Press Play (EP)

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Press Play
EP by BtoB
Released September 12, 2012 (2012-09-12)
(see release history)
Recorded 2012
Genre K-pop, dance-pop, R&B
Length 21:21
Language Korean
Label Cube Entertainment
Universal Music Group
BtoB chronology
Born to Beat
(2012)
Press Play
(2012)
Thriller
(2013)
Singles from Press Play
  1. "Wow"
    Released: September 12, 2012 (2012-09-12)
  2. "I Only Know Love"
    Released: October 18, 2012 (2012-10-18)

Press Play is the second mini-album by the South Korean boy band BtoB. It was released on September 12, 2012, with the track "Wow" as the lead single.[1] "I Only Know Love" was chosen as the follow-up single and will be used to promote the EP starting on October 18.

Background[edit]

A teaser image confirming the release was revealed by Cube Entertainment's Twitter account in September 4, 2012 along with the release date of the EP, September 12, the title track of the EP, titled "Wow" and the EP's name, titled Press Play.[2] The image has a pop art theme and also shows the person on the photo making the word 'WOW' with ther hands and mouth. It was later revealed that the person on the photo is the member Sungjae. In September 5, an audio teaser of the song "Wow" was released on BtoB's YouTube account.[3] One day later, on September 6, Cube revealed teaser photos of the group together, as well solo shots of every member.[4] In September 7, a teaser from the music video of "Wow" was released.[5] In September 12, the EP and music video of "Wow" were released digitally simultaneously.

Concept[edit]

According to Cube Entertainment, the concept of Press Play is “a idea of the "play" button on a cassette tape player and the meaning of the title is derived from the indication that "BtoB play time is about to begin"”.

Composition[edit]

The EP consists of six new tracks. The first track of the EP, "Press Play", was written and composed by Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo and by the singer G.NA, who also features on the song. The song is described as a song that has a literal meaning of enjoying music by pressing the play button. The second track, "Wow", also first title track of the EP, was written and composed by Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae and Seo Jae-woo. The song is described to be of "new jack swing" style, which was popular during the '90s, and incorporates the solid vocal and rap skills of the members. The third track, "I Only Know Love" (Korean: 사랑밖에 난 몰라), chosen as the follow-up track of promotions, was also written and composed by Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae and Seo Jae-woo. The song is described to also have the '90's retro sound embedded in the track. The fourth track, "U & I", was written by Hwang Sung-jin and composed by Lee Joo-hyung and Lim Sang-hyuk. It is described to demonstrate a sentimental, yet innocent teen-age love story. The fifth track, "Stand Up", was written by Gum and composed by Choi Yong-chan. It is described to inspire and give strength to all listeners who are looking forward to a better tomorrow. The sixth and last track of the EP, "My Girl", was written and composed by Triple A. It is described to be filled with BtoB's distinct vocal color accompanied by the sound of an acoustic guitar.[6]

Promotions[edit]

The promotions of the EP with the track "Wow" started in September 13, on Mnet's music show M! Countdown.[7] The song was also promoted on the shows Music Bank,[8] Music Core,[9][10] Inkigayo,[11] Show Champion[12] and SBS MTV The Show. A song titled "Dream", not included on the EP, was used on the comeback week of performances as an interlude for the performance of "Wow". The current last performance of "Wow" was on SBS' Inkigayo, in October 14. The group started promoting the song "I Only Know Love" in October 18, on Mnet's M! Countdown.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arrangement Length
1. "Press Play" (featuring G.NA) Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo, G.NA Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo 3:20
2. "WOW"   Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo 3:38
3. "I Only Know Love" (사랑밖에 난 몰라; Salangbakke Nan Molla) Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo, Jung Il-hoon Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo Kim Do-hyun, Seo Yong-bae, Seo Jae-woo 3:30
4. "U & I"   Hwang Sung-jin Lee Joo-hyung, Lim Sang-hyuk Lee Joo-hyung, Lim Sang-hyuk 3:22
5. "Stand Up"   Gum Choi Yong-chan Choi Yong-chan 3:41
6. "My Girl"   Triple A Triple A Triple A 3:54
Total length:
21:21

Chart performance[edit]

Album chart[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Gaon Weekly album chart[14] 4
Gaon Weekly domestic album chart[14] 4
Gaon Monthly album chart[14] 13
Gaon Monthly domestic album chart[14] 13

Singles chart[edit]

Song Peak chart position
KOR US
Gaon Chart[14] K-Pop Billboard[15]
"Wow" 76 33
"I Only Know Love"

Sales and certifications[edit]

Chart Amount
Gaon physical sales[16]
  • 14,221 (2012)
  • 6,548 (2013)

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea September 12, 2012 Digital download,[1] CD Cube Entertainment
Worldwide[17] October 10, 2012 Digital download

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "(EP) Press Play / Daum 뮤직 :: 언제 어디서나 Music on Daum" (in Korean). Daum Communications. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  2. ^ Press Play>>>>>>>>>BTOB! 120912 여러분을 깜짝 놀라게 할 'WOW' 요렇게 다 함께 양 손을 풋쳐핸졉! 와우!!! on Twitter. 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  3. ^ "BTOB - WOW (Audio Teaser) - YouTube". BtoB's official YouTube account. 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  4. ^ "비투비 ‘와우’ 재킷사진공개 90년대 캠퍼스룩 복고느낌 물씬" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  5. ^ "비투비 "90년대 댄스 스타일로 회귀"‥`와우` 티저 공개" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  6. ^ "비투비 "'감성돌'서 악동으로 변신했어요"" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  7. ^ "‘컴백’ 비투비, 90년대 복고 뉴잭스윙 퍼포먼스..‘급이 다르네’" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  8. ^ "'뮤직뱅크' 비투비, 신인 답지 않는 파워풀한 퍼포먼스 '급이 달라'" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  9. ^ "음악중심: BTOB - Intro, 비투비 - 인트로, Music Core 20120915 - YouTube". MBC's K-Pop YouTube account. 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  10. ^ "음악중심: BTOB - WOW, 비투비 - 와우, Music Core 20120915 - YouTube". MBC's K-Pop YouTube account. 2012-09-15. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  11. ^ "BTOB (Intro + WOW) @SBS Inkigayo 인기가요 20120916 - YouTube". SBS' Music YouTube account. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  12. ^ "쇼챔피언 : BTOB - WOW, 비투비 - 와우, Show Champion 20120925 - YouTube". MBC's K-Pop YouTube account. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  13. ^ "'엠카' 비투비(BTOB), 부드러운 남성미 물씬 '순정남 변신'" (in Korean). Nate. 2012-10-18 (GMT+9). Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  14. ^ a b c d e "Gaon Search - BtoB" (in Korean). Gaon. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  15. ^ "Korea K-Pop Hot 100 Music Chart". Billboard. 2011-08-25. Retrieved 2012-04-14. 
  16. ^ "Gaon album chart". Gaon (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Press Play - EP by BTOB". iTunes Store. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 

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