Nine-member K-pop all-female act Momoland on Tuesday released their fourth EP, led by the title track “Baam”,” the latest in a wave of girl bands joining the intense summer record market.
The new record “Fun to the World” has four tracks including “Baam,” a rap-laced disco song. The other tracks include “Bingo Game” and “Only One You.”
“One of the three key moves of the choreography for ‘Baam’ is a shuffle dance. We practiced the shuffle dance seven hours every day as we prepared for the new record,” team leader Hyebin said.
The title song is the girl group’s second collaboration with Singsa Dong Tiger, a star songwriter and producer whose real name is Lee Ho-yang, following the first work “Bboom Bboom,” the lead song of their third EP “Great!” released in January.
Topping local music charts, “Bboom Bboom” was a major career-making moment for the nine-member group that debuted in November 2016 initially as a seven-member act through a reality show aired by the local cable music channel Mnet. Two more members — Daisy and Taeha — joined the group in early 2017.
“The latest lead track is an extension of ‘Bboom Bboom,’ which maximized our attraction (with fast, energetic beats). From next time, we may try and venture into a new challenge,” member Yeonwoo said.
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“The energy and excitement we exude onstage are what set us apart from other girl groups,” member Jane said, adding the members will focus on that aspect as they promote the new music.
The record release of Momoland comes as the market for summer records is heating up, with many girl bands returning to the K-pop scene to capture the busy record season.
Momoland’s return also came after the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism cleared the group of suspicions of hoarding copies of its previous EP “Great!”
Record sales tracker Hanteo Chart filed a complaint with the ministry, requesting an official investigation, after the Momoland record skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Hanteo Chart on Feb. 12 on the back of selling around 8,200 copies on a single day. The monthly sales figure in January reached only about 4,000 copies.
“The result of the investigation by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism showed it was not a result of record hoarding,” Momoland’s management agency MLD Entertainment said a day earlier.
Source: Yonhap News