Don’t snooze on 2AM’s ‘Nocturne’

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Don’t snooze on 2AM’s ‘Nocturne’


One of Korea’s most popular idol groups, 2AM, is returning to the stage in December. It will be the first time in eight months for members to perform as a group, ever since the release of their second full-length album, “One Spring Day.”

Their song “Just Stay” was released Tuesday - a prerelease from the third mini-album “Nocturne,” which comes out next week - and quickly raced up the charts. All of the members agreed that “Regret” would be the main single, but “Just Stay” was also strong and a good choice for the prerelease.

Both the songs are sweet ballads that center on ex-boyfriends, as so many 2AM songs tend to.

With the exception of these two December concerts, 2AM will not be on stage to promote “Nocturne.” The emphasis for the album was quality over quantity.

“There is certain style that the fans want from us,” said Seulong, regarding the title song. “So we try to continue with our unique style, but make slight changes in the genres.”

Although their fans appreciate consistency, the December concerts could see a few changes.

“For the past three years, our concerts have had the same format,” said Chang-min. “But this time, we made some major revisions and tried different styles and formats. The audience will be able to enjoy it, even for those who came to our previous concerts.”

Indeed, 2AM prepared the performances in units and have tried out new collaborations. In addition, they will present an acoustic medley of Exo’s “Growl” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”

Furthermore, expect each member to present his unique singing style in solo sections. Changmin will even present a song he wrote himself.

“After doing musicals, my interest in composition grew,” explained Changmin. “The song is completely based on my music style, which I can do best.”

As for Jinwoon, who injured his leg last month, he said he has gotten better but still need some more time to recover completely.

“Nocturne” will be released on Wednesday. 2AMs concerts will be held on Dec. 7 and 8 at Olympic Park in southeastern Seoul.


BY BAEK HEE-YOUN CONTRIBUTING WRITER [estyle@joongang.co.kr]
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