Next Episode is the first collaboration album by AKMU. It was released on July 26, 2021 with "Nakka" serving as the album's title track.
II. Background & Release
AKMU released the single "Happening" on November 16, 2020. In a press release for the song member Lee Chan-hyuk hinted that it was a potential prelude to their next full-length album. On June 27, 2021, South Korean news outlet Hankyung reported that the duo would be making a comeback in July, and had begun filming their new music video. On the same day, their agency YG Entertainment confirmed that they were in the middle of filming a music video for a new track. On July 12, the release of AKMU's new album titled Next Episode was announced for July 26.
On July 14, the mini-album's track listing was published, confirming a total of seven tracks with seven different featured artists. The track list highlighted "Nakka" (낙하) featuring IU as the title track; other featuring artists included Lee Sun-hee, Zion.T, Beenzino, Jannabi's vocalist Choi Jung-hoon, Crush, and Sam Kim. Two days later, a video trailer for the mini-album was released, with YG Entertainment announcing that each track on the album would be accompanied by its own music video.
|"Hey Kid, Close Your Eyes" (with Lee Sun-hee)||Lee Chan-hyuk, Millennium, Sihwang||3:53|
|"Nakka" (with IU)||Lee Chan-hyuk, Millennium||3:32|
|"Bench" (with Zion.T)||Lee Chan-hyuk, Lee Hyun-young, Millennium||3:45|
|"Tictoc Tictoc Tictoc" (with Beenzino; lyrics co-written by Beenzino)||Lee Chan-hyuk, Peejay||3:56|
|"Next Episode" (with Choi Jung-hoon)||Lee Chan-hyuk, Lee Hyun-young||3:12|
|"Stupid Love Song" (with Crush)||Lee Chan-hyuk, Jukjae||3:08|
|"Everest" (with Sam Kim)||Lee Chan-hyukJukjae||3:15|
IV. Spotify Playlist
VI. Concept Pictures
VII. Commercial Performance
EP's lead single "Nakka" debuted at number three on Gaon Digital Chart for the week ending July 31, 2021. The following week, "Nakka" rose to the number one spot, becoming the duo's seventh number one single on the chart. It debuted at number 16 on the Billboard's K-pop 100, and peaked at number one for the chart issued on August 14; and remained atop for four consecutive weeks.