Cover of We Are Superhuman
II. Background and Release
After the success of their full album Regular-Irregular in 2018, NCT 127 embarked on their first concert tour in 2019, Neo City: The Origin, spanning Asia, Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
On April 18, 2019, NCT 127 announced the new EP, featuring teaser pictures with only nine members. It was announced that WinWin would not be with the group, but instead with the new Chinese NCT sub-unit, WayV.
We are Superhuman was released as NCT 127 reached the North American portion of its tour, with the release heavily supported by U.S. promotional events and special social media shows like NCT 127 Hit the States.
The band debuted the EP's title track "Superhuman" on April 18, 2019 on the popular American morning program, Good Morning America, becoming the third Korean act to appear on the program. Teasers were released leading up to May 14, when the pre-single track "Highway to Heaven" was released and NCT 127 continued to promote on high-profile American shows, including The Late Late Show with James Corden.
The EP debuted on May 24, 2019 and featured six songs. The style of the EP reflected a shift to a greater emphasis on r&b and funk-laced pop, including the vibrant electropop funk of the title track. NCT started Korean promotions on the same day. An English language version of "Highway to Heaven" and accompanying video were released on July 18.
NCT 127 would continue to promote the release throughout the year, including the English version of "Highway to Heaven," notably as the first K-pop group to perform at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in November, a popular U.S. event.
"Highway to Heaven"
|danke (lalala Studio), Min Yeon-jae (lalala Studio), Jeon Ji-eun (January 8th) (lalala Studio), , Hwang Seon-jeong (January 8th) (lalala Studio), Cho Min-young (lalala Studio)||Michael Foster (Social House), Charles Anderson (Social House), Sean Machum, Gaelen Whittemore, Wilbart "Vedo" McCoy III, Michael Garcia (Audity)||Social House, Sean Machum, Gaelen Whittemore, Richard Garcia (Audity), Yoo Young-jin||3:20|
|Park Seung-hee, Lee Seu-ran, JQ (Makeumine Works), Amelie (Makeumine Works), Rick Bridges||Adrian McKinnon, TAK, 1 Take||TAK, Yoo Young-jin||3:57|
|Rick Bridges||Rykeyz, Britten Newbill, Wes Period, Lucky Daye||Rykeyz||3:15|
|Social House, Gaelen Whittemore, Sean Machum||2:41|
|Oh Min-ju||Léon Paul Palmen, Jihad "Rock A Tune" Rahmouni (SoundG8), Roël Donk (SoundG8)||Léon Paul Palmen, SoundG8||3:44|
"Outro: We Are 127" (narrated by NCT 127)
IV. Spotify Playlist
Highway to Heaven - Neo City Tour version (Korean)
Superhuman on Good Morning America:
Superhuman MV Teaser:
Unit teaser #1
Unit teaser #2
Unit Teaser #3
Superhuman premiere in NY
Cherry Bomb and Superhuman on American morning show Strahan, Sara and Keke
Superhuman - Music Bank - 5/24
Superhuman - Music Bank - 6/14
Highway to Heaven - Global Citizen Festival - 9/28
Superhuman 2019 SBS K-Pop Awards - 12/25
VI. Concept Photos
We Are Superhuman achieved commercial success domestically and internationally. It became the group’s fourth chart topper on the Gaon Album Chart and their second to be Platinum-certified by KMCA. It debuted at number 11 on the US Billboard 200 with 27,000 album units, becoming NCT 127’s highest charting album and the second highest charting Kpop group at the time. It also debuted atop the World Albums chart, becoming the group’s second #1 since Limitless. In Japan, the EP debuted at # 6 on Oricon’s Weekly Digital Albums. It also charted in France, Australia, Canada, Scotland, the UK and Spain.
The title track "Superhuman" debuted at #number 3 on the World Digital Song Sales chart, as well as charting for the third time in Korea on the Gaon Digital Chart at #117. The English language "Highway to Heaven" reached #5 on the U.S. World songs chart.
The EP was named one of the Best Pop Albums of 2019 by PopCrush. The English language "Highway to Heaven" was named on Billboard, MTV and Refinery 29's best k-pop songs and b-sides of 2019. "Superhuman" was named among the 20 best K-pop songs by Dazed and the top 100 Asian Pop songs by SBS PopAsia.