Earlier today, SEVENTEEN‘s The8 dropped a surprise announcement: he will be releasing a solo digital single album!

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The album, titled Side By Side, is set to release next week on April 13. Take a look at the cover art!

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The cover art for “Side By Side.” | @pledis_17/Twitter

Their fans, Carats, were completely taken by surprise by the announcement, having had no indication about his plans. Working backwards, they realized that they might have missed a few hints!

This announcement comes only five days after the release of Hoshi‘s first solo mixtapeSpider. Some Carats are speculating that all the members are working on solo projects, while others think that it may only be the performance line, given that Jun released his own single digital album in February. If that’s the case, then maknae Dino may be next in line to release a solo project!

Mark your calendars for April 13!