aespa return with futuristic music video for ‘Savage’

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His first mini-album ‘Savage’ is out now

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K-pop girl group Espa has removed the music video for ‘Savage’, the title track of their debut mini-album of the same name.

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“Savage” was written by SM Entertainment’s in-house producer Yu Young-jin along with Houtboi Rich and Jia Lih (NCT U’s ’90s Love) and Kirsten Collins. At a press conference for the song’s release, Winters of Espa noted that the group members “gave extra attention”. [show their] Powerful and strong sides to new music video”, Per sumpy.

Apart from ‘Savage’, Espa’s new mini-album also features five other songs. These include a collaboration with American singer Hayley Kiyoko, who is credited as the composer for the closure of ‘Lucid Dream’, as well as ‘Yeppy Yeppy’, co-written by the South Korean singer-songwriter and- Musically.

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“It has been a year since we debuted. Looks like we just performed [our debut single] ‘Black Mamba’ for the first time yesterday, but time has passed,” member Ningning said at a news conference for ‘Savage’. “At first I felt awkward and nervous in front of the camera, but now I am used to it and I can enjoy the stage. I am grateful to my fans.”

“Savage” is Espa’s third release for 2021, after May hit “Next Level” and February single “Forever” went viral. It was a reworking of A$Ton Wilde’s song of the same name from an earlier soundtrack. Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. Meanwhile, ‘Forever’ was a cover of Yu Young-jin’s 2000 holiday song of the same title.

In a three star review, GranthshalaKey Ruby C. described the group’s remake of ‘Forever’ as having “manages to do justice to the original, and may even be a bit more believable, thanks to Espa’s sweet, edgy charm”.

Meanwhile, Kakao Corp and CJ Group are both looking to buy a controlling stake in SM Entertainment. SM Entertainment’s stake for sale will include management rights and is currently owned by Lee, who is the largest shareholder in the company.

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