Shalala (stylized in all-caps) is the debut solo mini album by Taeyong. On May 4, 2023, Sports Chosun reported that Taeyang will be making his solo debut in early June. Hours later, SM Entertainment confirmed the reports. On May 15, it was announced that Taeyong will be making his solo debut on June 5 with his first mini album, Shalala. On May 19, SM Entertainment announced that Red Velvet’s Wendy will be feature on the b-side song “Move Mood Mode”. “Move Mood Mode” is described as a medium-tempo pop song with a bouncy synth sound. It will be released on June 5, 2023. The physical album comes in five versions: Thorn, Archive, Collector, Digipack and SMini.
Taeyong (Korean: 태용; Japanese: テヨン) is a South Korean rapper and singer-songwriter under SM Entertainment. He is the leader of the boy group NCT and the sub-unit NCT 127, a member of the sub-unit NCT U and a member of the supergroup SuperM. He was cast into SM Entertainment in 2012, discovered by street scouts in front of his school. In December 2013, he was introduced as a member of the pre-debut trainee team SMROOKIES. In 2014, he participated with other fellow NCT members on the show Exo 90:2014, where they performed songs from the 90s. As for the musical projects, he released a short song “Open The Door”, he was featured in Red Velvet’s single “Be Natural”.
On April 8, 2016, he officially debuted as a member of NCT, in the unit NCT U, with the single “The 7th Sense”. On July 10, 2016, he debuted as a member of the 2nd unit, NCT 127, with their EP NCT #127. On August 8, 2019, it was announced that he would be a member of the supergroup SuperM. They released their self-titled mini-album on October 4, 2019. On November 18, 2019, they released the promotional single “Let’s Go Everywhere”. On May 4, 2023, Sports Chosun reported that Taeyang will be making his solo debut in early June. Hours later, SM Entertainment confirmed the reports.