MLD Entertainment reveals three of six members of Lapillus, fans discuss 'weird' group name

Fans discuss how 4th-generation group names are getting complicated as MLD Entertainment announces a June debut for their new girl group


                            MLD Entertainment reveals three of six members of Lapillus, fans discuss 'weird' group name
Lapillus is rumored to debut in June with ‘Girls Planet 999’ contestant Nonaka Shana and Filipino-American actress Chanty (@MLD_AUDITION/Twitter)
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With the expansion of the K-pop genre into the global scene, several new groups have made promising, highly successful debuts and labels are bringing out newer boy and girl groups for fans to enjoy. After recent girl group debuts like Big Planet Made’s VIVIZ, Wakeone and Swing Entertainment’s Kep1er, JYP Entertainment’s NIMIXX, HYBE, and Source Music’s Le Sserafim among many others, MLD Entertainment, the label that manages the activities of Momoland, has announced their new girl group Lapillus (라필루스) that will debut in June this year.

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The girl group Momoland debuted in 2016 and its popularity has defined the label's existence ever since. In 2021, MLD Entertainment debuted T1419 as their first boy group. T1419 has a very unique name in comparison to its contemporaries of the fourth-gen of K-pop, which is why it garnered a lot of attention from newer fans of the genre. Now, the label is trying to one-up that with an even more unique girl group name.

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Girl group Lapillus to debut in June 2022

MLD Entertainment confirmed that their new girl group Lapillus will be debuting in June and the label would start introducing its members from the third week of May. Lapillus is said to have six members in total and a few spoilers have already revealed some of them. With newer K-pop groups making their debuts one after the other, there seems to be a need for companies to come up with unique group names to make them stand out.

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According to the label, the name Lapillus comes from a Latin word that means “a jewel that changes color depending on the direction of light it absorbs.” The concept has already become a topic of conversation among new fans of K-pop. It has been reported that Lapillus will inspire fans and listeners to find their own uniqueness and find their ‘color’ as they go by the catchphrase ‘Shine your Lapillus,’ promoting self-love to the world.

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Aside from the group name and logo, MLD Entertainment has already revealed members Shana Nonaka and Chanty (bottom-right) who will join Lapillus, as well as rumored member Nancy Yang (top-right) (@MLD_AUDITION/Twitter)

 

Members of Lapillus teased ahead of promotions

Since this is MLD Entertainment’s first girl group after Momoland, they have a lot of eyes set on their upcoming debut. Lapillus is set to be a global project consisting of members from all over the world who are well-versed in languages like Spanish, English, Tagalog, Chinese, and Japanese aside from Korean. Mnet’s ‘Girls Planet 999’ contestant and Japanese-born trainee Nonaka Shaka was already revealed to be a part of the girl group’s upcoming lineup. It was also announced that 19-year-old Filipina-Argentinian actress Chanty (Chantal Videla) would be a part of Lapillus. Rumors also suggest that the group will include a Chinese-American trainee named Nancy Yang. However, it’s not confirmed if she will join Lapillus for their June debut.

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Nancy Yang, a Chinese-American trainee, is rumored to be joining the MLD Entertainment girl group Lapillus (MLD Entertainment)

 

‘Not sure how I feel about the name Lapillus’

Despite a lot of positive reactions to Lapillus’ name and concept, fans are discussing how the names of newer groups are getting weirder. One fan said, “Lapillus is a really bad name for a group.” Another remarked, “LAPILLUS NAME MIGHT BE WEIRD BUT THE LOGO AND MEANING IS JUST *chefs kiss*.” One skeptical fan said, “Not sure how i feel about the name lapillus but i hope they do well, i will definitely be tuning in.” Another added, “But the name lapillus is just not it hdjdjdjdj.”

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One fan joked, “Congratulations to lapillus for being the first 4th gen girl group to be named after a minecraft block.” Another asked, “Lapillus??? wth 4th gen groups are never beating the uhglee group names allegations.”

One fan made an interesting comparison, writing, “The 3rd gen was getting pretty names like cosmic girls, red velvet, and lovelyz and here go the 4th gen groups leserrafim nmixx and lapillus.” Another brutal comment read, “Lapillus sounds like an infection these group names are getting worse.” One fan quipped, “T1419 and lapillus... what is in the mld entertainment leaders' heads when they were trying to come up with group names.”

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