Her agency SM Entertainment confirmed earlier today (May 17) that Joy’s upcoming record will be titled ‘Hello’ and will be released on May 31 at 6pm KST. According to Bandwagon, the project will feature six remakes of popular classic songs from the 1990s and 2000s.
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South Korean news outlet Star News reported on May 12 that the South Korean singer would be releasing her first solo album this month. SM Entertainment later confirmed to Newsen that Joy was “preparing” the project, but did not specify a release date at the time.
The upcoming release will mark the singer’s official debut as a soloist. It comes seven years after she was introduced as a member of girl group Red Velvet in 2014. She will also the second member of the group to release a solo album, following Wendy, who dropped her first mini-album ‘Like Water’ last month.
However, this will not be Joy’s first-ever solo release. Over the past several years, she has contributed songs to the soundtracks of several South Korean television dramas, including six for 2017’s The Liar And His Lover, which she also starred in. In 2020, the singer also remade of Basis’ 1996 song ‘Introduce Me a Good Person’ for the 2020 series Hospital Playlist, which peaked at number six on the Gaon Digital Chart.
In a glowing four-star review, NME‘s Ruby C said that Wendy’s ‘Like Water’ exuded a “genuine warmth”. She added that the vocalist had successfully showcased her musical versatility and navigated “the ebbs and flows of her first album quite admirably”.