CUL­TURE

The Korea Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Kim Jae-heun jhkim@ktimes.com

K-pop diva HyunA re­leased her sixth mini-al­bum “Fol­low­ing,” Tues­day, along with a photo book printed with images of her nat­u­ral face without makeup. This time, again, HyunA pur­sues the trendi­est genre that she wanted to share with her fans.

K-pop diva HyunA re­leased her sixth mini-al­bum “Fol­low­ing,” Tues­day, along with a photo book printed with images of her nat­u­ral face without makeup.

HyunA said she even avoided base makeup and she could see all her fa­cial blem­ishes and pores in the pic­tures, which the singer thinks is charm­ing.

“I wanted to leave the most nat­u­ral look of my­self as a 26-year old,” HyunA said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at Blue Square in Han­nam-dong, Seoul, Tues­day. “If I’ve shown strong images of my­self in pre­vi­ous al­bums, I tried to ease that look and show a more nat­u­ral side of me. It was fun work.”

The singer re­turned to the stage af­ter a three-month break, barely tak­ing any time for her­self af­ter she re­leased her first al­bum as part of trio Triple H with E’Dawn and Hui of Pen­tagon.

This time, again, HyunA pur­sues the trendi­est genre that she wanted to share with her fans. The singer par­tic­i­pated in the whole process of pro­duc­ing mu­sic and writ­ing lyrics for her latest al­bum.

“My pur­pose of mak­ing the al­bum is to share mu­sic I like with peo­ple who have the same tastes as mine. And I pur­sue what I think is the most trendy mu­sic at the mo­ment. If I can get one or two peo­ple to like my song, I am sat­is­fied,” HyunA said.

HyunA’s new al­bum con­sists of five tracks in­clud­ing the sin­gle “Babe” writ­ten by her, “Shin­sadong Tiger” and “Beom X Nang.”

She used an ana­logue mod­u­lar syn­the­sizer in all in­stru­ments to make a heavy and thick sound that high­lights the sound pat­tern and min­i­mal set of in­stru­ments giv­ing a trop­i­cal feel­ing.

“Rather than hav­ing an ex­plicit style of mu­sic, I tried to do what I can do best. Babe also re­ceived two dif­fer­ent re­sponses. One side tried to find the ap­peal of the song and the other side was con­fi­dent about how I per­form the song. I think the rest of my al­bums will be the same. I hope peo­ple be­come more cu­ri­ous about my al­bum,” HyunA said.

She also de­nied her ru­mored ap­pear­ance on the small screen, firmly con­firm­ing she has no con­fi­dence in pur­su­ing an act­ing ca­reer.

“Have you imag­ined me act­ing in a TV drama? I have, when I was young. But I am a very re­al­is­tic per­son and I want to be per­fect on the mu­si­cal stage in the first place. I think I am more chicken-hearted than I thought. To be hon­est, I am scared of act­ing and more­over I want to be per­fect on the mu­si­cal stage first,” said HyunA.

The singer re­cently trav­eled North Amer­ica to hold a con­cert tour in eight cities in­clud­ing Los An­ge­les, San Fran­cisco, New York and Toronto, cel­e­brat­ing her 10th an­niver­sary since her de­but.

It was the first time for HyunA to per­form alone in North Amer­ica and she had many con­cerns un­til she stood on the stage and kicked off her show.

“As soon as I be­gan my first show, I let go of my wor­ries watch­ing how my fans sup­ported me. I was touched and thought I wanted to come back to hold con­certs again there.

“These days, I like both big and small stages. It is my great plea­sure per­form­ing in front of my fans and I en­joy it a lot. I am not good at ex­press­ing my feel­ings but I re­ally thank those who ap­pre­ci­ate my love for them,” HyunA said.

Yon­hap

HyunA per­forms dur­ing a press con­fer­ence for her sixth mini-al­bum “Fol­low­ing” at Blue Square in Han­nam-dong, Seoul, Tues­day.

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