[Interview] WINNER, a Global Phenomenon of 2019

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If there was a group in the Kpop industry who knows how to play and reinvent themselves over time, it’s WINNER. After being crowned five years ago as the winners of WIN: Who Is Next – A survival show under YG Entertainment, the agency under which the group operates-the careers of Jinu, Yoon, Mino and Hoony have grown non-stop. Following the imminent success of “REALLY REALLY” in the ranks, the group has worked non-stop to launch success after success, and its fans around the world remain loyal to their side. Baca lebih lanjut

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WINNER’s Interview in Jelly Magazine August 2017

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Reborn WINNER’s Momentum is Unstoppable!

NEW WINNER

Popular boys’ group WINNER appears in Jelly for the first time! After overcoming the trouble of a member leaving last year, they have powered-up and returned. Sexy and stylish, but with mischievous smiles and an overflowingly accommodating spirit… We will approach these 4 who captivate you more the more you know about them!

After Becoming 4

Seunghoon: After a member left, we and our company staff were worried if we could go on as 4.

Seungyoon: At first we were really worried, but we thought the important thing was to make good music. As I thought we would need a fresh song different from our image until now, I made a dance number like REALLY REALLY.

Seunghoon: Because the dance positions change with an even number of people compared to an odd number, coming up with new lines of movement and fixing the choreography was tough.

Jinwoo: For the album preparation, I did concentrated on vocal training. As I thought to change my vocalization.

Seunghoon: Jinwoo-kun’s skin is pretty and he manages it well💙.

Seungyoon: We are talking about vocals right now, so please concentrate! (laughs)

Mino: (laughs) My voice is originally quite low and manly-sounding, so in order to make it easier to listen to I worked to rap in a more natural tone.

Seungyoon: That is being utilized in our new song!

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WINNER’s Interview in High Cut Vol 205 September 2017 Issue

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On the first half of the year, you successfully made up for the long hiatus you had and you came back with a double title-track Love Me Love Me’ and ‘Island’ just after 4 months. 

Since way back, (I/we) really wanted to promote a song that suits the summer season so we came back quickly. If we had done it before, we wanted to show various sides so we chose to do a double title-track.

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WINNER’s Interview with Glitter Magazine September 2017

4 Beautiful Men Who Flew Down From Korea, WINNER

(*note: they’re using the same verb as in “angels who flew down from heaven)

WINNER, who were born from YG Entertainment’s survival show “WIN” and are known as a worldwide boys’ group continuing in the tradition of BIGBANG, appeared in GLITTER for the first time. With their Korean idol like beauty and coolness, they have a sensitive manliness that captures women’s hearts and doesn’t let go. We will focus on them, with their many hidden and varied charms💙.

SONG MINO

“The time when I have a heart-fluttering feeling towards a woman…is the moment when there is waft of a good scent I think. I think men have a weak spot for scents.”

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Is there a funny episode between the members?

Once Seunghoon, Seungyoon, and I were all walking in the city, and I can’t remember exactly the chain of events that led to it, but we ended up playing a game where whoever lost in rock paper-scissors had to “treat the others to something”. In the end, Seungyoon ended up losing, and we had him buy a bike. Yeah! It’s a pretty decent (*expensive) amount (laughs). Anyways, we thought we could use it between the members so we had him buy it, but our schedules have been busy so we haven’t been able to ride it even once. I want to ride it before Seungyoon says something about it (laughs)

What is your ideal date?

With this job, it’s pretty difficult to have a date outside, so I admire the idea of a “normal” date. I want to go out for a walk on a day with nice weather. If I had time, I’d like to go traveling to someplace close! If it’s Japan, I’d like to go to Sapporo. I like onsen (hot spring) & snowboarding, so I want to go during the winter time and really enjoy myself. The type of girl I like? I think a girl who eats well! Just watching them, I think they are cute. Also I like jeans style, so rather than skirts, I’m definitely on team pants. On top of that, if there is something also unique about their fashion that they stick to, it’ll be even better!

Concerning your unit with iKON’s BOBBY who you have a deep bond with even within YG

It was fun to sing a genre of song that I couldn’t, which is to say, I haven’t done with WINNER, it was very fresh, & was a very sti mulating experience, as I was able to participate in the lyric creation as well. If I were to make a unit within the members…. a rap hip-hop unit with Seunghoon would be fun! But with these members, whoever I were to pair up with, I think something new could be born & there would be a good synergy effect.

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“In our new song, I want people to pay attention to the cohesiveness in our performance we show now after becoming 4”

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WINNER’s Interview with JUNON Magazine September 2017

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WINNER COMEBACK!!!

“FATE NUMBER FOR” is in the middle of being a big hit. It’s an appearance in JUNON after a long time!

The talented boys’ group from Korea came back after approximately a year. WINNER, whose fan event tour was a great success and new single “FATE NUMBER FOR” is creating a big buzz. Along with the members’ appeals, & going along with the theme of their double title songs, “REALLY REALLY” & “FOOL” we will ask them about their romantic situations. With some absentminded remarks mixed in, their Japanese talk heats up!

Hooked on Japan’s abura-soba, we are eating it every day

Seunghoon: We’re BIGBANG’S younger brother group. The catalyst for our debut was the 2013 Korean program “WIN: Who Is NEXT” and on it we fought with iKON from the same company.

Seungyoon: It wasn’t a fight! (laughs). We had a performance competition over the right to debut.

Seunghoon: So then we won and debuted as WINNER.

Jinwoo: Our leader, Seungyoon, is the best at Japanese.  And his smile is wonderful. And he is very sexy.

Seungyoon: What part is especially sexy–?

Jinwoo: Eh?…that’s a secret (laughs).

Seunghoon: He is a leader we can count on. He remembers all the things that we don’t like, and he will be considerate about them in subtle ways.

Seungyoon: Jinwoo is like an aristocrat.

Seunghoon: Even when he is drinking water, it seems as if he is drinking wine (laughs).

Seungyoon: He is truly a pure person, and his face and his personality are both kind. Isn’t that right?

Jinwoo: Yes, I’m super-kind (laughs).

Seungyoon: Mino has great sense in rap and lyric composition, and he’s good at drawing, he is a person overflowing with artistic sense.

Jinwoo: And he’s good at impersonations

Seunghoon: Like famous celebrities from Korea or dinosaurs, etc.

Jinwoo: He has 1000 faces and he can transform freely at will (laughs)

Mino: Seunghoon-san is in charge of choreography and his dance sense is wonderful. Also, he’s skilled at talking.

Seunghoon: I’ve got gag sense too. I think I’m a genius (laughs).

Seungyoon: When the 4 of us are together we talk about food a lot.

Seunghoon: “What should we eat tonight?”, “When we’re done here where should we go? ”

Mino: And at the end of that discussion, it’s always abura- soba (laughs).

Seunghoon: We’re all hooked on Japan’s abura-soba. Coming to Japan this time, we had it 3 days in a row!

Seungyoon: Maybe we should talk about work now (laughs). Our new song, REALLY REALLY is a tropical house sound. The main point in our choreography is “look at our new shoes” (laughs).

Seunghoon: It’s a dance where you point at your own shoes as if to brag, and I want you to dance it with us too (*probably meaning the interviewer).

Seungyoon: For the song, Jinwoo’s part at the chorus is the biggest point I think.

Jinwoo: Aishite~ru💙 (I love you part in Japanese, in Japan vers. It’s “I love you” & not “I like you”).

Seungyoon: In Iyrics expressing the heart-flutteringness of love, it’s the killer part that expresses the feeling of love straightforwardly.

Jinwoo: During recording, I thought of the members while singing it. The fans too of course, but the members because I love them!

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WINNER’s Interview with Mini Magazine September 2017

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After becoming 4, speaking afresh about “true” things!

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REALLY? REALLY!

FATE NUMBER FOR that was the fresh start for WINNER became # 1 on 7 of Korea’s famous sites. In addition, it also became # 1 on the iTunes album charts in 21 countries, showing good results. Just as lively and fun as they were last time, we bring you WINNER 💙

Mino
Birthday March 30, 1993
In charge of Rap.
When we gave him a natto roll from a high-end supermarket, as soon as he ate it he was overjoyed and gave us a high-five.

Seunghoon
Birthday January 11, 1992
In charge of Rap & Dance.
We were surprised at the level of improvement of his Japanese! A kind man full of accommodating spirit who livens up the conversation!!

Jinwoo
Birthday September 26, 1991
In charge of Vocal.
Jinwoo-san, who smiled while watching over his lively younger brothers. The phrase of live singing that he sang for us was wonderful💙

Seungyoon
Birthday January 21, 1994
Leader & in charge of Vocal.
During the photo shoot, he was tickled by the members and collapsed in agony! The maknae leader was very loved.

Getting straight to the point, on the big hit of your new song!! Congratulations!!! What do you think the reason is that this song has gotten so much support?

Jinwoo: Hmmm, because it’s a good song! (laughs)

Seungyoon: I think it is thanks to the fans who waited for us for a long time, but also I think that it was good that through WINNER becoming 4, we were able to bring out a new, good energy. We thought to make a different style of song than the ones we had until now.

How was REALLY REALLY made?

Seungyoon: Generally, we made it with me making the melody and structure of the song, and then asking the 2 rappers to make their parts.

For each of you, what is your favorite part in the song?

Seungyoon: The bridge. At first I was making it by myself but it was a bit difficult so I asked Mino to do it and right away! He made it for me!!

Mino: In about 10 minutes!!

Seungyoon: It was solved right away!

Jinwoo: I like the “aishiteru” part. (*Jpn vers. “I love you”/ Kr. Vers. “I like you)

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In the Korean version it’s the “Neol Joahae” part, right? That part really matched Jinwoo’s voice well, it was truly great!

Jinwoo: (overjoyed)

Seungyoon: It was a success!! (high fives Jinwoo with both hands)

The way Jinwoo-san sang that part with such confidence really hit home.

Jinwoo: Neol Joahae

(all of them clap!)

Jinwoo: Seungyoon-kun gave me this part.

Seungyoon: Yes, it was a big success, we did it!!

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[Interview] 190128 WINNER Reveal Their Winter Fashion Code*, Date Course, and Also Video that Make Your Heart Flutters

When Korean boygroup with 4-members, WINNER, appeared in TGC Shizuoka 2019, the venue gets super excited! Here is the stage report.

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Leader YOON, the steady vocal that act as everyone’s moderator; JINU with outstanding singing ability who charm the girls with his cute face; rapper MINO, a fashionista who had solo debut in 2018; rapper HOONY who also the mood maker. The music that is produced by those 4 people not only charted in Korea and Japan, but also in US. We approached the true colors of this artist whom has popularity at global level.

SPECIAL INTERVIEW

  • All members are addicted to Shizuoka Oden** ♥

— Your Japan tour last year was also a huge success! This is the second time you come to Shizuoka, were there something that you look forward to?

JINU: I got strength from seeing Mt. Fuji.

YOON: It was much bigger than what I imagined!

HOONY: I took a photo of it!

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— How about the food?

JINU: If we talk about Shizuoka, it must be Shizuoka Oden, right?

— You know about it well

YOON: This time, I can’t enjoy it because I don’t have time. But I ate it with my members when I visited Shizuoka on the last tour!

— What was the most delicious ingredient?

YOON: It is Daikon radish! It’s immerse in flavor and delicious ~

(Everyone’s nods)

JINU: Of course it’s also because of the taste, but it’s also very interesting because the shop style, atmosphere, and the unique oden pot, etc, there are no such things in Korea.

  • HOONY’s surprised birthday party the day before TGC was very hype up!

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— The day before TGC Shizuoka 2019 is HOONY’s birthday! Congratulation

HOONY: Thank you! Yesterday I celebrated it with everyone!

MINO: Members & staff prepared for about 3 hours. I told him “we have a meeting” but we surprised him.

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JINU: It was so hype up that the people in the room beside us might thought we were so noisy (laugh).

YOON: We’re sorry for bothering you!

HOONY: I was very happy and enjoy it! Thanks, everyone!

  • Winter date, from chillin’ at home to romantic and active

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— Please tell us about what would you do in your winter date

MINO: At home (laugh)

YOON: Me too. Because it’s cold outside (laugh).

— What would you do at home?

MINO: I’d like to chillingly watch movie together while drinking warm oolong tea.

YOON: Cooking together is also nice. Because it’s cold outside, it will be bad if we catch a cold!

— I have no doubt about it since you are person from a country that have colder weather than Japan. How about the other 2?

HOONY: I want to go to a winter resort for skiing or snowboarding! Hokkaido is nice.  You can’t do this kind of thing in other season.

JINU: Hot springs? Things like open air baths and snow are beautiful, it would be nice. I’d like the two of us to spend time relaxing there…. Isn’t it like a dream?

— So romantic! What kind of girl’s fashion that you like to see her wear on such date?

MINO: I think a big muffler scarf that about surrounds your face would look cute! It looks stylish.

YOON: I understand a bit about what you mean. Just like an oversized outer and so on. The appearance of the girl inside it will make your heart flutter.

JINU: For me, down coats. The fluffy silhouette is cute.

— It seems everyone have a thing with oversized clothing fashion. How about HOONY?

HOONY: Masked style! (laughs)

— Eh? Mask?

HOONY: That’s right. I can only see her expression through her eyes. It’s easy to stare at each other and she won’t catch a cold!

— (Laugh). Please be serious!

HOONY: I like neat casual denim style (laugh).

  • JINU, his 2019’s goal is to get a driver’s license!

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— WINNER who had worldwide hits, what’s your goal in 2019?

YOON: I would like to work more busily than in 2018!

HOONY: Be more diligent! (pointing to MINO) How about getting more muscles?

MINO: (hitting his abdominal muscles) I have enough (laugh)! I want to release a solo album again”

YOON: JINU doesn’t have a driver’s license yet, should you take it?

JINU: Ah … (looks reluctant for a moment). That’s right, I’ll do my best to get a driver’s license!

HOONY: I want to be cooler (laugh)!

— You guys are really good friends (laugh). Thank you very much!

 

  • [Video that Make Your Heart Flutters] How WINNER members will warm their girlfriends in the cold weather

With the theme of “If WINNER members could warm their girlfriend, what kind of words would they like to use?”, they challenged themselves to freely acting! It is a must-see movie if you want to understands the members’ personality.

*: MoteCode means fashion code, but particularly in the context of the kind of fashion to attract someone, like you would found from the interview below.

**: a type of food

Original article in Girlswalker. Translation by @Incle_Babies.

WINNER’s Interview with ARENA HOMME + Magazine February 2019

TOMORROW’S WINNER

“It would be nice for it to be like WINNER‘s 2018 — no more, no less. Though they would bring about an overwhelming amount of love with anything they would work on last year, WINNER claims that there are still wings that have yet to be spread. And that’s the reason why we shouldn’t take our eyes off of WINNER‘s tomorrow.

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[Note: ARENA = AR, Seungyoon = SY, Mino = MN, Jinwoo = JW, Seunghoon = SH]

AR: It’s really a contradictory feeling. A part of us hopes WINNERs new single would be similar to ‘REALLY REALLY’ but we know, at the same time, that if it did sound similar, we would subconsciously find ourselves saying, “This sounds too similar.” And yet, if the vibe is completely different, we’d say, “This is kind of unfamiliar.” So how must WINNER attune themselves to such responses? Would the true solution be, then, to create music that satisfies WINNER?

MH: You’ve got the exact answer. That’s precisely it

SY: That’s why we aim to create music that we’d find fun to sing along listen to. That’s our standard.

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[Wawancara] WINNER untuk ELLE KOREA Edisi Januari 2019

“WE ARE WINNING NOW!”

“Perilisan album resmi kedua mereka, tur dunia. Aku bertemu dengan WINNER, yang baru saja menghabiskan tahun tersibuk mereka sejak debut, di suatu malam yang larut. Kepada keempat pria yang akan segera comeback dengan single baru, aku hanya menanyakan pertanyaan tentang masa kini  – seperti halnya mereka bekerja keras untuk membuktikan diri selama 4 tahun ini, mereka akan terus melakukannya di masa mendatang, dan di waktu yang dekat.”

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YOON

“Apakah jawabanku terlalu berat?”

Sambil membawa kamera di tangannya yang dia gunakan untuk mengambil foto diri dan para member selama pemotretan, Kang Seung Yoon menanyakan pertanyaan ini dari waktu ke waktu selama wawancara seakan-akan mengecek. Mengingat kredit untuk album WINNER dipenuhi dengan namanya, ia disebut sebagai pemimpin dan produser yang bertanggung jawab. Tidakkah ini terasa membebani? Baca lebih lanjut

[Artikel] 181219 Tekad WINNER, “Akan Merilis Album Ke-3 Tahun Depan dan Memiliki Target Tinggi”

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WINNER yang menjalani tahun sibuk dengan 2 comebacks, aktivitas solo, dan tur di luar negeri akan terus sibuk tahun depan. Para member berjanji, “Tahun depan akan menjadi lebih penting. Kamu akan meneruskan beragam aktivitas selama tubuh kami mengizinkan”. 

Single baru WINNER ‘MILLIONS’ akan dirilis pada tanggal 19 jam 6 sore. YG Entertainment menjelaskan, “Guitar riff yang menarik dan suara tepukan pada intro diikuti dengan melodi yang emosional dan chorus yang terdengar hangat. Suara siualan yang ritmis dan suara drums pada chorus menciptakan rasa yang berbeda dari intro dan verse”, dan lagu tersebut mengandung emosi musim dingin WINNER yang unik. 

Member WINNER HOONY yang melakukan comeback kedua tahun ini dan memandang ke masa lalu menyatakan, “Aku mengalami tahun yang paling sibuk semenjak aku debut. Banyak orang frustasi karena WINNER pernah lama hiatus, jadi kami bekerja keras untuk memuaskan kehausan penggemar”. 

MINO yang memiliki aktivitas solo yang sukses dengan ‘FIANCÉ’ mengatakan, “Aku mengalami tahun yang paling sibuk dalam hidupku, paling berkembang, dan paling berubah. Aku aktif sebagai member WINNER dan sebagai artis solo, tampil dalam konser dan banyak berkomunikasi dengan penggemar kami. Sangat menyenangkan. Aku bahagia dapat mengisi tahun ini dengan melakukan hal-hal yang aku sukai. Hal itu membuatku merasakan emosi baru”. 

JINU berkata, “Aku banyak memakai makeup tahun ini. Kami dicasting dari berbagai tempat berbeda. Aku bertema kasih kepada para fans. Aku tidak kesepian tahun ini. Aku banyak melihat ke masa lalu dan berpikir tentang diriku tahun ini. Tahun 2018 adalah tahun yang bermakna”. 

YOON mengungkapkan kepuasannya dengan menyatakan, “Aku mencapai apa yang aku impikan tahun ini. Mulai dari album kedua kami hingga konser, tur, dan comebackkedua kami, aku menepati semua janjiku. Secara pribadi aku merasa kami mendapatkan hasil yang memuaskan. Aku bahagia telah mencapai banyak hal”. 

WINNER akan terus aktif tahun depan dengan tur pertama mereka di Amerika Utara, album resmi ke-3, dan aktivitas solo dari member lainnya. YOON menjelaskan bahwa harapan orang-orang menjadi dorongan untuknya bergerak dengan menyatakan, “Aku termotivasi pikiran bahwa aku harus memenuhi harapan yang terjadi karena karyaku sebelumnya dan aku harus menjadi lebih baik lagi. Aku juga ingin menantang diri dalam bidang baru tanpa beristirahat. Aku harus membalas untuk hal yang aku nikmati hingga sekarang ”. 

MINO menggungkapkan harapannya dengan menyatakan, “Kami biasanya tampil di Jepang, tetapi kami telah bertemu dengan penggemar kami di berbagai kota di Asia untuk pertama kalinya. Kami memerima banyak sekali dukungan. Aku waswas dengan tur mendatang kami di Amerika Utara. Aku khawatir mereka akan berbeda tetapi pada saat yang sama aku merasa senang. YOON mempelajari bahasa Inggris dengan sangat keras. Kurasa kami akan dapat membuat kenangan indah”. 

YOON menambahkan, “Kami juga ingin tampil dalam acara variety. Kami tidak bisa melakukannya karena jadwal yang padat, tetapi kami akan bersiap dengan keras sehingga kami bisa menjalankan rencana kami untuk membuatnya menjadi program reguler kami di tahun 2019”. 

JINU sedang mempersiapkan lagu solo yang manis. YOON berkata, “Lagu itu sangat sesuai dengan JINU. Ini adalah cerita di belakang layar, tetapi boss kami sangat menyukai lagu itu. Aku pikir video musiknya akan manis dan sangat cantik jika perilisan lagu itu sudah final”. Dia melanjutkan, “Aku juga sedang mempersiapkan album solo yang akan mengkombinasikan warna WINNER dengan genre Folk dan Rock yang membuatku memulai karirku di musik. Aku belum memutuskan apa yang akan menjadi hal utama dalam album tersebut. Saat ini aku sedang mengerjakannya”. 

Meskipun demikian, album ke-3 WINNER akan menjadi aktivitas pertama WINNER tahun depan. HOONY mengungkap tekadnya dengan menyatakan, “Kupikir tahun depan sangatlah penting. Kami tidak akan ragu-ragu untuk menantang diri kami jika diperlukan. Terdapat beberapa masalah penting sebagai idol pria dan kami ingin menciptakan tahun yang paling mengesankan dalam hidup kami”. 

MINO menyatakan, “Kami akan bertemu penggemar dan publik melalui lebih banyak aktivitas tahun depan. Kami semua menargetkan hal yang tinggi secara musikal dan juga acara variety. Kami akan mempersembahkan sesuatu yang baru tahun depan jika kekuatan kami mengizinkan. 2018 adalah tahun yang sangat bermakna bagiku dan aku harap tahun depan akan menjadi lebih bermakna”. JINU menganggap dirinya sebagai pengkhotbah kebahagiaan sambil mengatakan, “Aku harap WINNER terus bahagia. Kuharap tahun depan tidak akan menjadi tahun yang kesepian bagi kami”.

YOON menunjukkan dukungannya bagi para member dengan mengatakan, “Kuharap semua yang para member katakan menjadi kenyataan. Sebagai pemimpin, kuharap semua member dapat memperluas posisi mereka melalui aktivitas solo. HOONY juga sedang mengerjakan album solonya, jadi kuharap kami semua dapat merilis album solo tahun depan. Aku harap JINU juga dapat terlibat produksi sebagai aktor”. 

WINNER akan memulai ‘MERRY MILLIONS DAY’ comeback countdown melalui Naver V LIVE sejam sebelum waktu rilis single mereka, pada jam 5 sore.  V LIVE tersebut akan didekorasi dengan konsep Natal, dimana para member WINNER memberikan momen yang hangat bagi penggemar sambil mendiskusikan single baru mereka. Lagu tersebut akan dirilis pada jam 6 sore melalui berbagai platform musik, sementara album fisiknya akan tersedia mulai tanggal 24 Desember melalui YG SELECT serta retailer on/offline di seluruh negeri.

Sumber: YG Life. Diterjemahkan ke Bahasa Indonesia oleh @Incle_Babies.