ROMEO, Seventeen, Snuper, TopSecret, UP10TION, Victon, VIXX.
Female Lineup includes: 1NB, APRIL, Baby Boo, BerryGood, Busters, CLC, DIA, DreamCatcher, Elris, FAVORITE, Gate9, GFriend, gugudan, HASH TAG, H.U.B, Kriesha Chu, LABOUM, Lovelyz, Minseo, Momoland, Oh My Girl, Pristin, Red Velvet, S.I.S, TWICE, Weki Meki, WJSN, Yuseol.
- 16 — Shorty Awards voting opens
- 19 — CJ E&M launch of new entertainment channel: XtvN
- 20 — 13th KKBOX Music Awards (KKBOX Billboard, Kaohsiung Dome, Taiwan)
- 22 — SMA app voting closes
- 23 — Soompi Popularity Award vote opens (web award)
- 25 — 27th SMAs (Seoul Music Awards). 7pm KST. (Gocheok Sky Dome)
Lineup: BLACKPINK, BTS,, EXO, JBJ, MXM, NU’EST W, VIXX, Wanna One. WINNER. More TBA.
- 28 — 60th Grammy Awards
TBA — voting for 13th annual Soompi awards closes
- TBA — voting for Global V Live Top 10
- TBA — 15th KMAs (Korean Music Awards)
- 7 — Korean Hip Hop Awards
- 9 — 2018 Winter Olympics begin (PyeongChang)
- 11 — 7th GAON KPop Star Awards app voting closes
- 14 — 7th GAON Chart Music Awards (Jamsil Stadium, Seoul) 7pm KST
- 15 — Seolial holiday begins
- 15 — Lunar New Year ISAC Day 1 (MBC, 5:40p KST)
- 16 — Lunar New Year ISAC Day 2 (MBC, 5:10p KST)
- 16 — Seolial (Lunar New Year)
- 20 — 13th Soompi Awards vote ends (popularity voted web award)
- 22 – Voting for Shorty Awards ends 11:59 EST
- 25 — 2018 Winter Olympics end
- 26 — 32nd Japan Golden Disc Awards
- 28 — Korean Music Awards
TBA — 13th Soompi Awards (web award)
- 1 — Korean Independence Movement Day
- 4 — iHeart Radio award voting ends
- 9 — 2018 Winter Paralympics begin
- 11 — iHeartRadio Music Awards
- 12-18 — SXSW
Confirmed artists: CIFKA, Jay Park, Keith Ape, Luna Lee, pH-1, Say Sue Me, Sik-K, SsingSsing, Woodie GoChiild
- 15 — CJ E&M opens Mnet Star Live (a competitor app for Naver’s VLive). Mnet owned Wanna One will be the first guest.
- 15 — Snow Festival In March (Gangneung Haeram Cultural Center, Gangwon Province). Aired on Arirang
Confirmed artists: B1A4, BTOB, Hongseok (Pentagon), Girlkind, Samuel Kim, Stephanie.
- 17 — SXSW Kpop Night Out
- 18 — 2018 Winter Paralympics end
TBA — 13th Soompi Awards (web award)— moved to April TBA — 2018 One K Global Peace Concert (Manila) TBA — KCON Mexico (expected month)
TBA — 6th YinYueTai V Chart Awards (China)— postponed
- 6 — SMTOWN Dubai (Autism Rocks Arena)
Confirmed artists: BoA, EXO, Girls’ Generation (SNSD), Henry, Kangta, Red Velvet, SHINee, Super Junior, TRAX, TVXQ.
- 7 — Hiphopplaya Fest (Nanji Hangang Park, Seoul)
- 12 & 13 — Korean Cable TV Awards
- 13 — KCON Japan
Confirmed artists: ChungHa, Gugudan, Momoland, PENTAGON, RAINZ, Samuel, Wanna One, WJSN
- 14 — KCON Japan
Confirmed artists: BLK, fromis_9, GFriend, IMFACT, SEVENTEEN, Sik_K, Stray Kids, TRCNG, WooYoung (2PM)
- 15 — KCON Japan
Confirmed artists: Golden Child, Heize, IN2IT, Monsta X, N.Flying, SF9, SunMi, THE BOYZ, TWICE
- 15 — 10th Shorty Awards, NYC (honors the best of Social Media) 6p EDT
- 16 — Sewol Ferry Remembrance Day
- 16 — 13th Soompi Awards (web award) – presented on YouTube.
- 27 — 8th Asian Awards (London, UK)
- 28 — 16th Korea Times Music Festival (Hollywood Bowl, CA, USA)
TBA — Hallyu Dream Con, New York, LA, & Charlotte
- 3 — 54th Baeksang Arts Awards
- 6 — Children’s Day (Korea)
- 6 — 2018 Asia Model Awards Festival , 7pm KST.
Confirmed attendees: BTOB, fromis_9, GFRIEND, Han Bo Reum, Han Hey Jin, Jasper Cho. Jeong Jinwoon, Kim Min Kyu, Kyungri, Lee Yi Kyung, Nana, NU’EST W, Park Jung Min, Pyo Ye Jin, Sung Hoon, Tony Ahn, UNB, Yoon Hee Jung.
- 12 — 24th Dream Concert 2018 (Seoul World Cup Stadium)
Confirmed artists: ASTRO, DIA, B.A.P, The Boyz, GFRIEND< Golden Child, Lovelyz, MAMAMOO, MXM, Red Velvet, SEVENTEEN, Taemin (SHINee), TRCNG, UNB, UNI.T, Wheesung, Younha.
- 14 — Online voting for BBMAs opens
- 19 — TkC18 (Toronto KPop Con 2018) Day 1. (Metro Toronto Convention Center)
- 20 — TkC18 (Toronto KPop Con 2018) Day 2. (Metro Toronto Convention Center)
- 20 — BBMA (Billboard Music Awards). Moving from ABC to NBC in partner with Dick Clark Productions (LA, CA. USA)
TBA – Hallyu Dream Festival(Korea)
- 6 — Korean Memorial Day
- 8, 9, 10 — Ultra Korea Music Festival (Seoul)
- 13 — Korean Election Day (National Assembly)
- 13 — online voting for Teen Choice awards begins
- 20 — voting for Soribada Awards opens (app vote)
- 23 — KCON NY (Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey)
Confirmed artists: Heize, Pentagon, Red Velvet, Stray Kids, Super Junior
- 24 — KCON NY (Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey)
Confirmed artists: EXID, fromis_9, Golden Child, NCT 127, Wanna One
- TBA — Mwave MAMA Preliminary voting begins (KpG Note: some preliminary voting has been going all year, but it is possible an additional layer of voting will be added)
- TBA — Bangkok Super Live
- 17 — Korean Constitution Day
- TBA — Super PopCon Manilia
TBA — Soribada Award voting opens (expected month)
- TBA — 45th Korean Broadcasting Awards
- 1 & 2 — 2018 KMF/Korea Music Festival (Gocheok Sky Dome)
Confirmed artists: APink, BTOB, Gugudan, EXID, iKON, MAMAMOO, MOMOLAND, NCT, Pentagon, SHINee, SF9, TWICE, Wanna One, WJSN.
- 9 — 14th JIMFF Award Ceremony (Jecheon Internationa Music & Film Festival)
- 9-14 — JIMFF (Jecheon International Music & Film Festival)
- 10-12 — Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival (Moonlight Festival Park, Songdo, Incheon)
- 10-12 — Busan International Rock Festival (Samnak Ecology Park, Busan)
- 10 — KCON LA (Staples Center and LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California)
- 11 — KCON LA (Staples Center and LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California)
- 12 — KCON LA (Staples Center and LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, California)
- 12 — 2018 Teen Choice Awards (LA, CA, USA)
- 15 — Korean Liberation Day
- 17 — Soribada Music Awards voting ends
- 20 — MTV Video Music Awards (Radio City Music Hall. NY, USA)
- 30 — 2nd Soribada Best K-Music Awards
- TBA — Korean Consumer Forum 16th Brand of the Year Awards
- TBA — K-Content Expo Europe
- TBA — DMZ Peace Concert (Imjingak Pyeonghoa-nuri Park)
- TBA — 3rd Jeju Music Festival
- TBA — Chuseok ISAC XV filming
- 7-9 — HallyuPopFest 2018 (Singapore)
MC: Eric Nam, Confirmed artists: APink, BTOB, Dreamcatcher, Gugudan, Jeong SeWoon, MYTEEN SoYou, Yu SeungWoo.
- 23 — Chuseok holiday begins
- 24 — Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving)
- TBA — Chuseok ISAC air date
- TBA — Korea Broadcaster Awards (2 categories; Actor Award and Artist Award, can be given to KPop idols)
- TBA — Seoul Drama Awards
- TBA — 16th Brand of the Year Awards
- TBA — INK 2018 (Incheon KPop Concert)
- TBA — 2018 DMC Festival
- TBA — Finalist voting for K-Pop World Festival begins
- TBA — KCON Australia (expected month)
- TBA — Asia Song Festival. (projected month. Takes place over several days)
- TBA — K-Pop World Festival
- TBA– Fandom School Music Festival
- TBA — Fandom School app vote for SMA begins
- TBA — Hallyu Dream Festival (projected month)
- 3 — Korean National Foundation Day
- 9 — Hangul Proclamation Day
- TBA — AAA app voting opens (Asia Artist Awards)
- TBA — SMA app vote preliminary ends and official begins (Fandom School app. Vote will run through to January)
- TBA — MAMA voting opens
- TBA — MMA (MelOn Music Awards) app vote begins
- TBA — The Seoul Drama Awards
- 20-26 — BOF/ Busan One Asia Festival
- Note: Event takes place over several days
- TBA — BOF Awards (Busan One Asia Festival)
- 4 — 25th MTV Europe Music Awards (Best Korean Act category)
- TBA — Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards (Korea Creative Content Agency)
- TBA — 2018 Dream Concert (AKA: the Super Seoul Dream Concert). (projected month)
- TBA — SBS PopAsia Awards voting begins
- TBA — Voting for PKCI opens (Philippine KPop Awards)
- TBA — 3rd AAA (Asian Artist Awards. Jamsil Gymnasium)
- TBA — AMAs (American Music Awards)
- TBA — Grammy nominees announced
- TBA — MMA voting closes
- TBA — Mnet MAMA voting closes
- TBA – 20th MAMA (Mnet Asian Music Awards)
- TBA — 10th MMA (MelOn Music Awards. Gocheok Sky Dome, Korea.)
- TBA — Korean Golden Tweet Award (web award)
- TBA — 10th Korea Content Awards (COEX Mall, presented by Korea Creative Content Agency and the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism)
- TBA — voting for PKCI closes
- TBA — GDA voting opens (Korean Golden Disc Awards)
- TBA — 28th SMA voting opens
- TBA — 10th PKCI (Philippine KPOP Awards)
- TBA — SBS PopAsia Awards voting ends
- TBA — Korean Customer Council’s 2018 Korean First Brand Awards
- TBA — SAF (SBS Awards Festival)
- note: This event usually takes place over several days
- 25 — Christmas
- 26 — SBS Gayo Daejeon (end of year music celebration)
- 29 — MBC Entertainment Awards
- 31 — New Year’s Eve
- 31 — MBC Gayo Daejejun (end of year music celebration)
- 31 — KBS Yeon Gi Daesang (Drama Awards)
- 31 — Hanteo Album & Singer Awards (web award)
- TBA — SBS PopAsia Awards (Web Award, Australia)
- TBA — KBS Gayo Daechukje (end of year music celebration)
- TBA — Soompi online voting open
Note: World Music Awards – The World Music Awards were canceled for the years 2015 and 2016. The foundation which runs the awards still appears to be active. We will keep you posted should they decide to resume in 2017. The month of the ceremony has varied in the past from May to September.
Debuts, Anniversaries, and Events:
KPop Snapshot – A Quick Look Ahead
Full calendars with all events and releases for each month can be found in Monthly KPop.
Upcoming, Undecided, Rumored, and We-Heard-It-Through-The-Grapevine-And-We’re-Totally-Praying-It’s-True
- Flowsik (full album rumored)
- White Fox (SM girl group)
- Lee Hi
- JYP new girl group (rumored summer)
- Neon Punch (A100 Entertainment, summer debut)
- Sechskies (September)
- APink (July)
- Amber (f(x))
- New YG Boy Group (from YG Ent’s Black Label, rumored summer)
- DIA (July)
- Kim Chungha (fall 2018)
- EXO-SKY (Sehun, Kai, & Chanyeol)
- NCT Vietnam or Taiwan
- YG new girl group (rumored spring 2018)
- BABA (redebut)
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