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The title of this article is “U-Kiss feels distressed watching 2PM who made their debut at the same time” and I UTTERLY dislike it so I’m omitting it 😐
These boys made their debut into the music industry in August, 2008. But they were made familiar to the public only last year in November through their song, ‘Man Man Ha Ni’. Debuting at the same time as them was popular group 2PM. How did these members feel watching from the side?
1 year and 5 months after their debut, U-Kiss has come back with their 1st full album ‘U-Kiss Only One’ and they can brush off the sorrow they could not speak of during that period.
Born again with Man Man Ha Ni
There is a huge difference between U-Kiss’ popularity before and after the release of ‘Man Man Ha Ni’. It’s not an exaggeration to compare it to heaven and hell.
U-Kiss has more than one or two bad memories of their days when they were unknown. There were even cases where their name ‘U-Kiss’ was written wrongly on the door of the waiting room. Also there were emergency situations where only 5 mics were prepared for the then 6 membered group.
On broadcasting programmes, there were times where the producers did not know of U-Kiss’ songs and hence left the song names in the cuesheets blank.
The members explained, “after facing such situations, we lost our confidence. Naturally, since we were not on par with the rest of the artistes, when we appeared on music shows, we really disliked going out of our waiting room.”
But after they released ‘Man Man Ha Ni’, which was a big hit, things changed. More people knew of U-Kiss and naturally, their confidence was boosted.
U-Kiss said “we have filmed our first CF after our debut”. “Our music video filming set also became bigger” and “we can feel the strength in our manager’s voice when he receives a call for a schedule”, laughed U-Kiss.
The whirlwind dance becoming popular after the Gangnam (strong man) dance
그렇게 바라던 인기를 얻었지만 그에 따른 부담도 동시에 커졌다. 다행히 초반 분위기는 ‘만만하니’의 상승세를 고스란히 이어 받고 있다.
지난 3일 음반을 발매한지 하루 만에 음반판매 집계 사이트인 한터차트 1위에 오른 것을 비롯해 뮤직비디오, 벨소리, 컬러링 등 여러 분야의 차트에서 상위권을 휩쓸고 있다.
정규 1집 타이틀곡 ‘빙글빙글’은 유키스의 데뷔 때부터 함께 해 온 용감한 형제의 작품이다. 일렉트로닉 합합을 섞어놓은 곡으로, 중독성 있는 후렴구는 ‘만만하니’을 뛰어 넘을 정도로 막강하다.
특히 신경을 쓴 부분은 댄스. ‘만만하니’가 강남댄스로 가요계를 휩쓸었던 만큼 자연스럽게 팬들의 관심은 ‘빙글빙글’에서는 과연 어떤 춤을 보여줄 것이냐에 쏠렸다. 유키스가 준비한 비장의 댄스는 회오리 춤.
멤버들은 “이어 마이크를 사용하면서 손이 자유로워졌다. 당연히 퍼포먼스도 그만큼 화려해 졌다. ‘강남댄스’가 업그레이드 됐다고 느낄 수 있을 것”이라고 자신했다.
▶아시아에 유키스 바람 분다
The first full album consists of 14 tracks.
Title song ‘Bingeul Bingeul’ and pre-released song ‘Without You’ have catchy choruses, together with ‘What did you say (Mworago)’. ‘Dancing Flow’ by popular songwriter cum producer Han Sang Won also shows off U-Kiss’ strong image.
Overcoming the sad memories of being unknown, they prepared for the release of their first full album step-by-step, producing a perfect full album.
After their debut, U-Kiss has worked hard to advance into local as well as overseas markets and this time round, they still hold the same goal. They will promote locally till April and have planned to spread out to 8 other countries in Asia for album promotions and concerts, including Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, China and the Philippines.
According to the director, “‘Man Man Ha Ni’ received a lot of love locally last year and U-Kiss has been receiving lots of love calls from event organizers overseas. They have already secured some hardcore fans and it looks like U-Kiss may be able to hit a big one overseas this year.”
U-Kiss’ goal for this year is to be first on ranking programs. According to the members, “we have never reached 1st place before. We will use the strength we gained from ‘Man Man Ha Ni’ as a start to climb to the top.”
Credits: u-kiss.co.kr + ukissme.SG (English Translations) + Vie @ AAU Blog