On March 26, EXO’s Baekhyun held an Instagram Live broadcast in which he talked about enlisting in the military soon and the impact on his upcoming solo comeback.
During the broadcast, he explained why his upcoming album “Bambi” would not have clear-cut official promotions. “It’s something that couldn’t be helped,” he said. “I wanted to tell you about it. I thought a lot about whether I should tell you at the start of March or just tell you later. The end of March is the final date at which I could push back my military enlistment. That’s why nothing has been scheduled for April.”
He continued, “I wasn’t sure if it would be right to ask you all to wait for me when nothing had been prepared. I said that I would repay in happiness all the love that I have received. I didn’t want to cause a stir with this news ahead of time, so I focused on working hard for the new solo album and incorporating my opinion from the planning process to the music video shoot so that I could show people what I wanted to show.”
He added, “Even if I’m not here, we’ve filmed a lot of content in advance that will be released on YouTube and other places. It’s possible people might be disappointed because I announced it so late, but I had just one intention. I didn’t want to make you feel like you had to prepare in advance. It’s not like we’re being separated forever. I wanted it to be like, ‘I’ll be right back.’”
He concluded, “My heart feels heavy in sharing this. Even if I’m not here for a while, there’s a lot of things waiting for you so that you won’t feel the absence as much as possible, so let’s not start being sad now.”
Baekhyun drops captivating teaser for ‘Bambi’
In anticipation of his upcoming third solo mini-album, Baekhyun of EXO has dropped a teaser for the music video of the project’s title track ‘Bambi’. According to a statement from SM Entertainment, ‘Bambi’ will showcase Baekhyun’s “diverse R&B sensibilities”. The company later noted in a separate press release that the song’s lyrics will also “contain a mature love story [with] fairytale expressions”.
Baekhyun even teased fans with pictures on his Instagram where the track number, name and some part of a photo is visible. The pictures show the tracklist, which has – Privacy, Cry For Love, Love Scene, Amusement Park, All I Got and the other song, whose name is blurred, but we think is ‘Bambi’.
Check out his latest teasers below:
Bambi’ is due out March 30 via SM Entertainment. The six-track mini-album includes contributions from R&B singer Clode on ‘Love Scene’, who previously worked on ‘Love Again’ from Baekhyun’s 2020 project ‘Delight’. In addition, the title track was written by hitmaker DEEZ and singer-songwriter SAAY.
Baekhyun kicked off his solo career in 2019 with his first solo mini-album ‘City Light’, which became the best-selling album by a solo artist in the history of South Korea’s Gaon Music Chart. The following year, he released ‘Delight’ and sold more than 1million copies, becoming the first album by a solo artist in South Korea to do so in 19 years.
In between his solo endeavors, he joined South Korean supergroup SuperM with fellow EXO member Kai and other SM Entertainment idols Taemin from SHINee, Taeyong and Mark from NCT 127, and Ten and Lucas from WayV. They released their first studio album ‘Super One’ in September 2020.