It’s been a busy year for NCT 127. Taking on different projects and challenges, the nine-piece group has proven its immense popularity. Doing what he does best, in 2021 vocalist Moon Taeil has flaunted his talents through music collaborations. First featured in a song by Moon Sujin and later honoring the legacy of Kim Min-Ki, Taeil has showcased his distinctive voice. Now, the singer added his signature vocals to the title track of Raiden’s first mini-album, Love Right Back.
A Star-Studded Lineup
Over the last week, South Korean DJ and producer, Raiden, has been gearing up toward the release of his first mini-album. Titled, Love Right Back, Raiden’s latest work consists of 5 songs featuring recognized names in the Korean and international music scene. The list of artists includes WayV’s Xiaojun, pH-1, WekiMeki’s Yoojung, (G)I-DLE’s Miyeon, and Nino Lucarelli. Meanwhile, the eponymous title track was revealed to be a collaboration between Raiden, NCT’s Taeil, and rapper lIlBOI.
Raiden’s 1st mini album ‘Love Right Back’ to consist of various collaborations with its luxurious lineup of featuring artists, including #TAEIL, #XIAOJUN, #MIYEON, and #CHOIYOOJUNG!#Raiden #레이든 @raidenmusic#Love_Right_Back #NCT #WayV #GIDLE #WekiMeki pic.twitter.com/oCADkiUQ3I
— SMTOWN (@SMTOWNGLOBAL) October 6, 2021
Ahead of the release of “Love Right Back,” SM Entertainment shared teaser images featuring Raiden, Taeil, and lIlBOI. In addition, the company unveiled a preview of the music video, creating even more anticipation about the song.
Raiden The 1st Mini Album ‘Love Right Back’
— SMTOWN (@SMTOWNGLOBAL) October 8, 2021
Raiden 레이든 'Love Right Back (Feat. 태일 of NCT, lIlBOI)' MV Teaserhttps://t.co/jlcm7jilbU
Raiden The 1st Mini Album ‘Love Right Back’
— SMTOWN (@SMTOWNGLOBAL) October 10, 2021
Love Right Back
Released on October 11, “Love Right Back” is a pop song with R&B influences that talks about the ending of a relationship and the conflicting feelings it provokes. While the lyrics tackle the mixed feelings of loss and relief after a breakup, the upbeat sound paints a picture of optimism and “hopeful emotions.” With the synergy of Taeil’s soft voice and lIlBOI’s rapping, the song explores the theme of walking away from a bad relationship and finding oneself again.
Fans Love It, Right?
Upon the release of the highly awaited collaboration, fans worldwide took to the internet to react to it. They offered their thoughts on Taeil’s latest collaboration with labelmate Raiden and IlBOI, gushing about every aspect of the song.
— 🌙 (@ekfxodlf) October 11, 2021
I have no words, I'm just so proud of Moon Taeil. He did amazing, his voice is beautiful as always. Moon Taeil best vocalist. ❤️
— 🌙 탤젠헨 (@_marelyangel) October 11, 2021
Raiden said he so thankful to Taeil and Lil Boi who participated for 'Love Right Back' as title track song because the voice between vocal and rapp make the song itself became even more attractive! 🥰❤#Love_Right_Back #태일 #TAEIL pic.twitter.com/gI2y3Kraxj
— ☔ (@TAEILFILES) October 11, 2021
— ruby | LOVE RIGHT BACK TAEIL (@redwinemoon_) October 11, 2021
— NCT Charts (@nctcharts_) October 11, 2021
— taeil charts (@TAEILCharts) October 11, 2021
Adding to the reactions, Taeil’s bandmates, Johnny, Doyoung, Mark, and Taeyong left supporting comments on Instagram. “The song is really good. I’m a fan,” Johnny wrote.
Johnny's instastory update!
— ㅇㄹㅊ (@woorichil) October 11, 2021
doyoung, johnny, mark and taeyong showing their support to taeil and love right back is a serotonin boost🥺💖 pic.twitter.com/OPPfb5PHyy
— cha | STREAM FAVORITE!🔥 (@moondistrict) October 11, 2021
mark updating his ig story about taeil’s featuring in love right back!
“haengnim* is handsomeeeee”
the love and support mark has for his members☹️ pic.twitter.com/NPwiVXioN1
— 02 (@MARKClTY) October 11, 2021
Guinness Record Worthy
The release of the “Love right Back” follows what has been a busy year for Taeil, whose popularity has gone as far as breaking Guinness Records. More recently, the vocalist participated in the long-awaited comeback of his group, NCT 127. In the press conference leading up to the release of the group’s third album, Taeil anticipated, “we’re back better than ever.” He was not mistaken as NCT 127 has seen unprecedented success with Sticker, a record-breaking album that debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. With the announcement of an upcoming repackage album, fans of Taeil and NCT 127 have a lot to look forward to regarding their future activities.
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