Rookie girl group IVE to return in August, Starship Entertainment confirms

The follow-up to ‘Love Dive’ is on the way

K-pop girl group IVE will be making a comeback with new music in August.

On July 18, South Korean news outlet Asia Today reported that the six-member rookie girl group will be making a summer comeback next month. IVE’s agency Starship Entertainment then responded to the report via Newsen, confirming that “IVE is working hard to prepare with the aim of making a comeback in August,” as translated by Soompi.

Further details on the project’s release date and format are expected in the coming weeks.

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The forthcoming release will mark the girl group’s second project of 2022, arriving just four months after their second single album ‘Love Dive’. That project was the follow-up to their December 2021 debut single album ‘Eleven’.

In a four-star review of ‘Love Dive’, NME contributor Tássia Assis wrote: “If ‘Eleven’ was dipping a toe into the mystifying waters of IVE, then ‘Love Dive’ is the definite, luxurious plunge.”

Back in May, the sextet held their first-ever overseas performance at the inaugural KPOP.FLEX festival in Frankfurt, Germany. IVE opened both days of the K-pop festival, performing songs like ‘Love Dive’, its B-side ‘Royal’ as well as their debut single ‘Eleven’.

IVE is led by former IZ*ONE member An Yu-jin, and is completed by fellow ex-IZ*ONE member Jang Won-young, along with members Gaeul, Liz, Rei and Leeseo. They are the third girl group to debut under Starship Entertainment after SISTAR and WJSN.

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