From beast idol to ballad singer, 2PM member Wooyoung released a music video for the Korean version of his Japanese single, “Same Old,” on Wednesday (Oct. 11). (It’s unclear what the English name of the song is, but Soompi reported it as “Same Old.”)
The jazzy, piano-driven torch song revolves around narrator’s longing for an old lover. Wooyoung even does a bit of breezy, JYP-style rapping, which fits the relaxed atmosphere of the track. In the music video, he reminisces on a past relationship while rifling through old polaroids, exploring the woods and biking through a lush green landscape.
Wooyoung wrote the lyrics and participated in the composition for “Same Old,” the idol’s latest self-composed song — according to the Korean Music Copyright Association, he has 28 songwriting credits. The single was released on the same day his second Japanese mini album, Mada boku wa… — which shot to No. 1 on Japan’s Oricon Daily Album Rankings Chart, according to Soompi.
His six-member boy band, 2PM, has long courted the Japanese public, releasing their debut Japanese single, “Take Off,” in May 2011. They’ve since charted two singles and four studio albums at No. 1 on the Oricon Music Charts. Wooyoung’s latest Japanese single follows the release of his band mate Junho’s solo Japanese EP, CANVAS, last month.
As the members of 2PM enter their mandatory military service period in Korea (yes, even K-pop idols have to serve in the military), we can expect more solo releases from the fragmented boy group. Band member Taecyeon enlisted in September on 2PM’s 9th anniversary, and it’s only a matter of time before more members join him.
Watch the music video for “Same Old” below.