[Lee Dagyeom, a reporter for the daily economy, Star. Today.]
EXO’s Baekhyun will perform solo with an album of his own colors.
Baekhyun held a showcase to celebrate the release of his first solo album “City Lights” at SAC Art Hall in Samseong-dong, Gangnam-gu Seoul, at 2 p.m. on 10th July and performed his new song. EXO member Chen attended the showcase.
On the same day, Baekhyun said of his solo debut, “I’ve shown various activities with EXO and EXO-CBX, but when I knew I am going to be a solo, I felt burdened at first.”
He added, “I think it was because I didn’t have any members to lean on and I had to show myself in my entire. I’m excited though, I’m looking forward to it, and I want to show it to you as soon as possible.”
A question about when he had prepared for his solo debut, he said, “I started preparing for it by suggesting that I wanted to do it at the company from the end of last year. The reason why I’m not good at choosing the title song, my solo debut slightly had slowed down. I think it took about eight months in total,” he said. “I really missed the members while I was preparing for the album. because there was no one to share my opinions. I think I can work harder on EXO concerts in the future,” he added with a smile.
Baekhyun’s upcoming title track “UN Village” is an R&B genre that allows you to feel Baek’s soft vocals. It is a love song that describes romantic times of looking at the moon with a lover on the hillside of the UN Village as a scene in a movie.
Recalling the first time he heard “UN Village,” Baekhyun said, “When I listen to EXO’s title song, I feel ‘good or bad’ in 10 seconds. But this song captivated me in 10 seconds. I don’t usually modify a record, but I think I’ve modified record two or three times because I wanted to capture my own sensibility,” he said of the title song.
Regarding the fact that the album received much attention, with the number of preorders alone surpassing 400,000, he said, “I never imagined the number of 400,000 copies. I was so surprised and still can’t believe it,” he added that “fans have been waiting for me so much longer. “They asked me a lot of questions, ‘When are you going to come out with a solo?’ But as you waited for a long time, I hope you love me a lot.”
As for the difference between being an EXO artist and being a solo artist, he said, “If I appeal to sexiness with performances in an EXO album, I think in my album I seem to appeal to you with sexiness with my voice. This time, I’m showing you a genre that I’ve never shown before, but I hope the public will listen to “Un Village” and think about that “Baekhyun had this unique color too”
Lastly, Baekhyun said, “I’m releasing my first solo album in seven years.
I tried hard to show my individual colors, which were different from those of EXO and EXO-CBX. I’m going to make my solo album consistently from now. I’m going to show how I can digest not only R&B but also various genres,” he said.
Meanwhile, “City Lights” has six tracks including the title track “UN Village,” “Stay Up,” “Betcha,” “Ice Queen,” “Diamond” and “Psycho.” It was released at 6 p.m. on 10th July.
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