February 05, 2009 07:33
While other Korean singers danced hectically to techno music, Baek Ji-young performed Latin dance, helping to kick off a boom in Korea.
More recently, while everyone has been busy showing off their sexy dance moves, she has topped both on- and offline music charts with ballads. Her success seems to give her enough strength to stay just ahead of the curve and leave her fraught past behind.
The explicit video scandal is almost forgotten, so does the 33-year old have any special plan for the 10th anniversary of her debut? "I'm thinking of doing something, but I don't want to give it any special meaning. I'm thinking of giving a concert this spring though."
One reason she will not make a big deal out of her anniversary is that she plans to keep trying new things, staying musically young even as she becomes middle-aged. That's why Madonna is her role model.
"Madonna is over 50, but her sense for choosing visuals and music is unbelievably young," she says. "I think it's because she has such power to compete with younger singers. Among Korean singers, I admire Lee Sung-chul, Uhm Jung-hwa and Insooni."
Every musician dreams of trying new things, but the danger is alienating their fans. For Baek Ji-young, however, the adventures have mostly been successful so far. "When my debut album was released, I stressed the visual side as a dance music singer. Then I took an inevitable break for a few years, and after my absence, I started to sing ballads. I really want to be able to sing different kinds of songs so that I can be a singer for a long time."
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