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Say hello to NCT 2021 as they share their 3rd full-group release, Universe

After their full group comeback for NCT 2020 RESONANCE, NCT is back again as a whole for the full-length album NCT 2021 “Universe”. The album, along with the music video of its second title track “Beautiful” was released on December 14, 2021 at 6 P.M. KST. 

NCT 2021 “Universe” has 13 tracks all in all—one song for each permanent sub-unit, 9 songs by a different line-up of NCT U, and one song featuring all the participating members of NCT. The 2 lead singles, “Universe (Let’s Play Ball)” and “Beautiful”, as well as the track “New Axis” sees the participation of some NCT members (Mark, Taeyong, Johnny, Jeno, and Hendery) in composing rap lyrics for their songs. 

“Universe (Let’s Play Ball)” was pre-released last December 10, 2021, featuring members Doyoung, Jungwoo, Mark, Haechan, Jeno, Shotaro, Jaemin, and Yangyang. 

“Beautiful”, is a pop ballad featuring 21 out of 23 members of NCT with each member singing parts of the song. While being different from their previous full group performances of “Black on Black” in 2018 and “Resonance” in 2020 which were powerful and showcased their amazing aura on stage, “Beautiful” sees the members against everyday sceneries, with lyrics saying that listeners are good enough just the way they are and that they are beautiful. 

NCTzens were all in a daze as soon as the album and MV for “Beautiful” was released, with many sharing their different emotions and feelings on Twitter. 

Prior to the album’s release, NCT held a Comeback Countdown live an hour before, with all members (except Ten due to solo activities). A lot of things happened during the live, with members telling viewers all of their wishes for the album, Christmas, and the New Year. 

An earthquake even happened in the middle of the live (a 5.3 magnitude on in Jeju Island), which surprised the members when the alarm rang out. Some of the members were particularly unaware of the event and referenced the track “Earthquake” on live, but were immediately warned by the other members. 

After the Comeback Countdown live, members Doyoung, Mark, and Johnny posted apologies on their personal Instagram accounts, stating that they were wrong for disregarding the earthquake warning and for not being aware of their surroundings. 

NCTzens were confused at first when they saw the members’ apologies on Instagram, but later on praised the members for their immediate actions before it could become an issue. 

NCT 2021 “Universe” is a no-skip album, no cap. Give it a listen, and while you’re at it, stream “Universe (Let’s Play Ball)” and “Beautiful”. 

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