Se7en returns after 5 years of scandals with self-made album
AFTER a scandal involving an adult massage parlour, a public break-up and another very public relationship, singer Se7en has returned after nearly five years with a new, self-produced album.
Titled I Am Se7en, the retro-funk album reflects on who he is now, the 31-year-old singer told reporters at his entertainment agency, Eleven 9, last week.
"I'm particularly fond of this album because I participated in making the melodies, writing the lyrics and the production of every song," he said.
"I'm happy to be back on stage and singing and communicating with my fans."
The singer, who debuted in 2003 with the hit Come Back to Me, was mired in a prostitution scandal in 2013.
He and rapper Sangchu were caught visiting an adult massage parlour while serving their mandatory military duty.
He subsequently broke up with his long-time girlfriend, actress Park Han Byul.
Last month, it was announced he was in a relationship with actress Lee Da Hae.
"I've spent a lot of time reflecting on my wrongdoings," he said.
Last month, he posted on his social-media handle that he had not intended to visit an adult parlour. He went only after noting that the traditional Chinese and Thai massage parlours were closed.
"But I know what I did was wrong, and it took me a long time to speak out."
Se7en is aware of the ill sentiments towards him and the negative comments online.
"I know that some people won't be happy to see that I've returned. I know I can't win people back with just one album.
"But I hope that if I continue to give good performances, I can change that."
His new lead track - Give It To Me, a catchy brass dance tune - was produced by the musician team Stereotypes, known for working with stars such as Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.
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