Fearless is the debut mini album by LE SSERAFIM. LE SSERAFIM (르세라핌) is a six-member girl group under Source Music. Their name is created by the anagram of ‘I’m Fearless’, and it implies self-confidence and strong will to move forward without being swayed by the world’s gaze. LE SSERAFIM originally comes from the term “LES SERAPHIM”, whereas Seraphim is a 6-winged heavenly being, referencing the group’s 6 members (Kazuha, Chaewon, Garam, Sakura, Yunjin, Eunchae). It was reported that HYBE founder Bang Si Hyuk (“Hitman Bang”) with creative director Kim Seong-Hyun, who has previously worked with other HYBE groups such as BTS and TXT in charge of LE SSERAFIM’s debut album. It was released on May 2, 2022 with “Fearless” serving as the album’s title track. The physical album comes in three versions: Vol.1 Black Petrol, Vol.2 Blue Chypre, and Monochrome Bouquet.
On April 4, Sakura was introduced as the group’s first member, followed by Kim Garam on April 5, Hong Eunchae on April 6, Kim Chaewon on April 7, Kazuha on April 8, and Huh Yunjin on April 9. On April 10 and 11, the videos “LE SSERAFIM ‘Casting Call’” and “LE SSERAFIM 2022 ‘FEARLESS’ SHOW” were released through HYBE Labels oficial YouTube Channel, featuring the full group for the first time. On April 13, Source Music announced that the group is set to debut on May 2 with the mini album Fearless. On April 19, the group’s Debut Trailer titled “The World Is My Oyster” was released. On April 21, it was reported that Fearless had surpassed 270,000 copies sold within the first week of its pre-order period. A week later, on April 30, YG PLUS revealed that pre-orders for the album had exceeded 380,000 copies.
The title song “FEARLESS”, has been described as a funk-based alternative pop genre song that contains the message of moving forward without fear and without being influenced by the world’s gaze. The album’s first track “The World Is My Oyster” was described as a song that harmonizes with a strong rhythm reminiscent of a fashion show catwalk and a psychedelic mood. Members Kim Chaewon and Huh Yunjin participated in composing the lyrics for “Blue Flame”, a disco-punk-style song that creates a mysterious atmosphere with a sophisticated melody. “Sour Grapes”, which was themed around the story of Esop’s fable ‘The Fox and the Grapes’, sings the psychology of pure curiosity about love and the selfish side of valuing yourself more. “The Great Mermaid” is a song that reinterprets the fairy tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ from the perspective of LE SSERAFIM.
On April 13, Source Music announced that the group is set to debut on May 2 with the mini album Fearless. On April 19, the group’s Debut Trailer titled “The World Is My Oyster” was released. On April 21, it was reported that Fearless had surpassed 270,000 copies sold within the first week of its pre-order period. A week later, on April 30, YG PLUS revealed that pre-orders for the album had exceeded 380,000 copies. On April 29, Source Music reported that the group would have their own webtoon titled “Crimson Heart”. It was also reported that “Blue Flame”, the third track from the group’s debut album “Fearless”, would be the official theme for the webtoon.