Yubin (Kim Yu-bin), formerly of K-pop girl group Wonder Girls, started the second leg of her career with her first single “Lady” on Tuesday (June 5).
The release came a year after Wonder Girls broke up, following a decade-long career that changed the face of K-pop and saw them make history as the first South Korean act to ever appear on the Hot 100 chart, where the English version of “Nobody” landed at No. 76 in 2009.
Yubin’s debut single draws on ‘80s disco and soft rock, sprinkling the playful melody with funky instrumentals, sweet harmonies, and playful synths. Reminiscent of city pop, a genre of music prominent in Japan in the ‘80s that drew on the urban lifestyle, “Lady” leads the artist’s debut solo album, fittingly called City Woman. The single album’s release was reportedly postponed due to a copyright issue with the B-side.