Most of the high profile Korean celebrities and musicians that we are hearing about nowadays come in groups. BTS, Blackpink, EXO, GOT7 have several members, while some have infinite members. But IU comes with what they call as a rare solo act, apart from creating music that is easy to relate with and appreciated by different people from all walks of life, IU is also consistent in taking part in well written dramas like Hotel Del Luna.
IU is no longer new in the business, she started at a very young age. But just like all the Korean celebrity trainees, she had to undergo several trials herself before making her first debut. IU first had to pass 20 auditions before being included in JYP Ent. She was supposed to be a part of a girl group, however fate had a different purpose for her and going for a solo act proved to be the right formula!
IU has a long lasting charm, that seems to transcend time, much like her character in Hotel Del Luna ” Jang Man Wol”. Age and time doesn’t seem to affect her, in fact she just keeps getting better in time. In fact, as proof of her elevated success, she was seen trying to purchase her own concert tickets online but was unable to do so.
IU’s concert this 2019 ” LOVE, POEM’ tour dates were announced in different locations, and deemed as one of the fastest selling concert event for a Korean celebrity. K-pop fans were immensely thrilled to get the chance to see IU live. After the tickets went on sale on October 24, 2019, in Seoul concert leg tour, it was very hard to get seats.
There was fierce competition, and a long waiting list as over 80,000 fans tried to get and purchase all at once. According to official reports, there was a total of 28,000 tickets within the first minute of sales. IU was able to successfully sell all of her concert tickets in each country it was released to including the Philippines, proving that she is indeed one of the most bankable and unrivaled solo female artist at the moment.
IU is consistent with her milestones with her regional concerts, and stops in Seoul, Kwangju, Busan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Taipei and the Philippines.
Many fans attribute her success due to her humility and ability to stay in touch with fans despite touring all over the world. There are a lot of fans who recall their positive experience towards meeting IU. One student fan narrated how she spotted IU at a restaurant, wherein the Korean star gladly gave the fan an autograph, telling her to stay healthy and to study hard.
IU Gives Heartfelt Performances
IU has been vocal about her music and the way it has evolved through time. She explains how much she has enjoyed writing her own lyrics, and the performances of the songs give her edge and added personality, spunk and vibe that make her memorable to fans. IU concerts are said to be very intimate, with an elaborate set and whole crew of back up performers, everything is well thought out, so they can deliver the best experience for the fans. Her songs and the way she delivers them is sweet, relaxing and contain playful vibes, that uplift the audience, her dreamy voice and physical ensemble is icing to the cake.
IU is a true performer and artist, she is described as a teenager singing bubblegum hits, to transforming into a young confident woman, who is done with her hates, and takes control of her music- a performer who is truly learning to love what is unique about her, while expressing and sharing it to her audience with authenticity. On top of that her shows are packed, and described as the longest running K-pop show for fans, some of her shows are said to run for up to 4 hours!