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Monsta X hopes to connect with Korean fans

Mar 27,2018
As the final survivors of the singing competition program “No.Mercy” three years ago, the then to-be members of boy band Monsta X were buoyed with confidence at their prospects of hitting instant stardom. But amid a supply glut of talented and hungry trainees in the K-pop scene, reality wasn’t so forgiving.

Instead, Monsta X has proved to be a rather slow but steady burn. To some extent, the band has a stronger following in Europe, with the band performing in Berlin, Moscow and Paris last year. On Monday, the seven-member act returned to the spotlight to prove their worth at home with a new EP album titled “The Connect.”

“I had high expectations for the band before debuting. I thought we would rise to No. 1 everywhere,” Monsta X singer Wonho said, recalling his rookie days during a press conference for “The Connect” in southern Seoul. “That turned out to be a truly difficult thing to achieve.”

The band’s sixth EP record, fronted by its ’90s vibe R&B jam track “Jealousy,” was released at 6 p.m. Monday. It is a follow up to “The Code,” which was put out four months ago. Yonhap