On October 21, the South Korean quintet — made up of Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Soobin, Taehyun and Huening Kai — unveiled their heavy brand new era complete with a full album, music video, and comeback stage with a hidden BTS tribute.
Picking up from the debut EP The Dream Chapter: STAR, MAGIC is the band’s second chapter. The eight-track album features anything from synth-heavy anthems like “New Rules,” “Roller Coaster,” or “Can’t We Just Leave the Monster Alone?” to soft-tempo ballads like “Magic Island” or the heart-warming“20cm,” and trademark TXT pop bops like "Angel or Devil" or "Poppin' Star."
The band also unveiled the music video for their lead single, the Harry Potter-inspired "9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)" — and it is as magical as you’d expect. “The Dream Chapter: Magic will tell the story of a group of boys who are similar but different, as they go on a magical adventure together. This continues from our debut album, and we wanted to tell the story of boys who chase after stars,” Soobin said during the TXT showcase of the album’s symbolism.
Apart from the official releases, TXT also performed songs from MAGIC live for the first time on their comeback stage, which was broadcasted on the South Korean channel Mnet. In one performance, the group took the opportunity to pay a small homage to their seniors, BTS.
Performing “Angel or Devil,” TXT's choreography included a familiar dance move that MOARMYs immediately recognized: the shoulder-hip shimmy combo from BTS’s 2014 video “Boy In Luv.” In fact, some eagle-eyed fans noted the reference was much more than simply choreo — TXT’s actual lyrics include an allusion to BTS’s Korean song title for "Boy in Luv."
During a press conference to tie in with the album’s release, TXT was asked about the pressures and expectations of debuting in BTS’s shadow, admitting they couldn’t be prouder to be BTS’s juniors. "BTS and Big Hit Entertainment have given us big wings. To fly with wings, we need a strong body,” the band’s leader, Soobin, said.
In fact, the rookies opened up about their relationship with the Bangtan Boys, revealing the septet had been instrumental in the creation of the album. “[Bang Si-Hyuk] and BTS gave us lots of advice. They gave us advice about the album and what kind of mindset we should have. They told us that we should just work hard while fully trusting the agency,” Yeonjun recounted, per Soompi.
STAR might have just been the beginning, but MAGIC proves there’s no doubt TXT will shine with their own light.
Watch the full video for "9 and Three Quarters (Run Away)" below:
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