AKMU has returned!
On November 16, the brother-sister duo AKMU released “HAPPENING”, their first single in a year and two months. During her online press conference, Lee Chanhyuk said, “We wanted to release a lot of the songs but we are currently preparing them. We thought this would be a great song to hand out beforehand like a snack, so we released it with confidence.”
“How can I love the heartbreak, you are the one I love?” Was the title track of their latest album “SAILING”, which despite its release over a year ago still scores well in the charts. In this regard, Lee Chanhyuk said: “Even if the results weren’t great, it would have been an album that we were extremely happy with.” It was a great album in itself, but we’re so grateful that it received so much love and is still in the charts a year later. “
He continued: “We prepared this single with a comparatively lighter heart. It plays the role of connecting with our next full length album. “
When asked which singer they wanted to work with, the duo selected veteran Lee So Ra, with whom Lee Suhyun recently worked on the show “Begin Again”. Lee Chanhyuk stated, “On Begin Again,” Lee So Ra sang “Moon” with Suhyun, a song I wrote. I couldn’t imagine the song would change like that. Once Lee So Ra started singing, I was overwhelmed by the thought: ‘I want to work with her.’ “
Lee Suhyun added, “She is a high-level artist who is on the list of all desired collaborations. If only she agrees, it would be a great honor.”
Lee Suhyun also spoke about her most recent solo debut with “Alien”. She shared, “It was so much fun having me in focus. AKMU albums focus on Chanhyuk’s story, told through my perspective and my voice. Chanhyuk wrote “Alien” for me from beginning to end so that I could interpret it in my own way without having to interpret it a second time. It felt like I was singing my own identity. It was a time when I could see how precious my brother is. “
Amid discussions of their close relationship, the two also explained the story behind Lee Chanhyuk, who did not follow Lee Suhyun on Instagram, which had become the subject of news articles. Lee Chanhyuk commented, “To be honest, I did it without thinking. I just wanted to follow people who matched my social media sentiment. “
Lee Suhyun added, “I also found out through a news article. I looked at it and wondered what was going on, but it was about not following. We didn’t have a fight at all. We are peaceful as always. Even after hearing that he hadn’t followed me, I didn’t feel anything. Some people would even see us follow each other and comment, “Do siblings follow each other?”
She continued, “It’s such a small event that it can’t even be called an event. If there hadn’t been any reports of it, I wouldn’t even have noticed that he wasn’t following me.”
Regarding her hopes for HAPPENING, Lee Chanhyuk shared, “I hope the public thinks,” What songs are you going to make in the future? How are they going to make them? “And we can discover a new charm for us.” Lee Suhyun added, “There is no deep message and we have not tried to twist any phrases. We did both the lyrics and the melody so people could relate to them. I hope that many listeners will be able to are to identify while listening. “
Watch the music video for “HAPPENING” here!
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