K-pop boy band TOMORROW X TOGETHER, or TXT, made their comeback on Oct. 26 with the release of their third mini-album “Minisode1: Blue Hour.”
According to Korea’s Hanteo Chart, “Blue Hour” sold 105,269 copies on the first day of release, compared to the first-day sales of 125,228 copies, or a difference of 19,959 copies, for their previous album “The Dream Chapter: Eternity” that was released on May 18 this year.
The first-day sales for “Blue Hour” are already 58 percent of the first-week sales of “The Dream Chapter: Eternity.” TXT’s first studio album “The Dream Chapter: Magic” sold 124,252 copies in the first week since its release on Oct. 21, 2019, according to Hanteo Chart.
The new album is led by the main track “Blue Hour” along with “Ghosting,” “We Lost The Summer,” “Wishlist” and “Way Home.” The music video for “Blue Hour” has garnered 6.2 million views on YouTube in 16 hours since its release on Oct. 26.
During a press conference on Oct. 26, TXT’s Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun and Hueningkai talked about their comeback, new album and how the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has prevented them from meeting their fans MOA.
“Like everyone else, we were taken aback and confused by the situation that we’re experiencing for the first time. Above all, it was sad not to be able to listen to MOA’s cheering sounds when we perform on stage,” said Taehyun, according to Yonhap News.
He added that the track “We Lost the Summer” tells about the COVID-19 situation, saying, “It’s a story about teens who cannot go to school and are living in a completely different world.”
“Blue Hour” has the Korean title that translates to “You and me that were discovered in the sky at 5:53 p.m.” The disco song “expresses the complicated emotions of teenagers as they look out to the sunset at 5:53 PM in October, feeling both familiarity and unfamiliarity from their friends as well as the world around them,” according to Big Hit Entertainment, TXT’s agency.
Big Hit chairman and CEO Bang Si-hyuk is one of the songwriters for “Blue Hour” along with Slow Rabbit, Kyler Niko and Lil 27 Club.
“It’s an overall bright and energetic song. We hope to extend the disco fever that started with BTS,” according to Yeonjun, referring to BTS’ hit track “Dynamite.”
TXT debuted in March 2019 and in less than two years, they have become one of the most popular K-pop bands today.
“We feel that we are loved when we read posts from fans that they were encouraged or comforted by listening to our songs. Perhaps we are loved because the messages in our songs are relatable ones that a lot of people have experienced or will eventually go through,” said Soobin.