On November 25, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City. During the famous parade, GISELLE, WINTER, KARINA and NINGNING from the K-pop group aespa performed. This made aespa the second K-pop group and the first K-pop girl group to perform at the popular Thanksgiving event.
aespa performed ‘Savage’ during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade takes place in New York on Thanksgiving Day. The parade is televised and features floats, balloons, and performances.
For the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, aespa, Carrie Underwood, Jon Batiste, Kristin Chenoweth, Kim Petras, Jordan Fisher, Andy Grammer, Nelly, Mickey Guyton, Foreigner, Jimmie Allen, Tauren Wells, Girls5eva, Darren Criss , Chris Lane, Rob Thomas, Kelly Rowland, Zoe Wees and Tai Verdes performed.
The parade also featured the cast of Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues features Steve, Joe and Josh.
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aespa performed ‘Savage’ in the Thanksgiving parade
On October 5, aespa released their first EP, wild. The EP includes six tracks: “Aenergy”, “Savage”, “I’ll Make You Cry”, “Yeppi Yeppi”, “Iconic” and “Lucid Dream”. The EP reached number 20 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“Savage” is the lead single from the EP, and the K-pop group performed the song at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For the event, GISELLE, WINTER, KARINA and NINGNING appeared on Olay’s “Her Future is STEM-sational” float.
According to Macy’s, the float “celebrates and inspires” women of all ages “to aim for the stars in pursuit of opportunities, studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”
With their rendition of “Savage,” aespa became the first K-pop girl group to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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In 2019, NCT 127 performed “Highway to Heaven” during the parade, making history as the first K-pop group to perform at the event.
Both NCT 127 and aespa debuted with entertainment company SM Entertainment.
K-pop group debuted in 2020
GISELLE, WINTER, KARINA and NINGNING debuted with SM Entertainment as aespa in 2020. The band’s name combines “ae” (Avatar and Experience) with “aspect” (two sides). As part of the group concept, each aespa member has a virtual avatar counterpart.
The quartet debuted with a single called “Black Mamba”. The music video for “Black Mamba” became the fastest K-pop debut music video to surpass 100 million views after its release.
In February 2021, the K-pop group released a cover of the song “Forever” as a single. “Forever” was originally released by SM Entertainment artist Yoo Young-jin.
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aespa then released the single “Next Level” in May 2021. “Next Level” is a remake of a song with the same name from the soundtrack of Fast & Furious Gifts: Hobbs & Shaw.
With each comeback, aespa becomes more and more popular. While the band is just a rookie group, the success of the members is already monumental.