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[Article] NewsEn Interview with LOONA (201103)

[Reporter Hwang Hye-jin, NewsEn]

The group Loona (Heejin, Hyunjin, Haseul, Yeojin, Vivi, Kim Lip, Jinsoul, Choerry, Yves, Chuu, Go Won, Olivia Hye) gave their thoughts on entering the U.S. Billboard main chart, Billboard 200, for the first time in 2 years since official debut.

According to the U.S. music outlet Billboard on November 3, Loona entered the main album chart Billboard 200 at #112 with their third mini album [12:00], released October 19th.

This makes Loona the sixth female K-pop artist to enter this chart, after BoA, Girls' Generation, 2NE1, Twice, and Blackpink. The group is receiving even more heightened attention as this achievement is a first for an artist at a mid-to-small-sized agency.

Heejin: It feels like such a dream to make it to a Billboard main chart, which I've only ever imagined as a goal. I think this will be a springboard for our group and give us more confidence for activities in the future.

Hyunjin: Firstly this is such a joyful and great thing, and I want to give this gratitude to Orbits and our company family. We'll become a Loona who will work even harder going forward so please watch us!!! I love you!! Orbits.

Yeojin: I'm so happy that I get to experience things that cannot be experienced, thanks to Orbits. I'll grow into a Yeojin who repays Orbits' love! I love you.

Vivi: It's so fascinating to have entered the Billboard 200 and it doesn't feel real. It's such an honor and I'm so thankful that you send us this much love. I'll make sure to continue working hard and show you even better things.

Kim Lip: I think Orbits help every record that we ever mention come true. We definitely said we wanted a Billboard chart-in and it happened this quickly, so I want to thank everyone who has loved and shown interest in Loona from the bottom of my heart. What a great gift to receive in the middle of promotions. We'll be a Loona and Kim Lip who diligently works towards even better performances!

Jinsoul: To think of a Billboard main chart appearance, it really doesn't feel real and I can't believe it. It was the kind of chart I only dreamt of, a huge goal, and I'm so happy that we could climb up there. We have a goal of growing little by little with every album we release, and I feel so satisfied that we could achieve the Billboard main chart entry that we had as a goal this time! Thank you so much to our Orbits who always set records for us, and I want to repay them with even better appearances. Once again thank you, and love you Orbits!

Choerry: From the beginning of the comeback, we dreamed about entering the Billboard 200 as a really huge goal. I'm so astonished that the dream came true, and I'm greatly thankful to everyone who loves our music! And it made me think that I should work hard to become someone even more awesome! Orbits~~!! Thank you so much and love you always.

Yves: I thought the Billboard 200 was always too big of a dream for us, but to see it come true, it's so amazing and joyful! All of this is thanks to the Orbits all around the world, so we'll work even harder so that we won't be ashamed, to become a group that can repay this great love and a Loona that you can be proud of! I love you Orbits.

Chuu: I was so shocked to hear that we made the Billboard 200 of my dreams. To be honest it still doesn't really feel real. I want to say thank you so much to Orbits, a hundred times. Thank you, Orbits, for being by our side.

Go Won: The goal I wanted to achieve with [12:00] and title track "Why Not?" promotions was making the Billboard main chart, and I'm so happy that we could get this great result. It's something I've always dreamed of so it doesn't feel real yet. It's something we could only achieve thanks to our Orbits, so I want to make sure to say thank you to Orbits.

Olivia Hye: Firstly, I'm glad that we got to achieve a goal that we mentioned at the showcase. More than anything, I want to say thank you so much to the Orbits who made achieving this goal possible.



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