One of the biggest takeaways international audiences have of K-pop is how huge their group sizes are compared to Western acts. Now, a new boy band is looking to stretch viewers minds even wider.
Meet Seventeen. Despite their name, the goup has 13 members, which makes them the largest pop act, member-wise, in Korea. The outfit just made their debut on the K-pop scene with their genre-bending single “Adore U,” which blends funky pop-rock and ’90s hip-hop vibes. Despite so many dudes, “Adore U” does a pretty good job distributing lines and camera time in the accompanying music video.
Check out what a new-age version of One Direction might look like with triple the members and some choreography lessons below:
Seventeen are made up of members from Korea, China and America with the youngest, Dino (look out for him at the 0:41 mark), at age 16, and the eldest being the group’s 20-year-old leader S.Coups (see him at 1:15). Member Woozi (0:51) wrote and produced “Adore U,” while Hoshi (0:16) took part in creating the video’s choreography.
Seventeen has been a project in the works for nearly three years for Korean record label Pledis Entertainment — home to popular acts like girl groups After School and Orange Caramel, solo diva Son Dam Bi and fellow boy band NU’EST. K-pop fans came to know the boys through their Korean reality show Seventeen Project that showed their training up until their debut.
Seventeen’s EP 17 Carat dropped Friday and features five tracks, including “Adore U” along with “Shining Diamond,” which fans saw the band premiere live on Seventeen Project.
Now, the question remains… Is the bigger the better here? Korea’s 10-member boy band EXO just earned the largest sales week ever for a K-pop album in America after releasing their Exodus LP earlier this year. Can Seventeen find a similar boy-band fate?