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"Next Level" is the third digital single by aespa. It was released on May 17, 2021 and is a remake of the song of the same name from the original soundtrack of the movie Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.[1]


On May 4, SM Entertainment confirmed that aespa are preparing for a May comeback. The exact dates will be released once finalized.[2] On the midnight of May 6, a teaser was posted via the group's social medias announcing the group's first comeback entitled "Next Level".[3] Later that same day, it was confirmed that aespa would be coming back with a single titled "Next Level" on May 17.[4]


"Next Level" is described as a hip hop dance song that includes a groovy rap, a bass riff that is overflowing with energy, and aespa’s powerful vocals. The lyrics contain a story about aespa’s journey into KWANGYA as they try to find an evil being called “Black Mamba”.[5][6]


On May 21, 2021, official merchandise was made available through SMTOWN &STORE. On July 8, additional official merchandise was made available through the SM GLOBAL SHOP.





Weekly charts

Chart (2021) Peak position
South Korea Gaon Digital Chart[7] 2
Download Chart[8] 7
Streaming Chart[9] 1
K-pop Hot 100[10] 2
Global 200 (Billboard)[11] 65

Year-end chart

Chart (2021) Position
South Korea Gaon Digital Chart[12] 5


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