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K-pop group NRG to release comeback album in 2017, 20th year after debut

All Headlines 21:51 October 22, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- First-generation K-pop boy group NRG said Saturday they will release a new album next year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut.

The group, which garnered huge popularity in China during its heyday, held a fan meeting at KT Olleh Square in central Seoul on Saturday afternoon and made its new album release plan public.

"We are making a comeback next year as we have never disbanded before," Chun Myung-hoon, a group member, said during the fan meeting. "It took some time before we decided to reunite as a team and release a new album due to our own different reasons."

The three members -- Chun, Lee Sung-jin and Noh Yoo-min -- stopped their joint activities as boy band in 2005 when they released their 7th album. They entered the army to complete their mandatory military service that took about two years in the late 2000s.

Of the three, Lee came back to the spotlight in seven years after he was involved in gambling and swindling. "I dreamed of coming back as singer but at the same time was afraid of making an appearance in public again," he said, apologizing to local and Chinese fans who gathered at the meeting.

It's been a while since NRG held a musical performance on stage, but the members have been yearning to hold a concert again. "We believe there will be a response from China if we do our best with new songs," Lee said.

NRG debuted in 1997 as a five-member boy band, but two of them dropped out later.

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