SuperM has arrived. Together, they are an industry team of aces, pairing powerful performance with immense individual skill in dancing, singing, and rapping. Kai, an often blush-inducing dancer, has pulled the arms of his sweater over his hands to create soft paws and is hiding behind them as he whispers to giggling rapper Lucas. One by one, each member relaxes into their chairs and widens the gap between their slick onstage personas and their sweeter offstage selves. Taeyong looks softer than his icy rapper persona as he yawns and stretches, the blinding silver highlight on his cheeks catching the sun as he adjusts the waves of his purple hair. Ten, usually a brooding dancer , is disarmingly friendly. When performing, Taemin is wickedly villainous, sensual, and sophisticated.
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A palette of hair colors — aquamarine, silver, shades of gold — popped against monochrome clothing as the seven members of SuperM filed into a backstage room at Madison Square Garden. In a matter of minutes, the group from South Korea would take the stage for the first time at one of the biggest venues in the biggest city in the U. Outside on this Tuesday evening in November, enthusiasm buzzed for the newly formed K-pop supergroup, comprised of artists considered to be some of the best performers in the industry. Within two months of their debut, they had already hit No. The founder of SM, Lee Soo-man, selected the seven members himself.
Assembling the “Avengers of K-pop”
Seven hours before the K-pop band SuperM took the stage for their sold-out show at the Forum last week, crowds were already packed outside the venue. No one needed to be there so early. Taeyong, the seventh, was a bit worse for wear, clutching his stomach in agony from an unspecified illness. He powered through the shivering to silently nod hello to a Times reporter, before beelining back to the dressing room to recover. Still, the band felt prepared for the night. But now, I can definitely say I feel more confident about where I am. In October, the band set a record for debut week sales by a K-pop act, and topped the Billboard album charts with their self-titled EP. These seven young men, none older than 27, face the all-consuming demands of K-pop celebrity and an industry going through a time of profound self-reflection and change.
The well-coiffed guys from the new K-pop supergroup, SuperM , are sitting around a conference room at the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, and feeling like they may have left something on the table. Two days earlier, the seven-piece unit — put together using members from four established K-pop boy bands — had shut down an intersection in the heart of Hollywood and made their live debut before more than 5, frenzied fans, some of whom had lined up for days just to get a prime spot to see the guys perform. For SuperM, the outdoor show — which was also streamed live worldwide on YouTube — served as their official group debut as well, with the boy band finally being introduced to the world after months of secrecy. After years of breaking all sorts of records in Asia but remaining relatively unknown in the States, the crossover success of bands like BTS and Blackpink have given entertainment companies like SM a renewed interest in reaching the international market, with the U. At 27, Baekhyun is the oldest member of SuperM, and has unofficially acquired the title of group leader. Taemin, the second oldest member at 26, is from SHINee, considered one of the veterans of K-pop, after having debuted in Fueled by massive buzz for the song and album, SuperM announced this week that they will be hitting the road for a North American tour , kicking off November 11th in Fort Worth, Texas.