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DJ Raiden, EXO’s Chanyeol, And Changmo Talk About Working With Each Other + LeeHi For “Yours” Collaboration

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The titans of K-Pop had assembled to bring the timeless, global crossover song titled “Yours”!

DJ Raiden, EXO’s Chanyeol, Changmo, and LeeHi—these four A-list artists had teamed up to storm the K-Pop scene with the captivating collaboration titled “Yours”.

Released on May 12 at 6 PM KST, this new hit is a guaranteed SS’20 anthem with its incorporation of various elements from all genres of K-Pop, including electronica, R&B, pop and hip-hop.

“We all spent many days and nights on this to create the perfect synergy between us”

Although this marks Raiden’s third collaboration with K-Pop artists after Red Velvet’s Irene and SNSD’s Yuri, “Yours” serves as his first team-up with the iconic EXO member Chanyeol. The successful global musician has musicality which spans across a wide spectrum, and this showed very evidently in the newly-released track once again.

Raiden: “I had this vision of creating a timeless record about 3 years ago. At the time, I was mainly focusing on my DJ/Producer career in Dance/Electronic music scene but this song was exactly what I was dreaming of; being able to create “good music” with talented artists from different styles of music.”

The successful global musician, who began his music career in Europe with the single “Heart of Steel” in 2017, also talked about the message that he, along with Chanyeol, LeeHi, and Changmo, wanted to convey through their collaboration track.

Raiden: “In my opinion, good music does not need to be labelled as any specific style or genre. I am happy and so blessed for Chanyeol to create this with me along with LeeHi and Changmo. If there was one thing I wish for this song to do, is to spread the feeling of warmth and positivity around the world. During this crazy time of confusion and isolation, I wanted to present the feeling of love and care for each other and we really poured our hearts out with that message here.”

Of course, assuring that a track of high quality such as “Yours” will be as top-tier as ever also involved effort between the four A-list artists.

Raiden: “We all spent many days and nights on this to create the perfect synergy between us, to make sure every artist on this stands out with his or her vision on each part. Now we’ve become really good friends on personal level and we are already talking about what we want to do next, haha.”

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“When he played this for me, I knew that this was what I was envisioning”

To say that 2019 had been more than successful for Chanyeol is an understatement. The EXO member had a plethora of activities last year—including the release of his first solo single “SSFW” as well as his participation as 1/2 of the EXO-SC unit.

This 2020, Chanyeol returns by creating unique synergy with his three fellow musicians, whom he is all working with for the first time, through “Yours”. Talking about the collaboration, the rapper-singer-producer also revealed that he had indeed been aiming to gift fans with a new song.

Chanyeol: “I’ve been wanting to release new music for some time now – something that can bring smiles to people. I’ve been writing a lot but I could not find the ‘one’. Raiden and I have been wanting to do a collaboration for some time now, despite which song it was, I would have trusted his music. But when he played this for me, I knew that this was what I was envisioning.”

With his status as a multi-talented artist, the song definitely serves as an exciting collaboration for his fans everywhere.

Chanyeol: “It was cool to be involved in the production process and seeing how Raiden works. Producing is what I’m very much focused on now so it was a cool learning and sharing experience. Everything feels new with this release; but we are all very happy about the release. We all met through “Yours” first but now we became close friends, we hang out at his studio or mine, casually share our new music, inspiration and I call Raiden my hyung.”

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Courtesy of SM Entertainment

“A cool moment to connect with artists from such different styles of music”

In addition to Raiden and Chanyeol’s amazing musicality, this perfect song with a powerful message was also further made enticing with the participation of singer LeeHi and rapper Changmo.

LeeHi sang “I’ll be yours” for her melodious hook, leaving listeners to think back about their loved ones. Making it even more phenomenal, this heartwarming tune with influences of gospel, pop and R&B also serves as the songstress’ first release after departing from YG Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Changmo added an irreplaceable touch to “Yours” by alternating back and forth between his melodic range to clever rap verses. Like Chanyeol, he had a successful 2019 with the wrap-up of his seven-city North America tour in March following the release of his hit single “METEOR”.

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Courtesy of Ambition Musik

Changmo: “With AMBITION as my home ground, my exposure for music is mainly in hip-hop but as many of you know, my basis was piano and music production even before my rap. Raiden and Chanyeol knew that and we instantly connected after I expressed that I wanted to be a part of the song. It was a cool moment to connect with artists from such different styles of music but I have respect for all artists involved in this project.”

The rapper also shared his thoughts on challenging himself with penning lyrics for something a little different from his usual, as well as the synergy that he had with his fellow artists for the song.

Changmo: “It was a cool process to write lyrics for the song that is not typically similar to my own music. Thankfully, Chanyeol and LeeHi both loved my direction and the music video concept is even inspired from that. I’m excited for you guys to hear this.”


Photos courtesy of SM Entertainment and Ambition Musik

Quotes from artists courtesy of Miller

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