SuperM (Hangul: 슈퍼엠) is a South Korean pop group formed in 2019 by SM Entertainment and Capitol Music Group.[1] The group includes seven members from four SM boy groups: Taemin from Shinee, Baekhyun and Kai from Exo, Taeyong and Mark from NCT 127, and Ten and Lucas from WayV.[2] On October 4, 2019, the group debuted with their self-titled EP.

SuperM
SuperM at a Launching Press Conference on October 2, 2019.png
SuperM in October 2019
From left to right: Ten, Baekhyun, Lucas, Taemin, Taeyong, Kai and Mark.
Background information
OriginSeoul, South Korea
Genres
Years active2019–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website
Members

HistoryEdit

2019-present: DebutEdit

All members of SuperM were assembled from existing boy groups under SM Entertainment. Taemin debuted as a member of Shinee in May 2008. Baekhyun and Kai debuted as members of Exo in April 2012. Taeyong, Ten, and Mark debuted as members of NCT in April 2016. Lucas debuted in January 2018 as a new member of NCT. Taeyong and Mark were later added to NCT's South Korea-based sub-unit, NCT 127, in July 2016, while Ten and Lucas were added to NCT's China-based sub-unit, WayV, in January 2019.

In 2019, before the official announcement of SuperM's debut, there had been rumors that SM Entertainment was planning to debut a "K-pop Super Boy Band".[3] On August 7, 2019, Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett and SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man officially announced the group as SuperM at Capitol Congress 2019.[4][5][6][7][8] The "M" in SuperM stands for both Matrix and Master, with each member already an established star in their own bands.[9][10] The teaser revealed the members of the group, with each having performance, vocal, and rap abilities.[11][12] Lee described the group as "the Avengers of K-pop," with the group focusing more on performance-based music.[6] SM A&R executive and director Chris Lee stated that the group was in the works for around a year, and felt the analogy to the Avengers was apt because according to him, "Each Avenger has their own group and Iron Man has his own movie and Thor has his own, but together, they have an even greater synergy, so like that the members will pursue their own careers and own groups but also join together with synergy - a positive one."[6]

Audiences and followers had mixed opinions on the project at first, with some fans enthusiastic for the band's debut following the release of the first teaser at Capitol Congress 2019,[13] while others were concerned about SM Entertainment prioritizing their established groups, Exo members establishing solo careers before their mandatory military service, and the group debuting in the United States rather than starting with Korean promotions.[14][15] Writing for MTV News, Caitlin Kelley opines that "the biggest takeaway from the backlash is that it's not that easy to combine the powers of multiple fandoms," and felt that the group's structure might be complicated for American audiences, although she noted that "the fact that SuperM trended worldwide for several hours shows potential. That level of engagement means that there is widespread interest in the group — now it's just a matter of turning public opinion around."[14] Kate Halliwell of The Ringer wrote, "plenty of people support several groups within the K-pop genre at large, and it makes sense to target them whenever possible...but the toxic side of fandom is difficult to escape." She adds that the formation of the group "once again [proves] how online backlash is inevitable, and often overwhelming, when it comes to navigating multiple K-pop fandoms at once," although she felt that the formation of the group "[signifies] a rising tide in Western K-pop demand."[15]

SuperM promoted their debut album both in the United States and in South Korea.[16] Several teasers for the group were posted in SuperM's various social media channels.[15][17] The group filmed their debut music video in Dubai in August 2019.[17] The group's self-titled debut EP was released on October 4, with the instrumental of one of the album's songs, "I Can't Stand the Rain", released on August 28.[18] SuperM's lead single, "Jopping", was released alongside its music video on the same day as the EP.[19] The EP debuted at number one at the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 168,000 equivalent album units in the week ending October 10.[20]

SuperM had their debut concert at the Capitol Records Building in Los Angeles on October 5,[21] and made their television debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on October 9.[22] The group is currently embarking on their first tour, We Are the Future Live, with ten dates in North America from November 2019 to February 2020.[23][24][25][26] The tour was extended to Latin America and Europe, with three tour dates on February 2020.[27][28][29]

EndorsementsEdit

SuperM were announced as global ambassadors for Korean Air in November 2019.[30][31][32] On November 4, the group was featured alongside SM labelmate BoA in Korean Air's safety video, which was added to all Korean Air flights on the same day.[33] The song featured in the video, "Let's Go Everywhere," was released on November 18, and proceeds of the song will be donated to Global Poverty Project's Global Citizen campaign.[33][34]

MembersEdit

  • Baekhyun (EXO) – Leader, main vocalist [35]
  • Taemin (SHINee) – Main vocalist, main dancer
  • Kai (EXO) – Main dancer, Lead rapper, vocalist
  • Taeyong (NCT; NCT 127) – Main rapper, lead dancer
  • Ten (NCT; WayV) – Main dancer, lead vocalist, sub-rapper
  • Lucas (NCT; WayV) – Rapper
  • Mark (NCT; NCT 127) – Main rapper, lead dancer, sub-vocalist

DiscographyEdit

Extended playsEdit

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
KOR
[36]
BEL
(FL)

[37]
CAN
[38]
FRA
Dig.

[39]
JPN
[40]
UK
Dig.

[41]
US
[20]
SuperM 3 130 38 11 7 19 1

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
KOR KOR
Hot.

[45]
CAN
[46]
FRA Dig.
[47]
JPN
Hot.

[48]
NZ
Hot.

[49]
UK Dig.
[50]
US
Bub.

[51]
"Jopping" 2019 [A] 84 85 140 27 24 96 25 SuperM

Promotional singlesEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Album Notes
KOR
[54]
US
World

[55]
"Let's Go Everywhere" 2019 23 Non-album singles Collaboration with Korean Air

Other charted songsEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
World

[56]
"I Can't Stand The Rain" 2019 10 SuperM
"Super Car" 15
"No Manners" 20
"2 Fast" 25
  1. ^ "Jopping" did not enter the Gaon Digital Chart, but appeared at no. 108 on the component Download chart.[52]

FilmographyEdit

Music videosEdit

Title Year Director Ref.
"Jopping" 2019 Woogie Kim [57]
"Let’s Go Everywhere" Kenzie [58]

Concerts and toursEdit

SuperM: We Are the Future Live
World tour by SuperM
Associated albumSuperM
Start dateNovember 11, 2019 (2019-11-11)
Legs4
No. of shows
  • 10 in North America
  • 1 in Latin America
  • 2 in Europe
  • 1 in Asia
  • 14 in total

SuperM: We Are the Future Live is SuperM's first world tour to promote their eponymous debut album. The tour was officially announced on October 2, 2019 with tickets going on sale on October 5, 2019.[24] The tour began on November 11, 2019 in Fort Worth and initially visited 9 cities in North America. Its world tour extension began on February 9, 2020 in Latin America, Europe and Asia.

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 – North America
November 11, 2019 Fort Worth United States Dickies Arena TBA TBA
November 13, 2019 Chicago United Center
November 15, 2019 Duluth Infinite Energy Center
November 17, 2019 Fairfax EagleBank Arena
November 19, 2019 New York City Madison Square Garden
January 30, 2020 San Diego Viejas Arena
February 1, 2020 Inglewood The Forum
February 2, 2020 San Jose SAP Center
February 4, 2020 Kent accesso ShoWare Center
February 6, 2020 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
Leg 2 – Latin America
February 9, 2020 Mexico City Mexico Mexico City Arena TBA TBA
Leg 3 – Europe
February 26, 2020 Paris France AccorHotels Arena TBA TBA
February 28, 2020 London United Kingdom The O2 Arena
Leg 4 – Asia
April 23, 2020 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome[59] TBA TBA

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