Why does IU not have any of her own compositions on 'Lilac'? K-pop singer explains meaning behind album name
A star from 2007, it was after the release of the lead single 'Good Day' from her 2010 album 'Real' that she achieved national stardom
IU is set to make an exciting comeback with the release of her fifth studio album 'Lilac'. Previously dubbed as 'BLYAC', the album is all set to drop on March 25.
IU is a South Korean singer-songwriter and actress. In 2007, she signed with Kakao M as a trainee and debuted as a singer at the age of 15 with her first mini-album 'Lost and Found'.
While her follow-up albums, 'Growing Up' and 'IU...IM', still garnered the singer mainstream success, it was after the release of the lead single 'Good Day' from her 2010 album 'Real' that she achieved national stardom. 'Good Day' spent five consecutive weeks at the top of South Korea's Gaon Digital Chart and, in 2019, it was ranked No. 1 on Billboard's "100 Greatest K-Pop Songs of the 2010s" list.
Since her debut, IU has released a number of critically acclaimed projects and fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of her new album for four years. It's high time that IU made a comeback with a studio album and any details she reveals about the project are sure to make headlines.
On March 22, the South Korean idol appeared as the cover model for the April issue of W Korea magazine. During her interview for the magazine, IU spoke of her upcoming studio LP 'Lilac' with some surprising details. She shared that the album doesn't include any of her own compositions and revealed that the project has a different concept from her previous albums.
"This album is the big album that I've talked about in the past. There are a lot of different aspects, each with different meanings, there is a wide variety of musical genres, and generally, it is very luxurious," the idol said, according to Allkpop.
She continued, "This album does not contain any of my self-composed tracks. Seeing things through the eyes of a producer, I felt that there's not really a necessity to include my own songs. Many of my past albums contained songs where I portrayed myself in simple terms." In conclusion to her explanation, she noted, "But that concept does not fit with this album, so I just made the bold decision to not include any of my own work."
IU then shared the meaning behind the album's moniker 'Lilac', saying. "The theme of this album is 'greeting'. It is a greeting dedicated to my twenties and a greeting of gratitude to all those who witnessed my twenties with me thus far." The singer expressed, "They say that the message of a lilac is 'the memories of youth'. It is a greeting to my twenties, saying that 'I'll be moving on', and simultaneously a greeting as I enter my thirties."