Korean Pop band SEVENTEEN are back with their mini-album ‘Your Choice’ and it is all about the power of love. On Friday, the 13-member band dropped the official music video of their title track ‘Ready To Love‘.
The band debuted their music video at a global press conference this afternoon. Suited to perfection the band comprising of S.coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, Vernon, Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, Seungkwan, Hoshi, Jun, The8 and Dino got candid about their album, love for their fans – Carat, their wish to top the Billboard music charts and more.
Revealing the meaning behind their title song ‘Ready To Love’, DK, who is part of the vocal unit, said, “The song is about feeling love for a friend or a person who I thought was a friend and being courageously willing to confess it.”
The band that has been in the business for over 6 years, opened up about their motivation to come back stronger each year with better music. Group leader, S.Coups said, “I think we could come this far only because of our fans, Carats and because we have each other (members), we walk the same path and have each other’s backs. The driving force to grow came from watching all our members grow individually and that motivated me to grow further and add meaning to this team.”
Dino, who is the youngest member of the band and part of the performance unit added, “Every time that SEVENTEEN grows, we thought that we should not stay complacent and always try harder. I think that is the reason why we could keep growing as artists and come this far.”
The boys were asked about their goals with this new album. Mingyu, who is part of the hip-hop unit, modestly said, “We always make a comeback wanting to show different sides of SEVENTEEN and repay all the love and support Carat send us. Our goal during this promotion is to stay healthy and hope that we can have a positive influence on as many people as possible.”
Seungkwan of the vocal unit, added, “I have a realistic goal. We always release our albums on a Monday, but this is the first time that we are releasing our album on a Friday. We’re targetting audiences in the US and Americas and we are set to perform on many international shows, so it will be really nice to place our name on the Billboards chart.”
With a big smile on his face, he went on to admit, “If we do rank on the Billboard charts, it will be really great and we will get energised.”
S.Coups chimed in response, “I think just getting our name on the charts will be a real honour. Of course we want to top the Billboard charts.”
Seungkwan then joked, “We can always dream of it. Can you please write it down as ‘1st on the Billboard charts’ for the main headline and continue as ‘they want to top the charts’ in the content?”
The.8 also shared his ideal goal and said, “Of course we want to top the charts, but our goal is that many people can get energised listening to our album. And just as the name of the project ‘Power of love’ i hope we can reach many people and bring them positive energy and strength.”
The band was also asked about what new side they are bringing forth with this new album. To this, Joshua replied, “I think love is at the centre of our actions, whether it is self-love, love for your friends, love for your family, or even your pets. These are examples of the many forms and shapes of love, but the main thing is that love is at the centre of it all. Through ‘Your Choice’ and the ‘Power of Love’ project, we just want to show these diverse forms in our very own unique way. Through this, we want to make music that many people can relate to and show a new side to SEVENTEEN that no one has ever seen before.”
When asked for a message for Carats who have been by their support and inspiration through the years, S.Coups said, “Carat, we have worked so hard for 8 months thinking of only you, so I hope you are really happy with this album. We want to build many great memories with Carat with this album and bring you coolness in this hot summer.”
DK also shared his thoughts about how their fans have been their support since their debut in 2015. He said, “Our album talks about the forms and ways you fall in love and that is depicted through our title song. When you listen to this song, you will feel the mature form of SEVENTEEN’s love. If we could define Carat’s love then it is a driving force that really moves us. You drive us and push us to do better. No matter what we do in the future, we will never forget that you were there by our side.”
Dino added, “Since our debut, we have always sent out the message that Carat is our reason for being, so thank you very much Carat.”
With bands like BTS, BLACKPINK’s Lisa, and many others pl KINGDOM, DONGKIZ, Twice and many others scheduled to make comebacks in July, SEVENTEEN was asked if they feel any pressure from the competition. Assuring that was not how they look at their fellow K-Pop artists, Wonwoo said, “Instead of thinking of it as competition, we think of it as an opportunity to work along with other amazing artists. When we watch other artists perform, we also get motivated and get a positive influence. Since we’re confident in our music and performances, we don’t feel any pressure.”
S.Coups added in agreement, “Every time we make a comeback, it is with amazing artists. We don’t feel any pressure. We just do our thing and work hard.”
The mini-albm ‘Your Choice’ comprises of tracks like ‘Heaven’s Cloud’, ‘Ready to Love’ (Title track), ‘Anyone’, ‘GAM3 BO1’, ‘Wave’ and ‘Same dream, same mind, same night’.