IU's 2009 OST Track for "Queen Seon Duk" Draws Belated Attention

Did you know that IU participated in MBC “Queen Seon Duk“s OST back in 2009?

Although IU now reigns as “National little sister,” not many are aware of her participating in the OST of “Queen Seon Duk.” The drama is of fusion historical-fiction genre and portrays the life of Queen Seon Duk in Silla Dynasty.  

Go Hyun Jung, Kim Nam Gil, Lee Yo Won, and Uhm Tae Woong starred in the show and “Queen Seon Duk” reached 43.6% in viewing ratings. It was the “Drama of the Year” in 2009. Thanks to “Queen Seon Duk,” Go Hyun Jung won the Grand Prize, Uhm Tae Woong and Lee Yo Won won the Top Excellence Awards, and Kim Nam Gil won the Excellence Award at the 2009 MBC Drama Awards.

When a drama becomes popular, its soundtrack naturally attracts the public’s attention. However, that was not the case for the OST of “Queen Seon Duk.” A total of 20 songs are included in the OST album of “Queen Seon Duk,” and IU sang the seventh track “Araro.” At the time, not that many people were aware of IU’s presence. IU made her debut with mini album “Lost & Found” in 2008, followed by her first regular album “Growing Up” in 2009. Unfortunately, the two albums failed to garner much attention of the public, and so did “Araro.” 

“Araro” means ocean in pure Korean. “Araro” presents a powerful harmony of traditional Korean music with western orchestra sound. The song repeats simple lyrics, “will it reach Ara,” but the grand music along with IU’s young voice adds much impact to it. The repeating pattern of “Araro” resembles that of “Onara” from “Dae Jang Geum” in 2003. 

As IU’s recent albums “REAL” and “Last Fantasy” have been extremely successful, fans and listeners are also paying attention to her previously unknown songs. One of which is “Mia,” her debut single. Recently, Kang Mi Jin (also known as Yoari) sang “Mia” on Mnet “Voice of Korea,” and shed a new light on the song. One can only hope the same sensation will bring “Araro” back out to the world for the public to enjoy. 

Check out IU’s “Araro” from “Queen Seon Duk” OST below!

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