As Nayeon and Jungkook release solo works after years of group activities, the public pay close attention to their prospects.
In the case of Nayeon, the female idol just released her first solo album “IM NAYEON” after 7 years of promoting with TWICE. The reactions have so far been explosive.
In particular, pre-orders for the album exceeded 500,000 copies, which is rather close to the pre-order amount of around 700,000 copies for Twice’s 3rd full album “Formula of Love: O+T=<3” released in November last year. This clearly proves the intense interest in Nayeon’s solo appearance.
In addition, since its release on June 24th, “IM NAYEON” has been receiving a warm welcome from both domestic and foreign fans. On a cumulative basis, the album has climbed to the top of iTunes album charts in 20 overseas regions and Apple Music album charts in 17 regions – a clear testament of Nayeon’s global popularity.
Additionally, Nayeon’s title song “POP!” has gradually climbed up to the top 10 on Melon’s Top 100 chart, the largest music site in Korea. Via music broadcast stages and online topics, the song has embraced a steady rise on digital rankings.
“POP!” is a dance track that features a captivating message and an addictive melody, making it perfect for the summer. As of the moment, the music video of “POP!” is about to exceed 50 million YouTube views.
Meanwhile, on the same day with Nayeon, BTS member Jungkook also made headlines with “Left And Right”, a collaboration with the American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth. Jungkook and Charlie Puth initially met at the 2018 Korean music award MGA, where they delivered a duet stage of “We Don’t Talk Anymore”.
The time of Jungkook’s release couldn’t have been more perfect, as it follows BTS’s announcement that they would be taking a temporary break from group activities and prioritize their individual schedules.
”Left And Right” is a pop track with a bright and cool melody, perfectly complemented by unique voices of Jungkook and Charlie Puth. Right after its release, the song hit global music charts like a storm, having topped the iTunes Top Songs chart in 93 countries and regions.
“Left And Right” also drew huge attention for being the first official duet song of Jungkook with a non-BTS-member. The music video for the track has since surpassed 56 million YouTube views.
After Jungkook and Nayeon, other popular idol group members will also make their solo appearances in July, starting with BTS J-Hope, who dropped the pre-release song “More” from his first solo album “Jack In The Box” on July 1st. “More” is a song that takes on elements of old school hip hop, which shows off J-Hope’s ambitions to show various aspects of himself. The male idol’s “Jack In The Box” album will be dropped fully on July 15th.
Meanwhile, Apink members Chorong and Bomi will start their promotions as a duet in the same month. This will make them the first sub-unit of famous Kpop girl group Apink, which debuted in 2011. Their first single album “Copycat” will be released on July 12th, accompanied by a title of the same name, and b-side tracks “Oscar” and “Feeling Something”.