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iKON "I'M OK"
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iKON "I'M OK"

K-pop boy band iKON returned today with their new solitary single “I’m OK.”

“I’m OK” fronts the act’s New Kids Repackage: The New Kids, a compilation album -- or repackage, as it’s known in the K-pop world -- that features songs featured on three prior EPs released in 2017 and 2018 as part of iKON’s New Kids series.

The song expressively depicts the forlorn feelings that accompany loneliness as the members sing and rap over a minor scale-set, mellow pop-rock melody littered with whizzing synths. According to the blog of the act’s company YG Entertainment, B.I. described the song’s message as being based on, “A person’s mindset of wanting to cry more when told, ‘Don’t cry’ and feeling more uneasy when asked, ‘Are you ok?’”

“I’m OK” features lyrics that overflow with a sense of rawness and desperation, such as "I feel like everyone has turned their back on me/ I feel bad for myself, I feel so small" and "I'm OK/ Don't comfort me/ You don't have to pity me/ You don't have to stay with me, I'm fine."

The song was composed by B.I with Future Bounce, while B.I, Bobby, and Kim Jong Won co-wrote the lyrics.

"I'm OK" was first performed on Sunday (Jan. 6) during the iKON Continue Tour Encore concert the act held in Seoul, and was released through a music video that features the seven-members in varied states of distress and loneliness as they ruminate on the song's theme. "Even though I'm better off by myself, loneliness hits me from time to time," raps Bobby while surrounded by television sets. "My answer will always be a huge smile if anyone asks how I'm doing," he says a few lines later.

The video ends with the men coming together as the song fades out with its lo-fi final request of, "I want to be alone so please leave me alone."

“I’m OK” is iKON’s first single of 2019, and follows the group’s immense success in 2018, most notably with their hit song “Love Scenario.” Since their start in 2015, iKON's seen five albums rank within the Top 5 of the World Albums chart. They most recently ranked with last year's New Kids: The Final, which peaked at No. 5 on the chart dated Oct. 13.

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