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IU opens up about her controversial album 'Chat-shire'

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During IU's concert 'Twenty-Four Steps: One, Two, Three, Four' on December 3 and 4, she opened up about her controversial release last year, 4th mini-album, 'Chat-shire.' 


She said, "I wanted to create an album in which I could be honest.  I pressed into it the things I felt as a 23-year-old, the boredom and gravity of life, and my playfulness.  The day I finished working on that album, I had a good night's rest."


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However, the mini-album constantly found itself in controversy, including over the song "ZeZe," which was deemed too suggestive; and therefore, she was unable to get good reception for the album.  She said, "It was my first time producing [an album] so there were many weak spots and I felt greatly sorry.  I felt regret, thinking I had to create better music for people to listen to, but the album in its state is still who I am.  It's my 'injured finger.'"

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    uaenaji Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    I MISS YOU UNNIE, FIGHTING!IU JJANG!!!!

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    Mystica Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    she and taeyeon.. whhy i don't like them? honestly i don't know why!!

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    bibi87 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Well, she used Britney Spears' voice without permisson in onetrack. She used an artist's artwork for the album cover without permission. She used Zeze, a character from a book and the song itself was questioned by many people (as well as the whole album's concept). Let's be honest, she made more than one mistake and that time I felt like she wanted fame and praise more than how she cared about the work behind the album, the details. Sorry not sorry, she was surely unprofessional.

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    ROXX25 bibi87 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Maybe I shouldn´t answer you , but i gonna do it.* No , her work team did it . "23" was a song for the drama Producer , was included in her album like a bonus track . the designer made the album cover (even she did a draw , that was very different to the final desing) she made the song about her getting mature not Zeze (even is her favorite book), and the supposedly "sexual" words that she used are literally in the book . She apologized already for this with the persons that got affected in some way .

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    bibi87 ROXX25 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    So, do you imply that everything were made by others, not her? That's even sadder. It means this album is not her work, but she would like to be praised for it if it had been successful.

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    ROXX25 bibi87 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    OMG , you aren't reading what I wrote, she worked in the lyrics and composition, she doesn't have to make the design of an album or direct the MV, she is a music producer , and produce MUSIC

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    ROXX25 bibi87 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    23 was made for her work team and was included like an extra song, all Korea knows thisbecause was released in the drama Producers(before release the album)

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    ROXX25 bibi87 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    *Maybe you don't know but "23"(bonus track) and "twenty three" (title track) are different songs

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    iheartsehunnie Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    I miss you IU. T^TPlease have a comeback soon.

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    Chrysantheneum iheartsehunnie Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Well, she is preparing an album

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    ROXX25 iheartsehunnie Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    yes , her comeback will be in 2017 early

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    melon Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    only because people have dirty mind. they see everything suggestive. IU should stand by her production if that's not her intention. I loved the music.

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    bangeryun94 melon Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    So did I.

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    thefabcat92 Monday, December 5, 2016

    i don't even know zeze before this scandal

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    queenbetchreturn Monday, December 5, 2016

    I miss IU so muchhhhplease comeback and slay 2017

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    iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    IU... she is a talented singer and I like her stuff... but idk why she gives me a bad vibe... a bit too much of a fox imo... the problem with her album was not that it was too sugestive but that it was lolita concept and it had a song that had pedo-like content.

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    yoojaesu iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    Hey, did you edit that pic yourself?? LOL Baek <3

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    iisstf28 yoojaesu Monday, December 5, 2016

    No~ It is the one he promised to put when they won for the first time in a music show! He deleted already but I screenshot it first~ lol

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    yoojaesu iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    OMG!! He did it himself!! Priceless! Thank you to the person that created screenshot! Haha~

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    iisstf28 yoojaesu Monday, December 5, 2016

    Yeah! It was for clip for CBX-The One! You should see it, it's hilarious 😂 😂

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    queenbetchreturn iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    typical exol's, bringing in irrelevant things into an IU article. leave.💀💀💀

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    iisstf28 queenbetchreturn Monday, December 5, 2016

    Gurl, I was asked about it~ In my first comment I was only talking about IU~ Please stop being a hater and fuck off~

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    yoojaesu iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    Ignore the haterz! Thanks for the info, I'll watch that for sure. Thanks for the run down on the Pic, been wondering for a while now, haha.

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    iisstf28 yoojaesu Monday, December 5, 2016

    Your welcome~

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    yoojaesu queenbetchreturn Monday, December 5, 2016

    Though I was just asking a question about a dp I saw, I do find it rather funny that you have to mention EXO-L. Sorry, But EXO-L wheather you like it or not, Lol!

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    yoojaesu Monday, December 5, 2016

    *Exist

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    Gummix3 iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    sigh i wish you wouldn't make such assumptions... she was actually satirizing the lolita concept tat she herself had to deal with when she was younger. she even said it herself that this whole album was based on her own experiences... Iu debuted at 16 and she only gained famed when she started to sexualize her concepts a bit and most of her fans were well... older uncle fans... think about how she must have felt and how she conveyed it in this album. its actually truly insightful and meaningful.

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    queenbetchreturn iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    go buy CBX album.💀💀💀

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    thefabcat92 yoojaesu Monday, December 5, 2016

    that is just a troll. she/he is competing with wang sejung to be the most hated person ever in allkpop

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    iisstf28 Gummix3 Monday, December 5, 2016

    Other people told me about it so I'm kind of changing my mind. I respect IU as an artist and while I'm not her biggest fan personally and I don't feel comfortable with Zeze yet... I respect her right to express herself in the way she wants, and I really hope she comes back soon with even better music~

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    iisstf28 queenbetchreturn Monday, December 5, 2016

    Already did~ It will hopefully come soon~

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    iisstf28 thefabcat92 Monday, December 5, 2016

    It is a shame that she is dressing up as an army tho... making our fandom get even more hate...

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    Gummix3 iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    honestly, i think that zeze was meant to be a bit uncomfortable to listen to. Its a representation of how the industry treats minors and sexualizes them. Iu of course did not feel comfortable. zeze is a reflection of herself and her experiences. Rather than the pedophilia claims on iu i am more shocked that she found herself in such a dark character.

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    yoojaesu thefabcat92 Monday, December 5, 2016

    Ahhhh~Thanks for the info, who the heck would want that title? LOL. Ahh well~

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    queenbetchreturn thefabcat92 Monday, December 5, 2016

    this is the most delusional comment i have read, whatever you guys say, LMAOO😂

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    iisstf28 Gummix3 Monday, December 5, 2016

    I really never saw it that way... God now I feel really guilty... I had a bad image of IU for all that controversy, and IU is honestly so hard to not like lol. I was always so surprised by her talent and her good character and I really like her boyfriend but because of this I stopped myself for liking her... I made a mistake there...

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    Gummix3 iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    haha don't beat yourself up for it! honestly everyone makes mistakes and IU did have her faults as well in her wordings. but we must remember to always look at both sides of the argument as well :)

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    thefabcat92 queenbetchreturn Monday, December 5, 2016

    congrats! you are winning over wang sejung for the most hated today!

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    thefabcat92 yoojaesu Monday, December 5, 2016

    you would be surprised...

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    queenbetchreturn thefabcat92 Monday, December 5, 2016

    this impact, thanks bb😘

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    Sweet_Milk_Tea iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    there was absolutely nothing lolita concept about her album and there was nothing pedo about the song Zeze.

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    iisstf28 Sweet_Milk_Tea Monday, December 5, 2016

    Please read my other comments here, I changed my mind. I had read a bunch of stuff that made it look that way but I was misinformed, now I know

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    4minute_slut iisstf28 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    As expected, exo-ls

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    unscrewedhorses iisstf28 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    I'm glad it kind of makes sense to you now. ^^ Gummix3 explained it really well. It's more like an anti-lolita concept, playing on the fact that she was typecast in a lolita kind of role for years, and now she's basically grown sick of it, and Chatshire was kind of her way of satirizing her experiences. The only controversy was that people were too dense and didn't understand what she was saying lol. I feel bad for her that she put herself out there like that and everyone completely misunderstood it, and now she's had to apologize over and over again for something that wasn't her fault and wasn't true. I'm not even that big of IU fan, but the whole thing gets me so frustrated, because people were soooo wrong about the whole thing and took it out on her.

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    bangeryun94 iisstf28 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    No, it wasn't and no, it didn't. I thought you were someone who could listen and judge for yourself independently. You dropped the ball big time on this as well as your opinion of IU herself.

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    iisstf28 bangeryun94 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Because I changed my mind? Read the explanation on Soompi, she did say that it was about an adult Zeze and that the drawing she made for the album was completely different from the one they made. I'm not sure if IU did Zeze to in a way expressed how she is against the concept, but I prefer to believe that and give her the benefit of the doubt.

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    bangeryun94 iisstf28 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    No, exactly the opposite. I'm quite happy you changed your mind. Actually I'm overjoyed. IU is an amazing human being and a wonderfully talented artist. She didn't deserve the flak she got for this incredible album.

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    iisstf28 bangeryun94 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    Ooh now I get it! I thought that you were throwing shit at me for changing my mind lol, yeah, I only saw one side of the story. Controversial post always get popular but the explanations never do...

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    bangeryun94 iisstf28 Wednesday, December 7, 2016

    I can't read anything on Soompi unless I use the Korean internet. The site director hates me so badly she had her techs ban me from even accessing the site.

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    jin_sungmin Monday, December 5, 2016

    Okay, I am not Korean and thus could not understand the lyrics in the album. I did, of course, google them and I understand the song and considering how conservative Korea is, it is understandable that they album was met with backlash. I must, however, say that it is a really really good album musically. I enjoyed it immensely and it is, in my opinion, her her strongest and most musically diverse album in her discography. I thought it was wonderful, controversy aside, so I hope that she doesn't view the whole thing as the "injured finger" to her career.

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    ROXX25 jin_sungmin Monday, December 5, 2016

    Yes , this album was truly amazing , is so cool and has many music styles ,every song has its own feel , is one of the few albums that I really like .*The lyrics are amazing , each song has its own story ,I like specially Knees

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    iisstf28 jin_sungmin Monday, December 5, 2016

    The problem wasnt that it was too sugestive, but that it was too sugestive for a song about a child (minor), plus the whole album was lolita too

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    coldcitydweller iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    If you know her story as a minor growing up in the entertainment industry, then I think you'll understand her own interpretation of the book.

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    iisstf28 coldcitydweller Monday, December 5, 2016

    It is still a sexy song about a child. It doesn't matter what her story is, the message of the song is still not good imo.

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    coldcitydweller iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    just understand it in her point of view

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    jin_sungmin iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    That's why I'm saying I can understand why it was not well received by the Korean public. I am simply saying that MUSICALLY, it was fantastic.

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    ROXX25 iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    Maybe you didn't read the book or heard her explanation about her songs (before release the album) ,in the song she talks about her getting mature , not a child , and the supposely sexual words that she uses literally are in the book . Any problem just koreans that tend to sexualize all.

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    iisstf28 ROXX25 Monday, December 5, 2016

    When she talked about the song? She said it herself that the songs was about Zeze being seen as sexy and they even put him in the cover like a pinup-girl. The song was sexy, you have to be an idiot to not see know it. I don't hate IU but I don't think that Zeze was not a good song (not musically, but its message) and does deserve the hate it got.

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    coldcitydweller iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    it was her experience as an idol that debuted as only a minor. zeze is her being sexualized by the people in the industry, who are a bunch of pedophiles. she's an artist now, and not an idol and artists make their own art from their experiences come on at least be open minded

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    iisstf28 coldcitydweller Monday, December 5, 2016

    Okay... If it is her way of expressing that... I'm still not very comfortable listening to that song but it's okay, one cant understand all arts...

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    ROXX25 iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    Yes , has a connotation sexy ,about HER, she said that she is like Zeze (for many reasons , also this is her favorite book) , her fault was use the word sexy at this moment , she was talking about her if you watch again the V app , but the context sounds like if she was talking about Zeze , she should have been more careful . The desing of the album , as well as the MV , was fault of her team work , the designer and director (even she did a draw , and was very different to the final desing). She apologized and got a lot of hate , but the critics weren't quite fair , they overreacting even calling her pedophile (??) . I can understand that some people got affected but this was too,much for me.

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    Gummix3 iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    For the pinup clothes issue that is not true. truly those are just rumors. if you really really knew about the incident, you'd know that in the image zeze is wearing pants. those are not fish nets, those are a style of socks that were popular during that time. In IU's original drawing of zeze, she has him as a stick figure on a tree, she honestly doesn't have any intent of sexualizing a child like you are saying. I'm sorry i sound so... offensive. it just makes me sad on how much people twist her own words around. I'm sorry. media is truly scary. Iu once stated that one of the things she most scared of is the media twisting up her words.

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    iisstf28 ROXX25 Monday, December 5, 2016

    I just read an explanation in Soompi and god they really play IU dirty... I had a bad image of her for a while but I was wrong... Sorry for being misinformed...

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    iisstf28 Gummix3 Monday, December 5, 2016

    I was misinformed! You are right IU really didn't mean that... sorry for misunderstanding....

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    Gummix3 iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    hey! its okay i hope we can clear up everything haha. I'm sorry if i sounded mean in anyway! ^^

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    iisstf28 Gummix3 Monday, December 5, 2016

    No! I was wrong, you had every right to be mad! Thanks for explaining, I would have never know if it wasn't for this!

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    Sweet_Milk_Tea iisstf28 Monday, December 5, 2016

    there was absolutely nothing lolita about her whole album. 23 is practically a "fuck you hypocrites who smile at me and then talk about me behind my back" anthem, Zeze is about her experiences in the industry and how the fuck are The Shower/Knees (which is a song dedicated to her GRANDMA)/Glasses/Shoes/The Red Queen (which people speculate is about her friend Sulli due to the lyrics) "lolita" songs? Out of all the songs on her Chatshire album, only Zeze went under controversy.

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    iisstf28 Sweet_Milk_Tea Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Could you read my other comments?? I now know that I was wrong, I apologize too

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    bangeryun94 iisstf28 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    NO, it wasn't.

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    bangeryun94 Sweet_Milk_Tea Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Thank you, thank you so much

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    ROXX25 iisstf28 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    That good , I hope many people can open their mind like you to understand the truth , or at least don't be unfair with IU . Thanks to hear our explanation

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    iisstf28 bangeryun94 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Please read my other comments... I changed my mind and apologize already

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    iisstf28 ROXX25 Tuesday, December 6, 2016

    Thank you for explaining~

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    federick Monday, December 5, 2016

    I was totally in love with that album!

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    leftiessayno federick Monday, December 5, 2016

    i know right!

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    xoxoshawol federick Monday, December 5, 2016

    Zezé is one of my fave songs in the album tbh. I feel guilty lol

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