What’s better than one K-Pop album? Three, of course. Let’s take a look at 5 of the most iconic album trilogies so far.
1. “Love Yourself” trilogy – BTS
Without a doubt, the BTS Love Yourself series is one of the best-known album trilogies in K-Pop. That should come as no surprise, given that it’s also one of the highest selling album series.
The first part of the trilogy was Love Yourself: Her. The main focus of this album was love, which was evoked by all the songs on the tracklist.
The middle album of the trilogy was Love Yourself: Tear. In this album, BTS focused on the destruction of love—specifically, a love that ends when you’re not true to yourself.
The last part of the trilogy was Love Yourself: Answer. In the conclusion to the series, the group emphasizes the importance of loving your true self.
2. “The ReVe Festival” trilogy – Red Velvet
Red Velvet’s The ReVe Festival trilogy began with the adventures of the titular character ReVe, a robot the members created for their Redmare concert tour. The main thread between all the albums was the ominous tone and the feeling that something wasn’t quite right.
The first part of the trilogy was The ReVe Festival: Day 1. In title track “Zimzalabim”, the members entered a mysterious theme park.
The middle album of the trilogy was The ReVe Festival: Day 2. In “Umpah Umpah”, the lyrics compared their lover’s affections to difficulty swimming.
The last part of the trilogy was The ReVe Festival: Finale. Finally, in “Psycho”, Red Velvet took creepy to the extreme.
3. “The Story of Light” trilogy – SHINee
The first time the group returned as 4 members, The Story of Light trilogy marked a very important moment for SHINee and Shawols. This series was characterized by bright, vibrant genres like tropical house and electro-pop.
The first part of the trilogy was The Story of Light EP.1. According to SHINee, title track “Good Evening” focused on how the public perceives them.
The middle album of the trilogy was The Story of Light EP.2. The members revealed that “I Want You” moved on to how the group perceives themselves.
The last part of the trilogy was The Story of Light EP.3. In “Our Page”, SHINee portrayed yet another view of the group shining their way through.
4. “The Clan” trilogy – MONSTA X
MONSTA X’s The Clan trilogy is a story of going from nothing to making it big. The group start from the bottom in the first album, before finally finding happiness in the last.
The first part of the trilogy was The Clan Part 1: Lost. This album’s concept focused on loss and the hopelessness that comes with it. In the music video for “All In”, the members began standing up against power imbalances.
The middle album of the trilogy was The Clan Part 2: Guilty. For this album, MONSTA X continued the fight against society to achieve their dreams. The members start “Fighter” split up, and the concept focused on bringing them together.
The last part of the trilogy was The Clan Part 2.5: The Final Chapter. In “Beautiful”, the members have to overcome their personal obstacles to finally achieve happiness.
5. “High School” trilogy – GFRIEND
GFRIEND debuted with their high school concept trilogy, so it’s no surprise fans love it so much. Plus, the coming of age theme really resonated with young Buddies of all genders.
The first part of the trilogy was Season of Glass. The music video for the title track, “Glass Bead”, saw the GFRIEND members focus on high school friendships.
The middle album of the trilogy was Flower Bud. In the music video for “Me Gustas Tu”, the members enjoyed a summer break together.
The last part of the trilogy was Snowflake. Title track “Rough” marked GFRIEND graduating from the school concept and moving on to new things.