ANN/THE KOREA HERALD — Nayeon of K-pop group Twice released his first solo album Im Nayeon last Friday as the group’s first member to go solo.
Before releasing the album, Nayeon held a press conference in Seoul to discuss her debut album.
“I have very mixed feelings right now. I’m a bit relieved because I’ve been preparing for this for so long, but at the same time I feel excited and very anxious,” Nayeon said, sporting platinum blonde hair and a elegant black pantsuit.
Seven years into her career as a K-pop entertainer, Nayeon seemed more nervous than ever in front of the cameras, bursting into laughter, her cheeks blushing occasionally.
Nayeon is the first member to make his solo Twice debut since the act launched under JYP Entertainment in 2015. Although it may seem relatively late that Twice’s teammates are finally in the solo spotlight, Nayeon said that now was the perfect time for them to do so.
“I don’t think we’re late, but actually it’s really timely. We have achieved so much as a group and now we can have more fun through our solo projects and show a more diverse side of ourselves through them,” the 26-year-old said.
The title of the album Im Nayeon has a double meaning, it is the real name of the singer and also her confident proclamation of taking her first steps as a solo musician. Nayeon packed the EP with seven tracks of various sounds and colors resembling different sides of her.
Fronting the album is Pop!, a refreshing pop anthem that sings a sweet and bold message that she won’t hesitate to burst her bubble. The song involves some of the biggest names in music, including lyricist Lee Seuran, songwriters Kenzie and LDN Noise.
“I felt happiest when I read comments that talk about how our music makes people feel good. I hope I could share the same energy with Pop! Nayeon said.
Nayeon was credited as the solo lyricist for one of the B-side tracks, All or Nothing, which she said she wrote while the band traveled to the United States earlier this year for the band’s fourth concert tour. the act.
“The lyrics were a challenge for me. It was not easy for me and it is still difficult even now. But since it was my first album, I wanted to include a song with lyrics written only by me,” she said, adding that the song is about how she endured hard times based on her own experience and the thoughts of those around him. Her favorite line in the song, Nayeon said, is “If there could be a clear answer.”
Nayeon surprised fans ahead of his solo debut by announcing his collaboration with fellow labelmate Felix from boy band Stray Kids. Felix is featured on the B-side track No Problem, which Nayeon picked as his favorite of the six.
“The reason is quite simple. No Problem includes my musical style in many ways. Also, I personally like Felix’s voice, so it was also a great opportunity to have sung with him,” he said. she declared.
The album also includes Love Countdown, Candyfloss, Happy Birthday to You and Sunset.
Twice the members showed their support from the very beginning of the album’s creation, Nayeon said, bringing food and gifts to her music video shoot and giving advice on all productions, cover art options, and more. album to music videos and dance practices.
“It was really encouraging when the members advised me on pieces that I found to handle alone. There were a lot of setbacks because I had to do what nine people had done alone. Making decisions was was the hardest part.“