K-pop girl group CLC on new song ‘Helicopter,’ missing fans

Published September 17, 2020, 10:13 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

K-pop girl group CLC’s recent comeback signalled a change in image.

(L-R) CLC members Seunghee, Yujin, Seungyeon, Yeeun, Elkie, Eunbin and Sorn (Cube Entertainment / MANILA BULLETIN)

The group released “Helicopter” in Korean and English making significant personal achievements.

On YouTube, the “Helicopter” music video has amassed 30.5 million views since it was uploaded on Sept. 2, their fastest MV to reach the 30 million mark. It is poised to overtake the “Hobgoblin” MV, released in January 2017, which has 32.69 million views as of writing.

Debuting in 2015, CLC’s members are Yeeun, Seunghee, Yujin, Seungyeon, Sorn, Eunbin and Elkie.

CLC told Bulletin Entertainment about them displaying a different image through “Helicopter,” making their comeback, their goals, and what’s keeping them busy during the pandemic.

When CLC’s visual film “I’M” was released in August, it showed a different image for each member and “Helicopter” is a major turning point for the group.

“With a stronger performance and grander music, I hope we can present what suits CLC best and performances that highlight each of our characteristics,” said Yujin.

Seungyeon said, “I hope we can show an upgraded version of CLC and give energy when the unique seven of us come together. Most of all, I want to let you see the best performance of CLC so far.”

When asked about the concept of “Helicopter,” Seunghee explained that “it’s a song that portrays CLC’s journey that comes with being curious about the uncertain future and turning the fear and concerns into an adventure.”

“Since it’s an album that tells CLC’s story, the audience can feel the CLC members’ authenticity from it!” added Yeeun.

It was a year ago in September when CLC released their last single “Devil” and the members are excited for “Helicopter.”

“I have been really looking forward to it since it’s our first comeback in a while. I’m excited and happy to share what we’ve been preparing for a long time and can’t wait to present it,” said Elkie.

Eunbin confessed that “I missed our fans so much, so every day has been so precious and delightful lately.”

This year marked CLC’s fifth anniversary since debut and members talked about what they want to achieve through their comeback.

“Hope we make it on the Billboard charts!” said Yujin. Last February, CLC’s songs released in 2019, “Me” and “Devil,” ranked fifth and seventh on Billboard’s World Digital Song Sales chart.

According to Seungyeon, “I want to present CLC’s performance to a wide audience and be recognized for it. I hope ‘performance experts’ becomes our nickname!”

South Korea and the rest of the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in people staying at home. CLC members are doing various things under the situation.

“I’ve recently opened my TikTok account and been shooting at home,” said Sorn. “Since I can’t really go outside and make vlogs for my YouTube, TikTok has become a new platform for me to show my fans my creative side. And it seems to be working because I’ve gained a total of 600,000 followers so far and everyone seems to be enjoying my content!”

Elkie said she has been “maintaining my personal hygiene, since every single person matters for things to get better! I’ve been working out at home, watching dramas and variety shows, and trying out beading.”

With the challenges people around the world are facing under the current situation, CLC members hope that things get better.

“The energy and message we want to deliver to our fans are all in the lyrics of ‘Helicopter.” Hope you feel better from listening to our music and watching our performances!” said Seunghee.

Eunbin said, “I am sorry all I can say to you at this moment are ‘let’s stay patient’ and ‘stay strong.’ Hope to see you real soon. Stay healthy. We will find ways to come to you often!”