iKON returns with sentimental breakup song to welcome in autumn

October 1, 2018

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) — K-pop boy band iKON on Monday returned with a package of sentimental breakup songs to match the autumn season as they attempt to once again storm local music charts with their iconic balladic dance music.

The four-track extended player “New Kids: The Final” is iKON’s third album release this year.

The lead track, “Goodbye Road,” is a breakup song team leader B.I composed nearly a year ago. It was in fact a track considered as the main song for their highly successful EP “Return,” released in January.

“Love Scenario,” which finally fronted the “Return” album, went viral on the K-pop scene, cementing a solid presence for the boy band created by YG Entertainment.

“YG President Yang Hyun-suk has waited for nearly one year for its release after deciding that the song is best suited to the autumn season,” YG said.

With a medium tempo and sentimental lyrics, “Goodbye Road” depicts the bitter feelings of a breakup and bids farewell to a lover.

iKON leader B.I speaks during a press conference for the release of the group's new album, "New Kids: The Final," on Oct. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

iKON leader B.I speaks during a press conference for the release of the group’s new album, “New Kids: The Final,” on Oct. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

“I think ‘Goodbye Road’ is a song with lonely feelings, which would go very well with the autumn season,” member Bobby noted in a press conference on Monday.

The melodic song also comes with narrative choreography that the seven iKON members use to express the lyrics in dance. YG chief Yang also helped with the choreography.

The EP’s three other tracks — “Don’t Let Me Know,” “Adore You,” and “Perfect” — all deal with the sadness and loneliness of love and breakups.

Last month, iKON celebrated the third anniversary of their debut.

“The three years have been a long time for me. We had some difficult affairs and some good affairs,” member Jinhwan said. “We thank those who have been with us all along the way. In response, we want to sing for a long time and come up with more intimacy.”

Member Ju-ne, meanwhile, apologized for his brash behavior after he had a online squabble with fans.

Last week, Ju-ne referred to Japanese entertainer-director Takeshi Kitano on a social media account. One of his fans demanded Ju-ne remove the posting, pointing to the Japanese director’s disputed record of speaking ill of Korea.

Ju-ne rebuffed the request and hit back, “Don’t tell me what to do. I refuse,” before eventually removing the post following a backlash.

“I am very sorry for disappointing you. I am deeply in remorse,” he said. “This will never happen again.”

He also apologized to his teammates for creating the negative issue ahead of the album release, as well as to the YG president, who reportedly told him, “Take extra care and reflect yourself.”

iKON member Ju-ne apologizes for his brash behavior during a press conference for the release of the group's new album, "New Kids: The Final," on Oct. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

iKON member Ju-ne apologizes for his brash behavior during a press conference for the release of the group’s new album, “New Kids: The Final,” on Oct. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

The members of iKON pose for photos during a press conference for the release of the group's new album, "New Kids: The Final," on Oct. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

The members of iKON pose for photos during a press conference for the release of the group’s new album, “New Kids: The Final,” on Oct. 1, 2018. (Yonhap)

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