K-Pop Superstar Sunmi Drops Two New Singles “열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” and “풋사랑 (Childhood)”
At the end of June, mega K-pop star Sunmi (Wonder Girls) released two new solo singles, “열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” and “풋사랑 (Childhood).” The lighter, more poppy style of both singles makes them the perfect songs to listen to this summer, although both tracks have their own unique musical sound.
“열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” has a mellow vibe with an upbeat tempo and an early 2000’s style to the track. The song is about the passion of a summer fling and the euphoric feeling of being with that person. Based on a rough translation of the lyrics, Sunmi describes feeling “short of breath,” and that she feels like she “has a fever,” as a result of this passionate affair.
In comparison, “풋사랑 (Childhood)” has a slower tempo combined with a smooth jazz element to create a more melancholic and reflective feel. It’s reminiscent of that feeling when one is young and experiences their first love during those long summer days and endless summer nights. The translation of the lyrics paints a picture of the awkwardness of this first love, and how things would be different if they were to have met today.
Listen to “열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” and “풋사랑 (Childhood)” below!
Along with the release of these singles, Sunmi dropped the music video for “열이올라요 (Heart Burn).” It brings a different perspective to the song, as the music video depicts Sunmi as a siren-like figure who keeps killing her lovers by accident. The music video plays around with this theme of the “misunderstood woman” from Sunmi’s other solo works such as “꼬리(TAIL)” and “You can’t sit with us.” The “열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” music video starts with Sunmi in front of a fountain in a courtyard, in 1966 Los Angeles. We watch Sunmi with her lover, who ends up dying after kissing Sunmi. At this point, the viewer time travels to the past into different years such as 1856 and 1928, to witness similar occurrences with Sunmi and her past lovers. The song title refers to Sunmi burning the heart of her lovers, essentially acting as a siren and luring men to their deaths through her beauty. However, Sunmi shows remorse for the deaths of her past lovers, with scenes of her crying in a bedroom surrounded by pictures of the men, and the final scenes of her in a graveyard.
Watch the video for “’열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” below:
Sunmi has continued showcasing her talents as a lyricist and producer in these tracks, a major feat in the K-pop industry. On top of these incredible achievements, Sunmi also announced her second solo Fall World Tour, titled the Good Girl Gone Mad Tour. The tour starts August 14th in Warsaw, Poland, and ends October 8th in Seoul, South Korea. Specific venue and ticket information is forthcoming but will be available soon. To stay up to date on Sunmi, her tour, and her music, be sure to follow her on these social media platforms:
Also, if you enjoyed “열이올라요 (Heart Burn)” and “풋사랑 (Childhood),” check out Sunmi’s other newest singles such as “Oh Sorry Ya” and her feature on Ed Sheeran’s “Shivers” (alongside Jessi) below!