2012 in South Korean music

The following is a list of notable events and releases that happened in 2012 in music in South Korea.

List of years in South Korean music

Notable events and achievements


Award shows and festivals


Award ceremonies

2012 music award ceremonies in South Korea
Date Event Host
January 11–12, 2012 26th Golden Disc Awards Ilgan Sports and JTBC Plus
January 19, 2012 21st Seoul Music Awards Sports Seoul
February 22, 2012 1st Gaon Chart Music Awards Korea Music Content Association
February 29, 2012 18th Korean Music Awards Korean Popular Music Awards Committee
November 19, 2012 3rd Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards Korea Creative Content Agency
November 30, 2012 14th Mnet Asian Music Awards CJ E&M (Mnet)
December 14, 2012 4th Melon Music Awards Kakao M


2012 televised music festivals in South Korea
Date Event Host
December 28, 2012 KBS Song Festival Korean Broadcasting System (KBS)
December 29, 2012 SBS Gayo Daejeon Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)
December 31, 2012 MBC Gayo Daejejeon Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC)

Debuting and disbanded in 2012


Debuted groups


Solo debuts


Disbanded groups


Releases in 2012


First quarter



Date Title Artist Genre(s)
3 Funky Town T-ara Dance, Disco
5 Neo Spirit NS Yoon-G Pop
It's Teen Top Dance
10 100% Ver. MBLAQ Pop, Dance
13 The Grasshoppers Sunny Hill Dance
20 Vintage Wanted K-pop
26 Warrior B.A.P Hip-hop, R&B
27 Hit U Dal Shabet Dance
31 Grown-Up F.T. Island Rock


Date Title Artist Genre(s)
1 Se7en Second Mini Album Se7en R&B, Pop
2 Welcome To The Block Block B Hip-hop
6 Thank You F-iV R&B, Ballad
7 New Breed Jay Park Hip-hop, R&B
8 Russian Roulette Spica Dance, R&B
9 My Angel M. Street Ballad
14 I Need You K.Will Ballad
20 Touch Miss A Dance, Electronic
22 Re-Issue Brave Girls Dance
29 Alive Big Bang Electronic, Hip-hop


Date Title Artist Genre(s)
7 Love Diary C-Real Dance
8 Sweet Rendezvous Nine Muses Dance
12 F.Scott Fitzgerald's Way Of Love 2AM Pop, R&B
14 Ignition B1A4 Dance
19 Sherlock Shinee Electronic, R&B
20 The Boys Becomes Adult Monni Rock
23 The Return Shinhwa Dance
26 Ear Fun CNBLUE Pop rock
29 Painkiller Spica Dance, R&B

Second quarter



Date Title Artist Genre(s)
3 Born to Beat BtoB Dance
9 Mama Exo-K Electronica, R&B
Volume Up 4Minute Electropop
10 Slip Away Nell Rock
12 Alone Sistar Dance, R&B
2 Guys Baechigi Hip hop
17 Spaceensum Daybreak Rock
18 Everyday II Girl's Day Dance, ballad
25 DoraDora U-KISS Electropop
27 Power B.A.P Hip-hop, Pop punk
For Century Ultimate Zest F.Cuz Dance
28 Spring Park Jin Young R&B, Ballad
29 Twinkle Girls' Generation-TTS Dance, Electropop
30 Welcome To The Block (repackage) Block B Hip hop
Date Title Artist Genre(s)
8 "Bounce" JJ Project Hiphop
9 Une Année Apink Dance
Venus Hello Venus Dance
10 Ulala Sensation Part 1 Ulala Session Pop
Shade Broken Valentine Rock
11 Spring of a Twenty Year Old IU Ballad
14 Tarantallegra Kim Junsu (JYJ) Pop
15 Infinitize Infinite Dance
16 State of Emergency DMTN Dance
17 Ulala Sensation Part 2 Ulala Session Pop
21 2PM Member's Selection 2PM Dance, R&B
Bloom G.NA Pop
23 Born to Beat (Asia Special Edition) BTOB Dance
24 Ignition (Special Edition) B1A4 Dance
27 Good Boy Baek Ji-young K-pop
30 Illusion M.I.B Hip-hop


Date Title Artist Genre(s)
1 Myname 1st Single Myname R&B
3 Still Alive Big Bang Dance, Hip-hop
3 Wonder Party Wonder Girls Dance, Ballad
4 Artist Teen Top Dance
5 The Special To Kiss Me U-KISS Dance
6 Bang Bang Dal Shabet Dance, Electropop
7 My First June Juniel Pop rock
8 Timeless: Begins Cross Gene Electronic
13 Electric Shock f(x) Electropop
Love Style Boyfriend Dance
20 Flashback After School Pop, Dance
22 Hu+man 2BiC R&B
25 I'm Da One Jo Kwon Dance
28 Loving U Sistar Dance, R&B

Third quarter



Date Title Artist Genre(s)
3 Day by Day T-ara Dance
4 Sexy, Free & Single Super Junior R&B, Electropop
Like a Wave Hello Venus Dance
Spectacular ZE:A Dance
8 23, Male, Single Jang Wooyoung Dance
10 Run to You LED Apple Pop rock
11 Action Nu'est Dance
12 Bigstart Big Star Dance
15 Psy 6 (Six Rules), Part 1 Psy Dance, Hip-hop
18 Skinship NS Yoon-G Pop
19 No Mercy B.A.P Hip-hop, Pop
Not Alone C-Clown Dance
22 Midnight Sun Beast Dance
Only One BoA Dance, R&B
27 Racer Chaos Dance


Date Title Artist Genre(s)
2 Welcome to Business D-Unit Dance
3 Summer Special 'Be Ma Girl' Teen Top K-pop, R&B
6 Spy (Sexy, Free & Single Repackage) Super Junior R&B, Electropop
9 Spectrum Tasty Dance
10 Let Me Explode! EvoL Dance
13 Hippity Hop EXID Dance, R&B
14 Rising Sun E7 Dance
16 Phantom City Phantom Hip-hop
Mystery Able Dance
20 Double Up Two X Dance
22 Pandora Kara Synthpop
23 Sol Bi Neun Ottugi Sol Bi Dance
27 Phoenix ZE:A Pop
30 Crash B.A.P Hip-hop, Pop
31 Vista Fiestar Dance


Date Title Artist Genre(s)
4 Mirage T-ara Dance
10 I'm Baek Baek A-Yeon R&B
Five Treasure Box F.T. Island Rock
12 Press Play BtoB Dance, R&B
Lipstick Orange Caramel Dance, Electropop
13 Poison Secret Dance, Electropop
15 One of a Kind G-Dragon Hip-hop
20 Stop Girl U-KISS Dance
Hypnotize Anda Pop
Principle of My Soul Naul R&B
24 Catch Me TVXQ R&B, Electropop
29 Girl's Secret Party 84LY Pop

Fourth quarter



Date Title Artist Genre(s)
4 Blossom Big Star Dance
5 Talk About S Gain Dance, Electronic
10 2.0 10cm Acoustic folk
11 The Third Album Part 1 K.Will Ballad
15 Independent Women Part III Miss A Dance
16 Blockbuster Block B Dance, Hip-hop
Invitation Ailee Dance
Open The Door Wonder Boyz Hip-hop
19 99 Epik High Hip hop
21 Melting Hyuna Dance, Hip-hop
23 Stop It B.A.P Hip-hop, R&B
24 Vol. 5 Be Renewed Chu Ga-yeoul Folk
31 PYL Younique Volume 1 Younique Unit Dance


Date Title Artist Genre(s)
1 Journey Home Kim Jong Kook Pop
6 Hello A-Prince Dance
7 The Next Big Thing Roh Ji-hoon Dance
8 Janus Boyfriend Dance
I Will Protect SM☆SH Pop
9 We Don’t Stop Fiestar Dance
12 In the Wind B1A4 Dance
13 Have, Don't Have Dal Shabet Dance, Synthpop
15 2MYX A-Jax Dance
Young Love C-Clown Pop
19 Another Me Kim Sung-kyu Pop rock
20 1&1 Juniel Pop rock
21 Lonely Spica Dance, R&B
22 Forest Lee Seung-gi Ballad
26 Humanoids TVXQ Electronica, Dance
The First Collage Yang Yo-seob R&B
28 I Got The Feeling Big Star Dance
30 Kara Collection Kara Dance


Date Title Artist Genre(s)
4 Now and Forever Wax R&B, Ballad
6 Love U The SeeYa R&B
11 5 Point 5 Joosuc Hip-hop
12 What Are You Doing Today? Hello Venus Dance
13 Antique Romance Sunny Hill Dance



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