Stream It Now – Billboard
Written by GRB on 17/11/2023
Followers of Syracuse University bleed orange. ENGENEs, too.
ENHYPEN today (Nov. 17) drops Orange Blood, the K-pop stars’ fifth mini album and the followup to the May release, Dark Blood.
Orange Blood spills across seven, genre-spanning tracks, including “Mortal” (R&B/Soft Pop), “Still Monster” (pop ballad), “Blind” (alternative R&B) “Orange Flower (You Complete Me)” (soft pop), and “Sweet Venom” (funk/pop). The latter track is presented in three distinct versions — the original Korean version (on which bandmate JAY worked with producer Slow Rabbit to shape its lyrics), an English cut and a collaborative take with pop artist Bella Poarch.
After two sold sold-out shows in Seoul and a Japanese dome tour, ENHYPEN completed the U.S. leg of their Fate World Tour Oct. 22, during which the singers played to over 85,000 fans, reps say, across seven shows in six cities: Los Angeles, Glendale, Houston, Dallas, Newark, and Chicago.
Then, on Nov. 3, the lads shared “Keep Swimmin’ Through,” a cute cut they’ll perform Nov. 23 on Nickelodeon and Pinkfong’s Baby Shark float during the 97th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The broadcaster has described the display as a “25-foot-long Baby Shark balloon and an 18-foot-long float that showcases an underwater seascape featuring the lovable Shark family,” according to a press release.
ENGENEs will get another chance to study the seven-strong pop group (Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, Jungwon and Ni-ki) when they participate in a special showcase, EN-CONNECT Night, on Saturday, Nov. 18.
The first boyband created by Belift Lab, ENHYPEN has landed five titles on the Billboard 200 chart, including two top 10s. That previous mini album, Dark Blood, earned the act its highest charting release to date, peaking at No. 4 and spending a total of 10 cumulative weeks on the Billboard 200 in June.
Next up, they’ll hit the road once again for the FATE tour to Asia for seven shows in four cities, starting in January 2024.
Stream Orange Blood in full below.