On Mar. 9, Starship Entertainment announced that Shownu's COVID-19 test results returned as "inconclusive." He will be taking the test again and will remain in self-quarantine as he waits for his results. Keep on reading to learn more.
Shownu to Not Participate in MONSTA X Activity + To Retake COVID-19 Test and Remain in Self-Quarantine
On Mar. 9, Starship Entertainment shared a lengthy post to MONSTA X's official fan cafe. There, they revealed that Shownu would not be participating in MONSTA X's online event to promote their Japanese single release. The reason is that he received an inconclusive result from his COVID-19 test, and will be needing to be retested and remain in self-isolation as he awaits his results.
Their whole post reads:
"Hello. This is Starship Entertainment.
We would like to talk to you all about MONSTA X's Shownu.
On Mar. 8, Shownu was tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the request of the scheduling team in preparation for his upcoming personal schedules. On the afternoon of Mar. 9, the results of his test returned as inconclusive. After receiving the results, Shownu was retested immediately and will remain in self-isolation until we receive a negative test result.
Because of this, Shownu will sadly be absent from MONSTA X's online event today (Mar. 9) to promote their Japanese single release. We apologize to all the fans who have been waiting for a long time for MONSTA X's promotions and their first Japanese release in a while. We ask that for your understanding.
We will continue to follow COVID-19 quarantine guidelines set by the health officials. We promise that we will do our best to ensure the health and safety of our artists.
MONSTA X was set to promote their new Japanese single, "Neo Universe," which will drop on Mar. 10 in an online event. MONSTA X pushed through with the event as five members.
MONSTA X to Release Full-Length Japanese Album
On Mar. 9, Mercury Tokyo announced that MONSTA X will be releasing their third Japanese album on May 5. It will be MONSTA X's first full-length Japanese album in nearly two years, with their last Japanese album, "Phenomenon," having been released on Aug. 2019.
The album, titled "Flavors of Love," will contain 11 songs. The tracklist includes a Japanese version of their originally Korean songs "Follow," "FANTASIA," and "Love Killa." The album also includes five new Japanese songs: "RE:VERSEDAY," "Diamond Heart." "Secret," "Detox," and "Flavors of Love."
MONSTA X has already uploaded a teaser for "Flavors of Love," showing the group's cuter, softer, more innocent side.
On Feb. 13, MONSTA X released a music video for the song "WANTED," which will also be included in the album.
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Written by Alexa Lewis