Stray Kids’ New Album ROCK-STAR: Job interview

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It is been an in particular wild yr for K-pop group Stray Children. Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, HAN, Felix, Seungmin, and I.N have checked very a handful of accomplishments off the bucket record this yr, and after a debut effectiveness at the VMAs, the 8-member team bagged the trophy for Best K-Pop. 2023 also noticed the mainly self-manufactured act acquire on an encore of their “MANIAC” tour with two marketed-out stadium dates in Los Angeles, roll out an amazing amount of new audio, and carry on to build their stateside presence with an visual appearance on the Billboard Music Awards.

This week, they secured a further accolade by cracking into the Billboard Scorching 100 for the very first time with their most recent high-powered one, “LALALALA,” off their new LP, ROCK-STAR. The eight-observe task follows this summer’s 5-STAR, a equally significant-powered, extremely-self-assured listen driven by Stray Kids’ 3RACHA, the unit name beneath which Bang Chan, Changbin, and HAN do the job. Now, with the release of ROCK-STAR, Bang Chan also crossed a significant specific threshold — he is credited on crafting 180 music, creating him the third most-credited K-pop idol in the Korean New music Copyright Association.

While Bang Chan was most fired up for followers, recognized as STAYs, to hear that aim observe, he enjoys the “really diverse” listening encounter made available in ROCK-STAR. HAN recalls “Blind Spot” as his most loved of the bunch to have labored on, whilst Changbin denotes album opener “MEGAVERSE” as the observe that gets him the most amped. “When you listen to it, you’ll be like, ‘Why is my system transferring?’ It is that type of music,” he points out. out?v=dBDkYofMUs4

Stray Kids typically favor a wild, experimental beat that can pair properly with a wild and to some degree experimental overall performance — “COMFLEX,” for 1, characteristics a siren-like intro, a genuinely sassy pre-chorus, and rap trade-offs between Changbin and HAN, the most current illustration of Stray Little ones “toss it all in, hit report, and see what happens” approach. But for how playfully noisy they are onstage, their idol personas quickly soften into far more comfortable spaces, too. “I love looking at video clips — in particular cat video clips,” states Lee Know. “He’s a genuinely healthful idol,” Seungmin confirms knowingly.

It is not just their collective musical footprint helping Stray Kids grow in recognition these times manufacturer ambassadorships, like Felix’s perform with Louis Vuitton, have ongoing to press the group’s name into extra and a lot more large-profile areas. “Of program that’s [something I’m proud of], but I’m seriously seeking forward to our comeback,” Felix notes. “The year is practically about, and I’m actually happy that we’re ready to close this calendar year on these kinds of a favourable take note. We’ve labored tough up till the close of this year to prepare for a strong comeback, and the truth that we can demonstrate so quite a few Keep new factors of our group has been generating me sense very happy these times.”

I.N, the youngest of the bunch, describes the associates as the 1 point he’s primarily grateful for as of late, which prompts his more mature bandmates to ask if he would like to treat them all to supper that evening. “Let’s shift on to the up coming issue,” is their maknae‘s cheeky response.

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