Bang Yong Guk Has Strong Showing On iTunes K-Pop Charts With Solo Release

Bang Yong Guk is excelling as he ventures into solo work!

He released his new single “Hikikomori” on January 20 and the song was met with a positive response from fans all over the world. He’s enjoying a successful start as a solo artist as “Hikikomori” topped the iTunes K-pop charts in 14 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Spain, Denmark, Italy, Taiwan, and Thailand.

“Hikikomori” is a term that means “Person who lives in seclusion” and is used to described people who stay in their rooms and focus on their hobbies, or those who avoid personal relations. Bang Yong Guk used the term for his song to describe looking inside himself during his battle with depression, as well as to describe people who are lost in anguish as they spend time by themselves. The single was especially meaningful as it was Bang Yong Guk’s first since departing from TS Entertainment.

Bang Yong Guk said, “I believe there are many people out in the world who have that ‘Hikikomori’ side to them. This song is about me, but it’s a song that most people can relate to through similar experiences. I made this song hoping that each person who listens to it has their own interpretation of it. I want to tell the fans who waited for me that I respect them, and I hope to keep making music that not only reflects my own story, but the stories of others as well.”

Congratulations to Bang Yong Guk on the achievement!

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