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Crayon Pop to return with new single next month

2014/03/28 17:41

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop group Crayon Pop said Friday they will return to the local music scene with a new single album titled "Uh-ee" next month.

"Uh-ee" is the first album ever to be released by the group since "Bar Bar Bar," the band's fourth single, which made a sensation at home and on YouTube upon its release last June.

The five-member girl group performed the new single before reporters at Olleh Square in central Seoul before unveiling the single and its music video on the Internet at midnight Tuesday.

South Korean pop group Crayon Pop performs its new single "Uh-ee" during a showcase at Olleh Square in central Seoul on March 28, 2014. (Yonhap)

South Korean pop group Crayon Pop performs its new single "Uh-ee" during a showcase at Olleh Square in central Seoul on March 28, 2014. (Yonhap)

"It took about 10 months to release a new single. After receiving such much love from our fans for 'Bar Bar Bar' last year, we were under much pressure to live up to their high expectations. But we worked very hard on the new song for those who await it," Geummi, leader of the group, said during the showcase event.

The band rocketed to fame in South Korea after the video of "Bar Bar Bar" went viral on the Internet last year.

The video featuring unique costumes -- red collared shirts, white skirts and white helmets -- and quirky but original choreography that fans of the band have called "the five cylinder engine dance" has prompted various parody clips to be uploaded on video-sharing site YouTube. The song swept major local music charts upon its release.

For the new album, the girls took off the helmets and wore red do-rags instead.

Dressed up in white ramie shirts, pants and white rubber shoes reminiscent of those of old Korean farmers, the girls danced spryly to the song "Uh-ee," a mix of electronic and trot music genres, during the showcase.

Choa, a member of the group, said their choice of the new stage outfit started from the idea of wearing something traditionally Korean.

"And then we reached the idea that it would be great fun if we, as a girl group, put on ramie clothes, which senior citizens like to wear in summer," she said.

The group called the genre of the new single as a "house-electronic ppongjjak (trot)."

"This is an easy-to-follow song encouraging people to cheer up and live well all together," Geummi said. "I hope you will listen to the song and cheer up when you are weary."

   sshim@yna.co.kr

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