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Flying solo, Tiffany 'just wants to dance'

All Headlines 18:43 May 10, 2016

By Park Sojung

SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) -- Tiffany of the K-pop group Girls' Generation said Tuesday she wants to make a statement as a dance-pop singer with her upcoming first solo album.

"In a way, I've been a dance-pop singer for 10 years," she told reporters at a media showcase at COEX Artium in Seoul. "There's a reason why I named the track, 'I Just Wanna Dance.' Many people, including myself, feel this pressure to be good at dancing, but for me, dancing is about freeing yourself and being in your zone."

"I Just Wanna Dance" is a title track that gives a modern twist to the 80s pop sound. The end result is a whimsical electronic dance tune, which the American singer says captures who she is better than any other track she has sung with the eight-member group.

Tiffany is the second Girls' Generation member to fly solo after Taeyeon, who released her first solo EP in October. That EP was a huge success, topping all local music charts within hours and inspiring scores of video tutorials on how to emulate her look. Tiffany admitted her "best friend" set the bar really high.

"Of course, I feel pressure. I'd be lying if I wasn't," she said. "I've learned a lot from Taeyeon when she was working on her album. She also helped me with my solo tracks."

The 26-year-old politely dodged a question regarding former member Jessica's impending solo debut, as her exit has remained a touchy subject in previous Girls' Generation showcases.

"I know everyone who debuts as a solo artist puts in so much effort into their work," she said. "Some people may have spent a longer time than I did. I hope we all did well since we're in the same boat."

She also shared her thoughts on critics who disparage K-pop songs as "not real music."

"I want to ask why they think songs by idol groups aren't real music. Many people accuse us of being ungenuine," she said. "But this is the person I dreamed of becoming and this is the music I dreamed of creating as a teenager. This is who I really am... and I want to continue expressing how I feel in the moment as honestly as I can."

Indeed, the singer drove home on her music's authenticity, saying she wanted it to be "as natural as possible." The album also comes with two songs she wrote herself, "What Do I Do" and "Once in a Lifetime," with member Sooyoung helping with the lyrics of the former. Her pursuit of honesty is also the reason why she shot the music video at her Los Angeles home.

"I Just Wanna Dance," consisting of six songs, comes out at midnight Tuesday.


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