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NCT Releases New Album – RESONANCE PT. 1

K-pop concept group NCT returns with a new album NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1 and an expanded lineup. The new album will be released digitally worldwide on October 12 via SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. with Capitol Music Group/Caroline. Physical albums will be released October 16 in the U.S. It will be followed by the release of NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 2.

Album Pre-order Available Now

The mega-project features the 21 members of NCT 127, NCT DREAM and WayV plus newcomers SHOTARO and SUNGCHAN, bringing the total number of members to 23. Each individual’s unique talent and musical style will have room to shine as they perform in a variety of smaller collaborative units. Watch the official “YearParty” video featuring all 23 members HERE.

NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1 will feature a total of 12 songs, including the lead singles “Make A Wish” and “From Home.”

The album is available for pre-order HERE. View the “Interlude” video HERE, and the full track listing below.

Building on the themes of NCT 2018 EMPATHY, NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1 celebrates the power of connecting through music and the powerful synergy and ripple effects that resonate from such a bond. From the start, NCT’s organic storytelling has been based on the fundamental concept of connection with one another through dreams and empathizing with one another to become one through music.

NCT 2018 EMPATHY charted in the top five of the Billboard World Albums chart and was certified Platinum in Korea. The 14-song album contained such hits as “Boss,” “The 7th Sense,” “Baby Don’t Stop” and “Without You,” which all charted in the top five of Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales tally.

NCT 2020 is: TAEIL, JOHNNY, TAEYONG, YUTA, DOYOUNG, TEN, JAEHYUN, WINWIN, MARK, RENJUN, JENO, HAECHAN, JAEMIN, CHENLE, JISUNG, LUCAS, JUNGWOO, KUN, XIAOJUN, YANGYANG, HENDERY, SHOTARO, and SUNGCHAN.

Track Listing NCT 2020: RESONANCE Pt. 1

01 Make A Wish  

02 Misfit  

03 Volcano  

04 백열등 (Light Bulb) 

05 Dancing In The Rain 

06 Interlude: Past to Present 

07 무대로 (Déjà Vu; 舞代路) 

08 月之迷 (Nectar) 

09 Music, Dance 

10 피아노 (Faded In My Last Song) 

11 From Home 

12 From Home (Korean Ver.)

Eamonn Burke illustrates an article for 360 MAGAZINE.

BTS Lands First Billboard No.1 with Dynamite

By: Elle Grant

K-Pop titans, BTS, have achieved a new milestone with their summer hit “Dynamite.” Released August 21st, the South Korean group’s first single entirely in English debuted in the number one slot of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The group’s previously highest charting hit was “ON” which debuted at No. 4 this past March. It is the first song in 57 years to earn an Asian act the #1 spot, and their first time in history an Asian act has debuted at #1.

“Dynamite” continues to rack in accomplishments, having already racked in the biggest digital sales week in the music industry since 2017 and having smashed YouTube’s record of views on a music video in 24 hours with a cool 101.1 million. The hit is a retro inspired, upbeat pop hit, featuring seventies inspired décor and style in its music video.

BTS is comprised of seven members: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook and debuted seven years ago in their home country of South Korea. Though the group already boasts four number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart, their humble beginnings and time as an underdog in their own country has made this accomplishment that much sweeter to their group and their unflinchingly loyal fanbase, called ARMY. The members admitted the accomplishment brought tears to their eyes, especially when thinking back on their long road to the top.

Though, “Dynamite” is a song in English, the group has repeatedly emphasized that they will continue to focus their music in the Korean language for as long as they are active. The group is credited with helping to popularize K-Pop in the West, paving the way for other enormously popular groups such as Blackpink, NCT, Super M, Stray Kids, and ATEEZ. K-Pop, alongside Spanish music, has been credited with diversifying the American focused music charts. While BTS has undoubtedly faced their share of xenophobia, the success of BTS and “Dynamite” reflect the increasing inclusivity of the music industry.

The group is hot off their performance of their single on Sunday’s VMAs where they claimed three prizes. BTS is currently working on their eighth album, to be released before the end of 2020.

K-POP CONTENT MEDIA APP

theQoos Inc. has launched a data-based media service app platform that targets English reading K-Pop fans. Through aggregating K-Pop content, theQoos attempts to lock-in users and create communities among K-Pop fans. theQoos Inc. was established in February 2019 with a Seoul office established in April. The venture founders are composed of experienced members from Kakao, Samsung Electronics and, YG Entertainment USA. An investment by SK Group, South Korea’s third largest conglomerate, was completed earlier this year.

2019 has been yet another record-breaking year for K-Pop with BLACKPINK signing to Interscope/Universal Records and being the first K-Pop girl-group to perform at Coachella. BTS became the first Korean act to perform on “Saturday Night Live” and followed up with performances on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Good Morning America” and “The Voice.” A new study by Hyundai Research Institute found that the boy band is worth more than $3.6 billion yearly to Korea’s economy. Both acts contributed to the “Hallyu” (or Korean wave) fanbase which is estimated to grow to 100 million fans by 2020 and leading the way for other acts globally such as Monsta X and NCT. In the first half of 2019, there were over 50 concerts taking place in North America and as STYLE put it, “K-Pop is now more popular and profitable in the West than ever before.”

With the increased interest in K-Pop globally, theQoos set out to build a roadway for content by gathering as many select English-written sources of K-Pop into one feed. The idea is that fans who have an enthusiastic passion for K-Pop are called “theQoos” and want to consume all of the content that exists out there without having to search or open multiple applications. These content sources include K-Pop news sites, reputable global news sites that cover K-Pop, artists’ official social media, and YouTube but also fan-made content such as reaction videos, and fancam footage. Since many K-Pop fans usually find their news through K-Pop sites, theQoos also gathers in-depth coverage from respected major media outlets so users can see content they might not normally come across. theQoos also gathers album and concert reviews from various lesser known sites/blogs that deserve to be read as well as fan-made content that are meant to entertain and be enjoyed.

In 2018 BTS was the most tweeted about account worldwide and a tweet featuring BTS member J-Hope participating in the #InMyFeelingsChallenge was the Most Liked Tweet worldwide last year with 1.8 million Likes. Since K-Pop thrives on Twitter, we also gather many official and non-official Twitter accounts into our feed.

Users are able to “Save,” “Like,” and “Share” content but also organize the feed based on their favorite artist(s). Artist pages also include discography and links to music videos. theQoos promises this release to be their minimal viable product and has already planned for many features including in-app commenting and a community section so that Users can have “real interaction”.

MISSION STATEMENT:

theQoos is dedicated to encouraging the growth and distribution of, English language, K-Pop content, and to provide this content to fans free of charge. We want to build a bridge between K-Pop fans across the world and the content that exists in the universe. As the fan community continues to grow, we want to create a platform for them to engage with each other in a genuine way. By promoting users to enter their real information into their profiles we believe that real commentary and real interaction will create a positive space for K-Pop.

By learning who our users are and what their interests are in, we will be able to understand this community like no one has before us. Imagine a world in which every English reading K-Pop fan can freely view and share K-Pop content & be part of a community – which they can take with them, everywhere. theQoos: We are your gateway to the K-Pop Universe.