By Areeya Tatjana Ho
In 2019, P-Pop boy group SB19 released “Go Up,” describing the single as its “last shot” at performing as a group after “Tilaluha,” its debut single, got a lukewarm reception from the public.
In an interview with Toni Gonzaga on July 11, the members of the group shared with the television host they almost went their separate ways shortly after their debut.
“We talked about our last shot,” Justin said in a mix of Tagalog and English. “We’ll release a last song, and if it does not work [out] and nothing happens, we’ll stop.
SB19 released a dance practice video for “Go Up,” a fan account on Twitter reposted the video, introducing the group briefly. Shortly after that, the dance practice video went viral.
Now dubbed as their “redemption song,” “Go Up” has garnered the group both local and international attention, which eventually landed them on the radar of Billboard.
SB19 made it to Billboard’s Next Big Sound List in 2019, ranking 6th. They also entered Billboard Social 50, peaking at number two, which earned them a nomination from the Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist in 2021.
“Go Up” won Song of the Year at the MYX Music Awards, Original Song of the Year at the Push Awards, and Wishclusive Pop Performance of the Year at the Wish Music Awards.
“Go Up” was written by Sejun, SB19’s leader, produced by Lee Oh-Won, and composed by Glow and Lee Oh-Won. As of this writing, the single has 10 million views on YouTube and seven million streams on Spotify.
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