NCT DREAM recently made their comeback with “Candy,” a remake of the H.O.T song released in 1996. Fans have loved seeing the group dressed up in styles reminiscent of H.O.T’s original stage costumes.
Since the song’s release, the group have seen a great deal of success, achieving high rankings on various music charts.
.@NCTsmtown_DREAM reaches their second ALL-KILL on MelOn Real Time Chart in 2022!
#1. Candy (=)
#2 Graduation (=)
#3 Tangerine Love (+5) pic.twitter.com/he7DI1X4b1
— NCT Charts (@nctcharts_) December 17, 2022
— NCT DREAM CENTER (@NCTDREAMCENTER) December 17, 2022
The group are also promoting the song on weekly music shows and had their first official comeback performance during the 2022 KBS Song Festival.
KBS 가요대축제 歌謡祭
NCT DREAM – Candy pic.twitter.com/BQYvnD7Hn2
— むらちん (@hamji_village) December 16, 2022
NCT DREAM also appeared on MBC’s Music Core as well where Haechan and Renjun were brought to tears while performing their B-Side track “Graduation.”
When NCT DREAM debuted, it was announced the group operated on a “graduation system,” meaning when a member became an adult, they would leave the subunit. This concept caused a lot of heartbreak for the group and their fans, with members crying on stage during concerts over the thought of being separated.
Not long after fans began their movement to abolish the system, NCT DREAM were announced to be a fixed unit, and Mark was added back to the line-up.
During content released to promote their comeback, NCT DREAM discussed how the word graduation had a negative context, but the release of “Graduation” would create a new meaning for the word.
"like haechan said earlier, we feel careful about saying the word graduation now" pic.twitter.com/22wTGlf8ZJ
— ً (@MARKHYUCKARCHIV) December 15, 2022
During the performance on Music Core, as the group sang the heartfelt song, Renjun could be seen tearing up and attempting to cover up the fact that he began crying.
Fans also noticed that Haechan also shed tears and used a moment of the choreography to hide his face.
oh haechan 🙁 pic.twitter.com/WaGNB02Q99
— 41 해찬아 잘 하고 있어 ♡ (@haelovs) December 17, 2022
They both managed to complete the stage, and fans praised the group for their performance.
nct dream's graduation stage is so beautiful pic.twitter.com/vPbefyJyqQ
— ㅎ (@Ieemarkees) December 17, 2022
haechan sings this part in graduation with emotions. his voice is so heavenly and so calming
— loffy 해찬아 잘 하고 있어 (@hyckflmz) December 17, 2022
We love seeing NCT DREAM together!