Hwasa has shared an update regarding his upcoming solo album, revealing that it’s “slightly on hold.”
The MAMAMOO singer recently sat down for an interview with NME backstage at HallyuPopFest London 2022, where she discussed plans to work on her first-ever studio album following the release of her November 2021 single ‘Guilty Pleasure’.
Hwasa spoke about the difficulty she faced in recovering from the pandemic as an artist. “Even now I find it quite difficult,” she admitted. “I’m still in the phase of trying to find a balance and trying to feel alive.”
The K-pop idol also shared that this disconnect she’s been experiencing has led to dissatisfaction with much of the music she’s been making since “Guilty Pleasure.” “I was definitely not mentally ready for the pandemic. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of my bright side, so I’m still trying to adapt and adapt to that side of myself,” she said.
Her next album “isn’t going as well as I hoped, so it’s a bit on hold,” she continued, adding that she aims to make music that will fill a gap in her discography. : “After some thought, I realized that I don’t have a lot of very energetic and fun songs in my portfolio, so that’s what I’m going to work towards.
Elsewhere in the interview, Hwasa talked about her fondness for her song “Maria” and her gratitude to her bandmates MAMAMOO for helping to make her the artist she is today. Read it here.
In addition to ‘Guilty Pleasure’, Hwasa collaborated with Psy in May on the single ‘Now’, a cut from ‘Gangnam Style’ artist ‘Psy 9th’ recently released record. The track is a cover of a 1987 song of the same name by South Korean band Seoul Family, which was itself a remake of Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora’s 1984 single “When The Rain Begins To Fall”.
As for MAMAMOO, RBW Entertainment announced last month that the group was set to release a new album in the second half of 2022 “to commemorate the eighth anniversary of their debut.” The music label also added that MAMAMOO will also hold a concert, but further details about these plans have yet to be disclosed.