Super Junior, who are sweeping the charts with their 4th album "Beauty", usually consists of 13 members. However lately 10 have been appearing on stage. The reason lies in the good and bad times they experienced last year. Last year their 3rd album "Sorry Sorry" sold over 250,000 copies, becoming a "Mega Hit", however with Kangin and other members withdrawing from activities, they unintentionally fell into a slump.
Super Junior came out to talk to the press at a press conference in Apgujeongdong in Seoul on the 20th, excluding Choi Siwon, who was not well due to the rigours of filming his drama "Oh! My Lady". However they couldn't be "sorry sorry" about the reaction to their album. In only ten days since the release of their album, they had already exceeded 200,000 sales, and reached 1st place by a landslide on many music charts.
Leeteuk: "This song and "Sorry Sorry" have a similar story. We too felt that it was similar at first. We think that songs with a combination of dance and electronica qualities might become associated with Super Junior. It's kind of like 'SJ(Super Junior) Funky'."
In the 4th album, there are also the first solo songs for Super Junior members. Ryeowook's emotional voice and a harmonious piano accompaniment came together for "Spring Day". At first glance it seems like a song about missing an ex-lover, but in reality it's a song filled with the emotions of the songwriter whose grandmother passed away. There is also Yesung and Kyuhyun's first duet, a mournful ballad entitled "Someone Like Me".
Their 1st and 2nd albums were overshadowed by their Dong Bang Shin Ki sunbaes, however the fever over their 3rd album turned them into a "Red Hot Idol Group".
Heechul: "In our trainee days, we saw that our sunbaes would usually retire after they released their 4th albums. These days, it seems like in the eyes of the public it's the same. However now because we're appearing on stages in not only Korea but all of Asia, we've extended our range."
Leeteuk and Heechul, who as the eldests of the group will be turning 28 in Korean years this year, said "In order to look younger we died our hair blonde." "We aren't planning to forget what we were like at the beginning. At first we wanted to shed the image of "idols" but nowadays we want don't want to throw away that title. If we can carry that honour, then we'll want to continue going with that image."*
*It is unclear which of them is saying this.
Original Source: Chosun
Translated by ♥ jubee ♥ at SJ-WORLD.NET
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