Yeeun’s Solo Activities
Next, we’re going to talk about Yeeun! She already made her solo debut in July 2014 under the name Ha:tfelt, with a solo EP, Me?, released in the same year. Following the disbandment of Wonder Girls in 2017, Yeeun didn’t renew her contract with JYP and instead signed with Amoeba Culture to continue her career as a solo artist. She became the label’s first female solo artist in eleven years.
Subsequently, for the Korean travel show Cross Country, Yeeun released two soundtrack singles: Thru The Sky and Cross Country, a collaboration track with Kim Bo-hyung and Suran.
In May 2017, her former labelmate, Twice’s, EP Signal credited Yeeun as a songwriter on Only You.
On October 12, 2017, Yeeun released her first single, MEiNE (“mine” in German), consisting of two songs: I Wander featuring Dynamic Duo’s Gaeko, and Read Me featuring PUNCHNELLO.
Her second single album, Deine (“yours” in English), was released on April 18, 2018. There are two songs on the single: Pluhmm and Cigar.
The KBS television channel said South Korea’s newest singer Park Ye-eun’s, aka HA:TFELT, Happy Now, did not pass censorship, so that the song released on August 1, 2019, will not be broadcast.
KBS thinks Happy Now‘s lyrics are rude, so it’s not worth broadcasting on its channel. Happy Now is the latest song from the former Wonder Girls member, with a duet with MAMAMOO’s rapper, Moonbyul.
Amoeba Culture immediately responded to the results of the censorship. HA:TFELT’s agency is willing to adapt this song in another version so that it can air on national television channels and other music programs. “We plan to submit a re-evaluation after adjusting the problematic lyrics,” Amoeba Culture’s representative said as reported by Allkpop.
The planned comeback of former Wonder Girls personnel was reported through the official Twitter Amoeba Culture @amoebakorea on July 29, 2019.
— amoebaculture (@amoebakorea) July 28, 2019
With the release of the single Happy Now, HA:TFELT said that through Happy Now she hopes to explore a world of new music that she has never done before.
Before the release, HA:TFELT also released a short film for the single Happy Now. The 39-second film was released via the HA:TFELT’s staff Twitter account on July 31, 2019.
— HATFELT_STAFF (@HATFELT_STAFF) July 31, 2019
This tweet was later re-uploaded to HA:TFELT’s Twitter account, by saying this song was intended for women who were hurt by a bad separation, as well as for men who enjoy playing games.
For all my ladies hurting from bad breakups.
To the boys who enjoy playing games. 😈 https://t.co/ss7oN5JO73
— HA:TFELT (@HATFELT731) July 31, 2019
We wish a bunch of lucks to Yeeun’s new journey as a solo artist under the name HA:TFELT!
Sunmi’s Solo Activities
Next, we have Sumi! She made her debut as a member of Wonder Girls in 2007 and left the group to pursue an academic career in January 2010. Sunmi resumed her career as a soloist in August 2013, with her debut extended play Full Moon, after a three-year-long hiatus from the music scene. Sunmi was revealed in 2015 to be resuming promotions with the Wonder Girls until they were disbanded in 2017. She then left JYP Entertainment and became a part of Makeus Entertainment in March 2017.
After joining Makeus Entertainment, she released the single Gashina, produced by The Black Label’s Teddy Park, in August 2017.
On January 18, 2018, Sunmi came back with a single called Heroine. She described the single as a prequel to Gashina.
On September 4, 2018, Sunmi released her second EP, entitled Warning, together with the lead single Siren. Siren received an all-kill on six local music charts.
In February 2019, Sunmi conducted her first world tour, entitled Warning. In the middle of the tour, on March 4, 2019, Sunmi released a single entitled Noir.
Talalay is a song produced by Makeus Entertainment as a single by Sunmi, which released on August 27, 2019. Sunmi and Frants composed and co-produced the album. The music video was released the same day. This is Sunmi’s second digital single in 2019.
The inspiration for the song came from when Sunmi was laying on a hotel bed after completing a show in Mexico.
“Then suddenly the word ‘lalalay’ came, which is also a term of knowing when to let go. I looked for other meanings of the word ‘lalalay’ and it turns out Taepyeongso [Korean wind instrument that looks like a trumpet] is also referred to as ‘lalalay’ in folk music,” she said, as reported by Soompi.
After the release of Lalalay, Sunmi has been scheduled to undergo her first world tour since her debut as a soloist. Starting in Seoul on February 24, 2020, she will visit eight cities in the US and Canada, as well as stop by Hong Kong, Taipei, and Tokyo.
It looks like Sunmi already has a bright career as a solo artist, let’s keep supporting her!