It’s been a good day for comebacks, especially long-awaited ones; not only did 2PM return to Korea with third full album Grown and title track “Come Back When You Hear This Song,” the one and only Lee Hyori is also making a return with her fifth studio album.

20130507_seoulbeats_leehyori_misskoreaHer agency B2M Entertainment this week pre-released the MV for the track “Miss Korea,” a languid tune oozing confidence, which is only to be expected when Hyori sounds as divine as she does in this song, the resonance of her lower register bringing “Miss Korea” to life. While singing about how she doesn’t let her worries bring her down, Hyori is presented to us in a variety of ’60s-inspired visual pastiches filled with stripes, drag queens and one noticeably large handbag. There are also some modern twists to Hyori’s pin-up styling, who naturally looks drop-dead gorgeous in her various outfits. That said, her look in the close-up shots with her Vogue earrings is my personal favourite.

At the end of the song, Lee Hyori turns the message of “Miss Korea” on to her audience, and likewise I turn this over to you: what do you think of “Miss Korea” and what were your favourite scenes from the MV? My anticipation for Hyori’s new album grew exponentially; how about yours?

(B2M Entertainment, PopGasaYoutube)