K-pop boy band Monsta X has entered a new era by signing with Epic Records, the act announced today. The Korean septet signed with the Los Angeles-based label for their English language recordings and worldwide distribution, excluding South Korea.
“We are thrilled to join the Epic Family alongside some of the artists we admire the most. This is like a dream come true and we still can’t believe that this is happening to us. We can’t thank our [fandom] Monbebe enough for their endless support and for making everything possible,” said Monsta X in a statement.
The news follows the start of the group’s 2019 We Are Here world tour, which began in Seoul last month and will see them perform in 17 more cities throughout Asia, Europe, North and South Americas, and Australia.
"K-pop has indelibly impacted the global conversation and influenced culture everywhere," said Epic Records Chairman and CEO Sylvia Rhone in a statement. "At the top of that conversation, you’ll find Monsta X. They’re ushering the genre into the future with an original style befitting of their experience, passion, and diverse influences. We’re honored to welcome them to the Epic Records family."
Monsta X most recently peaked at No. 4 on the World Albums chart in April with the release of their Take.2 We Are Here album. Their single "Play It Cool" with Steve Aoki peaked at No. 20 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart the same month.