Netflix’s new K-drama, The Sound of Magic, is currently dominating the streaming service, #1 in many countries. But apart from the great story, it also features a bunch of songs that many will never forget, including Knees from IU.
Director Kim Seong thanked IU for allowing The Sound of Magic to use the song Knees for free. Although he tried to pay for it to avoid copyright issues, the 28-year-old singer refused.
The filmmaker revealed his conversation with the K-pop star to Celeb Media via AllKpop. He said that they decided to use the song Knees for the series and credit Lee Ji Eun, who is IU’s real name, in the credits.
In order to do that, however, they had to purchase the copyrights to the song so they could play Knees worldwide in the drama. So he contacted IU but to his surprise she refused to pay.
IU said she wrote and composed the song herself, so they are free to use it. Kim Seong was very grateful and revealed that they have known each other since filming the series Dream High.
IU chose the song Knees as a representation of herself. In one of her concerts, she said that the songs she would like to remember after her death are Heart, Knees and Night Letter.
Meanwhile, The Sound of Magic is a new K-Drama based on Ha Il Kwon’s webtoon of the same name. It has been shown in series since 2010. It tells the magical tale of a magician living in an abandoned amusement park, disenchanting a teenager suffering from the harsh realities of life.
According to Flix Patrol, an online content ranking site, the new series was the number one most popular Netflix TV program in 15 countries around the world. Overall, it was the fifth most popular series.
The series, which aired in 190 countries on May 6, offers a new form of K-drama by turning it into a mini-musical. She introduced Ri Eul (Ji Chang Wook), Yoon A Yi (Choi Seong Eun) and Na Il Deung (Hwang In Yeop).
In The Sound of Magic, they are seen singing and dancing, which is rare in Korean TV series. Kim Seong is said to be the first director to take on the challenge of combining a drama with a musical.
Although Kim Seong said he had no intention of making it a musical drama, it turned out well. The Sound of Magic is available to stream now on Netflix.