FRESH: ‘Lion’ – (G)I-DLE

(G)I-DLE release new track “Lion”.

by Christopher Smith

Cube Entertainment today announced that (G)I-DLE’s new track, “Lion” released on October 25th, has met with worldwide positive reaction and acclaim. Twitter and Instagram blew up when fans heard the song and it has now become one of the most popular songs on iTunes: Thailand No.2, Singapore No.5, Malaysia, Philippines, Hongkong No.10. (G)I-DLE, the fast-rising K-pop group debuting in 2018, released the powerful track as part of the Queendom Competition airing on the MNET TV network in South Korea. This group of fierce creative and boundary-pushing young women have become an anticipated part of the Queendom show. They are funny, beautiful, outspoken and their voices soar.

“Lion” is focused on the charisma and dignity of a Queen expressed through the use of the metaphor of a LION. Composed by SOYEON, and Bicksancho(Yummy Tone), with lyrics by Soyeon and arrangement by Bicksancho (Yummy Tone). Queendom is a reality girl group survival show, created by Mnet. In the first round, (G)I-dle finished in first place after performing their hit song “Latata”. The intro of that performance was done by Minnie as a Thai enchantment. Fans made the performance a viral conversation. In the next round, (G)I-DLE got nostalgic by reinterpreting 2ne1’s “Fire” with their own modern twist. That performance exceeded 10 million YouTube views. (G)I-dle also performed “Nightmare” on the 3rd round of the competition and that performance and episode received over 1 million YouTube views in just 14 hours solidifying the band’s popularity and appeal.

(G)I-DLE are being continuously praised for the way they conduct themselves on the show even in the midst of heavy competition from the other participants. They are the clear fan favorite and the show has succeeded in helping grow their fan club, Neverland to much higher numbers. As (G)I-DE continues to create this tidal wave of dedicated fans, their SPOTIFY followers just hit 1 million with social platform, Instagram growing everyday, now at 3.4 million followers. Pandora is also growing with over 23,000 streams thus far. These inspiring young women that are (G)I-DLE will be competing in the final round in next week’s episode of Queendom, performing ‘LION’ live. Since the songs release, the Neverland fans have been using the hashtag: #GIDLExLION to push the song up the charts in anticipation of the band’s upcoming live performance on October 31, 9:20 pm KST.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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