Kim Lip Trends As K-Pop Band Loona Releases New Teaser for Upcoming Album

A new teaser image for K-pop band Loona's forthcoming album has been unveiled.

The picture, featuring member Kim Lip in a fierce-looking sideways pose and lit up in red tones against a dark night sky backdrop, was shared in a post on the band's official Twitter page with a cryptic message in Korean saying: "Don't be afraid."

The girl group has been drip-feeding teasers this week, each featuring a different member wearing military-style jackets.

A shot of Loona member JinSoul in moody purple lighting was released yesterday, while teasers of various other members (Olivia Hye, Chuu, Vivi, Go Won and Heejin) were also posted on the band's Twitter feed.

The images were shared with equally mysterious and succinct messages in Korean such as "A little higher," "Draw it out more," "Burn even redder" and "So what?"

The teaser images have helped ramp up excitement over the new record, with Loona fans sharing messages on social media using various hashtags and terms, including most recently "Kim Lip," which has been trending on Twitter today.

"LOOK AT HER!!!!!!!!! HER HAIR!!! HER EXPRESSION!!!! HER FIT!!!!! HER EVERYTHING!!!!! KIM LIP," wrote @kimjungeunsz.

"Kim lip i love you," wrote @macaronvivi, "KIM LIP PUSH ME DOWN THE STEPS PLEASE," the user also posted.

"The way she looks like a vampire with that slicked back hair and those claws," the user added.

"KIM LIP POWERFUL KIM LIP BEAUTIFUL KIM LIP HAS ME CRYING," wrote @gureumtheworld.

The upcoming mini-album, titled #, is slated for release on February 5 and it will be their first album release in about a year. The group are expected to perform as an 11-piece band with member HaSeul on leave due to health issues, Allkpop reported.

Last December, Loona dropped a new track titled "365." The song was released with a music video, posted on the group's official YouTube channel, showing the band members each working on a painting in an art studio.

Last October, Loona's record label Polaris Entertainment faced a $305,000 lawsuit over a failed collaboration project with tech company Donuts, sparking fears over the potential disbanding of the band.

Loona first debuted in 2016. Each member released her own single in the following year and a half before their first EP as a group was launched in 2018. The girl band won the award for 'Best Korean Act' at the MTV Europe Music Awards in the same year.

Loona Mnet Awards South Korea December 2018
Members of Loona posing at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in South Korea in December 2018. Getty Images
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