Before the 3rd generation of K-pop, no one really cared how beautiful the box or the photobook of an album is – music was all that mattered. However, the audience is way pickier now. Therefore, many albums now have insane sales numbers mainly because they'd look stunning on a bookshelf! Today, kpop girl groups dominate the world of aesthetics in physical k pop releases. Thus, we'll show you the top ten kpop groups with such pretty albums that you won't resist them!
10. Red Velvet, Sometimes, Lately
We had to put "sometimes, lately" in the title since Red Velvet belongs to the 3rd generation, and SM Entertainment used to mess things up in the past. Unfortunately, the ladies used to get jewel cases in thin boxes for their fantastic music. Still, SM tries to solve this issue by giving them way better physical releases now!
Since SM is prone to experiment and sometimes makes mistakes, we'll highlight some of their best creative attempts. "Feel My Rhythm" is absolutely gorgeous and royalcore. "Queendom" has a case version that looks awesome on any shelf, and the "ReVe Festival" era did them justice. Even the classic SM photobook like "The Red Summer" was remarkable for its concept!
Unlike Red Velvet, Everglow succeeded almost all the time when it came to the packaging, even when they experimented. However, there is one unique way of creating an album for them – the CD plate and the photobook are separated yet held together by a slipcover. "Arrival of Everglow," "Hush," and "Last Melody" work exactly like that!
Their prettiest album yet is "-77.82X-78.29", with holographic moments and iconic pictures brought in two versions. The colors, the vibe, everything makes you buy it! The truth is, Everglow, with its galaxy concept, suits the physical releases so well. You can get creative when you have such unique types of songs and music videos!
Another group almost constantly changing details about its packaging is ITZY. These JYP sweethearts are known for the girl crush and confidence concept. From "It'z Icy" to the newer releases, you can never predict what's the size and idea of the future photobook. "Crazy in Love" wasn't even a photobook only since it was a genuine pizza box!
Moreover, the most significant part about collecting ITZY is the inclusions you get. The tradition of two photocards per album is way better than only one, and they tend to have such cute moments with postcards, polaroids, and similar tiny inclusions. Their pre-order benefits are the best in the industry, so we'd pre-order their stuff if we were you!
If the category were "album cover," WJSN would win every battle without anyone close to them. This Starship project is also high-quality with its music, so you'll be delighted if you want to stan and collect them. It's even hard to rank their physical releases because they're all gorgeous!
Surprisingly enough, WJSN are the same company as IVE, their rookies' version, another iconic girl group that got people obsessed. Yet IVE's packaging isn't that brilliant. Starship made WJSN fans proud, but IVE fans crave better design, especially for the album covers. IVE deserve the same treatment WJSN gets!
6. Cherry Bullet
Here we are with another underrated group of ladies who deserve billions of views and millions of album sales since their packaging and music are always on point. Sometimes it isn't even about the form they create – their concept photos are so attractive that you'd buy the album for the beauty of the photobook!
For example, "Let's Play Cherry Bullet" and "Love Adventure" would be a basic hardcover photobook style if it wasn't for the video game pictures. However, "Cherry Rush" stepped up the game in the best way possible, and we hope you grabbed it before it got sold out on most sites. "Cherry Wish" and its butterflies might also be the greatest blessing on your shelf, so grab both!
We had to wait a bit longer until aespa received their physical release, as "Black Mamba," "Next Level," and their other songs didn't get an album you could buy. However, once that finally happened, it was fire, and it got three versions looking entirely different. Spoiler alert: you won't choose one of them since you'll get obsessed with all three!
Moreover, aespa is the best example of how album versions in kpop should look. It's not always about changing the color or cover but sticking to the same size and shape. aespa literally changed everything about the versions, with digipack, photobook, and case looking unique. The digipack got sold out so fast that it's a challenge to find it now, for a reason!
We're already in the god-tier zone, and BLACKPINK is the revolution in many ways. Their physical releases are so royal and give off that rich vibe that their group has always represented! From "Square Up" to the solo releases, BLACKPINK never misses, and their albums are the minimalistic art on your shelf.
"The Album" might have a basic name, but it has class and thickness. That box could break glass, as it's cumbersome and full of content! Furthermore, BLACKPINK is well-known for its exclusive stuff, such as member photobooks, summer diaries, and season greetings that take your breath away. You'll need a lot of money, though!
One of the greatest mistakes in k pop is IZ*ONE's disbandment, as they performed outstandingly on charts and were highly acclaimed. However, their physical releases are so fantastic that it's worth putting them in the top three! Most of their albums are boxes with many inclusions, versions, and colors, and you'll want all of them!
Unfortunately, it's a complex task to locate sealed IZ*ONE albums now, as the group isn't active anymore. Still, if you find them in any way, you'll have the prettiest shelf. Everyone will want to steal those albums from you, so keep your doors locked! Jokes aside, their thick boxes and aesthetic photos are any collector's burning desire.
When we say god-tier packaging, we imagine all Dreamcatcher releases sitting on our shelves. Both regular and limited editions, with thousands of photocards and other inclusions! This flawless group doesn't only have skipless discography, but they also seem to be game-changers regarding the packaging!
Moreover, if you asked a multi-stan to show you their shelf, they'd probably start with Dreamcatcher, as owning these is a kind of prestige in kpop. Most of the albums are out of print now, and they hardly get a restock. However, if you catch them on time, you'll never sell them because they are what makes your shelf extraordinary!
Ladies and gentlemen, we've come to the group that steals your heart for their personalities, insane music, and unpredictable yet fantastic packaging! Like ITZY, you'll never know what the next TWICE album will look like, but you'll 99% like it anyway since the girls sell their albums like hot cakes, and the company is putting an effort in!
Moreover, the girls are getting their own time to shine in their individual "Yes, I Am" photobooks, and these are so attractive you'll want to spend money on them all! To make it even better, TWICE are the only girl group releasing monographs for each era – a collection of high-quality photos, hardcover and professional. Someone should give JYP a medal for TWICE promo and releases!
Take it as a blessing or curse - newer kpop girl groups are putting a lot of effort into the packaging. Hence, we see the whole industry focusing on pretty albums since people now care a lot about aesthetics. Once you start collecting, there's no way back, so welcome to heaven and hell!
Do you collect any K-pop groups from our top ten list? If so, which one is your Achilles' heel, and you always have to spend money on it? Let us know your favorites!
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I'm already spending way too much money on these!
August 04 at 09:26:09 AM