NEW YORK — Members of the K-pop supergroup ITZY are looking to show a new side of themselves as the band takes its Born to Be tour to fans around the world.

The tour, which sees the girl band perform in 18 countries across Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Europe, and North America this year, takes its name from the group’s third studio album, released in January.

“There are our solo songs (on the album). So I think that’s a very big difference (from the previous world tour) … we have our own song (on) stage,” band member Ryujin told Reuters, in a joint interview with fellow members Yeji, Chaeryeong, and Yuna.

“(Working) on our own songs … really helped to express ourselves.”

ITZY debuted in 2019 and has built a loyal fan base — called MIDZY — with a blend of vibrant pop, hip-hop, and EDM influenced songs and messages of self-love and empowerment.

“Every K-pop group has their speciality… Our group’s… is, first of all, performance and also, we have a main message that (is) to love ourselves,” Ryujin said.

One of the band members, Lia, has been taking a break for health reasons since September, the group’s label has been quoted saying in media reports.

“She’s trying hard to come back really, really soon and she’s doing great nowadays, we meet each other and hang out,” Ryujin said.

The Born To Be concert tour began in Seoul in February and wraps in Hong Kong in August. — Reuters