Nayeon, of the critically acclaimed K-Pop powerhouse TWICE, released her first solo EP IM NAYEON today via all digital and streaming platforms. Stream IM NAYEON HERE.
This is Nayeon’s first solo venture since her TWICE debut in October 2015, and she is the first member of TWICE to release a solo EP. The title, IM NAYEON, cleverly means both “I’m Nayeon” and “Lim Nayeon,” her full name, to highlight her reintroduction as a solo artist.
A performance of the lead single “POP!” will air today on MTV Fresh Out Live and mark Nayeon’s solo U.S. broadcast debut. The exhilarating and addictive track captures Nayeon’s undeniable charm and her unique, fresh energy. For this track, Nayeon collaborated with KENZIE, London Noise, and Lee Seu Ran.
Through this EP, Nayeon – in conjunction with prominent hit makers such as Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, The Stereotypes, Sim Eun-jee, earattack, and Shift K3Y – uses the skills she’s honed over the last seven years with TWICE to create her own sound. IM NAYEON also features Felix of Stray Kids and Wonstein, which marks the first time TWICE and its members have featured other artists on an album. Further, the EP features two tracks written by Nayeon, which further exemplifies her musicality: “ALL OR NOTHING” and “LOVE COUNTDOWN (Feat. Wonstein).”
In addition to “POP!,” the seven-track mini album includes “NO PROBLEM (Feat. Felix of Stray Kids),” a powerful and refreshing love song; “LOVE COUNTDOWN (Feat. Wonstein),” which explores the moment just before you confess your feelings for someone through a bossa nova-inspired rhythm; “CANDYFLOSS,” a sweet pop song comparing lips to cotton candy and fluttery emotions to early summer; “ALL OR NOTHING,” which expresses Nayeon’s complicated feelings and worries as a young adult; “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU,” an R&B track with a soulful, Lo-Fi rhythm and bright, celebratory vocals; and “THE SUNSET IS PRETTY,” a dreamy song about bitter love that is as beautiful as the sunset, but quickly disappears.
This solo release comes on the heels of what has already been a momentous 2022 for Nayeon with TWICE. Last month, TWICE made their in-studio U.S. broadcast debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert; the group performed their Billboard Hot 100 hit, “The Feels.” They also performed back-to-back, sold-out performances at Los Angeles’ Banc of California Stadium – encore performances of their sold-out arena tour, 4TH WORLD TOUR Ⅲ. These performances were a major milestone for the group, as they made TWICE the first female K-Pop group to play a North American stadium.
IM NAYEON is out now via all digital and streaming platforms. Get the full album HERE.
IM NAYEON Track List
NO PROBLEM (Feat. Felix of Stray Kids)
LOVE COUNTDOWN (Feat. Wonstein)
ALL OR NOTHING
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
THE SUNSET IS PRETTY
Formed under K-pop powerhouse JYP Entertainment in 2015, TWICE is one of the best-selling K-pop girl groups of all time regarding physical album sales. The group first rose to prominence with their debut title song “Like OOH-AHH” and 2016 breakthrough single “CHEER UP,” which went on to top multiple Korean pop charts and won ‘Song of the Year’ at the Melon Music Awards and Mnet Asian Music Awards. The group has been included in numerous industry lists including Variety’s Youth Impact Report as the only K-pop group included in the list, Forbes Korea Power Celebrity issue in both 2019 and 2017, and Billboard’s 21 Under 21 2017: Music’s Next Generation issue in 18th place and as the only Asian act. In 2019, the group successfully completed their World Tour, TWICELIGHTS, which included sold-out shows in the US at The Forum in Los Angeles, the Prudential Center in Newark (where they performed in front of 11,000 fans), and a show at the Wintrust Arena in Chicag
Last year, TWICE’s album MORE & MORE made its first ranking on the Artist 100 and Billboard 200 lists. Their second 2020 album, Eyes wide open, hit the top five slot on the all-genre iTunes US Album Sales Chart and debuted at No. 8 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. The album’s lead track “I CAN’T STOP ME” debuted in the top 10 of the all-genre iTunes US Song Sales Chart, and they later performed the trach on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s #PLAYATHOME digital YouTube series. The momentum continued through 2021 where they kicked off the year with a performance on TIME100 Talks followed by their first U.S. broadcast debut on The Kelly Clarkson Show and a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In June, they released their 10th mini album, Taste of Love, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as the music video for the album’s lead track “Alcohol-Free,” which was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for “Best K-Pop.” The K-pop powerhouses followed this up with the release of their first full English-language single, “The Feels,” which earned the group their first career entry on The Billboard Hot 100 (#83) and multiple top 10 placements across various charts; they also performed the single on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and GMA3. Most recently, TWICE released their third full-length album Formula of Love: O+T=<3, and completed their sold-out 4TH WORLD TOUR Ⅲ. In May 2022, TWICE headed back to Los Angeles to play two sold-out 4TH WORLD TOUR Ⅲencore performances, becoming the first female K-Pop group to perform a North American stadium.
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