South Korean girl group Le SSERAFIM have released their second extended play (EP) titled “Antifragile.”
Released by Source Music on October 17, 2022, the new mini album contains five tracks, including the lead single of the same name.
Antifragile marks their first release as a quintet, following the departure of Kim Ga-ram back in July 2022.
On September 1, it was revealed that Le Sserafim will be making their first comeback with new music in the fall.
Through a short video clip published on September 19, Le Sserafim announced title and release date of their upcoming extended play (EP).
Source Music then shared the EP’s physical release details on social media platforms. Three sets of concept photos titled “Midnight Onyx”, “Iridescent Opal” and “Frozen Aquamarine” were also revealed in the weeks leading up to the release of Antifragile.
The track samplers and track list were released on October 3 and 4, respectively. The music video for the lead single will be released 18 hours prior to the EP.
The new album contains five songs, including the lead single of the same name: “The Hydra”, “Antifragile”, “Impurities”, “No Celestial”, and “Good Parts (When the Quality Is Bad but I Am)”. “Antifragile” is an Afro-Latin pop song with a “heavy” Latin rhythm.
Following the start of pre-orders on September 19, the album had sold more than 400,000 copies within a week, and as of October 6, Antifragile had sold 560,000 copies.
On the day Antifragile is released, Le Sserafim will hold a live showcase on Mnet to introduce the extended play and communicate with their fans.
Formed by Source Music and Hybe Corporation, the group consists of five members: Sakura, Kim Chae-won, Huh Yun-jin, Kazuha and Hong Eun-chae.
On March 14, Source Music announced that they would launch a new girl group, with Sakura and Kim Chae-won set to be the first members.
On March 21, Hybe confirmed the group would officially debut in May. The members were revealed in “The First Moment of Le Sserafim” teasers from April 4 to April 9 (in order: Sakura, Kim GA-ram, Hong Eun-chae, Kim Chale-won, Kazuha, and Huh Yun-jin).
On April 13, Source Music announced that Le Sserafim would release their debut extended play (EP) Fearless, on May 2. Pre-orders for the EP surpassed 270,000 copies in seven days and 380,000 copies in sixteen days.
Prior to the group’s debut, Kim Ga-ram became a subject of controversy. She was accused of bullying other students at her middle school and engaging in underage smoking and drinking.
Hybe Corporation denied the allegations, claiming that Kim was the victim, not the perpetrator, of bullying. They expressed that they would take legal action against those who spread false rumors, and Kim was not removed from the debut lineup.
On the day of its release, Fearless sold more than 175,000 copies. On May 10, eight days after their debut, the group earned their first music show win on SBS MTV’s The Show.
Hybe Corporation and Source Music made a joint statement on May 20 in response to rising bullying allegations against member Kim Ga-ram, declaring that she would go on hiatus while the charges were being investigated and that Le Sserafim will temporarily market as a five-member group.
On July 20, Hybe Corporation and Source Music announced that Kim Ga-ram would depart from the group and that her contract had been terminated. They apologized for any inconvenience caused by the scandal and confirmed that Le Sserafim would continue as a five-member group.
On September 19, Source Music announced that Le Sserafim would be making their first-ever comeback with the release of their second EP, Antifragile, on October 17. It will mark their first release as five members following Kim Ga-ram’s departure.