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‘Superhuman’ NCT 127 hopes to become No. 1 at home and abroad

  • Published : May 24, 2019 - 19:40
  • Updated : May 24, 2019 - 19:40

After taking the world by storm with its months-long global tour and making massive inroads in the US, NCT 127 made a triumphant return with its long-waited new single “Superhuman.”

“We didn’t anticipate visiting so many countries in our early days, and we are grateful for our recent world tour. ‘Gratitude’ was the most frequently mentioned word during our tour,” said NCT 127 leader Taeyong during the act’s press event for its new “We Are Superhuman” EP in Seoul on Friday.

The Seoul-based multinational group kicked off its “Neo City -- The Origin” world tour in January, making stops in 20 countries spanning North America, Canada and Japan. Already a regular fixture on Billboard, the band made the most out of its time in the US, appearing in popular TV shows like “Good Morning America,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “Good Day New York.”

Having just got back from the tour, NCT 127 looked hyped with joy and pride, sharing how the global experience changed the group with a new level of confidence.


“Actually, featuring in US TV shows wasn’t an easy task for us as foreigners. But there we learned that language doesn’t really matter. We played games like Flinch with Corden, and all of us really enjoyed our time there. I hope we appear in more shows in the future,” Doyoung said.

Mark and Johnny, the group’s two members hailing from North America, also shared that performing in their hometown meant something for them.

“I got to invite my bandmates to my home in Chicago for the first time, and it was amazing,” said Johnny. Mark from Canada also chimed and said that he felt honored to perform in his hometown.

Japanese member Yuta thanked his English-speaking bandmates for helping the rest of the group with the language and making their US trip more enjoyable.


Given the group’s growth from its global tour, its new single “Superhuman” seemed like a timely release, as it talks about how everyone has one’s superpower possibilities. Overflowing with positive messages, the song is layered with catchy EDM elements and features polished choreography, which was inspired by the movie “Superman” where Clark Kent begins transforming into Superman by raising his shirt to the chest.

The group’s fourth EP, “We Are Superhuman” also features four new songs including “Highway to Heaven,” “Fool,” “Jet Lag,” “Paper Plane” and “Outro: We Are 127.”

Asked on the album’s comparatively brighter vibe than the group’s previous records, Doyoung said. “We always wanted to give positive messages and strength to our fans, and I think such thoughts really clicked with ‘Superhuman.’”


For the last few years, NCT 127 has seen an impressive rise to the mainstream spotlight, but the group humbly said that it was only getting started.

“It was such an honor to promote K-pop to the world via our world tour. We will do our best until we become No. 1 in both Korea and the US,” said Taeyong.

“My mom just called me up and said that a cactus in her house bloomed as many as five flowers, and we will have a big hit,” Doyoung jokingly said.

NCT 127, a subunit of NCT based in Seoul, debuted in July 2016 with the thumping electronic hip-hop track “Firetruck.” It has released hits such as “Limitless” and “Cherry Bomb.”

By Hong Dam-young (lotus@heraldcorp.com)