XIA held a press conference to commemorate the release of his first full album in Seoul Sogong-dong's Lotte Hotel at 11:30am on the 16th.
With regards to solo activities, XIA expressed "It has been 8 years since I began doing activities under the name of Xiah. Although doing all this alone places a burden on me, on the other hand I am proud that I am able to express the kind of music that I wanted to do, to my hearts content. I'm nervous and excited about it."
Furthermore, he introduced his title song 'Tarantallegra' saying, "I still have difficulty pronouncing it even now. This term refers to a spell word, akin to Abracadabra. It is said to be a spell that makes one dance vigorously. As soon as I heard this word, I thought "This is the one". It's something that gives off a different feeling from existing popular music. I felt that as a singer with 8 years of experience, I should avoid mainstream sounds."
In addition, with regards to the overall feel of the album, he expressed, "The greatest merit of this album is the variety of genres it includes. Besides traditional Korean lyrical ballads, I also collaborated with various other artists. Gaeko, Flowsik and Bizzy's participation also had the effect of bringing out a new side of my musicality."
With regards to his scheduled concerts on the coming 19th and 20th, XIA expressed, "Although I have done concerts on my own before in the past, because I have never tried leading the show for two whole hours on my own, it is hard to make a pre-mature statement about it. I'm worried about whether I can even lead the concert itself well. With regards to that point, I'm working hard in various aspects now."
On this day, all of XIA's 12 songs including the songs 'Tarantallegra' and 'I Don't Like Love' that had been revealed beforehand had begun sales online and offline. The title song 'Tarantallegra' is a song that is accompanied by an unprecedented music video with unique choreography and visuals.
XIA also said that this album includes many genres that he was trying for the first time, like hands-up electronic, medium tempo, R&B hip hop ballad, standard slow ballads etc. It is further completed with the participation of Dynamic Duo's Gaeko and rappers Flowsik and Bizzy.
A representative of C-JeS revealed, "From today, you will be able to see XIA's newly released full 1st album through online and offline channels. At the current state, the pre-orders for the album have crossed 100,000 copies."
Meanwhile, following the release of his album, XIA will begin his Asia Tour in 7 different cities starting with a two day concert on the 19th and 20th in the Jamsil Indoor Gymnastics Stadium.
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