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EXID drops final album before team's restructuring

Five-piece K-pop girl band EXID unveiled a new album, "WE," Wednesday, the band's final record before two of members terminate their contracts with the current talent agency at the end of this month.

"Me & You," a sentimental and charismatic breakup song in the moombahton genre, fronts the seven-track album, the last music record in the format of the five-member band for the foreseeable future.

Hani and Jeonghwa will leave Banana Culture Entertainment at the end of this month. EXID debuted with the company in 2012 and built a name with their hit song "Up & Down."

The remaining three members will renew their contracts with Banana, but work as solo acts afterward. But this does not mean the team will permanently disband. The five members are seeking ways to bring the team's full lineup together for joint works in the future, according to Banana.

The EXID members carried the impression and experiences from their time together for the past seven years in "We Are...," a fan song that is the second track.

As if to mark the occasion, the latest album explored new elements the band's previous albums have not touched on.

"We tried to put out things that we have not tried before ... the choreography this time is the most powerful of our performances and newly encompasses group performances with military precision," member Jeonghwa said in a press showcase of the new album in Seoul.

"This album will go down as a very meaningful album for us. The entire process, from the preparations for the album till now, is very precious to us," Hani noted.

"It's our dream that we work together no matter where we belong. So we may run toward achieving the dream," member LE said, referring to Jeonghwa and Hani's departure from the agency.

"It will not be our last (EXID) album. We will try to come up with a piece of good news," she noted.

LE, a member and the band's producer, participated in the creating of all the seven tracks while all five members jointly wrote the fan song "We Are..."

The album also includes "How Are You" as the fourth track and "My Night" as the fifth track.

After the new album hits online music streaming sites at 6 p.m, the band will throw a comeback showcase for fans later in the day before appearing on TV shows to promote "Me & You."

Although this will be their last joint work before a new solution brings the five members back together as EXID, the band will continue to work as a team in Japan for a while, the members said, without elaborating.

source: Yonhap News
lizanka23 16th-May-2019 01:05 am (UTC)
this was such a good quality mini-album. "how you doin'" reminded me of songs from them like "every night". a chill jam that's very exid. although i see why they chose "me & you" since it's more upbeat and trendy. the vibe is also really good. i'm glad to hear they'll still release more music together although i don't know why hani and jeonghwa are leaving banana culture. also get those writing credits and bank on those royalties LE!

Edited at 2019-05-16 01:06 am (UTC)
volume1995 16th-May-2019 07:13 am (UTC)
the choreography this time is the most powerful of our performances


anyway, the album is really solid but my least fav mini from them
dior_chic 16th-May-2019 12:25 pm (UTC)
Yea uhhhhh you don’t have to lie lmao
myungung 16th-May-2019 02:13 pm (UTC)
I would think LIE was the most powerful instead
a_suitcase 16th-May-2019 09:44 am (UTC)
I love them so so much and really truly hope that they will be able to release more music as a group. In the meantime, I am excited to see what all of them will be doing (better see more of Hyelin and Hani on variety shows!!)
juhli 16th-May-2019 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'm super pumped to see what LE will come up with. Her prior solo songs and collabs are amazing.
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