Today (April 17), SM Entertainment unveiled the first teaser for their third mini-album, titled ‘MY WORLD’. aespa’s highly anticipated comeback record is due out on May 8 at 6pm KST.
Three versions of he new teaser were released, all with text that reads ‘MY WORLD’ floating between skyscrapers. The text pulsates and glitches into aespa’s metallic official logo.
aespa 에스파 The 3rd Mini Album 〖MY WORLD〗
➫ 2023.05.08 6PM KST
— aespa (@aespa_official) April 16, 2023
It also noted that aespa were initially scheduled to release an album in February, but it was delayed due to management disputes within SM Entertainment.
aespa’s upcoming release will be their first comeback in nearly a year, following their July 2022 mini-album ‘Girls’. It also follows their first-ever ‘SYNK: Hyper Line’ concerts in February, where they performed several brand-new tracks.
In the same month, SM Entertainment had released a preview of its upcoming release plans for the first half of 2023, where it said both aespa and Girls’ Generation leader Taeyeon were both set to drop new music in April.
While it’s now confirmed that aespa’s comeback will be delayed by a month, there’s been no word on plans for new music from Taeyeon so far.
Meanwhile, SM Entertainment was recently at the centre of an acquisition battle between BTS label HYBE and South Korean internet giant Kakao. HYBE has since dropped it bid to purchase shares of the K-pop agency after coming to an agreement with its competitor.