NCT Talk First North American Tour in Billboard Interview

Fresh off a wild 2018, NCT 127 is set to kick off its first North American tour later this month.

In October, the 10-member group became the second-highest-charting K-pop band in history when it entered the Billboard 200 with its Regular-Irregular album. The group also made its U.S. debut on television, performing the English-language song “Regular” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and made an appearance on the red carpet at the American Music Awards. Two months later, the Seoul-based band was back, this time as Apple Music’s Up Next artist of the month, performing on a Los Angeles rooftop overlooking the city.

NCT 127, part of the Neo Culture Technology family of bands managed by SM Entertainment, just wrapped up a 14-date tour in Japan and is now preparing to hit the stage at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center on April 24. The next leg on the Neo City: The Origin world tour is currently slated for 11 cities in the U.S. and Canada. It will expose even more of the U.S. to the K-pop phenomenon, a blend of members aged 18 to 24 from five countries — South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S. and Canada.

Billboard’s International Editor, Alexei Barrionuevo, sat down backstage to talk with the group before they performed at the recent Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival. Click here to read the interview on Billboard.