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Monsta X to return with mini album ‘SHAPE of LOVE’ next month

It will be the first new music from the K-pop stars in four months

By Hollie Geraghty

Monsta X in Los Angeles (Picture: Jesse DeFlorio)
Monsta X in Los Angeles (Picture: Jesse DeFlorio)

Monsta X are set to return with new music next month, revealing mini album ‘SHAPE of LOVE’ will be released on April 11.

The K-pop giants posted a teaser on social media today (March 23), which features a polaroid picture of a painting easel and a heart design.

A source from Starship Entertainment said in a statement (via Soompi): “Our agency’s artist MONSTA X is preparing for an album with the goal of making a comeback this upcoming April. The detailed schedule will be revealed later on. Please show lots of interest and love.”

The new record will be the follow-up to November EP ‘No Limit’ and second English album ‘The Dreaming’, which came out in December. The group also released the latter alongside their documentary film ‘Monsta X: The Dreaming’.

Rolling Stone UK recently joined Monsta X on their promotional tour in Los Angeles, where the group spoke about their importance of their strong working relationship. “It helps that we only had brothers, not female siblings, so we can be direct,” Kihyun said. “If you’re not close, it’s obvious with a group when they’re performing on stage.”

They also spoke about what the reality of training to become a K-pop star entails. “For K-pop idols, mental health is a huge concern too, so that’s also an area that our parents are concerned about,” Kihyun said.

Monsta X in Los Angeles (Picture: Jesse DeFlorio)
Monsta X in Los Angeles (Picture: Jesse DeFlorio)

Minhyuk added: “When we were training, that system was very different, it wasn’t set up [properly] so it wasn’t that great of an environment.

“There’s been a huge improvement since – companies have officially set up and are concerned about all-round things, including mental health.” 

I.M. revealed that it was a more challenging experience for him. “When I was training, I was walking a dark tunnel and you don’t know when that is going to end,” he said.

“You don’t know how you’re going to make the debut or how you’re gonna be on stage. I don’t even know [if] I’m gonna get kept by the company [or not] so you get so anxious and there’s lots of pressure. So, I preferred when I had debuted.”