Soyou, a former member of the disbanded K-pop band, Sistar, is continuing with her hopes of becoming a star in her own right with today’s release of her second solo album, “Part 2 RE:FRESH”.

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The sultry singer’s new collection of uptempo dance tracks includes the first single, All Night. 

The move comes 10 months after Soyou, 26 – whose real name is Kang Ji-hyun – released her debut solo album, “Part 1 RE:BORN”, which was full of emotional, mellow ballads,

Sistar, a four-member girl group, was formed in 2010 and released its first album in 2011, but disbanded in May 2017.

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The new album’s single, All Night – a Latin-themed dance song has been produced by GroovyRoom and features rapper Sik-K.

Soyou said the fast-paced choreography she performs in the video for the single is the most difficult dancing she has ever done.

“The dance moves for All Night are so difficult that even my dance crew calls it a ‘breathless dance’,” she said.

“We literally can’t breathe while we are dancing because it’s so demanding.”

She said “If my first solo album was about proving that I can successfully stand on my own, the [new] album is about widening my musical spectrum, incorporating different genres of music such as soul and jazz.”

If my first solo album was about that I can successfully stand on my own, the [new] album is about widening my musical spectrum, incorporating different genres of music such as soul and jazz
Soyou. K-pop solo singer

Her new album also includes the tracks Decrescendo, When I’m with you, Funny, 
and Little Moments.

The singer helped to write the lyrics to the song Shadows, – touching on the bitterness many people experience after the end of a love affair – which she hopes will help the song touch the hearts of listeners.

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Soyou also said she had not been able to see her three former Sistar bandmates recently because they have all had such busy schedules.

“We’d been meeting regularly until April, but haven’t been able to get together since then,” she said.

“But we will continue to keep in touch and root for one another.”

Her former bandmate Hyolin released her own solo album in April, but she said she is not trying to compete.

“We have very different ideas about the pursuit of music and musical styles,” she said.

“I just want to focus on my stuff.”

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Soyou also reflected on the advantages and disadvantages of being a solo artist.

“The great thing about being a solo singer is that I can create music that I want, whereas as a band we always had to bridge the gap between various musical ideas.

“[But] the loneliness is tough though.”

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This article was originally written by Kwak Yeon-soo for  The Korea Times .