IZ*ONE Looks to the Future After Seeing Major Success With Debut Single 'La Vie En Rose': Exclusive

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They say that third time’s a allure, but it surely’s extra of a star within the case of IZ*ONE -- no less than primarily based on how they stylize their title. The newest short-term Okay-pop group to return out of South Korean channel Mnet’s Produce collection, the 12-member workforce follows within the profitable footsteps of I.O.I and Wanna One after being fashioned by the truth competitors collection’ third season, final 12 months’s Produce 48. But in contrast to their predecessors, the brand new group is a mix of Okay-pop star hopefuls and a trio of ladies who've already launched careers in Japan’s AKB48 and its related sister teams, and can launch each Korean and Japanese music.

After the 12 ladies had been introduced as the highest opponents on Produce 48 in August, IZ*ONE launched their first music “La Vie En Rose” on the finish of October. The single with its vivid soundscape promptly topped charts in Korea, and debut EP COLOR*IZ premiered at No. 9 on the World Albums chart. One of the the must-watch Okay-pop rookie acts of the 12 months, Billboard spoke to IZ*ONE in Korea in December about their profession to this point and what they hoped to attain earlier than their time collectively involves an finish after the deliberate two and a half years.

Congratulation in your debut! How are you guys feeling these days?

Wonyoung: We’re so grateful and grateful for all of the love we’ve acquired to this point, and we’re going to attempt our hardest to succeed and present everybody what we will do sooner or later.

Your music “La Vie En Rose” turned an important success. What about it do you suppose appeals to listeners?

Yujin: “La Vie En Rose” was simply launched but it surely’s already acquired plenty of love. We’re actually grateful for that. We suppose it’s carried out rather well as a result of we every have our personal separate types and colours, and in that sense we had been capable of present totally different charms from every one among us by the music and music video.

You truly every have a colour assigned to you.  What’s the importance, and which member do you suppose suits her colour finest?

Chaeyeon: Yena represents yellow, and I feel it matches her rather well as a result of she’s as charming as the colour. She has a extremely vibrant vitality.

Yena: Thank you.

What had been your first ideas whenever you heard “La Vie En Rose”?

Eunbi: We first heard the music once we had been altogether within the follow studio. When we heard it, it was so significantly better than something we had been anticipating. It was rather more highly effective than we had anticipated. It was an earworm. Because we preferred it a lot it made us put together for it with plenty of vitality.

Chaeyeon: There are plenty of members which have proven vibrant and cute photographs of themselves by Produce 48 so we thought the highly effective nature of the music could be a nice shock and one thing totally different than from what the viewers anticipated.

Wonyoung: That could also be an element behind its success, we predict.

What did you concentrate on the choreography?

Wonyoung: We can’t deny that in the first place it was exhausting as a result of it’s that highly effective of a choreography. But as soon as we bought higher at it and seemed on the last outcomes, we felt it was so nice that every one of our exhausting work was price it.

What different songs in your debut EP do you particularly like, and why?

Yuri: There’s a music referred to as “Colors” and, like “La Vie En Rose” it displays IZ*ONE and all we have now to supply.

Can you clarify the which means of your group title?

Eunbi: The title of the group was truly created by our followers, WIZ*ONE [pronounced weeze-One]. It refers back to the second that we, 12 stars, come collectively as IZ*ONE [pronounced Eyes-One] just like the 12 astrological indicators, which is why there’s a star.

You’re the primary built-in group to return out of Produce 48 that blends the Okay-pop and J-pop world. How has it been figuring out with each Korean and Japanese members?

Yena: At first, we had plenty of considerations and had been apprehensive as a result of we couldn’t talk verbally. We had been apprehensive about our teamwork as a result of we will’t actually converse to 1 one other straight. But possibly as a result of we will’t discuss simply, we attempt tougher to speak and perceive each other, and issues have turned out higher than we anticipated.

Just a few of you knew one another previous to Produce 48 however largely you had been grouped collectively by viewers. What are among the difficulties or greatest surprises you’ve encountered whereas working collectively? [ Wonyoung and Yujin are both signed to Korea’s Starship Entertainment and Eunbi and Chaewon to Woollim Entertainment, while Nako, Sakura, and Hitomi are all part of the AKB48 structure, with the former pair part of the Fukuoka-based team, HKT48.]

Chaeyeon: We began on Produce 48 and it wasn’t a simple path so due to this fact our bond is way deeper. Though our time interval between the present and our first launch wasn’t very lengthy, our bond could be very robust as a result of we went by that have collectively.

Wonyoung: Since Produce 48, there have been language obstacles and a few cultural variations however as a result of we went by the competitors collectively as a gaggle there weren’t as many difficulties to beat. Communication and language barrier has been the largest factor we’ve needed to overcome.  

Knowing that there’s a lifespan on IZ*ONE’s time collectively, what are some stuff you need to obtain over the subsequent few years?

Eunbi: It’s the start of our two and a half 12 months promotional interval collectively. We undoubtedly need to try to obtain newcomer awards and go on plenty of large phases earlier than we attain our finish. We need to go on world phases, possibly do a world tour that can take us to the Americas and Europe, and be capable to work together with our followers quite a bit over that point.