Who is SSAK3?
This summer, Korea’s trio project group SSAK3, is sweeping the music charts with their title track “Beach Again”. The special project group was the brainchild of Yoo Jaesuk, Korea’s national host who is currently hosting MBC’s weekly entertainment series “Hangout with Yoo”. The summer trio project is called “SSAK3”, SSAK literally means to sweep and the trio was determined to sweep all the awards on the music charts.
Who are the members of SSAK3?
SSAK 3 is composed of Rain, Lee Hyori and Yoo Jae Suk. Rain is known for his stage name as B-Ryong, and the trio came up with this name because Rain wanted to be known as the dragon of the world of singers. On the other hand, Lee Hyori decided that her stage name would be Linda G as a play on words from a phrase meaning, ‘Everyone pees their a little when Lee Hyori appears.’ Yoo Jae Suk chose Yoo-Dragon as his stage name because it was a reference to BIGBANG’s G-Dragon.
SSAK3 swept music charts
SSAK3, just like the meaning of the group’s name indeed swept the summer music charts with their songs which was reminiscent of the 1990s. Their retro-themed songs appealed especially to Koreans in their 30s and 40s, and helps them to recall all their sweet past memories. Some say SSAK 3’s success lies in tapping the nostalgia of the 90’s by bringing back the easy going dance music, and others say it is due to the star power and the viewers enjoy watching the members energetically taking part in building the new vibe.
SSAK3 songs "In Summer," a remake of the iconic 1994 dance hit by Deux, "Beach Again" and "Play That Summer" have made it on the top tiers of most domestic music streaming services since their successive weekly releases starting from July 11, outshing other other top kpop idol groups, such as BLACKPINK and even BTS.
Beach Again a cute retro pop song with an official music video of the trio prancing on the beach. The song draws inspiration from the 90’s trends and brings to mind the modern, summertime concept of ex-kpop girl group Sistar.
Right from the start, Beach Again starts off with a big, splashy synth brass, fun percussion and exciting energy. Hyori and Rain deliver the opening verse with a joyful affection, and although not a singer, Jae-suk’s vocals is decent and even complemented both perfectly well. Beach Again is a fun song that makes you want to get out of your house and to head down to the beach to get a sun tan and engage in water activities. It’s a full-throated pop song, complete with gorgeous pre-chorus melody and buoyant chorus.
SSAK3 contribution to charity
Their title track “Beach Again” topped most of the music charts following its release on July 18, and is still reigning first at many music charts. It swept (싹) top Kpop music shows and was ranked first on Mnet’s “M Countdown” as well as MBC’s “Show! Music Core”, meanwhile the official music video raked 9.4 million views as of September. On July 31, 2020, MBC has stated that proceeds from SSAK3's album sales will be donated to charities.
Lee Hyori's having a child?
The group disbanded officially on 15 August, where the last episode of SSAK3 was aired on MBC’s “Hangout with Yoo”. The sentimental episode showed the three members exchanging letters and gifts with each other and Lee Hyori hinted a possibility of having children as well as a potential collaboration if the opportunity arises in the future.
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