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[Today’s K-pop] Enhyphen rolls out 2nd EP

By Hwang You-mee

Published : April 26, 2021 - 18:08

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(Belief Lab) (Belief Lab)

Enhyphen held a showcase in central Seoul on Monday to introduce its second EP, “Border: Carnival.”
“It’s been five months and I’m way more nervous than I thought,” confessed Jeongwon. The rest of the members agreed that they could not believe that it already is their second album. Debut album “Border: Day One” came out in November last year.
“Enhyphen is trying a variety of genres in every album,” said Jake, “and we’d like to hear that we’re finding our own color (style).”
Lead track “Drunk-Dazed” best describes their own story, added Jeongwon, “the true feelings after our debut.”
As for news that the album had sold over 450,000 units in preorders, the bandmates admitted they were dazed. But instead of getting too hyped up, they will focus on their music and present decent performances, they vowed.
The septet picked BTS as its role models, saying, “We not just want to follow what they’ve achieved but also want to learn their attitude as artists.”

EXO’s Baekhyun to celebrate birthday in livestream 

(SM Entertainment) (SM Entertainment)

Baekhyun of EXO will meet fans online to celebrate his upcoming birthday.
On May 1, Baekhyun will host a livestream via the band’s channel on Naver’s V Live under the title “B-Day: Baekhyun-Day.” The theme would be a birthday party, marking his May 6 birthday in advance, and he will chat and play games with viewers and answer questions sent by them.
The artist will start his military service on his birthday, announced label SM Entertainment earlier this month, without giving any specific time or venue. He will be the sixth member of the band to enlist and will serve as a public service worker.
His third solo EP “Bambi” was released March 30 and landed on iTunes albums charts in 60 regions as well as a series of international charts. It sold over 1 million units in 20 days, and now he has seven million-selling albums, two on his own and five as a member of EXO.

NCT Dream members make own raps 

(SM Entertainment) (SM Entertainment)

NCT Dream expressed their feelings through raps for the band’s first LP that will be fully unveiled on May 10.
Mark, Jeno, Jaemin and Jisung participated in making the rap for “Rainbow,” one of the 10 tracks from the studio album titled “Hot Sauce.” Against soothing guitar sounds, the seven bandmates sing of their wish to make a new page together in beautiful colors like a rainbow, comparing the album to a book with a bookmark.
“My Youth” looks back at the time they have spent together and how grateful they are for being able to be a team. For “Be There For You,” Haechan, Renjun and Chenle take on a warm note, singing of the hope to stay together.

AB6IX returns with 4th EP 

(Brand New Music) (Brand New Music)

AB6IX came out with fourth EP “Mo’ Complete: Have a Dream” on Monday. 
It has been only three months since previous album “Salute: A New Hope,” which sang of establishing one’s identity.
The new EP is a sequel to the band’s debut album, “B:Complete,” from May 2019. It consists of five tracks, three of which were produced by Lee Daehwi.
Lead track “Close” is in the same vein as its debut hit “Breathe,” based on the deep house genre. Three of the four bandmates said that shooting the music video for the track was the most memorable moment in preparing for the return.
“There was an underwater scene and I was nervous that I had to open my eyes in the water. I was not used to keeping my eyes open in water and was so nervous that I couldn’t sleep that well the night before,” confided Lee through agency Brand New Music.
The quartet will perform “Close” for the first time Monday night on the online showcase after the EP goes on sale.

By Hwang You-mee