Lee Hi, The Singer-Songwriter from YG Entertainment
Lee Ha-yi (born on September 23rd, 1996), or better known under her stage name Lee Hi, is a South Korean singer and songwriter from YG Entertainment. With her single “1, 2, 3, 4,” she debuted as a solo artist on October 28th, 2012, at the age of 16! She was discovered when she became the runner up of SBS Kpop Star Season 1. Lee Hi was scheduled to debut with a girl group called SuPearls that was originally formed during the show and signed under YG, consisting of Michelle Lee, Park Ji-min, Lee Seung-joo, and Lee Jung-mi. Due to the other members’ departure, the agency announced that Lee Hi would be a solo artist.
After the release and huge success of Lee Hi’s first album titled First Love in 2013, she suddenly decided to take a hiatus. But, Lee Hi’s fans were finally given a gift with her second album, released in 2016, titled Seoulite. What a beautiful name, isn’t it? Let’s find out more about the details of Lee Hi’s second album!
Lee Hi’s 2nd Album, Seoulite
In August 2015, YG Entertainment finally released information about Lee Hi’s highly anticipated comeback. But this time, the comeback will be through the YG Entertainment’s independent sub-label HIGHGRND headed by Epik High Tablo. The CEO Yang Hyun-suk stated that Lee Hi is still housed under YG Entertainment, but he decided to release the album under HIGHGRND because he was worried that he would not be able to manage the comeback well, and trusts Tablo to take the production control over the comeback.
On February 15th, 2016, it was announced that the comeback will be in March. But, ‘half album’ would be released. The full album itself was released in April. Although there were two parts of Seoulite, the album was packaged very well as the best songwriter, producer, and singers of YG Entertainment, even the late SHINee Jonghyun, were involved in the making of this album.
Album Title: Seoulite
Release Date: March 9th, 2016 (part 1) and April 20th, 2016 (part 2)
Format: Digital Download, CD
Label: YG Entertainment, KT Music
Genre: K-Pop, R&B
Producer: Tablo, DJ Tukutz, Lee Hi
|Seoulite (Part 1)|
|1.||“World Tour” (feat. Mino of Winner)||Deanfluenza, Mino||Deanfluenza, RE:ONE||4:37|
|2.||“손잡아 줘요” (Hold My Hand)||Shinae An, Wheeler, Tablo||Shinae An, Wheeler,||3:39|
|3.||“한숨” (Breathe)||Kim Jonghyun||Kim Jonghyun, WeFreaky||4:49|
|4.||“Official” (feat. Incredivle)||Tablo, Incredivle||Chancellor, DOCSKIM||3:29|
|5.||“Fxxk Wit Us” (feat. Dok2)||Tablo, Dok2||Tablo, Code Kunst, Ilsey Juber||3:38|
|Seoulite (Part 2)|
|1.||“My Star”||Teddy, Kush||Teddy, Kush||3:42|
|2.||“희망고문” (Blues)||Tablo||Dee.P, Rebecca Johnson, Tablo||3:56|
|3.||“스쳐 간다” (Passing By)||Lee Hi||Lee Hi, 강욱진||3:19|
|4.||“밤샘” (Up All Night) (feat. Tablo)||Tablo||Tablo, 강욱진||3:40|
|5.||“안봐도 비디오” (Video) (feat. Bobby of iKON)||Deanfluenza, Bobby||DJ TUKUTZ, Deanfluenza, Le’mon||3:40|
|6.||“Missing U”||Tablo||P.K, Lydia Paek||4:08|
|7||“나는 달라” (I’m Different) (Hi Suhyun feat. Bobby) (Bonus Track)||PK, Rebecca Johnson, Masta Wu, Bobby||PK, Rebecca Johnson||3:35|
The Title Track “Breathe”
A surprising fact came on March 5th, 2016, when it was revealed that SHINee Jonghyun had participated in the composing and writing of the title track of the album, “Breathe.” According to the source, Tablo had personally requested from Jonghyun to write a song for Lee Hi’s comeback. After leaving a deep impression on CEO Yang Hyun-suk, the song became the second title track. This issue came to light when the music video had been filmed.
“Breathe” marked its success since it ranked first on every major Korean digital chart, which is called “all kill” songs. The track debuted second on Gaon’s weekly digital chart and got in the top ten as well. Lee Hi took her first win as well for “Breathe” on March 17th, 2016, in Mnet’s Countdown.
In order to remember the late SHINee Jonghyun’s work, “Breathe” re-entered the Korean digital charts in December 2017.
The album released three music videos which were released along with the first half and the full album.
“My Star” is a super fun song, themed in the vibe of the 70s. The music video was released along with the full album.
Still in the super cute and pinky videos, “Hold My Hands” was released with the first half of Seoulite.
Well, this is the music video of the legendary song of the late SHINee Jonghyun, “Breathe.” The song was also released with the first half of Seoulite. The song itself left a deep impression as it was like someone who wants to escape from this heavy world.
Chart and Award
|US Billboard Heatseekers Albums||16|
|US Billboard World Albums||3|
Awards and Nominations
|“Breathe”||M! Countdown (Mnet)||March 17th, 2016|
|Inkigayo (SBS)||March 20th, 2016|
If you are curious to find out what the album is physically like, just check out this unboxing video from a fan: