Shownu was absent from MONSTA X's recent online event for their new Japanese single, as his COVID-19 test result came out undetermined on March 9. The following day, his new test result has been released.
Starship Entertainment Reveals MONSTA X Shownu's New Test Result for COVID-19
On March 9, MONSTA X held an online event for their new Japanese single "Neo Universe," ahead of its official launch. At the event, all members except Shownu were present. The boy group's management agency, Starship Entertainment, announced that Shownu received an unconfirmed COVID-19 test result that day, and so he has been re-tested and will be in self-quarantine until his new result is out.
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On March 10, the company made a post on the group's fan cafe, sharing the second COVID-19 test result of MONSTA X Shownu. According to the label, the male idol has now received a negative result, and so he will be proceeding with his future schedules starting today, March 10. This means that Shownu will be able to participate in the promotion of their new Japanese single "Neo Universe," which is set for release later today in an online event.
"Neo Universe" is one of the songs in the new Japanese single album of MONSTA X. The other track is the lead single "Wanted," which was pre-released on Feb. 10. The music video for "Wanted" was dropped three days later. The new Japanese single album will also be launched today, March 10.
MONSTA X to Make a Japanese Comeback with New Full-Length Album
After almost two months, MONSTA X will again release new music in Japan. This time, it will be a new full album, titled "Flavors of Love." It will be the group's first full-length Japanese album in roughly two years since their last Japanese album, "Phenomenon," which was launched in August 2019.
Their previous album saw success in Japan as it debuted at No. 2 on the Oricon Albums Chart and sold more than 56,000 copies in the country. "Phenomenon" also made it to the Billboard Japan Hot 100, claiming the second spot.
Moreover, three singles from the Japanese album were both certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), particularly the track "Livin' It Up" and the Japanese versions of "Shoot Out" and "Alligator."
MONSTA X's new Japanese album will be officially out on May 5. It will be comprised of a total of 11 songs, with five of them being new Japanese originals: "RE: VERSEDAY," "Secret," "Diamond Heart," "Flavors of Love," and "Detox." Some of the songs in the album are Japanese versions of their Korean title tracks such as "Follow," "FANTASIA," and "Love Killa." The other singles are their Japanese singles that have been issued beforehand.
Together with the announcement is a teaser video for "Flavors of Love," which showcases a softer and more adorable side of the six MONSTA X members.
While waiting for MONSTA X's comeback with new full-length Japanese album and new song "Neo Universe," watch the music video for the pre-release track "Wanted" below, and share your thoughts about the Japanese single in the comments!
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Written by Mhaliya Scott