How Charli XCX’s ‘Vroom Vroom’ Inspired Aespa’s Song ‘Next Level’
Aespa is quite “iconic”, but so is the self-proclaimed greatest artist of her generation, Charli XCX. For aespa’s original song “Nevel Level”, the songwriter was inspired by the hyper pop track “Vroom Vroom” by Charli XCX. Here’s what we know about the similarities between these songs.
Aespa’s original song “Next Level” appeared on the soundtrack of “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”
Aespa takes their music to the next level. Debuting in 2020, GISELLE, WINTER, KARINA, and NINGNING released their song “Black Mamba,” introducing the K-pop community to their unique sound. Since then, they have performed at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, becoming the first K-pop group to do so.
In 2021, aespa released their single “Nevel Level”, a remix of the A$ton Wyld song of the same title. It’s this K-pop track that was featured in the Fast & Furious Gifts: Hobbs & Shaw soundtrack.
Since its debut, the music video “Nevel Level” has been viewed over 200 million times, while the song itself has generated over 100 million Spotify plays. Some members even commented on the meaning of the song, sharing a glimpse of the metaverse created by aespa.
“We wanted to continue the story of our debut single, ‘Black Mamba’,” member Ningning said during an interview with CNN Philippines. “’Next Level’ is about going on an adventure to Kwangya to solve the problem caused by ‘Black Mamba’ disrupting the Synk between us and ‘æ.’”
Aespa’s “Next Level” was inspired by Charli XCX’s song “Vroom Vroom”
As a pop singer-songwriter, ASTON is one of the musicians behind Aespa’s “Next Level”. In 2021, the musician appeared in a Q&A on Instagram. One fan asked, “We love the beat! How did you find it? Not the usual thing you hear in K-pop! It’s unique.
As the songwriter danced to Charli XCX’s iconic “Vroom Vroom” verse, the text on her Instagram narrative read, “the inspiration for the original ‘Next Level’ – ‘Vroom Vroom’ [by] Charlie XCX.
The similarities between these songs mainly exist in the musical elements, as the lyrics of “Next Level” are more about this K-pop group and their “Black Mamba” inspired adventure. This hyperpop sound is also prevalent in the music of AG Cook, Sophie and other artists.
Charli XCX is known for her ‘hyperpop sound,’ featured in ‘Vroom Vroom’
Complete with car sounds and a car album cover, Charli XCX launched the Vroom Vroom EP in 2016. “Vroom Vroom” became many angels’ favorite track. Charli XCX included this song on her setlist for several live performances.
Recently, Charli XCX debuted Accident, the full album marking the end of his recording contract with Atlantic Records. She has featured artists like Christine and the Queens, Rina Sawayama and Caroline Polachek on original songs, earning millions of streams.
It’s unclear if Charli XCX noted the similarities between her song and “Next Level.”
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