GLOBAL POP PHENOMENON NCT 127 ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN ARENA TOUR, LAUNCHING JUNE 5 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
COMING TO THE ‘FABULOUS’ FORUM ON JUNE 19
Tickets Go On Sale Friday, February 28
Pre-Order Underway For New Album, The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 NEO ZONE,’
Set For March 6 Release
Combined Global Streams Of NCT 127’s Songs Top One Billion
“NCT 127 is already one of the biggest U.S. chart success stories in the K-pop game and that looks ready to continue with their upcoming full-length album.” – Forbes
LOS ANGELES (February 25, 2020) — Today, Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127 announced its 2020 North American tour. The headline run will bring the band to even larger venues than those of its sold-out 2019 arena tour. NCT 127 will kick off the outing at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on June 5 and play the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood on June 19. See below for full itinerary. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 28, at 10 am local time at http://www.nct127official.com/#tour. NCT 127 will also perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 10, marking the first time a K-pop band has played the event.
Rolling Stone hailed NCT 127 as “a phenomenon-upon-arrival” in a review of the opening night of their 2019 tour and noted, “NCT 127 were given the Beatles’ welcome.” The New York Times observed, “NCT 127 showed off pneumatically intense dance moves firmly in the Wade Robson and Laurieann Gibson traditions.” MTV News said, “With their first solo arena show, NCT 127 proved that they have the right stuff to become the Next Big Thing™ here in the U.S. — the charisma, the power, the precision…”
The band’s new album, The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone,’ will be released on March 6 via SM Entertainment Co., Ltd. with Capitol Music Group/Caroline. Forbes observed “NCT 127 is already one of the biggest U.S. chart success stories in the K-pop game and that looks ready to continue with their upcoming full-length album.” Billboard said, “Fans of K-pop boy band NCT 127 aren’t going to get much sleep in weeks to come…[with the rollout of] an intense pre-album teaser schedule full of new NCT 127 content.”
NCT 127 is previewing the new album with the Neo Zone Chart Show at http://nct127.com/. Through February 25, fans could hear snippets of the album’s tracks and vote for their favorites via Instagram and Twitter to unlock exclusive content. The video with the highest score will have a special gift revealed later. The band has also posted a timeline, video teasers, photos and more via social media. The video for “Kick It,” the album’s first single, will be released on March 5.
There will be three physical versions of the album: the N version, the C version and the T version. Each CD edition will have unique packaging, photos and other content. The N and C editions and the digital edition of The 2nd Album ‘NCT #127 Neo Zone’ are available for pre-order HERE. The T version will be available at a later date.
Across all of their songs, NCT 127 has racked up more than one billion global streams combined, including 360 million streams in the U.S. The 2019 EP NCT #127 WE ARE SUPERHUMAN was a smash, entering the Billboard 200 at No. 11 and charting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums, Top Album Sales, World Albums and Independent Albums charts. Combined global streams of the EP have surpassed 111 million. NCT 127 was the first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart.
Billboard and Refinery29 named NCT 127’s “Highway to Heaven” as one of the Best K-pop songs of 2019. The single debuted as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1. In 2019, the band was nominated for an MTV VMA and a Teen Choice award. NCT 127 was the first K-pop group to perform at the MTV EMA. The band’s numerous U.S. television performances include “TODAY,” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” “Good Morning America,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
NCT 127 is the acronym for “Neo Culture Technology” and the number 127, which represents the longitudinal coordinate of Seoul, Korea, the home of K-pop. The band made its debut in July 2016 with the mega-hit “Fire Truck” and have since found great success with massive singles “Cherry Bomb” and “Simon Says.” Regular-Irregular, NCT 127’s full- length debut, claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Album charts in over 22 regions around the world.
NCT 127 North American Tour Dates
6/5 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
6/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
6/15 – Chicago, Il @ Wintrust Arena
6/18 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
6/19 – Inglewood, CA @ Forum
6/21 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater
About NCT 127
With 6.7 million Instagram followers and 2.5 million Twitter followers in tow, Seoul-based global pop powerhouse NCT 127 has shaken up the K-pop world since their 2016 mega-hit “Fire Truck” with their unique and conceptually-progressive artistry (“Limitless,” “Cherry Bomb”). In October 2018, the breakout boy band was tapped by Apple Music as the Up Next artist of the month, the first-ever K-pop act to take the coveted title. In addition, they were Billboard’s first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Emerging Artist Chart, Rolling Stone’s 2018 “K-pop Artist to Watch,” and declared to be “leading the next generation of K-pop” by the Los Angeles Times. Charting above the world’s biggest artists including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez on Billboard’s Social 50, the talented group delivers more of an experience than just a performance every time they hit the stage. Known for mixing genres, NCT 127 combines sounds in pop, R&B, hip-hop and Latin trap. NCT 127 made their U.S. TV debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live“ with “Regular,” their all-English hit song which was included in Apple’s Best of 2018 playlist. Most recently, they secured their highest charting collection with their new EP, NCT #127 WE ARE SUPERHUMAN, reaching a peak of no. 11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The release found itself atop a variety of additional charts including no. 1 on the World Albums chart, no. 1 digital album of the week and no.1 internet album of the week.
About the Forum
The award-winning “Fabulous” Forum, located in Inglewood, CA, is the largest indoor performance venue in the country designed with a focus on music and entertainment, in addition to select sporting events. The interior of the bowl features flexible seating that ranges from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats, enabling the venue to attract a wide variety of premier events. Fans at the Forum enjoy approximately 8,000 square feet of event level hospitality offerings, including merchandise, along with food and beverage options from some of SoCal’s most celebrated brands. A tinted glass wall separates this concession area from the arena, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. A 40,000 square foot outdoor terrace surrounds the perimeter of the building and offers food and beverage options, as well as comfortable furnishings, to further elevate guests’ enjoyment. The Forum delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for all thanks to its superior acoustics, intimate ambiance and state-of-the-art facilities. Designed with entertainers and performers in mind, the venue includes nine, star-caliber dressing rooms that provide unparalleled comfort. The Forum is part of The Madison Square Garden Company’s portfolio of iconic venues, which also includes: New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Hulu Theater at MSG, Radio City Music Hall, the Chicago Theatre, and the Beacon Theatre. For more information, please visit www.fabulousforum.com.
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