On May 21st, SEVENTEEN brought back a fan-favorite for the See Us Unite for Change global special. SEVENTEEN’s ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ is one of the group’s most famous songs. Released four years ago, it has stood the test of time as a certified classic. Watch the performance right here!
This year, SEVENTEEN have added to their long list of awards and achievements with performances on shows like The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. They were also the first K-pop group to be spotlighted in W Magazine‘s music issue. On top of that, they were Top Social Artist finalists at the Billboard Music Awards, marking their first nomination at a US award show.
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ was originally released as the lead single from their fourth mini-album Al1 in 2017. Since then, the song has become a staple and has surpassed over 100 million Spotify streams. As part of the See Us Unite campaign led by The Asian American Foundation, the See Us Unite for Change event was an effort to expand support for the AAPI community through solidarity and education initiatives. Introduced as a group that is “taking the US by storm” and has “sold millions of albums worldwide,” SEVENTEEN took the stage to showcase exactly why that is. By unveiling a new performance of ‘Don’t Wanna Cry,’ they refreshed a classic with a poignant, mature spin, reminding everyone why it became a classic in the first place.
Because SEVENTEEN’s ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ is so iconic, here are three more reasons the song is a cultural reset:
1. Recruiting Carats
For many fans (including some of us here at THP), ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ was their first introduction to SVT.
Because of its wide appeal, ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ is the song that transformed many fans into Carats. ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ made its mark with a catchy hook, creative and mesmerizing choreography, and flawless vocals. Everything about it is sharp and polished, while still emotional and touching.
The 13-member group is one of the most dynamic groups in K-pop. The members are multi-talented, covering all facets of performance and each bringing a unique aspect to the group as a whole. There’s nothing SEVENTEEN can’t do. Not to mention, the members carry the energy of genuine friendship and organic collaboration. It’s easy to forget that they didn’t just come together spontaneously on their own and start making music.
With ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ as an introduction, it’s a quick slide into being a Carat.
2. The Choreography
One of the reasons SEVENTEEN’s ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ is so unique is its captivating choreography.
The choreography of this song is one that never gets old. It’s incredibly fun to watch, and because there are so many members, you notice something new each time you watch.
Hoshi, the performance team leader and a main choreographer (as well as king of the tiger agenda), had a hand in its creation. He studied contemporary dance in order to help him portray emotions through movement. The mix of contemporary and hip-hop brings out all of the layers of the song and the formations are eye-catching.
Not to mention, SVT stunned everyone with their flawless execution of the ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ choreo in 2x speed on Weekly Idol. Seriously, the synchronization! The way they didn’t miss a single beat! Iconic.
‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ proves it has international appeal and popularity in its streaming numbers. Not only does it have over 100 million Spotify streams, but the song also surpassed the 200 million YouTube mark just recently. It’s the first song of SEVENTEEN’s to hit this milestone.
These numbers rising so exponentially even four years after release further prove that ‘Don’t Wanna Cry’ is here to stay! It’s safe to say this song is one of the most popular and recognizable in K-pop as a whole, and we’ll keep streaming for years to come.
Coming Up Next
In addition to this major achievement, SEVENTEEN will be unveiling a new subunit. On May 28th, ‘Bittersweet (feat. Lee Hi)’ will be released at 6 pm KST. Featuring Mingyu and Wonwoo, the song is a kick-off to SEVENTEEN’S Power of Love project.
It doesn’t stop there: this summer, SEVENTEEN’s highly anticipated comeback Your Choice mini-album comes out on June 18!
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