Red Soul, “We were so nervous about our combined stage with IU”

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Rookie group ‘Red Soul’ expressed their first impression of IU.

The vocal group consisting of 3 members performed on stage with IU at the 21st Seoul Music Awards on Jan 19th, as special guests during the acapella version of ‘Good Day’.

Red Soul’s leader, Hwang Taeik, expressed, “From the very first moment we met IU until the very last moment when we got off the stage, we felt really nervous. Be it during rehearsals, or the actual stage, she looked really focused and on top of that, really pretty.”

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IU talks about her Japan debut

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Following the success of her title song, ‘You and I’, IU said, “Next time, I’ll take on the challenge of bossanova, or jazz even.”

She will be holding her Japan showcase at Orchard Hall on Jan 24th. “We received lovecalls from Japan and I’m preparing for it with my mind at ease. I’m not going to Japan with the mentality that I’m out to accomplish anything, but simply with a tranquil mind,” spoke IU with maturity. She seems to have no intentions to come out on top as the ‘Gayo queen’ in the Japanese music industry. We asked, “Is there really nothing troubling you at all?” Despite the burden of her overall performance in Japan weighing down on her, she looked calm and relaxed.

“There isn’t any great significance attached to my Japanese debut. I think of it as merely standing on a different stage. I’m making preparations with the mentality that I want to enjoy myself, rather than to get 1st place. When I debuted in Korea, nobody expected me to do well either. After about 2 or 3 years after my debut, people started to know me, so won’t it be the same in Japan too? If I don’t do well straight away right now, it doesn’t mean I won’t be able to become a famous singer. Well if things don’t go well, I’ll just find fault with someone (Laughs).

The plan is to have 5 or 6 hit songs performed together with an orchestra during the showcase. The title song for her Japan debut and date of release has not been decided yet. The promotion activities after her showcase are also still being drafted. However, it has been decided that the name of the album will be ‘아이유(IU)’, as it will be a ‘best album’ (Note: I’m guessing that means it contains Japanese versions of IU’s hit songs.) There will also be a small rectangle between the ‘아이(I)’ and ‘유(U)’. The meaning behind this space is to get fans to imagine the IU they want to see. In response to the question, “If you could fill the box by yourself, what would you want to put in?”, IU said, “I don’t know about the person Lee Jieun, but the singer IU can transform up to 10 times in a day. I don’t even know myself well.”

IU expressed her thoughts honestly, saying that she has nothing special planned and simply wants to show everyone the real IU. She’s also investing time and energy in studying languages. Upon finding out that Kara, with their ability to express themselves fluently in the language, managed to get close to the people, IU also hopes to interact with the locals in their language. We asked, “Being so busy, how would you find time to study Japanese?” and she replied with a smile, “It’s not about being good at it, but at least I need to be able to understand the jokes. Since I mainly learn by talking to my Japanese teacher using KakaoTalk, to some extent, I know how to write it, but I can’t speak it very well. To speak it well, I’d need a bit more time.”

After IU became famous, people are watching every move she makes. Just a word uttered during a broadcast would spark off a plethora of news articles and on top of that, the plastic surgery suspicions and even Do Daeyoon’s confessions on twitter, it seems there is never a peaceful day. Even the ‘Chic girl’ IU seems to be getting tired. (Note: ‘Chic girl’ is the new hot term for IU after all those photos from Seoul Music Awards yesterday)

It’s not tiring to me that just a word from me will make it to the news. Instead of me, it’s the people at my company who seem to be having an even worse time. Certainly, I get bothered by it, but not for long. Um…it just crossed my mind that I should be careful with what I say (Laughs).”

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CanCam Magazine (March issue) – IU’s Secret visit to Japan and Sightseeing

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See scan here. This visit to Japan most probably took place before her Japan pre-debut album was released. Videos of the photoshoot was included in the Japan pre-debut DVD.

From CanCam.

IU actually secretly came to Japan!

[Day 1]

PM 00:00 Arriving in Tokyo

PM 03:00 I□U album jacket photoshoot

Photoshoot lasted till 6 o’clock…!
IU with a busy schedule, came to Japan. Even though the jacket photoshoot dragged till 6, she responded to any demands, didn’t show signs of tiredness and displayed a completely professional spirit, touching the hearts of the Japanese staff.

PM 9:00 Photoshoot finished! Went to eat Shabu Shabu

IU’s favourite Japanese foods are shabu shabu and sushi ★ We even ordered an extra helping of meat. From her slender body, we couldn’t imagine how much she actually eats♪

PM 11:00 @ Don Quixote shopping

It seems she is not tired… Despite the concerns of the staff, a fully energetic IU wanted to check out Don Quixote♪, especially the cosmetics there.

[Inside story]
IU who left Don Quixote caught the notice of her Japanese fans and fans started calling out to her! IU was quite sociable and nice to respond to her fans. She even shook their hands and signed autographs for them♪

[Purchased]
・ False eyelashes
・ Skin care products
・ Puripura cosmetics
・・・ seems that IU went to buy beauty care goods with her hair & make-up artist

[Day 2]

PM 01:00 Gathered at EMI head office

PM 02:00 Off to Tokyo for sightseeing

① Harajuku NINE shop

IU and her stylist felt that the NINE shop was a must go. At home, IU likes to wear clothes that are easy to move around in♥ She was troubled over a wide range of sneakers, but left the shop in the end without choosing any. After that, she discussed with the staff how “maybe I should have bought that pair of sneakers”, showing her simple side. That’s somewhat cute of her♥

Walking around Harajuku Takeshita Dori.

② Ordered Marion crepes and strawberry cake
IU who also likes sweet things was attracted to the fragrant crepe shop. We enjoyed eating while walking♪ When asked if it was delicious, IU offered her crepe and asked, ‘Do you want to eat?’, such a gentle IU warmed my heart and how she was so candid made me surprised.

③ Went to look for her pet dog’s clothes at Petter & Paradise
Because of Japan’s range of pet’s goods, IU couldn’t help but say ‘kawaii ne~’ (how cute~) IU couldn’t seem to make up her mind when buying as she saw how the other goods were also cute.

④ Went to a Korean shop selling photos of idols to confirm that her picture is also being sold there!
Harajuku has hallyu star shops (not official therefore readers shouldn’t buy from these shops!)… IU suddenly entered the shop to take a look. The staff told the customers IU had arrived… IU who was feeling doubtful said, ‘My photo is here~ thank goodness! So the people in Japan do know me~’. IU, who automatically carried out such checks, surprised us with her high level of awareness.

Laforet Harajuku

⑤ LANDS OF Eden’s cushions
She got cushions to place in her room. They had elaborate designs and were handmade, which seems to be the reason why she’s interested.

⑥ Worrying about tote bag @ Kitson
She seemed to have seen it in a magazine and excitedly entered the store to check out the tote bag. Aside from that, she also seems to be interested in imported shoes. Even after deliberating over them for a long time, IU still couldn’t decide.
She believed that she should only get what she feels she really wants. Such firm thoughts are a plus.

PM 05:00 Returning to Korea!!
Although IU came for quick business, she had a lot of fun shopping♪ She said the next time she comes to Japan, she would definitely want to go to her favourite Tokyo Disneyland.

* Uncovered points about IU
In the midst of her packed schedule, she came to Japan. When asked ‘Aren’t you tired?’, IU replied energetically with a smile, ‘Because I’m happy I came to Japan, I’m not tired!’. When the photoshoot started, she discussed with the staff what the photos would be like and showed her professional side. Seeing as how she happily ate the delicious meat and shopped to her heart’s content… She’s really no different from a typical 18-year-old girl, full of purity & innocence. Herein lies her appeal.

CanCam March 2012 issue

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IU’s MNET message to Sunny Hill

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To Sunny Hill oppa and unnis,

Your song for this round of promotions is really good and the music video was really interesting too.
Let’s meet each other frequently at the company,
and get closer to one another!!^^
Janghyun oppa, Jubi unni, SeungA unni, Kota unni, Misung unni!! Happy new year

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