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Page Two is the second extended play (EP) by South Korean girl group Twice. The album was released digitally and physically on April 25, 2016 by JYP Entertainment and distributed by KT Music. It contains seven tracks, including the lead single, "Cheer Up". Page Two has the most first-week sales out of all K-pop girl group releases in 2016.
"Cheer Up" was composed by Black Eyed Pilseung and is a blend of several different genres. The accompanying music video, in which the members parody characters from famous films, went viral on YouTube soon after release, reaching seven million views in two days.
- "Cheer Up" - 3:28
- "Precious Love (소중한 사랑)" - 3:51
- "Touchdown" - 3:23
- "Tuk Tok (툭하면 톡)" - 3:17
- "Woohoo" - 3:22
- "My Headphones On (Headphone 써)" - 3:17
- "I'm Gonna Be a Star" (CD only) - 3:18
Background and release Edit
On April 11, 2016, JYP Entertainment announced via the band's official Facebook and SNS that the group would release their second mini-album Page Two and single "Cheer Up" on April 25. Two versions of the album, pink and mint, were released in CD format. The first press of 30,000 limited edition copies featured a special sleeve designed by member Chaeyoung. The album was also released as a digital download on various music portals.
Music video Edit
The music video for "Cheer Up" was directed by video production team Naive (Kim Young-jo and Yoo Seung-woo). It went viral on YouTube soon after it was uploaded on April 25, gaining 400,000 views in only thirty minutes. It reached one million views in less than a day, and surpassed seven million views on April 27.
In the music video, the members portray characters from famous films. Mina is Itsuki Fujii from Love Letter, Sana is Sailor Moon, Nayeon is Sidney Prescott from the Scream film series, Tzuyu is Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) from Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Jeongyeon is Faye Wong in Chungking Express. Momo is an action heroine reminiscent of audition "Tomb Raider, Jihyo is a cheerleader from Bring It On, Chaeyoung is a cowgirl (reminiscent of Western films A Fistful of Dollars), and Dahyun is gisaeng Hwang Jini (from the biopic Hwang Jin Yi). In the group dance scenes, the members are cheerleaders at a pep rally in a soccer stadium and a basketball stadium. In another dance scene, they are in front of a house, decorated as if hosting a party, wearing casual clothing.
A special music video, titled "Twice Avengers", was released on May 27 to commemorate the original music video reaching 35 million views on YouTube. In the special video, the members dance in their film character costumes on a set made to look like a planet in outer space.
On June 21, 2016, "Cheer Up" amassed over 50 million views on YouTube, becoming one of the fastest music video from a K-pop group to achieve the feat.
On November 17, 2016, the MV surpassed 100 million views, which makes Twice the first K-pop girl group since Girls' Generation to have more than one music video with 100 million views.
On April 25, 2016, Twice held a media showcase at Yes 24 Live Hall in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. They performed "Woohoo", "Touchdown", "Precious Love" and "Cheer Up" for the first time at the showcase, which was broadcast live via Naver's V app. The group then promoted the album with a series of televised live performances on various music shows. Their first music show appearance was on M! Countdown on April 28, where they performed "Cheer Up" and "Touchdown". The choreography for "Cheer Up" was slightly changed after Sana's "shy shy shy" line (pronounced "sha sha sha") became a viral meme. Twice won their first music show award on M! Countdown the following week on May 5, and also won on Music Bank and Inkigayo that same week. They concluded promotion for the album on May 29 with a performance on Inkigayo, winning a total of eleven music show awards. The trophy on the May 27 edition of Music Bank was initially awarded to AOA before the show's producers admitted they had miscalculated the album points.
Commercial performance Edit
Page Two debuted at number 2 on the Gaon Album Chart and number 6 on the Billboard World Albums chart, with 80,686 units sold during the month of April. It had the highest first-week sales volume for a K-pop girl group in 2016. According to JYP representatives, the pre-order of 30,000 limited edition albums sold out before its official release. As of September 1, the album has sold over 150,000 units.
The songs from the album also performed well digitally. "Cheer Up" charted at number 1 on the Gaon Digital Chart and number 3 on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart. "Precious Love" and "Touchdown" also charted on the Gaon Digital Chart, at numbers 73 and 86 respectively. "Cheer Up" topped the chart for the second time two weeks later. "Cheer Up" was the second best-selling song of 2016 in South Korea, and the most-streamed song as well.
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