Mnet’s competition show “Kingdom: Legendary War” ended right before summer began, just about a year after its predecessor “Road to Kingdom” wrapped up in June 2020. And in the wake of these two shows, the groups that competed on them have been slaying the K-pop scene with fantastic new music and a whole host of other activities. In fact, nearly every “Kingdom” and “Road to Kingdom” group made a comeback this summer, and they have all been so busy with activities that it’s hard to keep track! To keep you in the loop, here’s a rundown of all the highlights from this summer: the groups’ title songs, special releases, K-dramas, and variety shows that you’ll want to check out.

BTOB 4U

Starting off with the most senior group (and the most recent comeback), BTOB subunit BTOB 4U just made their return with “Outsider”! Building on some of the concepts and strengths they honed in stages for “Kingdom: Legendary War,” the members brought not only their signature powerful vocals, but also a memorable performance for the song’s cinematic music video. “Outsider” is edgy and unique, with a message about breaking free from the ordinary. It’s also a glorious comeback considering that earlier in the summer, one-fourth of the 4U subunit was hospitalized with COVID-19. Thankfully, Minhyuk has recovered, and was even commended by the World Health Organization for sharing about his experience. The members have also been keeping busy with variety show appearances: Minhyuk covered Red Velvet – Irene & Seulgi’s “Monster” on “The King of Masked Singer” in August, and Eunkwang performed a moving rendition of Gummy’s OST “Snow Flower” on “Immortal Songs.”