Singer Hwasa, who recently signed a contract with Psy's agency, P Nation, is set to make her comeback on September 6th. Hwasa made headlines when she candidly shared her inner thoughts during the controversy surrounding her recent provocative performance.
On the 29th, P Nation unveiled a new teaser image of Hwasa on their official social networking service (SNS) account, building anticipation for her comeback. In the image, Hwasa is surrounded by pink balloons, exuding a refreshing and captivating aura. Her radiant, healthy beauty immediately captures viewers' attention. Notably, the balloons in the backdrop feature alphabets, raising curiosity about their connection to the upcoming release.
This upcoming album marks Hwasa's first release in approximately two years, following her 2021 single "Guilty Pleasure" as a solo artist. It's also her first album since joining P Nation under the leadership of Psy back in June.
Hwasa initially entered the music scene in 2014 as a member of the group Mamamoo. In 2019, she ventured into solo activities with the release of her single "twit," concurrent with Mamamoo's group endeavors. In 2020, she achieved chart-topping success with her first solo mini-album, "Maria," featuring the eponymous title track.
Hwasa Addresses Malicious Comments: "I Shed Tears"
Singer Hwasa candidly shared her thoughts regarding the recent controversy surrounding her performance.
On the 4th, she appeared as a guest on the YouTube channel 'Sung Si-kyung' during an episode titled "Sung Si-kyung's Meeting." The episode, titled "The First Guest Initiation Ceremony Was a Success!" featured Hwasa discussing her upcoming digital single, "I Love My Body," scheduled for release on the 6th.
Hwasa explained that the song carries a simple yet impactful message. She revealed, "I chose this song because I personally resonated with its message. It came at a time when I was facing backlash due to the controversy surrounding my provocative performance."
Previously, Hwasa had faced accusations of indecency from the Student Parents' Human Rights Protection Solidarity for her sensational stage performance at a university festival.
Reflecting on the situation, Hwasa shared, "While on tour with Mamamoo in America, I received a barrage of messages on Kakao Talk when I landed in the U.S. I saw messages like 'Something's happened again.' The controversy over my performance had escalated, and the level of malicious comments was overwhelming."
She continued, "I typically don't pay much attention to malicious comments, but this time, it was particularly harsh. The New York performance was my first show on the tour, and I had planned to manage my emotions throughout. I told myself to stay strong and stick to my usual routine, but the negativity continued to affect me. I tried to act unfazed, but as soon as I finished the performance, I couldn't hold back my tears."
Hwasa recounted, "Upon returning to the hotel, I took the elevator with my fellow members who were congratulating me, saying, 'Great job.' That's when I broke down in tears, crying like I hadn't cried all year. Tears flowed uncontrollably. Feeling overwhelmed, I decided to get some fresh air and began recording a video on my way out of the hotel. There was no one around, so I ran to the parking lot and continued crying. That's where I finally composed myself," she recalled.
Notably, Hwasa shared a heartwarming anecdote about Psy during her American tour. She revealed, "During that tough period, Psy called me one early morning while I was feeling down and uncertain about my future. I was struggling with thoughts like 'What kind of music should I pursue from here?' It was a time of great uncertainty for me."
She continued, "Psy told me, 'I have good news for you,' and asked if I wanted to listen to a song. He sent me the new song that turned out to be 'I Love My Body.' After listening to it, I laughed for the first time on that American tour. Despite the turmoil surrounding the indecency controversy, the song's uplifting message gave me a sense of renewal. It cheered me up and made me feel optimistic about my next musical journey," she added.
In conclusion, Hwasa expressed, "Despite the challenges I faced due to the obscene controversy, hearing 'I love my body' was like a breath of fresh air. It brightened my mood and instilled confidence in me to continue pursuing my music."
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