Group MONSTA X has expressed their feelings that are drawing attention from the U.S. and Japan beyond Korea.
On the 26th, the showcase for the release of MONSTA X (Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon, I.M)’s new mini album “FANTASIA X” was broadcast live online.
“Fantasia X” is an album that presents MONSTA X‘s ever-expanding view of the world, and contains the message “Your Value Without Change.” With this album, MONSTA X expresses its determination not to lose its initial commitment and will never be weakened.
The title track “FANTASIA” is a song that stands out from the energetic and powerful signature of MONSTA X, conveying the spirit and energy of breaking everything that stands in the way. It will be a much stronger and more mature aura than before.
In the five years since its debut, MONSTA X has grown into a global artist through 25 world tours in 20 cities around the world and a Jingle Ball tour with 120,000 audiences in six U.S. cities. Recalling the Jingle Ball tour that took place for two consecutive years, Hyungwon said, “It was different for the Jingle Ball tour to be with singers who do music that we usually listen to and meet 100,000 audiences.”
Earlier, MONSTA X drew attention by releasing its first full-length English album in February. The album also showed off its fifth-place finish on the U.S. Billboard 200. I.M. said, “The Korean album featured a lot of intense and powerful music, while the American album did a lot of soft and easy-to-listening pop music,” adding, “I wanted to show that MONSTA X is not limited to any genre, but has the potential to do a wide range of music.”
The identity of K-pop, defined by the rising K-pop group MONSTA X, was also different. Minhyuk said, “I think it’s more attractive to be a chameleon that changes with the times than to set its identity. Various changes are the identity of K-pop.”
MONSTA X is also doing well in Japan, ranking first on the Oricon Chart. About his popularity in Japan, Hyungwon said, “It’s been a while since we debuted in Japan, but we shared our hearts and communicated through albums, broadcasts, and concerts. So, he loved us for a long time.” He said, “In the Japanese version, a local producer. I think they thought it was good for Japanese people to listen comfortably because they worked with composers. We can’t greet you in person now because COVID19 is limiting our activities not only in Japan but also elsewhere, but we would like to meet you on a better stage if things get better,” he said.
Meanwhile, the album “FANTASIA X,” which features the culmination of MONSTA X, will be released on various online music sites at 6 p.m.