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Multinational girl group (G)I-DLE debuts with ‘I Am’

  • Published : May 3, 2018 - 14:44
  • Updated : May 3, 2018 - 14:44

(G)I-DLE performs during a media showcase for its debut album “I Am” in Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)

(G)I-DLE, a new girl group launched under Cube Entertainment, threw its hat into the K-pop ring with its debut EP “I Am.”

“We are a team that is capable of songwriting, composing and creating choreography. We can offer fans the best performance as we know each other’s strengths well,” said Miyeon during the group’s debut showcase for “I Am” in Seoul on Wednesday.

The multinational six-piece act consists of three international members: Minnie, Yuqui, Shuhua, who are from Thailand, China and Taiwan, respectively. The group is led by Soyeon, who has already made appearances in popular competition shows Mnet’s “Produce 101” and “Unpretty Rapstar.”

The group’s unusual name, which means “girls” in Korean, refers to a group that has six members with different personalities, explained Soyeon.

(G)I-DLE performs during a media showcase for its debut album “I Am” in Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)

The debut EP “I Am” is led by the moombahton-inspired “Latata,” for which Soyeon lent her hand in both composing and writing. Featuring the members as passionate women wanting to dance through the night for their love interests, the propulsive song is also reminiscent of co-ed K-pop act KARD’s stereotypical Latin-inspired dance music, heavy with traps synths and groovy beats.

“I thought about each member while writing this song. I think it suits us well,” said Soyeon, who has participated in writing another four songs in the album.

The trap-filled six-track album also includes “Maze,” “Don’t Text Me,” “I Want to Know” and “Listen.”

(G)I-DLE performs during a media showcase for its debut album “I Am” in Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)

The members also shared their journey towards becoming K-pop stars.

Yuqui said she dreamed of becoming a K-pop musician after watching a stage performance by HyunA, the group’s label mate, while Minnie said she had wanted to become a musician since she was five when she began learning to play the piano.

“It’s been two years since I lived with my bandmates, and now we can tell what each other is thinking just by looking into each other‘s eyes,” Yuqui said.

Soyeon also expressed her excitement, saying, “It’s a lie that I wasn’t burdened at all as a leader in the process of making our debut, but I came out with a new mindset. I don’t feel lonely as I’m with my bandmates.”

The act said its goal for this year is to promote the group with eyes on a rookie award.

(G)I-DLE is Cube‘s first girl group since CLC, which has yet to make a strong impression in the K-pop scene. Released on Wednesday evening, “I Am” has been receiving positive online comments such as
“The song has such a high-quality sound” and “Cube is back on the track!”