NU'EST has announced they will promote as a sub-unit NU'EST W while Minhyun promotes as a member of Wanna One. The W in the unit name stands for "Wait" as they are waiting patiently for Minhyun's return as well as honoring the long wait to greet their fans again.
NU'EST W is set to release a new single on July 25th, which was reportedly produced by Kiggen who worked on music for Produce 101 Season 2.
In addition to the new single release, NU'EST released a special version of "여보세요 (Hello)" on July 14th. It's a 2017 version of their 2013 single off of their first full album Re:Birth. The song features the vocals of the four members of NU'EST W, with Ren covering most of Minhyun's parts.
The new version of "여보세요 (Hello)" was released as a thank you to their fans for the love and support they have received. In the four days since it's release, the audio track above has received 1,187,027 YouTube views and counting. The video has 19,994 comments.
To give you some perspective on how amazing those numbers are, the most recent music video for "Daybreak" (JR & Minhyun) released 9 months ago, has 1,073,685 views and 2,534 comments. The last full comeback MV for "Love Paint" 10 months ago, has 3,105,900 views and 11,482 comments.
Here is the original MV for "여보세요 (Hello)".
To give you an idea of the differences, especially in line distribution between the original and new versions, I have included lyric videos for both.
"여보세요 (Hello)" 2013 version
"여보세요 (Hello)" 2017 version
It is rumored NU'EST W will return with a full comeback in the second half of 2017.
In addition to releasing new music, the members of NU'EST W have been active on their V app channel since the conclusion of Produce 101 Season 2, with 5 new videos (4 of which were live broadcasts) in the past 16 days.
If you aren't subscribed to their V Live channel or their Youtube channel, please do so and support our boys!
Next up, Pledis recently confirmed that JR and Ren have signed endorsement deals to model for an as-yet undisclosed beauty brand. They were chosen after appearing on Produce 101 as the beauty company in question saw them and believed their visuals and presence shown on the show is a perfect match for their brand.
Last up, JR has signed on as a cast member for a new variety show!!!
The show is called "Night Goblin" and will air on JTBC. Joining JR is FTISLAND's Lee Hongki and Jung Hyungdon (Dony) from Weekly Idol, as well as a few others.
The cast members will compete to win mission items that provide advantages. In order to become #1, they will have to stay up all night or sleep outside in the open. Not much else is known at this point aside from the first episode will air in Korea on July 30th. JR and Hongki won't show up until episode 2.
It looks like there is much in store for our wonderful NU'EST boys. Finally, they are getting the sort of recognition and opportunities that are long overdue. Let's keep supporting JR, Aron, Baekho, Ren and Minhyun.
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