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Aespa drops sophomore mini-album ‘Girls’

  • K-pop quartet Aespa released their sophomore mini-album “Girls” and a music video for the lead track on Friday.
  • The album features nine songs, including new tracks “Lingo” and “ICU,” Korean- and English-language versions of “Life’s Too Short” and previously released tracks such as “Black Mamba,” “Forever” and “Dreams Come True.”
  • “Girls” has already shattered records for reaching the highest number of stock pre-orders of any K-pop girl group, surpassing previous record holder Blackpink for “The Album” in 2020.
  • In addition to releasing their new mini-album, Aespa debuted on “Good Morning America” to kick off the show’s

K-pop quartet Aespa finally dropped their anticipated sophomore mini-album “Girls” and a music video for the lead track on Friday.

In addition to the song “Girls,” the album features eight other tracks. Newcomers “Lingo” and “ICU” are joined by pre-releases “Illusion” and  “Life’s Too Short,”  the group’s first English-language song which they debuted on Coachella’s main stage in April. 

Aespa take it to the ‘Next Level’ by delivering speech at the United Nations

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  • K-pop girl group Aespa addressed the United Nations at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York on Tuesday, delivering a speech about sustainable development in the real world and advancement in the metaverse.
  • The speech, which was part of this year’s UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, marked SM Entertainment’s first initiative since it became the first Korean entertainment company to join the UN Global Compact.
  • While it is SM Entertainment's first time joining the UN initiative, Aespa has worked with the international organization before, having performed their songs “Next Level” and “Black Mamba” with the Goyang Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the 2021 UN Day Concert.
  • Aespa’s recent stop in New York is part of their promotions in the U.S. for their upcoming album “Girls.”

K-pop girl group Aespa delivered a speech at this year’s United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on Tuesday.

Standing in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, the group gave their speech concerning the importance of sustainable development in the real world and advancement in the metaverse.

Aespa slated for first-time appearances on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and ‘Good Morning America’

  • Aespa is slated to perform their new English track “Life’s Too Short” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on June 29, followed by “Good Morning America” on July 8 to open the news program’s summer concert series.
  • The girl group quartet wrapped up their two day L.A. performance “Showcase SYNK” at the YouTube Theatre this past Monday.
  • Their appearance at the summer concert series on July 8 is the same day as the release for their mini album, “Girls.”
  • “Girls” will feature the namesake title track, a Korean and English version of “Life’s Too Short,” the early digital release of “Illusion” and previous digital tracks like “Dreams Come True.”

Aespa is slated to perform their new English track “Life’s Too Short” in their first appearances on both “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Good Morning America.” 

SM Entertainment announced on June 25 that the group would appear on the June 29 episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airing at 11:35 p.m. ET. 

Aespa makes English-language track debut with ‘Life’s Too Short’

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  • K-pop girl quartet Aespa dropped their first English language song today called “Life’s Too Short.”
  • Originally performed at their Coachella debut, “Life’s Too Short” is one of two pre-releases alongside “Illusion” featured in their upcoming second mini album “Girls” out on July 8.
  • The sophomore mini album includes the namesake title track, “Illusion,” the English and Korean version of “Life’s Too Short” and previously released songs “Black Mamba,” “Forever” and “Dreams Come True.”
  • Aespa has an upcoming two-day showcase at the YouTube Theatre in Los Angeles on June 26-27 called “Showcase SYNK.”

After performing the song for the first time at Coachella’s main stage earlier this year, Aespa officially dropped their first English-language track, “Life’s Too Short.”

Part of the pre-release for their upcoming sophomore mini-album “Girls,” the music video for “Life’s Too Short” sees Aespa members Winter, Karina, Ningning and Giselle in a glossy early 2000s style, crooning about living their best lives while ignoring naysayers and the toxicity of people and social media. An earlier pre-release called “Illusion” surprised fans at the beginning of this month.

Aespa surprises fans with new song ‘Illusion’ before announcing comeback album

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  • SM Entertainment's Aespa dropped a new surprise song “Illusion” alongside news of their mini-album “Girls” slated for July 8.
  • The mini-album will feature nine tracks total: three previously released tracks “Black Mamba,” “Forever” and “Dreams Come True,” as well as six new songs, “Lingo,” “ICU,” “Illusion," title track “Girls" and two versions of "Life's Too Short."
  • Aespa performed the English version of “Life’s Too Short” at Coachella earlier this year and will release a digital version of the song on June 24.
  • The quartet, consisting of members Winter, Karina, Ningning and Giselle, recently made the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list last month.
  • SM Entertainment also announced today that the group has signed a partnership deal with Warner Records.

K-pop girl group Aespa dropped a surprise new song “Illusion” as part of a comeback announcement for their upcoming mini-album “Girls.”

Set for release on July 8, “Girls” will feature nine tracks in total, six of which are new. Aside from “Illusion” and the title track “Girls,” the new songs include the tracks “Lingo,” “ICU” and both a Korean- and English-language version of “Life’s Too Short.” The group performed the English version of “Life’s Too Short” during their set at Coachella’s main stage earlier this year and will drop it as a single on June 24.  

Aespa harassed during their performance at all-boys school, photos posted online with sexual comments

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  • K-pop girl group Aespa was harassed during their performance on Monday at an all-boys high school, the alma mater of their label founder Lee Soo-man.
  • Four boys rushed the stage uninvited and took selfies with the girls, which were then posted online with sexually inapporiate comments.
  • The girls were also rushed at and touched while leaving the school, leading many netizens to criticize SM Entertainment for not providing enough security for the group.
  • Kyungbock High School has since issued an apology letter to SM Entertainment over the incident but took the apology down after it was met with criticism for blaming outsiders rather than taking responsibility for their students actions.

During their recent performance at an all-boys school, K-pop girl group Aespa was caught off guard when students rushed the stage and took photos with them, some of which were later posted online with sexual comments.

Coming off the heels of a historic performance on Coachella’s main stage, Aespa was invited to perform Monday at Kyungbock High School in Seoul during a school festival. The high school is the alma mater of Lee Soo-man, head of Aespa’s label SM Entertainment. Per tradition, many new SM groups have performed at the school.

‘Dreams Come True’: K-pop girl group Aespa to perform on Coachella’s main stage

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  • K-pop girl group Aespa announced today that they will perform on Coachella’s main stage during weekend two of the festival, on April 23rd. It will be the group’s first live concert performance in the U.S.
  • Aespa is the first K-pop girl group to perform on the music festival’s main stage after Blackpink became the first ever to perform at Coachella when they took to the Sahara stage in 2019.
  • According to a press release from the group’s label SM Entertainment, Aespa will perform their hit songs “Black Mamba,” “Next Level” and “Savage” in addition to an unreleased track.
  • The group’s first and only other performance in the U.S. was in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade last November.

Aespa made fans’ “Dreams Come True” when it was announced today that they will make their U.S. concert debut by performing at Coachella during its second week. They will be the first K-pop girl group to perform on the music festival’s main stage. 

Blackpink originally made history by becoming the first ever K-pop girl group to perform at the festival when they took to the Sahara Stage in 2019. Other Korean artists like Epik High, Bibi and Jackson Wang have already rocked the festival during its first weekend. 2NE1 leader CL even surprised fans with a group reunion performance. 

Personal Instagram of Aespa’s Ningning is allegedly hacked over her celebration of Team China’s Olympics win

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  • An unidentified hacker allegedly gained access to Aespa member Ningning’s personal Instagram account.
  • The hacker leaked information about some of the Instagram accounts she follows, including those of Blackpink, Ed Sheeran and BTS members Suga and J-Hope.
  • Aespa fans, collectively known as MYs, reportedly discovered it to be Ningning’s account after noticing that Aespa’s stylists and the artist’s known friends were following it.
  • MYs urged SM Entertainment, Aespa’s label, to protect its talents amid the ongoing backlash aimed at Ningning for sharing a post that celebrated Team China’s recent gold medal win in speed skating.

K-pop fans are urging SM Entertainment to protect its talents after the personal Instagram account of Aespa member Ningning was hacked by an allegedly outraged South Korean social media user.

The hacking incident happened days after Ningning, whose real name in Chinese is Ning Yi Zhuo, was attacked by South Korean social media users after she celebrated Team China’s recent gold medal win in speed skating at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Girls On Top: K-pop’s latest supergroup includes BoA, members of Red Velvet, Aespa, Girls’ Generation

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South Korean label SM Entertainment has announced the formation of its first female supergroup, Girls On Top, or simply GOT.

Who they are: The group, which will debut in January 2022, will consist of seven members from SM’s existing female acts. This makes them the apparent female parallel to the label’s own SuperM, which debuted in August 2019 and was called the “Avengers of K-Pop.”

K-pop group Aespa told not to look at hospital on NYC tour, because US medical care is too expensive

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K-pop girl group Aespa is cementing their place in the U.S. music scene with their recent reappearance on the Billboard 200 chart and a pair of TV appearances this week.

Billboard comeback: The quartet, composed of Karina, Ningning, Giselle and Winter — along with their avatars — re-entered the Billboard 200 with their first mini-album and first-ever physical release, “Savage.” The album reached the 85th spot on the chart for the week ending on Dec. 11.