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S.M. artists having a busy November

By Kim Arin

  • Published : Nov 12, 2018 - 11:55
  • Updated : Nov 12, 2018 - 11:55

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S.M. Entertainment, arguably the biggest South Korean music label, is having a busy November. Here’s a quick list of S.M. Entertainment artists who have released music this month or will do so before the month is over.

1. EXO (Nov. 2)

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EXO started the month brilliantly with the five-track EP “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo.” Led by “Tempo,” a hip-hop dance track with powerful bass and a cappella vocals, it topped iTunes albums charts in 47 countries and shot to No. 1 on major local music charts including Melon, Bugs, Genie and Olleh. With preorders surpassing 1.1 million, the new album made the boy band a quintuple-million seller -- that is, it became EXO’s fifth album to sell over a million copies.

2. Key of SHINee (Nov. 9)

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Key finally released his first solo single on Nov. 9, a decade after his debut with SHINee. “Forever Yours” is an R&B pop song infused with tropical house vibes. Soyou, former member of now-disbanded dance pop group Sistar, is featured in the song, which is about the first flush of being in love.

3. Hyoyeon, or DJ Hyo (Nov. 13)

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Hyoyeon of Girls’ Generation made a successful debut as a DJ in April with her first EDM track, “Sober,” featuring Ummet Ozcan. “Sober” landed at No. 1 on iTunes singles charts in 11 countries, including the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand. Her next EDM single, “Punk Right Now,” slated for release Nov. 13, is a collaborative work with American DJ and EDM producer 3LAU.

4. Red Velvet (Nov. 30)

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Red Velvet is releasing its fifth EP, “RBB,” fronted by a track of the same title, on the last day of November. The quintet’s new lead song is available for preorder at major music sites, including Amazon. Red Velvet has had a productive year, having already released the compilation album “The Perfect Red Velvet” in January, the Japanese EP “#Cookie Jar” in July and the summer EP “Summer Magic” in August.

5. NCT 127 (date to be announced)

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NCT 127 is already enjoying great popularity in the US with its first full album, “Regular-Irregular,” and has announced the release of a compilation album toward the end of this month. The 10-member act scored a number of stateside television appearances, including the ABC network’s late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and the Disney special “Mickey Mouse’s 90th Spectacular” also on ABC. NCT 127 is the Seoul-based subunit of NCT.

By Kim Arin (arin@heraldcorp.com)