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‘Next BTS’? Big Hit unveils new boy band TXT

Hong Dam-young

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

 /  Sun, January 13, 2019  /  11:02 pm
‘Next BTS’? Big Hit unveils new boy band TXT

Big Hit Entertainment, the Korean label behind the global sensation BTS, offered a sneak peek into its new boy band, TXT. (The Korea Herald/File)

Big Hit Entertainment, the Korean label behind the global sensation BTS, offered a sneak peek into its new boy band, TXT, at midnight Thursday.

Attention is on the brand-new act, which stands for “Tomorrow By Together”, as it is affectionately called “a BTS sibling”. 

Big Hit shared only three posts related to the band via its Twitter account, including an introductory film and teaser images of Yeonjun, the first and only member to be rolled out, calling him “a member with outstanding dance skills”.

But eagle-eyed fans were quick to unravel some facts about the upcoming member. 

Yeonjun, widely believed to be the team leader, is 19 years old and his given name is Choi Yeon-jun.

Past social media photos indicated that he hails from Bundang in Gyeonggi Province and had auditioned for Cube Entertainment. Some fans also found out that he had once shared the stage with BTS’ V as a backup dancer during promotions for V’s solo track “Singularity”. 

It’s been less than a day since Yeonjun came to light, but #Yeonjun has already been trending worldwide on Twitter, along with #TOMORROW_X_TOGETHER.

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Twitter has also been exploding with newly launched accounts dedicated to TXT, through which fans started to share past photos and videos of Yeonjun practicing dance and vocals as a trainee. 

BTS fans couldn’t hide their excitement as well, wishing BTS’ young labelmate all the best. 

Some of their comments read, “Yeonjun kind of looks like V and Jimin,” “Welcome to the family Yeonjun!” and “BTS and Yeonjun were destined to be linked, as Yeonjun had already worked as a back-up dancer for V.” 

The brightly hued introduction film titled “What Do you Do?” features the youthful side of Yeonjun as he plays a claw machine game, plays around at a computer cafe and sings karaoke by himself. The short clip ends with a black screen with the sounds of Morse code in the background, which fans translated as “Dreaming”. 

Big Hit touts TXT as a bright and youthful boy band in which the members come together under one dream in hopes of building a new tomorrow. 

TXT is the second boy band to be formed under Big Hit in about six years after BTS started its career in 2013. 

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