Golden Child seeks to become 'Game Changer' in K-pop

Golden Child seeks to become 'Game Changer' in K-pop

Members of K-pop act Golden Child pose during an online media event Monday. Courtesy of Woollim Entertainment

By Dong Sun-hwa

The members of K-pop boy band Golden Child hope its second studio album “Game Changer” lives up to its name.

“As the title of our new album suggests, we want to become a game changer in the K-pop scene,” leader Daeyeol said during an online press conference Monday, which took place a few hours ahead of the album release. “Our highest priority this time is to pass on a message of hope to people who are undergoing challenging times these days.”

“Game Changer,” starting with the moombahton-tinged earworm “Ra Pam Pam,” offers 10 more tracks including the disco-based funk tune “Fanfare,” the sentimental “Singing in the Rain” and the addictive “Poppin’.”

“Ra Pam Pam” is a song about the group’s willingness to surmount obstacles without giving up its hopes, according to the members.

“‘Ra Pam Pam’ is an onomatopoeic word referring to the sound of a heartbeat,” member Y elaborated. “The tune is very addictive and we believe it can also cheer people up.”

Joochan said, “I think this track highlights our musical growth, showing how Golden Child can pull off different things.”

TAG, who contributed to the lyrics of the song, said, “I poured a lot of effort into all my parts… It was such an honor to take part in the creative process.”

In the music video of “Ra Pam Pam,” the 10 members ― Daeyeol, Jibeom, Jangjun, Bomin, TAG, Donghyun, Y, Seungmin, Jaehyun and Joochan ― appear as the only survivors of an apocalypse.

“In our video, the Earth has been devastated by human greed,” Y said. “As the only survivors, we strive to carry on with our lives and manage to survive in the end. I think our success story might encourage people amid these tough times.”

TAG elaborated, “We really enjoyed filming the clip. Daeyeol and Y, in particular, excelled in acting.”

“Game Changer” also includes “Out the Window,” the first solo number by Daeyeol.

“This is my first time to introduce my solo track on a Golden Child album since our debut in 2017,” he noted. “Out the Window is a sentimental ballad about precious memories of the past.”

The 10-piece act, which is best known for its 2019 song “Wannabe,” ended the session by revealing its goals.

“We want to take a further leap in our career,” Y said.

Seungmin added, “We were sad to hear that our concert has been postponed (following the COVID-19 flare-up), but this enabled us to put more effort into making our new album.”

Golden Child was initially planning to perform on July 17 and 18 at Blue Square Master Hall in Seoul, but it pushed back the dates due to the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections.

Jibeom added, “We actually had a lot of things to showcase in the concerts … But we might be able to present these things in the future.”

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Will Samsung attend third White House meeting addressing chip shortage?

U.S. President Joe Biden holds up a silicon wafer in a meeting with CEOs of the world’s leading tech companies held at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 12. ... Read more »

Hyundai Heavy Industries takes top market cap position among shipbuilders

Hyundai Heavy Industries’ promotional image from its website / Courtesy of Hyundai Heavy Industries By Anna J. Park The debut of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) on the KOSPI was quite ... Read more »

Jeju authorities on alert over increased tourist numbers during Chuseok holiday

Tourists arrive at Jeju International Airport, Friday, a day before the Chuseok holiday officially begins. Yonhap By Jun Ji-hye Jeju Island authorities are staying vigilant over an inflow of tourists ... Read more »

Indefinite delay in Kakao Mobility IPO concerns TPG, Carlyle

A taxi that can be hailed by Kakao Mobility’s Kakao T app is on the road in Seoul, Tuesday. Yonhap By Park Jae-hyuk Kakao Mobility has indefinitely delayed the selection ... Read more »

NCT 127 drops 3rd studio album 'Sticker'

By Lee Haye-ah SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) — K-pop boy band NCT 127 released their third studio album “Sticker” Friday, offering a mix of genres from hip-hop and R&B to ... Read more »

Will use of leftover vaccines for second shot help curb ever-growing cases?

People are observed for possible side effects after receiving a coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination center in Seodaemun District of Seoul, Wednesday. Yonhap 1-shot vaccination rate to reach 70% by ... Read more »

Korea shortens list of foreign arrivals subject to 2-week mandatory isolation

Medical officials work at Incheon International Airport in Incheon, Sept. 12. Yonhap South Korea’s health authorities said Friday they have decided to allow fully-vaccinated arrivals from more countries to skip ... Read more »

Samsung, Apple rivalry continues over newest smartphones

Apple CEO Tim Cook showcases the new iPhone 13 smartphones during an event, Spet. 14. Reuters-Yonhap By Baek Byung-yeul The long-standing competition between mobile device manufacturing giants Samsung Electronics and ... Read more »

'Big 4' group leaders to shoulder more job creation

Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum, left, is seen with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong at a training center for young people at Samsung’s headquarters in southern Seoul, Tuesday. Yonhap PM ... Read more »

Nat'l guak center to focus on original form of traditional music

Kim Young-woon, newly-appointed director general of the National Gugak Center, speaks during a press conference held at the center in Seoul, Tuesday. Courtesy of National Gugak Center By Park Ji-won ... Read more »

Moon to attend Major Economies Forum on climate

President Moon Jae-in convenes a Cabinet meeting on Sep. 14, 2021. (Yonhap)President Moon Jae-in will attend a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate on Friday ... Read more »

Lee Jun-seok urges supporters to be wary of YouTubers

People Power Party leader Lee Jun-seok (Yonhap) In a press briefing that marks 100 days in office, People Power Party leader Lee Jun-seok called on the opposition party and its ... Read more »

Military reports 8 coronavirus cases

(Yonhap)Four Army soldiers and four airmen have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising the total caseload reported among the military population to 1,681, the defense ministry said Friday. Three ... Read more »

New cases over 2,000 again amid post-Chuseok holiday resurgence woes

An official disinfects COVID-19 testing facility set up at Dongjak District Community Health Center in Seoul, Sept. 16. Yonhap South Korea’s daily coronavirus cases exceeded 2,000 on Friday again amid ... Read more »

[Graphic News] Number of delivery workers hits new high in 2020 amid pandemic

The number of delivery workers in South Korea swelled nearly 12 percent in the second half of last year to hit a record high amid the coronavirus pandemic, government data ... Read more »

Banks expand retail, digital ties while cutting costs on conventional operations

Seen above is a convenience store that will be launched under a partnership between CU and Hana Bank. The store will open at the end of September in Seoul. Courtesy ... Read more »

BTS, Blackpink, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran lead a wave of K-pop collaborations with Western artists

Pop music is having an East-meets-West love affair, as many of the biggest English- and Spanish-speaking pop stars team up with Korean counterparts. This week, superstar South Korean septet BTS ... Read more »

Diplomats of S. Korea, Japan hold talks on peninsula security, history

Lee Sang-ryol (left), director general for Asian and Pacific affairs at Seoul’s foreign ministry, and his Japanese counterpart, Takehiro Funakoshi, moving to a conference room at a hotel in Tokyo ... Read more »

[Today's K-pop] NCT127's 3rd LP sells over 2 million units in preorders

(Credit: SM Entertainment)NCT127 sold over 2.12 million copies of its forthcoming third full-length album “Sticker,” according to label SM Entertainment on Thursday.  The LP, due out Friday, topped 1.3 million ... Read more »

Brand name coffee doesn't taste any better than that of small shops: study

gettyimagesbank By Yoon Ja-young Coffee sold at major coffee franchises doesn’t necessarily taste any better than that of small independent coffee shops or coffee sold in bulk, a study shows. ... Read more »

Concerns about Samsung SDI spin-off lead to Thursday's price drop

By Anna J. Park Samsung SDI’s stock price fell by 3.33 percent on Thursday, reflecting the market’s concerns over the possible spin-off of the firm’s lucrative battery business unit. The ... Read more »

SK Innovation stock falls on split-off approval

SK Innovation (SKI) CEO Kim Jun speaks at a shareholders meeting at the company’s headquarters in central Seoul, Thursday. Shareholders approved the company’s plan to split-off its battery business as ... Read more »

Samsung Display supplies OLED panel for ASUS laptops

Seen are Asus’ notebooks that use Samsung Display’s 14-inch, 90-hertz OLED. Courtesy of Samsung Display By Baek Byung-yeul Samsung Display is expanding into high-end displays for laptop computers as it ... Read more »

Kyung Hee University System's Peace BAR Festival to kick off Friday

Participants discuss global crises during the Peace BAR Festival held at Kyung Hee University in Seoul last Sept. 23. This year’s event will begin Friday. Courtesy of Kyung Hee University ... Read more »

Hanok accommodations offer traditional atmosphere

By Jun Ji-hye Chuseok is one of Korea’s biggest annual holidays where family members get together to enjoy good food and celebrate the fruitful harvest season. During the Chuseok holiday, ... Read more »

Fairmont Ambassador Seoul launches private wedding packages

By Jun Ji-hye The Fairmont Ambassador Seoul has launched two small and luxury wedding packages. Inspired by the current trend of preferring private ceremonies amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, each ... Read more »

InterContinental presents cinema package with CGV

The Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas presents an autumn cinema package enabling guests to enjoy a private movie theater in their rooms. Courtesy of Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas By Jun Ji-hye ... Read more »

Floral artist seeking to offer unforgettable wedding day to couples

Nicolai Bergmann / Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Seoul By Jun Ji-hye The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things in life, including weddings, and this has also affected the ... Read more »

Arms race overshadows inter-Korean peace efforts

North Korea fires ballistic missiles from a train on Wednesday. (KCNA-Yonhap)North Korea’s ballistic missiles were fired from a railway-borne system, Pyongyang revealed Thursday, adding more concerns to the already fragile peace drive ... Read more »

Gov't on alert over Chuseok gatherings

Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae speaks during a meeting with vice superintendents of 17 metropolitan and provincial education offices at the Government Complex in Sejong, Wednesday. Yonhap By Bahk Eun-ji The ... Read more »

Indonesian Embassy purchases Hyundai's IONIQ 5

Indonesian Ambassador to Korea Umar Hadi, second from right, poses with Kim Chang-beom, second from left, former Korean Ambassador to Indonesia and Hyundai Motor’s advisor; Hyundai Motor Vice President Kim ... Read more »

LG plans to boost smart factory sales seven-fold over next 5 years

Workers use LG Uplus’ a switchboard diagnosis device at the telecom firm’s center in Incheon. Courtesy of LG Uplus By Kim Yoo-chul LG Uplus, one of the country’s leading telecom ... Read more »

Eximbank donates meal boxes for vulnerable groups

Officials from a social welfare center in Yeongdeungpo District in Seoul deliver a meal kit to the house of a senior citizen living alone, Wednesday. Courtesy of Eximbank By Lee ... Read more »

N.Korea media for domestic audience keeps mum on Kim Yo-jong's statement against Moon

Kim Yo-jong (AP-Yonhap)North Korea’s main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, and other media outlets targeted toward the domestic audience did not carry a statement by leader Kim Jong-un’s sister that warned ... Read more »

Human rights groups call for revising media bill

In this file photo, lawmakers of the main opposition People Power Party shout slogans during a rally at the National Assembly in Seoul on Aug. 30, 2021, to call for ... Read more »

K-drama review: The Penthouse season three – high-society melodrama, long past its prime, wraps with disappointing finale

This article contains spoilers. 2/5 stars All good things must come to an end, but for hit K-drama The Penthouse, which just brought its third and final season to a ... Read more »

BLACKPINK's Lisa to help improve children's education in Thai hometown

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) — Lisa of K-pop girl group BLACKPINK has offered to help improve children’s education in her hometown in Thailand, a South Korean foundation said Thursday. The ... Read more »

Inside Hyuna and Dawn's rule-breaking relationship, from leaving K-pop idol groups to go public, to releasing their first couple album ‘1+1=1'

In the world of K-pop, dating remains a big no-no. Contracts commonly feature relationship bans, and if an artist does date, they are heavily encouraged to hide it. Why? Because ... Read more »

BTS' 'Dynamite' makes Rolling Stone's 500 greatest songs list

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) — “Dynamite,” the megahit song by K-pop superband BTS, has made the list of the 500 greatest songs of all time published by U.S. entertainment magazine ... Read more »