K-Pop just got their first Russian solo artist.
Lana, a long-time fan of Korean culture, debuted as a soloist under HICC Entertainment after two years of training.
The new star, whose real name is Eugenia Svetlana, has already appeared in various South Korean TV shows such as “Welcome, First Time in Korea?” (MBC), “Abnormal Summit” (JTBC) and “Problematic Men” (tvN), according to Allkpop.
She reportedly gained popularity for having a “Korean” look, despite being full Russian. Many of her fans call her a “goddess.”
Her debut single, “Take the Wheel,” dropped on YouTube and streaming platforms this Thursday.
So far, she has performed the song live on MBC Music’s “Show Champion” and Mnet’s “M Countdown.”
Lana, who hails from Sakhalin, the largest island of the Russian Federation, fell in love with Korean culture after watching the KBS2 TV series “Boys Over Flowers.”
“I decided to come to Korea after traveling the country with my mother,” she said, according to the Korea Times. “Korea was so much different from Russia ― it was a culture shock.”
According to KProfiles.com, Lana is classically trained in dance.
Fluent in Russian, English, and Korean, she is also studying political science and diplomacy at Sungkyukwan University in Seoul, where she reportedly received scholarship in the middle of the current semester.
As of this writing, “Take the Wheel” has 88,000 views, with many congratulating her for making it to the K-Pop industry.
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