You might know K-pop star AleXa from the reality competition show American Song Contest, where she won for her clever, EDM-tinged song “Wonderland” in 2022, but now she’s taking things in a whole new direction with her new single “Sick.”

Released in February, “Sick” dives into the world of early ’00s pop-rock with its hooky guitar chords and chorus that begs to be chanted in a live setting. And it’s all a throwback to the musician’s angsty teen years spent listening to artists such as My Chemical Romance and Evanescence.

In the song’s explosive music video, AleXa confronts the idealized version of her crush and defeats him after a bloody physical battle in a visual metaphor that explores toxic relationships and self-worth. The action-packed, boundary-pushing video even has fans calling for the singer to act in a new K-drama or action film ASAP.

Below, PopCrush caught up with the next-gen K-pop star to chat about the making of “Sick,” her emo/pop-punk roots and what’s next for the singer-songwriter.

Congratulations on your history-making performance at Jingle Ball! How did it feel to be the first Korean solo artist to perform at Jingle Ball last year? Which artist were you most excited to meet?

Thank you very much! It brought me great joy to perform on the Jingle Ball Tour as the first-ever K-pop soloist to do so! It was a dream come true.

It was cool to meet LANY since Paul and I are from the same hometown!

Speaking of tours, you’re currently on your 2024 U.S. tour. What are you most looking forward to sharing with fans on this tour?

I’m just happy to be on stage again and to perform for my fans.

What inspired your new song “Sick”? What was recording it like?

We spent days in the studios, both in the U.S. and in Korea, trying to get the sound right. “Sick” was actually produced by a team of really talented songwriters and producers that I’ve been lucky to work with, and I think the brilliance in the lyrics is in the fact that it can be up to interpretation by the listener.

My personal interpretation of the lyrics are the complete opposite of its initial intent; I see the story of “Sick” as the person you’re with/you love being so self-centered with a god-complex that it makes you sick.

AleXa (알렉사) – ‘sick’ Official Lyric Video (clean)
AleXa (알렉사) – ‘Wonderland’ Official Performance Video
AleXa (알렉사) – “Xtra” Official MV (with BM of KARD)
AleXa (알렉사) – ‘TATTOO’ (타투) Official MV

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