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Boy band Monsta X grateful for recent U.S. breakthrough

Art/Culture 23:03 May 26, 2020

SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- K-pop act Monsta X on Tuesday thanked fans for helping them achieve a career-changing success in the United States earlier this year.

"All we have are happy memories when looking back. Our hearts swell up with emotions," Monsta X rapper I.M, whose real name is Im Chang-kyun, said during a media showcase for the band's new EP album, "Fantasia X," held in Seoul.

Monsta X made huge strides in the U.S. market earlier this year, with their first English-language record, "All About Luv," reaching as high as No. 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in February.

The group, signed to Starship Entertainment, became the third K-pop act ever, after BTS and SuperM, to make the top five on the album tally.

During their media promotion blitz in America, the six-man act landed appearances on several music shows on major networks, including NBC and MTV.

"It was such an honor and blessing for us to be able to appear on such programs. We know it was due to fan requests," I.M noted.

The group's Japanese single album released last month topped the country's Oricon chart. The band also performed at the MDL Beast Fest held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last December.

"We think the ever-shifting nature of K-pop, constantly transforming accordingly with the times and genres, is the charm of K-pop," the band said.

"Fantasia X" is Monsta X's first Korean-language album in seven months. It has brought together all of the band's six members, including main rapper Jooheon, who has been absent due to health issues. Its release, originally scheduled for May 11, was postponed following a back injury of member Shownu.

This photo provided by Starship Entertainment shows boy band Monsta X posing for photos during a media showcase for the group's new EP record, "Fantasia X," held in Seoul on May 26, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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