Chung Ha has launched her first full album Querencia (Picture: MNH Entertainment)

Chung Ha decided on the name for her new album after a session with her therapist.

The K-pop star has dropped Querencia, her first full-length album as a solo artist.

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It was initially delayed after a tough period for the musician, who tested positive for coronavirus in December.

Speaking at a press conference about what the album title means, the singer, previously of now-disbanded girl group I.O.I., revealed: ‘I have a therapist and she asked me – it’s a psychological term – she told me that it was like a shelter, like where do you feel the most “you”?

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‘I gave her the cheesiest answer I could think of at that moment. I said my bed!

‘Then I started to rethink what my querencia would be and then I thought that it would be my album. The most time I spend all day would be on my album. I would be practicing my album, listening to my album.

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Chung Ha

Chung Ha has overcome ‘personal issues’ over the last year (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I had personal issues in 2020. I was sick, and I had a lot of other personal issues throughout 2020. Throughout that I was like, “what helped me the most?” and it was my album and so I named it Querencia. It’s perfect.’

She added that the process of making it was ‘challenging’ as she tried different styles including rapping in English on the title track Bicycle – which she has never done before.

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‘It’s not exciting to stay with one simple concept, I want to jump into other things and that’s what Querencia actually means,’ she said.

‘That’s all it means, being fun and exciting.

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‘I love collaborating with new people and artists and I learn something new. I was really open to anything and that’s what helped me.’

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There is a wide range of styles on Querencia from indie rock to EDM, but for the 25-year-old there is only one which holds the most meaning.

When asked which of the album tracks is the most personal to her, she instantly named Byulharang (160504 + 170607).

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Byulharang is her nickname and the name of her fandom while the numbers represent two dates close to her heart.

‘I just wrote it for my fans and I always try to reach out as much as I can,’ the Gotta Go singer shared.

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‘The numbers are the dates. I have two debut dates, with my girls I.O.I and my solo debut date. I just put that together as a special reminder of a story that we all made.

‘My fans got me through 2020, they were my biggest Querencia.’

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Querencia is out now.

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