After a long hiatus, legendary band Shinhwa finally made their comeback!
In honor of their 17th anniversary, Shinhwa will release their 12th album! Ahead of this album release, Shinhwa had to overcome another set of ups and downs.
In November of 2013, Andy was involved in an illegal gambling case where he was summarily indicted, leading into a monetary penalty and a time of reflection. During his time of self-reflection, the members have been active with solo albums and acting, quietly waiting for their team members, making it possible for the entire team to come back together after a year and nine months.
During the interview, before anyone even asked, Andy apologized for his mistake and revealed his determination for the future.
"We′re making a comeback after a long time. Because of the big mistake that I caused, I want to personally apologize for making many people worry. I said it on Healing Camp yesterday, but I′m thankful for the members.
On the February 23 broadcast of SBS′ Healing Camp, Andy stated, "Even now, I still want to say that I′m very sorry for causing much worry with a shameful thing as a person and a well-known figure. And I want to say thank you so much to the members who always made it possible for me to participate in Shinhwa activities together like this. For me, it′s always like this. From the moment we debuted and until now, during our 17 years of broadcast promotions, I′ve been so thankful and so apologetic."
During the interview, Andy also stated, "My feelings of gratitude and apology have been big towards the members who have always stayed beside me. My first priority is to show a good image with the 12th album."
Jun Jin encouraged Andy by saying, "When we record with the members, we always try our best, but with Andy, maybe it was because of that mindset, he seemed to be working several times harder than before. Because of that, we gained strength."
Jokingly, Kim Dong Wan added, "I wish Jun Jin saw that and did a little better. If Jun Jin works a little harder, the rest of us can work comfortably."
In charge of the album production again, Lee Min Woo shared, "I put a lot of attention on the overall color. I worked, keeping in mind how I can pull out each member′s personal charms the best. I may be in charge of the entire production, but it can′t just satisfy me. We received over a thousand demo tapes, and because I wanted to show the best to the members, it was a bit difficult. It wasn′t easy to pick out the best song from so many demo tapes. The members and the staff, who worked so hard, are the reason why ten songs in the We album came out great."
The title song, Sniper, was created by Andrew Jackson, who composed This Love, which earned Shinhwa the most trophies in its history, and Venus. Composing team London Noise, also co-produced the electronic shuffle dance song with strong beats and sounds that is reminiscent of a western movie.
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