Posted : 2017-08-11 19:23
Updated : 2017-08-14 09:41

Winner stumbles on quick return

Winner members, from left, Kim Jin-woo, Kang Seung-yoon, Lee Seung-hoon and Song Mino pose before the press conference for their new mini album "Our Twenty For" at CGV Theater in Yeouido, Seoul, last Friday. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment

By Kim Jae-heun

YG Entertainment's four-member act Winner seems to have failed to meet expectations with its new mini album "Our Twenty For" released last Friday in hopes to continue the success of their previous album.

Winner returned quickly with a new album only four months after they released "Really Really" and "Fool" sweeping the local online music charts earlier this month.

The K-pop group hoped to achieve the same results, introducing similar tropical house genre music "Love Me Love Me" and "Island."

"We received so much love with our song ‘Really Really' and it suited well with the summer," said Kang Seung-yoon of the band during the press conference at CGV Theater in Yeouido, Seoul. "The genre Tropical House goes well with the season and we wanted to return with a same style tune again.

"‘Love Me Love Me' and ‘Island' are not new songs we produced recently. We wanted to come back with quality Tropical House music but we did not have much time, so we had to look for songs that we've already made. We wrote ‘Love Me Love Me' and ‘Island' before we made ‘Really Really,'" added Kang.

The two new songs, however, failed to perform well on the music charts, where digital singles revealed from popular rap competition "Show Me the Money 6" is currently competing for the top rank with Produce 101's new boy band "Wanna One's" title track "Energetic."

Winner spent a hiatus of a year and half after it released its debut album "EXIT:E" in 2014. Their early songs such as "Empty" and "Sentimental" topped the music charts and moved the boy band to stardom but misfortune came too with Nam Tae-hyun leaving the group due to health issues.

"Last year, we had our hiatus and it was good. A year and half break, though, is a long time for me because I am 27 years old and for a boy band singer that is not young. It would've been really scary if ‘Really Really' had not do well on the charts as it could've meant another long break or even disbandment," said Kim Jin-woo.

Winner is still on the way to pursue their original music and Kang says constantly releasing a new album is meaningful for the group.

The two new songs were co-written by in-house producers Future Bounce and "Love Me Love Me" is disco music with a funky sound.

K-pop boy band "Wanna One" performs during their debut concert "Premier Show-Con" at Gocheok Sky Dome in Guro-gu, Seoul, Monday. / Yonhap

Wanna One rising as new iconic boy band

An eleven-member act Wanna One debuted on the K-pop scene, holding a spectacular show case concert at Gocheok Sky Dome in Guro, Seoul, Monday.

Only popular K-pop bands such as Big Bang, Exo and BTS have held solo concerts at the venue and Wanna One became the first boy group to make its debut there.

Wanna One is a boy group formed of survivors from the idol trainee competition show on TV, "Produce 101: Season 2." The group already has over 220,000 fans on their official fan club homepage online and 770,000 followers on Instagram.

Their title track "Energetic" topped the seven major local music charts online at its release date and the other four tracks included in the debut album also join the top 10 ranks.

K-pop queens Girls' Generation's new songs did not make it to the top 10 of any music charts due to Wanna One's dominance on the K-pop charts.

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