Meet LE SSERAFIM, The Rookie Topping The Albums & Singles Charts

There is a standard idiom in English that claims, “You may’t hold a superb man or girl down.” However what a few fearless one?

“Fearless” is the key phrase when describing the brand new Okay-pop lady group LE SSERAFIM. Not solely is it the title of their debut single and album, however you’ll be able to rearrange the letters of “I am fearless” to LE SSERAFIM with the anagram signifying a refresh of the phrase in addition to the seraphim, a legendary six-winged beast from historical instances. It is a layered, multidimensional that means for a pop group title—however persons are connecting.

On the midyear level of 2022, the Okay-pop business has delivered robust debuts from new acts in a yr that can possible go down as one of many strongest for brand spanking new lady teams. Six months in, the numbers are leaning in direction of LE SSERAFIM because the group to take the 2022 international rookie crown, because of rating excessive with each successful album and single.

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Beginning with albums, LE SSERAFIM’s fearless EP has offered greater than 412,000 copies worldwide and ranked excessive on the albums charts in each South Korea and Japan. Alongside the EP, debut single “Fearless” has climbed up the Korean charts to turn into a mainstay hit domestically (at present at No. 12 on the Goan singles chart two months after launch) whereas additionally charting in territories throughout Asia, even No. 12 on Billboard’s World Digital Music Gross sales chart; taking pictures them contained in the High 75 on the worldwide-focused Billboard World 200 singles chart.

Even with a built-in fanbase thanks partly to the previous success of members Chaewon and Sakura, who had been each members of beloved however momentary lady group IZ*ONEin addition to Yunjin, who competed on the singing competitors present produce 48 that created IZ*ONE, the group hasn’t been resistant to gossip and rumors. Like several scrutinized star, adverse information and claims have adopted the group earlier than they even formally hit the scene—specifically, allegations of bullying from member Garam’s previous that is caught the eye of native different worldwide press—however the group stays, as their title says, fearless. Working example: Chief Chaewon has not backed down from addressing the controversy both.

Rejoice LE SSERAFIM’s mighty entrance into the business by attending to know members Chaewon, Sakura, Yunjin, Kazuha, Garam and Eunchae higher under. Whereas the group is pushing forward to unfold its message globally, Garam is at present on hiatus and gave her solutions to those questions earlier than the introduced break.

Jeff Benjamin: Hey, LE SSERAFIM! Congratulations in your debut! How have these first weeks been since releasing your album?

CHAEWON: We had been so excited to lastly present the world what we’ve labored on for therefore lengthy. It felt exhilarating when our music video was first launched. It is solely been a couple of weeks since our debut and I am so grateful for the entire assist we have acquired and the way a lot we had been in a position to obtain in such a short while.

SAKURA: We simply gained first place on a number of music exhibits in Korea and it has been unimaginable to say the least. We’re additionally honored to be on Billboard World 200 with our debut album! We won’t wait to satisfy our followers in particular person extra as soon as the COVID-19 state of affairs will get a lot better.

KAZUHA: For me, it is my first time experiencing all the pieces as an artist so all the pieces feels new and thrilling.

Jeff Benjamin: I might like to start out originally. A few of you will have backgrounds in different teams or corporations; when did you all come collectively at Supply Music for the primary time?

CHAEWON: I wished to take yet another probability on a gaggle. I used to be the primary member to be recruited for LE SSERAFIM and noticed the entire means of how the opposite members got here collectively. Because the chief of the group, I really feel a sure stage of accountability and I wish to do a superb job of main our crew. I by no means imagined I might meet YUNJIN and SAKURA in a gaggle. You by no means understand how life can unfold! All of it seems like destiny.

SAKURA: After I went again to Japan after IZ*ONE was accomplished, I did not really feel completely glad. I nonetheless had a need to develop as an artist and carry out on a much bigger stage so I decided to return again to Korea.

YUNJIN: I used to be initially planning to review music within the States and all like destiny, I used to be given a chance to hitch LE SSERAFIM. I took the prospect with out hesitation and this all made the crew much more particular to me.

KAZUHA: I cherished ballet, however I wished to take probabilities on various things for the remainder of my life. I used to be very lucky to have the chance and it simply felt like destiny that I got here right here to hitch the crew.

EUNCHAE: The lineup was finalized round January of 2022 after I grew to become the final member to hitch LE SSERAFIM. The truth that LE SSERAFIM grew to become full after I joined makes it that rather more invaluable to me. It is one thing I by no means imagined taking place in my life and I am very grateful for it.

Jeff Benjamin: I like the robust messages in your debut, particularly in your title observe “Fearless.” Whereas teams embracing highly effective ideas are fashionable lately, I believe this feels contemporary. How do you differentiate LE SSERAFIM’s message of being fearless?

CHAEWON: We went into it pondering much less about what sort of idea or efficiency individuals would love and extra about displaying our personal signature colours, fashion and efficiency. What we wish to do is what comes first.

SAKURA: “Fearless” is extra of a message than an idea. It is our story that comes from us. We wished to indicate who we actually are and I believe that is the place the distinction lies. “Fearless” is about accepting who I’m and my imperfections as I transfer ahead and develop.

Jeff Benjamin: I believe essentially the most placing lyric to me was KAZUHA’s “I am fearless, a brand new bitch / New loopy, 올라가, subsequent one.” I find it irresistible! How was the recording course of?

KAZUHA: That half within the music was the very first recording I’ve ever accomplished. It felt awkward to hearken to my voice on a studio mic at first! So I practiced loads to ship the emotion of the music properly.

Jeff Benjamin: HYBE chairman “Hitman” Bang Si-Hyuk labored intently in your debut. While you signed with the corporate, we noticed a photograph of CHAEWON and SAKURA with him. What different recommendation or phrases of encouragement did he share?

CHAEWON: The album is predicated on our story. Mr Bang inspired us to be extra trustworthy in the way in which we act and categorical ourselves. He gave us a whole lot of suggestions and labored with us to find a brand new aspect of us. This all helped the album present our authenticity.

SAKURA: Mr Bang advised us that “FEARLESS” is our story; with out the members, “FEARLESS” would not have existed. Earlier than our debut, we had been feeling not sure about whether or not we had been doing properly and we had been in a position to work even more durable pondering that that is actually our story.

Jeff Benjamin: Your stage efficiency for “Fearless” is so spectacular too. How lengthy did it take to excellent the ground choreography?

YUNJIN: That is the toughest half in “Fearless” choreography and it is the vital half as a result of it is the intro of the music. We practiced for months and labored collectively on checking one another’s choreo and spacing. We ultimately discovered our personal approach to proceed and we’re doing a fairly good job [with it] now.

SAKURA: It was so exhausting. It took us about three months to get it proper, however I can do it with my eyes closed now.

Jeff Benjamin: CHAEWON and SAKURA, as members of earlier teams, is there something you’d love to do in a different way with LE SSERAFIM? And have any IZ*ONE members despatched a congratulations message?

CHAEWON: I wish to present my progress and proceed to tackle a wide range of types in music. IZ*ONE members watched my performances and despatched congratulations for my debut.

SAKURA: Quite than displaying a brand new aspect of me, I might like to indicate a more experienced model of myself as an artist. I’ve gotten older since IZ*ONE and I’ve additionally grown loads mentally. I need to have the ability to present the artist that I’m in a way that feels proper to my age and the place I’m now.

YUNJIN, you had been a beloved contestant on produce 48. Did anybody ship congratulations in your debut?

YUNJIN: I nonetheless be in contact with a number of the solid mates. I acquired a whole lot of congratulatory messages from produce 48 members, which I appreciated a lot.

Jeff Benjamin: KAZUHA, GARAM and EUNCHAE, for being comparatively new to the Okay-pop scene in comparison with your band mates, did the others share any recommendation or are their features you have realized from working with them?

KAZUHA: I realized about the entire skilled features of being on set. I additionally realized loads from seeing how the members do not lose their sense of gratitude off stage and nonetheless preserve a optimistic perspective.

GRAM: There are such a lot of issues which are all new to me like figuring out how to take a look at the digicam, having the proper perspective as an artist. Since we’ve members who’re very skilled on this, I used to be in a position to study loads from watching them.

EUNCHAE: I did not know how you can even use an in-ear, a mic or look good on digicam at first. The members helped me study all of those mandatory technicalities of being an artist and performer.

In one of many pre-debut teaser movies, YUNJIN stated, “I wish to change the idol business.” Is {that a} perception felt by the crew? Are you able to elaborate?

YUNJIN: There are a whole lot of requirements and expectations—and this is not simply unique to the leisure business—as an individual experiencing and residing this type of world with this notion, I wish to be somebody who questions and challenges these concepts moderately than change myself and quit my identification. All of us have comparable ideas, comparable fears, and we discuss to one another so I believe it was solely pure that we soften this message into our music. We wish to be a lady group that challenges the world and takes a street that hasn’t been taken but.

Jeff Benjamin: Naturally, when any extremely anticipated group debuts in Okay-pop, there are rumors and gossip. What do you say to those that may learn adverse information about LE SSERAFIM?

CHAEWON: The corporate is responding to those points based on applicable process. What we have to do is to work exhausting to supply music that uplifts and evokes individuals.

Jeff Benjamin: Good reply. Since we’re studying extra about you for the primary time, I’m wondering if every member can share her emotions or an unknown truth about one other member.

YUNJIN: SAKURA has a lot love for the members and all the time takes care of us. And KAZUHA has an surprising appeal. She is quirky and has a superb humorousness.

SAKURA: Our followers say YUNJIN looks as if an “E” kind in MBTI, however she is definitely very a lot “I.” She’s very sentimental and likes to brighten her room superbly.

EUNCHAE: CHAEWON is playful and all the time laughs loads.

KAZUHA: GARAM is all the time vibrant on the skin and would not actually like to indicate what may burden her on the within.

SAKURA: EUNCHAE is an cute, beautiful maknae [youngest member], however on digicam, her eyes change and she or he is completely fierce. I am trying ahead to what she could turn into sooner or later.

Is there anything you’d wish to share with worldwide followers?

GRAM: I wish to thank the entire followers who’ve proven us assist since our debut. I wish to give that again with even higher performances, so please keep tuned!

YUNJIN: Thanks for supporting us wherever, whoever you’re on this planet. We hope to turn into an artist who can carry power to everybody who enjoys listening to our music. We wish to be somebody who’s all the time there.

EUNCHAE: As we labored tirelessly to organize for our debut, we nonetheless have a lot that we might like to indicate. I am going to proceed to do my finest to return the entire love we have acquired.

SAKURA: I believe we’re going to have extra alternatives to satisfy our worldwide followers in particular person within the close to future. I am going to work on my English extra in order that I can talk with my followers abroad. I hope that you just proceed to indicate love for our music.

KAZUHA: I’ll proceed to work exhausting and develop to ship nice performances for our followers.

CHAEWON: I am grateful to have many alternatives to share our trustworthy ideas, and we’ll proceed to share our tales as we go alongside. Please look ahead to it!

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