Stray Kids have released their new mini-album, ‘Rock-Star’, and a visual for its title track ‘Lalalala’.
In the new ‘Lalalala’ music video, the K-pop group play pirates on a shipwreck under the sea, partying to the energetic new track. A gigantic smoke-like creature attempts to attack both the group and a marching band of young boys about to perform.
At the end of the visual, the group and their backup dancers salute to the marching band as they watch their performance through a portal.
“Just feel the rhythm of the world / ‘Cause we will make it rock / Twist, turn and roll / Throw yourself out there / Face all the noise of the world,” they sing on the pre-chorus.
‘Rock-Star’ contains eight songs, including ‘Social Path’, a Korean take on their recent collaboration with Japanese singer LiSA, and two versions of ‘락 (LALALALA)’.
All tracks were written and composed by at least one member of 3RACHA, the sub-unit comprised of members Bang Chan, Changbin and Han, who are the main writers and producers for Stray Kids.
‘가려줘 (Cover Me)’ was co-written and co-composed by Bang Chan and Hyunjin. Other collaborators, such as Willie Weeks and Millionboy also contributed to the composing and arranging of some songs.
In a five-star review of ‘5-Star’, NME’s Crystal Bell wrote: “Stray Kids are flying so high above the crowd that they’re in a galaxy of their very own, where the parties are endless and the vibes are always five-star.”
The album gave the group their third consecutive Number One on the Billboard 200 in June. It followed their previous records ‘Maxident’ and ‘Oddinary’ – both released in 2022 – in topping the chart.
Earlier this year, three members of Stray Kids were involved in a car accident. Lee Know, Hyunjin and Seungmin were travelling home from a scheduled event when they were involved in a “minor incident”, although none of the stars or their accompanying staff members were “seriously injured”.
However, due to sustaining “mild muscle pain and bruises”, they were advised to “receive conservative treatment” and were put on a temporary hiatus from promotions, including a scheduled appearance at New York’s Global Citizen festival. 3RACHA, the sub-unit comprised of Bang Chan, Changbin and Han, performed at the event in Stray Kids’ wake.