Apink Talks New Music and More as They Enter 10th Year: We Want to ‘Grow Together’


Ok-pop woman group Apink is celebrating their 9th anniversary this yr. At the time when Apink made their entrance with the EP Seven Springs of Apink in 2011, well-known woman teams like 2NE1, f(x), and KARA have been setting the pattern of futuristic dance music. Apink then appeared with the reverse "pure" idea, echoing stars from 1990s equivalent to Fink.Ok.L and S.E.S.. As a end result, Apink is beloved by youngsters and the older technology alike.

The seven-member group grew musically as they tried on completely different variations of the aforementioned idea. Their music "Only One" (2017) set them other than different Ok-pop woman teams who have been principally imitating New Jack Swing vibe.

Today, the Pinkrangers (Apink’s nickname) are coming into a brand new section. Making a comeback with "%%," they’ve clearly confirmed what “pinkrush” — a mixture of PINK and GIRLCRUSH — is, demonstrating extra charisma then ever.

Billboard Korea chatted with Apink about their new music and extra. Check out the Q&A after the bounce.

Tell us about your new single, “%% (Eung Eung).”

Nam-joo: It's a dance music monitor with dreamy and digital sounds. It can be the title music of our new album [PERCEN.T]. The time period "%’" is generally used to imply "okay" amongst younger individuals in our nation, as a result of they give the impression of being related in letters.

How a lot, percentage-wise, are you happy with the brand new album?

Ha-young: 50%. I assume there may be good and unhealthy in all the things!

How troublesome was it to be taught the choreography? "%%" has some sophisticated steps, just like these of "No No No."

Nam-joo: An issue fee of 100%! It’s fairly onerous, lots of waist-twisting and neck-spinning [laughs].

Eun-ji: "No No No" doesn’t provide you with time to relaxation. Similarly, within the case of "%%," it goes into the second verse proper after the primary. No time to take a breath!

Do you’ve a favourite music that's not heard as a lot because the title one?

Ha-young: "Good Morning Baby." It nearly grew to become our fourth mini-album [Pink Blossom]’s title music.

Cho-rong: That music was pre-released earlier than "Mr. Chu." It was a present to our followers they usually beloved it. They beloved it as their alarm music [laughs].

Congratulations in your 9th yr! Do you’ve any objectives as musicians?

Eun-ji: More performances. I need to go meet followers in numerous nations. Also, I hope Apink members will develop collectively and have the ability to get collectively anytime to carry out later once we become older.

Cho-rong, you appear to be collaborating in writing lyrics.

Cho-rong: Thankfully, one music I wrote made it to our new album. Other members are good writers too. Next time, I hope we will fill our album with songs written by every of us.

Na-eun, you’re a painter — do you’ve any artists you look as much as specifically?

Na-eun: There are so many artists I like. Eva Armisen is one in every of them; there may be an ongoing exhibition about her in Korea referred to as the “artist that paints and spreads happiness.” I need to make time to see the exhibition quickly, and I need to draw small moments in life like she does.

Cho-rong, your "Done For Me" efficiency was fairly a success. Do you take heed to Charlie Puth quite a bit?

Cho-rong: I’ve listened to nearly all of Charlie Puth’s songs. I like "We Don’t Talk Anymore," and I simply love his voice. I watched quite a few movies of him performing once I was getting ready for my "Done For Me" efficiency. As a fan, I’ve at all times wished to sing his music throughout my live performance. I’m blissful that extra individuals find out about him and I'm wanting ahead to his subsequent launch.

Eun-ji, you watched the film Bohemian Rhapsody 3 times. What is your favourite Queen monitor?

Eun-ji: "Radio Ga Ga" could be my choose. When I take heed to the road “Someone nonetheless loves you," it sounds prefer it’s speaking to me or to us, Apink. Isn’t it encouraging to know that there’s at all times somebody who will keep in mind you? I heard that the music’s inspiration got here from a child crying out "googoo" and "gaga." A masterpiece from such a easy factor! I need to assume easier any further. [Laughs]

For Apink’s TOP10 playlist, you guys selected two Ariana Grande songs to incorporate.

Eun-ji: I picked "Almost Is Never Enough." The title touched me. I agree that just about everyone seems to be in no way happy with their life. Not all the things will be excellent.

Nam-joo: I like her voice. Such a robust vocalist and performer. I additionally like her new single "Thank U, Next."

What do you personally take into consideration Ok-pop?

Eun-ji: Ok-pop may be very detailed, particularly in lyrics. There is at all times a music that matches your state of affairs or tells a narrative you need to take heed to.

What do you hope followers take away out of your music?

Na-eun: Most of our songs are supposed to ship constructive power, for instance "No No No" and "Luv." I hope our music provides the listener a way of consolation and power when wanted.