Songstress IU marks the end of her twenties with a grand finale album, "LILAC"

연합뉴스 / 기사승인 : 2021-03-26 15:23:59
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▲ This photo provided by EDAM Entertainment shows singer IU. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap) 


▲ This photo provided by EDAM Entertainment shows the track list for IU's "LILAC" album. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- Songstress IU, who spent the majority of her youth releasing colorful yet fierce albums, dropped her new album "LILIAC" yesterday as a farewell to her twenties. 

On March 25th at 6 p.m., IU released her fifth full-length album, "LILAC", which was the first full-length album in four years since her album "Palette" in 2017. Since Lilac means "memories of one's youth" in the language of flowers, the ten tracks listed in "LILAC" also reflected IU's stories of her past.

The songstress's new album was released in two versions: BYLAC and HILAC. On the day of the album's release, IU explained the meaning behind the two versions during a live broadcast, "BYLAC means I'm sending you all my memories I've gained throughout my twenties while HILAC contains the new memories I'll gather in my thirties."

When talking about the album, IU also mentioned that "LILAC" "contains my distinctive vibe as well as implements funky disco sounds inspired from the 70s and 80s." The singer also added, "The tracks included in the album are all very rhythmic but the melody itself is soft as petals."

"Coin", which is one of the title tracks in the album will feature IU rapping for the first time since her debut.

Just like the other songs IU has released, the new album has already swept the top music charts in Korea as well.

On the Melon 24 Hits Chart, "LILAC" topped the list as of 10 a.m. on the 26th while "Celebrity", "Coin" ranked third and fourth respectively and "Flu", "Hi Spring Bye" came in sixth and seventh.

The album overall received positive responses from fans living overseas as it topped the iTunes album chart in 11 different countries.

IU will return to music programs after four years of working on her album. Additionally, in commemoration of the album's release, a total of 100 million won was donated under IU's official fan club name, UAENA, in order to support teenagers living with a single parent as well as deaf people.


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