November 17, 2011 09:15
Teenage singer IU is set to debut in Japan after signing a deal with EMI Music Japan, one of the biggest record labels in the country.
The Japanese media spotlighted IU's upcoming debut on Wednesday, reporting that an 18-year-old who broke new ground in K-pop will broaden her musical career to Japan.
The record label has built its reputation on the back of top-notch artists and includes Japan's best female solo artists, such as Utada Hikaru and Shiina Ringo, and Korean idol group SHINee on its books.
"After wrapping up promoting her new album, which is scheduled to be released soon, IU will make her first official debut through a showcase in Tokyo in January next year," the agency said. "Her first single in Japanese will be released in February, and she will continue to work on promoting the album."
IU will release her second full-length album at the end of this month.
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