SB19 is set for world domination.

The Filipino pop (Pinoy pop or P-pop) behemoth is not only releasing their highly anticipated comeback single but is also embarking on a world tour next month.

Following a series of cryptic videos shared on social media this week, SB19 finally announced earlier today (August 12) that they will be releasing their latest single, “WYAT [Where You At],” which is set to drop on September 2 on all streaming platforms, with an accompanying music video.

The upcoming single is described as “a disco-pop track that highlights the urgency of disconnection to reconnection of the times.” This marks the five-member groups’ first track as a unit following 2021’s Pagsibol EP.

SB19 Stell addresses the gap as a way to improve themselves. “It’s been a year, the word ‘hiatus’ may sound negative but we took it from a different perspective. We maximized the opportunity to think more as to what we can improve on, how we can prepare for our comeback.”

The track, SB19 Ken adds, is something the group is happy to release for their fans, A’TIN. “We are thrilled to be releasing a new song for our fans. Bigger, better. I hope that A’TIN will appreciate at best the work we’ve done for our upcoming tour.”

The award-winning and Billboard nominee group doubles down on the excitement with the announcement of their most ambitious local and international tour to date, with multiple stops in the Philippines throughout September; and overseas starting October, with shows in Singapore, UAE, the United States, and more locations yet to be announced,

The local leg of the WYAT [Where You At] Tour kicks off on September 17, 2022, at Araneta Coliseum, to be followed by a series of shows in Clark, Cebu, Davao, and more.

SB19’s first world tour proves to be just as exhilarating for the members. SB19 Josh notes, “This will be the first time for us to be going out of the country for our own concert. We’re excited to meet our international fans. If I may put it: we were caterpillars inside cocoons when we were just starting and now, we’ve turned into butterflies ready to spread our wings!”

Moreover, SB19 Justin promises fans that the group is “very much involved” in the creative process behind the upcoming tour. He explains, “When SB19 Pablo told us the meaning of ‘WYAT,’ the song that he and his brother Josue created, I was able to conceptualize WYAT. From there, our team was able to brainstorm on how to improve my initial concept. We made options and showed the other members of SB19, so they could also give their insights. One idea led to another. We started plotting everything: from teasers to the actual music video, every post, down to the last detail.”

SB19 Justin adds, “Josh tweaks a bit of everything, from choreography to the direction of our shoots. He and Pablo have a big role in decision-making. Ken helps with the creative process, from how the dances should look to the set design. Aside from being the main choreographer, Stell also shares ideas on how to promote our comeback. He’s been mentioning if we could play the videos after our recent performances before the tour starts, So we did. Last August 7, 2022 at Mall of Asia Arena was when we first dropped our video teaser in front of thousands of live audience. I highly consider what the other members, management, staff and other people around me think. It really takes a village and is a healthy collaboration.”

SB19, while known for being a top-tier P-pop band, is known for exploring different genres in the music aside from pop, most prominently: hip hop. Their chart-topping single, “Bazinga,” showcases distinct hip hop elements that continue to push the boundaries on how P-pop (and K-pop, for that matter) is defined, as the track and the group “defy and transcend artistic boundaries. Moreover, both, as fans will attest, are rooted in authenticity.”

Details about the local and international tour will be announced soon. Watch this space for more updates.

Inline image courtesy of Sony Music

(Update – August 16, 2022, 3:22 PM PST) SB19 released more details about their kick-off show at Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Philippines on September 17. This is the first of a series of national shows the Filipino group is embarking on for next month, leading up to their first-ever global tour in October. Tickets are priced between PHP1,000 (General Admission) and PHP5,500 (VIP Standing with soundcheck). Tickets will be available starting August 18 at 12PM local time via Ticketnet outlets nationwide or via their official website.