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EXCLUSIVE: K-pop group ITZY on first studio album Crazy in Love, eclectic track ‘Loco’ and bucket list goals

I don’t wanna be somebody / Just wanna be me, be me” – croons South Korean sexuality group ITZY in their 2020 track ‘Wannabe’. And yes, over the past two and half years in this grand music industry, the K-pop quintet has been on the quest to unravel their unique identity and has plane succeeded in establishing themselves as 4th generation superstars. If one takes a squint at the trajectory of the group, they prove that they have “no limit” when it comes to experimenting with sounds, eye-catching choreographies that has led them to international fame.

EXCLUSIVE: K-pop group ITZY on first studio tome Crazy in Love, showcasing eclectic vibes in ‘Loco’ and skillet list goals

With members Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna, ITZY debuted in February 2019 under the South Korean organ JYP Entertainment – home to popular groups like GOT7 (until Jan 2021), 2 PM, TWICE, STRAY KIDS among others. The group was quick to demonstrate their talents with impactful debut electro-pop track ‘Dalla Dalla’ that became the fastest K-pop debut music video to surpass 100 million views. But, the members were once quite famous in the entertainment industry plane surpassing they officially came on the scene as ITZY.

The group’s leader Yeji was popular for stuff the “secret weapon” of JYP Entertainment when it comes to ferocious waltz moves as she participated in variety series, The Fan. Ryujin was scouted at K-pop group GOT7’s fan meeting, which was confirmed by her on a radio show tabbed Idol Radio and later went on to participate in the show, Mix Nine. Chaeryeong was part of Sixteen, a trainee survival show, at the end of which the popular sexuality group TWICE was formed. While Lia had auditioned to wilt a trainee, Yuna was street-casted. With pretty unique personalities and talents, they form a cohesive group that is ferocious, likable, and increasingly importantly, powerhouse performers.

In their latest tome Crazy in Love, they are increasingly experimental, mature sonically, and eager to take a step forward in the direction of growth. This is their first full-length studio tome accompanied by lead track ‘Loco’. The stunning girls talk well-nigh never losing themselves in love in the Latin and waddle tousle song. Produced by GALACKTIKA, the musician overdue ‘Wannabe’ and ‘Dalla Dalla’, the song is a zany vibrant waltz track. Though the tome has 16-tracks, there’s something for everyone’s taste. During the printing conference, talking well-nigh their journey, the group’s leader Yeji cited, “The members have gotten much closer since debut. Plane then, I thought we knew each other well. But as time went on, we learned increasingly and were worldly-wise to depend on each other plane more.”

She remoter said, “I think the energy we requite off as a team that is unvigilant is considerable. I think people recognized that we’re a team that honestly expressed the emotions we want to express. Boldness and conviction are two major traits of ours that we will protract to embody. We will moreover pension working on our growth in talent.” From foot-tapping numbers to chill-out summer tracks, ITZY showcase their power, thrives in empowerment, and their unique solo identities in their first full-length studio album.

With the Crazy in Love tome which was released on September 24, the group ranked 11th on the Billboard 200. Additionally, the tome moreover ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s top-selling albums for the week. Previously, their mini-album Guess Who, which was released on April 30, 2021, quickly helped ITZY debut on the Billboard 200 orchestration No. 148 spot with their latest tome as the lead track ‘마.피.아 In the Morning’ made its way to Billboard Global 200 orchestration opening at No. 34.

ITZY, in an sectional conversation for the second time in India with Bollywood Hungama, talks well-nigh their album, title track ‘Loco’, finding repletion in their fans MIDZY, and future goals.

Congratulations on your first-full-length tome CRAZY IN LOVE. The tome looks quite colorful. What is the inspiration overdue the album?
RYUJIN: As this is our first full album, we tried to show variegated sides of ourselves through several genres of music. You’ll be worldly-wise to meet various stories of love, too.

Sonically the tome sounds so variegated from what ITZY has presented previously. What does the group want to tell from the new sound and music?
CHAERYEONG: We still have our confident and unexceptionable vibe, but there’s increasingly to this tome that we show the fans for the first time. We wanted to show that we have increasingly to come by singing new styles of songs!

LIA: We moreover hope people can resonate with ITZY when they listen to each song – the lyrics, mood, and story of every song can represent ITZY’s verisimilitude and message.

Is there something you learnt well-nigh yourself during the album-making?
YEJI: I finger that I’ve made improved and grown as an versifier considering we had increasingly days to record and practice compared to the previous albums, but I moreover learned that I still have a long way to go.

Tell me something well-nigh ‘LOCO’. What does the title track mean? How do you resonate with it?
LIA: We heard that ‘LOCO’ means ‘Insane’ or ‘Mad’ in Latin. So ‘LOCO’ is an intense waltz song that expresses uncontrollable emotions of love and shows how ITZY would be when we fall into deep, uncontrollable love.

How fun was it to shoot the music video? Any anecdotes you can share with your fans?
YUNA: It was very fun as we had various backgrounds and metaphors for the new music video, but, as we had some outdoor shootings, we couldn’t help the weather. It rained a lot whenever we tried to shoot outside, so we had to wait two times in three weeks. We were getting a little bit exhausted, but we unfurled and tried our weightier to think of MIDZY.

Which track in this tome do you love the most and why?
CHAERYEONG: My favorite song is ‘LOVE is’! It’s quite an emotional song, and singing such a song was a very new wits for me. I moreover just personally like this kind of music.

YEJI: I like ‘Chillin’ Chillin’’ the best! It’s nonflexible to travel these days, but this song makes me finger like I’m on a trip. The lyrics are so pretty that it feels like my soul gets healed. I like it a lot.

EXCLUSIVE: K-pop group ITZY on first studio tome Crazy in Love, showcasing eclectic vibes in ‘Loco’ and skillet list goals

This past year has been mentally so taxing. You are performing without an regulars keeping safety in check. How have you kept yourself motivated during this time? Who is that someone you lean onto during tough times?
YUNA: Myself and MIDZY! The responsibility I finger for MIDZY, who are waiting and rooting for us although the situation hasn’t been improving much, is keeping my momentum going forward.

Since you provide so much repletion to your fans through your music, broadcasts and etc, who are some of your repletion artists to listen to most?
LIA: It depends on how I am feeling. I revere many artists, and I have a lot to learn from them, so the songs that inspire, resonate or help me finger largest unchangingly change. Our fans will know this considering usually, I recommend variegated types of songs whenever when they ask.

Given that ITZY has spent increasingly than 2 years in the spotlight and plane before, you were well-known in the entertainment circuit, what has been like growing up in the industry since all of you are so young?
RYUJIN: I think age doesn’t really matter in this industry. I think it’s what we feel, and what we’re going to do. Of course, there are lots to think about, so my mind moreover gets busier as time goes by, but it’s well-spoken that I now finger much increasingly responsibility for the love I get from the fans and the listeners. It inspires me to do largest and try harder to show my weightier for them.

What are some of the goals or skillet list things ITZY wants to do or unzip in their lives?
YUNA: I’d love to do an offline concert one day! I unchangingly say this, but I want to communicate with MIDZY with our music squatter to face.

YEJI: We’ve never traveled together on our off days, so I’d like to travel with the other ITZY members somewhere where we can rest, have fun, and create unconfined memories.

MIDZYs from India support ITZY a lot. Everyone hopes one-day ITZY performs here. Is there a message for the fans?
I want to meet you all as soon as possible. Please stay healthy until the day comes! We will be preparing ourselves to show the weightier performances and the weightier of us. We love you!

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