Seven hours before the K-pop band SuperM took the stage for their sold-out show at the Forum last week, crowds were already packed outside the venue. No one needed to be there so early. Taeyong, the seventh, was a bit worse for wear, clutching his stomach in agony from an unspecified illness. He powered through the shivering to silently nod hello to a Times reporter, before beelining back to the dressing room to recover. Still, the band felt prepared for the night. But now, I can definitely say I feel more confident about where I am. In October, the band set a record for debut week sales by a K-pop act, and topped the Billboard album charts with their self-titled EP. These seven young men, none older than 27, face the all-consuming demands of K-pop celebrity and an industry going through a time of profound self-reflection and change. As they limbered up for this set — maybe the biggest show of their young careers in this band — they knew the stakes.
SuperM has arrived. Together, they are an industry team of aces, pairing powerful performance with immense individual skill in dancing, singing, and rapping. Kai, an often blush-inducing dancer, has pulled the arms of his sweater over his hands to create soft paws and is hiding behind them as he whispers to giggling rapper Lucas.
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The well-coiffed guys from the new K-pop supergroup, SuperM , are sitting around a conference room at the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, and feeling like they may have left something on the table. Two days earlier, the seven-piece unit — put together using members from four established K-pop boy bands — had shut down an intersection in the heart of Hollywood and made their live debut before more than 5, frenzied fans, some of whom had lined up for days just to get a prime spot to see the guys perform. For SuperM, the outdoor show — which was also streamed live worldwide on YouTube — served as their official group debut as well, with the boy band finally being introduced to the world after months of secrecy. After years of breaking all sorts of records in Asia but remaining relatively unknown in the States, the crossover success of bands like BTS and Blackpink have given entertainment companies like SM a renewed interest in reaching the international market, with the U. At 27, Baekhyun is the oldest member of SuperM, and has unofficially acquired the title of group leader. Taemin, the second oldest member at 26, is from SHINee, considered one of the veterans of K-pop, after having debuted in Fueled by massive buzz for the song and album, SuperM announced this week that they will be hitting the road for a North American tour , kicking off November 11th in Fort Worth, Texas. While BTS have blasted into the mainstream, with number one albums , appearances on all the late-night talk shows and even Grammy buzz , the guys in SuperM are motivated to find success on their own terms.
Taemin had been an active artist since the age of 14 when he debuted as a member of Shinee in May Lucas debuted in January as a new member of NCT. 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 ,  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.