GLOBAL POP SENSATIONS MONSTA X AND STEVE AOKI ANNOUNCE COLLABORATIVE TRACK

“PLAY IT COOL (KOREAN VERSION)” RELEASING FEBRUARY 18, 2019

Global Pop Sensations, Monsta X, join forces with two-time Grammy nominated DJ and Producer, Steve Aoki, to announce their first official collaboration “Play It Cool (Korean Version),”exclusively revealed by Entertainment TonightThe up-tempo track is set to release on February 18th, as part of Monsta X’ highly anticipated album,Take.2 We Are Here. The band is set to perform “Play It Cool (Korean Version)” during their comeback stages in Seoul, Korea, starting with Mnet M Countdown on February 21st; other channels will include MBC, KBS, and SBS.

Steve Aoki composed, produced, and arranged this track alongside co-writer and Monsta X rapper, I.M. “Play It Cool (Korean Version)” takes you through the emotions of two people naturally being drawn to each other, wanting to escape reality with that person, and jetting off together to “places unheard of.” 

Monsta X stated: “It was such an honor and pleasure to work with Steve Aoki on our collaboration for the track “Play It Cool (Korean Version).”We are huge fans of his work, and we were so excited to find out that he is a fan of Monsta X as well. Steve is such a great guy, and he’s been like a brother to us. We had so much fun working together and are so excited to share the track with everyone on February 18th, when our album Take.2 We Are Here releases worldwide. More to come….special thank you to MONBEBE, our fans, without you none of this would be possible. We love you!!”

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Monsta X has been causing an unstoppable wave of interest here, with their history making performances at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball last December. Variety raved thatMonsta X “was especially impressive, getting down with the acrobatics the group displayed on their hyped up, historic appearances as the first K Pop act to grace the Jingle Ball stage.” The Boston Globe referred to them as the “night’s most fascinating act” and MTV stated that they “had The Forum shaking and rattling.” Instyle stated; “If we were giving out an award for “Best Dancer” at the Jingle Ball, it would go to Monsta X, hands down. The K-pop band opened the whole shebang, and while their vocals were also great, they stole the show with their moves.”

In addition to that, the band continues to garner stellar reviews from media such as: MTV,Refinery 29, Buzzfeed, Allure, Idolator, Billboard, Dazed, Rolling Stone India, PopcrushMonsta X is a group that cannot be overlooked.” They even made the cut for Pandora’s2019 Artist’s To Watch, as the only K-Pop group included.

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Steve Aoki, the two-time Grammy-nominated producer/DJ is one of today’s most successful American cross-genre artists, collectively counting 1.5 billion music streams on Spotify, with an additional 2 billion music streams on YouTube. As the founder of the trendsetting record label, events/lifestyle company, and apparel line Dim Mak Records, which he founded in 1996, Aoki has helped launch the careers of global acts like The Chainsmokers, Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Kills, among many others. Dim Mak today counts more than 1,000 official releases from the biggest acts and most buzzing newcomers across EDM, indie rock, hip-hop, and beyond over its two-decades-plus discography.

As a solo artist, Aoki boasts a lauded discography that includes: Wonderland (2012), his debut solo album, which garnered him his first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album; the Neon Future series, which includes Neon Future I (2014, certified gold by the RIAA), Neon Future II (2015), Neon Future III (November 2018), and Neon Future IV (spring 2019); and the hip-hop centric Steve Aoki Presents Kolony (2017). His genre-defying collaborations also include original songs with A-listers like Lil Yachty and Migos (“Night Call” from Kolony, 2017); One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson on the global hit “Just Hold On” (2016), which debuted at #1 in more than 40 countries and has since gone gold or platinum in 18 countries; K-Pop idols BTS on the hit track “Waste It on Me” (2018) which amassed praise domestically and internationally, debuting at #1 in more than 60 countries with 4 million streams in the first 24 hours, as well as the #1 worldwide trend on Twitter with 1k+ retweets per minute; and Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, and Elvis Crespo on the Spanish-language track “Azukita” (2018).

In 2016, Aoki released the Netflix Originals documentary film I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, which earned him his second Grammy nomination for Best Music Film and globally released in more than 190 countries. Recognized by Forbes as one of the top 5 world’s highest paid DJ’s and the world’s hardest working DJAoki is “one of the most in-demand entertainers in the world” (Billboard), counting more than 250 tour dates per year, with past performances at nearly every top festival around the world including Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock Festival, Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival, and more. As a fashion designer/entrepreneur, Aoki has collaborated with major fashion and lifestyle brands like Converse and Bathing Ape and serves as a global ambassador for several international brands including ASICS and Diesel. In 2016, he also debuted his very own Dim Mak Collection streetwear line, which he later presented at New York Fashion Week in 2017. In 2012, Aoki founded THE AOKI FOUNDATION, which primarily supports organizations in the brain science and research areas and has donated more than $500,000 to date. www.steveaoki.com

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