Awaken (NCT 127 album)

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Awaken
NCT 127 - Awaken.png
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 17, 2019 (2019-04-17)
Recorded2016–2019
StudioSM Studios, Seoul, South Korea
Genre
Language
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • English
LabelAvex Trax
ProducerLee Soo-man
NCT 127 chronology
Regular-Irregular
(2018)
Awaken
(2019)
We Are Superhuman
(2019)
NCT chronology
The Vision
(2019)
Awaken
(2019)
Take Off
(2019)
Singles from Awaken
  1. "Wakey-Wakey"
    Released: March 18, 2019

Awaken is the first full Japanese album by South Korean boy group NCT 127, released by Avex Trax on April 17, 2019. The album debuted at number four of the Oricon Weekly Albums chart with 53,042 copies sold on its first week of its release[1] as well as at number 14 of the Oricon Weekly Digital Albums chart with 978 downloads.[2] It was the group's first album not to feature Winwin, who announced he would be on hiatus during Regulate promotions to promote with WayV.

To promote the album, NCT 127 embarked on their first Japan concert tour, Neo City – The Origin.

Background and release[edit]

After making their debut in the Japanese market with Chain in 2018, NCT 127 released their first Japanese studio album Awaken on April 17, 2019.[3]

It was released in fourteen versions: a limited CD+DVD edition that reverts to a regular edition once depleted, a limited CD+Blu-ray edition that reverts to a regular edition once depleted, and nine limited CD member editions that revert to a regular CD edition once depleted. All limited editions came with one trading card of nine types.[4]

The music video teaser for lead single "Wakey-Wakey" was released on March 17, 2019, and the full music video was released on March 18, 2019.[5]

Promotion[edit]

It was announced in August 2018 that NCT 127 would embark on their first nationwide Japan tour, Neo City – The Origin, starting in Osaka on February 2, 2019, with a total of seven stops in Hiroshima, Kanazawa, Sapporo, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Saitama and Osaka.[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Lips"AkiraAndreas Öhrn, Didrik Thott & Sam Fishman3:06
2."Wakey-Wakey"MEG.MEAndreas Oberg & Sebastian Scott (Tripple-Cripple)3:02
3."Chain"MEG.ME, Taeyong, Mark250, Albin Nordqvist3:42
4."Regular" (English version)Coogie, Tommy $trate, Taeyong, MarkMike Daley, Mitchell Owens, Vedo, George Kranz, Yoo Young-jin3:40
5."Touch" (Japanese version)Jo Yoon-kyung, Kim Min-ji, Shin Jin-hye (Jam Factory)LDN Noise, Deez, Adrian Mckinnon3:10
6."Blow My Mind"Junji IshiwatariWilljaySuave, Jonny Shorr & David Amber3:48
7."Limitless" (Japanese version)Kenzie, Sara SakuraiKenzie, Harvey Mason Jr., Patrick "J Que" Smith, Kevin Randolph, Dewain Whitmore Jr., Andrew Hey, Brittany Burtonir4:08
8."Long Slow Distance"Natsumi KobayashiLee Dae Hee, Moon Sang Sun, Sean Alexander & Drew Ryan Scott4:25
9."Kitchen Beat"UmeRonnie Icon, Jan Baars, Rajan Muse3:29
10."Cherry Bomb" (Korean version)Taeyong, Mark, Deepflow, Lim Jung-Hyo, Oh Min-jooDwayne Abernathy Jr., Jennifer Decilveo, Deez, Jakob `Jay` Mihoubi, Rudi `Rudy` Daouk, Michael Woods, Kevin White, Andrew Bazzi, MZMC3:56
11."Fire Truck" (Korean version)Taeyong, Mark, Jaehyun, Jam FactoryLDN Noise, Tay Jasper, Ylva Dimberg2:58
12."End to Start"Amon HayashiJung Youth, Tony Esterly3:30

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
French Digital Albums (SNEP)[7] 121
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[8] 4

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Distributor
Japan April 17, 2019 Avex Trax
Various

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/ja/w/2019-04-29/
  2. ^ https://www.oricon.co.jp/rank/dia/w/2019-04-29/p/2/
  3. ^ Awaken by NCT 127 on iTunes
  4. ^ 2019年4月17日(水)発売 NCT 127 Japan 1st Full Album『Awaken』購入者特典<特典イメージ画像公開
  5. ^ 本日、NCT 127 Japan 1st Full Album 『Awaken』リード曲の「Wakey-Wakey」ミュージックビデオを公開
  6. ^ NCT 127 1st Tour 'NEO CITY : JAPAN - The Origin'
  7. ^ "NCT 127 - Awaken (1st Japanese Album): French Album Charts - Week 16, 2019". Snep Musique. April 19, 2018. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  8. ^ "Oricon Top 50 Albums: 2019-04-29" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved April 24, 2019.

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