By Chung Joo-won
SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop band CNBLUE instantly rose to stardom when it debuted with its greatest hit song "I'm a Loner" in 2010. However, the quick start led to heavy pressure that daunted the band members for years.
Jung Yong-hwa, the leader of the four-member act, said he went through a slump thinking about the band's initial success.
"I remember the thrilling moment when we snagged the No. 1 spot in less than two weeks of our debut. Now, I can't have that same great feeling unless we achieve the same level of success," the 27-year-old musician said, in a group interview with local media at a cafe in southern Seoul on Monday.
The group released its sixth and latest EP album "BLUEMING" that day.
He sometimes wondered why his passion and efforts on later albums didn't result in the same winning formula.
"Looking back on those days, I think it was my obsession with fans leaving me that bound me (to such pessimism). Then I learned to thank the fans who chose to stand by me. I wanted to repay the love from the fans who stayed."
Jung said such reflection became a crucial part of "Young Forever" that he composed and wrote during his down days. The melodious pop ballad is one of the five tracks on the album "BLUEMING."
"There are times when you feel cured after listening to songs written in a slump," he said.
Another source of pressure was the songs that he composed with his own hands.
Jung said, "Self-composed songs mean a lot to us, but they can be overwhelming at the same time. If (the results) fail to meet the level of expectations, they cause far greater stress (than those composed by other songwriters.)"
Still, the lead vocalist said, "The band knows what it can sing the best," adding he's determined to keep on composing more songs for the band.
CNBLUE's new spring album "BLUEMING" is a combination of two words: blue and blooming. The album consists of soft pop rock songs to maximize the romantic air of spring.
The title song, "You're So Fine," is a pop rock number with funky beats and base, spiced with a rich brass sound. The song conjures up the image of a spring march to greet the season in bloom.
CNBLUE is slated to return to the stage on music station "MCountdown" on Mnet on Thursday.
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