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NCT 127’S STICKER DEBUTS ON TOP OF BILLBOARD

Billboard officially announced today that K-Pop superstars NCT 127’s highly anticipated comeback album, STICKER, became the group’s 3rd consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Album Sales Chart, besting Lil Nas X for the number of physical albums sold. The album also debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 Chart behind only Drake and Lil Nas X. This makes it the group’s second top 10 and highest U.S. debut to date. The album’s title track music video has also seen massive success. It quickly surpassed a million views in the first 22 minutes after release and now has well over 52 million views. Watch the official video here

STICKER, the album, contains a total of 11 songs from various genres, and sold more than 2.15 million copies in just one week since release. Produced by the talented ‘Dem Jointz’ (Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna) and hitmaker YOO YOUNG JIN, the geniuses behind ‘Kick It,’ the record includes an experimental but exciting title track followed by a perfect mix of R&B, pop and hip-hop. The album also marks the group’s first Top 40 album on UK’s Official Albums Chart and debuting in Top 20 on Australia’s ARIA Albums chart.

Press has been raving about the album since its release. NME called it “a bold-face reaffirmation of the boyband’s talent and hunger for constant evolution,” meanwhile Billboard proclaimed the group brought “more energy than a nuclear power plant,” and Teen Vogue praised the group for how, “they’ve consistently challenged themselves both musically and personally.”

In case you missed it, NCT 127 premiered their single “Sticker” with a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The rhythmical and powerful hip-hop dance track features a catchy signature flute sound and dynamic bass line. This bouncy anthem focuses on a couple’s promise to always be by each other’s side in this complicated world to create a new history of their own. Rewatch the stellar performance here.

ABOUT NCT 127

With 30M Spotify listeners and over 11.5M Instagram followers, NCT 127 is known for having not only a loyal and active fanbase (nominated by iHeart as Best Fan Army in 2021), but also amazing hit songs and impressive stage performances. Debuting in 2016, NCT 127 is NCT’s Seoul Team and the number ‘127’ is the longitude of Seoul, symbolizing the group’s home base, the home of K-pop. Members include TAEIL, JOHNNY, TAEYONG, YUTA, DOYOUNG, JAEHYUN, JUNGWOO, MARK, and HAECHAN. In March of last year, NCT 127 became a Million Seller for the first time with the 2nd album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone’, which also saw their highest chart debut at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, and lived there for 10 weeks, receiving over 70M audio streams in the US with its lead track ‘Kick It’. In addition to the group peaking at #2 on Billboard Artist 100, NCT 127 was named as one of Time’s “Songs and Albums That Defined K-Pop’s Monumental Year in 2020”. With the group’s 3rd full-length album ‘Sticker’ set for release on September 17th, the new album is already gaining huge attention with the expectation for NCT 127 to once again prove their value as a global phenomenon.

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AZRA

Korean-American “Substance Pop” Artist AZRA represents LA’s Koreatown in Ep. 3 of Barrio Fino’s Docu-Series: “Koreatown 3.0”.

Streaming on September 1 at 7:00 PM PT Presented by AAX Media & Levitt Pavilion: https://levittlosangeles.org/

Korean-American “Substance Pop” creator and artist, AZRA, is proudly headlining this Wednesday’s episode Barrio Fino, a 5-part music docu-series exploring the communities surrounding MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Presented by AAX Media, the 60-minute episode entitle: Koreatown 3.0’s, will explore the music and cultural diversity of Los Angeles’ Koreatown.

AZRA shares: “As a 1.0 generation immigrant myself who moved to the Bay Area from South Korea, then eventually to LA, Koreatown has always been a very special and warm place for me growing up. I strongly believe that LA wouldnt be LA without K-Town due to its awesome food, entertainment, ever-growing diverse community, and the impact it has on our Los Angeles city culture and beyond. Koreatown also has one of the most coveted venues for musicians and singers to perform at, The Wiltern, a place I hope to one day perform. I am honored and grateful to be representing Koreatown and performing for this festival to promote and celebrate the greater Los Angeles community, youth development, diversity and our continued efforts in Asian American representation in Media and our American culture”.

AZRA’s performance will be live-streamed and screened at 7:00 PM PT from the rooftop of Walter J. Towers. For more information, please visit Here.

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Destiny Rogers × Flo Milli – Simon Say

DESTINY ROGERS RELEASES SIMON SAY FEAT. FLO MILLI

Listen/Watch the Visualizer HERE

Destiny Rogers is the new ‘It’ girl of alt-R&B. – NYLON

…an unapologetic uniqueness, a creative presence, and a strong voice. – V MAGAZINE’S NEXT GENERATION

Destiny Rogers marries a gift for personal storytelling with a sumptuous percussion palette… – Billboard

Beach Wave Sound / RCA Records artist Destiny Rogers releases a brand new single with accompanying visualizer Simon Say featuring Flo Milli.

LISTEN / WATCH HERE

Simon Say was produced by multi-Grammy Award winning and Producer of the Year nominated producers/songwriters The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Cardi B., Justin Bieber) who also co-wrote the song with Destiny Rogers, Flo Milli and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ant Clemons. On Simon Say, Destiny offers up a gorgeously understated anthem of empowerment. One of the main messages I want to put out in my songs is the idea of being an independent woman and a boss bitch. ‘Simon Say’ is about knowing what you’re capable of, and never letting anyone hold you down says Destiny.

Simon Say follows Destiny’s latest tracks What I Like, which was featured in Destiny’s Jordan Brand campaign, titled Delta of Destiny for the release of the Jordan Delta 2 shoe, and West Like featuring Kalan.FrFr on which Destiny pays loving homage to her West Coast and Latin roots.

Check out her live performance video for What I Like HERE and the official video for West Like HERE , plus a live performance video HERE.

Since first breaking through with her boldly confident but carefree single Tomboy, which has generated over 45 million views on YouTube (Watch HERE) and most recently covered by K-Pop super group Black Pink’s Lisa through a dance cover (Watch HERE) that has generated over 70 million views,  Destiny Rogers has staked her claim as an artist to watch. Growing up in the Northern California town of Lodi, the 21-year-old multi-faceted musician taught herself to play guitar at age 10 and soon started writing and self-producing her own songs. Soon after the 2019 premiere of Tomboy, a track that recently hit #12 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50, Destiny’s spectacular rise has included touring the world and writing for heavy hitters such as Alicia Keys, Khelani and G-Eazy, all while discovering a new sound that transcends genres to irresistible effect.

Check out her Genius Verified piece HERE which explores her debut Tomboy.

Destiny Rogers is currently in the studio working on new material.  Prior to West Like featuring Kalan.FrFr, Destiny released a reworking of Tomboy feat. Coi Leray, and linked up with Coi for a special TikTok to the song which was reposted on Instagram and praised by Kim Kardashian West.  In addition, K-Pop superstar B.I released his global single, Got It Like That featuring Destiny Rogers with Tyla Yaweh which debuted at #1 on Spotify’s K-Pop X-Overs chart and has generated over 4 million views on YouTube (Watch HERE).

About Destiny Rogers

21-year-old Destiny Rogers is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who was born and bred in Lodi, a small Northern California town. At age 6, she became obsessed with skateboarding and even thought she wanted to pursue her passion professionally. She grew up in the church with her father who is a youth pastor who and listened to AC/DC and Mexican mother who listened to Mariachi music — Destiny was pulled in by the power of music. At age 9, she received her first guitar and by age 10 taught herself how to play by watching Justin Bieber covers online and began singing.

After a few years of busking in Los Angeles on the weekends and facing the trials and tribulations of the music industry, she connected with the Grammy-Award winning songwriter/producer team The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Justin Bieber). She signed to their label, Beach Wave Sound in 2018 and released her R&B and hip-hop inflected pop debut EP Tomboy via Beach Wave Sound/RCA Records the following year.

Destiny has performed at various festivals including Something in the Water, Lights On and Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw, as well as on a European and North American tour with Ruel.

Follow Destiny Rogers via Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

About Flo Milli

21-year old, Alabama born rapper, Flo Milli has taken the Internet by storm in her short accent. Releasing her first official track Beef FloMix on her SoundCloud in late 2018, she had gone viral by early 2019 on TikTok, marking her breakout success and she hasn’t let up since. Known for her bubbly delivery and aggressive bars, in July 2020 she took the internet by storm once again with the release of her debut mixtape, Ho, why is you here ?  On the project, Flo exudes unapologetic confidence and empowers females with her experiences shared in her music, making her a relatable youth figure. Standout tracks from the project include the SWV-sampling Weak and May I.  The mixtape received great critical support upon release landing on the covers of Spotify’s Feelin Myself playlist and Apple Music’s On Repeat, along with two Spotify New Music Friday billboards last summer. She received rave reviews in the press from the likes of New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Complex, FADER and NYLON, with many calling her the next female rapper to break through and coining Ho, why is you here ? as one of the best projects of 2020. Other accolades include her first ever award show nomination for Best New Artist at the BET Hip-Hop Awards where she performed as part of the cypher.

Following the BET Hip-Hop Awards and breaking into 2021, she was named a VEVO DSCVR Artist for 2021 and Spotify’s latest RADAR Artist. Her first release of the year is her Fiddler On The Roof sampling, Kenny Beats produced, Roaring 20s which is accompanied by a dance-filled, flapper visual. Most recently, Flo was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2021 BET Awards and was an inductee of XXL’s 2021 Freshman Class.

Follow Flo Milli via Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud and her website.

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K-POP STAR SOMI — “DUMB DUMB”

Canadian-Dutch-Korean singer-songwriter SOMI releases her brand-new single entitled “DUMB DUMB” today along with the music video. This is the K-Pop sensation’s first single since her 2020 Interscope Records debut “What You Waiting For,” a larger than life anthem for which the video surpassed 7.5 million views on YouTube in 24 hours. “DUMB DUMB” marks a new chapter for SOMI as she enters the next phase of her music career with more new music on the horizon. SOMI’s “DUMB DUMB” is available now at all digital retail providers via THEBLACKLABEL/Interscope Records. You can listen to “DUMB DUMB” HERE.

“DUMB DUMB” depicts the playful story of a confrontation between a confident girl and her crush. With “DUMB DUMB,” SOMI’s iconic playful attitude has been upgraded with maturity, both in her vocals and in her looks. Her expressive attitude is backed by the track’s powerful beat while her strong dance performance will leave viewers captivated. “DUMB DUMB” was co-written by SOMI and the production was created by THEBLACKLABEL’s founder, Teddy, along with producers R.TEE and 24. Together, they created a track unique for SOMI.

SOMI says, “Hey guys, I am back with ‘DUMB DUMB’! I love how this track shows all of my personality everything from cute, sassy, playful to fierce. The dance is really fun as well, I’m excited to see all your guys’ covers. It’s been a busy year since my last release, from participating in the songwriting of ‘DUMB DUMB’ to working on a lot of different music. I can’t wait for you guys to see everything I have planned for this year!”

The music video for “DUMB DUMB” finds SOMI coming into her own as a bold, self-assured young woman who knows what she wants, as she pursues her crush at school. Between scenes of SOMI having fun with her girlfriends, going out of her way to stand out from the crowd at a party, purposely walking into her crush in the school hallway, SOMI makes sure her efforts to get her crush’s attention do not go unnoticed. With countless costume changes and choreographed dance breaks with some of her signature moves, this video perfectly captures the song’s energy and SOMI’s newfound direction. You can watch the music video HERE.

About SOMI:

Born as Ennik Somi Douma in 2001 in Ontario, Canada, SOMI grew up in Seoul, South Korea known as Jeon So-mi. After several commercial ventures, SOMI ultimately became known after winning Produce 101, a South Korean TV singing competition, and subsequently became part of the project girl group I.O.I. After winning first place on Korean reality singing competition Produce 101, the young musician joined THEBLACKLABEL and began her musical partnership with producer Teddy. SOMI emerged as a solo artist in June 2019 with her single “BIRTHDAY,” which has since amassed over 73M streams worldwide on Spotify and over 91M views on YouTube to date (Click HERE to watch). In 2020, SOMI signed to Interscope Records as part of the label’s partnership with THEBLACKLABEL and released her previous single, “What You Waiting For,” which has racked up over 56M streams on Spotify alone and over 48M views on YouTube to date (Click HERE to watch).  In addition, SOMI’s multifarious commercial and acting career has also included being global ambassador for Louis Vuitton, Samsung and coverage in Vogue and W.

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JONAH NILSSON — “DIAMOND RING”

Jonah Nilsson, lead vocalist for Dirty Loops, a major YouTube sensation, has teamed up with guitar legend Steve Vai the new single “Diamond Ring,” out today on Jammcard Records. “Diamond Ring” showcases Nilsson’s incomparable vocal range and stylings accompanied by an incredible guitar solo from Vai, the hero of shredding. Even music icon Quincy Jones, who is a huge fan and champion of Nilsson, makes an appearance in the music video. You can listen to “Diamond Ring” HERE.

“He’s different though, he’s got the perfect balance of right brain creativity and left brain music theory. It’s in his blood,” praises Quincy Jones. “He’s got soul, with one of the biggest ranges I’ve ever heard.”

Quincy discovered the Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist through his work with Dirty Loops, taking Jonah under the wing of his management team for a solo record, due out later this summer. “Diamond Ring” also features Kristian Kraftling (keys), Jesper the Creator (guitar), Kefa Figaro (drums) and Tobias Grenholm (bass).

“I’m so so excited to present this song that has been in the works for a long time!” Jonah shares. “It’s a very dance-friendly song with lots of fun musical elements with Steve Vai ending the song with a crazy solo! I thought to myself, this song needs the most epic, crazy, guitar-hero solo possible and there is only one person who could’ve delivered that. STEVE VAI!”

Jonah and Steve, both powerhouses in their respective talents, ran in similar circles in the music industry, and ultimately bonded over their common interest as master multi-instrumental musicians. They decided to work on “Diamond Ring” together, giving the song a genre-defying edge that blends rock, soul, R&B, funk and pop together under one roof.

“There’s a new breed of brilliant evolutionary musicians breaking onto the scene, and this track is the evidence,” Vai says. “It takes pop to another dimension of groove, musicality and overall bad-assery. It’s amazeballs.”

“Diamond Ring” follows Jonah’s recent cover of the Michael Jackson classic “Bad,” where he adds his own spin and signature technique to create a version that’s more powerful than ever. “Bad” features Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Anomalie and Justin Lee Schultz. Jonah’s take on “Bad” beams with all the elements of a worldwide pop star in the making, while paying homage to the soul and spirit that originally made the track a hit in 1987, and adding a modern flavor that gives this version an entire life of its own.

The funk-pop artist has come a long way since his childhood dreams of becoming an artist. Singing has been part of his life essentially since birth. Jonah started singing at his parent’s church choir at the tender age of one. Then, at the onset of his skyrocketing career, Jonah’s life changed overnight when he and a couple long-time friends uploaded their own covers of huge pop hits like Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” to Youtube. The unique covers spread like wildfire in the music community, garnered them millions of views, and got them the attention of many acclaimed artists, namely 16x Grammy Award winning producer David Foster. David took them under his wing and signed the trio named Dirty Loops to their first record deal at Verve Records. And just like that, Jonah went from singing in his friend’s basement to becoming an international touring star.

Jonah has made a name for himself through his pop sensibilities and masterful knowledge of music theory from his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, which set him apart in this new democratized era in which almost anyone can call themselves an artist.

Since Jonah’s early rise to fame, he’s since got a few headliner world tours under his belt and has acquired a significant fanbase of high-profile musicians, including Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, Brian McKnight, Rodney Jerkins, Dallas Austin and the incredible Stevie Wonder. Even though that’s enough for some, Jonah’s humble demeanor continues to push him forward. His cheery outlook on life gives you the sense he’s unfazed and ready to continue giving the gift of music.

Jonah’s debut single, “Coffee Break,” featuring Richard Bona, was self-produced and released in 2018 one version which also features LUCAS from the massively popular K-pop group NCT and released by SM Entertainment. Since then, he has also released a cinematic single “Borrowed Time” and the jaw-dropping performance video of “Work Shit Out” with Dirty Loops. Jonah will continue to share new music, and when asked about how his music will differ from Dirty Loops, he says that the music will continue to have the flirtatious and cheeky sound that they were notorious for, but with more R&B and pop elements.

“I never in a million years thought I’d be here,” confesses Jonah. His piercing blue eyes and huge smile gives you the feeling that he’s wholeheartedly telling the truth. “Living in the present has kept my feet on the ground. I just want to create meaningful music… everything else that happens is extra.”

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Blackpink The Movie Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets On Sale Now for BLACKPINK THE MOVIE

Movie Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of BLACKPINK’s Debut Coming to U.S. & Worldwide Cinemas August 4 and 8 

WHO:  Global K-POP group BLACKPINK – JISOO, JENNIE, ROSÉ, and LISA

WHAT: In celebration of the 5th anniversary of BLACKPINK’s debut, BLACKPINK THE MOVIE will be released in more than 100 territories worldwide.

BLACKPINK’s debut song BOOMBAYAH reached the top of every record chart in Korea within only four hours of its release. Five years later, BLACKPINK has risen to worldwide stardom thanks to its members’ exceptional talents and performances.

The film consists of diverse sequences focused on each member of BLACKPINK, including: The Room of Memories, a segment looking back on five years of memories since BLACKPINK’s debut, Beauty, compelling shots of all four members with their distinct characteristics, Exclusive Interviews, a message for the fans. Furthermore, the re-edited versions of the live performances from THE SHOW (2021), IN YOUR AREA (2018), and a dozen more hit songs by BLACKPINK will unfold on the screens to provide global fans with a touching experience as though they are at in-person fan meeting events and live concerts.

WHEN: August 4 and 8, 2021.

Additional screenings may vary. Check local venues for details.

WHERE: In movie theaters in more than 100 countries including the U.S. For theaters in your area.
MORE: To be released in South Korea by CJ 4DPlex, in Japan by AVEX PICTURES, and in all remaining global territories by Trafalgar Releasing, BLACKPINK THE MOVIE audiences will be able to enjoy the film on various formats including “ScreenX,” “4DX,” and “4DX Screen.”

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SEVENTEEN – YOUR CHOICE

Self-producing idols SEVENTEEN’s 8th EP Your Choice debuted at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 yesterday.

Your Choice additionally catapulted to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart, ranking as America’s best-selling album of the week.

Released on June 18, the EP recorded 1.36 million sales during the first week of release, bringing in the act’s fourth million seller achievement and setting a new sales record with the most first-week sales of any album released in Korea in 2021.

SEVENTEEN will be holding their on- and off-line fan meet 2021 SVT 5TH FAN MEETING ‘SEVENTEEN in CARAT LAND’ from 6th to 8th of August.

About SEVENTEEN:

Racking up 2 billion streams and selling 7.5 million albums, SEVENTEEN has rocketed to the forefront of the global music industry fueled by a fiercely independent spirit, in-house creative ecosystem, and one irresistible work after another. The group’s innovative structure hinges on the interplay of three units: the hip-hop team led by S.COUPS, vocal team led by WOOZI, and performance team led by HOSHI. Living up to the title of “self-producing idols” the self-contained and self-empowered act has unassumingly made history and become one of the biggest K-pop groups ever due to their world-class synchronization, jaw-dropping choreography, and tight teamwork.

SEVENTEEN’s 2015 debut EP, 17 CARAT, emerged as “the longest running album on the Billboard World Albums Chart,” remaining in the chart for eleven weeks. Billboard crowned An Ode the “Best K-pop Album of 2019” as the act packed arenas and sold over half a million tickets. The EP Heng:garæ elevated them to rarified air in 2020. Over 1 million copies were sold during the week of release. Not to mention, it earned “the third best first-week sales in South Korea.” On its heels, they eclipsed 1 billion total streams on Spotify. With their following EP ; [Semicolon], the act made their U.S. TV debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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TWICE × Taste of Love

TWICE’s new album, Taste of Love, marks their first Billboard Top 10 as the hit reaches #6.

Global K-pop icons, TWICE, officially reached the #6 chart-topping position on the Billboard 200 chart with their new album, Taste of Love, as well as #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart. This high Billboard 200 ranking marks a first for the group, jumping up 66 slots from their most recent #72 position for Eyes wide open. Taste of Love pushed the musical boundaries for the group, while in return earning TWICE their first top 10 album to date. The group initially ranked in the Billboard 200 chart in June 2020 with their album MORE & MORE, closely followed by Eyes wide open later that same year. To say TWICE had an impressive 12 months would be an understatement, but the group’s driving force remains the same. The focus has always been and will continue to be, the bond between TWICE and their fans, ONCE.

“We look forward to growing more and more with our fans,” said TWICE in a group statement. “Thank you for being with us.” 

TWICE has worked diligently to get to this point. In 2019, the group successfully completed their World Tour, TWICELIGHTS, which included sold-out shows in the U.S. at The Forum in Los Angeles, the Prudential Center in Newark (where they performed in front of 11,000 fans), and a show at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. In February 2020, TWICE signed with Republic Records and launched their original  YouTube series “TWICE: Seize the Light.” With the higher chart rankings coming in just this time last year, the group turned it up a notch with their recent broadcast hits. TWICE performed I CAN’T STOP ME off MORE & MORE for Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PLAYATHOME YouTube series. Within the last 6-months, TWICE has been gracing screens everywhere. They performed on the prestigious TIME 100 Talks, had their U.S. broadcast debut on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and last week performed their new single Alcohol-Free on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 

Throughout the last six years, TWICE has become a globally renowned phenomenon, rapidly taking the U.S. and beyond by storm – including the moment they graced Allure Magazine’s May 2020 cover. Their 2020 chart-topping albums, MORE & MORE and Eyes wide open, were included in TIME, Billboard, Teen Vogue, PAPER, and BuzzFeed’s roundup of top albums of the year. MORE & MORE also marked the first time TWICE have been included in Billboard’s Artist 100 and Billboard 200 lists, becoming the fifth all-female musical act from their country to rank on the 200 charts. In addition, Eyes wide open, hit the top five slot on the all-genre iTunes US Album Sales Chart, debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s World Albums chart, and ranked #72 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

“The collective continues its artistic evolution” – BILLBOARD

“The young women have shown their multifaceted approach to music and ability to showcase new charms with each release, with “Alcohol-Free” being no exception” – ROLLING STONE

“TWICE succeed in their desire to bring their fans ‘good vibes’ in unprecedented times” – NME

About TWICE:

Formed under K-pop powerhouse JYP Entertainment in 2015, TWICE is one of the best-selling K-pop girl groups of all time regarding physical album sales. The group first rose to prominence with their debut title song Like OOH-AHH, and the 2016 breakthrough single CHEER UP which went on to top multiple Korean pop charts and won ‘Song of the Year’ at the Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. The group was also included in Variety’s Youth Impact Report as the only K-pop group included in the list. The group was included in Forbes Korea Power Celebrity issue in both 2019 and 2017; and was also included in 18th place and as the only Asian act in Billboard’s 21 Under 21 2017: Music’s Next Generation issue. In 2019, the group successfully completed their World Tour, TWICELIGHTS, which included sold-out shows in the U.S. at The Forum in Los Angeles, the Prudential Center in Newark (where they performed in front of 11,000 fans), and a show at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. Last year, TWICE’s album MORE & MORE made its first ranking on the Artist 100 and Billboard 200 lists. Their second 2020 album, Eyes wide open, hit the top five slot on the all-genre iTunes US Album Sales Chart and debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s World Albums chart; and the album’s lead track debuted in the top 10 of the all-genre iTunes US Song Sales Chart. The group hit their first top 10 album for Taste of Love, ranking it at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. TWICE recently performed Alcohol-Free on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CRY FOR ME on The Kelly Clarkson Show, I CAN’T STOP ME on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PLAYATHOME digital YouTube series, and DEPEND ON YOU on TIME100 Talks.

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NCT 127 – Save

K-Pop superstars NCT 127 released their new digital track and music video “Save,” produced by the legendary Gaeko of Dynamicduo- the Korean group with the best-selling Korean hip hop album in record history. The track is part of a special project via Amoeba Culture and represents the first music NCT 127 has released as a group since their 2021 Japanese EP, Loveholic. Excitement from the group’s loyal fans, NCTzens, has been brewing since the song was first teased last week. Now everyone can finally listen to “Save” across digital platforms HERE!

This is only the latest in what has been an exciting year for the members and fans of NCT 127. Just last month NCT 127 mesmerized audiences with an electrifying performance of their song “Kick It” as part of international advocacy organization Global Citizen’s VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World.

The NCTzens have been a fierce unit helping drive NCT 127’s music and platforms to record-breaking heights, including their recent milestone of reaching over 100 million views for the “Kick It” music video on YouTube. They also had the group trending on Twitter last week when member Taeyong shared in an interview that the group was preparing for a new album. NCTzens’ excitement helped earn them a major nod with the group’s nomination for Best Fan Army at iHeartRadio’s 2021 Music Awards.

Collaboration with Samsung and SAVE Campaign

Samsung collaborated with the band for the release of the powerful track and music video for “Save” in order to raise awareness of the role of the company’s memory solutions in everyday life.

From Samsung’s smartphones to its cloud storage systems, one of the main roles its devices play is to store information and treasured memories securely and for a long time to come. At the heart of how this data remains saved is Samsung Electronics’ market-leading semiconductor solutions, and so in order to raise awareness of just how crucial a role these chips play in our day-to-day lives, Samsung is launching its all-new SAVE campaign.

The word “save” has many meanings: “to store,” “to gather,” “to cherish,” “to protect,” “to recover,” and “to liberate” being just a few. Accordingly, the “SAVE” campaign’s message is ‘Samsung Memory Saves All the Progress in the World,’ a slogan that summarizes Samsung’s commitment to contributing to society in ways that benefit everyone and bring about a better world for all through technology solutions that preserve the multifarious values and experiences of societies from all corners in the world.

Samsung has released a dedicated campaign film showcasing the long-term vision and values that drive Samsung Memory. Watch HERE.

Samsung has also created a new, modern design for the SAVE campaign based on the iconic “save” symbol in order to highlight the importance of saving and put forward the idea of saving for a new generation. Combining elements of the original floppy disc shape, today’s SSD solutions, modern SD card design, and the ‘download’ arrow symbol, this new design brings together saving solutions old and new to operate as a universal symbol for memory–and the concept of saving.

About NCT 127

Made-up of members TAEIL, JOHNNY, TAEYONG, YUTA, DOYOUNG, JAEHYUN, MARK, JUNGWOO, and HAECHAN, NCT 127 debuted in July 2016 and is NCT’s Seoul Team. The number “127” is the longitude of Seoul, symbolizing the group’s home base and the home of K-Pop, while they continue to actively promote across the world. They are known for their impressive stage performances and addicting music, releasing hit songs like “Kick It”, “Punch”, “Superhuman”, “Highway to Heaven” and “Cherry Bomb”. NCT 127’s second full-length album, NCT #127 Neo Zone, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart, in addition to landing the No. 1 spot on 4 charts total including Billboard’s Top Album Sales, Top Current Album Sales, World Albums and Tastemaker Albums chart. The album put NCT 127 on the map as a million-selling group, selling over 1.2 million copies.

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TOMORROW X TOGETHER

K-POP’S 4TH GENERATION LEADERS TOMORROW X TOGETHER RELEASED NEW ALBUM THE CHAOS CHAPTER: FREEZE

K-pop’s 4th generation ‘It’ Boys make their return with title track “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You) feat. Seori”

K-pop’s 4th generation ‘It’ boys TOMORROW X TOGETHER (SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, HUENING KAI) have finally released their long-awaited second studio album on May 31.

The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE begin’s the Chaos Chapter, TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s second album series, following their previous Dream Chapter series. It tells the tale of a boy who has frozen as a result of the onslaught of the world.
 
The unequivocal declaration of a boy’s first love takes musical form in TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s new title track: “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You) feat. Seori” (read “zero by one lovesong”). The trendy Hybrid pop rock song expresses a boy’s certainty in the love he feels for ‘you,’ who came to him in a world of chaos. The title uses numbers to visually represent that in this world of zero, ‘you’ are my one and only.

The title track is notable for the name of its global contributors. The song is the collaborative effort between producers of HYBE’s labels Slow Rabbit and “hitman” bang, American singer-songwriter and Rock Hip hop artist Mod Sun and No Love For The Middle Child as songwriters, and RM of BTS who helped pen the lyrics.

Other songs within the eight-track studio album include “Anti-Romantic,” “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You) feat. Seori,” “Magic,” “Ice Cream,” “What if I had been that PUMA,” “No Rules,” “Dear Sputnik” and “Frost.”

The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE also includes genuine and very personal creative contributions from all five members, drawing empathy from teens all over the world through unique and individualized lyrics. “Ice Cream” was penned in part by SOOBIN, “What if I had been that PUMA” by YEONJUN, TAEHYUN, and BEOMGYU, “No Rules” by YEONJUN, HUENINGKAI, BEOMGYU, and TAEHYUN. TAEHYUN wrote both music and lyrics for “Dear Sputnik,” while HUENINGKAI wrote lyrics and marked his first producing credit for the same track. “Frost” saw lyrical contributions by YEONJUN.

The Chaos Chapter: FREEZE has recorded over 700K pre-orders, marking a new high for the young group. Evidently, TOMORROW X TOGETHER are continuing their track of successive growth with each release.
 
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About TOMORROW X TOGETHER
TOMORROW X TOGETHER, read as “Tomorrow by Together,” has come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. The act consists of SOOBIN, YEONJUN, BEOMGYU, TAEHYUN, and HUENINGKAI. In just two months after its debut in March 2019, TOMORROW X TOGETHER successfully sold out their first US showcase in 6 cities. Emerging as super rookies within the global K-pop scene, the band has been globally recognized by names such as Radio Disney and the MTV Video Music Awards. Their latest release, minisode1 : Blue Hour, charted No. 25 on the Billboard 200, establishing the boyband as a top-seller and leader of K-pop’s 4th generation.