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On October 26, 2020, SM Entertainment announced
that it would debut a new girl group, its first since
Red Velvet in 2014 and its first overall idol group
since NCT in 2016. The group’s name and
members were revealed individually starting on
October 27 (in order: Winter, Karina, Ningning
, and Giselle). SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo
-man explained the group’s concept at the 2020 World
Cultural Industry Forum on October 28.
A video trailer featuring all four members
was revealed on November 2, alongside
the announcement of the release of Aespa’s
debut single, “Black Mamba”, on November
17. The group made their broadcast
debut on KBS2’s Music Bank on November
20 to perform “Black Mamba”. The song
reached number one on the K-pop music video
charts of China’s biggest music-streaming
service, QQ Music, for three consecutive
weeks and earned Aespa their first
music show win on SBS’s Inkigayo on January 17, 2021.
On May 4, 2021, SM Entertainment announced
Aespa would release a new single titled
“Next Level”, describing the song as a dance
and hip-hop track with a “groovy” rap,
“energetic” bass, and “powerful vocals”.
 It was released on May 17.
It debuted at number nine on the Gaon Digital
Chart and peaked at number two, becoming
their first top five hit in South Korea.
“Next Level” became Aespa’s third song to
chart on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales
chart peaking at number 3. On July 22
, 2021, Aespa was announced to have signed
with Creative Artists Agency for their future
activities in United States. On
September 10, 2021, it was announced
that remix versions of “Next Level” will be
released on September 14, along with a
music video and a visualizer video for “Next Level (IMLAY Remix)”.