Now that NCT‘s Taeyong has opened his own YouTube channel, he is wasting no time in giving the people what they want. He surprised fans by making his first upload to the channel not a vlog, but a performance video for his own original song, “Lonely.”
Taeyong announced his personal YouTube channel, called TY TRACK, on March 14. He posted a teaser that gave a glimpse into the many different kinds of content that he would be uploading, making fans excited about seeing his many skills, including in cooking and art, as well as about seeing moments from his day to day.
What no one could have expected is that Taeyong’s first video would be a full-length performance video. In fact, fans joked about how Taeyong’s first upload would end up being the unboxing of his silver play button…
Taeyong's first video be like, "Unboxing my silver play button <333"
— Andy (@renjunfavrs) March 14, 2022
…which his channel qualified for within 1 hour and 40 minutes of going live.
[INFO] 220315 The number of subscribers of #TAEYONG’s YouTube channel ‘TY TRACK’ has already exceeded 310,000 subscribers, which satisfies the conditions to receive a silver button based on 100,000 subscribers.#NCT #NCT127
Translated by SM_NCThttps://t.co/AnHgFWp6Uz pic.twitter.com/E7ITkriNln
— SM_NCT (@SM_NCT) March 15, 2022
Now NCTzens can’t stop praising Taeyong for everything from the dancing to the lyrics of “Lonely,” as he showed off his considerable talent as a choreographer, composer, lyricist…
lyrics by taeyong
composed by taeyong & royal dive
arranged by royal dive
featuring by suran pic.twitter.com/IFgfyly2pf
— taeyong pics (@taeyongpictures) March 15, 2022
main dancer Taeyong dancing along to singer rapper Taeyong’s voice in a song by songwriter composer Taeyong pic.twitter.com/YhLKvVBNnm
— 🥟 (@LTYKAI) March 15, 2022
…and much more!
It's okay you can just say taeyong lee pic.twitter.com/SCxoadA7OD
— hay (@taeeeyongg) March 14, 2022
Fans have been excited to see Taeyong get the opportunity to collaborate with his fellow creatives in the industry on projects that he’s passionate about…
Taeyong working together for his unreleased song 'Lonely' with producer friends royal dive, his dancer friends bada lee + team and also with suran. I love to see it, taeyong make lots of friends outside the brand and this is what we get.
— Aggasiie▪︎💎DIAMONDS💎 (@Yourrose00) March 15, 2022
taeyong with his dancer friends 🥺💕 pic.twitter.com/GJgag3pPy8
— 태유연 🌹 (@taeyeweon) March 15, 2022
…especially because it gives him the freedom to really explore his range as an artist, as evidenced by the interesting contrast between his lyrics and the overall tone of the video and choreography. While the choreography and the video seem bright and positive, the theme of the lyrics is actually one of loneliness and despair.
The way Taeyong's smiles and the bright, colourful vibe of the video directly contrasts with the lyrics, "I'm so lonely". It's like Taeyong is illustrating how someone can look happy on the outside, and often society dictates that people act this way, but inside they're lonely 🥺 pic.twitter.com/agUiTdN8ju
— Resident of Ncity (@musetaeyong) March 15, 2022
This reflects how Taeyong has always been open about discussing difficult emotions and how to process them, often encouraging fans to be honest with themselves when faced with negative emotions. Taeyong’s lyrics are really honest about his feelings, showing how passionate he is about communicating openly and authentically with his fans.
I love these part of Taeyong's 'Lonely' : "I rest when it's time to rest, but I can't do that well
'Cause everytime I was on fire
Spending the night I'm on fire(?)
Then I sleep while I'm looking at the sun
When I realized, I became like that"
It express how passionate he is ㅠㅠ
— Dyva🌸 (@captainuwu) March 15, 2022
This is something that NCTzens are really appreciative of, not only because his song hit home for many…
singing about loneliness in a happy tune truly do be my favorite genre lmao i love it so much 😭😭😭😭😭
— 방구석린🌹 (@alientyong) March 15, 2022
…but because it also proves how much Taeyong values his relationship with fans!
Taeyong: "this is all for my friends."
yes TY TRACK is tyongfs paradise
— bubu ♻ (@ruby_uNDeRSTaND) March 14, 2022
NCTzens everywhere now can’t stop thanking him for everything he puts into his creative work…
Thank you, taeyong lee pic.twitter.com/vFNSwtts66
— hay (@taeeeyongg) March 14, 2022
…and praising him for the artist he’s proven himself to be.
taeyong is the artist of the year and he didn’t debut as a soloist yet
— lilay 🌹💎 (@DUALITY0NG) March 15, 2022
taeyong just showed how he's beyond ready to be soloist 😭 im so proud of him
— vics (@neotyongg) March 15, 2022
Taeyong has made everyone proud!
This is beyond good! We're so proud of you taeyong 🫂🤍 always.pic.twitter.com/DzVogjmak9
— Z e n.◡̈ (@jaeedimples) March 15, 2022
If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch Taeyong’s “Lonely” on the link below.