IU’s 10-year Anniversary of Debuting
On September 18th, 2018, the singer whose real name is Lee Ji-eun celebrated a 10-year anniversary of debuting as a singer. During the ten years of work, there have been many hits that IU has released, such as “Good Day,” “You & I,” “Twenty-three,” “Dear Name,” “Pallete,” “Through the Night,” and most recently “BBI BBI.” Many people love IU very much, even among idols, IU is the idol of idols, many rookie idols think of IU as their role model, let’s say Kim So-hee, who appeared in Produce 101 made a debut as a solo singer, SONAMOO’s High D, even BTS’s Jungkook has openly expressed his admiration for IU.
Not only as a singer, IU is also famous for her above average acting skills; she has starred in various dramas, such as Dream High, You’re the best Lee Soon-shin, The Producer, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, My Mister, and Hotel Del Luna which is still under production, and many more. She even has won various awards, both as a singer and as an actress. Isn’t it quite reasonable that many people love IU? That’s why this 10-year anniversary is very special.
10-year Anniversary Concert Tour, Dlwlrma
To thank her fans who are also known as ‘UAENA’ for their continuous support, on September 18th, it was announced that IU will be holding a concert tour titled Dlwlrma. Here is the schedule, along with the cities she will be holding a concert in for her 10-year anniversary tour.
IU’s 10-year Anniversary Tour – Dlwlrma
October 28th, Sunday- Busan (Sajik Gymnasium)
November 11th, Sunday- Kwangju (Women’s University Universiade Gymnasium)
November 17th & 18th, Saturday & Sunday- Seoul (KSPO Dome)
December 8th, Saturday- Hong Kong (AsiaWorld-Expo, StubHub Hall)
December 15th, Saturday- Singapore (The Star Theatre)
December 16th, Sunday- Bangkok (IMPACT Exhibition Hall 4)
December 24th & 25th, Monday & Tuesday- Taipei (Nangang Exhibition Center)
January 5th, 2019, Saturday- Jeju Island (International Convention Center
IU’s Concert in Singapore
For a decade, this is the first time for IU to hold a concert in Singapore, so it felt like a really special event for her to meet her Singaporean fans, or Singaporean UAENA. She opened the concert and said “I didn’t know I have so many fans here,” the songstress exclaimed upon seeing more than 5000 people that were present there and she continued “I’m sorry it took me so long to come. I’ll make tonight’s show a very special one!”
What’s even more impressive, is that IU surprised her fans when she communicated with fans in fluent English throughout the show. She said in English, “When I was young, even though I received so much love, I used to pay attention to people who disliked me. That’s why my lyrics were so sharp and dark. It has changed now. I have become a person who can focus more on love.” And she added, “Seeing you guys makes me want to write more songs about love and comfort. And I really love myself when I’m in a mood like this. You guys make me a better person.”
The one-year anniversary of SHINEE’s Jong-hyun’s Death
Just a few days after IU’s concert was the one-year anniversary of Jong-hyun’s passing. SHINee’s Jong-hyun passed away on December 18th, 2017. Previously, before Jong-hyun’s death, he had stated his closeness with IU, that they often talked about music.
She surprised her fans with a song that wasn’t on the setlist, “Gloomy Clock,” to remember and express how much she misses Jong-hyun. The song, which was written by SHINee’s Jong-hyun, is a song from her third album Modern Times. And she said, “I’ve been thinking about this song a lot recently. This song has been a great comfort to me since I made it. I wrote this song with the person I really miss.”
She even switched her mic from purple to a pearl aqua green one (which represents SHINee’s official fan club color). Many people felt very touched, especially the fans of SHINEE, or also known as Shawol, who thanked IU for the gesture.
Celebrities Who Attended IU’s Concert
It’s not a coincidence that IU is considered to be a star among the stars, because many people idolize IU, and even came to IU’s concert to support her. Among the celebrities who were spotted at IU’s concert were Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Yeri, actress Park Sol-mi, lyricist Kim Eana, actress Park Si-yeon, actress Shim So-yeong, DIA’s Yebin, actress Kang Han-Na, actor Lee Joon-ki, Sulli, Sooyoung and Jung Kyung-ho, SS501’s Heo Youngsaeng, Jiyeon, child actress Kim Gyuri, actor An Seungkyun, musical actress Han Se-yoon, and G.O.D, also TWICE who appeared on IU’s concert as guests.
The Coverage of IU’s Concert “dlwlrma”
It doesn’t feel like it has been 10 years since IU first debuted as a singer. Many of her songs are very extraordinary and touch the hearts of her listeners. Let’s look forward to her new release and support the songs and subsequent works of IU!