YG Confirms B.I Still Played A Part On iKON’s Upcoming Album, “i DECIDE”

B.I participated in the upcoming album.

iKON is preparing to make their long-awaited comeback with a brand new mini-album, titled “i DECIDE”. As this is their first album since B.I left the group, YG Entertainment decided to make a surprise reveal.

B.I, who was the leader of the group, decided to leave the group after a scandal broke where he was accused of buying and allegedly using drugs. Although he denied using drugs, he ultimately left from the public backlash.

YG Entertainment, however, surprised fans by revealing that he will still be a part of the new album!

In an official statement, YG Entertainment announced that they decided to keep a song produced by B.I as it held a “special” meaning for the members and the rest of the producers.

The songs weren’t just produced by B.I, but it was a collaborative project with many of the composers in YG. Since the songs were also dear to the members who had worked on them for a long time, we decided to use the songs after editing it. We also decided to add a new song that had its lyrics written by a member who’s never done it before.

— YG Entertainment

But they emphasized that they kept the songs where B.I took part in its production, but his voice will not be heard in any of their new songs.

After checking, it’s true that a song produced by B.I will be included in the album as a sub-track, but B.I’s recordings or voice will not be included.

— YG Entertainment

Although B.I may have left the group, iKONICs can rejoice as their leader will still play a part in the upcoming new album!

 

Read YG Entertainment’s full statement below:

About iKON’s upcoming new album.

Hello. This is YG Entertainment. We would like to explain about iKON’s 2020 new mini-album, [i DECIDE]. The new album that’s set to release on February 6 will have 5 new songs. This album was originally scheduled to be released in mid-late 2019, so the recording was finished in the beginning of 2019.

But in the middle of last year, the groups’ leader and producer, B.I had to suddenly leave the group, and the album’s plans were delayed indefinitely. Our agency thought long and hard about what to do with the album that was finished in early 2019.

We had 2 large issues.

First,

We debated if we should put aside all of the songs that B.I wrote and composed and start over from the beginning. But that would have caused a severe delay in their comeback, so we couldn’t ignore the cons and detriments to this idea.

Second,

There was an option to take out all of B.I’s rapping parts, remake the melody, and have other members record it. We would undergo a long process of having each of the members change their parts’ sequences, which would tangle everything. The 6 members would have to all decide on a new sequence and record it from the beginning.

After a long discussion between the members and the agency, we decided to use a solution that uses both the first and second options.

The songs weren’t just produced by B.I, but it was a collaborative project with many of the composers in YG. Since the songs were also dear to the members who had worked on them for a long time, we decided to use the songs after editing it. We also decided to add a new song that had its lyrics written by a member who’s never done it before.

We’re sure that B.I will never be able to put into words how sorry he is to the 6 members of iKON who lost their leader, as well as the fans. Our agency would also like to convey our apologies for not being able to manage them well either.

Although we feel regretful, YG will not hold back our efforts and investments in protecting the 6 members of iKON.

We will repay the fans who continually depend and love us with thankful and understanding hearts. We ask that you give lots of support for the 6 iKON members who are starting anew.

Thank you.

— YG Entertainment

Source: Sports Seoul
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