Always ones to push the limits of how large a K-pop group can be, Korean entertainment behemoth SM Entertainment launched its lofty NCT venture in 2016. A team with rotational members and limitless amounts of unit groups, NCT has aspirations for global domination and this year has begun with a new iteration: NCT 2018.
Less of a group and more of a project header, NCT 2018 will see multiple releases from the currently-active members of NCT and release an album next month.
1. There Are 18 Members
Since 2016, SM Entertainment has slowly rolled-out the K-pop stars who are part of the larger NCT project. By the end of 2017, there were 15 NCT members, but the new year brought the addition of three more: Jungwoo, Kun and Lucas. The 18 men hail from half a dozen countries, with the majority of NCT coming from South Korea (Taeyong, Taeil, Jaehyun, Doyoung, Jisung, Jaemin, Jungwoo, Jeno, and Haechan) and China (WinWin, Kun, Renjun, and Chenle; Lucas is from Hong Kong). Others are from the United States (Johnny), Canada (Mark), Thailand (Ten) and Japan (Yuta).
2. “Boss” Is Just The First of Six Already-Announced Music Videos
The temporary unit-based team NCT U released “Boss” earlier this week, and it’s only the start of what NCT 2018 will show us. Though it’s unknown as to when they’ll be out, SM Entertainment has confirmed that there will be six music videos coming out of the NCT 2018 project.
3. Previous NCT Teams 127, U, & Dream Will Be Represented
NCT U already released one song, but NCT Dream — the underage members of the group — and NCT 127, the Seoul-oriented team, will also put out new music as part of NCT 2018. Not much else is known about the other three music videos but Ten, who was part of the first NCT U lineup in 2016 and released the stand-out “Dream In A Dream” last year, revealed that he will partake in a duet.
4. There Are A Lot of Behind-The-Scenes Videos
Only one music video has been released so far but since the release of the first “Yearbook” video on Jan. 30 there has been practically new goodies for fans each day including livestreams aired through the Naver V Live app, behind-the-scenes videos, the NCTMentary series, and two intro “Yearbook” videos. Plenty of other NCT 2018-related content is planned to be released through April, according to SM Entertainment.
5. The Songs Won’t Be Available Until The Album Is Released
Though it’s become the norm for artists to drop pre-released tracks to go onto digital music platforms ahead of the albums, “Boss” has yet to be made available to stream or buy digitally and that’s not going to change for a few weeks. “Boss” and the other songs that are part of the NCT 2018 project won’t be released until next month, when the album drops. No information is confirmed regarding the album’s title, its tracklist, or a release date, but in the meantime NCTzens — the band’s fandom — can catch NCT U performing “Boss” on Korean television programs beginning this week.