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Far East Movement drops new album with K-pop stars

Electro-dance music group Far East Movement dropped its fifth album “Identity” on global music streaming sites Friday, featuring a handful of K-pop stars.

The title track “Fighter” features rapper-singer Yoon Mi-rae. Filmed in Los Angeles and Seoul, the song’s music video is a tribute to Korean immigrants who went to America amid war and hardships in their home country, according to Far East Movement’s management Transparent Agency.

Rapper Jay Park participated in the retro hip-hop track “SXWME,” while EXO’s Chanyeol lent his voice to “Freal Luv.” Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany sings in the tune “Don’t Speak.” Sistar’s Hyorin features in “Umbrella,” while ballad trio Urban Zakapa sings in “Fortress,” a song with Korean lyrics. 

The cover of Far East Movement’s new album “Identity” (Transparent Agency)
The cover of Far East Movement’s new album “Identity” (Transparent Agency)

From left: Far East Movement members Prohgress (James Roh), Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura) and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia) (Transparent Agency)
From left: Far East Movement members Prohgress (James Roh), Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura) and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia) (Transparent Agency)

Far East Movement said they had especially wanted to “collaborate with Yoon Mirae, a legend in Korean hip-hop, for a long time,” according to Transparent Agency. The team added that “she’s had great success in the Korean music industry through talent alone,” the agency said.

The party-music quartet consists of Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung) and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia) who are of Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Filipino descent, respectively. The group rose to international fame in 2010 with its global megahit dance track “Like a G6.”

Far East Movement will star on music program “Yoo Hee-yeol’s Sketchbook” on Saturday evening, kicking off its album promotion in Korea.

By Rumy Doo (doo@heraldcorp.com)






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