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Boy band Wanna One doubles down on explosive winning streak with new EP

All Headlines 16:17 March 19, 2018

By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, March 19 (Yonhap) -- Project K-pop group Wanna One said Monday it wants to extend its winning streak with its second EP, titled "0+1=1 (I Promise You)," the follow-up to the band's explosive debut record, which was released last year.

"Last year, we received an immense amount of love from fans and performed well. It's all thanks to the Wannables," Kang Daniel said at a press conference for the group's new EP at Stanford Hotel in western Seoul. Wannable refers to the group's fan community.

Kang added, "Our goal this year is to present better music to our fans. I trust that more people will seek us out if we present great performances and music."

Singers of project K-pop group Wanna One pose for photos during a press conference for their new EP on March 19, 2018, at Stanford Hotel in western Seoul. (Yonhap)

The boy band, comprised of 11 winners of the popular survival reality show "Produce 101 Season 2," on music cable channel Mnet, debuted in August of last year after being selected by TV viewers, who cast a total of more than 10 million votes.

Wanna One's debut EP, "1X1=1 To Be One," was one of the biggest launch albums of any K-pop act. It sold over 740,000 copies and the repackaged version, "1-1=0 Nothing Without You," sold 614,072 copies, a remarkable number for a K-pop debut album.

"0+1=1 (I Promise You)," set to be released Monday evening, is poised to recreate the group's past smash hit successes, with preorders reaching over 700,000. The pre-released song from the record, "I.P.U.," topped seven music streaming charts when it dropped two weeks ago.

The new EP features six new songs, along with a remixed version of "I.P.U.," and is led by "Boomerang," a pulsating electronic dance beat that highlights the band's more masculine and darker aspects.

"'Boomerang' is a song about one's heart reaching up to a significant other and returning after making a connection. You can expect powerful cadence dances and striking images of Wanna One," Kang said.

Despite selling 1 million albums and snatching up multiple music awards, Wanna One members say they are still awestruck by their overnight success. According to Kang, bumping into celebrities and their own music idols is something the group cannot get used to.

"It's weird and strange meeting with celebrities that you've only seen on TV. But I think we've become more confident in front of the camera," said Kang.

Leader Yoon Ji-sung added, "We still have much more to offer as artists. It's really amazing whenever we hear of how we sold over 1 million records. But we're still new guys who debuted just several months ago."

"Our goal is to simply do our best at any given moment to present our best selves."

When asked about plans to renew their contracts, the group said there have been no discussions on the matter between the singers and their management agency. The band was launched as a project set to last until end of 2018.

"For us, this moment is what's most important. We have prepared a lot for the comeback. I try not to think about the end," singer Lee Dae-hwi said.

Kang Daniel, singer of project boy band Wanna One, poses for photos during a press conference for the group's new EP on March 19, 2018, at Stanford Hotel in western Seoul. (Yonhap)

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