ITZY‘s latest mini album, Kill My Doubt, arrived in July and marked the K-pop stars’ fifth entry on the Billboard 200 chart, peaking on the all-genre tally at No. 23. After promoting the album in the United States in recent months, the quintet sat down with Billboard News to discuss what separates their most recent release from their other previous mini albums throughout the years.
“We talk about the confidence a lot, but this time, we talked about the darkness inside so we could love ourself because we defeated the darkness inside. I think it’s a big difference from [our] previous albums,” Ryujin told host Tetris Kelly.”
“Cake” was released as the lead single from the project and features each of the group members — Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna — enacting various larger-than-life scenarios like those featured in Netflix’s Squid Game and other shows with main character energy. (The track later peaked on Billboard’s Global Excl. U.S. chart at No. 194.)
“I love the story of the music video because it’s a little bit cute and it’s talking about the main character who never dies,” Ryujin explained.
Lia chimed in, adding, “the costumes made it very fun, it really went with our songs. And not only Squid Game … Korean dramas and Korean movies also appear, but I think for our global fans, Squid Game would be the most [recognizable].”
Elsewhere in the interview, the girls talk about attending KCON in Los Angeles, their current favorite television shows and what fun activities they got up to during their recent trip to the States.
Watch ITZY’s full Billboard News interview in the video above.