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Neo Zone is the second studio album by NCT 127. It was released on March 6, 2020.

The physical album comes in four versions: N, C and T, along with a Kihno version.

Background

After wrapping up promotion activities in the United States by the end of November 2019, SM Entertainment uploaded a music video for "Dreams Come True" onto the group's official channel, along with the release announcement for NCT #127: Neo Zone on January 27, 2020. The label further confirmed that member Jungwoo would re-join and participate in the group's promotion activities following his initial hiatus from August 2019. This marked Neo Zone their first release since Neo City: Seoul - The Origin in October 2019, their first original release since We Are Superhuman in May 2019 and their second full-length album, following Regular-Irregular and its repackage in late 2018.

On February 12, the group released a 90's-influenced "timeline" video for the album on all social media platforms of the group, including a release schedule and announcing "영웅 / 英雄 (Kick It)" as the lead single. It was then followed by several track videos previewing other songs from the album. before the music video teaser for "Kick It" was uploaded on the official SMTOWN channel on March 3, 2020. The album was eventually released both physically and digitally on March 6, 2020, with two different versions N, C, and different album covers. The T version was released later on March 20, 2020, while the Kihno version was released on March 27, 2020. With the exception of the album's interlude, the remaining album tracks of Neo Zone were uploaded fully onto the group's official channel, thus making it the group's first release to do so.

Promotion

Promotion for the album started with the group's first performance for the then-unreleased "序曲; Prelude" and "Kick It" as NCT 127 The Stage through their official channel on March 5, 2020. A day later, NCT 127 had their first music show performance for the lead single on Music Bank, followed by their promotion on Show! Music Core and Inkigayo. During the second promotion week on Music Bank and SBS Radio, the group performed the eleventh track "White Night". NCT 127 eventually earned their first Music Bank trophy for "Kick It" on March 27, 2020.

Track listing

  1. Elevator (127F)
  2. 영웅; 英雄 (Kick It)
  3. 꿈 (Boom)
  4. 낮잠 (Pandora's Box)
  5. 白日夢 (Day Dream)
  6. Interlude: Neo Zone
  7. 뿔 (Mad Dog)
  8. Sit Down!
  9. 메아리 (Love Me Now)
  10. 우산 (Love Song)
  11. 백야 (White Night)
  12. Not Alone
  13. Dreams Come True

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart performance for both Neo Zone and The Final Round
Chart (2020) Peak position
Neo Zone The Final Round
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) 100
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) 141
Canadian Albums (Billboard) 26
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ) 15 15
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 3 4
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan) 14 21
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA) 82
Polish Albums (ZPAV) 10
Scottish Albums (OCC) 47
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1 1
UK Digital Albums (OCC) 34
US Billboard 200 5 14
US Top Album Sales 1 1
US Independent Albums 2 2
US Tastemaker Albums 1 1
US World Albums (Billboard) 1 1

Monthly charts

Chart (2020) Peak position
Neo Zone The Final Round
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 13 12
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 1 2

Year-end charts

Chart (2020) Peak position
Neo Zone The Final Round
Hungarian Albums - Rank (MAHASZ) 74
Japanese Albums (Oricon) 69
South Korean Albums (Gaon) 8 14
US Billboard 200 200

Certifications

Certifications for Neo Zone
Region Certification Certified units/sales
South Korea (KMCA) 3x Platinum 750,000^
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Accolades

Music program awards
Song Program Date
"Kick It" Music Bank March 27, 2020
"Punch" M Countdown May 28, 2020
June 4, 2020
Music Bank May 29, 2020
Show! Music Core May 30, 2020


Year-end lists
Critic/Publication List Work Rank
MTV News The Best K-Pop B-Sides of 2020 "Love Me Now" 17
Metro The Best K-Pop Comebacks of 2020 "Kick It" 1
Billboard The 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2020: Critics' Picks Neo Zone 5
Young Post The Top 15 K-pop Albums of 2020 Neo Zone: The Final Round 11
South China Morning Post N/A

Audio

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