&TEAM Essentials Before 'First Howling: NOW' Drops

The anticipation for &TEAM’s upcoming release “First Howling: NOW” has been steadily growing. Composed of nine distinctive voices and talents—K, Fuma, Nicholas, EJ, Yuma, Jo, Harua, Taki, and Maki. This group has been molded not just by their exceptional talent but also by the intense fires of fierce competition. Each member of &TEAM brings to the table a unique flair, an individual spark that, when combined, creates a dazzling firework of performance and music. They have navigated the often tumultuous waters of the music industry with grace and resilience, earning not just accolades but a devoted fan base known as LUNÉ. For every LUNÉ—and those who are just discovering the magic of &TEAM—understanding their story is essential. It’s a journey that encompasses not only their musical achievements but also their personal growth as artists and individuals. Here are some essential facts you should know about &Team before the impending release of “First Howling: NOW”.     The Beginning of an Odyssey Their story began in January 2021, when HYBE Labels Japan announced the “HYBE LABELS JAPAN Global Debut Project”. It aimed to launch artists in Japan with the intent of conquering the global stage. I-LAND contestants, K, Nicholas, EJ, and TAKI, were confirmed to be part of this venture. In a cameo that excited fans, K and EJ appeared as werewolves in the music video for ENHYPEN’s ‘Drunk-Dazed’. November 2021, marked a significant milestone as HYBE Labels Japan set the stage for “&AUDITION – The Howling -“, a show slated for broadcast in 2022. This was accompanied by the creation of an official Twitter account for the “&AUDITION Boys”. “&AUDITION – The Howling -” premiered in July 2022. The show’s conclusion in September unveiled the final nine-member lineup, introducing &TEAM to the world.     A Trail of Releases The journey of &TEAM has been nothing short of a whirlwind of excitement and breakthroughs, and the anticipation reached new heights in November 2022 with the release of a captivating trailer for their debut mini-album, “First Howling: ME”. This was more than just a sneak peek; it was a declaration of their artistic vision and a promise of what was to come. Fast forward to 2023, an incredible year that has been chock-full of significant milestones for &TEAM. The year kicked off with their first fanmeeting tour, “2023 &TEAM Fantour Luné Mare: Tsuki-Nami”. The name “Tsuki-Nami”, suggesting both the moon and waves, symbolized the ebb and flow of their evolving journey and the constant support of their fans. In a daring fusion of music and storytelling, &TEAM released ‘W.O.L.F. (Win Or Lose Fight)’. It’s a powerful soundtrack that serves as the backdrop for their original story “Dark Moon: The Grey City”. This project showcased their ability to blend their musical talent with a narrative depth that captivated their audience both aurally and emotionally. The momentum continued with the release of their second mini-album, “First Howling: WE”. Building on the success of their debut, this album represented a new chapter in their artistic evolution.