K-pop: Taeyeon, Apink, Epik High drop new music on Valentine's Day

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2022 08:08 PM

Promotional photo for Korean singer Taeyeon's album 'INVU,' released Feb. 14, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@GirlsGeneration
Promotional photo for Korean singer Taeyeon's album 'INVU,' released Feb. 14, 2022. Photo: Twitter/@GirlsGeneration

Fans of South Korean music were in for a treat this Valentine's Day, getting new releases from veteran idols Taeyeon and Apink as well as hip-hop group Epik High.

On Monday, Taeyeon of Girls' Generation dropped her third studio album, "INVU," along with the music video for the single of the same title.

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"INVU" (pronounced as "I envy you") is a house-based dance song "with a soft and dreamy synth sound and an impressive flute melody in the chorus," SM Entertainment said in a statement ahead of the song's release.

The 13-track album also contains "Can't Control Myself," a pre-release single from January.

Meanwhile, girl group Apink returned with the 11-track special album "Horn."

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The record's lead single, "Dilemma," was produced by Black Eyed Pilseung and Jun Goon, who are also responsible for the 10-year-old group's past hits such as "Dumhdurum" and "Eung Eung."

"Horn" also marks the act's first album since member Son Na-eun left label IST Entertainment (then Play M Entertainment). She is currently signed with YG Entertainment but remains a part of Apink.

Meanwhile, Epik High released "Epik High Is Here (Part 2)," which contains 12 tracks and serves as a follow-up to last year's "Epik High Is Here (Part 1)."

Similar to the previous album, the new release features a slew of collaborators such as singers Younha and Lee Hi, and rappers Giriboy, pH-1 and Wonstein.

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The hip-hop trio unveiled Monday a video for the song "Gray So Gray" featuring Younha.

K-pop has been one of South Korea’s most successful cultural exports and is a key component of the "Korean Wave" that has swept Asia and beyond in the last two decades.