3:41 pm - 10/04/2018

Yuri wants to be rediscovered as soloist 11 yrs after debut


After 11 years at the forefront of the K-pop scene as a member of girl band Girls' Generation, Yuri released her first solo album on Thursday, finally making her teenage dream come true.

"Today is the first day of accomplishing my dream. Since the time I was a trainee, I dreamed of issuing an album tinged with my own colors," Yuri said in a media event showcasing her solo debut album, "The First Scene."

"I have an 11-year career, but I am a rookie as a solo artist," she said, introducing herself at the beginning of the event.

The album is fronted by "Into You," an alluring pop dance song combined with Yuri's sexy-concept choreography and stage costume -- a slight departure from Girls' Generation's style.

Yuri called the album an accumulation of the knowhow she has gathered in her 11-year career.

"My separate position within Girls' Generation so far has been with my healthy image. (I was called) a black pearl," Yuri said. "So I made efforts to carry sexiness, femininity and beauty into this album."

The project for her first album was in fact launched last year. It took more than a year for Yuri to finally release it, as she juggled various roles ranging from band music, acting, TV program hosting as well as reality TV shows.

Two new TV programs starring Yuri -- the drama series "Dae Jang Geum Is Watching" from MBC and a reality show with Channel A, tentatively named "Makgeolli on Rooftop" -- will be aired later in October.

They follow Yuri's co-hosting of JTBC's talk show "Talk to You," which ended last month, and her release of two new singles as part of Oh!GG, a sub-unit of Girls' Generation, also last month.

Adding to her busy schedule, starting this week Yuri will start appearing on TV K-pop competition programs and radio shows to promote her solo debut album.

"October will be a month of Yuri," she joked.

"I just want to be able to release the next album," Yuri said after being asked about her goal. "If possible, I want to throw a solo concert and collaborate with other singers I like."

Asked why she is making her solo debut after such a long time since her initial debut, Yuri said, "Every flower and tree has its own set timing (for blossoming). I feel that now is the right time for me. I think it's also the right time for you to be 'Into' Yuri," she said, referencing the title of her album's lead track.

"I hope the character and the personality of Yuri as a human being can be continuously rediscovered (by fans)."
Other Girls' Generation members gave her words of support and encouraging jokes as she launched her solo career, Yuri said. "I could feel that they were waiting on me and have curiosity, interest and trust in me even though they don't say anything directly to me."

The first Yuri solo album has five other tracks in a variety of genres, including bossa nova and urban pop. They are "Illusion," "C'est La Vie," "Butterfly," "Chapter 2," and "Ending Credit (To Be Continued)."

source: Yonhap News
goshipgurl 4th-Oct-2018 11:02 pm (UTC)
we've come a long way from her manager telling her that she won't be able to sell out a solo fanmeeting to now releasing her own album 😭
myungung 4th-Oct-2018 11:58 pm (UTC)
it took a few years too many, but I'm glad the girls finally have their own songs each. I remembered years back they said before they wanted to have an album of solo tracks, but I guess this album will not be here anymore
daynr 5th-Oct-2018 03:01 am (UTC)
oooh, I can't wait for the month of Yuri. I'll give her in a go in pretty much anything she wants to be in.

I'd be interested with her as a mentor to younger idols, I wonder what she'd encourage/share.

Edited at 2018-10-05 03:02 am (UTC)
lil_poisonfrog 5th-Oct-2018 05:40 am (UTC)
I missed the MV post so I'll just say here...if this is what Yuri really wants then SM did her so dirty. I bet they're contractually obligated to give her a solo, so they purposely gave her something they knew would flop and they'd be justified in never giving her a comeback. Or, maybe they were a bit more invested before deciding to create OhGG, bc Lil' Touch is a MUCH better title track than Into You.

Yuri was beautiful in the MV ofc, but my god, I didn't think she'd get something even more lackluster than Tiffany and Seohyun's debuts. The budget seriously jumped out. And a low budget isn't an excuse not to do something interesting in K-pop bc there's been so many broke af nugus with creative MVs. Crayon Pop and Dreamcatcher come to mind just off the top of my head.

As for the song itself, it would've been fine as a B-side. But as ppl have said, the melody doesn't really go anywhere, plus the whole trop house/latin pop trend is on its way out in K-pop. The time to strike on that was in 2016-17.

Basically the bottom line is, if you want to be a sexy queen type competing with the likes of Sunmi and Hyuna you best bring your A-game. For the record, I think Yuri is more talented than both, but as we all know that matters little. I think Sunmi actually knows she's not a great singer, so she makes up for that by serving stunning visuals and engaging MVs that don't retread the stereotypical K-pop concepts (which is what you'd expect from a veteran of the game). Given that Yuri's solo comes so late in her career, you'd think SM would want to make up for lost time in a major way, not fish something out of their backlog that's good enough for fans but that the public will quickly forget. 🤷

Edited at 2018-10-05 05:42 am (UTC)
smilla_sini 5th-Oct-2018 06:59 am (UTC)
They robbed her, honestly. They didn't push her back when she was big and now they did bare minimum. They robbed all of those who left. And they did right when they left. Yuri should have left too.

Edited at 2018-10-05 07:00 am (UTC)
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