K-pop star Sunmi is back with a new single “Lalalay” today (Aug. 27), through which she assures her haters that she’s okay.
Filled with a sense of assured charisma, the vibrant “Lalalay” blends Latin pop and dancehall elements with traditional Korean sounds, incorporating the traditional Korean horn instrument known as a taepyeongso.
“If I’m criticized until I crumble to dust, I’m okay/ What? No matter what you’re doing, you know I’m okay,” sings the South Korean star, who launched her solo career in 2013 after gaining renown as a member of girl group Wonder Girls, the first Korean act to break onto the Hot 100 chart back in 2009.
During a press conference in Seoul, Sunmi revealed that inspiration for the song hit here when she was touring in Mexico, with the passion of her fans, as well as how Koreans love to have fun, inspiring the term, which she later learned was a term for the taepyeongso, as the Korea Herald reports.
“Lalalay,” which features a bit more of an upbeat, groovy electro-pop flair for Sunmi than her other recent singles, was released alongside a playful music video that similarly depicts a variety of changes, whether it’s Sunmi’s hairstyles or her coming out of her cocoon-like suitcase to rise to the top as a butterfly queen.
Watch the music video for Sunmi’s “Lalalay” below.