4th gen icons Tomorrow X Together have been in the game for almost four years now, and every single year since debut, they continue to prove their status as household names in the K-POP industry. As we reach the end of another incredible year, we’re taking a look at some of TXT’s biggest highlights of the past 12 months.
The Star Seekers Webtoon
2022 was kicked off with The Star Seekers webtoon launching back in January. The webtoon is inspired by the group’s storyline of The Star Seekers (otherwise known as the TXT universe), which takes place in the age of magic, where magic idols prevail. We follow the fictional group Star One who are suddenly gifted with magical powers and met with a mysterious enemy. The once unpopular idol group is left to save the world, but will they have the ability to restore peace to the world? Released on NAVER Webtoon, weekly installments of the webtoon are shared, and back in September, TXT released the official soundtrack ‘Free Falling.’ We truly cannot get enough of this series!
‘PS5’ With Salem Ilese and Alan Walker
Kicking off their 2022 releases, Yeonjun and Taehyun represented TXT as a feature on Salem Ilese’s song ‘PS5.’ This isn’t the first time the boys have worked with Salem, as she is also one of the writers behind the group’s viral hit ‘Anti-Romantic.’ Speculation of the collaboration came about when Salem shared her “open verse challenge” of the song on TikTok, only for Taehyun to duet with lyrics of their pre-announced collab. Speaking of their feature, Salem said: “It was so great getting to collaborate again with Yeonjun and Taehyun. When it came time to get a feature on ‘PS5,’ I reached out to see if they would do it. I was so honored they said yes, and their verse turned out to be the perfect addition to the song.” We couldn’t agree more!
Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child
In May, TXT made their much-anticipated comeback for Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child. It’s their second in the minisode series following the 2020 release of Blue Hour. Within six days of the album’s announcement, pre-orders surpassed 810,000 copies, exceeding their previous career high of 520k for The Chaos Chapter: Freeze. The album went on to earn a gold certificate on RIAJ (Japan) and a million certificate on KMCA (South Korea) and positioned at 192 on the 2022 year-end charts for US Billboard 200. With their grungy bad boy aesthetic in full swing, we feel like our boys have come a long way since their colorful days of The Dream Chapter and are truly becoming incredible young men. We’re so proud!
‘Valley of Lies’ Featuring Iann Dior
In July, TXT teamed up with Iann Dior for their indie alt-song ‘Valley Of Lies.’ The song hit number 1 on iTunes in over 15 different regions. The collaboration is their second full English digital single in their career, following the success of ‘Magic’ released back in 2021. The two artists performed the song together twice, once at a show on the US leg of the Act: Lovesick Tour and then again at Lollapalooza. This collab truly had us straightening our bangs and applying our black liner, opening our emo hearts up once more.
Act: Love Sick Tour
At long last, TXT have finally been able to embark on their first tour! After the pandemic putting a pause on live music, this year Tomorrow X Together were finally able to put on a proper tour, with stops in both Asia and the United States with songs from their latest release, Minisode 2: Thursday’s Child, as well as fan faves from past releases including Minisode 1: Blue Hour and both The Chaos Chapter and The Dream Chapter, this first tour was a momentous era for both TXT and MOA celebrating their successful career so far.
This year, TXT made history as the first-ever K-POP act to perform at Lollapalooza, one of America’s largest music festivals. performing on the Solana X Perry stage at Grant Park, Chicago, on July 30th. The performance came at the end of the US leg of their tour and included a guest appearance from Ian Diorr to perform their song ‘Valley Of Lies.’ They blew the minds of both MOA and casual attendees alike with performances of their hits ‘Good Boy Gone Bad,’ ‘Magic,’ and ‘0x1=LOVESONG,’ to name a few. There’s no doubt that their major festival performance earned them a number of new fans!
TXT made their Japanese comeback back in August with Good Boy Gone Bad. The comeback consisted of the Japanese version of ‘Good Boy Gone Bad,’ ‘Hitori no Yoru,’ and ‘Ring,’ which served as the theme song of the show Heart Signal Japan. The music video for ‘Good Boy Gone Bad’ also holds a number of clues and furthers the ongoing storyline that takes place throughout the TXT Universe. We just love how the storyline expands over both their Korean and Japanese releases!
More Awards To Add To The Bag
Another year, another win list for TXT! This year, the boys bagged a number of awards, including Hero Of The Year at NME, Artist Of The Year (Bonsang) at The Fact Music Awards, best performance – male at the Melon Music Awards, and Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 at the Mnet Asian Music Awards, In addition to this, TXT were awarded the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation by the Korean Popular Culture and Arts Awards. We’re so proud of our boys!
Congrats on another iconic year, TXT! We’re so proud of you!
What was your favorite moment of TXT in 2022? What are you hoping to see from them next year? Let us know down in the comments below or by tweeting @TheHoneyPOP!