With IU’s 7th anniversary fast approaching, an editorial by TV Report revealed several reasons why the LOEN Entertainment solo singer is currently a top star in the Korean entertainment industry.
IU is both endearing and cute. The nation’s sister can even compose her own songs! I’m not even ashamed to admit that I’m a fan of her as a vocalist.
She has secured a large male fan base, and has also picked up a lot of support from female fans. IU has managed to come out unscathed from a scandal, and is now one of the top stars when it comes to marketing and advertisements.
Even though a name is common, you might not know how popular an artist really is until you directly dig into it. When we looked into IU, her popularity turned out to be a lot greater than we expected.
IU didn’t necessarily have what you would call a strong start to her career. Her debut title track “Lost Child (MIA)” debuted at number 60 on the charts, and never rose higher than 54. However, in just a few years, IU is now an artist whose releases are now expected to land at number 1.
We researched IU‘s music success through Korea’s biggest distributor, MelOn which oversees more than half of Korea’s 8 music charts. These days, staying within the top 100 on the charts for a long time is more valuable than reaching number 1 for a short while. Her hit songs “Good Day” and “YOU&I” both stayed in the top 100 on MelOn for 28 weeks. Even more impressive, her self-composed track “Friday,” which was released in 2013, is still sitting in the top 100 right now. Like a salmon swimming back home, IU’s “Friday” has a way of finding its way back to the top of the charts even after an entire year.
To really know how crazy this is you have to realize that even the biggest hit song of 2010, “Gangnam Style” and one of the craziest hits recently “Some” lost to IU‘s songs’ persistence.
As of September 10th, 2015, including IU’s mega-hit “Friday,” there are 20 copyrighted songs that have been written, composed, and/or arranged by IU.
Particularly, IU’s lyrics are both realistic and promote a sense of wonder, while stimulating good feedback from listeners. Her lyrics are backed by down-to-earth expressions and distinctive figures of speech.
With words that won’t touch my hands
Do not make me wiggle
Even if I go out, there’s nothing much
– “Not Spring, Love, or Cherry Blossoms”
All day, my heart rides on that clock hand
Getting closer to you with each tick
But honestly, don’t you have a little responsibility
For making me so confused?
– “Voice Mail”
Acting? Variety? That’s easy
There is rarely a group without an actor these days. With the exception of the group members with great vocal ability, everyone is trying to assert their presence in acting. But IU is already singing and acting very well, and has also shown a lot of diligence. People used to get angry for casting IU, but eventually compliments began to pile up.
Let’s take a look at IU’s participation in other forms of entertainment. She was a long-time MC for SBS Inkigayo with popular stars such as Lee Jong Suk, and she showed off her personality through SBS’s variety shows Kim Yu Na’s Kiss & Cry and Heroes. These moves turned out to pave an elite course that has led her to stardom.
– April 2011 / SBS Inkigayo MC
– May 2011 – July 2011 / SBS Kim Yu Na’s Kiss & Cry contestant
– June 2010 – May 2011 /SBS Heroes member
Concerts Ads Sell So Well
There aren’t many idols that could hold a national tour (and even less when it comes to a female solo act!) but IU has completed many successfully
– June-July 2012 / National Tour in six cities – Seoul, Suwon, Busan, Daegu, Ulsan, Jeonju
– September 2012 / Encore Concert
– November-December 2013 – IU Solo Concert, ‘Modern Times’ – Seoul, Busan
– May-June 2014 – IU Small Theater Concert, ‘Just One More Step, Just That’ – Seoul
IU has also proven herself in her ability to help market goods
(This shows how many sponsorships contracts iu gets every year,at least 2,with new companies ... some of brands like 'Mexicana Chicken' never ended their contract)
My Chew was IU’s only endorsement in 2010, but five years later and you can see her face even at the bottom of soju glasses. Isn’t it amazing?
(Chamisul goods with iu face lol)
She has had many scandals, such as her being spotted with 2PM‘s Woo Young and her sensitive SNS scandal, but many of her fans consoled her and her fans even increased. This is because most of her fans love her for who she is and her music, not her surface.
Fandom’s As Solid As Concrete
IU fans are loyal and even myself felt touched at some of the episodes between her and her fans. Her fans trust her and this is probably why her fandom is so huge for a solo female artist.
IU’s fans in her fan cafe rival that of Girls’ Generation, which is unheard of for a solo artist.
(Only solist in this female fancafes ranking, surpasing groups like Girl's day, Apink and 2ne1)
To find out how popular she really is I researched what may be the most popular hashtags on Instagram. #InfiniteChallenge was 160,000, Kim Soo Hyun was 200,000, and Kim Woo Bin 120,000.
Last year, she was unrivaled in the amount of articles that mentioned her.
Finally, note the number of followers she has on SNS such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
(SNS prooves she also have followers from all over the world)
Just for fun I asked IU fans why they like IU and they said, “Do you need a reason (Eeyoo) to like IU?”
This is it, IU has become a star that people need no reason to love
IU About Her New Album: I'm taking new challenges as singer and songwriter"
Singer IU attended the Samsung ‘Play the Challenge’ talk concert at Seoul Jangchung Stadium on 8th Sept and shared her stories about taking on challenges in her music.
On this day, IU reunited with Park Myeongsu, whom she worked together with on the show Infinity Challenge and explored the EDM genre.
IU revealed that she was taking on new challenges as a singer-songwriter. According to IU, “I’m putting the final touches to my new album”and that “ there won’t be a separate producer for the album, instead I’ll be involved in many parts of the album directly and accomplishing things on my own, which is a ‘challenge’ to me” Also, “It could be something with a more serious (theme) than before, but it’ll be an album that contains my own thoughts”.
On the topic of ‘challenge’, IU said, “Challenges are something that we face daily, but somehow they are heavy and not easy to deal with” and that “I would like to try taking on the challenge of EDM again, which I did on Infinity Challenge” to the cheers of many in the audience. IU then performed her hit songs to cheer on those taking on new challenges.
Translated by squishyblob with love
Source: Koreaboo via TV Report
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