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aespa’s ‘Next Level’ Comeback Single Tops The iTunes Song Charts In 26 Countries

by Serena Martinez / May 18, 2021 07:42 AM EDT
Aespa in Black Mamba Music Video

The new comeback single of the K-pop rookie group aespa seems to be going well! The group's label SM Entertainment reported that as of May 18, "Next Level" is currently in the top rankings of the iTunes Song Charts in 26 counties.

In South Korea, the song hit #1 on music platforms such as Bugs and Genie Music. With the song currently at the top of the big music charts, the group is now getting more attention, not just in South Korea but also in other parts of the world!

The "Next Level" music video was released on YouTube on May 17, 2021, at 8 p.m. KST. The song is actually a remake of A$ton Wyld's single, which was part of the original soundtrack of "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." The music video features all four members of the group as well as their "AI selves."

For those who are curious about the song, their agency stated that the lyrics of "Next Level" tells the story of the "aespa" members, their alter egos called "ae," and their journey to KWANGYA in search of the "Black Mamba" that is the cause of "disturbing aespa and ae's SYNK, descending the world into chaos."

The hype didn't stop there as a live broadcast event called "Next Level of aespa" happened on the group's official VLIVE channel just after the music video dropped. 

It has been 6 months since aespa made its debut in November 2020 with its first hit single, "Black Mamba." In February, the group released a special remake single titled "Forever," but it felt like record label SM Entertainment did not even make an effort in promoting the release.

The moving teaser that was released just days before the comeback music video starts with a mysterious light shines on an ordinary street in the middle of the night, taking the viewers into the world of Kwangya. Kwangya, in the "aespa universe," is an artificial realm in which the human members of "aespa" connect with their respective æ-aespa counterparts.

This is, without a doubt, a great comeback for one awesome girl group. Pretty sure fans are definitely waiting for more of aespa in the future.

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