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Hip Hop boy group MONSTA X ready for summer romance with new DP

All Headlines 19:36 May 18, 2016

By Chung Joo-won

SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean hip hop boy band MONSTA X returned to the K-pop scene with its third and latest EP on Wednesday, heralding a fiery competition among K-pop idols in the upcoming summer season.

MONSTA X released its first mini EP "The clan Part. 1 Lost" at 12 a.m. on major music streaming and downloading services. Loaded with six songs, the new album is meant to please the eyes and ears of K-pop lovers with a creative blend of music, fashion and video art, according to Starship Entertainment. The EP is the first of MONSTA X's "The Clan" project.

The seven-member act, with Shownu, Wonho, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Jooheon and I.M, rocked the stage clad head-to-toe in white with two songs, "Ex Girl" and "All In," in the media showcase that was held in southeastern Seoul.

MONSTA X members turned on the stage with a gentle start with mellow pop R&B track "Ex Girl," a song describing a man's wholehearted regret about the one that got away.

Two members of the group, Jooheon and I.M., had a hand in writing the lyrics for it.

"We tried to go with a different style this time, in sort of a moody, melancholy style," said Jooheon. "In the earlier songs, we've shown the most of our rough image, with kicking moves and all."

Meanwhile, the boy band did not miss a bit of its trademark wild, explosive image.

MONSTA X's signature sound is a hip hop blend of powerful sound and future bass. The lead track "All In," or "Geol Uh" in Korean, is the latest version of that devil-may-care attitude.

"By the song's title, 'All In' we meant to bet all you have for a limitless, dashing love," said Jooheon. "The beats are powerful and yet, the melody is quite melancholic and touchy."

MONSTA X showed somewhat restrained ambitions for the No. 1 spot in music shows.

"I don't feel any tension or sense of rivalry against other boy bands like iKON and Seventeen. We hang out a lot in the waiting rooms," said Wonho.

However, the singer was more than confident about the new album.

"I want all of you to make an all-in bet on us," Wonho said.

Minhyuk, on the other hand, jovially complained that he lost so much weight while preparing for the new album that he felt like "having bet his life" on the album, thirsty for more awards.

"I hope we win more awards this year than last year. We got the rookie's award last year, so this year, it'd be great to go for the performance award and the album bestseller's award."

Kihyun, the youngest of the band, wished for a successful career for the team.

"I'd bet it all to have an exclusive concert by the year."

jwc@yna.co.kr
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