Mention Big Hit Entertainment and global phenomenon BTS would come to mind in a heartbeat. Six years after thrusting their first ever boy group into the spotlight, the South Korean record label has finally unleashed their new glossy pop act onto the scene – and these new kids on the block look set to take the K-pop industry by storm.
But with the burgeoning success of their sunbaes, we couldn’t help but wonder how Bang Si Hyuk’s budding flagship act is going to follow that up. But it seems like we have little to worry about, seeing as TXT has already built up a solid empire of dedicated fans for themselves.
Since the unveiling of their individual introductory teasers, ARMYs and fellow K-poppers on stan Twitter have been exploding with excitement over these fresh-faced boys, resulting in the members’ names as well as the hashtag #TOMORROW_X_Together dominating the recent top trends. In the span of two weeks, their official Twitter account has already garnered over 1.17 million followers, while their Instagram page boasts a rapidly-increasing 1.4 million follower count – an impressive feat for a group that has yet to make their debut.
So who exactly is TXT?
For starters, TXT stands for Tomorrow X Together (pronounced as Tomorrow By Together like how it’s written in Korean 투모로우 바이 투게더). Made up of five members with an average age of 17, the different members come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow.
Unlike BTS’ winning formula of dance-heavy tunes and hard-hitting moves, TXT is described as a “bright and youthful boy band where each member is different from one another, shining in their own way to create a synergy”. From what we’re hearing in the teaser videos, we’re expecting feel-good electronic pop combined with lighthearted choreography. It’s a stark contrast from BTS’ brand of music, but we’re certainly liking what we hear so far!
Here are the members:
If V and Jimin had a lovechild, it’d probably be Yeonjun. Despite his baby-faced looks, he’s 19 years old and is the oldest member in the group. His glorious visuals aside, it’s also worth noting that he has superb dancing skills so we can’t wait to see him in action. Here’s another fun fact: Yeonjun was actually a former backup dancer for V’s solo track ‘Singularity’. Try spotting him in the music video and live stages!
The second member to be revealed in the lineup, Soobin is 18 years old and is TXT’s leader. According to sources, he’s said to be towering at 184cm – that’s even taller than BTS’ leader, RM!
With his unique name and exotic visuals, some fans speculated that Huening Kai is mixed – and they’re right! Born in Hawaii, the multilingual lad is known to be able to speak a total of four languages fluently, which makes him the first ever international artiste in the Big Hit family. While not much is revealed about his current position yet, the 17-year-old is rumoured to be the maknae as well as visual/main vocal of the band.
Part of the maknae line along with Kai, Taehyun is the fourth member to be unveiled and is rumoured to be the rapper in the group. Word has it that he’s fluent in English and used to make educational videos that taught children how to speak English when he was a little kid. What a talented chap!
Finally, we meet Beomgyu – the fifth and last member that will complete the TXT ensemble. Hailing from Suga’s hometown of Daegu, eagle-eyed fans discovered that Beomgyu actually attended the same private academy as the BTS member and was even part of a rock band during his school days.
When can we expect their debut?
Now that we’ve gotten acquainted with the members, the most important question is: when will we get to see TXT on stage? No exact date has been officially announced yet, but we’re thinking it could be anytime soon now. In the meanwhile, check out their adorable dynamics in the group introductory film!
For the Twitter peeps, you can also get your daily dose of TXT via their newly-launched group Twitter account (not to be confused with the one associated with Big Hit). Just from their swoon-worthy selcas alone, it’s not hard to see why these charmers are the talk of the town lately. With impeccable talent, top-notch visuals and hopefully a good concept in the making, TXT pretty much has the success formula down pat; it’s only a matter of time before they take over the charts.
Future icons of K-pop? Very likely.
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