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(News Focus) Female singers stride back into music scene

2018/02/01 11:28

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SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- K-pop female solo artists are set to make comebacks in droves this month, filling a temporary vacuum left by big idol groups expected to skip promotional activities during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which will steal the media spotlight.

Among the female artists, BoA is one of the biggest and most anticipated singers releasing new work.

She unveiled her new single "Nega Dola" at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will release an EP this month. Marking a departure from her previous style, the urban contemporary and hip-hop song demonstrates her resolve to show a different side of her music.

This photo provided by S.M. Entertainment shows a promotional image for singer BoA's new single "Nega Dola." (Yonhap) This photo provided by S.M. Entertainment shows a promotional image for singer BoA's new single "Nega Dola." (Yonhap)

Rapper Yoon Mi-rae will release her new futurepop single "No Gravity" on Friday, returning to the country's music scene after more than two years away. In 2016, she released the EP album "JamCome on Baby" and participated in the original soundtracks for KBS 2TV's "The Descendants of the Sun" and "Legend of the Blue Sea" on SBS.

The singer Hyolyn is also preparing to show new work, which she has been working on since she established the one-person management agency Bridge in November. The main song "To Do List" is about feelings after a break-up. It is her first work as a solo artist since the girl band Sistar, for which Hyolyn was the lead vocalist and leader, disbanded last May.

Trot singer Hong Jin-young is joining the ranks of returning female artists. Her new song "Goodbye," set to be revealed next Wednesday, was composed by Cho Young-soo, who made her hit songs "Love Battery" and "My Love."

   The singer Park Bo-ram, a contestant on "Superstar K2," will release a new ballad on Feb. 13.

This photo provided by Bridge shows a teaser image for singer Hyolyn's new song "To Do List." (Yonhap) This photo provided by Bridge shows a teaser image for singer Hyolyn's new song "To Do List." (Yonhap)

"The fact that female artists like Sunmi, Chungha and Bolbbalgan4 have recently made strides encourages others in various genres of music to throw their hats into the ring," Lee Jin-young, CEO of the music promotion company Fortune, said.

"Music bands which put great emphasis on visual performance tend to avoid the Olympics. For vocal-focused musicians or new girl groups, February might be a very good time to show their work."

   Among K-pop girl groups, the 9-member gugudan will release the new song "Cait Sith" at 6 p.m. later today. Taking a motif from the film "Puss in Boots" by DreamWorks Animation, the group is expected to show powerful dance moves in perfect unison.

A sub-unit of the 6-member girl group April will also return to the music scene next Wednesday. WJSN and CL are said to be considering a return this month as well.

The image provided by Jelly Fish Entertainment shows the girl group gugudan. (Yonhap) The image provided by Jelly Fish Entertainment shows the girl group gugudan. (Yonhap)

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