Production team for Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and more craft a sweeping R&B-pop track for the K-pop boy band
Remarkably, K-pop boy band SHINee have promoted two Korean albums and two Japanese singles all within the first 10 months of the year. For their third (!) Korean promotion of 2013, the quintet kick things off with Western hitmakers the Underdogs -- who have crafted vocally-impressive hits like Beyonce's "Listen," Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music" and Jordin Sparks' "No Air."
For the first taste of their "Everybody" EP, out October 14, the boys served new track "Symptoms," an Underdogs production.
For SHINee, the Underdogs created with a woozy, electronic production over a snappy R&B beat. "Symptoms" takes an aural shift at just 18 seconds in, leading up to a sweeping chorus allowing Onew, Jonghyun, Key, Minho, and Taemin to showcase their signature harmonies over a banging piano production.
The two-minute track precedes "Everybody," the EP's title track and promoted single. According to a teaser video for "Everybody," and a highlight medley for the EP (below), the track will be heavily-influenced by EDM and dubstep -- a curveball from the quintet's sugary bubblegum pop, hook-driven confections a la "Dream Girl" and "Why So Serious?"
Though for fans who can't decide whether they like the boy band with R&B influences or EDM-ified SHINee, the highlight medley indicates the EP will be feature tracks of both genres.
Throughout the year, SHINee has worked hard to land big chart success. Single "Dream Girl" peaked at No. 3 on the K-Pop Hot 100 in February while "Why So Serious?" landed at No. 16 in June. On the Japan Hot 100, the ballad "Fire" hit No. 7 in March while the pop-rock single "Boys Meet U" zoomed to No. 2 in August.