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Title Monsta X Rises as a New K-Pop Rookie: Tops the iTunes Charts and Their New York Concert Sells Out
No 45 Inquiry 1144 Date 2017.07.06

The rising K-Pop boy band Monsta X’s new single ‘Shine Forever’ is drawing explosive responses in New York and other North America areas. Their first regular album's repackage edition "SHINE FOREVER", which was released on June 19, has topped the Worldwide iTunes Charts’ K-Pop chart in 19 countries around the world including the U.S., North America, Japan and China, announcing the birth of a new worldwide famous K-Pop idol group.


The cover of Monsta X’s new album. (Photo courtesy of Starship Entertainment)

The song, titled the same as the album, "SHINE FOREVER" was written by the most notable musicians in the K-Pop scene, such as BinTAGE, STEREO14, and Lish, with Jooheon and I.M’s participation in rap making. It is a dance number that combines futuristic and hip-hop elements. The song, which mixes the typical tone of K-Pop and the uniqueness of Monsta X, is gaining attention from fans worldwide. In particular, the lyrics including the romantic phrase meaning ‘I want to be forever in the light that is you’ are conquering the heart of the band's fans. This phrase is attracting more attention because it coincides with the storytelling of Monsta X. Having expressed their determination towards growth and going towards the light in their music and performances, the boy band seems to reveal their aspiration for a leap toward a representative K-Pop group with this new single that starts in a determined tone and intensifies as it goes toward the end.
Monsta X is a septet boy band consisting of Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon, and I.M. After making their debut with the EP album "TRESPASS" in 2015, they began to attract attentions from home and abroad, receiving the 1theK Performance Award at the 7th MelOn Music Awards in 2015. In December 2015, the boys won the Next Generation Asian Artist Award at the 17th Mnet Asian Music Awards and established their position as Korean Wave stars in China, Japan and other Asian countries. Also, winning the Next Generation Award at the 30th Golden Disc Awards in January 2016, the Best of Next Award at the 18th Mnet Asian Music Awards in December 2016, and the Main Award for Best Album at the 31st Golden Disc Awards in January of this year, they have been recognized as a boy band with an outstanding musicality. At present, Monster X dreams of becoming a global idol group, embarking on their first world tour, two years after their debut.


Monsta X’s New York Concert sold out. (Photo source: PlayStation Theater)


Starting their world tour on July 8 in Hong Kong, they plan to perform in six major cities in the U.S. such as Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles before touring Paris, Berlin and other European cities; after this, the group will tour 14 cities in 9 countries, including Russia, Indonesia and Taiwan, to meet North American, European and Asian fans who have longed to meet them. In particular, their New York concert will take place at the PlayStation Theater in Midtown Manhattan. At present, Monster X's concert in New York sold out at a rapid rate immediately after tickets went on sale, proving the band's popularity.

Meanwhile, Monster X had their first comeback stage on Mnet's ‘M countdown,’ a representative music program broadcast of Korea, on June 22 and is now preparing for their world tour.


* Kang, Gi-hyang, Correspondent in New York, USA