K-pop Girl Group STAYC Is Young And In Love In “RUN2U” Comeback Showcase

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STAYC is ready to “RUN2U” with their second mini album, “YOUNG-LUV.COM”.

On February 21, a K-pop girl group STAY was decked out in dynamic and playful Y2K fashion, a perfect fit for the band’s “high teen” aesthetic. After a five-month hiatus from making music, the band finally geared up for a comeback and invited several members of the press to a media showcase to help promote and answer questions about their second mini-album, “YOUNG -LUV.COM.” Although there was no in-person audience for the showcase due to COVID-19 restrictions, the six members (Sumin, Sieun, Isa, Seeun, Yoon, and J) were visibly thrilled to perform their latest single, “RUN2U“, for viewers.

The performance went off without a hitch; “RUN2U” is as catchy and full of energy as the band’s previous two tracks,”STEREOTYPE” and “as quickly as possible.” The chorus, in particular, is an earworm that will have member Sieun’s line, “Then I’ll run to you,” stuck in your head for days. The song continues in the love trend of previous STAYC releases – while previous songs built on the idea of ​​falling in love, “RUN2U” shows how daring the girls will become to catch the attention of their crushes.

“Actually, we were under huge pressure and very nervous with ‘ASAP’ and ‘STEREOTYPE’ but we are more confident this time because it fits our style perfectly,” Sumin said.

After performing the song, the girl group sat down with moderator Park Kyung-lim, with each member taking time to explain their feelings about the mini album and how they’ve prepared since their last release in September. “Since the last album [‘STEREOTYPE’], we prepared for the stages and award ceremonies towards the end of the year, and at the same time prepared the title track for the new album,” explained lead singer Yoon. “It was a great experience to perform on the awards stage and receive so many great awards.”

The group then shared some funny stories from filming the music video for “RUN2U,” which was shown in the showcase earlier. The members said they were all a little nervous but excited to film the new visual, as they had to try out different stunts. Sieun, for example, had to try his hand at wire. “It was my first time wireflying in this M/V, and I was already so excited before filming. The experience turned out to be fun, exactly as expected, but I had to bend my body in opposite directions and stay that way,” Sieun recalls. “I was told the whole scene was put together later, but it was a great experience.”

Two members, Isa and Yoon, then demonstrated the key choreography points for “RUN2U.” As they demonstrated their dance moves, Isa asked viewers to help name the show, as fans had titled the group’s “Cat Kneading Dance” and “Atting Dance” in the last two comebacks.

After a series of questions from Park, STAYC then answered questions about their mini-album from different journalists and media outlets. A reporter from Hanryu Times wondered if the group felt any pressure after the successes of their last two albums, “STAYDOM” and “STEREOTYPE.” “Actually, we were under huge pressure and very nervous with ‘ASAP’ and ‘STEREOTYPE’ but we are more confident this time because it fits our style perfectly,” leader Sumin said. “So we practiced a lot and discussed in depth with the producer while preparing this album.

“Of course, we would like to meet our fans when we can in person,” Sumin said.

Teen Vogue and MTV reporter Tássia Assis asked what the band had learned and how they had improved since their last comeback while preparing for this mini album. Seeun explained how she and her bandmates used this album as an opportunity to explore each member’s strengths and how they could be showcased. The group then began to show their own “charm points”, which included Seeun’s chic expression and J’s”In love with another girl” picture.

Other questions were about the girls’ favorite songs on the album and how the group was able to experiment with different genres this comeback, which helped all members improve musically. The STAYC girls also explained that they don’t have much capacity to meet fans in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, and mentioned the pros and cons of online concerts and meetings.

“There are online means we can use to communicate with SWITH [our fandom]”, explained Sumin. “Of course we would like to meet our fans when we can in person.” The rest of the members agreed with her response and all said they want to see their fans soon, when the time comes.

You can run with STAYC when they come back and check out the music video for “RUN2U” and the rest of the songs at “YUNG-LUV.COM”.

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