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MONSTA X Scores First No. 1 on World Albums Chart With 'Beautiful' LP

Monsta X marks the top spot by sending their first full-length album and its lead single to new heights on multiple Billboard charts this week.

The hip-hop-focused boy band see their The Clan, Pt. 2.5 [Beautiful] full-length debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. With more than 1,000 copies sold, Beautiful marks the band’s best sales week in America to date.

Since last year, the group has been on a steady rise up the charts. Previously, the group had sent two iterations of their Clan releases to World Albums including the Part 1 (Lost) EP (which peaked at No. 5) and their Part 2 Guilty EP (No. 3).

Monsta X also makes their first appearance in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, which sees many less K-pop acts. Beautiful debuts at the No. 10 slot on the chart marking only the third K-pop album to make the Top 10 after NCT 127’s Limitless (No. 4) and GOT7’s Flight Log: Arrival (No. 3). The septet’s first appearance on the ranking was with The Clan 2.5 Pt. 2 Guilty EP that debuted at No. 16.

Furthermore, Monsta X’s new title track “Beautiful” debuts at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. The powerful, electronic/hip-hop cut marks the band’s best showing on this tally too.

[NEWS] 170328 Monsta X Scores First No. 1 on World Albums Chart With ‘Beautiful’ LP

MONSTA X marks the top spot by sending their first full-length album and its lead single to new heights on multiple Billboard charts this week.

The hip-hop-focused boy band see their The Clan, Pt. 2.5 [Beautiful] full-length debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. With more than 1,000 copies sold, Beautiful marks the band’s best sales week in America to date.

Since last year, the group has been on a steady rise up the charts. Previously, the group had sent two iterations of their The Clan releases to World Albums including the Part. 1 (Lost) EP (which peaked at No. 5) and their Part. 2 Guilty EP (No. 3).

MONSTA X also makes their first appearance in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, which sees many less K-pop acts. ‘Beautiful’ debuts at the No. 10 slot on the chart marking only the third K-pop album to make the Top 10 after NCT 127′s Limitless (No. 4) and GOT7′s Flight Log: Arrival (No. 3). The septet’s first appearance on the ranking was with The Clan 2.5 Pt. 2 Guilty EP that debuted at No. 16.

MONSTA X reigns supreme over a competitive week filled with loads of new debuts. The group’s new title track ‘Beautiful’ also debuts at No. 4 on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart. The powerful, electronic/hip-hop cut marks the band’s best showing on this tally too.

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Sufjan Stevens (/ˈsuːfjæn/ SOOF-yan; born July 1, 1975) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His album A Sun Came was released in 2000 on the Asthmatic Kitty label which he cofounded with his stepfather. He is perhaps best known for his 2005 album Illinois, which hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, and for the single “Chicago” from that album.

Stevens has released albums of varying styles, from the electronica of Enjoy Your Rabbit and the lo-fi folk of Seven Swans to the symphonic instrumentation of Illinois and Christmas-themed Songs for Christmas. Stevens makes use of a variety of instruments, often playing many of them himself on the same recording,[16] and writes music in various time signatures. Though his songs are imbued with his Christian faith, he has repeatedly stated an intent to separate his beliefs from his music.[17][18][19]

Biography

Early life

Stevens was born in Detroit, Michigan, and lived there until the age of nine, when his family moved to Petoskey, in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. He was raised by his father Rasjid and his stepmother Pat, only occasionally visiting his mother, Carrie, in Oregon after she married her second husband Lowell Brams.[20] (Brams would later become the head of Stevens’ record label Asthmatic Kitty).[20] He attended the Detroit Waldorf School, Petoskey High School and Interlochen Arts Academy, and graduated from Harbor Light Christian School. He went on to attend Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and earned a Masters of Fine Arts from The New School in New York City.[21]

Sufjan is a Persian name[22] meaning “comes with a sword”.[23] It predates Islam and most famously belonged to Abu Sufyan, a figure from early Islamic history. The name was given to Stevens by the founder of Subud, an inter-faith spiritual community to which his parents belonged when he was born.[24]

A multi-instrumentalist, Stevens is known for his use of the banjo, but also plays guitar, piano, drums, xylophone, and several other instruments, often playing all of these on his albums through the use of multitrack recording. While in school, he studied the oboe and English horn, which he also plays on his albums. Stevens did not learn to play the guitar until his time at Hope College.[25]

Stevens currently lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, in New York City,[26] where he makes up the Brooklyn staff of Asthmatic Kitty Records.[27] His brother Marzuki Stevens is a formerly recognized road runner, who competed in the marathon and other distances.[28]

Career

Stevens began his musical career as a member of Marzuki, a folk-rock band from Holland, Michigan, as well as garage band Con Los Dudes.[25] He also played (and continues to play) various instruments for Danielson Famile. While in his final semester at Hope College, Stevens wrote and recorded his debut solo album, A Sun Came, which he released on Asthmatic Kitty Records.[25] He later moved to New York City, where he enrolled in a writing program at the New School for Social Research. During his time at the New School, Stevens developed a preoccupation with short story that he believed would lead him to write a novel, but ultimately returned him to songwriting.[25]

While in New York, Stevens composed and recorded the music for his second album, Enjoy Your Rabbit, a song cycle based around the animals of the Chinese zodiac that delved into electronica.

Stevens followed this with the first album to be released as a part of his “Fifty States Project”, a collection of folk songs and instrumentals inspired by his home state of Michigan. The result, the expansive Michigan, included odes to cities including Detroit and Flint, the Upper Peninsula, and vacation areas such as Tahquamenon Falls. Melded into the scenic descriptions and characters are his own declarations of faith, sorrow, love, and the regeneration of Michigan.

Following the release of Michigan, Stevens compiled a collection of songs recorded previously into a side project, the album Seven Swans, which was released in March 2004. Stevens did not leave his job in the children’s book division at Time Warner until touring for Seven Swans.[25]

Next he released the second in the 50 states project, titled Illinois. Among the subjects explored on Illinois are the cities of Chicago, Decatur and Jacksonville; the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the death of a friend on Casimir Pulaski Day, the poet Carl Sandburg, and the serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Over the 2005 winter holidays, Stevens recorded an album with Rosie Thomas and Denison Witmer playing banjo and providing vocals. In April 2006, Pitchfork erroneously announced that Stevens and Thomas were having a baby together, but were forced to print a retraction.[29][30][31] Witmer and Thomas later admitted it was an April Fools’ prank.[32] In December 2006, the collaborative recordings were digitally released by Nettwerk as a Rosie Thomas album titled These Friends of Mine. The album was released in physical form on March 13, 2007.

On September 11, 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, Stevens debuted a new composition, a ten-minute-plus piece titled “Majesty Snowbird”.[33][34] On November 21, 2006, a five CD box set Songs for Christmas was released, which contains originals and Christmas standards recorded every year since 2001 (except 2004). Stevens undertook in the project initially as an exercise to make himself ‘appreciate’ Christmas more.[35] The songs were the work of an annual collaboration between Stevens and different collaborators, including minister Vito Aiuto; the songs themselves were distributed to friends and family.

In April 2007, in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, Stevens made unannounced appearances on Thomas’s tour in support of this album. In 2007, he did a Take-Away Show acoustic video session shot by Vincent Moon standing on a roof in Cincinnati.[36] In 2007, he played shows sporadically, including playing at the Kennedy Center to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Stage concerts.[37] He was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music to create a “music and film work” titled The BQE, described as “a symphonic and cinematic exploration of New York City’s infamous Brooklyn-Queens Expressway”.[38] It premiered at BAM’s Next Wave festival on November 1–3, 2007.[39] Stevens has also worked as an essayist, contributing to Asthmatic Kitty Records’ “Sidebar” feature and Topic Magazine.[40] He wrote the introduction to the 2007 edition of The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a short story about his early childhood education and learning to read titled How I Trumped Rudolf Steiner and Overcame the Tribulations of Illiteracy, One Snickers Bar at a Time.[41][42] That winter, he hosted an “Xmas Song Exchange Contest” in which winner Alec Duffy won exclusive rights to the original Stevens song “The Lonely Man of Winter.” The track has never been uploaded, and can now only be heard by attending private listening parties at Duffy’s home in Brooklyn.[43][44]

Stevens has contributed to the music of Denison Witmer, Soul Junk, Half-handed Cloud, Brother Danielson, Danielson Famile, Serena Maneesh, Castanets, Will Stratton, Shannon Stephens, Clare & the Reasons, Little Scream,[45] and Liz Janes. In 2007 alone, Stevens played piano on The National’s album Boxer, produced and contributed many instrumental tracks to Rosie Thomas’s album These Friends of Mine, multiple instruments on Ben + Vesper’s album All This Could Kill You and oboe and vocals to David Garland’s 2007 album Noise in You.

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 is the third album by band Obituary. It was released on April 21. This album marked the return of guitarist Allen West who performed on the debut album.

This album is selling, with over 200,000 copies sold in the U.S. and more than 550,000 worldwide. It reached #16 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart. Also, the band’s new logo introduced on The End Complete is the best selling shirt print in the history of Roadrunner Records.

The End Complete is a solid, if average, death metal album and should please most Obituary fans. Just realize that everything here had already been done better on the previous albums. 

must say this is hell of a great album. If you are looking for cool and heavy yet technical riffs, catchy melodies, doom atmosphere, damnation lyrics, guitar slashing solos and those remarkable guttural vocals from Tardy this is it, this record is the one you are looking for. Not only is considered the best selling death metal album but it marks the evolving path for one of the best death bands who achieved worldwide recognition because of their impressive musical skills.

John Tardy    Allen West   Trevor Peres    Frank Watkins    Donald Tardy 

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Heatseeker, can you climb up all the way to the top of the rope?

Heatseeker: Hell yeah I can!
Slashmark: Darling, do you even know the rope that they mean?
Heatseeker: Don’t matter, I can climb anything!
Slashmark: [sighs]

Mun: Because all their gym activities rely on their playground area rather than a proper gym, they don’t have the rope activity. But yes, he totally could if asked to.

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Billboard 200 Chart 171th 

Top Album Sales 98th

World Albums 1st

Heatseekers Albums 1st

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anonymous asked:

Hi! I was wondering if you could possibly do a list or something of all that Jonghyun has achieved? :3 (Like his degree, single albums, awards etc.) I've been trying to find one for agess as he really inspires me to work hard but i cant find any -_-"

i’m guessing you mean everything that he’s achieved on a personal / individual level? so, not related to shinee unless it’s song he wrote, ect.? because, if so!

arrangement / comp. / writing related achivements

🌟 juliette: juliette [lyrics]
🌟 lucifer: 욕 (obsession) [lyrics]
🌟 sherlock: 알람시계 (alarm clock) [lyrics], 늘 그자리에 (honesty) [lyrics]
🌟 misconceptions of you: spoiler [lyrics]
🌟 misconceptions of me: 오르골 (orgel) [lyrics], dangerous (medusa ii) [lyrics]
🌟 misconceptions of us: 너와 나의 거리 (selene 6.23) [lyrics], 버리고 가 (better off) [lyrics]
🌟 everybody: 상사병 (symptoms) [lyrics]
🌟 odd: odd eye [composition, lyrics, music arrangement, vocal arrangement], view [lyrics]
🌟 married to the music: chocolate [lyrics]
🌟 base: déjà-boo, crazy (guilty pleasure), 할렐루야 (hallelujah), love belt, neon, 할렐루야 (mono-drama), 시간이 늦었어 (beautiful tonight), 할렐루야 (fortune cookie) [wrote the lyrics to every song himself minus “할렐루야 (hallelujah)” which he co-wrote with wheesung. co-composed (with wefreaky) and did the music / vocal arrangements for all songs minus: “crazy (guilty pleasure)”, “할렐루야 (hallelujah)” and “렐루야 (mono-drama)”.]
🌟 story. op. 1: 하루의 끝 (the end of a day), u&i, like you, 산하엽 (skeleton flower), happy birthday, 미안해 (i’m sorry), 2:34am, 그래도 되지 않아? (wouldn’t that be fine?), 내일쯤 (around tomorrow) [wrote the lyrics to every song himself. did the composition, and music / vocal arrangements for all songs with wefreaky.]
🌟 for other artists: 우울시계 (a gloomy clock) [for iu], red candle [for son dam bi], pretty boy [for taemin], playboy [for exo], no more [for lim kim]. [wrote the lyrics to every song himself. did the composition, and music / vocal arrangements for all songs with wefreaky, minus pretty boy which was just lyrics.] currently has another song in the works to give to taemin for his solo comeback.
🌟 for monthly live connection: elevator, 가을이긴 한가 봐 (it must be autumn) [with go young bae of soran], 애월 (愛月) [with jung joon young]. [wrote the lyrics to “elevator” himself and did the composition and music / vocal arrangement with wefreaky. wrote the other two songs and did the composition and music / vocal arrangement with the respective artist that the collaboration was with.]
🌟 tweeted that he created eighty seven demo tracks in 2015 alone.

album achievements

🌟 released two solo albums in one year: the first being his debut solo mini album, base, and the other being, story. op 1, his first collection album.

other music related achivements

🌟 has released three solo osts: so goodbye (for city hunter in 2011), 1 out of 100 (for the king’s dream in 2013), she (for birth of a beauty in 2014) and potentially has a new one set to be released soon.
🌟 started up a segment on his radio show, the man who composes, where he releases songs that he composed and wrote himself mostly based around stories that listeners sent in - every song upon initial release is free of charge to listen to, ect.

awards (nominations and wins)

🌟 won eight times on music shows for “déjà-boo” during his promotional cycle in january 2015. once on inkigayo, m!countdown, music bank, and show champion, and twice on mtv the show and music core.
🌟 nominated (but didn’t win) for best dance song at the 2015 melon music awards for “déjà-boo”.
🌟 nominated for artist of the year and best male artist at the 2015 mnet asian music awards.

charting achivements

🌟 upon it’s release, “déjà-boo” hit the melon roof during it’s first hour of release and proceeded to stay at the first placespot on the melon digital chart (which is the most relevant and popular digital streaming site in south korea) for almost three days running. it debuted at the first place spot on every other digital streaming chart, with the exception of daum and cyworld, as well, sticking there for just as long (if not longer) as it did with melon. it, essentially, achieved an all-kill. it ranked in sixth place on the melon digital streaming chart at the end of it’s first week. (the song was released midway through the week.) the song ranked throughout the entire seven weeks of jonghyun’s promotions of the chart, never dropping below the thirty fifth place on the chart.
🌟 upon it’s first week of release, “déjà-boo” ranked in first place on the gaon digital chart for the week of january 4th - january 10th. it continued to stay in the top twenty on the weekly charts for the five weeks that followed.
🌟 with the exception of the two title tracks, every other song on the mini album (minus “fortune cookie” because it’s only featured on the physical release of the album) ranked in the top forty on the gaon digital chart for the week of january 11th - 17th, aka: their first week of digital release.
🌟 preorder sales for base took the number one spot on the tower records chart. (a japanese chart) it also ranked in first place on itunes japan’s digital chart. on the hanteo weekly charts, it was first place for the first two weeks after it’s released and ranked in first place for it’s first week of release on gaon’s weekly physical chart. it took the first place spot on hanteo’s january monthly chart and the second place on gaon’s january monthly chart. it also ranked first place on hottracks and synnara records’ monthly charts.
🌟 base reached second place on billboard’s world album chart for it’s first week of release before moving up to first place on it’s second. it also reached the top twenty on billboard’s heatseekers chart.
🌟 though the numbers aren’t totally up-to-date, base has sold roughly 75k copies on both the hanteo and gaon’s charts so far this year.
🌟 to date, story. op 1 has sold around 22k copies physically. (this is an album that was not promoted officially nor hyped really.)

[end of the year charts are going to help to be more accurate with these numbers though.]

other entertainment related achivements

🌟 participated in the pilot run of immortal song 2 for four episodes in 2011.
🌟 took on the hosting duties for blue night radio from brown eyed soul’s jungyeop in february 2014; has been hosting the show dilligently ever since.
🌟 participated in the pilot run of mnet’s new music reality show, monthly live connection, in october 2015.
🌟 announced as the first participant in sm’s relay concert series, the agit, in late august 2015 with his solo concert series, the story by jonghyun, which took place for three weeks in october. initially meant to be nine shows, due to all of them selling out incredibly fast, sm added on an extra week / three more shows. he put together the setlists for each show personally himself.
🌟 partook in three guerilla concerts (all for free) to promote both the release of his first collection album and his solo concert series. all of the songs played at the concerts were either performances of songs he’s released himself or rearrangements of songs that he’s given to other artists.
🌟 released his first novel, skeleton flowers: things that have been set free, along with the start of his solo concert series. the novel will be released officially to the public on november 19th.
🌟 if not counting woollim artists or artists from subsidiaries of sm: he’s the first artist from the company to have collaborations / featurings from artists outside of the company on his album.
🌟 the first artist from sm to have double title tracks and promote them consecutively / at the same time.

school related achivements

🌟 dropped out of his “regular” high school to attend seoul arts academy and then dropped out of high school altogether to focus on training to debut as an idol. later went on the receive his ged. attended chungwoon university (alongside onew) where he received his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting music in 2014, and is now attending myjeongji university (alongside key and taemin) where he is attending graduate school / working on his masters degree in film and musicals.

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Seventeen Send Their 'First Love&Letter' to Top 5 of World & Heatseekers Album Charts

The bigger the better, right? After a huge start to their first year on the scene that included a chart-topping EP and a place on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 for 2016 list, Seventeen earns even more accolades with their latest release, First Love&Letter.

The 13-member boy band – the largest currently promoting in Korea – released their first full-length album and it starts at No. 3 on World Albums this week while also debuting at No. 5 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. This is the group’s first appearance on Heatseekers (that sees far less K-pop acts) while it’s their third showing in the Top 10 of World Albums (2015’s 17 Carat peaked at No. 8 and Boys Be hit No. 1).

Seventeen’s First Love&Letter is largely created by the Seventeen boys themselves with the members writing or co-writing every track, and composing or co-composing almost every track. Artists being so involved in the production of their music is rare in K-pop with Seventeen standing out as one of the few acts who take a heavy hand not only in their music compositions, but the group also stages and choreographs their live shows.

First Love&Letter is promoted by the single “Pretty U,” which makes it way onto Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart at No. 3 marking the act’s highest ranking on the chart as the sole lead artist following five previous efforts: “OMG” (an album track which peaked at No. 23), “Fronting” (No. 21), “Rock” (No. 19), “Adore U” (their debut single peaked at No. 13), and “Mansae” (their second official single hit No. 5). The group’s collaboration with K-pop diva Ailee, “Q&A,” only charted better at No. 3.

Seventeen will make their first U.S. appearance when they perform at the East Coast date of K-pop festival and convention KCON 2016 New York this June. The group joins the likes of BTS, MAMAMOO, and their “Q&A” collaborator Ailee at the show that’s set for June 24 and 45, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

[BILLBOARD] Meet WINNER: K-Pop's Exciting New Boy Band

The quintet’s first single was revealed less than three weeks ago and now they have a No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and a Top 10 entry on Heatseekers Albums.

It’s an intrinsic property of the K-pop scene that its stars go through years of training before their public introduction. But for WINNER, the just-debuted boy band that joins BIGBANG2NE1PSY and more at YG Entertainment, that process was rather atypical.

Instead of hitting the market with a debut single, the quintet were introduced on South Korean reality-survival show Who Is Next: WIN which put two potential boy bands from YG in direct competition to let the public vote which would become the act “WINNER.” One hits the K-pop world, the other returns to trainee mode. The five-member outfit of Seungyoon (the band’s leader as well as a singer/composer), Minho (rapper/composer), Taehyun (vocalist/composer),Jinwoo (vocalist) and Seunghoon (rapper), proved victorious in October 2013 with a debut imminent.

After nearly 11 months of silence, WINNER went full-force with their debut dropping a full-length LP led by two singles and accompanying music videos. The 2014 S/S album was a polished, eclectic 10-track set with melancholy, R&B/hip-hop hybrid singles “Empty” and “Color Ring” (see below). Last week, the LP made a strong Billboard debut, selling 1,000 copies and hitting No. 1 on the World Albums chart (this week it’s at No. 11) and No. 6 on Heatseekers Albums, meaning a Billboard 200 debut wasn’t far off.

WINNER’s labelmates Akdong Musician and Lee Hi also earned well-received debuts (AKMU's Play hit No. 2 on World Albums, No. 20 on Heatseekers) as did newbie K-pop boy band GOT7 (a No. 1 on World Albums). But from a chart perspective, WINNER seems to be, well, winning. 

When the band was in New York shooting for their album jacket, Billboard met up with the guys to get their thoughts as 2014’s most unusual rookies.

After nearly 11 months of silence, WINNER went full-force with their debut dropping a full-length LP led by two singles and accompanying music videos. The 2014 S/S album was a polished, eclectic 10-track set with melancholy, R&B/hip-hop hybrid singles “Empty” and “Color Ring” (see below). Last week, the LP made a strong Billboard debut, selling 1,000 copies and hitting No. 1 on the World Albums chart (this week it’s at No. 11) and No. 6 on Heatseekers Albums, meaning a Billboard 200 debut wasn’t far off.

WINNER’s labelmates Akdong Musician and Lee Hi also earned well-received debuts (AKMU's Play hit No. 2 on World Albums, No. 20 on Heatseekers) as did newbie K-pop boy band GOT7 (a No. 1 on World Albums). But from a chart perspective, WINNER seems to be, well, winning. 

When the band was in New York shooting for their album jacket, Billboard met up with the guys to get their thoughts as 2014’s most unusual rookies.

In a hotel cafe near Times Square, WINNER quickly points out their hope to be viewed differently from their pre-debut status in the reality show. "That was us literally practicing and not being pros,“ the band says via translator. "That wasn’t even 10 percent. This is our image and this is who we are now as professional artists. There is so much more for everyone to see. And this is what we’re going to show everyone from now.”

While a sizable fanbase did fall in love with their persona on Who Is Next, WINNER debuted with a fresh supermodel concept; perhaps as a play to distinguish themselves from "Bad Boy" band BIGBANG. The guys went hardcore with the concept not only with the record’s title playing off common fashion-world terminology, but WINNER even walked down a catwalk at the album’s launch event.

While they can differentiate themselves from an aesthetic standpoint, WINNER admit to feeling pressured on how to be separate from YG’s other boy band.

“One of the things that was our on our shoulders was the title of being ‘the continuation of BIGBANG,’” the guys reflect. “That’s why we’re really making an effort to show our different color. Whether it be our clothing or style, we won’t try to imitate. We’ll really try to figure out what’s different, what’s really more our own, and show our own image.”

It wasn’t just BIGBANG comparisons stressing the guys out, either.

“We are a bit worried because Lee Hi and Akdong Musician succeeded greatly,” WINNER add of their chart-topping labelmates. “We’d be so grateful if we succeeded to that level and got No. 1. We don’t let that pressure get to us. We just want to make really good music, show that we’re YG’s next boy band and that we want to share our good music with you. If we can, as a new artist, show that and if people enjoy it, we would be grateful. We see that as succeeding.”

Despite their victories, WINNER hasn’t forgotten about those they came up with. When asked about their competition in Who Is Next, currently known as “Team B,” WINNER is hopeful to compete against their past rivals again.

“After we won, we were able to go produce and get ready for our album,” the guys explain. “Meanwhile, Team B had to practice again and go back to how it used to be. Though, through the YG Family concerts we were able to go on stage together and have an opportunity to perform with them again and that was great. We felt very emotional at that point because we work well together and we really help each other succeed…Even in the future, we hope we’ll be competitors and friends. Family, but healthy competition to help each other grow.”

Minho also shows love for another group he left behind, Block B, as the 21-year-old almost debuted as a part of the male outfitunder a different label years ago. “I feel with WINNER, I found home,” Minho says. “Block B was a cherished memory and a good experience with the practice. No regrets. But really, it’s about WINNER. I found home with WINNER. So this is a real debut.”

And with that real debut, WINNER is ready to hit the ground running after keeping fans waiting. While the guys eye solo debuts one day (“Every member really has talent, credentials and different appeals to come out as solo,” says Seungyoon) and collabs with YG acts (“We’ve been able to work with BIGBANG onstage and do little collaborations. That was awesome and amazing”), it’s WINNER’s time to reconnect with the fans that watched them on TV and to find new ones.

“We prepared a lot between the debut and after the broadcast,” Seungyoon concludes. “I really hope WINNER’s music can be energizing to people, make them feel happy and hopeful and that they’re really winners themselves. Thank you, we love you and thank you for waiting for us.”

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