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TWICE's Nayeon shows off her bolder side with solo album 'NA'

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TWICE member Nayeon poses during a press event held to mark the release of her second solo album at a hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, Thursday. Yonhap

TWICE member Nayeon poses during a press event held to mark the release of her second solo album at a hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, Thursday. Yonhap

By Pyo Kyung-min

After achieving success with her previous solo endeavor, TWICE's Nayeon is back with a new album to reignite the fervor. Marking a return after a two-year hiatus, her new solo album, "NA," promises to show off the bolder and more intense side of the idol, a facet her fans have never seen before.

Back in 2022, Nayeon released "IM NAYEON," along with its famous title track, "POP!." The lead single garnered great acclaim, clinching the seventh spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 and maintaining top positions on Korean music charts.

At a press event held Thursday at a hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, to celebrate the release of her second mini-album, Nayeon discussed how her previous album's "unexpected success" influenced the preparation of this one.

"Since 'POP!' was so well-loved, to say there was no pressure in preparing this album would be a lie," Nayeon said.

"But I tried to enjoy the process as much as possible. Since my focus is more on activities with TWICE, I cherished the time I had to work on my solo activities."

TWICE member Nayeon speaks during a press event held to celebrate the release of her second solo album, 'NA,'  at a hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, Thursday. Yonhap

TWICE member Nayeon speaks during a press event held to celebrate the release of her second solo album, "NA," at a hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, Thursday. Yonhap

The new album's title, "NA," echoes the singer's name, while it also translates to the word "me" in Korean. Nayeon said this reflects her "ambition to showcase a more candid charm."

True to her ambition, the title track, "ABCD," presents a confident and audacious side of Nayeon, completely different from the bubbly and cute image of her previous album. The song combines elements of hip-hop with early 2000s pop diva vibes.

Regarding the drastically different concepts, Nayeon explained, "The last album was what people thought of as typical 'Nayeon from TWICE,' and it suited my image well. With this album, I wanted to show a cooler and more mature side of myself. This side is also a part of me. I wanted to capture my most powerful and bold image."

"Since the song has an early 2000s style, producer Park Jin-young advised me to watch a lot of videos of pop artists from that era. I got inspiration from watching music videos and live performances of various artists from back then," she added.

TWICE member Nayeon poses during a press event held to celebrate the release of her second solo album, 'NA,' at a hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, Thursday. Yonhap

TWICE member Nayeon poses during a press event held to celebrate the release of her second solo album, "NA," at a hotel in Songpa District, Seoul, Thursday. Yonhap

Support from TWICE members was unwavering during the preparation process.

"The members are busy with their solo or unit activities, but they sent a coffee truck to the music video filming site and cheered me on a lot. They encouraged me a lot with comments like, 'The choreography is cool,' and 'The song is good,'" she said, smiling.

Concluding the event, Nayeon shared her goals for this release.

"I received so much love during my last activities. There are fans who have high expectations for this album, too. I want to finish this activity well and become an artist who is always anticipated whenever I have another solo activity."

She added,"'NA' was a challenge for me. Even after this activity ends, I think it will remain a precious album that helped me grow."

Pyo Kyung-min pzzang@ktimes.com


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