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NCT U 'Make A Wish' to get orchestra version by SM Classics: Release date and how to listen

SM’s classic label SM Classics has taken it upon themselves to cover NCT U's cheerful and hip-hop track 'Make A Wish'
SM will give NCT U's 'Make A Wish' a classical treatment (@NCTsmtown/Twitter)
SM will give NCT U's 'Make A Wish' a classical treatment (@NCTsmtown/Twitter)

SM Entertainment is going all out for NCT U’s ‘Make A Wish’. The cheery and fun song with experimental sounds was received positively worldwide. It ended up sweeping several charts and was one of the most popular tracks of the album ‘NCT Resonance Pt. 1’. And now SM’s classic label ‘SM Classics’ has taken it upon themselves to cover the hip-hop song and expectations are high as NCTzens wonder what the final outcome will be.

SM Classics TOWN Orchestra will perform the orchestra version of 'Make A Wish' which has been arranged by Kang Moe. The original hip-hop and pop song will undergo major sound changes while the popular whistle riff will be emphasized. We will also get a music video of all 50 members of the SM Classics TOWN Orchestra performing it under the maestro Kim Seong-jin at the Seoul Arts Center concert hall.  


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SM Classics' 'Make A Wish' orchestra version (SM/Daum)

Release date and how to listen

SM Classics will release their orchestra version of ‘Make A Wish’ on August 12 at 6 pm KST (5 am ET). The track will be available on various music platforms like Apple Music, Spotify and MelOn. Its music video will be released on SM’s SMTOWN Youtube channel and Naver TV SMTOWN channel.

While the original song took an oriental twist, the orchestra version is described as “reminiscent of a scene where a mirage is seen under the intense sun in a vast desert, and the 50-member SM Classics TOWN Orchestra is enough to meet the majestic and suspenseful sound in harmony with their performance.” A snippet was released at SM Congress last June and their haunting take of the whistle riff leaves the listener with goosebumps.

NCT U for 'Make A Wish' (@NCTsmtown/Twitter)

‘Make A Wish’ makes records

The original ‘Make A Wish’ has made records and continues to do so. Other than getting an orchestra version, it is also the first NCT U music video to reach 200 million YouTube views. It was also at #1 on iTunes in 35 countries for three days straight. It was also the most viewed music video on the day it was released and was at #1 again for three days on YouTube trends. It was also at #4 on Billboard’s Global Excl. US chart and is the fastest SM music video to get 100 million Youtube views. The sub-unit also got their first music show win with 'Make A Wish'.


The 'Maniac' release

This orchestra version will be released at the same time as another NCT project. Quite recently, it was announced that NCT’s Doyoung and Haechan were collaborating with the K-pop producer Ryan Jhun. They will feature in his ‘MAXIS’ project by recording and performing the single ‘Maniac’. The music video will feature dancer and 1Million Dance Studio’s choreographer Lia Kim. ‘Maniac’ is also set to release on August 12 at 6 pm KST and fans are excited to get two new NCT songs at the same time.

‘A masterpiece’

The news got mixed reactions as some were excited while others were confused about how the orchestra would pull it off. One fan tweeted, “I’m really excited for this! Make a Wish is really an iconic NCT moment and I like that it’s getting the classical treatment.” One user wondered, “Make a wish orchestra version is so funny to me i wonder how they'll pull it off.” Keeping in mind the lyrics of the song, another fan joked, “Of course SM would release an orchestra ver for a birthday sex song.” One commented on the snippet that was released and called it “a masterpiece.”





Watch the original music video below: