In 2018, the group received the honor to serve as torchbearers for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics before continuing their drive into the Japanese market with the Japanese original "Spotlight," which later landed on their album Piece. Back in Korea, they issued another EP, The Connect: Dejavu, as well as their second full-length, Take.1 Are You There? The set soared into the Top Ten on the U.S. Heatseekers and World Albums charts, even peaking at number 24 on the Independent Albums list. They closed the year by becoming the first K-pop group to appear at Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM's yearly Jingle Ball concert.
Following their global breakthrough year, Monsta X kicked off 2019 with Take.2 We Are Here and a Steve Aoki collaboration, "Play It Cool." In May, they signed with Epic Records and readied for an English-language debut, which arrived in the form of "Who Do U Love?" featuring rapper French Montana. ~ Neil Z. Yeung, Rovi