KPOP hotshots gear up for September releases
September is going to be another huge month for K-pop fans around the world, with some of the most beloved K-pop superstars planning to showcase their new music next month. Included in the star-studded roster are Lisa of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK, and NCT 127, a sub-unit of boy group NCT.
1. BLACKPINK’s Lisa (Sept. 10)
BLACKPINK’s Thai member Lisa is poised to begin her solo career on Sept. 10, dropping her first solo album, “LALISA,” about five years after her debut. The album, titled after her full name Lalisa Manoban, will be led by the namesake lead single.
“As the song’s title suggests, Lisa is set to show her true magnetism and musical identity,” her record label YG said in a statement on Monday, without providing more details about the anthem.
YG unveiled Monday a teaser poster featuring the black-haired Lisa sporting dazzling gold accessories against a gray background. On Aug. 28, the company released a 27-second video hinting at the album’s mood, which reminds people of the calm before the storm.
Lisa is the third BLACKPINK member to go solo, following Jennie and Rose. Member Jisoo is also planning to put out her solo material, although its release date has not been confirmed yet.
2. ATEEZ (Sept. 13)
K-pop boy group ATEEZ is also slated to release the album “ZERO : FEVER Part. 3” on Sept. 13.
The group’s agency KQ Entertainment recently disclosed two different versions of teaser images ― “Eternal Sunshine” and “Deja Vu.” While the former version captures a moment with the members lounging on grass, the latter highlights their charismatic looks.
According to KQ, the upcoming release shines a spotlight on ATEEZ members, who at last get over their “fever” and reach the end of their youth. The new album is the finale of its “Fever” series, which started last year.
More details about the eight-piece act’s new album have not been revealed.
3. NCT 127 (Sept. 17)
NCT 127, consisting of Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Winwin, Jungwoo, Mark and Haechan, will unleash “Sticker,” its third full-length album, on Sept. 17. The album will carry 11 tracks including the hip-hop dance tune “Lemonade” and another hip-hop flavored number, “Bring The Noize.”
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The title track is also a hip-hop song that merges an addictive flute sound, a bold bassline and rhythmic vocals, according to the act’s management company SM Entertainment.
“This tune is about a couple living in a complex world that seeks to write its own history despite all the chaos,” SM said in a statement.
SM producer Yoo Young-jin took part in the song’s creative process, with acclaimed American producer Dem Jointz joining him for the songwriting. Members Taeyong and Mark made raps for the track.
Colorful teasers featuring NCT 127 members and mysterious slimy objects can be found on the group’s official Twitter.
4. Highlight’s Yang Yo-seob (Sept. 20)
Yang Yo-seob of K-pop boy band Highlight will drop his first solo studio album on Sept. 20, his management company Around US Entertainment said Monday.
It took more than two and a half years for the singer to showcase his solo material since his last digital single, “20 Full Moons,” came out in January 2019. It was released shortly before Yang started his compulsory civil duty ― which is equivalent to military service.
His band Highlight rolled out a spring-themed mini-album titled “The Blowing” in May.
“Yang has received a range of songs from different composers to prepare for his album,” Around US said.
On top of that, more K-pop stars such as SHINee’s Key and boy band ENHYPEN are also tuning up to put out new music in September. But their release dates are unknown for now.
Source: The Korea Times